Diane Andert is a Licensed Occupational Therapist, a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, Certified Driver Education Instructor. She has owned and operated an adult/teen driving rehabilitation program since 2009. Her business is Drive Well Michigan, LLC which is headquartered in Battle Creek, with a satellite in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Pastor Anton has been involved as a Lifelong Learning (ILR) instructor since early 2002. He is a retired Lutheran pastor who served the congregation in Hastings for 39 years. His wife Charlotte is a retired library assistant, after 33 years at Hastings Public Library; they have three sons, two daughters by marriage, a granddaughter and two grand-beagles.
Bryan has a 2-year degree in Business from S.U.N.Y. Broome and a BS in Communications from Florida State University. After a 28-year career with Eaton Corporation’s Tuck Components Division in various roles, including marketing, advertising and tradeshow management, Bryan also worked for the Kalamazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mercedes-Benz Freightliner. Bryan is a long-time student of military history and has developed lectures about the United States’ involvement in World War Two and “Operation Barbarossa,” Germany’s invasion of Russia. Over the past several years, he has presented this material to his wife’s (Nancy Beers) Lifelong Learning class and her history classes at Kellogg Community College and Olivet College. He has also been a guest speaker at Kalamazoo’s Russian Festival.
Kevin W. Boyd, M.B.A., M.S.
Kevin is a multi award-winning Education Specialist and published author of the books eBay Business at Your Fingertips, eBay Rescue Problem Solver, eBay Rescue Profit Maker and the technical editor for The Complete Idiot’s Guide to eBay. As a professional online marketing consultant, he has appeared on various TV and radio programs including eBay radio. Reporters have interviewed him for his insights to online entrepreneurship with published articles appearing in Bloomberg News, Inventor’s Digest, Antique Trader, The Seattle Times and several other newspapers and magazines. The primary objectives for his writing, teaching, and consulting is to educate online sellers at all levels and equip them with the skills necessary for online entrepreneurial success.
Valoree Boyer is a nationally certified sign language interpreter. She has worked in various roles in the interpreting profession and taught sign language courses for community groups and schools for the past twenty-one years. As a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, Valoree credits her passion for sign language to growing up surrounded by Deaf friends and caregivers. Currently, Valoree runs her own contract interpreting business and is summer camp director for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind youth. She enjoys teaching communication tools, like sign language, to build stronger families and communities.
Gary has been making artisan cheese for twelve years. He lives with his wife, Sylvia, in Charlotte, Michigan. He has training from Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada and has been guided by Ricki Carol of New England Cheese Making Company. He took a short cheese course from Michigan State University. His last training was from Peter Dixon in Pennsylvania on Farmstead Cheese Making. He has made many types of cheese, but most of his classes have been with the fresh cheeses which can be made easily in the home.
After teaching at East Kentwood High School for 29 years, and working for Kent District Library for 7 years, Bonnie volunteered at the Warren Reynolds Cancer Library for 10 years. Along the way, her husband and her have completed 25 Road Scholar Programs, mostly international, along with lots of independent travel. She loves sharing travel adventures, information and opportunities through teaching Lifelong Learning classes. She also volunteers as a costumed interpreter at Historic Charlton Park.
Ron is a full time English faculty member at Kellogg Community College. In addition to teaching in his academic field, he advises the KCC Golf Club and teaches the Spring and Fall Golf classes for the physical education department. Ron has completed training with the Golfworks Clubmaking Academy, U.S. Federation of Golf Teaches Level II golf instruction training, and currently volunteers with New Level Sports youth as a golf instructor/mentor for youth ages 10 – 16. Ron enjoys family, teaching, competitive golf, basketball, movies, non-fiction literature and travel.
Dawn Dean is a certified financial coach at The Financial Opportunity Center in Battle Creek. She has taught financial literacy and has been a professional finance coach since 2011. Dawn has helped hundreds of clients with financial challenges including identity theft.
Sue started practicing Tai Chi in 2000. In 2005, she began teaching a class at the Aikido Institute of Michigan, and she has taught in the Lakeview Adult Continuing Education program and with KCC’s Lifelong Learning for over five years.
