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.
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.
Retired English Teacher at Little Rock Hall High School. Also, served as the director of humanities for the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences. She is a licensed private investigator. William Faulkner enthusiast.
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.
Mary Jane Cole
M.Div. from Memphis Theological Seminary. Ordained into the Order of Deacon in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her educational background includes degrees in psychology and rehabilitation counseling. She has served as a hospital chaplain and as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church Little Rock, Arkansas. Received a certification in Spiritual Direction from SMU Perkins School of Theology.
Retired Music Instructor from UALR
Begin teaching at LifeQuest in 2018
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Retired U.S. Ambassador (Republic of Malawi and Republic of Congo)
BA from Hendrix College
JD from Georgetown University
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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.
Retired Geographer professor from University of Arkansas Little Rock. Has traveled extensively. Relocated to Ashburn, Virginia and loves being able to teach remotely.
Began painting watercolors over 30 years ago in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has entered juried shows and won awards and honors in Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 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.
Joy has taught "Tell Your Own Story" since the Fall of 2007. She has taught Watercolor Media since the Spring of 2008. She is a retired educator with a BS from Texas Tech.
Retired Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Interested in paper crafting. Has taught at LifeQuest since 2018
Retired Teacher from Bryant High School; all AP courses in European History, World History and Macroeconomics and French and German.
BA in History and French from UALR Summa C.L.
MIM in International Finance and Economics, American Grad School and International Management.
Is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCW). Specialized in Marriage/Relationship and Grief and Loss Therapy. Have had a number of Practice settings over the past 45 years including Private Practice, Teaching Graduate School (Human Sexuality), and agency settings. Has presented Clinical Workshops as well as Communication Workshops for 45 years.
Retired Program Coordinator, Information Technology Minor, Donaghey College of Engineering at University of Arkansas in Little Rock (UALR). BA from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, MA in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from UALR.
Has been a student of the Enneagram for many years including conducting training sessions for 190 people.
Mary Sha Moriarty
Retired from Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare
Studied at UAMS College of Nursing
Began facilitating LifeQuest Book Club in 2019
Distinguished retired English professor from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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.
Taught English at Hall High School and University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Was Executive Director of Just Communities of Arkansas. Has been in service to the Arkansas Repertory Theatre for over three decades including serving as the chair of the board of directors.
Senior Consultant, Arkana Laboratories, Little Rock, Arkansas
MD from Univ. of Oklahoma
Started in 1980 giving lectures to the general public on science topics and related theological overlaps about cosmology, origin of life, evolution, genetics and ethics, neuroscience, why is there something rather than nothing, time, multiverses, consciousness-matter, etc (relationships between science and religion/theology)
Has taught conversational Spanish for LifeQuest since 1997. "Hablamos Mas Espanol" is the name of her limited class.
Director of Volunteers and Membership at Historic Arkansas Museum
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.
Works for the Arkansas Encyclopedia via the Central Arkansas Library System. Lutheran pastor. Wrote "Unvarnished Arkansas" and "Natural State Notables."
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.
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.
Has taught Tai Chi Northern Wu style at LifeQuest since 2019.