Meet Our World-Class Instructors
Based in the technology mecca of Boulder, Colorado, BDA leverages the world-class talent in the area so that our students can learn from some of the best instructors in the world! All BDA instructors are working professionals who have deep knowledge and real-world experience and insights in the subjects they teach.
Energetic and passionate about all things video, Ethan Benninger works by day as an editor for People Productions in Boulder. He has worked with both national and international clients such as ABC Family, GE, The American Red Cross, Papa John's Pizza and The Food Network. Ethan's projects include documentaries, TV spots, and everything in between. In addition to being an Apple Certified Pro on multiple applications within Final Cut Studio, he is also an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro Trainer, and teaches at the Art Institute of Colorado in downtown Denver.
Tayler D. Bledsoe
With 5+ years of music production and recording engineering knowledge, Tayler D Bledsoe has a wide range of knowledge in the music world. She runs a local project studio here in Boulder with credits on MHSM Records, BORN Records, Gravitas Recordings, and various vocal features. With Bolder Beats launching in 2018, Bledsoe hopes to provide a music school environment that dives deep into electronic music production and beat making and strives to teach children STEM through the arts. Sightings: you may have seen her in American Idol Season 9 or playing a venue under her vocalist/producer moniker, Gioto.
Angela Bowman has worked with WordPress since 2007 after learning about it in a class at Boulder Digital Arts. Since then, she has made a career of building custom WordPress websites for nonprofits and local businesses. Her blog AskWPGirl.com has gained an international following for its clear instruction on a variety of WordPress topics. Angela presents at WordCamps and Meetups and co-organizes the Boulder WordPress Builders Meetup. She is passionate about making the learning process engaging and satisfying by including students in discussions and providing easy-to-follow instructions along with thorough class notes.
Brendan Boykin is a trainer, editor, and author based in Pueblo West. As an Apple Certified Master Trainer and the owner of Creek Mountain Media, Brendan draws on his background in broadcast and corporate video to provide training to post-production, education, and broadcast facilities nationwide. Brendan is an author, contributing writer, and technical editor/reviewer for numerous Apple Pro Training Series books. His latest book, Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.3: Professional Post-Production, is the official curriculum of the Apple Training and Certification program.
Daniel Braha is a graphic designer, writer and instructor who enjoys connecting with people and sharing the power of visual communication. He is the creative director of SOS Media, an art and design collective which has clients and has presented exhibitions on five continents. His work has been featured by Patagonia, Print Magazine, Threadless and Communication Arts. He is also a featured speaker for Adobe Systems.
Chris Brown has been practicing photography in Boulder for over 40 years, specializing in medium and large format landscapes. He was the first photographer in Colorado to receive a commission in the Art in Public Places program, for his series "The Hydrologic Cycle: Studies of Water," housed at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After making Cibachrome prints in the darkroom for 10 years, Chris became enthralled with digital inkjet printmaking, and how has prints in numerous public, private and corporate collections, including the Denver Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
For over a decade, Michael has dedicated his professional life to the art of visual communication through graphic design. Michael Chavez has taught graphic design at various colleges and institutions while also successfully running his own single man design shop. He has also served on the board of AIGA Colorado since 2012. On a daily basis, Michael not only uses the industry standard of design software but he also teaches the use of those programs. He has worked on projects big and small, ranging from branding and identity programs to logo design, collateral, typographic expression, digital illustration and different formatting for print, web, and social media. Michael is a Colorado native who loves letterforms, bicycles, and enjoying the outdoors with his family.
Brooke Chesnut has dedicated 30 years to building successful Leadership, Training, Consulting and Mentoring programs for multiple industries in Colorado. He is a generational expert who designs Custom solutions to guide small & large organizations through the challenging generational issues in business today. Recently, Brooke became an Adjunct Professor at the Daniels School of Business at University of Denver presenting Generational Workshops to their corporate clients and MBA Graduates. Brooke's passion about delivering only current and relevant content is the essence of his success. His latest topic - "Harness the Power of the Millennial Generation" will keep audiences engaged with creative ideas, current examples, humor and solution based results.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Stephen Collector has over 25 years of freelance experience. Originally specializing in tabletop photography, his attention to detail and lighting techniques were applied to working on location for editorial and corporate assignments. Stephen's magazine clients include Esquire, Outside, Men's Journal, Field & Stream, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, and the New York Times. Corporate clients include United Airlines, Ball Corporation, Shell, Hain/Celestial Seasonings, Horizon Dairy, United Technologies, Oracle, and Sears Roebuck & Co., among many others.
