Vanessa Franking earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis in a heavily male dominated discipline.
She worked for Federal Express to pay for her college education and then continued for eleven years where she helped design and deploy the FedEx worldwide data network. She was responsible for the Eastern half of the US network. She became a private pilot during her tenure at FedEx. Her reputation for strong interpersonal and leadership skills in the networking industry and amongst industry groups during her tenure at FedEx attracted Intel Corporation to recruit her in 1994, at which time she moved to California. At Intel she worked both as a network technologist and worldwide program manager for network education in Intel’s Information Technology division. In 1996 she fulfilled a lifelong ambition by competing in and completing the 100th running of the Boston Marathon.
A person of many and varied interests, Vanessa retired from corporate life in 1997 and moved with her husband and two sons to Lake Tahoe where she supported a number of charitable causes including being elected president of the Lake Tahoe branch of the American Association of University Women and serving on the Computer Science Advisory board for Sierra Nevada College. When not enjoying life at Lake Tahoe, Vanessa spends her time pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Antioch University in Los Angeles and enjoying the Caribbean and New England coast on her sailboat which she and her husband keep in Newport, RI.
BS Business Administration, University of Colorado; MS Information Management from Marymount University
BA, University of Oregon
Jim Giancola is a retired Chief Executive Officer of NASDAQ and NYSE traded regional banks in the Midwest. He was also a founding partner in a National Bank Consulting firm based in Atlanta. He has been a guest lecturer at Valparaiso University, Indiana University, and Arizona University. Jim has served on advisory boards at I.U. Northwest, Concordia University, and the University of Southern Indiana. Jim has a degree in Economics from Harvard University, did graduate work at he University of Colorado and Suffolk University, and has an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of Southern Indiana.
- BA, Tulane University
- MA, University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Lynn Gillette is President at Sierra Nevada College (SNC) in Incline Village, Nevada. Before assuming this role on November 1, 2011, he served SNC as Executive Vice President and Provost for 3 ½ years. The students at Sierra Nevada College have selected him as Faculty Member of the Year twice and Executive of the Year three times. He was also honored by the former president with a special award for outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial thinking in 2011.
Dr. Gillette also serves as a faculty member in the Tulane University Executive MBA programs in New Orleans and Houston, where he teaches Change Management. He has given over fifty presentations at professional conferences and to business executives in his areas of expertise, which include leadership, change management, teamwork, teaching excellence, accreditation, and active learning.
Since his first days as a faculty member in Economics, President Gillette has been passionate about innovative, dynamic teaching and learning. He has received nine outstanding teaching awards from Tulane. In 2006, he received the Spalding University Outstanding Teaching Award for Educating Adult Learners. At Southern Methodist University, he received a university-wide outstanding teaching award, and at the University of Texas, graduating seniors ranked him in the top two percent of professors who had the most influence on their intellectual development.
Dr. Gillette also holds significant expertise in the area of higher education accreditation. At Spalding University, he was the Vice President responsible for the institution’s highly successful reaffirmation of accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). He has served on over ten SACS accreditation on-site visiting teams, and he currently serves as an accreditation evaluator for the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities, SNC’s accrediting body.
He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Richmond and a Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A & M University. He is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University.
MBA, University of Southern California; JD, Loyola Law School
BS Elementary Education, University of Iowa; MEd Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- B.S., Microbiology, Arizona State University
- Ph.D., Immunology, University of California, Berkeley
Gollery is all about students. She was selected by her peers to receive the Anthony Chee Teaching Excellence Award at Houston Community College in 1994, the Distinguished Teaching Award at Sierra Nevada College in 2002, and the Distinguished Advising Award at SNC in 2012. Her central focus is the reform of foundational biology instruction away from lectures and memorization of an increasingly large body of content details to problem-based learning that promotes understanding and application of biology facts and concepts. In November 2012 she took a panel of SNC students to the International Science in Society Conference in Berkeley, CA, to present a workshop “Ask College Students about Inquiry-based Learning in Science”. Gollery has research experience in immunogenetics and human genetics. Microbiology continues to be her central research interest, as it is easily accessible to undergraduate students. Gollery has chaired the Department of Science and Technology at SNC since fall 2008.
For fun, Gollery enjoys natural history study while hiking, camping, and kayaking in the Eastern Sierra with her dog, husband, and children. The family also makes music together with the SNC college chorus and TOCCATA, a regional orchestra and chorus, in which Gollery plays flute and sings soprano.
BA, University of Connecticut; MS, Central Connecticut University; EdD, University of San Francisco
- M.A., English, University of Central Florida
- M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Central Florida
Kelle Groom’s memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2011; paperback 2012), is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection, a Library Journal Best Memoir of 2011, Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, Oprah.com O Magazine selection, and Oxford American Editor’s Pick. Her poetry collections are Five Kingdoms (Anhinga Press 2010), Luckily (Anhinga 2006), and Underwater City (University Press of Florida 2004). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Best American Poetry 2010, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry, and has been recognized in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Non-Required Reading anthologies. She is the recipient of fellowships from Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada-Las Vegas in partnership with the Library of Congress, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Millay Colony for the Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, American Antiquarian Society, and Ucross Foundation, as well as both a 2010 and a 2006 Florida Book Award, a State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant, and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. Groom is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence (2012-2013) at Sierra Nevada College. Former poetry editor of The Florida Review, she is now a contributing editor.