Course Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
LERN Staff
Voices For All, LLC Voices For All, LLC, The Voices For All Voice Coaches/Producers/Instructors are known for their fun and informative presenting methods. Our coaches have many years of experience in the voiceover industry and are masters at teaching all of the information pertinent to making it in voice acting. Whether it be speaking, presenting, writing, producing, or announcing, Voices For All has it covered. With hundreds of regional and national commercials, and public service announcements under their belts, our instructors not only deliver the highest quality education and coaching to their students, but their unique enthusiasm and expertise bring an element of fun and excitement to the virtual classroom as well.
Leslie Allen Leslie is a graduate of Kansas State University and has a passion for helping others understand the impact that nutrition and exercise has on their health. Her focus is on building healthier lifestyle habits based on whole foods. She loves helping others improve their health and feel better about themselves through a realistic and balanced approach. For more information visit:
Ayumi Amama Growing up in Osaka, Japan, Ayumi always enjoyed cooking. Since she started making rolled omelets at 7 years old, she has continued learning new techniques and developing new recipes.

Ayumi has also taken calligraphy lessons in Japan for about eight years and is trained in architectural design. She enjoys sharing Japanese culture.
Ryan Armbrust Ryan is Forest Health Forester at the Kansas Forest Service. Academically prepared as a horticulturist, he is a life-long plant enthusiast. He has taught multiple workshops, engaged with the public, and enjoys cultivating people’s knowledge about trees suitable for Kansas and the Great Plains.
Doug Barrett An African American photographer, cinematographer, internationally recognized, currently based in Manhattan Kansas. Doug completed his undergraduate degree from St Augustine’s University and completed graduate school from Southwestern College where he holds a M.S in Security Administration. Doug has work in the permanent collection at the Ulrich Museum, and the Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art.
Carol Barta Carol Barta is a founding member of the Flint Hills Resilience Coalition and certified permaculturist.
Joanne Bauman Joanne (Prairie Magic Herbals) is a Kansas herbalist, teacher, writer, herb grower, and medicine-maker of over 20 years. Joanne teaches people how to appreciate, connect with, and collaborate with plants to empower their health. She presents at The Mother Earth News Fair and the Midwest Women’s Herbal conference, and she blogs and podcasts for Mother Earth News Heirlooms & Herbals/Herbal Living.
Tom Boley Tom has been a hobby woodworker all his life and became a woodturner in about 1995. One of his joys in life is standing at the lathe, teaching the craft to others. He teaches in his shop at his home near Wamego. When an opportunity to make actual money in the woodturning business arose in 2005, he changed directions to focus on architectural woodturning. From December 2005 to July 2014, he was a full-time custom architectural woodturner in northern Virginia, making turned items for both restoration and new construction, numbering from a single item to sometimes hundreds of the same thing. Examples of that are new balusters in the same style and shape as old ones for the restoration of a railing around the porch of an old house. Newels, porch posts, table legs, and finials were also commonly requested turnings. As of August 2014, Tom mostly retired from that business and moved to Wamego, near Manhattan, the home of his beloved Kansas State Wildcats. Now, in addition to some commercial work, he very much enjoys working on the artistic side of woodturning as a hobby and participates in one or two craft shows each year. The hobby produces bowls, bottle stoppers, pens, sweater pins, and other items. Tom's favorite turnings are natural edge bowls in several different forms, specializing in square natural edge bowls and what he calls "log bowls." And he has started a woodturning club for local turners called Flint Hills Woodturners (, a great place to meet fellow woodturners, and be inspired by the Show and Tell items they bring to the meetings and learn about the craft.
Kim Bomberger Kim is a District Community Forester at the Kansas Forest Service. Academically prepared as a horticulturist, she is a life-long plant enthusiast. She has taught multiple workshops, engaged with the public, and enjoys cultivating people’s knowledge about trees suitable for Kansas and the Great Plains.
Henry Brown
Charlene Brownson
Ted Cable Ted Cable is Professor Emeritus of Park Management and Conservation at Kansas State University. He has authored 14 books, several book chapters, four scenic byway video scripts, and more than 250 articles, reports, and presentations dealing with nature, travel, and heritage interpretation. Four of his 14 books deal specifically with birds and Dr. Cable has birded in all 50 states and on every continent. He has seen more than 4,000 species of birds globally and more than 440 species in Kansas. He has received teaching awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and was named Kansas Wildlife Federation Communicator of the Year in addition to many teachings, student advising, and faculty mentoring awards from Kansas State University. He received the National Association for Interpretation’s Master of Interpretation Award and in 2000 he received their highest honor by being named a Fellow of the National Association for Interpretation. In 2020 the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration awarded Ted the Park and Recreation Legend Award.
