Instructors M-P

Lauren Mackler is a world-renowned life, career, and relationship coach, CNN commentator, author of the international bestseller, “Solemate” and co-author of “Speaking of Success” with Jack Canfield and Stephen Covey.


Katya Maher holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from UMass-Boston. She is a native speaker of Russian and has over 10 years of experience teaching Russian and EFL/ESL in Russia and in the U.S. She has been teaching at the CCAE since 2004.

John Maier received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton and subsequently taught at the Australian National University, Cambridge University, and Peking University. During the 2018-2019 academic year he will be a Postgraduate Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Nicholas received his BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in 2009. He has been an apprentice to Odd Nerdrum in Stavern, Norway as well as an Artist-in-Residence at Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH. In 2015 Nicholas was awarded an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant as well as a Constantin Alajalov Scholarship. In 2016 he received the Boston University Anderson Ranch Printmaking Scholarship. Nicholas finished his MFA at Boston University in 2017, receiving the John Walker Graduate Award. Nicholas was recently awarded the Umbrella Artist Residency In Concord for the year 2018-19.

Jeannie Martin, Ed.D., haiku poet, and teacher whose haiku have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals. She is the author of several haiku poetry chapbooks and the book, Clear Water: a haiku invitation into our luminous world.

Lisa began her real estate practice in Cambridge in 2002. Over the years she has built a reputation for quality and fairness, has expanded her reach to include Belmont, Somerville and Arlington and now leads the Real Estate Team of Lindsay Allison and Lisa May. Lisa came to real estate with a background in marketing, fund-raising, and design. She offers a seasoned but creative perspective on how to market real estate and is an exceptionally insightful communicator, with a remarkable ability to solve problems and see every transaction through to the end, adding value at each stage along the way.

A resident of Belmont, Lisa lives with her husband, Tevere MacFadyen, and two children, Christopher and Sam. She is involved with the community and schools in Belmont as a parent, a citizen and a resident. She recently joined the Board of Hearth Shares, an exciting new initiative raising money to fight homelessness through the restaurant industry in Greater Boston. Her husband is a principal of Main Street Design, an exhibit design firm specializing in natural history museums and aquariums.

Jean Nazaire Mbani is from a French speaking country, and has travelled and lived in six francophone countries including France. He holds a PhD in Geoscience from the French University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6). As part of his PhD thesis, he wrote (in French) a 370 page research paper on microfossils. He has been teaching various levels of French at CCAE since 2007.

Katina McClain has been an educator in K-12 education for 10 plus years. She has worked for Lowell, Belmont, and Haverhill Public Schools. She currently works as a World Language, Performing Arts Educator and Cheer Coach for Boston Public Schools. Her areas of expertise are Physical Education, Dance Education, Spanish, and English Language Learners. She also has 15 years experience teaching dance and theater classes.

Katina has a strong background in the performing arts. Having been a dancer for over 20 years, her area of expertise includes ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, theater dance, and modern dance. Katina's dance training also extends to cultural/ethnic dances as well; she has training in West African, Afro-Caribbean, Latin Dances, and Hawaiian Dance. She has worked with various dance companies in Arizona and Massachusetts such as Desert Dance Theater, Ashi Modern Dance, Kelley Donovan & dancers, and Silimbo Drum & Dance.

Katina has a B.F.A. in Dance Education from Arizona State University and an M.A.T. in Spanish Secondary Education from Salem State University. She's studied and created multiple interdisciplinary curriculums with the use of dance and arts based curriculums, with the standard academia curriculums to develop and enhance literacy skills. Katina has a passion and love for education and the arts and is happy to share this love by offering a variety of fun creative classes that use the arts to teach in a variety of different ways while promoting academic development and physical fitness. McClain also has a certification in Kids Yoga and is currently working on her Ph.D. at Lesley University with a focus on Arts Equity, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) within Urban Education by use of education policy


Tim McCool is a Boston-based visual artist, originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Tim attended Boston College for his undergraduate and went on to earn his Master's degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. 


Bringing years of experience from the marketing agency world to the table, Brad has optimized over 1,000 websites and landing pages during his career. These campaigns range from local SEO for small businesses to international strategy for multi-national online retailers. Currently, Brad leads for the Boston based tech company Mendix - which is an application development platform that facilitates intuitive design and deployment of apps with little or no technical skills required.

Ed Meek’s third book of poems, Spy Pond, was published in 2015 by Prolific Press. His collection of short stories, Luck, is coming out in 2016 with Tailwinds Press.  Ed has had poetry, fiction and articles in The Paris Review, The North American Review, The Boston Globe, etc. You can follow him on Twitter @emeek, or visit his blog


Tom Meek is a writer living in Cambridge, MA. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in The Boston Phoenix, Paste Magazine, The Rumpus, Thieves Jargon, Charleston City Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere.

Raul Meléndez is a commercial photographer based in Boston. He specializes in architectural, portrait, and product photography. Raul studied photography at the Art Institute of Boston.

Elizabeth Merrick is a lifelong aficionado of historic houses and is fascinated by Boston history. After working for many years as a health researcher, she has more recently turned to pursuing her love of all things historical. She published Be There Then: A Guide to Exploring Greater Boston’s Historic House Museums in 2014, and serves as a tour guide at the Royall House and Slave Quarters museum. Elizabeth enjoys presenting and teaching about historic houses and related topics that bring the past to life. Website:

In addition to being an Arctic explorer and ethnographer, Lawrence Millman is a mycologist who has studied fungi in such places as Honduras, Greenland, Nantucket, Panama, Western Samoa, and Fresh Pond in Cambridge. With fellow mycologist Bill Neill, he discovered a species in 2006 in New Hampshire that had been considered extinct for almost a hundred years. His guidebook Fascinating Fungi of New England is the first guidebook to New England species; it was written for beginners. Dr. Millman lives in Cambridge.

Francesca Montillo is a native Italian leading culinary and culture trips to her native land. Her love for cooking was passed down from her parents, both avid home cooks and bakers. Francesca’s first cookbook is schedule dot be published in January.

Frances Blasque and Jeannette Muzima are seasoned musicians, performers, and teachers. Together they are the Gray Divas, and have entertained throughout New England. Their teaching experience spans many years, and they are committed to working in a way that is fun and inspiring for all participants. They know that playing the ukulele, a small, but mighty instrument, is a joy all can appreciate. Music creates love. Love creates peace.

DeWayne Nelson has been an actor in Boston for over 13 years. He is a member of the Screen actors Guild. He has performed in community theater productions as well as landing commercial work for TV and film. Some of his credits include, All My Children, TV ads for Nike, visa, AJ Write, Dunkin Donuts, the History channel, PBS and featured in films like the Zoo Keeper, Ted and Sergeants. He had trained with TVI actor's studio in New York as well as training with Boston base professionals.