Meet the Instructors at Osher
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.
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Prize-winning poet and author, Dodici Azpadu, holds a PhD in Language and Literature and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She has taught in the Honors College at UNM, and currently, she teaches writing at CNM. Her novels SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE PRIME OF LIFE and GOAT SONG were published in the United States and Great Britain, and both enjoyed more than 10-years of bookstore shelf life. Her third novel, LIVING ROOM, was a 2010 finalist for the NM Book Awards in Fiction. For more information, visit her website at www.dodici-azpadu.com.
As an art historian, Susan's area of study is in Western Art, specifically, the early modern period. She is a former OLLI San Francisco lecturer, and has taught art history classes at the university level at Mills College in Oakland and San Francisco State University for 10 years from prehistory through the 19th century. Susan also taught specific classes in the Italian Renaissance and Women and Art in lecture and seminar formats at both OLLI and at the universities. She specializes in the Italian Renaissance and interests include female patronage and women of the early modern period. She studied in Florence, Italy and at the Courtauld Institute in London. She published her groundbreaking research on the patron of Botticelli's Primavera. Susan has graduate degrees from San Francisco State University and Mills College.
In 2001, Jeff Berg began a film series while living in Las Cruces that featured mostly movies that were shot at least in part in New Mexico. It was then that he started researching the subject extensively, since the series became the most attended event at the two different venues that he worked with through 2012, before returning to Santa Fe. He has traveled the state showing film clips from New Mexico movies since 2011, covering the length and width of the Land of Enchantment. Berg is a Santa Fe based freelance writer, whose recent book on the subject, ‘Filmmaking in New Mexico', was recently published by the Arcadia Press of Charleston, SC and London. He is also a film reviewer and has had other writings appear in Film Comment, True West, ABQ the Magazine, and a number of other publications.
Professor Richard Berthold
Richard Blankmeyer was born and raised in Anaheim, CA. He attended the University of Southern California in on an NROTC scholarship, graduating in 1960 with a BA in Social Studies. Upon graduation, Dick served three years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he was assigned to an LST home ported in San Diego. After leaving the navy, he embarked on a 39 year career in banking which included various management positions in internal audit, consumer loan operations, and project development. Dick retired in 2002 and moved to New Mexico with his wife, Carol.
Roberta Boggess is on the Leadership Council of the OLLI at the University of New Mexico. She is an active volunteer, participating in membership drives and any necessary events from baking cakes to making presidential decisions. Roberta 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. Ms. Boggess has taught the following courses for the Osher program: Beowulf, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, The Plague, Why Do We Say That? John Donne was a Rock Star, and Theatre from the Greeks to Shakespeare.
For the past 30 years I have worked with writers and literary agents to improve their writing projects. I have reviewed and critiqued the unpublished memoirs of Paul Newman, Surgeon Generals Dr. Joycelyn Elders and C. Everett Coop, and Martin Short to name a few. I carefully analyze these projects and give positive feedback to writers and literary agents instructing them on how they can improve their stories and make them the best they can be.
Angel Cervantes is an avid genealogical researcher and has done historical and genealogical research in the Archivos of Chihuahua, Colima, Jalisco and Zacatecas, Mexico. He worked as a NM State Archivist in Santa Fe in 2001.
Osher Instructor, B.A., English, Certified SoulCollage® Facilitator I have kept a journal for many years, but in 2003 I began to take classes with a teacher named Charlene Geiss. She owned a business called The Diarist's Workshop in Santa Fe and she came to an Albuquerque bookstore to teach. My journals went from whining and angry rants to writings about all aspects of my life and became a wonderful self-discovery tool. I took classes with Charlene for over six years and I am still writing regularly and filling up journals. My journals are full of images, photos, tickets, cards, invitations, rubber stamps, papers, and many other embellishments. When people see my journals, they want to know more about it. I will be bringing my journals to class.
Mary 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. She is married with two grown children, and anxious to pursue her passion - coaching those with hearing loss and their employers. 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. Her new company is "The Hearing Loss Coach."
Mary Mortensen Diecker is the principal of RM Technical Services, Inc., providing consulting services in a variety of areas. She is the author of "Roadrunner Tales," a book in calendar form containing 366 stories about New Mexico. She teaches classes in New mexico History at CNM's Emeriturs Academy and the Road Scholar.
Jane Ellen is a published, award-winning composer who shares her passion for music, history, and religious studies with Albuquerque audiences. Jane completed double majors with honors at the University of New Mexico, and shortly thereafter began working as a freelance lecturer. A popular, long-time instructor for OASIS, Jane has also presented programs for the International Anne Frank Foundation, Elderhostel, KHFM-Radio, and various social and religious groups. With a catalog of over 60 published works, and numerous commissions, she has released four CDs of original compositions and written for musical theatre, television, radio and film. An award-winning member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and former National Director of Sigma Alpha Iota's American Composers Bureau, her works have been internationally performed.
