Aimee has more than 16 years of professional culinary experience. She is currently pastry chef at Talisker Club.
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.
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.
Robb Boumann is owner of Mountain Valley Seeds. Check out their website: https://continue.utah.edu/lifelong/class/llhg_601_sprouts_and_microgreens___growing_in_winter?utm_source=Email_marketing&utm_campaign=LL_10182016&cmp=1&utm_medium=HTMLEmail.
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.
Jenn is the managing director of Minduct, a strategy, media and marketing company. Her professional experience includes twenty years of marketing strategy and implementation, business development, branding, website design and development, print and digital media, content and social media marketing, events and research. She is currently working on the development of open-source tools to help organizations manage their marketing activities and workflow.
She is also a co-producer of the Salt Lake City Mini Maker Faire, a community festival that is part of an international network of Maker Faires showcasing technology, science, art, invention, craft and other maker activities. In her leisure time, she likes to snowboard and travel, having visited 49 of 50 states (North Dakota, she's coming for you!). Jenn received her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with majors in both art and French.
MS/HSA Utah. Medical anthropology, anthropology of disease
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.
Kathleen Carricaburu received a master's in metal smithing/jewelry from New Mexico State University in December 2010, where she studied with Julia Barello; her undergraduate degrees are in painting and graphic design from the U. She has exhibited her metal work and painting at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake Art Center, Finch Lane Gallery, and Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts in New Mexico. The Sundance gallery at Sundance currently carries her fine-art jewelry. In spring 2011 her work, "Daphne and Apollo," was reproduced in "500 Silver Jewelry Designs," published by Lark Books. Kathleen participated in the 2011 Park City Arts Festival; her work can be viewed at kathleencarricaburu.com.
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.
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.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Amelia found her love for art and learning in local artist Kathy Sutherland's watercolor classes. Her education continued at Westminster College where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Photography and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She teaches secondary visual arts and is currently teaching drawing, painting, photography, and commercial art at Corner Canyon High School. Her artwork has been exhibited in the Eccles Community Art Center, the Utah Arts Council's Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Utah Women Artists Juried Exhibition, the Women's Art Center, Westminster College staff and student exhibits, and the Utah Watercolor Society's Spring Open Exhibition. You can see her work at ameliadavis.weebly.com.
Neal Dombrowski has worked at Red Butte Garden and Arboretum since 2010 as a senior horticulturalist in the Entrance Gardens and Natural Area. He manages low water landscapes including roof top plantings and meadows. He earned a degree in Botany from Weber State University in 2006.
Kimberly has spent most of her youth in nature, mostly climbing in trees. In her most recent years, she decided to take her passion to the next level and make it a career. After moving to Utah, she started studying what will grow here and found the study of horticulture very interesting. Kimberly began work at Arbor Day Nursery and expanded her connection with plants. Over the last few years she grew to understand more about the complexities of gardening and landscaping in a plateau desert. She is now the manager at the nursery and a residential landscape designer, where many people seek her advice on growing in Utah. To expand her ability to help her customers, community and personal understanding, she enrolled in the Master's in Horticulture program offered through USU online.
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."
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.
Lindsay holds a BFA from the University of Utah (2000) and has exhibited her work nationally. She was awarded the Undergraduate Research Grant and the Painting and Drawing Scholarship from the University of Utah (1999). Lindsay's work has been featured in Salt Lake Magazine, Southwest Art, and Poets and Artist. Lindsay currently resides in Salt Lake City.
"I learned so much in this class! I was afraid of 'color' but now feel that I can paint and draw with color confidently. Our instructor taught and explained the concepts so well and we were able to understand her, yet she also allowed us to express our own creation! I would love to take another class with her." Drawing with Color - Tamara P.
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).
Randin Graves is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and one of the world's leading non-Aboriginal exponents of the Australian didgeridoo. He has played with diverse musicians from classical chamber ensembles to Aboriginal elders and has given presentations on the instrument everywhere from United States elementary schools to the National Museum of Australia. His CDs have been played on every continent, including Antarctica.
