Heidi Anderson is a horticulturist at Red Butte Garden. She has a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Previous to coming to Red Butte she was co-owner and operator of a gardening business. Some of her favorite memories as a child were of being in the outdoors with her mother, who taught her so much about loving and caring for a garden.
Dave's lifelong interest in photography began as a teenager learning from his father but it didn't become his passion until his daughter ran high school track. He's spent the last decade learning everything he can about capturing compelling sports images and has worked with numerous news agencies and companies, both local and national. He has his own sports photography business, and loves to share tips with struggling new sports photographers on the sidelines. For Dave, many types of photography are interesting, but sports photography is FUN!
Tom has been the Maintenance Service Manager for the 412-unit Mission Meadow Brook Apartments since 1991; he has worked in maintenance since 1980.Tom troubleshoots projects from roofing to swimming pools and everything in-between.
This class was just what I needed to give me the confidence to take on repairs and fixes of all kinds around my house. It gives one such a sense of control and independence. Thank you!
Carol Avery is certified to teach PMCÂ© (Precious Metal Clay) by The Rio Grande Company and has taught classes at Beaded Puma, SLC; Kimball Art Center, Park City; and YMCA Camp Roger, Uintah Mountains. Carol's B.F.A. work at the University of Utah focused on weaving/fiber arts. She has dabbled in small metals and ceramics.
Alisha is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Utah. She has 10 years of critical care experience and now specializes in preventive cardiology. Throughout her career, Alisha has cared for many patients who suffer from the debilitating affects of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. She is passionate about empowering her patients and everyone around her to take control of their health. Alisha experienced firsthand the power of a whole-food, plant-based diet and is now free from debilitating migraines that plagued her for 15 years. Alisha is a certified Food For Life Cooking Instructor through the Physician's Committee For Responsible Medicine. Her mission is to share the message of nutrition and health through a plant based diet to save her community from a growing list of preventable chronic diseases.
Celia has been an organic gardener since 1998. After graduating from Weber State University in 1998 with a B.S. in zoology and minors in both botany and chemistry, Celia decided that she wanted a "PhD in practical knowledge," joined a farm collective, and took on gardening leadership responsibilities. After returning home to Utah she began large scale backyard gardening, teaching gardening classes, and taking as many gardening classes as possible. Chickens were a natural part in the evolution of her urban garden, and they were integrated in spring 2004. Celia's chickens have been working hard on garden bug patrol, soil fertilizing and preparation, and egg production ever since.
"Celia was awesome and oh so helpful! Not only did she advise and help me through issues I was having this season with my garden but taught me so much I can't wait to start planning for next year! Great class, very informative instructor!"
Briana Blamires has a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on religion and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Utah. She has long been interested in the anthropology of food, especially the meaning we place on food and food rituals, from an affirmation of ethnicity to an expression of religiosity. She has taught at the U and at Utah Valley University. She currently works at Red Butte Garden.
Benjamin Bombard is a producer of RadioWest on KUER. His writing has appeared in numerous local and regional publications, but the bulk of it can only be found in his private journals.
A master of translucent tranquil watercolors, Cindy Briggs is known for her sun drenched cityscapes, luminous landscapes and flowers, portraits and creative watercolor sketchbooks. Whether painting in places like Italy, Utah or Carmel-by-the-Sea, her paintings are infused with light, in harmony with life and in full color.
A nurturing, positive and informative art teacher, she has been leading workshops for over 25 years, taking artists of all experience levels to Europe, Canada and throughout the US to paint on location and in the studio. A member and featured artist in NWWS, NWS, WSO, WW and NWWS exhibits, she has also been featured in galleries, museums, special events, art centers, in Plein Air Magazine, Outdoor Painter and Watercolor Magazine. www.CindyBriggs.com
Cindy is an accomplished artist and her ability to simplify her instruction is quite exceptional. She is organized, attentive and charming. I found grace and creativity in her class. - Vivia B - F18 Quick Sketch Watercolor
Sarah Burroughs is the founder and designer of anne b designs, a retail line of high-end bags manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah. What started as a hobby during college, and continued to grow during her two years in a corporate marketing job, she finally took on anne b designs full-time beginning summer 2014. She now works out of a studio with other local artists in Salt Lake City.
Sarah also works with local refugee employment services to connect refugees who have sewing experience with a job at anne b designs or other local designers. She has traveled to Mbale, Uganda and Hyderabad, India with Help International to teach women and children handmade skills that will help them start a business and support their family and community. She also provides service project workshops for the community to learn how to sew sleeping bags and drawstring backpacks to then donate the finished products to a local homeless relief organization.
Sarah was recently awarded the Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete by The Arts of Humanity in Chicago, competed as a finalist in the American Express "Ones to Watch" Finalist at the 2015 MAGIC Tradeshow in Las Vegas, was a 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award Finalist, printed anne b design ads in Harper's Bazaar UK Bazaar Boutiques section October - December 2014, and sold anne b on Paris' online boutique raaad.fr.
