Steve Fulton is a Technical Fellow at GE Aviation and was the co-founder of Naverus, Inc. in 2003; the root of GE Aviation’s PBN Services. Prior to this, in his former capacity as technical pilot at Alaska Airlines, Mr. Fulton was instrumental in the development of the world’s first commercial Required Navigation Performance – Authorization Required (RNP AR) instrument approach procedure at Juneau, Alaska.
Mr. Fulton also was a principal author of RNP RNAV (Area Navigation) criteria contained in Appendix 5 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Advisory Circular 120-29A.
Previously, Mr. Fulton was an avionics engineer and development pilot at Honeywell. He is an FAA Flight Test Pilot, Designated Engineering Representative, and he holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Fulton is a co-author of three US patents.
GE Aviation’s PBN Services is a global leader in the development and implementation of Performance-based Navigation and is working with aircraft operators and air traffic management providers in China, South and Central America, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe to implement PBN solutions.
Renee spent most of her career in the wine and food business working with some of the
finest restaurants and wine companies in the mid-west. Several years ago she became
enchanted with the idea of producing caviar. Now she is a principal with Big Fish Farms,
one of the first domestic free-range caviar producers and a pioneer in zero-impact
sustainable aquaculture. Big Fish Farms’ innovative network of “reservoir ranches”
provides its indigenous paddlefish with protected natural environments from hatch to
harvest, producing caviar of outstanding quality and taste.
As Vice President of Brand Marketing for EA SPORTS, Christopher Erb is responsible for driving strategy and marketing for the EA SPORTS brand. Christopher oversees a cross-functional team that focuses on consumer marketing, licensing, brand identity, and brand partnerships. In addition, his team is responsible for partnership activation across franchises within the EA SPORTS label including Madden NFL, FIFA, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, NHL, NBA, NCAA, SSX, and Fight Night. His leadership within the entertainment industry has revolutionized the way EA SPORTS markets to their consumers by elevating video game releases to be bigger than highly anticipated film premieres. He pioneered applying the theatrical model of partnership and collaboration to video games which is now standard protocol within the industry. Christopher is responsible for transforming the annual release of the Madden NFL franchise into a summer event creating an unofficial start to the NFL season, and a designated placeholder on the official NFL calendar. His work includes partnerships with top global iconic brands such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Microsoft, Sony, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Doritos, Mars and Budweiser.
Christian’s entrepreneurial experience began in 1995, when he founded a selffinanced,
leading youth culture publication, which he later sold to Alloy Media
(NASDAQ: ALOY) in 2001. He then served as President of its publishing unit and
EVP of Marketing for its online merchandising businesses. Christian went on to
found Iconoclast Productions, an arts production, publishing and e-commerce
business, and a leading distributor of limited edition art related products. In 2004,
he conceived, produced, edited and curated Beautiful Losers, an internationally
celebrated, record-breaking museum exhibition, book, and documentary film.
Beautiful Losers toured museums worldwide through 2009 and featured a wide
range of visual artists and filmmakers including Shepard Fairey, KAWS, Spike Jonze,
Barry McGee, Harmony Korine, Ryan McGinley, Larry Clark, Os Gemeos, Raymond
Pettibon, Mike Mills, Ed Templeton, and Ryan McGinness, among others. In 2008,
Christian founded Country Club and built it into an internationally recognized art
program lauded by critics, curators, patrons, and museum personnel worldwide.
Via Country Club, he produced renowned projects with a roster of internationally
recognized artists including Fairey, McGinness, Korine, EV Day, and Jonah Freeman
and Justin Lowe’s famed Bright White Underground. Articles on Christian and his
businesses have been published in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles
Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, Miami Herald, Artforum, Art In
America, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and the New York Times’ T Magazine
as well as leading publications and national newspapers throughout Europe, Japan,
Australia, and Brazil. Christian has consulted and lectured on culture, the arts, and
media throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. He received his
BA in History from Trinity College.
Ben Nunery is Powerhouse Factories’ Chief Cultural Officer and Co-Founder. His rolehelps ensure the authenticity of Powerhouse’s insights and includes management ofPowerhouse’s factory model. This model creates separate, sustainable businesses inwhich Powerhouse employees immerse themselves and gain hands-on insights for clientwork.
