Meet Our Peer Leaders


Kendra Auberry


Kendra Auberry is the STEM Librarian at the IRSC Pruitt Campus where she helps students locate quality resources. Kendra teaches research skills through instructional sessions and the LIS 1002 Electronic Access to Information course. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Indiana University.



Dr. Harry Banks

Dr. Harry Banks, a retired Maryland teacher, helped create and lead adult discussion groups such as Socrates Cafe, Food For Thought and Topical Seminars in public libraries in the Delaware area. He earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. Degree from The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, D.C.

Neil Bernstein

Neil Bernstein is a retired music educator from New York. Since 1975, he has been teaching students of all ages—from kindergarten to mature adult learners—how to read music.


Joanne Blandford

Joanne Blandford was born in Fort Pierce and represents the fourth generation of her family to live in the area. Joanne edits the Main Street Focus, the official monthly newspaper of Main Street Fort Pierce, Inc. and volunteers as a guide for Main Street’s historic trolley tours of downtown Fort Pierce. She earned her A.A. Degree from Indian River State College and a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting from the University of Central Florida.

Patricia Blossom

After retiring from full-time teaching in Chicago and Ohio, Patricia Blossom became an Adjunct Professor at Indian River State College where she taught classes and tutored English and Reading in the Academic Support Center for twenty-five years. About fifteen years ago, a co-worker introduced Patricia to Mah Jongg, and she has been hooked ever since.

Karen Bono

Karen Bono is a retired gerontologist with over 25 years of experience in the aging field. Karen has taught various gerontology classes as an Adjunct Professor for a St. Louis, Missouri, university. In her role as administrator of the Age Smart Age Well Program for St. Louis County, she has conducted numerous community presentations on health and wellness issues facing older adults. As owner of Life Memories Renewed, Karen developed and delivered reminiscing programs for senior groups and residents of retirement communities and conducted training sessions in reminiscing for professionals in the long-term care industry. She earned her B.A. Degree in English Education, M.A Degree in Business Human Relations and M.S. Degree in Gerontology.

Kate Bradford

Kate Bradford is an Assistant Professor of criminal justice at Indian River State College. Kate loves the opportunity Indian River State College has given her to learn from and engage with her students. Before starting in this position five years ago, she was a practicing attorney specializing in the areas of criminal defense, juvenile delinquency and dependency. Kate lives in Stuart with her husband, David, who also served as a peer leader, and their three children, Ruby, 7, Olivia, 4, and Beau, who just turned 2. She earned her J.D. Degree from Stetson University.

Ellis Bromberg

Ellis Bromberg is the host of WQCS radio’s “Music & Lyrics,” a series about the great songwriters of Broadway, Hollywood and the American songbook. An award-winning broadcasting veteran, Ellis has spent 43 years in management, news reporting, production and consulting positions at TV and radio stations in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York and Florida, including 15 years as General Manager of Milwaukee Public Television. He has served as executive producer of many classical, jazz and popular music programs for local and national television, and is the former Dean of Media and Creative Arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Ellis earned an M.A. Degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University and a B.A. Degree from State University of New York at Binghamton.

Mel Bromberg, M.S.P.H./M.C.P.S.

Mel Bromberg holds graduate-level degrees from The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati in Environmental Science, Public Health, Community Planning and Geography. She has worked as a university professor, author, international speaker, expert scientific evaluator, translational research project leader and manager, consultant and entrepreneur with special emphasis in the areas of both water and Earth sustainability and scientific policy.  Her experience includes positions such as Water Team Leader for the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development’s Education Caucus, U.S.D.A. Extension Specialist for Water and Agriculture, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Marine and Freshwater Educational Grants Manager, and she has worked on national and international sustainable development and research projects.

Magi Cable

Magi Cable is a retired middle school teacher who since her retirement in 2010, has become involved in many local organizations. Magi is currently the president of the Okeechobee Historical Society. She developed the historical tours for the 2015 City of Okeechobee and the 2017 County Centennial celebrations.

