Course Leaders & Speakers

Learn more about these highly respected course leaders and presenters.

Bergstrom

COURSE LEADER: Jim Bergstrom

ABOUT: Jim Bergstrom, PHD, is a consultant to Ball Aerospace and Chief Systems Engineer for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, currently in Mars
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Steve Bernard

COURSE LEADER: Judge Steve Bernard

ABOUT: Steven Bernard was a prosecutor for 28 years.  For the past five years he has been a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals, where he has presided for over five years. He has
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Linda Bjelland

COURSE LEADER: Linda Bjelland

ABOUT: Linda Bjelland retired from a career in software development for the travel industry, and is now enjoying a second career traveling around the world to see opera.  She has seen 13
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COURSE LEADER: Susan Blake-Smith

ABOUT: Susan Blake-Smith is an early member of The Academy who spent 25 years living in Mexico City, making her uniquely qualified to teach conversational Spanish.  Susan has a BFA in
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Kathy Boyer

COURSE LEADER: Kathy Boyer

ABOUT: Kathy Boyer has conducted LIFE STORY workshops for libraries, summer camps, churches, community centers, and with the Academy.  As a child, Kathy developed a love of the personal
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Rex Brown

COURSE LEADER: Rex Brown

ABOUT: Rex Brown has a BA in American Literature from Middlebury College, a Masters in American and British Literature from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D in Modern Letters from the
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Chuck Ceraso

COURSE LEADER: Chuck Ceraso

ABOUT: Chuck Ceraso has been teaching at the Denver Art Museum for the past 16 years, and is now teaching at The Art Students League of Denver and at his studio in Lafayette, Colorado.
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Beverly chico

COURSE LEADER: Dr. Beverly Chico

ABOUT: Dr. Beverly Chico has lectured for more than 40 years at Maryland and Colorado colleges. A nationally recognized expert and collector of international headwear, her collection has
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Sharisse Arnold-Rehring

COURSE LEADER: Sharisse Arnold-Rehring

ABOUT: Sharisse Arnold-Rehring was born and raised in Chicago, and moved to Colorado in 1994 after training at Northwestern University. She spent two years as a Hospitalist working for
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Mary Conroy

COURSE LEADER: Dr. Mary Schaeffer Conroy

ABOUT: Dr. Mary Schaeffer Conroy is Emeritus Professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has focused her professional research on the politics in Late Imperial Russia and
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Marty Corren

COURSE LEADER: Marty Corren

ABOUT: The Academy’s liaison with the Denver Art Museum, Marty Corren joined the museum as a volunteer in 2006 and serves as an outstanding and popular docent.  She has a special
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COURSE LEADER: Patricia Cox

ABOUT: Patricia Cox has been writing to save her life, practically all her life.  With a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling, she taught for the Denver Public
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Don Culp

COURSE LEADER: Don Culp

ABOUT: Don Culp attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles, then for a time he thought he might become a popular singer – until an unwillingness to face rejection combined with a
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Art Elser

COURSE LEADER: Art Elser

ABOUT: Art Elser retired after 20 years as an Air Force pilot and 30 as a technical writer. His poetry been published in Owen Wister Review, High Plains Register, Harp Strings Poetry
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Emlen Woody

COURSE LEADER: Dr. Woody Emlen

ABOUT: Dr. Woody Emlen is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California (San Diego) School of Medicine.  He was Professor of Medicine and Immunology at the
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Jim Eraker

COURSE LEADER: Jim Eraker

ABOUT: Jim Eraker received a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Chicago in experimental astrophysics in 1981.   While there he studied with some of the seminal figures in 20th
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Rosalie Goldman

COURSE LEADER: Rosalie Goldman

ABOUT: Rosalie Goldman, a semi-retired Special Education teacher and a community volunteer, has a lifelong interest in current events and civil and human rights.  She wanted to organize
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COURSE LEADER: Dr. Linda Gordon

ABOUT: After 35 years as an educator, Linda Gordon recently retired as a principal. She lived in Mexico City for ten years, serving as director of an English as a Second Language school.
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Omar Shariff  and his Bridge Group

