Instructors

 

 

Lenila L. Batali

Lenila has owned and operated Designs by Lenila, an online stationery store since 2003. Her award winning company sells cards and accessories around the world specializing in unique hand-made invitations & announcements combining soft watercolors, organic textures and inspirations for your soul. For more information  www.designsbylenila.com.

Lenila holds a bachelors degreee in Architecture from Cal Poly SLO and practiced in the architectural field for 13 years before she decided to start her own company. Because of her 21 year old autistic daughter Tiana, she is heavily involved in the special needs world. Lenila directs the Jeremiah's Ranch Support Group once a month, enjoys teaching Dance to people with special needs at the local community center and is a certified Special Needs Quality of Life Coach helping people with varying abilities in their art business.

 

 

Serena A. Batali

Serena Batali has over 10 years of dancing experience and has choreographed musical numbers with performers with various challenges and abilities. She has a sister with autism and has developed an innate ability to coach individuals with special needs.

 

 

BJ Lane

BJ has exhibited her art in galleries since 1977. She has taught art classes, offered private tutoring (including adults, children and special needs students) and held workshops and demos for several years for the L. A. County Libraries, the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre and other Art Associations. In 1988, while raising her family, she first began volunteering to enhance regular elementary school programs with art curriculum. After the birth of her autistic daughter, she began volunteering in special-ed classrooms working with students and teachers on specialized art curriculum. Jeremiah's Ranch and it's plan for the future attracted her and her family to relocate from L.A. Area to Fallbrook, where she now resides.

BJ Lane's professional artwork includes a variety of mediums including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolor, sculpture, oilbars, encaustic and digital medium. Her past demonstrations, classes and workshops include drawing, portraiture, sculpture, painting and iPad Art. Since 2006, Bj has exhibited her work in over 50 venues in the Los Angeles area. Several pieces of her work are included in the Permanent Collection of the Inland Empire Museum of Art and the Latino Art Museum in Pomona. In addition, she was selected as the 2013-14 artist to represent the 25th district in the Senate Art Exhibit at the CA State Capitol. Bj Lane is a member of the Fallbrook Art Guild, and is a currently gallery artist at the Emerald C Gallery in Coronado Island.

 

 

Karen Douglas

Karen was born in Minnesota, but spent most of her life in Southern California. She is the mother of two sons and has three grandchildren. She raised her oldest grandson, Alec, who has autism. Karen and Alec have lived in Fallbrook since 2001.

Karen chose a law enforcement career and retired from the California Highway Patrol in 2008, after 30+ years of service. She has a B.S. Degree in Business Management, but comes from a family of talented artists and has always been involved in some form of expressive art. After retirement, she discovered the Welburn Gourd Farm, and her adventure in gourd art began. She has taken many gourd classes in both California and Arizona, and is a memeber of the Misty Washington Gourd and Basket Guild in Encinitas. She has also taken classes to learn the art of making pine needle baskets and has crafted many for family and friends. It was at the Guild that she learned the Kumihimo braiding technique, which she has taught privately.

Karen has been attending the Jeremiah's Ranch Support Group meetings for several years, and recently volunteered to become an instructor at the CAE.

 

 

 

John Heller

John Heller has been a licensed contractor for 36 years and has worked on many different aspects of construction from remodeling projects to construction of new homes. John has spent a lot of time in his woodshop creating and completing small and sometimes large wood projects, He enjoys teaching and watching kids as they grow in knowledge of how to complete task-based projects. John has a 20 year old son, Trent, with down syndrome; the experience with his own son has taught him patience and understanding. He looks forward to teaching and watching other students grow and learn safe practices when working with wood.

 

 

Max Myers

Max Myers has taught graduate level courses at Golden Gate University, San Francisco and City College, San Jose. His interest in teaching comes from his mother, who was a teacher for 37 years. He witnessed first-hand the preparation and the effort that goes into each lesson due to his mother, and understands the difficulties with teaching the challenged due to his brother's difficulties.

Mr.Myers obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, before beginning his career at General Electric and Lockheed Missile Space. Later he obtained a Master's in Business Administration, from Pennsylvania State, and spent over twenty years as an executive in the field of computer technology. His career includeds working for companies such as Advanced Systems Design, Epson America, Intersil Systems (now General Electric) and Select Technology.

Ever active, Mr. Myers maintains his active lifestyle. He continues to travel; pursues his interests in History and Philosophy; he plays golf twice a week; and still gardens his one  acre property.

 


Pauline Williams

Pauline Williams is a teacher in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. Prior to becoming a teacher, she served in the US Navy and moved from her hometown of Detroit to San Diego. Having earned the GI Bill through her military service, she attended Palomar Community College and then San Diego State University where she obtained her BA in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subjects teaching credential, and Specialist Credential in Special Education. While teaching at Potter Jr High, she continued studies at SDSU and obtained her Master's Degree in Education with a focus on Special Education.

Mrs. Williams has taught Junior High students with moderate to severe disabilities for over twenty years, and has worked closely with their families on Individual Educational Programs. She was recognized as Potter Junior High's Teacher of the Year and Fallbrook Union Elementary School District's Teacher of the Year in 2001. She was then selected as San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 2002 and represented all teachers of San Diego County as a speaker and teacher representative at community events.

For many years, Mrs. Williams served on the North County Consortium's Community Advisory Committee both as a representative from Fallbrook and a member of their Board of Directors. She has also served on the School Board at St. Peter's Catholic School in Fallbrook. She is a current member of TASH (The Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities), and supports inclusion in school and community settings as well as in recreation and leisure activities and vocational opportunities.

Mrs. Williams lives in Fallbrook with her husband and is an active member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Community.

 



 
 
Linda White
 

Linda White has over 25 years of experience in Special Education, both professionally and personally. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development from Azusa Pacific University. Her professional experiences include a career as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist. Ms. White is a Licensed Administrator of a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. She was Chairman of the Board of North County Disabled Services, a non-profit that provided recreational opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities, and has worked in several public school districts which included working 6 years as a Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Ms. White has been a multisensory reading instructor to adults with developmental disabilities and has taught sign language classes to parents who have children that are non-verbal due to a disability. She has training and experience as a parent peer counselor which continues to be a priority in her life. Ms. White was instrumental in starting a Special Olympics program in her community as well. 

She and her husband, Larry, are the parents of four grown sons, two whom are married, and they soon will be grandparents. Ms. White home-schooled her sons, two of whom have disabilities including Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Her interests include time with her family and friends, reading, being active in her church, gardening, cooking and pursuing a healthy lifestyle.