Jeffrey Lazos- Ferns is a native Arizonan, entrepreneur, artist, and cultural worker who provides leadership in business development, marketing, public relations, community partnership, community relations and strategic planning for corporations, cultural institutions, museums, artists and individual clients. His foresight and long range planning skills has contributed to a significant growth in the regional, national touring and special events markets for clients. He brings a wealth of business administration and philanthropic expertise to his team that span from San Francisco to Arizona. A few of his endeavors included previous Managing Partner for Gregangelo and Velocity Arts and Entertainment of San Francisco, developing the special events market and artist base as creative director for Circus School of Arizona and CSA Events, developing Tarra Lazos Creative an arts consultant, special events, arts administration venture, his forte includes project management, special event production, producing annual fundraising galas, audience development, capacity building, and PR/Communication for clients such as Scottsdale Gallery Association, Herberger Theater Center, Live on Central, ASU Project Humanities, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, DeYoung Museum, Asian Art Museum SF, Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive, Oakland Museum of California, Herberger Theater Center, Tempe Festival of the Arts, Glendale Arts Commission, Scottsdale Cultural Council, Phoenix Children’s Museum, Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Gardens, Boyce Thompson Arboretum and many more.
He is well versed in all aspects of arts administration on the for profit and non-profit sectors and has been producing programs and events in the corporate, private, public and non-profit sectors of the special events in industry from concept to execution for 20 years in San Francisco and Arizona. He taught Events PR/ Marketing and Event Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, is a costume designer/stylist and creative director for projects and clients that span cultural, contemporary, public and commercial art. His past community involvement includes founder of CUE Kids a not for profit social circus venture that brought arts programming to youth, k-12, marginalized and underserved communities. He was involved and contributed to the San Francisco Arts dialogue and Public Policy. He served on the San Francisco Arts Task Force: a public body appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Mayor of San Francisco, Phoenix Art & Cultural Panel, AZ LGBT+ History Project, The City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, Advisory Board Member of Prescott Circus an Oakland based not-for profit organization that serves Oakland Public Schools through circus arts programming, San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Golden Gate Business Association -the first GLBT Chamber of Commerce, and The Association of Arts Presenters.
Terra Rose Ganem
Dedicated to helping people create a life of freedom, Terra Rose Ganem uses the platform of entrepreneurship as an avenue to unleash her dreams to the world, serve her community and do it from a place of total alignment with her soul. She leverages the powerful life and business lessons being an entrepreneur offers to help others reconnect to their authentic inner power through her coaching and speaking.
She currently runs three companies – TRG Life, VIBE ONLife and Soulspired and has two more she is strategizing behind the scenes for a late 2017 and early 2018 release, Body Brilliance and Grow Organic Kids. Terra is highly intuitive and uses this gift to greatly shorten the distance between those she works with and their success. Her methodologies create confidence in their natural skills and build on their existing inner strengths. Her website, https://www.terraroseganem.com/about/, is home to TRG Life where Terra shares all of the lessons, experiences, and tools she has to help you ignite and cultivate your authentic inner power, living from a place of joy and flow to make your biggest dreams a reality. Additionally, she may be the world’s biggest fan of alliteration, walking around barefoot and raw chocolate. She loves all things adventurous/outdoors, thought-provoking conversations about the universe and is currently taking up the art of Parkour.
Dr. Sian Proctor
Dr. Sian Proctor is a geology professor at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, a M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Science Education. Both her master and doctoral research involved the use of technology to understand how individuals learn. She teaches both hybrid and online geology and sustainability classes and has traveled and taught around the world.
She was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program, was on the Discovery Channel reality TV show called The Colony, was the Education Outreach Officer on the 4-month NASA funded Mars simulation, and a PolarTREC teacher studying climate change research in Barrow, Alaska.
Last year Sian was featured in a new PBS series called Genius with Stephen Hawking. She's in Episode 3: Are We Alone where she learns how to search for intelligent life in the universe. She also spent most of last summer on a South America adventure where she was a 2016 ACEAP Astronomy Ambassador to Chile.
This summer Sian will be hitting the high seas as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2017 Teacher at Sea: http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/#/home/
Since February 2016, Thomas Williams serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), through which he is establishing an organizational structure for sustainability including all aspects of the Triple Bottom Line – Environmental Responsibility, Economic Feasibility, and Social Equity.
Prior to that role he was the Coordinator of Sustainability Programs at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) for seven years. Since moving to Arizona from his native Germany in 2004, he has established multiple programs and initiatives at SCC and at MCCCD to increase awareness and visibility of sustainability efforts. Among these are student scholarships, waste reduction initiatives, energy and water efficiency efforts, renewable energy projects, sustainable building practices and fostering community partnerships. As a Board member for Equality Maricopa, and though his role on the non-profit Board for Keep Scottsdale Beautiful he is committed to creating awareness of social justice efforts, and fostering local initiatives to improve our quality of life.
In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Community Tool-Bank as well as for the International organization EDU-Tech and also serves on the Advisory Board for the Green Living Magazine. Williams is the founder of the Sustainability Office at Scottsdale Community College and has been teaching sustainability courses since fall of 2012. He holds a BA in Business and Sustainability from the W.P. Carey School of Business and an Executive Masters in Sustainability Leadership from ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.