Conrad Candelaria Encompassing 34 years of martial arts training as a Judoka and professional law enforcement service to his community, Conrad has endeavored to gain greater knowledge to impart to his students. He has certifications as a black belt from USA Judo and has also achieved professional certifications in the following: Defensive Tactics Instructor, Mental Preparation for Armed Confrontation, Ground Control Instructor, Intermediate Force Instructor, and Tactical Baton Instructor.
Maia Carlson Maia has published multiple poems with different journals as well as a collection of poems with Spartan Press. She also has a masters degree in creative writing, specializing in poetry.
Cary Chappell
Kenny Cook
Melissa Copp
Body First
Beth Fischer Beth is a lifelong Manhattanite, tennis player, and as of 2020, a USAPA (United States Pickleball Association) Ambassador! She is excited to share her passion for this game with a crazy name!

Ana Franklin Ana Franklin began practicing yoga in the 1970s. However, Ana's exposure to yoga started in early childhood as her father practiced yoga faithfully every day since 1951, making this a regular part of the household activities. Then in 1963, Ana's mother began to attend yoga class and also became a faithful practitioner. Ana has been teaching yoga since 1984. In the '90s, Ana traveled to Hawaii and took five Yoga Teacher Training sessions from Gary Kraftsow, founder of American Viniyoga Institute. She has also been certified by the Krishnamacharya Health and Yoga Foundation in Chennai, India. "Yoga is a lifelong commitment for me, and with such a rich subject, there is always more to learn, and to teach! I hope to continue doing both for a very long time."
Jeff Freeborn
R. Todd Gabbard
Chris Glasgow Chris Glasgow is the Curator for the OZ Museum/Columbian Theater Foundation.
Susanne Glymour
Kat Goetting Kat has a masters in creative writing from K-State and is currently working as an Instructor of English at K-State.
Tim Gregory
Rachel Grollmes
Mary Hager Using a positive, science-based, force-free method of training, Mary helps owners curb behavior problems through management, training, exercise, and proper communication. Her goal is to provide dog owners with the building blocks to a better relationship with their dogs. Mary has been training dogs for over 30 years. With her own personal dogs, Mary has competed at some of the highest levels in conformation, obedience, and dog sports. She is a member of APDT and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Vanessa Hager Vanessa is a Certified Yoga teacher who loves community, health and helping people feel their best.
Barbara Hanae Johnson
Kathryn Harth Kathryn Harth began belly dancing in 2006 while living in Colorado and has been teaching for UFM since 2016. Kathryn says, “I continue to belly dance to feel connected with other women, to find beauty in my ever-changing body, to challenge myself with an evolving art form, and because it makes me feel good!”
Catherine Hedge Catherine Hedge and Karen Hummel: Catherine and Karen are long-time leaders and members of the LWVMRC. They are frequent presenters locally.
Jackie Hernandez
Dave Hoover
Paul Hunt
Doug Jardine
John Jobe
Kyoshi Pamela Johansen Kyoshi Pam Johansen, master level instructor, has taught for more than 40 years. She has competed and placed nationally. She was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 2004. She has held her own Martial Arts Tournaments since 1983.
David Jones David is a licensed agent specializing in senior insurance market, Medicare Advisor 4You.
Mary Kohn Mary Kohn is an Associate Professor in English and Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University. Her work examines regional and social variation in language with a focus on the Great Plains. Most recently, she was awarded the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award from the Linguistic Society of America.
Tom Korte
Tamas Kowalik Tamas Kowalik is a doctoral candidate in the Leadership Communication Ph.D. Program and also works with the Kansas Leadership Center as a research project manager. He earned a B.A. degree in political science at Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences in Hungary and an M.P.A. at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Tamas has 20 years of work experience in the private and public sectors in various client-driven, executive management positions including key public policy roles such as the higher education and public administration reforms in Hungary after the downfall of Communism. He worked as the managing director of the MBA programs at Corvinus University of Budapest and head of international affairs at the Faculty of Public Administration, National University of Public Service. His research interests include the practice of leadership and the role of authority in strong authority contexts, adaptive leadership and education, and leadership development.
