Instructors Spring 2018

Jim Barnwell has been involved with the arts for decades, enjoying separate careers in both music and visual art.  In addition to studying art at Georgia State University, he has done many years of self-directed study in drawing, painting, and art history.  He spent 12 years at CNN working in graphic design post production, animation, and art direction where he distinguished himself with national awards for network television design. Most recently, Jim has added "volunteer art instructor" to his retirement activities.


Charles "Chuck" Bishop had a 21 year Army career, followed by 21 years as a Department of Army Civilian (DAC).  He was a Platoon Leader in Viet Nam in 1967-68.  During his military career, he was mostly in Operations and Training assignments, including two tours as a RANGER instructor and a 3-year tour as CDR of the 44th Military History Detachment (MHD), the Army's only active duty MHD. 

Rev. Tom Buchanan is a Presbyterian minister, speaker, and public theologian committed to exploring the significance and place of religion in a scientific and pluralistic age. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Tom is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Princeton Theological Seminary, and is currently Interim Pastor at Carrollton Presbyterian Church.  He lives in Marietta with his wife Lisa and a cat named Boo.

Jan Buckley graduated with a  BA in studio art with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture.  She earned a second BA in education and taught in Minnesota and Georgia public schools for 32 years.  Since retiring, she enjoys teaching watercolor painting and is active in the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance showing her work in many North Fulton area venues.

Jack Carew is a former senior executive with Coca-Cola who traveled internationally and has been with teaching Great Decisions for many years.



Blount Ferrell graduated from Georgia Tech and had several careers including traffic analyst, journalist, writer, and engineer.  In 1980, he joined the MARTA rapid transit project where he held three positions, retiring as Utilities Engineer in 2002.  Since then, he has worked as a substitute teacher, drone salesman, and proofreader for Ga. Tech's graduate schools.

Stuart Galishoff, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History at Georgia State University, has been teaching at SEL since 2005.


Rick Heneghan served with the US Army Corp of Engineers in Vietnam in 1968-69 and 1970-71 and is a Lifetime member of VFW. Using the GI Bill, he graduated from Rutgers University and had a 40+ year career in safety engineering for the property/casualty insurance industry.  In SEL he has found an opportunity for his original career ambition:  to teach history.  He is a member of the Atlanta World War II Round Table and the Georgia Branch of the Winston Churchill Society.

Dick Higgins has a Masters degree in Theology and Education. Dick spent 13 years in the Philippines building schools in the rural areas. Returning to the States, he worked as Education Director for all off campus programs at Atlantic (N.J.) Community College. After 20 years at Southern Company Services as a Management Trainer, Dick served as SEL President until assuming Directorship in 1996. In addition to SEL administrative duties, Dick teaches SEL classes in History and Political Science.


Birdel Jackson, III, a graduate of the University of Toledo and Georgia Tech, is a registered professional civil engineer.  He is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Graduates of both institutions. He is a youth mentor for engineering and aviation careers and is also a licensed pilot who enjoys traveling.

Jack Le Moine runs the History Moments website with over 2,500 posts and two million words covering all categories and eras of history.  He has been reading history since third grade.  He is a CPA for his day job, working in accounting and taxes.


Charles Maddrey attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, received a BS in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University, and an MBA from Dartmouth.  Most of his business career was spent in executive management positions with WR Grace, Dow Chemical, BASF and the New Zealand Wool Board, large multi-national corporations. He has been presenting in the Great Decisions class for six years. 


Mitch Manning is the son of Dick Manning, one of America's Top Songwriters of the 40's, 50's, and 60's.  He worked for Columbia Records and others throughout the late 50's and 60's in sales and promotion as well as production.  His presentation will highlight the music business from the 40's - 70's including the music of Broadway, movies, and country music as well as his father's career.

Sue McCuskey has a Ph.D. in Environmental Education and studied baboons in east Africa.  She worked as and environmental consultant and teacher of human geography and is now enjoying a delightful retirement.

Mei Ogihara was born and raised in Japan and is an enthusiastic traveler and photographer.  She has a degree in comparative cultures from Sophia University of Tokyo and has lived in Atlanta since 2014.  

Dan O'Lone has a BA in Political Science/History from the University of Maryland and is a docent at The Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Holocaust Galleries.  Dan has been an avid student of Modern European & Holocaust History for over fifty years.  He developed a series of lectures on the The Holocaust, specifically on Rescuers, both Jewish and non-Jewish alike.



Carlyn Romeyn has a Ph.D. in Art History from Emory University. She previously taught Art History & Design courses for seven years at Ga. Southern University as well as adjunct classes for North Ga. College and Gainesville College.  She has been teaching at SEL since 2005. In addition, she enjoys reading, playing flute, writing poetry, drawing/crafting, and practicing yoga.

Helen Rosengarten teaches Beginning Mah Jongg and Intermediate Mah Jongg.  She taught in Marietta at ELM (Enrichment of Life Movement) for three years. She has taught at SEL for the past three years and has played the game for over 60 years. 


Quentin Thomas is a recognized western American historian, author, and cowboy poet.  He is a docent at the Booth Museum of Western Art and was a docent at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Texas.  As a retired USAF officer, he has visited many of the locations in his class.  To date he has taught his "Spirits of the Great American West" class to over 1,000 students with many returning several times.

Bill White, Ph.D., is Founder and President of Ageless Ideas Inc., and organization dedicated to helping individuals achieve their health and body/brain performance potential.  He earned his Ph.D. in counseling at the University of Pittsburgh.


Bob Wynn is a native Georgian and has lived in Dunwoody for the past 32 years.  He is a Vietnam Veteran and served in the Army Security Agency.  Bob has a Bachelor's degree from UGA and a Masters from GA State University.  In his work life, Bob held positions in information security with BellSouth, the State of GA, and Wells Fargo.  He continues to be a student and instructor of philosophy and criminology.