Relationship Expert+4th Grader
Theatre Artistic Director
Jadd Davis serves as the Artistic Director for Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, as well as a member of the board of directors for the Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance. Jadd spent ten years as an actor/singer based out of Seattle where he appeared at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and other major theatres. Jadd is committed to education in all forms and has spent time working with students from kindergarten to grad school. As an administrator, Jadd follows an intentional leadership philosophy of kindness and empathy.
Noah Kroese is an illustrator, cartoonist, and author. Since graduating with a B.F.A. from the University of Idaho in 2004, Noah has worked for a wide variety of national and international clients and has drawn everything from cartoons for sports magazines to technical illustrations for NASA. His illustrated book, “Saturday”, was published in late 2015. Recent work can be seen at www.illustrationNK.com.
Civil Rights Activist
Rachel Dolezal holds an MFA from Howard University. Her scholarly research focus is the intersection of race, gender, and class in the contemporary Black diaspora with an emphasis on Black women in visual culture. Dolezal began her activism in Mississippi, where she advocated for equal rights and partnered with community developers, tutoring grade-school children in Black history and art. She is the former Director of Education at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene.
Sadie Wagoner is a singer/songwriter who lives in Sandpoint, Idaho. Sadie writes her own music and some genres that can be used to describe it are acoustic folk, acoustic pop, pop, and sometimes even a little jazz. She writes about real instances in her life, and they often relay back to her own struggles with anxiety and depression.
Assistant Professor+Child Nutrition Expert
Samantha Ramsay is an Assistant Professor of Foods & Nutrition at U of I. She teaches nutrition and diet in areas of life cycle nutrition, child nutrition, and research methods. She has worked as a nutrition consultant, sports nutritionist, and educator for the past 15 years. Her expertise is in child feeding and nutrition, and she researches parental feeding practices, nutrients for children, child eating behaviors, and international mealtimes.
Sean Prentiss is the author of the memoir, Finding Abbey: A Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, which won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography. Prentiss is the co-author of the forthcoming environmental writing textbook, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthology. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Idaho’s MFA program in creative writing.
Addiction+ Recovery Expert
Polar Bear + Conservation Scientist
Steven is Chief scientist of Polar Bears International, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Prior to joining PBI, he led polar bear ecology research in Alaska for 30 years. He is a past chairman of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group and an active member of 32 years. In an issue of Nature, he and his coauthors concluded that preserving polar bears is about controlling man-made temperature rise. He is the recipient of the Indianapolis Prize and Bambi Award for efforts in animal conservation.
Native American Musician
The Vandal Nation Singers were founded in the Fall of 2009 with the help of drum keeper Rudy Shebala, and the former Native American Student Center Director Steven Martin. The group aims to promote cultural awareness and aid in Native American retention rates. They sing both traditional and contemporary powwow songs learned from different tribes across North America.
Antibiotic Resistance Scientist
As a molecular microbiologist, much of Wesley’s research has focused on a simple DNA molecule that exists in either a parasitic or symbiotic relationship with its bacterial host. How that relationship evolves at the molecular level drives his research focus pertaining to one of the biggest threats to human health – the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance. Wesley thinks we can stop the situation from becoming worse and is intent on educating people on the why’s and how’s of antibiotic resistance.
Traditional Music Ensemble
The University of Idaho World Beat Ensemble is a cultural performing group and class made up of students, faculty, and community members. The primary focus of the University of Idaho World Beat Ensemble is the drumming and dance traditions of Ghana. “World Beat” has performed for the UI World Music Celebration, Africa Nights (UI and WSU), and many other campus-wide and community-based events and activities.
Religious + International Studies