Meet the TEDxPaonia Team

Our Team

Joanna Calabrese

Joanna Calabrese

Lead Organizer

Joanna loves the curious characters, captivating stories, and brilliant ideas that exist in Paonia. She’s been longing to broadcast them to the wider universe ever since she first moved to the North Fork Valley 3 years ago.

Joanna is the Queen Bee/General Manager at the Hive, a coworking and event space in Paonia. She also runs the North Fork Valley Art Library and is a DJ for KVNF Community Public Radio.

Elaine Brett

Elaine Brett

Executive Producer

Elaine loves the idea of spreading great ideas. She loves thinking about how other people think.

After many years in corporate, government and organizational work, she is excited to feel the energy of the thought hub in her small local community reaching out to the world. As Executive Producer of TEDx Paonia, Elaine is committed to facilitating the sharing of these great ideas and Pushing Through the Pavement.

Amy DeLuca

Amy DeLuca

Leader - Production

Amy is the Artistic Director at the Paradise Theatre and Paonia Film Festival. She is the founder of Green Lotus Events, LLC; a full service event planning company specializing in festivals, weddings, fundraisers and celebrations.

Patti Kaech

Patti Kaech

Leader - Curation Team

Patti is a connector of people of varied backgrounds which lends itself to many synchronistic and interesting exchanges in creating a more vibrant community.

She has lived on the Western Slope of Colorado for the past 20 years. Currently serves as the Development Director at KVNF Community Radio. Patti is also a Real Estate Broker at Needlerock Realty.

Davina van Buren

Davina van Buren

Leader - Marketing & Communication

After visiting Paonia just once, Davina knew it was a place she could (finally) call home. She loves the forward-thinking, creative, entrepreneurial vibe mixed with the rich Native American, farming and mining history of the town. Being part of TEDx Paonia was a natural fit, and her role as and Marketing & Communication Leader has allowed her to explore new territory professionally—a challenge she’s enjoying immensely.

Davina is a freelance writer, multimedia journalist and digital nomad. She specializes in travel, food and environmental reporting with a focus on wine and sustainable agriculture.

Julia Bowman

Julia Bowman

Leader - Sponsorships and Budgets

Ever since listening to her first TED Radio Hour, Julia has been inspired by the creativity and innovation that TED and TEDx events foster. Now, as the Sponsorships and Budget Leader, she is eager to create a platform from which Paonia’s creators, thinkers, and dreamers can launch own their imaginings, creations, and discoveries into the world and reveal the bubbling thought hub that drives this small community.

With experience organizing people and events throughout the West, Julia now manages projects and events at the Western Slope Conservation Center. From trail building at the Paonia River Park to field trips galore, she loves creating connections between people and place.

Sharon Bailey

Sharon Bailey

Event Experience Coordinator

Sharon’s passion for Paonia ignited upon her arrival in 2013. The thriving arts community and endless opportunities provide a never ending platform for her creativity. She is excited to share the haven of Paonia with the TEDx community.

Sharon is the Executive Director of Elsewhere Studios, the artist in residency program in Paonia. She is a children’s art teacher at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts and co-founder of the Unicorn Arts Collective, a multi-media production group.

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