2017 Organizing Team

The TEDxVermilionStreet organizing team is excited to ADAPT to new ideas of the third annual TEDx event to Lafayette, Louisiana in 2017.

TAYLOR SLOEY

LEAD ORGANIZER

Taylor hails from Nebraska. She relocated to Louisiana to obtain a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is now a coastal restoration ecologist with Coastal Environments, Inc. This is Taylor's third year as Lead Organizer of TEDxVermilionStreet.

ERIK YANDO

LEAD CURATOR

Erik is originally from New England, but has found himself right at home in Acadiana. He moved to Lafayette in 2012 and is currently working on his Ph.D. in coastal wetland ecology. Erik is an outdoorsman at heart, engaging in hiking, camping, and water based activities whenever possible. Erik's has served as the Production Manager in 2015 and 2016, this year he is returning as Lead Curator for TEDxVermilionStreet.

GRETA GERSTNER

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Greta is a worldly individual, having grown up whilst moving around the globe, but has settled in Lafayette, Louisiana. She has an artistic flare and a knack for photography. She recently started her own business 'Greta Ann Photography'. Greta was lead photographer for TEDxVermilionStreet in 2015, co-lead organizer in 2016 and has returned in 2017 as our creative director. She is also Stage Design Manager for the third year.

NIKKI VIDOS

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Nikki is a highly driven and dynamic personality in the community. She's been involved in spearheading several community programs (e.g., F.U.E.L. Vermillion) and currently works as Marketing Product Manger at POTENZA Inc. She's a big fan of TED Talks.  Nikki joined the TEDxVermilionStreet in 2016 and has hit the ground running.


A.J. MCGEE 

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

AJ is currently pursuing a degree in Public Relations from the University of Louisiana of Lafayette, where he is the acting Vice President of the Honors Board.  AJ is joining the TEDxVermilionStreet team this year and will be Tweeting, Instagraming, Facebooking, all of the great ideas Acadiana has to offer. A.J. is returning for the second year to direct social media for TEDxVermilionStreet.

JAMES WELCH 

VIDEOGRAPHER

James Welch, born a native of Southwest Louisiana, is working in currently one of most booming areas of the film industry. As an outdoorsman, cyclist, and beer connoisseur, he enjoys many of the popular things this region is famous for. When not working full time for the fire department, James is an avid film maker- working in areas of TV, film, and print media.  James is returning for the third year to direct video of TEDxVermilionStreet. 

KELLY JONES

SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR

Raised in Minnesota, Kelly attended Calvin College in Michigan, then moved to Lafayette with her Ph.D.-pursuing husband. Currently a stay-at-home-mom, she spends her days on walks around UL, playing at the park and chasing a toddler. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering with TEDx and Trinity Bible Church. Kelly served as a day-of volunteer at 2016's event, and this year is stepping into the role of Sponsorship Coordinator.

 

FAWN HERNANDEZ

ASSISTANT CURATOR

Fawn Hernandez, native of Acadiana, currently works in the business office for a local independent school. She is also the owner/operator of Mona’s Munchies which is a not for profit organization that provides 150 baked goods to Hospice of Acadiana patients and families each week. She is a lover of all things outdoors especially trail running. Fawn’s role with TEDxVermilionStreet has evolved from a spectator to volunteer to Assistant Curator.


SKIP SHANNON

VIDEO EDITOR

Skip is originally from Charleston, WV, and moved to Lafayette in 2012. While in WV he completed his Master of Arts in Media Studies at West Virginia State University. Skip works full time at AOC Community Media, the local public access tv station in Lafayette. He is the production coordinator and edits any projects AOC goes out to shoot, and also teaches video editing classes. When not working for AOC, Skip freelances as a camera operator or video editor.

ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS

Curation Committee:

Frances Barker
Jacob Broussard
Anne Darrah
Patrick Holian
Taylor Sloey
Nikki Vidos
Fawn Viator-Hernandez
Erik Yando


Stage Design and Construction:

Cliff Couvillion

Matthew Curtis

Greta Gerstner

Ian Renoux

Anthony Stuhldreher