- BA, Social Sciences, California State University, Sacramento
- MA, International Relations, George Washington University
Ted Morse is a retired U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer and now an international consultant and teacher. He devoted his 44-year career to long-term economic, political, security, and social development in Africa, Asia, Central America, Caribbean, the Balkans, and Iraq. In addition, he has worked on fourteen emergency, relief, and post-conflict reconstruction situations, including Thailand, Nicaragua contra-aid, Grenada, Ethiopia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. His “crisis management” experience included serving as Director of Contra aid and two assignments as the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Coordinator for Baghdad. This experience has been the motivating force behind his work to install conflict-prevention policies and programs within the U.S. and British governments, U.N., and World Bank interagency processes, as well as extensive international consulting on disarmament of combatants. He has two Presidential Distinguished and Meritorious Service Awards, a Secretary of State award for heroism, and numerous awards from USAID, the Department of State, and the Defense Department for his distinguished service.
- MFA, University of Washington
Peter Mountford’s debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), won the 2012 Washington State Book Award and was a finalist in the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize. His second novel The Dismal Science was a New York Times editor’s choice. In her full page review in the Sunday Times, Martha McPhee wrote, “Mountford’s fierce imagination and intelligence drive The Dismal Science. D’Orsi is a mesmerizing character. His wrecking-ball choices and the truth that there are no easy answers make him utterly human.”
Peter’s short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Best New American Voices 2008, Southern Review, Missouri Review, Conjunctions, and Boston Review, where he won second place in the 2007 contest judged by George Saunders. His personal essays have appeared in the New York Times‘ Modern Love column, Granta, The Atlantic, The Sun, and elsewhere.
Winner of the 2016 Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award for a fiction writer in Washington State, and an Elizabeth George Fellowship, he received the 2010 recipient of Yaddo’s Wallace Residency for a Distinguished Writer, and he was the 2015 Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow at Bread Loaf.
Peter grew up in Washington, DC, apart from three years in Sri Lanka during the early stages of the Sri Lankan civil war. In 1999, Peter earned a BA in International Relations, and worked as an adjunct fellow for a think tank. For most of that time, he lived in Ecuador and wrote about Ecuador’s economy. He now lives in Seattle, where he serves as the events curator at Hugo House, Seattle’s writing center.
- BS, Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MEd, Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MEd, Literacy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tammy Muniz is currently teaching for Sierra Nevada College’s Master in Education degree in Advanced Teaching and Leadership. Tammy received an Advanced Studies Certificate in teacher leadership from the Clark County School District. Tammy loves working with students to help them be successful. Her academic interests include examining teaching and leadership styles and abilities.
John Murillo is the author of the poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, which was finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award. His honors include the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Times, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.
Recent poems have been published in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, and in the anthology Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African-American Poetry. He has taught in the creative writing programs at Cornell University, the University of Miami, Columbia College Chicago, and currently teaches at Hampshire College and New York University.
- MBA, Golden State University
Ms. Nichols, who goes by the nickname “Ro,” came to SNC Tahoe from Seattle. There she guided the evolution of several academic and non-profit institutions by planning and executing major fundraising and capital campaigns accompanying integrated marketing and public relations initiatives. Recent roles include Vice President of Institutional Advancement at St. Martin’s University, Director of Resource Development and Marketing at World Concern, Director of External Relations at the Museum of Glass, and National Director for Corporate Partnerships at World Vision, the largest non-governmental organization in the world.
She has also held leadership positions at the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Home, and Montana State University, among others.
Ms. Nichols’s diverse background includes passions for writing, cooking and travel. She spent 11 years living in Northern Italy, an experience that shaped her worldview. She is a published author of mysteries and thrillers, had a company that produced mystery weekends and dinners for paying clients, served as sous chef for Sur la Table cooking classes, and has even owned a corporate travel agency.
- BFA, University of Colorado
- MFA, Claremont Graduate University
Sheri joined SNC in 1997. Before moving to Nevada, she lived in Colorado and taught ceramics and art courses at Aims Community College in Greeley for nine years. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine and Clay Times magazine, and has been included in national juried shows and local shows.Courses: Beginning Ceramics, Intermediate Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Glaze Technology, Advanced Studio, Raku, Handbuilding
- B.S., Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- M.Ed., Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
I am currently serving as the Vice President of Strategic Operations and the Executive Leadership Resident at The Public Education Foundation. Prior to this, I have been a Life Science teacher, Science Department Chairperson, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at several at-risk middle and high schools throughout the Vegas Valley.
I attended public K-12 schools in Missouri, New York, Minnesota, Colorado, and California. I have a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biological Sciences and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from UNLV. In 2002, I was accepted into the CCSD/UNLV Principal Preparation Program cohort and received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Richard Offerdahl began his first business, a paper route, in 1953 at age 10. He was granted a BSEE in 1965, and worked in the computer industry until 1981.
In 1981 he co-founded Zycad Corporation, serving as its President until 1986. Zycad’s 1984 IPO raised $30 million. While he was President of Zycad, sales rose to $25 million per year.
In 1987 he purchased majority interest in DigiBoard (which became DGII, Digi International), a maker of computer serial cards and ports for connecting peripherals to networks, and became its first outside Director. While Mr. Offerdahl was associated with DGII, sales rose from $3 million to $160 million per year.
Mr. Offerdahl helped start Harbor Medical in 1989. As Lead Director he merged Harbor with American Biosystems, which became Advanced Respiratory and was sold to Hillenbrand (HI) for $129M. He has also been a Director and/or investor in a variety of small companies, most of which failed or are not yet successful. His experience ranges from starting companies, financial management, and boards of directors, to building renovation and both residential and commercial construction.
He has been a donor to and friend of SNC since 1997, including Board membership (and briefly Chairman) during troubled times.