Alexis Carlson
Alexis Carlson is the Reference Librarian at Indian River State College and helps students, staff, and community patrons of all ages learn about digital devices, social media, and basic computing. She earned her MLIS from the University of South Florida in 2007.
Dr. Evelyn Clements Catacchio
Evelyn (Clements) Catacchio was Vice President of Student Development at Middlesex Community College, the largest community college in Massachusetts. Beyond her work at Middlesex, Dr. Catacchio was President of the National Council for Student Development and was on the editorial board of the Journal for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators where she received an award as “Pillar of the Profession.” Evelyn earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s Degree from Boston University and a Doctorate Degree from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Grace Centola
Dr. Grace Centola is a nationally and internationally recognized specialist in reproductive laboratory and tissue banking. Dr. Centola has served on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, Maryland), SUNY Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse, New York) and the University of Rochester (Rochester, New York). She is proficient in state and federal regulatory aspects of cell and tissue banking and is a consultant to several reproductive tissue banks and stem cell cryobanks in the United States and internationally. Dr. Centola has published more than 40 peer reviewed scientific articles, 70 abstract presentations at national conferences and 26 book chapters, and she has presented more than 50 invited seminars. Dr. Centola earned a Ph.D. Degree from Georgetown University.
Rae Marie Crisel
Rae Marie Crisel spent her early working career as a research Biochemist and Molecular Biologist.  She was also director of several manufacturing processes for a large pharmaceutical firm.  Rae Marie always had the dream of becoming an artist to balance her scientific career, and she retired early to pursue both pottery making and painting.  She has been making and selling her work for more than 18 years.

Dr. Kathryn Den Houter

Dr. Kathryn Den Houter was a teacher and a psychologist for forty-five years. Currently in retirement, she is fulfilling her dream of reading and writing books. Her most recent work is titled "Resilience: A Workbook".


Emily "Emma"Dietrich

Emily “Emma” Dietrich is the Florida Public Archeology Network (FPAN) East Central Public Archaeology Coordinator. Emily is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Historical Archaeology at the University of West Florida focusing on public education and outreach. Her research interests include historical archaeology, public education and outreach, and museum interpretation.

