Taryn Thru-U (aka Johnathan Cameron)


Johnathan Cameron, AKA Taryn Thru-U, has been performing in Drag for 15 years. He does not use the term Female Impersonator do to the fact that he is built like a football player. He usually refers to himself as the “Linebacker in Drag”. 

Johnathan, graduated from CSU, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Dance and danced professionally in the region with Dale Scholl Dance/Art for 10 years before retiring. To fill the void of not performing on a stage, Johnathan became “Taryn” and found a new enjoyment of performing in the Art of Drag. Taking a mixture of theatrics, dance, comedy and passion, Taryn Thru-U has become a local celebrity in the Sacramento LGBTQ community.

Referred to as “Momma T” by members of the drag scene, the employees in his professional job (the one that pays the bills) and by many in the Sacramento general community, Taryn has created a sense of family. His focus is about creating a safe, fun and enjoyable surrounding for people to flourish within their own possibilities. Besides performing, Taryn guest lectures at local colleges, including UC Davis, designing and making costumes for a local high school dance company, emceeing events such as the Neo-Crocker Grand Opening and raising money for local organizations through the Non-Profit CGNIE or commonly referred to as the Imperial Court of Sacramento. 


 Christi Black-Davis,  Edelman

Christi is a respected business executive, communications consultant and civic leader. In her role as executive vice president at Edelman, the world’s largest and privately-held communications marketing agency, Christi consults to private and public sector clients, with an emphasis on public affairs, marketing and consumer education. 

Christi has a strong commitment to community service, and has served as a volunteer, board member and board chair for several nonprofits over the years.  Her leadership roles included serving as 2015 board chair of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce; serving two terms as president of the American River Parkway Foundation; and serving as the inaugural president of the FamiliesFirst Foundation.

The Sacramento Business Journal honored Christi in 2015 as one of their Women Who Mean Business. In 2015 Metro Edge honored Christi’s commitment to young professionals with the Bridgeaward. When Christi received the 2012 Sacramento Public Relations Association Lifetime Achievement Award, she observed that probably meant she should retire. 

Sonya Bradley of Visit Sacramento

Sonya Bradley is the Chief Marketing Officer for Visit Sacramento and its family of brands: America's Farm to Fork Capital, Sacramento Sports Commission, Sacramento365, Film Sacramento and Sac Event Crew. The cool sounding part of the job is that she is constantly seeking the best way to share the Sacramento story with visitors wherever they are in their visitation journey.

The business-speak sounds like this: she is responsible for the development and execution of the brand, campaign and content strategies and tactics that create demand for Sacramento as a convention, tourism, meeting, sports and events destination. Cool and business-like is how she’d like to think of herself. But mostly, she’s just a marketing nerd.

Steven Pierce of the Groundlings Theatre

Steven Pierce began performing with the renowned Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles in 1996. Numerous comedic careers have been launched at the Groundlings that went on to Saturday Night Live including Will Farrell, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and many others.

Steven joined their main company in 1999 and has taught improvisation, directed sketch and improv and conduced corporate training for over 10 years. He has served on the Groundlings board of directors and the school's steering committee. He has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows and films and has performed with actors such as Will Farrell, Will Forte, Michael McDonald, Will Smith, Martin Sheen as well as recent Academy Award winners Kristen Wiig, Octavia Spencer and Emmy winner Mellissa McCarthy.

Steven has extensive voice-over and production experience, has been the production director for radio stations as well as a freelance radio promotion producer for NBC and FOX television.

David Sobon of Wide Open Walls

David thought Sacramento could benefit from art activation and increased community engagement.  This led to David founding the Sacramento Mural Festival, which was produced in conjunction with the Friends of the Arts Commission in 2016.  In 2017, with an even more ambitious vision, David formed Wide Open Walls.

David is a tireless advocate for the arts and for the city of Sacramento.  He is a high-energy connector of people, and his enthusiasm and drive make things happen.  David has no plans to slow down.  He has found his passion - showcasing the diverse, innovative, and rapidly evolving cultural landscape of Sacramento, while also promoting the excitement and accessibility of street art both locally, nationally, and worldwide.

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Meghan Phillips of The Honey Agency

Meghan Phillips is the CEO and founder of Honey, a Sacramento-based marketing and design agency that provides voice, story, and identity to boutique and national brands. Nearly twenty years of strategic brand development, finding people’s passion, and a knack for creating captivating campaigns has made Meghan a trusted industry leader and a wise advisor. 