Ramón Flores is a native of Albuquerque who earned BA in History and MA in Cultural Pluralism from Stanford University and a MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. In the course of 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 wrote, directed and produced two plays about New Mexico's colonial period. With Lynn Butler Knight he co-wrote The Merchant of Santa Fe which addressed the plight of New Mexico's Hidden Jews living under the shadow of the Inquisition in 1670. With Taos Pueblo writer James Lujan he co-wrote Casi Hermanos about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 which was produced in 1995. In 2004 Ramón co-wrote and produced the play The Peculiar Case of José Padilla about the New York born Puerto Rican who was held as an "enemy combatant" in a US military brig for more than three years and accused of being "the dirty bomber" for Al Qaida. This play addressed the issues raised by the "Global War on Terrorism." He is currently working on follow up play to The Peculiar Case of José Padilla. For the UNM Continuing Education Division, Ramón has previously offered the lecture series "Islam and the West," "The Manhattan Project," and "A City Upon the Hill: American Exceptionalism from Puritan New England to Bagdad of 2007." Ramón is a popular lecturer through Story of New Mexico and has led film series and other discussion groups. Recently, he provided courses for Osher on the origins and role of the Tea Party Movement, Propaganda, Populism and Corruption of Western Ideals and the Myth of Secure Borders. Ramón is a voracious reader and researcher and has a loyal following within the Osher community.
Cheryl Foote was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1953. Two years later, she moved to Albuquerque where she attended the University of New Mexico and received her B.A. in Spanish and History in 1969. She completed her M.A. in history and received her Ph.D. in history in 1985. She is the author of Women of the New Mexico Frontier 1846-1912, which won the Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico for the best work about New Mexico history in 1991. Cheryl has taught history at Central New Mexico Community College (formerly Albuquerque TVI) for twenty-one years. She has published articles and book chapters about regional history, and has served as a consultant for the Historic New England Foundation for the exhibition Historic Kitchens. She has also written about the culinary history of the American Southwest for Food History News and for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. Cheryl and her husband have been fortunate to travel to many foreign destinations. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband and a quintet of cats and dogs, and enjoys hiking, reading mysteries and cooking for her friends and family, especially her grandson Andrew.
Jerry Franks holds a Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin, with an emphasis on political philosophy. Now retired, he taught ethics, critical reasoning and introductory philosophy for many years at Midland College in Texas, in addition to courses in American politics and government. His interests include the U.S. Constitution, civil liberties, religious freedom, and the philosophical background of the American Revolution.
Robert F. Gish holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.degrees in English and American Studies from the University of New Mexico 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. His short story collections include West Bound, Dreams of Quivira, Bad Boys and Black Sheep, and First Horses: Stories of the New West. Bob taught at the University of Northern Iowa from 1967-1991, where he was University Distinguished Scholar and Professor of English, as well as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He served as Director of Ethnic Studies and Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo from 1991-2001. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Pen West, the Authors Guild, and the Screen Actors Guild. He and his wife, Judith, live in Albuquerque. They are the parents of three children and six grandchildren. He is a jazz guitarist and vocalist by avocation. Please visit his website: www.robertfgish.com
Tim Goloversic earned an MBA from IUP, an MS in International Relations from Troy University, and a BS in Aeronautics from ERAU. He is a retired Army Major and has completed numerous military leadership courses. His teaching focuses on developing plans for sustainable peace and economies in war torn countries.
With a career ranging from archeologist and and university teacher through environmental consulting and land use planning to computer network design and administration, Bruce can draw on a wide range of experiences. He has degrees in anthropology from Rice and Yale and in Public Administration from the University of Denver. He has a long standing interest in the history, technology, and economics of the ancient Mediterranean area. He feels that history more interestingly seen in terms of the way people lived their daily lives and interacted with their surroundings than as a parade of political events.
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.
Lizabeth Johnson earned her MA in History from UNM in 2000 and her Ph.D. in History from University of Wash¬ington, Seattle in 2008. 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.
Julius Kaplan earned his BA from Wesleyan University, his MA and PhD from Columbia. An art historian by profession, now retired, he has been an opera fanatic since his mid-teens. Attracted to New Mexico by Santa Fe Opera, he is currently Vice-President of the Board of Opera Southwest. Relevant experience: a life-long opera enthusiast, I have seen the opera many times and have read extensively about Puccini, Belasco and the opera itself.
