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 Tucker


Mary Evelyn Tucker
Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University
Co-chair, Center Board of Advisors

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. She is a co-founder and co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Together they organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. They are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press.

She is also Research Associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. Tucker is the author of Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (Open Court Press, 2003), Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism (SUNY, 1989) and The Philosophy of Qi (Columbia University Press, 2007). She co-edited Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 1994), Buddhism and Ecology (Harvard, 1997), Confucianism and Ecology (Harvard, 1998), and Hinduism and Ecology (Harvard, 2000) and When Worlds Converge (Open Court, 2002). With Tu Weiming she edited two volumes on Confucian Spirituality (Crossroad, 2004). She also co-edited a Daedalus volume titled Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (2001).

She edited several of Thomas Berry's books: Evening Thoughts (Sierra Club Books and University of California Press, 2006), The Sacred Universe (Columbia University Press, 2009), and Christian Future and the Fate of Earth (Orbis Book, 2009).  She is a member of the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000 and is a member of the Earth Charter International Council. B.A. Trinity College, M.A. SUNY Fredonia, M.A. Fordham University, Ph.D. Columbia University.

Mary Evelyn created Journey of the Universe with Brian Swimme which is a trilogy: a book (published by Yale University Press), an Emmy award winning film for PBS, and an education series of 20 interviews of scientists, historians, and environmentalists.

 Orr

David W. Orr
Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
Co-chair, Center Board of Advisors

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Senior Adviser to the President, Oberlin College. He is the author of seven books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and co-editor of three others. He has authored nearly 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications.

In the past twenty-five years he has served as a board member or adviser to eight foundations and on the Boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Currently he a Trustee of the Bioneers, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the WorldWatch Institute. He has been awarded seven honorary degrees and a dozen other awards including a Lyndhurst Prize and a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

He headed the effort to design, fund, and build the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, which was named by an AIA panel in 2010 as “the most important green building of the past thirty years,” and as “one of thirty milestone buildings of the twentieth century” by the U.S. Department of Energy.

He is the executive director of the Oberlin project, an editor of the journal Solutions, and is a high level adviser to four grandchildren ages 2-12.

 Amon

Lawrence J. Amon
Chief Financial Officer, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, D.C.

Larry is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit organization working to promote healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems. Larry was a strategic financial management consultant prior to joining the Ocean Conservancy in 2007, helping organizations design their budgeting and financial reporting processes to achieve organizational goals. Prior to establishing his consulting business, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for National Wildlife Federation after serving as its Chief Financial Officer. Between these two appointments, he served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer during a CEO search process.

Larry has worked in the finance area of conservation organizations for over 30 years. He joined NWF's staff in 1996 after serving as the Chief Financial Officer of World Wildlife Fund from 1990 to 1995 and as its Controller from 1985 to 1990. Prior to WWF he worked for The Conservation Foundation. Larry earned his B.A. in biology from Antioch College in 1972 and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1986.

 Ball

Armand Ball
Consultant and Community Activist, Fort Myers, Florida

Armand Ball, a native of Louisiana, currently consults with children's camps nationally and internationally. His professional experience relates to administering camps for church groups and the YMCA in Florida, Tennessee and Minnesota, and as CEO of the American Camp Association for 13 years. He and his wife, Beverly, co-authored the standard text on camp administration, now available in four languages.

He is a founder of the International Camping Fellowship and has spoken and taught in many countries.  Armand has been active in the civic and conservation life of Sanibel as past Chair of the City's Park and Recreation Committee, board member of the non-profit for below market rate housing, Kiwanis, a state permitting program for sea turtle monitoring, and past as President of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation.

 Clugston

Richard M. Clugston
Project Coordinator, Earth Charter Scholarship Project

Rick Clugston is Project Coordinator for the Earth Charter Scholarship Project at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. Clugston also serves as the Earth Charter Coordinator for the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. From 1991-2008, Rick was a Vice President of The Humane Society of the United States and Executive Director of the Center for Respect of Life and Environment, where he also directed the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future; the Sustainable Universities Assessment and Evaluation Project; and Earth Charter USA

Dr. Clugston served on the the Earth Charter International Steering Committee where he chaired the fundraising committee. He now serves on the Earth Charter International Council and on the boards of the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation (Maine, USA), and the Bonne Bay Lighthouse Center (Newfoundland, Canada). Dr. Clugston is the publisher and editor of Earth Ethics, the Deputy Editor of The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (MCB University Publications), and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development (Sage Publications). He was a co-founder of the Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership.