Mike Connolly creates and manages direct response marketing systems for fast growing businesses so they can attract their ideal customers, put an iron fence around them and develop an abundant "herd" of customers for life. He has co-created and manages marketing systems using blogs, social networking sites, newsletters, e-letters, video networks, articles, multi-media follow-up systems, direct mail, teleseminars, webinars and affiliate marketing. He's an experienced teacher, trainer and coach and loves sharing his passion for magnetic attraction strategies with high achieving business owners and entrepreneurs.
Michael's work experience includes Creative Director of a museum, full-time instructor of a technical college, & freelance proprietor. His life experience includes husband, father, dog-owner, vintage motorcycle enthusiast and general curious tinkerer. As a designer, artist & teacher, Michael has grown to appreciate and love the building process. Seeing users interact with the finish product and "get it" is satisfying, and absorbing a concept, exploring options, then editing down to the most effective idea is a special process. Michael's clients, colleagues and students understand the concept of creating a mood and a culture behind an experience. Every brand develops a personality. Michael enjoys empowering others to learn how to define, mold or extract that personality, then broadcast it to the world. To learn more and see samples of his work, please visit www.coronadoartdesign.
Matthew is an award winning photographer who has been teaching and mentoring for the past six years. He also holds a Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America.
This degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that he has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. He has been awarded the photographic craftsman degree in recognition of his service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor.
He is an active member of Professional Photographers of America, American Society of Media Photographers, American Society of Photographers and American Photographic Artists.
Chris Eigner is the Chief Technology Officer at Colorado Blockchain Capital, one of the first few digital asset hedge funds in the world. He has over 10 years experience building software and managing teams. He got started building applications on Facebook before moving on to a payments company in San Francisco where he managed 20 people across 3 teams. This year he married his interests in cryptocurrencies and finance by starting a hedge fund with two other partners.
Jeff Gamet is the Managing Editor of The Mac Observer, and author of "The Designer's Guide to Mac OS X." He hosts TMO's Daily Observations podcast, co-hosts the Apple Context Machine and The iOS Show, is a regular panel member on The Big Show, and appears on Mac OS Ken Day 6, MacVoices, Mac Roundtable, Tech Night Owl Live, and more. He is actively involved in the blogging and social media world, and has spoken on social media, design and Apple-related topics at popular events such as Macworld Expo, the Macintosh Computer Expo and the RSA Conference on technology security.
Steve Gandy is an educator, trainer, technology support professional and life-long photographer. Steve has introduced the ins-and-outs of digital photography to students young and old since 1995 and has been involved in education since 1978. His photography is varied but he focuses on nature, travel, and sports. Steve has contributed to training books and websites on Photoshop Elements, StarOffice/OpenOffice and other educational topics. He leads photographic tours to the southern Utah canyon lands.
Sam Irwin has worked in digital marketing since 2004 and has become an "online marketing lifer". Over the years he has managed a wide variety of SEM and SEO products: everything from on-site SEO, content strategy and local search optimization to Pay Per Click and Display advertising. Solving complex problems and creating successful outcomes for clients is what keeps the job fresh after all these years.
After eight years working for local agencies, he founded Eastern Star Marketing which offers a full suite of SEO and SEM services from strategy creation to day-to- day management. By relying on data and experience we build a transparent relationship with each client aimed at leveraging the right channels for the best results.
Specialties include: Online Marketing Strategy, SEO, Content Creation, Pay Per Click (PPC), Display Advertising, Tracking and Analytics, A/B Testing and Conversion Optimization.
Android Jones' pictorial work is one strain of a larger project that he calls "Electro-Mineralist Art." Moving "beyond the traditional organic vegetable and animal technologies of pencils, ink, and brushes", Android takes up emergent technologies that are crystalline, metallic, electronic and digital in their materiality and aesthetic feel, implicating a historical scheme that echoes the integral view of planetary evolution from physiosphere to biosphere to noosphere to theosphere where the techno-media of exhibition artworks have been by and large, as the artist says, bound to or associated with the biologic. Android is classically trained in academic drawing and painting and this traditional art background is the foundation through which he bridges the knowledge of the past and brings it into the future.
