- 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 two years 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.
- 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.
Mr. Prim co-founded the San Francisco law firm of Howard & Prim in 1958 and was a partner until 1983. He was also one of the original founders of Hambrecht & Quist. He has served as chairman of the board of the San Francisco Ballet and the Bob Hope Performing Arts Center (McCallum Theater) in Palm Desert, Calif. He was also a member of the board of directors of Menlo College and the Vintage Club (both in Calif.). He is active in venture capital and LBOs and remains the chief executive officer and owner of Prim & Associates.
Mr. Prim holds a bachelor of arts degree from the Naval Officer’s V-12 Program, Iowa State; a bachelor of science degree in law and accounting from the University of Washington, and a doctor of laws degree from the University of Washington.