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Mitchell Bloom

Mitchell Bloom holds a PhD from University of Pittsburgh. He has spent many years extracting meaning from large amounts of data; converting…

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qualitative information to quantitative; conducting research; and writing in a variety of applications and subjects. He has taught courses at Universities and Colleges in the region and around the world. He brings a sharp intellect, a gentle demeanor and friendly, open manner to his teaching at Harbor Institute.


Ned Bratspis

Ned Bratspis, MA, LMFT, has a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from Penn State and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling …

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from California State University Northridge.  Ned is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and Washington.  He has been in private practice for 17 years and teaches Mindfulness Meditation Groups on Saturday mornings for stress reduction and relaxation.  Ned brings a wide range of experience to his therapy practice.  Areas of specialization are:

Ned has studied Eastern Philosophy since 1971.  His meditation work combining Eastern and Western psychology and practice is influenced by the works of Jack Kornfield and Jon Kabat-Zinn.  Many meditation methods are explored in his Guided Meditation Class, especially breath work, imagery, body scan, progressive relaxation and other practical stress reduction techniques.


Peter Brown

Peter Brown is an initiated Marakame (shaman) in the Huichol tradition and initiated Granicero in the Nahua tradition of Mexico…

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Peter leads classes and workshops in schools, conferences and community settings on a variety of topics in the shamanic realm.

He actively continues his work through pilgrimaging to sacred sites in Mexico and maintaining a healing practice in Olympia and Seattle.

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Craig Chase

Craig Chase has broad based background including service in the U.S. Navy and extended public service first with the Federal Aviation Administration in air traffic control and Management Systems;

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and then with the Department of Energy in petroleum operations and regulatory programs. After 30 years of combined military and government service, he entered the private sector, for the next 25 years, as an Engineering Management Consultant – Energy and Environmental Programs. He has lived, worked and traveled throughout United States and its territories, the Oceania, and Southeast Asia. He holds two under graduate degrees in Industrial Management and Business Management; and two graduate degrees in Engineering Management and Public Administration (energy and environmental policy). This academic effort is supported by advanced studies in: nuclear science; and health, safety and environmental management; metrology/geodetics; and geography/ocean studies.

Special Interest

Mike Dodd

I retired from the airline industry as a sales executive with Austrian Airlines, however I continue to contribute travel articles and blogs for Avanti Destinations in Portland…

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Prior to life in the airlines, my background was in zoology as a keeper in the bird division at the St Louis Zoo, and an instructor in the education department.

I am an unabashed enthusiast of Austria as well as France, however firmly believe that every country has something to offer prospective travelers.

In the upcoming course on Vienna, my intent is to convey that level of excitement that will inspire even the most sedate armchair traveler to start packing and plan a trip.


Danelle Dodge

Certified Child Birth Educator with the International Childbirth Education Assn and Certified Labor Doula with Childbirth and Post-partum…

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Professional Assn. BA from UW Tacoma in Social Sciences. Taught Childbirth Preparation classes for 7 years at local hospital and served multiple families as their Doula.


Deena Eber

Deena Eber has been working with moving energy since the early 1970’s when she began practicing yoga. She taught therapeutic yoga in the 1990’s…

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through the early 2000’s. She has studied tai chi since 2001 and has been teaching tai chi since 2012. She teaches the yang short form.


Jo Emery

Professional Choreographer for large scale production shows, events, musicals. Five National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships…

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Faculty, University of Oregon, Cornish School, Madronna Dance Center, Evergreen State College, North Carolina School of the Arts, Portland MetroArts. Artistic Director, Tacoma Performing Dance Company

Arts & Creativity

Patty Finnigan

From a very young age I always knew I wanted to be an artist. The desire to draw and create has always been a defining force in my life. I pursued a…

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more academic course in college but art called me back several years later and I attended the Art Institute of Seattle.

I enjoy art in many forms, from fine art painting to computer graphics, and paper sculpture to jewelry making. Watercolor is my favorite medium but in recent years I have discovered a new passion in teaching art. I currently teach in the Key Peninsula elementary and middle schools and TCC’s Continuing Education department. I hope that students leave my classes with new confidence in their own artistic abilities.

Art, for me, is a celebration of beautiful color, graceful line and engaging light. I am an avid gardener and bird watcher and find all of my inspiration in the natural world.