Sarah was an awesome instructor! Very patient and helpful for true beginners like myself who have never touched a sewing machine. I wish she would do more classes for the U. The projects were fun and practical. I highly recommend that this class is offered again!
Rachael Bush got her Botany degree from Weber State University. Shortly after graduating, she was offered the position of lab manager for the Department of Botany. She spent eight years working with the faculty, staff, and students of the department, enriching her knowledge of plants, and how people use them. Since then, she has developed a series of recipes for natural body care that are good for you and good for the environment.
Erika is an award winning photographer and arts educator. Ever since she can remember art has been a part of her life, she participated in art festivals, competitions and afterschool art programs. She attended Art Universities in Fort Lauderdale, Chicago for her under-grad and obtained her MFA at the Academy of Art University in California. She has practiced commercial and fine art photography allowing her to publish several food photography books and exhibit work in Fine Art galleries throughout the United States. She is versatile in film and digital, including 35mm, medium and large format cameras. She also alternates her lessons with alternative photographic processes; which include cyanotypes, transfers, Brown-Vandykes, experimental photography, chlorophyll printing and much more. Other art areas include: mix media, collage, clay, installation and holistic-healing art. Her teaching approach is organic, allowing students to find themselves through the creation of art and encouraging self-discovery.
Bruce has been guiding and instructing wilderness adventures for 16 years; he is certified in first aid and CPR. Bruce has played guitar since 1972 and has been teaching the instrument since 1987. He shares his talent in a highly personalized and down-to-earth style.
"Bruce obviously had great knowledge of the subject matter and was very good at presenting it in a way that was easy to follow. This was the best Lifelong Learning class I have taken!! Bruce was an awesome teacher." - H.H., SLC
"Bruce made the class very approachable for everyone and gave a lot of content for us to go beyond just beginning guitar practice as we progressively increase our abilities."
"Bruce is a super guy. He made learning fun and easy. He inspires me to play. No weaknesses." - B.H.
Bruce was an amazing teacher. I loved kayaking on the Weber River. I highly recommend this class for anyone interested in learning a new outdoor activity! S.S.
Professional landscape designer and lifelong gardener Rosie Cobble has a degree in ornamental horticulture from Utah State University. She has been working as a teaching assistant in the off-campus USU horticulture program since 2005.
Michelle Cook loves greenhouse growing and has grown many plants for Red Butte Gardens indoor and outdoor displays and plant sales. Everything from tropical plants to vegetables. A Utah State University graduate and Horticulturist, Michelle is extremely knowledgeable and engaging. She teaches on a variety of gardening subjects through community and professional organizations. Backpacking is her ultimate get away.
Jason holds a BA in Italian. He lived in Italy for two years and has been teaching Italian since 2000.
"Jason took all of the intimidation out of learning a new language. He also has a lovely sense of humor which kept things going." - P.E., SLC
"Jason has a true love of Italy and the language. He made the class so very enjoyable. He knows his stuff. Two thumbs up!" - Satisfied Student
"Jason Cox is a proper instructor who combines proper Italian with skills to greet Italians with useful phrases in their beautiful language. He is amusing and creates a wonderful camaraderie of aspiring Italian communicators in his classroom."
John spent most of his professional career in education as a classroom teacher in fine arts and photography. Currently, he works as a freelance commercial photographer and graphic designer. He started the first secondary school digital photography lab in Utah and has worked with Photoshop since its introduction.
He also plays bass guitar which he has played since high school in Chicago playing in a band most of his life. He has worked as a studio musician and about every genre of music from country gospel to musical theater.
Darby Doyle is a Utah-based food, beverage and outdoors writer with a background in culinary history, cocktail culture, historical archaeology and recreational tourism in the American West. Her favorite stories feature food and beverage artisans passion and pride in creating delicious and memorable products. Darby received a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College in Memphis, completed her M.A. in History and Public History at Arizona State University and continued doctoral work in history at ASU before moving to Utah in 2005. Look for her work at Devour magazine, cityhomeCOLLECTIVE.com, Vamoose outdoors magazine, Park City Magazine, the Utah Office of Tourism and she is a frequent Salt Lake City Weekly contributor. Darby occasionally blogs about booze history and geeky cocktail experiments at aBourbonGal.com,
Jonathan Duncan is an award-winning photojournalist with over 20 yearsâ€™ experience traveling the world and telling evocative stories of the planetâ€™s geography and culture. He has served on the faculty of Westminster College, Western Washington University, and the Art Institute of Portland. The Himalayas and Eastern philosophy have been a driving passion in his life and work since his first trip into Nepal in 1993.
Bonnie is a mental health therapist in private practice in SLC. She is an experienced clinician practicing since 1993 and has been practicing meditation for over 30 years.
