Kristen Bartlett was exposed to art at a very early age which inspired her lifelong creative path. With schooling in drawing, oil painting, graphic design and photography, Kristen practices many forms of art. Her current loves of artistic expression have been in mixed media collage and Japanese Shibori dyeing.
Lacey M. Bailey, CADC, Specializes in Addiction Therapy and Counseling. She is Sweetser’s OPTIONS (Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach, Naloxone, and Safety) liaison for York County and was honored by Gov. Janet Mills for her tireless work in July of 2022.
Krystian Beal studied Elementary Education with a concentration in Music at UME @ Orono. He currently plays in several local bands and is also a soloist, singer-songwriter.
Vanessa Berry holds a BS in Elementary Education from UMaine Farmington where she was part of their Sustainable Campus Coalition. She joined the ecomaine team in August, 2018, as an Environmental Educator.
Curt Bessette is an award-winning songwriter and performer, appearing in various venues throughout the US. He has been a guitar and bass instructor for 25+ years, teaching at USM, local adult ed programs, high schools, libraries and music stores.
David Bishop is a veteran mill employee and current Board Member of the Biddeford Mills Museum. He is an accomplished and skilled photographer who has been an instrumental member of the Mill Vets work group providing important research and photo documentation of the mills.
Sarah Blondin found her passion for helping people through education in the financial services industry. Her primary focus is building relationships and assisting people in understanding how money works and how best to make it work for them.
Jill Braceland has been designing and delivering seminars in a variety of management and writing topics for more than 30 years. She has successfully owned training companies in MA & NY.
Heidi Brewer, practicing yoga for 20+ years and a registered yoga teacher, believes that yoga is an opportunity to connect to yourself and create peace of mind.
Dawn Burns is self-taught and has a special passion for animals. She does commissioned pet portraits for clients and has taught a variety of painting classes.
David Campbell, Yoga Alliance RYT 200, holds certifications in on-chair and off-chair yoga. He believes the benefits of yoga should be available to anyone.
Jeffrey Carpenter is the Workforce Recruitment Specialist for the State of Maine’s OCFS through Woodfords Family Services. He is responsible for recruiting Behavior Health Professionals throughout the state. Jeffrey will be your host throughout this opportunity by providing answers to any questions that may arise.
Jeanne Cassidy, MA, CPCM, PMP, has worked with computers for 30+ years in the military and aerospace industry. She enjoys sharing her extensive experience with people who want to become more familiar with existing technology.
Kelly Caufield, singer and voice teacher, studied at USM and has sung with the Portland & Bangor Symphony Orchestras, Maine Pro Musica, and the Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra. Kelly currently teaches voice at Waynflete School in Portland.
Ali Clift holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Marine Science from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. She is the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District.
John Coffin has held his USCG License since 1985 and has operated charter vessels in the Florida Keys and ME. He is a Master ME Guide and a certified Boating Instructor for US Powerboating and the National Safe Boating Council.
Gustavo Gómez Coello is a native Spanish speaker and has been the Spanish teacher at Biddeford Middle School since 2019.
Craig Coffman, an experienced piano and guitar instructor, professional pianist and music director, has 30+ years of experience teaching piano privately. His piano and guitar seminars, offered through Community Colleges and Community Education Programs, have been attended by 30,000+ students throughout the US over the last 27 years. He has a degree in Sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University in Illinois (where he also studied piano) and a Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
Andrew Leighton with Collette Guided Travel considers everyone who travels with them to be their guest, and their itinerary shows it! Every moment matters to them because it matters to you. This may be because they are a family-owned company that has been in business for 100 years. Choosing Collette has benefits that take your guided travel experience to another level. Our inclusive tours provide more value for your money and more of what makes travel special.
Janet Conner holds a BS in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists. Her hooked rugs have been exhibited regionally, and can be seen at Maine Fiber Arts Center in Topsham. See our Gallery.
Kim Crepeau, a basket weaver since 1984, has been enthusiastically teaching her craft for the past 15 years. From beginner to intermediate, the baskets Kim chooses for her classes can be made by all.
