Faculty Bios

OLLI Students


Sid August, MEd, Temple University; MSLS, Drexel University; BHL, Gratz College, Hebrew Literature; BA, Temple University. Sid was formerly Dean of Education-Resources at Community College of Philadelphia and Supervisor of Libraries for the School District of Philadelphia. He was awarded US Government HEW Fellowship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Rosalie August, MEd, BA, Temple University. Instructor, English Language Center, Drexel University; Instructor, Temple University Intern Teaching Program for College Graduates; Department Head of English, District Supervisor of Reading, School District of Philadelphia.

Ron Avery is a retired Philadelphia journalist who has written three books about the city, including City of Brotherly Mayhem: Philadelphia Crimes and Criminals. He has produced two films about offbeat places of interest in Philadelphia.


Ellen R. Baer, MEd, Temple University..Ellen recently retired from the School District of Philadelphia where she taught ESL, Art and Gifted Support..She is a self-taught artist and enjoys challenging students and friends to explore their creativity and discover their own unique gifts..

Barry Barsky, BSME, University of Pennsylvania. His work experience has spanned positions in aerospace, nuclear and medical engineering. Barry and his wife Phyllis have traveled through the USA, from Australia through Europe and into Russia. He speaks sufficient French and German. Presently Barry does technical work for five law firms, and volunteers at the Franklin Institute.

Esteban (Steve) Bell, BA Spanish from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee..He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama; traveled to Spain, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Columbia, and Cuba..Steve taught Spanish in Milwaukee for 20 years.

Steven Berr graduated from Brooklyn College with a major in Geology and a minor in Physics..He has an MEd from Temple in Science Education..Steve taught Earth Science for 10 years in New York City, California and Pennsylvania..For over 30 years he was the Colonial School District’s Planetarium Director..During that time he also taught Physics and Astronomy..Steve’s first love was Geology and it still is a subject very dear to his heart..

Jane Berryman, MSc, London School of Economics, worked in financial journalism and services for the past 25 years including a stint as the CNBC London Bureau chief from 1993-95..Currently she is Vice President, Investments, Raymond James and Associates, Inc..Jane makes every effort to educate all students about the complexities of investing, while encouraging reasonable expectations of investment results.

Bert Beynen, PhD, Stanford; MLS, SUNY-Geneseo; BA, Leiden University; is a native of Surabaya, Indonesia. He has taught Russian and Slavic language, literature and civilization courses at Emporia State U., the U. of Rochester and the U. of South Africa in Pretoria. He most recently worked at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Dick Brown, a retired educator, has been acting for fifteen years. He began while working at the Center for Intergenerational Learning, which housed Full Circle Theatre, a theatre company that does tailored interactive, improvisational performances on many topics. Dick has performed with FCT in many cities, and recently had a major non-improv role in The Tempest at Hedgerow Theater.

John Buchanan, BSEE, Manhattan College, New York City. John has worked in electromagnetic engineering with the USAF, NSA, Westinghouse, and Boeing. He has been active in promoting the advantages of computer technology to senior citizens at various centers in Delaware County.


Joseph Cisco, BS Widener University; CLU Courses, American College. He is a benefits consultant with over 20 years of experience. Additionally he owns a local benefits consulting company, Caise Benefits.

Sandra Coffey was an interior design major at Philadelphia College of Art. She worked for Reliance Insurance Company followed by a position at Girard Bank and also at A. Pomerantz as a Health Care specialist designing hospitals. While new to knitting, she has developed a passion for the creative medium.

John Comella, PhD, Astronomy, Cornell University; BS, Physics, University of Detroit. John worked at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico from 1965-1971. Pulsars were discovered in 1966. He wrote a very useful and flexible data analysis program which helped the observatory’s reputation in the history of pulsars. He later worked as a Principal Software Engineer for Digital Equipment Corp (DEC).

Fiona Cowan, MA, Geography & Economics, Glasgow University; Licentiate, Piano Pedagogy, Trinity College of Music, London. Fiona worked for 10 years for the BBC in the World Service in London and as a morning presenter at a BBC local radio station in Yorkshire. She taught piano at Jenkintown Music School, and spent 20 years as a coordinator of the PhD program in Neuroscience a the University of Philadelphia.