This builds on Ben’s earlier work for Powerhouse, co-founding the business in 2004 asa design firm and print shop. Ben and Powerhouse have created concert posters formusical acts including Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, andSleater-Kinney.
Now a 50-person agency, analog tools are a distinct part of Powerhouse’s culture. Ben’srole as Chief Cultural Officer has a direct impact on the agency’s work for clients includingP&G, Chiquita Brands, Shaw Floors as well as Bush Brothers & Company. Ben has adegree in graphic design from Western Kentucky University.
As Chief Technology Officer, Steve Daly is challenged with separating digital trendsfrom reality to hone Powerhouse Factories service offering. This gets him immersed ineverything from data integration, social media platforms and gamification technologies tocontent management, collaboration andcommunity tools.
Steve is known for his capability to solve complex business problems using digitaltechnology. He’s spoken internationally on the use of technology in customer service andcall-center applications and has authored books on developing presence awareness andknowledge management applications.
With more than 20 years of experience in all areas of technology, Steve has developedsolutions for clients including P&G, Sears, Epson, Kroger and the U.S. Air Force. Stevehas a degree in Computer Engineering from Bellarmine University.
Pramod P. Reddy completed a residency in Urology at Albany Medical Center, AlbanyN.Y., and following that he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the Hospitalfor Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He served as the chief of Pediatric Urology atArkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock from 1999-2001.
Since 2001 he has been on the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCHMC), heis currently a Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and in May 2010 wasappointed the Director of the Division of Pediatric Urology.
In December of 2011 he was recognized for his expertise as a global leader inPediatric Urology by being named the Curtis Sheldon and Jeffrey Wacksman Chair ofPediatric Urology at CCHMC.
In addition to maintaining a busy clinical practice, Dr. Reddy is also conductingresearch that he hopes will benefit his patients; he has a NIH funded basic sciencelaboratory where he is studying the normal development of the urinary bladder and its innervation as well as the role of tissue engineered substitutes for bladder replacementand augmentation. Dr. Reddy has been recognized with numerous awards for hiscontributions to Pediatric Urology, including winning the First prize for basic science research by the Society of Pediatric Urology, the 2010 second place prize for clinical research by the Society of Pediatric Urology, as well as being named both a PfizerUrological scholar as well an American Urological Association (AUA) Scholar.
As a member of the Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati, one of the country’s busiest fetal centers – he is actively involved in managing congenital conditions that involve the genitourinary tract of the fetus, his involvement ranges from diagnosis & counseling toin-utero intervention. In addition to advancing the science to improve the outcomesof prenatally diagnosed urological conditions, along with his Mentor Dr. Curtis Sheldon– he is ensuring that the ethical considerations keep pace with the technological and medical advances.
Higher Level Art creates exclusive mural, sign, and fine art installations. Founded in 2008 by Danny Babcock and Matthew Dayler. Babcock’s extensive scenic and graffiti experience along with Dayler’s, figurative and print style works, are the foundation of their collaboration. Based in Cincinnati Ohio, Higher Level Art has produced projects within the US and Canada.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and several co-op rotations in the semiconductor industry, Matt seized an opportunity to stay on at UC pursuing his PhD in the rapidly burgeoning field of microfluidics. Working under the direction of Dr. Jason Heikenfeld in the Novel Devices Laboratory, he has published and presented his work in several journals and international scientific conferences. His research is creating a new form of electrofluidic display which would allow for rollable and sun-light readable tablets and smart phones
Lauren Kaufman is the driving force behind WGSN’s consulting division in theAmericas. A strategic and innovative thinker with a keen insight for qualitativeanalysis and an eye for design, Lauren leads the Strategic Services team inmanaging the consulting business for both WGSN and Homebuildlife. Sheemploys market research and future forecasting to identify consumer shifts,develop marketing and retail strategies and provide business solutions for currentand prospective clients. Lauren has delivered insights to key senior managementteams from Revlon, HP, Gap, Kimberly Clark, Colomer, Unilever, Disney andLululemon among others.
Before joining WGSN in 2007, Lauren honed her marketing acumen workingat Macy’s, in addition to developing her account management skills with twofull service advertising agencies. A native New Yorker and graduate of ColgateUniversity, she is also a certified Health Coach.
