Writer, filmmaker and lecturer at Stanford, Todhunter discusses the relationship between the writer and his human subject and how we benefit less from expertise than from ignorance, humility and the beginner's mind.
An award-winning writer, filmmaker, and lecturer at Stanford, Andrew Todhunter is the author of three books, including the PEN USA Literary Award-winning A Meal Observed, and dozens of articles for national publications including National Geographic, The Atlantic and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He has worked on numerous film projects, including productions for Lucasfilm and National Geographic Television. Todhunter teaches writing and interdisciplinary creativity as a Resident Fellow at Stanford, where he co-founded The Senior Reflection, a creative capstone program in Biology, and Stanford's LifeWorks program. An avid diver, climber and sea kayaker, he has served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He is currently based in Northern California with his wife and three children.
Charis Denison is a Youth Advocate and expert in, Human Development, Ethics, and Social Justice & Community Involvement.
Chris has built her experience primarily partnering with schools and non-profits for the past 23 years. She has received national recognition for her work in several of these fields. Charis has been on the faculty of the Urban School of San Francisco, Branson School, and Marin Academy in San Rafael CA. Charis currently runs Prajna Consulting. Through Prajna, she partners with schools, teens, families, organizations, and communities around the issues of Human Development, Social Justice, and Ethics. Her work as a youth advocate emphasizes empowering young people to make choices that end in honor and joy rather than guilt, shame or regret.
Christin Hanna is a former professional dancer, teacher and founder of The Lake Tahoe Dance Collective. She is an expert in movement, and teaching choreography to students.
Christin Hanna returned home to Lake Tahoe after a busy career as a
freelance artist and teacher. She has danced professionally with an array
of companies across the country, including Nevada Festival Ballet, Oakland
Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and most prominently as a
founding member of New Chamber Ballet in New York City. During her time
there, she initiated a performance and summer workshop with local students
in Tahoe City. In continuation of that mission, she moved home to found
Tahoe Youth Ballet in 2008, and its evolution as the Lake Tahoe Dance
Collective, bringing a range of national caliber performances to Lake Tahoe
and offering the community’s young dancers the chance to work with
professional teachers, choreographers, and dancers. She and longtime friend
Constantine Baecher founded the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival in 2013.
Edie Thys Morgan
Two time Olympic skier and author with an expertise on coaching parents and athletes in the ski community. She will explore our "Relationship to Winning."
Morgan is a freelance writer, author, two-time Olympian and mother of two teenage boys. She lives in Etna, New Hampshire, but at heart she is still a Squaw Valley Mighty Mite. She spent nine years as a member of the US Ski Team, primarily as a speed event skier. After retiring from competition in 1993, she moved to New York City to work for SKI magazine. There she met and married Chan Morgan, a fellow ski racer from the other coast. Morgan writes freelance for many publications as well as her own blogs on skiing, sports, parenting, the outdoors and cooking, while coaching part time. Her experiences on the front lines and the sidelines of sports—from the recreational to the elite level—has given her a unique perspective on the rewards and challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of the sports experience. Most recently her writing has explored the unsung and unavoidable relationships with fear and failure, and how they can contribute to true success in sports and in life.
JJ Morgan is an expert in the restaurant, nightclub and music industry; his talk is on the Rebirth of the Cool: Exploring the relationship between Urban Jazz and Mountain Kids
JJ Morgan, Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats Managing Partner, has been the driving force behind Moody’s reputation as a venue for talented musicians for the last 14 years. Morgan’s passion for good music has transformed Truckee into a hot spot for some of the country’s top musicians. JJ began the annual Jazz Artists in Residency (JAIR), where jazz musicians spend a week teaching a kid’s camp (knowns as Moody’s Jazz Camp) by day and performing at Moody’s by night. The jazz artists are inspired as they interact with their musical peers, providing an elevated level of passion and creativity. At the age of 25, JJ founded the Up and Down Club in San Francisco, California. The Up and Down Club became known as one of the Bay Area’s hippest hangouts, and JJ’s private party clients included Quincy Jones, Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan, the San Francisco Giants, MGM Entertainment, San Francisco International Film Festival, Qwest Records and Sony Music. JJ produced two albums recorded live at the club:
Naturalist/biologist/artist presents his findings on our Relationship to Nature
Naturalist, educator and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws is in love with the natural world and has lived his live sharing this passion with others. He is trained as a wildlife biologist and is a Research Associate of the California Academy of Sciences. Jack has taught nature education teacher since 1984 in California, Wyoming, and Alaska. He teaches the tools to help people develop as naturalists and stewards including, ways to improve your observation, memory and curiosity, conservation biology, natural history, scientific illustration, and field sketching all while having fun and falling more deeply in love with the world.
Judy Klein is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UCSF-ZSFG Department of Emergency Medicine. She will explore our relationship to risk.
