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Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning


With W.I.L.L., Wilmington College began a new outreach to the community in the spring of 2010. We are dedicated to providing challenging seminars for those 40 and older in the greater Wilmington area. Our objective is to lead all who wish to join us to new ideas, possibly to new experiences, and to pleasure in the pursuit of continued, shared learning.

WILL Seminars 

The seminars meet once a week for 1 to 2 hours. Some meet for two weeks, some for four weeks, some for six weeks, and some for eight weeks as each instructor wishes. There are no educational requirements, no tests and no grades for the seminars. Topics vary from the arts to the sciences to use of computers, quilting, film, and photography. Our objective is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas to promote the joy of learning. Participants are encouraged to keep up with any assigned readings and to contribute to seminar discussions.

Margaret Guentert

Wilmington College remembers Margaret Guentert, founding director of the WILL program, who died unexpectedly in May 2019. A member of the English faculty beginning in 1997 and the director of the Honors Program for several years, she retired as an assistant professor of English in 2009. Less than a year later, she established the Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning, in which she coordinated the offering of 20 or so adult seminars in both the fall and spring terms through fall 2018. Margaret is fondly remembered for her passion for education and belief that learning is a lifelong endeavor.

Fall 2019 Course Offerings


  • Computer Literacy for Beginners
  • Drawing I
  • English Gardens
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Genealogy
  • International Home Cooking
  • Intro to Equine – Intro to Horsemanship
  • Mankind’s Destructive Alteration of our Environment
  • Personal Financial Strategy
  • Quilt Tops 101
  • Stained Glass
  • Tai Chi
  • The Delights of Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage
  • Wine Tasting
2019 Course Instructors

Computer Literacy for Beginners – Ashleigh Wellman

Ashleigh will be teaching Computer Literacy for Beginners. Ashleigh is the associate director of digital marketing for Wilmington College. She is fluent in both Windows and Macintosh and uses each every day for both work and fun. She is from eastern Kentucky and graduated from Morehead State University in 2010 (BA in Art) and 2013 (Master of Public Administration). Ashleigh has 7 cats and 4 dogs and lives in Wilmington with her husband whom she calls “Wellman”.


Furniture Restoration – Lee Silverstrim

Lee will be teaching Furniture Restoration. Lee is a retired P&G manager who has been reworking furniture since he was ten. He calls his works “Resurrection Works” because of his ability to see possibilities in pieces of furniture that would likely be in the burn pile. He loves to help others see the possibilities for new life and function to these pieces.


Intro to Equine – Intro to Horsemanship – Katie Finkes-Turner

Katie will be teaching Intro to Equine- Intro to Horsemanship. Katie Finkes-Turner joined Wilmington College in 2017, as the Equine Center Manager and Riding Instructor/IHSA Team Coach. Katie has lived locally for the majority of her life, helping manage her family farm (Finch Creek Farm of Xenia, OH), working in and managing local equine facilities, and most recently teaching Agriculture and Equine Science and Managing the Equine Program at Greene County Career Center along with being an FFA Advisor there. Katie attended Morehead State University where she studied Agriculture.


Stained Glass – John W. Schum

John will be teaching Stained Glass. John owns the South Street Gallery and is the Director of the Wilmington Community Arts Collaborative. He serves the City of Wilmington as a member of the Design Review Board. The stained-glass bug bit John almost 30 years ago. He loves the way light looks coming through stained glass at church. In his retirement, he gets to show people how to make stained glass.


Personal Financial Strategy – Tim Burgoyne

Tim will be teaching Personal Financial Strategy. Tim, Assistant Professor of Management, regularly teaches Introduction to Management and Human Resource Management but he has also taught more than twenty different courses on business-related topics for various colleges starting in 2007. Tim’s professional work experience consists primarily of six years’ experience as a business manager/analyst in international logistics for American Standard. In this capacity, he was responsible for strategic development, contract management/negotiations and analytics of global trade lanes. Additionally, Tim spent four years in management at Staples in the New York City Area. Over the past 10 years, Tim has taught financial seminars, public speaking events on money management, credit classes for various colleges in financial literacy/personal economics, and has taught the Dave Ramsey Cash Management program.

Drawing I – Linda Stanforth

Linda will be teaching Drawing I. Linda has been a practicing artist for many years. She has had the pleasure of teaching art in kindergarten through high school, as well as at the college level. She loves to share her passion for art with others.


Genealogy – Elizabeth Mitchell & Leslie Holmes

Elizabeth is a Wilmington College Alumna. She is a retired history teacher who for 40 years has extensively researched her own family genealogy and has assisted others in their research of records. She has transcribed and published several types of records of Clinton County and has made them more user friendly. Presently she is a part-time researcher for the Genealogy Society and continues as a volunteer to transcribe more records.

Leslie is a graduate of Hanover College in Indiana. She is a retired teacher and history and genealogy have always been her passion. Leslie had successfully completed all three courses of DAR. Genealogy Educational Program. She is currently a past Registrar for the George Clinton Chapter of the DAR. She also compiles and publishes the newsletter for our Genealogy Society.


Mankind’s Destructive Alteration of our Environment – Dr. James Ramsey

James will be teaching Mankind’s Destructive Alteration of our Environment. James is an Emeritus professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Dayton. James has published numerous research papers from his research laboratory, he has also written a medical textbook on stress and disease in 1982.


Tai Chi – Bob Baylor

Bob will be teaching Tai Chi. Bob has been studying Tai Chi for the last eleven years, which has enabled him to achieve higher levels of health and spiritual awareness. As he continues his journey of personal discovery and growth, he enjoys sharing his knowledge with others to help them improve their spirit, mind and body.


Wine Tasting – Shari Rolston

Shari will be teaching Wine Tasting. Shari is a Clinton County native, former Administrative Assistant and is currently a Murphy Theatre Board member, City of Wilmington Design Review member, wine enthusiast, wine educator, hobby wine maker, art instructor and owner of South Street Wine Cellar.

English Gardens – Craig Jaynes

Craig will be teaching English Gardens. Craig is the gardener at English Garden Farm outside of Jamestown. He began the garden over a decade ago. He has led four different garden tours to England and he established the first English-style garden open to the public in Columbus at Christ Church, Anglican prior to the Ameriflora International Garden Show 1992.


International Home Cooking – Norma Duran

Norma will be teaching International Home Cooking. Norma is originally from Bolivia. Before coming to Wilmington, she lived on four different continents and traveled extensively.


Quilt Tops 101 – Rita Cioppettini

Rita will be teaching Quilt Tops 101. Rita is a ten-year member and officer of the Clinton County Quilt Association. The guild welcomes this opportunity to introduce others to the local community of quilters.


The Delights of Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage – Mary Thomas Watts

Mary will be teaching The Delights of Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage. Mary is a resident of Wilmington. She was a writer for The Gary Burbank Show, 700 WLM-AM Cincinnati, until Gary’s retirement. A veteran journalist, her opinion pieces, articles, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, Including The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), The Dayton Daily News, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) and The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY).