Essayist and writer of memoir and literary nonfiction Steven Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, Ultrasonic: Essays, One With the Tiger: Sublime and Violent Encounters between Humans and Animals, and the collection of essays, I’m Just Getting to the Disturbing Part: On Work, Fear and Fatherhood. He’s also the editor of the forthcoming anthology of essays, The Spirit of Disruption: Selections from The Normal School. He is the winner of the Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner, and received the Colorado Book Award in Creative Nonfiction for The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record.
His essays have been published and anthologized widely, including in the 2011 Best American Essays. He is a Founding Editor and Nonfiction Editor for the nationally recognized literary magazine, The Normal School; and he Coordinates the residential MFA Program at Fresno State.
Church received is MFA in Fiction from Colorado State University and his BA in philosophy from the University of Kansas. In addition to his academic positions as an adviser, adjunct instructor, and professor, he has worked as a housepainter, paperboy, grocery store clerk and bagger, fry cook, shovel and Uni-loader operator, construction laborer, tour guide (twice), maintenance man, and conflict mediator.
- BA, California State University, Long Beach
Tim began his career in mountain resort management in 1979. After serving as President & General Manager of Lake Tahoe’s Kirkwood Mountain Resort for 17 years, he purchased the Sierra Summit ski area outside of Fresno in 2010. He restored the original name, China Peak, and has been the resort’s Owner/Operator since.
Tim began at Sierra Nevada University in 2002, and became Program Chair of the Business Department’s Ski Business and Resort Management program in 2005. He is also a guest lecturer in business and recreation tourism at CSU Fresno and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He currently sits on both of the National and California Ski Industry Associations Boards of Directors.
A graduate of Notre Dame and Harvard Law , David practiced law for two years in New York city before joining the Johnson & Johnson law department. There he stayed for 16 years, the last 3 as General Counsel and member of the Board of Directors. In 1978, he moved to the management side, serving in turn as President of McNeil Pharmaceutical, Group Chairman of several Latin American subsidiaries, member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the world-wide Consumer Sector, and Vice Chairman of the Board. While at J&J, he was a member of the small senior team of executives handling the 1982 and 1986 TYLENOL poisoning episodes, serving as the face of the company in several early TV interviews. Leaving in 1986, he spent 2 years in venture capital, and 5 years as president of the Health Care Products division of Schering Plough Corporation and member of their Operations Committee. Since retiring, he has done consulting and served on the Boards of several public and private companies.
In his private life, he has been active in the Aspen Institute seminar programs, has taught his own course on Corporate Social Responsibility at several colleges and universities, served on the boards of several non-profits including Fairleigh Dickenson University (Chairman), The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, and the Incline Village Community Hospital . He and his wife Judy have been residents of Incline Village for 16 years.
- B.S., Central Connecticut State University
- MEd, University of Nevada
Patricia Cooper has over thirty years of experience in education as a public school special and general education classroom teacher, secondary education learning strategist, and as a district project facilitator in secondary education literacy – professional development. Her last position was a Coordinator III, Program Evaluator Inclusive Schools Practices/Reading Intervention, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada, Student Support Services Division.
- EdD, University of California, Davis
Dr. Steven Crow has held CFO positions over the last 16 years at several community colleges in California, including Southwestern College, Monterey Peninsula College, and College of the Siskiyous, and was on the faculty at the University of Nevada Reno.
- MEd, Administration and Educational Leadership, Sierra Nevada College
- MA, Teaching, Sierra Nevada College
- BA, Communications, University of Nevada, Reno
Brittany joined Sierra Nevada College as an adjunct professor and academic advisor after completing her teacher licensure and MAT from Sierra Nevada. After completing her M.A. in Teaching, Brittany continued her education with SNC by completing her M.Ed. in Administration and Educational Leadership in 2012. Currently, Brittany is teaching Math in the Washoe County School District, while serving as a member of a 21st Century Learning Academy which will increase technology in the classroom.