The 2016 Craft Guild of Dallas Board of Directors is very excited to present an outstanding slate of nominees for next year’s board. Please read about them before casting your votes. Thank you!
Laura has been an instructor for the book binding department of the Craft Guild for the past three years, and workshop coordinator for the last year. She also taught and assisted with the Guild's summer kids' camps for the past four years and stepped in this summer to fill in for one of the coordinators. During the Guild’s move to Valley View Center, Laura helped with any department in need and helped optimize the storage area for the Guild. Her artistic interests lay in bookbinding, leather work, oil painting, and dabbling in glass fusing pottery. Laura makes and sells books under her own company name (Loon Libri) at renaissance fairs and other venues.
Her professional work started at UNT where she worked in the library doing cataloging, restoration work, and organizing special events and exhibits while she finished her degree. She later worked for a major entertainment corporation, where she was the staffing coordinator, training organizer, and in charge of team morale for a staff of 125, which often included organizing special events.
Jessica has been active in the drug and alcohol recovery community for many years. She served several years on the board of Drug Prevention Resources Incorporated, and currently works for the Burning Tree Recovery Ranch in Kaufman where she is the online program administrator and special project coordinator. Her volunteer work also includes organizations supporting disabled veterans.
Jessica is a glass artist and began taking classes at the Guild last year to further her craft. When not spending time in her glass art studio at home, Jessica can be found scuba diving, riding motorcycles, or travelling. Her family includes a son in college in Mississippi and four rescue dogs.
Ron is a senior staff software engineer for Qualcomm, where he leads a project developing Halide, an image processing language compiler targeting the hexagon vector instructions of the hexagon digital signal processing chip. Ron has participated in two standards bodies in his technical career: OpenMP Architecture Review Board, and the Spec High Performance Group.
He has been a clay artist since 1971, studying Ceramics at Central Michigan University and working as a potters apprentice and as a studio potter for a few years. Ron first joined the Guild in 1992, then moved to Austin where he studied pottery at ClayWays. He rejoined the Guild in 2015 after relocating from Austin. Ron continues his ceramic education with the Guild's ceramics classes and has exhibited in the Guild spring and fall shows. Ron maintains a very small studio at home, with a small cone 10 crystalline kiln in his garage which he uses to create his crystalline pottery.
Ron took on a leadership role on the Guild’s Clay Relocation Committee this year, spearheading the dismantling of the gas and salt kilns at our old location and preserving the bricks to build a new kiln at our future home.
During her nearly thirty year career as an enforcement officer at EPA and an engineer at NASA, Patrice gleaned experience as a contract specification writer, contract manager, contract and grant proposal evaluator, and investigator. She is a skilled researcher and an effective communicator, having routinely assisted the Department of Justice with case development and witness preparation. Patrice’s significant practical experience as an organizer and manager of records has rendered her an expert at information distillation and analysis.
A life-long writer, now that she is retired, Patrice has time to assist with the completion of the Edward Gorey bibliography, to serve on the board of the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, MA and to pursue her interest in the creation of books. She began bookbinding classes at the Craft Guild in 2015, and volunteered at the spring sale as cashier.