Eric Erekson's long road to making art started with his life and education in Salt Lake City, Utah. His skills as a painter were fine-tuned in the BFA and MFA programs at the University of Utah. He has shown in a number of galleries throughout the state, received honorable mentions, has been included in group and solo exhibitions, and has been published twice in International Artist magazines. His work has been exhibited locally at Coda Gallery, Evergreen Art and Frame, Magpies Nest, Pickett Fairbanks, Springville Art Museum, Pioneer Theater, Salt Lake Photo Collective, Gittins Gallery, Art Access Gallery, and Mountain Trails Gallery. Eric's interest is in how identity is formed, which he now explores in a body of work that bridges the gaps between technology and painting. He has a relentless work ethic, leading to a prolific portfolio. He paints consistently while also teaching at the University of Utah, participating in family life, and volunteering for projects such as the Beautify Salt Lake Mural project (intersection show) and leading Sketch Night at the Leonardo Art and Science Center.
Clint Erekson is a graduate of the University of Utah, College of Fine Arts with a degree in Photography/Digital Imaging. He has an excitement and enthusiasm for unconventional means of art and photography. He has been using his iPhone exclusively for the last few year to take his photos and one of his pieces shot with the iPhone won best in show at a local gallery. Clint also has a long history with improv comedy, spanning over 12 years of experience. In high school, Clint led his school's improv team for two years and won a local improv competition his Senior year. While in his first year of college, he was a rotating member for the popular Southern Utah improv comedy troupe Off the Cuff. In 2008, he joined a team called And Go! Improv Comedy and served as its manager and artistic director until 2014. With And Go! Clint has taught workshops for groups such as the Boys and Girls club and other various organizations.
Neil has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years; his photos have been published internationally. Neil also has motivated sales forces of up to 100 people in some of the nation's largest corporations.
What Students Are Saying
I came to this class as a 'point and shoot' photographer, but through the lectures, handouts, and examples I learned so much! Thank you!
- K.O., SLC
Neil is very engaging with the class. He encouraged class participation. The atmosphere was very comfortable for a person with no experience in digital photography.
Mark Esterman is an ordained Zen teacher and a leader of the Salt Lake Zen Group. He began his study of Zen in 1969, and after having served as the Vice Abbott of a Zen Temple in North Carolina he moved to Utah ten years ago to study with Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel at Kanzeon Zen Center, from whom he received Dharma Transmission as a teacher of Zen in 2014. Professionally, he and his wife run an independent book publishing company. He received a PhD in literature from Brandeis University, and has taught classes on Zen and Meditation in the U of U's Lifelong Learning program since 2008.
"The instructor was AMAZING. I have struggled to learn meditation for some time, but he made the class a true learning experience and put meditation in an accessible light."
Joseph Evans (Orgyen Shiwo Dorje) has been studying Buddhism with H. E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche since 2004, and is a devoted practitioner of The Buddha Path. He has completed seven summer retreats at the Dzogchen Retreat Center in Eugene, Oregon in addition to numerous seasonal retreats. In September 2018, he received the esteemed title of Dharma Acharya Instructor.
A dharma teacher known for his clear, sincere, compassionate and analytical teaching style, Joseph organizes local sangha activities and gives frequent dharma instruction and teachings. In addition to his dharma activities, Joseph is a professional musician, a violinist in the Utah Symphony Orchestra since 1996, and holds music degrees from the University of Utah (B.A.) and the Manhattan School of Music (M.A.).
To fulfill the aspirations of his kind teacher, Joseph wishes to fully complete the path of the Dzogchen Lineage in this lifetime, help all beings realize their full potential of true happiness, and help create a peaceful and harmonious society in this world. To that end, he wishes to bring practical dharma teachings that inspire others to increase well-being and happiness, establish Dzogchen Lineage dharma centers, temples and schools in the United States and Japan, and to bring dharma to life for countless people through music.
Melissa, through her own healing journey, has cultivated a strong practice in the Traditional Chinese Medicine use of Qigong and Qigong Healing techniques reawakening ones own healing abilities. She has trained and practiced in China at the Hebei Medical Qigong Hospital and School learning Nei Yang Gong form. She as also expanded her learning by training and certifying with four other teachers/masters through out the United States. She enjoys having opportunities to share and practice Qigong with people of all ages and abilities.
"This was such a great class! Relaxing, interesting and very instructive. I felt I got all the training I needed to become a beautiful calligrapher and I'm not an artistic person. Janet made it unique with all sorts of projects along the way, beautiful papers, different nibs, fun inks and treats. I loved it!"
Lynn was born and grew up in England and has always been fascinated by behavior. She has over 15 years of academic and applied experience in animal behavior, with a BSc in psychology, an MSc in psychology/animal behavior in the UK, and a PhD and post doctoral research in wildlife biology in the US. Her academic work focused on canine behavior and learning in coyotes and included studies on their social status, individual and social learning, and on their personality. She currently runs Pets Decoded LLC in Salt Lake City as an animal behavior consultant and private trainer. Her approach to behavioral modification and training dogs is based upon building a positive relationship between owner and dog through trust and mutual respect. She also works with a local non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and teaches veterans with PTSD and female inmates in the Utah Department of Corrections to train potential service dogs. I am a trainer and evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen and Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Canine Life and Social Skills programs, and the only animal behavior consultant in Utah affiliated with the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).
