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TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES

ROBIN CRAMP (What In The World) was born and raised in the county of Cheshire in northern England.  After graduating with a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University he married and began a family.  His first significant opportunity came with the employment with Canadian Pacific which took him to Toronto and Montreal for three years.  He moved back to Northampton, England, and joined Avon Products and eventually becoming Avon's International Operations Director in 1980.  This career brought him back to the U.S. where he lived in Conneticut and Manhattan, NY.  He worked and traveled globally for ten years out of Manhattan with the responsibilty for 28 countries.  In the middle of this assignment he and his family moved to the Middle East in setting up a new Avon operation there.  He moved back to the UK for a year before returning to the US where he has remained.  In San Francisco, he and his wife, Margaret, ran their own printing company and then moved to Philadelphia and Atlanta to work for a corporate paper behemoth.  Robin came to Brevard seventeen years ago as the COO and later president of a large nutritional product company in Melbourne.  He currently is the executive director for Housing for Homeless in Rockledge, who care for 120 homeless families and individuals including veterans https://housingforhomeless.org.  Robin's hobbies are performing as a solo singer and playing guitar.

JAMES R. NELSON (How To Write Your First Novel) was born in Escanaba, Michigan, a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  He graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology.  Several years later he earned a Master's Degree in Education from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  James taught biology and marine biology for 14 years in south Florida.  After receiving his master's degree, he moved to the computer sales field and was the sales manager for Boca Research for six years before moving to Melbourne, Florida.  In Melbourne he worked at Paravant Computer Systems and then GSI Commerce where he was in charge of the training and quality departments. When James is not cranking out mystery novels, he enjoys hiking scrubland trails, walking on the beach, and kayaking. jamesrnelson.com.

JUDY (MELONE) CARR (Mah Jongg) was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to a loving Italian couple. Besides her primary job of raising her two sons, she found time to have a career in multipIe areas such as an accountant at Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, receptionist for a chiropractor and a dentist. She and her family resided in Jersey until 2003.  After one too many snowstorms in the northeast, sunny Florida was beckoning her.  "My mother loved traveling, playing mah jongg, and line dancing, so I'm following in her footsteps!"

 

LESLIE (WUEST) JOHANSEN (British Literature; Science Of Mindfulness) was born in the Bronx but moved to begin her schooling in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.  She returned to the Bronx for the last two years of high schood attending St. Raymond Academy in its first graduating class of 1964. She attended the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY, earning a Bachelor's of Arts in English. She began teaching  high school English in 1969.  In 1985 she earned a Master's of Science degree from Lehman College (CUNY) with a MS degree in Education. Leslie returned to where she started as she taught high school English in the Bronx and Manhattan for over 30 years and running a small school for developmentally disabled pre-schoolers in Brooklyn.  In 1989 she moved to Indian Harbour Beach and working at Easter Seals as the Director of Child Development. She also taught English at Melbourne Central Catholic Hight School until her retirement.  Leslie has been volunteering with the Shepherd Center ever since!  Once a teacher, always a teacher.

ISABEL OCHOA-YOUSSEF (Intro To Spanish; Conversational Spanish) hails from Brooklyn, New York, and attended Brooklyn College.  For most of her thirty year career Isabel worked for the Department of Education in Brooklyn.  She holds master's degrees in Bilingual Education and in Health Science.  Isable is a New York state certified K-12 teacher.  She has two sons that continue to be educators in New York while she enjoys her retirement in Florida.  Currently, Isabel spends her time volunteering with Aging Matters in Brevard, mentoring students in Brevard County schools, and participating in TRIF, a retired group of teachers.  She has joined Toastmasters International in an effort to to improve her public speaking skills. When she is not volunteering, Isable likes to travel to new and exciting places. "Being a part of Shepherd's Center-Beachside has rewarded me with many new friends and a better understanding of my native language, Spanish.

