Senior Institute Instructors
Not all instructors teach in every semester. The instructor's name is listed in the description of the course. Please consult the current class schedule
Barbara Strati-Abramson taught courses in social studies for over 30 years in the Baltimore County School system. She has a MLA degree from Johns Hopkins University, and two B.S. degrees- one in English/Social Studies from Towson University, and one in Paralegal Studies from Villa Julie College. She received many awards for her teaching excellence.
Cliff Alper is Professor Emeritus in music from Towson University, and holds a Ph.D. in music from The University of Maryland. He has published in Opera News, and the Verdi Newsletter. Additionally, he has lectured for the Baltimore Opera Company, The Rosa Ponselle Foundation, “the Joy of Opera” at Oheb Shalom and The Harford Opera Theater Company.
Barbara Bachur holds a B.A. in English with a dual concentration in Literature and Writing from Goucher College and is working on a Master’s Degree at Towson University. She is a certified teacher with 10 years’ experience teaching English literature and creative writing including some years with adult learners.
Jennifer Bodine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Maryland, Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore, a Master of Arts degree from Washington College. She attended Towson University, studying studio art and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Salisbury University.
Joseph Balkoski is one of the world's leading authorities on the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He currently serves as Command Historian for the Maryland National Guard and for more than thirty years has chronicled the WWII history of the 29th Infantry Division. He received his M.A. in History from New York University.
George Brookhart worked over 27 years in the transportation industry. Twenty six of those years were with United Parcel Service where he worked as the Regional Intermodal Manager for the East Central Region. After retiring in 1995 he did consulting work in the same industry for about a year. His area of expertise was logistics and DOT Laws and Regulations. He has a seat on the St Agnes Hospital Foundation’s Business development Committee and he is the chair the Southwest Baltimore Victims Rights/Crime Prevention Committee.
Elise Burns Formerly on the art faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University, she received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has shown her work in New York at The Horn Gallery and The Joanna Dean Gallery., and in a solo show in Washington, DC at Gallery 10. How the brain perceives the visual world is of special interest to Elise and many adult students are excited to participate in discussions concerning the new awareness of the brain's adaptability. The classroom is often the site of engaging discussions. Making the delight in learning a collaborative process and a lifelong experience.
Joseph Cassar- has extensive teaching experience at High Schools, Trade Schools, Junior Colleges and University levels, both in Europe and the United States. He is an adjunct associate professor of Art History at University Maryland of University College. He is a published author. He holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Malta.
Gloria Cerino- received her BS degree from Towson State University, an MS in Education from The University of Maryland, and an MLA degree from Johns Hopkins University. She was the recipient of the Morgan-Penn Faculty Fellowship and was an assistant professor at Morgan State University for 25 years.
Howard Cohn M.D. attended Baltimore City College, B.S. Franklin and Marshall College, M.D. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He did his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Hospital and Fellowship in Hematology at the Baltimore RH Laboratory at the University of Maryland. Now retired, he enjoys lecturing on topics such as History of Medicine, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, and Marie Curie.
Roger Desai is a Certified Financial Educator (CFE) and a member of the Financial Planning Association. He has been in the financial services industry since 1996 and is very involved in conducting college and corporate workshops to both motivate and educate people in taking control of their financial resources for a secure future.
Irvin Donick has been working in the field of Podiatric Medicine for over 35 years. He has published two text books and many journal articles. He has been affiliated with 10 hospitals in the Baltimore area. He has over 25 years of teaching experience. Traveled extensively and is very qualified to teach this course in “Countries of the World.”
Jane Efron was born in England and attended nursing school. After meeting her husband, Gershon Efron, they relocated to the United States where Jane obtained her B.A. degree from Notre Dame College. She has taught English in the Baltimore County school system for 17 years.
Rhona Freiman- attended The University of North Carolina and then received a BA from The University of Maryland. She received a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University. She taught high school for the Baltimore County school system for 14 years and taught history at Morgan State University. She also taught English at Towson State University and often lectured to visiting European college professors. Additionally, Rhona owned a bookstore in the Village of Cross Keys for 15 years.
Carol Ferguson holds a Masters Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Osmania University, Hyderabad. She is Certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy.
Katharine Fernstrom is an Anthropologist specializing in Archaeology, Art, and Museums. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1999 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has been teaching Anthropology at Towson University and Harford Community College for 9 years and at CCBC for a year and a half.
Harold Fox holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He worked for 30 years at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.
