2012 Summit speaker bios

Here are the bios for speakers and organizing committee members for the second annual Slow Living Summit (downtown Brattleboro VT, May 30 – June 1, 2012)

*indicates steering committee member

Sherry Ackerman — Author of The Good Life: How to Create a Sustainable and Fulfilling Lifestyle, understands Slow Living. Twenty-two years on a back-to-the-Earth farm in Central Vermont and another 15at a permaculture Hermitage in California have shaped her vision. In the words of John de Graaf: “If you’re as old as I am, you’ve probably wondered what happened to all those folks who went back to the land in the sixties and seventies. Their experiences, so beautifully captured in Ackerman’s book, have much to teach us now and should inspire the next counterculture.”

Erin Ackerman-Leist —Erin Ackerman-Leist homesteads and farms with her husband Philip while homeschooling their three young children.  She is also an artist with too little time, but she was able to do a series of pen & ink illustrations for “Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader,” published by Chelsea Green Publishing.

Philip Ackerman-Leist — Philip Ackerman-Leist is the Director of the Farm & Food Project at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT and oversees GMC’s new Masters in Sustainable Food Systems.  In addition to his academic interests, he homesteads and farms with his wife Erin and their three children in Pawlet, VT.  His first book, “Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader,” explores the basic tenets of the American homesteading tradition, and he is completing a second book on rebuilding local food systems in conjunction with the Post Carbon Institute and Chelsea Green Publishing.

Roger Allbee — Roger Allbee is a former Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets for the State of Vermont.  He has served in numerous roles in both the private and public sectors in agriculture and food systems.  These have included Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency for Vermont, a member of the Senior Management Team for the former Farm Credit Banks for the Northeast, a staff member of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.  He has had his own company, AgTech, that developed markets for U.S. Speciality food products in foreign markets. He has served as chair of the animal and animal products advisory committee on trade to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Ambassador.  At the state level he has chaired the working landscape council of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.  He is the current Chair of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advisory Committee, and an advisor to the President of Vermont Technical College, and a Senior Scholar in Residence.

*Kate Anderson —Kate Anderson, b. Detroit, MI. devoted her career as a stage director/acting coach to the European theater from 1980 to 2004. Anderson is a magna cum laude graduate in English Literature from Oakland University, Rochester, MI followed by post graduate studies in stage direction in both the opera and theater departments at Indiana University. These studies prepared her to serve a robust clientele of International opera singers. After returning stateside, Anderson devoted her attentions to arts advocacy recognizing that the arts are integral to the socio-economic fabric of American communities. Anderson has served on boards of many arts organizations in and around her current hometown of Brattleboro, VT. She presently serves as Chair of the Brattleboro Town Arts Committee and, in 2011 received the Arts Person of the Year Award from the Arts Council of Windham County. She earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College.

Marc Aronoff — Marc Aronoff holds a Bachelors from Northwestern University in the Interpretation of Literature and Masters in Psychology from Leslie University.   He has performed in the theatre and dance worlds for over 25 years primarily in Europe and NYC.    As a dancer he worked in Modern, Ballet, and Dance theatre, and has worked with such notable names as Lou Conte of Hubbard Street Dance and Anna Sakolov.   While living in Paris, Marc worked with The Living Theatre, an improvisational street theatrecompany.  Theatrical training highlights include voice work at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and ballet with Maggie Black in NYC.   Marc has also choreographed for several theatre and productions. As a writer, Marc has adapted several literary works for the stage including Thomas Merton’s Desert Fathers which was performed as ZENO: Sacred Stories of the Desert, in 2005 in Lenox, MA under the distinguished direction of Ben Barber.   Marc’s one man THE POET, a compilation of eight literary masterpieces, premiered in Dublin, Ireland at Trinity College Players Theatre to excellent reviews. As a consultant, Marc’s most recent work was with Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, and involved producing a Broadway shoe in Havana, Cuba. In the corporate world, Marc has recently worked with IBM facilitating team leadership and style recognition workshops for senior level managers. Marc currently has a private Psychotherapy Practice in Lenox, MA

Tom Barefoot —  Tom Barefoot is a founder and Co-Coordinator of Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA.org). GNHUSA seeks to educate and encourage the use of alternative indicators to measure what matters. Tom has been working to develop context, framing and language for GNH and cooperative ideas, leading workshops on the Biopsychology of Cooperation. Tom has been President of Universal Micro Systems, Inc. for 30 years and served 12 years on VPIRG’s Board, 5 years as President.

