Meet the Tutors

Meet the Tutors

Arno Attema – Achieving More from your Computer and Tablet

I have had an interest in technology my whole life. I worked for over 35 years as an electronics and communications professional in the radio and television industry. I have been a volunteer for 50 years with the State Emergency Service as an instructor in communications and IT. After professional retirement I spent five years as a volunteer instructor in the NBN Digital Hub at the Prospect Library helping others with NBN and IT problems.

Kristina Barnett – Canasta

I enjoy connecting with people and am a passionate advocate for community involvement and volunteering.
My professional background has included community development manager for a state organisation, teacher (primary & special education), cultural diversity trainer, lecturer, local government neighbourhood development officer and aged services team leader.
I have several tertiary qualifications including Masters of Education, Bachelor of Social Science, Diploma of Volunteer Management and Human Resources and Business Management.
Before retiring from paid work in 2016, I worked for COTA SA as State Coordinator Volunteers and Over-50s Clubs Project Officer. Currently I am a Prospect Council elected member (27 plus years) a volunteer for local community groups and for U3A Prospect as a Committee Member (policy) and Canasta tutor.

Chris Bunn – Birds, Australia’s Governors-General, Men’s Interest Book Group

I was a government veterinarian for 40 years with the Victorian and Commonwealth governments, specialising in farm animals and wildlife. I have always have had an interest in wildlife and in birds and being a veterinarian, especially their diseases.
After retirement I presented a program to the Canberra U3A called “Those birds and their flying machines”.
Having lived in Canberra for 25 years, where my wife worked at Old Parliament House, I have a special interest in federal politics and in Australian history. I also read many books and like to discuss with others what I have read.

Linda Christy – Out and About General Excursions, Guest Speaker on Kidney Health

I worked as a renal nurse for 21 years and since my retirement have been a volunteer for Kidney Health Australia.

Andrew Crowther – History on Thursday

I am a retired Associate Professor. MyPhD is in contemporary history and I have researched and published in a wide range of subjects and topics.

Simon Degeling – French Level 3

The son of Dutch migrants, I grew up on the NSW north coast and got a degree in French and History from Newcastle University. A few holiday jobs working as a steelworks labourer at the BHP steelworks during my undergraduate days paid for trips to Europe which resulted in a lengthy stay in France where I taught English and gained fluency in French. After a working life spent teaching in ACT government schools I managed to squeeze 15 months living in the French-speaking part of Switzerland teaching business English and then retired to Adelaide. One of life’s better decisions! As well as teaching at U3A Prospect, I have tutored an Advanced French Conversation class at U3A Adelaide for the past six years.

Marie Galletta – French Level 1, French Level 2, Italian for Beginners

I have been teaching French at U3A Prospect (now Inner North) since 2019 and at U3A Campbelltown since 2013. Before that, I worked in a private boys’ college for 17 years. I have visited France four times and love travelling and cruising in particular. I am on the Board at U3A Campbelltown, am a member of Inner Wheel NES and am Vice-President of the Arena Community Club.

Sue Garforth – History on Thursdays, Family History Workshops

After a varied career in the public service and private enterprise, I spent the last 15 years of my working life teaching in high schools in Australia and England. I am now happily retired and able to indulge my passion for history by lecturing at U3A.

Rodney Gracey – Armchair Travel

I retired from the SA Government in 2011 after 37 years of service and have enjoyed the benefits of retirement since that time.
I have always had an interest in travel and have traveled extensively both during my working career and since.
When I retired, I worked on a casual basis for 5 years with a small travel company which improved my knowledge of both domestic and international travel.
In recent times, prior to COVID, we traveled to Europe on an annual basis with shorter trips within Australia.  Each trip has had its highlights and have ranged in experience with two of the best being walking the Santiago de Compostela trail and traveling to Norway in winter and seeing the Northern Lights.
We normally travel with a small group of friends and I have often put together the itinerary and booked the travel arrangements.

