B.A., Humboldt State University, Film and Theatre, 1985
How did you discover Western?
After earning my graduate degree and teaching as a lecturer at Wake Forest University for two years, I applied for a tenure track position in film here at Western. I was hired, moved here in 2007, and have enjoyed loving and teaching here ever since.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
I earned an Emmy nomination for my film “Engineering Is Everywhere” while working as a PBS producer/director in Eureka, Calif., in 2000. I earned a highly competitive and coveted CINE Golden Eagle Award for my graduate thesis film “Jackson Sandwich” in 2006. I earned an International Film Berlin Award for my film “Across the Fence” in 2014.
What most excites you about your field?
Storytelling and being able to create media for social change is my driving force. I am proud to have taken on autism awareness, sexual assault, sustainability in ranching, hazing and archeological paradigm shifts in my creative (filmmaking) work in recent years.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
The pristine natural beauty of our landscape here is a treasure along with the quiet rural setting and friendly atmosphere.