Jamie Baribeau —Jamie is a graduate of Castleton State College and the University of New Hampshire (Associates in Applied Science Food Service Management) He has 25 years of experience working in a variety of healthcare and higher education food service operations, hotels, and restaurants. For the past 22 years he has worked as Director of Nutrition Services at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital responsible for clinical, retail, and patient Nutrition Services, and the coffee shop. Recent work at that organization includes the development and planned May 2012 implementation of a patient room service menu, community based dinners following the Mediterranean diet, prepared fresh nutritious meals for Brattleboro Housing Authority and Hayes Court, and a food sustainability program that is statewide and nationally recognized. BMH is one of the largest purchasers of locally sourced foods in Windham County and Vermont and works closely with Windham Farm Fresh Network and Post Oil Solutions. BMH has hosted on site farmer’s market, developed a roof top herb garden, participated in the development of recipes and use of fresh Maine coast sea vegetables in a health care setting, participates in purchasing direct from Maine lobstermen supporting sustainable fresh seafood during the summer months. BMH is a proud member of Health Care Without Harm for Sustainable Food Procurement and Public Policy and Advocacy. He is passionate about local food, both personally and professionally, and is the co-owner of Vermont Seasons Fine Catering, LLC and first place golden spatula winner of the 2009 Strolling of the Heifers “great state of Vermont grilled cheese competition”.

Cynthia Barstow — Cynthia Barstow is President of Seed to Shelf: Marketing for Sustainability, a marketing consulting firm offering branding and strategic marketing assistance to a wide range of clients in the natural and organic industry. She is also marketing faculty at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, teaching Sustainability Marketing, Consumer Behavior and new business courses. Her clients have included the Agricultural Justice Project certification program , Australis Barramundi, Bar Harbor SeaFood, CSR Wire, Ambassador Organics, The Tea Room Organic chocolates, Bee Raw Honey, Chang Naturals, Cyclops Organic Frozen Greek Yogurt, Hot Mama’s Foods, Gaia Herbs, CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture), Protected Harvest certification program, World Wildlife Fund, Pennsylvania Apple Growers, Vermont Dairy, and the New England Forestry Foundation. Barstow is a well-known speaker for the natural products industry. This year, she spoke at the Organic Summit in Baltimore and Expo West in Anaheim. Her audiences have ranged from Hewlett Packard employees to marketing managers for conventional manufacturers such as Quaker Oats and Dole Foods to global attendees at the International Seafood show. Barstow’s current focus is the development of a new non-profit organization, Protect Our Breasts, which shares the conversation about everyday products containing chemicals that contribute to breast cancer, targeted to college- aged women (who are most vulnerable) and their mothers (who are most often diagnosed). She is also the author of The Eco-Foods Guide: What’s Good for the Earth is Good for You (New Society 2002).

Bob Barton — Bob is the CEO of Catalyst Financial Group, Inc. He has 40 years experience in finance and business innovation. Over the last 30 years, he has focused his attention on financing energy efficiency, renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro, co-generation), recycling, pollution prevention projects. His firm has arranged and closed over $1 billion in financing and have been financial advisors to several billion in energy transactions. Catalyst has been (or is) an advisor to over 30 major U.S. utilities, the DOE, EPA, and 100+ business ventures. Bob co-founded a boutique investment firm in 1992. The firm invested its own capital (about $10 million) in energy efficiency projects in the commercial and public sector pioneering an innovative finance structure within a Performance Contract. Currently, Catalyst manages a $12 million energy Revolving Loan Fund for Delaware’s Sustainable Energy Utility. Loans are made directly to commercial, non-profit and public sector (cities, towns and counties) entities in DE. Bob’s venture capital experience has been focused on energy and organic foods. In the energy sector Bob’s efforts lead to the completion of a $10.5 million equity round for a development stage ethanol company (which was subsequently sold to a public company for over $150 million dollars…. giving investors a 15X return in 3 years. Catalyst is currently assisting public sector client’s leverage approximately $100 million in ARRA grant funds with $1 billion in private sector capital. These monies are funding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Currently Bob is on the Advisory Board of the newly created Flex Fund, a business loan fund operated by Vermont Sustainable Jobs.

