Board of Directors

Donna Curling

Donna Curling is an activist from Georgia, working proactively to insure that voting rights are respected in her state. This does not keep her from having a deep appreciation of nature. She represents the committed readership Orion seeks to cultivate, describing the magazine as beautiful, inspirational, and thought provoking in a way that makes her want to be “a better inhabitant of the earth.”

Claudia Ford

Claudia holds a PhD in Environmental Studies and is on the faculty of Rhode Island School of Design. Claudia teaches ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, global sustainability, environmental justice, and environmental literature in classrooms and workshops. Claudia has worked in international development and women’s health on all continents, and is the director of an agroecology program, on 700 acres of productive farmland in New England. Claudia is a published author and poet and a visual artist, and has shared decades of global work and travel with her four children.

Tomasz Komar

Tom 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

Merloyd Ludington 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 serves as a Director at Woods Hole Research Center and Island Press and Northeast Wilderness Trust.

Christopher Nye (Chairperson)

Chris 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. With he heads the Institute’s initiative, Educate the Whole Child, which seeks to develop and promote alternatives to the accountability paradigm in public education.

Barrie Ryan

Barrie taught writing and (she hopes) love of literature at Green Fields School, Pima Community College, and the University of Arizona. For some years she was a social worker with homeless persons, as well as those living with HIV, and for twenty years she was a volunteer hospice caregiver. She has published three books of poetry, including Creek Ceremony (Pima Press, 2001). She lives in Tucson.

Martha Schubert

Martha Schubert 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 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.

Josh Stearns

Josh is the Associate Director for the Public Square Program at Democracy Fund. Previously he directed the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s journalism sustainability project, focused on developing new revenue models for local news services. Prior to joining the Dodge staff, Josh served as press freedom director at Free Press. His articles have appeared in the Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, PBS MediaShift, Orion, and Boing Boing. Josh is a visiting scholar in the Journalism and Communication Departments at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.