Sheri is a Certified Cheese Professional with the American Cheese Society. She has 20+ years of experience in the retail, catering and food industry. She began her career with Specialty Cheese in 2008 representing a Specialty Cheese Importer; responsible for putting together complete retailer cheese case programs and conducting training seminars for their cheesemongers.
Sheri currently educates and conducts cheese pairing classes at cooking schools, trade shows and promotes cheese at retail for several prominent cheesemakers. She has traveled with cheese professionals across the world to further her professional education on the art of cheesemongering in France with the affineurs of 20 Fromageries, visits to AOC cheesemakers in Loire Valley of France. Most recently she was on a professional tour of cheesemakers, cheesemongers and affinage education in New York including the famed Crown Finish Caves in Brooklyn. Future educational tours include London Nov 2016 and an extensive 2 week cheese essentials with hands on affinage course in Lyon France in 2017.
To learn more about the American Cheese Society visit www.cheesesociety.org
Aspen Anderson is a graduate student at the University of Utah studying history. She has an Associate's Degree in Music and a Bachelor's Degree in History. Her love for Jane Austen led her to form the Utah Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America, of which she is Regional Coordinator.
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.
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!"
Andrea Bernstein is a master's level graduate and former staff member of The Four Winds Society, Healing the Light Body School. Andrea has been initiated by the Q'ero Shaman as an Earthkeeper and is dedicated to sharing this ancient wisdom with others. A gifted and dynamic healer and teacher, Andrea's passion is to provide the tangible tools for her students to express their innate gifts and live the life they were born to live.
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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).
Tatyana Golub is a native Russian with 40 years of mushroom hunting experience. She taught Russian at the University of Utah for 16 years, and now works as a freelance translator. She has been hunting for mushrooms across the Rocky Mountains for 20 years, including Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and, of course, Utah. Her main emphasis has been Northeastern Utah, in the Uinta National Forest. She has led numerous private trips into the field and has shared her knowledge with a wide range of people. She is always happy to share her knowledge of the terrain, what to look for, and what to do with the treasures once they're found.
Peter Golub has taught English and literature since 2005. He has studied at a variety of schools including Columbia University, Stanford, University, and the University of California, Berkeley. He holds one bachelor's degree and two master's degrees. He has published in various academic and literary journals, for which he received a PEN Award and a BILTC Fellowship. He is currently the translation editor for the St. Petersburg Review.
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.
MARYBETH HART JANERICH
"Marybeth was amazing. I loved coming to class. She shares knowledge in a fun and interactive way."
"Marybeth's passion for gardening is contagious. She is like a walking/breathing "Garden Google"
Karen Kurka Jensen is an accomplished sumi-e artist, portraying her deep connection to nature through mystical landscapes and abstract images. Jensen grew up in Minnesota where she was sidetracked from a library career following a traumatic car accident. She went in search of alternative healing after her doctors could not relieve her chronic pain. She met a traditional Chinese healer who not only treated her successfully but introduced her to the Chinese culture and heritage. This "accident" led her down a path of discovery, in falling in love with the art of sumi-e. She began studying with masters of the art form in Minneapolis, Susan Frame and Susan Christie, studying with them for over 10 years. Early in her career, she developed her own sumi-e inspired style of abstract expressionism; her dreamy landscapes and images take the viewer on a journey into their own souls.
David Keyes completed his yoga teacher training soon after retiring from Salt Lake City School District last year. He is currently teaching yoga, strength and balance, and Qigong at senior centers. His interest in Walking Meditation began in earnest after attending a labyrinth workshop at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Walking is good for the body and mediation is good for the mind so putting the two of them together results in a good practice.
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!!"
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.
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.
Jann is a local tap dancer/choreographer with over 25+ years tap experience. She was a member of SLC Tap under the direction of Deborah Robertson and currently dances, performs and choreographs for Utah Tap Cooperative based in Salt Lake City. She has been choreographer for many local theater productions most recently working on "Shrek" and "The Little Mermaid" at the Sandy Amphitheater. She enjoys teaching and spreading the tap love, especially to those who have never tapped before or are just starting out.
Cindy Lund manages a website on Great Salt Lake and is the treasurer for the non-profit FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake. She has explored the lake from land, sea, and sky and loves to share its history and its beauty with anyone who will listen. She works to entice locals to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities this inland sea has to offer.
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).
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.
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.
I'm ERiK, you can think "ERiK the Red" (gestures towards red beard). I graduated from the U in Physics, and like to consider myself a physician. As an undiagnosed fishaholic, I spend as much of my time on the river trying to trick fish into eating feathers, fur, and a sharp piece of metal. I'm a geek for science, but am still way, way cool.
Crystal has a BS in horticulture and is a horticulturist at Red Butte Garden.
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 :) "
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.
Mandy received a BS degree in horticulture from NC State and has been in the horticulture industry for over 30 years most recently serving as the Program Director at Red Butte Garden. She is currently the director of Lifelong Learning.
Jeffrey Steadman is the Community Manager for Yelp in Salt Lake City. In addition to penning the Weekly Yelp newsletter (www.yelp.com/weekly) he's also written an online review nearly every day for the last two years and hopes to reach review number 1,000 by the end of 2013. He's the voice behind the @YelpUtah Twitter account and the YelpSLC Facebook page and in 2005 published a camping guide to Utah for Menasha Ridge Press entitled "The Best In Tent Camping: Utah." He has a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University and has guest lectured at several Utah universities about public speaking, writing, and event planning.
Renaissance woman Carolee Stout is a member of the Utah Tour Guide Association and the National Tour Guide Association; she teaches enrichment classes at both the U and SLCC.
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."
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.
Paul Wheeler has been working in Film, Photography, and Animation for the past 12 years. He has a passion for creating art with multiple mediums and loves to teach others. Directly after graduating in Film at the University of Utah he has pursued his passion on a multitude of projects for the Utah Departments of Transportation and Public Safety, television and website commercials, aviation training productions, Miss Hawaiian Tropic photography, and is currently a director at Bailiwick Studios.
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
Chemist by trade. Calligrapher by passion! That is my tag line.
I am a chemist by trade. It is what I earned my degree in. In April of 2008, while performing a routine test, a co-worker took notice of my penmanship in my laboratory notebook. "Did you write that?" he asked astonishedly. "Wow man, that's pretty cool! You should try calligraphy. People do wedding invitations and envelopes using calligraphy." Per his suggestion, I thought I would try it; so I bought a calligraphy pen. I fell immediately in love with it upon crossing that initial threshold. Recognizing the beginnings of an enduring passion for calligraphy, I bought a book for instruction and practiced whenever I could. I contacted professional calligraphers for advice and help. One, Michele Papineau, responded in kind. She has since become my mentor and a friend. That was my humble beginnings in calligraphy.
Since then my passion for calligraphy has literally flourished. I have penned many quotes, place cards, and addressed envelopes in calligraphy for many intimate engagements and events (my all-time favorite was addressing 870 envelopes in two weeks. Quite a monumental feat, I must say.)
I have had the privilege of having my calligraphy featured in local publications such as Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom, Utah Bride and Groom, and, Latter Day Bride; as well as several blogs, including Postscript by Crane and Co., Ruffled, and Elizabeth Anne Designs.
I look forward to meeting you in class and passing along this passion, instructing you how to write "beautiful letters".