Bill Baue  — Bill Baue has advanced sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) through communication for more than a decade. He’s currently consulting with Addison as Interactive CSR Media Strategist for the GE Citizenship Website and Report; serving as a Senior Research Fellow at AccountAbility, a UK-based corporate sustainability and responsibility standards organization; and teaching communications in the Marlboro MBA in Managing for Sustainability in Vermont. Recently, he worked with Bob Massie managing The Transition Group, a sustainability consultancy, and edited its blog, The Murninghan Post. Bill co-founded Sea Change Media and served as its executive director, as well as executive producer/host of Sea Change Radio, a nationally syndicated show and podcast with a global audience.  As a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, he co-wrote The Accountability Web, a report on the intersection of Web 2.0 and corporate accountability that is being republished in two parts in The Journal of Corporate Citizenship. He’s presented the findings for the Global Reporting Initiative, Ceres, Issue Management Council, and Addison. Bill has produced and presented multimedia content for organizations across the sustainability ecosystem: United Nations, Worldwatch Institute, Ceres, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Investor Environmental Health Network, The Economist, Audubon and Audubon Magazine, SocialFunds, CSRwire, 3BL Media, and Wal-Mart’s inaugural Sustainability Report. Bill lives in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts with his wife Jiyanna and daughters Clara, Emma, and Aoife.

Ricky Baruc — Ricky Baruc, along with Deb Habib, is a co-founder of Seeds of Solidarity in Orange MA, which consists of a solar powered family farm and an innovative  non-profit organization that ‘provides people with the inspiration and practical tools to grow food and use renewable energy in their communities,’ with a focus on youth and food justice.  Seeds of Solidarity has served as a model for hundreds of other farms and organizations. Ricky and Deb met years ago at The New Alchemy Institute, a visionary international research and education center. Together they embody 50 years of farming and education experience, as well as parenting and a loving marriage. Ricky is a gifted farmer, builder and artist.

Regina Beidler— Regina Beidler and her husband, Brent, own and operate a small organic dairy farm in Randolph Center, VT. They milk 40cows and grow a variety of small grains that they mill into flour for local sales. The Beidlers purchased their farm in 1998 and upon completing their transition to certified organic became one of the first handful of farmer owners in Vermont to join Organic Valley/ CROPP cooperative. Organic Valley is a national farmer owned cooperative with over 1600 members in 35 states. Regina also works with Organic Valley coordinating the Farmers In Marketing program on the East Coast. This program trains and connects farmers with retailers and consumers through retail education, consumer events, farm tours, media requests and other activities.

Lynn BenanderCo-op Power — Lynn Benander is the manager of Co-Op Power, a consumer-owned energy cooperative serving New England and New York. Lynn has worked since 1996 to develop sustainable energy resources in the Northeast based on a community-ownership model.  She has worked with membership groups in New England and New York representing more than two million people, interested in building affordable sustainable energy resources. As Manager of Co-op Power, she has supported the development of five solar installation businesses, Energia – a multi-family/commercial building energy services company in Holyoke MA.  She has also supported the development of affordable, sustainable energy products and services for Co-op Power’s members and supporters.  In the future, this cooperative will go on to partner with communities around the Northeast to build solar, wind, alternative fuel and other community owned sustainable energy resources in the region.  Through these partnerships, Co-op Power is working to build strong, inclusive, binding, just, restorative, and generative local energy economies across New England and New York.  Co-op Power currently provides a wide range of energy products and services, including discounts on conservation and efficiency services, solar hot water and solar electric installations,  heating oil, and a wide range of other products and services. The fossil fuel industry has a lock on how we think and how we live. The members of Co-op Power are taking on the largest industry in the US and picking the locks one product, one community at a time and sharing all we’ve learned across the region so that we get more efficient and more effective each year at freeing us from our dependence on oil. Co-op Power is a consumer-owned cooperative organized as a decentralized network of self-organizing communities.  It’s a multi-racial, multi-class movement committed to restorative justice.  Learn how Co-op Power members linked their power as consumers, workers, investors, and citizens to raise “slow money” capital, build nine community businesses, create more than 100 jobs, provide sustainable energy products and services, and influence public policy. Discuss how you can join Co-op Power, start a Co-op Power Council in your community, or start your own energy cooperative.