Alicemarie Donohue
Alicemarie Donohue’s career includes more than 25 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, preceded by teaching secondary school in Cairo and Dubai. A full-time Florida resident since 2008, her main focus is on local community service and learning about new things that interest her. Alicemarie is a previous member of the External Advisory
Committee of the Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning and has been a peer leader for four years.
Dr. Robert O. Edmister
Dr. Robert O. Edmister was a Dean and Professor of Finance at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and the Frank R. Day Chair of Banking, Director of the Mississippi School of Banking and Professor at The University of Mississippi. He is a former practicing banker at the National Bank of Detroit, noted academic at Purdue, Maryland and Mississippi universities, and senior appointee to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Treasury (Comptroller of the Currency). He has published more than 40 academic articles and a textbook; and is ranked among the 1,000 most prolific scholars in finance literature in the world during the past 50 years. Dr. Edmister earned his Ph.D. Degree from Ohio State University, M.B.A. Degree from University of Michigan and B.S. Degree from Miami University (Ohio).
Joan Edwards
Joan Edwards is a retired fourth grade teacher who taught Florida and Indian River County history for many years in Vero Beach. Joan has led scores of lifelong learners on downtown walking tours. She has traveled to 77 countries and all 50 states. Joan volunteers with many community organizations and is an active member of the Fielden Institute. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from University of Findlay (Ohio) and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Stanford Erickson
Stanford Erickson is a 40-year member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and a former member of the Overseas Press Club in New York City. Stanford began his career as a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner. For more than 25 years as a Bureau Chief in Washington, D.C., and a reporter and editor in New York City, he covered presidents, Congress, administrative and regulatory departments and agencies. Stanford was a speechwriter in Washington, D.C. and head of international public relations for the largest containership. He is also a published author, poet and playwright. Stanford earned a B.A. Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. Degree from San Francisco State University and an M.S. Degree from the Business School at Columbia University.
Dr. Jean Dickinson Fielden
Dr. Fielden has led popular lifelong learning offerings since our program began.  She earned the B.A. and M.A. in mathematics at Duke and her Ph.D .in mathematical statistics at Virginia Tech. Jean spent her life in academia and is now the Russell Professor Emerita of Applied Statistics at the University of Alabama, where she served as chair of the program for more than 20 years.  She also taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Cincinnati and Mercer University.  In addition, she did consulting, contract teaching for the military and the American Statistical Association, and testified as an expert witness in legal cases and before Congress. She is an elected Fellow and life member of the American Statistical Association, as well as an avid reader and duplicate bridge player.  The graduate program in statistics at Virginia Tech was recently named in her honor.
Dr. Jim Fogel
Dr. Jim Fogel practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Ithaca, New York before moving to Hobe Sound. He has served on a number of professional boards at the local and state levels, and lectured at Cornell University and Ithaca College.
Darlene Forage
Darlene Forage is the Project Director for the Treasure Coast SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program. Darlene specializes in providing healthcare education to seniors and the disabled on the Treasure Coast. Having been a caregiver herself, she brings her wide perspective in addressing the many challenges seniors and the disabled face with their healthcare options in a compassionate, patient and dedicated manner. Darlene earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Kyle Freund
Dr. Freund is an Assistant Professor of anthropology at Indian River State College who has been involved in archaeological projects throughout the Mediterranean, the Middle East and North America. His work centers on a combination of fieldwork and laboratory-based methods; central themes include: a) scientific analyses of archaeological materials, b) the mapping of prehistoric networks of interaction and c) the social dimensions of exchange, reciprocity and long-distance relations.
Elizabeth Friedmann
Elizabeth Friedmann is the author of A Mannered Grace: The Life of Laura (Riding) Jackson and editor of The Laura (Riding) Jackson Reader. Elizabeth is co-editor of First Awakenings: The Early Poems of Laura Riding and Laura (Riding) Jackson’s The Word Woman and Other Related Writings and Four Unposted Letters to Catherine. She has also published articles on (Riding) Jackson in the United States, England and Brazil.

Dr. R. Michael Gallagher
Dr. R. Michael Gallagher brings 35 years of academic and clinical experience to his fellow lifelong learners. He is a recognized authority in medicine and healthcare delivery and has lectured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has served as a university professor, department chair and dean, and as medical director of healthcare organizations. Dr. Gallagher’s special interest is in complex headache and medical problems, and he has authored numerous articles, medical text chapters and books. Dr. Gallagher served as a United States Air Force. flight surgeon and retired with the rank of colonel. He has served as a member of the External Advisory Committee for the Fielden Institute.
Diane Goldberg
Diane Goldberg is a master gardener and master naturalist and serves as the Conservation Chair for the St. Lucie Audubon. She has also served as the past treasurer of the St. Lucie Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.
Donna Green
Donna Green is a retired secondary school and college instructor who taught in Iowa, Massachusetts, and Indian River and St. Lucie counties. Donna earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science, Anthropology and City Government from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She studied Spanish at the University and in Spain, Costa Rica and Guatemala, and traveled to Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico and Argentina. Donna has conducted several trips sharing with her students the culture and history of countries where Spanish is spoken. She is active in several community organizations.
Herb Hinkle
Herb Hinkle practiced law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for nearly 40 years, and currently is an Adjunct Professor of law at Rutgers University Law School teaching Trusts & Estates, Elder Law and Estate Planning. He earned a J.D. Degree from Rutgers and a second law degree (LL.M.) in taxation from Temple University Law School.
John C. Hosler
John C. Hosler spent more than 44 years in finance, management, and business consulting.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Ohio State University and served in both the United States Air Force and Air National Guard.  He is a Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force and a life member in the Air Force Association.
David W. Hunter
David W. Hunter is a retired U.S. diplomat. Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service as a career Foreign Service Officer, David worked in the Office of International Operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was a Visiting Fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. David speaks Russian, Spanish and some Korean. He earned a Master of Philosophy Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics; an M.B.A. Degree from the Crummer School, Rollins College; and a B.A. Degree from Emory University.
Bill Ingui
Bill Ingui taught U.S. history and constitutional law on Long Island, New York, for 33 years and seventh grade civics at Sebastian Charter Junior High School in Florida for three years. When teaching, Bill brought music into the study of history for his students. He was also a co-founder of CASTLE Learning Online. Bill is a member of the Praise Band at Concordia Lutheran Church and performs at adult residence facilities. He is also involved in a number of writing projects with his wife, Dr. Mary Jane Ingui. Bill is a graduate of C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, and he earned a Master’s Degree from Queens College and Administration Certification from Brooklyn College.

