Senior Learners, Inc.

Instructor Biographies

For the past six years, Senior Learners, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by volunteers, has provided educational opportunities to seniors 50 years old or more. Before the current pandemic, we offered our noncredit, college-level courses in a classroom at the Ocala Campus of the College of Central Florida. Until the pandemic is tamed, we have shifted to online courses covering a broad range of academic interests, including Health, Science & Technology, The Arts, History, and Languages. Our outstanding instructors come from a wide range of backgrounds and include current and retired artists, musicians, teachers, professors, doctors, engineers, and scientists.

Joe Coffey

Joe Coffey holds a PhD in Economics and has taught at Universidad Agraria of Peru, University of California Berkeley, Virginia Tech, NC State, and Purdue. Until retiring from Virginia to Florida, he held executive positions in academia, industry, and government. For over a decade, he has made presentations on economics and world affairs at the College of Central Florida for the Senior Learning Institute, Ocala; Citrus Hills Communities, Hernando; On Top of the World Communities, Ocala; the Villages and on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, NCL, Princess, Silver Seas and Azamara cruises.

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Phyllis Ponder Craggs

Phyllis has earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Media and Instructional Design with high honors, at The University of Florida. Phyllis has taught art in many Public and Private schools as well as classes at The College of Central Florida. Phyllis also has an Art Therapy Program called Art With a Heart, a 501(c)3 entity that provides art instruction for residents in assisted living.

Her main interest is being able to share the joy of the creative process. There are many excellent artist in today’s world but very few excellent art instructors!

William Crawford

William Crawford is a recently (2017) retired podiatrist. He practiced in Ocala for 35 years. He holds a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland. He has a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State University School of Health Sciences. He has been a contributor at Senior Learners since 2017. His interests lie in medicine, history, science, and geography.

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Philip Davis

Phil Davis earned BS and MS degrees in Physics from Florida State University. After a stint in private industry, he spent 31 years in government service in a variety of technical and executive positions for NASA (the Cape, ERC, SSFPO, GSFC), the Naval Research Lab, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Transportation. After retiring in 1996, he served as the Information Architect for the Fairfax County VA School district.

Phil has been involved with computers for nearly 60 years. In recent years he built and manages websites for schools, charities, and other organizations, teaches technology workshops for Senior Learners, and serves as a Technology Mentor for people with computer problems. You can find a number of technical articles and tips on his website

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Rich Hautanen

Rich Hautanen is a retired engineer who worked 25+ years in the computer network and defense industries. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, and a MS in Computer Science from Rivier University. Rich teaches courses on Android phones & tablets, Windows 10 computers & gaming, and ancient american history (pre-Columbus). He is currently a member of the SLI board.

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Robert Holloran

Robert Holloran holds a BS in physics and an MS in nuclear engineering from the University of Washington. In 1976. as a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington, he taught graduate-level nuclear engineering and radiological science courses. His professional career culminated in co-founding National Background Data and serving as its Chairman and CEO until it was acquired by a Fortune 500 company subsidiary.

Since retiring in 2006 he served the community as Vice Chair of Healthy Ocala and the Public Policy Institute of Marion County. He also has taught a variety of courses at programs for seniors about physics, astronomy, science-based history and chocolate. His interest in chocolate is an outgrowth of a family business that made raw chocolate products commercially. Bob is currently the past chair of Senior Learners.

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Evelyn Kelly

Dr. Evelyn Kelly, a resident of Marion County for 40 years, is a medical writer, public speaker, and college professor. With a PhD from the University of Florida, she teaches graduate classes for Saint Leo University. As a writer, she has published over 400 articles and is now writing her 19th book- What You should Know about Asthma.

Dr. Kelly and her husband Charles live on a farm in Marion County and have four children: Kurt, a former state representative and Congressional candidate, now CEO of the Florida Coalition for Children; Natalie, CEO of the Florida Association of Managing Entities (mental health); Sharlene, a former counselor at Florida State College, Jacksonville; and Marsha, a clinical social worker. Evelyn and Natalie have traveled to 85 countries and often speak to groups of their adventures.

Janice Patterson

Janice, a major in art/art history, graduated from Chatham College in Pittsburgh. At the Pennsylvania State University, she earned a graduate degree in Consumer Studies.

As an Education/Consumer Relations Representative for JCPenney, she traveled throughout the country, promoting Penney’s support for educators. For the House of Nine, a California-based retail chain, she was a District Manager and directed store openings in major malls across the country.

In 1970, Janice returned to Penn State as a member of their Consumer Studies faculty. She next moved to Miami-Dade College. The assignment was to teach as well as create a fashion marketing curriculum, complementing the college’s existing Fashion Design program. Her international fashion travel programs highlighted many rewarding years in Miami. Partnering with British designers and retailers, she developed a Miami-Dade resident fashion program based in London.

