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Lis Ameijide has been a professional artist since 1974. She is a licensed teacher, TV producer and storyteller. Her goal is to provide children with an environment that encourages self-exploration through art.


Karin Burroughs has a BS in Sociology and a MA in Outdoor Leadership from SOU. She teaches a plethora of courses through the Outdoor Program and Youth Programs.

Samar Dawisha is a local artist who has taught throughout the Rogue Valley and currently teaches at Ashland High School.

Tia Gardner has a MAT from Lewis and Clark College and a BA from Portland State in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking. She teaches art at Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Christi Gilmore is the head coach for Ashland High School which has won three conference titles and two state championships, and head coach for the Pacific Northwest Olympic Development team for USWP.  She has been coaching for seven seasons and plays on a masters team.

Alana Greene has worked with horses for over thirty years. She has taught horse youth camps, horse massage and riding.

Graham Hetland was youth programs instructor last summer and has mentored youth in past years. He has a BS in Environmental Studies from SOU and is currently enrolled in the MBA program, graduating this year.

Craig Honeycutt has a MA in art education and is a local artist and educator with more than twenty years of teaching experience.

Heather Hutton has a teaching credential and BA from Humboldt State in Music and Voice. She is the Rogue Valley Peace Choir Artistic Director/Conductor.

Kyndra Laughery has been performing and teaching improv for ten years. She directs LFP’s Teen Theatre and also teaches at Walker Elementary and Ashland Children’s Theatre.

Annette Lewis has been involved in every aspect of theatre. She loves teaching, directing and working with kids.

Susan Marcu is a gifted seamstress with over 30 years of experience in garment design and construction, home décor and sewing instruction. She loves inspiring personal creativity through the art of sewing.

Cori Murphy is a Certified College Planning Specialist. She provides a unique combination of skills and experience to her college planning classes.

Vanessa Newman has been a group exercise instructor and personal trainer for over twenty years. She is an adventure-based counselor and a continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise.

Jon Owen holds a BFA degree from the SOU Art Department with an emphasis on contemporary sculpture and ceramics.  He approaches claywork in very non-traditional manners.


Heather Ransom earned her Master’s in Education from SOU and has taught middle school science for the past 18 years. She has been awarded numerous grants to coordinate student attendance at a variety of science field trips around the state and country.

Chris Rennaker holds a MS in Environmental Studies from SOU and a BS in Biology from Ball State University. He has taught biology at Eagle Point Middle School, Crater Renaissance Academy and developed environmental education curriculum for the Deer Creek Center.

Otis Richardson has been teaching High School Business Education classes for 11 years. He has a BA in Business Administration and an MA in Education both from SOU.

Dylan Shelton is the local Salle’s leading fencer and long-time Southern Oregon Fencing Center instructor. Sulaiman Shelton is his son and assistant.

Dr. Stephanie Sideras is an assistant professor and director of simulation at the Southern Regions OHSU School of Nursing located at SOU.

Eve Smyth is the co-director of Ashland Children’s Theatre at Oregon Stage Works and is a member of the local improve troupe, The Hamazons.

Anthony Uolla is a graduate of the San Diego Golf Academy and has taught golf at Centennial for three years.

Jenny Welburn has a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in education from Lewis and Clark College. She is currently teaching English at South Medford High School.

Mary Wilkins-Kelly is an artist who enjoys sharing her love of photography with her students. She has 15 years of teaching experience.

Matthew Yaeger has a BS in Recreation Management from Ithaca College. He has worked in 4-H Youth Development as an educator and has four years experience teaching wilderness survival skills.

Dana Yearsley has taught skiing at Mt. Ashland for over twenty-five years, plays competitive tennis, coaches soccer, teaches at Willow Wind and is a flower farmer.