Jeri Jonise Gravlin is a young photographer transplanted from the Midwest whose mission in life is to tell stories through imagery that inspire positive change. Art is her form of activism and she strives to create a call for action towards a more sustainable future with each photograph she takes. Jeri has an Associate's Degree in Fine Arts from Delta College, a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from Westminster College and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Resilient and Sustainable Communities from Green Mountain College. She currently works for The Salt Lake City Public Library as a Marketing and Communications Specialist, where visual storytelling is an intricate part of her job.
Janalyn Guo has lived in many places and currently calls Salt Lake City home. Our Colony Beyond the City of Ruins, a collection of short stories, is her first book (Fall 2018/Subito Press). A graduate of the MFA program at Brown University, her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals including Denver Quarterly, The Collagist, Interfictions, and Bat City Review. Her site-specific choose-your-own-adventure tale, Tinaus, can be accessed through the unique landmarks of Austin, Texas as part of the City of Austin's Art in Public Places Collection. She dabbles in VR/AR game writing.
Elaine Hultgren comes from a fine and commercial art background, graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a 4 year certificate majoring in painting with a minor in printmaking. She holds a certificate of completion from the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden's program of botanical art and illustration. Her artwork and scientific illustrations have been exhibited in shows, museums, and galleries and are included in private collections. Elaine worked in the field of animation for over 25 years, storyboarding, directing and producing for television and film and has taught storyboarding and animation workshops to both elementary and college levels and has taught nature and bird sketching at the Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City, UT. Today Elaine is an instructor of botanical art and illustration at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and is working as a scientific illustrator on various projects.
Amy grew up speaking Spanish with the neighborhood kids. That was in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Today, she is bi-lingual in Spanish. She has lived in South America, worked and traveled in the region. Much of her recent Spanish is in business where her career led her to high tech marketing and sales roles supporting the Latin America region. Her love of the language and culture, began from her fortune to live in Bolivia and Brazil as a young girl. Since then, she has pursued college level coursework in Spanish, ESL and is a credentialed substitute teacher. She has volunteered in community programs for Spanish-speaking clients in need of shelter, food and medical assistance. She is an avid tennis player, skier and dog-walker extraordinaire. She has an MBA from Northeastern University, and B.A. from McGill University.
Crystal has a BS in horticulture and is a horticulturist at Red Butte Garden.
Meg Kinghorn, an associate of Dawn Marano & Associates, began a daily practice of writing as part of a friendly challenge in her writing group. Since then, journaling has become a meditative practice, a means of self discovery and a rich trove for essays and poems. Since 2009 she has facilitated as a mentor with the DiverseCity Writing Series, a Community Writing Center program located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been featured in their "sine cera" publication. She contributed as an author in the Utah Cultural Celebration Center's 2012 Ekphrasis Exhibit, and was named as a finalist in the Lascaux Flash 2013 Flash Fiction contest. She is currently working on a series of creative non-fiction essays.
"Meg provided a structure for this class that provided positive feedback and constructive criticism from her and the other students. She, and other teachers like her, are the reason why I will not take an online class. Being there and interacting in a positive learning environment is the only way to go!
It's also obvious that Meg has a love for the subject and her students alike...couldn't ask for a better class!!"
"I loved my instructor, Meg. She was such a great leader and mentor for the class and was so great in cultivating positive relationships amongst our writing group. I think everyone got something special from this class."
"Meg provided a structure for this class that provided positive feedback and constructive criticism from her and the other students. She, and other teachers like her, are the reason why I will not take an online class. Being there and interacting in a positive learning environment is the only way to go! It's also obvious that Meg has a love for the subject and her students alike...couldn't ask for a better class!!"
Drawing from 35+ years professional experience in theatre as an actor and director, Valerie combines presentation delivery techniques, psychology, and the latest communication research to help professionals develop a strong and influential speaking style.
She has successfully coached leaders in global politics, business, law, financial planning, digital marketing, IT technology/management, computer visualization, online software, healthcare, science, medicine, the arts, TED talks, urban
planning, rodeo queen competitions, and others to invigorate and sharpen the value of their communication efforts, and enhance the quality of experience their audience is having.
She is the owner of ConsciousSpeaking - a public speaking and presentation skills consulting business that provides private speaker coaching, education & career training, and workshops on confident and creative communication.
She is a presentation skills specialist (ad hoc) for Pathway Associates and holds a BFA Theatre, MFA Arts Administration, and ESL Linguistics from the University of Utah.
Laurie Knowley is a mixed media artist living in Salt Lake City. Over the years she has moved through basket weaving , jewelry making, collage, altered books and assemblage. It is her goal to try a new artistic process each year. Currently she is working on a large group show about loss, called the Nepenthe Project. Her love of Precious metal clay started five years ago when she took a course in PMC, and she has been creating with it since. She sees it as an easy way to create whatever you want in silver. She loves to share what she has learned and has taught many workshops in PMC, as well as, tarot card making,altered books, weaving and other creative endeavors.
