Penny Berton has been a professional Tap Dance instructor for over 30 years. She has received extensive training from New York's finest including Gregory Hines, Brenda Bufalino, Jan Mickens, Savion Glover, and Phil Black. Penny has owned a successful dance studio in New York for over 20 years, and has taught tap in numerous venues for all ages.
Mr. Gorham L. Black, III, is retired from a broad range of military and civilian occupations spanning fifty years. Mr. Black was born on 25 January 1943 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He graduated from Poitiers American High School, Poitiers, France.
Dean Blinkhorn is the editor and co-publisher of Ocala's Good Life magazine, Ocala's first lifestyle publication devoted to seniors. He is also the editor of the Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership's Annual Business & Relocation Guide. Dean graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A.
Paul Bloom is the Director at the Marion County Sheriff's Office. His duties include public information and community outreach. Prior to entering law enforcement, he worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Ocala Fire Department after serving several years in the U.S. Army as a combat medic.
Dr. Brenner is a limnologist/paleolimnologist with special interests in tropical/subtropical lakes and watersheds. He teaches courses in Limnology, Paleolimnology, Florida Lake Management, Tropical Field Ecology, and Humans and the Environment of the Yucatan Peninsula. He conducts research on long-term interactions among climate, environment, and humans in tropical regions.
Dr. Rod Broker is a retired academic and clergy-person with a background in communications, counseling, and non-profit management. He is a past Vice President of the Humanists of North Central Florda and former resident of Stone Creek and now resides in Leesburg. He and his wife Doris have traveled extensively by RV in the US and via cruise ships to the shores of much of the rest of the world.
Pat Burns has been a certified UF/IFAS Extension Marion County Master Gardener since 2016. She is currently on our Board of Directors as Director of Educational Outreach and Plant Clinic. As an avid gardener with a talent for raising Monarch butterflies, Pat has also performed many speaking engagements for the organization. I am sure you will find Pat a delightful and talented speaker.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Shizuka Yamagishi Campagna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at Jochi Daigaku (Sophia University) in Tokyo. After moving to the U.S. she worked as an international marketing and business development manager for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in nuclear field, and later for the SONY Corporation.
John Capouya is a retired Associate Professor of Journalism and Writing at The University of Tampa. He works with private writing clients. During his journalism career he was an editor at Newsweek and SmartMoney magazines, New York Newsday, and The New York Times. His previous book, the biography Gorgeous George, was published by Harper Collins and is being adapted into a feature film.
Tina Carchia is a very versatile instructor and has been teaching art classes at Master the Possibilities for the past ten years. She is a self-taught Artist / Instructor specializing in the beginner & intermediate levels in Watercolors, Acrylics, Oils and Reverse Glass Painting. Tina is a Member of T.E.A.M.
Jill Carel was a proud Philadelphian, retiring from a colorful 37-year municipal government career in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Ordained in 2002 as an Interfaith Minister, she has served several churches with sermons, workshops, and spiritual education.
Sandy Carey is one of the facilitators of the 'Keeping Current on Events' group at Master the Possbilities.
Professor Michael Carter has taught college level history courses for 42 years at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a member in the New England Historical Association, the American Historical Society and the Civil War Educational Association. He has also lectured at assisted living residences in Massachusetts for more than ten years.
Nick Castaneda has created a unique style of Latin Jazz by combining the influences of American Jazz with Latin rhythms, R & B and Flamenco.
Ray Cech has a B.S. from Pace University in New York and an M.B.A from the University of San Francisco. He was president of Dunhill Executive Search and senior manager at Xerox Corporation. His writing and photography experience includes Triathlon Today, California Yacht Club, The Wall Street Journal, and The Dunhill News.