Angy Henn – Murder Mystery Book Group, Out and About General Excursions

I grew up in Port Adelaide in the time when Port Adelaide was a bustling place and to this date I think I had the best playground because I was surrounded by factories (in the days where you could roam around them).  Although I matriculated at Taperoo High School in 1971, I didn’t start tertiary studies until the 1980’s.  I majored in politics and psychology from Flinders University and in 1998/99, I studied at Ballarat University obtaining  a Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hazard Management.  Predominantly, my latter working career focussed on health and safety or risk management.
I have interests in many things, these include music ranging from classical and opera to heavy rock (but not country), playing bridge, fine wines, running a Lamb’s Fry Appreciation Club, entertaining, gardening (growing vegetables) and reading books (including running The Murder Mystery Book Group).  However, the hobby that uses up a lot of my time is genealogy which I find both frustrating and fascinating.   Currently I have my direct line ancestors going back 10 generations on my father’s side and 11 generations on my mother’s side (roughly late 1500’s).  My current genealogy work is focussing on identifying the siblings of my Grandparents, Great Grandparents and Great Grandparents.
I stand by my word that “Retirement” is a full time job!

Jude Hennig – Classical Music Appreciation, Craft Group, Chinese History and Culture

I had several years of work experience in China, as an English teacher.
I was also a student counsellor for twenty years during my work life so I have an awareness of our need for strong mental health, especially as we age.  A big void in my life was filled when I discovered U3A Prospect at the beginning of 2019 after my forty six years in education came to an end in 2017. U3A offers us the opportunity to be continuing learners and tutors within our community and in doing so to maintain healthy bodies and brains.
I have enjoyed listening to classical music since childhood. I enjoy all aspects of classical music, particularly opera.

Anneke Hoffman – Explore Art

I am a retired secondary art teacher of 40 years who is also a practicing artist with skills in a wide range of media.

Helen Johnston – Be Aware – Being Overcharged or Scammed? Let’s Fight Back!

When teaching at Enfield High in the early 70’s I came across teenagers who couldn’t read or write. Since then I have studied and worked in the literacy field: firstly in schools, then TAFE and then universities.
I’m now retired after a long working life, with much of it spent in and around Prospect. For years I’ve watched what U3A offers and looked forward to having the time to broaden my interests, meet new people, get reacquainted with others, and together explore new interests. U3A does just that for me. 

Vonney Karpinski – Advanced Watercolours

I completed my Arts Degree in the 1980s. I enjoy life drawing and painting portraits and working in all media. I have taught art to primary age students as well as pottery to adults. Since retiring from running my own business, I now enjoys my “me time” in my own art studio and offer personalised tutoring.

Jo Kemp – Chinese History and Culture, Chinese for Beginners (Mandarin), Out and About general Excursions

I enjoy sharing my fascination with Chinese language, history and culture. I am no expert but I am particularly interested in ancient and imperial Chinese history. A few years ago I studied Mandarin in short courses in China, and with Chinese Studies, as a Bachelor degree at Adelaide University. It was so much fun being a (very) mature age student in University again. My first degree was in Psychology, Philosophy and Old and Middle English with a bit of Latin and English literature thrown in. In my working life I taught humanities subjects in secondary schools and later set up a picture framing shop and gallery. Now, besides gardening, camping and bushwalking I try to get to as many U3A talks and classes as I can…there is so much more to explore!

Pauline Kemp – Armchair Travel; Birds

I have lived in this area since my family arrived in Australia in 1959, as ten-pound poms. I studied medicine at Adelaide University and spent 35 interesting and fulfilling years as a general practitioner in Magill, with a particular interest in Women’s Health and Palliative Care. My husband David and I have two daughters, one a teacher and one a GP, and now have 2 beautiful grandchildren.
I have always enjoyed travel. I have been to 175 UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world and hopefully will be able to travel again one day. I maintain a travel blog and I have made over 50 photobooks of my travels and of my family. Since I retired in 2014 I have found time to further my interest in birds by joining the bird-watching group at Tea Tree Gully U3A, but I still consider myself very much an amateur. I also love singing, both with my choir, Women With Latitude, and to my grandchildren.

