Jessica Finn Coven is Director of the City of Seattle's Office of Sustainability & Environment. The Office collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to develop innovative environmental solutions that foster equitable, vibrant communities and shared prosperity. Jessica previously served as the Washington State Director of Climate Solutions where her work focused on developing legislative and policy strategies to reduce global warming pollution and grow an equitable clean-energy economy in Washington State. Jessica first joined Climate Solutions in 2007 as a policy specialist and worked to further clean energy policy in Washington through the state's Energy Independence Act, Climate Action and Green Jobs law and others. Jessica also worked as the program director for the U.S. Climate Action Network. From 2002- 2005, she was a global warming campaigner for Greenpeace in Washington DC. She also spent several months working in Beijing as a policy advisor for Greenpeace China. ▼
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.
Dr. Brian Gibbs serves as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). In this position he serves as the chief diversity officer for the University, overseeing the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) and is responsible for institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives within the clinical, educational, and research missions. Prior to OHSU, he served as associate vice chancellor for diversity for the University of New Mexico Health Science Campus. There, he led initiatives ranging from advancing the quality of faculty mentorship training to promoting cultural competency and facilitating institution-wide and community partnerships to improve pathways to a more diverse and informed culturally competent workforce. Prior to his work at UNM, Dr. Gibbs served as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Early in his career, he spent ten years as the founder and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a senior research scientist within the Department of Health Policy and Management. ▼
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 (pronounced Shoe-re-she) was named the 9th president of Portland State University May 15, 2017 and formally began serving in his new role on August 14, 2017. An experienced administrator and innovative academic who considers his work with students his greatest accomplishment. Shoureshi brings to PSU nearly four decades of academic experience, a record of expanding research opportunities, and a history of inspiring faculty collaboration. A mechanical engineer, Shoureshi has been a university administrator, researcher and academic for 38 years. He joined the New York Institute of Technology in 2011 as its provost and vice president for academic affairs and was appointed its interim president in January 2017. Shoureshi earned a master's degree and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an expert in automation, control systems design, and artificial intelligence; holds nine U.S. patents for biomedical and engineering systems, sensors and devices; and has authored more than 250 technical publications. He has overseen all aspects of operations, academic programs and faculty of NYIT, which has two campuses in New York, two medical schools, four global campuses and joint degree programs in eight countries.
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver, teacher, writer, designer and speaker. Her work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design. As a presenter both domestically and internationally, she has given keynotes and lectures on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women's leadership, social entrepreneurship permaculture and sustainability. She has designed curriculum for and taught groups all over the world as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin and men and women returning home from incarceration. Pandora's most recent projects include co-founding the Black Permaculture Network, working for 6 years with Toyota to design and serving as a coalition member of the Toyota Green Initiative, which supports African Americans in understanding the benefits of adopting sustainable lifestyles; co-designing, teaching with and directing Pathways to Resilience-a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program that worked with men and women returning home after incarceration, and working with Resilient by Design, leading the permaculture design team P+SET (Permaculture plus Social Equity) and nine other teams to collaboratively design climate adaptive solutions with and in the most vulnerable bay area communities. ▼
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 is the founder of Kapwa Consulting. an independent consulting firm that specializes in organization and systems change to build equitable institutions. Until very recently, she worked for the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, where in 2012 she became the City's first bureau Equity Program Manager, the first position of its kind in the nation. In her 9 years working in the public sector, she was involved in a variety of groundbreaking equity efforts including the creation of the City of Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights and the publication of the Racial Equity Strategy Guide released by the Partnership for Racial Equity/Portland Urban League. Desiree was honored by the Obama White House as a Climate Equity Champion of Change in 2016 for her work on the City of Portland Multnomah County Climate Action Plan which has set forth a new model of engagement and policy making for other cities in North America. ▼
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.
Jennifer Atkinson is a lecturer at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she teaches courses in Environmental Humanities and American Studies. Her forthcoming book with the University of Georgia Press Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy and Everyday Practice (spring 2018) examines American garden literature as an arena where people enact everyday desires for sustainability, community, contact with nonhuman nature, biodiversity and democratic urban management. Jennifer has also published research on teaching environmental humanities through immersive outdoor experience: her 2015 article, "Multi-Sensory Experience and Environmental Encounter," examines how fieldwork and embodied experience can unsettle Cartesian legacies that privilege rational abstraction at the expense of other ways of knowing. Jennifer's work on representations of nature in utopian literature also appears in the journal Utopian Studies and the edited volume Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden (2012). ▼
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 is a widely respected green building consultant whose background in both interior design and architecture gives her unique insight into building operations and how occupants interact with built environments. Clients benefit from Elaine's rich expertise in certification frameworks such as LEED, WELL and EcoDistricts. With over 30 years' professional experience, including 17 years in the green building industry, she is an engaging communicator and educator who takes a results-driven, pragmatic approach to facilitating diverse project teams, guiding them through sustainability strategies that best meet their individual high-performance goals.
Megan Banks is the Program Manager of Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), an internationally recognized and award-winning university-community partnership program that is part of the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative, a cross-disciplinary, applied think tank focused on the design and development of sustainable cities. Prior to managing SCYP, Megan spent more than 20 years as a planner, project manager and facilitator in the public sector, as well as a practicing landscape architect. She understands the ways in which the complex administrative structures of cities and universities can be matched to find both opportunities for all. Megan earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon.
Anna Belinski is a student in the Gonzaga University class of 2020. Passionate about sustainability, Anna is an Environmental Studies major and dedicates much of her free time to advocacy and environmental action. A member of the Gonzaga Environmental Organization and former president of her high school Earth Group, Anna now works as the Sustainability Chair for the Gonzaga Student Body Association. In this position she oversees the University's Green Fund and works to increase sustainability practices across campus.
Llyswen Berna is a 2nd year MBA student at the University of Oregon studying Sustainable Business Practices. In addition, she is pursuing a MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to the MBA, Llyswen served as an AmeriCorps member in the education field. She also worked for a large healthcare software company where she honed her project management and leadership skills. Upon graduation, Llyswen wants to have a large scale impact by gaining a broad knowledge base of different industries and how they implement sustainable strategies. Given this, she is pursuing sustainable consulting positions.