At SparkPeople.com, Chef Meg Galvin develops healthy recipes, tests membersubmitteddishes, and teaches the fundamentals of cooking to members and at TheMidwest Culinary Institute in Cincinnati Ohio. A World Master Chef since 2005, ChefMeg was the host of The Dish, which aired Channel 12 and now hosts cooking videoson FOX19.
Galvin earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Eastern Kentucky Universityand a certificate of culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu in London. She is certified as anexecutive chef by the American Culinary Federation and is working toward her court ofmaster sommeliers wine certification.
Galvin is a faculty member at Cincinnati State’s Midwest Culinary Institute.
A farmer’s daughter, Galvin now lives in northern Kentucky with her husband and threeteenage sons-including twins.
Most days, she can be found hitting the pavement onlong runs or cheering on her sons at sporting events. She is author of the best-seller“The SparkPeople Cookbook.”
Dr. Gutmark joined the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 2000 as the Ohio EminentScholar Chaired Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.In 2008 his title was upgraded to Distinguished Research Professor. In 2009 he wasappointed an Affiliated Professor of Mechanics at the Royal Institute of Technology inSweden. Previous to that he was a chaired Professor of Mechanical Engineering andthe Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Louisiana State Universityfrom 1995 where he worked on combustion and aerodynamics control. Prior tojoining the faculty at LSU, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the ResearchDepartment of the Naval Air Warfare Center in California where he initiated a nationalprogram on flow and combustion control.
Dr. Khosla specializes in treating voice and swallowing disorders. He is nationally knownfor his expertise in vocal cord and airway reconstruction. Dr. Khosla is a leader in theresearch field pioneering new techniques to treat voice and swallowing disorders. Heis a NIH award recipient in the area of phonation and vocal cord paralysis. Dr. Khosla iswidely published and received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Healthand the University of Cincinnati Research Council.
Gregory Smith is currently an Associate Professor of Management Information
Systems in the Williams College of Business at Xavier University. He holds a PhD
in Business Information Technology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University. At Xavier, he focuses his teaching and research on computer-based
data mining applications and associated ethical implications. His passion for the
subject matter led him to create the Xavier/SAS® certificate testing center for
Predictive Modeling. It stands as one of only a handful of on-campus test centers
in the United States.
He also co-invented Xavier University’s suite of American Dream indices including
the American Dream Composite IndexTM(ADCI). The ADCI is a unique and robust
measure of sentiment that values the American Dream on a monthly basis. This
instrument is changing the way people view the American Dream and the way
organizations view quality of life.
Tatiana Berman is a passionate advocate for live classical music performance,
often presenting it in conjunction with other art forms. She is a violinist, founder
and artistic director of the Constella Festival (http://www.constellafestival.org/)
in Cincinnati, USA. Among the many festival events, Constella Festival presents
world-class musicians, dancers, visual artists as well as newly commissioned
world premiere music and choreography works.
As a chamber musician Tatiana has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Jeremy
Denk, Bryce Dessner, Ivry Gitlis, Steven Isserlis, Elizabeth Leonskaja, Nico Muhly
and Ted Nash. As a soloist she worked with such conductors as Paavo Jarvi,
Sarah Ioannides appearing with London Musici, St Petersburg Philharmonic and
Spartanburg Philharmonic orchestras.
Performing with Constella string trio, Tatiana is a also a founding member
of concert:nova, multidisciplinary chamber music ensemble.
Jesse Mooney-Bullock makes puppets. But not the kind that you might first think
of when you hear that word. They are not usually very soft or bright. They definitely
do not have googly eyes. They are figures carved out of wood, complete with
joints that operate via levers and triggers. He is fascinated by the way living things
move and how they are “built”, and he strives to emulate natural form and function
in his artwork.
He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he
collaborated with fellow students to create puppet-infused art that they performed
around the Windy City. Then his schooling extended into the studio of puppeteer
Blair Thomas, who taught him much about building puppets and their stages.
While still in Chicago, Jesse created near life-sized wooden puppets for a
Redmoon Theater production which earned him a Jeff Award. He continues to
design and build for these two companies from his home-studio in Northside. He
has been a recipient of the City of Cincinnati Artist Grant and every now and then
gets to perform his own work here in town.
In addition to being an artist, Jesse is a full-time father. He and his wife have
two young boys, and Dad stays home. For Mooney-Bullock and Sons, building
and art-making are everyday activities, and each puppet that comes out of the
workshop undergoes complete testing by the junior members of the family.
The Queen City Project (aka QCP) stems from collaboration between two Cincinnati
based companies who share a genuine interest in all things positive with regards to
Cincinnati. The QCP is formed by ad agency Bluestone Creative and photography
studio Alias Imaging. Pictures allow our minds to absorb large amounts of
information in a short amount of time. Yet this simple idea is often sacrificed due to
the flurrying array of media opportunities that surround us. With the inevitable speed
of today’s society, we find ourselves constantly sorting through the messages like
junk mail, attempting to differentiate the relevant from the propaganda. In an effort
to offer you an unobstructed view and them a genuine representation of their culture,
those of us at The Queen City Project believe we found a way to shine the light on
local independent businesses sans the glossy packaging. And we can’t wait to see
Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an Educator Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Cincinnati as well as Managing Editor of Soapbomedia.com, a weekly online magazine focused on “what’s next” for the region. Nothing fascinates her more than a good story, well told. Nothing excites her more than the expanding storytelling opportunities that technology allows. With more than 20 years of reporting and teaching experience, she regularly works with diverse cultures in a wide range of Service Learning courses for Journalism students. For her efforts, she received UC’s Just Community Award in 2011, the same year that she received the College of Arts & Sciences Edith Alexander Award for Excellence in Teaching. She regularly leads workshops in course development, use of technology and Service Learning at UC’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an Educator Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Cincinnati as well as Managing Editor of Soapbomedia.com. At UC, she teaches storytelling in a wide range of forms, from tweets to long-form narratives. At Soapbox, she writes and edits alongside a talented group of peers in a city where creative nooks and crannies provide plenty of storytelling opportunities.
ABOUT CARLTON FARMER
A lover of history. A reader of books. A sitter of chairs. Carlton Farmer has been working on the nationally traveling museum exhibition “America I AM: The African American Imprint” for the last three years. While working on his masters at the University of Cincinnati, he was the public relations manager and a writer for the now defunct Firesideometer.com, which specialized in reviewing little-known independent music. As the assistant curator of “America I AM,” he identifies and locates artifacts for inclusion in the exhibition, doing much of the writing that accompanies these objects. Carlton loves traveling with the exhibition as it moves to different cities across the United States, but is always happy to return to his home in Cincinnati’s beautiful Over-the-Rhine.
ABOUT JEFF EDMONDSON
Jeff Edmondson is the executive director of Strive, a partnership of postsecondary, K-12, business, philanthropic, non-profit, and civic organizations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, which is aimed at increasing educational aspirations, achievement, and attainment of students throughout the region. The lessons learned from the development of this partnership are currently being applied in four cities across the country—through a collaborative relationship with Living Cities and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities—to help ensure resources in these regions are efficiently and effectively supporting the success of every child.
He most recently served as the foundation officer for KnowledgeWorks Foundation. In this role, Edmondson was responsible for assisting the president & CEO by leading and providing support for priority initiatives, communicating on the vision and strategies of the foundation locally and nationally, and managing the relationship with the board of directors.
Prior to KnowledeWorks, Edmondson served as a program assistant at the 21st Century School Fund, where he conducted research, published papers and wrote legislation on local and national policy issues related to school facilities. Edmondson also worked as the peaceable schools coordinator at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, the largest public secondary school in Washington, D.C. In this role, he was an advocate for teachers and students in the school; built partnerships between the school, organizations and businesses in the community to improve student outcomes; and trained students and staff in mediation and other alternative conflict resolution techniques.
Edmondson has a bachelor’s of science in biology from the University of Richmond and a master’s in public policy from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he served as a volunteer and supervisor for four years in Peace Corps Gabon, Central Africa.
Telling Stories On The World
ABOUT BRAD KING
Brad King is an assistant professor of journalism and an Emerging Media Initiative Fellow at Ball State University, where his research examines how emerging technologies are changing the ways we tell stories.