RUSTY STUART (Personal Finance) is one of those rare birds you may find; he's a native Floridian.  He was born in Palatka, Florida, but grew up in Panama City, Florida.  In 1990 Rusty earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Computer Science at Florida State University, and later a MBA from the University of Central Florida in 1995.  He has also received the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®) professional designation from the College of Financial Planning.  In 2010, Rusty began his Edward Jones career as a financial advisor in the Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach areas.  He is also a limited partner with Edward Jones.  He and his wife, Kristy, have three children (Elijah, Joshua and Gracie).  They have lived in the beachside area since 1993.  As a family they love the outdoors: surfing, fishing, biking, camping and collecting shells, as well as traveling across the globe.  As a person who gives back to his community, Rusty has been active in Brevard County business and civic affairs for many years.  He has served as a member of the Economic Development Commission and on the Resource Development Council. Rusty was co-vice president of the board of directors for the Satellite Instrumental Musical Foundation, and volunteer as a budget mentor with Love INC, a nonprofit based in Melbourne.  "This is our little piece of paradise. I love to surf, so I was drawn to this area because of that." http://www.edwardjones.com/rusty-stuart

TOM SANDERS (Magic For Everyone; Science In Your Life) was born and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He attended Purdue University studying Electrical Engineering (EE) and received MS and PhD degrees specializing in microelectronics (silicon chips).  After graduation, Tom accepted a position at Harris Semiconductor in Melbourne, FL, where he worked for over 20 years and rose to the level of Vice President of R&D.  He then left Harris to become a Professor and Department Head of EE at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).  After 15 years at FIT, Tom left to be the President and CEO of a small business in Melbourne (AET, Inc.) which developed special silicon chips for military and other applications.  After 12 years, he fully retired.  Tom and his wife, Judy, of 55 years live in Indialantic and have three children and four grandchildren.  In the last 20 years, Tom and Judy have traveled the world, visiting over 50 countries.  Besides teaching at the Shepherd's Center, Tom enjoys playing golf and bridge and volunteering with Daily Bread and with his church.

EDWARD VON KOENIGSECK (New Testament) is a technician.  You can derive this supposition by his education and career achievements.  Ed spent four years in the Air Force and became an electronics technician on navigation/communications equipment and airborne radar.  After the military he decided to continue his education.  He earned his associate's degree in Electrical Technology from Suffolk County Community College, New York.  From there, Ed obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Rollins Collge here in Florida.  This education and training has taken Ed von K to Pennsylvania, Delaware, California, New York, and now Florida, where he has briefly been a field technician and then a Technical Writer/Technical Director/Technical Publications Supervisor/Integrated Logistics Support Program Manager for 41 years.  In the recent past, Ed had taught Advanced English curriculum on Technical Writing at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).  Ed has published a technical body of work, Technical Writing for Private Industry, and a personal memoir, Island Park - A Memoir.  He is a member of Space Coast Writer's Guild.  Additionally, Ed is an independent contractor providing consulting services and editing for McDonough Publishing and McDonough Consulting (Melbourne).  Ed von K's hobbies are reading (science, religion, history, etc.), target practice, writing, and cooking.

SHANNON MILLER (Knitting) was born and grew up in Tallahassee.  She has been married for 48 years to Steve Miller.  They have three grown children (two boys and one girl) and seven grandkids.  Shannon has a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.  She has taught in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida.  Shannon moved to Melbourne when her husband began working for Harris in 2003.  Her hobbies include knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, and card-making.

JANET HARAZDA (Posturcize) is orginally from Verona, New Jersey, grew up in a household with three older brothers.  She began her undergrad work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then transferred to the School of Nursing of the University of Miami, Florida.  After graduating with her B.S. in nursing, she worked on a step-down cardiac unit and then maternity ward at South Miami Hospital.  Janet continued to work as a nurse for 23 years in many different specialties including psychiatry, drug and alcohol rehab, orthopedics, and eye surgery.  Early in her nursing career she had physical problems; specifically in her feet and neck.  At that time Jan met and became a student of Hoshino Therapy®.  Tomezo Hoshino (1910-2000) was an acupuncturist specializing in his own unique acupressure (no needles) technique for rejuvenating the tendons and thereby resolving many bio-mechanical problems such as shoulder and back pain.  Janet decided this avenue of health medicine would become her specialty.  She relishes the practical benefit of providing a naturally effective, drug-free, self-empowering approach to the many repetitive movement issues that affect the general population.  When Jan is not helping others, she enjoys gardening at her home which she calls a controlled jungle.  She also likes contra dancing which combines her love of music and dance in an easy, friendly social scene.  She welcomes anyone to come and talk to her about this mode of dancing. 