Myriah Davis has 20+ years of experience crocheting, developing patterns and manufacturing items for her business, Davis Arts.
Sarah deGrandis, BFA in New Media from ME College of Art, is a formally trained artist and longtime crafter who knows a little bit about a lot of things. She is passionate about learning different crafts and using modern, fun takes on traditional techniques.
Eleanor Dominguez, Esq. has worked at Ainsworth, Thelin & Raftice, PA, in South Portland since 2014, focusing on elder law, estate planning and estate administration. In addition, she is accredited in preparing, presenting and prosecuting claims for veterans’ benefits before the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sensei Gil Doughty has been practicing martial arts since the 70s. He has trained with Maine Karate Association founder, Sensei Reggie Groff, Master Seung Ook Choi of Choi’s Kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do, and both Sensei Bruce Cross & Master Steve DeMasco of Villari’s Shaolin Kempo.
JoAnne Dowd, a lifelong educator and learner, has worked with adult learners as a director of curriculum and instruction for many years. She became interested in retiring well when the members of her writer’s group retired and had a vast array of experiences. JoAnne is eager to share her experiences and the domains she has created to help people engage in a self-reflective process to enable the experience of happiness and success in retirement.
Gregory Downs, holding a BA in French, minored in German at USM. With a strong passion for foreign language acquisition and linguistics, Gregory loves to share the knowledge he has gained.
Kyle Durkin holds a Bachelor’s in Studio Art, with a concentration in painting, from USM. He enjoys helping new artists develop their skills in a fun, safe atmosphere.
Heather Edgerly holds a Master’s in Buddhist Studies and is trained in Fluid Yoga (RYT 200 certified). She teaches Buddhism, meditation and mindful movement classes.
Karl Finley, volunteer firefighter for 20 years+ with Scarborough Fire Department, is an EMT/Paramedic and worked at the Saco Fire Department for 15 years. He has been the Public Education Coordinator for six years and teaching CPR for eight.
Gayle Fitzpatrick has taught in public and private schools, colleges, adult and community programs for 30+ years. She is a practicing artist who creates and exhibits works in painting, printmaking and paper.
Michael Foley, an appointed ME Notary & Dedimus Justice for 10+ years, has notarized countless documents including basic forms to real estate closings along with performing marriage ceremonies yearly. He lives in Westbrook with his family, owns various businesses & has been serving his community for over 15 years in various elected & appointed positions.
Carole Freeman is a Respiratory Therapist and Breathing Specialist and holds a graduate degree in Health Sciences from Loma Linda University Medical Center. She focuses on the relatively new field of pulmonary medicine in recognizing and treating breathing disorders.
Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells her original greeting cards at craft fairs and at Seacoast Crafters in Portsmouth. See our Gallery.
Maryssa Gordon, BA in English & Creative Writing, will complete her MFA in Creative Writing this winter. She is a freelance writer and editor. Andrew Grant, certified Smart Driver instructor for ME & NY, also teaches a Smart Driver TEK workshop, which helps participants understand the new and emerging technology in their vehicles. He is a certified trainer and district coordinator in NY and certified for the Car-Fit and We Need to Talk programs.
Tory Gordon is a watercolor and pen-and-ink artist living & working in Biddeford. Her art is inspired by people, places and things and expresses itself in a fluid style. She believes everyone has an artist within waiting to express itself in beautiful, surprising ways.
Andrew Grant, certified Smart Driver instructor, also teaches Smart Driver TEK workshops. He is a certified trainer and district coordinator in NY and certified for the Car-Fit and We Need to Talk programs.
Jennifer Greiner, of Green Thinking, uses a unique approach of professional counseling and essential oil wellness to integrate alternative, natural methods into your own health & lifestyle.
Chelsea Hardy has been a certified Jazzercise instructor since 2016. Her favorite part about Jazzercise is that each class is a total body workout perfectly blending fitness and fun!
