Board of Directors

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 the author of five books of poetry, most recently, The Absurd Man (Norton: 2020). His edited volumes include: Best American Poetry 2019Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, he has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Major Jackson lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review. In addition to his award-winning poetry and varied teaching, he has experience in nonprofit management and accounting.

Peter Kahn teaches biochemistry at Rutgers University and has had a long career as professor and scientist in this country, Europe, and Africa. In addition to receiving many fellowships and awards including Teacher of the Year, he has contributed to the literature on dioxin and other environmental toxins. His community engagement has led him to work with refugee students from Bosnia, Albania, Afghanistan and Nigeria. He is a leader in his local Unitarian congregation, and he has a keen interest in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In his spare time he is a woodworker.

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.

Phineas Lambert is the former Publisher and Director of Guernica, an award-winning literary magazine sitting at the intersection of global arts, politics, and human rights. Currently, he partners with best-selling author Helen Schulman running WriteOn, which provides passionate writing teachers to middle and high-school students. Phin sits on the Board of Governors for The Schools of Public Engagement at The New School, where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing and currently teaches. Phin has worked at HBO and Showtime in digital strategy and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also a board member at George Jackson Academy, an independent middle school in New York’s East Village for bright boys from low-income families.

Elizabeth Lucas (she/her) is an investigative journalist and instructor who has covered health, politics, and the environment throughout her career; in 2020 she was a Pulitzer finalist for an investigation into aggressive debt collection practices at a Virginia hospital. Liz is an advocate for equity within the news industry and is exploring how data ethics are taught in classrooms and used in newsrooms. She teaches data-driven journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., where she walks, bikes, hikes, canoes and lives with her partner and dog and cat. She has a B.A. in English from Calvin University and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Christopher Nye (Director Emeritus) was involved in getting the magazine started back in 1982, when it was called Orion Nature Quarterly. A professor and then college administrator for many years, he instituted programs in place-based education and service learning. A published poet, he holds a PhD in American Studies. He is vice president of the Myrin Institute, is the unofficial steward of its nature preserve, and has served in various capacities at Orion, including board chair.

Martha Schubert (Chair) is an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) elementary guide who has worked in Montessori classrooms in Northeast Ohio. For many years she ran a small-scale sustainable farm where she grew herbs and other garden produce for the family-run Art Farm Community Supported Agriculture program and local restaurants. She 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. from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and a M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland.

Amy Seidl teaches in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont and is the author of two books on climate change, Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World (Beacon Press, 2009) and Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in an Age of Warming (Beacon Press, 2011). In addition to directing the Environmental Studies Program at UVM, Amy conducts research in sustainability science, campus sustainability, and science communication. She is an avid bird watcher, gardener, and reader and lives off-the-grid in Huntington, Vermont.