Instructors

Jeffery Allen has directed, acted in, and taught the secrets of the Bard for over 15 years. He is the former producing artistic director for Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theatre in Middletown, CT; director of education at Cleveland Public Theatre; and worked in Great Lakes Theatre's nationally recognized education outreach program. Jeffery is the executive director of Ivy Tech's Center for Lifelong Learning.

Katie T. Anderson has worked in the field of career services for Ivy Tech over the past 15 years --- having experienced, first hand, the closing of the Thomson plant, and the rise of the IT industry --- to the current recessionary employment market. She has a degree in Music from Indiana University, and encourages people to tune into their own interests, values and strong points as they transition into new careers --- be it college, employment, retirement. According to an Ivy Tech graduate, "Katie always has gone above and beyond to make sure the students who seek her assistance are in the right path of landing into not just any position, but doing what they want to do." 

As a child, Hilary Cannon Anderson woke with the crows and sun to color or build 3D creations until the rest of the family awoke. She continues to express herself creatively through drawing, photography, and especially fiber arts. Interactions with her students at the Waldron inspire and fuel her imagination. Hilary completed her master's in art education from Indiana University in spring 2012.

Jan Arbogast holds a master’s degree in art education from Indiana University, where she learned a love of throwing on the wheel from Professor Hitoshi Seto. She is a studio potter and teacher, presenting her work in galleries and at art fairs around the state. Jan's work pays homage to the timeless ceramic traditions of the Far East, North Africa, and ancient America while still coming uniquely from her.

Jody Baker brings many talents to the classroom, all with artistic flare and stellar quality. Known for her quilting, detailed hand-needle work, and multi-media creations, she shares her creative cooking skills with the same energy, enthusiasm, and electric personality. Previous students have applauded Jody's creative thinking and teaching abilities-her performance is equally as impressive in the kitchen.

Gail Bray has been acting, teaching and directing for over thirty years. An award-winning, professional actress, Gail has performed locally at the BPP, Cardinal State and the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, at the Shawnee in Bloomfield, and the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. She received her bachelor's degree in theatre from Northern Illinois University and a master's in education from Antioch University, Seattle.

Jamas Brooke holds a B.F.A. from Kansas State Teacher’s College in ceramics and silver-smithing and completed graduate work for his .M.F.A in painting at Emporia University Kansas. His use of the anagama kiln as well as raku method of firing have earned him a following amongst collectors as well as students. His ceramics have earned him awards of excellence both locally and nationally.

Harold Brown is a local artist and photographer. Growing up in rural Southern Indiana, he draws heavily on self-reliance and an active imagination in his photography. A member of French Lick Artisans Coop, he believes his students should gain a working knowledge of photography and, more importantly, an increased awareness and appreciation of our everyday environment.

Dr. Judith Burton is a seasoned and spirited trainer who focuses on down-to-earth skills which can be realistically applied to business and personal life. She has earned degrees in business, adult education and psychology and is enjoying transitioning her own life’s experiences into growth and development for fellow seniors.

Kelly Callahan, SPHR, is a senior HR generalist with Bloomington-based Cook Pharmica, LLC. She received a BA in Psychology from Indiana University in 1981 and has been in the Human Resources profession since 1990, following completion of coursework in an Industrial/Organizational Psychology masters program at IUPUI. She has been certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since 2000 and received her SPHR certification in May, 2008.

Rosemary Chamberlain lives in rural Tennyson, Indiana with her husband of thirty-four years. After thirty-five years of teaching elementary art in the North Spencer School Corporation she retired to her second career of designing and making pottery and wire wrapped and hand forged jewelry. She enjoys working in mixed metals and in particular copper. Her designs are inspired by nature and tend to be organic with rich patinas.

Chris Cinkoske is the founder and owner of ValuComp Computers. He has over 25 years of experience in all areas of computer hardware and software as well as enterprise, network and internet applications. Chris received both his Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and his Bachelor of Science in Business Finance and Real Estate from Indiana University. He enjoys teaching and interacting with students, and says he learns from his students in every class he teaches.

Mary Connors has an master's degree in art education and has been studying with Japanese and Chinese master artists in America and Japan for over 18 years. She has taught beginning and advanced bamboo brush painting classes in California, Illinois, Indiana and Costa Rica.

