Adult Education Instructor Brief Biographies


Susan J. Bailey, MA, LADCI is a mother and a grandmother of three and has been working professionally with families for 18 years. She has worked with children of all ages, including adolescents, and enjoys bringing information to parents and grandparents so that the paramount job of raising a family is somewhat easier. Her philosophy is that it truly does take a village to raise children and she is happy to be part of the village.

Michael A Beers, C.E.C is a local professional chef. He has served as: Sous Chef at the Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Ma.; Corporate Executive Chef at The Crazy Chefs Caterers, Eaton, Ma.; Executive Chef/Food and Beverage Director, The Mountain Club on Loon Resort & Spa Lincoln, NH;  Executive Chef and Director of Dining Services, Ragged Mountain Resort Danbury, NH and currently as the Executive Chef position at the Eagle Mountain House in Jackson.
Pamela Clay-Storm is a school nurse at Kennett High and is certified to teach first aid, CPR, and AED.

 Brian Coffey is a seasoned Culinary Instructor and taught culinary arts at McIntosh College, Atlantic C ulinary, Academy, UNH, and the Balsam's Hotel Culinary School.

Janet Conner  Janet Conner is an avid rug hooker who has exhibited internationally, and taught beginner and advanced classes for decades.  Her work is inspired by American folk art and antiques, as well as world art history. Several of her rugs have been exhibited at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, Maine, at the Portland Public Library, and the Whimsical World Art Gallery in Portland.  Her work was accepted in Philadelphia at the juried Moore College of Art Alumnae Exhibition of 2004.  The same year she had a solo show at the Maine Fiber Arts Center in Topsham, Maine. In 2010 I was selected as the “Feature Artist” at the Maine Fiberarts Center at Fryeburg Fair.  Currently a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists, American  Traditional Hooking Artists, Green Mountain Rug Hooking Association, Heritage Rug Hookers of New Brunswick, CA and the National Education Association.  Janet has been selected as one of the 200 Best Traditional American Craftsmen by Early American Life Magazine’s jury of Curators from Historic Williamsburg, Sturbridge Village, and Shelburne Museum.  After 30 years as an elementary art teacher, janet continues to find her greatest joy in teaching, sharing the history and skills of rug hooking.

Allison Cooke Allison has been practicing and teaching for over twenty years. Her gentle teaching style began in teacher training in 2001 with Amrit Desai at the Providence Zen Center. She has studied many forms of yoga but is truly drawn to slow deep meditative practice that brings health and wellness  to the body and balance to your life. Favorite pastimes include sharing yoga, biking, gardening and hugging her newest friend Ketu. Allison recently completed professional Thai Yoga Certification at Lotus Palm in
Montreal and is available to offer Thai Yoga Therapy through Alliswell Yoga Arts, and Sunshine Yoga.

Bob Cottrell is the Curator of the Nella Braddy Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, Board member at the Conway Historical Society and Tamworth Historical Society and serves as an independent history and museum consultant, (Curator for hire), website<>.He is also a speaker with the New Hampshire Humanities Council.   He has a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. He was born and raised in Florida and has worked in the history/museum field since 1980.   He has worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., The Crowley Museum and Nature Center in Sarasota, Florida, the St. Petersburg Historical Museum also in Florida, the Conner Prairie Museum in Indiana and at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. In 1996 he became the founding Director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth, New Hampshire.   He is married with two children and a Chinook sled dog, New Hampshire's State Dog breed.



Roberta Davidson has been quilting for 20 years and teaching in Mass and NH for approx 15 years. As well as classes in local school Adult Ed programs, she has taught in libraries, two local quilt shops and her own studio in Freedom. For more information on her spring schedule, visit her web site OLDESEWNSEW.COM


Jahn Deschambeault  has a degree in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Maine, Orono. She also studied Literature at Queen Mary University of London. She worked at the University Writing Center, where she was taught effective ways of analyzing all forms of writing. She graduated from Kennett High School, where she is now a French teacher. 

Mabel Doyle is a Landscape Artist working mostly with oils and pastels. who has falling in love with the art of needle felting. Both very different but yet so much alike. Its creating.

Maryanne Fiorello, prior to relocating to Conway, was a trainer with Sharper Training Solutions in New York, teaching the Microsoft Suite, Adobe and Digital Photography programs. Other areas of expertise are graphics, training and development, communication skills, presentation skills, issue analysis and resolution and team building.


