Meet Our Instructors
Sustainable Eastern Shore: Communities
Owen Bailey is ESLC’s Towns Program Manager. He began working for ESLC in July 2015. Owen is on the Chestertown Planning Commission and previously served on the Historic District Commission. He has a Masters of English Literature from Washington College and is a lifelong resident of Chestertown where he lives with his family.
Katie Barney is the author of six cookbooks, and has been teaching cooking classes in the IAL program for a number of years.
Larry Blount was a history major at Wabash College, graduating in 1965. He joined the Peace Corps as a Volunteer, and served in Panama, 1965-1967. He was then drafted, commissioned as an infantry officer, and served as an infantry advisor in Vietnam (1969-1970). He attended graduate school at the University of Texas, and received an MA in social anthropology (1972). He had 2 careers, one as a civilian in the Public Health Service, and a second one in the Army, and Army Reserve, with 30 years-service in each. His Reserve service was in Civil Affairs, principally working with refugees, and peacekeeping operations. He was deployed in 1975 to help resettle Vietnamese refugees, and again in 1980 to help resettle Cuban refugees. In 1990 and 1991 he was a senior Civil Affairs Advisor to US Central Command in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as part of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. And in 1995-1996 he served as Chief of Operations, Civil Affairs, UN Peacekeeping Force in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In addition to his military deployments, he and his wife have traveled to many parts of the world.
Aging Brain and Communication
Nancy Brandenburger is a Speech-Language Pathologist with many years experience working with adults with cognitive challenges. She is the owner-operator of an aging brain!
Access to Justice
Sandy Brown has served as the Executive Director for the Mid-Shore Pro Bono since 2008. Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. MSPB covers a large rural service area including Kent, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Queen Anne’s Counties with a recent expansion to the Lower Shore. Over the years, MSPB has grown from a small lawyer referral agency to the Eastern Shore’s premier legal services provider offering access to several diverse programs that meet the legal needs of our community’s neediest residents. Sandy lives in Easton, MD with her husband Jesse, two yellow Labrador retrievers and a cat.
Birding Tips for the Beginner Birder
Adele is a volunteer at CBEC managing the care and feeding of the captive birds of prey, works with the American Kestrels and takes part in birds of prey educational programs such as the Legacy Institute for the Environment. An avid birder, Adele has been involved with birding most of her life, but since May of 2019 this passion has become nearly a full-time job. She officially monitors and documents nests - Bald Eagles (Maryland Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Program), Great Horned Owl (CBEC), Wood Ducks (CBEC) and American Kestrels (American Kestrel Partnership). As a member of the Maryland Ornithological Society she attends and leads bird walks. Adele maintains an active website which includes a catalog of the birds she has photographed, nest monitoring information and commentary, raptor identification information and more - website: Birding.Pictures.
Things Fall Apart: A reflection on the 60’s in America
A retired independent high school History teacher with 40 years experience, Ms Conrad taught in NC, RI, and MD independent schools. She holds a BA in History, Allegheny College ’72 and a MA in History, Brown University ’96. Ms. Conrad created an elective course on the 60s for HS seniors that became a mainstay at her school in Rhode Island. Using both primary sources and methods that were student-centered, Ms. Conrad prefers discussion, in-class projects and activities over straight lecture. The era will be brought to life with the incorporation of resources and images.
American Revolution in the South (including Maryland and Delaware)
Dennis Conrad earned a Ph.D. in Early American History from Duke University. His dissertation topic is Nathanael Greene and the Southern Campaigns, 1780-1783. He has published Papers of General Nathanael Greene, 10 of the 13 Vols. in the series including Editor and Project Director of the Greene Papers for vols. 7 through 13 (the War in the South volumes). He is the Editor of Naval Documents of the American Revolution, vols. 11-13 and has written Essays on Greene and other Rev. War topics in several anthologies, journals, etc. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution Association.
The Meaning of the Bible: How Jews & Christians Read Holy Scripture
The Rev. Mark S. Delcuze is an Episcopal priest currently serving as Rector of Christ Church Parish, Kent Island. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M. Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School (Cambridge, MA). In 37 years of ordained life, he has served as Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer for two dioceses, as Clergy Deputy to his denomination’s General Convention and has served in a variety of key roles the Diocese of Easton.