Professional artist, BA in History and BA in English
Caroline LeBlanc, former psychotherapist and Army Nurse, has had her essays and award winning poetry published in the US and abroad. Oiseau Press published Smokey Ink and a Touch of Honeysuckle, her chapbook about life as an Army wife, and the descendent of 17th Century Acadian/French Canadian settlers in North America. She writes online book reviews for the Military Spouse Book Review and Poetry Matters. As Writer in Residence at the National Military Family Museum, she wrote the script for the museum's traveling exhibit; co-produced/wrote the script for Telling Albuquerque and 4 Voices performances; facilitated Standing Down, a NM Humanities Council program for veterans and family members. With Mitra Bishop, Roshi, Mountain Gate Zen Center, New Mexico, she offers veterans and women military family members Mindfulness Meditation/Writing Retreats. She is a founding member of the women's Apronistas Art Collective which regularly mounts community art installations highlighting women's rights and ecological issues. Her art has won awards in New York and New Mexico.
Norma Libman is a journalist and educator. She is the author of Lonely River Village and has written more than 500 articles for newspapers nationwide. She has taught at colleges and universities in Illinois and New Mexico. She also leads writing workshops and holds degrees in Education and Literature.
I have been helping clients with social security decisions and financial planning issues for the past four years. I have attended many continuing education courses on Social Security planning taught by local experts including "Understanding the Benefits of Social Security" presented by Eva Lujan, Social Security Office Public Affairs Specialist and numerous courses taught by Peter Murphy, Retirement Specialist in Santa Fe. I am 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™ with MGM, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor established in Albuquerque in 1990. He has worked as a planner at MGM since 2008 and has lived in New Mexico since 1992. Doug has a bachelor's degree in computer science and has worked for IBM, Albuquerque Public Schools and Intuit, makers of Quicken and Turbotax. Doug and his wife, Cindy, have four awesome children (Nic, Sam, Ben and Ellie) and one lovely daughter-in-law (Nic married his childhood sweetheart, Lindsey, and her name is now Lindsey Lindsey, yes really). The three younger kids still live at home where they keep their full-time mom young and busy. Sam is in high school at the Academy, loves reading, computers and dogs; Ben is at Double Eagle Elementary School and loves soccer, swords and video games; Ellie is also at Double Eagle and loves art, fairy books and ice cream. Doug enjoys running and mountain biking in the foothills, belongs to a book club and loves to read everything from post-apocalypse fiction (The Road, The Stand, The Passage) to philosophy, science and humor (David Sedaris and The Onion). He was an avid water skier in his youth and wishes Albuquerque had more lakes. He enjoys pop-up trailer camping in the mountains with Cindy and the kids, playing cards and strategy games (Puerto Rico, Settlers of Catan, Agricola) , dark chocolate, dark beer and rock-n-roll. Doug completed his first marathon in 2009 and hasn't yet decided if he liked it
Kate Luger, MLS is a recently retired UNM Reference Librarian. She has also been a teacher and editor for a Scottish publisher and is the author of a children's book about old Edinburgh. She has lived in various states in the US and in Scotland and has traveled widely. She specializes in collecting fiction and non-fiction resources to provide deeper understanding of travel destinations.
Uruguayan, Teacher of English, Team Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, Brain Gym Facilitator, passionate about accompanying processes of personal and professional growth. Bilingual Storytelling keen on spreading the word of South American greatest writers who voice their local customs, traditions and much more.
Jon Nimitz has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University, and taught at universities for about 10 years. He was consistently rated by students as an outstanding instructor. After that he ran a small research and development business working on environmentally friendly chemicals. Always interested in philosophical and spiritual issues, since retiring from technical work he has taught classes for UNM CE on "Introduction to India," "The Meaning of Life," and "Loving What Is: The Work of Byron Katie." He is currently a self-employed investor. He spent a total of about two years in India, teaching high school and traveling with Indian friends through all regions of the country. He has made a point of exploring a wide range of spiritual traditions. He also gives talks on investment topics to the local chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). He has received numerous academic awards and has qualified to join MENSA. He has published two books and over 100 technical reports and papers.
Chris started in music playing bass guitar with his older brothers in a family band. He then played guitar for Eldorado's High School Jazz Band and won an award for his improvisational skills upon graduation. This motivated him to go on and earn two bachelor degrees in music from The University of New Mexico. First, in Theory and Composition and second in Music Education. Recently, Chris has completed his Master's Degree in Music also from UNM. He composed a Suite of Variations based on an Alaskan folk song for his Thesis. Chris has written over 200 original songs and has them all recorded on his own solo CDs. He won three awards from NMMIC songwriting contest in 1991, 1994, and 1997 for the classical category. Chris has produced and performed on CD's for numerous other musicians as well. He also performs quite frequently at coffee houses, for weddings, and private parties as a one-man-band. Chris has performed for over 30 musicals with ACLOA, MTS, Alb. Little Theatre and for UNM. Chris has been teaching guitar/bass lessons in Albuquerque since 1981. He teaches all styles of guitar, theory, note reading, improvisation and songwriting. Chris taught Band and Exploratory Music at Roosevelt Middle School for three years in the early 1990's. He taught at Bosque School in Albuquerque on the West Side and also recently taught a continuing education class on the Beatles with UNM's Continuing Education Program. Chris currently teaches private lessons at Washburn Piano.