Driven by her entrepreneurial fire, Meghan is focused daily on empowering her team, clients, colleagues, and friends to discover their passion and purpose. Above all, Meghan shares her greatest joy with her husband and their two children, nestled in their 1952 Spanish adobe home in Sacramento.

 Liz Salmi 

Advocate for neuroscience research, Liz Salmi is passionate about empowering people to become more engaged in their own health care and improve their experience as patients. After being diagnosed with a life-limiting condition at age 29, Liz immediately put her “nerd skills” to use by blogging about her patient experience. Ten years later, Liz now works for a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital on a research project called OpenNotes--an initiative that encourages doctors and other healthcare professionals to share the notes they write with the patients they are caring for. In addition to her work on OpenNotes, Liz is funded as a “patient researcher” to lead a project focused on brain tumors and quality of life issues.

Liz is a Stanford Medicine X e-Patient Scholar and TEDMED Frontline Scholar. She volunteered on the Board of Directors for the National Brain Tumor Society and the patient advisory board for the British Medical Journal. 

 James Cavern

Singer/songwriter, Jmsey started his music career playing open mics around Sacramento and quickly gained popularity within the city. This led to awesome opportunities like headlining Concerts in the Park and playing high profile shows at the most prestigious venues in town and even a brief stint on hit show “The Voice.” As James began to perform outside of Sacramento a lot more and tour he shifted his skill set within the city to curating events and at one point even hosting an open mic with a focus on pushing local talent. Some of the events James has helped curate are multiple shows to raise money for natural disaster relief funds, two sold out Radiohead Tribute shows, the #OnTheBlock party as well as “Live at JMSEY’s.” James’ belief in the artists in the city has led to more opportunities such as touring with Hobo Johnson as a 6th member of the band which is what he is currently doing as well as pursuing his own personal music.


 Dan Ahlers, MD  

Dan Ahlers is a psychiatrist in his 4th and final year of residency at the UC Davis Medical Center. Originally from Hartford, CT, his interests include psychoanalytic psychotherapy, synthesizing eastern/western psychology, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

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Robin Fisher

Robin Fisher is Professor of Voice at Sacramento State University in California and Director of Lingua e Canto, a summer program in Italy for college singers, which she founded in 2013. Her publications include a second edition of American Art Song & American Poetry, a collaboration with scholar/performer Ruth Friedberg, and The Selected Writings of John Duke (2007). She studied voice at the University of Vienna as a recipient of a Rotary Foundation grant, as well as the Hamburg State Conservatory as a Fulbright Scholar; she received her D.M.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Under professional contract in Germany, Fisher performed over 15 leading operatic roles. Recordings include works for flute and soprano (The Nightingale Sings), and sacred American art songs with pianist Dalton Baldwin (God be in my Heart). Fisher’s students are active performers and teachers in major metropolitan centers in the USA and abroad.

Maya Wallace

Maya Wallace of the Sacramento Metro Arts Commission


A systems change-maker, civic innovator, and equity advocate. Maya serves on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, most recently as co-chair of the commission’s Race and Cultural Equity task force. By day, she ensures program integrity and works to improve organizational performance at the California Department of Justice. A dedicated #voice and community advocate, she has worked on a number of issues, including promoting healthy communities, housing and homelessness advocacy, and neighborhood empowerment through civic applications of open data. While not a currently practicing artist, Maya is trained in classical guitar and music theory and is immersed in the visual and performing arts via her family, friends , and colleagues.

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 John Forrest 

Department Chair of Design at Sacramento State

As Chair of the Department of Design at Sac State, John serves as a #voice, an advocate, and a representative of the students, staff, and faculty. As Principal Designer of Forrest McClain and Interval Press, he focuses on his own professional endeavors and the exploration of visual communication, craftsmanship and analog experimentation creating works for not-for-profit and educational institutions. 

 Jake Castro

Through his artistic process, Castro creates kinetic geometric imagery by experimenting with linear forms that generate depth, dimension, and movement found on the surfaces of his creations. As Sacramento Magazine describes him, "Muralist Jake Castro’s most notable creations don’t hang on walls—they envelop them. A mix of geometric abstraction and kinetic art, his colorful, energetic artwork makes eyes move and jaws drop, which is likely why he participated in two of Sacramento’s most raved-about public-art events of late: Art Hotel and the Sacramento Mural Festival. Castro’s labyrinthine line work and laserlike blades of color can be seen on and/or in Crest Theatre, The Offices At Retro Lodge (11th and H streets), The Urban Hive and Warehouse Artist Lofts, among other locations. He’s also been commissioned to make his mark in various public spaces throughout Chicago, Spain and Thailand."