Elaine Gittlen has been an educator for over 40 years. She has taught in both public and private schools in three states plus a foreign country covering the ages of 5 to adult. She has taught academics, art and English as a second language. In her current private practice, she addresses issues of dyslexia, executive dysfunction writing and comprehension issues.
Marsha Golob holds a Master’s in Psychology from Towson University, Masters of Arts from Johns Hopkins University and Masters in Education from University of Maryland. She is a docent at the Walters Art Museum.
Jeanne Gourlay holds a BA from the University of Maryland, a Masters Degree in French, a minor in Spanish and has completed extensive graduate work. She has lived in France, Mexico and England. Her teaching experience includes 30 years in Baltimore County Schools, 15 years as adjunct instructor in Continuing Education and 6 years as a Foreign Language Adjunct Professor at CCBC.
Jordan Hadfield has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is a candidate for a Master/Doctoral in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. He is the Main Street Manager of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation.
Gayle Hagen holds a B.A. in Education. She has studied the mystics formally for nine years as a member of the Fintry Trust, an education charity in England dedicated to the study of religion, philosophy and mysticism. Gayle has taught “Exploring the Mystics” at Towson University Osher Institute, Broadmead. Her classes are interactive and explore various aspects of Integral or Divine Wisdom and its practical application today.
Don Helms Sergeant Don Helms has over 21 years experience with the Baltimore City Police Department in various capacities. He has certifications in Academic and Fire Arms instruction, Law Enforcement and Drug Enforcement and has received several 'Policeman of the Year' awards. He has provided instruction throughout his career and designed educational programs for the Maryland Police Training Commission.
Corinne F. Hammett received an MA in Communication from Towson University, 1990. She is an experienced writer and editor; Adjunct Faculty and Visiting Instructor, Towson University, 1986, ‘95; Loyola College; 1988, ‘90; Writer/Editor with Network Communications; 4 years; WCBM radio commentator on the arts, 6 years; public relations, Eastern Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce and P.R. CCBC, Dundalk campus, ‘97, 2000; freelance writer, 1992, to current; tutor, Adolescent Reading Project, Kennedy Kreiger, Educational Testing Services with U.S. Dept. of Education, pilot project, 2008, 09. Writer and editor with a major metropolitan newspaper, 20 years.
Patrick Heline- holds a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Maryland in History and holds a Master’s Degree in Education: Curriculum Development and Instruction from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland.
(Rabbi) Floyd Herman: Born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1937, Rabbi Herman was educated in the public schools there. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans and received his B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1959. He was ordained Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1964. Upon his ordination, Rabbi Herman entered the United States Air Force as a Chaplain. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by HUC-JIR in 1989. Floyd L. Herman is the Rabbi Emeritus of Har Sinai Congregation. He served as its Rabbi from 1981 until his retirement in 2003. He has also served Temple Beth Shalom in San Juan, PR. He now serves as part time rabbi of the Sandhills Jewish Congregation in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
James Drake Iams, Noted Maryland Artist, Presents Watercolor Painting. A resident of Lutherville, Mr. Iams is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds graduate degrees from Pennsylvania State University and the Maryland Institute of Art. Mr. Iams is a life member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, and The American Society of Marine Artist.
Shirley Jenkins is a well-known award-winning artist and teacher from the Alabama Gulf coast. She is also an accomplished portrait artist. Giclees prints of her paintings of jazz musicians are displayed in each of the thirteen hundred rooms in the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. Her works have appeared on Chamber of Commerce booklets, the book cover of Foley Steps Forward, and the Coast Magazine of Gulfport, MS. She is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society.
Mary Ann Jung is an award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar. Mary Ann Jung's amazing portraits of famous ladies and their times encourage a love of history, drama, and literature - in young and old alike! Mary Ann's unique portrayals have even been featured at the National Theatre of Washington, Smithsonian Institution, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Port Discovery Children's Museum, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
Hannah Kagan has a B.A. from UMBC in history and secondary education. She presently teaches economics, American and Jewish History and has been affiliated with CCBC for eight years at the Owings Mills campus.
Professor Alfred Katz has a B.A. in Political Science and History from Yeshiva University, a Masters Degree in Government and International Affairs from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Government and International Affairs from New York University. Professor Katz has had extensive experience as a researcher, analyst, editor, teacher and translator. He has been employed at The New York Institute of Technology, Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. in the Political Science Dept., The U.S. Dept of Defense, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as a translator and Researcher and more.
