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2018 Keynotes

Jessica Finn Coven | Chief Resilience Officer, City of Seattle and Director, Office of Sustainability & Environment  

Jessica Finn Coven

Jessica received her MA in economics and energy policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and her BA in Mandarin from Barnard College, Columbia University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two young children.

Brian Gibbs | Vice President, Equity & Inclusion and Associate Professor, School of Public Health, OHSU-PSU  

Brian Gibbs

He was the principal investigator for "Breaking It Down: Our Health Our Way," a pilot initiative, funded by the Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials to translate cancer clinical trials into a valuable and accessible community resource. Dr. Gibbs also served as the center director, community outreach, intervention co-director, and co-investigator for two consecutive NIH-funded National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Centers of Excellence. Dr. Gibbs received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University, where he was a Pew Health Policy Fellow, and completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gibbs received his Master's in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. He practiced as an Occupational therapist for 10 years in Los Angeles. On the personal side, Dr. Gibbs is a native of Saginaw, Michigan. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, traveling, being outdoors and listening to jazz music.

Rahmat Shoureshi | President, Portland State University  

Rahmat Shoureshi

Pandora Thomas | Teacher, Writer & Designer  

Pandora Thomas

Thomas has studied four languages and lived and worked in over twelve countries and her other achievements include being featured in the films The Future of Energy and Inhabit, presenting at Tedx Denver and SF, and being awarded internships and fellowships to the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, Green For All, the Bronx Zoo and the Applied Research Center. Her writing includes a children's book, various curricula and a manual entitled "Shades of Green" for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. Pandora studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and ecological design programs. When she is not working you can find her spending time with her beloved mother and cats or in the redwoods.

Desirée Williams-Rajee | Owner, Kapwa Consulting & Former Equity Program Manager, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Desiree Williams-Rajee

She is an active member of the community and currently serves on the board of Verde, a Portland organization that serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy. She was also a founding board member for the Center for Diversity and the Environment and in 2016 established the Environmental Justice work group for the Portland African American Leadership Forum.

2018 Speakers

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Jennifer Atkinson | Faculty, Associate Director of the Pre-Major Program and Discovery Core, University of Washington Bothell  

Jennifer Atkinson

Before joining the University of Washington faculty, Jennifer taught courses on food, agriculture, environmental writing and nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature at the University of Chicago, where she received a PhD in English.

Elaine Aye, IIDA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP | Associate/Regional Manager, RWDI / Green Building Services  

Elaine Aye

Megan Banks | Manager, Sustainable Cities Year Program, Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon  

Megan Banks

Anna Belinski | Student Body Association Sustainability Chair, Gonzaga University  

Anna Belinski

Llyswen Berna | MBA Candidate in Sustainability, University of Oregon  

Llyswen Berna

Chris Breitmeyer | President, Clatsop Community College

Chris Breitmeyer

E. Dee Dee Brown | Student, Gonzaga University  

Dee Dee Brown

Erik Budsberg | Sustainability Coordinator, Eastern Washington University  

Erik Budsberg

Alexander Butler | Chair of the Food Systems Working Group, Evergreen State College  

Alexander Butler

Nicholas Carmack | Student President, Portland Community College Cascade Campus  

Matt Steele

Lety Cavazos | Sustainability Program Specialist, Oregon State University Sustainability Office  

Lety Cavazos

Peter Chaille | NTT Faculty and Undergraduate Curriculum Lead for Public Administration Department, Portland State University  

Peter Chaille

Brittney Chesher | Graduate Intern, Human Services Resource Center, Oregon State University  

Brittney Chesher

Rachel Centariczki | Director of Teen Services- Education & Career, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland  

Rachel Centariczki

Elaine Cole, Ph.D. | Rock Creek Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Portland Community College  

Elaine Cole

Joe Culhane | The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), Portland Community College  

Joe Culhane

Scott Davis | Project Manager, University of Washington Sustainability Action Network  

Scott Davis

Amy Dvorak | Sustainability Director, Lewis & Clark College  

Amy Dvorak

Marie Eaton | Professor Emerita, Fairhaven College and Director, Palliative Care Institute, Western Washington University  

Marie Eaton

Kerry Edinger Snodgrass | Program Support GE, Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon  

Kerry Edinger Snodgrass

MacKenzie Eiden | Peer Mentor, University Studies Program, and MS Candidate, Leadership for Sustainability Education, Portland State University  

MacKenzie Eiden

Daimon Eklund | Sustainability Communications Coordinator, University of Washington  

Amy Dvorak

Erin Elliott | Instructor, Civic Leadership Minor; Doctoral Candidate, Portland State University  

Erin Elliott

Toren Elste | Sustainability Programs Specialist, University of Washington  

Toren Elste

Mark Freeman | Senior Manager of Global Dining Services, Microsoft  

Mark Freeman

Mark has received numerous awards, including the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Operator of the Year Silver Plate in 2012, Doctorate of Foodservice from the National Association of Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM), Food Management Magazine's best concept award four times (2010, 2014, 2016, 2017). Mark was President of the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM), an industry-leading association, in 2012 and was fortunate enough to represent SHFM as their 2016 Hennessey Traveler, a prestigious position with the United States Air Force. Most recently Mark received the 2016 Richard Ysmael distinguished service award from SHFM and was installed in the 2017 Hall of Fame for Foodservice Equipment and Supply Magazine. Mark has spoken at many industry events in the USA and globally including the World Expo in Milan Italy in 2014, and the College of Science and Gastronomy in Alba Italy in 2014 & 2017, Freeman holds a degree in business from The Evergreen State College and attended Washington State University's Hotel and Restaurant program. In his free time, he enjoys exploring his native Northwest and traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad, always on the lookout for the next great culinary adventure.