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Gwynn Pealer

Gwynn Pealer has a BA in Biology from Hartwick College. She has 15 years experience teaching Advanced Placement Biology at Forest High School and International Baccalaureate Biology at Vanguard High School, both in Ocala. She has been published in journals of the National Science Teachers’ Association and has served on the board of the Florida Association of Science Teachers. She was Crown Region Teacher of the Year in 1988. Gwynn retired in 2008 after 40 years of teaching. She has taken many Senior Learner courses and taught several science-related courses. She has served in various capacities on the Senior Learners board.

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Roberto Putzeys

Roberto Putzeys, M.D. was in Private Practice in Radiation Oncology at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute, Ocala, Florida for twenty years prior to retiring here in 2009. After retiring from his full-time practice, he still occasionally practices outside of the area at facilities needing temporary additional help.

He obtained his MD diploma in his home country of Guatemala. After moving to the USA, he completed a Radiation Oncology residency at the Medical College of Virginia and , and obtained his board certification in 1978. He then worked at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio TX, and academic and Va facilities in Little Rock Arkansas. He started practicing in Florida in Tallahassee in 1984 and moved to Ocala in 1989.

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Danielle Rosier

Danielle Rosier, Au.D. Dr. Rosier is a Board Certified Doctor of Audiology. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida, and upon completion, stayed at the University of Florida to complete her Doctorate in Audiology. She is currently a fellow member of the American Academy of Audiology and on the board for the Hearing Loss Association. Her clinical expertise includes diagnostics and amplification with a focus in aural rehabilitation. A Florida native, Dr. Rosier enjoys kayaking and hiking with her husband and black lab. Her time recently has been spent enjoying her daughter, Anna Elizabeth.

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Sarah Satterfield

Dr. Sarah Satterfield has taught a variety of music and humanities courses at the College of Central Florida, the University of Florida, Flagler College, and Florida Gateway College. She was recently ranked the 12th leading university professor in America based on student evaluation data. Dr. Satterfield lectures regularly throughout the Southeast, specializing in American music and music of the twentieth century, and has concertized extensively. An experienced administrator with a broad background in various sectors of the performing arts industry, Dr. Satterfield managed the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra and Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She served as Administrative Assistant for the prestigious Arioso Wind Quintet, winning grants exceeding $50,000 for that organization. She also coordinated the Adams Project, a training program that taught collegiate-level small ensembles the art of educational, senior, and multi-cultural outreach programming.

Dr. Satterfield received a PhD in Music History and Literature with an outside specialization in art from the University of Florida, MM in Flute Performance from SDSU, and BM in Music Education from Furman University (magna cum laude). In her spare time she is a runner and competitive triathlete. She serves on the Board of Directors of the local triathlon organization Tri-Him.

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Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith has 20 years of experience designing, developing and deploying global entrepreneurial leadership programs for world-leading technology and professional services companies including AT&T and Lucent Technologies. She holds a BS from City University of New York and has Certificates from Babson College Executive Education, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Guru School and Disney Leadership Programs.

Elaine currently teaches film appreciation courses at Senior Learners and at Master the Possibilities. She is a member of the American Film Institute. You can follow Elaine on Twitter @elaineentertain for commentary on the arts focusing on film, television, books and theatre.

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Burton Stephens

Burton Stephens was a researcher and manager for traffic and highway safety programs at the Federal Highway Administration. He headed the International Clearinghouse at the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of America. He performed research at the Civil Engineering Department and was a consultant to the National Older Driver Research and Training Center at the University of Florida. Burt received a Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology from the George Washington University and has been an instructor at the University of Florida. the University of Maryland, the National Highway Institute, the CF Senior Institute and Senior Learners.

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Susan Sullivan

Susan has a Masters Degree in Accounting and a Doctorate of Education. In her professional life, she served as the CFO of a large public university. Since moving to Ocala from Massachusetts, she has taught at the College of Central Florida, Lake Sumter Community College, Webster University and Saint Leo’s University. She has taught using both the traditional classroom model and a variety of online learning platforms. Her interest in and love of movies led her to offer to facilitate our Great Courses offering of “How to View and Appreciate Great Movies.”

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Thom Thomas

Thom Thomas is an accomplished artist with a strong background in the principles and elements of art and design. Inspired by childhood ambitions for a career in fashion design and illustration, he completed his undergraduate study in Commercial Illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco California. Since completing his studies, he has worked as a freelance artist for more than 30-years; his work has been featured as greeting cards, in books and album cover designs. Thom is a virtual workshop instructor and demonstrator with a desire to share his knowledge and passion for drawing with others.

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