Instructors

Winter 2020

John Baumbusch earned an engineering degree from Brown University and started his career at General Electric. After receiving his MBA from Columbia University, he spent over 35 years in Marketing and Sales for Kraft and Nabisco. He worked on brands like Jell-O, Post Cereals, and Ritz Crackers developing advertising and sales strategies. John has had a life-long passion for studying the Space Race. He has visited many museums and witnessed dozens of rocket launches including Apollo XV, the Shuttle, and many satellites.

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.

Beth Cayce is the CEO & Founder of CaraVita Senior Care. For more than 43 years Beth has provided leadership, rehabilitation, and health management services in a variety of senior living and health care settings including North Fulton Hospital, Piedmont Hospital, Northside Hospital, Wesley Woods, and Community Home Health. After leaving a large organization where she was responsible for the care of more than 3,300 seniors each day, Beth decided to serve the community where she lives. Her goal for the business is to help people stay as independent as possible at home. A tireless advocate for seniors, Beth played a critical role in the passage of the Aging in Place Bill (SB178), which permits communities to provide additional services to seniors in a setting of their choice as well as HB 486 which permits the training of proxy caregivers under the training of RN’s to assist with the management of health maintenance tasks in the home, such as feeding tubes, lowering the cost of care.

Beth was named the 2014 GNFCC Health Wellness Champion, the 2013 Georgia Small Business Person of the Year, the North Fulton Small Business Person of the Year for 2012 and was given the Beth Cayce Leadership Award from Georgia Senior Living for her life’s contribution to Senior Care. Under her direction, CaraVita Home Care has been in the Top provider status for Home Care awarded nationally by Home Pulse for the last several years, been recognized as people’s choice by Best Self Magazine and was also named among the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2012 Best Places to Work. She is a Former Chair and Founder of Georgia Senior Living, Association, serves as the Legislative Chair for the Assisted Living Federation of Georgia, board member for Wesley Woods Foundation, Care to Learn Intl, Former Chair of the Global Mission Team at Roswell United Methodist Church and North Fulton Hospital’s Women Advisory Board, and Management Agent for both The Springs of Simpsonville Assisted Living Community and Woodland Ridge Assisted Living Community. Beth is a pioneer in the field of Dementia training and has been certified by the State of Florida for it 2 Day Dementia course, is a National Certified trainer for Second Wind Dreams and shares her Dementia Training with Georgia State University Doctor of Physical Therapy Students in a clinical setting. She was the first to bring Dementia Awareness and Training to Kenya where she is involved with Mission Work for a non- profit she co-founded, Care to Learn, Intl, for which she was awarded the Diaspora Award. Beth was awarded the Allied Health Professional award in the 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards sponsored by Atlanta Business Chronicle for her lifetime achievements and dedication in her role.

Jerry Copper, FAIA, the founding principal, is Chairman of Copper Carry, Inc., a 59 year-old architectural firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Washington D.C., and New York.

Mr. Copper received the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon graduation he received the Student Medal of the American Institute of Architects for Excellence in Architecture. As a Fulbright Scholar in 1957, he studied at the Universita’ di Roma, Rome, Italy. In 1997, he returned to Rome as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.

His long-standing involvement with professional associations includes membership on the National Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. He has also served as a Trustee of the National Building Museum and as a member of the National Fulbright Board in Washington, DC.

Under Mr. Cooper’s direction, Copper Carry Inc. has received over 100 design awards, including 19 from the American Institute of Architects, the most prestigious of which is the Silver Medal for Design Excellence from the Atlanta Chapter AIA.

Jacque Coxe was an educator for forty-one years and founded the Teaching Museum for Fulton County Schools. She is a recipient of the Governor's Award for Humanities in 1995 as well as a recipient of a proclamation from Fulton County Board of Commissioners in 2009. She has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumna of Queens University and received the Certificate of Merit from the University of Georgia Institute of Government.

Tina Collins Eib has been a drama devotee' all of her life. An Atlanta native, she began acting, dancing and elocution classes at 6 years old appearing on local TV as well as in Atlanta theatrical productions most of her young life. She continued her study of drama through college and beyond and also began a career in play-writing and directing. Tina has written over 30 plays; both one-act and full-length. All have been produced either in schools, churches, or in community theaters. Recently retired as a high-school drama director, Tina continues to offer private lessons in acting and public speaking.

John Evans attended Erskine College undergraduate and Emory University graduate school. He was a teacher and administrator for the Atlanta Public School System for more than thirty years. Since retiring, he has taught for several senior education programs.

Elissa Ewald is the Director of Education and Communication for CaraVita Senior Care and CaraVita Home Care. Elissa received her degree in Communications with an emphasis in photojournalism from the University of Georgia in 2011. She started at CaraVita in 2012, where her administrative experience helped develop and improve hiring and orientation processes within CaraVita Home Care and her background in storytelling and design has been used to help tell the CaraVita story and the stories of the residents at the facilities managed by CVSC, LLC. In the last three years, as the Director of Education and Communication, Elissa has worked to create meaningful learning experiences for CaraVita’s care-giving staff and families. Her goal in her role is to create communities that better support and meet the needs of those living with dementia.