Dr. Mary Jane Ingui

Dr. Mary Jane Ingui is a news correspondent, author of a book about Italian-American women in the 20th century and a writer of many stories of veterans, including the recently published book Trauma and Tenacity in Vietnam: A Surgeon’s Story. She is a graduate of Adelphi University and Lehigh University.


Martin Jacobson

Martin Jacobson began his 35-year law enforcement career as a San Diego police officer and retired from the Stuart Police Department before accepting his current assignment as Deputy Director of the Seniors vs Crime program in Florida. He also retired from Indian River State College and Palm Beach State College where he served as an Adjunct Instructor for 30 years. Martin is the author of two criminal justice textbooks and numerous professional articles. He earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego Miramar College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Purdue University, a Master’s Degree in History from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Barry University, and he is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development School.

Paul Janensch

Paul Janensch was the top editor of the newspapers in Louisville, Kentucky; Rockland County, New York; and Worcester, Massachusetts. Paul also worked in Russia as a newspaper consultant taught journalism as an associate professor at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. He has been to China four times to lecture on the U.S. media and study the Chinese media. Paul co-wrote a dramatic presentation based on World War II letters and wrote another about Ireland’s Great Hunger. Now retired, he continues to write and speak about news media issues. Paul earned a B.A. Degree in Philosophy at Georgetown and an M.S. Degree in Journalism at Columbia.

Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson is a reference Librarian at the Indian River State College Pruitt Campus Library where she helps students and community patrons connect with resources and utilize technology. She earned her M.L.I.S. Degree from Florida State University.

Tom Juliano

Tom Juliano has been a docent at the Navy SEAL Museum for 12 years and a member of the Museum Advisory Board. Tom was a member of the Vero Beach Marine Commission for eight years, including five years as Chairman. He served as Commodore of the Moorings Yacht and Country Club and currently serves on several committees. Tom spent 35 years in executive positions in the information technology industry, which included living abroad in Canada and the United Kingdom. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

David Kapell
David Kapell has a degree in History and Political Science from Tufts University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan.  After a career in computer systems development, he was the program director for a non-profit adoption agency, spending several weeks each year traveling and negotiating with government officials in China.  He has traveled extensively throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, and maintains various levels of proficiency in Chinese, Dari (Persian), French, German and Spanish.  David is a past member of the External Advisory Committee of the Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly is a retired educator and administrator from St. Lucie County Public Schools.  She has mentored intern teachers for Florida Atlantic University, and served as a university supervisor of intern teachers for the University of Florida. She has served as an adjunct professor for Indian River State College teaching computer programing in the 1980s and courses in Special Education in the 2000s.  She has a B.A.E. in elementary education from the University of Florida; a M.A.E. in administration and supervision from Florida Atlantic University, and is certified in the instruction of children with Specific Learning Disabilities.

Richard Kerr

Richard Kerr was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency for 31 years where he served as Deputy Director and Acting Director. Richard worked in a wide variety of jobs, including preparing the President’s Daily Brief and heading the Far East Office. He spent seven years as a member of the commission monitoring the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Island. He just published The Dark Side of Paradise—a book of short stories.

