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.
Sarah Blondin discovered her love of assisting others through training in the financial services sector. Her main priorities are developing relationships with individuals and helping them understand how money works and how to make it work best for them.
Lisa Bouchard, a qualified massage therapist and acupuncturist, founded the MassageCraft & Acupuncture clinic in 1991.
Jill Braceland has been designing and delivering management and writing tool seminars for more than 30 years. She has a reputation for offering interactive, practical workshops in an easy, friendly manner.
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.
Jeffrey Carpenter is the Workforce Recruitment Specialist for the State of Maine’s OCFS through Woodfords Family Services. He is responsible for recruiting Behavioral 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 industries. She enjoys sharing her extensive experience with people who want to become more familiar with existing technology.
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.
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 have been attended by 30,000+ students throughout the US over the last 27 years.
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, BS in Art Education from Moore College of Art & Design, is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists, and exhibits regionally and at ME Fiber Arts Center. Her hooked designs, as well as those of her students’, have been highlighted in Finishing Hooked Rugs and Rug Hooking Magazine. In 2016, Janet co-authored the book Rug Hooking Traditions with James and Mercedes Hutchinson. She released Magnificent Hooked Rugs, which were influenced by Western art history, in 2020. She teaches both domestically and abroad. See our Gallery.
Jennifer Courtois, RN, has 40 years of nursing experience in hospital, home health, diabetes & community education, and 10+ years teaching CNA, PSS & CRMA in both the classroom & clinical areas. In addition, she works as a consultant for an assisted living facility and as a full-time nurse educator.
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 more than 20 years of crochet experience. Since 2017, she has owned and operated Davis Arts, a pop culture-based art business where Myriah creates patterns and finished fiber-crafted pieces based on characters from popular films and television series. Myriah’s goal is to share her enthusiasm for all things yarn, but especially crochet, with everyone she meets.
Sarah deGrandis is a formally trained artist and lifelong crafter with a BFA in New Media from the ME College of Art. 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 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 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.
Gregory Downs holds a BA in French and minored in German at USM. With a strong passion for foreign language acquisition and linguistics, he loves sharing this knowledge.
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, an EMT/Paramedic who has served as a volunteer fireman with the Scarborough Fire Department for more than 20 years, previously spent 19 years at the Saco Fire Department. He has 11 years of experience instructing CPR and has been the public education coordinator for nine years.
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.
Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells her original greeting cards online. See our Gallery.
Gustavo Gómez Coello is a native Spanish speaker and has been the Spanish teacher at Biddeford Middle School since 2019.
Tory Gordon is a watercolor/pen & ink artist living and working in Biddeford. She is inspired by people, places and things which lends a fluid style to her art. She believes everyone has an inner artist waiting to express themselves 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 Divine Vitality uses a unique approach of professional counseling and essential oil wellness to integrate alternative, natural methods into your 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!
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 studied microbiology and immunology at McGill University, where she graduated with a BSc in 1991 and a master’s degree in 1993. Her passion is fostering human connections and offering engaging educational opportunities to promote happy, healthy lifestyles.
Barbara Hopkins is a qualified ME agent with 20 years of experience in health insurance operations. She has a Master’s in Communications Management and a certification in corporate training.
Laurie Huenteo received her Tai Chi certification through the Functional Aging Institute/Open Door Tai Chi. She has been practicing Yang-style Tai Chi and Qigong for 13+ years and teaching for the last seven. She is passionate about teaching Tai Chi.
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.
Mary Jewett graduated from Unity College with a degree in ecology. For almost ten years, she has been employed at the Lakes Environmental Association, where she teaches adults and K–12 students about a range of environmental subjects. She has also worked with the Department of Environmental Protection on their IAS program and annually instructs hundreds of boat inspectors and boaters on lake safety.
Ashley Jolly holds an Associates degree in Nutrition, practices as a licensed Nutrition Dietetic Technician Registered, and is certified in both barre and aerial yoga. She considers strength, stability, and flexibility to be the three pillars of excellent fitness.