Keith Force has been working with the Internet since the early 1990s.  Over the years, Keith has provided technical support for multiple applications including Air Force weather systems.  Currently, he works from home as a database developer and is a board member of the MWV Curling Club.  As a result, he relies on email as a major method of communication.

Ed Good is a former math teacher (37 years), with 15 years of woodturning experience, who creates and sells his signature bowls and hollow vessels preferably using native NH woods such as cherry (especially cherry burl), maple, birch, oak, and apple.


Sandy Hall is an artist and teacher in the Mt Washington Valley. She works for Granite State College and Kennett High School teaching art. Sandy has been recognized for her talent and has received awards for her work.  She has been involved with the community working and volunteering her time. She has been on the board of trustees for the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association for 10 years

Amy Dodge Hannah grew up in Norway, Maine, and is a new resident of Conway, NH.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art (Photography) from the University of Maine at Augusta and a second Bachelor’s in Linguistics (American Sign Language/English Interpreting) with a minor in Deaf Studies from the University of Southern Maine.  She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in School Counseling while working at a High School in Maine, and also works as a Photographer in her free time.


Ed Harrigan   is a Mortgage Planner with Regency Mortgage Corp. - License #1938,,



Jack Henry is a 2nd dan in Aikikai Aikido and has been in the martial arts for many years. Recently, he relocated to the Mount Washington Valley after studying Aikido at the Baltimore Academy.


Nate Hill, I’ve been obsessed with fishing for as long as I can remember. When I was ten years old the movie, A River Runs Through It, came out in theatres. After seeing the movie I begged my parents for a fly rod. I took that first fly rod to the Ellis River, which flowed not far from my parents vacation home in Glen NH. It took me a few years to land my first trout, but when I did a lifelong passion was lit. That passion continued to burn through my college years at UNH. During my junior year I landed an internship with the Federation of Fly fishers in Livingston Montana. It was here that I learned how to instruct others in the sport that I loved. Upon graduating college I moved to the Mount Washington Valley and began guiding for The North Country Angler Fly Shop. I’ve been guiding now for six years and have recently gone into the profession full time. On my days off I continue to explore fishing spots, experiment with fly designs, and practice new techniques. For me, fly fishing isn’t just a hobby, it is a way of life.

 Valerie Lake Native to the MW Valley, Valerie Lake is thrilled to return and share her passion for fitness! At the age of 5, Valerie started her fitness journey by dancing at Jeanne Limmer’s Dance Center. Later she played sports with the North Conway Community Center. When she left the valley, Valerie continued with this pattern and enlisted in the US Army Reserves. Now she has returned to bring the wildly popular Zumba® Fitness to the community! 

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Ellen Lamond BA University of Massachusetts/ Amherst. Graduate Studies at Northeastern University. Certified Secondary and Advanced Placement English Teacher

Twenty Years Experience teaching Language Arts.

Joan Lanoie, Director of Volunteer Services, Coordinator/Leader/Trainer for Better Choices, Better Health, Memorial Hospital


Dixie Lea is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. 200 hours teacher training, plus thousand hours of self study,  She enjoys helping others to be at there best at all times on and off the mat! Her yoga classes focuses on breath, body , and mind awareness leaving you with an overall feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. 


Jean Lee is the owner of The Yoga Shack in North Conway and has been teaching yoga and fitness in the Mount Washington Valley for twelve years.  She has a MS in Health Education for the University of Utah and a Naturopath Degree from Clayton College of Natural Health.  She is a new student to Ayurveda and is fascinated with its healing potential.  She is currently studying with Cate Stillman of Yogahealer.

Andrea Libby is the owner of Libby Computer, provides on-site, personalized computer and technology services. She is dedicated to optimizing systems and assisting those who use them in an easy-going helpful manner. More information is available at or by calling 603-986-8929.

David Lottmann David has devoted his entire adult life to climbing – pushing his grade on recreational objectives and working as a professional mountain guide. After a stint in the United States Marine Corp, he was hired as a rock and ice instructor and since has expanded his repertoire to include alpine, skiing and avalanche education. David is an aspirant Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guide Association [AMGA], an Ortovox Team Athlete, an expert gear tester at the Gear Institute, an American Institute for Avalanche Awareness and Education [AIARE] Course Leader, holds a Wilderness First Responder [WFR] and is a volunteer member of Mountain Rescue Service [MRS] and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue [AVSAR]. In his free time, you will find David blogging, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, sharing micro-brews with friends or in the kitchen working on a new recipe in his home town of Conway, New Hampshire. He resides there with his wife, Michelle, his son, Alex and daughter, Madalena.

