UDLLI Seminar Moderators
The Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education greatly values the time and expertise so generously given by our seminar moderators. Read about our Fall 2012 moderators below.
Gary L. Abernathy (Wednesdays, Weather/Meteorology for the Layman) has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in geophysics from Wright State University. He is currently working as a flight test engineer at Wright-Patterson AFB and is retired from the US Air Force. He worked for 10 years in the weather career field in the Air Force. He has taught at the University of Michigan in Air Force ROTC and various math and science courses for Sinclair Community College and Park College.'
Alan A. Biegel (Mondays, Legal Terms and Procedures) is a 1963 graduate of the University of Dayton and a 1967 graduate of Chase College of Law. He has practiced law in Montgomery County for 45 years and has previously moderated seminars for UDLLI.
John W. Bierman (Fridays, Great Civil War Movies, Part II) has been a movie fan for 60 years. Previous seminars moderated by John include: Quebec Cinema I-IV, Great American Westerns I & II, Great Civil War Movies I, and he co-taught a seminar on French film director, Jean-Luc Godard.
Carol Bourne (Wednesdays, Creating a Forgiving Heart) is a spiritual director and career educator whose work in forgiveness grew out of her training in healing family systems. As part of her work, she developed a weekend retreat for teens from divorced families, facilitated grief groups, and conducted psycho-spiritual programs in aging. She also presented on forgiveness as a path to healing paralyzing spiritual pain at the National Conference on Aging in Washington, DC.
Squire Brown, Ph.D., (Mondays, Since 1776: How Technology-Driven Progress Created A Nation of Anxious Abundance) is a retired aerospace engineer with a passion for the history of technology. He is a docent for the National Museum of the USAF as well as an active member of the Society for the History of Technology and the Society for Industrial Archeology.
Jason S. Bush (Mondays, Wine Appreciation) is a level one Sommelier. He has been employed at Arrow Wine and Spirits for the last eight years where he is lead wine buyer and manager. He works on a daily basis with customers and tastes wines to decide whether to carry them in their store.
CarolAnn Cannon (Tuesdays, Story of Christianity, Part III) received a master of arts degree in theological studies from the University of Dayton in 1986 and is certified as both a catechist and a catechetical leader by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Her seminars with UDLLI have included Scripture, Christology, the Papacy and the Bishops of Rome, Barbarians and the So-Called Dark Ages, as well as Crusades.
Mark Cannon (Wednesdays, A Traveler's History of England) is a Ph.D. scientist with a lifelong interest in history. He has presented previous seminars for UDLLI which include The American Revolution, the French and Indian War, Napoleon, WWI, WWII and the American Civil War.
Becky Cobb, Tonya Chambers and Kenny Cobb (Thursdays, Working Out in Simple Terms) will present and facilitate the sessions of this seminar as a team. All team members are nationally certified personal trainers through The American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and are Muscle Activation Techniques specialists. All hold certification in Functional Movement Screen usage as well.
Kenny Cobb, Tonya Chambers and Becky Cobb (Thursdays, Working Out in Simple Terms) will present and facilitate the sessions of this seminar as a team. All team members are nationally certified personal trainers through The American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and are Muscle Activation Techniques specialists. All hold certification in Functional Movement Screen usage as well.
Tonya Chambers, Becky Cobb and Kenny Cobb (Thursdays, Working Out in Simple Terms) will present and facilitate the sessions of this seminar as a team. All team members are nationally certified personal trainers through The American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and are Muscle Activation Techniques specialists. All hold certification in Functional Movement Screen usage as well.
Paul Cooper (Tuesdays, Adventures in Airlift) is a retired Air Force pilot with over 34 years of airlift experience. He has flown combat airlift missions to Vietnam and commanded bases in Desert Storm and Bosnia. He conducts tours at the National Museum of the Air force in addition to his duties on the UDLLI Board of Governors. He has a master’s degree in Aviation History.