King earned his master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2000. He worked for Condé Nast’s Wired magazine and then its sister website Wired.com. He coauthored Dungeons and Dreamers, a book on the history of the programmers and communities who built and played in the first virtual worlds. In 2004, he was hired as the producer for MIT’s Technology Review.
He is currently on the advisory boards for South by Southwest Interactive and
Carnegie Mellon’s ETC Press. He’s also finishing The Cult of Me (ETC Press 2010), a book about storytelling in the digital world, and Making Digital, a book of essays on digital project management.
Cultivating a Start-up Culture in Cincinnati
ABOUT DAVE KNOX
Dave Knox is chief marketing officer for Rockfish Interactive. Prior to Rockfish, Knox was Procter & Gamble’s brand manager for Global Branded Entertainment where he ledthe strategy for new business models in venture investment, digital media and original content. Previously, Dave was P&G’s corporate marketing brand manager for DigitalBusiness Strategy, responsible for driving digital innovation across P&G’s 300+ brands worldwide.
Author of the industry leading blog, HardKnoxLife.com, Dave was named by AdAge as “1 of 25 Media People You Should Follow on Twitter” and Media Industry News as a “2010 Social Media Superstar.” Dave has spoken frequently on the topics of digitalmarketing, including appearances at SXSW, American Express Innovation Summit and Web 2.0 Summit.
Dave is active in the entrepreneurial community, serving as an advisor to several venture-backed companies and as the cofounder of The Brandery, a seed stage venture accelerator. He also serves on the board of VCU Brandcenter and on Pi Sigma Epsilon’s national council.
ABOUT GRANT MCCRACKEN
Grant McCracken holds a PhD from the University of Chicago in cultural anthropology. He is the author of Culture and Consumption, Culture and Consumption II, Plenitude, Big Hair, The Long Interview, Flock and Flow, and Transformations. He has been the director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School, a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and he is now a research affiliate at C3 at MIT. He has consulted widely in the corporate world, including the Coca-Cola Company, Campbell Soup, Diageo, IBM, IKEA, Sesame Street, Chrysler, Kraft, and Kimberly Clark. He has served on marketing advisory boards for IBM and the Boston Beer Company. Basic Books has just published his latest book: Chief Culture Officer.
In The Zone
ABOUT DHANI JONES
Warrior and Bowtie Expert. Linebacker and Poet. Jock and Treehugger. Dhani Jones understands the extremes of life. An NFL player with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jones rides a bike to the stadium for practices and games, works with Al Gore’s climate change initiative and is a member of the Entertainment Council for Feeding America. His most recent accomplishment is the launch of Bow Ties for a Cause, a signature line to help create awareness and raise funds for non-profit organizations around the country. The line is custom-made for each charity and is designed by Dhani and the founding members of the organizations. The well-spoken Jones stars in the Travel Channel’s original series “Dhani Tackles The Globe,” now in its second season.
By actively participating in some of the most beloved national pastimes from around the world, Dhani discovers that sports have the universal ability to open a window into a culture, define a destination and unlock a common passion in people that is as different as it is familiar. His passion for living, authority on sports and understanding of issues such as climate change make Dhani a key player in sports and sustainability. It’s no wonder that in Hindi, “Dhani” means thinking man.
ABOUT CLAIRE THOMPSON
Claire is an artist. She is also a designer, who was suddenly days away from losing her sight. After undergoing an intensive eye surgery to restore her vision, she then spent the majority of her recovery living in a small canal town in the south of France. Pursuing her passion for art, Claire created over 30 paintings that captured her emotions and experiences as she worked to regain her sight. Her determination to see again quickly landed her in a national competition for a major fashion magazine. After nearly 300 hours of hand-sewing a silk wedding gown in 4 weeks, Claire landed a spot on Good Morning America, a debut in Times Square and in the pages of Brides Magazine. Her focus, drive and passion to see and design again results in her powerful and burning conviction of embracing a dream and never letting go.
Claire is a senior in the Design, Architecture, Art and Planning program at the University of Cincinnati. Though her background lies in fashion design, her interests span much more. Her diverse cooperative educational experience at DAAP has ranged from bridal design, childrenswear, foresight work, branding and identity, graphic and illustration design and design research.
