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Meet the UNM Continuing Education Instructors

UNM Continuing Education offers education and training from the most talented, experienced and dedicated instructors! UNM Continuing Education has many outstanding instructors, and just like our students, a love for learning brings them here.


Mary Byrd UNMCE InstructorMary Byrd enjoys teaching and office automation consulting throughout the southwest and has been helping adults learn various computer software applications since 1989. She began teaching for UNM Continuing Education in 1998. Learning from her students and incorporating fun and real world examples into all of her classes is a priority. She is a Microsoft Office Certified Master Instructor and Microsoft Certified Professional. Mary currently specializes in Microsoft Project and Office applications, Intro to PCs and Windows operating systems. She is a Colorado Springs native and an ardent Rockies fan.

Upcoming Classes:

MS Project Module 2: Budgeting and Tracking (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/12/20
MS Project Module 3: Team Communication and Productivity (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/26/20
MS Project Module 1: Project Plan Definition (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/5/20

Sonja Dewing is a Published Author, award‐winning Creative Writer, as well as a Creativity Instigator at her company, Plot Duckies. In addition, she mentors startups and entrepreneurs to help companies with their social media strategy, writes about local tech for Tech.Co, and is an avid photographer.

Upcoming Classes:

Excel: Intermediate (Section Spring 2) ‐ 4/6/20

Anne Lightsey UNMCE InstructorAnne Lightsey, a professional mediator since 1991, has mediated hundreds of cases and is a founding member of the mediation firm Alternatives: Dispute Resolution Services. Anne is also a specialty coach in balancing career and life, motivating employees, leading well‐run meetings, and creating win‐win communications. She is on the faculty at the University of New Mexico where she teaches mediation, and leads a variety of classes for business professionals at UNM’s Anderson School of Management. Anne began her training career in 1984 when she lived overseas in Brazil, specializing in preparing exchange students for the changes they would encounter when they traveled abroad. It was then that she discovered that creating and delivering customized trainings are both a passion and gift.It was at a doctor's request (the doctor was searching for a way to respond to her patients' needs to be more focused, less scattered – and thus have fewer accidents and missed appointments) that Anne began her career as a Professional Organizer. Since then, she has developed a national and international clientele.Anne’s Mission Statement:To create, facilitate and engage in experiences which are positively life changing for all involved, while operating a profitable, ethical business.Anne is delighted to be able to make a living doing work she loves while assisting others as they reach their goals.Anne holds a BS degree in Communication from the University of Texas, Austin.www.annelightsey.com

Upcoming Classes:

Crucial Conversation: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/16/20
Crucial Conversation: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High (Section Summer 1) ‐ 6/10/20
Crucial Conversation: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High (Section Summer 2) ‐ 7/15/20

Carol Meincke has been employed at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico for over 20 years. Her current assignment is Strategic Planner for Sandia’s Energy and Water Program. She is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) with recognized program and project management expertise in the facilities field. Carol holds a B.S. in Pre‐architecture from Clemson University and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Carol has taught the PMP Exam Preparation course at UNM since 2001. Carol is a PMP, #21737 and a member of the Rio Grande Chapter of PMI. She is also a licensed Architect in New Mexico, a licensed Interior Designer in New Mexico, and a Certified Construction Specifier.

Upcoming Classes:

Project Management Professional (PMP)/CAPM Certification Exam Preparation ‐ Live Online (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/4/20

Rav Nicholson UNMCE InstructorRav Nicholson retired from government service at the end of 2006 and began teaching MS Office applications and introductory computer courses shortly thereafter. Prior to her retirement, Ms. Nicholson worked for 30 years in counseling and dispute resolution. She relied heavily upon Access and Excel to manage client data and served for several years as an Access instructor and consultant. Her educational background includes a bachelor's degree in sociology, magna cum laude; a master's degree in counseling psychology; and an education specialist degree in counseling and human systems. After completing her professional education in the counseling field, Ms. Nicholson earned the equivalent of a computer science minor in university‐level courses. She has also completed non‐credit technical training in computer hardware and software applications and is a certified Microsoft Office Specialist. Her leisure activities include skiing, tennis, biking, swimming, running, skating, hiking, foreign languages, photography, reading, and playing the piano. She participates regularly in local foreign language conversation groups and is a Forest Service trail maintenance volunteer.

Upcoming Classes:

MS Office Essentials ‐ Live Online (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/14/20
Excel: Pivot Tables and Charts (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/28/20

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Upcoming Classes:

Real Estate Law (Section Summer 1) ‐ 7/13/20
Real Estate Principles and Practice (Section Summer 1) ‐ 7/27/20
Broker Basics (Section Fall 1) ‐ 8/10/20

Gilbert C. Baca Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Global One Defense, LLC. He has extensive military and law enforcement experience, combined with advanced martial arts skill and certification as a trainer for police and military organizations that he brings to his educational programs. View his full bio here: www.globalonedefense.com.

Upcoming Classes:

Active Shooter Training (Section Spring 1) ‐ 9/18/20

Jay B. Cutts, MA (Special Education), has specialized in personalized instruction for standardized exams, including the LSAT, MCAT, PCAT, and GRE, for over 28 years. He is the lead author of the Barron's MCAT and LSAT prep books and the Barron's MCAT Flash Cards. He is an expert in test strategy, including intuitive math strategies, timing, logic, and problem‐solving and has helped hundreds of students overcome math anxiety and test anxiety through the mastery of powerful strategies.

Upcoming Classes:

MCAT/PCAT Test Prep (Section Summer 1) ‐ 6/13/20

Ludmila C. Layne, Ph.D. in Psychology AND Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies. Dr. Layne has over 30 years experience teaching, developing curriculum, and training students and faculty in instructional technologies in the United States, Mexico, Venezuela and Afghanistan. Dr. Layne is a Senior Analyst and an e‐learning curriculum/instructional design specialist. She possesses more than 20 years experience, most recently as a consultant at the university level, helping clients to design, develop, support, and implement training and organization solutions for their organization. Excellent bilingual (Spanish and English) communicator.

Upcoming Classes:

Online Course Design and Development (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/4/20

Professional Development

Upcoming Classes:

Handling Conflict in the Work Place (Section Spring 2) ‐ 5/18/20

Ellen Welker, B.S. and M.A., has been a university instructor, editor, speech writer, public speaker, film production coordinator, radio and television news reporter, promotion writer, public relations manager and marketing and development manager for nonprofit agencies. Currently, she is a consultant assisting nonprofit agencies with branding, communications, events, fundraising, and marketing efforts and teaching classes at UNM Continuing Education including Nonprofit Boot Camp classes for nonprofits to improve their marketing, funding, operations and volunteer programs.

