Courses and Events by Instructor

Travis Allison
Dan Belhassen
Sharon DeFonteny
Betsy Flanagan
Carol Fung
Lee GravesLee Graves received his baptism into the world of wonderfully diverse beer during a visit to Germany in 1986. From a visit to a monastery where the monks brewed a high-octane schwarzbier to the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, where strangers became friends over brimming liters of lager, he experienced a culture that set him on a lifelong adventure learning about beer. In 1996, while a writer and editor at The Richmond Times-Dispatch, he began writing a weekly column about beer; it was syndicated by Tribune Media Services in Chicago for several years. In addition to the statewide book on beer, Graves has written two other books--Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City, and Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow. A lifelong resident of Virginia and graduate of the College of William and Mary, he also writes about beer for magazines and his website,
Andy Helmi
Sally Klauss
Amy Klous
Jeff Kritzer
Ana Yenni Leon
Jane LongDr. Jane Long currently serves as the Manager of Learning, Staff Development and Talent at the American Dental Association, providing development opportunities to 400+ staff members. For more than 17 years, she worked with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) creating online learning opportunities and most recently served as the Director of Professional Development for five years. Prior to her work with nonprofits, Dr. Long spent 18 years in higher education as both a faculty member and high-level administrator. She has presented over 100 interactive education sessions at national, state, and local conferences and taught online and on campus for several colleges and universities across the country. Dr. Long is an experienced Athenian Dialogue facilitator and finds much joy in interacting with clerks through the book discussions.
Jessica LonnesMaster's degree in Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006 Bachelor of Arts, Middlebury College. She may be reached at
Greg Marsello
Patricia Michelsen-King
John Palesis
John Rutledge
Nina SalzbergNina Salzberg is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Nina has worked in a variety of mental health treatment facilities, including outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient, for six years. Nina is a Mental Health Clinician 11 for ChildSavers Outpatient Clinic and is working toward becoming a clinical supervisor. Nina has extensive training in Art Therapy, trauma-informed treatment, group therapy, and sand tray therapy. Nina’s clinical specialty interests include working with pre-teens and teenagers, self-harm and suicidality, grief and loss, and LGBTQ+. Nina enjoys working with children, teens, and families through life’s critical moments and believes that each individual has a unique voice worthy of expression.
Nanette Sanders-Cobb
Gabriella ValsecchiMs. Valsecchi was born and raised in Milan where she studied foreign language with emphasis on language teaching. She taught there for 25 years before coming to the United States. She has been teaching Italian at VCU since 2010. She has earned master's degrees in modern foreign language and literature from the Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in 1985, and in teaching Italian to non-native speakers from the Universita` per Stranieri di Perugia in 2014. She has directed the Perugia Study Abroad Program since 2011. She may be reached at
Zachary Whitten
Jan WilliamsonJan Williamson, LCSW, RPT-S serves as the lead instructor with the VCU Play Therapy program. She is also the clinical supervisor and a mental health clinician providing trauma-informed mental health services for the non-profit agency, ChildSavers in Richmond. Previously she worked for the Child Advocacy Center and has also been an adjunct professor for the VCU Graduate School of Social Work. She has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master's in Clinical Social Work. First licensed as a family therapist, she has over 40 years of experience in the mental health field working with families, adults and children. Jan worked internationally with refugee children and families in Southeast Asia and in Africa in areas of armed conflict and mass displacement.
Jan is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a past member of the board of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy. Jan's areas of expertise also includes work with sand trays.
Shari WiltshireShari discovered stories and fell in love with writing through the musicality of language. She is a huge fan of rap as she believes rappers manipulate English to produce some of the best first, second and third story-acts she has ever heard. Shari first established herself as an explanatory and persuasive writer as a reporter for the newspaper, The St. Croix Avis. She left reporting to earn a master's degree in Social Work at VCU but discovered that this professional training only motivates her to tell more stories. Stories serve the purpose of getting people to pay attention and therefore can be persuasive and empowering. Stories and narratives are the catalyst for change. Shari received a certificate in 'Storytelling for Social Change' and finds her strength in crafting stories from a filmmaker's perspective. Shari incorporates video clips, movies, photography, scripts and monologues into her foundational storytelling course, and she last taught this course at the College of William & Mary's Osher Institute.
Tarynn Witten