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TELOS LogoOctavio Carrasco

Teaching for TELOS – since Winter 2020
Courses taught in TELOS program:
Music, Art, and Social Change
U.S. Borderlands: Immigration, Culture and Identity

Background, education, and interests:
Octavio Pascal Carrasco is an historian of American culture and music with special interest in the processes of social change, cultural resistance, and the religious imagination. As an undergraduate student at Princeton University, he was blessed to work with Dr. Cornel West, exploring the religious dimensions of Tupac Shakur’s music and death. He completed his Masters Degree at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA where he developed and taught the course Music & Art for Social Change. He was further blessed to complete his PhD work at Union Theological Seminary in NY, focusing on “the long sixties” as a period of profound awakening in American history.

Octavio’s primary mode of transportation is walking, using the “eyes in his feet” to remain connected with his surroundings. His academic studies are grounded in his time living in Guatemala, Spain (Barcelona is his favorite world city!) and the Czech Republic. He can be found teaching English as a second language wherever there are students and juggling book loans at ALL the local libraries. He also likes sea turtles.


Steven Gersman portraitSteven Gersman

Teaching for TELOS – starting Winter 2018
Courses taught in TELOS program
Art Mashup
Views of the News with Steve

Educational Background
Steve Gersman has a dual Masters Degree in Organizational Communication as well as Training & Development, a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, and is a graduate in management from a Swiss hotel school. He worked for over 30 years working in training & development as well as eight years in the hospitality/tourism industry with a focus on sustainability. He has taught and guest lectured at several Washington state Community Colleges over the years. He is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. When living in New York, Steve studied film and television, and voice.
Professional experience
Steven was the National Manager of Training at Verizon Wireless and, subsequent to hotel management school in Switzerland, a partner at Calyx Sustainable Tourism, a green hotel and sustainable tourism consultancy in Seattle, WA. He is now retired.
Personal interests
Since his studies in film and television in New York, Steve has continued a passionate interest in these arts as well as theater, painting and design-related subjects. He also maintains a long-term and continuing interest in sustainability, in volunteer work and a passion for politics. He describes himself as an art enthusiast. He has been involved in a number of non-profit organizations over the years, many of which involve education and community leadership. He has taught classes in the TELOS program and attends several TELOS classes each quarter.


Marna Hanneman portrait Marna Hanneman

Teaching for TELOS – since Spring 2017
Course taught inTELOS program
Gentle Yoga
Educational background
University of Maryland, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration; marketing and management, 1971;
State of Washington, 2008), Certified Insurance Agent, for Supplemental Life and Disability Coverage and Long Term Care;
Yoga Alliance (2004)-Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the nationally and internationally-recognized Yoga Alliance, emphasizing Hata yoga in the “Iyengar” style.
Professional experience
General Manager/Partner and Operations Executive, Hanneman Family LLC, February 1987 – Present (30 years)   17 years): Full-spectrum responsibility for all facets (marketing, purchasing, production, cost management, accounting, finances, educational outreach, personnel and union matters) of Trade Printery, the oldest (100+years) Union publishing/printing business in the greater Seattle area.

Experience related to course topic if different from Professional experience
Marna Hanneman has been teaching yoga at Bellevue College through the Explore Program for over 15 years.
Special Achievements and Honors
Her Gentle Yoga curriculum has become well known as a resource for people returning to an exercise routine in a safe way. Marna has a designation of E-RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance, an international organization that adheres to the fundamental principles of Yoga to “Do No Harm.”


Ron Hobbs portraitRon Hobbs

Teaching for TELOSsince Fall 2013
Courses taught in TELOS program
Astrobiology: Looking for Life in the Universe

