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.
- B.S., University of Central Oklahoma
- M.A.T., Grand Canyon University
I have been teaching since 1997. I currently teach 6th grade ELA for the Clark County School District. I have been teaching online since 2001.
Jim was raised in rural Wisconsin farm country and graduated from Purdue University with degrees in Engineering and Industrial Management in 1967. He was a resident of Beverly Hills, California for 22 years, and relocated to the Brockway area on the North Shore of lake Tahoe with wife, Jan in 1990.
Jim was employed by North American Aviation and Computer Science Corporation to plan and develop facilities for the military and space program systems including B-1, F-111, and Apollo and seven data centers around the world prior to starting his Facility Planning and Development Consulting firm in 1973. Recent projects include convention centers, public libraries, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, projects in Germany, courts in Kuwait, and buildings for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Military Intelligence Agencies, and a number of state and local government/office buildings.
Jim guided the design and construction of the Prim Library and The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences. He is now semi-retired with projects in San Diego and occasionally overseas. Jim and Jan enjoy skiing, the social life of the North Shore, and travel extensively.