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!  Scroll down to read more about our instructors.

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.




JIM LOGERFO, M.D., M.P.H. | POLITICAL SCIENCE


I learned about the LLC and its wonderful students through my wife's teaching and Board roles at LLC over the past 15 years. I now have time to take part in this learning community and to explore topics of importance to us as individuals and our society.




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.




ARLENE SELLEREITE | GROUP FACILITATOR


I co-host the Creative Writing class. I have always enjoyed writing, especially when I had children and grandchildren. Looking at the little faces, focused on every word, was so much fun as Harvey T. Mouse and other characters ran into snags and overcame. I was a volunteer at the Hunger Intervention Program (that also rents space at Lake City Presbyterian Church) when I heard LLC was also renting space there. I made a beeline to sign up for creative writing.

It’s been so much fun becoming acquainted and becoming friends with LLC participants and, in this class, loving and respecting our leader, Vel Gerth. I spent many years as a nurse, both conventional and holistic, and as an inveterate traveler. I learned there is always a story wherever one is or with whomever one is. Often many stories.




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., POSTGRAD IN JAPAN | 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 | PERSONAL FINANCE


I taught my first course for LLC in the spring of 2021. I decided to teach because I thought it would be fun. And it was! I really enjoyed the students and look forward to continuing to teach my class on Personal Finance.




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.




MARIA STALLINGS, 200 RYT, M.A., TESOL | GENTLE YOGA


The community at LLC is vibrant, engaging, and one that I admire. I found everyone to be welcoming and encouraging when I took a watercolor class here a few years ago; this is a community that I am happy to join. I have practiced yoga for many years, and teach gentle yoga. Yoga helps me find balance for my body and mind in this ever changing world. It is a pleasure to share gentle yoga at LLC.




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


As a Veteran I find it interesting to discuss my experiences with others with similar experiences, but seldom have that opportunity. And so I decided to facilitate a Veterans Discussion Group.

I have a DOL (Dr. Of Life) from the School of Hard Knocks. I have worked in a variety of technical fields in manufacturing including journeyman machinist, programmer, and manufacturing engineer. Also served in the infantry in Vietnam, been a bush pilot, and paramedic. I am an avid sailor, and have recently started repairing old clocks.




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.




ROBERTO ALTSCHUL, PH.D., MATHEMATICS


Fall 2021 will be when I teach my first class. During the spring quarter I took two LLC classes. I very much enjoyed the interaction with everybody involved, facilitators and fellow "students." This is such a wonderful environment that I know I will very much enjoy teaching at LLC. More than I have, when I taught college and graduate students? I do not doubt it at all.




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.




CHRISTY NORDSTROM, FXNA CERTIFIED COUNSELOR | FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION


I'm a lifelong learner too! My training in food and health spanned a marketing career and personal path towards wholeness. In between I studied for a MBA in Sustainable Systems. My next adventure, as a new FxNA Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor, will be to take people on their unique health tour with a sampling of nutrition and lifestyle choices. I work down the hall from LLC offices as a part-time admin/bookkeeper for Lake City Presbyterian Church. Plus my Feldenkrais teacher also teaches for LLC!





ERNIE HURWITZ | CLASS COORDINATOR


Fall of 2021 will be my first term with LLC. I don't really teach...I like to tell stories from my life's experiences. We all have extraordinary stories to share. My work experience is over 50 years of house building and shelter...my field of expertise is finding laughter and joy in life.




MARY LYNNE EVANS, B.A., M.S.W. | URBAN PLANNING


I’ve been teaching at LLC, off and on, for over 4 years. I have a great deal of respect for the mission and work of LLC, and I love the vibrant community. What I enjoy most about teaching here is the curiosity, energy and humor of the students

I have a Bachelor’s and two Master's Degrees - one in Literature and one in Social Work, with an emphasis on urban planning. I spent 10 years as a teacher and 25 years as an urban planner. I’ve travelled to 51 countries and all continents.




ED WAGNER | RELIGIOUS STUDIES


I learned about LLC from my dear friend, Marianne LoGerfo. As a result, my wife and I have taken a number of LLC courses offered by Marianne, Bill Taylor, and others. I will teach “Perspectives on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament” during the Winter 2022 term. I am looking forward to discussions of Bible related issues and questions with smart people with a wide array of religious beliefs and experiences.




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.




STEVE POWELL, J.D., | UKULELE


I was taking a ukulele music theory class at LLC three years ago when the director wandered in to see if anyone could take over the uke song circle. I have spent my first four years in ukeland actively participating in song circle groups on the west coast and the midwest; I volunteered to lead the group at LLC and had a wonderful year before covid changed things. I'm happy to be back leading the ukuele song ensemble. Three years ago, I discovered, on Youtube, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain playing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in a concert at Royal Albert Hall in London. The uniqueness of the event was that 1000 audience members brought their ukuleles along and played along! I found a uke score for the Ode in the key of D and joined in the fun and have advocated for ensemble playing in large groups and small ever since.




BARBARA WOLFENDALE | FIBER ARTS


I first heard about LLC many years ago while I was still working and raising a family. It was still on Queen Anne at that time and there was an article in the paper that I clipped out and put in the drawer for when I was old enough to come. Finally it was time. By then LLC had moved to Sand Point and there was a quilting class I could take. Eventually we moved to Ravenna and now Lake City. I just keep finding things to make and give away.

I’m trained as a teacher, and I’ve taught at various schools as well as local sewing stores. I’ve also taught embellishment classes at seminars and do private lessons. I sew now mainly for several charities and do mostly baby blankets that go to homeless babies or families in transition from homelessness. I call it my work and it keeps me motivated and busy. I’m sure I have more flannel at my house than just about anyone!

I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting people at LLC as they are so young at heart and enjoy a good challenge.




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.