Anne Lovett
Safia Malallah Safia Malallah's background is in computer science. She worked as a computer analyst and graphic designer for ten years and has a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science. Currently, Safia is a graduate teaching assistant and Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University, researching computational thinking in early childhood development. She holds a passion for developing methods of teaching young children, ages four-to-seven, computational thinking by modeling playground environments. She expands her experience by facilitating STEM workshops. She's also volunteered and helped in facilitating many STEM workshops.
Brett Mallon Brett M. Mallon currently serves as the Director for the Conflict Resolution Program at Kansas State University in the Department of Applied Human Sciences. Dr. Mallon completed his Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Kansas State University, with a minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies. He also earned an M.A. in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations from the same university.
Madison Mann Madison is an undergraduate student at KSU studying Entrepreneurship with an emphasis in Non-Profit studies. Passionate about the floral industry, with both a background and years of work experience, Madison is eager to learn from those around her and share her knowledge with others.
Pedro Marquez Golden Gloves winner, Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology, 10+ years boxing/coaching experience.
Janai Mestrovich Janai 'Grandma Boom' Mestrovich has her M.S. in Family and Child Development. Instructor, University of Oregon, Southern Oregon University. She is an international trainer/speaker, author of seven books, Executive Director of SUPERKID POWER, Inc., and author of several newspaper columns, magazine articles, online publications (ORAEYC).
Aliah Mestrovich Seay
Barry Michie Barry Michie and Charlene Brownson are the President and Vice President of Riley County Genealogical Society. They both enjoy learning about history and sharing their enthusiasm for genealogy with others.
David Moore
Kassandra Moreno
Jack Morris
Naho Nagai
Debbie Newton Debbie has been a certified yoga teacher (CYT) since 2007.
KelLee Parr KelLee Parr is the author of My Little Valentine, Mansion on a Hill, and More Voices of the Willows. My Little Valentine is KelLee’s first book that tells the story of KelLee’s search for his biological grandmother and the reunion of his mother and grandmother.
Brittany Ratliff
Maria Ruiz
Mandy Ryan Mandy is a healer, facilitator, and lifelong learner. She started her path in alternative practices and healing in 2009 and loves working with outhers to encourage growth for all.
Bob Sanchez Certified Krav Maga, Strikefit, and Law Enforcement Instructor through Krav Maga Alliance and Federation of Israeli Martial Arts (FIMA). FIMA U.S. State Representative for Kansas.
Hilary Santana
Dana Schirmer Dana began square dancing in 4-H and belonged to a youth club before becoming a charter member of the Sunflower Steppers club in 1975. With the encouragement of Bill and Jerry Abbott and friends, he started calling in 1977. Dana and Donna met in square dancing and were married in 1994. They currently call for Friendship Squares in Topeka, Plus Squares in Topeka, Kansas City Plus Squares, and an advanced workshop group in Topeka. He is a past CALLERLAB Board of Governors member and currently serves as the Executive Director of CALLERLAB. He is the Director for the Kaw Valley Callers School providing caller training sessions for newer callers. Dana has served several terms in various offices of the Kansas Square Dance Callers Association and the Northeast Kansas Callers Association. Donna also works in the CALLERLAB office and is editor of the Kansas Square Dance Association Travel On magazine.
David Seamon David Seamon has been active with Gurdjieff's work since the early 1980s. He has studied with J.G. Bennet, a pupil of both Gurjieff and Ouspensky.
Lucas Shivers Growing up with huge farm gardens in rural Kansas, Lucas has been an avid gardener since his days in 4-H and FFA. He's an educator and can't wait to work with you to find success as a great gardener.
Melinda Sinn
Joan Smith Joan has been active in genealogy most of her life, starting before the age of ten listening to family stories and helping her mother in research libraries.
Robert Smith
Chris Sorensen
LERN Staff
Jhoe Stonestreet Jhoe Stonestreet is a certified Pietra Fitness Instructor. She completed a rigorous program incorporating physical, spiritual and intellectual development in order to lead safe, engaging and informative classes to promote wellness and health of MIND, BODY & SOUL.
Christina Stratman Christina has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Speech Education. She has a passion for the arts and their place in our community.
Abena Taylor Abena has been dancing Bachata intensively since 2019.
Ashley Thackrah
Aaron Thornton
Dustin Vann
Stan Wilson Stan Wilson has studied martial arts since 1970 and has a black belt in Hakkoryu Jujutsu and a black sash in Pai Lum Kung Fu.

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