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Markowitz has traveled to Rwanda six times and in summer 2012, led the third annual cross-cultural service learning trip to Rwanda. Some 27 students from across the United States joined Jessica to teach English and deepen the "girl to girl" bonds with the students in the rural village of Nyamata, Rwanda.


Maggie Orth is an artist and technologist who designs and invents interactive textiles in Seattle, WA. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of International Fashion Machines, Inc. Orth received her Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab in June 2001. Her academic work at the Media Lab (1997-2001) included patents, research, publications and design in new physical interfaces, wearable computing, electronic textiles, and interactive textile musical instruments. In 2007, she was named a USA Target Fellow. She is one of 50 recipients of the United States Artists unrestricted grants of $50,000 in recognition of their creative work. Her work has been widely exhibited at the Museum of Science, Boston, MA, NTT ICC, InterCommuncication Center, Japan, The National Textile Museum, Washington DC, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The DeCordova Museum, MA, SIGGRAPH, and Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.


Chanel Summers began her career as a pioneering designer and producer of video games, developing innovative products ranging from high-performance 3D vehicle simulations, to action/arcade platform games, to hardware peripherals while working at early industry-leading companies such as Mindscape, Velocity and Mattel Media. With the inception of Microsoft's Xbox game system in 2000, Summers was tapped to help design and promote the audio capabilities of the new hardware and to create the industry's first support team for content creators: a team of graphic artists, sound designers, composers and game designers who would work with the development community, coaching game creators to take advantage of the capabilities presented by Xbox. As a result, Summers became a widely recognized figure in leading industry organizations, as well as the published author of a number of articles and technical white papers After leaving Microsoft, Summers co-founded Syndicate 17, an audio production house based in Seattle and Los Angeles that specializes in writing and producing original scores, cues, and sound effects for everything from films and television shows to video games and web sites. In addition, Chanel is also a highly sought-after professional drummer, recording with and performing frequently in a number of nationally touring bands, working alongside such bands as Missing Persons, The Dreaming, Smile Empty Soul, The Last Vegas, Endless Hallway, and Vast, and showcasing in festivals ranging from CMJ to SXSW.


“Dr. T.” has taught physics and mathematics in the high school at Forest Ridge since 2005. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Yale University, and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She earned her doctorate in astronomy from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Ralph B. Baldwin Prize in Astrophysics and Space Sciences Dissertation. Her dissertation title was Dark Matter Halo Properties of Nearby, Late-Type Galaxies. In 2006, Dr. T. was an astronomy lecturer for the Upward Bound Program at the University of Washington. She serves on the Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Board of Trustees as Faculty Liaison to the Board. Martiza’s daughter is a busy and involved middle school student at Forest Ridge.

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