Upcoming Classes:

Professional Speaking (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/5/20

Gathen Garcia UNMCE InstructorGathen Garcia is a native (fourth generation) New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. He has been employed at PNM for the past 33 years, currently as the Manager of Drafting and Geographic Information Systems Department (DGIS). He is responsible for managing all GIS, CAD, and 3D Visualization support for electric transmission and distribution at PNM. He is also responsible for all AutoCAD customization. For the past 24 years, he has also been teaching beginning through advanced AutoCAD and 3D modeling and SketchUP through Continuing Education. He has been using AutoCAD since release 2.x which was introduced in 1984. He has trademarked and patented two software applications that have been sold and are being marketed to the global utility industry. His group has received geospatial awards from GITA and ESRI. He is a past board member of the New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC), a member of the Central New Mexico College GIS Advisory Committee, and a member of the Albuquerque Public Schools CAD Advisory committee. He first got involved with GIS in 1997 while managing the CAD Department for PNM. His involvement with GIS has primarily been in the Utility Industry.

Upcoming Classes:

SketchUp: Introduction to 3D Modeling (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/15/20

Kurt Menke is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) who has been working in the field for 14 years. He received a Masters degree (MA) in Geography from the University of New Mexico in 2000. That same year he founded Bird’s Eye View to apply his expertise with GIS technology towards the world’s mounting ecological and social problems. Towards this end, Mr. Menke focuses largely on conservation. With Bird’s Eye View he has worked for dozens of federal, state and municipal agencies, and non‐government organizations. He is proficient in the use of both ESRI and open source software, and the creation, analysis, modeling, and display of spatial data. Mr. Menke has served on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC) and is a past President. He is currently President of the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. He teaches GIS at UNM and other schools, and is a member of the Society for Conservation GIS.

Upcoming Classes:

QGIS: Intermediate (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/14/20
QGIS: Advanced (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/14/20

Glenn Norman UNMCE InstructorMA in English, University of New Mexico. Glenn is a Linux, Unix and Windows network consultant and programmer with 20 years experience in the medical, education and environmental fields. A member of the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies (ISECOM), he is the Project Manager for Hacker Highschool v.2 and a contributor to the OSSTMM “hacker’s handbook.”

Upcoming Classes:

Network Support (Network+) Live Online (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/13/20
Security+ (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/24/20
Ethical Hacking Part 1: Tools and Techniques Live Online (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/7/20
Ethical Hacking Part 2: Prep for the CEH Live Online (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/5/20

Bryan O'Neill

Upcoming Classes:

Windows: Beginning (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/23/20

Mr. Sandeep Talasila is a certified GIS Professional working at the Earth Data Analysis Center, the University of New Mexico since 2009. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Science from the Louisiana State University. He has been involved in GIS‐based data analyses, developing customized GIS solutions for various projects leveraging GIS tools, applications, data visualization.  Mr. Talasila is experienced in ESRI ArcGIS Suite of products such as Desktop, Server, and Collector; developed web mapping and data collection applications. He has been teaching courses on GIS, Map Design, and Online Mapping at the UNM and for the NM Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). Mr. Talasila is a board member of New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC).

Upcoming Classes:

Geographic Information Systems: Advanced (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/16/20

Joey Belville UNMCE InstructorJoey Belville is an award‐winning music producer who has many national releases to his credit, several of them recorded in Logic Pro. He was an early adopter of computer based audio recording and has been using it on a professional level for over 10 years. Joey is an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro.

Upcoming Classes:

Logic Pro X 10.4: Professional Music Production (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/29/20

Pat Berrett UNMCE InstructorPat Berrett received an MBA from UNM Anderson Schools. Pat has worked in commercial photography since 1980. His primary client base includes those in the arts, crafts, and performing arts. He also works with many high tech and emerging technology clients.

Upcoming Classes:

Photographing People (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/13/20

Jeff Brody UNMCE InstructorJeff Brody has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Jeff has over 25 years experience in information technology and software development. He currently owns his own consulting company specializing in application programming, website development and training for small businesses.

Upcoming Classes:

PHP and MySQL: Beginning Live Online (Section spring 1) ‐ 5/11/20

Mary Elkins UNMCE InstructorMary Elkins has a BA in mathematics and an AA in commercial photography. A lifelong fan of cameras and lighting gear, Mary has mastered the most complicated style of imagery—architectural and interior photography while working for a local photography studio. Mary specializes in digital techniques using Photoshop and Lightroom.

Upcoming Classes:

Drone Photography Overview (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/2/20

Thomas Gagliano UNMCE InstructorTom Gagliano is a local graphic artist and illustrator with nearly 30 years of experience in drawing, illustration and design. He is published in internationally‐distributed science magazines and textbooks, and has adapted his hand illustration techniques to electronic format producing electronic illustrations and infographics since the mid 1990s. He currently works in the environmental industry as a Marketing Coordinator, Graphic Artist and Illustrator.

Upcoming Classes:

Fast Track Illustrator (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/9/20

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Upcoming Classes:

After Effects: Beginning (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/21/20

Adele Gangai UNMCE InstructorAdele Gangai received a BFA in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. Adele has over 30 years of graphic design experience from working in advertising, newspaper, printing, animation and museum agencies. She has won several awards and was a contributor to the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service as a graphic developer. Adele owns and operates her own graphic design business.

Upcoming Classes:

Fast Track InDesign (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/18/20

Kevin Glasgow UNMCE InstructorKevin Glasgow holds a BS in Graphic Design and Art Education from Eastern New Mexico University. Kevin has over 25 years experience as a graphic designer in both print and broadcast media. He currently works as creative director for a regional industrial supply company.

Upcoming Classes:

History of Graphic Design (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/20/20

Reinhard Lorenz UNMCE InstructorReinhard Lorenz is a Producer and Director who has been working in the film industry for 15 years. Among his work are featuredocumentaries, TV formats,corporate video and media content for exhibitions and installations. The award‐winning Feature Documentary Flamenco School on the Art of FlamencoDance went to festivals worldwide. He is currently researching for a documentary on education and learning.As an accomplished instructor and educator, he has taught internationally inGermany, the US and South Africa. His teachings draw from his academicbackground as well as his expertise from the field.He holds an MFA in Filmmaking from the University of the Arts in Berlin and an associate's degree in History from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany.For more information, visit the company website First Eye Films LLC, www.firsteyefilm.com

Upcoming Classes:

Photography I (Section Spring 2) ‐ 4/20/20
Do You Want to Be on a Film Crew? (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/12/20
Photography 2 (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/6/20

Zac Van Note received his BFA in Graphic Design from New Mexico State University. Zac has over 25 years of experience in graphic design, web development, marketing and communications. He has worked on a wide range of projects, including websites, mobile apps, user experience research, catalogs, magazines and tradeshow booths. He is currently a manager of User Experience (UX) Research and Design for a large government contractor.

Upcoming Classes:

Graphic Design II (Section Spring 2) ‐ 4/21/20

Denise received her MFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Denise has been a graphic designer and artist for over 30 years. She has designed everything from advertisements to books, brochures, flyers, manuals, posters, signs, and websites and owns her own graphic design business. She is also a published poet and exhibits regularly as a fine artist.

