For as long as she can remember, the food of the Indian subcontinent has been Sophie’s passion. Her mother and father came from the south of India, and her mother was a fantastic cook. In 2009, she decided to begin sharing my lifelong passion for the cuisine of India in a regular, year-round series of cooking classes called Masala. In 2010 she experimented with a food stall at the Hollywood Farmer’s market, making and selling South Indian vegan breakfast fare – masala dosa, sambhar and chutney.
Denise is Whole Foods Market’s ‘Healthy Eating Specialist’. She is passionate about food and food choices; believing that what you eat affects your body, as well as our environment. Denise’s mission is to empower people to create a healthy healing lifestyle by showing them how easy, fun and flavorful it can be to eat a plant based diet. Join Denise, as she will be exploring some of the delicious and healthy options of Plant Strong™ meals, helping you to make greens and other veggies the main event at every meal while maintaining delicious flavor, and satisfying results ... because adding more veggies to what you eat is always a good idea!
Karyl Ramsey has a long-standing interest in the complexity of our lives, including how we understand ourselves as individuals in our rapidly changing culture. She has a PhD in Organizational Systems and an MA in Educational Psychology. She is a licensed mental health counselor with over 30 years experience working with public and nonprofit social service agencies. She enjoys music, art, literature, biking, and hiking, among many other interests.
Cecilia received her Ph.D. from the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. She is the former Chair of Religion and Philosophy at Marylhurst and is an adjunct professor at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was CEO to her congregation for two terms and has traveled all around the United States and abroad. This experience taught her to honor diversity in religious traditions, rituals, cultures, educational backgrounds, professions, gender, age, sexual orientation, and economic status. Cecilia has served as an educator or spiritual formation director, as seminary professor for Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry students, as formation director for her congregation, and as spiritual director for persons from many walks of life and many religious traditions.
Duane Ray received a B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College followed by an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. After retirement, he pursued his interest in minerals and gemstones and became a Graduate Gemologist. When Duane retired after 30 years with Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories, he was drawn to the Northwest by its vast beauty and the love that both he and his wife have for the outdoors.
Tracy Reilly Kelly
Tracy Reilly Kelly is currently Program Manager of the Cooking and Wine School and the Mature Learning Program at Clark College. She received her B.A. in Human Services from Evergreen State College, and an M.S. in Health Education from Portland State University. Known for her great enthusiasm as an instructor, Tracy taught Health and Nutrition classes at Clark and Portland State University for 15 years. An accomplished cook who worked as a Sous Chef for Portland's exclusive Town Club, Tracy teaches occasional classes at Clark’s Cooking School. She exhibits a lifelong dedication to living a "Slow Foods and Locavore" lifestyle.
Kate’s desire to create beautiful pastries stems from a childhood of delicious memories of watching her father experiment in new styles of cooking. From spicy chocolate cheesecake to a three dimensional black and white checkerboard cake, Kate has always desired to challenger herself with new ideas, flavors and mediums. After high school Kate received an Associates of Arts from Clark College, but new her education wasn’t done there, as her passion for the edible arts would take her to Western Culinary Institute for another Associates degree and beyond. Kate graduated from WCI at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA in Vocational Studies of Pastry and Baking. Kate has worked in several Portland area bakeries since graduating and would like to eventually become in instructor in the art and science of Baking and Pastry.
PATRICIA J. ROHRBACH
Worked in every discipline of live theater for over 32 years. She is an award winning director, actor, costume designer, set designer, set decorator, and stage manager. She was Theater Program Coordinator and Costume Designer at Clark College for 13 years and has been directing and acting there for over 20 years she studied theater at University of the Pacific and Delta College.