Arts & Culture Outreach Instructors
Rachel Allord (Writing)
Rachel Allord graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1996 with a BA in English Education. She is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in various publications including several Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, MomSense, and Pockets. Rachel's debut novel, Mother of My Son, released in May 2013. She has also taught English at Stevens Point Area Senior High and Ben Franklin Junior High. More information can be found at rachelallord.com.
Jane Barnard (Painting)
Jane is a professional artist, a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society,
the Door County Art League, and the Northwoods Plein Air Painters. She is
represented by galleries in Stevens Point and Door County. Jane has a degree in
French including a Diplome Annuel from the Sorbonne. http://www.barnardstudio.com/
Carol Bender (Rosemaling)
Carol’s painting experience started locally with "Rosemaling" classes (which
is a Norwegian decorative painting) at Midstate Technical College with Norma
Splitt and then branched off to the Vesterheim-Norwegian American museum in
Decorah, Iowa, Concordia Language Village and the Scandinavian Folk Art School
at Scandinavian Marketplace both in Minnesota. She has also studied
"Dalamalning" (Swedish decorative painting) at Norskedalen's Heritage Center in
Wisconsin, and also in Sweden with Klas Hansper of Nusnas.
She has taught classes in Norwegian Rosemaling, Swedish Dalamalning, and
Decorative Furniture painting at Midstate Technical College, Central Wisconsin
Cultural Center, Chestnut Avenue for the Arts in Marshfield, Lake Pepin Arts and
Design Center, and at Stockholm, Wisconsin’s Swedish Midsommer Festival. She has
also been the Rosemaling instructor at the Sons of Norway District 5 Youth
Heritage and Language camp in Falls Creek, Wisconsin since 2003.
Amanda David (Tutor)
Amanda is a freshman majoring in English at UW-Stevens Point. She began
tutoring as a high school student and is now a math tutor through UW-Stevens
Point Continuing Education. She has also worked with students in Kindergarten
through Sixth Grade, via a youth outreach program at her church. She first
participated in a Life-Size Clue Game while serving on student council.
Elizabeth Fakazis (Cooking)
Elizabeth Fakazis is a professor of culinary journalism and communication
& culture at UW-Stevens Point. She is a first-generation Greek-American who
has lived in Thessaloniki and Athens, and has traveled throughout Greece.
Currently, her work is exploring the historical development of food journalism
and the place of food writers in the world of professional journalism.
David Farmbrough (Photography)
After a 20-year career as a property lawyer, David returned to school and
earned his M.A. in the History of Film & Visual Media from Birkbeck College,
University of London in 2002. He emigrated from England in 2009. Currently,
David does photography and promotional work for local newspapers and radio
Spyros Heniadis (Photography, iPad workshops)
Spyros Heniadis has been teaching introductory and advanced photography
throughout central Wisconsin for over 7 years. Spyros says, "I love photography.
The ability to express yourself creatively through photography is an amazing
thing." Topics of expertise include SLR, Photoshop Elements, camera and gear
selection, composition, and flash photography. He also began teaching the very
popular "iPad, I'm Confused" class in 2012. He lives in Wisconsin Rapids with
his wife and two cats. You can visit his website at www.selfhelpphotographer.com
Jeannie Hill (Point Tap Festival)
Jeannie joined the UW-Stevens Point faculty in 2004 and teaches Jazz, Tap,
Musical Theatre Dance, Beginning Ballet and Composition. She is also an
associate artistic director and principal performer with the Chicago-based
company Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. As a tap soloist Jeannie has danced with
Brenda Bufalino, Jeni LeGon and the late greats Jimmy Slyde and James Buster
Brown as part of the Hoofer’s Weekend in New Orleans. She has had incredible
opportunities to perform with numerous great tap colleagues and jazz musicians
at festivals and venues like the Discover Jazz Festival, Sculler's Jazz Club,
Zinno’s, New York’s Tap City at the Joyce Theatre and the Duke Theatre, Lincoln
Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, St. Louis Tap Festival,
Southern California Tap Festival and The Saco River Grange Hall. For seven years
she worked with Manhattan Tap and was introduced to the ever-expanding
international community of rhythm tap dancers.
Eileen Kelz (Feng Shui, Clutter Control)
Eileen is Master Teacher through the International Institute of Interior
Alignment and the owner of Dynamic Environments. Eileen coaches people to
"thrive in their own environment." Her interests include feng shui, clutter
coaching, and space clearing.
Beth Krolikowski (Sign Language)
Beth is a nationally certified sign language interpreter with more than 20
years of experience. She is a Lecturer in Communicative Disorders with the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Susan Leschke (Textile Arts)
Susan Leschke is a textile artist whose work has been exhibited nationally
and published in Fiber Arts, Surface Design Journal, and Handwoven. She holds a
BFA in Textiles from Virginia Commonwealth University and has taught various
classes in her field.
Yan Liao (Cooking & Culture)
Yan Liao is an Assistant
Professor in UW-Stevens Point's library. She is fluent in Mandarin and also
speaks some regional dialects. She grew up
in Sichuan (Szechuan), has traveled extensively in China, and is active in
promoting cultural exchanges between the U.S. and China. Yan received her B.A.
in English Language and Literature and her M.A. in American Studies from Sichuan
University in Chengdu. She taught English at Sichuan University before obtaining
two additional graduate degrees at the University of Hawaii in Library and
Information Science and Teaching English as a Second Language. She is the author
of two recently published books, Food and Festivals of China and
Famous People of China.
