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Alice Bailey. Alice Alice Bailey has worked in mass communications since 1957. She personally knew many of the 1950/1960's Macon Black musicians and promoters. She attended school with Otis Redding, knew James Brown and Little Richard from the community and as a result of her talk show "The Party Doll". She has a Liberal Arts Degree from Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana with emphasis on American History. and a certificate from Boston College on Community Relations. She is an ardent researcher of African America neighborhoods of Macon.

Jim Barfield. Macon native, career educator and published author, James Barfield is an exhaustive and enthusiastic expert on the history of Macon, Georgia. He has been active in historic preservation for more than 30 years and is a leading advocate for Macon’s historic and architectural heritage. He is committed to educating and inspiring appreciation for our unique city.

Brooke Bennett-Day, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology; Program Director, Human Services. B.S. (Psychology) Valdosta State University 1999; M.S. (Social Psychology) Florida State University 2004; Ph.D. (Social Psychology) Florida State University 2007. My primary interests involve the effect that race may have on an individual's face recognition ability, as well as the developmental differences in child and adult memory for faces. Additional interests include interracial attitudes and stereotype formation, juror interpretations of legal proceedings, and best teaching practices.

Holly L. Boettger-Tong, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology; Director, Center for Women in Science and Technology. B.S. (Biology) St. Louis University 1986; M.S. (Biology) University of Alabama at Birmingham 1988; Ph.D. (Biology) University of Alabama at Birmingham 1992. Holly’s lab uses both in vitro and in vivo model systems to analyze the molecular mechanisms which control female reproductive tract cellular proliferation. In addition, she is interested in the role of the retinoic acid signaling pathway as it influences early vertebrate embryo development.

Nadine Cater. Nadine Cater holds a BS in food and nutrition. She is currently teaching nutrition at Helms College.

Nadine Cheek, M.M. Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor of Music; Program Director, Music. B.M. (Voice) Wesleyan College 1979; M.M. (Vocal Performance) Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music 1981, M.M. (Choral Conducting) Yale School of Music 1991.I am interested in teaching the young singer how to use her voice well in the performance of a variety of repertoire; including classical art-song, opera, sacred music, and Broadway. I have a particular interest in 20th-century and contemporary American song and choral literature.

Tanner Coleman. Tanner Coleman is a resident artist at Cherokee Brick Company and has created public architectural ceramic artworks for six years. He has a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Georgia.

Vince Coughlin, J.D., LL.M. Vince Coughlin, founder of the WALL program, received a B.S. (Physics) from Bucknell University in 1963, an M.S. (Physics) from Franklin & Marshall College in 1973, a J.D. from the University of Toledo in 1977 and an LL.M. from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 1990. He retired from General Electric as a Senior Patent Counsel to GE and RCA Licensing Operation. Vince has taught law-related courses at Harrisburg (PA) Area Community College, the University of South Carolina Aiken’s Academy for Lifelong Learning and at WALL where he has served as the facilitator for Great Decisions since 2012. Vince’s interests include Constitutional Law and Lifelong Learning.

Crisp, Jim Jim Crisp, Founding Artists Director of Theatre Macon, served as Artistic Director until his retirement in 2018. Highly respected, he received the 2018 Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities.

Julie Davey, N.P. Julie Davey is a Nurse Practitioner and a wellness advocate and has taught courses on the use of essential oils for more than two years.

Jim David. Jim David has been a Ranger with the National Park Service for over 40 years and Superintendent of Ocmulgee National Monument since 1997.

Richard Davies, Ph.D. Dr. Davies is a retired United Methodist minister who holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He has traveled extensively in Greece and Italy and has an interest in classic mythology.

Barbara Donovan, Ph.D. Dr. Barbara Donovan is a Professor of Political Science and Dupont Guerry Chair of History and Economics; and Program Director of International Relations. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgetown University. She teaches courses in comparative and international politics. Her areas of specialization are German and European politics, democratization, regional integration, and immigration. Recently, she has taught courses for WALL on the European Union.

Rabbi Damian Eisner. Rabbi Damian Eisner is a Messianic Jewish Rabbi currently pursuing a Masters of Judaic Studies. He has led a Messianic congregation for the last 5 years and has been actively involved in the Messianic community for the last 10 years. Having been raised in a traditional Jewish home, then spending 10 years attending churches before returning to the Messianic synagogue, he is about to offer members the unique perspective of both sides of the Judeo-Christian “equation.”

Jim Ferrari, Ph.D. Professor of Biology; Program Director, Environmental Studies; Wesleyan College Arboretum Director. B.A. (Biology and Northern Studies) Middlebury College 1986; Ph.D. (Ecology) University of Minnesota. My research interests include bird-plant interactions, seasonal patterns of bird diversity, leaf litter dispersal and effects of leaf decomposition on soil nitrogen cycling rates, and forest ecology.

Iman Fofana. Imam Adam Fofana is the spiritual leader and a teacher at the Islamic Center of Middle Georgia. He was born into the religion of Islam in Guinea and attended primary, secondary, and high school in Guinea. By the age of 14, he had memorized the entire Qur’an thus earning the title of Hafiz, one who can recite the Qur’an by memory. He won the national championship in Qur’an recitation in 1992 in Guinea. From 1994-1997, he attended the University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia, majoring in Qur’an and Religious Studies. He was appointed Imam of the University Mosque of Madinah. While serving in that capacity he traveled to many countries to lead prayers and religious services. He earned Master degrees in Islamic Revealed knowledge and Heritage from International Islamic University of Malaysia in 2002.

