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Authors, Artists & Scholars Visiting this Winter


Each term Master the Possibilities reaches out to visiting authors, artists and scholars throughout the state and beyond to add richness and diversity to the center’s on-going programming. Many of the guest faculty focus on topics related to the current learning theme.

This term’s learning theme is “How it All Works”

Gorham Black

Mr. Black graduated from Howard University, Washington DC, as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry, United States Army, in June 1963, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He received a Masters of Arts Degree in International Relations from Syracuse University in 1971. Mr. Black is a 1984 graduate of the National War College, Fort McNair, DC. During Mr. Black's military career, he attained the rank of Colonel. He served his country in a variety of responsible command and staff positions at numerous posts throughout the United States and abroad. Colonel Black completed his military service as the Commander of the United States Army Garrison, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland and retired from the United States Army on 30 June 1990.

Before moving to Ocala, Mr. Black served as the Director, Maryland, State Selective Service System for four years. Previously he served as a substitute teacher at the Reservoir High School in Howard County, MD for seven years. Mr. Black served as the Executive Assistant to the President of Albany State University, Albany, Georgia, and as the Senior Assistant to the President of Howard University, Washington, D.C. While at Howard University, Mr. Black also served as the Associate Vice President for Administration in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Before entering academia, Mr. Black was the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and the Assistant Secretary for Administrative Services, Department of Juvenile Services for the State of Maryland.

Kathie George

Kathie George has been a workshop instructor for over 25 years. Her award winning work can be found in many corporate and private collections in the US and abroad. She has twice been a finalist in Artist Magazine’s Art Competition (among 14,000 entrants). Kathie has authored five watercolor books and written numerous magazine articles for well-known artist magazines. She is a signature member of both the Ohio and Florida Watercolor Societies.

Jim Gross

Jim Gross is a geologist with over 40 years of experience in water resources. Jim earned a bachelors degree in geology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a masters degree in geology from New Mexico State University. Jim is a licensed professional geologist in California and Florida. He is also certified as a Professional Geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Jim is currently the Executive Director of Florida Defenders of the Environment and an adjunct professor of geology at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.

DL Havlin

DL Havlin is an eclectic author whose novels, novellas, and short stories mirror his rich, varied background. He has packed three lifetimes of experiences into one brim full existence. He believes, “The one big advantage writing at an advanced age provides is that life is what you know and not what you project it might be.” An avid lover of the outdoors and sports enthusiast, his passion for fishing, hunting and camping are frequently included in his writing. A deep love for nature and especially wild Florida often furnish settings for his work, but his travels make places such as Kiev, Singapore, London, New York, Modena, or Saxonhausen backgrounds for his stories as well. His unique combination of a vivid imagination and his ability to weave intricate plot lines, seasoned by his life-time exposure to fascinating story possibilities and his knowledge of human nature, provides the heart-felt, enjoyable reading his novels provide. He answers, “Why do you write?” by saying, “To entertain—that’s first, but to provoke thought is a close second. I firmly believe both are done through the heart, for the mind is seldom opened until it is emotionally conditioned to respond.”

Jerry Heines

Dr. Heines received his PhD in High Energy Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Connecticut in 1979. Early in his career he developed various analytical models and designed a number of products for defense and space related applications. Many of his designs continue to fly in space today and are integrated into advanced military systems such as Patriot, Global Hawk, Longbow, Black Hawk and many more. The latter part of his career was spent travelling globally to various NATO friendly countries and OEMs discussing the use of high tech solutions to address various threats. Today, Dr. Heines is a public speaker focused on explaining various esoteric aspects of Physics and technology in a light-hearted, easy to understand format. In addition, he often speaks about Japan and its ideology, a passion he continues to enjoy.

Janet Horton

Janet entered the U.S. Army in June 1976 as a Chaplain. 1st woman assigned as a Division or Corps Supervisory Chaplain. 1st woman promoted to Colonel in the Army Chaplain Corps. Supervised the religious support for Task Forces in Bosnia, Albania and Kosovo, 2 tours in the Pentagon: Exec Director, Armed Forces Chaplain Board and Career Mgmt Officer, Army Chief of Chaplains Office. Briefed on the terrorist mindset, Divine Command Mortality with the Joint Staff and the Military Intelligence community and the Inter Agencies such as Homeland Defense, the US Marshall's Office and Pace University.

Karlyn Holman

Karlyn Holman is an internationally recognized artist, author and art instructor. She has written four books and has taught workshops around the world. Holman has owned and operated an art gallery in Washburn, WI since 1968.


Belea T. Keeney

Belea T. Keeney is the award-winning author of "The Tiger Whisperer".Her writing has appeared in Florida Horror: Dark Tales from the Sunshine State, The Beast Within, Sniplits, Boundoff, WordKnot, Best Gay Love Stories, Men of Mystery and many other anthologies. Her stories have also placed in the Writers in Paradise Short Story competition, the 2010 Florida Review Editor’s Choice Award, the 2007 Left Coast Writing Contest, and the 2011 Saints & Sinners Literary Festival Short Story contest. She works as a copy and developmental editor for a variety of publishers including Torquere Press, Samhain Publishing, and works with private clients, assisting writers with short stories, novels, and memoirs..

Mike Miller

Mike Miller is a blogger, writer, and consulting engineer who has lived in Florida since 1960. He is the owner of the popular website and has written and published 18 books on Florida subjects. His website and books focus on road trips in off the beaten path Florida. He shares rich Florida history that informs his road trips. His travel motto echoes a Robert Frost poem. He recommends taking the road less traveled. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. He has traveled extensively throughout Florida for business and pleasure.


Jennifer Moore-Ambrosia

Jennifer Moore-Ambrosia taught in the Florida College system for over ten years. She has taught courses in Western Civilizations, World Civilizations, United States History and Introduction to Anthropology. She holds a BA and an MA in History and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Central Florida. She also completed graduate study in the field of Anthropology. She taught at the College of Central Florida, Lake-Sumter State College, Valencia College, and Southern New Hampshire University.


Khalid Shakoor

Khalid A. Shakoor has over 50 years experience in the fields of Energetic and mind/body disciplines. He has taught these subjects for over 30 years at institutions of higher learning. Currently, he teaches various Energetic classes through Santa Fe College (Community Education), Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine, and a meditation center.

J.E. Sumerau

J.E. Sumerau, Ph.D., is a teacher, researcher, and novelist specializing in intersections of gender, sexualities, religion, and health who has published in over 40 scientific journals and edited collections, and regularly contributes to scholarly and political discussions on Write Where It Hurts and Conditionally Accepted at Inside Higher Ed. They are also the author of the non-binary, bisexual coming of age novel Cigarettes & Wine, an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and the Director of Applied Sociology at the University of Tampa.


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