COURSE LEADER: Your Group

ABOUT: Your bridge
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COURSE LEADER: Scott Henke

ABOUT: Onsite Consulting owner, Scott Henke, has been featured on 9 News, Fox 31, and the radio for his expertise.  He has taught classes for over 10 years through the Academy and has
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Shellie Hochstadt

COURSE LEADER: Shellie Hochstadt

ABOUT: Shellie Hochstadt graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in history, and a minor in political science. She was a divisional merchandise manager for a
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Lew House

COURSE LEADER: Lew House

ABOUT: Lew has lots of degrees – Geophysical Engineering, MS Nuclear Physics, MA Military Studies and a PhD in Astrophysics. His research career focused on the atmospheres of the
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Ginny Hoyle

COURSE LEADER: Ginny Hoyle

ABOUT: Ginny Hoyle’s poems have appeared in a handful of journals, including Copper Nickel, MARGIE, Pilgrimage and Wazee. Through collaboration with noted book artist Judy Anderson,
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Phil Keenan

COURSE LEADER: Phil Keenan

ABOUT: Phil Keenan is a founding partner of the law firm of Ambler & Keenan. He is a board certified attorney in estate planning, and is also a CPA and a CFP. His practice specializes
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Sally Kneser

COURSE LEADER: Sally Kneser

ABOUT: Sally Kneser is always ready to learn something new and help teach others. “I love to learn, and it’s so much more fun with friends around.” Sally is a Life Master in bridge
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Jim Kneser

COURSE LEADER: Jim Kneser

ABOUT: Jim Kneser is in his fourteenth year of leading classes in economics, public policy, and high art music. He has led more than 60 economics and public policy classes with more than
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COURSE LEADER: John Lanning

ABOUT: John Lanning is professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Colorado Denver.  He taught chemistry courses in general, analytical, and environmental chemistry to college
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Barry Mahoney

COURSE LEADER: Barry Mahoney

ABOUT: Barry Mahoney has worked on criminal justice issues for over 50 years as a litigating attorney, researcher, teacher, and consultant. He is the author of numerous publications on
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Sara Marsden

COURSE LEADER: Sara Marsden

ABOUT: Sara Marsden retired in May 2012 from Adams County Social Services after 20 years as a caseworker. She has developed an interest in foreign policy over a lifetime of travel and
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Robin McNeil

COURSE LEADER: Robin McNeil

ABOUT: Robin McNeil began his study of piano at DePauw University at the age of four, taking lessons with Irene Soltas. He has a Bachelor of Music in Perform­ance from Indiana University
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Denver Art Museum

COURSE LEADER: Joanne Mendes

ABOUT: Longtime art enthusiast Joanne Mendes has recently retired from a career spent organizing programs in art history in London and at the Denver Art Museum, for which she developed
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Walt Meyer

COURSE LEADER: Dr. Walt Meyer

ABOUT: Walt is a retired “technocrat”, having spent 22 years in the weather field of the US Air Force and almost 20 years as a program manager for a defense contractor. My wife and I
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KarylMeyer

COURSE LEADER: Karyl Meyer

ABOUT: Karyl Meyer has been involved in educational and community theatre most of her life. After majoring in theatre and speech (and minoring in math) she spent many years teaching high
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Jim Mingle

COURSE LEADER: Dr. Jim Mingle

ABOUT: Dr. Jim Mingle has been a long-time facilitator for the Academy in both literature and history offerings.   His working career was spent as director of a national association for
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Pam Mingle

COURSE LEADER: Pam Mingle

ABOUT: Pam Mingle is a former teacher and reference librarian. Her debut novel, Kissing Shakespeare, won the 2013 Colorado Book Award for young  adult fiction. Her latest book, The
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COURSE LEADER: Dr. Robert (Bob) Neuwoehner

ABOUT: Robert (Bob) Neuwoehner holds a PhD in biblical interpretation from the University of Denver & Iliff School of Theology’s Joint PhD Program. In his dissertation, which was
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COURSE LEADER: Dr. Phillip Tedeschi and Faculty