Pamela Luedtke (Brain Gym)
Pamela was a
soloist with the modern dance company Mary Anthony Dance Theatre for nine years
in New York City. She also worked with choreographers Agnes de Mille, Anna
Sokolow, Ernestine Stodelle, Ellen Margolis, Sophie Maslow, and Berthram Ross.
In New York Pamela taught at the Mary Anthony Dance Studio, the Herbert Berghoff
School of Acting, and Dance Theater Workshop (DTW). Her choreography has been
performed in New York, Washington D.C., California and Wisconsin. Pamela is
currently instructing dance throughout Central Wisconsin and is an Associate
Lecturer instructing ballet with UWSP's Dance Program. She is the founder and
artistic director of Point Dance Ensemble, a non-profit dance company in Portage
County consisting of dancers ages 11-18. Pamela is also certified in Educational
Kinesiology (Brain Gym) as an instructor and a consultant for schools in
Wisconsin, assisting in integration of neuromuscular movement curriculum.
Pamela is currently an instructor for
UW-Stevens Point's Dance Department.
Tom McComb (Music Classes)
Tom McComb is a guitarist specializing in Jazz and Brazilian music. He
performs solo, with his own quartet and with many other ensembles in the central
Wisconsin area. Tom has 30 years of teaching experience. Besides teaching UWSP's
jazz guitar majors, he teaches fretted instruments and harmonica for UW-Stevens
Point Arts & Culture Outreach and the Wausau Conservatory of Music. Tom has
a B.M. in Music Education from UW-Stevens Point.
Bill McKee (Studio Arts)
Bill has worked as UW-Stevens Point's Art Shop supervisor since 1998 and has
taught Introduction to 3D design and Carving and Assemblage. Bill's work
includes carvings in stone and wood and collages/assemblages of mixed media. He
has had work shown at various galleries in Portage and Waupaca counties in
Wisconsin as well as in Washington.
Lily Rawson(Mixed Media Art)
Lily Rawson is majoring in Studio Arts and English at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Lily has led multimedia classes at Blue Rock Workshop’s summer camps for elementary through high school students. She is also a counselor at UWSP’s Camp COFAC-Studio Art session for high school artists.
The Rogue (Magic & Juggling)
The Rogue has performed over three thousand shows throughout the U.S. He is
the past president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Silent Mora
Ring 122. He is also amember of the Society of American Magicians. Recently, he
was inducted into the Order of Merlin. The Rogue has also been juggling since
the age of 10. Currently, he juggles hatchets, torches, and 16-pound shot
Julie Sittler (Glass Art)
Julie Sittler, a UW-Stevens Point alumnus. In 2010, she earned her BFA,
specializing in sculpture and graphic design. As a student, Julie was nominated
for the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the
International Sculpture Center. She also received the Chancellor's Leadership
Award. She currently in the Creative Director at the UW-Stevens Point Graphic
Kristen Thielking (Glass Art)
Kristin received a B.A. from Brown University, and an MFA from UW-Madison in
sculpture with a concentration in glass. Before coming to UW-Stevens Point she
taught kiln casting and fusing at UW-Madison, 2D and 3D Design, and glass
intensive workshops at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She has been
an artist-in-residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry
Foundry Residency program, and has also served twice as an artist-in-residence
for educational community collaborations at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
See more at: www.thielkingbrunett-artstudios.com
Shayna Thomas (World Languages)
Shayna is a senior at UW-Stevens Point majoring in Elementary Education and
Spanish with a minor in ESL. Her extensive experience with young children
includes working as a dance teacher, birthday party host, teacher’s assistant,
and nanny. She has studied abroad in Valladolid, Spain.
Elizabeth Wellso (Various Art)
Elizabeth chairs the Board of the Stevens Point Sculpture Park and is a
member of the Stevens Point Arts Council. Elizabeth has most recently taught
painting and drawing workshops at UW-Stevens Point's Studio Art camp offered
to high school students. She has also worked as a Gallery Consultant and
Teaching Assistant. Elizabeth earned her BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Flannery Wilson (World Languages)
Flannery Wilson is a lecturer in the History Department at UW-Stevens
Point. While earning her Ph.D. from the Univeristy of California, Riverside, she
received the Teaching Assistant Award for French. Throughout her career Flannery
has taught a variety of French, Italian, and ESL classes and
Kaylin Wornson (Spanish Tutoring)
Kaylin earned degrees in Spanish and Communicative Disorders from
UW-Stevens Point, and recently completed her certification in Secondary
Education and ESL Teaching. She has studied abroad in Spain, and has tutored
high school and college students studying Spanish.
Karen earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance
from Dominican University in California.
She has performed in community choruses and
operas, as well as recitals of art songs and opera arias while in
California. Karen sang with Vox Caelestis, a semi-professional
women’s chorus based near Chicago in Illinois. She studied voice
with Cary Cedarblade and Blanche Thebom in California and with Mary Hofer in
Anita Zerbe (Music)
Anita Zerbe is pursuing a degree in
Instrumental and General Music Education as well as Philosophy with an emphasis
in Environmental Ethics at UW-Stevens Point. She has studied viola privately
with Professor Dee Martz since 2007. She currently performs with the UW-Stevens
Point Symphony Orchestra, and will join the viola section of the Central
Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2012-2013 season. Anita has been
the Music Lesson Coordinator for UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education since
Sasithorn Zuge (Cooking)
Sasithorn was born and raised in Thailand and now lives in Stevens
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