Introduction to Maryland Beekeeping and Pollinators
Mark Dykes is the extension and Bee Squad coordinator for the vanEngelsdorp Bee Lab. Previous to his position at the University of Maryland, Mark was the Chief Inspector for the Texas Apiary Inspection Service (TAIS). During his tenure at TAIS Mark helped to create the Texas Master Beekeeper Program and the Texas State Honey Bee Diagnostic Lab. Mark was also a supervisor with the Florida Department of Agriculture's Apiary Inspection Service and the apiary manager for Dr. Jamie Ellis' honey bee lab at the University of Florida. Mark has a degree in natural resource conservation from the University of Florida and is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Ann Fallon has taught this type of dance for 30 years, at various venues, such as on-going dance series, festivals, private groups, and elementary schools. Most of this has taken place in the greater Washington-Baltimore area, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Beginner Bead Weaving - Pinch Bead Bracelet
Bead Weaving – Peyote Stitch Bracelet
Teddy Griffin has a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and spent over 30 years in Application and System programming. After retirement, she has enjoyed making jewelry and other beaded projects, and is eager to share that passion with others.
Suspension of Disbelief: Explore the World of Community Theatre
Kathy Jones is a retired teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students who caught the theatre bug many years ago. She has been involved onstage or backstage in over 30 productions with several area theatre groups, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Church Hill Theatre. She enjoys sharing her passion for theatre with others, and hopes to encourage more people to become involved as participants, volunteers or audience members. Kathy graduated with a B.A. and an M.Ed from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and also has graduate credits in Children’s Literature and Library Science. She has one son who is also a theatre/music junkie and has even coaxed her husband Bruce onto the stage. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the guitar and singing Classic Rock, and often performs in Key West, her favorite place to visit. She lives with her husband on Kent Island.
Landscaping Basics and Plant Choices
Cindy King worked in wholesale nursery for eight years and ran The Mill of Kingstown Garden Center for 22 years. She is a graduate of Longwood Gardens Horticultural Series 1 and a Certified Professional Horticulturalist through the State of Maryland. She also holds specialty titles in Composting, Weed ID and Control, Plant ID, Herbaceous Perennials, Pest ID and Control. She has a Pesticide License, Fertilizer License, is Certified for Lantern Fly and is a Board member of Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association.
Core Principles of Psychology VI: Stress
Steve Kinlock has earned graduate degrees in psychology, education, and history and has over 30 years of teaching experience at the high school and college level. He has also served in elected office and lives in Cordova.
Kathy Leary received training in aerobic dance, ballroom dancing and line dancing. She taught line dancing classes at Chesapeake College and the Talbot County Senior Center, and led the Showtime Dancers in performance at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. From 2017 to March 2020, she taught aerobic dance for Chesapeake College at the Talbot County Senior Center, Grasonville Senior Center, and the Percy Thomas (Kent Island) Senior Center. She also taught classes for IAL. Prior to the reopening of the senior centers, she volunteered my time to teach an aerobic dance class at the Moose at the request of my former students. She is still teaching this class, and will be teaching again at the local senior centers beginning in November.
Broken Plate Fish Picture Frame
Seashell Mosaic Picture Frame
Candace Liccione is the owner of Wye River Designs – a creativity and wellness studio in Grasonville, MD for the past 15 years. Wye River Designs features classes in mosaics, collage, mixed media and jewelry making. Before she moved to the Eastern Shore, she had an herb business for five years called The Herbal Sanctuary in Royersford, PA. Wye River Designs combines her love of arts and crafts and wellness. Wye River Designs also offers over 200 kinds of medicinal herbs, teas, aromatherapy and wellness classes.
Robin Marchionni has been dancing since the age of three and has experience in Ballet, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Tap and Broadway Musical styles. She has danced professionally as well as taught and choreographed all ages and have a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Current Events and Social Issues I
Current Events and Social Issues II
Dr. Mylander's schooling includes an AB in Mathematics from Bowdoin College, a SM in Industrial Management from MIT, and a PhD in Operations Research from Stanford University. He was an OR analyst at the Research Analysis Corporation, a policy analyst at the Federal Energy Agency, and policy analyst, studies director at the Energy Information Administration. He is retired from the US Naval Academy where he was a professor of Operations Analysis and Mathematics. As a volunteer he works on breast cancer studies at the Anne Arundel Medical Center. His family purchased a summer place on Kent Island in 1947 and he and his wife Marilyn moved into the family home in 1979.