Miriam Bernstein — Miriam Bernstein, MSW is serving as a Social Capital Inc AmeriCorps member.   As an AmeriCorps member, she coordinates social media outreach
for Social Capital Inc and designs a volunteer management system for the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn.  She is also Community Manager for iHeartArt LLC, an initiative to help give new life to artists in prison by sharing their art through technology, namely mobile and web apps.Miriam holds a Master’s in Social Work with a focus on Community Organization and Community and Social Systems from the University of Michigan School Of Social Work.

Cathy BerrySlow Money — Cathy is a founding board Member of Slow Money.  She is a founding managing director of Baldwin Investment Management, LLC, and has been active in direct food related investments, including Farmers Diner and Vermont Smoke and Cure here in Vermont.  She is a family member and active participant of The Sandy River Charitable Foundation which focuses its grant making in rural areas, mostly supporting agriculture and local communities.  She was an early founding supporter of BALLE. She is also on the board of Two Rivers/Food Works in Montpelier, VT.   Her goal is to see people living as if survival matters! Slow Money’s mission is to build local and national net works, and develop new financial products and services, dedicated to investing in small food enterprises and local food systems, connecting investors to their local economiesand building the nurture capital industry. Soil fertility, carrying capacity, sense of place, care of the commons, cultural, ecological and economic health and diversity, nonviolence — these are the fundamentals of nurture capital, a new financial sector supporting the emergence of a restorative economy. And these are the fundamentals of the Slow Money Principles. Slow Money’s goal is: a million Americans investing 1% of their assets in local food systems within a decade.

Nathanael Berry — Nathanael Berry spent most of his formative years in rural New England and upstate New York – a significant portion in Maine’s Western Mountains. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1985 with a degree in Computer Engineering, and worked for a computer company in Massachusetts until moving to Long Island in 1989. There, he worked in the computer communication and control system sectors prior to becoming Program Director for The Sandy River Charitable Foundation in 1997. Responsibilities for the Foundation include grant making, program related investments, and mission related investing. He currently resides on Long Island, NY.

Geir Berthelsen  — Geir Berthelsen is the founder of The World Institute of Slowness, a Think-Tank for the Slow Revolution, and one of the partners in the creation of SlowPlanet.com, the global internet hub for the Slow Revolution.  Geir also is the co-founder of SlowConsulting and manager/owner of Magma Projects. Geir is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds an M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven.

Betsy Black, Cooperative Fund of New England —Betsy Black has more than 20 years of experience working as a consultant, trainer and facilitator with individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Through an ongoing consultancy as a loan and outreach officer with the Cooperative Fund of New England, she promotes the fund’s work with cooperatives in Vermont and New Hampshire. Active in her community, Betsy currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Concord Food Cooperative. She graduated from Middlebury College in 1981 with a B.A. in American Studies.  Formerly a lawyer in private practice, Betsy graduated from the Pierce Law Center in 1985. She lives in Concord, New Hampshire. The Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) was founded in 1975 by co-op activists and social investors to provide financial and technical assistance to food cooperatives. Since then, the organization has expanded its focus, offering development loans and technical assistance to a wide range of co-ops and nonprofit groups that share CFNE’s vision of equality, justice, and social responsibility. CFNE is a bridge between socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses in New England (and parts of New York).

Jan Blittersdorf —Since 2004 Jan Blittersdorf has served as President and CEO of NRG Systems. In this role, she has overseen tremendous growth of the company, doubling the size of its workforce and extending its reach to over 145 countries around the word. She joined the company in 1987 when the wind industry was in its infancy and helped grow NRG Systems into the leading manufacturer of wind measurement equipment for the global wind energy industry. She serves as Chair of the American Wind Wildlife Institute, an organization founded in 2008 that facilitates timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. She is also serving a three-year term on the AWEA Board of Directors, where she has served as Chair of the Public Affairs Committee. Jan holds a bachelor’s degree in professional nursing and human development from the University of Vermont.