Darryl Curson, SPHR, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Indiana University in 1972. In 1975, he completed work on a Master’s degree in Adult Education at Indiana University. Darryl has over 30 years as a professional in human resources, including with companies Freudenberg-NOK, Princeton Packaging, Boston Scientific, and Cook Pharmica LLC. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds the Senior Professional Human Resource designation.

Natalie Crohn, LSW, MSW, is a licensed social worker with a concentration in gerontology. She is passionate about providing professional in-service training to health care workers and those who serve the needs of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. She earned her degrees from Indiana University and Washington University (St. Louis) and previously worked for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana.

Rick Davis has been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1977, presently holding an Amateur Extra Class license. Rick has a degree in Electrical Engineering and is licensed in Indiana as a Professional Engineer. He works at Crane Naval Weapons Support Center in Radar antenna testing. Rick’s wife Marcie and his son Ben are also radio amateurs. Rick has taught numerous amateur radio classes for the Hoosier Hills Ham Club, and is certified by the American Radio Relay League as both a Certified Instructor and Volunteer Examiner. Rick is a Life Member of the American Radio Relay League and the Quarter Century Wireless Association.

Tara Easterday Cooper is a creative and talented young artist when it comes to decorating cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Her entrepreneurial spirit led to the establishment of "The Sweet Life." As an instructor, Tara focuses on making each session complete with down-to-earth, easy decorating techniques, with opportunities for hands-on learning, and take-home boxes with goodies. Tara is the mother of two lively little girls, who are eager to do their own versions of creative decorating.

Best known locally at the Antiquing with Susan columnist, Susan Eberman has been an educator and a travel writer specializing in antiques and American history. After downsizing her own collections, she now uses her shopping skills to purchase donations for non-profits where she volunteers. Susan has degrees in education and library science plus working relationships with many national antiques experts.

Purdue University graduate Jeanne Ellen Dutton has studied with locally and nationally recognized artists since 1997. An artist member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana, her work has been displayed in galleries in Bloomington, Nashville, and Columbus, Indiana. Jeanne is also immediate past president of the Bloomington Watercolor Society and has taught watercolor classes at Ivy Tech's Center for Lifelong Learning since 2007. View samples of Jeanne's work at http://bwspaint.weebly.com/jeanne-dutton.html

Richard Fish has worked in audio theatre since 1970 as an actor, writer, producer, director, teacher, engineer, Foley artist, broadcaster, publisher and salesman. He helped found WFHB Community Radio in Bloomington, as well as the National Audio Theatre Festivals organization. Richard has worked with leading figures in audio theatre, including The Firesign Theatre and the legendary Norman Corwin.

Maureen Forman received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an M.F.A. in painting from I.U. She received the Mrs. Granville Wells memorial award from the National Society of Arts and Letters and a Posey Foundation Graduate Arts Scholarship. Maureen has studied painting and art history in Florence and Cortona, Italy, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Jeff Foster is a lifelong musician and teacher, and adept in all styles of music, from classical, jazz, and flamenco to country, bluegrass, rock and blues. A student of Ethnomusicology at Indiana University under Dr. Anthony Seegar, he went on to teach guitar there and at California State University-Bakersfield. Jeff has researched the use of art in special education programs and was named an official delegate of Yugoslavia at the first Very Special Arts International Festival held in Washington DC in 1989.

Sylvia Garrison earned her Bachelor of Science in 1976 from Indiana University in Environmental Health Science. She has been employed since 1977 in the field of public health specializing in food safety and sanitation. Sylvia has been employed with Industry (Seven –up Company) in quality control, Health departments in Indianapolis, IN , Englewood, NJ, Arlington, VA and Dupage Co , IL. She has also spent 10 years at IU Bloomington doing food sanitation for food establishments at IU, and two years with Steritech Company performing third party sanitation audits for major clients. She is the lead ServSafe instructor for the Midwest division, and has been employed for last 7 years with Monroe Co Health dept as the chief Food Sanitarian.

Born and raised on a farm in southern Indiana, Ruth Ann Gerkin has degrees in home economics and early childhood education from Purdue, and a master's degree in education from Indiana University. As the mother of three children and seven grandchildren, she brings her passion for food, gardening, and home-making talents to classes at Burton Kimble Farms.

