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Director, Actor, Playwright, Producer

Stan Edelson is the artistic director of Diversity Lab Theater and also film director and screenwriter for the new film project, 'Wanted - a New Bottom Line for America and One's Self." He has been Boston's renowned theater director, playwright, acting teacher, coach, and project designer/coordinator for over 50 years.

Owner, Laura D. Eisener Landscape Design

Laura Eisener believes that teaching design is the surest way to ensure improvements in the region's landscape and gardens, since it gives a greater number of people the skills and inspiration needed to create exciting and environmentally sound landscapes.

Diana is a German native from then East Germany who holds a degree in German as a Foreign Language. After arriving in the US, Diana enjoyed teaching students at Harvard University followed by leading the German program at Northeastern University Boston. She has developed the German program’s language curriculum and course materials there, and has led several “German Language and Culture” courses to Germany.

“Everyone is different, and we learn in different ways. I pride myself on being flexible, creative, and with over 20 years of experience teaching German. I take into account what your goal is, and what is the right method for you. I integrate what is important to you whether it is business culture, pronunciation, presentation or sentence structure and grammar – the main focus remains on competence in the language, culture and communication.”

Owner/Operator, Allison Evans Photography

Allison Evans is a freelance photographer and artist residing in Cambridge, MA. She finds photography to be a combination of magic, art and science. Allison has been fascinated with photography's art and mechanics since she picked up her mother's camera as a child and took her first photographs. The world of imagery is a language in itself. Allison is interested in speaking that language ever more fluently, and finding ways that express it well. She is also interested in how other artistic mediums, and science and business mediums, too, achieve fluent communication. Educated at Virginia Commonwealth University, New England School of Photography, Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art, and Bard College.


Boston By Foot in an educational non-profit organization committed to promoting public awareness of Boston's rich history and architectural heritage through its guided tours, lecture series, and other activities. Since its founding in 1976, Boston By Foot has presented tens of thousands of architectural and historical walking tours, all given by highly trained volunteer guides.


Francesca is a native Italian. She moved from Rome to Vienna, Austria at the age of six. She completed German and Romance Studies with a Master's degree at the University of Vienna, where she later worked as an academic researcher with a special focus on German literature of the 17th century. For 12 years, Francesca headed one of the Wiener Volkshochschulen -- a renowned adult education center in Vienna. She has been teaching Italian and German classes of all levels for more than 30 years, and enjoys watching how students reach the ultimate goal of language acquisition, namely being themselves in a foreign language. Francesca moved to Boston with her family in 2007 and joined CCAE as German instructor in 2010. She has been CCAE's program manager for languages, history and travel & tours since 2017.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certified teacher and comedian Josh Filipowski will have you laughing and learning.

Filipowski has produced and performed in countless comedy shows nationally and internationally, produced projects for NBC, and contributed to The Howard Stern Show (SiriusXM) & The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes (Alpha/Penguin). He founded Like 2 Laugh Productions in New York in 2003 and has helped comedians develop in New York, Los Angeles, Lexington, Costa Rica, Italy and beyond. Besides the stage, he has hosted radio and live-stream programs as well as appeared on ABC's Noon Show, NBC's Today in LA, and NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In addition to performance and production, Josh has a BS in Life Sciences Communication from the University of Wisconsin, a TESOL certificate from Global TESOL College, a Competent Toastmaster Award from Toastmasters International, and 10+ years of teaching experience. He has taught for American Language Communication Center - New York, NY; Idioma Internacional - San Jose, Costa Rica; ELS Language Centers - Santa Monica, CA, Richmond, KY, and Boston, MA. Students always have fun in Mr. Josh's classes.

Professional Craps Dealer

As former Chairman of the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission, Dan Fitzgerald has involved himself in sports and games his entire life. He wrote the bill to regulate Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Massachusetts and hopes to chair a new commission that would combine gaming, horse racing, wrestling, MMA, and boxing, under one commission. He has a teaching background in mathematics and is looking to publish his first book outlining the basic rules of sports and games preliminarily titled, "So Your New Friend is a Jock and You Don't Know Jack." Dan has judged world, international, and national championship boxing title fights, and he has refereed, coached, and/or played at the highest of levels of baseball, football, basketball, golf, ping-pong, bridge, backgammon, poker, cribbage, blackjack, and craps. When it comes to sports and games, Dan has done it all.

