Hive Paonia Member Spotlight: Melanie Jean Williams


Melanie JeanMelanie Jean Williams, a native of Las Cruces, NM, left the traditional career path at the age of 27 in full pursuit of all things musical.

Here’s how it happened. After teaching elementary music for 5 years in NM, she was invited to tour with Gabrielle Louise and The Dames who brought her to Paonia for the first time. After falling in love with the town and it’s wonderful people, she found the courage to make a life change and move up here.

After a few months, she entered the work-trade scene at the Hive (as a Hive Host at our front desk), Studio Bija Yoga, and the Trading Post. Now, she tours with musicians of all genres fine tuning her craft as a harmony singer, electric bass player, and percussionist. As a versatile support musician, you may find her in heels or in cowboy boots, but she’s always wearing a contagious smile!

You’re invited to her two upcoming shows in Paonia!

Hive Paonia Member Spotlight: Angela Cerci


IMG_1294-001Thanks to Angela Cerci, many dogs and cats reside in safe and happy homes in the North Fork Valley and many parts of Colorado.

Since 2010, she has been rescuing dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens from American Indian reservations and overcrowded shelters in the Four Corners region of the U.S. and bringing them to their forever homes in Colorado.

She started RezDawg Rescue, a nonprofit that facilitates the fostering and relocation of these animals, in 2012. Since then,Angela and her team of 20+ volunteers have saved the lives of, transported, and relocated over 2,000 animals to partner organizations and helped families adopt 450+ dogs and cats. Unlike many adoption programs, RezDawg provides relocation services, foster and adoption programs, as well as spay and neuter services to target areas on the Reservations in New Mexico. RezDawg also collects donations of pet supplies, such as food, dog houses, collars, old blankets and linens from Colorado communities and delivers them down to the reservation communities and foster families who are most in need of food and supplies support.

Angela first came to the North Fork in 2012 from Boulder with her partner and Hive Member Chris Faison who was searching for a place to start his organic food dehydration business. They settled into living in the valley 5 months ago. Almost instantly, puppies started showing up in front of the Hive and seducing the coworking colony with their cuddly cuteness. Angela’s home was full of doggie distractions, so she joined the Hive to have a pet-less place to work and focus.

Bee-ing a part of the Hive has givenAngela a supportive community to network and share ideas with, as well as provided the space to focus and strengthen RezDawg’s mission: providing animal welfare support to the communities and shelters faced with the stray dog epidemic.

Angela has pets that are seeking the perfect humans to spend their days with. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog, puppy, cat, or kitten, visit to learn more or email . You can see photos of pets currently up for adoption on RezDawg facebook.

Hive Paonia Member Spotlight: Dakin Henderson


dakinDakin Henderson rolled into Paonia last fall freshly re-located from Boston, Massachusetts to pursue his dream of living in the Rockies and starting his career as an independent documentary filmmaker.

With a background as an award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer, and editor, he started his own production company, Lost Cabin Productions.

His plan to work from home, coffee shops, and the library in Paonia turned out to be less than ideal, so he started seeking more permanent workspace. A few weeks after arriving, he set up shop in the Hive’s Colony room with his lofty iMac computer and was making connections all over town. Not much later, he joined the Hive Host Team. He now greets workerbees and visitors at the front desk on Friday afternoons.

Since he arrived Dakin been something of a new-media pioneer for local organizations. He is currently working with High Country News to introduce film into their online news production and co-founded and is producing the KVNF Field Sessions, a series of music videos of top-notch visiting and local musicians shot live in unique Western Colorado locations.
Here’s one of Dakin’s videos from his most recent KVNF Field Session with multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy.

(Visit the KVNF Field Session’s You Tube Channel to watch other videos in the series)

Dakin is also stepping up to create access to quality large-format printing in Paonia. In the next few months he’ll be taking on the role of “Printing Bee” at the Hive, managing the use of a new wide format printer we recently acquired so that our members and community can print large posters, flyers, etc. in house.

Outside of work, Dakin can be found riding his bicycle around town, eating, and playing music with Brodie Kinder & the Killer Bees — a recently formed local band composed almost entirely of Hive Members.

After consulting Hive social media guru Heidi Hudek, Dakin has just launched a Facebook page for Lost Cabin Productions.  ‘Like’ his page to stay up to date with his projects, all things video in Paonia.

Collaborate with Award-Winning Filmmaker Jordan Schevene in Paonia!


Jordan ScheveneThis week, we are pleased to begin a new endeavor in which we feature one of our members and promote their work while fostering collaboration between them, our members, and the greater community.  Our first featured member is Jordan Schevene of Shevene Films.  Jordan is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and producer, and has been making films for over a decade both locally and abroad.  To learn more about Jordan and his work, take a look at his video blog.

Collaboration:  On Wednesday, July 16th, from 12pm to 4pm, Jordan will be filming interviews with Hive members.  Half-hour time slots for video interviews will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis for members (reservations required).  Jordan will record up to a 30-minute interview with members to find out who they are, what they do, and why they work at the Hive.  He will then edit the videos into short segments that will be used by the members to promote their own businesses or projects, and by the Hive to help promote its members and create a successful, vibrant community.  Jordan will be offering this work as a gift for up to 8 Hive members.  What would it be worth to have a professionally-produced short film about your business, non-profit organization, or special project, that you can put on your website, share via social media, and more?  What would it be worth if the Hive’s web and social media experts then utilized its resources to share your video and spread the word about you?  If you’re a Hive member, all of this is offered to you at no extra cost (limited spots available, so act now!).  If you are not yet a Hive member and would like to become one and take advantage of this and other collaboration opportunities, simply visit our membership page and choose an option that works for you.

Here is a short interview with Jordan talking about one of his recent local film projects:

To learn more about Jordan and Schevene Films, please visit: