Arts & Crafts

Baking & Cooking

Architecture & Design

                                  Maureen Ball taught in the public
                                  school system for 32 years as a Home
                              and Careers teacher. Maureen graduated
                           from SUNY Oneonta with a Home Economics 
                        Education degree with a concentrate in Clothing
                       and Textiles. She also holds a Master’s degree in
                   Educational Technology from Long Island University.
                    Maureen has been teaching quilting, knitting and   
                    crocheting to children and adults throughout her
                 career. Following her retirement, she also taught at        
                                                      Hartsdale Fabrics.

          Janice Cianflone is a working artist and art instructor with  
         more than 25 years of teaching experience. Educated at Pratt  
          Institute and Massachusetts College of Art, Janice currently  
         teaches at the Center for the Arts in White Plains as well as in 
         her home studio. She is a dedicated teacher and passionate 
        artist. Janice has exhibited and sold work in MA, CT, and NY.

      Tina Doyle is a certified member of the National Guild, UK, for  
    couture pattern-making, fitting, draping and tailoring and holds a  
    degree in 3-D Design with honors from Manchester University. She 
     has done extensive work in fashion and interior design in the UK 
       and US. Tina’s ongoing interest in structured textiles has led to
    an impressive roster of exhibitions of her work, including venues
                       in London, Manchester, Chicago and Colorado.

     Blanca Medina was a beading instructor in Peru before coming
         to New York. She currently gives private lessons in her home
          and works at Michael’s as a bead instructor. Blanca belongs
              to the Bead Society of Greater New York and their Board.

         Martin Merchant is a professional photographer and retired
         high school art teacher. For the last 10 years he has presented 
             workshops at conventions and professional development
                  conferences on many aspects of photography, digital
               media, and art history from urban street art to religious  
                           iconography. He has been teaching in adult
                   education programs across Westchester since 1985.

                         Ronnee Peters is a well-known stained glass
                            artist, designer and teacher. Ronnee has her
                            Master’s Degree in Education and has been
                                   working with glass since 1981. Her
                                            business, started in 1993, is
                                                       Captured In Glass.

Business & Finance


              Michael J. Greenberg, Esq. is an estate planning, elder law,
             and special needs attorney at Keane & Beane, P.C. in White Plains.
          He is a member of the Trusts & Estates and Elder Law sections of the  
       New York State Bar Association as well as the National Academy of Elder  
Law Attorneys (NAELA). Michael received his law degree from Emory University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Williams College. He is 
   admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida.

Thomas Herkert is a Financial Planner with Westchester Financial Advisors in 
 Tarrytown, NY. Tom provides financial planning, asset management and other
     wealth management services. His professional background includes over

        22 years in practice as a Certified Financial Planner. He is a Registered
            Representative and an Investment Advisor Representative with
                Kestra Investment Services, LLC (Kestra IS) and Kestra Advisory 
                     Services, LLC (Kestra AS). Westchester Financial Advisors
                            is not affiliated with Kestra IS or Kestra AS.

                PAS Auto School is the largest and most experienced 
             driving school in the Hudson Valley teaching driving safety   
                 for over 40 years. PAS has taught tens of thousands of
                      beginning drivers, especially teenage drivers. In
                          addition to educating young and new drivers,
                       PAS Auto school also offers other 1-day courses
                                              at their Tarrytown office.


                                      Suzanne Cohen has a Bachelor’s
                                  Degree in Education. Suzanne has been a
                                teacher of yoga and meditation for 35 years.
                             She is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with
                           Yoga Alliance and a member of Kripalu Yoga and
                                                       Ayurveda Association.

                 Akiko Ko-Taiano has been studying dance since the age
               of seven. She has toured nationally and internationally with
              prestigious dance companies. Akiko has been teaching dance
                for educational organizations as well as in private studios.
             She brings over 30 years of expertise in the field of movement  
                                                   education into her classes. 

               Gabriela Quezada graduated with a degree in Business
        Administration from Westchester Community College. In 2013 she
           started working as a Zumba instructor throughout Westchester  
          County in senior centers, community centers and gyms teaching
           all levels of Zumba. She holds a Zumba Pro Skills license and an 
          American Fitness Aerobic Instructor (A.F.A.A.) certificate. Please 
                   visit Gabriela’s website,,
                                      for more information about Zumba. 

