Judith Eugene – Architecture, Classic Cars, Cooking, Gardening, Interior Decorating, Life Stories, Music, Pet Connections, Positive Living, Product Design, Reiki, Writing, and Yoga and Posture Instructor
Judith is the Founder of The Loving Hands Group. She is a licensed Architect and an Interior Decorator with over 25 years of experience, graduating with honors from Kent State University. Judith is a certified yoga instructor with specialized senior adult training through the YogaFit training program. She is also a Reiki Master Teacher, trained in the Usui Reiki system. Judith is an accomplished writer, and her work has been featured in several Cleveland publications. She is also a singer and guitarist, performing frequently at local venues. Judith is an animal welfare advocate with extensive experience in foster pet care and placement. Antique cars are one of her favorite hobbies, and she is experienced in planning and judging antique car shows.
Anne Stottler – Fine Arts, Fiber Arts, and Flower Arranging Instructor
Anne Stottler, a fiber artist, graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio with a degree in Art Education. She lived in Maine for 20 years where she taught art in grades K12. During this time she also worked as a floral designer and taught several adult education classes. Gardening is her second love, drawing much inspiration for her quilts from the textures and colors found in nature. Since moving to Ohio 14 years ago, she has continued teaching art and sewing to both children and adults. Currently she is site facilitator at Cuyahoga Community College in the senior Encore Program. She also creates quilted commission pieces at the request of clients. Her art quilts have been exhibited in galleries both in Maine and Ohio.
Chris Burnett – Tai Chi Instructor
Chris has over thirty years of training in Martial Arts. He began teaching Kung Fu and Shaolin Five Animal Techniques. After discovering the many health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong, Chris began teaching these disciplines in fitness clubs, parks and senior citizen communities. He now has over twenty years of experience teaching. It is his vision to create a health Tai Chi community. Chris wants people to know that Tai Chi and Qigong are good for people of all ages and physical abilities. He teaches techniques that strengthen limbs, improve balance, and help with circulation and joint flexibility. Chris frequently travels to Florida and San Francisco to further his training under well-known Tai Chi Masters. He is the owner and founder of Green Dragon Tai Chi and Qigong LLC. Chris enjoys helping others and says there is nothing like the feeling he gets when his students thank him and tell him how good they feel after class.
Elizabeth Shapiro – Massage Therapist
Liz is a Licensed Massage Therapist practicing in the Northeast Ohio area. A graduate of the National Institute of Massotherapy in Independence, Ohio she holds a Limited Practitioner’s License from the State of Ohio Medical Board. She is also certified in Geriatric Massage through the DAY-BREAK Geriatric Massage Institute of Indianapolis, Indianapolis. Her focus is on treating the growing population of seniors and people with disabilities to enhance their lives and wellness through the medical benefits of massage. Liz is the founder of Hands On Relaxation Massage.
Lori Dreskin – Laughter Yoga Instructor
Lori became a certified Laughter Yoga teacher in 2013, after retiring from 30 years of practice as a Masters Level Special Education Teacher. She loves teaching and sharing Laughter Yoga with the senior and disabled populations. Lori has taught at numerous senior centers, senior apartments, nursing homes, and rehab centers throughout northeast Ohio. Lori has appeared on the “Golden Opportunities” television show, and has been a speaker at various faith based and women’s organizations.
Melanie Lesar – Laughter Yoga Instructor
Melanie has focused her life on helping others of all ages and needs. She holds a degree in Elementary Education and a certification in Creative Arts Therapy. Melanie is also a licensed Counselor, specializing in trauma, depression and children. She brings her experience in assisting clients with positive thinking, learning to be kind to themselves, and making better choices to all of the work that she does. Melanie began teaching Laughter Yoga after assisting her mother who struggled with dementia. She realized that Laughter Yoga was a vehicle to help bring out the inner light in people of all ages and conditions, through playfulness, laughter and feeling alive in their bodes. Melanie is devoted to helping seniors and others who are under-served.
Nivedita Baliga (“Nivi”) – Henna Art Instructor
Nivi holds a degree in Engineering and is also a Certified Veterinary Assistant. Pursuing her passion for art, Nivi has become a talented Henna Artist and provides custom Henna Art for individuals and groups. She also volunteers to work with cancer survivors and people undergoing therapy, creating beautiful Henna Art to help lift their spirits. Nivi also works with pregnant women, designing artwork for their bellies. Nivi is passionate about spreading the joy of Henna. The Henna Art form connects the receiver with nature and creativity, irrespective of how young or old you are. Nivi is the founder of the company that bears her name – “Nivi Henna Artist”.
Susan Squires – Fine Arts Instructor
Susan is a professional artist with over 25 years of experience. She majored in psychology at Miami University and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from The Cleveland Institute of Art. Working for nine years for The Jones Home for Children, a residential treatment facility, Susan designed art projects for the teen residents in which they discovered new and positive things about themselves. She also established an art room for the home. When her mother moved to a memory care community Susan facilitated group programs with the residents, planning art projects that stimulated their memory and enhanced their social skills. She creates her own art pieces using encaustic, an ancient process, which she also teaches. Susan also teaches monoprint techniques using her Vandercook printing press.