Rick Cothern (Thursdays, Creating a Sustainable US Energy Plan and Fridays, Shining a Bright Light on Violence, Evil and Suffering) taught physics and chemistry at the University of Dayton from 1965 to 1978, advised MS students and was involved in developing laboratories there in nuclear physics and environmental physics as well as a surface laboratory at UDRI. He worked for the USEPA in Washington D.C. for 20 years including involvement in stratospheric ozone depleaters, radioactivity in drinking water and the Science Advisory Board. He has taught environmental and energy courses at George Washington University, the University of Maryland, Hood College and American University. He has produced over a 100 scientific papers and edited and written 15 books in the environmental area. Rick is a volunteer chaplain at Bethany Village and Hospice of Dayton.
Yvonne Dunphe (Thursdays, Sustainable Gardening) is an OSU master gardener, a graduate of Purdue University, and has trained with David Jacke (Edible Forest Gardening). She has been employed with Five Rivers MetroParks for 12 years and has been teaching classes in horticulture since 2002.
Peg Farmer (Mondays, Zentangle: Relax, Focus and Create) is a certified Zentangle teacher. She was a frustrated art enthusiast who finally found her niche through Zentangle and is eager to share it. She has been involved with UDLLI as a student and seminar liaison since 2004. Her work experience was in social service, public and private administration.
Carol Farquhar Nugent (Tuesdays, Learning From Others: The Power of Public Deliberation) is a former executive Director of Grantmakers in Aging and a member of the NIFI Board.
Dr. Linda Fischbach (Mondays, Dreamwork, Part II) has been a clinical therapist for 30 years. She has studied and utilized dream interpretation in her practice since 1985. Dr. Fischbach is currently serving as the president of the UDLLI Board of Governors.
Judges Patrick J. Foley and William MacMillan, Jr. (Tuesdays, Rights, Obligations and Expectations of Freedom) served on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, and both are graduates of the University of Notre Dame College of Law.
Bro. Don Geiger (Thursdays, UD Campus Landscape History) retired from the University of Dayton Department of Biology. He is associated with the Marianist Environmental Biology Education Center, Beavercreek Wetlands Association, and other organizations engaged in restoration ecology projects. He is associated with the Rivers Institute a UD, where he teaches a portion of the Rivers Leadership course dealing with the history of the Rubicon Creek and the UD campus.
Lewis E. Goodman (Wednesdays, Gettysburg: What They Did Here) received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Dayton and his M.S.L.S. degree from the University of Kentucky. He is a retired librarian from Dayton Metro Library. He is a member of The Friends of Gettysburg: Civil War Trust and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
Martin Gottlieb (Saturday, April 20) retired after 27 years as a writer for the Dayton News editorial page. Focused on political coverage all my life, I have probably been most associated with Allan Lichtman’s “13 Keys to the Presidency,” for accurately predicting presidential election outcomes long in advance. I’m now researching a book on Clement Vallandigham, having found him to be a largely unknown figure even in Ohio, despite his having had a national career with great reverberations for today’s hyper-polarized politics.
John Guenin (Thursdays, Birds Are Inspiring!) received a BA in Economics from Notre Dame University in 1962. He was the founder of KMH Systems where he retired as CEO after 35 years. He served on a number of small local company boards, and he recently was a guest lecturer at the University of Dayton Business School. He became interested in birds as a young child which intensified in his forties at his cabin at Lake Erie.
Mary Hallinan (Wednesdays, Creating a Forgiving Heart) is a spiritual director. She first encountered forgiveness issues professionally as a lawyer and later in parish work as a director of ministry. She applies her experience in forgiveness in restorative justice and retreat work. For the past six years, Carol and Mary have been doing group forgiveness work through UDLLI and through parishes in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas.
Dr. Jack Harless, (Fridays, Warm Water Therapy Relief and Aqua Zumba) a physical therapist and doctor of chiropractic practice, is the manager of The Franciscan Center.
Steve Harman (Mondays, Shade Gardening With Hostas and Other Perennials) - When the Harmans relocated to Dayton in 1986, they found a home on a nice parcel of land…a heavily wooded and shady lot with almost no direct sunshine; no place for familiar vegetable gardening or lovely hybrid tea roses. Then a friend introduced them to shady gardening with hostas and many companion perennials. Since then, the Harmans have planted well over 300 different varieties of hostas and have become active members of an area gardening society of avid gardeners who call themselves “hostaholics” for their passion for this shade-loving plant. Through his association with such hosta gardeners and the Miami Valley Hosta Society, Steve Harman has gained a good working knowledge of growing hostas, the “Friendship Plant.”
Alex Heckman (Tuesdays, Industrial Endeavors) is the director of education and museum operations for Dayton History. He has been involved in local history work for over a decade.
Frank Henninger (Special: Monday - Thursday, May 13 - 16, Four Literary Masters) has spent decades looking for ways we can learn about and from cultures distinct from ours because of geography or time or both. He has taught many UDLLI seminars over the past years.
Gary E. Hollander, (Wednesdays, Plan a Comfortable Financial Future) CFP has been the president of Hollander & Associates LLC since 1976. He is a fee-based financial planner and has been providing financial educational workshops for over 37 years. Gary was recently awarded “FIVE STAR Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager” by Cincinnati Magazine.
Tim Hrastar (Thursdays, Creating a Sustainable US Energy Plan) has been self-employed since 1976 as an audio-visual producer, business development and communications consultant and coach for professional service firms. He has written hundreds of articles, spoken to thousands of professionals on these topics, and coached individually over 1700 professionals on presentation skills over the years. He also taught presentation and communication skills to MBA students at Miami University for five years. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in communications from the University of Dayton. Tim has been a passionate student of American history his entire life and currently writes and lectures on various American history topics. He has been involved with UDLLI since 2005 and is currently a member of the UDLLI’s Board of Governors. Previous UDLLI seminars moderated by Tim include: Examining Our Contemporary World, Solving Social & Economic Problems in Creative & Imaginative Ways, The Gilded Age: 1865-1900, and The Progressive Era 1900-1920.
James Hughes (Wednesdays, Sea Literature) received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been an active member of the American Culture Society Sea Literature Group for 25 years.
R. Alan Kimbrough, (Wednesdays, English Church Music) has been a church musician since the age of 14. He earned his BA in music (organ performance) and English. He has been steeped in the Anglican choral repertoire since he was assistant organist-choirmaster at St. Stephen’s Church, Providence, RI and the organist-choirmaster for the Episcopal College Church at Brown-RISD while in graduate school. He spent a year (1988-89) as a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University doing research into Anglican church music and attending sung chapel services at King’s and/or St. John’s Colleges.
Dr. Sharath Krishna (Mondays, The Life of Amphibians and Reptiles) received his Ph.D. from the Mangalore University, India. He teaches Ecology at Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University. His research was on the ecology of snakes in the tropical rainforest of South India. Later he developed an interest in studying the venom proteins of snakes, beginning with the very rare and endemic species of Pit Vipers and now of the rattle snakes. His current project is an NIH funded research project to examine the possibility of developing a therapeutic agent targeting prostate cancer cells. He has been working on both venomous and nonvenomous snakes for the last 35 years.
Joseph Kunkel (Tuesdays, Soul as Spirit on Earth's Plane) is a professor emeritus in philosophy at the University of Dayton. He was trained in Western philosophy and has studied Eastern views. For 40 years, he taught college courses, specializing in human nature, ethics, pragmatism, and war and peace
Dennis Langer, JD, (Saturday, April 20 Lincoln and the Law and Saturday, April 27 Lincoln's Path to Emancipation and a Bi-Racial America) has been a General Division Judge with the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court since 1995. He received his bachelor of arts degree from John Carroll University in 1973 and his juris doctorate from the Boston University School of Law in 1976. In 1994, he was named Ohio’s Outstanding Assistant Prosecuting Attorney by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. He has had a lifelong admiration of Abraham Lincoln, has read extensively about him, and has visited numerous Lincoln historical sites.
Claire Lea (Fridays, Geocaching - A Game?) has a bachelor of science degree in zoology from Ohio University, one of the first programs, nationally, to produce a curriculum for medical technology. She has been Geocaching since 2007 and has logged over 4,000 finds in 25 states.
Valerie Lee (Wednesdays, They Talk to Us But Are We Listening and Appreciating Their Talents?) is an UDLLI board member. One of her early memories was of a visit to a television station for a live broadcast of a dance contest in which a relative was participating. Ed Kraling was at his desk preparing for the news, and he winked at her. How exciting that was for a young adolescent who always watched him on TV! Many years later, his wife, Florence Kraling, was the English teacher for Valerie’s son.
