Bethany Econopouly has a background in agricultural science with advanced degrees in plant breeding and genetics. Her research has focused on regional grain systems in western Washington and wheat-weed dynamics in the Great Plains. She works with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Bread Lab at Washington State University. She co-wrote the children’s book Bread Lab!, and currently lives with her family in Oregon.
Major Jackson is a professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review. He is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Roll Deep (Norton: 2015). In addition to his award-winning poetry and varied teaching, he has experience in nonprofit management and accounting.
Diane Klement is an undergraduate at the University of Georgia. A poet, who attended the 2019 Orion in the Wilderness poetry workshop, she is majoring in ecology and minoring in studio art. She serves on the board of Wild Cumberland at Cumberland Island, Georgia; has served internships in a variety of environmentally-focused settings in different parts of the country; and has served as president of the Ecology Club at the Odum School of Ecology on her campus.
Tomasz Komar is a CPA for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a private-sector, nonprofit corporation created by the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors. He has an MBA from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. He lives in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.
Merloyd Ludington Lawrence is Editor and Publisher of the Imprint Merloyd Lawrence Books. These books have included works in psychology, health, science, environment, and biography, by such authors as Sissela Bok, T. Berry Brazelton, Robert Coles, M.D., Children’s Hospital Boston, Stanley Greenspan, Susan Love, and Lennart Nilsson. Ms. Ludington Lawrence serves as a Director at Woods Hole Research Center, Island Press, and Northeast Wilderness Trust.
Christopher Nye (Co-Chairperson) holds a PhD in American studies, was for many years a professor and then college administrator, and is a published poet. In addition to volunteering at Orion and serving on its board, he is vice president of an operating foundation, The Myrin Institute, and is the unofficial steward of its nature preserve. He heads the Institute’s initiative, Educate the Whole Child, which seeks to develop and promote alternatives to the accountability paradigm in public education.
Martha Schubert (Co-Chairperson) teaches at Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She is co-owner of the Art Farm, a family-run sustainable farm where she grows herbs and other garden produce for sale to local restaurants, and for many years she was the farmer and manager of a Community Supported Agriculture program. She advocates for healthy families through volunteer work with La Leche League of Ohio. Martha spent five years living off the grid outside of North Fork, California, before returning to her native Cleveland, where she lives with her husband and their two children. Martha holds a BA in geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.