- 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.A. San Jose State University
- M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kristofer Huffman has 10 years of experience in education as an elementary teacher and administrator in public schools, a professional development presenter/trainer, and university instructor.
Jen is a co-founder and Managing Principal of the KAP Group (KAP), which provides investor relations and fundraising services to private equity managers at all stages of the firm’s lifecycle. Prior to founding KAP in 2009, Jen was a Vice President in the Real Estate Private Fund Group at Credit Suisse, responsible for raising capital from institutional investors for private real estate managers globally. Before her distribution role, Jen advised and prepared real estate managers through each stage of the capital raising process, including real estate private fund and joint venture opportunities in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia representing over $5 billion in equity raised. Prior to that, Jen was a founding member of DLJ Strategic Partners, a private equity fund focused on secondary limited partnership opportunities in private funds globally. Jen started her career in the Real Estate Finance and Securitization Group at Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette.
Jen earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, where she continues to be involved in alumni fundraising initiatives. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Jen serves as a Board Member for Civic Builders, a non-profit real estate firm that builds charter schools in underserved areas in and around New York City; she is also a Board Member of the Harvard Club of Northern Nevada.
Jen lives in Reno, Nevada, with her husband, Karl, and their two daughters, Hannah and Marley.
Bruce James served as the 24th Public Printer of the United States and CEO of the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) from 2002 to 2007. In 2006, he was named Federal civilian executive of the year in recognition of the transformation of the Government Printing Office from a traditional heavy-metal printing operation into a multidimensional digital information organization serving the three branches of government.
Additionally in Washington, he served as a member of the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board and as chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Board.
Bruce served as a Sierra Nevada College trustee from 1997 to 2005. He first served on the Finance and Executive Committees. He was elected chairman of the board of trustees in 1999 and became chairman-emeritus in 2002. Since 2012 he has served on the SNC advisory board.
Bruce graduated from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1964. He has served as a member of RIT’s board of trustees since 1994 and is now chairman-emeritus. He received the University’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1996, was the commencement speaker in 1998 and was elected chairman of the board of trustees in 2002. In 2005, RIT created the Bruce R. James Distinguished Public Service Award which annually recognizes a student for exemplary public service.
During a business career spanning more than 30 years in San Francisco, he founded and led 13 technology-driven printing and publishing organizations operating throughout the world. In addition to numerous business boards, Bruce has served on and chaired more than 20 governmental, charitable and educational boards, commissions and task forces. For his contributions to his home state, the Nevada System of Higher Education awarded him an honorary degree and in 2013 gave Bruce its highest honor, naming him a Distinguished Nevadan.
Bruce and his wife Nora reside in Crystal Bay. They have three grown sons and six grandchildren, all in San Francisco.
- B.S., Elementary Education, New Mexico State University
- M.A., Teaching, Grand Canyon University
- M.A., School Administration, University of the Southwest
Mrs. Darian Jaramillo has been in education for 22 years as a classroom teacher, high school assistant principal, and high school principal. She currently works for the Los Lunas School District as principal of Valencia High School. Mrs. Jaramillo specializes in Instructional Leadership.
- PhD, University of Houston
Lacy M. Johnson is a Houston-based artist, curator, teacher, and activist; author of The Other Side (Tin House, 2014) and Trespasses: A Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2012); and co-creator of the location-based storytelling project [the invisible city].
She worked as a cashier at WalMart, sold steaks door-to-door, and puppeteered with a traveling children’s museum before earning a PhD from University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Houston Arts Alliance, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Kansas Arts Commission (may it rest in peace), the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Inprint, and Millay Colony for the Arts.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Racial Imaginary (Fence Books, 2014), Fourth Genre, Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2013), Creative Nonfiction, Sentence, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. She teaches Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Houston.