April Alliston teaches literature and gender and sexuality studies at Princeton University. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards, her publications range from books on eighteenth-century women’s fiction to op-eds on Fifty Shades of Grey and Internet trolls. Her current book is Consenting Adults? On Pornography, Privacy, and Freedom.
Ed Belbruno is both an astrophysicist and artist. He discovered a new type of route to the Moon that was spectacularly demonstrated in 1991, rescuing a Japanese spacecraft. He is also a recognized painter (Belbruno Art), with a recent exhibition at Lincoln Center and a painting in NASA’s executive collection in Washington. Ed is affiliated with Princeton University.
Sandy Hessler & Brolin Mewejje
Sandy Hessler and Brolin Mewejje met for the first time in 2003 when Brolin moved from Uganda to Boston at age 11. In the years since, Brolin has learned to navigate vastly different cultures. He is currently a medical student at Westminster University and hopes to be the first African snowboarder in the Olympics. Together they have navigated disruptions of culture, family expectations, health challenges and life to learn what it means to be a family.
Bestselling author and coach, Kristen Moeller MS, utilizes decades of training in counseling coupled with her own addiction recovery to champion those who become lost in their wild journey through this wacky world. In her spare time, Kristen lounges in her mountainside yurt, explores in her 1967 Airstream and sails in the Bahamas.
Stephen Trilling is the Chief Technology Officer at Symantec Corporation, the world’s largest Internet security company. Trilling holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Yale University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Nate Ver Burg
Nate Ver Burg, founder of Elevated Ideas, has an uncanny ability to see things differently. He uses this talent to instigate revolutionary change in business by forcing companies and industries to shatter their established mindsets. Nate’s prescient perspective is equally influential in both business and personal experiences.
John Morgan is a professional communication coach and owner of Dialogue, Inc based in Jackson, Wyoming. An active member of the community, he also teaches at Central Wyoming College and performs regularly with the improv comedy group, The Laff Staff. He considers himself extremely lucky to live in the shadows of the Tetons with his wife, Laura and young daughter Fiona.
Ava Ulmer & Marena Salerno Collins
Ava Ulmer is a nine year old who studies voice, violin and piano. She has performed at Journeys School, Teton County Fair, Off Square Theater and the Jackson Hole Hootenanny. Marena Salerno Collins is a seventeen year old instrumentalist in a number of genres, including Classical, Jazz, Pop, Celtic, and Django Reinhardt music. She has been honored as a Viola Soloist with the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra, 1st Chair Violist in the Seattle Youth Symphony, nominated to the Wyoming State High School Honor Band on Tenor Saxophone, recipient of the 2012 Teton Music Festival Mentorship and has won All-State titles on both the Violin and Viola.