OUR INSTRUCTORS

We are grateful to our talented and passionate instructors who all volunteer their time.  They make LLC what it is... a fantastic and engaging experience for everyone.  THANK YOU!

JERRY NEUFELD-KAISER, GARFIELD HS TEACHER | HISTORY


I’m a history and geography teacher at Garfield High School. I enjoy sharing the delights of history with groups other than high school students. When I teach at LLC I get to develop interesting new classes and share them with an enthusiastic group of people old enough to have lots of context for thinking about history topics.




MARIANNE LOGERFO, M.A., EDUCATION | HISTORY


I love everything about teaching at LLC-- reading and thinking about the upcoming class, preparing the course book and powerpoint images, making new connections among ideas as the material shapes in my mind. But most of all, I enjoy connecting with the curious, enthusiastic, well-stocked and gracious minds of our class members.




MARCIA NELSON, J.D. | BRIDGE


I am an attorney. After retiring in 2017, I was able to devote time to improving my bridge skills. That's when I started taking a bridge class at LLC and met so many fun bridge players. Then, the previous bridge teacher asked me to take over for him when he decided to retire at age 92! The students and staff at LLC are wonderful.




BEN MEYERHOFF, M.B.A. | CLASS COORDINATOR


I facilitate a class where the participants lead discussions on two short stories per week. I am doing this to honor Jim Leonard who taught short story classes at LLC for many years. He was a mentor and a friend. I love the interaction with our small group who are bright, insightful and caring.




MICHAEL SHURGOT, PH.D., ENGLISH | LITERATURE & POETRY


Teaching at LLC is a golden opportunity to pursue my profession in a thoroughly enjoyable setting. What I love is the freedom to examine and discuss the literature I most treasure with enthusiastic and quite intelligent adults.




BILL TAYLOR, M.A., POLITICAL SCIENCE


Teaching is in my bones. I taught political science and history for 32 years at a community college near Chicago and then taught in the senior adult program at the college until I moved to Seattle. As soon as I got here I began looking for a place to teach. By sheer luck (or perhaps divine guidance) I found LLC. I love all that I learn from the people in my classes.




CHANDLER CLIFTON, M.A., ENGLISH | DISCUSSION GROUPS


I began taking classes at LLC and was blown away by the instructors and the student body. I noticed that there were NO classes just for men, so I decided to start a discussion group...NO THERAPY, just discussions about topics created by the group. What I enjoy most about teaching at LLC is the student body of only males and having discussions that we might shy away with if women were present.




CECILE DISENHOUSE | WATERCOLORIST


I have studied art and been painting all my life, and LLC seemed like a wonderful way to give this joy to others. I feel anyone can become a decent painter if they put in the time and effort. I love to see the students improving and producing good paintings. I love the atmosphere at LLC and have met the most delightful people here.




STEPHANIE KAYLIN, M.S., WRITER & EDITOR


I am an editor, writer, but most important I am an omnivorous reader. I started teaching at LLC because I wanted to share my love of the New Yorker magazine. What I enjoy most is the thoughtful discussions among participants as well as the camaraderie of the class.




ANNE MOHUNDRO, M. ED. | WRITING FACILITATOR


I first took a writing class when the LLC was still on Ravenna. Over time, the class no longer had a teacher, but we wanted to continue because we valued the connections that grew from listening to stories of other lives, and because it was great to have an audience for our own stories. I became the "facilitator" of the class. I love the way each person's story is unique. On the surface we may look similar -- "older adults" -- but our lives are wonderfully diverse. At the same time, we often find common ground that gives us impetus for our own writing.




CYNTHIA RYAN | TRAVELER & LIFETIME STORY-LOVER


I got involved with LLC as a way to give back to the organization that has been so helpful to me as a new resident of Seattle. I love bringing people together to talk about shared interests and develop friendships. I am a facilitator rather than a teacher so my expectation is that we'll all learn from each other. Online and in person, LLC classes make it easy to find interesting people who're eager to exchange ideas and laughs.