Anita Harris has been creating soaps, natural beauty and health care products for the past seven years. She has been captivated by natural healing for the past 30 as a professional massage therapist and has worked extensively with numerous chiropractors and alternative healers.
Bo Hewey has taught from kindergarten through high school and Adult Education. With a Masters in Literacy Education from USM and a MA in Progressive Education from Goddard, he is a lifelong learner who enjoys teaching and learning with his students.
Emma Holder attended McGill and earned Bachelors (1991) and Masters (1993) degrees in Microbiology and Immunology. Her passion is to connect with people and provide enjoyable learning experiences to create healthy happy lifestyles.
Barbara Hopkins, Masters in Communications Management & certification in Corporate Training., is a licensed Maine agent, has 20 years experience in health insurance operations including 10 years conducting member education meetings throughout Maine.
Ron Houle, a licensed social worker, is 5th Dan in Aikido. He has been practicing and teaching for 35 years. He teaches at Portland Aikido. He developed a program called Clinical Martial Arts.
Rachel Jacobsen has been teaching in the private and public sector most of her life, from K-12 to Community Colleges, and, most recently, for Apple, Inc. When she’s not teaching, she runs her own photographic/video business.
Ashley Jolly holds an Associates degree in Nutrition, practices as a licensed NDTR (Nutrition Dietetic Technician Registered) and is certified in both barre and aerial yoga. Her main focuses are on strength, stability and flexibility, as she finds these are the trifecta to great fitness.
Bob Joslyn has been a licensed real estate broker in Maine since 1988, and the past 8 years has been a solo agent at Keller Williams Realty in Greater Portland. During which time, he’s had the privilege of providing many buyers and sellers with the information needed to make informed real estate decisions! Bob is also an instructor at Husson University and has been there more than twenty years, teaching numerous business courses, both online and in a traditional classroom setting.
Namory Keita, Master Village Drummer, is a sought after teacher and performer with a unique style and a wealth of traditional knowledge very rare to find outside the villages of Guinea where he was born. His resources include not only his wonderful ability to engage any audience but also his relationships with dancers and drummers locally and around the world as an international teacher and performer.
Paula Kersch, trained herbalist and owner of Botanically Curious, offers boutique herbal experiences and products. She can be found formulating herbal blends and tending to her gardens, admires sustainable foraging and wildcrafts through modern and ancient herbal practices. Her focus of herbal actions and energetics allows her to bring the best in holistic health and wellness.
John Kirk is director of the AOK Basic Skills Project in Portland, ME, a nonprofit that shares workshops to help people learn important basic educational and nutritional skills. John holds an AA5 Dietetic Technician certification.
Brother Mark Koerber is a minister, healer and psychic medium with 40 years of study and experience. He has been a Reiki Master in Usui Reiki Ryoho and Tibetan Reiki for over 20 years. He is also a certified Life Coach with college degrees in Humanities and Studio Art and graduate certificates in Addiction Counseling and Ministry. Brother Mark has recently joined our Academic team at our Saco Learning Center. Welcome!
Mike Leonard, a photographer since the ‘80s with experience ranging from TV production to leading photography cruises, has been teaching for 12+ years. He has been acknowledged by Adobe Systems as the leader of a Photoshop User Group in Portland, ME and enjoys teaching photographers at all levels to help them to grow their talents.
Emily Loder excelled at collegiate fencing at Texas A&M University. She participated in three national tournaments while fencing three different weapons! Emily, with 30 years of Girl Scout experience, will help you become comfortable in the outdoors.
Susan Mallon holds a BS in Spanish from USM and also studied at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She was heavily involved with the Hispanic population at Sacred Heart Church in Portland, ME and translatored for several families and the Spanish Mass. She previously taught at Carrabassett Valley Academy, Mount Blue Middle School and Lewiston High.
Liz Mansfield grew up in Maine and New Jersey. She and her family have lived in Biddeford/Saco since 1983. Childhood summers spent in her great-great-grandparents’ house – still full of their possessions – led to a life-long interest in local history. She taught elementary school for a time and then taught adults for nearly 20 years as a Customer Service Trainer at L.L.Bean. Now retired, Liz volunteers as a tour guide for the Biddeford Mills Museum.
