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Private Chef

Edgar Ievins is a former psychologist and filmmaker, and has loved baking his entire life. In 2000 he started taking formal classes, and he now works as a personal chef and baker. Edgar enjoys sharing his passion for food, cooking, and especially baking, by educating others in the culinary arts. 


ESL Instructor

Michael Impastato is an experienced ESL teacher who currently lives in Cambridge. He taught ESL for 30 years at Roxbury Community College in Boston, and has been at CCAE for five years, also as an ESL teacher. Michael has a Master's degree in Spanish Literature from New York University and in Education and ESL from Boston University. He has traveled widely in Europe and Latin America and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Michael's teaching interests include grammar and reading, especially from news articles. Outside of class, he enjoys music, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, biking and walks in nature.

Thomas R. Ittelson is an expert at translating complicated financial topics in an accessible way for non-financial audiences. He is a natural scientist by training (Harvard University in biochemistry) and an entrepreneur. His successes and challenges in for-profit business helped him develop his own accounting acumen and style. He shared that knowledge with others in a book for non-financial managers that has sold over 200,000 copies (Financial Statements: A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding and Creating Financial Reports, Second Edition, Career Press).

Tom’s recent work with nonprofits led him to recognize that non-financial nonprofit board members, managers and staff all require a simple working knowledge of accounting and financial statements to do their job.

With his new book, Nonprofit Accounting & Financial Statements: An Overview for Board, Management, and Staff, Tom’s audacious nonprofit “mission” is to significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. public charities by improving financial literacy within those organizations.

Textile Artist and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lady Dye Yarns

Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mass Communication with a concentration in Print Journalism from Georgia College & State University. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Suffolk University. She has spent several years promoting her yarn at craft events in the Boston area as well as teaching knitting at various venues. A knitter for the last 11 years, dyer, spinner and crocheter for seven years, Diane looks forward to expanding her business.


Debra Jewell has over 30 years of experience in classical and operatic singing including positions in; choral & solo performance, choral directing, opera/theatrical directing, vocal coaching and teaching.

As a graduate of Westminster College, Debra pursued a career in opera, performing a variety of roles with Del Phi Opera, Crittenden Opera Studio, Rhode Island Opera and Tulsa Opera. In 2000, Debra founded and directed, Opera by the Bay, a local performing troupe for regional opera singers at South Shore Conservatory. Debra has been a music educator; teaching, directing and maintaining a private studio. She has been active in church music as well, directing children's choirs, teen choirs, and soloing in churches around the country. In 2005 Debra created and directed GodSound at Pilgrim Church of Duxbury, a multi-generational choir with a repertoire of classical, contemporary and Christian choral music.

Debra currently lives in Cohasset, MA with her husband Bob. Her two children have followed her passion for music and are graduates of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt, Belmont University and The Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.

Certified Yoga Instructor

Billie Jo Joy, Ed.M., R.Y.T., is an Iyengar trained, Kripalu certified yoga instructor who has been studying and teaching yoga for 21 years. She incorporates yogic philosophy, experiential anatomy, and poetry into her classes. She offers a safe and friendly place for practice that balances strength, flexibility, reflection, and spiritual upliftment. She teaches public and private classes at CCAE and Art & Soul (a studio she co-founded in 2000), and offers yoga retreats in Mexico, Italy, and Michigan. Billie Jo is also an accomplished dancer, choreographer, actor, writer and director who works irregularly in stage and film. She has been performing and directing in the Boston area since 1989. Credits include Dust to Dust (2006); Venus De Mini Van, Mothers in the Breakdown Lane (2002) which became the offÑbroadway play EveÑolution (2004); two highly acclaimed productions of The Vagina Monologues at Harvard University (2000) and Boston V Day (2004); Spiderman 2 (July 2004); Homeward Bound (2002); Small White Woman Impersonating Martin Luther King, (1999). She toured internationally, as a dancer, with Paula Josa Jones Performance Works from 1990-1994. She is a certified teacher of Action Theater improvisation, and has studied extensively with the Roy Hart Voice Theater in France. She is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild. Currently, she performs with the East Coast Action Theater Ensemble. She has a master's degree in education from Harvard University where she also studied trance dance and healing practices through ethnographic film making and then worked there in the fields of international education and mindÑbody medicine. This work involved her in research projects with the Dalai Lama in India and Qi masters in China. The research confirmed her initial belief in the potential of the contemplative and expressive arts to improve health, raise consciousness, solve problems, and deepen joy.


