Ned Bratspis, MA, LMFT, has a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from Penn State and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from…
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.
Jan is a recent resident of Gig Harbor after living in Issaquah for 18 years. She has been an avid student of metaphysics for 30+ years but has a particular passion…
Jan is a recent resident of Gig Harbor after living in Issaquah for 18 years. She has been an avid student of metaphysics for 30+ years but has a particular passion for astrology and Feng Shui. Her knowledge has been developed by attending classes, studying privately with several astrologers and personal consultations. She has also been teaching at Intuitive Alchemy , here in Gig Harbor, for the past year.
Her professional background is in the field of IT project management and supply chain logistics. Being able to use astrology to plan major career moves and personal ones has been rewarding and educational. Astrology can also be very helpful for career guidance by understanding your gifts and where you can excel the most.
Her approach to Feng Shui is largely through books by Denise Linn, who combines her intuition with traditional approaches to balancing the energies within your home.
Theresa Cosgrove has worked as a management analyst for the Federal government for over 25 years and is very knowledgeable about data…
Theresa Cosgrove has worked as a management analyst for the Federal government 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 Luxembourg and has worked in Europe for over 14 years. A former board member of the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society, she is presently a member of three genealogical groups in the South Sound, including being a board member of the Tacoma Pierce County Genealogy Society. She is also an Honorary Archivist for the Washington State Archives. 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, Le Club Français-Tacoma and a French conversation group in Gig Harbor, WA. Her other interests include horses and art.
Heather Dawn holds an MA in Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University, which focused on dreams and the human potential movement…
Heather Dawn holds an MA in Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University, which focused on dreams and the human potential movement. She also holds a PhD in Psychology from Saybrook University from the humanistic perspective, which emphasizes an individuals’ inherent process of realizing and expressing one’s own capabilities and creativity. Heather is an inspirational speaker and provides individual coaching to empower creative people. She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams where she won an award for her research about the Dreams Used as Legal Evidence in the 17th Century New England Witch Trials.
She teaches about how to use dreams as inspiration for creative projects and problem solving. Many famous writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, inventors, and scientists have used these techniques to enhance their creative process throughout history. They have proven effective simply because so many have utilized them in their careers. Heather has researched this topic in depth zoning in on the main methods practiced by these successful people—even some Nobel Prize winners.
Deena Eber graduated Summa Cum Laude in Accounting from California State University Northridge and practiced as a CPA before transitioning to becoming…
Deena Eber graduated Summa Cum Laude in Accounting from California State University Northridge and practiced as a CPA before transitioning to becoming an executive recruiter. She ran her own executive recruitment business for 25 years before retiring. All the while she studied yoga and had a small therapeutic yoga practice. In 2000, she began studying the Tai Chi yang short and long forms and in 2013 she began teaching Tai Chi. She continues to study Tai Chi and is currently learning the Tai Chi sword form.
Arts and Creativity
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…
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.
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…
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.
David Lisauskas, Intro Class Instructor, has been teaching and training in some capacity for over 15 years. His voiceover career started from a need in his…
David Lisauskas, Intro Class Instructor, has been teaching and training in some capacity for over 15 years. His voiceover career started from a need in his corporate jobs voicing training videos and phone systems. This led to an interest in the craft, taking classes, getting coaching, and starting his professional voiceover career. David’s love for travel took him, his wife, 2 cats and a Mini Australian Shepherd on the road for a year traveling the US in a 36 foot motorhome. With his home studio setup in the RV he was able to record voiceovers on the road! He has voiced animation products, eLearning, and corporate narration for companies such as Price Chopper, GTM Payroll Services, and Insight Diagnostics to name a few. When not doing voiceover work, David loves to be teaching, writing, performing, and recording music or other digital media for video productions. Find out more about David at www.davidlisauskas.com
Health, Fitness, and Wellness
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…
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.
Patrick Lowinger is a historian and freelance writer. Patrick possesses a MA in Ancient History from AMU and a BS in Microbiology from CSULB….
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.
Arts and Creativity
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…
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
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…
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.
Joe Ponepinto was the founding publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a nationally-recognized literary journal that has had selections…
Joe Ponepinto was the founding publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a nationally-recognized literary journal that has had selections reproduced in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best Small Fictions, and other notable anthologies. His novel, Mr. Neutron, was published by 7.13 Books in March, 2018. He was the winner of the Tiferet: Literature, Art & the Creative Spirit 2016 fiction contest, and has had stories published in Crab Orchard Review, 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 Gig Harbor with his wife, Dona.. He is also an adjunct writing instructor at Seattle’s Hugo House.