BJ Crim, BS, in Art and Education from Penn State. Over 40 years’ experience as a graphic designer with such clients as Campbell’s Soup, Johnson & Johnson, and Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Trained in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, trained in embroidery at the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers, and 10 years of classes at the annual Arts and Crafts Conference in Asheville, NC.

Yvonne Cross, MS, had careers in the sciences and information technology, but her avocation is the arts. In 2008, she produced an ongoing series of stylized prints, called “heads.” She likes the tactile quality and the challenge of deciding how to use positive and negative space.

Iris C. Cutler, MEd, Antioch College, MSC, New Seminary. Iris is a Psychotherapist and Spiritual Counselor, specializing in Grief Therapy..She is a former faculty member of Temple University, Hahnemann University, and The Institute of Awareness. She has been teaching classes on Personal and Spiritual growth for the past 30 years. In 1987, Iris was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. 


John T. D’Alessandro, BS, MEd, Temple University, PhD, Oxford University. He has taught English and theater at high schools and colleges in the Philadelphia-South Jersey area and in Florida, and has produced, directed and choreographed over 20 Broadway musicals for high schools, colleges and Community Theater. He is an active member of the Dramatist Guild (NY) and has written plays for amateur groups.

Mitch Davis, BSEE, Brooklyn Polytech (now NYU)..Mitch completed a 40-year career in microelectronics as a Process Engineer and Engineering Manager. Now in his semi-retirement, he is a freelance writer/journalist/food critic for local suburban newspapers. For 5 years, he also served as a substitute teacher at Cheltenham H.S..He also founded a book reading club, which he still facilitates. Mitch started attending classes at OLLI in 2005, and has enjoyed participating in the Poetry Writer's Workshop. He is proud and happy to now be co-leading it since the Fall of 2009.

Kenneth E. Davis, BA, Political Science, Moravian College; MA, Government, American University. Ken served on Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Senator Hugh Scott. He then became the principal lobbyist for Rohm and Haas Company after which he founded the lobbying firm, Duane Morris Government Strategies. Ken was President of Lower Merion Township’s elected Board of Commissioners and Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party.


Maria Luisa Delgado, PhD, Universidad Antioquia, Colombia, SA, Pharmaceutical Chemistry; MS, St. Joseph’s University, Organic/Analytical Chemistry. Further post-graduate courses at Drexel University. English for Foreign Students, Temple University..She worked as a polymer Chemist for Borden Chemical Company and for the Penna. Dept. of Health as a Biochemist. She is an Executive Board member of the University City Arts League and the Garden Court Community Association.

David Diamond attended Temple University. David has taught computer hardware, architecture, and programming to children and professionals. One of David’s passions is the study and integration of the sciences, philosophy, metaphysics, spirituality, and self-actualization. David has studied various forms of meditation and yoga and spiritual beliefs.

Joanne Doades received an MBA in Management from Pace University in New York and has worked for such firms as IBM before choosing Jewish education as a second career. She received an MA from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where she was awarded two prizes for Excellence in Jewish Education. The former director for curriculum development at the Union for Reformed Judaism, Joanne is the author of Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed (Jewish Lights, 2007), as well as a number of other articles about Jewish learning.

Edward J. Dodson, MLA, Temple University. Ed retired from Fannie Mae in 2005 after 20 years as a business manager and market analyst..He has taught political economy for many years at the Henry George School of Social Science and served as the President of the school from 1987-1997. His published works include a 3-volume book, The Discovery of First Principles, and numerous articles..Since 1997 he has maintained an online education and research project, the School of Cooperative Individualism (www.cooperativeindividualism.org)..He also serves on the board of the New York-based Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.


Ruth Erenberg, BA in Fine Arts, Queens College. Worked in NY as a social worker for the Welfare department and then for Vogue and Butterick and Simplicity pattern companies as a technical writer. In San Francisco, worked as a Street Artist on Fisherman’s Warf selling original creations and as a Pottery teacher for a drop–in center. Recently retired from the City of Philadelphia after 23 years with the last five years spent as a teaching supervisor at

the Board of Pensions and Retirement.

Herbert Ershkowitz, PhD, MA, New York University; BA, Montclair State University. Herb is Professor Emeritus from Temple University, where he taught history for 40 years with a specialty in the pre-Civil War period and the history of race and ethnicity. He is the author of three books and more than 30 articles.


