Volume 20

Volume 20

Friday, September 14th @ 7:30PM


Jay Hill

Jay is a volunteer organizer of PechaKucha Night Asheville. As a software developer (read: functioning introvert), he tries to make it easier for humans and computers to talk to each other. Jay also organizes the Asheville Coders League and curates the Asheville Tech Events newsletter. He enjoys dry humor, making things, and trail running. He also plays a lot of four square with his family.



Buzz Durham & Heather Gast

Heather Gast is a native of Asheville and a first-grade teacher at Weaverville Primary School. When she is not gardening with Buzz and her class, she is a wife and a mother to three boys and two naughty but sweet Labrador Retrievers.

Buzz Durham is a Madison County resident and Grace Covenant Community Garden volunteer, husband, and father to two adult children and four grandchildren. Buzz was raised working on farms as day labor and in a family farm store. Retired from the US Forest Service, he is now a wannabe vagabond.

buzzdurham@gmail.com • hrgast@gmail.com


Jenny Fares

A creative force to be reckoned with, Jenny Fares has been an active player in Asheville’s artistic community for nearly twenty years. Jenny is a mover, shaker, and all around crowd rouser. Her collaborations are a walloping cacophony of sound and fury, art and fun. She thrives in creative, energetic circles - and it shows. Jenny started her career working for some of Atlanta’s top ad agencies, designing for Coca-Cola, M&M, Mars and UPS. She left the big city for the relaxed pace of Asheville in 2002, and opened Sound Mind Creative in 2004. While building a national client base, Jenny collaborated with a handful of Asheville’s rising agencies. In 2018, Jenny moved to her current studio in the Curve Studios, River Arts District. She was honored to be named Best of Graphic Design in WNC by Mountain Xpress readers in

2012 and 2013.

www.soundmindcreative.com • jenny@soundmindcreative.com


Bill Brooks

Bill Brooks is a Research Assistant Professor with the East Tennessee State University Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment. In addition to teaching graduate epidemiology courses, he conducts research in rural health, prescription drug use, syringe exchange efficacy, HIV and HCV prevention and treatment in injection drug user populations, and overdose prevention programming. Bill lives in Fletcher with his wife, 5 children, 3 cats, two pugs, and 14 chickens.



You take the stage! We’ll show five random images for 20 seconds each; you improvise a talk without knowing what is coming next. The result? Hilarity! We’ll do a sample before intermission and invite two volunteers to try it out after intermission. Each volunteer will receive a free ticket to the next PechaKucha Night Asheville on November 30, 2018!!!


David Carr

David is the husband of Terri, the father of Erin (NYC) and Brett (AFD). He is an Eagle Scout and graduate of DePauw University. David has been a business owner, marketer, sales manager, artist, newspaper columnist, teacher, Girl Scout, window washer, blogger and author of "What's On Your Rear End?" Since 1996, David has be an experience-based facilitator of organization development, team building and leadership for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and currently, the City of Asheville. He and Terri became transplanted Buckeyes in 2009 to Asheville.

www.carrpediem.com • carrpe.diem@gmail.com


Kami Ahrens

Originally from the St. Louis area, Kami moved to Northeast Georgia after graduating with a master's in historical archaeology from the University of Nebraksa-Lincoln. At the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center, Kami serves as the assistant curator and educational outreach coordinator, and is responsible for supporting and developing heritage and education-based projects. She divides her time between collections management, artifact analysis and interpretation, exhibit development, magazine editing, and various outreach activities for local schools and organizations. Kami is passionate about preserving history, promoting heritage, and engaging with visitors and the local community. She has a penchant for baking breads and desserts, which everyone in the Foxfire offices are happy to sample on a regular basis.



Dagmar Stansova

An actress/writer/director/script doctor, Dagmar Stansova comes from a diverse background. Since then she’s performed in leading roles off-Broadway, at LaMama and The Public Theatre and in Los Angeles at the Odyssey and West Coast Ensemble. Her television credits include “One Life to Live”, HBO’s “The Image” with Albert Finney and “By Dawn’s Early Light”. She starred in the independent films “Dirty Money” and “Tick Tick Tick” which premiered at Sundance. Other film credits include Coppolla’s “Dracula”, “Waist Deep” and “Dark Party”. She’s written an award winning screenplay which earned her a Writers Guild of America membership. She is currently writing a complex and yes funny solo play about being the daughter of a holocaust survivor. She lives between Los Angeles, Asheville and New York City.



Reggie Tidwell

Reggie Tidwell is an award-winning designer and photographer. He received his BFA in Graphic Design in 1997 from Maryville University in St. Louis. He’s worked with clients all over the world, helping them connect with their audiences. He’s passionate, not only about the creative process, but the industry of design. He has been professionally photographing people and their environment, since 2004 and is an insured and FAA licensed remote pilot. For him, design and photography often overlap. Reggie lives in Asheville, NC with his amazing wife and 4 kids, including new identical twins.