- MA in African America Studies, UCLA
- MFA, Warren Wilson College
Natalie Baszile is the author of Queen Sugar. The book, now a television series on the Oprah Winfrey Network, was adapted for television by writer/director Ava DuVernay of “Selma” and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicles’ Best Books of 2014, was long-listed for the Crooks Corner Southern Book Prize, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
Laura J. Bennett received her MFA in Photo/Digital Media from the University of Houston and holds two B.A.’s from Humboldt State University in Editorial Journalism and Studio Art. Her work has received numerous national awards, and has been featured in SHOTS magazine, and in the 2nd edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Recently, Laura was one of five artists chosen for the NOPA 4×5 photo competition, juried by Steve Simmons, editor of View Camera.
- CLAD, National University
- BA, Lewis and Clark College
- BA, Social Sciences, University of Arkansas
- MA, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado
Beth Bouchard has twenty-two years of experience in education as a public school classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, elementary school principal, and college and university instructor. Her last position was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Florida Department of Education. In addition to her administrative duties, Bouchard also teaches in the Teacher Education program.
- MBA, Hofstra University
Jonathan Breiter has over 25 years in marketing, branding, licensing, and retail and e-commerce relations.
He began his career in advertising in 1980, on the Wendy’s and Yoplait Yogurt accounts at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample (now Saatchi & Saatchi). Breiter’s next move was into the “kid market”, in his opinion, “the ficklest & fun group to attract”. He joined Griffin Bacal Advertising in 1987 as the Vice President Account Supervisor on the Hasbro Toy account. Several years of managing both “kid-directed” and “adult-directed” communications for Playskool and Milton Bradley Games earned him insight into the toy industry and an offer to join the Hasbro management team in their burgeoning infant and toddler business. In five years at Hasbro he learned much about manufacturing, worked extensively with all of the major entertainment studios and agencies, grew his business by 240%, and rose to the rank of Senior Vice President.
In 1994 Breiter started his own company, Oh Baby! Oh Baby! was able to secure consumer goods licenses for both Sesame Street and Barney, unheard of for a “start-up”. After 3 years of explosive growth, he sold Oh Baby! to The Betesh Group for $7.5MM and joined the company. In his 10-year tenure at Betesh, he led all new business development efforts, including sourcing, manufacturing, licensing and marketing. Some highlights include licensing rights for SpongeBob Squarepants (the first Licensee, Pokemon (twice), Newell (Graco) and Jeep, bringing in inventors and product developers as the foundation for the new divisions, and expanding manufacturing in Asia to new locations.
Breiter in now the Owner & Principal of Public Group LLC, an international new business development and marketing advisory with specialties in manufacturing, product development, financing, licensing, branding and retail. In January 2018 he joined Sierra Nevada College as the chair of the Entrepreneurship program.
“Nothing inspires me more than teaching students, at any level, and noticing when they magically grasp a concept and have that light bulb moment of clarity. Knowing that I can influence someone’s life by giving them the knowledge to do what they have dreamt about doing, and by giving them the skills to become practitioners of their field, is another of the many reasons why I love teaching.”