Nick Granny is Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of MNB Technologies, Inc (Bloomington, IN), specialists in artificial intelligence-based software development tools, business process automation, and advanced software research. Mr. Granny has been intimately involved in the development of the computing industry since he began his studies of computing and computer sciences in 1970 with a DEC PDP-8 system and the FORTRAN language.  Since his separation from the US Navy in 1979, he has held an unbroken chain of engineering, engineering management, and corporate management positions of increasing challenge and responsibility, at companies from start-ups to the Fortune 500. As an educator Mr. Granny has managed (and taught for) a large corporate customer-training center, developed and presented specialized technical training programs under contract to both the private sector and Department of Defense, and was a visiting lecturer at the US Naval War College and the US Naval Post Graduate School.

Ross Guzik has 45 years of teaching experience. He has taught at the junior high and senior high school levels and currently holds teaching licenses in Indiana and Illinois. He has also taught in a number of community colleges in both Indiana and Illinois which includes Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a master's degree from Northern Illinois University. In 1980 Ross was a cofounder of System Services Consulting, Inc., a software training company which provided computer training to organizations for thirty years. A few clients included the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, the Naval Avionics Center, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane division, the United States Office of Personnel Management and the General Electric Corporation.

Patrick Hall is co-owner of Pat's Plants, a family run greenhouse in Orleans. Pat is a charter member of the Dirt Diggers' Garden Club, an avid gardener, and part-time landscaper. He holds a master's degree in education from Indiana University Southeast and taught elementary school for 24 years.

Lara Hasler has dabbled in a variety of art mediums throughout her life, but found a more defined passion following a trip to Europe upon receiving her bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College. Over the last several years she has honed her skills as a mixed medium artist. A certified massage therapist, Lara spent many years in Santa Barbara, CA, where she produced therapeutic grade organic ointment for physical and mental disorders.

David Hays is the founder, president and senior consultant of Comprehensive Financial Consultants, Inc. in Bloomington. He has hosted Your Money with David Hays, a weekend radio program on AM1370 WGCL and News-Talk 95.9 FM, since  002. He has conducted hundreds of financial workshops across the Midwest, has been quoted in several professional publications, and has assisted with articles for both local and national publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. A native of Bloomington, David graduated from the IU School of Business in December 1993.

Janis, Merrill and the Hinshaw family have been making beautiful semi-precious stone jewelry for over 50 years and own Hinshaw Rock'N Gems in French Lick, Indiana. They are a fourth generation family owned business. Named by Lapidary Journal as one of the top ten stone polishers in the nation, they collect rough stones, then cut and polish them by hand to create a work of art. They are nationally and internationally known artisans, and have been creating one-of-a-kind jewelry and decorator pieces since 1961. Their motto is "Lapidary at its Finest."

Doug Hughes is a partner and lead consultant with Comprehensive Financial Consultants in Bloomington. He has served on numerous panels educating other financial consultants from across the country, including in 2007 in New York City where he shared his ideas and philosophies on developing quality, long-term relationships with clients.

William Itter, Indiana University professor emeritus, has spent a lifetime exploring the world around him through the creation of vivid painting and drawings. A teaching artist, Itter's passion for supporting young artists in IU's Henry Radford School of Fine Arts was recognized in 2011 when he was selected as the recipient of the College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for Art. Itter and his wife Diane, a premier 20th-century American textile artist who died in 1989, collected museum-quality ethnographic textiles and other objects. He later began collecting African textiles, baskets and pottery, many of which constitute the permanent William Itter Collection at the IU Art Museum.

Devta Kidd is a change management nerd. When she began studying Connective Communication (based on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication) in 1999 she felt herself becoming part of a new world where authenticity and deep connection are possible within the workplace. She believes connective communication to be at the root of any change effort. Devta has developed and delivered trainings for international companies to use connective communication to increase employee well-being and retention, and positively impact the bottom line. In addition to training groups and organizations in this technology in a way that is exciting and transformative for their environment, Devta both uses and teaches the philosophy in her Executive Coaching sessions as well. Devta weaves this technology into Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and other tools for innovative positive organizational development and change initiatives. She is a certified AI practitioner, Resonant Coach, and received her Masters of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University.

Andrew Lambert is a Hoosier by family blood who raised him just outside of Chicago.  Always a fan of basketball and friendly people, Andrew decided to obtain two degrees from Indiana University, one in marketing, the other in advertising.  After working in the world of marketing, Andrew earned a M.A. in Communication from Hawaii Pacific University.