ABOUT JOHN ECKBERG
John Eckberg is director of media relations for Cook Medical, the Bloomington, IN based medical device company that has pioneered minimally invasive procedures for nearly five decades. He is the creator of the iPhone App “Success by John Eckberg,” a volume of more than 300 business book excerpts and quotations. He is also the author of The Success Effect: Uncommon Conversations with America’s Business Trailblazers (Sterling and Ross: 2008); Have a Crumby Book: The Billboards of Busken Bakery (Clerisy: 2009) and the true crime thriller Road Dog (Federal Point Publishing: 2002) about serial killer Glen Rogers. In the works is The Mud Daddy Chronicles: Raging Bass, Mystic Muskie and Twinkie Tiramisu, a memoir of more than two decades of annual fishing trips that will be published in the fall of 2010 by Clerisy Publishing. A former business reporter for Cincinnati Enquirer, John lives in Anderson Township and Bloomington with his wife, Carol, a retired teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools.
ABOUT BEN NICHOLSON
Ben grew up wanting to be a Marine Biologist—but a complete inability to understand organic chemistry and a found love of telling stories landed him in the video business. Currently employed at Lightborne, a media post and production studio, Ben has done stints in a variety of roles and facilities.
Since Joining Lightborne, Ben has overseen the development of a once one-man motion design department into a fully staffed global creative force. Ben has directed and animated both live-action and animated national ad campaigns, music videos and tour visuals. At Lightborne, Ben is the dreamer and the technical limit pusher who is always looking for a new way to not only execute motion design but also to display it. This want comes from years of prior experience working on media for Disney rides, robotic projection screens, rock shows and just about every other surface where video should not be seen. Creative collaboration is the fuel for his fire, and he loves helping clients execute, grow and implement their vision.
When Ben is not working, he is gardening with his beautiful wife and helping love and wrangle his three children. You can often find him in the kitchen cooking meals for his friends.
With 12 years of experience in the motion design world, Ben brings a technical
and artistic eye that only time and fire can bring, and continues to love making the impossible possible.
ABOUT MARGY WALLER
Margy Waller is a vice president of ArtsWave. She has served as executive director of The Mobility Agenda, a think tank she founded in Washington, D.C. Previously she was visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, with a joint appointment in the Economic Studies and Metropolitan Policy programs. Prior to Brookings, she was senior advisor on domestic policy in the Clinton-Gore White House.
Margy was named one of the nation’s 25 most “powerful and influential” nonprofit arts leaders, a “Top 10 Tweeter” by SoapboxMedia, and Civic Star Rising by Cincy Magazine. She’s appeared in and on numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Daily News, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, CNN, and Fox News. She’s a non-practicing lawyer and photographer of the arts-allaround- us on her tumblr blog, cincinnatiartgrrl.
ABOUT SHASTA BRAY
Wide-eyed with pigtails, Shasta grew up catching fireflies, reading Ranger Rick, and falling in love with the animals at the zoo. Dedicated to wildlife conservation, she believes that personal encounters with wildlife can create emotional connections that inspire people to take conservation action. As the interpretive media manager for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Shasta develops interpretive exhibits and programs that provide meaningful experiences and authentic opportunities to take action. She leads field courses for educators and supports conservation education efforts abroad.
Shasta received a BS in Zoology from Southern Illinois University and an MS in Zoology from Miami University. She is a certified interpretive trainer through the National Association for Interpretation and an active member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Shasta has written for a variety of publications, including Science and Children, Legacy, and Wildlife Explorer, and regularly contributes to the Cincinnati Zoo blog.
ABOUT JOE RIGOTTI
Joe Rigotti has been in the special events business since forever. A generously fabulous person, he not only understands the theatrical, but also the business side of any event—whether it be social or corporate.
Joe received his BA in Studio Art and Communication from DePauw University, and attended graduate school at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied musical theater. He loves everything design oriented, included, but not limited to, fashion, music and theater. His special event experience goes beyond just décor—he has designed, stage managed, stage directed, choreographed, art directed multi-media, worked with national entertainers and even emceed events across the country. His national network includes personal connections with speakers, entertainers and other creatives, and allows him the resources to create unforgettable experiences.
