Meet The Instructors

TMCS Andrew T. White joined Lovett & Lovett, LPA as an Associate Attorney in March of 2012. He has been licensed to practice law in Ohio since 2001. He has made appearances in courts in nearly all of Ohio’s eighty-eight counties including Miami, Montgomery, Darke, Shelby, Champaign and Greene Counties. He has tried cases before judges and juries involving personal injury, product liability and insurance coverage issues. He now focuses his practice on helping families in the Miami Valley preserve wealth through Estate and Medicaid planning. He works with attorney George Lovett, who has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as an expert in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate law.

TMCS Barb Nagel. I am a retired Health teacher, spent 30 years teaching high school students.  I have been involved for 6 years with the AARP driver safety program. I currently also train all new instructors in this program.  I enjoy teaching this program to seniors.  It offers a program that updates participates on new state laws and covers safety strategies that many of our older drivers are not familiar with. It offers a non-threatening environment to learn new skills with no test.  The 4 hour class is jammed packed with useful information.

TMCS Sharon Glett has a Fine Art degree from BGSU and worked professionally in wallpaper design for many years. Her hobbies include knitting, spinning, weaving and painting.

TMCS Melissa Hock has AFAA certification in Group Training and American Red Cross CPR certification. She currently teaches boot camp, step aerobics and kickboxing at a local gym. She has 14 years experience with classes and teaching. “I love teaching and enjoy helping others reach their personal goals. I have lived in Tipp City since 2007 and love the school system and this friendly small town!”

TMCS John Janey I graduated from culinary school n 2008 and graduated from Antioch University Midwest with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. I am a Tipp City resident and my wife teaches at LT Ball. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, cooking and demonstrating Pampered Chef.

TMCS Cindy Bach has been with Miami County Sanitary Engineering for seven years as the Solid Waste Program Coordinator. For five years before that she was with Montgomery County Solid Waste District as the business program specialist. Cindy has a master’s degree from the University of Findlay in Environmental Management and a bachelors of science in biology from Wright State University. Cindy lives in Vandalia with her husband Bill and two Shar-Pei dogs.


Dr. Gene Wade is a retired professor of education and psychology and taught at Miami University and Wright State. He has been teaching the ACT Test Preparation class for TMCS for the past 10 years.

TMCS Elvia Berrios Laudermilk was born in Mexico City and though she has travelled extensively, she considers Tipp City her home. Her teaching experience includes State of Ohio Spanish grammar seminars, translator for Ohio’s bilingual tests and Adult Spanish education to local businesses and governmental agencies. Elvia volunteers as a translator for local churches, schools and governmental agencies. She has taught Spanish classes for TMCS for over 10 years. Her classes are exciting for the children because she incorporates songs dances and the Spanish culture while teaching vocabulary, speaking and comprehension skills.

TMCS Michelle Chiles & her husband Jason are owners of Legend Hall Arabians, a premier horse training facility. Michelle has been riding, showing and caring for Arabians for over twin years and has had horses of various breeds since her youth. She also rode for the Pennsylvania State University’s Equestrian Team. Michelle assists in managing the farm and specialized in the health care and well-being of the horses as well as handling all marketing , promotion and client relations.

TMCS Pauline Persing I have always drawn.  My notebook margins in high school and college were always full of doodles. Lots of times these were doodles of people.  I didn't have any formal education in art in elementary school or high school but took a few classes in college.  In my forties, when my three children were in high school, I took a variety of art classes at Edison, Wright State and Sinclair.  Now I am taking once a month classes in polymer clay with Lilian Nichols at Studio 14. My interests are my family, art, natural history, and writing.  See my blog at www.paulinepersing.blogspot.com .

TMCS Steve Temple of Temple Financial Groupshared a recent article from Wall Street Journal that indicated 60% of today’s seniors are most concerned about outliving their money due to interest rate and market volatility and cost of long term care. With his eighteen years of experience, Steve helps his clients avoid mistakes that can drain retirement savings and cause more stress to the family and loved ones. His goal is to take the mystery out of managing risk, preparing for retirement, and preserving your wealth. He feels that this can best be accomplished by integrating and coordinating all of the available resources to improve his clients’ financial potential and asset protection


Sharon Karns - I am the instructor for dog obedience classes. When I was 17, I started working with horses, which I raised, trained and showed for over 30 years. We still have three geriatric horses that are retired. Twenty years ago I began working with dogs and discovered there isn't a lot of difference between the way a horse or a dog is trained because they are both very social animals. In my "spare" time, I am a member of the Buckeye Search and Rescue Dog Team based out of the Cincinnati area. I have two German Shepherds that are certified as SAR dogs. It is a lot of work, but amazing to watch these dogs develop. Dogs are not "dumb" animals other than the fact that they do not have the power of speech. That is not to say that they do not communicate, it is just that we don't always understand what they are trying to tell us. Each dog and owner is a unique pair and I try to bring about the best relationship for both in my training.  

TMCS Katherine Break - I enjoy spending my free time working in the pottery studio my husband, Dan and our two daughters built in our Tipp City home. I studied Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing as well as Sculpture at VCU. I enjoy cooking, gardening and spending time outdoors with my family. I am looking forward to sharing my love of clay with others.

TMCS Patrick Jacobs is a Nationally Certified Taekwondo Instructor with over 30 years experience in the martial arts. He is a certified 2nd degree black belt and a nationally ranked Competitor. While stationed in Germany he taught Taekwondo for the United States Army. He is an instructor who enjoys teaching and encourages family participation in the study of martial arts.

TMCS Mark DeBruin is an engineer who is the Technical Director at SST Casting. He is also a certified high school math teacher. This enables him to incorporate practical examples into the abstract math that is typically taught in schools. He also has extensive experience tutoring and helping determine where students have incorrect models and understanding of mathematics principles.

TMCS Sarah Jordan had done stained glass as a hobby since 2000. Her work includes sun catchers, three dimensional items, and custom large windows using the traditional lead cane method and the Tiffany copper foil method.

TMCS Joel Gruber is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, and a 10 year industry veteran. I currently work with clients to protect their assets, manage health care costs through retirement, and generate retirement income. Always working to help clients simplify the complexities of their financial lives, and providing them with the tools to live out their dreams.

TMCS Terri Darrah is the owner of Total Image Salon & Day Spa. She opened her business in May of 2000 and has been in the cosmetology business since 1980. Total Image uses Aveda products and employees have training on new trends each season. Services are always expanding to meet client’s needs. Reflexology and a double pedicure ocean side suite were just added. "Total Image is a place where people can escape from the crazy world for a while. We provide hair care, skin and nail care, massage, shellac, reflexology, body treatments and waxing."