Upcoming Classes:

Designing for the Web (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/4/20

Jennifer Cady, MA, LPCC, LADAC has been on the faculty of the Substance Abuse Studies Training Program since 2000. She received her B.S. from Ohio University in Community Health Education and shortly thereafter a M.A. in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from Case Western Reserve University and Ashland Theological Seminary. Her work includes Case Manager/Resident Advisor in Ohio and New Mexico, Mental Health Worker and UNM CASAA Counselor, Family Services Specialist and Clinical Coordinator for both adolescents and adults needing psycho social assessment, treatment planning, group and individual therapy to patients. Jennifer received her M.A. in counseling psychology in 1989 and is currently completing her doctoral studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is actively involved with the New Mexico Addiction Education Network to help those entering this field become educated. Jennifer goes the extra mile with joy to guide those with a passion for this challenging but satisfying work.

Upcoming Classes:

Addiction Counselor Exam Preparation (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/30/20

Lupe Chavez is an experienced Senior Special Investigator who has been employed in the Health Care Industry for over 38 years. Her experience ranges from Medical Coding and Billing, Healthcare Compliance and Investigations to Provider and Employee education. She obtained her Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Outpatient Coder (COC), and Certified Professional Billing (CPB) certifications from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). She also obtained her Certified Compliance Professional Physician (CCP‐P) certification from the Board of Medical Specialty Coding. Ms. Chavez was the co‐founder of Medical Academy Services LLC and in 2008 became the sole owner of New Mexico Healthcare Consulting Services LLC.

Upcoming Classes:

CPT‐4 Coding Specialist (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) (Section Fall 1) ‐ 10/1/20
ICD‐10‐CM Coding Specialist (Section Fall 1) ‐ 11/12/20
ICD‐10‐CM Coding Specialist ‐ Live Online (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/16/20
FRESH LOOK ‐ Orientation to Medical Coding and Billing Training (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/13/20
HCPCS Level II (Section Spring 2) ‐ 5/19/20
Testing Strategies with CPC Exam Preparation (Section Summer 1) ‐ 6/1/20
CPC National Certification Boot Camp (Section SUA‐PD) ‐ 6/13/20
Medical Billing and Healthcare Specialist (Section Summer 1) ‐ 6/18/20
Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy for Coders (Section Fall 1) ‐ 8/17/20

Matilde Machiavello UNMCE InstructorMatilde Machiavello holds a Bachelor of Education, with a specialization in English language. She is a Brain Gym Instructor/Consultant, Life and Team Coach, and Master Practitioner in Neuro‐linguistic Programming with a focus on teaching and bilingual storytelling. These approaches are ‐ in her words ‐ the perfect blend to accompany learning paths, challenges and personal/professional processes and career moves. She is originally from Uruguay.

Upcoming Classes:

Brain Gym 101 ‐ Kinesiology Movements for Brain Focus and Life Improvement (Section SP20) ‐ 6/2/20

Sonia Masocco, R.A.P., CH, is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy as well as a member of the American Herbalist Guild. For the past 14 years, Sonia has had a private practice in Albuquerque; she also participates in lectures and conferences worldwide.

Upcoming Classes:

Clinical Herbalism 101 (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 10/5/20
Clinical Case Studies in Herbalism ‐ Live Online (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 4/13/20
Ethics of Herbal Medicine (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 5/11/20
Clinical Herbalism 102 (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 9/8/20

Dr. Vickie McGinley, DBH, LPCC, has been working in substance abuse and mental health for over 23 years. She has worked with homeless, homeless youth, criminal justice, and domestic violence clients during that time. For seven years, she worked at UNM/CASAA and is a veteran of several clinical trials with CRA, A‐CRA CRAFT and MI protocols, including COMBINE (Combining Medications and Behavioral Interventions), ESTAR (Expanding Services to Albuquerque's Runaways), and OTEP (Opiate Treatment Enhancement Project). She has been teaching evidence based treatments for addictions at SASTP for the past 14 years. Recently she was working in Juvenile Justice and is a statewide coordinator of substance abuse treatment services, training staff in CRA and MI and is now at UNMH as a therapist. She received a Doctor of Behavioral Health Degree from Arizona State in 2014.

Upcoming Classes:

Community Reinforcement Approach (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 5/2/20
Women and Addictions (Section Summer 1) ‐ 7/25/20

Venitia Moreno is an instructor of the Clinical Medical Assistant and EKG Tech courses. In addition to teaching, she is the Supervisor of Non‐Invasive Cardiology Clinic at Presbyterian Health Group in Albuquerque, NM and has been in this role since 2002. Previous to this, she was a Clinical Specialty Technician with Presbyterian and a Technical Assistant at the Heart Institute. Her career in the health care field spans over 28 years with 21 of these years being in a supervisory position. She is a certified CMA, EKG Tech, EMT, and Echo Sonographer. She holds certifications from PIMA, TVI and the College of Santa Fe. She enjoys teaching students how to interpret EKG rhythms. Caring for the patients is so important and she enjoys nurturing that passion in students. In her spare time she enjoys reading, swimming, baking and her annual family vacation to Disneyland.

Upcoming Classes:

EKG Technician Certification Program (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/7/20

Julie K. Staples, Ph.D. received a doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology at St. Louis University. She is the research director at the Center for Mind‐Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University. She has been a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher since 1996. Julie is the author of the book Reclaiming Life after Trauma based on an Integrative Trauma Recovery Program using yoga and cognitive‐behavioral therapy for healing PTSD. She also teaches online courses on the basics of research and the science of yoga to health care practitioners, yoga teachers and yoga therapists.

Upcoming Classes:

Transforming Stressful and Traumatic Events (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/18/20

Tim Anderson is the former managing editor of CameraArts magazine and has been a professional photographer for more than 40 years. He has a wide range of experience from shooting dragsters and NASCAR sanctioned races to political figures to concerts (Emmylou Harris, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Motley Crüe, etc.). His real passions, however, is the female nude, the intimate portrait and the many opportunities they represent. Taking influences from Lucien Clergue, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, and Ruth Bernhard, Tim strives to discover new angles" of appreciation within the timeless form of the nude body and the human face. Whether the finished product is a full body image or an intriguing portrait, the message he attempts to convey is that of simplicity of line and form, light and shadow. He has published "Poser: a sketchbook of ideas for photographers and models," and the poetry book, "Frame of Mind." More of his work can be seen at timandersonstudio.com, and CygnetPress.com, and his writing has been internationally published.He has reviewed photography portfolios for a wide variety of organizations, including, but not limited to: Review Santa Fe, World Photography Gala Awards, Louisville Art Association, The Southwest Photo Summit, Vermont Photography Workplace, Photolucida, and Review LA, as well as a variety of local and regional review programs. Over the last few years he has photographed Santa Fe Workshops given by Joyce Tenneson, Elizabeth Opalenik, and photographer Lucien Clergue’s nude workshop in France. He is the publisher of Shadow and Light Magazine, a bi‐monthly PDF and print photography magazine, as well as the editor of The Journal, a bi‐weekly international photo‐based e‐mail newsletter."