Chris Breitmeyer was appointed president of Clatsop Community College in July 2016. He has spent his career teaching, learning and collaborating with students, faculty and staff from his days as a high school biology teacher to his new role at CCC. Prior to coming to Clatsop County he served at Saint Charles Community College, first as Dean of Math, Science & Health and then as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Chris started his career in education as a high school science teacher in Bloomington, Illinois where he taught Biology. Following his love for learning and curiosity about the natural world, he enrolled in a Master's Degree program at Arizona State University completing a M.S. in Zoology. From there he continued at Arizona State University conducting Ph.D. research in ecological genetics until he took a job as a biology faculty member at Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Arizona. At Yavapai, Chris worked with some excellent colleagues and found a true mentor in his Dean who showed him what a difference a good leader could make, and developed his beliefs that learning experiences, no matter what the discipline, are important to developing the skills learners need to become critical thinkers who will become productive members of our community.
Dee Dee Brown, a senior at Gonzaga University, is majoring in civil engineering with a focus on environmental engineering. She completed an internship during the summer of 2017 as researcher with Dr. Maxwell at Gonzaga University. During this internship, she researched food loss and waste to develop a foundation for a systems-based holistic approach to address campus food loss and waste. Dee Dee plans to pursue post-graduate studies for a master's degree in environmental engineering.
Erik Budsberg is the Sustainability Coordinator for Eastern Washington University (EWU). He began working at EWU in June 2016 and during this time has focused on developing an Office of Sustainability, collecting baseline data about university operations, implementing programs, and engaging students in discussions about sustainability. In addition to his position at EWU, he is also a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences with an expected completion date of Winter 2018. Outside of work he serves on The Lands Council Board of Directors, Advisory Committee to the Spokane RiverKeeper, and most importantly, tries to keep up with his two young children.
Alexander is a senior at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where he is the chair of the Food Systems Working group that focuses on the campus Real Food Challenge. Previously he has been Chair of the campus Clean Energy Committee as well as the Student Union. He has presented at the 2017 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education on Next Generation Campus Green Funds as well as at the 2017 Washington State Higher Education Sustainability Conference on The Successes and Challenges of Student-Led Sustainability Projects. Post-graduation he plans on volunteering in the Peace Corps, teaching English and sustainability.
Nicholas Carmack is a student at Portland Community College and the Student Body President of the Cascade Campus. He is the leader of Cascade Campuses Student Leadership team. He is a strong advocate for social justice and tries to advocate for underrepresented groups in all of his endeavors. His commitment to sustainability and food security has led him to instate a learning garden on campus as well as instating the Clothing Closet where students can work together to recycle clothing and help each other with financial needs. Nicholas will transfer to a four-year university in the fall of 2018 to pursue a double major in Sociology and Education. Subsequently, he plans to pursue a Ph.D., work at a research institution, and teach the next generation of leaders.
Lety Cavazos is the Sustainability Program Specialist at Oregon State University. Lety oversees OSU's metering program for data collection, analysis, and accounting purposes. She also works with departments and faculty members across all Oregon State campuses and Oregon State Extension offices to assess energy consumption, and gather data regarding greenhouse gas emissions and other sustainability metrics.
Peter Chaille, Ph.D., is a NTT Faculty and the Undergraduate Curriculum Lead for the Department of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. He teaches courses in civic engagement and leadership, ecology, environment and natural resources, and science education. Dr. Chaille serves as faculty advisor for the Civic Leadership Minor, and coordinator for University Studies' Leading Social Change cluster. He is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and the Executive Director of the Tatoosh School, a nonprofit university-level education and research organization with a mission to foster first hand learning through field-based programs on the ecology and environmental policy of southern Southeast Alaska.
Brittney Chesher is a graduate intern for the Human Services Resource Center at Oregon State University. In this role, Brittney helps low-income food-insecure students connect to the Food Assistance Program and identifies other resources and support that might help them (such as SNAP benefits, HSRC Food Pantry, Make Cents Meals, and twitter campaign @eatfreeOSU). Additionally, Brittney works to analyze data gathered from the program to inform how the HSRC can cultivate campus and community partnerships to best utilize resources in alleviating barriers to success for students.
Rachel Centariczki works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro leading their education and career initiatives for middle and high schoolers. She runs a workforce development program that allows teens to experience their first job through a partnership with the Portland Timbers and Thorns. Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Clubs, Rachel was instrumental in leading Ashoka's Talent Growth Initiative. The TGI is an initiative led by Ashoka and Accenture to address the U.S. Talent Gap and to identifies innovations that can be scaled up for broad impact. Rachel has also worked with Ashoka's Youth Venture, Rock the Vote, and the Close Up Foundation. She is a proud graduate of American University with a degree in political science.
Elaine Cole, Ph.D. is the Sustainability Coordinator at Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus and is responsible for the overall coordination of sustainability practices and programs. Some of these include energy conservation, hydroponics, campus-wide composting, and encouraging community-based learning in the campus Learning Garden. Elaine has taught environmental education from the shores of Jekyll Island, Georgia to Lake Tanganyika in Burundi. She has always had a deep commitment to population education and her 2017 TEDX talk was titled Family and the Sustainable Lifestyle.
Joe Culhane is a student at Portland Community College and is presently the Cascade Campus Director of Student Resources and Environmental Justice Coordinator through Student Leadership. He is on the PCC committee for The Green Initiative Fund, a student member of the Sustainability Leadership Council, as well as the Sustainable Practices for Academics and Resource Council (SPARC). He has also become an active member of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), helping to create events between college students in the greater Portland area. Social Justice, equity, inclusion, and community resilience are also strong passions of Joe's and they inform all of his present and future academic and professional career choices. Joe's sustainable pursuits have him working towards a communications degree with a focus in environmental justice, sustainability, and Spanish.
Scott Brekke Davis is a father to three, a student of ecological restoration, and a community organizer. Scott has founded and directed a number of social enterprises such as an activist cafe and a youth social justice think tank. He is currently training for the field of natural resource management, and hopes to spend his career and raise his family in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest outdoors. Scott joined the UW Sustainability Action Network team in the Summer of 2017, bringing his experience in organization development, team building, and cross-issue collaboration.
Amy Dvorak is the Director of Sustainability at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where she works to integrate sustainability into the life of the three Lewis & Clark schools by developing cross-campus collaborations, promoting hands-on student learning, and communicating the institution's commitment to sustainability. She earned her BS in Environmental Science and BA in International Studies in Environmental Science at Oregon State University, and Master of Environmental Management at Portland State University. She is an active member of committees focused on creating engaged, inclusive, and healthy communities in her work and at home.