Brady Friedrich

Brady Friedrich is a lifelong Gig Harbor resident and active member of the community. He studied Networking & Cyber Security at Tacoma Community…

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College prior to transferring to Western Governors University to study Information Technology Management. Brady has since worked as a technician and trainer at Apple and now owns and operates multiple local small businesses. Brady develops web applications for start-up companies across the globe, automates mundane and repetitive tasks for local small businesses, and helps the community learn to use their technology to the fullest! In his free time, Brady is working to implement video games as learning resources in all levels of education. He loves to travel, recently visiting London, Paris, Tokyo, Guam, and many U.S cities. Eager to share his knowledge and experience, Brady has been a Continuing Education Instructor at TCC since 2015.

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John Jensen

A former San Francisco broadcaster, Jensen has been an avid collector of music, movies, and radio broadcasts of the 1930s and 40s. Early fascination…

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led to employment as general manager of KMPX, a radio station devoted to playing the music and radio broadcasts of those years. He produced a live world-wide radio broadcast honoring the US Navy 200th Anniversary, starring Bing Crosby, Mel Blanc, and other radio stars from the 1940s. In 1992, he directed the 50th Anniversary Salute to Armed Forces Radio broadcast, heard world-wide. As an audio historian, he has provided research and assorted media to filmmakers, such as Jack Haley, Jr., Frances Ford Coppola, and George Lucas. He recently retired as Senior Director of Public Relations for World Vision, the Washington state based humanitarian organization. Since then he has been lecturing at various venues throughout the Puget Sound area on the war years of 1939 to 1945. Recently he was selected to be a speaker for Humanities Washington, the state speaker’s bureau and for the next two years will be lecturing throughout the state on the home life and events of World War II.


Dana Kehr

Dana has been teaching photography classes for TCC for the past five years. In that time — he’s developed several training manuals, organized…

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thousands of Power Point pages on photography, and written numerous articles for photographers of all skill levels. Nearly 1,000 students have learned how to take better photos from the classes and workshops Dana has taught.

He is “retired” now from his career in TV broadcasting and ad agency management. But he keeps

busy as a certified real estate photographer and as an occasional portrait and wedding photographer.

He started taking photos as a youngster with a Kodak “Brownie” camera. And over the years, he has owned and used other cameras manufactured by Olympus, Nikon, Canon and Sony.

He especially enjoys photographing flowers, landscapes, travel locations and people. He and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of eight children and are enjoying life watching the adventures of their eleven grandchildren.

Dana graduated from Brigham Young University in Communications and he attended Penn State University as a graduate teaching assistant while working on a master’s degree there in Journalism. He has received specialized training in classroom instruction and has taught high school age and adult learners a variety of subjects for more than 20 years.

Special Interest

Kriss Kevorkian

An expert in grief, death and dying, Kriss A. Kevorkian, PhD, MSW, holds a doctoral degree in thanatology, the study/science of death, dying…

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and bereavement. She combined her passion for thanatology with her love of whales and the environment through her research on environmental grief® and ecological grief®. Dr. Kevorkian has presented this research in the United States and abroad.

Her work experience includes deputy coroner, unit social worker for a skilled nursing facility, and hospice medical social worker offering emotional support and counseling to terminally ill patients, including young children to elders, and their families. As a hospice social worker, she received Certificates of Recognition for her Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Social Work from local politicians. In addition to being Co-Chair of the San Fernando Valley End-of-life Coalition, she was Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Bioethics Committee for two years and Chair of their Death and Dying Subcommittee for three years.

Dr. Kevorkian has worked in academia, lecturing and teaching classes on aging, trauma, end-of-life care, death, bereavement, grief and loss to medical and mental health professionals and students. She provides educational workshops, seminars, and writes on the subjects of dying/death, caregiving, grief/loss, animal companion loss, and grief related to environmental loss and destruction.

Dr. Kriss Kevorkian is a Contributing Faculty Member in the MSW program at Walden University. She hosts/facilitates a Death Café in her community, and has a private practice helping clients, and their families, sail through the sometimes stormy seas at the end of life and through their grief.

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Patrick Lowinger

Patrick Lowinger is a historian and freelance writer.  Patrick possesses a MA in Ancient History from AMU and a BS in Microbiology from CSULB….

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After retiring from a career in law enforcement in 2012, Patrick and his family moved to Washington from his native California.  Pat’s interest and area of focus are on the people and societies of the ancient Mediterranean- from the Late Bronze Age through Early Medieval periods.  As an active member of the of the Association of Ancient Historians, Pat remains academically engaged- having just spent the summer in Romania doing archaeological field work.

