A Manhattan native, Nicole ("Nikki") Beinstein now lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her two children. An avid traveler, she has also lived in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London, and Florence, Italy. In her last year of college, Nikki co-founded a theatre company where she produced, directed, wrote and acted in both dramatic and comedic pieces. After graduation, she began working as a research assistant at a fertility clinic in Brooklyn, New York while attending pre-med classes at Columbia University. Eventually she became the Project Manager for an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Center, which lead to her acceptance to graduate business school. She then worked in several other industries (management consulting, finance, retail banking, technology, communications and nonprofit development), but it wasn't until she began teaching that she realized her passion for education and social justice. She has most recently worked as a lead middle school instructor at a tiny K-8 rural charter school. With a Colorado teacher's license specializing in English Language Arts for Grades 7-12, she has also taught Sustainable Business as an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Mountain College.

Nikki holds a BA in Psychology from Cornell University and MBA, with a focus in Finance and Strategy, from the Yale School of Management where she was nominated by her classmates as their student commencement speaker. In addition, Nikki is a published and award-winning author, most notably for a photographic memoir about her co-author George Stranahan entitled Phlogs: Journey to the Heart of the Human Predicament, which won a Colorado Book Award in 2009. Her self-published book The Middle World is a young adult chapter book, a mixed genre of historical fiction and magic realism. Nikki was the lead editor for A Predicament of Innocents, a collection of essays and photographs by long-time progressive educator and photographer George Stranahan, which explores the art of teaching, the minds of children, and how the current educational infrastructure stifles the growth of both.



Raised in Chicago, Illinois and Aspen, Colorado, Whitney Foley currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah where she runs Static Schmatic, a company she co-created with her mother in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in French from the University of Utah. Whitney began her professional career as an Account Executive in public relations at Publicis working with consumer product companies such as McDonald’s, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and Nestle/Nesquik. While living in Boston from 2002-6, she worked in commercial real estate for Paradigm Properties as a leasing associate and real estate agent.

Now a mother of four, Whitney has made her presence known throughout Salt Lake City, sitting on local school committees and connecting with various business leaders and educators. In 2020, she co-managed a successful campaign for a Salt Lake City School Board member whose term commences in 2021 while also homeschooling her children because of the pandemic, allowing her to fulfill a lifelong dream of being her children’s primary teacher.