Arts and Creativity

Susan Alexander

Ever since her first trip to Portugal, where she was captivated by the intricately designed pebble sidewalks and ubiquitous buildings clad in gleaming blue…

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Ever since her first trip to Portugal, where she was captivated by the intricately designed pebble sidewalks and ubiquitous buildings clad in gleaming blue and white tiles, Susan Alexander has been in love with mosaic art – its agelessness, its multi-cultural significance, its movement and texture, and the endless possibilities inherent in the enduring art form.  An art minor in college, she retired in 2012 from a 30-year career in non-profit resource development and now is happily sharing her essential creative spirit with Continuing Education students throughout the Puget Sound area. In her Olympia workshop and through her business, SALVAGGIO!, she creates custom mosaic jewelry and one-of-a-kind mosaic art for homes, gardens and businesses using salvaged materials, vintage furnishings, old architectural embellishments, and useful household items.

Harbor Institute

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

writing

mary boone

Mary Boone has written more than three dozen nonfiction books for young readers.  She also has several fiction projects in the works.  Mary has…

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Mary Boone has written more than three dozen nonfiction books for young readers.  She also has several fiction projects in the works.  Mary has taught writing courses at area community colleges and writing conferences.  She was a writing instructor at Tacoma’s School of the Arts for 11 years.  She’s currently writing about octopus wrestling and exploding whales.

Personal Growth

Ned Bratspis

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

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

Harbor Institute

Theresa Cosgrove

Theresa Cosgrove has worked as a government analyst for over 25 years and is very knowledgeable about data gathering and evaluative methods.  She…

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Theresa Cosgrove has worked as a government analyst for over 25 years and is very knowledgeable about data gathering and evaluative methods.  She has applied this direct experience of fact-finding and investigative techniques to her hobby of genealogy.  She has a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin and was awarded a year-long Graduate Fellowship in France.  In addition, Mrs. Cosgrove is a dual-citizen of Europe and has worked over there for 14 years. Therefore, she had the opportunity to travel to many European countries.  A former board member of the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society, she is presently a member of 3 genealogical groups in the South Sound.  She is also an Honorary Archivist for the Washington State Archives.  In addition, she has been a freelance French translator and interpreter for over 10 years.  She has been a member of the Seattle Chapter of the Alliance Française and taught French language classes at various schools and community colleges.  She presently is a member of the French American Business Group-Pacific NW, Conversations Francophiles á Tacoma and two French conversation groups in Gig Harbor, WA.

Languages

Sarah Curtis

Prior to working for TCC Continuing Ed, Sarah taught middle school Spanish for a private school, was a Spanish adjunct at Bellevue College, and worked as a…

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Sarah Curtis is a Spanish instructor with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Spanish from the University of North Texas and Western Washington University. A freelance writer, she has a degree in English from the University of Washington. A huge fan of foreign study, she did an undergraduate program in Mexico and graduate coursework in Madrid. Sarah enjoys introducing students to Spanish and aspects of culture through lively and fun, interactive classes. She engages learners with conversation practice and a variety of task-based games and activities. She teaches immersion-style to simulate a true language learning experience.

Prior to working for TCC Continuing Ed, Sarah taught middle school Spanish for a private school, was a Spanish adjunct at Bellevue College, and worked as a K-12 substitute teacher. Using her skills as an interpreter, she has traveled with youth and adults to Central and South America, including Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. She taught English in Brazil as well. She enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, entertaining, reading, and always coffee.

Health/Fitness/Wellness

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 through…

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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 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.

Harbor Institute

Christopher Eberhardt

Chris Eberhardt, originally from Tacoma, Washington, holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research. His dissertation looks at how…

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Chris Eberhardt, originally from Tacoma, Washington, holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research. His dissertation looks at how Chinese youth make sense of climate change in their daily lives. He was a 2008 India China Institute Student Fellow researching the use of new media for environmental protection in China. Chris lived in Beijing from 2010-2015, seeing up close the challenges China faces balancing economic growth with environmental protection.  While in China he conducted research, taught and the last two years worked for a sustainable hotel at the Great Wall.

special interest

Gordon Evans

Master Craftsman of all house trades.  Cabinet and furniture designer and builder.  50 years in trades and mechanical design.  Dive and sailing…

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Master Craftsman of all house trades.  Cabinet and furniture designer and builder.  50 years in trades and mechanical design.  Dive and sailing instructor.  Just back from Maui specializing in resort furniture, tiki bars and kiosks.  4th generation Gig Harbor.

