Canterbury, New Zealand
Passionate about people, words, photography, and lifestyle, Crafar is the sole charge photo-journalist on a large, weekly community newspaper. She has extensive media experience, including work on “The Dr. Phil Show.”
Iddittie was in elementary school around the time Shingo Modegi started the Japan Kite Association (JKA). Idditie researches Japanese historical and folk kites, and he has been en editor of the JKA journal for 15 years.
A University of Washington graduate with an M.A. in Museology, Leavens brings her experience in collections management, community-based organizations, and oral history to her position as Collections Manager at Drachen Foundation.
Born and brought up in Jaipur, India, Nathaniel has a degree in tourism. He has served as Festival Coordinator for the Desert Kite Festival since 1999, and also organizes the Goa Kite Carnival, the Agra Kite Festival, and the Jaipur Kite Festival.
Owings lives with her son, Cody, husband, Steve, and dog, Lucy. She works as a registered nurse and frequently goes on mission trips. She has been to Haiti 4 times and plans to return soon. She enjoys taking pictures, travel, and fishing.
San Diego, California
Sainz is the Horatio Alger of American kite making. Renowned for his elaborate, beautiful kites with Aztec motifs, he has conducted kite making workshops around the country and is a board member of the Drachen Foundation.
A former Air Force instructor pilot, Drachen’s board president has flown and designed kites for three decades.
Skinner’s military training created the structure for him to express himself as a visionary kite artist.