Liz Kerby-Eaton – French Level 3

I grew up in England where I completed an Honours degree in French and German at Sheffield University. This included 15 months living in France, studying at a French university for three months and then teaching English in a French school. After five years working in London and Paris as a translator of financial French, I arrived in Australia in late 1975. I set up my own conference management business in 1984 and spent the next 30 years managing national and international conferences for medical and scientific associations. I keep my French alive with frequent visits to France, watching French films and TV series and chatting to partner Simon in French.

David Kilner – Tell me what your think, Creative Writing Exercise Class, South Australian History

After majoring in history and politics at Adelaide University, I trained as a social worker and specialised in social policy, program development and program evaluation, including the writing of  significant social housing legislation and managing the housing strategy unit for the SA Housing Trust. I ran a human services consultancy firm for 20 years and worked part-time for various human services agencies as senior policy officer. Along the way I gathered a Ph. D. from Adelaide University. I am also a writer of crime fiction and have published three novels. I give lots of talks about crime fiction including the life and work of Agatha Christie. I also run the Prospect Local History Group and have a life long interest in history. I love to discus current affairs and the state of the world.

Sandra Lindemann – Tuesday guest Speaker – Love Your Parklands

I am a writer with particular interest in biography and community history. I am Secretary of the Adelaide Park Lands Association.

Kat Milner – Be Aware – Online Scams

I am the Founder of Create Your Change, a small business that supports other small businesses. As a way of giving back to the community, I certified as a Digital Mentor through Be Connected, a government initiative dedicated to helping mature Australians become more comfortable and confident online. I taught myself over 90% of her computer skills, and understands how confusing and daunting it can be to use “smart” devices and the internet. “I excels at making you feel comfortable learning, and I make the complex seem simple and easy.”

Evelyn Neuwirth – Friday Book Group

I am an avid reader and talker

Iwona Pattison – Strolling on Mondays, Out and About – Bushwalking with a Twist

I am a keen bushwalker and I have recently completed the 1200km Heysen Trail. I live near the Linear Park and having done these local walks a number of times, I am keen to share them with others. I love spending time in nature. My favourite place in the world is Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.
I have many hobbies and will try anything except singing, after I got kicked out of the school choir. I stopped working as a Social Worker over 3 years ago and now enjoy life full time. 

Jack Piesiewicz – Meditation

I am a retired high school teacher with a lifelong interest in spiritual matters, having been involved with a number of meditation groups.
I have also compiled/published a series of lectures titled ‘Where to from Here?; Spiritual Pathways’ and written ‘Beyond the Mirror; The continuation of the journey’ and ‘Light, Love & Law; Spiritual Insights’.

Teresa Pizzino – Mosaics

I have been a mosaic artist for over 10 years and am the group leader of the CrackPots, a local community Mosaic group.

Lyn Porter – Circle Dancing

I have been teaching Circle Dancing to U3A Adelaide & U3A Adelaide Hills since 2013.
I regularly receive Professional Development with trained world master Circle Dance teachers within Australia and overseas, and I belong to the world Circle Dancing network.

Heather Purcell – Circle Dancing

 I am very pleased to be joining Lyn to co- facilitate Happy Feet Circle Dancing in 2022. I was introduced to circle dancing about 6 years ago, attending Lyn’s monthly sessions at the Sophia Centre. Retirement has enabled me to attend weekly at U3A Inner North where I enjoy the company of the other dancers in the group and the meditative practise of moving to music.
I have enjoyed dancing since childhood and learnt ballet until the age of 15. As an adult I attended folk dancing sessions for fitness for 15 years.
Circle dancing has many benefits in promoting wellbeing by bringing a sense of unity and strengthening the mind, balance, coordination and flexibility of movement.
I enjoy the variety of dances and music both traditional and more recent and the opportunity to dance with a friendly group in a  light hearted setting.

