LifeQuest Instructor Bios
LifeQuest instructors come from a broad range of backgrounds and fields of expertise. Master gardeners, physicians, college professors and artists - all LifeQuest instructors volunteer their time and talents to share their knowledge with our members every term.
Has been a volunteer with LifeQuest for many years facilitating "What's On Your Mind?", assisting with the mail crew, organized the first LifeQuest Christmas party and many more ways. Member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Little Rock.
A member of the LifeQuest Law Crew. Specialized in the practice of toxic tort, environmental and products liability litigation at Mitchell Williams Law Firm. Click on picture for more information.
Began teaching Tai Chi at LifeQuest in 2018. Born in West Memphis, Arkansas. Education in pharmacy. Enjoys reading, exercise, and volunteering for LifeQuest and the Patrick Hayes Center.
He has been a columnist since February 1986 and won several state awards and two national awards from the Association of State Capitol Reporters and Editors for commentary. He authored a book on Bill Clinton's first year as president, entitled High Wire, published in 1994. He began his popular "Behind the Headlines" class for LifeQuest in 1997.
BFA in art & design. Worked as interior designer and retired in 2011 when she began teaching painting. Graphite and oil mediums are preferred. Click on picture for more information.
Bob Burns, PhD
Began teaching anatomy and physiology classes at LifeQuest in the winter of 2018. Retired Professor from UAMS's Department of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences. Favorite poet is Robert Frost. Visually handicapped.
Professionally an attorney, he has taught painting classes at LifeQuest since 2018. Click his picture for more information.
Retired professor of Theatre & Dance from UALR
BA & MA University of Arizona
PhD University of Utah
Retired from teaching English Literature at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas after 41 years. William Faulkner Enthusiast. Married to Carol Chappell, a retired Little Rock Ophthalmologist with whom he has three sons.
Retired Art History Instructor
Associate degree in Nursing
Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts
Master’s in Art History
30 hours of Ph.D. studies in Art History
Retired Music Instructor from UALR
Begin teaching at LifeQuest in 2018
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Originally from Dumans, Arkansas. Retired U.S. Ambassador (Republic of Malawi and Republic of Congo) and Foreign Policy Instructor at Hendrix College form 2010-2017.
BA from Hendrix College, JD from Georgetown University
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Professor Emerita at Hendrix College where she was on the faculty for 28 years. Directed the choir and taught music courses. Retired in 2014, began teaching at LifeQuest in 2015. Has taught many music courses at LifeQuest accompanied by her husband, Ansley Fleming, on the piano. A member of the LifeQuest Board of Directors. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Nancy enjoys traveling, reading and dogs.
Began teaching at LifeQuest in 2000. Retired from Toxicology Pathology Associates. DVM from Auburn University and PhD in Veterinary Pathology and Toxicology from Colorado State University. Loves gadgets and especially Apple products.
Member of the LifeQuest Law Crew. Former Emeritus Professor at UALR School of Law. Married to local realtor, Charlotte John. Enjoys singing and playing the guitar.
Retired attorney from Rose Law Firm. BA from Hendrix College and JD from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Has been in a book club for more than forty years.
Born in Durant, Mississippi. Began painting watercolors over 30 years ago in Corpus Christi, Texas. Began teaching for LifeQuest in 2016. He has entered juried shows and won awards and honors in Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He enjoys gardening and reading in his spare time. Click his picture for more information.
Pastel artist with training from Louisiana Tech University. Has taught portrait and landscape classes in Arkansas, Ohio, and Georgia. Click her picture for more information.
Regional Director of Sales for Collette. Has coordinated travel abroad for LifeQuest students since 2017.
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Frankie Sue Kann
Has written tour guide books and pamphlets published in German. Began teaching for LifeQuest in 2022.
Degree in English from California State University in Los Angeles. Enlisted in Air Force and relocated to Arkansas. After fulfilling his four years of service, became assistant to the director of the Arkansas Art Center on April 1, 1971, his red-letter day. Former director of arts and culture for Palo Alto Art Center. Enjoys all sorts of arts including movies. Began teaching for LifeQuest in 2022. Serves on the Board of Directors.
Outreach coordinator at St. Francis House. Has been teaching yoga since 2009 and started teaching at LifeQuest in 2016. Teaches yoga at the North Little Rock Hays Center. Enjoys music (plays and sings at Celtic & Renaissance Fairs & Hibernia Irish Tavern regularly), weight training and reading.