Prior to coming to Washington, Dr. Clugston worked for the University of Minnesota for 11 years, as a faculty member in the College of Human Ecology, and as a strategic planner in Academic Affairs, Continuing Education and the Office of the President. He received his doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota (1987), and his masters in Human Development from the University of Chicago (1977). As an undergraduate psychology and biochemistry major at the University of Minnesota (1975), he received the Mayo Foundation Scholarship for Medicine and Medicine Related Fields. His doctoral thesis was selected as dissertation of the year by the American Association of University Administrators.

 Crocker

Jack Crocker
Dean Emeritus, Florida Gulf Coast University

 Jack Crocker came from the University of South Florida in Tampa to Florida Gulf Coast University in 1995 as founding dean of the college of arts and sciences. In addition to starting the college of arts and sciences, he served twice as interim provost, wrote the Guiding Principles for the University, co-wrote the lyrics for the alma mater, and originated the Renaissance Academy of FGCU, a lifelong learning program. A poet and fiction writer, his work has appeared in a variety of places including the book, Florida in Poetry. A collection of poems, The Last Resort, came out in February 2009 from the Texas Review Press. He has written for public television and presented readings as well as musical programs at colleges, conferences, and workshops throughout the United States.

As a professor, Crocker has taught literature and creative writing at several universities and was writer-in-residence for Danville College 's summer program in Florence, Italy. Having gone to college on basketball and baseball scholarships in Mississippi, he has a doctorate in English from Texas Tech University. Currently he is Vice President of Academic Affairs at the State College of Florida, Manatee/Sarasota.  

 Deming

Alison Hawthorne Deming
Poet, Professor, Creative Writing, University of Arizona

Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Science and Other Poems (LSU Press, 1994), selected by Gerald Stern for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets; The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence (LSU, 1997); Genius Loci (Penguin, 2005); and Rope (Penguin, 2009).  Deming has also published three nonfiction books, Temporary Homelands (Mercury House, 1994), The Edges of the Civilized World (Picador USA, 1998), which was a finalist for the PEN Center West Award, and Writing the Sacred Into the Real (Milkweed Editions 2001).  A new nonfiction book Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. She edited Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology (Columbia University Press, 1996) and co-edited with Lauret E. Savoy The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity and the Natural World (Milkweed, 2002; expanded/revised edition 2011). Deming received an MFA from Vermont College in 1983 and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University in 1987-88. Her writing has won numerous awards and honors, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod, a Pushcart Prize, the Gertrude B. Claytor Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Bayer Award in science writing from Creative Nonfiction for the essay “Poetry and Science: A View from the Divide.” She has held residencies at Yaddo, Cummington Community for the Arts, the Djerassi Foundation, Mesa Refuge, The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland, and the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

She has served on the faculty of Prague Summer Seminars, Writers at Work, Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, Art of the Wild, The Orion Society's Forgotten Language Tour, the Sitka Symposium on Human Values and the Written Word, and numerous other writing programs. In 1997 she was Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Hawai'i in Manoa.

Her poems and essays have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Orion, Islands, The Pushcart Prize XVIII: Best of the Small Presses, American Nature Writing, Verse and Universe: Poems on Science and Mathematics and the Norton Book of Nature Writing.

 Greene

Marci Greene
Dean, College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University

Dr. Marci Greene is Dean of the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University.  She began her work at FGCU as Assistant Professor and program  leader of the graduate program for Special Education in 1997.  Prior to FGCU, Dr. Greene was Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, in Fort Myers.  Her professional experience includes working as a Pre-K Specialist for Lee County Head Start and Special Education programs, employment with the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System, and work as a special education teacher in Lee County, as well as Supervisor of Special Education in Youngstown, Ohio.  She also spent several years at Graded, an American school in Sao Paulo Brazil as an elementary principal.

Dr. Greene has authored more than thirty published scholarly articles and documents, conducted more than one hundred professional presentations, and received major research grants.  She has successfully lead the College of Education in their quest for national accreditation and played a key role in the establishment of the College’s doctoral program in education.

Among many honors, she was bestowed with a National Daily Point of Light award in 2001, was selected for FGCU’s Leadership Institute, was designated as Florida Gulf Coast Woman of the Month, J C Penney Golden Rule Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award, and Outstanding Post-secondary Educator from Phi Delta Phi.

Dr. Greene earned her Ed. D. in Special Education from Texas Tech University in 1980.  She holds a Master of Education from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor of Science from South Dakota State University.

