The leadership team of TEDxSantaCruz is composed of successful entrepreneurs, artists, philanthropists, and educators who collaborate to build very special events that showcase innovations in technology, entertainment, design, and more. TEDxSantaCruz gathers leading thinkers, makers, and artists to share their ideas that create real change in Santa Cruz and around the world.
Located in Santa Cruz County and supported by a dedicated group of volunteers and generous sponsors, TEDxSantaCruz is dedicated to producing events that feature stimulating presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that spark new ideas and opportunities. Since 2011, we have brought the innovative, energetic enthusiasm of TED and TEDx to the Santa Cruz area.
Following is a list of the volunteer team members of TEDxSantaCruz:
Beth Gummere -
Elizabeth Gummere is the CEO of Artistic Reflections Residential Glass and Repechage Group. She works as an accounting consultant with nonprofit organizations and small businesses in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area. A 13-year volunteer for the Santa Cruz Film Festival (the fiscal sponsor for TEDxSantaCruz), she now serves as board treasurer. In her spare time, she enjoys ocean sculling.
Cheri O'Neil -
Writer, editor, videographer, Google photographer. After 30 years in newspaper journalism, Cheri went back for her masters in entrepreneurship and started a company, Chronicles In Motion. She loves nothing better than family, friends, nature, ideas, and storytelling.
Vania Benavides -
Director of Social Media
Project manager, Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator, Entrepreneur, Tech enthusiast, #socialmediaphile, diplomat, traveler. With over 7 years of working in digital media, with my marketing agency Vab Media, I have developed an extensive skill set, including being responsible for fully integrated and standalone social media campaigns, SEM/SEO/PPC management, cohesive online campaign strategy, team management, content ideation and reputation management for Tedx Santa Cruz and many other established brands.
After earning her BFA in Modern Dance Saki ran away and joined the circus! She has been an acrobat, rhythmic gymnast and dancer with Songcircus, Mixed Nutz, Starstuff Productions and The New Pickle Circus. Saki has had the pleasure of performing with a variety of companies both locally (Santa Cruz, CA) and on tour nationally including, Tandy Beal and Co., Project Bandaloop, The Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, Moving and Storage Dance Co., Mir and a Co. and others. She is the founder and director of Circus Santa Cruz (children’s circus classes and workshops). Currently Saki can be found teaching gymnastics at Ohana Gymnastics, teaching and choreographing with the various cast and crew members at WEST Performing Arts, as well as educating students and teachers the art of movement with Tandy Beal’s ArtSmart.
Fabricio (Breeze) Olsson -
As a gymnast, Breeze was National Gymnastics Champion of Brazil and member of the national team that competed in 3 different continents. In college, while receiving a full athletic scholarship, he qualified 4 consecutive years to NCAA National Championships, representing BYU, school where he also earned a BA in Graphic Arts. Recently, Breeze has performed as an acrobat and a dancer with companies such as Dr. Schaffer & Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, Moving & Storage/Crash Burn and Die Dance Co., and T.B. & Co. – this while balancing his time threefold: a gymnastics & trampoline instructor (Ohana Gymnastics and Rising Star Gymnastics), a career as a freelance graphic & web designer (i.e. AlohaDance.com & SoVoSo.com) and earning a U.C.S.C. D.A.N.M. M.F.A. (Digital Arts and New Media Masters in Fine Arts from University of California Santa Cruz).
Mariah Tanner -
Working as the Marketing Coordinator for United Way of Santa Cruz County, Mariah strives towards advancing the common good for our community everyday. She hones her organizing skills as a corporate event director, and by coordinating thousands of volunteers for several fitness race companies.
Volunteer Coordinator, Artist Liaison
Mom, artist, musician , small business owner, long time Santa Cruz resident and supporter of the arts. Nancy is a regular volunteer at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, and serves on the Board of Directors at Senior Network Services.
Her latest project, Salon Dos Palomas, is a monthly event created to support emerging artists, poets, writers and musicians. It is in it's second year.
Speaker LiaisonJade is a student of child psychology, a proud feminist who is curious about every single thing. He currently divides his time between four job including, quintessential manny, equestrian instructor. Raised in Australia, Santa Cruz seemed like a natural fit.
Jenae McCarroll leads & works with young adults, executives, volunteers, educators and indigenous populations to ambassador perspective, efficiency and cross cultural connection as a team-building facilitator with Synergy Learning Systems, a Program Manager for People-Centered Strategies and an International leader for Adventures Cross-Country. Jenae focuses on the unique dynamics of human diversity as a vehicle to build resiliency in a complex world.
A 2012 UCSC graduate & Everett Fellow, Dillon strives to engage the youth community in both technology & activism. Specializing in digital engagement, marketing, and design Dillon has helped nonprofits, NGO's, and small businesses alike succeed in reaching their target audience. He is currently the Project & Social Media Manager at Chime Interactive.
Youth Engagement & Marketing
Marcellina is a Real Estate Consultant with Bailey Properties. She has a background in luxury hotel operations and property management. Originally from the East Coast, Marcellina has travelled the country and there is no place she would rather be than Santa Cruz.
Set DesignDag is an eco-artist who loves to work from recycled cardboard.
Beau Silver is a software engineer at Avid and a sound designer at Makey Makey. He holds a Master's degree from Stanford in computer music and a Bachelor's from the University of Miami in music engineering. He currently lives in Capitola, California and enjoys surfing, drinking tea and mindful spontaneity.