Paul A. Farber, PhD, University of Rochester; Professor Emeritus Temple University School of Medicine; AB, DDS, University of Michigan. At Temple, Paul taught basic sciences to medical and dental students for 35 years. He is a docent for Battleship New Jersey, Camden, N.J., and is a “C. C.,” ( Confirmed Curmudgeon). 

Fradele Feld, MEd, Temple University; BFA, Syracuse University..Fradele is known for her original fabric art, including wearable art, quilts, and Judaica. Her one-of-a-kind clothing has been featured in the Fairfield Fashion Show, an annual country-wide traveling exhibit of clothing as art, and the Bernina Fashion Show, exhibitions of wearable art shown at the International Quilt Festival. Fradele, as she is known professionally, has also had her work included in two clothing books by Lark Publishing and several quilting magazines..Beaded jewelry has also been added to her repertoire, and she teaches classes in embroidery, fabric and beading techniques.

Joel Fineman has served as a Financial Advisor for the past 13 years at Morgan Stanley and now Janney Montgomery Scott. Previously, he was responsible for research and marketing at Chase Manhattan Bank. He instructs courses on various financial subjects at local universities and colleges and at various hospital support groups. Philadelphia magazine named Joel as one of the “2009 Five Star Wealth Managers,” in client satisfaction in the Philadelphia area.

Ronald H. Fischer, PhD, Princeton University, Chemistry; BS, City College (New York). Ron worked for Mobil Oil Corporation for 27 years and the U.S. Department of Energy for 5 years. His area of expertise was energy research and development. At Mobil, Ron was also manager of the Computer Systems and Information Services Group for eight years.

Albert Fonda, MS, Cornell University, Engineering, BME, Cornell University. Following a career in engineering and consulting, Al is now a freelance author of technical/scientific papers and software. He has taken or attended numerous courses and seminars in Religion and Science and Philosophy at various universities, including Philosophy of Religion at Villanova and “Darwin’s Tangled Bank” at Princeton.

Harriet Freidenreich, PhD, MA (History), Columbia University; BA (Slavic Studies), University of Toronto. Harriet is professor emerita of history at Temple University, where she taught modern Jewish history, European women’s history, Eastern European history, and related courses. The author of three books and numerous articles, she volunteers as a docent at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Elaine Fultz has a PhD in Public Administration from New York University. She worked as a staff member of the Social Security Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, US House of Representatives; social security specialist for the International Labor Organization, where she consulted with governments on the development and reform of social security in Africa (1995–1999) and Central and Eastern Europe. She is author of nine books and many articles on social security issues.


Frank Gerould, BA, Antioch College. Frank recently retired from a long career in the printing industry as a union organizer and pre–press technician, as the trade evolved to computers and digital presses. He served on the Executive Board of the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 14–M in Philadelphia.

Joel Gerstl, PhD, University of Minnesota, Sociology; BA, Columbia College. Joel taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Sociology and American Studies at Temple University. He frequently incorporated fiction and non-fiction “book bites” in his courses, which he continues at OLLI at Temple.

Judi Gerstl, MPA, Temple University; BA, New York University. Judi studied piano and eurhythmics at the Dalcroze Institute in New York City. She was a student of Natalie Hinderas, internationally acclaimed Philadelphia pianist. She taught music workshops for pre-school children. She currently volunteers at many musicals and theatrical venues and is a former board member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

Eleanor Gesensway, BS, MA, American History; U of PA. Ellie was a teacher, NPS ranger, bookstore manager, and.book club leader. She was preservationist of the year in 1985 for saving the Lit Brothers building. At TARP/OLLI, she organized Franklin’s 300th birthday celebration at the Friday Forum, led the study group The Civil War in Literature and taught Music in the Life and Writings of James Joyce.

Sol Glassberg, BSEE, Drexel University. Sol was a Senior Design Engineer with the General Electric Co. A licensed professional engineer, he did consulting engineering work after retiring from GE. He also has been a member of the same Great Books Discussion Group for 38 years.

Charlotte Glauser, EdD, MEd, Temple University, SB, University of Chicago. Charlotte has an extensive background in science teaching. She also was President of the League of Women Voters of the Harrisburg Area.

Diana Goldman, MD, Universidad Central de Venezuela. Diana was a resident and fellow in Pediatrics and Adolescence at Beth Israel Medical Center and Roosevelt Hospital, NY, and later at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami. She was a director in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years in local, regional, and global positions, and has extensive experience in teaching. She was the Director of the Institute for Jewish Studies in Caracus.

Joanne Gordin, MFA, Pa. Academy of the Fine Arts; BA, Penn State University Joanne is a certified yoga instructor at the 200 hour level and is currently working on her 500 hour certification at the Yoga Life Institute in Devon, Pa..She is an artist and taught painting and drawing at Delaware County Community College and has exhibited her artwork in the Tri-State area.

Susan Gould, MA, fluent in Italian, German and French, is an instructor, interpreter and translator and coaches professional and student singers in foreign-language diction. She is also a proofreader and editor. She has been writing professionally for both European and American publications about classical music since her Barnard days and about dance since her graduate musicology studies in Florence, Italy, where she lived for fifteen years.

Rosalie Grant, MHS, Lincoln University; BA, Widener University. Rosalie retired in 2008 from the position of health facility quality examiner with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She previously worked for Lincoln University Urban Center, Delaware County OIC and Delaware County Domestic Abuse Project. Rosalie has written and self-published two poetry chapbooks.

Brenda Gray, BA, San Jose State; graduate courses in San Jose State and UC Santa Cruz; CA, Lifetime Designated Teaching Credential for Adult Education. Brenda was a librarian, literacy consultant, teacher/trainer and has directed library and non-profit programs in California and Seattle. She provided technical support to literacy programs and taught classes and workshops. She enjoys sharing her love of books.

Ray Greenblatt, MA, University of New Hampshire, BA, Eastern University, has been an English teacher for nearly fifty years and also a working poet for most of that time. His poetry has been published and translated around the world, winning several awards. A poetry editor and judge, he has given readings across the US, as well as being featured on radio and TV.

Robert Groves, MA, Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin; MPH in Public Health, University of Massachusetts. He had a 40 year career leading health and human service organizations. He received awards for his work in public health from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Public Health Association. He is a member of the UN-USA Philadelphia Chapter.


Amparo Harpel, MA, Business Management, BA, Psychology, College of NJ..Formerly an Assistant Director in the Test of English as a Foreign Language of Educational Testing Service. Over 30 years’ experience as a yoga and meditation practitioner in the discipline of Kundalini yoga.

Jean Haskell, EdD, Temple University. Jean has been in love with the theater for as long as she can remember. She studied acting and improv at Temple and the Walnut Street Theater School, has been a member of Full Circle Theater for almost 10 years, and does occasional voice over and commercials. She also appeared in The Tempest at Hedgerow Theater last Spring.

Isabella Heller, BSN, University of Pennsylvania. Isabella worked with the Visiting Nurse’s Society of Philadelphia, and as a school nurse with the School District of Philadelphia. She has played the recorder for over 20 years and is currently studying with Brooke Jaron. She is a member of the Philadelphia Recorder Society.

Maria Hornung joined Medical Mission Sisters after high school. She studied pharmacy (BSPharm), George Washington University, and was in ministry in Africa. She earned an MEd from Temple University in 1970 and a Masters in Interreligious dialogue in 2005. She is on staff of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia where she is developing the adult education offerings at the Center.


Sue Jacobs, is accredited by the American Contract Bridge League to both teach bridge and direct duplicate bridge games. She continuously teaches bridge on cruise ships as well as teaching privately.


Edward Kaplan, PhD, History and Economics, New York University, Professor Kaplan taught economics and history for 41 years at the City University of New York and is now a professor emeritus at the university. He has published books and articles on trade policy, banking history, and Keynesian economics.

Mery Kostianovsky, MD, Universidad Del Litoral Argentina. Mery was Director of the Electron Microscopy Section of Surgical Pathology, Thomas Jefferson University. She is Honorary Visiting Consultant, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AIDS Division), and was formerly Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Deborah Krupp, PhD, was a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice for 25 years before beginning an intensive course of studies in art appreciation at the Barnes Foundation. Eventually, her continued studies would lead her to the Violette de Mazia Foundation’s extensive educational program. Dr. Krupp has been teaching a variety of courses for the de Mazia Foundation since 2007.

Jeanne Kushner, MA, The College of New Jersey; BS, Temple University..Following her retirement as a business teacher/department head for the School District of Philadelphia, Jeanne taught in the Computer Science Department at Manor College in Jenkintown.