Franklin Lewis, JD, (Wednesdays, History of Classical Music, Part IV) received his bachelor of arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and his juris doctor from Ohio State College of Law. He served as trustee for the Cleveland Institute of Music (1988-1996) and as secretary and associate general counsel for the East Ohio Gas Co., from which he retired in 1995. He also served as Assistant Director of Law (public utilities) for the city of Cleveland until his retirement in 2004.
Judges Patrick J. Foley and William MacMillan, Jr. (Tuesdays, Rights, Obligations and Expectations of Freedom) served on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, and both are graduates of the University of Notre Dame College of Law.
Terry Martin (Wednesdays, American Revolution, Parti II) is retired from Coca-Cola USA. He majored in history,is a book collector and bookseller of used books.
Raymond A. Merz (Mondays, Civil War Victims Meet Old Testament Job) received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s degree from United Theological Seminary. He received a master’s degree in American history from the University of Cincinnati. He served as ordained pastor in The United Methodist Church for 40 years. Since his retirement, he has taught at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, First Presbyterian in Naples, Florida, Chautauqua Institution of New York, and the University of Dayton.
Jeffrey W. Mitchell is (Thursdays, Crime Scene Investigations: Pesentation, Preservation, Processing and Prosecution) the Chief of Police for the City of Lebanon, Ohio, a nationally accredited law enforcement agency. A retired special agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he has extensive experience in conducting felony criminal, fraud, and counter intelligence investigations. Chief Mitchell has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management, and a Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program. Chief Mitchell is an adjunct instructor at the Ohio Police Officers Training Academy, London, Ohio.
Richard Munn (Tuesdays, Fitness is a Journey: Enjoy the Many Paths of Fitness) is the Fitness Coordinator at the Kettering Fitness and Wellness Center and has started to compete in bodybuilding shows in the Cincinnati and Columbus area. He is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. Previously, he worked at the NCR Country Club Fitness Facility, Personally Fit, LA Fitness and the downtown YMCA He has given many presentations, on the state and local level, on a variety of fitness topics. Richard is a 1973 graduate of the University of Dayton, where he also worked for 25 years.
William V. Muse (Tuesdays, Learning From Others: The Power of Public Deliberation) is President of The National Issues Forums Institute. He has a Ph.D. in business administration and has 40 years of experience in higher education.
Priscilla Mutter (Thursdays, Canadian Short Stories, Part II) is a retired counselor who lives on the Stillwater River in Clayton. She has been moderating film and literature seminars for UDLLI since 2000.
Sherry Pesut (Wednesdays, History of Woodland Cemetery) has been an historian for Woodland Cemetery since 2006. She is a retired nurse, former actress and professional dancer. She is also a published author and does public speaking about Woodland Cemetery and downtown historical churches.
Skip Peterson (Mondays, Cameras Don't Take Pictures, People Do) is an award winning freelance photographer who retired in 2007 after a 34 year career at the Dayton Daily News. Peterson was chief photographer and photo editor of the newspaper for the last 24 years. During his career, he has covered Super Bowls, World Series, NCAA basketball championships, produced a six-month documentary, “The Faces of Hard Times”, and spent 3 months covering various Olympic trials and the Olympic Games in Atlanta. He was a contract photographer for the book, America 24/7. In addition to hundreds of newspapers across the U.S., his work has appeared in Life, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Ohio 24/7 and 5 volumes of the Best of Photojournalism. A graduate of Ohio University with a degree in journalism, Skip Peterson was the lead photographer and photo editor on the project, Military Medicine: Unnecessary Danger, which received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1998. He was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dayton teaching photojournalism in the 80's and early 90's and has led workshops on photography and photo editing in the Midwest.
Don Quigley (Thursdays, Self-Publishing - Creating Your Own Book) received his undergraduate degree in 1963 and his MBA in 1964 from the University of Dayton. He worked for GE, Hitachi and IBM for 36 years. He retired in 2004 and began teaching at UD’s School of Business. He has both moderated and attended many UDLLI seminars. It was Nancy Pinard’s seminar, “Creative Writing” that inspired him to write his first five books: Letters from Otto, Travels with Patti, Patti’s Secret Garden, Family Favorites and, most recently, Santa’s Magic.