A Tree-mendous Opportunity
Amy Narimatsu has a degree in Environmental Studies from Salisbury University. She is currently the Community Engagement Coordinator for ShoreRivers where she manages the volunteer programs, supports community engagement efforts of all departments, and works to establish a strong, diverse ambassador base for clean water. She is one of the main point people for the ShoreRivers Maryland Tree Stewards Program, a new initiative with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to increase the number of urban trees in our local watersheds through training and supporting community volunteers in proper tree planting and tree care maintenance.
The Mediterranean Diet
Julianna Pax retired from Montgomery County Schools in 1999 where she developed and taught the nutrition science curriculum in addition to her chemistry classes. She has a BS in chemistry from the University of Dayton, an MS from University of Michigan and a PhD in nutrition science from the University of Maryland and is the author of several cookbooks. The fifth cookbook is “Cooking for One (or More)”. She also does the Soup and Walks at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely MD and teaches line dances at YMCA in Cambridge MD.
Sustainable Eastern Shore: Lands
Larisa Prezioso is ESLC’s Restoration Specialist, beginning her work for ESLC in January of 2020. Earning her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Biology from Washington College in Chestertown, Larisa has a robust working knowledge of Delmarva’s ecosystems and a profound love for the Chesapeake. Larisa serves as a project coordinator for conservation best practices and habitat restoration, as well as ESLC’s resident expert on Geographic Information Systems.
Sustainable Eastern Shore: Communities
Sara Ramotnik is ESLC’s Policy Manager. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy and currently lives in Annapolis. She is passionate about conservation and getting people involved with advocating for the places that surround them.
Sustainable Eastern Shore: Lands
David Satterfield joined ESLC in January 2018 after working as ESLC’s Stewardship Intern in 2016 and Stewardship Contractor in the Fall 2017. As Land Program Manager for ESLC, David leads his team in acquisition, stewardship and restoration of conservation properties throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland. David has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Towson University and a Masters of Science in Biology from the University of Nebraska – Kearney, specializing under both programs on wildlife biology. This focus on wildlife stems from a lifetime passion for animals, stoked through literature, excursions through the woods, and hunting/fishing with his family.
Alicia Siegrist earned a BS in Geology from UMD-College Park and a MS in Geochemistry and Mineralogy from Penn State. She has worked for NASA-Goddard and UMD Computer Center, has taught geology and computer science to students age 5 to 85, and has coached JV and Varsity Cross-Country. Although her pace has slowed over a 27+ year walking/running career, her enthusiasm for getting outside and putting one foot in front of the other has never diminished.
Galt Siegrist received a BS in Geology from Lehigh and an MS and Ph.D in Mineralogy and Geochemistry from Penn State. He taught undergraduate and graduate geology courses for 25 years at UMD College Park and 12 more years on Guam. He conducted sponsored water resources research and consulting on Guam and on many other Pacific islands. He also taught five different courses for IAL.
Beverly Hall Smith
Artists of the 19th Century in Paris: Up Close and Personal
Beverly Hall Smith was a professor of art history for forty years. Since retiring to Chestertown with the husband I 2014 she has taught art history classes at IAL and WC-ALL at Washington College. Since April 2020, she has been writing weekly articles for the SPY titled “Looking at the Masters.” She is also an artist whose work is sometimes in exhibitions at Chestertown river Arts and she paints sets for the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown.
Angels and Demons in Western Culture, Literature and the Arts
Raymond Vergne is a retired cardiologist with a graduate degree in education and interests in literature, history, music and art. He has taught an array of classes for IAL.
Local African American History and Culture
Clayton Washington has spent the last 14 years as president of the Kennard Alumni Association. He led the restoration of the only African American High School in Queen Anne’s County to create the Kennard African American Cultural Heritage Center (KAACHC) and African American History Museum. He has done extensive research on local African American history.
Basic Senior Computer Navigation I
Basic Computer Navigation II
Birding Tips for the Beginner Birder
Judy Wink is CBEC’s Executive Director Emeritus. Judy earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in education, wildlife biology, environmental studies, and wildlife management administration and her PhD in ornithology. In addition to extensive field study, over the past four decades Judy has held positions at conservation and education centers. Judy has shared her knowledge of birds through lectures and educational programs and has made a difference in her community through overseeing conservation and restoration projects at CBEC.