The content of these marvelous works ranges vastly from the kosmic to the micro, from tantric beloved to sacred civics, from expansions of consciousness to reconfigurations of our three bodies. The pictorial syntax is at the very least proper to a teal register a collage mode descending from synthetic cubism. Subtle radiance and causal voids abound throughout.
Honoring the history of art, the mystical projects of the later Dali come to mind, Android taps into pre-modern, modernist, and post-modernist aesthetic idioms, advancing an Electro-Mineralist Art as Integral Alchemy.
Bill Jones Jr., CPA
Bill is the Boulder Office Managing Partner of Anton Collins Mitchell LLP (ACM), and is a Boulder Colorado native and graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver. He has over 25 years of professional accounting experience and specializes in providing comprehensive audit and tax services to nonprofit organizations, individuals and businesses of all sizes. Some of Bill's specific areas of expertise include business and management consulting, financial reporting, individual, business, and nonprofit income taxes, and business and accounting software consulting. Bill also has six years of private-industry accounting experience, including two years with one of the nation's largest real estate developers, where he was involved with various aspects of accounting and treasury areas. Bill has overseen engagements from small, privately owned companies to companies with over $ 1 billion in revenue.
Professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Board with Colorado Society of CPAs, and he serves as Treasurer for the Erie Chamber of Commerce.
He is a consultant/adviser/presenter for the Boulder Small Business Development Center and in 2015 was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Small Business Advisory Council / SBDC State Advisory Board.
Kevin Menzie is the Office Director at Pivotal Labs in Boulder. In his free time, Kevin draws cartoons using a pencil, a scanner, and Adobe Illustrator. Samples of his illustration work can be seen on his website: http://www.kevinmenzie.com/.
Lisa has been designing websites (and more recently, mobile apps) professionally for 22 years. In 1994, she was on the team that put one of the first newspapers online (The News & Observer, aka Nando.net), and in 1995 she became one of the first corporate webmasters. Lisa has played almost every role on the user experience spectrum and has worked on all types of web and mobile projects, as both a corporate UXer and a consultant for small startups. She has spent the past 15 years as a senior-level interaction designer/information architect specializing in user research and wireframing/prototyping. She enjoys figuring out how to make even the most complicated process seem simple and straightforward to end users. Lisa is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Flyball and lives with her family and 11 dogs in Pine Junction.
Bob Pearson is a photojournalist and editor with 30+ years of experience in news photography, covering sports, politics and the human condition worldwide. Bob spent over 20 years with Agence France-Presse (AFP). He served as Chief Photographer and Director of Photography for AFP, covering the White House and Capitol Hill, and coordinating coverage for North America. Pearson's photographs have been published worldwide, including major newspapers and magazines such as The NY Times, USAToday, Time Magazine, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Paris Match, Der Spiegel and others.
Bob is currently based in Indian Hills where he runs his freelance photography and consulting business.
With 35 years in the film and video production world, Lowel Pierce has done a little of everything and enjoyed the variety. A Colorado native and graduate of CSU in Technical Journalism, Lowel has worked as a TV news photographer, a cinematographer in Saudi Arabia, a partner in a video production company. As both one-man-band and freelance Director of Photography for 22 years, Lowel has worked on indie features, shorts, documentaries, TV commercials, and high-end corporate productions earning a CINE Golden Eagle, Heartland Emmies, and Videographer Awards of Distinction.
Madeleine Pollak is the Executive Producer of Pollak Productions, Inc, which she founded in Boulder 8 years ago. She is a six-time Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and director, who has worked on a diverse range of TV programming including: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, TLC, Dr. Phil for CBS, HGTV, among many others. She has also worked with major corporate clients such as The US Olympic Committee, American Express, Visa, PayPal, Crocs, Coors, Microsoft, Oracle, Bank of America, and many more. Madeleine has also written, directed, acted, and coached for live stage and has appeared on camera.
Marya Read has directed and produced countless corporate and educational videos, TV spots and multimedia campaigns during her more than 30 years in advertising, marketing communications and production. Her career has ranged from creative direction at global ad agencies including Grey Worldwide to directing production and content teams at The Diversity Channel. Marya serves as SeniorCreative Director at People Productions. She has overseen production and campaigns for clients including Medtronic, Cochlear Americas, U.S. Department of Education, Microsoft, Avon, Marriot Hotels and many others.
Marya's early years as a art director/graphic designer, with a B.F.A in visual communications, has fueled her ongoing passion for type and graphics across all types of media.
