Keynote Speaker

Dustin Comm

"Shaping Your Story"

A PUC graduate, Dustin Comm, our keynote speaker, is a marketing and communications professional who has spent time in sports radio, film production, corporate video production, church branding consulting, and has most recently joined the marketing team at Maranatha Volunteers International.

Worship Speaker

worship Speaker: Jim Wibberding

Jim is an Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Biblical Studies at Pacific Union College. He has his D.Min from Andrews University.

 

Music Leader: David Carreon

Pastor Dave is the Worship Pastor at the PUC Church. He enjoys leading a congregation to a place of worship in both music and the spoken Word.  He enjoys teaching and mentoring other worship leaders.  He understands that developing a cohesive worship service from start to finish can help bring people to a clearer understanding of the love of God.  

 

STAFF

Directors

MILBERT MARIANO

Milbert is a professor of the department of visual arts at PUC. He earned several BS degrees from PUC and an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  He enjoys food, running, living in the Napa Valley, and being a husband to his wife, Julie Lee, and dad of two young boys, Diego and Luca.

 

Maria Rankin-Brown

Maria holds a PhD in English and teaches at PUC. She is also chair of the department of English. As an undergraduate at PUC, she majored in journalism and worked for the campus newspaper and yearbook. Maria loves to find unusual and humorous typos.

Assistants

Sebastian Anderson

Stefaan Dick

Daniel Grigore

Desiree Mansilla

Joy Paulson

Fatima Sosa

Workshop Presenters

TIM DE LA TORRE

Tim graduated from PUC in 2006 with a degree in film and television, and has managed his own filmmaking business with his wife, Jaymie, since 2009. In 2013, he joined the faculty of PUC and enjoys teaching students how to use the cutting-edge tools and technology of filmmaking to create compelling media.

 

Stefaan Conrad Dick

Stefaan is a Photography and Business senior at PUC. He loves travel and spent a year studying abroad in Europe experiencing culture and seeking out new places. He’s passionate about being outdoors and loves to run, bike, and swim. He hopes to someday live out of an old school bus with his cat.

 

Laura Helms

Laura Helms graduated from PUC in 2017 with a BA in English education and both elementary and secondary credentials. She is now the English teacher at Mountain View Academy, as well as the yearbook sponsor. This will be Laura’s second year of teaching and advising the yearbook production.

   

AMY HILL

Amy graduated from Walla Walla University in 1998 with a BS in education. In addition to being the art teacher, Amy will be working on her 12th book as the yearbook advisor for Redlands Adventist Academy. Amy was raised in Angwin but lives in Highland, California.

 

Peter Katz

Peter is assistant professor of English at PUC. He majored in English, history, and music at PUC (2010), and earned a PhD in English from Syracuse University (2015). While at PUC, he served as editor of the school newspaper, the Campus Chronicle. When not writing academic papers, he enjoys creative writing in multiple genres, martial arts, and playing/studying video games. 

 

BRIAN KYLE

Brian graduated from PUC in 2004 with degrees in graphic design and photography and an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.. He now teaches photography in the department of visual arts at PUC. Previously, Brian worked as a designer and illustrator in San Diego, California, working for such clients as Disney, NBC Universal, Urban Outfitters , and Nordstroms.

 

MICHELLE RAI

Michelle is assistant professor and chair of the department of communication at PUC. She received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communication from PUC and an MS in integrated marketing communications from Golden Gate University. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Michelle lives in Angwin with her husband David and their children, Sophie and Joshua.

 

CLIFF RUSCH

A PUC graduate, Cliff earned an MFA in graphic design from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He teaches graphic design at PUC and was the college’s art director. Cliff has worked for such clients as Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Sunset Magazine, the Napa Valley Symphony, St. Helena Hospital, and photographer John Sexton.

 

RAJEEV SIGAMONEY

Rajeev is chair of the visual arts department at PUC. He has worked for more than ten years in Hollywood as a writer and producer. He currently enjoys living in the Napa Valley teaching the next generation of filmmakers the value of storytelling.

 

Becky St. Clair

Becky St. Clair prefers reading, drinking coffee, and traveling to Europe over doing actual work, but fortunately for her, earning money to support her pastimes means doing work she loves: Writing. She’s been doing PR work for over a decade (obviously she started working at age 10; don’t ask questions), and currently does freelance writing and editing from her home in Angwin, where she does her best to ignore the ice cream in her freezer, the TARDIS in her closet, and the sweet, sweet call of the pillows on her bed.

 

DANELLE TAYLOR JOHNSTON

Danelle is a high school photography, journalism, and film teacher, as well as a freelance photographer. She is a PUC graduate and attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

 

Lynne Thew

Lynne is Instructor of communication at PUC, where she teaches courses in journalism. She has ghostwritten eight business and medical books, including the bestselling Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World’s Top Corporations, and interviewed a range of notable figures throughout a twenty-year career in Washington, D. C., and New York. She is passionate about journalism and a well-turned sentence.

 

Haley Wesley

Haley Wesley is currently the Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing for Pacific Union College. She is an experienced creative manager with a demonstrated history of working in health care and education and has an extensive background in traditional marketing, digital marketing, web design, art direction and graphic design. Wesley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Academy of Art University. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, reading books and eating desserts.

 

Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson is the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership at Pacific Union College. His role directly oversees the elected student body officers (PUC’s Student Association), while working directly with the Social Vice President in planning and executing social events on campus. He is also involved in leadership training, helping students become better leaders. Mostly, he is just a giant goof-ball.