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Timothy Drury Musician  &  Interdisciplinary Artist


Marco Torres Storyteller & Creativity Evangelist

Bill Frakes Professional Photograper & Storyteller


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Workshops and Coaching

Ryan Elledge Certified Natural Chef & Wellness Coach

Timothy Drury is an interdisciplinary artist with a comprehensive background in composing for short film, documentaries and commercial spots as well as songwriting, performance, recording, producing, photography and videography. More than 25 years as a performer on world tours with some of the biggest rock bands in the music industry, such as the Eagles, Whitesnake, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Bryan Adams, Melissa Etheridge and Stevie Nicks.  

He played keyboards, guitar, and sang with the Eagles on their “Hell Freezes Over” tour from 1994 to 2000. Whitesnake from 2003 to 2010, and is currently touring as keyboardist for Don Felder. He co-wrote 9 songs on Felder's new album, "Road To Forever", including the singles, "You Don't Have Me", and "Wash Away", with Felder, and Styx's Tommy Shaw.

He's also an inspired inter-media performer, combining his composing, and his photographic/video imagery, projected on various fabric screen elements. He's performed this show, the “Performance Cube”, in the US, and Abroad.

2016 StrawHatVisuals

Veronica Rooney Certified Yoga & Meditation

Marco Antonio Torres taught middle school and high school for ten years. He also was a media coach, an education technology director, and one of the professional learning leaders for one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.

In addition to his work in the classroom, Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum and showcasing evidence. He has been recognized locally and internationally for his accomplishments in the classroom, focusing on teacher learning and storytelling. Marco is also a keynote speaker who focuses his talks on the why, what, and how of creativity. As the Senior Specialist/Learning Engineer at Apple, he was in charge of designing and implementing a professional learning plan for teachers, leaders and students of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Julie Elledge Ph.D., LMFT, Certified Health & Wellness Coach

Laura Heald has a decade of experience as a filmmaker, photographer and senior editor for Straw Hat Visuals. Laura is a pioneer in the integration of high definition video, still photographs and audio into multimedia productions. Her work is regularly viewed by millions on websites like espn.com, npr.com, buzzfeed.com, apple.com, nikon.com and SI.com--as well as in the print magazine. In 2015, she and Straw Hat Visuals won first place in News Multimedia 48 hours. Laura has been commissioned by Apple, Nikon, Manfrotto, the Education World Forum, the Westminster School and Knotion to teach workshops and produce curricular content, and has presented to over 20 universities across the country.

Meet Our Staff

Make your vision come to life with with Creativity Coach Robin Elledge. Robin is a unique blend of creative art and practical business. He has been immersed in the creative process of branding, media arts, video production and photography as a counterpoint to his experience in marketing and transmedia production.

A published photographer and writer, some of Robin’s corporate clients include Anheuser-Busch, US Navy, BP, Vertical Magazine, Twentieth Century Fox and Graphic Design Magazine. He’s photographed high profile events such as NASCAR, US Olympic Trials, Michelob Downhill Ski Races, and the Budweiser Clydesdales. Robin formalized his photography education attending Brooks Institute of Photography Masters of Science Program.  He has taught a variety of classes and workshops since 2000 for Central Wyoming College, Brooks Institute and NMC/Nikon. 

Combining a well traveled road around the globe with a long history of putting on training seminars, special events and trade shows for Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Wonderware, Anheuser-Busch, and 3M, Elevate Life Workshops and Coaching  is a natural fit with Mr. Elledge’s interest and experience.

What We Do

Using a backdrop of epic locations, EL! inspires participants to find their vision and devise a strategy to embody that inspiration. Building on strengths, knowledge, and experiential events that move you closer to your goal, EL! jump starts your growth and champions you with a variety of tools to assist you in realizing your dream.

Rewrite your life story to bring about lasting change that leads to a happier, healthier, and a more fulfilling life with Dr. Julie. With an intimate understanding of human relationships and individual well-being, Dr. Julie is the perfect thinking partner to help you achieve the change that you envision. She is well versed in the connections between health and wellness, peak performance, creativity, group dynamics, leadership, and relationship satisfaction. Working with individuals, couples, executives, and organizations, she leads her clients on a journey of self-discovery and fulfillment of their dreams.

Dr. Julie combines the ability to clearly communicate the essence of the issues that individuals and organizations face with a warm and friendly style that brings topics to life and inspires dialogue. Her outgoing and spirited presence will put you at ease whether in person or in front of an audience. She has offered expert commentary on Fox News, Hot Mom’s Club, and CyberHood Watch Radio and she has worked with companies like Apple Education, Twentieth Century Fox, NOAA, BP and Idaho National Laboratory.

Dr. Julie is a certified Health and Wellness Coach and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is certificated in hypnotherapy, health and wellness coaching, nutrition psychology, and she is a certified cognitive behavioral therapy specialist.

Laura Heald Visual Art Production & Multimedia

"I came to yoga a few years back while I was traveling around Costa Rica for a summer. Since then, I have continued to travel extensively to various parts of the world and despite witnessing so many cultural differences, the practice of yoga has remained the one constant; always positive and without judgement. No matter where I am in the world, yoga is a safe and fun environment that brings people together and I strive to create every class I teach to represent just that. I like to say that my teaching style matches my personality: spontaneous and playful, yet focused and calm when need be.

When I’m not doing yoga, I run my own online agency that specializes in social media marketing and custom website design for medical and healthcare providers. I earned my 200-hour YTT as well as my Pre/Post-Natal, Children and Teens yoga and meditation certification in Bali but the journey continues every single day I'm on my mat. Things I love: sun, sea, sand, surfing, snowboarding and of course, savasana."

Bill Frakes is a visual storyteller and educator who has worked in every US state and in more than 138 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients.  His advertising clients include Apple, Nike, CocaCola, Nikon, Mars, Manfrotto, and Reebok. He also directs music videos and television ads.

Editorially, his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. His still photographs and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of Websites as well as on most major television networks.  He continues to be a frequent contributor to ESPN and Sports Illustrated .

He won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo. He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. He has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work..

He has taught at the University of Miami, the University of Florida, the University of Kansas and most recently at the University of Nebraska. During the last ten years, he has lectured at more than 100 universities discussing multimedia and photojournalism. Through his production company, Straw Hat Visuals, he prepares educational content that is disseminated in multi touch electronic books and platforms in 22 countries throughout North and South America.

Creating products and menus that delight the tastebuds and power up your body with energy, Chef Ryan uses regional and world flavors that are locally sourced whenever possible and complimented with exotic desires. He takes time to understand his client’s health needs starting with their current cravings. His training as a natural chef uses traditional and alternative ingredients that improve health without sacrificing flavor.

Chef Ryan puts his clients at ease helping them to probe deeper into their aspirations to find motivation to remove obstacles and stay the course until they realize their dreams. Cooking up a plan to invigorate your health and well-being can be exciting when you have a wellness coach by your side who is also a certified natural Chef. Feeding the mind along with the body eases transitions and serves up some real enjoyment along the way.

Chef Ryan is a Certified Natural Chef having attended Bauman College and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. With a degree in Agroecology from the University of Wyoming, he truly understands the concepts of clean eating and farm to table. Being immersed in mixed marshal arts since the age of 9 years old and studying Kung Fu at the Shaolin Temple in China at the age of 17, he is also a black belt in Kung Fu.

Robin Elledge Professional Photographer & Creativity Coach