Stephen T. Berg has spent the last 23 years working for Hope Mission, an inner-city agency, in Edmonton, Alberta, that cares for homeless people. He has held several positions including shelter manager and volunteer coordinator, and for the past 10 years has been their Development Director. In the meantime he has pursued a philosophy degree, and courses in history, theology, literature and creative writing. Prior to this, with an education in agriculture, he worked as a grain buyer and grain terminal manager. He has been a frequent contributor to the Edmonton Journal’s Religion page, writing features and articles on issues of social care and justice. He is the 2009 recipient of the Waldo Ranson Spirit of Edmonton Award.
Joan Briggs, Executive Director of The Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation and part of the team at MissionPoint Partners, which provides advisory services to the Fink family on impact, coordinates activities between the Foundation, Millstone Farm and the personal interests of the Finks. Prior to joining the Finks, Joan worked at GreenOrder, a sustainability consultancy firm. Previously she worked in sales with Martin Lawrence Galleries, organizing and orchestrating events for galleries nationwide. She received a BA in Economics from SUNY Purchase, and did Masters’ studies at the University of Connecticut in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics. Post academic studies she lived and worked on a diversified farm in Morocco to gain an understanding of the social and economic ecosystem for small farmers. Joan lives in Mohegan Lake, NY, where she and her husband collaborate on songwriting and music production.
Gail Browne is currently the Executive Director for the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. From 2002 to 2013 she served as the Executive Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson where she directed the capital campaign, design and construction of the Helen S. Schaefer Building, one of three landmark buildings in the nation for the study and appreciation of poetry. Prior to her work at the University of Arizona she was senior partner of Browne Zukow Associates, a San Francisco-based arts marketing and communications company. She holds a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from California State University at Long Beach and an M.A. in English-Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Alison Hawthorne Deming is author of four poetry books: Rope, Genius Loci, The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence, and Science and Other Poems (which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets). Her four nonfiction books are: Writing the Sacred Into the Real, The Edges of the Civilized World, Temporary Homelands, and Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, which was published in 2014 by Milkweed. Among her honors: Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. She co-edited The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity, and the Natural World. Her work has been widely anthologized, including in The Norton Book of Nature Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing. She is Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.
Carolyn Finney, a geographer in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California-Berkeley, explores how difference, identity, representation, and power play a significant role in determining how people negotiate their daily lives in relation to the environment. Along with public speaking and consulting, she serves on national boards and committees including the National Parks Advisory Board, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Center for Whole Communities. Dr. Finney has written a number of essays; her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: African Americans and the Great Outdoors, was published in 2014.
William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, has variously been called an art critic, science writer, and cultural geographer. He has published fifteen books on cognition and landscape, numerous essays in art monographs, magazines and journals, and fifteen collections of poetry. Fox is also an artist who has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Science Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Clark Art Institute, the Australian National University, and National Museum of Australia.
Wendy Tarlow Kaplan’s career has been in the fine arts, having trained in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has worked as assistant curator at the Fogg Art Museum (Harvard University); curator at the Art Complex Museum; curator of the Eighth Triennial at the Fuller Museum of Art; and curator at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She has organized and produced international traveling exhibitions, including “From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics” and “Tiger by the Tail! Contemporary Women Artists of India Transform Culture.” Her most recent exhibition is “Body and Soul: New International Ceramics” at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Kaplan has served as art juror; written for Art New England, and contributed essays on the Boston art scene for the New England Encyclopedia.
Margot Anne Kelley is an educator, artist, and advocate. After earning a Ph.D. in American Literature from Indiana University, Margot taught literature and writing at the college level for more than a decade. She then returned to graduate school, earned an M.F.A. in Media and Performing Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and began teaching photography, art theory, and aesthetics. Her photography has been exhibited nationally, and appears in two books (Local Treasures and A Field Guide to Other People’s Trees). She currently serves as the Executive Director of the K2 Family Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to promoting science-based art projects, increased access to education, and creative approaches to environmental sustainability. Margot and her husband, Robert, live on the St. George peninsula in mid-coast Maine.
