Pro Vita 2013: Visiting Faculty

Deborah Barnett-Brandt
MINDFUL SELF COMPASSION

Educated at Hamilton College and New York’s School of Visual Arts, Deborah worked at MacMillan and Scholastic before launching her own graphic design firm. She has pursued creativity on many levels, recently becoming certified as a yoga teacher. A long time yoga and meditation practitioner, she is a student of Mindful Self Compassion and Jon Kabot Zinn’s Mindful Based Stress Reduction and is in the process of becoming certified as a Mindful Self Compassion instructor.

Jane Cabot CP ’13
PRO VITA LEGAL POTPOURRI
Attorney Jane Cabot is a member of the legal bar in several northeast states as well as numerous State and Federal Courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Originally a sole practitioner representing a wide range of business and domestic clients, she is now in-house counsel for a national bank specializing in corporate banking and health law.  She will be joined by several legal colleagues.

Jacob Epstein
WRITING FOR TELEVISION 101
Jacob Epstein joined Steven Bochco’s Hill Street Blues as a staff writer and became a writer/producer for L. A. Law.  He worked on many dramatic television series including Without a Trace, Shark, and was the writer and Executive Producer of the award-winning Showtime film on the election of Justice Clarence Thomas, Strange Justice.  He is currently at work on a series for Showtime with literary memoirist and Syracuse Professor Mary Karr.  He is married to Susie Norris ‘79, Development Officer at Berkshire.  

Lynette Prescott ’81, CP ’14 & ‘16
YOUR ETHICS OR MINE?

After studying Russian language, politics and literature at Princeton University, Lynette Prescott spent several years trading high yield securities in the financial industry.  She left the financial world to earn a master’s in developmental psychology from Teachers’ College at Columbia University.  While raising her children, she facilitated school-wide parenting discussions on child development.  Most recently, she has been teaching in an independent elementary school designing project-based curriculum and models for transparency in teaching.

Anna Rubino CP ’13
DESIGN TEAM 101: THE ART OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
A nationally and internationally recognized design professional, Anna Rubino has been part of the advertising and branding world for almost three decades.  In addition to her role at BIC corporation working on packaging, Rubino has worked pro bono with startups and nonprofit organizations in her local community.  She’s assisted in designing and leading the development of consumer goods, packaging, print and web advertising, and brand identity.

Christian Williams
WRITING FOR TELEVISION 101
Christian Williams was an editor and reporter for The Washington Post before moving west to write for Hill Street Blues in 1987. With David Milch, he created the series Capital News for ABC, and for Universal Studios the phenomenal worldwide success Hercules. After writing and producing numerous one-hour dramas, he retired from television as co-executive producer of HBO's celebrated Six Feet Under. He is an essayist, commentator and editor of the quarterly journal of Town Hall Los Angeles. A private pilot and former champion dinghy racer, Williams is the author of Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way (Times Books), a biography of Ted Turner. He has four children and lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife, the former Tracy Olmstead.

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