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photo Derley Aguilar is currently a Multimedia Producer with Montgomery County. Prior to producing, she taught communication and journalism courses at Virginia Tech, including Visual Media and Photojournalism.


photo Lisa Belden, Professor, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech


photo Susan Bricken is a certified Bridge instructor and a member of the American Bridge Teachers’ Association. She is a member of the Blacksburg Duplicate Bridge Club.


photo Dr. Tod Burke is a retired professor of criminal justice and a former police officer


photo Jack Call, Professor of Criminal Justice, has taught at Radford University since 1985. He has a J.D. from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia.


photo Libby Calvera grew up in El Salvador. After high school and undergraduate and graduate work in the U.S., she worked in Caracas, Venezuela, for 16 years. She taught Spanish at Virginia Tech for 33 years.


photo Hugh Campbell is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Virginia Tech. In retirement, he has become an avid student of history, researching and documenting the history of Blacksburg and the region.


photo Leandro Castello, Assistant Professor, Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech


photo David Clubb, Associate Dean of Students and the Director of the Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech


photo Joyce Covey co-authored the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum book, How the Sheep Helped Win the War.


photo Ashley Dayer, Assistant Professor, Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech


photo Heidi Dickens has more than 20 years experience in K-12 and higher education, first as a math and science teacher, then as an educational technologist and instructional designer. She trained, consulted, and collaborated with faculty and staff to provide engaging, motivating learning experiences that increase technology knowledge and skills.


photo Kira Dietz is the Acquisition and Processing Archivist at Virginia Tech Special Collections, where she works to collect new books and manuscripts and make them accessible to people around the globe. In addition, she helps with reference, instruction, and outreach, especially with culinary history.


photo Emmanuel Frimpong, Associate Professor, Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech


photo Tom Gardner, Professor of English, has taught at Virginia Tech since 1982. He writes about American poets and novelists. His most recent book, Poverty Creek Journal, is a collection of lyric essays on running, grief, and memory.


photo Perhaps because she grew up in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, Britton Gildersleeve is a life-long advocate for other voices. Before her retirement, she directed the Oklahoma State University Writing Project—a federal grant for literacy. Her award-winning creative nonfiction and poetry have appeared in many journals, and she has three chapbooks. Gildersleeve blogs at https://teaandbreath.com


photo Julia Gohlke, Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech


photo Randall Horst has been teaching about wine for more than 20 years. He works and shares his knowledge at Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg.


photo Stephanie Huckestein is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Hahn Horticulture Garden. She is also an instructor for the Department of Horticulture and teaches the Indoor Plants course.


photo Joe Ivers assisted and taught at the L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for several years. He participated in cooking classes with Madame Yee Yo, a renowned Chinese chef. He ran a small catering business in Northern Virginia.


photo Sylvester Johnson, Director of Virginia Tech’s Center for the Humanities, holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the Union Theological Seminary. He recently co-edited The FBI and Religion: Faith and National Security Before and After 9/11.


photo Carolyn Meier and Vera Kidd are both retirees of Virginia Tech. Vera was the Associate Director for Planning and Business Services in the residence and dining hall system, and Carolyn was the First Year Experience Librarian for Newman Library. They are both avid photographers and have been scrapbooking for more than 20 years.


photo Dennis Kitts is the former manager of Training and Development for BAE Systems at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP). He worked in nearly every capacity there during his nearly 30 years on site. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the plant, Dennis wrote its history and won BAE’s 2016 Business Leader Award.


photo Molly McClintock works part time as an industrial safety consultant with a Blacksburg firm. She serves on the board of the Montgomery County Christmas Store and is a 30-year resident of Montgomery County.


photo Carolyn Meier and Vera Kidd are both retirees of Virginia Tech. Vera was the Associate Director for Planning and Business Services in the residence and dining hall system, and Carolyn was the First Year Experience Librarian for Newman Library. They are both avid photographers and have been scrapbooking for more than 20 years.


photo Klaus Moeltner, Professor, Agriculture and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech


photo Emeritus professor of history William Ochsenwald taught 7,000 students the history of the Middle East at Virginia Tech from 1971 to 2008. He has presented three earlier courses for Lifelong Learning.


photo Linda Olin is a retired art teacher who can teach anyone to draw. She taught the LLI course "Self- Portrait Picasso Style!" in the fall of 2017.


photo Jessica Pace-Berkeley recently won First Place in the 35th Faber Birren National Color Award competition for her work “Trent.” Jesi is a Professional Fellow of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and Artist in Residence at the Don and Catherine Bryan Cultural Series, Outer Banks.


photo Sidney "Al" Pearson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University, researched the history of political thought, Founding Principles, Progressivism, and voting behavior.


photo Richard Rio is a certified Bridge instructor and an American Contract Bridge League Life Master. He is the President of the Southwestern Virginia Bridge Unit.


photo Brian Romans, Associate Professor, Geosciences, Virginia Tech


photo Jeff Saperstein is a retired Professor of English from Radford University. He taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Works of Melville.


photo Joe Scallorns has taught in the Department of English at Virginia Tech since 2007. He taught the LLI course on Bob Dylan in the fall of 2017.


photo Andy Schaudt is the Project Director for Automated Vehicle Research at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. He has spent his career learning about the intricacies of human behavior and how best to apply these findings to improve the design of products, services, and strategic business decisions.


photo When Mary Skutt, lived in Lexington, she volunteered as a docent at the Marshall Museum and became enthralled with George Marshall. She has since written three books on the man.


photo Farron Smith, co-authored the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum book, How the Sheep Helped Win the War.


photo Dean Spader is an Emeritus Professor at the University of South Dakota. He led TED Talks and other LLI classes for five years before moving to Blacksburg. His teaching and research interests have been justice/ethics issues, law, and dispute resolution (including adversarial and collaborative processes).


photo Michael Squires Professor Emeritus of English, taught at Virginia Tech for many years. He has written extensively about the English novel.


photo Ellen Stewart is the Project Coordinator of the New River Valley TimeBank. She is also the Grants Coordinator for the New River Valley HOME Consortium and the Town of Blacksburg Department of Housing and Neighborhood Services.


photo Peter Wallenstein taught history in New York, Canada, and Asia before coming to Virginia Tech in 1983. He has published widely on the history of American higher education in general and on Virginia Tech in particular.


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