Kate McCarty, Food Preservation Community Educator at UMaine Cooperative Extension, served with the AmeriCorps VISTA program and has completed the Master Food Preserver Program, an intensive, hands-on training in all aspects of home food preparation.
Melissa Meserve, Academic Coordinator, is originally from Westbrook, Maine, currently living in Limington, Maine with her husband and three children ages 21, 19, and 14. Melissa is a recent graduate of University of Maine at Augusta and is currently studying for her Masters of Science at USM in an Adult and Higher Education Program. She has been a writing and math tutor throughout her time at UMA and continues tutoring for their VAWLT (Virtual, Accessibility, Writing, Library, and Technology) peer tutoring program.
Her favorite hobby is playing baritone saxophone in volunteer community wind ensembles, Casco Bay Wind Symphony and Fanfare Concert Band.
Alex Miller, BA in Environmental Planning & Policy from USM, is an environmental educator at ecomaine. She has a background in horticulture and received her AAS in Horticulture from SMCC. She prefers a hands-on approach to a thoroughly engaging type of learning.
Rob Moody has extensive knowledge from nursery development and landscape design to irrigation installation and engineering. Rob has worked at Moody’s Nursery for over 35 years and was President of the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association. Visit www.moodysnursery.com
Kaitlyn Morse, founder of Maine Aging Partners, has spent time working in home healthcare and senior living. After working with over 500 families, she realized how difficult it is to find a clear and unprejudiced source of information in this field and wants to share her knowledge with you.
Bethany Mulkern has been a notary public since May 2019 and has performed various notarial duties, including weddings. As a result, she is well-versed in all aspects of the role of a notary public and has a great deal of enthusiasm about the subject matter, which she’s excited to share with her students!
Jessica Muise is a multidisciplinary artist and educator with expertise in dance, printmaking, painting, metalworking and ceramics. She has been teaching and making art throughout New England for the last 15 years. She is passionate about using the arts and arts education as tools for social change and serves as a creative economy advisor to several arts organizations and artist-led coalitions.
Liis Nigol is the Student Services Coordinator for the OOB/Saco Adult Education program. She has worked as a counselor with high school, and college students for over 30 years.
Jessy Lynn Ostara, a 500-hour Certified Yoga Instructor, has years of experience teaching several movement modalities. Her concentration is in meditative Belly Dance, Yin, Hatha and Chair yoga. She is also a certified meditation teacher through ShivaShakti school of Yoga and Healing Arts.
Moira Rascati has been a sous-chef at Joseph’s by the Sea for the past 12 years. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Elizabeth Richards, staff reporter for The Windham Eagle, is also co-author of four editions of Maine: An Explorer’s Guide and been published in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England and Family Fun Magazine, to name just a few.Elizabeth has also been teaching dance for more than 20 years. She loves watching the moment that steps ‘click’ for her students.
Amy Richardson, a versatile Deaf ASL teacher, has taught ASL to children and adults of many ages. She is currently a Direct Support Professional, working with the DeafPlus community, a part-time ASL instructor at USM and a licensed Deaf Interpreter. A New Hampshire native, but life-long summer vacationer in Old Orchard Beach, Amy currently resides in this beach town with her husband and dog, a Lab mix named Roscoe King.
Sally Ring lives in Arundel, ME and became a Certified Health Coach through the Dr Sears Wellness Institute in 2018 after working in the fitness industry for many years. She enjoys educating, motivating and encouraging people to live a healthier lifestyle.
Brooke Robinson, MS, RD, LD is a registered dietitian working in private practice in Saco. She works with clients on an individual basis and leads some group programs. She is also an adjunct faculty member at UNE as part of their graduate and undergraduate programs in nutrition.
