- B.S., Psychology, Roosevelt University of Chicago, Illinois
- M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Roosevelt University of Chicago, Illinois
- Ph.D. Candidate, Learning & Technology, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Marissa Owens’s research interests include: collaborative argumentation, social media, online learning, and science education. Her dissertation explores the impact social media has on collaborative argumentation in an online classroom setting. She has taught online courses both at the undergraduate and graduate level in Educational Psychology, Educational Assessment, and Educational Leadership.
MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts
After graduating from Vassar College, Lisa was hired to teach English at Colegio Evelyn Rogers, a private bilingual k-12 school in Guatemala City. After Lisa finished her second year of teaching, she returned to the states and moved to New York City where she was hired at Scholastic as an editorial assistant in the books division.
After Scholastic, Lisa worked for Daniel Weiss Associates (now Alloy), HarperCollins, and Disney Press. At Disney, Lisa helped launch the Lizzie McGuire book series, and did both development and writing for the Disney Fairies books, among others.
Lisa’s first hardcover novel, Sixth-Grade Glimmers, Norks, and Me (Hyperion, 2005), was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Family Fun Best Books of the Year, and was nominated to several state award lists. She has written many books for middle-grade readers, including the Accidentally Fabulous series and the Confectionately Yours series, and has co-authored two books with James Patterson, Homeroom Diaries and Middle School: Big, Fat Liar (A New York Times bestseller). She has also written several books for young adults, including M or F?, The Wizard, The Witch, and Two Girls From Jersey, and the Siren’s Storm.
Her next book Apartment 1986, is slated for publication in 2016. Lisa lives in Florence, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
- BFA, Stephen F. Austin State University
- MA University of Dallas
- MFA, University of Dallas
Rick’s artwork focuses on the effects of environmental pollutants on the body. He uses materials as metaphor to address the looming impact of a culture dependent on diminishing resources. Rick has served as Sculpture Program Coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has taught at both the University of Dallas, and Colorado Mountain College. He has been a visiting artist at Colorado College, San Jose State University, University of Miami, and Arizona State University. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the country and was featured in a solo show in the Charles and Dorothy Clark Gallery at the University of Texas – Pan America. In 2007 Rick’s sculpture was the focus of an article in Sculpture magazine. He was recently published in the book Confrontational Ceramics: The Artist as Social Critic by Judith S. Schwartz and was featured in the documentary film “Questions of Art,” by Zach Jankovic.
- BS, in Business Administration, Robert Morris College
- MS, in Management, Argosy University
Linda Patefield, MSM is currently teaching the online ALDR 505 class. Linda began teaching online for Sierra Nevada College in the summer of 2011. She has over twenty years experience in Human Resources and currently works as a Human Resource Director at a college in Indiana. Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris University; and a Masters of Science in Management from Argosy University.
- B.A. in English Literature, Occidental College
- M.S. in Government and Business Administration, George Washington University
- Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis in Higher Education, Stanford University
Vance brings more than 35 years of higher education advancement leadership experience to his role as founder and principal of Vance Peterson & Associates, LLC. He was President of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the international association of educational institutions which serves 70,000 advancement professionals representing more than 3,600 institutions in 76 countries. He also served as President of Sierra Nevada College from 1996 to 2000 and is well familiar with the college’s history and many past donors and members of the Board of Trustees.
Vance’s past experience in college and university advancement include the following leadership roles: Vice President for University Advancement and President of the CSUN Foundation at California State University, Northridge, which raised over $70 million and increased foundation assets 32% to over $100 million during his tenure; Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Occidental College, where he directed the successful $72 million “Compass for A New Century” campaign; and, Director of Campaign Operations and Associate Provost for Development at UCLA during its first comprehensive fundraising campaign which brought in over $375 million in new philanthropic support.
- SB, Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- MS, Computer Science, Stanford University
- PhD, Computer Science, Stanford University
Pollack has been with SNC since 2001 and has taught at the City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and the University of British Columbia. His special interests include programming languages, graphics, compilers, theory of computing, and entertainment technology. Pollack sits on the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Curriculum Committee which has developed a knowledge base for Computer Graphics.
Pollack’s interests also include downhill skiing, hiking, sailing and reading (especially science fiction). He is a past member of the National Ski Patrol (40 years); patrolling most frequently at Donner Ski Ranch.
The link to the Computer Science website is: http://snow.sierranevada.edu/~csci/
Robert Preger’s career spans over 25 years in the Software Industry. After graduating with a BSEE from Carnegie Tech in 1962, Bob held a number of positions in the formative years of the Software Industry and eventually became part of the original management team at Oracle in 1980. Bob retired from a sales and marketing position shortly after Oracle’s successful IPO in 1986. As an independent investor, he has been instrumental in the development of several small companies in Northern California. Bob has supported a number of initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University, including an Architectural CAD Lab, The Intelligent Workplace Facility, and most recently, the Entertainment Technology Center. Bob’s support of the Intelligent Workplace Facility resulted in the facility being named for him.
Bob and his wife Eleanor have resided in Incline Village since 1987 and have served on the Board of SNC for over 10 years. In 2000, Bob and his wife provided the lead funding for establishing a Computer Science Major at Sierra Nevada College, and chaired the Computer Science Advisory Board at the college.