Claudia Frere-Anderson | Director of Sustainability, University of Washington  

Claudia Frere-Anderson

Claudia graduated Cum Laude in Politics from the University of San Francisco with a certificate in Peace and Justice Studies, and she received an MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nottingham University Business School in the UK where she received a full scholarship from the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR). While in graduate school, Claudia launched the business school's first Net Impact Chapter and led post-graduate students with environmental engagement projects. Claudia likes to volunteer with nonprofit organizations in her community and enjoys traveling.

Sarah Godbehere | Student, Gonzaga University  

Sarah Godbehere

Rickey Hall | Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Washington  

Rickey Hall

Prior to that role, he served for six years as the assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota. Hall was awarded the 2015 Unity in the Community Award from HoLa Hora Latina (Knoxville, Tenn.) and selected as an American College Personnel Association Educational Leadership Foundation 2015 Diamond Honoree. He earned a bachelor's degree in American studies and a master's degree in higher education, both from the University of Iowa. Hall is currently completing a doctor of education degree in organizational leadership at the University of Minnesota.

Mark Harris | Sustainability Manager, PSU Eats  

Mark Harris

Michael Harwood | Associate Vice President of Campus Planning and Facilities Management, University of Oregon  

Michael Harwood

One such enterprise was the 2000 Bond for Higher Education in North Carolina, which resulted in $1.2 billion of new and renovated facilities on campus over a ten-year period. Mike will be directly involved with the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for the Acceleration of Scientific Impact - the $500 million science project at the University of Oregon. Mike has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Architecture from Washington University. Most recently, Mike was named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his innovative campus design work.

Ron Hawk | Director of Collaborative Sales, Looptworks  

Ron Hawk

Gregg Hayward | Business Sustainability Coordinator, City of Gresham, Association of Oregon Recyclers Education Chair  

Gregg Hayward

Brian Henning | Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Faculty Fellow for Sustainability, Gonzaga University  

Brian Henning

Holly Hughes | English Instructor, Peninsula College  

Holly Hughes

Jimmy Jia | Faculty, Presidio Graduate School  

Jimmy Jia

Tia Johnston Brown | Director of Youth Venture Inc., Ashoka

Tia Johnston Brown

Eric Jonsson | Graduate, Cascadia College  

Eric Jonsson

Jennifer Joyalle | Instructor, Civic Leadership Minor; Doctoral Student, Portland State University  

Jennifer Joyalle

Kevin Kecskes | Associate Professor of Public Administration, Portland State University  

Kevin Kecskes

Thea Kindschuh | CRUX Project Coordinator, Portland State University  

Thea Kindschuh

John Kuykendall | Graduate, Cascadia College  

John Kuykendall

Gwen Larned | Zero Waste Coordinator, Western Washington University

Gwen Larned

Anne LeSenne | Landscape Department Technician and Faculty, Portland Community College-Rock Creek  

Anne LeSenne

Brandon Lesowske | Waste Management Coordinator, Portland State University  

Brandon Lesowske

Robert Liberty | Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University  

Robert Liberty

Izabel Loinaz | Director, Center for Sustainable Business, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon  

Izabel Loinaz

Meghan Lowry | Student, Gonzaga University  

Meghan Lowry

Abigail Lynam, Ph.D. | Faculty Sustainable Practices, Cascadia College  

Abigail Lynam

Alexander Maxwell, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Gonzaga University  

Alexander Maxwell

Steve Mital | Sustainability Director, University of Oregon  

Steve Mital

Tess Matsukawa | Resident Director, Pacific Lutheran University

Tess Matsukawa

Mark Mitsui | President, Portland Community College  

Mark Mitsui

From 2006 to 2010 he served as Vice President of Student Services at South Seattle College, and before that worked as a senior administrator and teacher at educational institutions across the Pacific Northwest, where he has deep roots. President Mitsui holds a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Western Washington University, and completed a master's degree and doctoral studies in Education at the University of Washington.

Scott Morgan | Director of Sustainability, The Evergreen State College  

Scott Morgan

Off campus, Scott is a co-coordinator for the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition (WAHESC), a founding coordinator of the Sustainability Professionals of Thurston County, and partner at Cairn Sustainability Consulting Services, a member of the City of Olympia's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and a board member on the Thurston Climate Action Team.