Adela C. Licona is an associate professor in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona. She is affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies, the Institute for LGBT Studies, Family Studies and Human Development, and Mexican American Studies. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include borderlands rhetorics, cultural and gender studies, social justice coalitions, movements, and media as well as visual culture, community literacies, action research, and public scholarship. She is co-editor of Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward. Her book, Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric, was published in 2012. Adela is Co-Director of the Crossroads Collaborative, a research-initiative funded by the Ford Foundation. She is co-founder of Feminist Action Research in Rhetoric, FARR, a group of feminist scholars engaged in public scholarship and community dialogue.
Shari Melto has spent most of her career in the fields of organization and professional development at three global management consulting firms—McKinsey, Booz, and Hewitt. She also led a key initiative with thirty nonprofit arts boards, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Now, her executive coaching practice, Nautilus Leadership, incorporates psychological type and dialogue into her work with leaders and their teams. A few years ago she moved from Manhattan to a cottage perched at the edge of the Great Marsh near Plum Island, Massachusetts. She devotes her discretionary time to several non-profit groups who are committed to place-based education, environmental literacy and resilient coastal communities.
Kathleen Dean Moore is Distinguished Professor of Environmental Philosophy Emerita at Oregon State University and the author or co-editor of award-winning books about our cultural, spiritual, and moral relationships to the natural world: Riverwalking, Holdfast, The Pine Island Paradox, Wild Comfort, How It Is, and Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge. Her most recent book, Moral Ground, gathers testimony from the world’s moral leaders about our responsibility to protect the future from catastrophic climate change. Her next book is Why It’s Wrong to Wreck the World: A Book of Love and Anger. Moore is founder of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon, and in the summers writes from her wilderness cabin, where two creeks and a bear trail meet an intertidal cove in Alaska. For more information visit www.riverwalking.com.
Dave Murray is CFO of LiquidHub, a technology-solution integration firm focused on fueling digital transformation to solve unique business challenges. Prior to joining LiquidHub in January 2008, Dave was the CFO of Longview Solutions Inc., a venture-backed global provider of Corporate Performance Management solutions, and CFO for Milestone Partners, a private equity firm. Dave spent three years with Shared Medical Systems as the International Controller, based in Madrid, Spain. Dave started his career with Arthur Andersen and spent eight years with the firm in various roles culminating with Manager. Dave is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting/Finance from Drexel University.
Chris Nye, a published poet, studied playwriting on a Fulbright in England; he also holds a Ph.D. in American Studies. In addition to his work at Orion, he serves as Vice President of the Myrin Institute, unofficial steward of its nature preserve, and head of the Institute’s initiative, Educate the Whole Child. He was for many years a professor and then college administrator, during which time he instituted programs in place-based education and service learning before he retired from Berkshire Community College.
Martha Schubert has an Association Montessori Internationale elementary diploma and teaches at Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She is co-owner of the Art Farm, a small-scale family-run sustainable farm where she grows herbs and other garden produce for sale to local restaurants, and for many years was the farmer and manager of a Community Supported Agriculture program. She advocates for healthy families through her volunteerism 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 B.A. in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Scott Slovic is professor of literature and environment and chair of the English Department at the University of Idaho, where he teaches in Idaho’s Semester in the Wild Program and other courses related to ecocriticism, travel literature, and interdisciplinary environmental humanities. A graduate of Stanford and Brown, he has been a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Japan, and China. Scott was the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), and since 1995 he has edited ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Scott has also written, edited, or co-edited twenty-two books, including Currents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy, Ecocriticism of the Global South, and Numbers and Nerves: Information and Meaning in a World of Data.
Dr. Mitchell Thomashow devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, creative learning, improvisational thinking, social networking, and organizational excellence. He is engaged in teaching, writing, executive consulting, and cultivating opportunities and exchanges that transform how people engage with sustainability and ecological learning. He serves as a Senior Fellow at Second Nature, working with university presidents on climate and sustainability issues. From 2006-2011 he was the president of Unity College in Maine. Previously he was the Chair of the Environmental Studies program at Antioch University New England. He is the author of Ecological Identity, Bringing the Biosphere Home, and The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus. For more on his consulting, teaching, and writing, please see his website: www.mitchellthomashow.com.