Richard Offerdahl began his first business, a paper route, in 1953 at age 10. He was granted a BSEE in 1965, and worked in the computer industry until 1981.
In 1981 he co-founded Zycad Corporation, serving as its President until 1986. Zycad’s 1984 IPO raised $30 million. While he was President of Zycad, sales rose to $25 million per year.
In 1987 he purchased majority interest in DigiBoard (which became DGII, Digi International), a maker of computer serial cards and ports for connecting peripherals to networks, and became its first outside Director. While Mr. Offerdahl was associated with DGII, sales rose from $3 million to $160 million per year.
Mr. Offerdahl helped start Harbor Medical in 1989. As Lead Director he merged Harbor with American Biosystems, which became Advanced Respiratory and was sold to Hillenbrand (HI) for $129M. He has also been a Director and/or investor in a variety of small companies, most of which failed or are not yet successful. His experience ranges from starting companies, financial management, and boards of directors, to building renovation and both residential and commercial construction.
He has been a donor to and friend of SNC since 1997, including Board membership (and briefly Chairman) during troubled times.
- 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.