- BA, California State University, Long Beach
The 2012/13 winter season will mark Tim”s 34th year in mountain resort management. After 17 years as President & General Manager of Lake Tahoe”s Kirkwood, he purchased Sierra Summit outside of Fresno in 2010, bringing back the original name, China Peak, which first opened in 1958. Tim has been teaching ski business courses at Sierra Nevada College for the past decade, and is a guest lecturer in both business and recreation tourism at California State University, Fresno and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has sat on over two dozen boards relating to the ski and mountain resort industry over the past three decades, and currently is a member of the California Ski Industry Association Board of Directors.
- B.S. Business Administration, San Diego State University
- MBA, University of Southern California
- Juris Doctorate, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
Gire has worked for a wide array of entertainment enterprises, from independent start-ups to large multinational media companies, in both production and distribution capacities during his twenty-eight years in the entertainment business. Gire, a JD/MBA and active member of the California Bar, has held senior executive positions with Columbia Pictures Television, PolyGram Television, MGM/UA, Pearson International (now Fremantle Media, producer of American Idol), Fox Family Worldwide and, most recently, Sweden’s Modern Times Group (owner of the Survivor format). In 2006, Gire designed the curricula for and taught graduate-level Business Affairs and Intellectual Property for Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon’s Masters in Entertainment Industry Management program. Gire teaches Business Law, Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Finance for SNC, and runs a boutique law practice and small independent publishing company in Truckee, CA.
- BA, Arizona State
- MBA, Capella University
Shannon started off her career in television, working at the Phoenix ABC news affiliate, KNXV, where she conducted interviews with local celebrities, such as Senator John McCain, NBA-star Shawn Marion, and Attorney General Terry Goddard, as well as hosted an Emmy award-winning “Weather on Wheels” educational tool. Then, she became a publicist, working in luxury resorts, namely, The Phoenician and The St. Regis Aspen. During her time in public relations, she has secured media placements in top publications, such as Spa magazine, Food + Wine, Men’s Health, US magazine, and The Arizona Republic, among others. Shannon was previously the program manager of SNC’s Young Entrepreneurs Program, a mentorship-focused initiative for South African entrepreneurs to develop and launch their own companies. Shannon is now a fulltime assistant professor within the Business Department.
- B.S., Business Administration, Arizona State University
- M.S., National Security Strategy, National War College
- M.B.A., Arizona State University
- Certified Public Accountant.
Professor Lewellen is a retired senior Foreign Service Officer, having served with the Agency for International Development for over 25 years, and has worked extensively overseas in Africa and Asia, including long-term assignments in Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Ethiopia. She has had short-term assignments in South Africa, Namibia, and Cambodia as well, and has also taught courses in project management and administration in Kenya, Zambia, Afghanistan, Senegal, and Washington. Ms. Lewellen currently teaches classes in international studies and business.
BA Management, National Louis University; MA Education, Rosary College; PhD Education Leadership, Colorado State University
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Davis
M.S., Advanced Business Management, Pace University
Doctor of Humane Letters, Sierra Nevada College.
Richard S. Normington (Rick) spent 30 years with Pacific Bell, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories in a wide variety of assignments in engineering, operations, sales and marketing, product development, corporate strategy, European business development, legal, and public-policy outreach. He is also a Certified Management Consultant, focusing principally on organizational effectiveness and process improvement. Rick joined the faculty of SNC as an adjunct in fall 2005 and accepted a full-time position in fall 2006. He has received several awards for teaching and academic service at multiple institutions, the Lael Berkstresser Award for Exceptional Executive Leadership in the private sector, was the NCET’s Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2011, and serves on the boards of several entrepreneurial and academic organizations.
- BS, University of California, Davis (Major: Economics; Minor: Communication)
- MBA, Arizona State
Kendra Wong began her professional career with PricewaterCoopers, LLP in their audit practice. Her experience at PwC exposed her to numerous industries, including venture capital and life science. Since leaving PwC, Kendra has worked in the ski resort, medical device, and power industries. Kendra maintains an active CPA license in California.
Although her educational foundation is in economics, Kendra’s professional concentration since 2001 has been in accounting and finance. She has extensive experience in general ledger accounting, SEC reporting, and SOX audits.
Kendra joined the Sierra Nevada College faculty as an adjunct in fall 2007, but has since expanded her role. She teaches accounting, finance, and general management courses and serves as a student academic advisor. Kendra was promoted to Business Department Chair in Fall 2013. Kendra has mentored business plan teams in the Jâlé and Warren Trepp Business Plan Competition at SNC and the statewide Governor’s Cup for the past three years. In 2013, Kendra was recognized as the Faculty Advisor of the Year by Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.
Outside of the classroom, Kendra enjoys the outdoors just as much as her students do. Kendra is an avid skier during the winter and enjoys running, hiking, and biking during the summer. Kendra and her husband, Ethan, own the Wild Alaskan Restaurant and Bar in Incline Village.