Robert Layman, BA, Temple University; Teacher’s Diploma, Gratz College; ordained, and received an M.H.L. degree and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Former congregational rabbi and former Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Region, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; past president, Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia.

Maud Levy, BA, Russian and Political Science, Queens University, New York. Maud is a native of Czechoslovakia. Her secondary education took place in Russia. After the war, she returned to Czechoslovakia where she studied medicine at Charles University in Prague. Her strong interest in languages led her to pursue her studies and obtain her degree. She speaks six languages.

Stu Levy is a graduate electrical engineer (BSEE – Cornell University) who has been active in the electronic industry. He has worked (design and manufacturing) in a variety of electronic technologies, including: television, microcomputers, personal computers, software, Internet, web sites, communication equipment, radar systems, biometrics and semiconductors, with a variety of companies including GE and RCA.


Martina Madison, OLLI Business Manager, received her Computerized Technology Associate in Computers in 2000. She daily uses and is highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and Publisher. Her motto is "Each one, Teach one."

Phyllis Mass, MEd, Arcadia University, BA, Hunter College, NYC HS of Performing Arts, is a poet, free–lance writer and editor who leads private writing workshops. Her most recent fiction, poetry and opinion pieces appear in a variety of on–line and print publications. She was one of 19 essay finalists in Philadelphia’s 2006 city wide Autobiographical Project marking the tercentenary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. She was also a finalist in the prestigious New Yorker

Cartoon Contest.

Nick Mastripolito, MA and BA in French Language and Literature, Temple University. Nick also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. While working on his Masters, Nick taught French as a teaching assistant and he also taught French for several years at a private school on the Main Line.

Fran Metzman, MA, University of Pennsylvania; BFA, Moore College of Art. Fran has published short stories, essays, interviews, and a novel..She is a fiction editor for Schuylkill Valley Journal and has led workshops and taught graduate students at Rosemont College..Fran is also a fiction editor for an online journal, The Wild River Review..Additionally, Fran writes a column for Wild River Review entitled, "The Age of Reasonable Doubt."..

Lewis Mifsud, PhD, Engineering-Physics; MSEE, Rutgers University; BSc Physics, University of London; Certified & Registered Professional Engineer (Pa. & N.J). Teaching Experience: 18 years as professor at Pennsylvania State University, where he taught physics, mathematics, and engineering. For the past 25 years he has worked as a Forensic Consultant and Testifying Expert in the areas of product liability. 

Marty Millison, DSW, University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being Professor Emeritus at Temple University, Marty was clarinetist for the Philadelphia Klezmorim from 1982 to 1995. He attended Klez Camp in the Catskills and took a course on Klezmer music at Peabody institute. Marty’s OLLI courses include Klezmer on the Roof, Rhythm and Jews and Chopped Liver.

Lyle Murley, PhD, English, Northwestern, University, MA, English, University of Chicago, BA, English, St. Olaf College. Lyle was Professor of English at California Lutheran University and chair of the department. He was professor of the year on two occasions and received the Sears Roebuck Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.


Joan Kane Nichols, MPhil and MA in British and American Literature, Columbia University. Joan is a writer and editor. She taught English at various colleges and universities in the New York area, including Columbia, Hunter College and Rutgers Newark.


Michael A. Paolone is a Senior Vice President-Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Having spent his entire 25-year career with Merrill Lynch, Michael’s responsibilities include Investment Management, Portfolio Construction and Retirement Planning. Michael holds an MBA in Finance from Drexel University and is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.

William R. Parker, MA, BA, Philosophy, University at Buffalo. Bill did postgraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught courses in Logic and conducted seminars in Philosophy at Howard University. For 25 years he was Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and a frequent guest on radio and TV explaining PHEAA’s financial aid programs.

Louise Perry, MSW, MS TESOL, University of Pennsylvania. Louise enjoys needlework and crafts and loves to produce handmade items for family, friends and agencies serving children in Afghanistan, cancer patients and other charities.

Mark B. Peterson, EdD, is a retired psychologist, consultant, and educator with many years of experience. He has helped individuals, couples, and families make a variety of complex decisions.


Ruth Quinn. Ruth is a native German speaker. Ruth’s primary and college education took place in Germany. She worked for Lufthansa Airlines in a sales and public relations capacity for 21 years. Her hobbies include world literature, poetry, classical music and opera.