Barbee Kiker
Barbee Kiker was involved for 15 years with computer training and course development for ONLC Training Centers based in Wilmington, Delaware. She has taught computer-related courses with Osher Lifelong Learning in Delaware and has a passion for keeping up with today’s technology.

Don Klein

Don Klein helps beginners gain confidence and build the skills needed to effectively use a computer for communicating with family and friends. Don is a retired educator with more than 30 years of teaching experience from elementary-age students to the lifelong learner. He earned a Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern in Instructional Technology.

Dr. Stephen Kowel

Dr. Stephen Kowel has held faculty positions at Syracuse University, the University of California–Davis, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Cincinnati, where he also served as Dean of the College of Engineering. After retiring as Professor and Dean Emeritus, he was the Director of Research Development for Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Kowel earned his Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Don Larson
Don Larson has been an active participant in lifelong learning and is sure to engage you with his approach to the subject of economics and the economy. He is an avid traveler and studied both modern European history and archaeology at the University of Pittsburgh. Don earned his M.B.A. Degree from the University of Chicago and a B.S. Degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. He attended the Executive program at Columbia University.
Katherine Geddes Lovkay
Lifelong learner Katherine Geddes Lovkay has been meditating for decades and has used and taught meditation in healthcare and public forums. Katherine has served as an inter-denominational chaplain for Treasure Coast Hospice and as an ordained minister in both Australia and the United States. Her approach is welcoming of individual spirituality with no particular spiritual approach presented or recommended. She earned her Master of Education Degree.
Keith Lyons
Keith Lyons has been a resident of Martin County, Florida, for 45 years. As a guitar player for 53 years, Keith’s interest in the instrument has inevitably led him to become a part-time luthier (one that makes or repairs stringed instruments). With several years of experience in repairing, modifying and making electric guitars, he has accumulated an intimate knowledge of the instrument and how it works.
Iris E. Madison
Iris Madison is a practicing licensed psychotherapist with more than 40 years of experience in the mental health/human services field. Iris has worked in private practice and in educational, governmental, medical and public health facilities, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indian River State College. She currently works part-time as a behavioral health therapist at Treasure Coast Community Health Center and has facilitated workshops for our Lifelong Learning Institute for the past four seasons. Her professional experience includes extensive work with Latino clients who have shared their stories of crossing the border. Her approach is both psychological, sociological, and systemic with an emphasis on understanding the person in his/her environment.

M.J. Malloy

M.J. Malloy spent her career teaching Spanish, French and Russian. Her love of bridge began during retirement, when she learned to play to keep her father company. M.J. is now a member of the American Bridge Teachers Association and is an American Bridge Contract League life master and accredited bridge director. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and a former ZTA Sorority sister.

Doug Marcello

Doug Marcello is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Coming from a career in education, Doug carries his passion for education into his financial advising. He enjoys helping people understand their investments and how they align with their financial goals. Doug appreciates working closely with clients and their CPA, attorney and other professionals to determine the most appropriate financial strategy.


Dr. Kimberlie Massnick

Dr. Kimberlie Massnick is a criminologist who specializes in cases involving sexual offenders and serial killers. From a public defense investigator to an Assistant Professor in criminal justice at Indian River State College, Dr. Massnick finds adventure and learning in unexpected places.

Dr. Susan Mathews

Dr. Susan Mathews founded Corporate Health Dimensions, which was later purchased by Walgreens. Dr. Matthews completed the Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale. She currently serves on various boards of directors; is a columnist for, a 501(c)3 in Chicago; and recently served as a study group leader for the Empire State College Academy for Lifelong Learning in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her personal website can be found at Dr. Mathews is an R.N. and earned Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Healthcare Administration and a Master’s Degree in Bioethics.

David Michaels, Ph.D.

