“A storyteller in film and audio, Dakota has lived Sterling’s mission for decades,” says Dean of Professional Studies and EcoGather Director Philip Ackerman-Leist, in welcoming the new Assistant Director to his team.
His varied career brought Dakota to co-found Hike for Hope 2001, a 10-month, Florida-to-Canada hike to raise funds and awareness for Oxfam America. As an Artist in Residence for the Twispworks foundation he created and produced a feature-length audio documentary, In Their Voices, with past and current members of the U.S. Forest Service. He also created a fully produced podcast “Curious Lightning,” which included interviews, music composition, sound design, writing, editing and collaborating with community members.
He held several jobs at Vermont’s now-closed Green Mountain College, including, in the early 2000s, Assistant Director of Admissions and Freelance Director/Editor/Director of Photography in 2015. Dakota graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in Communications. He describes himself as “cultivating a welcoming, professional, collaborative, and artistic approach to projects. And innovative forward thinker with a passion for holistic learning and celebrating the stories of the individual and the community.”
Born in Burlington, Vermont, and raised in the Killington area, Dakota has lived and worked in major cities like Los Angeles, Portland, OR, New York and Boston. He has always been more at home out under the stars and enjoyed cultivating local conversations with community members and continues to create multi-media art pieces inspired by the physical, emotional, and spiritual environments all creatures inhabit. He can also be found jumping into local rivers in the company of his graying black lab, Alma, or documenting sounds and images in a nearby forest in the Southern Vermont and New York regions.
|Bachelor of Science, Communication||Emerson College|
|Final Cut and Avid Certified Master Classes||Media Concepts|