Marcia M. Radbill,

MEd, BS, Education, Temple University. Before her retirement Marcy held positions with the School District of Philadelphia as a classroom teacher, principal, grant writer and trainer..She was also a local news and investigative reporter with a weekly suburban newspaper..Marcy’s inspiration and first photo teacher has been her 95 year old father, who set up his own photo lab in Alaska while serving for six years in the Army Air Corps during WWII. 

Jerry Rubin has a BS in chemistry from Temple University. He retired in 1997 after a career in both the plastics industry as a polymer-resin chemist for Dupont and academic development as a director of corporate and foundation relations for University of Scranton and Creighton University. Since retirement, he has remained active by taking several years of Yiddish-language courses from Gratz College and by volunteering for non-and-for-profit organizations as the Schuylkill Banks Corporation and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.


Charlotte Schatz, BFA, Tyler School of Art, Professor Emerita of Sculpture and Design, Bucks County Community College..She is an award winning, widely exhibited painter and sculptor represented in museums, galleries and collections throughout the United States..She currently paints in her studio in Kensington.

Gisele Schupack, Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rouen France. Gisele conducted informal classes of French conversations in Cheltenham. She also served as an interpreter with the U.S. Army soon after the invasion of Normandy.


Elias Schwartz, AB (Columbia College) and MD (Columbia University), is a pediatric hematologist with interests in jazz and early music, film and art history. His academic titles are Werner and Gertrude Henle Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University.


Esta Schwartz, BA (Brooklyn College), MS (University of Pennsylvania), is currently a guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum. She was also coinstructor of several film classes. In a previous career, Esta was Professor of Biology at Bucks County Community College for 25 years.


Allan B. Schwartz, M.D., FACP, FASN, FASH, Professor of Medicine, Drexel University, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. Dr. Schwartz has received “Outstanding Clinician” and “Outstanding Teacher” awards at Hahnemann and Drexel..Dr. Schwartz was Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Department of Medicine. He has conducted 160 regional and national CME seminars utilizing educational grants. He has published two textbooks, 22 chapters, 88 national and international meeting presentations, 91 abstracts and 84 articles.

Harry Segal, JD, Temple University School of Law; BS, Economics, University of Pennsylvania. Harry was an attorney for the Federal National Mortgage Association.

Paul L. Selbst, PhD, MPA, New York University School of Public Administration in Public Policy & Management; MS, Columbia University; BS, University of Buffalo. Paul is Professor Emeritus of St. Joseph’s College of Maine, where he was Director of the Graduate Program in Health Services Administration. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and a book.

Andrew Sellers, BS, received his Bachelor's degree from Temple University and also attended universities in England, France, Spain and Mexico. He taught in the Philadelphia school system for thirty years at Northeast high school where he taught French and Spanish.

Ellie Shaffer, BA and MA at Temple University, a professional singer age 16 and a choral director all her adult life, believes that music creates miracles when perfect strangers come together to sing..In her role as clergy as full-time cantor for 27 years at local synagogues, “Cantor Ellie” has officiated at the weddings of some 850 interfaith and Jewish and Christian couples since 1998..She is the proud director and founder of the Olli Singers in 2009, and directs the 28-voice “Nevillaires,” a civic choir whose singers are all blind..But her biggest claim to fame is that there are two of her; if she doesn’t say “hello” to you, you’re seeing her identical twin sister, Lee, who is also a member of OLLI.

Gary Shiftan, BSEE, University of Miami, is an 80-year-old Korean War vet. He was with McDonnell Douglas for 30 years as an electrical engineer. Currently, he is a licensed bridge director with the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). He loves the game and helping folks improve their bridge knowledge.

Lillian Sigal, PhD, University of Pittsburgh..Lillian has taught courses in English literature, the Bible as Literature, Religion in Literature, and Women in the Bible at Grand Valley State University, Villanova University and Cabrini College.

Robert Silverman, LLB, Temple University; Bob graduated from Temple School of Law in 1960 and was admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1961, and the US Supreme Court in 1970. He practiced law for 47 years and handled and tried many civil and criminal cases.

Michael J. Simeone, MEd, in Secondary Social Studies, Temple University; AB in History, Ohio University..Michael has completed doctoral course work in History at Temple University. Michael’s career in education started as a high school social studies teacher in the Philadelphia public schools..He was a member of the faculty of the College of Education at Temple and the College of Arts and Sciences at Widener University..He has also served as an administrator at Glassboro State College and prior to retirement spent 22 years as a management consultant.