Cellist and Teacher

Cynthia Forbes, cellist, performs in recital and in New England area ensembles and orchestras. She has appeared as concerto soloist with Boston Virtuosi and New England String Ensemble, among others, recorded for documentaries and films, premieres new works, and teaches students of all ages and levels. A graduate of Harvard University in Anthropology and of Syracuse University as recipient of the Graduate Fellowship in Music, her esteemed teachers include George Neikrug and Benjamin Zander. Ms. Forbes teaches at Indian Hill Music, Oak Meadow Montessori, Boston Latin School and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She also maintains a private studio and directs her adult learning ensemble, Tutti Celli, composed of post-CCAE students and others, now in its enthusiastic third year.

Craig holds advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering as well as an MBA. After a successful career as an engineer, Craig found opportunity in 2009 when the company he worked for was acquired and moved out of the area. He has been a self-directed investor for over 30 years. Craig used this opportunity to leave the corporate world so he could concentrate full time on trading, education, and personal wealth management. The game changer for Craig was the launch of the tasytrade® Financial Network in 2011. Craig follows the tastytrade® methodology for managing his personal portfolio in order to reduce risk and increase probability of profit.


Joshua Frank has worked as an educator for twenty-nine years--as a teacher, an administrator and a trainer.  He has designed and implemented innovative, data-based programs for at-risk middle and high school students, helping them to set and reach specific academic goals.  He completed his Bachelor’s degree at UMass/Amherst, and Master’s degrees from UMass/Boston and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  His areas of interest include working with at-risk students, fostering positive, effective teacher-student relationships, and promoting cultural competence and equity in schools.  Josh’s 2007 Education Digest article, “When White Educators Discipline Students of Color,” was republished as a “classic” in the August 2015 Connections:  The Journal of the National School Reform Faculty.

Mike Frank holds a PhD in literary theory from Cornell, but his interests extend to questions of interpretation and aesthetic analysis in literary and musical texts. He has taught writing and literature at Cornell, Williams, U. of Chicago, and Oberlin, and established the cinema studies program at Bentley where he also taught the BSO oriented music course that’s the model for some of his CCAE classes.
A central preoccupation of his work is the relationship between formal analysis of artworks and the kinds of satisfaction they provide for actual audiences.

Sandra Frezza is an award winning cake artist. She is the owner and operator of Sandra’s Sweet Sensations in Boston, Massachusetts. She thoroughly enjoys bringing her creative vision to life through her Specialty Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies. Sandra also loves being able to share her knowledge with others. She is an International Cake Exploration Societé (ICES) Approved Teacher as well as a Certified Wilton Cake Decorating Instructor. Sandra was inducted into the Wilton Hall of Fame in 2013. She has been teaching private, school based and community education classes in various mediums (buttercream, fondant & gum paste) for several years. In addition to Wilton Courses, she has been trained in Cake & Sugar Art by Certified Master Sugar Artists through ICES. She travels to a number of Cake Shows and ICES Conventions and has taken many classes throughout the country to improve her skills and feed her passion. She has also demoed and taught at various Cake Shows. Sandra has recently served as a Judge at a Local Cake Show. She also has an MBA in International Business and has had an extensive career in Accounting & Finance. She currently holds the position of Massachusetts & New Hampshire ICES State Representative currently serving her 4th term. Sandra is also involved with Icing Smiles which is nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. She loves being part of this wonderful cake community. Facebook Page: Sandra’s Sweet Sensations

Shannon Fuller is an educator, activist, and writer who has lived in Boston for more than 17 years. She has a strong interest in helping people learn to make informed, compassionate, and sustainable choices as citizens and consumers. Her work focuses on the belief that the Earth’s health, human rights, and animal rights are not separate issues and must be addressed simultaneously in order to be sustainable. She is currently an instructor at a job skills training program in Boston.