- 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
- MBA, Hofstra University
Jonathan Breiter is a 40-year veteran of the global marketing business world. His experience ranges across marketing, branding, licensing, retail and e-commerce relations, manufacturing, and product development. He has managed accounts for companies such as Wendy’s, General Mills, and Hasbro, and brands including Yoplait Yogurt, Pokémon, SpongeBob Squarepants, Elmo, Barney, Dora The Explorer, Eddie Bauer, Jeep and Carter’s. In 1994, Breiter started his own company, Oh Baby! In a remarkable move for a start-up, Oh Baby! was able to secure consumer goods licenses for both Sesame Street and Barney.
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 University 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.”