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Adventures in LearningInstructor bios

Molly Bollier

In her fiction, Molly Bollier writes about complicated relationships between mothers and children and about women who reconstruct their lives after tragedy. She also writes a blog that offers essays and resources for readers and writers ( as well as a Substack newsletter (I’m Fascinated) featuring a list of the most interesting things she’s read, heard or experienced each week. She self-published her first book (The Teeny Tennie Shoe) in kindergarten, which sold four copies. Though she’s never abandoned her writing, she studied Accounting at the University of Southern California and worked in Corporate Accounting for twelve years before getting serious and earning her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. Originally from Los Angeles, she now lives in Charlotte with her husband and children. Other than reading and writing, she enjoys hiking, running, yoga, gardening, and cooking.

Roy Colquitt

Roy Colquitt is a native North Carolinian who earned a BA from NC State University, an MA from UNC Chapel Hill, an MEd, and a Ph.D. from Duke University. I have taught high school, community college, and university students and have been an administrator on all three levels. I have worked and/or lived in Iran, Brazil, Jordan, Spain, Italy and Japan. My areas of teaching include American and British literature, American history, American government, history of art and architecture, and philosophy. My major hobby is planning my next month-long trip to Europe -I go every year!

Jack Hunter

Jack Hunter, a long time Charlottean, moved here when I was 6 years old and except for 5 years in Raleigh at NC State, 21/2 years in the Peace Corps (Liberia and the Fiji Islands) and 5 years in Columbia, SC, I have spent the remainder of my 73 years in Charlotte. As you may have imagined, I have seen significant change in the city and have experienced significant change and growth personally as well.

I was a type A personality in the corporate world and was what some folks might term as tightly wound. I discovered yoga when I was 60 years old and have often wished I had found the practice of yoga earlier in my life. When I decided to take my yoga practice deeper, I knew I would need to take YTT (yoga teacher training), not with the plan to teach, but more to deepen my personal yoga practice. I graduated from 200 hr YTT in May of 2019 and through some unusual circumstances, decided to teach after all. I have been teaching ever since.

Bill Logan

Bill Logan is a retired physician with interests in most fields of Science, particularly Natural History. He graduated from Davidson College and Duke Medical Schools and completed his residency in Dermatology at the Mayo Clinic. He earned a Master’s Degree in medical research before deciding on private practice in North Carolina, with no regrets about leaving Minnesota winters. He served as Chairman of the Nalle Clinic Dermatology Department in Charlotte for 35 years, serving also as a consulting physician for CMC hospital, where he originated the Outpatient Dermatology Clinic for Indigent Patients. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Dermatology for UNC, Chapel Hill, for 24 years and authored 9 articles for the medical literature. He has played a role in the Botany program at UNCC working with Dr. Mellichamp and Dr. “Heck” and on the Board of Advisors for the Botanical Gardens and chairing committees of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. He served as Chairman of Mecklenburg County’s Treasure Tree Program for 9 years. He also has been a member of the Charlotte Gem and Mineral Club having lectured on occasion and competed in Mineral Displays and Lapidary competitions. After retirement, he was sole proprietor of Spectrum Minerals, participating in numerous East Coast Mineral shows for 12 years. He has expertise in the mineral Rhodochrosite and published the definitive book on Rhodochrosite collecting and display.

Tommy Nichols

Bio coming soon!

Joe Spencer

Joe Spencer is a long time AIL member. In addition to interests in poetry, tennis, sailing and photography, he’s a reader of technology and current events. He’s an NC State graduate, did postgraduate work at USC and UVA, and worked as an engineer for Alcoa, Dupont, York TEC, Midrex, and Catalytic, as well as a consultant for various smaller companies. 

Caroline Tippette

Caroline Tippette is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a fine arts degree focused in Painting and Ceramics as well as a bachelor’s degree in Art Education. She received her MPA in Arts Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities and employing art as a method for exploration and experimentation. With a focus on drawing techniques, storytelling, and mixed media processes, her work is relatable to those from many different backgrounds. Her background in the fine arts, fostered by working in contemporary artists’ studios as well as her experience teaching in public schools, allows her to teach many higher-level art techniques to those of all ages and experience levels.

Gerrit Voogt

Bio coming soon!

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