John Quinn (Tuesdays, Sculpture and Methods of Interpretation) is professor emeritus from the University of Dayton who has taught aesthetics or philosophy of art for over 40 years. He has an avid interest in sculpture.
Robert Reece, (Mondays, Christian Ethics in the New Testament's Shadow) a professor emeritus at Wright State University, holds a Ph.D. in religious ethics from Yale University. He has been a frequent UDLLI moderator.
Mary Riordan (Fridays, Apple iPad for Beginners and Apple iPad for Intermediates) is a retired educator who taught English, math, and technology skills before becoming a high school guidance counselor in the Dayton and Cincinnati area Catholic schools. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, with a master’s degree in education from Wright State University. Mary has been an Apple enthusiast since 1983 and serves on the UDLLI Board of Governors.
Mark W. Risley (Saturday, April 13, Classic Architecture of Oakwood) is a retired airline flight operations coordinator and an architectural preservation advocate. He is past president of The Oakwood Historical Society, former co-chair of The Oakwood Preservation Trust and has served on the steering committee for the commemoration of Dayton’s Great Flood of 1913.
William P. Roberts, Ph.D. (Wednesdays, Jesus in John's Gospel, Part II) is a professor of Theology at the University of Dayton and the author/editor of 15 books.
Enrique Romaguera (Mondays, Cinemagic) is professor emeritus from the language department at the University of Dayton. He has moderated many UDLLI seminars on the French cinema.
Jim Romer (Tuesdays, Fly-Fishing for Beginners) is a retired surgeon with a penchant for fly fishing. Cap’n Billy Focke is a retired salesman/entrepreneur who taught Jim how to fly fish. James Corbin is a retired, albeit slightly twisted, research chemist, learned rod builder and lake fisherman. Jay Schwieterman is a stockbroker, an avid fisherman who loves to talk about gun dogs. Bill Clutter is also retired but is an accomplished fly fisherman with a penchant for travel to unusual places, with fish.
Dr. Allen Ross (Tuesdays, Barbara Stanwyck) is a lifetime film and theater buff who has always been passionate about actors and great acting. He has studied the lives of a great number of the ones with extraordinary talent and range. Now retired from dentistry, he enjoys sharing over 70 years of knowledge of film and over 50 years of knowledge of Broadway and regional live theater.
Gary Ruff (Thursdays and Mondays, History of Scary Movies) is a retired high school teacher and an avid fan of these movies. He feels that these movies have become ingrained into the American entertainment culture. He has taught various music seminars for UDLLI over a seven-year period.
Dr. William Schuerman (Thursdays, Europe 101: What Do All the Ruins, Churches, Cathedrals and Palaces Mean Anyway?) has been a university administrator and instructor for 42 years, 28 of which were at the University of Dayton. At UD, he served as Vice President and Dean of Students for 22 years and taught Western Civilization for 27 years. Bill has been a UDLLI moderator for 12 years and is a member of the UDLLI Board of Governors.
Bob Sherman, (Thursdays, Picasa) now retired, was a full-time faculty member at Sinclair Community College. He has numerous industry and vendor certifications in networking, operating systems and security topics. Prior to his employment with Sinclair, Bob worked with NCR Corporation in the financial industry.
Rabbi David M. Sofian (Thursdays, Judaism 101) graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in philosophy in 1972 and earned a master’s degree in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College in 1976. He has been a rabbi and professor of Judaic studies since 1977. He has been the Senior Rabbi of the Temple Israel in Dayton since 2003.
Allan Spetter (Tuesdays, Britain and World War II) is a retired professor of history at Wright State University.
Debra Stewart (Mondays, Gentle Hatha Yoga) has an MBA, MATLT and is a Ph.D. Psy Candidate and registered yoga instructor with Alliance. She has been an ACE personal trainer with 20 years of experience.
J. Robert Suriano (Fridays, The Brain and Mind on Thinking, Language and Music) is professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Jacqui Theobald (Tuesdays, Before the Magic, A Look Backstage) has recently joined the staff of the Dayton City Paper as a theatre writer. The daughter of an actress, she grew up around, but never in, the theater. This has led to a lifelong interest in all parts of stage productions. She is an artist and a registered art therapist and has shared her passion for the arts in previous UDLLI seminars.
