- BA. in Political Science, University of Colorado-Boulder
- MSc. in Information Systems, George Washington University (GWU) Graduate School of Business.
Roland Schumann co-founded SwapDrive, Inc. in 2000 to enable businesses to backup and share their mission-critical information online using secure data centers located off-site, creating one of the first consumer Internet ‘clouds’. Mr. Schumann served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and as a Board member, playing a key role in the development of new products and strategic plans, until the acquisition of SwapDrive by Symantec Corporation in 2008. Mr. Schumann continued to manage day-to-day operations of the cloud storage business unit as an executive at Symantec, overseeing one of the largest data storage infrastructures in the world. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Schumann left Symantec Corporation to concentrate on his investments, mentor students, and advise entrepreneurs.
Prior to SwapDrive, Mr. Schumann was a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided technical risk management services to the company’s clientele, and a senior project manager and information systems developer for the Advanced Technologies Group within the Thomson Corporation (i.e., Reuter’s, Westlaw, First Call, Janes’), overseeing complex technical projects for investment banking, research, and publishing firms.
Mr. Schumann attained the rank of captain as an intelligence officer and paratrooper in the US Army for 10 years before pursuing a civilian career in business.
Mr. Schumann frequently lectures to on entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and post-graduate students at leading business schools including Thunderbird School of Global Management, George Washington University, and Georgetown University. In addition, he serves as a judge for multiple university business plan competitions.
Mr. Schumann is an active member of the Angel Capital Association and the Sierra Angels, an angel investing group based in the Lake Tahoe Basin. He is a member of the Sierra Angels Selection Committee, where he screens investment opportunities and chooses companies to pitch to the broader membership. Mr. Schumann is also a mentor in GWU’s StarMBA program, a specialized MBA for individuals with strong personal brands such as professional athletes, artists and musicians. He was recognized by GWU as the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award.
He and his wife Karen reside on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada. They have two grown children.
Painting & Drawing
- BA in Studio Art, UC San Diego
- MFA in Painting, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Julia Schwadron has shown her artwork across the country as well as internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at HGallery Project Space in Bangkok, and The Farnham Galleries at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Schwadron was a Visiting Professor of Painting and Artist in Residence at Chiang Mai University from 2010 – 2011, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Iowa from 2007-2009.
She was a founding member of the “Matzo Files,” an artist flat file project inside Streit’s Matzo store on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2004. As a Jacob Javits Fellow from 2002-2004, she facilitated an exchange in conjunction with the Transmedia Postgraduate Program in Art and Design in Brussels, Belgium. In 2006, Schwadron was awarded a Joan Mitchell Fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT, and a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
She currently lives and works in South Lake Tahoe, where she is a professor of Painting and Drawing as well as Program Coordinator for the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College.
BA, Kutztown University
Coach Tony Skiles is from Reading Pennsylvania, where he began his coaching career while still in college at Wyomissing High School, his alma mater. He then coached at St. Hubert’s High School and Archbishop Wood High School, helping his teams to qualify for the PIAA state race, set school records, and win the Women’s Philadelphia Catholic League Indoor Championships. Skiles holds a USATF Level 1 coaching certificate and USATF level 2 coaching certificate in jumping events.
Skiles began his collegiate coaching career in 2011 at the University of West Florida as the Women’s Assistant Cross Country Coach, where he coached two Gulf South Conference Champions, two NCAA Division II Cross Country National team qualifiers, ten All-Gulf South Conference and All-Academic Runners, and five All-Southeast Regional Runners. On the track at UWF, Skiles coached a woman who broke the school record in the steeplechase. In 2013 Skiles headed home to coach at Albright College, where he became the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track Coach. During his first season, the women’s team won the Penn State-Harrisburg Invitational, placed second in other races, and earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors with an outstanding team GPA of 3.34.
Skiles graduated from Kutztown University in 2010 with a BA in History and Political Science. As a runner, he qualified for the Boston (2009) and Athens (2009) Marathons. He has raced up and down the east coast of the US, where he won the Pensacola Half Marathon in 2012. Skiles loves hiking, baseball games, and talking about history. He is married to Kristen.
Poetry, Spoken Word
- M.F.A., University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast
Patricia Smith is the author of six books of poetry, including Blood Dazzler, chronicling the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and one of NPR’s top five books of 2008; and Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series selection. Her latest is Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Tin House and both Best American Poetry 2011 and Best American Essays 2011.
She is also the author of Africans In America, the companion book to the groundbreaking PBS series, the children’s book Janna and the Kings and the editor of the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir. She is a 2012 fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, a two-time Pushcart Prize winner and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. She is a professor at the City University of New York/College of Staten Island, and was the Writer in Residence at SNC for 2013 – 2014.
Ben Solomon earned a BA in Mathematics at UC Berkeley where he lettered in gymnastics, and an MA in Mathematics from UC Davis. He received an honorary Doctorate in Education from Sierra Nevada College (SNC). His teaching career included positions at UC Davis, the University of Victoria, LA State University, and SNC. Ben’s primary subject was mathematics, but he also taught literature and alternative energy and coached gymnastics.
He was the CEO of SNC for 25 years, holding the titles of Administrative Director (1970 – 1980), President (1980 – 1993 and 2003 -2005), and Chancellor (1993 -1994). During his tenure the College grew from 23 full time students and three converted buildings to several hundred students and an energy efficient campus with five buildings, two utilizing passive solar heating and one which received an LEED “Platinum” rating.
Ben also owned and managed TranSierra Capital which was the highest ranked “fixed income” investment firm in the US from 1995 to 2003. He lives in Incline Village with his wife Margaret in a “net zero” house which incorporates devices patented by Ben. The 1,500 watt PV system produces enough surplus electricity to power their converted plug-in Prius.
- MA. in Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Robert began his career in education as a classroom teacher over 16 years ago with the Clark County School District. He has been a teacher leader within the District’s training and assessment departments and expanded his teaching working with adults as an adjunct faculty member at the university level for several years, loving every minute. For the past 10 years he has beenan assistant principal and principal in Clark County.
As a current elementary school principal, he savors the time he has with children and the opportunities to work with talented educators. He has also have been supporting SNC Administrative Interns as their SNC Administrative Internship Supervisor,which provides him with additional opportunities to fulfill his passion to coach and mentor other educators as future administrators.