Marie Eaton is Director of the Palliative Care Institute at Western Washington University. She is also Professor Emerita of humanities and education, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. With Holly Hughes and Jean MacGregor, she edited Contemplative Approaches to Sustainability in Higher Education: Theory and Practice (2017) and authored "Navigating Anger, Fear, Grief, and Despair" and "Why Sustainability Education Needs Pedagogies of Reflection and Contemplation" in this same volume. She authored "Cultivating Hope and Resolve in Perilous Times: Transforming Despair into Adaptive Leadership" in Apocalyptic leadership in education: Facing an unsustainable world from where we stand (2017), "Living the Questions: Contemplative and Reflective Practices in Sustainability Education" in Transforming Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Sustainability (2013) and "Reflection, Civic Engagement and Learning Communities" in Integrating Learning Communities with Service Learning (2003).
Kerry Edinger is the University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program Associate, currently working toward her Master of Public Administration. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Oregon Honors College. Her background is in statewide political and legislative advocacy, most recently serving as the Legislative Assistant to Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins. Kerry hopes to help improve quality of life for Oregonians by making our communities more livable, sustainable, and connected. On the weekends, you'll find Kerry climbing, hiking, and cooking vegan food to fuel her adventures.
Kenzie Eiden is a current candidate for the Leadership for Sustainability Education master's degree at Portland State University, where she also received her BS in Community Development. She also has a background in sustainable food systems and farming. Her current areas of interest in education focus on applications of critical race theory and social justice. As a peer mentor, she has years of experience in undergraduate education, with opportunities to practice reflection-based critical pedagogies. She collaborated with a team of colleagues and faculty within her masters program to update curriculum to include more diverse and critical texts. Also while at PSU, Kenzie trained with Professor Sally Eck to develop her skills and techniques for facilitating interrupting oppression workshops. Kenzie recognizes the impact of her social identities on her role as a facilitator, and views her work towards creating social and racial equity to be a lifelong personal endeavor.
Daimon Eklund has been the communications coordinator for UW Sustainability since 2014, and is the point person for the office's messaging efforts through the website (green.uw.edu), social media, and print material. He enjoys fostering collaboration around sustainability on campus, and working with students who bring innovative ideas to improve sustainability at UW. Daimon has a Master's of Communication from the University of Washington and a Bachelor's of Journalism from the University of Missouri.
Erin Elliott, MPA, is currently a doctoral candidate in public affairs and policy at Portland State University where her research centers on nonprofit theory and citizenship. She is also an instructor in PSU's Civic Leadership minor as well as the University Studies program where she employs a community based learning approach in her courses. Most recently, she has served as a research and program assistant with PSU's Nonprofit Institute. Erin earned her MPA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, with her research focusing on nonprofit social services, diversity education, and critical theory. She has also served in the nonprofit sector as a social worker at the Community Action Council working with low income families as well as with an economic rights organization before moving to Portland, OR. She holds a B.A. from the University of Florida in anthropology and women's studies where she gained extensive experience with the primary prevention of domestic violence as part of a coordinated community response team. She is also a co-author on a book chapter on community based learning and sustainability in the text Sustainable Solutions: Let Knowledge Serve the City (2016).
Toren Elste's passion for the environment began at an early age with her love for the outdoors, which turned into degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science and became even stronger when she lived in Kona, Hawaii, working in ocean conservation. "I'm interested in everything from green offices, to paper reduction and green event resources" she says "Representing the University of Washington's commitment to sustainability makes me excited to go to work each day"
Mark Freeman is responsible for the dining program at Microsoft. This award-winning program features many advancements in the corporate dining industry and has been featured in numerous industry trade magazines. He is responsible for feeding over 60,00 people and over 40,000 meals a day at the Redmond headquarters in over 90 separate locations. This includes operations like Commons, a 3-building complex of 12 restaurants and 14 retail concepts offering the Microsoft employees a more productive workplace to work in, full service celebrity chef restaurants including James Beard chefs Maria Hines and John Howie. Most recently, Mark has introduced hydroponic and aquaponic growing systems used in the dining space to provide fresh greens to the menu. Many concepts have been developed under Marks tenure; among them is the focus on wasted food initiatives including the introduction of bio-digesters, and a black soldier fly larva program. His global responsibilities encompass the design, construction, and procurement activities around the world in locations like China, Ireland, UK, and Canadian operations. ▼
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 is the director for the University of Washington's UW Sustainability office which is responsible for University-wide sustainability communications, reporting, and engagement programs. UW Sustainability facilitates Climate Action Plan projects and policies under the University executive order on Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. Claudia started her career in the financial services industry prior to working in the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship sector in the San Francisco Bay Area. In these positions, she launched community involvement plans for multinational companies and advised corporations with corporate social responsibility program implementations. She also worked with national nonprofit organizations to help create efficiencies for volunteer recruitment. ▼
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.
Currently a senior at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington, Sarah Godbehere will be graduating in May of 2018 with a Bachelor's in Engineering Management, a concentration in electrical engineering, and minors in general business and entrepreneurial leadership. Following graduation, she will be pursuing her MBA before beginning her career in the construction industry.
Hall leads the university's equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, and plays a key role in advancing institutional excellence. He has oversight of the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) which administers programs that broaden college access, support student success and enhance diversity-related teaching and learning across campus. OMA&D also works collaboratively with and serves as a resource for colleges and administrative units as they establish, coordinate and assess their contributions to institutional diversity goals. Hall has over 20 years of experience in higher education and is involved with a number of national organizations including the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence. Hall came to the UW after serving as the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for three years. ▼
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.
Local, seasonal, and organic quickly became the name of the game during Mark Harris' time as Executive Chef at Reed College, where careful observation and a deeply-rooted dedication to quality, nourishing food cued him into the importance of sustainable options in an industry working to be more planet-conscious. Several years down the line finds Mark spearheading PSU Eats' work to provide these same options to Portland State's large and dynamic student body. As Sustainability Coordinator, Mark is charging ahead with the mission of providing PSU students with accessible, sustainable options in partnership with Portland food entrepreneurs and pioneers, local farmsteads, and sustainability advocates. This passion extends to his personal life; in the traditional Portland mold, Mark will be putting his bike rubber to the road with hundreds of fellow chefs as a part of the Chefs Cycle Bike Ride this coming spring, benefiting the No Kid Hungry Campaign. With Mark at the helm, the future of sustainable food at Portland State is a bright one.
Michael Harwood, FAIA, is the University Architect and Associate Vice President of Campus Planning and Facilities Management at the University of Oregon. With over 20 years of proven of leadership in planning, architectural design, real estate development, and campus operations at two preeminent research universities, Mike has extensive experience leading complex campus development initiatives, crafting public-private-partnerships, as well as pursuing non-traditional financing approaches to achieve strategic goals. He was responsible for the nontraditional design of NCSU's Centennial Campus, a research campus that serves as a 21st-century model for "uniting education, research and private entities for technological innovation." Through his role as University Architect and Associate Vice Chancellor for Centennial Campus Development at NCSU, Mike implemented multiple complex strategic goals and program initiatives. ▼
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 is the Director of Collaborative Sales at Looptworks. He has a 30 year career as expert in corporate gift giving with emphasis in sustainable apparel and hard goods with an emphasis in sports related and technology concerns. Some of his top clients have included NIKE, the Portland Trailblazers, Adidas America, Mentor Graphics and Tektronix.
