Laura J. Bennett received her MFA in Photo/Digital Media from the University of Houston and holds two B.A.’s from Humboldt State University in Editorial Journalism and Studio Art. Her work has received numerous national awards, and has been featured in SHOTS magazine, and in the 2nd edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Recently, Laura was one of five artists chosen for the NOPA 4×5 photo competition, juried by Steve Simmons, editor of View Camera.
- CLAD, National University
- BA, Lewis and Clark College
Coach Blamey joined Sierra Nevada College after serving as Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach for Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. After a successful inaugural MCLA season with Dominican in 2015, Coach Blamey was honored by being named Division 1 WCLL Coach of the Year. Blamey came to Dominican from Sonoma State University, where he served as an assistant coach for two years.
Prior to relocating to California, Blamey was the founder and head coach of the Northern Virginia Community College Men’s Lacrosse Program (NOVA), the first NJCAA lacrosse program in the state. Before NOVA, he spent seven years as the head coach at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA., during which time Blamey was recognized twice as the Liberty District Coach of the Year. In 2009, he had the honor of coaching South Lakes High School’s first-ever US Lacrosse High School All-America selection.
Growing up playing defense in Northern Virginia, Blamey earned multiple MVP honors as a captain for Gar-Field High School. A four-year varsity player, Blamey was selected First Team All-Conference three of those years. He was a two-time Virginia Commonwealth Games starter and an All-Met nominee his senior year. After graduating in 1996, Blamey continued his playing career as a defender with the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.
In addition to playing defense, after college, Blamey served as goaltender and captain for Team America, a post-collegiate men’s box lacrosse team in the Metro Area Box Lacrosse League (MABLL). In 2008, Team America successfully captured the MABLL Senior A Championship.
Blamey resides in Incline Village with his wife, son and newborn daughter.
- BA, Social Sciences, University of Arkansas
- MA, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado
Beth Bouchard has twenty-two years of experience in education as a public school classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, elementary school principal, and college and university instructor. Her last position was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Florida Department of Education. In addition to her administrative duties, Bouchard also teaches in the Teacher Education program.
- BS, Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno
Keli Brown has seventeen years of experience working with children and adults in educational environments including early childhood, experiential outdoor education, and private K-8 programs. Keli has extensive knowledge in Emilia Reggio, Montessori and Waldorf pedagogies and curriculums and has taught second through fifth grade using Waldorf methods. In addition to being an administrator, advisor, and instructor in the Teacher Education program, Keli is currently working on her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno.
- BA, Latin; MA, Strategic Communications, University of Minnesota
Anitra Budd is a freelance editor for clients including the Loft Literary Center, Quarto Publishing Group, and Red Line Editorial. In her past job as editor at Coffee House Press she worked with a number of authors, including Kirsten Kaschock, T. Geronimo Johnson, Kate Bernheimer, Ron Padgett, Lincoln Michel, and Christopher Merkner. She is also the coauthor of Raise Them Up: The Real Deal on Reaching Unreachable Kids (Search Institute, 2006).
In addition to her editorial work, Budd is a visiting assistant professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has presented on publishing and editing topics at a variety of venues, including Columbia College’s Story Week, SUNY–Binghamton, Hamline University, and the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable at Open Book. She currently lives with her family in Minneapolis.