 Greene

Maxine Greene
Professor Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University

Maxine Greene has been at the forefront of educational philosophy for well over half a century as a teacher, lecturer, and author. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where she has been on the faculty since 1965 and is now Professor Emeritus.  In 1984, she was elected to the National Academy of Education and has received Educator of the Year Awards from Columbia University and Ohio State University.

 Henry

Donna Price Henry
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University

Donna Price Henry is Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology at Florida Gulf Coast University. Henry completed her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, earning her B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior in 1982, and her graduate work at Thomas Jefferson University earning her Ph.D. in Physiology in 1987. She was Chairman of the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, and Assistant Professor of Biology at Saint Thomas University in Miami, Florida, for six years before joining FGCU. 

A founding faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences at FGCU in 1996, Henry developed the curriculum for the biology program. She was a member of the faculty team developing the innovative curriculum for the Interdisciplinary Core for all degree programs, in the College of Arts and Sciences. Henry served as the founding director of the University's Whitaker Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, whose mission includes fostering best practices in science and mathematics education through the use of innovative research tools, technologies, and pedagogical methods. She facilitated the development of the program for the construction of Whitaker Hall, the science, mathematics and technology building on the FGCU campus.

Henry's leadership in science education extends far beyond the University; she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Future Scientists, and has presented papers detailing her reform efforts in undergraduate science education.

 Hopkins

Collette M. Hopkins, Ph.D.
Director of Education and Public Programs, NBAF (presenters of the National Black Arts Festival), Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Hopkins serves as the Director of Education and Public Programs for NBAF (presenters of the National Black Arts Festival). In this capacity, she develops and produces a variety of education programs and experiences for educators, parents, children and youth, families, and the general public. She has inspired, motivated, and galvanized thousands of educators, students, and others into various forms of activism through her vision for community empowerment, educational inclusion, and cultural ownership. Her area of interest is teaching the African presence in the Americas.

Dr. Hopkins is a strong advocate for the rights of children, especially the right to learn in a variety of environments with an assortment of teaching materials. She understands the arts as a tool for social justice and equality. As a visionary, Dr. Hopkins has designed curricular materials, conducted workshops, and organizaed education tours to Africa and countries of the African Diaspora to provide educators with new resources and to broaden their education experience. She recently presented on intentional urban youth leadership development at the 2012 meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

June LaCombe
Environmental Educator, Sculpture Curator, Maine

June LaCombe is a curator showing sculpture by New England artists on the Maine landscape. Her professional experience reflects her interests in natural history, cultural history and the arts. She was the Director of Environmental Education for the Maine Audubon Society from 1976-1982 overseeing nature centers, field trips, wildlife research, and teacher's resources. She worked as the Education Director, then the Acting Director of Greater Portland Landmarks in 1984-1986 overseeing architectural history tours, courses, field trips, and development. From 1987 she has worked as a curator exploring environmental themes through sculpture exhibitions, hosting shows that have included: "Sculpture for this Animate Earth", "Touchstones", "In Celebration of Place" and "The Heart of Matter". She organized art shows in conjunction with the academic symposium, Teaching for the Environment: The Promise of the Earth Charter at the Chewonki Foundation.

June LaCombe completed a Doctoral program in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England with her focus of research: Insights from Environmental Art for Environmental Education. This included a review of the theory and practice of environmental education and the power of environmental art to: increase perceptual awareness, provide insight to our understanding of natural systems, help heal the nature / culture divide, inspire participatory action, explore spirit of place, and celebrate beauty. She lives on a small farm in Maine. www.junelacombesculpture.com

Akpezi Ogbuigwe
Environmental Education, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya
 

Akpezi Ogbuigwe is a native of Nigeria. She holds a B.A. of Law from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University). She received her Masters of Law at the University of Bristol, England. Ogbuigwe has vast experience in the field of environmental education, research, and training. She has held the position of Head of Environmental Education and Training at UNEP since 2002. She is currently on a leave of absence from UNEP to conduct research on transformational change in higher education in Africa. Ogbuigwe also serves as a Guest Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. 

Prior to joining UNEP, Ogbuigwe was a Professor of Law and Dean of Faculty of Law at Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Nigeria. She developed training curriculum for teaching environmental law and policy in Nigerian universities under a program initiated by the Federal Ministry of Environment, UNDP, and UNEP. Ogbuigwe volunteered her time at the Anpez Centre for Environment and Development in Port Harcourt, Nigeria working with schools, communities, government, and the private sector on issues of environment and development and the operating of an environmental library.