Upcoming Classes:

Photography: Seeing with a New Eye ‐ Live Online! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/18/20

Sarah Baker UNMCE InstructorSarah H. Baker is a lecturer and workshop leader, the author of more than twenty published novels. She grew up in New Orleans and has lived all over the country from Alaska to Georgia, but seems to have sprouted roots in New Mexico. Retired from the government, Sarah holds an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from The University of Texas.

Upcoming Classes:

Pitch Presentation Workshop (Section Spring 2) ‐ 4/17/20

PEP Instructor

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Qigong (Section Spring 2) ‐ 4/7/20

Sunny Birklund is an artist, teacher, puppeteer, historian, author and travel guide. Sunny has taught Travel Sketching and Journaling and a variety of art classes for University of New Mexico Continuing Education in Albuquerque, New Mexico for many years. She earned her degree from UNM in 1986 specializing in Art Education and Recreation Management. She has published two books about her puppetry “Puppet Animal Kingdom” and “Puppets and Dolls of the Southwest”. Sunny is the artistic director and owner of Sunny’s Puppet Playhouse and co‐owner of Three Hour Tours, LLC, a local travel business. She is the Giant Puppet Parade coordinator for Offcenter Communty Arts annual Folk Art Festival in September. She travels and teaches art workshops for communities around the US. She has shown her artwork at Weems Artfest, NM Arts and Crafts Fair and in many galleries around the country. For photos and current engagements go to www.facebook/SunnyBirklund

Upcoming Classes:

Nature Sketching and Journaling (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/12/20

This dedicated artist recently went full‐time in her career as an artist, making metal jewelry and teaching the craft to others. Her serendipitous path led her to enroll in a Jewelry Making class at a small Mennonite College in Ohio, where her instructor became her first mentor. Kristin says of her first encounter with creating metal jewelry, “I liked what I was able to make and the thoughts I was able to achieve.” Kristin was hooked immediately when she discovered the torch, its flame and the tools of jewelry metalworking in her youth; she had found her calling.Kristin earned a Master of Fine Arts from Bowling Green University in Ohio. Then, on to Missouri where she began teaching fine arts classes at a small college. Her questing spirit later took her to Boston, Massachusetts, to a job she loved, teaching at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Kristin supplemented her income with residential and commercial painting in Boston and then her own house painting business when she came to Albuquerque. Recently, Kristin took the plunge and is now a full time artist and teacher with her own studio. Her work is selling in galleries in New Orleans and Albuquerque. She brings her MFA and professional teaching background to Continuing Education at UNM. In 2004, this unique individual began challenging Continuing Education students with her own brand of bold, unconventional and whimsical artistic vision, rooted in the solid fundamentals of a traditional jewelry‐making craft. Her classes have inspired a following from the start. Like Kristin with her own first jewelry instructor years ago, many of her students are very loyal to her instruction and repeat the advanced class to pursue their own artistic visions.The Beginning Jewelry / Metals course starts with a series of sterling silver rings. Students learn to size, texture, chase, and form, then bezel‐set a cabochon stone.“I like teaching people of all different levels. Most have their own ideas of what they want to do when they come to the class, so I work with those ideas and desires. I don’t teach assignments,” says Kristin.Her smile seems to say, “you can do it” for her students. Kristin inspires them to dare to dream, big or small. “When teaching, I like to take something that can be very difficult and present it in a way that is simple and realistic,” says Kristin. Her students tackle the intricacies of fine metalworking in a spirit of fun under her watchful eyes, which may sport whimsy‐colored glasses. Kristin enjoys watching people react to her jewelry. Some of her work is on the serious side and some pieces, toy‐like, inspire people to play.Photo by Kyle Zimmerman.

Upcoming Classes:

Beginning Jewelry/Small Metals/Silversmithing and Bench Skills (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/25/20
Continuing Jewelry/Small Metals/Silversmithing and Bench Skills (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/27/20
Beginning Jewelry/Small Metals/Silversmithing and Bench Skills (Section SEC A) ‐ 6/16/20

Wire wrap jewelry instructor

Upcoming Classes:

Wire Wrap Jewelry: Basics (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/7/20

This instructors bio is currently being updated.

Upcoming Classes:

Sashiko ‐ Beginning (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/11/20
Crochet: Advanced (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/18/20

Eva Garlez

Upcoming Classes:

Tango for the Absolute Beginner (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/4/20

Jill Gatwood has lived in New Mexico for 45 years. After working for many years as an epidemiologist in New Mexico and the Caribbean, Jill is now a fulltime mosaic artist and hiker. She likes art that is not just viewed, but is participatory: that can be experienced, touched and felt, and that changes with the light and angle. Jill’s focus has been in transforming common household items into works of mosaic art that highlight the innate, iconic beauty of their shapes and purpose. Some favorites are mailboxes, tables, toasters and other kitchen appliances, as well as skulls. She also teaches mosaic art classes and workshops in venues around Albuquerque and in her home studio. She loves to watch self‐proclaimed “non‐artists” redefine themselves when they start to work with tiles.

Upcoming Classes:

Mosaic Tiling: Beginning (Section Spring 2) ‐ 4/25/20

The Mission of High Desert Yoga is to create a nurturing environment that supports our community of students and teachers as they deepen their experience of body, mind and spirit. Through the teaching and practice of asanas (poses), pranayama (breath), and yoga philosophy, we strive to promote optimum physical health, clarity of mind and spiritual inspiration for all. We also invite you to our new Healing Arts Center; a wellness clinic offering the community a wide variety of holistic healing services and therapies. We will provide you with all that is needed to safely and comfortably begin your yoga practice offering you yoga classes, yoga workshops, yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings.