As an Australian-American Fulbright scholar and manager of the esteemed Buku-Larrnggay Mulka art centre in the remote Aboriginal township of Yirrkala from 2004-2009, Randin was literally appointed as an ambassador of the instrument and its culture by two governments and a council of Aboriginal elders. He has a passion for sharing his experiences with the culture that originated the didgeridoo. As a trained western musician, he is also passionate about raising awareness about the great musicality of the oft misunderstood instrument.
Tiffani Hafen is a self-taught artist. She spends her days drawing, engulfed in the art of embroidery, and capturing families and individuals with her camera. She has an Etsy shop and is known via social media as "tifdoodle" - she has self produced her own zendoodle coloring book, and painted her doodles on walls. She is excited to be teaching for Lifelong Learning.
Award-winning glass artist Sarinda Jones has been a studio artist since 2000. She was a finalist for the NICHE Award of American Craft/Rosen Group in Philadelphia, PA, and exhibited with the American Craft Council in San Francisco in 2009 and 2010. In 2006 she was an invited artist to the Utah Arts Festival. In 2003, Sarinda studied at the internationally renowned Pilchuck Glass School; her emphasis was on kiln-formed glass and casting techniques. Sarinda has received various art glass commissions, including window panels, wall pieces, and large-scale architectural sculptures.
As a Financial Advisor, understanding client needs and goals is essential. This is achieved through a thorough approach to identifying investor suitability per their current situation and taking into account experiences, perceptions and emotions related to the financial markets. Through strong institutional research and a dedicated team, I proactively communicate investment decisions in order to grow, preserve and transfer wealth. Sound, client-centric investment management is achieved by combining 15 years of fundamental and technical analysis to match strategies with market conditions. Licenses include Series 3, 7, 63, 65 and Health and Life Insurance.
David Keyes completed his yoga teacher training soon after retiring from Salt Lake City School District. He teaches yoga, Qigong, and other healthy living classes in the community. His interest in Walking Mediation began in earnest after attending a labyrinth workshop at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
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!!"
Ken Kiss and Julie Daily have been baking bread for more than 15 years. Starting with their first taste of rustic European bread in the French countryside, they have seen their passion grow, leading to experiment with artisan ingredients, fermentation, and alternative baking methods that they hope to share with students.
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."
Pat Lambrose has a B.A. in Recreation and Youth Leadership, a B.A. in Education, and an M.Ed. 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.
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.
Rich Legg is a commercial stock photographer based in Riverton, Utah. After beginning his photography career in school and working as a studio portrait photographer during the 80s, he stepped away from serious photography for nearly 15 years.
Advances in Internet technology and digital photography lured Rich back into the photographic world in 2005. By creating studio images for stock portfolios with iStockphoto and Getty Images, he has returned to his roots as a professional photographer. Having sold more than 100,000 stock photos, Rich is in the top 100 worldwide sellers on iStockphoto.
In addition to his commercial photography work, Rich is a founding member of Photowalking Utah and teaches bimonthly photography classes at the Salt Lake City library. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America.
Dana Levy teaches alignment-based hatha yoga, having practiced Iyengar yoga since 2003. Dana's background in modern dance, bodywork, anatomy and kinesiology, and martial arts influences her teaching style. As yoga is a powerful vehicle
for transformation, she focuses on ease, efficiency, and coordination of breath and movement in order to create a fuller awareness of the body-mind connection. Dana offers challenging, innovative, fun, and instructive classes
with an emphasis on meeting each student's needs. Using props such as blocks, belts, bolsters, chairs, and walls, she creates a yoga practice for every body, regardless of age, size, or ability, and encourages practitioners to
develop a lifelong practice. She currently teaches at Avenues Yoga.
Susan Madden was featured on CBS Sunday Morning talking about her artist in residence experience at Mesa Verda summer 2016 and her art. Click on this link to see the interview: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/on-the-trail-parks-that-inspire-art/
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!"
Kinde Nebeker is a wilderness rites of passage guide, designer, educator, and mentor. She is the owner of New Moon Rites of Passage, offering contemporary rites of passage trips, retreats, workshops, and personal mentoring. She is co-creator of The Inner and Outer of Evolutionary Leadership, an ongoing workshop series in Salt Lake City, leads a biannual grief tending community ritual on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, and offers daylong Medicine Walks in the Wasatch mountains.