David Bollier David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and independent scholar with a primary focus on the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture.  He has pursued this work for more than ten years, first as founding editor of Onthecommons.org (2002-2010), and now with variety of international and domestic partners and as a blogger at Bollier.org.  He is co-founder and principal of the Commons Strategies Group, an international consulting project that assists the global commons movement, and co-director of the Commons Law Project, a collaboration with international law scholar Burns Weston to recover and regenerate the legal traditions for protecting the commons.  Bollier has written twelve books, including the forthcoming anthology, The Wealth of the Commons:  A World Beyond Market and State (co-edited with Silke Helfrich) and the forthcoming Green Governance:  Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Commons (co-authored with Burns Weston).  Bollier’s previous books include Silent Theft:  The Private Plunder of Our Commons Wealth (2002), Brand Name Bullies:  The Quest to Own and Control Culture (2005) and Viral Spiral:  How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (2009).

Dee Boyle-Clapp — Dee Boyle-Clapp is the Director of the Arts Extension Service at UMass Amherst, where she leads training programs in a variety of arts management topics for state arts agencies around the country, teaches in AES’ arts administration degree and certificate programs, and conducts AES research projects.  Dee is a sculptor, installation artist and lecturer on ‘green’ topics and has over 25 years of experience in the arts, teaching a variety of studio, art history and arts management courses at UMass Amherst, museum schools, and community colleges.  Dee co-owned the Artemis Gallery and was a founding member and the first director of the Art Bank, was program coordinator for the Fostering the Arts and Culture Partnership creative economy project organizing business and marketing training for artists. She joined the staff at the Arts Extension Service in 2008.

Ingrid Bredenberg Ingrid Bredenberg, M.A.  is a strategic coach who helps leaders and teams work better together.  She is known to bring fresh, viable approaches to leadership development,team alignment, problem-solving and strategic planning for building high-performing cultures of trust and accountability. She has facilitated dozens of large scale community conversations using Open Space Technology., World Café. and Appreciative Inquiry. www.IgniteThePeople.com

Leonard Bull — Dr. Leonard Bull is Emeritus Professor of Animal Science and Poultry Science and Emeritus Associate Director of the Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center at NCState University. His research interests are energy metabolism, protein metabolism, ruminant nutrition with emphasis on forage utilization, energy and protein metabolism, and animal waste management, and have led to over 250 publications in those areas, including a book (2010) on Nutritional Energetics.  In retirement, Dr. Bull is a member of and current Chair of the Vermont Agricultural Development Board (a legislative appointed body). He is also a senior core advisor to the World Heritage Animal Genetic Resources Institute (WHAGR Institute, a Birchwood Conservancy Initiative).

Pam Bullock Pam has been a Coordinator of Academic Services at the Community College of Vermont at the Brattleboro center for nearly 10 years. Here, she hires and supervises faculty and advises students. Prior to her work with CCV, she coordinated a prevention-based adventure program at Leland & Gray Union High School for 10 years.  Among her many passions and past-times is gardening & homesteading, and just about any outdoor sport including paddling and sailing. She and her family operate a small, but expanding, organic pick-your-own blueberry business. Her current barnyard residents includes too many angora goats and chickens. She is a wanna-be farmer and only fantasizes about slow living at this point.

Christine Bushway Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Christine Bushway joined the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in 2008. Christine opened OTA’s first DC office to enhance the Association’s capacity to address the numerous policy issues that affect the industry. She manages staff in both the DC and home office in Vermont. Ms. Bushway directs OTA’s marketing, public relations, policy development and events. A native New Englander, Bushway graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors of Science degree from the College of Life Science and Agriculture. Her career has been spent working in the food and agriculture industries. She has held leadership positions including agricultural trade association CEO, cooperative CEO and chief Washington lobbyist representing the egg industry.

Polly Chandler Polly is the Chairperson of the Department of Management and the Program Director of the MBA in Sustainability at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. She teaches a wide range of topics from leadership to earth systems in organizations to corporate social responsibility. She describes her role as an advocate for people and program. Her professional mission is to give people strategies on how to advocate for people and the planet through sustainable and humane organizational practices.