Writer, Editor, and Professor of Slavic Studies

Katia Kapovich is a bilingual poet and the author of six collections of Russian verse and of two of English. Gogol in Rome (Salt, 2004, shortlisted for England's 2005 Jerwood Alderburgh Prize), and Cossacks and Bandits (Salt, 2008). Kapovich's English poems have also appeared in The London Review of Books, The New Republic, Harvard Review, The Independent, Jacket, and numerous other periodicals, in several anthologies including Best American Poetry 2007, Poetry 180, etc. Her poetry was translated into Italian, German, Bengali, Vietnamese, Hebrew and Farsi. A recipient of the 2001 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the US Library of Congress, a participant of the International Poetry Festival in London in 2008, Kapovich lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2001 she and her husband, the poet Philip Nikolayev, together launched a global serial anthology titled Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics, which they continue to co-edit.

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M.Ed., Author, Dancing on a Slippery Floor

Jane Katims is the author of the poetry collection, Dancing on a Slippery Floor (2007). She teaches contemporary literature and creative writing at Tufts University and The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, as well as leading private workshops. Jane earned her BA at the University of Wisconsin and her M.Ed at Lesley University. She has received a Peabody Award and a John Woods Scholarship in Fiction Writing. Her short story, "Until Now," appeared in the Spring 2009 all-fiction issue of Pearl Magazine. She lives with her family near Boston.


Tai Chi Instructor

Eugene studies Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, passed down from Grand Master Hsiung Yang Ho, under Tai-Chun Pan. He takes turns teaching the CCAE Tai Chi for Beginners course with other students of Tai-Chun Pan.

Book Reviewer (The Improper Bostonian) and Therapist

Mopsy Kennedy is a writer/teacher/therapist living and working in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mopsy attended Sarah Lawrence College, Northeastern University (counseling), and the Boston University School of Social Work. In addition to teaching at CCAE, she teaches in the Psychology department at Cambridge College, and works a s therapist at the Family Center in Cambridge and privately. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Mademoiselle, Vogue, Glamour, the New York Times Magazine and Book Review, and the Improper Bostonian.


Beirut-born medical editor and international educational nonprofit founder, Linda Khachadurian, studied sculpting in the clay medium in her youth. A life-long sugar fiend, it occurred to her one day, several years ago, to work in the edible medium. In 2015, she started the online shop, Chipper Confections, which gives five percent of proceeds to Pure Water for the World -- an organization that Linda had met a couple of years earlier while writing an article about safe water in Haiti for ReVista: the Harvard Review of Latin America. Since then, her sugar art and chocolate art has been sold at retailers such as UncommonGoods and displayed everywhere from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in LA to the Mariott Marquis in NYC to the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Her science and visual arts background allow her to explore how they intersect with culinary arts. She holds degrees from Johns Hopkins and Harvard.

Websites: (sugar & chocolate art) (educational nonprofit Haiti & Armenia)

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Born and raised in Iran, Deniz Khateri has been working as a theatre artist and educator in Boston since 2013. She has performed with several theatre companies in the New England area including: ArtsEmerson, Gloucester stage, Central Square (Nora & URT), Apollinaire, Theatre Kapow, Puppetshowplace theatre and Boston Experimental Theatre. As a playwright, her plays have been workshopped and performed at schools including: The Boston Conservatory, University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, Boston University, Northeastern University and MIT. She has been teaching English for over 10 years and as an ESL teacher who speaks English as her second language, she uses vocal techniques used in acting to help students learn the American accent and the pronunciations better.

Ploy Khunisorn certified the Thai cooking cuisine from Suan Dusit International Culinary School. She is Thai native with the beginning of home cooking since she was ten. She loves cooking and has passion in healthy food. Since she has lived with Thai traditional cooking styles, she understands the texture of Thai food and history behind each dish. She has developed her Thai recipe to make it the most sustainable and healthy. She cooks varieties of Thai appetizers, main courses, and desserts with traditional, contemporary, and café styles. She has worked in a Thai restaurant in Danvers, MA for a year. With her Master Degree in Education from Cambridge College and her pursuing Master Degree in Sustainability at Harvard University, she understands how to collaborate her teaching skills and sustainable lifestyles to create Thai cuisine in multi-cultural diversity in the U.S.A.

Richard Knisely spent 25 years on air as the champion of local musicians at WGBH Radio, Boston. His Classical Performances” program introduced people to music new and old from the concert halls and summer festivals of the New England region. With a master’s degree in piano and composition from Boston University, Richard is strongly committed to helping people appreciate the importance of great music in our culture and our lives. Currently, Richard is teaching a series of courses on the great composers at Continuing Education schools around the Boston area.

Richard Knisely spent 25 years on air as the champion of local musicians at WGBH Radio, Boston. His Classical Performances” program introduced people to music new and old from the concert halls and summer festivals of the New England region. With a master’s degree in piano and composition from Boston University, Richard is strongly committed to helping people appreciate the importance of great music in our culture and our lives. Currently, Richard is teaching a series of courses on the great composers at Continuing Education schools around the Boston area.