Gregg unexpectant discovered his love of waste reduction when a friend asked him if he wanted to drive a tractor for the summer. That was the beginning of a budding college compost program at the University of New Hampshire. Fast forward a bunch of years, and Gregg is currently the Business Sustainability Coordinator at the City of Gresham. There he coordinates a program called GREAT which provides waste reduction and sustainability outreach to businesses. He also oversees the work of their compost and schools outreach staff. Gregg has spent the past 15 years working with various aspects of waste reduction, from working with farmers in Zambia teaching composting as a Peace Corps volunteer, to coordinating one of the largest school compost outreach programs in the Northwest, Clark County's Save Organic Scraps program. Gregg currently serves as the Association of Oregon Recycler's Education Chair where a team of volunteers recently helped update Recycling 101, a waste reduction and sustainability online course that has been taken by many educators in Oregon, as well as by peers all over the world.
A philosopher, Brian G. Henning teaches and writes about ethics, animals, and the environment. Henning earned his B.A. from Seattle University and his Ph.D. from Fordham University in New York City. Since 2008, he has been a faculty member at Gonzaga University, where he is affiliated with both the Philosophy Department and the Environmental Studies Department. He currently serves as Gonzaga's Faculty Fellow for Sustainability. Henning is author of several books and articles, including the award winning book The Ethics of Creativity: Beauty, Morality and Nature in a Processive Cosmos. His latest book is Riders in the Storm: Ethics in an Age of Climate Change.
Holly J. Hughes co-founded and co-chaired the Sustainability Council at Edmonds Community College from 2006 - 2012, where she taught in the English department for more than two decades. She serves on the steering committee for the Curriculum for the Bioregion and has participated in several faculty learning communities, most recently, the Sustainability and Contemplative Practice community. She is coeditor of Contemplative Approaches to Sustainability in Higher Education: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2016) and coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Press, 2012). In addition, she is the author of several books of poetry, including Passings (Expedition Press, 2016), which received an American Book Award in 2017. She currently teaches writing at Peninsula College and at regional conferences and workshops
Jimmy Jia is an innovator, author, and entrepreneur who enjoys large systems problems. He believes that the energy sector must address societal core values of mobility, security, comfort and resilience. He has helped create solutions in finance, policy, knowledge management, operations and product design. As co-founder and CEO of Distributed Energy Management, he acts as the Chief Utility Officer, helping clients improve profitability and resiliency by treating utilities as a strategic resource. His patented financial platform helps CFOs understand opportunity costs of better utility management. His book, Driven by Demand: How Energy Gets its Power, has been sold in over 15 countries and demonstrates how organizations have used outcome-oriented energy approaches to reduce their carbon footprint. He is also on the faculty at Presidio Graduate School where he teaches MBA students how to make strategic energy decisions. He holds a BS and MS from MIT and an MBA from the University of Oxford. He sits on numerous boards, including the WA Clean Technology Alliance and the MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest.
Tia's passion and expertise lies with empowering young people to make change in their lives and their communities. Before coming to Ashoka Tia mobilized youth in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2003 she joined Ashoka's Youth Venture where she helped expand YV to 19 countries-working hand in hand with Ashoka's social entrepreneurs to create unique and innovative program delivery methods. She then went on to develop numerous Corporate Relationships (Starbucks, Nike, Adobe, Staples) as well as YV's expansion strategy through global franchise development. Today she is Managing Director of Youth Venture US working towards creating an "everyone a changemaker world"- a world in which we all feel powerful enough to create change day to day.
Eric Jonsson is a 2017 graduate of Cascadia College with a B.A.S in Sustainable Practices. Eric was part of the organizing team that hosted the 2016 campus climate dialogue. One of his passions is encouraging people to consider the impact of their transportation choices. He is currently employed as an Employee Commute Specialist at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.
Jennifer Joyalle, M.Ed. is a doctoral student in Portland State University's Public Affairs and Policy Program where she is studying the institution of education and the challenges for leadership and governance posed by the complex, systemic nature of the multijurisdictional institutional environment. Jennifer currently teaches in the Civic Leadership Minor within PSU's Hatfield School of Government, Public Administration Department and has taught in the University Studies Senior Capstone program in years past. For over a decade, Jennifer taught in the Portland Public Schools as a middle school teacher in a service learning program based on relationship, leadership, and community building. Civic engagement and community based learning have been at the center of both her practice and her research interests.
Kevin Kecskes, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Public Administration at Portland State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate students about civic leadership and social sustainability, locally and globally. For over a decade, Kecskes provided university-wide leadership at PSU as Associate Vice Provost for Engagement and Director for Community-University Partnerships. From 1997-2002, he was Regional Program Director for the Western Region Campus Compact Consortium. Over more than two decades, Kecskes has consulted with universities in the U.S. and internationally and published multiple journal articles and book chapters along with Engaging Departments: Moving Faculty Culture from Private to Public, Individual to Collective Focus for the Common Good (2006). Kecskes has an active local (Portland, OR) and global civic research agenda including annual immersive study tours with students to Cuba as well as professional development work with young leaders and their universities in the Middle East/North African region. He lives in Portland, OR.
Thea is the Project Coordinator for Second Nature's Climate Resilient Urban Campuses and Communities (CRUX) Fellowship, working with Portland State University (PSU), Mt. Hood Community College, City of Gresham and the City of Portland to develop inclusive and impactful campus-community climate resilience strategies. Thea began working with PSU during a high school internship with the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, worked for the Campus Sustainability Office as the Reuse Coordinator from 2013-2015, and after studying at Seattle and Uppsala Universities completed her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies at PSU in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at PSU.
John Kuykendall is a Retired Coast Guard Chief with a history of working in the hospital & health care industry. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) focused in Sustainability Studies from Cascadia College.
Gwen Larned is in her 4th year as the Zero Waste Coordinator for Western Washington University. She is a senior studying Business and Sustainability with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Gwen works to help Western reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and is passionate about educating her campus and community on ways we can change individual behaviors to have a better impact on people and our planet. When not at work or studying, Gwen spends her time practicing a zero waste lifestyle, starting her own consulting firm, running her blog Trashy Radical and indulges in going on long road trips.