Emily Murkland | Project Manager, Portland State University

Emily Murkland

Daniel Najera, Ph.D. | Department of Biology, Green River College  

Daniel Najera

Jesse Nichols | Co-Owner, Manager and Farmer, Stoneboat Farms

Jesse Nichols

Jenny Nitzky | Sustainability Coordinator Assistant, Southern Oregon University  

Jenny Nitzky

Lucy Pierce | Graduate Student, The Evergreen State College  

Lucy Pierce

Emily Quinton | Education & Outreach Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Office, Portland State University  

Emily Quinton

Kate Reavey | Associate Faculty, Peninsula College  

Kate Reavey

Saiyare Refaei | Coordinator for Sustainability Integration, Diversity Center, Pacific Lutheran University

Saiyare Refaei

Yareli Torres Rincon | STEAM Student, Junior, Forest Grove High School  

Yareli Torres Rincon

Johnathan Riopelle | Sustainable Action Fund Grant Program Coordinator, Western Washington University  

Johnathan Riopelle

Narce Rodriguez | Executive Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Pacific University

Narce Rodriguez

She also previously held positions at Portland State University, Arizona State University, and Oregon State University. She holds a master of arts in interdisciplinary studies - higher education administration and women studies - from Oregon State University, as well as a bachelor's in sociology and Spanish, also from OSU.

Rhys Roth | Director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, The Evergreen State College  

Rhys Roth

Megan Schneider | Education Coordinator, Facilities & Property Management, and MS Candidate, Leadership for Sustainability Education, Portland State University  

Megan Schneider

Briar Schoon | Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College  

Briar Schoon

Katie Secrist | Consultant, Sustainable Business Consulting

Katie Secrist

Lara Seng | Regional Sustainability Manager, Sodexo  

Lara Seng

She is a member of the Western Washington Organics Contamination Reduction Workgroup as well as the TRUE Zero Waste Advisory Group. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and is also a LEED Green Associate and TRUE Zero Waste Business Advisor.

Emma Sharpe | Green Fund Committee Chair, Willamette University  

Emma Sharpe

Diane Shingledecker | District Career Technical Community-Based Learning Faculty Coordinator, Portland Community College  

Diane Shingledecker

Heidi Sickert | Business Faculty, Sustainability & Curriculum Council Chair, Portland Community College  

Heidi Sickert

Dale Silha | Vice President of Pacific Northwest Energy & Technical Services, McKinstry

Dale Silha

Vincent M. Smith | Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Science & Policy, Southern Oregon University  

Vincent M. Smith

Sky Stahl | Network Strategist, University of Washington Sustainability Action Network  

Sky Stahl

Matt Steele | Executive Chef, PSU Eats  

Matt Steele

Jennifer Stefanick | Portland Event Recycling Project Lead, CES, Portland State University  

Jennifer Stefanick

Evan Sugden | Faculty Instructor, University of Washington

Evan Sugden

James Sulser | Student, Gonzaga University  

James Sulser

Shaun Taylor | Education Director, University of Washington - Clean Energy Institute  

Shaun Taylor

Melia Tichenor | Sustainability Mentorship Program Coordinator, Portland State University  

Melia Tichenor

Melia received her Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) credential in May 2014 and completed her Masters in Educational Leadership & Policy through the PACE program at PSU's Graduate School of Education in March 2017, focusing on service-learning and community-based education

Atlas Turner | Student, Cascadia College  

Atlas Turner

Mary Vance | Career Counselor, Sustainability Focus, Portland State University  

Mary Vance

Charles A. Vescoso, Jr. | Associate Technical Editor, American Technical Publishers  

Charles A. Vescoso

Seth Vidaña | Sustainability Manager, Western Washington University  

Seth Vidana

Erica Wagner | Ahlbrandt Professor & Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Portland State University School of Business  

Erica Wagner

Dr. Wagner draws on her organizational field-based research when teaching in order to provide rich insights that help illuminate concepts. Throughout her career, Dr. Wagner has been interested in effective learning methods and is dedicated to experimentation in the classroom. She has received multiple teaching awards and is known for her personal connections with students. In her spare time Dr. Wagner is an avid practitioner of yoga and enjoys traveling, reading, and being with her daughter and husband.

Mary Whitfield | Department of Chemistry, Edmonds Community College

Mary Whitfield

Barbara Wingerson | Associate Vice President & Chief of Staff, University of Washington  

Barbara Wingerson

Rylie Wolff | Student, ASPCC Co-op Director, Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus  

Rylie Wolff

Nicholas Wooten | Program Coordinator - TRiO Student Success, The Evergreen State College  

Nicholas Wooten

Since graduating Nicholas has been working for TRiO Student Success as a Program Coordinator. In this role he supports a Student Support Services grant team in helping first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities achieve their first Bachelor's Degree. Nicholas has spoken at the Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability conferences on multiple occasions, Permaculture VOICES, the Mother Earth News Fair, and the TRiO WA Civic Engagement Conference on sustainability/sustainable design as well as speaking on issues of diversity, student empowerment, and systems theory in other settings. During his time at The Evergreen State College Nicholas focused on Public Administration in Higher Education and Systems Theory.

Conference Emcee

Jenny McNamara | Campus Sustainability Director, Portland State University  

Jenny McNamara