- 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.
Following his graduation from Vassar College, Ben Busch served 16 years as an infantry and light armored reconnaissance officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying for two combat tours in Iraq. He returned to the U.S. to play a Marine in HBO’s Generation Kill, where he pretended to invade towns he had actually invaded in the line of duty. His written work has been published in Harper’s,The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and North American Review among others, and was notable in the 2010 Best American Essays anthology.
Busch’s searing memoir Dust to Dust (Ecco 2012) reflects a complicated relationship between destruction and creation. In chapters such as “Water,” “Metal,” “Bone,” and “Blood,” Ben reflects on his rural upbringing, his combat training, his relationship with his father—acclaimed novelist Frederick Busch—and, most poignantly, his own mortality, his family and the natural world.
His photographs have been featured in Five Points, Connecticut Review, Photography Quarterly, and War, Literature, & the Arts. As an actor, he is best known for his appearances in Homicide, The Wire, Generation Kill, and The Beast. His first film, Sympathetic Details, came out in 2008 winning numerous international film awards, and his new film as writer/director, BRIGHT, was released in January 2011.
Busch was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his essay, Growth Rings, printed in the Michigan Quarterly Review, and for his poem, You Know Who You Are, printed in the Dunes Review. Busch Received a Purple Heart medal in 2005 for combat wounds sustained in Ramadi, Iraq.
- BS, Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Nevada Reno
- MS, Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Nevada Reno
- EdS, Educational Administration, University of Nevada Reno
Nancy has over 20 years of specialized teaching and educational administration experience in Northern Nevada. She has worked in two school districts at the elementary level and has been an adjunct instructor for Sierra Nevada College since the fall of 2012.
- BA, Political Science, California State University at Fresno
- MFA, University of Oregon
Daniel Chacón is author of Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops (2013). His collection of short stories, Unending Rooms, won the 2008 Hudson Prize. He also has a novel, And the shadows took him, and another collection of stories called Chicano Chicanery. His fiction has appeared in the anthologies Latino Boom; Latino Sudden Fiction; Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge; Caliente: The Best Erotic Writing in Latin American Fiction; and Best of the West 2009: New Stories from the West Side of the Missouri. He co-edited The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: The Selected Work of José Anontio Burciaga. He is also editor of Colón-ization: The Posthmous Poems of Andrés Montoya, forthcoming in 2014 from Bilingual Press and The Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame.
Chacón is recipient of The Hudson Prize, a Chris Isherwood Foundation Grant, The American Book Award, and the Peter and Jean de Main Emerging Writers Award, among others. He teaches courses in Borges, Kafka, Physics as Metaphor, and Fiction Writing workshops. He has a literary radio show called Words on a Wire (KTEP.org) which he co-hosts with Benjamin Alire Sáenz. He is also a photographer/blogger, and his work can be seen at http://www.soychacon.blogspot.com.
Art Chapman has served as the President and Chairman of JMA Ventures, LLC, for 25 years and has over 30 years of professional experience in real estate management and development. San Francisco-based JMA Ventures, founded by Art in 1986, is a full service real estate investment firm; it serves as the managing partner for over $500 million in existing projects spanning hospitality, leisure, residential development, retail, office, and industrial/telecom.
In November 2011, JMA and KSL Capital Partners (a private equity firm) announced a merger that joined Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows under a single operating company. Later that same year, JMA Ventures purchased the residential property adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, from the Ritz-Carlton Development Group. The residences offer mid-mountain access to Northstar, a Vail Resorts-owned property. JMA’s portfolio also includes Homewood Mountain Ski Resort; the West Shore Café; Fairmont Heritage Place at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco; and Downtown Plaza, a six city block, 14 acre, twenty year old retail site in downtown Sacramento
Before joining JMA, Art was Vice President of Campeau Corporation California, a two billion dollar real estate development company, where he served as VP of Commercial Development and General Manager of Housing, responsible for multiple residential projects throughout California.
Prior to joining Campeau, he spent 11 years with the City of Long Beach as Executive Director of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency and Director of Community Development.
- BA., Anderson University
Sophie Dembroski grew up in Clearwater, Florida. She studied at Anderson University in South Carolina, where she majored in communications with a concentration in public relations and marketing. She tutored for the English department and helped begin Anderson’s Poetry Nights. Upon graduation, she moved to Keystone, Colorado to be a child ski instructor. After a wonderful period in Colorado, she moved to Lake Tahoe and found her new home. Sophie now serves as a Graduate Admissions Counselor and Coordinator for Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program. She is truly honored to promote such an amazing program and such a wonderful community of writers.