Arts and 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 more…

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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 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.

Harbor Institute

Larry Fowler

Larry Fowler is a bestselling and award winning author of historical and psychological suspense novels.  Two of his novels, based on Abraham…

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Larry Fowler is a bestselling and award winning author of historical and psychological suspense novels.  Two of his novels, based on Abraham Lincoln’s life, are included in the Lincoln Collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield IL.  His recent book on writing craft focuses on the psychology of storytelling.

Harbor Institute

Richard P. Genet

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Richard P Genet is a retired U.S. Navy Captain with five sea commands and…

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A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Richard P Genet is a retired U.S. Navy Captain with five sea commands and a specialties in Communications and Intelligence. Following his Naval Service he became the Chief Cartographer and Chief Hydrographer at BAE Systems one of the country’s leading defense contractors. His primary areas of teaching are  history related to world exploration and cartography,  U.S. History,  U.S. Naval History and the History related to intelligence and spying.

Performing Arts

Kit Kapphahn

Kit Kapphahn holds a PhD from Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK.  While her academic specialty is medieval literature, she also has experience in…

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Kit Kapphahn holds a PhD from Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK.  While her academic specialty is medieval literature, she also has experience in broadcasting, from radio to voice acting.  She worked as an announcer for Northwest Public Radio and studied Communication at Washington State University.

She has taught medieval literature and public speaking in Wales and England before returning to Gig Harbor where she grew up, and especially enjoys helping students of all ages find their own voice.  In her free time, she enjoys writing, photography and traveling.

Photography

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 thousands of Power…

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

Performing Arts

Warren Kerr

Mr. Kerr has over 39 years of directing experience in both civic theatre and public schools as well as over twelve years of teaching Acting (beginning through…

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Mr. Kerr has over 39 years of directing experience in both civic theatre and public schools as well as over twelve years of teaching Acting (beginning through advanced), Children’s Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Theatre History. He has directed many shows including comedies, dramas, musicals, plays for children, and one acts. Some titles include: “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “Norman! Is that you?”, “Happily Ever After”, “The Lion in Winter”, “The Crucible”, “Our Town”, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”, “The Fantastics”, “The Trial of Goldilocks”, “Godspell”, “Hairspray”, “South Pacific”, and “”The Laramie Project: Ten Years After”.

A resident of Tacoma, Warren is a member/season ticket holder of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, an avid rail-travel enthusiast, and rail-fan.

Health, Fitness, and Wellness

Bonnie Loghry

Bonnie holds a Masters degree in public health from UC Davis and taught college level anatomy and health courses prior to moving to Washington in 2016.  She…

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Bonnie holds a Masters degree in public health from UC Davis and taught college level anatomy and health courses prior to moving to Washington in 2016. She began her practice in Iyengar yoga almost 20 years ago as a way to help deal with the increasing pain of scoliosis and found the relationship between this ancient discipline and modern science compelling.

A graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Advanced Studies Teacher Training Program, Bonnie is registered with Yoga Alliance, is certified as a Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher, an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and most recently completed training in teaching yoga to those who have suffered traumatic brain injury. She brings enthusiasm, a sense of exploration, and a healthy dose of humor to all her classes, making yoga enjoyable and accessible to all.

Harbor Institute

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

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 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.

Writing

EC Murray

E.C. Murray, MSW, is an award winning author who received national recognition for her memoir A Long Way from Paris, named a KIRKUS BEST…

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E.C. Murray, MSW, is an award winning author who received national recognition for her memoir A Long Way from Paris, named a KIRKUS BEST BOOK of the year. An author, speaker, and teacher, Murray also wrote Life Kind of Sucks and earned a Pushcart nomination for her short story “The Urban Goatherd.” In addition to teaching and tutoring at Seattle Central College and Tacoma Community College, she’s published articles ranging from Lady Gaga to Paralympics. Having studied writing at Stony Brook Southampton and the University of Washington, she founded and publishes The Writers Connectionwww.writersconnection.org which has included interviews with  J.A. Jance, Elizabeth George, Debbie Macomber, Erik Larson, Garth Stein, David Guterson and more. www.ecmurray.com

Arts and Creativity

Reid Ozaki

Reid Ozaki has been a studio potter for over 40 years.   During that time, his work has shown across the country and throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Reid…

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Reid Ozaki has been a studio potter for over 40 years.   During that time, his work has shown across the country and throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Reid has taught Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced ceramics at Tacoma Community College since 1995.  He has also presented workshops in the US, Canada and Japan.