Anne LeSenne, Beekeeper and Part time Faculty, has a BS in Horticulture and a MS in Plant and Soil Science. She is currently certified at the Journey level with the OSU Master Beekeeping Program and is teaching Beekeeping at PCC Rock Creek campus.
Brandon Lesowske has a passion to reduce the impacts that our communities create. As Portland State University's Waste Management Coordinator, Brandon executes a variety of sustainable materials management programs across PSU's urban campus landscape. Prior to his current role, Brandon worked at Oregon Health and Science University, where he oversaw their waste reduction and recycling operations. Additionally, he is engaged in the local sustainability community, where he has enjoyed volunteering his time and services with the Cascadia Green Building Council, International Living Future Institute, and SOLVE. The work he performs in this field fulfills his desire to preserve the beauty and bounty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Robert Liberty is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. The Institute builds and maintains research, education and community partnerships to achieve sustainability outcomes. Since 2016 its primary focus has been on climate change. More than 130 PSU faculty and hundreds of students are affiliated with the Institute. Previously Robert Liberty was a staff attorney and Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon and Senior Counselor to Congressman Earl Blumenauer. He was elected to the Metro Council (Portland regional government) in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He currently serves on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Commission. He has degrees from the University of Oregon Honors College, Oxford University and Harvard Law School.
Izabel Loinaz is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices (CSBP), in the Lundquist College of Business at University of Oregon. A leader in higher education, Lundquist is one of the first R1 business schools to define and imbed robust sustainable business programming. Founded over a decade ago, CSBP houses several sustainable business programs, including a pioneering Green MBA which has consistently ranked in the top 5 nationally. Izabel's mission at UO is to integrate and amplify sustainable business education through collaborative partnerships across campus, industries and peer universities. For over 18 years, Izabel has driven superior results as a creator of organizational ecosystems across entrepreneurial, corporate, and public institutions. Izabel graduated with an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, in San Francisco.
I grew up in Bellingham, Washington and am a senior civil engineering student at Gonzaga University, planning to graduate in May of 2018. I was drawn to civil engineering because of the opportunity to learn about sustainability and holistic problem solving.
Abigail Lynam is faculty in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices program at Cascadia College in Bothell, WA. Abigail has a PhD in Sustainability Education from Prescott College, an MS from Antioch New England in Environmental Studies and a BS in Ecology from Western Washington University. Abigail is passionate about cultivating transformative leaders that have the skills and capacities to creatively and adaptively address the complexity of sustainability challenges.
Alex is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Gonzaga University. Prior to joining the faculty at Gonzaga, he was a Fulbright-University of Strathclyde research scholar with the Urban Design Studies Unit in Glasgow, Scotland and worked for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme's Urban Planning and Design Branch in Nairobi, Kenya.
Steve Mital is the founding director of the University of Oregon's Sustainability Office. He was part of the three-person team that developed the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development, a landmark campus energy policy that requires all new buildings to harvest 100% of their energy needs from existing building stock. He also led the initiative to create the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate program that launched in 2011. Prior to this position, Steve was an instructor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon. While there, he founded and directed the Environmental Leadership Program, which provides undergraduate and graduate students practical experience as consultants to area businesses, agencies, and NGOs. Steve is also one of five commissioners elected to govern the Eugene Water and Electric Board. He holds two masters degrees from the University of Oregon.
Tess is currently a Resident Director at Pacific Lutheran University for Harstad Hall, an intentional living-learning community focused on Intersectional Feminism. Tess also advises the PLU Residence Hall Association and the Feminist Student Union. She has a Masters in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. Tess is a vocal advocate for attempting to live a zero waste lifestyle and strives to live a life in alignment with her social justice values.
Mark Mitsui began his tenure as president of Portland Community College on September 1, 2016. Previously, President Mitsui served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges within the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education. In Washington he worked to advance President Obama's community college agenda through partnerships with numerous federal agencies and national stakeholders. In this capacity he co-led the My Brother's Keeper Postsecondary Completion interagency team working to improve college access and completion for the nation's young men of color. Before serving in the Obama administration, he was president of North Seattle College in Washington state from 2010 to 2013. While at North Seattle, President Mitsui was founding chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Association of Colleges and Universities, a member of the National Asian/Pacific Islander Council of the American Association of Community Colleges, and in 2013 was honored with the Rhonda Quash Coates Award for contributions to the Multicultural Student Services Directors Council of Washington state. ▼
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 is the Director of Sustainability at The Evergreen State College. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with an emphasis upon organic and bio-chemistry, and a Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. Evergreen's Office of Sustainability coordinates and guides on campus sustainability efforts as well as institutional collaborations with community-based groups. Scott has worked in agriculture and private industry, founded and managed a small non-profit, taught GED and pre-college classes, and has spent the past few years immersed in the public sector. This diverse set of perspectives informs his recognition that long-term sustainability will require a dynamic harmony between environmental, social, and economic health. On campus, Scott works across all divisions of the college, from operations to academics, to support Evergreen's carbon neutrality and zero-waste goals. ▼
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 is a Project Manager at Community Environmental Services, a research and service unit within Portland Sate University. Emily currently manages the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project, the City of Portland's Multifamily, Single-family, and Events Recycling projects, and various private Solid Waste Assessment contracts. Emily has a background in sustainability program development, working with organizations such as ROSE CDC, SPI Industries, and SOLVE. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, gallivanting around Portland with coffee in hand, and traveling. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Community Development from Portland State University, and is currently pursuing her PMP and ISSP certificates.
An Oklahoma native, Danny Najera earned his Bachelors and PhD from the University of Kansas and considers himself a scientist (Entomologist and Ecologist) and a teacher. He has taught at several colleges and universities, including the University of Kansas, and is full time at Green River Community College. Danny is on the board of trustees for the Puget Sound Keepers Association and did his graduate work on honeybee cognition.
In addition to co-owning and managing Stoneboat, Jesse is a Spanish graduate student at PSU and works with the nonprofit Adelante Mujeres. He has bachelor's degrees from the University of Oregon in Spanish and International Studies. His undergraduate work included multiple abroad programs in Guatemala, Argentina and Mexico as well as work abroad for undergraduate credit editing and subtitling video footage of a web book about the Oaxaca social movement of 2006 with U of O. After returning to Portland from Eugene and abroad, he began working with Adelante Mujeres as an AmeriCorps member and has collaborated with that organization in different capacities since including designing the intern program that provides the farm with great interns and provides those interns with valuable farming know-how.
Jenny Nitzky is a senior undergraduate student at Southern Oregon University. She is an International Studies major and French and Sociology/Anthropology minors. On campus, she works as the Sustainability Coordinator Assistant and the Raider Alternative Breaks Coordinator. She is also the on-campus Peace Corps Ambassador and the Humanities and Culture senator for the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University. Her main goal for her time at SOU is working to implement sustainable institutional changes, especially in regards to dining and zero waste management. Much of her free time is dedicated to volunteering with OSPIRG and at the on-campus student run farm.
Lucy Pierce is a graduate student in the Masters of Environmental Studies program at The Evergreen State College. She was the first graduate from the Sustainability Studies program at Otterbein University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. Serving as the Climate Action Fellow for the 2017 Evergreen Sustainability Fellowships, Lucy supported the update of TESC's Climate Action Plan by preparing briefings and drafting feasibility assessments of low-carbon technology implementation on campus. She assisted with the organization of a low-carbon space heating symposium in collaboration with The University of Washington and Western Washington University. Lucy is currently working on her thesis exploring the intersection of eco-marketing, labeling standardization, and compostable plastic packaging.
Emily began as the Education & Outreach Coordinator for PSU's Campus Sustainability Office in January 2018. A current graduate student at PSU, Emily's masters project work has focused on examining renewable energy procurement options for the University. Prior to starting her graduate program, Emily worked for three years as a Project Coordinator for Strategic Energy Innovations, a California-based nonprofit. There, Emily supported several energy education and workforce development programs. Emily earned her BS in Environmental Science from Trinity College in Connecticut. At PSU, Emily is pursuing a Professional Science Masters in Environmental Science and Management and Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management.
Kate Reavey has taught composition, creative writing, literature, and Learning Community courses at Peninsula College for more than twenty-five years, and she is currently the Peninsula site instructor for the Native Pathways Program through The Evergreen State College in ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ the House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse. She earned an M.A. in Poetry from U.C. Davis and has just completed her doctoral degree in Humanities and Culture with a focus on social justice. Her books of poetry include two limited edition letter-pressed chapbooks and one longer collection. She is a member of the Sustainability and Contemplative Practice Workgroup through the Curriculum for the Bioregions Initiative. In 2010, Reavey taught literature and creative writing in Florence, Italy as the WCCCSA exchange professor. She lives in the Foothills of the Olympic Mountains.
Saiyare is the Coordinator for Sustainability Integration at Pacific Lutheran University. Within this role Saiyare supervises the PLU Community Garden, advises PLU's Diversity, Justice and Sustainability Fund Team, and bridges various committees around the topics of social and environmental justice. Saiyare has her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from PLU. In their free time, they coordinate community art projects and work with a youth service arts nonprofit.
Yareli Torres Rincon is currently a junior at Forest Grove High School, she been a STEAM Student for 7 years. She has taken part in Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA), The Invention Bootcamp, and is currently in Chicktech. Law and Engineering are an interest of hers which she hopes leads her to becoming a Patent Attorney or an Intellectual Lawyer. Her greatest aspiration is to, in the future, give young kids greater opportunities to explore in the STEAM fields and pursue higher education. When she was younger in an after school club she got a sneak peek of robotics and thought wow that's amazing! Later on, however, the thought came to her that there were no girls in that club. The instructor was also male, and it seemed like a far-fetched idea to be a girl in robotics. She now hopes to encourage young students to break down those barriers and pursue their passions.
Johnathan Riopelle plans, promotes, and stewards Western Washington University's Sustainable Action Fund, a student-fee-based program that provides grants to projects that improve the University's sustainability. Johnathan also coaches student teams in grant writing and project management, and serves as an instructor in sustainable business courses. He has served as a development writer for the University of Washington and Northeastern University, and holds degrees in Psychology, Theology, and Editing. Johnathan fills many of his waking hours riding his bicycle, writing poetry, and promoting animal welfare.
Narce Rodriguez is the Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Pacific University. She leads and manages an institution wide effort to support and further develop a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff through policy development and programs that foster equity and inclusion in the broadest sense possible. This includes providing strategic, operational, and organizational leadership that grows capacity for intercultural competence, nurturing of diversity populations, and inclusive leadership across campus. Rodriguez brings more than 25 years of higher education experience, with a substantial background in diversity and inclusion. Most recently, she has served as dean of student development at Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, where her other roles since 2000 have included interim campus president, retention and multicultural coordinator, and program advisor for the College Assistance Migrant Program. ▼
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 is Director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) at The Evergreen State College which is helping to bring innovation, new tools, and sustainability excellence to infrastructure planning and investment in the Pacific Northwest. Rhys authored CSI's influential inaugural report, Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions and the first two installments in the '5 Big Goals for 2040' CSI report series: Rewiring the Northwest's Energy Infrastructure and A Northwest Vision for 2040 Water Infrastructure. Prior to founding CSI, Rhys co-founded and helped lead for over 15 years the non-profit group Climate Solutions. Rhys earned a Masters in Environmental Studies in 1990 from The Evergreen State College.
Megan Schneider is a masters student at Portland State University studying Leadership for Sustainability Education in the Graduate School of Education. She received a BS in Global Resource Systems with a focus on Sustainability and Planning from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where she studied food system sustainability. Megan has worked in education for many years, from garden-based learning with children to facilitating and coordinating programs in higher education. She currently works at Portland State University where she coordinates community-based learning opportunities and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for the Facilities and Property Management department and the Living Lab program. She is deeply committed to the critical work of transforming how we go about education and our work in the field of sustainability.
Briar is the Sustainability Manager for Portland Community College, with the focus of mainstreaming sustainability throughout all college practices district-wide. She has taught sustainability courses at PCC and sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network. She holds a Master's Degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University, as well as a B.A. in Sustainability and a B.S. in Justice Studies. She is a LEED Green Associate and received her Master Gardener certification in 2016. Briar has represented the college at the local, national and international-level, most recently at COP23! Prior to her role as the Sustainability Manager, she worked as the Sustainability Analyst for PCC, completing the college's greenhouse gas inventories and STARS reports. She likes to spend her free time crafting, gardening, and playing with her kitty.
Katie Secrist is a consultant at SBC and brings a well-rounded environmental and social perspective to business operations and strives to increase profitability while mitigating risk. She has experience in assessing sustainability programming, identifying business value, developing case studies, and then creating engaging educational materials and platforms to better educate stakeholders. She recently co-authored Sustainability Jobs: The Complete Guide to Landing Your Dream, Green Job and has facilitated several workshops for students, graduates and professionals on landing a purpose-driven job.