Upcoming Classes:

Yoga for Folks Over Fifty: Gentle Beginner (Section Spring 5) ‐ 4/13/20
Yoga for Back Care (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/13/20
Yoga for Aging Gracefully (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/13/20
Yoga for Folks Over Fifty: Gentle Beginner (Section Spring 6) ‐ 4/14/20
Mindful Yoga and Meditation 75 Min. (Section Spring 5) ‐ 4/14/20
Yoga: Harmony in Body and Mind (Iyengar style) (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/15/20
Mindful Yoga and Meditation 90 Min. (Section Spring 6) ‐ 4/15/20
Level 2‐3 Yoga (Section Spring 6) ‐ 4/18/20
Breath and Gentle Yoga (Section Spring 5) ‐ 4/18/20
Yoga: Restore and Renew (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/19/20
Yoga Basics: Level 1 (Section Spring 6) ‐ 4/19/20
Open your wings, A Yoga Workshop for Cranky Shoulders (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/26/20
Mixed Level Yoga (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/28/20
Yoga for Folks Over Fifty: Active Practice (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/30/20
De‐Stress Yoga (BA) (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/30/20
Yoga for Lunch (Section Spring 5) ‐ 5/4/20

She began her study of Traditional Yang Family Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan in 1995 under Charles DeFilippo. In 1997 she made her first trip to Hong Kong to meet and get Form Correction from Mr. DeFilippo's teacher, Grandmaster Chung Tin. In 2000 she was accepted as a direct student of Chung Tin and became a member of the Hong Kong Hand Keen T'ai Chi Ch'uan Society. She lives in Hong Kong for a month every year, getting continued correction and instruction from Grandmaster Chung Tin in Hand Form, Sword Form and Pushing Hands. She has also competed in the national Taste of China T'ai Chi Ch'uan Tournament in Hand Form, Sword Form and Pushing Hands, and has completed Judges' Training under Patricia Rice, the founder and Director of the Taste of China tournament.

Upcoming Classes:

T'ai Chi Ch'uan ‐ Traditional Yang Style Long Form: Beginners (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/21/20

Polly Jackson UNMCE InstructorProfessional fine artist with over thirty years of painting. Work shown in the Round House Capitol Arts Foundation Collection (permanent collection), Santa Fe, NM, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM, and private collections around the world. Her work has also been shown 11/6/99 on HGTV, Interiors of Design. Her art was selected for the 2002 poster for The Old Pecan Street Festival; Spring, Austin, TX. Polly has taught Painting with Acrylics and Drawing for the Absolute Beginner at UNMCE since 2009, Drawing with Flair/ Painting with Pastels since 2015, as well as private classes at Artisan Art Store (since 2009). She has exhibited in group art shows at Factory on Fifth, 2015, 2016, 2017.In 1975, Sunstone Press of Santa Fe, NM issued four of her greeting card designs, and Gargoyles, Inc. sold her ceramic tile designs. Jumpin' Junipers Publishers of Santa Fe, NM has issued a poster and a greeting card with her designs. She has taught at Laguna Gloria Austin Museum of Fine Arts (3 years), Austin Community College (2 years) and Painting with Acrylics, Painting with Oils, Pastels and En Plein Air Painting through The University of Texas Informal Classes (8+ years) (and various private classes) and painting with acrylics at Gardner‐Betts Juvenile Facility, in Austin, TX (5 years).Walking History Tour Guide in Santa Fe, NM, downtown Art Tour Guide in Santa Fe, NM with Aboot About, Santa Fe Walks, Art instructor for Laguna Gloria (AMOA), UT informal classes, Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, Gardner Betts Juvenile facility, Austin, TX, and private clients in Painting with Oils, Painting with Acrylics, En Plein Air, Painting with Pastels, Experimental Drawing, Drawing for the Absolute Beginner and Papier Mache, Knowledge and experience with Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe PageMaker, MS Word, FileMaker Pro, DreamWeaver, data entry, scanning and HTML Knowledge of Museum Practices and Curatorial Practices, and researcher for Art History Slide Library, College of Santa Fe.One Person Show:Brick Oven Restaurant on 35th, 2008, Austin, TX, WestlakeRetrospective, 2007, Austin, TX, Ruta Mayas, 2006, Austin, TX, Curras,2004, Austin, TX, The Collin B Restaurant 2002, Austin, TX., West LynnCafe 2001, Austin, TX., Lazy Oak Bed and Breakfast 2001, Austin, TX.,The Allen Collection 1996, Vail Colorado, American Indian Art Gallery1989, New Orleans, LA., Jeffrey's 1989, Austin, TX., Galisteo Inn1989, Galisteo, NM, Santa Fe East Gallery 1988, Santa Fe, NM., Origin,1985, Soho, NY.Two Person Show:Hyde Park Bar and Grill, 2006, Austin, TX, Kent Galleries 1994, SantaFe, NM, Galisteo Inn 1986, Galisteo, NM, St. John's College 1985,Santa Fe, NMThree Person Show:Edith Lambert Gallery 1991, Santa Fe, NM.PUBLICATIONSSouthwest Art Magazine 1994, Prince of Chaos by Roger Zelazny 1991,Knight of Shadows by Roger Zelazny 1990, Old Cars Weekly 1990, FocusArt Magazine, Santa Fe, NM 1988, Horizon Art Magazine 1988.

Upcoming Classes:

Painting with Acrylics (Section Spring 4) ‐ 4/16/20
Painting with Pastels (Section Spring 2) ‐ 5/1/20

Janice Laird UNMCE InstructorJan Laird is a Native New Mexican. She grew up in Santa Fe and attended the University of New Mexico where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Home Economics and Nutrition Education. Jan also obtained her personal chef certificate from the United States Personal Chef Association. Jan is a Certified Personal Chef, Cooking School Instructor and Caterer. She teaches cooking classes that focus on the practical aspects of cooking good food that is both pleasing and nourishing. Chef Jan and her husband, C.E. started their business Jan Can" in 2008. After raising 7 children together, they have been making Jan Can a successful business."

Upcoming Classes:

Two Bites ‐ Sweet and Savory Bites (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/14/20
Spices and Herbs (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/16/20
Breakfast For Dinner (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/21/20
Grilling and Smoking (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/1/20

Lucio Lanucara received his JD from the University La Sapienza of Rome. Following a career spanning over twenty years and several countries, he is full time Business Administration faculty at CNM and at UNM as a Political Science and Management adjunct professor. His passion for food led him to teach Italian cooking classes at UNMCE. As a national of Italy, he has developed an expertise as a historian of Italian cuisine.

Upcoming Classes:

Ancient Rome Cooking (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/24/20

Gilda Latzky UNMCE InstructorGilda Latzky has been a cooking teacher and caterer for 35 years. She originally ran a very successful business in New York City.She migrated to the Southwest 14 years ago and has traveled to teach in Continuing Ed programs all over the West. She has been a member of the Personal Enrichment faculty for 13 years. Gilda loves to get everyone involved and demystify cooking to make it a fun experience.

Upcoming Classes:

A Northern Italian Dinner (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/14/20
Fish Cookery (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/28/20
Mediterranean Table (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/12/20
Sensational Salads (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/5/20

Aparna is the Director and Founder of Yogasaar Studio. Born and raised in India, the land where yoga was born she ignites enthusiasm for yoga in her students by bringing her 30 + years of study and practice into her teaching style that embodies the energy and spirit of yoga. Her classes inspire fluid movement while focusing on mindfulness of breath and alignment, compassionate self‐awareness and encourage a safe environment in which to explore practice for all levels. She is known for her sensitive, joyful, engaging and determined approach to teaching and extensively leads classes, retreats, workshops and trainings in Yoga,Ayurveda and Mindfulness Meditation both nationally and internationally. She is the creator of several yoga dvd's and meditation cd's available on Amazon. To read more about Aparna or to connect please visit www.livingyouryoga.org.