Retired Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Interested in paper crafting. Has taught at LifeQuest since 2018
Born and raised in Holland, came to America as an exchange student and stayed. Has also lived in France and Germany and speaks four languages. Specializes in luxury travel. Began teaching for LifeQuest in Winter Term 2022. Click on picture for more information.
Rabbi Gene Levy
Began teaching at LifeQuest in 1988. Born in El Paso, Texas. Received a BA from University of Texas; MA, DD & Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Enjoys reading, playing "Words With Friends" and visiting grandchildren on both coasts.
Ellen has been teaching Mah Jongg since Fall 2010 for LifeQuest.
Movie/Style Editor/Columnist for Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Has taught with LifeQuest since at least 2015
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Began teaching at LifeQuest with the Digital Learning Group in 2019. Retired IT Strategy and Planning Consultant at Capgemini. Degree from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Mary Sha Moriarty
Born in Memphis, TN. Retired from Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare, Studied at UAMS College of Nursing. Began facilitating LifeQuest Book Club in 2019. Enjoys reading, daily hikes and art projects.
Retired Senior Network Analyst at Alltel Communications. BBA from University of Memphis. Technical and Business Training courses from IBM Corp.
Has attended LifeQuest classes for many years and began facilitating Great Books in 2019.
Retired from the Workers Compensation Commission as a Legal Advisor
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with additional hours for school counseling certification
Interested in facilitating book groups related to art or spiritual subject matter.
Born in Oklahoma City, OK. Senior Consultant, Arkana Laboratories, Little Rock, Arkansas. MD from Univ. of Oklahoma
Started in 1980 giving lectures on science topics and related theological overlaps, Enjoys reading, music, watching football and old movies. Began teaching for LifeQuest in 2012.
Has taught conversational Spanish for LifeQuest since 1997. "Hablamos Mas Espanol" is the name of her limited class.
Stephanie is a graduate of the Cornell University T. Colin Campbell Plant-Based Nutrition Course and a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She combines this knowledge with over 25 years of experience as a cardiac RN directing chronic disease management programs within the healthcare system. She began teaching at LifeQuest in 2020. Click on picture for more information.
Recently worked as an art director. Began teaching at LIfeQuest in 2019. BFA from Auburn University with an emphasis in Graphic Design. Former President of both the Arkansas League of Artists and the Arkansas Pastel Society. Chairman for APS National Show in 2021.
She is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant for 20 years in acute care at Baptist Health in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is currently in a 200 hour Yoga Teacher training Program.
A member of the LifeQuest Law Crew, Fred became involved with LifeQuest in 2011. Served on the Board of Directors and his wife, Sharon Ursery, has served on the Curriculum Committee. Attended Columbia Law School after graduating from Vanderbilt University. Named "Lawyer of the Year," in 2021 in the area of Litigation-Labor & Employment Law. Specialized in Railroad Law. Click on picture for more information.
Retired Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Alabama.
Bachelor of Science, University of Montevallo, Master of Science, University of Alabama
Served on two church staffs as Minister of Child Development to approximately 800 children weekly.
Retired educational professional. MA in Secondary Education and Teaching from Indiana University Bloomington, Ed.S. from University of Louisville, Ed.D. from University of Louisville. Began co-teaching paper crafting in 2016.
Retired from Mitchell Williams Law Firm (specializing in taxes)
Attended University of Texas.
Has headed LifeQuest's Law Crew which has taught on a variety of topics since 2000.
Began teaching with LifeQuest in summer 2019. Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Practice at the UAMS College of Pharmacy. Is an honorary member of the LifeQuest Law Crew. Degrees in Political Science, US History and Pharmacy. Enjoys drawing, and music (choral and chamber music in particular)
Professor of English at University of Arkansas Little Rock. Ph. D. in English, Duke University, 1992. M. A. in English, The Ohio State University, 1983. B. A. in English, Louisiana State University, 1980.
Began teaching at LifeQuest in 2019. Executive Vice President/General Counsel for R.A. Wilson Enterprises, Inc. BA and JD from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Has been handicapping horses for over 50 years. He enjoys teaching (from law school to coaching baseball), is active in local politics and enjoys live competitions.
Has taught Tai Chi Northern Wu style at LifeQuest since 2019.