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Lifelong Learning Faculty Spotlights

Candace Stribling

Join Candace Stribling, a passionate jewelry maker for the past 4 years and owner of Beadnicity Designs, for our innovative and fun jewelry-making classes.  Candace draws her inspiration for her unique hand-crafted work from other countries following along the ancient Silk Road trading route.  She is fascinated by taking raw materials like metal (copper, brass, or sterling silver) or paper, making necklace cords using ancient Japanese braiding called Kumihimo and transforming all the pieces into beautiful jewelry. 

Steve Schaefer

Steve Schaefer graduated with a Bachelor's in Fine Art in Photography.  He specialized in historic and alternative processing as well as mixed media.  He is a working artist that has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions.  Steve also holds a Master's of Art in Teaching and is currently an art teacher.

Mary Ann Allen

Mary Ann Allen is a lifelong seeker in the field of Ancient Arts; an Astarian of the Eighth Degree.  She has been practicing meditation for over 40 years; teaching in the community for two decades.  

Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter has been a professional ballet teacher and choreographer for more than 35 years.  She was a former member of the City Center Joffrey Ballet Company where she served as a personal assistant to Robert Joffrey.  She founded the Alfred Ballet Company in Alfred, New York where she trained many professional dancers.

Ted and Janice Reeder

Ted and Janice Reeder have been dancing and teaching for more than 40 years.  They look forward to sharing their dance knowledge with you.

Denny Warrenfeltz

Denny Warrenfeltz has been a Floral designer for 40 years and is the owner of Rooster Vane Gardens.

Ernie Bradley

Ernie Bradley began playing the banjo at age 5.  His father and grandfather both played the banjo and were the beginning influences in his musical career as well as others such as Don Reno, Raymond Fairchild, Earl Scruggs, and Jay Bartee.  Ernie has given award-winning performances at the Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia state banjo championships and touring with the great Charlie Daniels' Band; as well as the Grand Ole Opry on Tour, Renfro Valley, Turner Music Theater and many other venues up and down the East coast.  The banjo is his first instrument, but he is an expert at the guitar, bass, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, autoharp and vocals.  Ernie developed his own style of picking at an early age is now recognized as one of the finest bluegrass and country banjo pickers in the business and has been teaching young and old to pick and sing for twenty years.

Julie Castillo

Julie (Mooney) Castillo holds a Master or Arts degree in social science from Catholic University and has worked in publishing and film since 1995.  She has been a story analyst, editor, writer-for-hire (her credits include two New York Times Bestsellers), writing consultant, and instructor.

Sylvia Rogers

Sylvia Rogers has been teaching arthritis exercise programs for 7 years.

Dennis E. Frye

Dennis E. Frye is a prominent Civil War historian, writer, preservationist, tour guide, and the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.  He has appeared in numerous documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and A&E.

Thomas G. Clemens

Dr. Thomas G. Clemens is a Civil War historian, tour guide, and professor of history at Hagerstown Community College.  He has spoken at various seminars including Pamplin Park, Gettysburg Civil War Institute and Shepherd University Civil War seminar and appeared as an on-screen historian in several History Channel programs.

Karen Gray

Karen Gray holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in theology and religious philosophy and retired as the developer of Smithsonian Institution educational study tours for adult.  Karen teaches the Philosophy courses. 

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