Cape Town, July 13, 2016 – Foundry would never happen but for the hard work of our staff. That staff is spread across the US, and their work is proof positive of the benefits of the Internet. Here’s a little bit about each of those working in Cape Town:
Jen Storey – Jen is an educational administrator in Utah. She was enlisted by founder Eric Beecroft early in the life of Foundry and has been a key player throughout its evolution. She helps plan the location, structure and operations of the workshop.
Bev Pecoraro – Bev is another educator from Utah. She shares with Jen the top administrative responsibilities of the workshop. In fact the internal email address for her and Jen is….JenandBev! You don’t get just one – you get two solid operatives!
Hannah West – Hannah, another educational administrator from Utah, is the person who deals with the wide range of workshop nitty gritty, such as relations with the instructor/staff hotel and airport pick-ups. But there is often more – this year she stepped in to help with the electrical plug converter issues (South Africa has a unique plug configuration). In short, she prevents a lot of headaches that instructors otherwise would have to deal with.
Kirsten Luce – NY Times freelance photographer Kirsten Luce is in charge of the educational curriculum, and at times an instructor herself. She keeps the educational component of the workshop flowing smoothly and helps the instructors with issues when needed. A level-headed, smooth operator, Kirsten assures that the extraordinary information available from the sterling faculty gets delivered with maximum efficiency.
Tiffany Clark – Tiff is the technical coordinator for Foundry. A freelance photographer and educator at International Center of Photography in New York, she makes sure all the projection, sound and other technical facilities are working smoothly. Tiff also provides digital editing training and runs an Instamatic feed of images from the workshop.
Of course, Foundry would not exist but for the foresight and continued efforts of founder Eric Beecroft, and the assistance of his wife Sharon, who administers the financial back office. They stay quietly in the background, guiding Foundry each year to achieve its mission – educating emerging photojournalists in developing ares of the world.
And need I note that all of these staff personnel – like all the instructors – are volunteers. None are compensated; they are only reimbursed for their expenses.