Featured Employee - Dana Schlingman

Friday December 15, 2017 // By Dana Schlingman

Dana SchlingmanMeet:

Dana Schlingman

Marketing Representative

How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity?
I joined the BPS Marketing Department about a year ago.

What do you like most about your job or about BPS?I love learning about and connecting with our vendors and customers. Scrolling through our instagram feed every morning and seeing everyone’s events, beautiful images and humorous antics, I am always inspired and amused. 
a photo I took for the June Lively Libations blog post I also enjoy collaborating with our Customer Service Baristas every month to create our 
Lively Libations blog series.Determining a theme, staging the shoot and photographing the drinks really allows me to channel my creativity. 

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?
A Colorado native, I grew up in Hayden - a small rural town on the western slope. As a high school student, I took night classes with a professional painter at the community college in nearby Steamboat Springs. After finishing high school, I moved to Los Angeles to study art where I enjoyed the fast pace, the diversity and the opportunity to see contemporary practitioners at work. In 2009 I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

What’s your favorite type of music? Do you have a favorite band or artist?
I suppose folk, americana or independant rock would probably best define my taste. In terms of bands or artists, some of my favorites are: The Head and the Heart, Sufjan Stevens, Nickel Creek, Iron & Wine, Nanci Griffith, Gregory Alan Isakov, Maggie Rogers & Tim Coons

the night sky over Villa Rica, PeruDo you have any unique hobbies, talents or experiences that you would like to share?
• I love podcasts. On Being, RadioLab, This American Life and Picturebooking are a few of my current favorites.
• I illustrated a published picture book. It was a learning experience so there are things about it that make me cringe but overall I’m proud of the accomplishment. I want to pursue future publication.
• I’ve done a lot of odd jobs. With a fine arts degree, one must be creative! For example, I taught K-12th grade art classes at a private school, I led step-by-step painting classes for a paint-and-sip studio and I drew historical montages for a rifle company.
• I visited a family owned Coffee Farm in Peru while volunteering with Zoe’s Cafe. We got to see the whole process from cherry to cup.
• I led an educational trip to Europe while I was teaching. We got to see Paris, Florence, Rome, Pompeii and the isle of Capri.
A flight tour in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park in Alaska• I lived and worked as a barista in a remote town in Alaska. Every morning, I had to crank the gas generator, haul water, light the propane powered Astoria espresso machine and wait one hour for pressure to build before I could have my coffee. The struggle was real.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I love being outside - walking, hiking, biking, running, camping, cross-country skiing… I also love making stuff. I realize that’s a vague statement but it needs to be broad. In the last two weeks alone I made animal ear headbands for a friend’s theater production, tiny paintings for a commission, sterling silver and pearl rings for Christmas gifts and drawings for a re-branding project. Most Saturdays, I can be found sketching, painting or laughing with my friends at the John Galt Coffee Company in Greeley where I live.

my sister, my mom and I at my cousin's wedding (2016)Family? Kids? Pets?
I have a really close relationship with my mom. She lives a few miles away and I see her every Sunday. My younger sister Lindsey lives and works in Denver. This past summer we took our very first “sister-vacation” and we had such a great time (I suspect it might become an annual affair). My Dad has been a bit of a nomad these last few years. A true mountain man, he has lived in one-room cabins, teepees and even a tiny home that he built. We stay in touch and I sometimes venture out to his rustic abodes.

A charcoal portrait I drew of my dadIf you could live anywhere in the world, where would you be and why?
This is such a tough question!
In the United States: perhaps Monterey, CA or Portland, OR (because the west coast is so beautiful - I liked living near the ocean)
Abroad: Paris (so that I could spend more time at the Musée d'Orsay), England (duh. Who doesn't want to live in a place with double-decker buses and corgi national icons) or Australia (I think Dreamtime Painting is so fascinating - I'd love to see it in person)

What products would you recommend from the BPS catalog and why?
Unfortunately, I can’t eat wheat or dairy so working just feet away from a traditional full scale bakery is tough - so many delicious smells. Fortunately because of current trends, there are a plethora of delicious alternatives: Bobo's Oat Bars & Milkadamia are a couple of my favorites.

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