Ana is a language coach and instructor. She is a native Spanish speaker from Argentina with a BA degree as a German/Certified Spanish Translator, as well as a Masters Degree in Latin American Comparative Literature & Linguistics. After completing her studies, she was a translator and interpreter for public agencies and corporations and a college professor of foreign languages.
Dale Biron believes poetry has the capacity to enrich and support our lives in unique and practical ways. He is on a mission: to change the world one poem at a time. Bucking tradition, Dale presents great poetry in story-rich, entertaining and engaging ways that ignites the mind, unleashes the imagination and touches the heart and soul. Dale is a poet, speaker and teacher. He has a social science degree and a black belt in the martial art of Aikido.
He has presented and taught at large and small venues throughout the west, including: TEDx Marin, national business conferences, The Herbst Theatre, OLLI Dominican University and the Marin JCC. Dale served on the board of the Marin Poetry Center. He was past poetry editor working along side Brother David Steindl-Rast for A Network for Grateful Living. In 2014 his book of collected poems was published entitled: Why We Do Our Daily Practices.
Blakely is a tournament bridge player and experienced bridge teacher certified
by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). He is a Gold Life Master with
over 4,000 Masterpoints and numerous victories in clubs as well as at local
and regional bridge tournaments. Bruce has served as President of the
Marin Unit and President of the Northern California (District 21) Region.
In 2007, he was the Tournament Chairman of North American Bridge Championships
held in San Francisco. Bruce's specialty is teaching intermediate bridge players
who want to improve their skills in order to win more often.
Polly Chandler is a Leadership Development and Career Transition Coach and Trainer for Chandler Coaching. She is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and brings the stregnths based approach to her coaching and workshops. Polly believes that when people know how to leverage their greatest strengths, they can achieve their goals with more energy and ease. Polly writes a weekly blog about transitions, leadership, and life-long learning. To learn more about Polly, visit her website at pollychandlercoaching.com
For the past 35 years, Bill has been on a personal quest to discover how to deal with challenges and setbacks and make life more satisfying and rewarding. During that time he has learned many interesting and useful things, including meditation and numerous life-changing spiritual practices. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia, he is the author of In Your Face, a book about reading faces. He has been teaching for the last 14 years.
Susanna Czuchra is an experienced California Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), herbalist and yoga therapist. Currently her private
practice in Tiburon focuses on pain management; the treatment of chronic and
degenerative diseases, stress, and anxiety.
Suzanna has had the good fortune of studying with the best
teachers in the Iyengar tradition. In a Gentle Core Yoga Class expect
individual adjustments and specialized attention. There is a consistent focus
on alignment and strength-building. There will be gentle flowing sequences with
a focus on the breath. Expect to be challenged, relaxed, and renewed!
Nicole began her tech teaching experience eighteen years ago
when she served on the faculty of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. There she wrote technology-centered curriculum
as part of a pilot program focusing on interactive technology in high school
education. Next, she incorporated
technology education in a corporate setting as a Human Resources Generalist responsible
for several divisions across the U.S. including the Technology Department
within the Trust and Investment Services business for Wells Fargo Bank, Inc. At Wells Fargo, she designed and led several management
training seminars and classes including,
merger and acquisitions, virtual employee counseling using video
conferencing, and several types of communication trainings. Later, she received a J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law,
and remains an active member of the California State Bar.
Currently, Nicole is the co-founder of Technology 4 Life and
offers several adult education courses for the Cities of Novato, San Rafael, Larkspur, Tiburon and Mill Valley including:
How to use an iPad and iPhone, Managing Photos, Introduction to Facebook,
Digital Memoir writing, and Introduction to Computers.
Nicole is a Novato resident
and she is married with four children.
Diane Green, M.A. taught yoga in Washington, D.C. for most
of a decade in the early part of her career.
A year of teaching hugely popular exercise classes in Bologna, Italy
followed. Upon returning to the United
States, she earned her Master’s degree in Health Education and subsequently
served as the program leader of a national eating disorders initiative
conducted by Adventist Health. In later years, Diane pursued a career in
hospital administration and charitable fund raising.
Diane currently teaches yoga on Tuesday evenings in
Belvedere, with the aim of sharing her mindfulness practices and expertise
gained over many decades of yoga study.
She also paints, studies art history and is a volunteer tutor of high school
students at the Canal Alliance in San Rafael.
A native German and longtime teacher, Wiebke graduated from the University of Goettingen in Germany. She taught German and other subjects for many years before she
started a new career at the Ministry of Education of Baden-Wuerttemberg where she worked
with the department of continuing education for teachers. She developed and conducted
programs on classroom management, communication skills, drug prevention in schools, and
burn-out prevention for teachers.
Besides her work, Wiebke attended a six year program for Psychodrama and Group-
Psychotherapy and is a certified Psychodramatist. In 1999 Wiebke and her husband moved to the Bay Area, where she taught German at the San Francisco Goethe Institut and led private language groups.
Chief Instructor Alex Miller is a
6th Degree Black Belt Certified Instructor with the American Taekwondo
Association/World Traditional Taekwondo Union. He is certified through
Protech in Knife Defense, S.H.A.R.P., Mid-Range Jahng Bong, Groundfighting, and
Respect. Respect for others, ourselves and our training is our most important value. It is more than a thought or a feeling, it is the way we act all the time. Respect means honoring yourself, to admire, appreciate and obey.
Graciela Placak is a Colombian Artist. She studied architecture and fine arts at the
University of Saint Thomas. She was
influenced by a large family of artists and has been painting since childhood. Graciela has been commissioned to do
specialized pieces like murals, mosaics, stained glass windows, wine labels and
portraits for commercial and residential clients. She has also completed art
projects for schools, restaurants and private clients.
Megan Scott, PhD
Megan is a doctor of integrative energy medicine,
clinical psychologist, and sports rehabilitation who specializes in advanced
healing techniques. She has 20 years of training and practice in mind-body, self-regulation
techniques. Dr. Scott combines her knowledge of science and self-healing in her
clinical settings, highlighted by using the left/right brain neuro rebalancing
technique for self-healing. She teaches at California Pacific Medical Center, the
Institute for Health and Healing, and the University of the Pacific School of
Dentistry. She’s also a founder, director, and contributing researcher at the
Chronic Pain Institute and the co-author of “Yoga With Weights for Dummies” 2006.
In her private practice, she teaches Anusara yoga and yoga therapy
classes, biofeedback training and
alternative psychotherapy, metabolic enhancement, postural integration
specialist and peek performance training.
Her mission is to assist her students in discovering their own greatness and to
awaken her students’ passion for yoga and all its possibilities and gifts.
As a Computer Science major at UC
Berkeley, Linda wasn't really considering a career in film. But an
internship at Skywalker Ranch as a database consultant led to more than twenty
years at Lucasfilm. As a digital artist, she was responsible for lighting and
compositing for feature films, earning credits on films such as the Star Wars
prequels and Pirates of the Caribbean. She was fortunate to work on the
feather shots of Forrest Gump – which at the time were the longest computer
graphics shots ever created. Linda was responsible for technical training
and artist management for LucasFilm, ImageMovers Digital and other leading
animation and visual effects studios. She created training in software and production
techniques, artist enrichment and development programs as well as outreach to
As Co-Founder of Technology For Life, Linda enjoys working with adults and helping them become more comfortable and confident in the digital world. She focuses on creating education that is interactive, practical and ensures the student is able to use and apply their knowledge.
Linda earned her B.S. in Computer Science at UC Berkeley and her MBA from Cal's Haas School of Business. She lives in Marin County with her husband, author Sheldon Siegel.