JIM & MARY ANN LOAFMAN (Yoga Stretch; Chair Yoga) have known each other since they were 16 and 14 years old, respectively; they started going together and have never stopped!  Jim was born is Trumann, Arkansas; he earned a B.S. degree in Medical Engineering from Rolla School of Engineering in Rolla, Missouri. Mary hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and she obtained a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems from Rollins College. They both worked in the space industry. Coupled with the declining space-related work in Huntsville, Alabama, and the warmer weather in central Florida, they relocated to this area where Jim worked for Harris and Mary Ann was employed at the Cape for Aerospace Corp.  They are both passionate watercolor artists and have been doing that for the past six years.  Jim and Mary Ann travel and paint what they see.  Some interesting spots have been Iquazu Falls in Argentina, Istanbul, Machu Picchu, and Egypt. They once backpacked to India for a month when they were 50 years old, and a second time with Benedictine Monk Father Lawrence Freeman, spending several weeks visiting many holy spots and then meeting for several days with The Dali Lama for silent prayer under the Bo Tree in Bodhgaya. Since retirement, and for the past thirteen years they volunteer as missionaries to Haiti - traveling every three months under the Hearts Out to Haiti Mission program sponsored by Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.  Mary Ann and Jim have been married for 59 years and have four sons.

SUZA TALBOT (German Expressionism Movement - Art) is a graduate of the Boston Museum School, James Madison University, and the University of Florida Ceramics program.

NANCY DENNEE (iPad Plus; Old Fashioned Christmas) was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois; graduating from the University of Dayton with a degree in Elementary Education and her Master's degree from Northeastern Illinois University.  She married her college sweetheart, Terry, traveling the world for a short time with the Navy.  After living in California, where daughter Number One was born, Nancy and Terry were stationed in the Philippines, and then in London, where daughter Number Two was born.  Finally after 8 years of service, the Dennee family settled in Chicago where daughter Number Three made her appearance.  Fast forward to the present.  After 37 years in Satellite Beach, having lost Terry to cancer 19 years ago, and her three daughters to marriage and babies, she happily retired after teaching for 20 years in Brevard County.  She keeps busy volunteering, teaching at Shepherd Center, reading, and traveling to visit her 6 grandchildren and the world. Yes, she did ride a camel in Morocco!

ROCHELLE LAWANDALES (Zumba) has a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University - GO TIGERS!  She worked for several local governments from 1979-1989 and started Lawandales Planning Affiliates (LPA) in 1989.  Her private practice reached communities throughout the state and elsewhere until 2010.  On the Board of Directors for numerous local charitable organizations and governmental boards over the years, she currently volunteers as a member of the Brevard County Planning and Zoning Board, and on 211 of Brevard.  Rochelle currently works part time for a local development company and is a private consultant.  In 2018, Rochelle received the highest honor of being inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  Once an "exercise-hater!” she found and fell in love with Zumba® in 2011, a dance fitness program which is truly ‘exercise in disguise’.  After becoming licensed in 2012, she is grateful for a wonderful group of patrons, many of whom have become dear friends.  Ro also became licensed in Zumba Gold ® and Zumba Toning®, two specialty programs that better meets the needs of her patrons through high energy, but low impact movements, and to focus on core and muscular development for strength and balance in the aging process.  "If you haven’t tried it, you might like it.  If you stopped, come back and feel the ‘happy hour!' With fond & forever gratitude to Larry and Joyce Boudrie for inviting me to spread a little joy, a little sweat, and a little bounce for our minds, bodies, and souls, I am blessed to be starting my 5th year with the Shepherd Center! Many thanks to Tony for your terrific abilities and efforts in continuing this great program, and having me continue to spread a little Zumba Gold ® love."

 

JOEL STURMAN (Giants Of The Internet) hails from New York City and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University respectively. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Computer Science and holds the first Computer Science degree ever granted by Cornell and the third nationwide.  Joel spent a number of years as a research scientist and Supervisor of Advanced Software Technology at Bell Telephone Laboratories.  He served as a Director of Software Technology at Harris Corporation and as Manager of the Computer Science Research Program at the General Electric Research and Development Laboratories.  Since his retirement from GE he as served as a visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Albany and as an Adjunct Professor at Union College in Schenectady, New York.  He has served three terms as an elected member of the Board of Education in New Providence, New Jersey, and has been an appointed member of the Union County School Boards Association.  He was appointed by the NJ State Legislature to the “State Task Force on Business Efficiency of the Pubic Schools” where a number of the Task Force’s recommendations have resulted in significant changes to NJ State Education Law.  In addition to his current activities at the Shepherd’s Center he is also an instructor at Senior Adventures ILearning.