Dr. Michaels is a Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Jenifer Mina
Jenifer Mina is a retired business librarian. In Connecticut, Jenifer owned a library management business, working with accounting, law, architecture, corporate and Federal libraries on a weekly basis. She has been writing poetry since age 12 and has taught poetry writing at several community colleges. For several years, Jenifer has taught poetry writing and nature classes for the Fielden Institute. Jenifer is a certified Florida master naturalist, and her volunteer activities include singing in a choir, acting as a nature guide, tutoring and volunteering at a farm that feeds the hungry. Jenifer earned a degree in American Studies from St. Joseph University and a Master’s Degree in Poetry from Wesleyan University.

Dr. James F. Miskel

Dr. James F. Miskel was the Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control at the National Security Council during the Reagan and first Bush administrations. Dr. Miskel also served as a Professor of national security affairs and Associate Dean of Academics at the U.S. Naval War College. As an Adjunct Professor at the war college, he taught online graduate courses on terrorism. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Long Island University Homeland Security Management Institute, and an adjunct professor at Norwich University and the University of Maryland. He and his wife live in Vero Beach. Dr. Miskel earned his undergraduate degree at Boston College and graduate degrees at the State University of New York.

Angie Neely-Sardon

Angie Neely-Sardon is a reference Librarian for the Brackett Library with the Indian River State College Mueller Campus. Angie works with student and community patrons, helping them find resources and use technology. She teaches information literacy and research skills through instructional sessions and serves as an instructor for the courses Electronic Access to Information and Introduction to Internet Research. Angie earned a Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University.

John Nelson

John Nelson is the President of Audubon of Martin County and the voice of “The Audubon Moment” which broadcasts on four public radio stations in Florida, including WQCS-FM 88.9. John is a certified Florida master naturalist, Toyota Audubon Together Green Fellow and wildlife videographer. He contributed video footage to National Geographic’s “World’s Deadliest” television series. His production company (Florida’s Wild Outdoors) has also produced educational videos for environmental non-profits, including the Manatee Education & Observation Center of Fort Pierce, Florida.

Jennifer Proper

Jennifer Proper has taught various classes in health and nutrition including on the college level. Jennifer has incorporated hands-on activities to reinforce training and presented numerous health-related programs in senior living centers. She earned a M.A. Degree and D.Litt. Degree.

Claire Quaglieri

Claire Quaglieri taught chemistry and psychology at Simsbury High School for 33 years. Since retiring, Claire has resided in a golf community in Port St. Lucie. Besides playing golf several times a week, she has taught multiple classes of Mah Jongg. Becoming active in the Fielden Institute has become a very fulfilling part of her time, and Claire hopes to spread the joy and challenge of Mah Jongg even further. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Administration from Central Connecticut State University.

Dr. Herbert P. Ricardo

Dr. Herbert P. Ricardo previously worked in healthcare administration, developing and structuring existing organizations for maximum efficiency and productivity. Dr. Ricardo currently teaches Organizational Behavior and Management at Indian River State College and Global Trade and Commerce at Czech University of Life Sciences Prague. His field of expertise includes international entrepreneurship, organizational culture and management. Dr. Ricardo has lectured on the holistic approach to work, its value to the individual, the organization and community as a whole. His latest book is Balance: Work Culture in the 21st Century, How Work Defines Us And Shapes Our Society; others include Raising Employees, Thinking Organizations, The Art of Supervision, Autoneurotica and Wireless.

Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum

Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum is a holistic clinical pharmacist, certified health coach, and Founder and CEO of Rx Integrative Solutions. Dr. Rosenbaum has over 40 years of professional practice experience in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, hospital medication quality and safety, and health and wellness consulting.


Joseph Saul

Joseph Saul is a native of New York with educational backgrounds in chemistry and biochemistry. Joseph is a retired dentist and professor of dentistry, as well as a former law review editor. His areas of practice have included insurance law, corporate and securities law, commercial law, real estate law, and taxation. He has written a book on the history of the Middle East focusing on the development of Islam and the impact of the Ottoman-German alliance on the modern Middle East.