When he’s not teaching or digging Pat enjoys working on various writing projects, including his blog, Discovering Ancient History.  In addition to all things historical, Pat enjoys photography and hiking as well as spending time with his family.


Tim Maciejewski

Tim Maciejewski has been involved with six successful web-based businesses, stretching as far back as 2009. Tim has used his experience in digital…

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media production, social media, and online marketing to help grow his own businesses, as well as help others grow theirs. Tim is self-employed and works primarily from home. When not engaged with his growing businesses, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and their five children. Tim is also a military veteran with more than 14 years’ time-in-service.


EC Murray

EC Murray is the author of A Long Way from Paris, named a KIRKUS Best Book of 2014. She received a Pushcart nomination for her short story “The…

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Urban Goatherd.” A writing instructor at Seattle Central College and Tacoma Community College, her freelance articles range from Lady Gaga to Paralympics, from parenting to traveling. With a Master’s degree and two writing certificates from the University of Washington, she founded and publishes The Writers Connectionwww.writersconnection.org which has included interviews with Elizabeth George, Debbie Macomber, Erik Larson, Garth Stein, and David Guterson and more. She also published Life Kind of Sucks. www.ecmurray.com

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Ben Paganelli

Ben moved to Gig Harbor in 2010, most recently from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he was Assistant Professor of Political Science

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at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). He holds degrees in International Relations from USAFA and Troy University and serves as an INSPIRE/ALLIES Fellow at Tufts University in Medford Massachusetts. He has lectured at various institutions to include the Belgian War College, Technion University of Israel, the Air Force Special Operations School, Tufts, the University of Colorado, and Seattle University.


Joe Ponepinto

Joe Ponepinto is the publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a nationally-recognized literary journal that has had selections reproduced…

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in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best Small Fictions, and other notable anthologies. His novel, Mr. Neutron, will be published by 7.13 Books in spring 2018. He is the winner of the Tiferet: Literature, Art & the Creative Spirit 2016 fiction contest, and has had stories published in Fugue, The Lifted Brow, Lumina, 2 Bridges Review, and dozens of other literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. A New Yorker by birth, he has lived in a dozen locations around the country, and now resides in the local area with his wife, Dona, and Henry the coffee-drinking dog.

arts & creativity

Pamela Schied

Pamela Schied BA MS, has more than 30 years of experience in public relations, marketing communications and writing for a broad range of…

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organizations across multiple industries. With a journalism degree from Michigan State University, Pam started her career as a newspaper reporter.

She moved to Houston in 1983 to pursue a career in corporate communications and public relations, holding senior positions with the former Houston Lighting & Power Company (now Reliant Energy/Centerpoint Energy), Safeway Stores, Hill & Knowlton and a leading Texas public relations firm, Pierpont Communications, Inc. In 2008, she started her own PR/Marketing consultancy, Foresight Communications Group, which she continues to operate. In 2012, Pam earned a Master’s of Science degree in Futures Studies in Commerce in the College of Technology at the University of Houston.

Her professional affiliations include the International Association of Business Communicators, Houston Chapter and Board of Directors (past-president), The Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society.

Pam began studying The Artist’s Way process and tools a few years ago. She attended a Seattle workshop with other “aspiring creatives,” completed an online overview course of the book with Julia Cameron, and then co-organized a Tacoma Artist’s Way Meetup group who went through the book.

“Studying The Artist’s Way and applying its tools to my own creative pursuits has been life-changing,” Pam admits. “One does not have to be an artist or be of a certain age to gain insights from using Cameron’s approach. As Julia explains, ‘It takes only a tiny step in the direction of our dreams to start…the thrill of beginning something new is universal.’”

Health & Fitness

Yolonda Williams
Yolonda Williams, Certified Primary Group Exercise Instructor (AFAA) with Youth Exercise Specialization (NASM). I am the creator, and owner of YOLO Fitness Training Club…

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I’ve been providing group fitness workouts for over 5 years. I love health and wellness and hope to continue to learn new and exciting ways to get people moving and motivated about their health. I am also a full time instructor at TCC in the Business Department. I have created a Total Body Fitness course for TCC which is a great introduction to learning how the body moves, and how strong you can be in the privacy of your own home. You will leave this class with 8 weeks worth of strength building workouts you can do in your living room. My goal is the change the perception of what it means to work out everyday. Its a fun upbeat and non intimidating atmosphere. All fitness levels are welcome. In September I will be participating in Strong by Zumba Instructor training and hope to bring this new amazing workout to TCC beginning winter quarter.

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