Lifelong Learning Faculty Spotlights

Jo Lum

Instructor Jo Lum of Living Water Chair Caning has been teaching this heritage craft of chair caning for over 10 years.

Mary Lemen

Mary Lemen has 18 years of experience as a stained glass artist and is the owner of The Glass Loft.  She teaches the stained glass courses.

Jordan Ferrington

Jordan Ferrington has been a calligrapher for over 20 years.  She has taught classes at the Smithsonian Postal Museum and the National Capitol Children's Museum in Washington, D.C.

Don Cooper

Don Cooper is a retired National Geographic Society photographer who has spent 30 years photographing birds and wildlife in the Appalachian System.  He teaches many photography courses.

Denny Warrenfeltz

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

Annette Ipsan

Annette Ipsan is the former horticulture educator and Master Gardener coordinator for the University of Maryland Extension in Washington County.  in addition to working at a 50-acre nursery, she has been a gardening columnist, teacher, speaker and Master Gardener volunteer.

Deborah Smith Fioli

Deborah Smith Fioli is the President, Senior Consultant, at Landscapre IPM Enterprises, LLC.  She studied at the University of Maryland, where she earned her BS in Horticulture/Ornamentals and her MS in Entomology/Landscape Integrated Pest Management.  Debby is a columnist for HAGERSTOWN magazine and MID-ATLANTIC GROWER.  She is the author of Pest Resistant Key Trees and Shrubs, New Jersey Landscape IPM Manual, a chapter in Integrated Pest Management, and 'Tick Alert' cards.

Vickie Hrabal

Vickie Hrabal, owner of "Oak Hill Interior Design", graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design.  She has studied design, architecture, and art in Chicago, New York, and Paris, France.

Christine Toms

Christine Toms is a recent graduate of Savannah College of Arts and Design and holds a Masters of Arts in Historic Preservation.  She teaches the History of Your House course.

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.

Tobais Hurwitz

Tobias Hurwitz is an HCC Humanitiesfaculty professor, musician and author.

Jolene Spickler

Jolene Spickler is a graduate of the Western School of Feng Shui in San Diego, California and is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), and a member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP).  She teaches courses on clearing clutter.

Candice Mowbray

Candice Mowbray is currently pursuing a DMA in classical guitar performance from Shenandoah University and she is active both as a teacher and a performer earning featured spots on concert series.

Julie Castillo

Julie (Mooney) Castillo 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.  As a publishing industry insider, Julie brings a unique point of view to the craft and business of fiction writing.

Roger Swartz

Roger Swartz is nationally-acclaimed author and historian.  Program sponsors have included: Smithsonian Associates, the Smithsonian; Mount Vernon Estate; and Historic Bartram's Gardens in Philadelphia.  He teaches many History and Culture courses.

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. 

Dorothy Reed

Dorothy Reed has been teaching Genealogy for 14 years.  A frequent speaker for area organizations, she shares the geneology secret: "You learn to know yourself when you learn about your past."