In a previous life, Paul Krafel was a park ranger, which afforded him time to walk and think; his job was to observe the world around him. To articulate these observations, he wrote Seeing Nature: Deliberate Encounters with the Visible World. Paul is interested in how nature works as a system (especially flowing water) and the implications and inspirations this has for humans. He has also produced a film, The Upward Spiral. Here in Redding, he was part of the education team for Carter House Natural Science Museum, one of the predecessors of Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Today, Paul serves as administrator and teacher at Chrysalis Charter School, which he co-founded.
Leah Goold-Haws’ work focuses on developing strategies for business growth—both domestically and globally. She is the creator of Know Opportunity, a board game and curriculum used to teach global commerce and entrepreneurship. For more, see the recent Forbes article, “Entrepreneurship: The Board Game.” She is the executive director for Working Strategies for Women as well as founder and partner in 2 separate business ventures– LGH Marketing/Strategy and Mindevices. Leah also serves as Global Trade Deputy Sector Navigator for Northern California – a position developed through the State of California Chancellor’s office, working to increase global connectivity in our region.
Matthew Diffee Mathew has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999. His work has also appeared in Time Magazine and The Believer and he writes and illustrates a regular column in Texas Monthly. He is the editor of volumes one and two of “The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw and Never Will See in The New Yorker” published by Simon & Schuster. A couple years ago, he branched out and illustrated a special collector’s edition of Stephen King’s novel “Under the Dome.” He is now hard at work on a new book for Scribner called “Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.”
Art student by day, a drummer by night, and an opportunistic songwriter at any given moment. In addition to being a graduate of Shasta High School and Shasta College, she’s studied animation at CSSSA, the California State Summer School for the Arts. She has self-produced everything from a duct tape prom dress to a full album of original songs and has performed classical, jazz, and folk music in concert halls, backyards, and densely wooded areas (not necessarily respectively). Though extremely grateful for the character she’s built and the characters she’s met throughout the glorious years of her 100% Redding, CA upbringing, Manuel is transferring to UC Davis this fall to pursue a degree in studio art and to dabble in most everything else. Her cats will miss her.
Andy is an American-based media producer and social entrepreneur. He focuses on how regions not traditionally known as hotbeds for entrepreneurship can grow a more innovative, creative, and globally networked community of entrepreneurs, creative, and start-ups from the ground-up, to foster job creation and engage a new generation of emerging entrepreneurs in building the economic future of their community. Co-founder of Startup Iowa, Andy more recently co-founded Seed Here Studio, a social good startup working to grow the grassroots entrepreneurial and creative community in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area, a region of Iowa that is still recovering from massive floods in 2008.
Dan Scollon has taught Geography, Geographic Information Systems and Natural Resources at Shasta College in Redding, California since 1996. He is a founding member of Shasta College’s Sustainability Committee. Dan is a principle sponsor of FarNorCalGIS.org, a platform for sharing geospatial data and resources. He has been active in organizations including the Far North Regional GIS Council, the California Geographical Society, Shasta Resource Advisory Committee, the Shasta Land Trust, and local watershed groups. Dan has been a board member of the Borneo Project since 1994, where he initiated a participatory mapping program that remains active to this day. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Cal Poly and an M.A. in Geography from San Francisco State University.
Shasta Taiko’s mission is to introduce, teach, develop, promote, and preserve the art of taiko—Japanese style drumming—and related music and arts. In so doing, they aim to culturally enrich the community and artistically evolve the art. Shasta Taiko was founded in 1985 by Russel Hisashi Baba and Jeanne Aiko Mercer, both recognized artists in traditional and contemporary taiko, new music, and jazz. They began their taiko training with Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and San Francisco Taiko Dojo in 1972. In 1996, Baba and Mercer established a successful annual formal taiko show—Shasta Taiko in Concert. In 2005, the show expanded outdoors to Mount Shasta’s Shastice Park and was renamed ShastaYama, which is now developing into a major taiko and music festival.