ABOUT: Philip Tedeschi and DU Faculty:  Dr. Tedeschi, Clinical Professor,  is an Animal-Assisted Social Work and Experiential Therapy Specialist and co-founder and Executive Directory
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Sheila Porter

COURSE LEADER: Dr. Sheila Porter

ABOUT: Since retirement has unfolded, Sheila Porter’s interest in people and places have taken her to far flung locations and led her to doing psychological evaluations of asylum
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Sharon Rouse

COURSE LEADER: Sharon Rouse

ABOUT: Sharon Rouse is a retired art teacher who then enjoyed being a supervisor for art student teachers at Metropolitan State College.  She has taught adult watercolor and sketchbook
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Lorenz Rychner

COURSE LEADER: Lorenz Rychner

ABOUT: Lorenz Rychner took up piano and clarinet lessons as a child in his native Switzerland. He combined a career in publishing with a busy performing schedule. After emigrating to
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Eileen Sharkey

COURSE LEADER: Eileen Sharkey

ABOUT: Eileen Sharkey’s practical and global view of finance and easy-to-understand approach to the changing principles of money management makes her in demand as a financial
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Bill Shaw

COURSE LEADER: Bill Shaw

ABOUT: As a teenager, Bill taught himself to play bridge from a Charles Goren book, played fraternity bridge in college (don’t ask) and then ignored the game for over 40 years.  When
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Lorraine Sherry

COURSE LEADER: Dr. Lorraine Sherry

ABOUT: Lorraine Sherry is a long-term member of the Rocky Mountain Map Society (www.RMmaps.org), a 501C3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps and items
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Ted Stainman

COURSE LEADER: Ted Stainman

ABOUT: Ted Stainman graduated from the Hebrew Union College, NYC (1970) with a master’s in Hebrew Letters.  He also has a BA in history from Rutgers University (1964) and attended the
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Sandy Stollar

COURSE LEADER: Sandy Stolar

ABOUT: Before retiring after 30 years of teaching experience, Sandy Stolar taught Spanish at the middle school and high school and several semesters of community college, too. She loves
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COURSE LEADER: Dr. Alec Tsoucatos

ABOUT: Alec Tsoucatos was born in Alexandria, Egypt of Greek parents a day before Pearl Harbor. He attended a primary British school in Alexandria and finished Junior High and High School
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Paul Turelli

COURSE LEADER: Paul Turelli

ABOUT: Paul Turelli is a retired middle school teacher and administrator from Littleton Public Schools. He’s taught successful courses at The Academy including The Beatles, Female
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COURSE LEADER: Sharon Vary

ABOUT: Sharon Vary graduated from Vassar as a self-proclaimed hippie war protester in 1970 and then got an MSW from Smith. She spent most of her adult life as a therapist doing a lot of
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COURSE LEADER: Dennis Wanebo

ABOUT: Dennis Wanebo is a lawyer who has tried hundreds of jury trials—civil and criminal—as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney.  He has tried complex civil cases, and, on the
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Paulette Wasserstein

COURSE LEADER: Dr. Paulette Wasserstein

ABOUT: Dr. Paulette Wasserstein has always loved sharing “a good read.”  Her career in public education, teaching high school English, afforded her the endless opportunities to open
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ann-westerberg

COURSE LEADER: Ann Westerberg

ABOUT: Ann Westerberg is a Denver native and currently lives in Littleton.  As a writer she’s been employed by and written travel items for The Denver Post, and has had personal and
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wigdahl

COURSE LEADER: Matt Wigdahl

ABOUT: Matt Wigdahl began his teaching career with Kindergartners and the next 28 with high schoolers at Douglas County Schools,-teaching Literature, Grammar, Composition and Creative
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Dick Young

COURSE LEADER: Rear Admiral Richard (Dick) E. Young

ABOUT: One of the Academy’s most accredited facilitators, Rear Admiral Richard (Dick) E. Young, has a BA from the University of Michigan and graduated with honors from the United States
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