“My ceramic vessels are informed by my interest in and love for the natural world and an interest in the aesthetics of the Japanese Tea ceremony.  My work endeavors to synthesize these ideas with Western techniques and materials.”

“…Ozaki has become one of the area’s most respected potters.”

Matthew Kangas; Ceramics Monthly, November 2009

Harbor Institute

Ben Paganelli

Ben and his family have lived in Gig Harbor since 2010. He is originally from Northeastern New York and his wife, Susan, grew up in Des Moines/SeaTac…

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Ben and his family have lived in Gig Harbor since 2010.  He is originally from Northeastern New York and his wife, Susan, grew up in Des Moines/SeaTac.  A military career took them around the world and allowed them to live and work in more than 20 countries.  Ben and Susan are the principals of Viable International Applications Unlimited, LLC, a consulting firm focused on cross-cultural and cross-organizational success.  Ben has a background in terrorism studies, military operations, civil-military relations, national security studies, strategic planning, American and, political Science, and community development.  Ben holds a B.S. and an M.S. in International Relations and has conducted research and advised governments in Afghanistan, Rwanda, and Turkey.  He has been on the faculty of TCC, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Tufts University, and has lectured at these institutions and many more to include the Belgian War College, The Technion of Israel, the University of Colorado, the US Air Force Special Operations School, the University of the Puget Sound, and Seattle University.  He and Susan have three children, Charles, Annamarie, and Daniel.

Harbor Institute

Guido Preparata

Guido Giacomo Preparata is a researcher and lecturer in the social sciences. He holds a PhD in political economy and public policy and an MA in economics…

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Guido Giacomo Preparata is a researcher and lecturer in the social sciences. He holds a PhD in political economy and public policy and an MA in economics from the University of Southern California, and an MPhil in criminology from the University of Cambridge. Born in Boston, raised in the USA, France and Italy, he has taught political economy, sociology, history, criminology, cultural studies, and geopolitics in the United States, the Vatican, Canada, and the Middle East. He is the author of Conjuring Hitler and The Ideology of Tyranny. He spends his extra time playing guitar, appreciating pretty things, and dreaming to find (or create) an international network of compassionate pacifists interested in social justice and monetary reform.

Writing

Regina Sadono

Regina Fletcher Sadono, PhD, holds an MFA in film/screenwriting and a doctorate in theater from UCLA. She has won major awards for her creative work…

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Regina Fletcher Sadono, PhD, holds an MFA in film/screenwriting and a doctorate in theater from UCLA. She has won major awards for her creative work, including the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award and the Eisner Award for Highest Achievement in the Creative Arts. Dr. Sadono’s published research focuses on performance studies, arts learning, and art as a spiritual practice. Her current research interests include the role of structure in storytelling and the role of how-to manuals in the developing writer’s career. For the past ten years, Dr. Sadono has taught popular online courses in film and media studies. She is also a seasoned fundraiser, having raised over $10 million for high profile arts and arts education nonprofits. Her hobbies include journaling, hiking, yoga, Pilates, and quilting; and she currently serves as Vice President of the Gig Harbor Quilters.

Personal Growth

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 organizations…

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

Writing

Cathy Warner

Cathy Warner, MFA, has lead writing workshops for almost 20 years.  Author of the poetry volume Burnt Offerings, Cathy has received the Steinbeck and…

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Cathy Warner, MFA, has lead writing workshops for almost 20 years.  Author of the poetry volume Burnt Offerings, Cathy has received the Steinbeck and SuRaa fiction awards, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays.  She is literary editor of Image journal’s “Good Letters,” and her stories and essays have appeared in dozens of print and online journals including Under the Sun, PMS, and Water~Stone, and several anthologies.  In addition to writing and editing, Cathy is a home renovator and realtor.  Find her at cathywarner.com.

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