Fritz Kollmann is the Landscape Gardener Crewleader at Red Butte Garden and Arboretum.
Ben's time as an overweight, happy baby was spent in Lincoln, NE. At the age of five, he packed his prized set of Legos and moved to Logan, UT, with family in tow, where he would spend most of his childhood. He moved to Salt Lake City to study graphic design at the University of Utah but sadly, that didn't work out when he realized that his first love was the camera. He and his best friend started making pixels together in the bowels of dirty, abandoned industry. Fast forward, and you find Ben serving as the photo studio manager for the Backcountry.com family of e-commerce websites. He does not shoot weddings.
"Ben Kuhns is a great instructor who really knows how to impart his knowledge and make the class fun and interesting as well as informative. We also had a terrific field trip to his place of employment to understand how the principles of product photography are used in the everyday world."
Mary began learning metalsmithing in a community education class. She teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Osher's sister program Lifelong Learning. Metalsmithing is a passion of Mary's that she is happy to share with students in Continuing Education. She looks forward to learning from her students as they grow as artists and metalsmiths.
Pat Lambrose has a BA in Recreation and Youth Leadership, a BA in Education, and an MEd in Technology and Computers, all from the University of Utah. She taught in middle and high schools and was an instructional technology facilitator in Salt Lake City School District. As a retiree, she is now pursuing her passion for outdoor adventures like backcountry skiing hut trips in Canada, cycling in Europe, and river running. Pat coordinates statewide geospatial technology opportunities.
Desarae Lee is an award-winning fine artist and illustrator from Salt Lake City, Utah. Her art has appeared in galleries and art shows across the US, she is a published author and illustrator, and she serves as a founding board member at Salt Lake City's Downtown Artist Collective. Desarae's technique revolves around using line to create value and texture. Working primarily with pen and ink, Desarae balances exact, meticulous line-work with natural, flowing compositions. Over time, her work has developed to include watercolor, tea staining, and printmaking. This shift results in more organic drawings that still maintain her original intricacy.
Tea is a lifelong passion. Youâ€™ve probably heard the saying, â€œthe more you know, the more you realize you donâ€™t know.â€ Tea is no different and Iâ€™ll never stop learning.
Tea has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It began early with family trips to visit my grandparents in Montreal and weâ€™d enjoy tea and biscuits each night before bed. While in college in Philadelphia, Iâ€™d walk over to the local cafe and order an Earl Grey with my egg and cheese bagel. Earl Grey might be everyoneâ€™s gateway drug!
My passion for tea got turned up a notch when my wife, Becky, and I purchased Tea Zaanti in 2016. I work in the shop full-time and have fully engulfed myself in tea ever since; from taking online classes through the World Tea Academy, attending the World Tea Expo, reading a number of books, watching endless videos and talking tea every day. Learning with and from my customers is the most rewarding part of my work, aside from enjoy my daily cuppa or three.
Chris Madson is irrigation manager for Red Butte Garden, where he has worked since 2003. His department is responsible for the design, installation, maintenance, and repair of approximately 20 acres of irrigation systems, as well as systems in the greenhouses. The systems include spray heads, rotary spray, and drip irrigation; water conservation and plant health are the department's primary goals.
Jim founded Salt Lake City's Acoustic Music in 1974. He has authored more than a dozen music books, including a 12-book series entitled "The Complete 10-Hole Diatonic Harmonica Series" (Mel Bay Publishing).
Shauna has a BS in Exercise and Sports Medicine and an MA in education. She has been teaching Spanish at the elementary, middle, and high school levels since 2004. She perfected her Spanish while living in Buenos Aires for eighteen months.
Cody is one of the owners of Salt City Brew Supply, a homebrewing supply store in Midvale, Utah. He has been brewing beer, wine, cider and mead at home for 7 years. Cody is passionate about beer and brewing and loves to show people how fun and easy it can be to make great beers and other fermented beverages at home.
"Cody was great. His personal experience added making the class better and more fun. The flow and demonstration was great. He took the time to make sure we understood as well as answering all questions thoroughly. Great class with a great instructor!" - How to Brew Beer
Allison Leialoha Milham is a book artist, musician and proprietor of Morning Hour Press. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University, CA (2006); and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2012).
She has taught book arts and printmaking at the college level for the past five years and is currently serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah. Her work is held in multiple public collections including Yale University Arts Library and The Library of Congress and is represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers and Brooklyn in NYC.
Bryan is a self-avowed Japanophile. Bryan first visited Japan as a child and fell in love with its customs and culture. Bryan has lived in Japan and traveled the country numerous times. He has also been a tour guide for small groups visiting Japan. Additionally, he tutors Japanese students learning English, as well as Americans learning the Japanese language.
"Bryan is exceptionally well qualified for this class. He shared his vast knowledge of the language and culture in a fun and engaging manner. He was very well prepared for each class and went above and beyond by bringing us Japanese food to try. I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot!"