BEV OSBAND, PH.D., PSYCHOLOGY | WRITING


After I retired from clinical practice as a psychoanalyst, I was looking for community and a satisfying volunteer opportunity. A friend told me about LLC and suggested I apply. I began teaching "Jung and the 2nd Half of Life" in spring, 2016, and I now teach a creative writing class. I enjoy the community that LLC is -- being with people who are life-long learners! Whether teaching classes or taking classes, it is invariably interesting, challenging and fun.




DEEPALI BAUMANN, B.A., PSYCHOLOGY | DISCUSSION GROUPS


I've lived in many different countries, love to travel, read and write, and enjoy meeting fellow travelers, readers and writers. I just started teaching at LLC and I’m guessing that I'll get as much from the participants as I give. The sharing of ideas has always been incredibly energizing for me, be it a book club or a political discussion group or just a chance conversation as I go about my daily life.




BARBARA MILLER, B.S., HUMANITIES & SCIENCE | MUSIC


I was invited to teach at LLC by another instructor who was impressed by the LLC students in her classes. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about topics I was interested in by exploring them along with motivated students. I have learned so much myself from preparing the classes that I teach. Collaboration with Theodore Deacon has been very rewarding.




THEODORE DEACON, D.M.A. | MUSIC


I began teaching at LLC because I wanted to contribute to my local community. I enjoy presenting to seniors who are engaged, enthusiastic, mature (in the intellectual sense), and have a wide field of interest. I’ve now been teaching at LLC for 21 years!




RICHARD ZERBE, PH.D., ECONOMICS | FINANCE


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VEL GERTH, B.A., WRITING COORDINATOR


I learned about LLC when I had retired from addiction and family therapy work and was looking to volunteer and also take classes. My LLC writing classes have been pure joy and I enjoy being with adults who are there to expand their lives in various ways. My goal was to let go of critics, actual and internal, and to take chances with language so that unique words will surprise you and find fun.




BRUCE BIGLEY, PH.D., COMPARATIVE LITERATURE


I discovered LLC while looking for a mentor I had lost contact with, Otto Reinert, now deceased, who taught for many years at LLC. I connected with him and took a course and then connected with other instructors and eventually started teaching my own courses.




STEVE CAMP | GROUP FACILITATOR


I was a regular in the Current Events Class at LLC, and leapt at the chance to become a discussion leader when the previous facilitator took a sabbatical. I like the people you meet in the classes, engaging with them In thoughtful conversation, and learning things from their perspectives, background and life experiences. I love the fact the class hates to skip a week, and so we often get together between sessions.




WALLE RALKOWSKI | GROUP FACILITATOR


I enjoy group discussions on topics such as current events, book reviews and activities. I decided the idea of teaching or facilitating a discussion group on the Sunday edition of the New York Times was an excellent opportunity to get involved and meet with people having similar interests. I enjoy listening to students’ perspectives on topics resulting from their diverse experiences in life.




ROBIN THOMAS, PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER | PSYCHOLOGY


I’m a grief expert and psychotherapist. I started teaching at LLC because I believe that people need to continue to learn and that I have knowledge worth teaching. At LLC I enjoy reaching vibrant, interested learners.




LARRY GALES, PH.D., COMPUTER SCIENCE | CLIMATE CHANGE


I teach classes on climate change. I have a background in the subject as well as many years in the areas of science and technology. I am passionate in helping people to understand and deal with this existential threat. The thing I enjoy most about teaching at LLC is interacting with members of the class, answering their questions, and learning from them as well.




ALEC MACCALL, PH.D., OCEANOGRAPHY


I mentored and taught many graduate students before I retired. I still enjoy teaching, and LLC is a good fit. The LLC students are the best, most eager, and motivated students I have ever taught.




MARK ONDRAKE, M.A., ART HISTORY | ART & ARCHITECTURE


I recently retired after 25 years of teaching Art and Architectural History at a 4-year college. I’ve taught at LLC for several years, where I share my passion for European and American art and history. With many trips to museums and monuments under my belt, it’s a joy to share my extensive collection of European and American visual material with the LLC community. Fasten your seat belts as we travel together!