 

JANE MANDEVILLE (Florida Gardening) claims her hometown as Woonsocket, Rhode Island, which is the northernmost city in the state against the Massachusetts border.  Her future husband, Moe, and she grew up there.  Jane attended Mount Mercy College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and furthered her education by taking classes from Rollins College on site at Patrick Air Force Base.  Moe was a 21-year career serviceman; he and Jane lived the nomadic life of the U. S. Air Force by living in Ohio, Indiana, four times in Florida, Massachusetts, and  England.  Jane's library and debate skills from high school helped pay my college tuition.  Later she ran a pre school for 3-5 year olds in England, and a thrift shop for the military. Her parents owned two publications that provided her writing skills through her teen years and later part time as a book reviewer.  Her other work opportunities included dental assisting and a Kindercare attendant for two years.  Jane took Master Gardener training in Florida 23 years ago.  Jane's four daughters kept beckoning her and Moe to return "home" to Florida. They finally landed after Moe's retirement from the air force.  Jane's hobbies are vegetable gardening, Bonsai, and reading.  Jane has been teaching gardening classes since Shepherd's Center -Beachside's inception 15 years ago and attendance is filled to capacity each term.

ROBERT W. WOOTEN (Philosophy Of Humor) was born and raised in California.  He lived in a small desert town in the middle of the state near the Coast Range.  He entered the Navy out of high school and immediately got to see Hawaii and Japan.  With advanced Navy schooling, Robert was sent to Spain to work on satellite navigation systems for missile submaries.  While in Spain, he took advantage of a university program and became fluent in Spanish.  This would come in handy when he met the lady that would become his wife; she was a schoolteacher and her second language was French, not English.  The Navy brought Robert and his newlywed wife back to Charleston, South Carolina, where he began his family: a boy and their first daughter.  He later relocated to Brevard County where he worked on missile telemetry and then a staff technical writing assignment.  His second daughter came along about this time.  While here in Florida, Robert took advantage of the military's educational opportunities.  He first obtained a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mathematics and Science from Rollins College, and the same day he retired from the Navy he received his Master's of Science degree in Computer Science from Florida Tech.  Robert and his wife traveled much of the world: Spain, Portugal, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and many other countries in Europe and Western Pacific.  "Since my retirement, my major source of enthusiasm has been taking the opportunity to lean new things.  I look to the Learning Company, producers of The Great Courses, as a bonanza of access to lectures from first-rate professors."

MARTY BERRY (Enneagram Of Personality Types) was born in Cloverport, Kentucky, and moved to Melbourne as a youth.  She graduated from Rollins College with a BS in mathematics and from Florida Institute of Technology with a MS in computer science.  She worked for the space program at Patrick Air Force Base, Northrup Grumman, and retired from Rockwell Collins in 2005 as Technical Director of Software Process.  In 2007, Marty was certified as a Professional Integral Coach from the highly regarded New Ventures West school in San Francisco where she was introduced to the Enneagram.  The Enneagram is a profound teaching about ego structures and how our reality is filtered through our perspectives. "I am inspired to teach The Enneagram as a gesture of gratitude for the difference it has made in my own life and relationships."  

CINDY H. DAIN, a.k.a. One Amazing Carrot (What's for Dinner):  Healthful cooking for one, in a culture of two, is a new adventure for Cindy.  She was born in Wisconsin, studied music in France, and taught elementary music in Brevard County for 36 years.  Cindy has also been active as a performing musician with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Cocoa Village Playhouse, and as a church musician.  Cindy has always had a passion for food, and loves to share her ideas about cooking and health matters.  She completed the Forks Over Knives Essentials Cooking Course and participated in the Gluten Free at Home online cooking class by Chef Cynthia Louise. 

Sylvia Emmons (Stretch, Strengthen & De-stress) is a lifelong student with a passion for wellness - body, mind and spirit, fitness, and learning.  Professionally, her journey began as a Registered Nurse but her real focus was always on wellness and education.  She earned a Bachelors Degree in American Studies from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and loved the diversity of this major.  Then later, a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and Wellness from University of Central Florida.  Having practiced yoga for many years she became a certified Yoga teacher in 1994.  She continued studying yoga and completed programs in Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Stress Management Teacher training as well as studying with too many teachers to mention.  In 1997 she became certified in mat Pilates and later completed Pilates apparatus training in New York City.  Most recently Sylvia lived in New York City and worked as a Registered Nurse and Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.  At Mt. Sinai she also taught Chair Yoga and Meditation classes to Cardiac Rehabilitation patients.  For 18 years, while living in Manhattan, she worked independently as a personal trainer teaching yoga, Pilates and strength training.  "When not exercising or teaching exercise, I love to study and practice watercolor painting."