Margaret Jones, M.Ed., tarot reader, educator and award-winning storyteller, facilitates seminars as a national trainer to assist individuals on their path to self-discovery. She is the author of Walking Sacred Sites: Listening to the Stories, a collection of articles about her journeys to sacred places across the world.
Bob Joslyn has been a licensed real estate broker in Maine since 1988, and for the past eight years he has been a solo agent at Keller Williams Realty in Greater Portland. He has had the honor of giving numerous buyers and sellers the knowledge they need to make wise real estate decisions during that time! Moreover, Bob has been a professor at Husson University for over 20 years, where he has instructed many business courses in both traditional classroom settings and online formats.
James Katz, holds a BA from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. He has been a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary since 1996 and currently holds certification as a Navigation Specialist, Instructor, Vessel Examiner and Safety Patrol Boat Coxswain.
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.
Val Lovelace founded the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization Maine Death with Dignity and also serves as its executive director. She spearheaded a grassroots campaign from 2014 to 2019 to pass Maine’s aid-in-dying statute, the Maine Death with Dignity Act. She is committed to providing factual information regarding medical aid in dying in the United States to politicians, healthcare professionals, patients and their families.
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.
Jessica Muise is a multidisciplinary artist and educator teaching and making art throughout New England for the last 15 years. She advises several arts groups and artist-led coalitions on the creative economy and is passionate about using the arts as vehicles for social change.
Bethany Mulkern has been a notary public since May 2019. She has handled a variety of notarial tasks, including marriages. Bethany is well-versed on every facet of being a notary public and is highly enthusiastic about the subject and eager to share it with her students!
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, a graduate of Culinary Institute of America in NY, has been a professional chef for 40+ years and at Joseph’s by the Sea in Old Orchard Beach for more than 30. She is currently an instructor at SMCC in their culinary arts and nutrition programs.
Elizabeth Richards has been teaching dance for more than 20 years. She loves watching the moment that steps ‘click’ for her students.
Michael Rumo has held a number of positions in the financial sector over the last 13+ years and is currently NECU’s regional manager.
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 studied under experts, including Pearl Dexter of Tea, A Magazine, and John Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. She has traveled to China and Japan’s tea fields and factories, the World Tea Expo and tea rooms in the US and abroad.
Candace Sanborn, owner of Radiant Image, has 30 years of branding and marketing experience. Her goal is to use her extensive expertise to empower individuals, especially women, to gain confidence, feel good about themselves and form meaningful connections with others.
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.
Matthew Sudsbury-Francois began as a teller and advanced to his current position as branch manager for the NECU branch in Biddeford. Matthew was raised in the community and is a native of Biddeford.
Lee Sullivan is the Homebuyer Education Coordinator at York County Community Action Corp. In addition to experiencing the homebuying process multiple times, she is Certified by hoMEworks, HUD and the USDA RD Direct mortgage program.
Melanie Taylor Coombs has an undergraduate dual degree in history and education and a Master’s in library and information science. She has been a professional librarian for 30 years and has taught many classes and offered tours throughout her career to everyone from Boy Scouts to Gold Leaf Senior College.
Travis Taylor has been playing guitar for a number of years and has been a member of a local band for quite some time. Additionally, he has more than 10 years experience teaching guitar in the Saco school system.
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!
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 is a Reiki master, EFT/Tapping practitioner, and certified holistic health coach at Inner Wisdom Health & Wellness. Her mission is to bring the body’s energy system back into balance while providing guidance on how to discover your inner wisdom.
Russel Whitten, a local artist and teacher, studied at The Art Students League of New York, Heartwood College of Art, and is a member of The Ogunquit Art Association/Barn Gallery. Students adore his laid-back, encouraging teaching style. 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 Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center director for 32 years. She teaches at Maine Audubon and USM on various environmental topics.
Andra Yanchenko specializes in fitness, functional movement, and racquet sports. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Health Coach, USTA, USPTA, PTR Coach, and YogaFit Instructor.