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, was 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 and teacher, a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Wisconsin Visual Artist, Wisconsin Plein Air Painters, and
the Door County Art League. She is
represented by galleries in Stevens Point, Green Bay, 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. She earned her college degrees as an artist and teacher at Marshall University and later a master's 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
Lori Connors (Sign Language)
Lori is state licensed, nationally certified sign language interpreter. She owns Sign Here Interpreting Service of Rothschild, WI and has an Associate of Applied Science degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Northcentral Technical College. She is a certified interpreter with the Wisconsin Court System, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, and the National Association of the Deaf.
Amanda David (Tutor)
Amanda is a recent graduate of UWSP. She began tutoring as a high school student, and has tutored 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.
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.
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.
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.
Neha Malik (Masala Bhangra)
Neha 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 three and hasn't stopped since. She has taken and taught classes in many genres including contemporary, free style, folk and Bollywood style. She has master's degree in International Business from Amity University, India.
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 a member 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
Dana Qualy (Theatre)
Dana Qualy, currently a UW-Stevens Point student, grew up in Portage, Wisconsin and participated in many theatre programs in the area. For the last three years, she's been a director for the Children's Theatre Workshop at the Portage Center for the Arts. She has participated in many musicals and plays such as Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Sound of Music, Reviving Ophelia, and countless others.
Julie Sittler (Glass Art)
Julie Sittler is 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 is currently 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 UW-Stevens Point 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 sssistant. 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 English as a Second Language classes and
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.
Sasithorn Zuge (Cooking)
Sasithorn was born and raised in Thailand and now lives in Stevens
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