We're pleased to share the bios of our LLI course presenters for the inaugural fall term. We're fortunate to have such a terrific cohort of presenters who will share their expertise across a variety of disciplines with LLI participants. Read below for additional background information on our esteemed presenters.

Tracey Peyton - Academy Award Winning Films and the Backstories They Tell

Tracey Peyton is a movie geek, a self-proclaimed Academy Award junkie who loves to speak about revisionism in film and the backstories of the movie stars of yesteryear: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Monty Clift…and she is 1 degree from Kevin Bacon.  At one point, she even considered being a film critic.  She lives out part of her dream on 92.9 FM WDLR, where she and city attorney Darren Shulman review current films.

Kelli Bergheimer - DNA Testing, What Is All The Fuss About?

Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, and national genealogical speaker and runs two small businesses—Geo-Centric Learning and Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company with an accompanying blog, YouTube channel, and online store.  Kelli is the Central Ohio DNA Interest Group facilitator and is a math and science supervising editor for Smart Education—a K-12 textbook company located in Dubai.

Dr. Marty J. Kalb - Understanding Modern and Contemporary Art

Marty J. Kalb has been exhibiting his artwork in various media for 50 years and was a Professor of Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1967 -2007. His work is included in numerous public and private collections in the USA and abroad including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art and several Holocaust focused museums and educational institutions.  In Ohio his work is part of collections in the Columbus Museum of Art, the Dayton Art Institute, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Stark State University, Canton and Ohio Wesleyan University.

Dr. Joan McLean - Democracy in the Age of Misinformation

Dr. Joan McLean taught for 25 years in OWU's Politics and Government Department. Prior to moving to Ohio in 1985 to attend graduate school, she worked with candidates seeking national and state offices. McLean was also on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, the political director of ERAmerica and the National Women's Political Caucus, and one of the founders of EMILY'S List.

Dr. Don Lateiner - Just Like Us? Greek and Roman Kissing: Occasions, Protocols, and Mistakes

Donald Lateiner is an ancient historian and classicist. His current field is the ancient senses, the ancient emotions, and nonverbal communication in ancient literature. His books include one on Herodotean Historiography, another on Homeric Gesture, and more recently he co-edited collections of studies on Greek historiography and the ancient emotion of disgust. He is currently revising a paper on "Misinformation and Disinformation in the Histories of Herodotus and Thucydides."

Dr. Joseph Musser - Exploring the Klais Pipe Organ in Gray Chapel

Joseph Musser is Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Wesleyan where he served for 23 years as chair of the English Department.  Among the many courses he taught are eighteenth-century British literature, an introduction to literary studies, British images of America, and crime in literature. He also taught many nonfiction writing courses, including freshman writing and a nonfiction-writing workshop.  Mr. Musser studied organ with Hugh Allen Wilson at Union College and with Charles Bradley in Charlottesville, Virginia and has been organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Delaware for over 30 years.

Dr. Richard Leavy - What is a "Psychological Sense of Community"?

Dr. Richard L. Leavy taught Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Behavior, Organizational Behavior, Drugs and Behavior, and Community Psychology over his 36 years in the Psychology Department at Ohio Wesleyan.   Dr. Leavy is a clinical psychologist with an interest in community psychology--- a sub-discipline focused on how social settings affect individuals, groups, and organizations.

Dr. Barbara Andereck - Astronomy, Religion, Rhetoric, and Philanthropy

Barbara Andereck is in her 35th year at Ohio Wesleyan, where she has taught both physics and astronomy at all levels, as well as working in assessment and accreditation for over thirteen years.  Her research interests have ranged from theoretical descriptions of phase transitions in liquid crystals, to archaeoastronomy in the Four Corners region, to synchronization of oscillating systems.

Dr. Lynda Hall - Lifespan Maintenance of Knowledge

Lynda Hall joined the Ohio Wesleyan Psychology department full-time faculty in 1989, collaborating with Dr. Harry Bahrick on research funded for several years by the National Institute on Aging.  She has taught the department’s Cognitive Psychology, Quantitative Methods, and Research Methods courses and has served, since 2016, as Associate Dean for Academic Performance.

Tom Burns - The Universe and Your Place In It

Tom Burns is the retired director of the Perkins Observatory and combined diverse but complementary careers as a teacher, columnist, and astronomer.  At Ohio Wesleyan, he taught both introductory and upper-level writing courses, including Writing for the Workplace, in the English Department, and astronomy classes in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Rev. Jon Powers - Whirled Religions: A Traveler's Guide to the Faiths of the Human Family

Rev. Jon Powers was the University Chaplain at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1988 through July 2019. He is an ordained United Methodist minister, a graduate of Boston University School of Theology, and an ardent student of interfaith studies.  

Bill Rietz - Rutherford B. Hayes – Things You Didn’t Know

Bill Rietz is a member of the Delaware County Historical Society Education Curriculum Support Committee, having served as a Society Trustee from 2010-2012.  He graduated from the Rutherford B. Hayes Class of 1976, the 100th graduating class of Delaware City Schools, and is coach of the Delaware Aquatic Racing Team Stingrays.

John Lindeboom - Veg Centric - Trending Now. Cooking with Seasonal Vegetables

John Lindeboom began life in food service at age 14, working in his father’s restaurant, Peasant on The Lane, starting as dishwasher and working up to Sous Chef.  Following nearly 10 years as an Executive Chef for a Cincinnati-based hotel management company, he has served for 20 years as Corporate Director of Culinary Services at Willow Brook Christian Communities.

Clare Edwards & Leslie Menges - A Matter of Balance

Clare Edwards serves as the community education and initiatives manager at SourcePoint and Delaware County’s master trainer for the Matter of Balance program. At SourcePoint, she oversees Medicare education, caregiver support, falls prevention and chronic disease self-management programming, as well as the Age-Friendly initiative in Delaware County. 

Leslie Menges, a retired nurse, is now a full-time caregiver for her husband, Dallas.  Her career as a registered nurse spanned more than 25 years and included her role as a nurse educator at Columbus State Community College.  A volunteer at SourcePoint, she now channels her teaching experience into her work as a certified Matter of Balance coach.

Lisa Ho & OWU Students - The OWU Connection: The World Through Our Eyes

Lisa Ho helps to administer a broad range of high-impact educational opportunities through The OWU Connection. She advises students studying abroad in traditional semester and summer abroad programs, as well as faculty-led short-term travel learning courses. Lisa also assists in administering The OWU Connection's Theory-to-Practice and Small Grant Programs, which awards funds to students, faculty, and staff who wish to pursue research projects both on and off campus.

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