Creating Community - Presenter Bios
Tannis Bator is a long-time resident of the Greeley-Evans area, a University of Northern Colorado alumna, and a former District Six educator. She is an advocate for community partnerships, life-learning and joyful literacy. She has been a Young Chautauqua mentor since the program began in the early 2000s. She portrays the character "Rattlesnake Kate" in classrooms, libraries, assemblies, Centennial Village and other community locations.
Joyce Carr is a Colorado native, UNC alumna, and current editor of the newsletter for the Northeastern Colorado Heritage League. She is a long-time (28-year) museums volunteer and past president of the Friends of the Museum board. She also held leadership roles in Business Professional Women and the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority.
Peter Derk is a Librarian at High Plains Library District.
Rebecca Harner is the Head of Reference Services at Colorado College, a small liberal arts college in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Before becoming a librarian, she taught High School math and science. For several years now, she has worked with various High School and Middle School groups, presenting instruction on the art of research in a college library.
Shelley Harper is a reference & instruction librarian at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, CO. She is the current President of the Colorado Academic Library Association. Prior to working at Pikes Peak, she was a reference and training librarian at Round Rock Public Library in Texas. Shelley is a 2004 graduate of the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin, and she holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas.
Starr Jageler is the immediate past president and one of the founders of the Northeastern Colorado Heritage League. She is past president of The Weld County Genealogical Society, Volunteer Coordinator of The Weld County Courthouse Ledgers, and is currently working on the Weld County Sheriffs Ledgers.
Dan Lawrence is the Director of Networking and Resource Sharing at the Colorado State Library, a librarian, an instructional designer, and a technophile. He came to the State Library after spending over seven years as Director of the Health and Learning Resource Center at RMC Health where he spent his free time leveraging the potential of free and inexpensive technology infrastructures and multi-sector collaboratives to serve a statewide audience with a staff of three. He has an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University and an M.A. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Jamie LaRue is the Director of the Douglas County Libraries, in Castle Rock, CO. He's the author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges. He's also an expert on organizational planning.
Erin Neufeld, Librarian at the Centennial Park Library, has worked for the High Plains Library District for 7 years. During that time, she received a Criminal Justice Degree from UNC but went on to complete a Master of Library Science. She decided libraries were a better fit.
Karla Oceanak is the author of the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series, which has been honored with a Top 10 Educational Products of 2011 Award, a Book of the Year award (Foreword Reviews), a Colorado Book Award, and a Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Regional Book Award, among others. She has worked as a writer and editor for more than twenty years and has ghostwritten dozens of books. Karla and her husband, Scott, live in Fort Collins with their three tween and teenage boys in a house strewn with Legos, hockey gear, Pokemon cards, video games, books, and dirty socks. More at www.karlaoceanak.com.
Linda Peters is a retired teacher. She was one of the founders of the Northeastern Colorado Heritage League, served as its first president, and currently serves as its education committee chair and its webmaster. Linda teaches genealogy classes, works on oral histories.
Mike Peters is current President and one of the founders of the Northeastern Colorado Heritage League. He is a retired Greeley Tribune reporter and writer of the "Gnarly Trombone" column. He also guides tours for Linn Grove Cemetery Tours.
Christine Schein is the Information Literacy Specialist for Academy School District #20. She is the President for the Colorado Association of School Libraries (2012-2013). She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice and holds a Master in Education and School Library Media & Information Technology from the University of Colorado Denver.
Kendra Spanjer divides her time being "a writer who illustrates" and "an illustrator who writes." She decided to cultivate her artistic side after discovering that the best part of chemistry class was entertaining her peers (and her professor) with "The Daily Chem Book" comic. Since then, her diverse body of work has appeared in a number of group and solo art shows, book covers, marketing materials, wine and beer labels, and public places. When she invents spare time for herself to fill, Kendra enjoys skiing, cycling, exploring, discovering new music, watching trains go by, decorating cakes with her sister, and making faces in the mirror. Check out her website at www.kendraspanjer.com.
Gym Street retired from teaching elementary physical education in District 6 in 2013. He has become an advocate of the concept of "movement creates cognition." Certified "Action Based Learning" trainer.
Lynne Swanson portrays the character Isabella Bird for chautauquas and other events through the Colorado Humanities Association. She is a retired librarian who now devotes her time to researching western women. She lives in Cheyenne.
Ellen Willis serves as the Lead Librarian at Aims Community College.