Meet the Instructors

Aubrey Baker  

Aubrey Baker — As the Manger of Education Programming and Community Outreach with Kentucky Opera, Aubrey Baker is dedicated to advocating for music education and outreach opportunities. Ms. Baker has previously worked within the Education department of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and stage-managed the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association performances. She has taught music courses with Roane State Community College and Tusculum College as well as maintained a private music studio. Aubrey received her Bachelors of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her Masters of Music from the University of Kentucky, with additional training and performance with Miami University Frost School of Music in Salzburg, Austria and with La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy.

Dr. Diane M. Calhoun-French  

Dr. Diane M. Calhoun-French received her bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine College, her master’s degree from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D.—all in English—from the University of Louisville. In 1981 she joined the faculty of Jefferson Community College-Southwest. She assumed the position of Dean of Academic Affairs in 1984. In 2001 she was named Interim President of Jefferson Community and Technical College. After the appointment of a permanent president, she became the college’s first Provost in 2002.

Paul Cappiello  

Dr. Paul Cappiello -- plant researcher, author, photographer, plant explorer and international lecturer -- holds a bachelor's degree in environmental planning and design from Rutgers University and a master's degree and doctorate in horticulture from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Jasmine Farrier  

Jasmine Farrier, who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, became interested in political science as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In graduate school, she studied American political development at the University of Texas at Austin and received her Ph.D. in 2000.  She has been teaching at the University of Louisville for the past 12 years. Her books include Congressional Ambivalence: The Political Burdens of Constitutional Authority and Passing the Buck: Congress, the Budget, and Deficits

Cathy Fyock  

Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the author of seven books, including On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeks. She is "The Business Book Strategist," and works with professionals and thought leaders who want to write a book as a business growth strategy.

Cathy also works with aspiring authors through her anthology projects. Serving as editor, she guides participants to write their book chapters with their names on the cover. Her anthologies include: What's Next in Human Resources, Rethinking Human Resources, Lessons in Leadership, and Evolution of Human Resources.

Portrait of a young Galileo  

Christopher M. Graney is professor of physics and astronomy at Jefferson Community & Technical College.  Graney, whose degrees are from the University of Dayton in physics and University of Virginia in astrophysics, also helps run the Otter Creek-South Harrison Observatory. He is the author of scholarly papers on subjects ranging from gas flows in clusters of galaxies to the physics of ping pong to the history of science. 

Professor Graney's work is featured in this September's Physics Today - click here (after clicking, scroll down the page to see the article).

Thomas Mackey  

Organist and conductor Eugene Lavery holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School in New York and is Organist and Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church in Louisville. Eugene frequently performs solo recitals in notable venues around the world, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, London; St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York; and Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos, Nigeria.

Thomas Mackey  

Pianist, singer, and conductor Sharon Lavery holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School in New York. She has served on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and assisted in the preparation of choruses at New York City Opera. Currently a faculty member of the Louisville Classical Academy, Sharon performs on faculty recitals at the University of Kentucky and will be a pianist for Kentucky Opera’s production of Daron Hagen’s A Woman in Morocco this spring.

Thomas Mackey  

Thomas C. Mackey (Ph.D.) is a Professor of History and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Louis Brandeis School of Law. He has taught at Michigan State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University, and, since 1991, the University of Louisville.  The author or editor of four books; the University of Tennessee Press has just published his fourth book project, A Documentary History of the United States Civil War Era, Vols. 1-4 (2012-2014).

Instructor Frank Nelson  

Frank Nelson is an amateur astronomer who has been looking at the night sky since he got his first telescope in the early 1980's. He is a member of the Louisville Astronomical Society.

Louisville FC coach James O'Connor  

James O’Connor, a former Irish professional footballer, is the head coach of Louisville City FC. Coach O'Connor is teaching a Fast Class discussing Louisville’s new professional soccer team, including the rules of the game and the history of the sport.

Dr. Patty Payette  

Dr. Patty Payette is director of the Ideas to Action initiative and a senior associate director at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville. She has taught a variety of courses at the college level -- including women and literature, multicultural fiction, the coming-of-age genre and writing and composition. 

She earned her Ph.D. in 2001 from the Department of English at Michigan State University. In her current role at UofL, Payette works with faculty and academic departments across the campus to strengthen student learning and foster innovative teaching practices in the classroom.  

Zan Sawyer-Dailey  

Zan Sawyer-Dailey, associate director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, in her 28th year with the company, coordinates artistic resources and personnel, including casting for all productions and readings. A master teacher for the Apprentice Company as well as at University of Louisville, she holds a B.A. in theatre arts from Butler University and an M.F.A. in arts administration from Florida State University.

Dr. William C. Schrader  

Dr. William C. Schrader (Ph.D., History, The Catholic University of America) is a native Louisvillian and retired professor of history, whose focus is the Early Modern (c.1350 to 1800) period of European History. He formerly taught at Tennessee Technological University and is a current teacher for Bellarmine University’s Veritas Program.


Dr. Douglas Shadle (Ph.D., M.A., Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of Louisville, where he currently teaches courses for general undergraduates, music majors, and graduate music students.

A specialist in American classical music, Shadle's other research interests include sacred music, African American music, the Gregorian chant revival, and French modernism.


Ron C. Stiller is a local AIA architect who formerly taught at Ball State University’s College of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning.

Dr. Amy Tudor  

Dr. Amy Tudor holds both a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities and a M.F.A. in Poetry. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on war and Death Studies at Bellarmine, on campus and in London, England through Bellarmine’s Study Abroad program.


Dr. Edward C. Wunsch is a licensed clinical social worker with a doctorate in medical ethics.


Marina Zaldivar holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from Havana, Cuba and a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Sullivan University. She is currently the Interpreter Services Coordinator and Accounting Specialist for Kentucky Refugee Ministries. She also serves various agencies in Louisville as a Spanish Interpreter.

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