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We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!

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Random Slides Improv

@ VOL 12 ON APR 19, 2018

Andy Sawyer is a set designer, inventor, maker, fine art photographer, innkeeper, outdoorsman, teacher, artist, tree-hugging dirt worshiper, and an improvisational comedian. He began his improv comedy career over 30 years ago, using humor as a tool for teaching environmental science at Stone Environmental School in Portland, Maine. After moving back to the Twin Cities to woo and eventually marry the one true love of his life, Nita Nicholie, the two collaborated to help establish the “Calling all Colors” program. Andy again applied improv comedy to this program, using it as a tool for children to begin dialogue on issues of race, stereotyping, and skin color. He next began working with Mike Nadolski at Bridges Theater in Benton Harbor as an ensemble member of the production of “No Waiting in the Loitering Room”, and a community literature-based show based on The Giver by Lois Lowry. Smarty Pants improv was his next stop, where along with his wife Nita, Joey and Jason Greene and Mike Nadolski he performed a weekly family friendly improv show at The Livery in Benton Harbor for close to 2 years. He is a founding member of TORP, and has performed in numerous local murder mysteries and corporate video productions. In an emergency, he can honestly say, “I am not a doctor, but I played one on TV.” He and his wife have raised 23 children over the past 24 years and they have found that the fundamental principle of improv, “Yes, And”, can also be a way of life.

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Spitting with the Stars

@ VOL 12 ON APR 19, 2018

In this talk, Michael Moyer, the Director of Wine and Viticulture at Lake Michigan College, will give a humorous but realistic portrayal of the world of wine ratings and competitions.  While these competitions may be comical behind the scenes, the implications of wine ratings have serious implications for the wine industry.

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Environmentality: The Complex Relationship Between Human Beings, Their Natural Environment, and Art

@ VOL 12 ON APR 19, 2018

Tyler DeJong is a bilingual copywriter and manger at Wanderlust Outfitters in St. Joseph, MI. As a recovering journalist and consummate adventurer, Tyler writes poetry, fiction and narrative non-fiction based on his experiences. He guides beginner backpacking trips in Northern Michigan, and is fascinated by the effect environment has on creativity and human experience. When he's not writing, surfing, mountain biking, climbing, or backpacking, Tyler teaches English as a second language and yoga.

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@ VOL 12 ON APR 19, 2018

Loretta Holmes is a certified ADHD & Life Coach who specializes in helping clients affected by ADHD or Anxiety overcome their self doubt and fears, so that they can once again live purposeful, joy-filled lives. Having overcome life-altering experiences of her own, being certified as a Life Coach have given her the tools to help others do the same. Today Loretta offers coaching services, group programs and workshops at Bella ADHD & Life Coaching, a business she launched in April of 2017.

Loretta resides in Southwest Michigan and enjoys exploring the vast open space along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. She is a big fan of outdoor sports; and absolutely loves bike racing and stand up paddle boarding.

On the home front, Loretta is married to Mike and they have two amazing children. Loretta’s Wellness Director at Bella is her golden doodle, Riley who brings her nonstop love and warmth.


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The Power of Mentors

@ VOL 12 ON APR 19, 2018

Alex Kerr has spent the last 41 years doing live theater as an actor, director, technical director, and educator, as well as wilderness explorer. He plans to spend the next 41 years doing the same.

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Improvisational Bridges

@ VOL 12 ON APR 19, 2018

Mike Nadolski joined Lake Michigan College in 2012 and serves as Executive Director of The Mendel Center. Throughout his career, Mike has blended a business and arts management background with more than 40 years of improvisational theater experience. The result has been a myriad of collaborative performance and learning opportunities. Mike and his wife Sarah own the Citadel Dance and Music Center building in the Benton Harbor Arts District. In the business world, Mike has held managerial positions with Whirlpool Corporation and Kohler Co. and has provided consultation services nationally in the areas of performance improvement, communications, change management, and diversity and inclusiveness. He currently sits on the board of the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council and is Vice President of the Michigan Presenters Network.