Dana Romanoff is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker using art as activism to raise awareness of key issues in society. Her clients include National Geographic Society, The Women - s Foundation of Colorado, LifeQuest Transitions, Reportage-by-Getty Images, The New York times and numerous other editorial, commercial and humanitarian-aid organizations. Dana - s work is published and exhibited around the globe and she has received numerous international recognition including the 2011 Blue Earth Alliance Award, shortlist for the 2010 Anthropographia Multimedia and Human Rights Award, and was part of a team of reporters awarded finalist for a Gold Medal Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.
Toni Rosati is the Senior User Experience Researcher at Think Tank in Denver, CO. She honed her Google Analytics skills at ecommerce and SaaS companies. Prior to working in industry, Toni was a data curator in the environmental sciences at CU Boulder and NCAR. She is on the leadership teams for Analyze Boulder and the Denver Google Analytics Meetup.
Cheri Ruskus has been an Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Author and Speaker in Boulder County for over 30 years. Her depth of experience in web development, email marketing and a variety of other social media platforms easily guided her to the power in Instagram for her business and for her clients. You can learn more about her at www.businessvictories.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram prior to the class at her username @victorygirl.
Mike Scalisi of Triple Threat Digital is a skilled editor, director and motion graphics artist with over 8 years of professional experience creating everything from corporate videos to broadcast television series to feature length documentaries. In 2009 he worked as an editor and motion graphics artist on the Academy Award winning documentary "The Cove" which was produced right here in Boulder. Mike works daily with Adobe creative apps such as After Effects , Photoshop, and Premiere as well as Apple's Final Cut Studio to create visually stunning videos for local and international clients.
Bethany Siegler of UniqueThink helps build your complete online presence and find cost-effective marketing solutions. Bethany has created online marketing campaigns for musical artists as distinct as Frank Black (Pixies) and David Wilcox, software developers as diverse as Wild Divine and OfficeTime, and local independent businesses like The Video Station and Boulder Weekly. She has represented major corporations like SONY and Budweiser, yet prefers to find solutions for smaller companies, often by building sustainable websites and blogs in WordPress.
Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet for decades and is widely recognized as an expert on both technical and business issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related startup companies, has written twenty-two business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed. You can find Dave online at Ask Dave Taylor.com, on his GoFatherhood parenting blog or on Twitter as @DaveTaylor. Dave is an award-winning speaker, popular conference and workshop participant and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs.
Betty Taylor, detail-obsessed graphic designer, has been putting together pictures and words to communicate messages for close to 20 years. She works with clients on everything from food packaging to long document layout. Betty has been an enthusiastic fan of Adobe InDesign since it was first introduced, and offers training for both beginners and experts.
Abigail Wright is a professional filmmaker, writer, producer, and information designer. For the independent film company Miranda Productions, Inc., Abigail wrote and produced four environmental documentaries that have accumulated over eighty major awards and have been broadcast all over the world. She is the senior producer of an innovative immersive website soon to be launched, working on a hybrid documentary based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and developing a TV series for kids on the wonders of food. Before moving to Boulder in 1994, Abigail acted and directed on stages in New York, Toronto, and Montreal.
Ever since he was a little boy, Josh was obsessed with how things work and how to make them better. From watching a video of how crayons are made during an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, to taking apart broken toys, fixing them, and putting them back together again, Josh obsessed over the details on how the individual parts are put together make it into one remarkable thing. So, it was only natural when Josh started his career during the Internet Boom of the mid 1990s, that he channel this obsession into burgeoning world of digital, consumer facing, applications.
For nearly 20 years, Josh's obsession has led him to foster executional excellence for organizations and projects both large and small. Josh implements systems, practices and processes rooted in the notion that great things can only be made from great people and an organization's primary responsibility is to nurture them and enable excellence.
Josh takes pride in his ability to articulate his ideas and is right at home leading client meetings, training sessions and workshops. He was a faculty member at Boulder Digital Works and has presented to a number of large audiences including conferences such as Internet Retailer and the Digital Project Management Summit. He is also the leaders of both the Rocky Mountain Digital Project Managers group and the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Grou where he helps to foster the community of the people who make things happen in the world of technology.
Josh has a broad base of experience that includes clients such as: Volkswagen, American Express, Crocs, JCPenney, The Athlete's Foot, Maxtor, IBM, CBS Sports, and Steamboat Ski Company. He is currently the Director of Platform Services at Crispin, Porter + Bogusky and also consults on digital operations through his consulting firm Corvus3.