Cynthia Pyle – Out and About General Excursions

I taught high school geology for many years. I run a Geology course at Tea Tree Gully U3A and am on the excursion committee of the Field Geology Club.

Jenny Rossiter – Photography, Quiz session ‘On the tip of my Tongue’

I am a retired teacher and an enthusiastic amateur photographer who enjoys experimenting, being creative and having fun! I also enjoy a range of creative activities including pastel drawing , woodwork and playing the flute as well as spending time with my family and two adorable grandsons.
My husband Neil and I have been doing “the Fifty Questions’ in the Advertiser for many years. Averaging about 33 correct per week (most answered by Neil), I felt I was probably better at being the organiser of a quiz session rather than a participant!

Neil Rossiter – Quiz session ‘On the tip of my Tongue’

I enjoy researching local history, often spending time at the State Library and State Archives. I have spent over 10 years being involved with the Prospect Local History Group and the restoration of the WW2 Prospect Air Raid Shelter which recently gained State Heritage Listing.

Jenny Smith – Tuesday Film Group, Friday Book Group

Jenny is ebullient, and a confident, colourful and enthusiastic retired teacher who very much believes in food, emotional and economic sustainability.
Her life has always, is always, and will always, be about what she can do for others and the community and the environment, local, national and international.  She is creative, a passionate gardener and keen follower of most areas of The Arts.
Jenny has been a committee member for Mothers & Babies HA; Playgroups; Kindergartens; Primary & High Schools; Dragon-Boating SA; GFS Peace Foundation; Prospect Community Garden; Prospect Gallery and Prospect U3A. She has volunteered at WOMAD and for a 3rd time on an eye-clinic to very poor areas of Nepal. She loves reading; swimming and travelling!

Jeff Standfield – Craft Beer and Berger Enthusiasts Group

I have a University science degree in the fields of organic chemistry and biochemistry.  I spent the first 12 years of my working life in chemistry laboratories.  A deeper interest in alcoholic beverages thus emerged from the traditional beginnings in teenage hood.
I was also head chef at home during the first 35 years of my married life.  Even the kids liked my cooking.  Hence the desire to intermingle cuisine with the investigations into beverage philosophy.

Karen Tierney – Wednesday Book Group

I trained as a Social Worker and spent my working life in the State and Federal Public Service, in mental health, child protection, public policy and Centrelink management. I have lived in the Nailsworth area for 30+ years.
Since retiring in 2014, I have relished the opportunity to travel more with my husband, Jon, and to indulge my interests in reading, learn and practice mosaics and increase my walking and fitness activities. I enjoy cooking, entertaining, geology and have recently taken up croquet. I am a member of 2 book groups, including being co-ordinator of the Wednesday book group.

Daniel Turner – Mah Jong Beginners; Mah Jong Non-Beginners, Out and About – Adelaide University

I really enjoy playing Mah Jong, playing a number of time a week.
I am also an avid film buff going to the cinema when ever I can.
I worked in the area of Aboriginal Education for almost 35 years at both State & Commonwealth levels.
For 18 of those years I was a student advisor at The University of Adelaide, which is how I am able to impart interesting information & folk-lore on the buildings, grounds & surrounds of the Uni.

Dale Wache – History on Thursday

I am a retired academic whose training was in the social sciences and has contributed to my being a passionate history explorer. My academic career focused on enhancing the quality of teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation in face-to-face and online environments in higher education. I am a social media tragic and FaceBook is my main addiction!

Fiona Wald – Social Table Tennis

I am a retired teacher, having taught primary, secondary and special needs students. I have lived in Prospect for the last forty years with my husband Andrew, who was also a teacher. We have four children and three (now five!) grandchildren. I enjoy overseas travel, pottering about in my garden, sewing, knitting and other crafts as well as dabbling a bit with watercolours.
I have played table tennis since I was 10 years old and still play occasionally, socially and competitively.