ABOUT WILLIE CARDEN
Willie F. Carden Jr. is the Director of the Cincinnati Park Board and serves as the CEO for the Cincinnati Parks Foundation.
A native Cincinnatian living in the neighborhood of Colerain Township, he is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor of Arts in Finance/Economics, associate of arts in Business Management, and a certificate of business in CEO/ Executive Management.
Prior to his work at Cincinnati Parks, Mr. Carden held several positions within the City, including manager of City Hall, Police & Fire Facilities, and manager of Riverfront Stadium. Over the years, he has received numerous awards and accolades, including Working in Neighborhood’s Man of the Year, Profiles in Courage Leadership Award, Director of the Year, Leadership Cincinnati Class XXV, YMCA Black Achiever Award Winner, and a Senatorial Citation from Senator Mark Mallory for Outstanding Leadership and Public services.
ABOUT PETER CHAMBERLAIN
Peter Chamberlain is an assistant professor of industrial design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. A graduate of DAAP’s Master of Fine Arts Sculpture program, he also holds a degree in design from the Graduate School at Chiba University, located just outside of Tokyo, Japan. He has worked in the rapid-prototyping industry and in transportation-related manufacturing technology in both Japan and the United States.
His primary research focus is on the unique role that culture plays in the emotional appreciation of everyday products and experiences. Through his experience teaching for the Live Well Collaborative at the University of Cincinnati, Peter has worked extensively with its corporate members, guiding interdisciplinary collaborative student teams as they tackle complex and crosscutting design problems.
ABOUT PATRICIA VAN SKAIK
Patricia Van Skaik manages the Genealogy and Local History Collection at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, one of the top ranked collections in the country. Among her adventures preserving books, artifacts and manuscripts, none have surpassed the high tech exploration of the oldest photograph of urban America, the 1848 Cincinnati Riverfront Panorama.
At the heart of Patricia’s work is dedication to access to information, especially through technology. Patricia consulted on the first efforts to digitize historic US census records, which are now available at libraries throughout the country and for home access. She conducts podcasts and recommends rare materials for digitization in Cincinnati’s Virtual Library.
Patricia holds a masters degrees in Library Science and History. She writes a social media column, the DigiGenie, and tweets under the same name. She lectures widely on the intersection of technology, urban history and librarianship.
ABOUT MARY PIERCE BROSMER
Mary is a teacher, poet and founder of Women Writing for (a) Change, a writing community which supports the lives of individuals working to commit life to language.
Since 1991 when Mary founded WWFC, her roles have included: maintaining vision and mission; teaching in the adult women’s and co-ed programs and the Feminist Leadership Academy; program creation and implementation; development and training of artists and faculty; and development of leaders for future staff both locally and for WWFC schools throughout the country.
Mary has continued—through Consulting for (a) Change—to work with individuals and groups to design and maintain themselves as living systems in professional and corporate settings. Her book, Women Writing for (a) Change: A Guide for Creative Transformation, is available from Ave Maria Press.
ABOUT DR. BEN PASSTY
Dr. Benjamin Passty, a research assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Cincinnati, also serves as director of the Applied Economics Research Institute (AERI). The mission of the institute is to synergize revenue-producing consulting opportunities with the education of graduate students as well as economics faculty research.
During his time at AERI, Dr. Passty has supervised and executed numerous studies. Many of these are economic impact studies or economic forecasting. The institute has also executed studies for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce–Cincinnati, Mill Creek Restoration Project, Ohio Coin Machine Association, as well as several local governments within the Cincinnati MSA. AERI publishes the monthly Cincinnati Report on Business, producing a monthly economic index from a survey of purchasing managers who are members of NAPM-Cincinnati.
Dr. Passty’s private research program has focused on human capital and the impact it has on life outcomes, such as: the impact that a criminal record has on later employment prospects; the impact that income has on health outcomes; and the impact of women’s education on the marriage prospects of both men and women. His chief methodological concern is properly identifying policy impacts.
Dr. Passty is an active member and frequent presenter for the Association of University Bureaus of Economic Research and the Midwest Economic Association.