Timothy D. Nichols is a former engineer and federal law clerk who today represents companies of all sizes in patent, trademark, and copyright matters. He regularly counsels clients regarding the procurement and licensing of their intellectual property, and guides them through the intricate nuances of online marketplaces to better manage, protect, and extract revenue from their intellectual property portfolio.
His clients include companies and inventors across a wide range of industries such as cardiovascular medical devices, prosthetic and orthopedic devices, drilling equipment, precision machining systems, software, LED devices, body armor, security seals, outdoor furniture, jewelry, apparel, and other consumer products.
Tim is also actively involved in the American Intellectual Property Law Association and a member of the International Trademark Association
Lynsey is a horticulturist at Red Butte Garden & Arboretum at the University of Utah. She is also a garden designer and ISA Certified Arborist. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Social Anthropology from Massey University, New Zealand as well as a certificate in Organic Horticulture from SIT, New Zealand.
Over the years she has worn many horticultural hats - from growing, installing, and maintaining to designing, consulting and educating - she ultimately brings over 16 years of local and international experience to the classroom. She is passionate about cultivating and sharing her love of plants, gardens and nature.
Ella Joy Olsen was born, raised, and currently resides in Salt Lake City (though she has also lived in Seattle, Washington & Savannah, Georgia). Ages ago, she graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Finance, but after years of typing boring number stuff, she eagerly gave up her corner cubicle and started writing fiction.
Most at home in the world of the written word, Ella also spent nearly a decade on the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake City Public Library System (and over four decades borrowing from the stacks). She is the mom of three kids ranging from barely-teen to barely-flown-the-nest teen, the mama of two dogs, and the wife of one patient husband.
She is a member of Tall Poppy Writers, Historical Novel Society, Women's Fiction Writers Association, and the best book club ever: Salt Lake Bibliophiles.
ROOT, PETAL, THORN (September 2016/Kensington) is her debut novel. It is a traditionally published historical fiction set in Salt Lake City which earned an Editors Choice designation from Historical Novel Reviews, a Top Pick from RT Reviews, was praised by Library Journal, and was featured in the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. Her sophomore novel, WHERE THE SWEET BIRD SINGS will publish September 2017.
"Ella blended constructive suggestions, insider insights into the world of publishing and valuable resources in each class, as well as the opportunity to offer substantive help to one another on our manuscripts. Ella's warm and personal approach, and the small class size added to the enjoyment and beneficial effect. I would gladly continue to drive from Ogden each week to work with such an instructor."
Pamela M. Olson is the owner of Native Flower Company, a full-service florist located in Sugar House that specializes in custom designs for all occasions, including weddings and events. The daughter of a nurseryman, Olson grew up in Spring Lake, Utah, accompanying her dad in the greenhouse, propagating plants and in winter, learning boutonniere- and wreath-making. Before founding Native in 2012, she ran another floral business, TriFecTa Design and was an editor at Utah Homes & Garden, Utah Style & Design and Salt Lake magazines. She is currently a freelance writer for local publications and blogs.
"Pamela was an awesome teacher. I learned the basics of floral design, so I can make my own arrangements at home. I really loved taking home a finished floral arrangement every class to enjoy. I would take this class every month if it was offered."
Katherine Pioli is a Salt Lake City native with a passion for both writing and the outdoors. She spent seven years working for the U.S. Forest Service in recreation and as a fire technician. For the last ten years she has written for local and regional publications, specializing in arts and outdoors writing. She is also the associate editor for Catalyst magazine.
Becka Roolf is the organizer of the SLC Bicycle Touring, Bikepacking, and Fat Biking Meet-up. A year-round bike commuter for over 20 years, she put her love of bicycling together with her love of backpacking and wild camping to take up bikepacking about 4 years ago. Having gone through several rounds of gear upgrades, "weight reduction" initiatives, and trip planning tuning, she is ready to share her knowledge and experience.
Professionally, Becka is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Transportation Division.
"I think the class was special because of the teach Rio. He taught important concepts clearly, and explained several musical points I had never understood before. He brought in songs with simplified chords so from day one we could play songs by The Eagles, Jason Mraz and Tom Petty. I felt immediately successful. Also he gave us lots of tips and hints about playing and practicing. Rio's laid back, humorous and welcoming attitude really helped bring us all along. Top notch class!"
James Santangelo is the owner of the Wine Academy of Utah, a company tailored for both wine enthusiasts and professionals. His organization provides education and training to restaurants, hosts wine events, and offers on-site sommelier services for wine and spirits. The Wine Academy of Utah is an approved program provider for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), an educational track which leads the path in pursuit towards becoming a Master in Wine and Spirits. James has received much recognition for his work, including Salt Lake Magazine Dining Awards "Best Wine Educator" (2011) and Utah's "Best Server" (2010).
