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Women's Institute Instructors

We are pleased to present some of the area's leading experts and educators in their field.


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Jo Allman has taught RAD for the college for the past two years. She received her training at American University in Washington, D.C.

Lena Almodamqa has been knitting for many years and is eager to share her love of the craft.

Maryrose Barron is a busy crafter working with a variety of crafts from painted wood to mosaics. She sells her work locally. She is also an experienced antique refurbisher.

Lynne Bettinger is an American Red Cross Pet First Aid and CPR instructor. She has trained over 1,000 people in Pet First Aid and has been featured in articles in The Washington Post and The New York Times.  

Carleen Birnes is one of the creators of Mantra Gems line of jewelry. She is the former-co-owner of Bead Bungalow in Annapolis.

Pamela Blum is the group fitness manager at the Severna Park Racquetball and Fitness Club. She is a master trainer for Spinning, Resist-a-Ball and Power Pilates Level 1. 

Elizabeth Elliott is a suburban farmer who has been raising chickens since childhood. Her current flock includes Cochin Bantams, White Sultans, Polish, Japanese and Silkie breeds. She also raises sheep, dogs and rabbits.

Melissa Frawley is a certified financial adviser with the Annapolitan Investment Group. She teaches a variety of finance classes at AACC.

Cindy Freland is the owner of Maryland Secretarial Services, Inc. She has taught workshops on Social Media and how to start a home based business. 

Sandra Graybill teaches all levels of crocheting. She founded Operation CARES For Kids, which donates afghans to foster children.

Robert Hefferon is an NCAA football official and instructor on the rules and mechanics of the fame. When not officiating, he is a realtor with Remax Classics in Severna Park.

Stephanie Hobbard is a social worker in private practice in the Annapolis area. She works with both children and adults.

Katie Blum-Katz has been a fitness instructor for over 20 years. She is the owner of Katdance Fitness and creator of a strength and stretch training DVD.

Alison Kelly teaches and develops career change training material for Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. She is a former personnel manager and training administrator.

Kat Kenny is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor by the American Council on Exercise and has a certificate of Completion in exercising for balance and fall prevention.  She teaches a variety of classes at local senior centers and is the Lead Instructor for AACC's Center on Center on Aging.

Eugenia Kim is the daughter of Korean immigrant parents and her debut novel, "The Calligrapher's Daughter" has won the 2009 Borders Original Voices Award along with being named a 'Best Book of 2009' and 'Critic's Pick' by The Washington Post. She has published short stories and essays in journals and anthologies and teaches fiction for the MFA Creative Writing program at Fairfield University.

Leanne Krusemark is a journalist, published author, successful business owner and adjunct professor. Ms. Krusemark has been a guest lecturer at a variety of colleges including Purdue and Kent State University.

Sue Lenderking has been the owner of Seams Sew Unique for the past 29 years. She is an experienced seamstress and instructor, and is the past president of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals — Baltimore Chapter.

Annellen Moore is a musician, former science teacher and an experienced hike leader.

Satyam Nicholson is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and the founding director and lead instructor of Renaissance Yoga. He received his yoga teacher training in India.

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