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.
Angela Bowman of MoonGooseDesigns.com and AskWPGirl.com has been involved with internet technologies since 1996 when she became a member of the online tech support team at Quark, Inc. After learning about WordPress at BDA, she became a full-time WordPress guru, serving individuals and small-to medium-size organizations. She stretches the boundaries of WordPress by making extensive use of its built-in features combined with judicious use of plugins and creative CSS. Angela will help you think outside the blog box by helping you understand the nuts and bolts of WordPress and to endlessly customize your WP themes.
Brendan Boykin is a trainer, editor, and author based in Castle Rock. 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 10.1: Professional Post-Production, is the official curriculum of the Apple Training and Certification program.
Walter Breakell brings years of experience in innovative design, development, and UX to CodeCraft. Walter has founded and worked for a number of award winning design, and web agencies. His clients have included Rolex, Levis, Warren Miller Entertainment, Denver Nuggets, Evian, Hyatt, and Kellogg's. Walter brings over 10 years of college teaching experience to CodeCraft. He has been recently involved in projects focusing on education, wellness, and community. When not deep in customer journeys, sketch app, sublime text or creating human centered content, he teaches courses in UX, Graphic and Web Design at CodeCraft School.
Tyler Brennan is one of Colorado's most experienced aerial videographers. Tyler has over a decade of experience competitively flying R/C aircraft, five years of experience in video production, and is also an experienced drone racer who will soon compete on the national level. He has over 3,500 R/C flights to his record, and is extremely experienced with the DJI Phantom, DJI Inspire 1, DJI S800, and DJI S900 flight platforms.
Brian Brown has owned his own full-service video and motion-graphics production business, BrownCow Productions, since 2004. A "one-man show," he scripts, produces, shoots, and edits all of his own content. He regularly creates video for the web, broadcast television, large events, and in-house corporate training. In December 2009, he purchased a Canon 7D video-capable DLSR, and has never looked back, embracing the cinematic look this camera provides his productions. He's shot hundreds of hours of footage with his DSLR.
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.
Since he was young, Michael has been passionately creating visual art and design.
For the past 9 years he has been dedicated to the art of visual communication through graphic design. Michael has taught at the Art Institute of Colorado for 8 years in the graphic design program where he has focused on typography, portfolio and layout design while also successfully running his own single man design shop. He has also served on the board of AIGA Colorado since 2012.On a day-to-day 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 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 that loves letterforms, bicycles, and enjoying the outdoors with his family.
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.
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.
As CEO of Security Pursuit, Steve Fox has helped hundreds of organizations develop their information security programs. He is actively involved in assisting clients with data breach response and prevention, information security program development and security awareness training. His clients include fortune 500 companies across the financial services, health care, energy, retail, and government sectors. Steve's educational background includes a Master's Degree from George Washington University, a Bachelor's Degree from University of Missouri, a Certificate in Computer Programming from Montgomery College, along with the CISA, CISSP, GCFA, GPEN and GWAPT industry certifications. Steve brings unique insight about the risks organizations face from malicious hackers.
Jeff Gamet 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.
Shannon Halgren, PhD
Shannon has worked in the field of user experience design and research her entire career. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Rice University where she specialized in Human-Computer Interaction. Early in her career, she founded the Apple/Claris Usability group where she worked for 3 years before plunging into the world of consulting and starting her own firm. Sage Research & Design has been a successful consulting firm for over 15 years and has a long and varied client listing including eBay, Netflix, SolarWinds, Ascom, Old Navy, and Dell. Shannon has grown to be a respected practitioner in her field and has presented her work at several professional conferences (HFES Healthcare Symposium, UXPA, CHI) and in professional journals and books. She currently lives in Boulder where she enjoys running, cross country skiing and playing in a marimba band.
Marketing & writing with heart, not hype, Debra Jason is an author, speaker, trainer, seasoned direct response copywriter and multi-faceted marketing strategist. She speaks about the value of building relationships and the art of engaging as they relate to attracting clients, generating leads and networking online and off.
With more than two decades of experience running her own business, she empowers you with the marketing tools you'll need to gain increased exposure, create a steady stream of happy clients, boost your income and build your businesses cost-effectively. Debra has presented workshops and seminars privately for small businesses and trade organizations/associations, and has taught Continuing Education classes at the University of Colorado at Boulder and through the Professional Development department at the University of Colorado at Denver among many others.
Drini Leka brings years of experience in innovative product design and UX conception, having lived the experience of application design from napkin scribbles, to full specifications and management of implementation many times. Inspired by his experiences with the earliest Apple computers in the 80's, Drini was fascinated by the revolutionary graphical user interface and believed early on that people prefer technology to be concealed behind an artistically conceived veil of magic, rather than a nest of wires and functionality presented in an arbitrary manner. He spent a considerable period experimenting with user experience designs, visualizing new methods, coding software prototypes and integrating various features into early forms of apps, including Apple's forward-looking HyperCard. He continued his career focusing for years on advanced human interface projects in affective computing, designing new interface methods (software and hardware) which brought association with NASA as well as integration of cutting edge artificial intelligence technology. User Experience (UX) is not a secondary role, but a primary role in any innovative organization. A UX Leader must simultaneously inform and be informed by both marketing and development team requirements - Drini believes this is the key to understanding the emerging User Experience role and becoming an effective advocate for innovation within any organization. Currently, Drini consults in UX around the country and manages a mobile applications firm in Boulder that boasts three applications Featured by Apple Inc.
An entrepreneurial, brand-focused copywriter, Heather Munro of HeatherMunroCreative.com has more than 15 years experience working for top clients and employers, including WhiteWave Foods, Pharmaca, Door to Door Organics, Gaiam TV, Talbots, CVS and Liberty Mutual.
Her work has been published in Fortune and she received national media coverage in Redbook for a product she created: Namaspray yoga mat cleaner. She loves to collaborate, concept and connect with businesses to help them build brands that truly engage consumers.
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 multimedia producer 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.
Justin is trained in advanced statistics and has been working with online data sources since 2001. He applies this knowledge of online data to enhance the performance. He is the founder and organizer for Analyze Boulder, a monthly event to bring together and grow the Boulder data work community. He is founder of Rosenthal Analysis, and coined the term growth engineering to describe the firm's practices.
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.
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.
Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 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 business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed. Dave maintains four weblogs: The Business Blog at Intuitive.com, Ask Dave Taylor, Dave On Film, and Attachment Parenting Blog. Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and frequent guest on radio and pod programs.
Doug Wray has been working with online information systems since 1984. Starting in science using TeX and LaTeX realtime rendering on Macs progressing to desktop publishing for commercial printing thence into web design. He's used numerous electron-herding methods including HTML and CSS. Sometime in 2001 he broke with conventional wisdom and stopped using tables for structure - following in the footsteps of Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman. He now builds websites exclusively with CSS and finds it an exciting and challenging pursuit.
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.