Upcoming Classes:

Yoga: The Full Scope ‐ Live/Online (Section Spring 5) ‐ 4/6/20
Yoga: with Purpose ‐ Live/Online (Section Spring 5) ‐ 4/7/20
Yoga 101 ‐ Foundations and Basics ‐ Live/Online (Section Spring 5) ‐ 4/7/20
Mindfulness Meditation ‐ Online (Section Spring 5) ‐ 4/7/20
Yoga: The Full Scope ‐ Live/Online (Section Spring 6) ‐ 4/8/20
Yoga: with Purpose: Live/Online (Section Spring 4) ‐ 4/9/20
Mindfulness Meditation ‐ Online (Section Spring 6) ‐ 4/9/20

Steven Margulin UNMCE InstructorSteven P. Margulin is a practicing financial advisor in Albuquerque. He teaches estate planning to CFP

Upcoming Classes:

Retirement Planning Today, The Retirement Extender® Method (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/23/20
Rejuvenate Your Retirement (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/28/20
Retirement Planning Today, The Retirement Extender® Method (Section Spring 2) ‐ 5/2/20

Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Upcoming Classes:

Discover Your Life Myth (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/11/20

Caroline Orcutt UNMCE InstructorCaroline has over 30 years of experience in adult education, developing and directing numerous certificate programs and courses in graphic design, digital arts and IT. In addition, she ran her own business for many years, specializing in graphic design and marketing. Expanding on her career in adult education and more recent education in psychology, Caroline is enrolled in the Mindfulness‐Based Professional Training Institute at the University of California San Diego and is a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness‐Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is also a Certified Crisis Helpline Specialist. “Mindfulness and well‐being have become a central focus of my life and I am genuinely enthusiastic about sharing my experience with others.”

Upcoming Classes:

MBSR Day of Mindfulness (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/9/20

Herbal instructor for Personal Enrichment

Upcoming Classes:

Herbal Walk (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/16/20

Lisa Tannenbaum UNMCE InstructorLisa Tannebaum holds a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. An award‐winning natural light digital photographer, Lisa owns and operates an online photography business. In addition, she has worked as a freelance web designer, specializing in search engine optimization and the arts, since 1998.

Upcoming Classes:

Tarot Cards: An Introduction (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/18/20

Reiki Instructor for PEP

Upcoming Classes:

Reiki: An Introduction (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/2/20

Afton Warrick is an experienced educator with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction who has taught Continuing Education at UNM since 2012. She instructed at both private and public intuitions prior to taking a leave from elementary education to raise her four children, and holds the highest level of licensure offered by NM. Warrick is passionate about fiber arts and offers a variety of quilting technique and project courses. Her efficient methods make classes fitting for enthusiasts of all experience levels. Warrick specializes in original design. She has won numerous quilt show awards and been exhibited at venues including The National Quilt Museum. See more at www.quiltingmod.com.

Upcoming Classes:

Quick Quilts (Section Spring 2) ‐ 4/16/20

Ingrid has been helping people challenge themselves through fitness since 1998. She started out working with faculty and staff at UNM, and has continued to focus on adult fitness, opening a personal training studio in 2015. She enjoys both the outdoors and the gym, and takes every opportunity to walk, hike or bike. Her training philosophy is to challenge and nurture each student based on their individual needs, goals and abilities. She is certified as a Personal Trainer and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise, with numerous specialty certifications including Pain‐Free Movement and High Intensity Interval Training. She also holds a Masters degree in Health Education. This, along with her ten‐plus years in weight management counseling, form a broad knowledge and experience base from which to educate, coach and train clients toward a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Upcoming Classes:

HIIT For Lunch (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/10/20
Fun and Fitness for the Rest of Us (Section Spring 5) ‐ 4/11/20
Core Competency (Section Spring 3) ‐ 4/6/20
Fun and Fitness for the Rest of Us (Section Spring 4) ‐ 4/7/20

Denise Wheeler UNMCE InstructorDenise has been teaching Basic Home Repair for more than twenty years. Her love of teaching and sharing skills are incorporated into her not for profit building group, CREW Community Renovation Empowering Women. Denise grew up learning electrical work and building skills. Denise has a Special Major Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She combines her building skills and education to assist agencies which support women and children.

Upcoming Classes:

Home Repair: Basic (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/25/20

Dodici Azpadu UNMCE InstructorDodici Azpadu holds a Ph.D. in Language and Literature and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She is a prize‐winning poet and author, has taught in the Honors College at UNM, and currently teaches writing at CNM. Her novels have been published in the US and Great Britain and she was a 2010 finalist for the NM Book Award.

Upcoming Classes:

Fiction Writing Live Online (Section Spring 2) ‐ 4/6/20
Grammar For Writers (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/12/20

Sarah Baker UNMCE InstructorSarah H. Baker is a lecturer and workshop leader, the author of more than twenty published novels. She grew up in New Orleans and has lived all over the country from Alaska to Georgia, but seems to have sprouted roots in New Mexico. Retired from the government, Sarah holds an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from The University of Texas.

Upcoming Classes:

E‐Publishing: The Wave of the Future! Live Online! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/16/20

Jeff Berg UNMCE InstructorJeff Berg is a freelance writer, journalist and New Mexico film historian living in Santa Fe. He has traveled around New Mexico presenting his noted Made in New Mexico film clip series, doing live narration for each show. Previously, he served on the board of the Mesilla Valley Film Society located in Mesilla, New Mexico, and was Assistant Manager for the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. He is the author of New Mexico Filmmaking.

Upcoming Classes:

The Grattan Incident to the First Wounded Knee‐ An Overview of the Wars Against the Plains Indian Tribes (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/8/20

Richard Blankmeyer attended the University of Southern California in on an NROTC scholarship, graduating with a B.A. in Social Studies. Upon graduation, Dick served three years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the navy, he embarked on a 39‐year career in banking. He is an aficionado of history and an avid investigator of American social issues. Dick retired in 2002 and moved to New Mexico with his wife, Carol.

Upcoming Classes:

Golden Anniversary: Woodstock Music and Art Fair (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/6/20

Roberta Boggess UNMCE InstructorRoberta Boggess has a B.A. in literature and an M.A. in linguistics. She taught writing and literature in Albuquerque Public Schools for 31 years. “Bobbie” has received several teaching awards including the Chamber of Commerce's Blue Ribbon Teacher of the Year in 1990 and 1998. An informed and animated teacher, she loves explaining the story behind the story" to make literature and history come alive. She is past president of the Albuquerque Assistance League and serves in multiple volunteer capacities with OLLI at UNM."