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 Alicia Lewis

Alicia Lewis is the Director of Programs and Outreach for We Said Enough and owner of Lewis Public Affairs, a boutique firm in Sacramento, Ca. Her expertise is based on robust California Capitol experience and a sincere passion for social justice. Most recently, Alicia’s efforts resulted in the restoration of $26.3 million in ongoing funding for optical benefits within Medi-Cal program, and she helped CalWORKs streamline its resources and services for victims of domestic violence. She also contributed to numerous pieces of legislation that have increased governmental transparency, enhanced open-meeting laws, and strengthened the California Public Records Act. In her Capitol positions, she led on a variety of initiatives, including enhancing social media protections for students and enhancing services for foster youth who are pregnant or parenting, and passing the landmark Fair Sentencing for Youth Act, which ended life without parole for juveniles. Go SacRepublic!

RON CUNNINGHAM


Having enjoyed extensive international careers as performing artists, husband and wife duo Ron and Carinne Cunningham have brought a wealth of experience, knowledge, and creativity to the Sacramento Ballet as Artistic Directors. They have added over 50 world premieres and 50 Sacramento premieres to the repertory, including 18 masterpieces by the great George Balanchine. Ron Cunningham has created or staged over 75 of his original ballets to define the company’s aesthetic with signature works such as: Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alice in Wonderland, Hamlet, Carmina Burana, Dracula, A Streetcar Named Desire, Etosha, and most recently The Great Gatsby and Peter Pan. Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker incorporates almost 500 children each year, making it the largest cast of children in a professional production anywhere in the world. Together, they have invented dozens of initiatives designed to deepen, broaden, and diversify audiences with innovative programs such as Modern Masters, Beer & Ballet, Inside The Director’s Studio, Living Sculptures, Red Hot Valentine Nights, and the Capital Choreography Competition. In 2007, the company made its first international tour to the People’s Republic of China, receiving accolades and praise in both Shanghai and Beijing.

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ESTELLA SANCHEZ

The founder and Executive Director of Sol Collective, Estella Sanchez is an artist, activist, educator, and organizer. With an MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Estella Sanchez has dedicated her life to empowering communities using the arts to cultivate the next generation of leaders both locally and globally. Over the past ten years, Sol Collective has served as a multicultural hub for Northern California and beyond working to support and cultivate artists, creative businesses, community groups, and arts programming. An innovative co-op model that has inspired centers from Sonoma to Staten Island, Sanchez has received numerous leadership awards (local and national) and the Sol Collective has been recognized by the California State Assembly and California Senate as well as the Sacramento City Council for their work to create space to provide relevant, community-driven arts and cultural programming.

SHANNIN STEIN


Shannin Stein is a Sacramento native and proud McClatchy Lion as well as an accomplished business manager and community leader with over twenty years of experience in the food, agriculture, and hospitality industry. In 2016, after leading the hugely successful opening of Empress Tavern as General Manager and Director of Catering, Shannin decided it was time to seek out new inspiration and joined the team at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. Today, she leads Homeowner Services and Operations for the affiliate and is proud to be giving back to her hometown in such a tangible and meaningful way. Shannin also continues to stay engaged in Sacramento’s food scene as a freelance writer for Edible Sacramento and as a founding member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International Sacramento Chapter which focuses on providing outreach and educational opportunities to young women in the culinary field.

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CHINUA RHODES


Chinua Rhodes, Lead Ambassador Sofar Sounds Sacramento, has led teams and innovation in all spaces he finds himself. Chinua has a strong background in community and youth advocacy. He is the founder of Creating Rhodes focusing on housing as a grassroots effort for change in his community. He currently serves as Parks and Rec. Commissioner, providing a constant voice for equity and access for underserved communities in the city he loves. Chinua believes there is art in everything we do, the only differences are which canvas you are painting on in the moment.

His passion for community is equally linked with his passion for art and culture. He saw the need for activation of art and culture in the area he was raised. Chinua found that activation through Sofar Sounds, a global, grassroots network of artists, hosts, and guests, all with the goal of helping to bring the magic back to live music. Chinua brought this platform to the City of Sacramento and aims to create performance spaces that are respectful to artists, where the audience lives in the moment and listens closely to the music.