Camie Schaefer is a writer and teacher of writing who lives in Salt Lake City. She holds a PhD from the University of Utah, where she was a managing editor of Quarterly West. Her work has appeared in Phantom Drift, Passages North, So to Speak, Rappahannock Review, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere.
"It was the most amazing writing class I have ever taken. Camie doesn't only have the expertise of a graduate degree in this area, but the keen eye of an experienced teacher and editor. Add to this her supportive nature and a non-threatening environment, and you have the perfect learning environment. Now, if I don't get to writing something, it would be totally my fault :) "
I have worked in the fashion industry for 20 years and while I love the process of draping a soft fabric to fit the curves of the human body I am even more intrigued by coaxing hard metal into nearly any shape. A few simple bends in a piece of metal can transform it into what looks like a cloth ribbon. I started designing and making jewelry about 15 years ago with a simple beaded necklace. When I took a Silver Fabrication class in a local New Jersey college I was hooked. My passion for metalsmithing gained momentum when I started taking classes in ancient techniques of jewelry making - hand fused and woven chainmaking, bezel setting stones and granulation.
I've had the great fortune of learning from some of the best teachers in the states. My appetite for learning and experimenting with different techniques in jewelry making has taken me to classes and workshops from New York to Seattle and places in between.
I love experimenting with texture and color in metal and obtain these unique finishes with tools as simple as sandpaper, a hammer or even a hardboiled egg! Another way I like to create texture is with textile weaving techniques, which bring me back to my roots of working with fabric.
Sheral Schowe is the founder and owner of Wasatch Academy of Wine, Utah's first and largest wine school and affiliate provider of classes for the Wine Scholar Guild. She teaches for the Lifelong Learning program at the University of Utah, Harmons Grocery and Cooking Schools, and Salt Lake Community College Culinary Institute. Certified as a French Wine Scholar through the French Wine Society, she is a Scholar in the areas of Provence and the Rhone. She has a Master's degree in Adult Education and is a Licensed Wine Educator through the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Troy has been studying rock art in Utah for the past twenty years. He first discovered rock art after crawling out of his tent one morning to discover that he had set up camp, in the dark, below a large Barrier Canyon Style rock art panel. He is a long time member of the Utah Rock Art Research Association and has served as an officer, board member, or president of that organization for more than a dozen years. He also serves as an officer in the American Rock Art Research Association. Troy has worked with federal, state and local government agencies on many projects associated with rock art preservation. He hasn't seen all of the rock art in Utah, but he has made a good faith effort.
"Mr. Scotter was passionate about the material, and this translated to our class! The pictures were wonderful. During the class, I decided to make a beeline for the private McConkie Ranch and arrived later that afternoon in Vernal for the most incredible, haunting, visual delights. Also met one of the owners which further enriched my visit. The class, an impromptu trip, beautiful weather, and amazing vistas made for a fabulous weekend. Look forward to exploring more of the sites recommended in class."
Danielle Susi is the Art Gallery and Event Specialist at Salt Lake Community College, where she is also an adjunct professor. A fiber artist, poet, journalist, and comedian, she received her Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was awarded the New Artists Society Fellowship. Her fiber work has been shown at the Page Gallery and Sullivan Galleries in Chicago and at Pandemonium and Bountiful Davis Art Center in Utah, with a forthcoming exhibitions at Finch Lane Gallery, God Hates Robots, and Bountiful Davis Art Center in 2019. She has taught embroidery and weaving classes all around Northern Utah, including at BDAC, Weber State University, and UMOCA. Find her online at daniellesusi.com.
Steve Tanner is the owner of Tanner Pest Control, a top rated business in Salt Lake County. His profitable small business continues to grow exponentially annually. Steve's interest in entrepreneurship combined with sales experience and a degree in business gave him the confidence, knowledge, and experience to start his business. Steve is a graduate from Utah Valley University with a BS in Business Management with emphasis in Marketing. When he's not busy running his company or teaching classes, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.
Natalee Thompson is a Certified Master Beekeeper and honey bee enthusiast. She became interested in keeping bees, as a hobby, because of her connection with nature and engaged farm life. Honey bees were a natural addition to her agricultural repertoire. She started beekeeping in 2006 with a small bee book and a small colony of honey bees. Intense curiosity and the drive to be a "successful" beekeeper, led her on an unexpected learning, information sharing and beekeeping adventure.
Learning by teaching others has been her mission. Educating, encouraging and assisting new beekeepers in learning about these fascinating insects, and how to manage them, continues to be a wonderful experience. Instructing for the Lifelong Learning program in the Continuing Education department at the University of Utah, Private Lecturing, Instructor for IFA, and past Program Director for the Wasatch Beekeeping Association in Utah, have given her many years of teaching opportunities and experience. She speaks at schools, community events and actively mentors new beekeepers. Originator of the "Art of Beekeeping in Utah" Facebook page, she offers a local online place where beekeepers in Utah can connect and share information, ideas and discuss issues that effect honey bees. In the 2016 beekeeping season, she served as an assistant Salt Lake County Apiary Inspector.
