- 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.
Li Han is the co-founder and CEO of DynaOptics, an optics company pioneering the use of free-form lens technology in cameras. With almost 15 years of experience in technology commercialization, business development and strategy consulting, Li Han cut her teeth at ST Engineering, Singapore’s largest defense and engineering company, and successfully led sales and business development efforts while based in Singapore and London. Subsequently, she was a strategy consultant at Marakon Associates, a boutique top-tier management consulting firm in London, where she advised Fortune 500 clients in the oil and gas, energy, and hospitality industries. Most recently, she was Vice President of Operations at NIREC, a clean energy technology incubator where she worked with universities and research institutions to license and commercialize early stage technologies.
Li Han is a graduate of Stanford University and Sierra Nevada College (Ski Business & Resort Management), a member of the Sierra Angels and an avid climber/skier/biker. She regularly commutes between Asia, Lake Tahoe, and the San Francisco Bay area.
- 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.
- B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
- PhD, University of California, Berkeley
- Executive Education, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
Grace has over 20 years of experience in industry working for multinational companies in various functions including R&D, business development, marketing, and strategic planning. Part of her career was spent at SRI International where she played a significant role in launching venture-backed startup companies and managing cross-border alliances. She has also worked closely with the Silicon Valley venture capital community in placing management teams for early-stage ventures. As part of her volunteer work, she has mentored entrepreneurs in developing business models, market entry strategies, and product concepts. She has traveled extensively throughout the world for both business and adventure including climbing Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits. She now teaches courses in Business Strategy, Management, and Marketing.
Essayist and writer of memoir and literary nonfiction Steven Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, and the forthcoming books, Ultrasonic (Lavender Ink) and Jumping Into the Cage: Encounters with the Savage and the Sublime (Dzanc Books). He has been nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize, is the winner of the Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner, and received the Colorado Book Award in Creative Nonfiction for The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record.
His essays have been published in Passages North, DIAGRAM, Brevity, River Teeth, The Rumpus, AGNI, The Pedestrian, Colorado Review, Creative Nonfiction, Terrain.org, and many others. He is a Founding Editor and Nonfiction Editor for the nationally recognized literary magazine, The Normal School; and he teaches in the MFA Program at Fresno State.
Church received is MFA in Fiction from Colorado State University. In addition to his academic positions as an adviser, adjunct instructor, and professor, he has worked as a housepainter, paperboy, grocery store clerk and bagger, fry cook, shovel and Uni-loader operator, construction laborer, tour guide (twice), maintenance man, and conflict mediator.
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
Tim began his career in mountain resort management in 1979. After serving as President & General Manager of Lake Tahoe’s Kirkwood for 17 years, he purchased the Sierra Summit ski area outside of Fresno in 2010. He restored the original name, China Peak, and has been the resort’s Owner/Operator since.
Tim has been teaching ski business courses at Sierra Nevada College since 2002, and became Program Chair of the Business Department’s Ski Business and Resort Management program in 2005. He is also a guest lecturer in 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 sits on both of the National and California Ski Industry Associations Boards 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.