Doctor Professor Ogbuigwe’s research interests include the mainstreaming of environment and sustainability research and learning in educational institutions and Africa’s emancipation. 

Akpezi Ogbuigwe was as a guest scholar at the Center’s 2011 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture “The Africa You Don’t Know: A Women’s Perspective.”  Ogbuigwe explained how Africa is transitioning toward an improved future that breaks away from its stigma as “the dark continent.”  “It is time for the people of Africa to dance to a new tune,” said Ogbuigwe. “It is people that create change for nations and continents, not diamonds, gold, or oil… Africa is an opportunity, and now is the time; this is the generation.”

 

Jacob Scott
Solicitor, Foot Anstey, Bristol, England 

After moving to Southwest Florida from Edinburgh, Scotland as a college student, Jacob became one of the first teaching assistants to Florida Gulf Coast University's ground breaking Colloquium course. This course was the first environmental course required of all students graduating from a public university in the United States. Mentored by Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran, Jacob graduated FGCU in 1999 and spent time interning for the National Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Florida Wildlife Federation. Jacob subsequently spent several years in Atlanta, Georgia leading environmental education and outreach programs for the National Wildlife Federation across the southeast United States.

On returning to the UK Jacob led external relations programs for the Environment Agency in the north of England. In 2011 Jacob began practicing law as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts in England and Wales and is involved with several initiatives set up to promote environmental law, sustainability and public sector and commercial development of renewable energy, including the Legal Sector Alliance, Carbon Leapfrog, and the Environmental Law Review.

Jacob is active on environmental Boards in the USA and UK and has a special interest in environmental justice and youth environmental leadership. Jacob is a keen angler and outdoors enthusiast and continues to volunteer as an environmental educator in Gloucestershire, England.

 

Vikki Spruill
President and CEO, Council on Foundations, Washington, D.C.

Vikki N. Spruill is the current President and CEO of the Ocean Conservancy and newly appointed President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean Conservancy—the nation's largest organization dedicated to restoring the health and resiliency of the ocean. Prior to her appointment at Ocean Conservancy in December 2006, Ms. Spruill was president and founder of SeaWeb, a non-profit organization that uses strategic communications techniques to advance ocean conservation. Ms. Spruill led a team there that in 11 years designed and executed innovative programs that led to stronger ocean conservation policies as well as industry and behavior change. Prior to SeaWeb, Ms. Spruill spent 15 years in public relations, including five years as a senior vice president at Ruder Finn, one of the largest independently held public relations firms in the world, where she was responsible for client management and new business development.

Ms. Spruill is a member of the board of directors for Sky Truth, and of the boards of directors for Tides Network and Tides Center, and she sits on the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Advisory Committee. She currently chairs the principals group of COMPASS, the Communications Partnership for Science and the Sea. Ms. Spruill serves on the Advisory Committee for the Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum and the Conservation Committee of the SeaChange Investment Fund. She is also a member of the Pew Fellows Advisory Committee, the Ad Council Advisory Committee and represents Ocean Conservancy's membership in the Clinton Global Initiative. Ms. Spruill founded Foundation Works, a nonprofit organization working with foundations to enhance effectiveness for foundations and grantees. She graduated cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in religious studies. Ms. Spruill received her master's degree in communications from the University of West Florida.

 

 

Ronald B. Toll, Ph.D
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Florida Gulf Coast University


Dr. Ronald Toll is native of New Jersey.  he holds an A.A. degree in Biology from Union College in Cranford, New Jersey and a B.A. in Zoology from Rutgers University.  he received his doctoral degree in Biological Oceanography from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Miami.  Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian institution in Washington D.C., Dr. Toll began his faculty career at the University of the South in Tennessee.  He has held multiple administrative roles.  He served as Department Chair of Biology and Division Chair of Natural Sciences and Special Assistant to the President for Technology and Corporate Relations at the University of Central Arkansas.  Prior to coming to Florida Gulf Coast University, Dr. Toll served as Vice President for the Academic Affairs at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Toll has published more that thirty peer reviewed papers and monograph contributions in the area of marine invertebrates.  His work has taken him from coastal studies on the barrier islands of Georgia to his participation as Associate Director of Adjunct Sciences for the S.S. Central America Project, an expedition that led to the successful recovery of nearly $300 million of gold coins and bars from a depth of 8,000 feet.  His current research projects include: biodiversity of coastal, marine benthic macro invertebrates; population dynamics of commercial bivalves; systematics and evolution of cephalopod mollusks (squid, octopods, cuttlefish); deep-sea benthic ecology; and animal/sediment interactions.