Chenny Gan, D.M.A. Dr. Chenny Gan is an Assistant Professor of Music. B.A. (Music and Studio Art) Wesleyan College 2002; M.M. (Music) UNC-Greensboro; Doctorate of Musical Arts (Piano Performance) University of Southern California. Dr. Gan actively performs and teaches on three continents, with assignments that have taken her to settings as diverse as the inner city neighborhoods of Los Angeles to Carnegie Hall and the Mozarteum to guest lecturer positions at three universities in South China. As a scholar, she has presented and published research for the College Music Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, the Harvard East Asian Studies Conference, and others. She often performs with orchestras and renowned jazz musicians and has recorded four CDs.

Kenneth Hammond. Dr. Kenneth Hammond received an AB and an MA from the University of Georgia and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.  He retired from Mercer University in 1999 as Emeritus Professor of English, after over 40 years of teaching, with special interests in 19th-century British literature.  In his retirement he gardens, cooks, reads a lot, and publishes a weekly calendar of mostly musical events for over a hundred interested folks.  He is passionate about opera and serves as a member of the board of the Central Georgia Opera Guild.  If pressed, he would say that his proudest accomplishment is to be the father of four quite different and very successful children.

Terry Holland. Terry After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Architecture, Terry moved to Macon and worked for Charles Brittain and Gene Dunwody. In 1980 he opened his own office to focus on residential projects. Although never considering himself to be a floral designer, he never quits when it comes to creating something original. In 35 years he has created a recognizable interior design aesthetic. He uses his floral talents at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, The Hay House spring show, Museum of Arts and Sciences Festival of Trees and for other non-profit events. His work at Wesleyan College was featured in their 2015 Spring/Summer magazine. He has provided the Christmas decor for the President's House at Mercer for the past eight years.

Parrish Jenkins. Parrish Jenkins is a licensed financial planner with Edward Jones. She is a graduate of Wesleyan College and also holds Georgia Insurance licenses for Life and Variable Products. Parrish is licensed for Series 7 and 66 for securities

Xiaoping (Isadora) Jiang, PhD. Dr. Xiaoping (Isadora) Jiang has a long record of teaching Chinese culture and language in Japan, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.A. where she worked as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the 2011 – 2012 academic year. In addition to her overseas teaching experience, she also has many years of experience in teaching Chinese to international residents, including business executives and scholars in China.

Gareth Jones. Gareth Jones has taught film studies for six years at the college level. He has programmed, introduced and led question and answer sessions for several years at a small town art cinema and has worked for the Sundance Film Festival for over fifteen years.

Dianne Kent. Dianne Kent has taught Ballroom and Line Dance in the Macon area for more than 18 years. Her class focuses on learning simple steps and keeping the class fun for all.

Erin Kitchens. Erin Kitchens has 29 years of interpreting in the educational field, is a nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter and is listed on the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

Jan Lewis, Ph.D. Dr. Jan Lewis, now retired, was the Chair of theatre at Wesleyan College and has taught Shakespeare for many years. Dr. Lewis joined the Wesleyan Theatre program in the fall of 2006 as a scholar, teacher, author and director. Prior to coming to Wesleyan she was a professional director, producer, playwright and actor for 20 years in theaters in and around Los Angeles.

Molly Martin. Molly Martin holds an M.A., RMT, and has studied, taught, and loved the practice of Yoga for many years. She is a neurodevelopment therapist and educator, an ordained minister and an adjunct professor at Wesleyan College.

Nofs, Steve Steve Nofs is the owner of Shamrock Apiaries and is a University of Georgia Master Beekeeper and President of the Heart of Georgia Beekeepers Association. He also sells at the Wesleyan Market.

Regina Oost, Ph.D. Dr. Regina Oost earned her Ph.D. in 18th & 19th century British Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Utah. She has taught English at Wesleyan College since 1991, including classes on Austen, women’s writing, and 19th century British Literature and Culture.

Lisa (Gratigny) Pang. Lisa Pang became a certified Tai Chi instructor in 2007 and has taught regularly at a number of venues including the Mathews Athletic Center at Wesleyan College and Taekwondo-on-the-Go.

Chuck Rawls. Chuck Rawls is a retired Air Force officer who served for 24 years with assignments throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a retired public school teacher who taught Georgia History for 15 years in Bibb and Houston County public school systems.

Rabbi Aaron Rubenstein. Rabbi Aaron Rubinstein is also a musician, an avid listener and a collector of music as well as a dedicated reader of literature. Music is a powerful portal for cultural exploration and class members will experience various types of Jewish music within a larger cultural context.

Rabbi Larry Schlesinger. Rabbi Larry Schlesinger received his BA in Religion from the George Washington University in 1973, his MA in Hebrew Literature in 1976, Rabbinic Ordination in 1978, and his degree of Doctor of Divinity in 2003 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Rabbi Schlesinger has served as a visiting professor of Biblical Hebrew at LaGrange College, and as a visiting professor of Jewish History at Syracuse University. He is Rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Israel in downtown Macon, former President Pro Tempore of the Macon City Council, and currently is a Macon/Bibb County Commissioner.

Douglas Steeples, Ph.D. Dr. Steeples holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has 40 years of teaching experience.

Ernst Takacs. Ernst Takacs was born and raised in Bavaria and recently moved to Macon where he surprisingly finds a lot of similarities to his beloved native Bavaria.

Mary Wilder, Ph.D. Dr. Mary Wilder was Chair of the English Department and a teacher for 50 years at Mercer University. Her major emphasis is southern literature and the short stories of Flannery O’Connor.

Marty Willett. Marty Willett has been dedicated to historic preservation and interpretation developing diverse sites such as Jarrell Plantation, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and Fort Hawkins. Since 1980, he has researched and portrayed Macon's native son Sidney Lanier revealing more of his life than is found in most history books.

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