Lara Seng is a Regional Sustainability Coordinator responsible for developing tools, educating teams and implementing actions at college and university locations that help to realize Sodexo's Better Tomorrow 2025 commitments as well as our client partner's sustainability goals. Her primary areas of focus include: waste reduction, local and sustainable sourcing and fighting hunger. Her efforts include developing a series of waste skills training sessions in collaboration with the EPA and other industry experts. She is an active member Sodexo's Sustainability Education and Expert Development (SEED) community of practice, a national resource group dedicated to educating managers and sharing best practices, and has served as the National SEED Leadership Committee Co-Chair. She also leads stop hunger initiatives in Seattle. ▼
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 is currently a senior biology major student at Willamette University. She took the role of chair of the Willamette University Green Fund Committee at the beginning of this academic year and has been working to create a committee that is focused on increasing equity and social justice on campus. She plans to continue to pursue her interests in the environment using the lenses of equity and biology as she continues on to graduate school.
Diane Shingledecker is the District Community-Based Learning (CBL) Faculty Coordinator for Career Technical Education at Portland Community College. She has also been teaching Computer Applications at PCC since 2001. Throughout her PCC career, she has coordinated a variety of service-learning projects in an unlikely combination of disciplines that enable students to see how they can address community issues utilizing the skills they have acquired in their classes. She recently completed her Masters Certificate in Service-Learning in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University where she was a participant in a three-week intensive service program in Madurai, India. Diane is also a current faculty member of Community Works Institute's Summer West week long Service-Learning program and is a frequent contributor to the Community Works Journal.
Heidi Sickert, M.P.I.A., C.S.B.A., serves as adjunct business faculty and a member of the Sustainability Leadership Council for Portland Community College (PCC) in Oregon. As well, Heidi chairs PCC's faculty-led sustainability council called SPARC, which annually awards PCC's Sustainability Focus Award to students (https://www.pcc.edu/programs/sustainability/) and she recently completed leadership of a 4-state National Science Foundation grant program (www.locate-stte.org). Heidi's also an independent consultant specializing in sustainability, change management and product stewardship with more than 20 years' experience. Her vision is to see sustainability practices become standard practices in our daily lives, businesses and organizations. "If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems." Majora Carter, environmental justice activist.
Dale Silha is Vice President of Pacific Northwest Energy and Technical Services for McKinstry, a full-service design, build, operate and maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. In this role, Dale leads and manages McKinstry's efforts to save energy and deliver efficiency in the built environment for clients in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Since arriving at McKinstry's Spokane office in 2010, he has created customer-focused solutions, honed McKinstry's strategic vision and grown the company's energy and technical services business with major clients like Washington State University, Avista Corporation and Spokane County. Dale earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho and his Master of Business Administration degree from Idaho State University. Outside of McKinstry, Dale serves on the board of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) as well as GSI's STEM Executive Committee board.
Vincent M. Smith holds a joint appointment in the departments of environmental science & policy and sociology & anthropology at Southern Oregon University specializing in environmental and agricultural sociology. He earned his BA in plant ecology from Truman State University, his MS in environmental science from Oregon State University, and his PhD in interdisciplinary environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently serving on the SOU Sustainability Council and is the Chair of the environmental science & policy program. Dr. Smith also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rogue Valley Food System Council and on the environmental affairs committee of Mt. Ashland Ski Area. Dr. Smith's current research explores the impact of the cannabis industry on food systems. He is also currently exploring cold-tolerance in fruit tree species. He lives in Ashland with his wife and three children where he enjoys exploring the beauty of Southern Oregon.
Sky is a musician, an artist, and a friend. Growing up in the music/art festival circuit, he has been building relationships in creative communities his whole life. Studying business and communications at the University of Washington, his studies are focused on strategies and frameworks for driving collective action and synergy. He sees music and art as the most important vehicle for change.
A sixth-generation Oregonian by birth and avant-garde culinarian by trade, PSU Eats' Executive Chef Matt Steele brings a global sensibility and sophistication to each dish that passes through his kitchen, which, for Matt, can really be anywhere. Persistent, competent, and engaged, are some phrases you might use to describe Matt. It isn't all Steele-y eyed determination with Matt, however. A unique vision and careful guidance is what's needed to pull together cuisines and menus that not only satisfy students' taste buds but provide them with the locally-sourced and seasonal options they've come to expect of one of the nation's most sustainability-oriented campuses. Matt's experience as regional chef with the Opper Malang and culinary director of the Independent Restaurants Concept groups has endowed him with the industry know-how to source quality ingredients from Oregon and the Pacific Northwest's diverse network of farmers and distributors, and consistently re-imagine campus food for a rapidly-changing and conscientious world.
Jennifer Stefanick is a recent graduate from Portland State University (PSU) where she earned her BS in Environmental Studies and a minor in Sustainability. Jennifer was hired as the Portland Event Recycling (PER) project lead at Community Environmental Services (CES) with partner, the city of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), in spring of 2015 and served as lead for two and half years. In spring of 2017, Jennifer was recognized for her work as the PER project lead with an Excellence in Sustainability award from PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) for streamlining the program and increasing awareness with community event planners about making greater reductions in event waste. Jennifer has also worked on many other projects with CES in a field staff capacity that in include the Solid Waste Assessment Team, the Single Family Can Weight Study and more recently, the Department of Environmental Quality residential and commercial wasted food study. All of these experiences have contributed to Jennifer's ongoing passion to reduce waste, influence thoughtful consumption and protect the environment.
Evan is a professional Entomologist and 40-year+ Beekeeper with a varied background including research, private enterprise, and university teaching. He established a science-based beekeeping program at the University of Washington in 2011 in conjunction with the UW (student) Farm. His favorite pollinating species reflects my recent research and business interests. This is the West Coast Green Raspberry Bee (Osmia aglaia), native to California and the Willamette Valley of Oregon but culturable further north. It is a beautiful metallic green bee, an avid pollinator of berries and a wide variety of Summer crops and is easy to manage.
James is a senior civil engineering student at Gonzaga University from Casper, Wyoming. James spent time working for the Indian Health Service designing water supply and sanitation systems on reservations near Seattle. For the last seven months, he has worked on stormwater treatment and watershed management while interning for the City of Spokane. After graduating, James hopes to work in the field of sustainable development.
Shaun Taylor specializes in science curriculum, technology, and learning systems design. He served for 17 years as VP for Product Development at Videodiscovery, where he developed interactive videodiscs, CD-ROM, online science collection with LCMS and correlation tools. He has developed high stakes science assessments using extended scenarios and hands-on labs. He is Education Director for the Clean Energy Institute and the Molecular Engineering Materials Center at UW where he develops wikis, research videos, and a broad K-12 outreach for solar energy and materials science. He is Director of Production for Educurious publishing a problem based, blended learning curriculum. Mr. Taylor has a B.S. in Zoology and a M.Ed. in Science Education.
