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Instructor Bios

David Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He has an extensive background in popular, jazz and classical guitar styles, both as a performer and as a recording artist. He has given guitar and piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels.  His
teaching method involves helping students to improve both their music reading and aural skills.  He offers hands-on demonstrations of the techniques that students need in order to become better guitarists.

David teaches Beginning & Intermediate Guitar, Pop Music 20th Century to Present Day as well as Music Theory Simplified for EMCC.

Malcolm Blazer has been a professional artist for over 30 years and in the valley since 1989. He has trained at the Laguna College of Art & Design. In addition to instructing Malcolm also does critiques and judging for art groups in the West Valley
area, and at Arizona Art Supply in Sun City. Malcolm’s paintings are in corporate and private collections across the United States. 

Malcom teaches Basic Drawing, Oil Painting and leads our Artist for a Day Series for EMCC.

Mary Dickson is the co-founder of the Arizona Hoarding Task Force (AzHTF) and is also the Building Safety and Fire Official for the City of El Mirage.  The AzHTF is a collaborative effort of diverse community organizations and representatives dedicated to the education, prevention and rehabilitation of the complex behavioral disorder of residential hoarding. Mary has handled numerous hoarding cases including animal hoarding and squalor cases.

Mary teaches Hoarding- Beneath the Clutter for EMCC.

Beverly Garwood has worked in many art mediums over her 40 year career.  She enjoys working in clay, metals, and paints.  Beverly has completed her degree in Art and Business.  She has sold her art work at boutique's, online and at art shows.  When not teaching Clay Sculpturing for Community Education Beverly can be found in EMCC's Academic Advising department.

Jerrie Gathe is a retired RN.  Jerrie experienced true healing from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatique Syndrome and Chronic Lower Back Pain through Dahn Yoga.  She completed her yoga training and now shares her story of hope and healing by teaching classes throughout the West Valley with as many people as possible. 

Jerrie teaches Dahn Yoga for EMCC.

Jean Sullivan has taught visual arts for over 25 years, specializing in stained glass, watercolor and ceramics.  Jean has shown art all over the valley, and participates in various art shows locally. She is a full time High School teacher and gives private art lessons as well.

Jean teaches Beginning & Intermediate Watercolors and Stained Glass for EMCC.

Jan M. Whalen, is the author of an award winning book Rock Solid Confidence: Presenting Yourself with Assurance, Poise and Power, a presentation coach of 25 years, a book publishing coach, seminar leader and keynote speaker. Specializing in Youth and Women’s groups, she brings uplifting motivation to each person with whom she works.

Jan teaches Customer Service, Rock Solid Confidence and Writing the Story of Your Life for EMCC.