Check out our Community Educator Spotlights for the month of October

Katie Halligian | Roc City Henna

October 4 | DIY Henna 4 Beginners

Katie Halligan is a henna artist, songwriter, musician and freelance marketing assistant. When she is not playing in her band Tart Vandelay she is busy creating beautiful henna designs and graphics for 540WMain.

Tomicka Wagstaff

October 5 & 19th | Grant Writing Workshop

Tomicka Wagstaff, Ed.D is a higher education professional with over 8 years of professional grant writing experience. Tomicka currently serves as the Senior Director for Academic Access & Success at RIT’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Kelly Matthews, BSW  | Health Project Coordinator, NCDHR


October 5 & 26th | Understanding Deaf Culture

Kelly Matthews is the Health Project Coordinator for the National Center for Deaf Health Research at the University of Rochester.

Marcus Bowens | Dancer 

 Hip Hop Cardio | Every Monday in October 7-8 PM

Marcus has created, trained and taught hip hop dance for over 10 years. Beginning at the age of 10 in the world of freestyle hip hop dance, has since become a versatile and dynamic choreographer. He is also skilled in contemporary modern, African step, Caribbean dancehall and Irish step dance.

Marcus has been a co-creator in multiple projects with SUNY Brockport professor and Drumcliffe School of Irish Dance artistic director, Edward Murphy. These projects included infusing hip hop and African step dance with Irish step dance. Marcus has also trained under scholarship with the highly acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance Company. He has performed in multiple SUNY Brockport annual Sankofa dance shows. Marcus currently teaches hip hop choreography to new students. 

Kim Mason | Teacher

October 18 | Healthy Me, Healthy Family

Kim Mason is a grade school teacher and mother of two. After attending a Healthy Living presentation, she decided to do a 30 day cleanse using Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living and it completely changed her life. She decided to start her own business as a way to help teach others about the power of detoxing the body and living a clean lifestyle.

Elise Banfield | Associate Professor

October 12 & 19 | How to Transition to a Plant Based Lifestyle

Elise is an accomplished, seasoned psychology professor. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Genesee Community College (G.C.C.), where she was recognized in 2012 with the prestigious StateUniversity of New York’s (S.U.N.Y.) Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2013 with PhiTheta Kappa International Honor Society’s Paragon Award for her work advising students.
Her journey to veganism started as an on and off vegetarian until March of 2013, when she then began her transition to veganism for health reasons. While the changes she experienced were profound, it wasn’t until she learned about the factory farming trade, along with the benefits veganism brings to the environment, did her passion for veganism truly take off. She is currently an active member of Animal Rights of Rochester, and also enjoys regularly attending.

Kareem Hayes

October 25  | How to Self Publish A Novel

Kareem Hayes started his first business in 2009 called Blueprint Educational Consulting Services. He also started a photography business in 2015. 


Ian Cramer | Plant Based Cyclist 

October 26 | Overfed & Under Nourished
Ian Cramer works as an Athletic Trainer for UR Medicine but in his spare time is passionate about educating people on diet, lifestyle, health and disease prevention. 7 years ago, one movie caused him to rethink his dietary and lifestyle habits and reconsider his place in the world. He changed his lifestyle for health, ethical and environmental reasons and he now wants to spread the word to help people realize their health potential. You are in control of your health destiny and you can prevent and reverse the chronic diseases.