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.
"The class was very informative and fun. Rob, presenter, moved through basics about seeds, (open pollinated, hybrid GMO, organic...). The course description was accurate and it was a lot of fun. Included in the course fees were all the materials, seed and sprouting jar to get started. I would never have found this very cool warehouse and retail outlet if not for this class."
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
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.
Gwen is the current Chair of the Board for Slow Food Utah and has been a member of Slow Food Utah since 2007. She is passionate about slow food and is an avid cook, gardener, reader, and farmer's market groupie. She has also been an organizer of Salt Lake City's Eat Local Week for the last 7 years. Gwen grew up on an organic farm and has always believed that good, clean, fair food should be accessible to everyone. She loves introducing people to all that our local food community has to offer!
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.
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."
Misty Evans has a B.S. degree in both Sociology and English, and a Fine Art graduate certificate completed in Florence, Italy. She has worked as a copywriter crafting content for a wide range of clients from startups to enterprise level companies helping clients sell everything from clothing to healthcare compliance software. Additionally, she's written for multiple newspapers and has regularly contributed to The Signpost, Florence News, and Florence News and Events. She's passionate about storytelling and has told stories on The Moth stage and at storytelling events in Salt Lake City, and Florence, Italy. She has an award-winning travel blog and has been published in numerous online publications. Currently, she is a freelance writer and working on a memoir and a collection of personal essays.
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).
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.
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.
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.
"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 has taught for Osher's sister program Lifelong Learning since 2016. Metalsmithing is a passion of Mary's that she is happy to share with Osher members. She looks forward to learning from her students as they grow as artists and metalsmiths.
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.
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
Chris Olsen founded Legacy Imports (uslms.com) on the premise that product development and managing Chinese supply could be more predictable. He's been refining the process of managing China for almost 20 years. Before Legacy, he earned degrees in mechanical engineering, spent a decade in aerospace, another building structures for the mining industry, and another running product development for a national manufacturing company. In that product development role he established and moved supply chains into China, managed intellectual property, and invented dozens of consumer products. At Legacy he creates turn-key solutions for clients including engineering, qualifying supply chains, and running international logistics to get product to store shelves. He has also invented and taken his own consumer product to retail with mixed success, including a brief swim with the Sharks. If you want advice on how best to channel the enthusiasm that comes from invention and turn it into retail success then talk to Chris.
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."
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.
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.
Patty was born with the ability to communicate with animals. Her skills have been featured in The Deseret News, Catalyst magazine, and local television and radio programs.
"Teacher is incredible. Best class taken in a very long time."
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).
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.
Alan Scott is the co-owner and lead distiller at Waterpocket Distillery, a Utah-based rum, liqueurs, and amaros producer. The distillery produced Utah's first true amaro, the Toadstool Notom Amaro No.1 when they launched in February of 2017. Alan's background includes 20 years of homebrewing, winemaking, and fermentation experience. In addition, Alan has done extensive research into botanical spirits, delving into many original sources from 19th century France, Germany, Britian, and Italy. His wife Julia, with whom he owns and operates Waterpocket Distillery, is a chemical engineer, PhD biochemist, and has an MBA from the University of Utah. They lived together in Europe for over 3 years, where they learned to love the huge variety of local spirits. Bringing the unique character of these spirits to a Utah audience is a core mission of the distillery.
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.
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.
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.