Ellen Katz- holds a BS in Music Education from University of Maryland. She has taught in the Baltimore County School system, directed choirs and planned special events. She is a vocal entertainer for numerous organizations and has created a one woman show featuring popular, Broadway, Hebrew and Yiddish selections. She is a lecturer and performer of great popular musicians, is a member of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, and has taught for Elderhostel Peabody Conservatory of Music and Hadassah and Brandeis University.
Edgar Keats is a career Navy man. He earned his bachelor's degree in Naval Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. His mater's degree in Aeronautical Engineering was earned at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served in the navy for many years and retired with the rank of Rear Admiral.
Marvin Kline holds a Masters of Divinity from Wesley College in Washington, D.C. He has taught numerous courses in different World Religions at CCBC for the past 6 years as well as courses in Religion, Ethics, History and Sociology for over 40 years.
John Kinnier served 25 years in the Navy in a number of operations and weapons development assignments, and retired as a Captain. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation where he served as Director of Programs and Director of Technical Operations
Anna Lipka studied art in the Caribbean islands and this environment influenced her use of natural, bold, vivid colors and enhanced her early works. She is the protégé of Baltimore’s famous screen painter, Tom Lipka and is his lead apprentice.
Cliff Long holding a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Public History, Cliff Long has worked at historical sites across the country as a "first person" costumed interpreter, archeologist, musician and entertainer. He has written and produced educational and entertaining programming for organizations such as the Historic Annapolis Foundation, and has earned awards for his presentations such as Best Attraction/Best Childrens Performer in 2005, and Best New Historic Initiative in 2006 for his pirate and lighthouse tours developed for Watermark Cruises. Cliff has also toured with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus as a professional clown and has recorded with popular Chesapeake Bay artists Janie Meneely and Them Eastport Oysterboys. He is also the author of the children's book, "Broadside Ben and the Big Brass Cannon. As an archeologist he has worked with Northwestern University on many projects and maintains a personal interest in studying the culture and lifeways of Central and East Asia; especially the dynamics of the ancient Silk Road. Cliff plays a number of musical instruments such as the bouzouki (Greece), chanzy (Tuva), dramyin (Bhutan) and native American flute (United States), and taught the first class in maritime music and sea chantey's at the Old Town School of Folk Music; the oldest school of traditional folk music in the country. Currently Cliff lives just outside Baltimore, and this year can also be found guiding ghost tours and haunted pub crawls around Fells Point and other Baltimore neighborhoods for Baltimore Ghost Tours.
Jerome Mandelberg entered the field of professional lecturing after more than 40 years as an attorney in Baltimore City. He has also lectured at the Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and Education.
Larry Martin retired from the US government as a computer Security Specialist after 33 years and became a volunteer. He soon realized the value of volunteerism. He is presently the Volunteer Coordinator at Patapsco State Park.
Dr. Bernard McGibbon, BWS is retired Assistant Professor in Plastic Surgery, JHU School of Medicine and Hospital, and retired Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at GBMC. He studied watercolor at the Schuler School of Art under Fritz Schuler Briggs. He is a full time professional artist. He has won local and national awards.
Miles Miller worked on the X-24A program at Martin during the period 1964 to 1967. Later, he was chief of the U. S. Army's Edgewood Arsenal Aerodynamics Research Group where he managed technical projects in their subsonic, transonic and supersonic wind tunnels. He also served as the Edgewood Fluid Dynamics Basic Research Coordinator and managed the Edgewood Modeling and Simulation program. Mr. Miller holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA).
Robert Mullauer, a Towson University and University of Maryland graduate with a BA in history also obtained a masters degree from the American Military College. He has taught for 10 years in local high schools.
Patricia Nuckels has a master of science degree from Loyola College. She was a speech-pathologist for many years in the Baltimore County School System. After returning, she became an independent consultant for "Creative Memories".
Gene Oishi is a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he worked as a local reporter, editorial writer, Washington correspondent and foreign correspondent in Bonn, West Germany. Gene has taught at Johns Hopkins and earned an MS at UCLA in Journalism and an MA from Johns Hopkins in Fiction Writing. He has written extensively on Japanese American experiences over the years and his articles have appeared in West Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun. His book dealing with the Japanese American experience, In Search of Hiroshi, was published by the Charles E. Tuttle Company in 1988. He is currently lecturing on the Japanese American Experience and on Imperialism at the Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen Society and the Renaissance Institute at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
Jonathan Palevsky. BM, MM is currently Program Director of WBJC 91.5 FM Baltimore’s Classical Music Station. He attended Carleton University in Ottawa, focusing on musicology followed by graduate work at The Peabody Institute of John’s Hopkins University. In addition to his administrative duties at WBJC, Jonathan can be heard as host of Face the Music, The WBJC Opera Fest, The WBJC Opera Preview, Past Masters, Word on Wine, numerous community interviews and classical music programming. He is a lecturer for the Hopkins Odyssey Program, Hopkins Osher Society and Towson Osher Program. Additionally, Jonathan hosts Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theater.