Randy gained his computer expertise through his wide and varied work history. He was a radioman in the U.S. Navy, where he was responsible for communication security, and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a civilian employee where he was a computer systems administrator. He holds Associate of Arts degrees in Business Administration and Accounting, and Certificate in Computer Information Systems from Kellogg Community College. His love of computers started in the 1970s where he remembers working on a Radio Shack TRS 80. He stays current in his industry by maintaining the computer systems of two area businesses and through his involvement in professional groups dedicated to computer technology.
Kassie is a Librarian at Kellogg Community College and a graduate of the LISP program at Wayne State University. She has been knitting and crocheting for 22 years and is always looking for a new technique to learn. She hopes to one day complete the Master Knitters Course from the Knitting Guild of America.
Joan Ezinga, M.S.N., R.N.
Joan has over 42 years’ experience in developing, teaching, and presenting wellness programs. Specific interest is in prevention and women’s health. Past work experience includes Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department, Director of Wellness and Diabetes Center, and grant writer and trainer for Women’s Health.
Wrifton Graham has been beekeeping since 2000 and became a Master Beekeeper in 2015. He owns a bee supply store and a small garden center where he combines his love and knowledge of pollinators with using local native flowers, plants and trees for maximum positive impact. He presents programs around the tri-state area about beekeeping as well as native plants. His bee store is the largest beekeeping educator in the State of Michigan; helping thousands of people become beekeepers. He strives to be sustainable in his habitat management and education while remaining pesticide/herbicide free.
John is an experience journalist and award-winning visual storyteller who is adept at promoting his work on Facebook and Twitter. He worked as a photojournalist and video desk editor for the Battle Creek Enquirer for 18 years, and as a free-lance photographer for multiple area organizations. John has also worked as an adjunct photography instructor for Kellogg Community College.
Eric Greene is the Chief Communications Officer at Kellogg Community College, where he has directed marketing and communications efforts since 2012. Greene also is currently president of the Lakeview School District Board of Education. Prior to KCC, Greene was a newspaper editor and reporter in Battle Creek, Mich.; Havre, Mont.; Holland, Mich.; and Grand Rapids, Mich. Greene holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Central Michigan University and master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Eastern Michigan University.
Patricia is a single mom residing in Allegan, MI. She considers herself very blessed to be able to create her professional life and passion around raising her two sons, Sam (17) and Charlie (13). On a metaphysical level, Patti is a Teaching Reiki Master, Energy Radiance Practitioner, and a Psychic Channel Spiritual Guide. She is also a Reverend, Licensed Aesthetician, Professional Makeup Artist, Certified Color Specialist and Certified Image Consultant. She owned and operated a full service beauty salon in South Florida for more than 10 years and has been published in several trade magazines and journals. She was also called upon to address groups of her peers and to review many trade publications, including Milady’s Standard-Comprehensive Training for Aestheticians, which is used in most cosmetology schools today. Currently, Patti is the owner of Rainbow Shades, a custom natural makeup and image consulting business. She also can be found teaching metaphysical classes in energy, color and Reiki, as well as offering private sessions in her studio and at Choices Unlimited in Richland, MI.
Jim has been involved with genealogical research since the mid 1970s and holds a master’s degree from Central Michigan University in Business Administration (IT). He created the Michigan Biographical Index, a database of Michigan persons with nearly two million entries.
Jim moved to the Battle Creek area from Troy (Oakland county), Michigan several years ago after he retired and discovered he had roots here in Battle Creek with ancestors buried in Battle Creek’s historic Oak Hill cemetery.
Minnie Kansman and her business Eco-Balance Humanity in Harmony with Nature have been assisting others with Feng Shui, Space Clearing and the Nature Spirit Connection since 1994. She is a certified Master Feng Shui Consultant and Educator, a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide and the author of the beautiful Feng Shui garden book, “Spirit Gardens: Rekindling our Nature Connection.”
Jaime Kiessling RDH, NC
Jaime has worked as a dental hygienist for 25 years and recently became a certified nutrition consultant. She is focused on helping people make simple changes to reduce their sugar consumption, improve their health, and live a more active life
Tom Lawrence, M.A., LAT, ATC
Tom Lawrence has been the athletic trainer for KCC since 2010. He is a licensed athletic trainer by the State of Michigan and Certified by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. He studied golf fitness at the Titlist Performance Institute. Tom recently retired from Bronson Battle Creek after working 33 years in the Rehabilitation Department. Tom is an avid runner, golfer and plays ice hockey in the winter.
Megan graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2017 and has been circus enthusiast for 6 years now. She has taught multiple circus camps, performed, and taught many classes. Juggling has always been one of her favorite skills!