Dr. Norton was born in a drafty log cabin in the Carpathian Mountains.... Actually, close but not that close. She was born in the former Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic, and thanks to the former USSR, she came as a refugee with her family to Canada. She wanted to become a veterinarian, but somehow she became a historian, generally regarded as a much less useful profession. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with BA and MA in history, she sought the warmer climate of New Mexico, U.S.A. Several years, and a Ph.D. later, she still resides, with her English husband, in the Land of Enchantment. Although she considers herself a recovering academic, she can't seem to give up her favorite subject, and she therefore shares her passion for it by consulting, occasionally teaching, and lately writing. Well, she does not really like the writing part; she likes the research and the finishing part.
Steve Poland has a passionate interest in the area of happiness and well-being. He has been greatly influenced by the science of positive psychology with its focus on human strengths rather than human weakness. As a New Mexican, he is committed to bringing these insights to our state. His presentations on happiness and well-being at the New Mexico Psychological Association and the New Mexico Conference on Aging have been well received. For many years he's taught a class on happiness offered through the Division of Continuing Education at the University of New Mexico. In 2012 he presented in a workshop on promoting personal happiness at the first-ever Seattle Happiness Conference. Steve has his PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and he is licensed as a psychologist in New Mexico.
Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Program
Howard Romanek was a history and urban studies teacher for most of his career at the Glenbrook High Schools in Illinois. While there, he helped to create the first four year international studies program in Illinois, the Glenbrook Academy of International Studies. Since retiring in 2003, he has been a substitute teacher, guest lecturer and volunteer basketball coach at Glenbrook South High School. From 2005 - 2010, he was a member of the history Department as Illinois State University. He's taught several popular classes for the Osher Institute including the Seven Deadly Sins, Hamilton and Jefferson and the Catholic Church and the War in Europe.
Senior Editor, Design News; Lifelong Writer and Author of Six Books
Specialties: the Reformation, 18th century Europe, and the French Revolution. History professor, specialist in the social and political forces of 18th century Europe history professor, social and political forces of 18th century Europe. Places historical events in context with art, architecture, religion and other cultural aspects Part of European Studies faculty. Ph.D. from UCLA in Early Modern European history.
Albuquerque Genealogical Society
From Washington DC to teaching in South America, from Mexico to teaching in Mongolia and England, Dr. Maya Sutton is a traveler and educator. Maya graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of New Mexico. Her specialties are adult learning, cognitive development, life stages, and experiential learning. Since the 1980s Maya has been active in distance learning for adults and in taking education to adults where they work. As president of Sutton Seminars, she has trained thousands of people in stress management at government and private organizations throughout the West.
I hold a PhD in Experimental Psychology. My relevant teaching research experience includes Learning and Memory, Sensation and Perception, and Research Methods. I retired from Iowa State University in 2003.
Terri Tobey has a Masters of Teaching and a Masters in Gerontology. Tobey is the Senior Care Manager for Jewish Family Service and Director of Brain Fitness in their Aging in Place sites as well as for their Mobile Wellness program. Tobey is on the Board of Directors for Senior Arts, Inc., serves as an Ombudsman for the New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department, and is a member of the American Society for Aging. Throughout the years she has been involved in educational pursuits; publishing books, CDs, producing documentary films, conducting workshops, and teaching on the college level for undergraduate candidates as well as for continuing education students.
Mr. Trestrail graduated with honors, obtaining a B.S. degree in Pharmacy, from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1967. In 2010, he received the "Distinguished Alumnus Award" from his alma mater. Mr. Trestrail's public service experience was as a Volunteer with the United States Peace Corps, from 1968-1970, where he taught chemistry at the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture. He is a practicing boarded toxicologist, and for many years, was a visiting instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on the subject of criminal poisoning. He is recognized as the foremost authority on the subjects of criminal poisoning and murder by poison. For 33 years (1976-2009), he served as the Managing Director of one of the nation's certified regional poison centers. He now serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Criminal Poisoning. Mr. Trestrail and has been featured in multiple episodes on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and PBS. He is the author of Criminal Poisoning: An Investigational Guide for Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists, and Attorneys. He is also one of the co-editors of the book Toxicology Secrets. His third book The Poison Quiz Book
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