Ned Schwartz

Ned Schwartz is a Professor Emeritus from Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ned taught courses in Strategic Management and Integrated Business Operations in the College of Business. His motto is “Learn something new every day.” His passion is sharing information with others while encouraging lively discussions and the pursuit of thoughtful analysis. In retirement, Ned’s eclectic view of the world continues to include pizza-making, plausible science fiction and current events, which he incorporates into his novels and music. Ned earned his J.D. Degree and is a certified public accountant.


Dr. Alexander Shelby

Dr. Alexander Shelby is fluent in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, with rudimentary knowledge of Farsi and Hebrew. Dr. Shelby has conducted research in the Middle East focusing on the impact of American foreign policy in the region during the Cold War. Alex has worked for the Fulbright Institute of International Education and the U.S. State Department as Florida State University representative to visiting Iraqi Fulbright scholars to promote international education and cultural understanding. His latest research project focuses on American-Egyptian relations during the Yemeni Civil War. For his next project, Dr. Shelby plans a study on the rise of the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL). He earned a M.A. Degree in
American History from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. Degree in Middle East and Islamic History from Florida State University.

Bill Solomon

Bill Solomon serves as Department Chair of the Human Environmental Science Department at Indian River State College, which oversees the Culinary Institute, the Culinary Operations Apprenticeship program and Early Childhood Education Degree programs. Bill is pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Hospitality Management at Iowa State University. He is a certified hospitality educator from the American Lodging Association, a certified instructor for the National Restaurant Association and a coach for the medal-winning IRSC Culinary Olympic Team. Bill earned an A.S. Degree in Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts, a B.B.A. Degree in Accounting and an M.A. Degree in Career and Technical Education.

Dr. Benjamin Taggie

Dr. Benjamin Taggie, Professor Emeritus at UMass Dartmouth, taught medieval and classical history and served as dean, provost and vice chancellor. Dr. Taggie founded MSA Cultural Tours which conducts annual tours to Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal. He currently serves as the President and Executive Director of the Mediterranean Studies Association, teaches lifelong learning adult education classes in Florida and Massachusetts. Dr. Taggie has researched and published in the field of history and served as editor of the prestigious journal Mediterranean Studies. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State and was a post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard and Brown.


Mia Tignor

Mia Tignor is the emerging technologies Librarian at Indian River State College where she helps students, staff and community patrons navigate the sometimes tricky world of traditional and tablet computing. She earned her M.L.I.S. Degree from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Paul Trudeau

Dr. Trudeau has been involved in treatment of psychologically diagnosed people since 1960. Paul’s training in psychoanalysis required six years of post-doctorate training at New York University. During his career, Dr. Trudeau treated and/or consulted in hospitals, schools and private practice with myriad ages, diagnoses and techniques. He earned a B.A. Degree, M.A. Degree and Ph.D. Degree in New York.

Raphaele Wagner

Raphaele Wagner’s work experience includes geriatrics, pediatrics and everyone in between, and in just about every setting possible. Raphaele is a member of Age Safe America. She graduated from Barry University with a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy and has earned several professional certificates and additional credentials, including Aging In Place Specialist, Senior Safety Specialist and Advance Practice In Psychiatric Occupational Therapy. Raphaele recently became a certified end-of-life doula consultant.

Dowling Watford

Dowling Watford, Jr. is a 5th generation Floridian and Life-long Okeechobee resident. He graduated from Okeechobee High School and Florida Southern College. He currently serves as Mayor of the City of Okeechobee and is an active member of the First United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee, the Okeechobee Historical Society, and the Okeechobee Battlefield Friends.

Sarah Way

Sarah Way is a retired media specialist from Montgomery County, Maryland. During her more than 20-year career in education, Sarah taught grades K-12 and worked with both gifted and challenged students. When not traveling, Sarah works as a substitute teacher in Martin County. She earned a B.A. Degree in Communications from Simmons College and an M.S. Degree in School Library Media from McDaniels College.

Brett Williams

Brett Williams is a reference Librarian at the Indian River State College Miley Library. He assists students, staff, faculty and community users locate and understand information. Brett earned his M.L.I.S. Degree from Valdosta State University.


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