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Where are you?

@ VOL 12 ON APR 19, 2018

Rommel Johnson is the Clinical Director and Co-owner of Eurisko Vocational Services, LLC in St. Joseph, Michigan. Rommel holds Master of Arts degrees in Youth Ministry and Community Counseling from Andrews University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Western Michigan University for a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. Throughout his professional career, Rommel has mentored hundreds of teens, young couples, individuals with disabilities, and individuals struggling with substance and behavioral addictions. Rommel has also provided consultation and training on issues of diversity in various settings including: churches, universities, and government agencies. He demonstrates extraordinary patience and commitment while providing exceptional service to all. Where there is competition and tension, Rommel has always chosen collaboration as he has the heart of a mentor and nurturer and is strongly motivated by uplifting others. Rommel’s presentation style has been described by many as moving, laid-back, engaging, funny and insightful. He is a committed husband to his wife Fanny and a superhero to his daughter Ava. In his spare time, Rommel enjoys playing chess, reading and taking care of his many chickens.


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Since We Saw You Last Year

@ VOL 12 ON APR 19, 2018

Julia Gourley grew up in a picture-perfect rural Indiana household with her Mom, Dad, brother and a menagerie of pets. Following a midwestern college tour, with multi-year stops in Kansas and Ohio, Julia landed in SJ/BH, Michigan on her birthday in 2005 to begin work at the Krasl Art Center. Life took some wild turns when she ended up being a single mom to then 5 year old Isaac while simultaneously assuming the role of executive director of the Krasl Art Center. An incredible network of friends and family helped keep life afloat during a rather turbulent time. Then a few years later, a girl's night out led Julia to meet Duane Donohue, who continues to seem too good to be true... this PK is the story... of what they've been up to "Since We Saw You Last Year".



Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist


“He called the restaurant Gulistan which means ‘the land of roses’. To the restaurant came the people. First one, then two, then a bunch.”

In Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist from PechaKucha Night Saint Joseph’s 4th volume, Presenter Ashley Reichert tells the story of a man from Kurdistan, Ibrahim Paralak, and his journey to a small town in Michigan. He is in search of freedom - a place where people are free to speak their minds, free from oppression, and free persecution. All he wants is to make a peaceful place for his family, his restaurant, and a place to grow his roses.
All is going well, until one day he is just gone. Soon, many people ask where he has gone, and learn he has been jailed with the fear of being deported. Ashley goes on to tell us how he is released from jail and goes back to family, his restaurant, and his roses. All seems well again, but there's a twist.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Christopher Gregory

    The most fascinating part of PechaKucha for me is the chance to hear amazing stories that are otherwise internalized, overlooked, or unheard. If you are reading this I believe you have a story to share.

  • Lana DeFrancesco

    I'm a BIG PechaKucha fan! I don't meet new people, I meet potential PechaKucha presenters. I don't listen to my friend's conversations, I draft their PechaKucha titles in my head. I believe everyone should tell their stories.. over.. and over.. again.

  • Nathan Margoni

    Nathan Margoni is an artist/illustrator/educator living and working in Benton Harbor, MI. He has worked as the Manager of Education and Interpretation at the Krasl Art Center since 2014.

  • Meg Clayton

    At Whirlpool, I create user-centered interface designs by day, and PechaKucha graphics by night. I love all things that bring people together in our community, and I believe that everyone has a story to tell!

  • Mark Strauss

    Mark Strauss is a national Communications Training and Branding professional who has worked with brands like Disney, Motorola, and the NFL. He is also a screenwriter with a passion for storytelling that informs every creative and professional endeavor.

  • Jorden Parker

    Life long SJ/BH Resident, I love this community and continue to find ways to engage my workplace with the activities I enjoy and the places they happen. By day I am architect at Wightman & Associates, by all the time I am a father to three daughters and a husband to someone else's.

  • Jaakko Kasko

    World traveler, athlete, brewer, guitarist, computer geek...yeah, that's pretty descriptive.