MADE IN UTAH FESTIVAL TEAM
Golda Hukic-Markosian, Ph. D , Marketing and Events Director
If you are wondering what this Ph.D is in, it is not in marketing or business, it is in physics. Golda specialized in spectroscopy and some of her projects involved organic photovoltaics, organic transistors, and magnonics.
However, her love for building a strong community revolving around the support of local product makers, artists and musicians lead her to dedicate the last 4 years to organizing Made in Utah Festival and helping small businesses getting exposure to general public.
She spends most of her free time in company of her Irish Setter Joey and Golden Retriever Sadie.
Richard Markosian, Utah Stories Publisher
Richard is a story teller and journalist. He has a passion for farmers, local craftspeople, and folks who aspire to create, build and grow their business in the local marketplace. Why local? By supporting locally-owned businesses we create more opportunity for entrepreneurs, and we claim our sovereignty to shape our communities how we want to see them.
He aspires to build Utah Stories Magazine into a household Utah name, and assist Utah businesses and makers with marketing. On the journalism side of things his passion is investigative journalism that offers true insight into issues. He believes strongly in the forth estate: strong, meaningful, insightful journalism is essential to a free market Democracy.
Connie Lewis, Utah Stories Publisher Assistant
Ted Scheffler, Writer and Editor
Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
Lisa Dorelli, Marketing and Events Coordinator
Karem Orego, Made in Utah Festival Coordinator
Karem Orrego is a filmmaker who has worked on various creative projects as an event coordinator, mentor and a filmmaker. She graduated from the University of Utah, with a bachelor’s degree in Film & Media Arts in 2016. Karem recently worked with the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Hamilton Education Program and she collaborates with the media arts initiative Edge of Discovery to create shareable experiences that reflect lives and communities overlooked by the mainstream.
One of her favorite projects is the Crisol Film Initiative. It was a series of events that she created to celebrate Latin American contemporary cinema as well as other art forms throughout well-known Salt Lake City museums. This big event was made thanks to her continuous desire to collaborate with local artists, dancers, makers, businesses and art organizations in our community.
If you have any questions about Made in Utah Festival, she’ll be happy to answer them!