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Arts & Culture Outreach Instructors

Sarah Agena (Cooking)

Sarah Agena, owner of Flexible Nutrition Solutions, a Stevens Point area nutrition consulting business. Sarah is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University.

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.

Daniel Berger (T’ai Chi)

Daniel has studied martial arts since 1991 and T’ai Chi specifically since 1996. He has had the honor of learning from Dr. Terry Wick, Ms. Han Hoong Wang (Yang Family disciple), and current Yang Family lineage holder, Master Yang Jun, et al. He taught Taekwondo at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point from 2000 to 2007 and T’ai Chi at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and the local YMCA since 2008.

Kristie Cecil (Painting)

Kristie grew up as the oldest in a big family in the Appalachian Mountains of Southern West Virginia. Art lessons with Ms. Allieu Wilburn at the age of 10 encouraged a lifelong love of art. (Thanks, Mom!) She earned her college degrees as an artist and teacher at Marshall University and later a Masters at Miami University. She has attended numerous workshops with some excellent teachers including Albert Handel, Richard McKinley, Mary Ulm Mayhew, and Anne Blair Brown.

Kristie paints primarily in oils. Her work draws from her early love of nature and a desire to find the extraordinary in everyday places. What distinguishes Kristie’s work is her ability to capture the sense of place as particular, with an emotional subtlety that resonates. Kristie is a member of Q Gallery Artists Cooperative in Stevens Point. Her work can be found in private and public collections throughout Wisconsin and beyond, and she recently became a member of the Oil Painters of America. www.kristiefcecil.com

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.

Mark Hartjes (Financial Advisor)

Mark Hartjes is financial advisor with Edward Jones. He has been honored with the Ted Jones, Zeke McIntrye, and Triple Crown Awards while at Edward Jones. Throughout the years, Mark has been involved with the YMCA, SPYBA, Rotary Club, Project Fresh Start, the Business Department at SPASH, along with other community groups.

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.

Maureen Houlihan (Yoga, Meditation, Stress Relief)

Maureen Houlihan is a certified 500-hour Advanced Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than 40 years and teaching for 16 years. She is founder and teacher of Gentle Spirit Yoga Studio in Stevens Point. She is also a Reiki Master. Maureen has a Master degree in Education. She teaches courses in Stress Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Her teaching exemplifies knowledge, experience and love.

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.

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.

Neha Malik (Masala Bhangra Workout)

Neha Malik is a Masala Bhangra Workout® Ambassador and exercise instructor. A part time dance instructor and full time mother of two, Neha started dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She has taken and taught classes in many genres including contemporary, free style, folk, and Bollywood style. She has a Master’s degree in International Business from Amity University, India.

Samantha Martinez (Spanish)

Samantha is a Junior majoring in Spanish with minors in environmental studies and ethnobotany at UWSP. She recently studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. Samantha has taught a variety of children’s classes including sign language, drama, and Spanish at the YMCA in her hometown.

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 puts.

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 Design Center.

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

Christel Venero-Farfan (Spanish and Cooking)

A native of Peru, Christel has a degree in Agriculture from The University of San Antonio Abad Del Cusco, and certification in the ancient Incan language from Quechua Universidad Andina del Cusco. She trained with the International Institute of English, and completed the English as a Second Language Program at UWSP in 2013. She worked at the Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, giving historical and cultural presentations.

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 in 1986.

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 workshops.

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.

Sandra Wunderlich (Dance)

Sandra is a ballroom, ballet, and modern dance instructor with over 30 years of experience.  She is a former Mid-United States Ballroom Dance Champion, Superbowl 26 half time show dancer, and aerialist for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Karen Zach (Chorus)

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 Wisconsin.

Kate Zdroik (Photo Preservation/History)

Kate Zdroik is a graduate of UW Stevens Point, with a degree in elementary education. She taught children in various educational settings ranging from elementary classrooms to an outdoor education center in Colorado. Kate creates and edits a local monthly newspaper in Rosholt. She has been very involved in community development and recently helped coordinate the renovation of the former fire station into a new library in Rosholt. Kate became involved in Town 25 North after working with a grandson of the town namesake who hoped to donate the family home for a charitable use.

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 September 2011.

Sasithorn Zuge (Cooking)

Sasithorn was born and raised in Thailand and now lives in Stevens Point.

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