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…
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.
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…
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.
When asked what keeps him motivated him as a music instructor, Jeff animatedly replied: “Teaching (music) always put a smile on my face; especially when I…
When asked what keeps him motivated him as a music instructor, Jeff animatedly replied: “Teaching (music) always put a smile on my face; especially when I see students having fun, learning new skills, challenging themselves, and feeling the joy that led me to pursue a career in music.”
After honing the craft of songwriting and performing as a solo artist for many years in New Jersey, New York and L.A., Jeff created several songwriting and music business classes that he taught at colleges, universities, and music schools, including Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College, UCLA Extension, and The Harrison School Of Music.
A critically-heralded singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics, and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 50 awards from various national and international songwriting competitions, most recently a Finalist on the 2017 UK Songwriting Contest. Jeff has self-released
4 CD’s of his music, including the internationally-praised, Blujanova. He’s also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals. Simultaneous to his new uke and songwriting classes in the greater-Seattle area, Jeff is putting the finishing touches on his debut ukulele CD, slated for release in 2018.
Arlene Thomas, MS, has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Hawaii and a Masters degree in Family Studies from Central Washington…
Arlene Thomas, MS, has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Hawaii and a Masters degree in Family Studies from Central Washington University. A former nutrition teacher, Arlene has fourteen years experience researching health issues as an independent wellness consultant. She has been driven by family health challenges to reverse and prevent medical conditions without prescription drugs or surgery. Having arthritis herself, she understands the effect of lifestyle choices on pain and disease outcomes.
Job & Career Training
Mike Towey has 30 years of teaching experience and is a retired tenured faculty member at Tacoma Community College. He completed 23 years in 2012 when…
Mike Towey has 30 years of teaching experience and is a retired tenured faculty member at Tacoma Community College. He completed 23 years in 2012 when he retired. He has been the instructor for the many chemical dependency classes since 1990. He has been doing specialized training in chemical dependency for community programs since 1996. Mr. Towey was granted Emeritus Faculty status in 2012.
Wayne Ude is the author of four books of fiction, most recently the fantasy novel Bird: Book 1, Flight. Books 2, Barren Land, and 3, The Dark Order…
Wayne Ude is the author of four books of fiction, most recently the fantasy novel Bird: Book 1, Flight. Books 2, Barren Land, and 3, The Dark Order, are expected later this year. His earlier works, Becoming Coyote, a novel; Buffalo and other stories, and Maybe I Will Do Something: Seven Tales of Coyote, were set in eastern Montana where he grew up. He holds a BA in English from the University of Montana, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MNPL (Master of Non-Profit Leadership) from Seattle University.
Wayne has taught fiction writing and craft for over forty years, including as creative writing faculty at Colorado State University, Minnesota State University at Mankato, Old Dominion University in Virginia, and as the founding director of the low-residency MFA program on Whidbey Island. He’s a frequent speaker on fiction and craft at writers’ conferences.
Since 1993 he and his wife, writer Marian Blue, have lived on Whidbey Island. Their indoor menagerie has grown to include five dogs (three rescued), two rescued parrots, and a rescued miniature hedgehog with a bad attitude. The outdoor population includes eleven goats with their guard llama, about one hundred assorted chickens and ducks in Marian’s egg business, plus two heritage turkeys and a rescued one-eyed gander, also with a bad attitude.
When asked, “can creative writing be taught?” Wayne responds that everyone possesses creativity, and creativity can be enhanced. He believes that exploration of craft is one of the most effective ways to help a writer develop. Just as painting classes emphasize practice while teaching such things as perspective, structure, use of light, writers emphasize practice while teaching characterization, point of view, plot, structure, and so on. In the end, a writer must write and keep writing in order to develop, but exchanging ideas and support with other writers is always helpful. And reading: read, read, read everything you can get your hands on.
Dean Wells is author of the ongoing “Clockwork Millennials” series published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. His other works of speculative fiction have appeared…
Dean Wells is author of the ongoing “Clockwork Millennials” series published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. His other works of speculative fiction have appeared in Quantum Muse, Ideomancer, 10Flash Quarterly, Eldritch Tales, Demensions, ShadowKeep, The Nocturnal Lyric, and the anthologies Ceaseless Steam and The Best of BCS Year 4. He has also written for the performing arts in various capacities. Dean is an active member of the Pacific Northwest’s Fairwood Writers and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.