Keynote Speaker

Midori Yoshimura

"How to Get to Where You Don't Know You're Going."

Midori Yoshimura is a digital media associate in Stanford University’s Office of University Communications. Previously, Midori was the assistant editor at Spectrum Magazine, an independent Adventist news site and journal, where she also developed a food column. She has worked as a freelance writer covering crowdfunding news, an interned at Sacramento’s NPR affiliate. She graduated from PUC with bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish, and a minor in public relations/journalism. Midori currently lives in the Bay Area with a well-used yoga mat, baking ingredients, and several old Apple devices.

Worship Speaker

Adam Washington

Adam joined the PUC Church Pastoral staff in July of 2016. He has a passion for youth ministries, and loves to teach high school students how God, the Bible, and faith inform our lives in the 21st century. When he is not at church, Adam enjoys playing guitar and drums, spending time with his friends and family, and finding new places to eat. 

 

STAFF

Directors

MILBERT MARIANO

Milbert is a professor and chair 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

Kirpa Batth

Jenae Benson

Angel Castillo

Daniel Grigore

Sierra McMillan

Jackie Rivera

Leslie Rueda

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.

 

Adrian Gregorutti

Adrian is a fine arts photographer whose love of all things architectural has attracted an extensive client base. His work is featured in residential and interior design publications. His European/South American background, combines with his American thoroughness to create a refined and sophisticated style of photography, along with a well-cultivated work ethic.

 

Daniel Grigore

Daniel Grigore is a premedical student who just happened to love English literature enough to make it his major. He enjoys reading all manner of material—especially when he should be studying. His mother is his biggest critic (and fan), his father makes sure he takes enough breaks, and his cat meows in encouragement. Daniel is also the incoming PUC Campus Chronicle editor.

 

AMY HILL

Amy graduated from Walla Walla University in 1988 with a BS in education. In addition to being the art teacher, Amy will be working on her 11th 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. 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.

 

NIC MILLER

Nic is a PUC graduate who studied marketing communication. He currently works for PUC’s Alumni and Advancement office. In high school he served as a two-year editor of PUC Preparatory School’s Window Tree yearbook. Nic has also worked as assistant editor of PUC’s Campus Chronicle and as the SA president and SA public relations vice president. 

 

JOHN NUNES

John Nunes is a professor in the departmentof business, and with an MBA, a PhD, and nearly 30 years of real world management experience, John has led teams for Fortune 500 MNCs (Multi-national corporations). Along with his wife Bernice, John has over a hundred years of parenting experience between kids and grandkids.

 

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 is 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.

 

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. Her greatest regret in life is that she ever threw away a book. She is passionate about journalism and a well-turned sentence.

 

RAJEEV SIGAMONEY

Rajeev is the film program coordinator 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.

 

Mel Wade

Mel is a teacher and IT professional with an MA in Curriculum and Instruction.  He is the technology director for Sacramento Adventist Academy and teaches classes including yearbook, photography, and robotics. Mel is director and founder of the Adventist Robotics League and enjoys helping teachers integrate technology into their classrooms.