                Riverstone Yoga is very excited to be a part of the Dobbs
                Ferry community and support HRCE with offerings of Yoga,
                      Tai Chi and other specialty classes. They encourage
                    students, young and old, men and women to join them,
                         to practice with fierceness, acceptance, love and
                        compassion for themselves and others. They believe
                                living well is for everyone. Their classes are  
                            designed for health and healing, fun and fitness,
                             and a place to find and be a community, a place
                                         to keep you informed, inspired and
                                     connected. At Riverstone, it's not about
                                              the shape of your body, but the
                                                           shape of your life.

Dance & Music

                           Ed Bettinelli has been a stylized performing and
                     recording artist for over 40 years. Ed’s musical background    
                      includes graduating from the Berklee College of Music. He
               operated E.K.G Music, a music house based in New York City. Ed            
           teaches privately at his studio in Dobbs Ferry, The Art of Drumming.
        Ed has worked with many in the music industry such as Geffen Records,  
                                           Keith Olsen, Pat Benatar and Bon Jovi.

    Kathy Cressent was hooked on the intricate dance of the Argentine Tango 
       after seeing the Broadway hit Forever Tango. She went on to study with 
    Carlos Gavito, one of the stars of Forever Tango, as well as with Madonna's
       instructors for Evita. Kathy also gives workshops in womens' technique.

  Jessica Goldberg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in dance and sociology from the  
     University of Maryland. Jessica has worked for Alvin Ailey American Dance
  Theatre, Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance, and the Y Dance Academy. Since
  moving to New York City she has danced with Faye Driscoll, Julie B. Johnson, 
  Reject Dance Theatre and Ground Grippers. She currently dances with Becky
     Radway Dance Projects. Jessica is the Founding Co-Director of Rivertown
                                                    Dance Academy in Tarrytown. 

          Richard Hoffman has taught American History and Government at
             Dobbs Ferry High School since 1991. Richard also holds a Master’s
             degree in choral conducting from the Indiana University School of
              Music. Over the years he has conducted, performed in and hosted
                                                      many musical productions.

                               Tom Lee received his training from a Fred Astaire
                            Studio instructor and has been dancing since 1987.
                                     Tom teaches ballroom dancing locally with
                                                Celeste Lee, a dancer since 2007.


           Rose Asprea has been teaching Mah Jongg
           throughout the Westchester community for
          several years. She has been playing the game
               for over 25 years and is a member of the
                            National Mah Jongg League.




Language & Culture

                Evelyn McCormack
          is President of Mack Digital 
      Communications, which assists
       school districts and non-profits
       with communications services.
    Evelyn was previously Director of
       Communications for Southern
 Westchester BOCES for 14 years and
     Public Relations Specialist for the
    Scarsdale Schools for 3 years. She
  also served as VP at Large for Digital
     Communications at the National
              School Public Relations
       Association. Evelyn is a former
        journalist for Gannett Co. and
           an adjunct professor in the
                 graduate program at
               Manhattanville College.

           Caroline Gordon-Elliott
      taught acting at the Crossroads  
          School in Los Angeles, and 
     California Pacific College of the  
    Performing Arts. She has studied 
         acting at various institutions,
  including the Williamstown Theater
 Festival and Vassar College. Caroline
     has acted in countless theatrical  
  productions, a handful of films, and
   the Internet sketch comedy group,
    The Monkey Box. She is trained in
      MeisnerTechnique, movement,
       improv, and voice-over acting.
           Caroline presently teaches
             acting and writing at the
             Writers and Actors Group
                        in Manhattan.

                  Deborah Harris
         (BS, Boston University; MBA,
           New York University; MALS,
      Wesleyan University; MFA, Sarah
   Lawrence College) worked for New
   York University and Citibank where
      she authored numerous internal
   publications. Her piece, “A Mutt for
    America,” ran in Dissent Magazine
     and her short story, “News of My
   Life,” appeared in the Summer/Fall
      2015 issue of The Southampton
        Review. She attended the Yale
      Writer’s Conference in 2014 and
     2015 and is currently working on
          a collection of short stories.

          A. Majid Benarafa is a NYS multi-certified and tenured
       high school teacher. In addition to holding various degrees
    from different universities and colleges, he brings a wealth of 
  educational skills, broad knowledge and years of experience to
       the classroom. Majid has been teaching French, Arabic and  
    Global History in urban as well as suburban settings for years.  

   Antonia De Gennaro was born and educated in Salerno, Italy
    and is fluent in her native language. Antonia holds a Doctor of
          Jurisprudence Degree and has taught Italian language,
                     grammar and culture in New York since 1989.