Elissa is an American Heart Association BLS Instructor, Certified Eden Alternative Associate, Certified Ageless Grace Educator, and a Certified Trainer with Second Wind Dreams. She is passionate about inter-generational community where different age groups and stages of life can learn and grow from one another.

Blount Ferell 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. Sine then, he has worked as a substitute teacher, drone salesman, and proofreader for Ga. Tech's graduate schools.

Dick Higgins served as Executive Director at SEL for 23 years. He has a Masters degree in Theology and Education. He worked for Southern Company for many years and currently teaches for several continuing education groups.

Dr. Tom Howick has been involved with formal and informal education for over 40 years. He has been the Senior Director of Education at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) for 12 years. Dr. Howick’s major responsibilities include the following; supervision of all education staff, overseeing the development and training of all education staff, and assisting with the creation and development of all educational program curriculum at CNC.

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 member of the SEL Board of Directors.

Juliette Johnson is a graduate of Oglethorpe University. Juliette and her husband, Nick, have lived in Atlanta since 1981 and in Roswell since 2002. Her professional work includes Georgia-Pacific (1987-1996) and Kimberly-Clark Corp. (2007-2014). Juliette’s interest in history led her to train as a volunteer docent at Barrington Hall where she heard about the Roswell Historical Society (RHS). There she became interested in the Cemetery Focus Project. Juliette was first elected as VP of Membership for RHS. In 2017, she was elected President, serving in that capacity for two years. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and genealogical research.

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 traveled extensively abroad during his working years, concentrating on the marketing, financial and management issues in each country. He has presented Great Decision classes here at SEL many 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 50's & 60's in sales promotion as well as production.

Rev. Kevin Martin has a Master of Divinity and certification in Mission Development from the Luther Theological Southern Seminary in South Carolina. He serves as the Senior Pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Johns Creek. He formerly served as a Youth Director at All Saints Lilburn and Trinity Lilburn, and as pastor to Celebration Lutheran in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. In July of 2017, he accepted a call as Senior Pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

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

Tom McElhinny has been a Docent at the Funk Heritage center of Reinhardt University for five years. He has completed course work in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of North Georgia and teaches courses on the history of the American Indians at several adult educational programs. His life-long interest in the indigenous people started when he was very young and usually favored the cause of Native Americans in books and movies and still does today.

John R. “Chip” Morgan worked as Staff Archaeologist in the Department of Natural Resources’ Historic Preservation Division for 32 years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology, specializing in Southeastern U.S. prehistory. He worked on many prehistoric and historical archaeological sites in Georgia, including American Indian mound and village sites as well as home, industrial and military sites.

Linda Morrisson has a BA in History and an MA in Political Science and two Fulbright Fellowships, one to Tanzania and the other to Uzbekistan. She taught Advanced Placement US History in high school for more than 30 years and was a Cobb County Teacher of the Year. She spent eight years teaching at Kennesaw State University's Department of Political Science and International Affairs.

Raedeane “McKy” Nelson received her Ed. D from Indiana State University in Curriculum Design. She taught in public and private schools as well as colleges in Michigan, Indiana, and Georgia. Additionally, Raedeane worked as a textbook editor and consultant for Holt, Rinehart & Winston in eleven Midwest states. After retirement, she taught “Writing Your Memoirs” at SEL, owned a tutoring service in Roswell, and produced tailgating and home textiles.

David Nash has a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Mercer University and a Masters of Music in piano pedagogy from Georgia State University. He teaches private piano lessons in Roswell and has his own recording studio.

Carlyn Romeyn was born in Arkansas and got her Bachelor of Art degree from Lindenwood College and her Master of Arts in Art History from Florida State University. She has a Ph.D. in Art History from Emory University and has taught at Georgia Southern University, North Georgia College and Gainesville College. Carlyn began teaching at SEL in 2005.

Walt Shultz has been involved in some aspect of the pharmaceutical industry for over 40 years starting out as a stock clerk at a local drugstore and ending up as Principal Research Scientist for the Medical Research Division of the American Cyanamid company. Since his retirement his interests has grown from philosophy to neuroscience to history to whatever peaks his curiosity at the moment.

Andrew Sullivan has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones since 2010. He opened the firm's first branch office in Brookhaven and moved his office to Roswell two years ago. He became a limited partner in 2016. As a former teacher, he has a passion for training others and sharing his knowledge. His wife, Emily and he have three wonderfully wild boys!

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 included in his class. He has been teaching at several adult education programs for years.

Kathy Vail has an Educational Specialist degree from Central Michigan University and at the time of her retirement in 2012 was a National Board Certified teacher. She has been recognized for her teaching and work in law-related education on local and state levels. Along with the late Superior Court Judge Stan Gault, Kathy established the Mock Trial program for high school students in Forsyth County and served as a teacher-coach for twenty-four years. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of the Forsyth County Retired Teachers' Association; represents retired teachers on the Citizens' Panel for the Juvenile Justice System of Forsyth County, acts as teacher liaison for the Georgia Mock Trial program, and serves as small group leader for the Builders at AFUMC.


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