As the Sustainability Mentorship Program Coordinator with the Institute for PSU's Sustainable Solutions, Melia has worked with the program since its inception, researching professional mentorship programs both locally and nationally to inform the program's design and bringing 10 years of experience in program management to help build and launch the program in Spring 2017. Melia's passion for hands-on learning and mentorship stemmed from years working as a program manager at local volunteer center Hands On Greater Portland, where she ran the TeamWorks program, bringing together teams of 10-12 community volunteers to explore specific issue area or neighborhood through the lens of service-learning and experiential education. After eight years of work at Hands On, Melia took her volunteer management experience abroad to Armenia, where she served for four months as a volunteer consultant and trainer to the staff at Birthright Armenia, a program designed to connect young diasporan Armenians to their cultural and ancestral roots through hands-on volunteer positions and internships in the Armenian homeland. ▼
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
BASSP Student at Cascadia College, Director of Health and Sustainability for Cascadia Student Government.
Mary Vance manages the Institute for Sustainable Solutions Sustainability Internship Program and is a career counselor in the Office of Advising and Career Services. She holds Master's degrees in Counseling (University of Maryland, College Park), and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Teachers College, Columbia University); and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (University of Colorado, Boulder). She currently serves on the Portland State University Internship Advisory Board. She is a nationally certified counselor and master career counselor and is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and National Career Development Association and serves on the board of the Oregon Career Development Association.
Charles A. Vescoso, Jr. serves as Technical Editor and author for ATP and is responsible for editing and insuring technical accuracy of newly submitted and previously published manuscript for educational training materials for construction, sustainably, and wellness. He is the author of the WELL AP Exam Preperation Guide. His career in construction has spanned over 20 years. He has spent the last 10 years with ATP but the first 13 years was spent as a union-trained commercial carpenter. He holds a B.S. in Written Technical Communication from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Project Management (Construction Management concentration) degree from Northwestern University. Prior to his construction career, he spent 4 years as a proud member of the United States Marine Corps.
As Western's sustainability officer, Seth Vidana oversees the functions of the Office of Sustainability, working with students, staff, and faculty to make Western a national leader in sustainability through advances in academics, operations, and co-curricular learning. Seth is driven to provide students with the opportunity to identify as protectors of people and planet, and hopes that their experiences at Western will stay with them for the rest of their lives. An envelope-pusher, knowledge source, and mentor, Seth is also co-chair of the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Consortium. He enjoys being a father, partner, trail runner, bee keeper, and is a proud first-generation American of Latino-Teuton heritage.
Dr. Erica Wagner is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Portland State University's School of Business. Based on her own experience, she knows that undergraduate education has the capacity to change lives. As a high school student, she was told that she was not smart enough to attend college. She later earned her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and was on the faculty at Cornell University. She is committed to education as an issue of social justice and uses her influence to help marginalized groups succeed. Erica is also an active researcher who focuses on the ways that the programming of software influences how work is done, and who will be legitimized within organizations. Her research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and is the recipient of multiple best paper awards. In addition, she was one of four faculty members across Cornell University to receive a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Digital Government project (2005) to support Natural Language Processing Support for eRulemaking. ▼
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 is a faculty member in chemistry at Edmonds Community College where she is also the manager of the college's beekeeping program and the faculty adviser for the Bee Club. She has led undergraduate research projects involving the extraction and analysis of pollen from honey, and is a regular participant in STEM related student support activities. Mary is also the STEM division representative to the college's faculty senate. In her spare time Mary is an avid traveler, hiker and runner.
Barbara Wingerson is the Associate Vice President of Finance & Administration at the University of Washington and guides the strategy for the University's social responsibility units of UW Sustainability and Business Diversity. She is the chief of staff to the Executive Vice President and provides leadership throughout Finance & Administration guiding teams across multiple disciplines. She supported the establishment of UW Sustainability office, Business Diversity Program and the student-led Campus Sustainability Fund in 2009. Ms. Wingerson is the University's staff lead for the newly established Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI). Prior to joining the Executive Office, Ms. Wingerson spent two years serving as Senior Associate Treasurer, Operations where she managed financial operations of the UW through strategic partnerships with the Board of Regents, Advancement, University of Washington Investment Company (UWINCO), donors, alumni, campus schools and colleges, administrative units, and students. Before joining the Treasury Office, Ms. Wingerson devoted ten years to the University of Washington School of Medicine finance.
Rylie Wolff is a Portland Community College student, currently serving as the Rock Creek Campus Co-Op Director through Student Leadership. The Rock Creek Co-Op houses the Panther Pantry, Student Closet, and Lending Library all of which provide students with free food, clothing, and educational resources. They sit on the PCC Food and Housing Committee and serve as the campaign lead of the PCC Rock Creek Take Back the Tap campaign, they also recently created the first partnership between Portland Community College and the Oregon Food Bank in Washington County. The principle of mutual aid underlines all social justice and ecojustice work Rylie takes on. Rylie's life passion is founded in providing accessible resources to PCC students and to advocate for their community. Rylie is currently working toward an Associate of Applied Science EMT-degree through PCC and a BA in Spanish with a focus in Community Development from Portland State University.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Nicholas graduated from The Evergreen State College with a B.A. as a first-generation, low-income adult returner in 2015 after dropping out of high school and working manual labor, food service, and retail work before joining the Washington Conservation Corps (an Americorps program). While in Americorps, Nicholas spent two years conducting conservation/habitat restoration projects while also responding to natural and man made disasters which are frequently compounded by climate change. At The Evergreen State College Nicholas was a coordinator for the permaculture student group for three years - maintaining 1 acre of the farm while supporting the aquaponics greenhouse also hosting workshops, speakers, and events, was co-chair of the Clean Energy Committee for two years - overseeing student funds for sustainability projects, and spent his senior year (2014-15) as a Student Trustee appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee assisting with the oversight of the Office of the President of The Evergreen State College. ▼
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.
Jenny is the Campus Sustainability Director for Portland State University, a role she's been in for over 6 years. She has a long background in campus sustainability planning. Before joining PSU, she was the Sustainability Manager at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she facilitated broad-spectrum programming and cross campus collaboration. Prior to that, she worked at North Carolina State University where she helped conduct and write the first sustainability assessment for that university. Jenny has also served as an independent environmental consultant in both technical and educational capacities.