"As a biological oceanographer with training and research interests in coastal zone ecology, I am pleased to bring my expertise and passion for environmentalism to my duties as Provost.  I grew up near the ocean and am thrilled to be back to the water's edge at an institution so firmly grounded in environmental responsibility.  I look forward to supporting our exceptional Marine and Ecological Sciences faculty in their endeavors at the Vester Marine and Environmental Research Field Station."  -Ronald Toll

Erik Thijs Wedershoven
Consultant, KPMG, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Erik Thijs Wedershoven is a consultant at KPMG's Operations Strategy Group. Erik has been engaged in a wide range of projects, from developing a sustainable sourcing (commodities) strategy for a large multinational corporation, to an operational redesign for a non-profit organization.

He has also been Project Officer at NCDO in the Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands for two years and continues to be an active supporter of the Earth Charter Youth Initiative.

Erik was elected Youth Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations General Assembly in 2004. He was member of the Dutch Government's Delegation to the UN Millennium Summit +5, and UN General Assembly and Committees from 2004 to 2006.

In July 2009, Erik graduated from University College Maastricht, for which he spent one semester at UC Berkeley in 2008. In 2011, Erik completed a Master of Public Administration (MPA) dual degree program at Sciences Po Paris and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

While in university, he accepted board membership of the (Rutgers) World Population Foundation and joined the Round Table of Worldconnectors. He is fluent in Dutch, English and French, and speaks German, Spanish and Japanese. His hobbies include judo, swimming and performance poetry.

Williams

 

Terry Tempest Williams
Writer, Teacher, Activist, Utah and Wyoming

 Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life.  A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. "So here is my question," she asks,  "what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?"

Williams, like her writing, cannot be categorized.  She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as "a barefoot artist" in Rwanda.

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the FieldDesert Quartet; LeapRed: Patience and Passion in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy and Finding Beauty in a Broken World.  Her most recent book is When Women were Birds.

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen.  She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction.

Terry Tempest Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah.  She is also a Provostial Fellow at Darthmouth College.  Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. She and her husband, Brooke Williams, divide their time between Castle Valley, Utah and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

 

Charles Ketteman
Company and FGCU, Sanibel,Florida
Board ofDirectors, Sanibel Captiva Trust

Charles Ketteman has over 40 years of management and executive business experience having worked for 34 years with Arthur Andersen, first as an audit partner and then as the founder and long-time leader of Andersen Business Consulting.  He specialized in management consulting services to the telecommunications industry and has worked with some of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. Chuck coauthored the best-selling book, Best Practices, Building Your Business with Customer-Focused Solutions.  He currently serves on the board of directors of West Monroe Partners and Sanibel Captiva Trust Company.  He is an active advisor to several start-up and private businesses.  He is a volunteer for many community organizations.

He is married to Helen and they have two sons.

Alison Hawthorne Deming
Poet, Professor, Creative Writing, University of Arizona
Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Science and Other Poems (LSU Press, 1994), selected by Gerald Stern for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets; The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence (LSU, 1997); Genius Loci (Penguin, 2005); and Rope (Penguin, 2009).  Deming has also published three nonfiction books, Temporary Homelands (Mercury House, 1994), The Edges of the Civilized World (Picador USA, 1998), which was a finalist for the PEN Center West Award, and Writing the Sacred Into the Real (Milkweed Editions 2001).  A new nonfiction book Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. She edited Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology (Columbia University Press, 1996) and co-edited with Lauret E. Savoy The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity and the Natural World (Milkweed, 2002; expanded/revised edition 2011). Deming received an MFA from Vermont College in 1983 and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University in 1987-88. Her writing has won numerous awards and honors, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod, a Pushcart Prize, the Gertrude B. Claytor Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Bayer Award in science writing from Creative Nonfiction for the essay “Poetry and Science: A View from the Divide.” She has held residencies at Yaddo, Cummington Community for the Arts, the Djerassi Foundation, Mesa Refuge, The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland, and the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

She has served on the faculty of Prague Summer Seminars, Writers at Work, Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, Art of the Wild, The Orion Society's Forgotten Language Tour, the Sitka Symposium on Human Values and the Written Word, and numerous other writing programs. In 1997 she was Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Hawai'i in Manoa.

Her poems and essays have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Orion, Islands, The Pushcart Prize XVIII: Best of the Small Presses, American Nature Writing, Verse and Universe: Poems on Science and Mathematics and the Norton Book of Nature Writing.