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.
- B.A. Southern Methodist University
- M.Ed. Special Education University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- M. Ed. Educational Leadership University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brook Stratton has 16 years experience in education as an elementary and middle school special education teacher as well as a professional development coach in special education. She is currently working as an administrator in special education for public schools. She has been an adjunct instructor at SNC since 2010.
Elbridge H. Stuart III was the Director of Alternative Assets and Research and a Principal at Coldstream Capital Management, Inc., a high net worth asset management firm with over 1 billion in assets based in Bellevue Washington. He joined the firm in 2003 and resigned in 2009 after the death of his father to run several taxable and non-taxable family enterprises. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Stuart worked for several investment firms in the areas of investment banking, outside equity research, and both institutional and high net worth portfolio management. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1970, Mr. Stuart was in the computer industry from 1970 to 1985, working in the areas of hardware, large system software design, and software product management and marketing.
Non Profit Activities (Current) – Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA) Audit Committee 2009- present and Investment Committee 1994 – 2008; Loyola Marymount University ( Los Angeles) Board of Trustees and Finance Committee 2004- present; Seattle University Endowment Committee 2009 – present; Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation Board of Directors 2011 – present, investment committee 2010 – present; Camp Korey at Carnation Farm (Carnation, WA) Board of Directors, Executive, Construction and Finance Committees 2007 – present. Camp Korey is a member of the Paul Newman Hole in the Wall Camps; Elbridge and Debra Stuart Family Foundation Founder and Trustee of the and Board; Elbridge Amos Stuart Foundation (dba Stuart Foundation of San Francisco) Vice Chairman/Treasurer and member of the investment committee 1982 – present. Mr. Stuart is also currently the owner and managing partner of Carnation Farms LLC, a non-profit entity that controls Carnation Farms.
Memberships – CFA Society of Seattle, Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG), Philanthropy Northwest, Northern California Grantmakers, and Seattle Yacht Club
- B.S., Music Education, Elon University
- M.S., Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
John Sullivan has been in the field of education for more than 30 years serving as a private instructor, public school teacher, mentor for new teachers and new administrators, school site administrator, and part-time professor. He joined the adjunct teaching staff at Sierra Nevada College in 2014, bringing with him a wealth of experience as an educational leader. John recently retired from the Clark County School District after having served eighteen years as a school administrator in various capacities at the secondary level.
- MA, Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- BA, Political Economy of Industrial Societies, University of California, Berkeley
Jonathon Synold began teaching fourth grade through Teach for America in 2004. Since that time he has had the opportunity to work in many capacities in education throughout Southern Nevada, including as a new teacher mentor, magnet coordinator, middle school dean, charter school principal and now as the assistant principal at Advanced Technologies Academy high school. Jonathon has a passion for improving instructional and leadership practices.
- BA, Economics, Washington State University
- MBA, Portland State University
Stacy joins the Sierra Nevada College Business faculty after 25 years as a Sales Executive in the banking industry, including time with Bank of America and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. She has served as a consultant to the international banking community, including Van Fed and Bank of Ireland. During her banking career, she specialized in entrepreneurial ventures, including serving as the VP of Sales for a start-up bank. In the past she has been a licensed securities dealer and broker. She now teaches Economics, Money and Banking, and International Finance. Stacy is an avid world-wide traveler and serves as a consultant to many local non-profit groups.