Andrew has taught for several institutes including Penn State University, Hawaii Pacific University's Military College, and Indiana University.  He joined Ivy Tech in 2008 and continues to be highly ranked and followed by his students.  Andrew has been nominated for numerous awards, and has taken home the 2010 O'Bannon Institute Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 2011 National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship Award for Outstanding Faculty, and the 2012 State of Indiana's Award for Excellence in Instruction.

Andrew Lambert also owns and operates Lambert Consulting, LLC.  This company was started in 2010 and focuses on growing small and medium size businesses by using important tools in marketing and advertising.  Andrew Lambert has appeared on the CATS TV series, "Businesses to Know," and WFHB's "Money Matters" segment.

Steve Lanham has nearly 30 years of Information Data Management experience in both supply chain and manufacturing environments.  He began using Microsoft Access in 1998 to link to Oracle and SQL databases.  During that time he has used and developed multiple systems, and applications to support day to day business needs.  He enjoys teaching the power and importance of database management.

John Lee is a search engine marketing expert, professional blogger, and avid fan of all things “Internet.” John attended Ivy Tech Community College and Ball State University. Professionally, John has worked in retail management, author promotions/ PR, and search engine marketing. He has been active in social media for years both as a personal hobby and as a consultant for businesses.

Gerry Masse has been teaching computer software in the area for over 15 years. He’s a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certified Teacher, having passed Microsoft exams in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. His interest in computers led him to Web and Graphic Design, and he is now a practiced instructor of Microsoft FrontPage, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe Illustrator.

Beverly McIntosh is a business and industry instructor from southern Indiana.  She develops and teaches courses in business, communications, leadership and supervision, team building, problem solving, personal development, and desktop computing. Beverly holds degrees in Business Management from the University of Maryland and Information Management from Ball State University.  She is an Achieve Global facilitator, Microsoft Master Instructor, ProLiteracy Tutor, Microsoft Certified Application Specialist, and teaches continuing education classes at several colleges and universities.

Beverly’s background is managing business system development projects in heavy-duty manufacturing.  She spent three years in Japan working with the Department of Defense.  Currently she operates a training and consulting company and is the director of an adult literacy program.

Kurt Messick is a student of history, philosophy, political science, economics, and religious studies; author of two books; and a prolific contributor of reviews and essays on the Internet. The product of schools in Indiana, England and Australia, he is passionate about history, believing the better we know our past, the better we'll be prepared for our future. Kurt has been with Ivy Tech since 1989.

Nancy Metz is a past president and Signature member of the Bloomington Watercolor Society and a member of both the Watercolor Society of Indiana and the Kentucky Watercolor Society. She has had paintings juried into the Watercolor Society of Indiana's annual show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Kentucky Watercolor Society's Aquaventure Show. An experienced instructor, Nancy has taught writing and magazine editing at the IU School of Journalism as well as watercolor classes for Ivy Tech's Center for Lifelong Learning and in her studio. Find Nancy's art at http://bwspaint.weebly.com/nancy-davis-metz.html

Linda Meyer-Wright's love of color is the driving force in all her art. She loves the joy of expression found in water media and enjoys sharing this with her students. Linda has an undergraduate degree in psychology from IU and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Tim Miller has been a licensed amateur radio operator for 46 years and holds an Amateur Extra Class license together with an FCC First Class Commercial License. Tim holds a BS degree in computer science and an AS degree in Electronics. He currently manages a Navy antenna test range at Crane Naval Warfare Center. President of the Hoosier Hills Ham Club, Tim was nominated for Outstanding Amateur of the Year in Indiana. He has enjoyed teaching amateur radio classes at both Bell Labs and the Hoosier Hills Ham Club, and is certified by the American Radio Relay League as a Volunteer Examiner to administer FCC amateur radio tests.

José Montalvo has more than 20 years of experience as a certified interpreter/ translator for courts at the federal, district, state and municipal levels nation-wide. He has also provided translation services for major Federal government agencies, including the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Department of State, and the U.S. Postal Service. Born in Puerto Rico, José holds three degrees from Indiana University and a doctorate in music from New York University.

Sara Moonshower has an extensive background in teaching keyboarding and business classes. She was employed by Monroe County Community Schools for 15 years as a Business Education teacher, has taught for Indiana University, and has five years experience at Ivy Tech in the Office Administration Department. A Bloomington resident, Sara earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Business Education from Indiana University.