She received a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology with a concentration in Ecopsychology from Naropa University and continues to study a wide variety of subjects related to human evolutionary potential. Kinde is committed to cultural renewal through the work of deepening and transforming our relationships to the natural world, to ourselves and each other -- creating the conditions for the shift in consciousness that we must make in order to become a sustainable species on the planet.
Jens is a professional photographer and owner of Pictureline.
"Great class! Great instructor! The instructor's knowledge and enthusiasm about the material/class subject made it very enjoyable and easy to learn. Would take additional classes from this instructor if offered."
-Digital Photography: Nuts and Bolts - Blanca R.
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.
Crystal has a BS in horticulture and is a horticulturist at Red Butte Garden.
Levi Rogers is the owner and head roaster of Charming Beard Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster based out of Salt Lake City. He has worked in the coffee industry for over six years as a barista, roaster, and green coffee sourcer.
"The class was small enough to lend a very personable touch. The information was very informative and Levi was very knowledgeable and openly able to share that knowledge. I came away from the class with solid information and a high level of enthusiasm for seeking even more knowledge and skill with regard to coffee." - All About Coffee
La Barba Coffee
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.
Margaret is one of Utah's most well known metaphysical teachers and psychics. She is a Certified Tarot Master and is a regular on X-96 FM and her weekly podcast available on iTunes. She draws upon years of Tarot experience, familiarity with the best Tarot authors and books, and highly lauded teaching skills to guide students in a variety of meaningful exercises. For more information go to www.margaretruth.com.
"Margaret is a great teacher. She make the classroom fun and makes it easy to explore new ideas and practices."
"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."
Andrew is the Web Content and Social Media Specialist for UOnline and Continuing Education and Community Engagement. Andrew has a history in Customer Service, Sales and Hospitality and Restaurant Management and also provides web development and social media services to his clients. He has been educating others in the use of Social Media for over five years and in the culinary field for more years than he can remember. In his spare time he maintains several blogs, does web design and curates content for his site 365 Things To Do in Salt Lake City and it's related Facebook Page.
Theresa has a BS and a JD from the U. She studied Ikebana for 13 years at San Francisco's Ikenobo School of Ikebana; she has presented her work at numerous Ikebana exhibitions.
James is a fee-only financial advisor and owner of Switchpoint Financial Planning. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master's of Finance degree from the University of Utah. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner designations. He has a passion for helping people make wise investment decisions and gain confidence in their goals.
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
Mïa Vollkommer is a jeweler, small-business woman, teacher, cat lady and a lover of pho and Kung Fu movies. She has been teaching beading and jewelry techniques for 12 years now at venues around the country - most notably for 8 years at the Smithsonian Associates (the Smithsonian Institution's continuing education program) and most recently at Silverschmidt Design Studio in Salt Lake City. For the last two years, Ms. Vollkommer has been making and selling her jewelry around Salt Lake and across the Southwest with her business 2 dots over the i. When teaching, Ms. Vollkommer derives great pleasure from showing her students that creativity and the maker's spirit are in each and every one of us, just waiting to be discovered.
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!"
Jenna Weischedel graduated with a degree in Landscape Management from Brigham Young University. After a brief experiment at being a technical support specialist, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a floral designer. Her journey began by partnering with a friend to start their own floral shop. When the opportunity arose, Jenna interned at a small floral shop in Kalaheo, Hawaii. There she became the head designer and floral manager. After two years managing the floral business, she left to continue her design career working for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. While she still misses the ocean breeze, and fresh picked pineapple; Jenna loves being able to explore the mountains here in Utah with her husband, and teaching people how to pronounce her last name.
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.
Kim Williams Justesen, a Salt Lake City native, was one of those kids whose mom had to come in and take the flashlight away so she would stop reading and go to sleep. She earned a Bachelor's degree in English/Theater from Westminster College, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a published author and has both fiction and nonfiction, children and adult books published ranging from humor, to paranormal, to horror in genre. Kim has taught English, Writing, and Humanities classes at various local colleges for the past 15 years. She served as the Utah/So. Idaho chapter Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for five years, and has been actively involved in a number or writing organizations including the League of Utah Writers, SCBWI, and the Author's Guild. You can learn more about her at her web site and blog: www.kwjustesen.com
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.