Beverly Parsons holds a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She is a geriatric social worker who possesses the skills to educate, mediate and facilitate families in constructive conversations. Having been a care giver for her father, she is passionately involved in this area.
Rex Rehfeld holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of California Berkeley, and a law degree from the University of Maryland. Military Assignments: WWII Navy Electronic Technician; Army 1950 U.S. Cavalry; Korea, Tank Platoon Leader; Company commander armored cavalry company in Germany; Military advisor to Iranian Army, rank of Major. Investment business since 1969.
Ang Robinson- was born and raised in Korat, Thailand. Baltimore is now her home. Inspired by her parents’ passion for food, their cooking, and teaching, Ang is a freelance cooking instructor and has taught Thai cooking classes at A Cook’s Table, Roland Park Country School’s Kaleidoscope Program, CCBC, and For the Love of Food in Baltimore. She was named Outstanding Teacher in 1997 by the Baltimore County Public Schools. Ang is currently writing a Pan Asian cook book based on her experience as a teacher as well as a food ways presenter.
Maxine Rubin- received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and History from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY and a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland. She was the co-editor and contributing author “Classics in the Classroom: A Design for Developing Reasoning Skills” as a participant in the Coppin-Hopkins Humanities Program in the Baltimore Public Schools in 1990.
Dona Rucci retired from Verizon after 34 years and was a webmaster (web site and graphics design) and data base programmer. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. and M.A. in Liberal Arts, has been a webmaster for 10 years and also teaches History and Computer classes at CCBC.
Wayne Schaumburg received his undergraduate degree from Towson University, holds a Masters Degree in History from Morgan State University and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University. Wayne taught for 39 years in the Baltimore City Public School System. He currently serves on the boards of the Friends of Maryland's Olmsted parks and Landscaped, the Baltimore City Historical Society and the Irish Railroad Workers Museum.
Nicholas M. Schloeder attended Bucknell University where he obtained a BA and MA degree. He taught at Calvert Hall School for 3 years and then 39 years at Gilman School where he taught history and government.
Daniel Shanahan is currently Vice President of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society and member of the Baltimore County Historic Trust. He has taken numerous courses in genealogy and genealogical research. Retired Architectural/Construction Administrator for RTKL, he has college work in architecture from Johns Hopkins University.
Jerry Schnitzer was president and owner of Hillen Tires, well known in the Baltimore area. He holds a B.S. degree from University of Maryland, and has been a substitute teacher in Baltimore County public schools. He has a passionate love for history and historical figures.
Richard O. Titus holds a Masters from Columbia University Teachers College in New York, NY and from Temple University College of Education in Philadelphia, PA on Early Childhood Education. He holds a BA in Public Administration/Journalism from American University, Washington DC and is a graduate of Ft. Slocum Army Information School, Speechwriter, Maj. General D’ Orsa. He was an editor/copywriter for the Ft. Jackson Leader.
Susan Vick holds a PhD in Art History from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an adjunct Instructor in Art History at Howard Community College. She is the museum curator at Chizuk Amuno Congregation. Susan is a very popular Art History lecturer.
Gail Vogel has taught computers for the last nine years. She teaches at CCBC, TESST College of Technology and Baltimore City Community College. She has worked as a recording engineer for the last 20 years. She has one certification in Recording Engineering and three Computer Industry Certifications.
Wilson Watson holds a B.A. from Washington College, M.A. in English from Morgan State, M.L.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study from Johns Hopkins University. Having taught English for 10 years in secondary schools he also spent 35 years on the English faculty at CCBC Catonsville, 14 of which were served as Department Chairman.
Diane Willen earned her Ph.D. from Tufts University and taught for thirty years at Georgia State University, where she also chaired the Department of History. She’s authored John Russell, First Earl of Bedford, One of the King’s New Men and has published several articles on English religious and social history. Her current research focuses on English Puritanism.
Faheem Younus is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Upper Chesapeake Health Systems. He is a respected physician, a trusted Muslim Youth leader, writer, and a strong advocate of Moderate Islam. He is the recipient of a Presidential Service Award from the White House for offering more than 500 hours in a year to community service.