Norman Simmons, EdD, Teacher’s College, Columbia University; MEd, Temple University; M. Div., Mt. St. Alphonsus Seminary. He has taught graduate courses in religious education, global spirituality and storytelling for adult Christian education. Besides presenting workshops on small Christian communities in the USA and Latin America, he has taught Church History and Foundational Theology to the Spanish-speaking deacon candidates

for the Diocese of Wilmington.

Herbert W. Simons, PhD, Purdue University..Emeritus Professor Herbert W. Simons began teaching persuasion and related subject matter at Temple University in 1960..He brings first-hand experience to the study of campaigns and movements..Herb is recipient of the National Communication Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award..With co-author Jean Jones, he recently completed another edition of his persuasion text, due out February 22, 2011..Herb is teaching persuasion at Penn this semester, in addition to teaching it at OLLI.

Paul Smith, PhD, Romance Languages and Literature, University of California, Berkeley; MA, Middlebury College, Mardid; BA, University of Pennsylvania. Paul taught Spanish at UCLA for 30 years. He has written and edited books on Spanish literature. He also coauthored two college-level Spanish language textbooks. Paul served four years as Chief Reader for the national Advanced Placement Examinations in Spanish.

Annie Sokolov-Uris, MA, Temple University and Rutgers University; BA, University of Aix-Marseille. Annie taught intermediate and advanced placement French courses for 23 years at Cherry Hill High School-East. She has also taught intermediate French conversation and composition at Temple University.

Susan Stevens, BS, Syracuse University. Susan is a collage artist and has taught at Lill Street Studios in Chicago, Rancho la Puerto in Mexico and The Philadelphia School. No matter the age or background, all the students learn new techniques and surprise themselves with beautiful hand-painted collages. Her professional career was in communications, and before retiring she was the Director of Communications at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Sandra Swenson, JD, Sandy is a licensed Captain. She has crewed in an Atlantic Crossing in a 44-foot sailboat and in five Newport-Bermuda ocean sailboat races. She is a “happy gardener” and enjoys teaching children chess at the Althea Gibson Education & Tennis Center.


Ray Volusher was born and raised in South Philadelphia. She worked as a sales consultant for many years at Nan Duskin clothing store on Walnut Street, Center City. She has three daughters, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She’s been playing Mah Jongg for 50 years and she has been a member of the National Mah Jongg League since its inception.


Morrie Wiener, EdD, MEd, Temple University; BFA, University of the Arts, is a retired United Airlines captain with over 17,000 flight hours and an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector, Class 1 accident investigator. He is a member of the International Society Air Safety Investigators, has taught graduate and undergraduate courses, and is also a part-time paid firefighter in the Cherry Hill Fire Department.


Janice Winston, BS, Business Communications; Certificates, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Chestnut Hill College. Janice is an award–winning pension activist and retired engineer from Verizon. She is a certified mediator, a literacy coach, and volunteers with American Red Cross in various positions. Janice is Treasurer of City Youth Association Gators and advocates for pension and healthcare reforms with Pension Rights Center and Association of BellTel Retirees.


Jo Ellen Winters, BA, Comparative Literature, Brandeis University; MA, English, Temple University. Recently retired as Professor of English at Bucks County Community College, where she taught Intro to the Novel, Humanities, Shakespeare, and Short Fiction, as well as survey courses of American, British, and World Literature. She has also taught at Temple, Rutgers, and C.W. Post College, as well as Pennswood Village in Newtown (10 years of intergenerational college literature courses).


Lenora Wolfgang, PhD, University of Pennsylvania; Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University. Lenora received a Fulbright to France and other grants to do research in Italy, Spain, and the UK. Her field is Medieval French language and literature, and her specialty is Arthurian literature. She taught for 26 years at Lehigh, and also taught at Penn, Temple, and Rutgers. She delights in teaching the French Medieval and Renaissance stories, their origins, evolution and influence on other arts.


Raymond A. Yost, JD, University of Michigan Law School, BA, American Civilization, Brown University..Ray was a trial attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C. for many years before becoming a government attorney with the Resolution Trust Corporation and the City of Philadelphia Law Department..Ray’s interest in theater dates back to his days in children’s theater in Syracuse, NY.