 ANN KRAEMER


A respected viticulturist, Ann Kraemer developed Shake Ridge Vineyard relying on her 25 years of experience in the premium wine industry. After earning her stripes managing vineyards for Domaine Chandon and Swanson, she eventually moved into consulting with wineries and vineyards, including Cain, Calera, Hobbs and Shafer.
 
Though she thrived in the industry, Ann longed for a chance to farm again. Shake Ridge Vineyards is proving a worthy, and demanding, subject for her passion. By custom-farming small vineyard blocks, Ann is able to provide Yorba and the other Shake Ridge winemakers the highest quality fruit. As Ann says, “It’s all in the details”.


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 JEFF KNORR


In 2012, Jeff Knorr was named Poet Laureate for Sacramento city and county. Jeff has authored numerous books of poetry including, The Color of a New Country, The Third Body, Keeper, and Standing Up to the Day. His other works include Mooring Against the Tide: Writing Poetry and Fiction; the anthology, A Writer's Country; and The River Sings: An Introduction to Poetry. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Chelsea, Connecticut Review, The Journal, North American Review, Red Rock Review, Barrow Street, and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America. He currently directs the River City Writer’s Series at Sacramento City College. Jeff has been the Chair of the English department at Sacramento City College and he has also served on the Sacramento County Office of Education Arts Advisory Board.


SAMUEL PARKINSON


Samuel R. Parkinson creates unique, one-of-a-kind clothing. He specializes in concept design, pattern drafting, garment construction, and production management. The Sacramento native is the owner of Masintel and Kings Tribe Clothing. The menswear clothing lines are popular for their “street style” and craftsmanship. The master sewer has worked with several companies from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento to provide exclusive brand designs. Prominent clients include DSF Clothing Company and custom footwear company, Benjamins Shoe Corporation.

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FRANCES WANG

Frances Wang joined the ABC10 reporting team in October 2015. Frances has dreamed of being a journalist since she was kid after being interviewed by Walt Gray. She's always been the most talkative of her peers, so her former teachers and classmates aren't surprised she became a reporter. Most recently, Frances worked as a morning news reporter for KREM2 in Spokane, Washington, where she would cover breaking news one day and zip line through the mountains on live TV the next. She's also had internships at KABC-TV, CNN, and E! News. Frances' favorite part of her job is getting to know people she may not have met otherwise. She loves to tell stories about the amazing things people do for their communities.

JOEL DANIEL

Joel writes and produces Hoot Quarters, a show dedicated to exposing children and their parents to quality music. He played in various rock music bands for years, and didn't start writing children's music until the birth of his friends twins in 2006 – “a friend suggested I write a song as a gift”.  After writing a few more songs and receiving positive feedback, Joel kept at it and realized he enjoyed it. 

He then formed The Hoots, an award winning band that performs music rooted in folk, American and rock, with catchy hooks and sing-a-long choruses. Check out Joel and the other Hoots at www.hootquarters.com. 

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ANGELA JAMES

Angela is a storyteller and poet steeped in the oral tradition as practiced by her family in the Caribbean. In an effort to dispel old stereotypes of storytellers, she elevates storytelling into performance art and weaves music, movement and poetry into an eclectic fusion that appeals to all audiences.   

Angela is a certified multi-disciplined teaching artist with Sacramento Metro Arts Commission, a member of Sacramento Storytellers’ Guild, and Aesop Fablers, a Toastmasters club dedicated to storytelling. She is also a member a Fenix Drum and Dance Company, a West African and  Afro-Caribbean performing troupe.

CRAIG MARTINEZ

Craig is a painter, sculptor and printmaker. Most of his work is about the human spirit and American Indian spirituality. Craig was a self employed graphic artist and art director for 28 years. In 2009 he made a life changing decision to teach in Art New Media at American River College so he could make the time necessary to mature as an artist. You can view his website at www.craigmartinezart.com.

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 TIFFANY FRASER


Tiffany is a Program Director and Coach for the Sacramento Lady Salamanders, the Sacamento chapter of Street Soccer USA. Their mission is to consistently provide a safe environment that creates an opportunity for women who share recovery to come together to encourage, and support the development of positive character and growth through street soccer. She is also a consultant at Fraser Consulting & Associates.