BOBBIE SIMONE, PH.D., LITERATURE


After I retired from 32 years of teaching and moved to Seattle, I thought I was done with teaching. But I was introduced to LLC and found the students to be so interesting and appreciative. Our discussions about the classics are lively. I enjoy getting to know and spend time with other older adults who are interested in literature and history and music, and just good to be around.




HAMIDA BOSMAJIAN, PH.D., LITERATURE | HISTORY & CLASSICS


A lifetime learner myself, I have always been interested in adult education. LLC promised me that the excitement of learning and discovery persist at an advanced age. I love that moment in teaching when the joy of learning leads to insight, even revelation, as the learner re-arranges somehow her or his thinking. This does not happen with everyone, but when it does happen everyone in class knows--and shares the spark. Even the mature adult is still transforming. My field of expertise is Holocaust history and literature--a subject that is both personal and academic for me. I am also a generalist who can teach the great classics. Who knows, perhaps I'll end my LLC teaching career with a class in medieval quest romances!




TOM DEMPSEY | PHOTOGRAPHER


My bridge-playing friend Cecile Disenhouse long extolled teaching at LLC, so I gave it a go! She was right that volunteering my enthusiasm to the LLC community is mutually beneficial. What I enjoy about teaching is that sharing expertise with others nicely sharpens my social and technical skills. I most like interacting with curious students, sparking creativity, and making a meaningful difference in the community.




STACY SCHULZE | YARN ARTIST


The former LLC Executive Director asked if I would be interested in teaching. I already taught some handcraft classes at a local shop and decided to offer a class at LLC that I didn't teach elsewhere. I’ve now been teaching at LLC for 11 years, and what I enjoy most is the student enthusiasm.




MARGOT DICK | POETRY FACILITATOR


I’ve been teaching poetry at LLC for 3 years. I love the camaraderie between the wonderful women in the class and the beautiful poems we present, some of which are our own. I also love our explorations together, and how themes unexpectedly emerge in the work we share. The leadership of the poetry class has been passed from one beloved poet to another. Martha Prothro passed leadership to Elhri Larsen, and Elhri passed it to me. The class is for poetry lovers and poets. Some of us have shared poetry together since the class began 15 years ago. Others come and go. We teach each other.




LEEANN STAROVASNIK, GCFP | FELDENKRAIS PRACTITIONER


I’ve been teaching at LLC for over 20 years! I was invited to carry on the Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement tradition at LLC by my mentor who knew the previous Feldenkrais Practitioner who started the class. It was a joy to begin my practice in this lovely community. Some of my students have continued with me ever since the first class in Fall Quarter, 2000. Every quarter and every class is unique, even when we cover similar themes or areas of interest. I enjoy the curiosity of the students at LLC and am always inspired by their commitment to life long learning and self care.




CHUCK ROXIN, PH.D., INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW


I decided to teach at LLC because it was an opportunity to share what I love with engaged, interested and warm people. I’ve now been teaching for seven years. I enjoy the interaction with class participants, and I love the Q&A!




DAMON DARLEY | DISCUSSION GROUPS


I’ve been sailing for 20 years and started teaching a summer class on Basic Keel Boat Sailing several years ago. I now facilitate a second session of Thoughtful Discussions for Men. I started facilitating this class because the other session, taught by Chandler Clifton, was full. I enjoy the interaction with others on a topic of interest.




RICHARD CURTIS, PH.D., PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION


A friend took some classes and mentioned LLC as a place I could teach. Since I have retired from college teaching I was looking for other ways to use my training. I love teaching, and I’ve now been an instructor at LLC for about 3 years. The students are much more committed than undergraduates, and with more life experience they bring much more to classroom discussions. They make teaching even more rewarding.




CAMERON JUSTAM | ROSEN METHOD INSTRUCTOR


I was taking an art class at LLC and make the connection that there needed to be more physical types of classes offered. since I was certified in Rosen Movement, I offered it and the rest was history. I love the enthusiasm of the students.