Leah Mason has a unique set of life experiences that include a spinal cord injury, raising a large family, and getting a college degree later in life. Leah is a lifelong learner and has a Master’s in Education having studied extensively how people learn, what motivates their learning, and how to enhance that learning. Leah also brings her postgraduate training in solution-orientated therapy, cognitive therapy, and experience as a certified family mediator into her work with people. These in combination with her love of learning and her belief that we each have multiple strengths that only need to be discovered have allowed her to embrace teaching with vigor and joy. She currently teaches college courses: Wellness for Life and Religions of the World. Leah is the owner of The Center for Balance which is a resource center for sharing ways to find balance in your life. Her passions include environment, spiritual growth, health and wellness, community service, and art.


Judy McIlvaine owner The Quilt Shop at Vac n Sew.  I have been quilting for 30 plus years, and having come from a background in the fashion industry combining colors is one of my strengths. I have been teaching quilting for 23 years and it still is my passion. In me you will find a patient, informed instructor that loves to share her knowledge.

Michael Murphy  Moved to the Mt. Washington Valley from the Baltimore / Washington area of Maryland. Majored in Music / Voice, with emphasis on Musical Theater Performance. Played percussion from elementary school and continues to do so today. Played with the NFL Washington Redskins and NFL Baltimore Ravens Marching Bands, performed with the 4th Maryland Regiment’s Fife & Drum Corp - including living historian re-enactments at Colonial Williamsburg, Valley Forge & Gettysburg.  Currently plays with the BSO (a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band), jazz ensembles, and traditional Irish groups.I enjoyed my first year as a student with the Kennett Adult Drumline, and am excited to be returning and participating again this year.

June O'Donal   “History is more than random dates and events to memorize. It is a collection of stories of real people and the events that shaped their lives.” June O’Donal is the author of The Fryeburg Chronicles, a series of family friendly historical fiction and a museum educator at Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm.


Aileen Pagan I live in North Conway, NH. Born on the West Coast, but have lived most of my 53 years in the Northeast. I’m a Musician, Writer of Poetry and have been a Vegetarian/Vegan for 29 of those 53 years and have had the privilege of preparing, cooking, and serving Vegan (and more recently Raw Vegan) food several local venues, including; Chili for the MWV Chamber of Commerce entry in the 2014 Chili cook-off. The Health and Wellness fair at Kennett Middle School (2014 & 2015) and The Comedy Diva’s fund raiser for the Conway Humane Society (2014 & 2015). In the late 90’s, early 2000’s worked as a Kitchen Coordinator for Gilead Academy, which involved working with a team, organizing and preparing food for the daily menu, as well as organizing and preparing food for 300- 400 people at their annual seminar. I enjoy eating and preparing healthy, delicious food, as well as reaping the benefits that result from it.

Julia Penzina. Originally, born in Russia. In 7th grade my teacher engaged me in practicing French , I traveled to France, read books and listened to French music. Now, I have the same desire as my teacher - introduce people to French language and culture. I work as a private tutor for children and adults. My life slogan is - "Per aspera ad Astra" ( lat.) - through hardships to the stars.



Eric Rollnick began playing drums at the age of eight with a Drum and Bugle Corp in New Jersey. Since then, percussion has always been a part of his life. He played in rock bands in his teen years and later branched out into blues and jazz. It was another 20 years before he was bitten by the "Pan Jumbie". In 1980, the mesmerizing sound of steel band at a music festival near his new home in New Hampshire captured Eric's musical interest, and started him on his journey into pan culture.  Eric's desire to learn the craft of building and playing Pan led him (in 1989) on the first of what has become a yearly pilgrimage to the birthplace of Pan — the republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Here Eric learned firsthand the pan's development and history. He feels much gratitude towards the pan crafters and players who taught him their art, and shared their techniques and skills with him. In 1994, Eric formed the five-member band Mango Groove, which plays throughout New Hampshire and New England. In addition, Eric presents comprehensive workshops and presentations on pan, and the culture of Trinidad and Tobago from which the pan came into being.

Eric has a B.S. in elementary education. He is on the faculty at The Mountain Top Music Center in Conway, NH. where he teaches percussion. He directs the community steel band "Steel Dreams" in Conway NH. and builds and tunes pans for steel bands throughout New England. His other endeavors include playing African drums, and Calling Contra dances. In between gigs, you can find him building pans at his music store, Ajaja Music in Conway NH.

