ABOUT OUR ADULT INSTRUCTORS

 
 

  Bruce Blakely

Bruce 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.

 

  Diana Bradley

 
  Polly Chandler

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 

 
 
 

   Suzanna Czuchra

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 Engler

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

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.

 
   Wiebke Meineke
 
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.
 
 

   Alex Miller

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 Gum-do.

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

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.  
 
 

  Linda Siegel

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 educational institutions.

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.