Bob Thum (Thursdays, Meet the Museum: Touring the DAI)has been a docent at the Dayton Art Institute for 11 years. He has moderated many seminars for UDLLI.Michael Tibbetts (Tuesdays, "Be a Holy Child of God") has been a marketer/educator for 40 years and, through God’s loving grace, a “family healer”. He has shepherded his own family’s healing journey since 1985 and also helped hundreds of other families to begin to nurture their own restorative pilgrimages. He has been a Christian educator for 23 years and is currently the founder and chief inspirational officer of My Family Healing Ministry – The Family Center for the Sacred Heart.
He is the author of his inaugural inspirational book, “The 7 Divine Lessons of Family Healing”.
Linda M. Toothman (Thursdays, Life By Design) has a BS degree from Ohio State University, an MS from Miami University and a special education certification from the University of Dayton. She received team management and leadership training from Landmark Education and spiritual direction training from Bergamo Center. She is retired from the Dayton Public Schools and is currently employed at United Theological Seminary as their spiritual director. She also conducts private sessions in spiritual direction and life coaching.
Dennis Turner (Fridays, So You Always Wanted to be a Trial Lawyer?) has served as assistant dean, acting dean, director of the Law Clinic, director of the Legal Profession Program, chair of the Admissions Committee and as advisor for both the Mock Trial teams and the Moot Court Board at the UD School of Law. He won the UD Award for Teaching in 1990 and has also been chosen as Professor of the Year twice by School of Law students. He is the only remaining full-time faculty member from 1974 when the School of Law reopened. He calls teaching at UD “rewarding.” “UD is a great institution,” he said. “Here I am 30 years later and still having a great time.”
Harriet L. Uphoff (Thursdays, Bill and Hillary Clinton: The Power Couple) has been an educator for 50 years - 40 years in secondary school and 13+ years as adjunct faculty in English and Education in a variety of institutions. She has a background in history, political science, economics and English. She has always had a wide range of interests in interdisciplinary topics, which is how she likes to approach any topic. This is her ninth UDLLI seminar.
Dr. Jim Uphoff (Tuesdays, Exploring Living and Learning Via Humor) has been an educator for well over a half-century and is now fully-retired from Wright State University. He is also a frequent UDLLI moderator.
Louise Van Vliet (Mondays, Living Abroad) retired from the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department at Miami University in 2003. She team-taught students from Miami and Palacky (Czech Republic) and Miami and Comenius (Slovak Republic) from 1993 to 2002 and served as a Fulbright lecturer at Comenius University in 2000. She currently teaches English as an additional language, to recent immigrants.
Felix Weil (Tuesdays, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich) was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1927 and lived with his family until August 1939 when he was placed in a “kindertransport” bound for England, never to see his family again. He came to the United States in 1945. In 1946 he was drafted in the U.S. Army and sent back to Germany for occupation duty. Felix graduated from Kent State University in 1950 and has lived in Dayton ever since. His career was in the commercial art business. He lectures about the Holocaust both in the United States and Germany.
Robert Weisman (Tuesdays, Digging Into Classical Music: Is This a Great Performance?) has had a passion for classical music since childhood. He served as an on-air classical music announcer at Dayton Public Radio for more than 22 years. Programs he hosted included Symphony Hall, the Opera House, and Back from Baroque. He has attended performances by many of the most famous orchestras, opera houses, chamber groups and soloists in the United States and Europe. Robert Craft, scholar, conductor, and collaborator of Igor Stravinsky, was his first music teacher. Bob received his Ph.D. from MIT. He retired from Wright State University after serving as professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Associate Dean of both the School of Medicine and the College of Science and Mathematics.
Judith Wehn (Thursdays, Exploring the National Museum of the USAF) is the Chief, Education Division, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. She is responsible for developing and managing an ongoing education program for pre-K students through adults, both formal and informal learning experiences. She is a frequent presenter and workshop leader at national conferences. She received both her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree from the University of Dayton.
Shawna Gambol Woodard (Wednesdays, Getting Started in Genealogy) earned her bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from Hiram College and her master’s degree in library science from Kent State University. She worked as a reference librarian at Ashtabula’s Harbor Topky Public Library and the Wilmington Public Library of Clinton County (Ohio) before starting her job as genealogy librarian at Dayton Metro Library 10 years ago.