Kelly Murphy is a 12-year resident of Bloomington and has been hopelessly in love with the town and the people since her first visit. Teaching art is just one of her many passions. She graduated from Indiana University and immediately began teaching at Templeton Elementary School. She has had the opportunity to teach in a few other local schools, some private lessons and Ivy Arts summer programs. In town she may be better known as, "the monkey lady" because she also makes and sells sock monkeys under the alias, Monksockeys, at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation's A Fair of the Arts.

Marcy Neiditz has a B.F.A. from California State University and an M.F.A. in ceramics from Indiana University. She has been working with clay for over 25 years and has taught at several colleges, universities and art centers. Marcy has received two Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grants, and currently is a full-time studio artist, lecturing, giving workshops and demonstrating regionally and nationally.

Matt O'Neill received his culinary training in Ireland and has served as a head chef instructor for the Culinary Arts Academy of Cincinnati.  A member of the American Culinary Federation, Matt is the author of The Seasons at Walden Inn Cookbook and continues his culinary pursuits with the Bloomington-based Runcible Spoon and Bloomington Cooking School.

Eric Osborne a mushroom hunter of fifteen years, has a master's degree in education from the University of Louisville and is Indiana's first state certified "Wild Mushroom Expert."  He is the founder of Magnificent Mushrooms, a gourmet mushroom farm and spawn company, just outside of Paoli and regularly gives workshops at state parks, large commercial farms, schools and conferences.

Xoch Owen loves to create. She has been painting and sewing since she was a little girl. Her father encouraged her creativity no matter how hard she was to keep up with. She worked in healthcare for 19 years but still found time to dabble in art, which was her true passion. In 2006 she refocused full-time on creating one-of-a-kind primitive art dolls, developing a fascination with fiber when she learned to needle felt hair on to her dolls. From there she began experimenting with different forms. She now makes needle felted wildlife, pendants and small fiber paintings. She also enjoys making mixed media dolls, mixed media paintings, cloth and clay dolls as well as armature dolls.

James Pershing has an extensive career in the educational field. He has a Master’s degree in Adult Education, is an experienced corporate trainer, and has developed and delivered credit and noncredit training for multiple international industrial technology firms. He also holds a Naval Certificate of Apprenticeship in Machining, and spent over 20 years at NSWC Crane. Jim continues to be actively involved in many areas of education through Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, and the Hoosier Hills Career Center Advisory Board.

Cara Prill has been helping Ivy Tech students with their writing for seven years as a tutor and teacher. A recent participant in her creative writing workshop shared: "I feel ready to take steps out of my comfort zone-write my words and let them go. Let others read them. Thanks for the confidence builder!" Cara's own writing includes poetry and prose, and she is a member of two local writing groups.

Bill Pursell has been a farmer and community leader in Owen County for over 30 years. As the owner of Triple P Ranch, he specializes in purebred and production bred livestock, including cattle, goats, sheep, exhibition poultry, hogs, bees, and exotic animals. Bill is a past board member of the Owen County Fair Board and current president of the White River Poultry Association.

Daren Redman creates textile art she has dyed in the Japanese techniques of arashi and itajime shibori. She has studied art quilting at the University of Minnesota and Nancy's Crow's Barn. Daren is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Art Alliance Brown County, and an Indiana Artisan for her art quilts, and has been published in both The QUILT Magazine and Quilting Arts Magazine.

Jennifer Rekers is currently employed as an Environmental Health Specialist at the Brown County Health Department.  She has worked in the position of Food Inspector there for three years.  Jennifer is a Standardized Food Program Inspection Officer through the Indiana State Department of Health, a Food Defense Coordinator through AIB, and the Chairman of the Terrorism and All Hazards Prevention Committee of the Indiana Environmental Health Association.  She also serves as the Food Protection and Executive Board Representative of the Southern Chapter of the IEHA.  Jennifer serves locally on the Emergency Management Advisory Committee and the Local Environmental Protection Committee.  In her spare time she is a member of the Green Township Fire Rescue, serving as an EMT and the secretary for the GTFR Board.  She has been certified as a Servsafe Instructor since January of 2010.  Jennifer has attended extensive training courses in the field of Food safety and emergency response.