Space, the Final Frontier: Rovers, Robots and Astronauts in the Third Great Age of Exploration
New Paradigms in Health and Medicine
Being at Home in the Universe
Being at Home in the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy
Barnstorming the Solar System
Topics in Astronomy and Space Science
The Future of the Final Frontier
Asteroids, Comets, and Ocean Worlds
Educational background
Attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1968-1971
BA in Humanities, New College of California, 1982
ND (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine), Bastyr University, 1984
Intensive leadership training, Institute for Creative Development, 1985-1992
Coursework in Public Health, University of Washington, 1989-1995
Professional experience
As a young man, Ron wanted to be a part of NASA’s proposed mission to Mars, beginning his undergraduate career in Aerospace Engineering. When it became apparent that this was highly unlikely, he began to explore the planet of his birth and became an environmental activist. Ron is trained as a naturopathic physician, licensed in Washington State since 1984. He is a life-long learner and an educator who has taught in a wide variety of formal and informal settings, and is passionately committed to sharing the wonders of nature from a scientific context and to the emergence of a just and sustainable civilization in the Solar System. He has taught, spoken and written extensively on topics as diverse as herbal medicine, public health, astronomy and mountaineering.
Experience related to course topics if different from professional experience
For fifteen years Ron has served as a volunteer Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is also on the Speakers Bureau at the Museum of Flight. Since becoming an Ambassador in 2001, he has given over 200 presentations to various organizations.
Ron is a Charter Member of the Friends of the UW Medicinal Herb Garden and for a decade provided docent tours in the Garden. Ron is the lead author of “Treating Arthritis” in the Natural Pharmacist series by Prima Publishing. From 2005 to 2013, Ron served as an Educator and Public Programs Coordinator at the Museum of Flight
Special Achievements and Honors
For most of his career Ron led Admissions for Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine, recruiting many of the next generation of naturopathic physicians and presiding over growth in enrollment that transformed Bastyr to an internationally recognized training ground in natural medicine. For two years he served as the Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, the first new naturopathic medical college in the eastern United States in over 50 years. As Dean he opened and staffed the UB College of Naturopathic Medicine clinical training facility; obtained accreditation by the Connecticut State Department of Higher Education; completed application for professional accreditation to the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education; and achieved passage of a Bill in the Connecticut Assembly allowing UBCNM to teach the full scope of naturopathic medicine.
Personal interests
As you might guess Ron likes Astrobiology, and also poetry.


Cheryl Inouye portraitCheryl Inouye

Teaching for TELOS – starting Fall 2017
Courses taught in TELOS program
Tai Chi for Beginners I
Tai Chi for Beginners II
Tai Chi Intermediate
Educational background
Studied Yang style 77 movement form with Jerome Powell for seven years 2006-2013;
Began studying the Yang Family 103 Hand Form at the Yang Chengfu Center, Redmond, in 2012.
Studied Sun style Tai Chi for Arthritis form in 2011 with Brian Hata, Sr Instructor at Embrace the Moon School and the Tai Chi for Health Institute.
Studied Chen style 19 movement form with Kim Ivey at Embrace the Moon School in 2012.
In addition, Cheryl Inouye has completed numerous classes, seminars, and workshops.
Professional experience
Cheryl currently teaches a Hand Form class, leads a weekly Practice class, studies Push Hands and the Sword Form and continues 103 Hand Form refinement at the Yang Chengfu Center.
Also, she is currently teaching Beginning 103 Hand Form class at the Northwest Arts Center. She has taught Tai Chi for Arthritis form at Coal Creek YMCA, 2012-2014, and Bellevue YMCA in 2014 and 2016.
Special Achievements and Honors
Certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute and the Arthritis Foundation in 2011 as a Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor, Levels I and II.


 John JensenJohn Jensen portrait

Teaching for TELOS – since Winter 2016
Courses taught in TELOS program
The Home Front During World War II
The Early Days of Radio
Brit on the Border
Professional experience
John Jensen is a former San Francisco broadcaster who has been an avid collector of music, movies, and radio broadcasts of the 1930s and 40s. Early fascination led to employment as general manager of KMPX, (KMPXRadio.com) a radio station devoted to playing the music and radio broadcasts of those years. He produced a world-wide live radio broadcast honoring the US Navy’s 200th Anniversary, starring, in-person, Bing Crosby, Mel Blanc, and other radio stars from the 1940s.
As an audio historian, he has provided research and assorted media to filmmakers, such as Jack Haley, Jr., Frances Ford Coppola, and George Lucas. He recently retired as Senior Director of Public Relations for the humanitarian organization, World Vision. Since then he has been lecturing at various venues throughout the Puget Sound area on events surrounding the Great Depression and World War II.
Special Achievements and Honors
In 1992, he directed the 50th Anniversary Salute to Armed Forces Radio in a broadcast heard world-wide. John has been selected to be a speaker for the Humanities Washington Speaker’s Bureau for the next two years and will be touring our state giving talks.

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