Angela H. Brown
Angela H. Brown is the Executive Director and founder of Craft Lake City, a 501-(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization. Craft Lake City’s mission is to elevate Utah’s creative culture through science, technology and art. The organization does this through educational programming, such as monthly workshops, and by hosting the Craft Lake City (DIY) Do-It-Yourself Festival, a three-day handmade faire inspired by Utah’s own rich crafting history and cultural background. Craft Lake City’s DIY Festival spans three days and includes over 250 artisans, a STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Math) building, workshops, local music and more. The annual event attracts more than 20,000 attendees. In her spare time, Brown works as the Executive Editor of SLUG Magazine, sits on various advisory boards and loves to print silver gelatin images in her photographic darkroom.
Barton Moody is a tax accountant and has lived in Salt Lake City for most of his life. Barton’s basis in accounting came from working for a decade as a film designer, managing budgets and effectively providing the impossible at little cost. As a non profits volunteer, he is treasurer at Craft Lake City and has volunteered with several local organizations in fundraising, board support and tax matters. He enjoys getting lost in travel, hoarding small things and collecting outsider art.
Brandy Oliver, a life long creative spirit, turned her dreams toward becoming a teacher and then school counselor with the hopes of encouraging youths to pursue their creative dreams. Instead of focusing on her own art, Brandy began attending art festivals and markets across the United States during her school breaks and finding lovely treasures to call her own.
In 1977, 7-year-old John Carlisle sewed his father a tiny sleeve for holding a pen, leading to a lifelong devotion to craft. His enthusiasm for sewing took him to the House of Fabrics and an alterations studio where he started making bags. His frequent trips to WAVE Products for supplies led to a job at WAVE in which he designed bags while earning a bachelor’s in English. John also found great pleasure in photography. His fraternity elected him historian, and he bought his first SLR, a 35mm Nikon 2020, and began documenting people and parties. He bartered his sewing skills for a key to Bret Colvin and Bruce Gardner’s studio in ArtSpace, where he developed black and white portraits of friends and models, and a spot in a Dennis Mecham photography workshop shooting studio nudes. John finished a master’s in education in 2001 while teaching at Granger High School. His classes include digital photography, yearbook, newspaper and humanities.
Chad encountered his first computer at age 6, and has been hooked ever since. His love for all things computing has translated into a passion for making technology accessible to people of all ages. Over his 20 year IT career, Chad has developed predictive analytics for discovering cancer drugs, wrangled databases for the Sundance Film Festival, and designed computer networks for Salt Lake’s award winning Library. Currently, Chad is the Senior Systems Architect for the Data Propulsion Lab at SanDisk. Chad has a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from Westminster College. He also makes pretty good beer.
Jessica Thesing is the Small Business Manager for the Economic Development Division of Salt Lake City Corporation. She has an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and, prior to moving to Salt Lake City in the winter of 2011, she spent 10 years working in Minneapolis, MN as an Urban Planner and as a consultant on neighborhood and business district development initiatives. Jessica is also an arts enthusiast and potter and has spent 18 years studying both here in the U.S. and abroad. Also, considered the globetrotter in her family, Jessica travels to faraway places at any opportunity.
After growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida and slowly making her way up the East Coast, Julie moved to Salt Lake in 2008 and has been in love with the area ever since. When she’s not distracted by the Uinta Mountains or the call of the desert, she spends as much time as she can quilting, sewing, and knitting. Julie is a transportation planner, working to improve the road, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian networks throughout the Wasatch Front. Julie is the Campaign Coordinator for Bike Utah’s Salt Lake Action Group. She received her BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina.
As a girl, Liz Clarke’s crafting interests began with her Barbie’s wardrobe and wooden dollhouse. She repainted and wallpapered that dollhouse several times over. Liz still maintains an interest in fashion and home design; both areas that later became part of her career. Liz has spent the last 20 years in retail management in the fields of fashion, music and home decor. She is currently the General Manager of West Elm, a furniture store that believes in promoting local artists and making a positive impact in the community. Liz has a background in Fine Arts and a BS in Political Science from the U of U. She maintains an interest in politics and her community, and is the Legislative Chair for her precinct. In 2011, Liz obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from the U of U with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management. Liz is a marathon runner, an avid gardener and frequent traveler.
Marsha Merrill is a Salt Lake Restaurateur, with over 15 years in the business. Having opened, managed or consulted for over a dozen Salt Lake area bars and restaurants, Marsha’s experience has helped her keep her finger on the pulse of the industry. Marsha’s work has also resulted in a powerful network of political and entrepreneurial connections throughout the valley. Outside of restaurant life, Marsha loves the outdoors and getting in a run in whenever she can. Marsha is an avid supporter of local art, and can frequently be found at gallery strolls and live music events.
Natalie Parkin has owned Skinworks School of Advanced Skincare since 2005. Skinworks was established in 1995 as a stand-alone Esthetics school, located in Salt Lake City. She brings her professional background from Enterprise Corporate Sales to the growing industry of Esthetics. After success in the IT world Natalie’s vision was set on helping others succeed. Her greatest enjoyment is watching her students grow and seeing them become amazing, business-driven Estheticians. Being a skincare survivor herself, she has always had her hands in Esthetics. She brings professionalism, organization and the much needed personal support to her students. Natalie is currently the past president of the Utah Beauty School Owners Association and is active in lobbying for the Cosmetology Industry in Utah. Natalie also sits on the ASCP National Skin Care Schools Council Leadership Board.
Pamela Martinson Olson
Pamela Martinson Olson is a professional florist, event planner, and freelance writer. Owner and founder of Native Flower Company, she was a founder of TriFecTa Design, Inc. and has worked in the floral industry for more than 25 years. One of the little known skills of a florist is the ability to innovate, design and create on the fly – building something from nothing and to, in the words of Tim Gunn, “Make it Work!” These are the skills Olson admires in those who bring their talents and products to Craft Lake City, those who see something wonderful where there was nothing but flotsam and scrap.
Peter Reed has always been fascinated by how things work, from tearing apart telephones to make a “treehouse hotline” as a youngster to delving into galactic formations as a student at Northern Arizona University. As an educator and program manager at Salt Lake Community College, Reed fosters this curiosity and hunger for knowledge in others. Reed will always be a tinkerer/artist, whether it is playing and building musical instruments, creating LARP weapons and gear, or making chainmail. Peter often seeks new experiences to satisfy his hunger for learning, and has worked on propulsion control systems, medical device manufacturing, and telecommunications and IT systems. Peter founded a small off-road accessories manufacturer in New York and is a vintage railroad electrician for the Grand Canyon Railroad in Williams Arizona. He is also an educator for various community colleges and regional power transmission and distribution organizations.
Since graduating with a degree in advertising, Martin has been actively involved in marketing businesses for success. He is an attorney by trade and concentrates his legal practice on intellectual property matters such as trademark, copyright, and licensing – assisting businesses, startups, musicians, artisans and creatives of all types protect and promote their works. In his free time, Martin is an award winning photographer, with his works being exhibited and published across the country. Originally from New Orleans, Martin has a passion for good food, good drink, good music, and more often than not, all three at once.
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