Spencer C. Schluter
Spencer grew up in the 1980s just as graphic design moved from old-fashioned cut and paste techniques to our modern world of digital tools. Before he even began elementary school, Spencer's toys were rubber cement, X-Acto knives, cutting mats, and T-squares. By the time he reached elementary school, he was using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Pagemaker. Complementing his early start in visual communications, Spencer was also tutored in writing, rhetoric, public speaking, and narrative building.
From this rich extracurricular education by his family, he went on to further study these fields at the university level. As his understanding of how these tools were used out in the professional world grew his interests turned to first to marketing and advertising, then to the broader concepts of how organizations were constructed and interact with each other, as he sought to understand how the world works...or more importantly why doesn't work as intended.
In Spencer's experience working in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors, he found that nearly all organizational failures arose from poor communication. These failings often go beyond the trivial and the costs can be measured in dollars, jobs, and even human life. It is his firm belief that by advancing innovation in communications the world can be made a better place. For the better part of a century, mass media has been used and misused to manipulate, divide, and mislead rather than to empower, unify, and inform.
Janae J. Almen
Janae is a multimedia artist, multi-instrumentalist, soprano vocalist, and experienced music educator. She is an accomplished composer and singer-songwriter with over 1,000 original pieces in her library. She fell in love with playing instruments and singing her own songs as a toddler and began studying piano at the age of six. By the age of 12, she was using Musicshop by Cakewalk to compose electronic music. Janae also serves as editor, social media manager, and podcaster for Conscious Community Magazine and founder of Perennial Music and Arts. You can learn more about her as a songwriter, artist, and sound healer at her website janaejean.com,
Janae has a BA in music education with a minor in piano pedagogy from Judson University, where she studied piano under Dr. Sojung Hong and Prof. Nancy Lemons, voice with Prof. Alyssa Bennett, and composition with Dr. Chris Lemons.
She went on to earn her Masters of Music in computer music composition from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied under Dr. Geoffrey Wright and Dr. McGregor Boyle. Her large work, Points of Reference, featured self-created interactive video, algorithmic composition, electronics, and processed voice. She is experienced in WordPress implementation, Processing.org, HTML 5, PHP, and Python.