SACRAMENTO MAYOR  DARRELL STEINBERG

Mayor Darrell Steinberg wants to establish Sacramento as the "arts capital of the state and the country" and has set aside $250,000 per year for the next two years towards reaching that goal. He is also a supporter of arts education and wants the city to rethink its ordinance on buskers, outdoor music performers.

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BETH RUYAK


Beth is the host of Capital Public Radio's Insight with Beth Ruyak, a daily, in-depth radio interview program where she highlights many of the areas artist, musicians and writers. Her news, sports and health reporting have earned Emmy awards and opportunities to interview, learn from and tell stories about people all over the world.

RUDY AGUILERA

Rudy is an award winning tattoo artist at Black Widow Tattoo in North Highlands where he specializes in creating custom designs for his clients. He is experienced in different tattoo styles such as black and grey, Japanese, color, portraits and cover ups. He also designs a line of apparel under the FinelineInk Art-Apparel brand.


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 CLAY NUTTING

Clay is Owner/Operator of Canon East Sacramento, a chef-driven neighborhood restaurant in East Sacramento. He is also founder of community arts organization, DBA Arts, Inc.; Co-founder of M5Arts, the arts collective responsible for Art Hotel 916 and ArtStreet; and co-founder of LowBrau, a beer hall located in Midtown Sacramento. This quote pretty much sums him up – "I like to do cool things." 

SUNYA WHITLIGHT

Sunya is an installation artist who relishes in collaborations and is having more fun dancing with light, color and form than she ever thought possible. Inspired by the universal language of nature and touched with a bit of magic dust, Sunya creates vibrant, larger than life pieces that promise your inner child a playdate. See her work at www.sunyawhitelight.com. 


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ALLISON JOY

Allison is editor in chief for Comstock's magazine and is helping the 25-year-old print publication transition into the digital age. She has been featured in the Sacramento Business Journal's 40 Under 40 and loves crossword puzzles.

CHRIS BARNUM


Chris is a "chef with a never ending hunger for food, knowledge and experience!" The dishes Chris's creates at Localis have been praised by Sacramento Bee columnist Carla Meyer, highlighted in "VIA Magazine" and enjoyed by Mayor Steinberg. 

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BRANTLEY PAYNE

Brantley is Partner and Creative Director of Un/common Agency (formerly Glass Agency). Un/common "gives brands a voice in this noisy world. We work hard. We don't hire assholes. And we love to inspire people."


OMONIVIE OKHADE

Omonivie is an "artist, designer, small business owner and advocate for following your passion!" She is founder and designer of tula in bloom, a collection of one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry and accessories made using primarily vintage and repurposed materials. 

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FAITH LOPEZ

Faith travels all over the U.S. creating social media content for clients including: The Sacramento Kings, Bosch, CA Grown, Leica and more. You might not realize it, but it may be her photography on Instagram tempting you to purchase Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, buy a bouquet of flowers for your significant other or hit a joie de vivre resort! www.faithmari.com

WILLIAM ISHMAEL

William Ishmael has been part of the Sacramento art scene for many years, and works in a variety of interesting media including: roofing materials, steel and tennis balls. He is part of the M5Arts collaborative which recently produced the wildly successful, multi-disciplinary arts project ArtStreetwww.iamishmael.com

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 Jay Sales

Jay Sales is the Innovation Strategist and Co-Lead at The Shop at VSP. 


 Kachet Jackson-Henderson

Kachet Jackson-Henderson is a content creator and style expert.

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Kim Tucker

Kim Tucker is the Executive Director of the Impact Foundry and VP of 3Fold Communications.

 Tre Borden

Tre Borden is the Principal of Borden Activations.


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Andrea lepore

Andrea Lepore is the founder and creative director of the Hot Italian.

Shelly Willis

Shelly Willis is apart of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.


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Rusty Prevatt

Rusty Prevatt is apart of Franklin Pictures.


Alexandra Cunningham

Alexandra Cunningham is apart of the Sacramento Ballet and Capital Dance Project.

 

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Roshaun Davis

Roshaun Davis is apart of Unseen Heroes.


 

Kimberly Garza

Kimberly Garza is apart of  QUADRIGA Landscape Architecture and Planning, Inc. and ATLAS Lab.

 

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Sonny Mayugba

Sonny Mayugba is apart of Requested.


 

Bryan Valenzuela

Bryan Valenzuela is a local artist featured in the Golden1 Center and musician with Exquisite Corps

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