Upcoming Classes:

Puritanism, Cromwell and the English Civil War (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/30/20
A Hodgepodge of Potpourri Part I (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/1/20
A Hodgepodge of Potpourri: Why Do We Say That? Part Two (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/15/20
Longfellow (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/20/20
Dinner at George and Martha's (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/27/20
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/8/20

John Bratzel UNMCE InstructorJohn Bratzel is Professor Emeritus from Michigan State University where he taught for thirty‐six years. He was the graduate director of the MSU Latin American Studies Center and President and later Executive Director of the Popular Culture Association. A specialist concerning Latin America during World War II, he has authored or edited two books on the subject as well as many articles. He has won the prestigious MSU Teacher‐Scholar Award as well as two book awards. Bratzel recently moved to New Mexico to avoid the northern winters and to be with his grand children.

Upcoming Classes:

Espionage in Latin America during WWII (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/29/20

Angelo Cervantes UNMCE InstructorAngel R. Cervantes is an avid genetic genealogical researcher. In 2004, he pioneered the study of Anthropological Genetic Genealogy with the creation of the New Mexico DNA Project. He has also been a key lecturer and speaker on the study of Anthropological Genetic Genealogy for various historical and genealogical organizations in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Mexico. Mr. Cervantes teaches Advanced Placement History at Albuquerque High School.

Upcoming Classes:

The Visigoths Connection to New Mexican Families ‐ The Visigoth Perspective ‐ Live/Online! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/10/20
The Franks Connection to New Mexican Families (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/17/20
Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/1/20
The Byzantine Connection to New Mexico Families (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/15/20
The Conquest of Florida and Andrew Jackson (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/22/20
Who Were the Knights Templar? (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/29/20

Mary Clark UNMCE InstructorMary Clark has a degree in Medical Technology, working in hospital labs and eventually at the Mayo Clinic in MN. She worked at a Medical Device company in California for nearly 28 years. A skilled and experienced trainer in volunteer and professional settings, Mary holds a certificate in Training Program Development from California State University, Fullerton. She also received a Certificate as a Hearing Loss Support Specialist from HLAA.

Upcoming Classes:

Purchasing a hearing aid – ARGHH!! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/13/20
OK, I've got a hearing aid – NOW What? (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/4/20

Dr. Duncan is a licensed, clinical child psychologist experienced in working with children and families on humor. He has fostered school‐wide humor in a school where he consulted and more generally, he's knowledgeable about how children learn.

Upcoming Classes:

Grow Laughter: Foster a Sense of Humor in Your Children and Grandchildren (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/27/20

John Farris received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNM and served two years as a Lt. in the USAF. He worked as an engineer, sales and marketing manager, subsidiary president, corporate VP and consultant for Pall Corporation for 45 years. An avid genealogical researcher, he serves as a volunteer and President of the Albuquerque Genealogical Society with 15 years of DNA experience.

Upcoming Classes:

Understanding DNA Results and What They Mean for You (Section Spring 2) ‐ 5/15/20

Peter Fisk, Ph.D., holds a Bachelors in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, a Masters in Counseling, from USC and a Doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant University), in Los Angeles. He worked for many years in large health systems, private mental health clinics and in private practice. Dr. Fisk is an enthusiast of American history and classical music; he’s a published author and playwright.

Upcoming Classes:

Baseball as a Metaphor for Life (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/16/20
New Mexico's Role in the Civil War (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/19/20
The Basics of Music Theory (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/6/20
The Psychology of Charisma (Section Spring 1) ‐ 6/4/20

Ramon Flores UNMCE InstructorRamón Flores earned a B.A. in History and a M.A. in Cultural Pluralism from Stanford University and a M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. During a thirty‐year career as a theatre director, playwright, actor and producer, Ramón has extensively researched and written on a number of historical issues. Ramón is a popular lecturer, leading a film series and other discussion groups.

Upcoming Classes:

The Right to Bear Arms and the NRA Role in Public Policy (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/16/20

Robert Gish UNMCE InstructorRobert F. Gish holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in English and American Studies from UNM and is the recipient of the Erna Fergusson Distinguished Alumni Award from UNM. He is the author of over twenty works of fiction, memoir, folktales, and literary biographies as well as numerous monographs and essays on the literature, history, and culture of the American Southwest. Dr. Gish is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Pen West, the Authors Guild, and the Screen Actors Guild.

Upcoming Classes:

Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Unpardonable Sin (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/30/20
Writing Short Stories from Start to Finish (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/5/20

Melody Groves was born and raised in Las Cruces, but spent a few years growing up on Guam and in the Philippines.” She holds a B.S. from New Mexico State University and an M.A. in Education from the University of New Mexico. Melody taught in Albuquerque until leaving the classroom to become a full‐time freelance writer. She writes award‐winning novels and non‐fiction while writing for Wild West, True West, New Mexico and other magazines."

Upcoming Classes:

Boots and Spurs, and Chaps... Oh My! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/30/20
Nine Things You May Not Know About Billy the Kid (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/6/20
Old Town: 300 Years in the Making (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/14/20
Writing Realistic Characters in Dialogue: Fiction and Non‐Fiction (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/21/20
Putting emotion into your Writing (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/28/20
When Old West Lawmen Went Bad... and Vice Versa (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/7/20

Hi! My name is Annick. I’m the French instructor at UNMCE. I was born in France, near Lyon, but I’ve lived in many different regions in France, as well as in England, where I taught French for a year after College. I worked for a long time as an information researcher, then, when my husband got a motivating job opportunity in the US, we moved to New York City, and began a whole new life. I opened a tour guiding business, catering to French speaking visitors, and even wrote a book about the city. After ten years of hustle and bustle though, we were ready for a less stressful life, so we settled in New Mexico. It was four years ago, and I absolutely love this region, Albuquerque, and my job at UNMCE. It’s just wonderful to see the pleasure in my student’s eyes, when they grasp a new concept, or realize they’ve said a whole sentence in French, almost naturally! I also feel very honored, because people here are very open, and all my students show a great curiosity about French culture.

Upcoming Classes:

That's So French! A Study in Cultural Contrast (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/21/20

Carol A. Hill is a geologist and author of many books including Cave Minerals of the World, and Geology of Carlsbad Cavern, and Geology of the Delaware Basin. She was featured on the NOVA show Mysterious Life of Caves, which aired on PBS on October 1, 2002. Carol has been an ASA member since 1984 and a member of the ASA Affiliation of Geologists since its foundation.

Upcoming Classes:

Geology of the Jemez Mountains ‐ Live Online! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/29/20

Lizabeth Johnson UNMCE InstructorLizabeth Johnson earned her M.A. in History from UNM and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington, Seattle. She has long had an interest in both ancient and medieval history, particularly the history of Celtic peoples. This interest in Celtic history led her to an interest in colonialism, particularly Roman and English colonialism in the British Isles. Her recent research has revolved around the survival of native legal practices in Wales in the century after the English conquest of Wales.

