Haley O’Brien

A Conversation with Chef Hailey O'Brien

Haley O’Brien is vividly involved in the local culinary scene, working under several chefs in the area. With a strong background in the craft beer industry, she dove into culinary classes at Brightwater and has started her path into the food world. Her roots in the food and beverage industry started while attending the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She discovered her passion for the art of craft beer and dove into the Kansas City craft beer scene attending beer-focused seminars, clubs and classes. She is a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone Program and believes in practicing high standards for beer service. She has built her experience through work at a homebrew shop, craft beer pubs, Boulevard Brewing Company, Torn Label Brewing Company and Bike Rack Brewing Company. She started with Torn Label Brewing Co. prior to them opening, giving her a wide array of experiences and exposure to all the tasks involved in operating a craft brewery. The culinary world had always intrigued her and she finds great joy collaborating with chefs, diving into her palate, as well as, teaching and entertaining people with her passion about food and beverage.

Haley was both a student and full-time employee with Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, allowing for exposure to a variety of culinary equipment and skills. When she’s not working, she’s cooking at home, gardening, doing yoga or spending time with family (including the pets) and friends. Haley is intrigued by flavor profile interactions, eating for health and vitality, human connection and ambiance. She is currently a part of The Local Table Food Tour, as well as, supporting and planning local food events. One of her main goals is to create next-level palate experiences involving food and beverage for northwest Arkansas. She is interested in catering dinner parties, eating for wellness, and teaching people about food, beverage and cooking. She can be contacted at fractalnwa@gmail.com or (479) 200-4748.

Sweetie Berry

Life is a plot change isn’t it?  We are ever growing, changing, and being changed as time marches on.  Perspective is important as is emotional maturity. Our story is ever changing and in the best situations, we are ever growing.  Our stories internally are the foundation of who we believe ourselves to be. When we use tools like journals, jot notes, and captures on audio, we have the ability to re examine what we thought, what our perspectives were, and to align to the present with current perspectives.  The stress and/or excitement or emotion of an experience may color our experience memory, and in reviewing it later, we may realize new perspectives and/or more accurately recognize what was happening when the stressors were not present.

Your story matters. My story matters. We learn from who we’ve been, who we are, and what we experience with others.  Learn to listen to what you are saying, and sometimes to what you’re not saying. What labels, perspectives and descriptors are you using? What excuses do you make? What conversations continue to repeat in your life?  These are all valuable insights to engage as you master your story.

Sweetie Berry is a hybrid strategist. She is an educator strategist who works with well able authors, speakers, and product producers. A Southerner, she can not only bring home the bacon but she can fry it up in a pan. A high creative and analytic her passion is to cultivate projects that empower people.

Anthony Pompa

A Conversation with Reverend Anthony Pompa

A native of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and former member of the Episcopal Parish of St. Mark’s and St. John’s in Jim Thorpe, Anthony Pompa was ordained a deacon (1991) and priest (1992) for the Diocese of Bethlehem. He served as canon for ministries at the cathedral from 1991 to 1995.

He then served for eight years in the Diocese of Virginia, as a rector for four years and then on the bishop’s staff as assistant to the bishop for congregational development and ministries and deployment officer. He has been rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Middletown, Delaware.

Most recently, the Rev. Anthony Pompa was elected rector and dean of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem.

Pompa and his wife, Felicia, have two children, Dillon and Bella.