Ron Romano, cemetery historian, is the author of three gravestone & cemetery-themed books. He leads walking tours programs for Portland’s 350-year old cemetery and serves on, and is an officer of, the national board of the Association for Gravestone Studies.
Linda Roy taught primary grades in OOB schools for 39 years and has a Professional Teacher MSEd degree. Since retiring she has substituted regularly in local schools.
Marianne Russo is a Certified Tea Specialist and owner of Nellie’s Tea Company. She has studied under experts from around the world, including Pearl Dexter, founding owner of Tea, A Magazine, and John Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. She has traveled to the tea fields and factories of China and Japan, the World Tea Expo, and numerous tea rooms in the US and abroad.
Candace Sanborn of Radiant Image has 30 years of business branding experience. Believing people have brands, she transferred her expertise in 2019 to work with individuals, helping them understand what goes into developing a personal brand and how it can help them achieve greater self-esteem and the results they want in their career and life.
Stefani Sellers is certified Level C1 by Dante Alighiere in Italy. She taught Italian at the International Language Institute in Northampton, MA and has been a personal tutor for years.
Ryan Sligh started DJing in high school and has played for private events in VT, VA and ME as well as Flask Lounge in Portland. He plays various styles of dance music, hip hop and top 40 music.
Geri Lynn Smith is an award-winning photographer who shoots primarily in the New England area. She is a member of the Portland Camera Club where she enjoys teaching and leading a mentor/mentee group. See our Gallery.
Sam Smith is a Master Blacksmith & Guildmaster of the Maine Blacksmith’s Guild. Internationally renowned for his work on UNESCO World Heritage sites in Europe and over 20 years experience in the craft, Master Smith represents an unbroken line of Blacksmiths since 1836.
Lee Sullivan has experienced the home-buying process multiple times and successfully redeveloped several bank-owned residential properties. She is a HUD and hoMEworks-certified housing counselor and homebuyer educator.
Travis Taylor has been playing the guitar for 20 years, and with a local band for eight. He has been teaching guitar in the Saco school district for the past 10 years.
Kelly Thayer, BA in Studio Art from UMaine, is the owner/artist at Kreations working with all types of materials, but specializing in custom hand painted glassware! Kelly hosts many “how to” arts and crafts classes and enjoys sharing her love of art with all ages!
Paula Truman (1) has worked in the food/beverage industry for over 25 years. She began as a liquor brand representative, has been the Craft Spirits Director for Bow Street Distributing for 13 years & is also the wine/spirits buyer for Bow Street Market. She is also a certified Spinning instructor at Saco Sport & Fitness, has been teaching for many years and works with all fitness levels, from beginners to seasoned athletes.
Stephanie Walsh, CPT, CNTP, CEPC is a certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, Eating Psychology Coach and Personal Trainer. Her focus is a holistic approach, creating a program catered specifically to each client.
Leah Wentworth, owner of Inner Wisdom Health & Wellness, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Reiki and EFT/Tapping Practitioner. She is passionate about creating balance in the body’s energy system and providing guidance to reconnect with inner wisdom.
Russel Whitten, a local artist, studied at The Art Students League of New York, Heartwood College of Art, and is a member of the Art Guild of the Kennebunks and The Ogunquit Art Association. Russel has been teaching painting and drawing to children and adults for the past several years. See our Gallery.
Scott Whytock, Certified Financial Planner, has been an investment advisor for 10+ years helping clients plan for issues that arise from the time they enter the workforce through retirement. He assists with investments, insurance, tax planning, estate planning and how all these issues impact you and your family.
Alissa Wigglesworth, Prevention Program Coordinator at Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition, holds a BA in Psychology and Substance Misuse Studies from Keene State. She has been working in the prevention field since 2019 and has a passion for building community relationships, working with youth, and fostering healthy communities.
Linda Woodard, an avid bird watcher, has been the Director of Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for 18 years. She has taught high school biology, bird watching, marsh ecology and a wide variety of environmental topics.
Andra Yanchenko specializes in fitness, functional movement and racquet sports. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Health Coach, PTR Coach and YogaFit Instructor.