Upcoming Classes:

History of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales ‐ Now Live Online! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/15/20

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher and literary consultant. She worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television before turning her attention to fiction and essay writing. Ms. Josefs holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Antioch University. She currently leads workshops and provides coaching, editing and manuscript consultation through The Writing Circle.

Upcoming Classes:

Writing the Collage Memoir ‐ Live Online (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/16/20

Stacey Lane holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies and is a Certified NLP Practitioner. Ms. Lane is also a published writer and journalist. A lifelong learner, Stacey is a currently pursuing a second master’s degree in Communication from Arizona State University. She has a private practice and also teaches classes with the New Mexico EDGE.

Upcoming Classes:

Expanding the Writing and Being Process: Harness the Healing Power of Language ‐ Live/Online (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/18/20
Introduction to Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): Subtle, Sensitive and Sophisticated (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/1/20
Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/15/20
Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/29/20

Miriam Ginny" LaPore is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with 30 years of professional experience, including teaching at the University of New Mexico both undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses for four years. Ms. LaPore has a Masters in Education (MEd) and has completed all my coursework for a Doctorate in Adult Education with a Nutrition focus. She's taught several courses and planned and coordinated colloquium series. In addition, she is also certified in Advanced QEEG and Neurofeedback."

Upcoming Classes:

NeuroNutrition: Change Your Brain, Change Your Weight (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/17/20

Dianne R. Layden, Ph.D., is a semi‐retired college professor and writer, who has studied public violence for over 30 years and is currently at work on a book about mass shootings. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from UNM, has taught college classes for 45 years, and has given numerous presentations on violence‐related subjects.

Upcoming Classes:

Hate Crimes in the US and New Mexico (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/7/20

Doug Lindsey UNMCE InstructorDoug Lindsey has a bachelor's degree in computer science and has worked for IBM, Albuquerque Public Schools and Intuit, makers of Quicken and Turbotax. He is a member of the local chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and recently accepted a position on the FPA board. Doug Lindsey is a Certified Financial Planner

Upcoming Classes:

Savvy Cybersecurity (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/12/20
Savvy Personal Finance Technology: What Baby Bomers and Gen‐X'ers Need to Know About FinTech (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/7/20

Matilde Machiavello UNMCE InstructorMatilde Machiavello holds a Bachelor of Education, with a specialization in English language. She is a Brain Gym Instructor/Consultant, Life and Team Coach, and Master Practitioner in Neuro‐linguistic Programming with a focus on teaching and bilingual storytelling. These approaches are ‐ in her words ‐ the perfect blend to accompany learning paths, challenges and personal/professional processes and career moves. She is originally from Uruguay.

Upcoming Classes:

Brighten Your Brain (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/11/20

Carol March UNMCE InstructorCarol March is a career development specialist, trainer, and published author who teaches individuals and groups how to succeed and thrive in today's workplace. Carol has a MS degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University. Carol's specialty is helping people navigate life transitions and find ways to bring their natural creativity into their professional lives.

Upcoming Classes:

Shamanism: From Witch Doctors Through the New Millennium (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/7/20

John A.J. Matthews is a Professor of Physics at the University of New Mexico with research interests in experimental elementary particle physics and most recently in particle astrophysics. Dr. Matthews’ particle astrophysics experiments have included the Pierre Auger Observatory focused on the study of the highest energy cosmic rays and the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory focused on the study of the highest energy gamma‐rays.

Upcoming Classes:

Science for Lunch: Alaska Dreaming (I): Land Sculpted By Ice (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/17/20
Science for Lunch: Alaska Dreaming (II): Shaped By Plate Tectonics (Section Spring 2) ‐ 4/24/20
Science for Lunch: Alaska Dreaming (III): Waves in the Ocean (Section Spring 3) ‐ 5/1/20
Science for Lunch: Out of this World (II): 1960s Serendipity (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/15/20
Science for Lunch: Out of this World (I): Our Unexpected Solar System (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/8/20

Jon Nimitz UNMCE InstructorJon Nimitz has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University, and taught at universities for about 10 years. He spent a total of about two years in India, teaching high school and traveling with Indian friends through all regions of the country. Dr. Nimitz explored a wide range of spiritual traditions. He has published two books and over 100 technical reports and papers.

Upcoming Classes:

Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/1/20
Taoism (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/29/20

Joe Sabatini obtained his Master’s Degree in Library Science from U.C.L.A. Following five years at the U.N.M. School of Law Library, he joined the Albuquerque Public Library in 1973 as Head of Reference. Following his retirement in 2008, he volunteers in the Archives/Library of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and is active in the Near North Valley Neighborhood Association.

Upcoming Classes:

Christmas Revels: The 1919 New Mexico Mounted Police Raid on Santo Domingo Pueblo (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/20/20

Frank Sedillo ('82 BBA, '87 JD) began his pursuit of a legal career began in the legislative branch when he served as Aide/Doorkeeper for Senator Pete Domenici and then as Aide to Congressman Manuel Lujan. He presides as a Metropolitan Court Judge and as host of The Advocate," a City of Albuquerque GOV 16 Television show. Judge Sedillo is a long‐term instructor for a children’s law camp at UNM Continuing Education."

Upcoming Classes:

A Law Camp for Adults (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/9/20

Laura Smith is a clinical psychologist and current President of the New Mexico Psychological Association. Dr. Smith presents workshops on cognitive therapy and mental health issues to national and international audiences and is a widely published author of articles and books to the profession and the public, including those co‐authored with Dr. Charles Elliott.

Upcoming Classes:

Fake News: Defending Against Propaganda and Persuasion (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/10/20

Rob Spiegel UNMCE InstructorRob Spiegel is a career writer of 35 years, who has sold fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to national and international markets. He is currently senior editor at Design News, an international trade magazine. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines, from Rolling Stone and New Mexico Magazine to True Confessions and Concrete D

Upcoming Classes:

Blogging Your Way to Writing Success ‐ Live Online! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/10/20

Charlie Steen holds a Ph.D. from UCLA in Early Modern European history and is Professor of History at UNM. He specializes in placing historical events in context with art, architecture, religion and other cultural aspects, as well as the Reformation, 18th century Europe, and the French Revolution.

Upcoming Classes:

Early Modern Cities: Amsterdam in the Sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/9/20



Upcoming Classes:

The Powerful History of Southwest France (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/14/20

Program Supervisor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico

Upcoming Classes:

Child Narrators in Adult Fiction (Section Spring 1) ‐ 5/5/20

Gay Witherington UNMCE InstructorGay Witherington has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of the Pacific and a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from South Dakota State University. She worked as a counselor at the university counseling center, the campus women’s center and in private counseling practice and taught courses in meditation, assertiveness, parapsychology and other subjects. She has practiced meditation for 40 years.

Upcoming Classes:

Exercises for your Spiritual Health (Section Spring 1) ‐ 4/23/20


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