Lifelong Learning members having a discussion



Meet the current Lifelong Learning Instructors

DR. OLIN B. SANSBURY JR., Chancellor Emeritus of USC Spartanburg (now Upstate) is a 1959 graduate of Wofford with a B.A. in history. After serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he earned a Ph.D. in international studies from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Sansbury worked in journalism, education and nonprofit management. He lives in Tryon with his wife, Mary Ann, a writer and author of two novels.

RONALD SWAIN earned his Master’s degree + 30 hours at Tulane University. He retired from teaching French at Metairie Park Country Day School in 2006 after 37 years. He is currently a volunteer at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum and loves opera, history, old movies and everything French. 

COLLEEN TWENTYMAN has worked for the Spartanburg County Historical Association for 10 years. She has been a tour guide for two of Spartanburg’s historic homes and a local history enthusiast and instructor at various organizations in the area. Twentyman works at the association giving tours, creating rotating exhibits for display and enriching the collection. She is excited to bring her experience to Lifelong Learning by teaching classes and leading tours, especially to newcomers to Spartanburg who may be unfamiliar with the city’s rich historical background.

AMY WEAVER, a retired medical technologist, picked up watercolor painting seven years ago when she retired from the healthcare industry. She is a self-taught artist who has participated in a number of workshops with several national artists. Her goal is to provide an unintimidating, supportive environment for artistic self-expression through watercolor painting.

BRENDA LYTLE began her career with degrees from Furman University and the University of South Carolina. She has been a teacher for more than 38 years and has developed science curriculum for the State Department of Education in North Carolina. After becoming the president of the South Carolina Science Teachers Association, she was elected to the National Science Teachers Association Board of Directors. She enjoys teaching others how to improve their lives through outstanding eating practices for overall well-being.

DR. MAXINE APPLEBY received her B.A. from Winthrop College (now Winthrop University) and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Now retired, she has taught as an adjunct professor at Limestone College and USC and has been a public and private school teacher for 50 years.

NATASHA CIMOSZEWICZ-HARLAN grew up in Poland during Russian-imposed communism. She speaks Russian, has travelled extensively throughout the region, and has met and worked with multiple Russian government and cultural leaders, including Vladimir Putin. Harlan has written a number of speeches for the United Nations, the European Union and European Parliament during the time that her father, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, was the Foreign Minister of Poland. Harlan and her husband have two daughters they adopted from the Russian Ural mountains, and currently reside in Spartanburg.

DR. GREG BOESHAAR holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Ohio State University and has published research articles on the chemical composition and evolution of gaseous nebulae and galaxies. He has worked at many U.S. national observatories and his space science engineering experience includes the Hubble Space Telescope development and NASA planetary exploration mission assessment. For twenty-five years, he has enjoyed training and titling Golden Retrievers and an Akita in AKC obedience and agility. Currently, Greg teaches astronomy at Wofford College and dabbles at writing non-fiction books.

GEORGE RUSSELL has been playing social and Tournament Bridge for over 40 years. He manages club games in Spartanburg and Tryon and has taught numerous beginning and intermediate lessons in Spartanburg and Tryon.

MICAH VALENTINE graduated with a B.S. in occupational training and development from the University of Louisville. He has been a financial advisor since 2010 and enjoys sharing his knowledge about navigating the financial world with others. He currently serves on the board of directors for Langston Charter Middle School.

As the Squire of Dark Corner, DEAN CAMPBELL gives deep insights into this famous, yet infamous, mountainous region in northern Greenville County, South Carolina. He is a native son whose maternal and paternal ancestors came to the area in 1784 and 1832. He was the first person to delineate the Dark Corner, in both words and photographs, by physical boundaries, by living philosophies, by moonshining and superstition, by spirituality and by scenic beauty. He was Associate Producer for The Dark Corner, a 92-minute, historically accurate documentary DVD, produced by Dark Corner Films, Inc., and premiered at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville. The full version video appears on The Documentary Channel, while a shorter version appears regularly on SCETV. He is a columnist for the Tryon Daily Bulletin, and has just completed 150 Twice-told Tales of the Dark Corner, 72 of which have already been published in a book of the same title, along with a bound-in CD of 12 Twice-sung Ballads. The remaining 78 will be available in book form soon.

