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.
October 5 & 19th | Grant Writing Workshop
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
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.
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.