Julie Moore, owner of Sheldon Fine Books since 1974, has bought and sold antiquarian and scarce books from two bookshop locations in Michigan and now currently on the internet and at Michigan book fairs. Specialties include American Civil War, A.C. Doyle and Gruelle illustrated works. She has worked closely with many librarians and collectors in the State doing appraisals. Julie is an author, lecturer, and performs appraisal services. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liz is a retired teacher and Professor Emeritus at Kellogg Community College, where she taught history and psychology for 40 years. She is a graduate of Delta Community College, Central Michigan University (Master of Arts degree in History), and Western Michigan University (Master of Arts degrees in Counseling Psychology and Communication). She helped develop Heritage Battle Creek magazine and other works of local history. She is currently working on a project with the Historical Society, helping second grade teachers develop resources for teaching local history under a grant obtained from the Binda Foundation and Battle Creek Community Foundation. Her hobbies include researching local history, reading, bird watching and gardening.
Shetan is a cryptozoology researcher and has spent 25 years researching the Paranormal and Cryptozoology field. She is also a Michigan based Author and paranormal travel Journalist who teaches courses on the paranormal history of the great lakes at community colleges.
Jody is a life-long Battle Creek resident who graduated from Hope College. She taught 11th and 12 grade English at Athens High School for 40 years and also Lakeview Adult Education one night a week for 26 years. Since retirement, she has been a volunteer at the Historical Society Archives and served as the secretary for the organization.
Debbie has been consistently working toward educating herself to make healthier life choices for more than a decade. She has studied the effects of commonly used household and personal care products, as well as more natural and chemical free alternative. Debbie feels that while we cannot eliminate all of the harmful effects of our fast past, convince based way of life, it is important to be able to make educated choices.
Maryssa is a small business owner who is passionate about guiding people in finding their purpose, and making their homes fit that purpose. She has a small hobby farm with goats, chickens, a garden and three dogs. She has been working on her “fixer upper” house alone for the past 3 years, and has learned so much from that experience.
Carli has spent 15 years as a professional psychic medium and worked with the properties of stones and gems. She was born gifted as a psychic medium and loves to teach others how they can develop their own psychic abilities. She is an ordained minister and holds Reiki 1 and 2 certifications and degrees in Clairvoyance, Cartomancy, Remedial Massage, Herbal Medicine and Eating Disorders Counseling and Chi Kung. Her metaphysical classes include dream interpretation, Tarot interpretation, Theban alphabet and traditional ink writing, herbal medicine, chakra and aura reading, astral travel, guided meditation, the history of gods and goddesses, and a wide variety of psychic communication methods and tools. She is the owner of Bewitching Wares.
Kathy is the President of Energy Pathways, Inc. and is a Certified Craniosacral Specialist, Reiki Master Teacher, Workshop Facilitator and Speaker/Coach. Since 2008, Kathy has lead individuals into a higher vibration lifestyle. She uses coaching strategies and energy balancing techniques to help her clients transform their perspectives and remove blocks, both physically and non-physically. By doing this, each client opens up to the vibration of the success they desire.
Paul Rheaume was Curator of Natural Sciences and Programming at Kingman Museum of Natural History. He was also Director/Owner of Adventurous Beginnings for Children Preschool and adjunct staff at Kellogg Community College. Paul specializes in teaching fun science to people of all ages.
Tom’s teaching experience started when he was a police officer for the city of Coldwater, MI. He taught Legg Middle School 6th graders a program on “Drugs and the Law” and Coldwater senior citizens computer classes through the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Kellogg Community College. Since then, he has retired from the police department, completed his associate degree at KCC in 2003, and has the distinction of being the very first graduate of Miller College where he completed his Bachelor of Applied Science in Career Technology in 2006. He’s currently working on his Master of Arts in Leadership with an emphasis on Homeland Security through Siena Heights University.
Tom is an Open Entry Instructor at Kellogg Community College. In this role, he works with KCC students to help them better use technology to improve their performance and enhance learning.
Author and lecturer Jewel Shelden has made a life-long study of palmistry and dermatoglyphics, reading thousands of hands at corporate and university events, and for private groups. She works as a professional psychic consultant on a daily basis. She is a certified hypnotherapist, ordained minister and Reiki master. She has been a guest psychic on a radio show in Ann Arbor, and has often been a presenter at the annual Great Lakes Retreat. Jewel teaches classes on various occult subjects and supports the sharing of ancient and secret information.