BEN LINEBERRY received his bachelor’s degree in history from Wofford College and a master’s degree from Converse College. He taught at Spartanburg High School from 1985 to 2008 and continues to teach at Spartanburg Community College. He served aboard the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk and the U.S.S. Independence.

JAMES ELLIS GRIFFETH is a Wofford graduate from the class of 1964. Following the completion of a Master of Divinity at Duke University, he served a successful and honorable career as a beloved and effective minister in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served for 44 continuous years after graduating from Duke, and the middle 23 years were spent as a chaplain with the Greenville Health System after training as a chaplain resident at Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia.

JACK FISHER worked as a Top 40/rock ‘n’ roll DJ for the entire decade of the 1960s at various stations across the United States. If Fisher looks familiar, it may be because he was one of the original teenage regular dancers on “American Bandstand”. Soon after he left the show, Fisher produced the TV dance show “Summertime at the Pier” from Steel Pier in Atlantic City on NBC-TV/Philly.

JAMES (JIM) JOYNER III currently manages taxation and valuation services at Joyner Burnette CPA Firm and is a managing member at Integra Valuation Consulting, LLC. He has travelled to Israel many times, and befriended many archeologists working on various sites and digs. Jim's family members often accompany him on his journeys as he travels to study the history of Israel, the people that lived on the land, and the spiritual traditions that brought them there.

JOHN OSBURN was born in Palm Springs, California and raised in Hollywood. After spending some time in Europe with the Navy, John obtained his BA in Economics from the University of Maryland. He moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina, over 30 years ago with his family, and continues to live and work in the city. He went to school with Bob Hope and Loretta Young’s children.

A Korean War veteran, BOB PERRIN attended the University of Maine, University of Idaho and the University of Washington, earning graduate degrees in history, political science and library science. He taught on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, in northwest Alberta and on the North Island of New Zealand, where he also managed a small farm with 5,000 sheep and 800 Angus cattle. He taught at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., and Jamestown College in North Dakota and served as the library director at USC Upstate. Perrin in now self-employed and lives in the Upstate with his wife, Sue Perrin.

DAVID GROTE, who has taught several different Lifelong Learning courses, is a retired high school teacher. Also retired from the U.S. Army, he is married and has two grown daughters with families of their own. David has played acoustic guitar for 32 years and enjoys a large volume of music that he loves to play and sing. David has taught courses in economics as well as American law, Government, History, and the short stories of Ernest Hemingway. David believes in living life to the fullest at any age, and as a guitar player, painter, world traveler, woodcarver, sports player and scuba diver, he aims to lead by example!
A graduate of USC Upstate, JULIE WARD has taught adult fitness for over 25 years. She obtained a certification in Physical Education on top of her degree, and currently teaches group fitness classes at the Spartanburg YMCA. Julie has four adult children with Gary Ward, her husband of 38 years. The couple has five grandchildren, as well. When she is not spending time with her family, Julie enjoys living a very active life with frequent exercise, outdoor activities and participating in various activities with her church. Julie aims to teach others about how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle at any age or level of fitness.

ROGER UPTON is a lifelong hiker and outdoorsman. He has written for several local and regional publications on the subject of hiking. As a trail guide, Roger organizes and leads hikes all over the state-and beyond! He is the founder and operator of the hiking brand, Carolina Trekker.

DR. EDNA ELLISON is the former national editor of the magazine Royal Service. She is the author of 37 books, one of which has been published within the last few months. As a lifelong speaker, teacher and trainer, Edna has taught in various settings including high schools, colleges and seminaries. She is passionate to see Spartanburg excel as a hub of vigorous literary culture.