- BA, Political Science, California State University at Fresno
- MFA, University of Oregon
Daniel Chacón is author of Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops (2013). His collection of short stories, Unending Rooms, won the 2008 Hudson Prize. He also has a novel, And the shadows took him, and another collection of stories called Chicano Chicanery. His fiction has appeared in the anthologies Latino Boom; Latino Sudden Fiction; Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge; Caliente: The Best Erotic Writing in Latin American Fiction; and Best of the West 2009: New Stories from the West Side of the Missouri. He co-edited The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: The Selected Work of José Anontio Burciaga. He is also editor of Colón-ization: The Posthmous Poems of Andrés Montoya, forthcoming in 2014 from Bilingual Press and The Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame.
Chacón is recipient of The Hudson Prize, a Chris Isherwood Foundation Grant, The American Book Award, and the Peter and Jean de Main Emerging Writers Award, among others. He teaches courses in Borges, Kafka, Physics as Metaphor, and Fiction Writing workshops. He has a literary radio show called Words on a Wire (KTEP.org) which he co-hosts with Benjamin Alire Sáenz. He is also a photographer/blogger, and his work can be seen at http://www.soychacon.blogspot.com.
- BA, Cal State, North Ridge
- MEd, Cal State Sacramento
- MA, Cal State, San Jose
- EdD, University of the Pacific
- MEd, Sierra Nevada College
- BSBA Ski Business and Resort Management, Sierra Nevada College
- BA., Anderson University
Sophie Dembroski grew up in Clearwater, Florida. She studied at Anderson University in South Carolina, where she majored in communications with a concentration in public relations and marketing. She tutored for the English department and helped begin Anderson’s Poetry Nights. Upon graduation, she moved to Keystone, Colorado to be a child ski instructor. After a wonderful period in Colorado, she moved to Lake Tahoe and found her new home. Sophie now serves as a Graduate Admissions Counselor and Coordinator for Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program. She is truly honored to promote such an amazing program and such a wonderful community of writers.
- BA, University of Montana
BA. University Nevada Las Vegas
MA. University Nevada Las Vegas
Lisa Cipriano has been teaching in the public school system in Nevada for the past 20 years and an adjunct instructor at SNC since 2009 years. Her degree is in education with an emphasis on special education and transitioning.
- 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.
A graduate of Notre Dame and Harvard Law , David practiced law for two years in New York city before joining the Johnson & Johnson law department. There he stayed for 16 years, the last 3 as General Counsel and member of the Board of Directors. In 1978, he moved to the management side, serving in turn as President of McNeil Pharmaceutical, Group Chairman of several Latin American subsidiaries, member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the world-wide Consumer Sector, and Vice Chairman of the Board. While at J&J, he was a member of the small senior team of executives handling the 1982 and 1986 TYLENOL poisoning episodes, serving as the face of the company in several early TV interviews. Leaving in 1986, he spent 2 years in venture capital, and 5 years as president of the Health Care Products division of Schering Plough Corporation and member of their Operations Committee. Since retiring, he has done consulting and served on the Boards of several public and private companies.
In his private life, he has been active in the Aspen Institute seminar programs, has taught his own course on Corporate Social Responsibility at several colleges and universities, served on the boards of several non-profits including Fairleigh Dickenson University (Chairman), The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, and the Incline Village Community Hospital . He and his wife Judy have been residents of Incline Village for 16 years.
- BA, Azusa Pacific University
- MEd, University of Nevada
- MEd, University of Findlay
Stacey brings 16 years of experience to Nevada from Ohio, where she served as an Administrator for School Improvement, Director of Secondary, and Interim Superintendent. Her passion lies with urban education, where she has successfully improved schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade. As a bilingual administrator in the Washoe County School District, she brings a zest for cultural diversity to northern Nevada.
- Masters in Political Action, Universidad Francisco De Vitoria, Madrid
- BA, English, Cornell University
- MFA, University of Minnesota
“My writing has been shaped by South Florida, its people and its landscape, and by the stories of Cuba repeated to me almost daily by my parents and abuelos. My own stories are informed by my experiences as a Cuban-American woman living within and without her community; . . . I strive in my writing to give voice to the voiceless, to give stories over to characters not yet readily found in established literature, to give them a place there where they belong. I write for a version of me out there now, looking for a way into the world, and I write for her future friends and lovers, Miami natives or not, that they be ready to meet her.”
Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Book Award, the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald, the Miami New Times, and the Latinidad List. The title story from the collection won a PEN/O. Henry Prize and appears in the 2011 PEN/O. Henry Prize Anthology. Originally from Miami, she is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Florida State University.
Jennine is the recipient of the John Winthrop Prize & Residency for Emerging Writers, the Emily Clark Balch Fiction Prize, and her work has been a finalist for both the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize and the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Epoch, the Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, and other magazines. Her book reviews appear in the L Magazine, a New York City bi-weekly.
Crucet served as the fiction editor for the most recent edition of the PEN Center USA’s Handbook for Writers, which is used in their Emerging Voices and Writers in the Schools programs. A former sketch comedienne and scriptwriter for NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Crucet has also worked in the non-profit sector as an advisor to first-generation college students from low-income families living in the South Central Los Angeles area.
- MEd, Administration and Educational Leadership, Sierra Nevada College
- MA, Teaching, Sierra Nevada College
- BA, Communications, University of Nevada, Reno
Brittany joined Sierra Nevada College as an adjunct professor and academic advisor after completing her teacher licensure and MAT from Sierra Nevada. After completing her M.A. in Teaching, Brittany continued her education with SNC by completing her M.Ed. in Administration and Educational Leadership in 2012. Currently, Brittany is teaching Math in the Washoe County School District, while serving as a member of a 21st Century Learning Academy which will increase technology in the classroom.