Dennis Starbuck, CFP®
Dennis has instructed retirement planning courses for 18 years in school systems, corporations, and community education programs. These courses have helped students realize their life, financial and retirement goals. Dennis specializes in wealth management for retirees and pre-retirees nearing retirement. He is knowledgeable in helping clients invest for income and growth in their portfolio with an overriding emphasis on risk management. He advises clients on IRA strategies to help maximize distributions and avoid the pitfalls and mistakes made by many retirees. In the past 25 years, Dennis has assisted over a thousand clients to help plan to pursue their investment and income goals.
Diana holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Drama from Western Michigan University and is currently working on her PhD in English with an emphasis on education. She is a self-taught writer and has been writing for 30 years and sharing her love of language with others for over 15 years as a teacher. Diana has a substantial writing/publication portfolio in screenwriting, playwriting, both long and short fiction, and non-fiction for newspapers and magazines. Currently, she serves as the English Department coordinator and professor at Davenport University and works at both the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo campuses.
Simon A. Thalmann
Simon A. Thalmann is a writer and photographer from Kalamazoo, Michigan. A former journalist, Thalmann currently works as Digital Marketing Manager in the Public Information and Marketing Department of Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, where he has managed the College’s official social media presence and monitored the College’s presence online since 2012. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis in 2008 and earned a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University in 2016. Thalmann currently lives with his wife and their 8-year-old daughter in Kalamazoo, and can be reached with questions, comments and other inquiries at email@example.com.
Kimberly has been practicing yoga for over nine years and has been dedicated to fitness for 15 years. Yoga is her passion. It helps align and balance the mind, body and breath connection. Anyone can enjoy a gentle yoga practice. She believes a faithful yoga practice will bring about strength, focus and endurance. Practicing yoga will create a better range of motion and lubrication in the joints. It strengthens the muscle to bone structure and promotes a well-balanced body. Everyone is welcome to make yoga their own individual practice and take it at a comfortable pace. The advantages of yoga really do last a lifetime!
Brett retired from the Battle Creek Police Department after 25 years of service, that included 20 years on the ERT (Emergency Response Team), 12 years as a defensive tactics instructor, and he has also been involved in MMA for over 10 years. Brett has instructed officers from multiple agencies in Michigan and is currently the Manager of the Police Academy at KCC.
Linda is the Consumer Horticulture & Master Gardener Program Coordinator at the Kalamazoo County MSU Extension. She works extensively in Integrated Pest Management and Plant Diagnostics, food crops, aquatic invasive species and volunteer management. Linda is a Certified Green Industry Professional through MNLA, and a Certified MSU Extension Advanced Master Gardener volunteer with specializations in Landscape Design and Smart Gardening. Linda has an Associate of Science degree from GRCC, a Bachelor’s from Hope College and a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, as well as a Certification from MSU’s Agricultural Technology Institute in Landscape Management.
George has had an intense interest in 3-D art for decades and produced his first bronze bust 20 years ago. Frustrated with the cost of bronze after 10 years, Wise switched to welding steel. He’s taken courses at the Smart Shop, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art and the RMTC.
George has sold his work thru the East End Gallery, the KIA museum, commercial shows and directly to clients. Marshall United Methodist Church, Myers Chiropractic Clinic, the Salon Spa Academy and private citizens have commissioned pieces for their homes and gardens.
Steve is true rock and roll enthusiast, with over 3000 records (LPs and 45s) in his personal collection. He has taught the History of Rock and Roll class multiple times prior, with great reviews.
Don has been crafting with stained glass for approximately 10 years. A craft introduced to him by his father, Don has spent thousands of hours perfecting his hobby. While his Dad taught him the basics, he received further training from the owner of Peeper’s Stained Glass in Kalamazoo. Don has been instructing students from KCC since 2013 and members from his church at Chapel Hill United Methodist since 2011. The members of the church, who call themselves the “Stained Glass Reunion”, meet weekly during the school year to work on individual and group projects. Don graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. He has lived in Battle Creek since 1996 and works full time for the Defense Logistics Agency at the HDI Federal Center. He has one daughter – Marlena. Don’s number one rule for stained glass is patience, something that helps him not only with glass, but with parenting and with the federal government.