 Anjali Rose 200 RTY and CRM (Certified Reiki Master) (aka Lisa Lee, MEd) is trained in yoga, reiki and child-light yoga along with a Master's degree in Adult Education and the Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching and Learning.  She began her own exploration of yoga and reiki to bring deeper understanding to her life and release old patterns and as a way of understanding students in her classrooms.  As an advocate for students while at Granite State College she developed energy breaks for her students and became aware of a shift in their ability to self-regulate and increase their desire to explore their affinities.  This process is quite beneficial and gives the student an opportunity to increase their self-awareness and educational self-esteem.

Nancy Sepe is a professional artist and designer who has taught both fine art and graphic design to students of all ages. Her educational background includes a Bachelor or Fine Arts degree from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in DIgital Media from the University of Massachusetts.
Laura Slitt  Born in Hartford, Ct. and worked in hospitality for over thirty years.  Moved to MWV from Provincetown, Mass, where I was employed at a large restaurant overlooking Provincetown Bay. I was asked to re-locate by the owner who, in 1984, leased the Oxen Yoke where I ran three bars and also was a bartender.
I later moved to Bartlett and began working at the newly built Grand Summit Hotel. I cooked breakfast and lunch at Grand Summit Hotel for six years.
Opened a vegan cafe which was hugely busy as more people learn the holistic  benefits of getting nutrition from plant based sources.
I have a passion for eating and therefore, had to learn to eat healthier.  Studying diet and health under Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Michael Greger, has given me a broad understanding of the importance of protecting our organs by learning what to feed them.
Transforming to a plant based diet was so easy after reading about the multiple benefits.

Stanten,Howard  CCPC and Erin Wright, CPCC are certified leadership, small business, and life coaches passionate about helping people realize their full potential. They use their lively intuition to help people discover their own path to a fulfilling and balanced life 

Marc Stowbridge is a member of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society and helped develop the Library Telescope Program, an award winning Astronomy outreach program that has spread worldwide.  He has taught astronomy in schools and is on the “staff” of the North East Astronomical Forum Solar Star Party.

Jeff Swayze is a licensed NH Guide and trapper who teaches wilderness survival, primitive living skills as well as fly-fishing.   H


“Survival studies have demonstrated that those who adapt successfully in stressful survival situations possess common attributes which set them apart from those who don’t. Survivors possess determination, self-direction, openness to various possibilities and above all a positive mental attitude.  The primary focus of this course will naturally be an introduction to wilderness survival skills but will also focus on how to develop and maintain a positive mental attitude. At some point -even several points-I our lives we will all be called upon to be survivors.  We may lose a job, a home, our marriages may stutter or our health may fail.  It is my belief that the skills taught in this course become a metaphor for adapting and overcoming life’s obstacles. ”  

Chef Mark Tapper is the Culinary Instructor at the Mount Washington CTC in No. Conway. His love of wine began during a solo bike trip through France after long and enjoyable work experience in the city of New Orleans.  When not cooking or thinking about wine, Tapper enjoys off-trail hiking to water features in the Whites."


Jeanne Twehous is a school nurse at Kennett High and has been riding a bike for 50 years.  She loves all kinds of biking—mountain, road, commuter, touring—and has been a bike tour leader for Hostelling International. 


 Kevin Walker is the Head Golf Professional at the Wentworth Golf Club in Jackson, a position he has held for the past nine seasons.  He has thirteen years of golf lesson and clinic experience, is a PGA Level 2 Apprentice and makes a concerted effort to keep the learning atmosphere in his sessions relaxed and fun.   Kevin graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Sports Medicine and works at Mt. Center Physical Therapy in the winter months.  He earned certification as a golf fitness instructor from the Titleist Performance Institute and emphasizes the methodology of making the golf swing more efficient in his teaching.  He is a member of the Kennett High School Sports Hall of Fame and resides in North Conway with his wife Michelle, daughter Rylie and golden retriever Looper.

Joel Weeman is the Head Chef/Food Service Director at Carroll County YMCA Camp Huckins in Freedom, NH, where he has spent the last 5 summers. Prior to joining the Camp Huckins staff he spent 15 years cooking professionally in many venues from restaurants to private schools, from Maine to Florida. A native of New Hampshire, he resides in Freedom with his wife and three children. He is constantly looking for ways to get youth excited about real food not just “kid” food.