"The instructor was very knowledgeable about bee-keeping. The instruction, interaction, and answers to questions came from years of real-world hands-on experience, which really helped. This class has given me the knowledge and confidence I need to successfully start a bee-keeping hobby. Thanks!"
Catherine is a Parisian with a Master's in English from the Sorbonne University; she has been teaching French since 1978.
"This class was terrific. The assignments were interesting and fun. I liked that she got everyone talking--a lot. Very fun." - satisfied student
Richard is a self-taught watercolorist who has been painting since 1994; he is represented by several local galleries.
"Rich Vroom is the greatest! I have taken 4 classes from him. He is a true professional."
"What a gift Richard Vroom is to Continuing Ed ! He is incredibly talented both as an artist and as a wonderful teacher. He is so able at sharing his skill and encouragement. He is personable and delightful to be with. It's just amazing how Richard is able to bring out the most stunning of results in ALL his student's products. I never cease to be amazed!"
Xiqiang is from Qingdao, China and is pursuing a master's degree in World Languages from the University of Utah. Xigiang graduated from Jimei University of China with a major in Japanese. He taught Chinese as a second language in Thailand from 2010 - 2013 and worked as a Chinese Immersion teacher at Syracuse Elementary School in Utah from 2014 - 2017. He can speak Chinese, Japanese, English, and Thai fluently. In his spare time, he likes reading, photographing, cooking, playing guitar, hiking and snowboarding.
Reporter and Utah native Tom Wharton has worked at The Salt Lake Tribune since 1970, covering high school sports, the outdoors, travel, rural Utah, and the environment. He has co-authored a number of Utah guidebooks, including "It Happened in Utah." Tom graduated from the University of Utah in 1973 with a degree in journalism and served in the Utah Army National Guard for more than 21 years.
Natalia is a graduate of the Science Illustration Program (2012) at California State University, Monterey Bay and of the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens (2007). Her undergraduate degree is from Lake Forest College with a duel major in Biological Science and Art.
Natalia's fascination with plants and botanical illustration began at a very young age. She spent her youth split between Denver, Colorado's mountain landscapes and the tropical environment of Costa Rica, where she honed a passion for biology hiking the rain forests observing bird and wildlife species.
Upon moving to Utah she participated in a 10 week internship with Natural History Museum of Utah's anthropology department illustrating the pictographs, petroglyphs and granaries of Range Creek. Since then Natalia has taught a number of workshops at the Natural History Museum; basics of plant illustration and demonstration of sketching birds. She currently is working at ARUP Laboratory's as a Graphic Designer.
Patty Winterer has been teaching various outdoor recreation courses for the U of U since 2000. Previously, she spent five years on the Fairbanks Cycling Team and taught multiple road and mountain bike courses through the University of Alaska. Patty enjoys sharing information on biking technique and training, trails and etiquette, safety and first aid, biking mechanics, and the local environment. She holds current Advanced First Aid and CPR certifications.
Beth Wolfer offers practical, positive, and effective coaching to improve both content and delivery for people interested in public speaking. She works with individuals and groups to teach tips to overcome fear, build confidence, hone and clarify content, and give warm, professional presentations. Beth recognizes each studentsâ€™ individual gifts, builds upon those. Her experience comes from several years of coaching TEDxSaltLakeCity speakers, including those whose YouTube views are in the millions. Beth has also coached numerous nonprofit executive directors for media appearances and has taken part in The Bee (storytelling competition) in Salt Lake.
Wei is a native Mandarin speaker from Jilin, China. She received her Master's Degree in Linguistics from Jilin Normal University. With more than thirteen years of experience, Wei has taught Chinese to many English speakers. She has lived in Scotland, Australia and now the United States. When not teaching, Wei enjoys traveling, history, and hiking in our beautiful mountains.
"As a teacher my goal is to help others become curious and passionate lifelong learners."
Dancing has been a lifelong passion for Sara, who began her dance training at the age of 5 in ballet, modern, and tap. In the last two decades, she has shared her love of tap with people of all ages in Hawai'i, Wisconsin, and Utah. She moved to Salt Lake City in 2014 to take a faculty position in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. Here, the world of social dancing opened to her when she discovered the Lindy Hop with Salt City Swing in April 2017. She has since devoted significant time to learning all things related to swing dancing and began teaching in July 2018. As an instructor, she is committed to helping students build a solid foundation of technique in a fun and inclusive environment.
Partner Anthony Chen - Anthony Chen is a well recognized name in the small world of Lindy Hop. He started dancing at age 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and had a circuitous path leading to where he is now, training in several other dance styles, including hip-hop, Tango, and West Coast Swing. On the social dance floor he is known to be playful, musical, creative, and clear. He holds first place titles from national and international events such as Lindyfest and Lone Star Championships, Montreal Swing Riot, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Lindy Focus, and International Lindy Hop Championships, and he has taught workshops all across North America and Asia. Combined with his professional background in education, his love of both leading and following have been instrumental to making the classes that he teaches both clear and intuitive.