Judy Klein is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UCSF-ZSFG Department of Emergency Medicine. She holds a BA and BS in American Studies and Biology from Stanford University and an MD from the University of California, San Francisco. She trained in both pediatrics and emergency medicine but her primary interest is in the importance of nature and risky play in nature to the physical and psychological health of children. She runs nature clubs for kids and teaches wilderness medicine and survival skills to people of all ages. She is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder, kitesurfer, mother to an energetic 8 year old, and lover of all things that happen deep in the wilderness.
Vasquez discusses a young man's personal relationship with culture. His main goal is to inspire others to find their own version of success.
Julian Vasquez is a high school senior at Marin Academy in San Rafael, California. He is passionate about issues regarding social justice, and helping young people and adults reflect on and improve their humanity. Currently, Julian works with Charis Denison at Prajna Consulting as her lead teen facilitator. Through Prajna, he works with middle and high school students and parents around the issues of Human Development emphasizing gender roles, communication, social & emotional literacy, and education reform.
Young Budding Poet and Local 9th Grade Students presents her slam poetry on our Relationship to Consumption
Lily Bradley is a ninth grade student at North Tahoe School. She has always had a passion for theater and the stage and has participated in many performances over the years. Her discovery of spoken word and slam poetry has given her a creative outlets to help make changes in the community. In particular, she hopes to use this passion to make people aware of the problems with mass consumption–with the dangers of fast fashion as one example. Her involvement with Squaw Valley Institute for Kids gave her direct access to amazing speakers and innovative thinkers which has inspired her to not only make changes in her daily live, but to inspire others. Aside from theater and writing, Lily’s other interests include skiing, dance and mountain biking.
Lawyer and mentor sitting on philanthropic boards including the Reno Children's Cabinet, The Desert Research Institute and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. His expertise is around mentorship and community contribution.
Mark Bruce is a lawyer. Alongside a comprehensive business law practice where he negotiates complex deals, he represents environmental sustainability and youth mentoring. He believes long term, meaningful outcomes are more in the art of the relationship, than the art of the deal. So he has settled into quiet, meaningful spaces like the Children’s Cabinet, The Desert Research Institute Foundation and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Spaces he knows offer meaningful connectivity and progress. He knows that everyone has passion and purpose, sometimes hidden or restrained. So he craves to know who you are, what you want, what you feel and, most importantly, what you want to feel, to continuously increase the number of intersections where passion meets purpose. When he is not negotiating deals or encouraging the development of new social intersections, Mark writes music, runs in the Sierra and loves up his family – Lisa, Joe and Sarah.
PhD in Zoology and Executive Director of the Headwaters Science Institute
Meg Seifert is the executive director of Headwaters Science Institute; a 501c3 non-profit that creates opportunities for students to conduct original scientific research and pursue answers through authentic field experiences. She holds a PhD in zoology from Washington State University and a BS from Davidson College in North Carolina. Meg has worked for nine years in the field of environmental education. She has a passion for science and the outdoors and hopes to bring real inquiry based science to students across the US. In her free time Megan enjoys Nordic skiing, running, water, volunteering, and playing with her two kids Mari and Griffin in the Sierra.
Robb Gaffney, M.D.
Psychiatrist specializing in family relationships and sports discussing the science and research behind Parent-Child Relationships
Dr. Robb Gaffney is a psychiatrist working in Tahoe City, CA who for the past 15 years has been has been sharing his passion for the outdoors with his two children. As an accomplished big mountain and backcountry skier, who has written a book on high level skiing and has been featured in over 10 ski films, Dr. Gaffney has a unique perspective on risk, sports, and what elements lead to good decisions in the outdoors. Driven by the increasing morbidity and mortality in action sports, he founded the company, Sportgevity, and helped create the grass roots, Tahoe based movement, the Go Bigger Coalition. Dr. Gaffney believes that connecting children to the outdoors effectively and safely begins with the parent-child relationship.
Roy Remer is an End of Life caregiver and teacher discussing our relationship to death and impermanence.
He has been a hospice caregiver since 1997. In 2010, he joined the staff at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco where he currently serves as the Director of Guest House Facility and Volunteer Program. He is the lead instructor of the Mindful Caregiver Education courses offered at Zen Hospice. Roy is a wilderness rites of passage guide with EarthWays LLC. In his free time, he can be found hiking the trails on Mt. Tamalpais, dancing, or meditating. Roy lives along the shores of the San Francisco bay with his wife Kristin and a white German Shepherd named Quinn.
Author on addiction and blogger of the CleanSlate.org site
Steven Slate is the Author of The Clean Slate Addiction Site. He is co-author of the Saint Jude Program 13th Edition taught at Saint Jude Retreats. He's authored articles on addiction for textbooks. He continues to work in research and development at Baldwin Research Institute to create the best solution for problematic substance use. His writings are based on his own personal experiences with addiction. He is not a doctor or PHd, but rather an autodidact, studying for the past decade the principles around addiction. He is also a trained life coach through New York University.