Oscar Rodriguez’  background includes a combination of college teaching and corporate consulting in applied engineering technology. His academic credentials include: undergraduate degrees (ASE, BST) in engineering technology (robotics, electronics), a Master of Science degree in systems and automation, and post-masters Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Technology. He holds professional and technical certifications at the instructor level  including fiber optics, electronics manufacturing and repair, online teaching, Instructional design, Robotics (educational and industrial), Advanced Manufacturing and Green Production.

Delvan Roehling has taught at Ivy Tech Community College as an adjunct instructor since 2007. He holds a bachelor's degree in business from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. With almost 20 years of experience in the accounting field, Delvan currently owns his own accounting/tax/payroll practice in Indianapolis. Additionally, he was recently nominated for three years in a row as one of "Indy's Best and Brightest" in the field of accounting. Delvan also volunteers his time as president of Southport Little League and treasurer of Concord Community Development Corporation. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

Charles Savage is a local freelance writer, photographer, and published photojournalist. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Journalism where he had the good fortune to have studied with nationally renowned photojournalism professors Will Counts and John Alhauser. Charles completed his master's degree in adult education from Indiana University in 2011.

Hilary Scott is a graduate from Indiana University's Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, with a concentration in ceramics. Her work has been featured in numerous SoFA exhibitions and she has participated in workshops with ceramics artists such as John Himmelfarb, Chris Staley, and Anton Reijnders. Hilary also serves as the studio technician for the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center ceramics studio.

Mark Scranton teaches welding at the Hoosier Hills Career Center and enjoys teaching practical and artistic welding arts. His recent students have praised his enthusiasm, knowledge, and presentation skills. “Mark took time with each of us one-on-one to hone our skills and answer questions,” said one welder.

Ann Smith is a Certified EFT trainer and practitioner with a private practice in Bloomington. She loves teaching EFT and specializes in the challenging areas of weight release and self-sabotage.

Daniel R. Spore, LUTCF, is a native of Bloomington and a 29-year associate with Bill C. Brown Associates, specializing in insurance, retirement strategies, and employee benefits. He has achieved numerous distinctions in his career, including the National Quality Award, National Sales Achievement Award, and National Health Quality Award for the insurance industry. Mr. Spore has held every office in the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, taught 18 different business, estate, and asset review continuing education classes since 1988, and is a member of American United Life’s Chairman’s Council.

Kelly Springer of Shoals, Indiana began leatherworking and producing handmade leather goods in 2003 alongside her mother at Moonshine Leather Company. As time progressed she became the primary producer of one-of-a-kind belts. She moved to Arizona to manage Altai Leather in Jerome, Arizona for two years, and decided to move back to Indiana and start her own leather business called Lilypistol Leather. Her leather products are made with beautiful, high quality leather from the U.S.A. She makes hand tooled belts, cowhide leather earrings, string ray leather earrings, bracelets, rings, journal notepad covers, checkbook covers, purses of all sizes, bookmarks, hair barrettes, business card holders, aprons, zippered pouch organizers, cosmetic bags, cell phone holders, and other items from leather.

Ferne Stout grew up in a lonely homesteading life in Dundy County, Nebraska in the 1920s and 1930s. This local author recalls the hardships and challenges in her book Dundy County Babe and the role of horses on the plains in Gitty Up! --- Whoa! She encourages others to pass down their life stories for future generations.

Chef Stacy Strand has been working professionally as a pastry chef and cake decorator for 8 years and as the baking/pastry chef in Ivy Tech's hospitality program since 2009. She especially enjoys theme and holiday decorating, creating characters and figures in the style of Beatrix Potter, among others, with as much detail as possible. Chef Stacy says working with fondant is just like working with modeling clay!

Michael Teague received his BFA from the University of Memphis and his MFA in painting from IU. He has exhibited his paintings in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In addition, he is an award-winning computer graphic illustrator and comics artist. His comics have been published by Fantagraphics Books.

Ladi Terry has over 20 years of leadership experience in higher education administration building and directing high engagement teams which led to a growth in net income, improved job satisfaction, a vibrant solution oriented workplace and reduced turnover.  She is seasoned at integrating positive change in both businesses and non profits resulting in improved performance and goal attainment.  Ladi is able to quickly assess a situation to identify the correct problem and facilitate groups to find solutions. 

George Williams earned his Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Vocational/Industrial Education, and continued his education to earn a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University in Industrial Education. With over 20 years career experience, George has shared his knowledge through instructing various high school vocational technical classes, adult education, and apprenticeship classes. He has written a number of technical training manuals and functions as an industrial consultant.