Ela Chapin Ela Chapin is Director of the Vermont Farm Viability Program, at the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board. Ela Chapin has been Farm Viability Program Director since 2006, helping to improve the quality of program services and professional development and to develop a strong Farm Viability network over the past six years. She has a MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Ela is also an avid gardener and dancer and lives in East Montpelier.

Jenny Chapin  In the early ’80’s, Jenny left college and moved to an intentional community in central Virginia, thus confirming her life outside the mainstream.  She later lived in northern California, studying medicinal herbs and spending hours hiking the hills with her dog.  She came to the Valley in 1990 to finish her BA at Smith, went to acupuncture school, became a certified Zero Balancer, and in 2004 did yoga teacher training.  Three years ago she opened Community Yoga & Wellness Center in Greenfield, MA, its name hearkening back to the years at Twin Oaks where so much of her life changed – just as it has with yoga.  She’s got another dog now but still spends hours outdoors exploring and finding sustenance from nature – whose reminders of what’s important in life often make their way into her classes.

Steve Chase Steve Chase directs the master’s program concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability at Antioch University New England–the only existing graduate ES program in the country specifically tailored to the training needs of professional public interest advocates and community organizers. Steve currently teaches courses in Organizing Social Movements and Campaigns; Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion; Political Economy and Diversity; Leadership for Change; and Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship. A longtime activist, writer, and popular educator, Steve is currently active with the international Transition Movement and was one of the co-founders of the Transition Keene Task Force–the 56th Transition Initiative in the United States and the first in New Hampshire. He is very active with the Putney Friends Meeting (a Quaker congregation) and a co-coordinator of the Quakers In Transition, a project of the Earthcare Ministries Committee of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends.

Tina Clarke Tina Clarke is a Certified Transition Trainer with the global Transition movement.  She has worked withover 100 Transition Initiatives in the U.S. and Canada, and provided hundreds of Transition workshops and presentations across Eastern U.S.and Canada.Prior to Transition work, she was  a trainer, consultant, advocate, and director of nonprofit programs for 27 years. She was a consultant with Read More initiative, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and the Sustainability Institute.  In Washington, D.C. she directed national citizen advocacy training programs for faith communities, and directed Greenpeace USA’s citizen activist network.She has consulted with over 400 NGOs, directed a regional nonprofit assistance center, and organized coalitions on environmental justice, toxins and energy for Clean Water Action. Tina has an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, a B.A. in urban studies from Macalester College. Her passive solar, Platinum LEED, low-toxic “Power House” won the Massachusetts utility company-sponsored competition, the Zero Energy Challenge and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s 2010 Zero Net Energy Award.

Jeff Clements Jeff Clements is co-founder and general counsel of Free Speech for People, a national, non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. He is the author of Corporations Are Not People (Berrett-Koehler 2012). Jeff previously served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. As Bureau Chief, he led more than 100 attorneys and staff in the enforcement of environmental, healthcare, financial services, civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection laws. In private practice, Jeff has been a partner in the Boston law firms of Mintz Levin and Clements & Clements, LLP. He graduated with distinction in History and Government from Colby College in 1984, and magna cum laude from the Cornell Law School in 1988.

Chuck Collins Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where he directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He co-edits the web resource, www.inequality.org, an online portal for analysis and commentary. He is author of 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It (Berrett Koehler Publishing, March 2012). He is a member of the New Economy Working Group and co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a national network of business leaders, small business owners, and wealthy individuals concerned about tax fairness and shared prosperity. He is co-author, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited wealth and preserving the federal estate tax. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and the economic crisis and his other books include Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity (New Press, 2005) and The Moral Measure of the Economy (Orbis, 2005).

Phil Conroy Phil Conroy, Ed.D. is serving as the 18th president of Vermont Technical College. Dr. Conroy came to Vermont Tech from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, where he served as vice president of enrollment management and marketing, responsible for admissions, financial aid, marketing, publications, the web site, public relations, and retention related activities. He is completing his first year as Vermont Tech’s President. Conroy, who has served in a variety of roles at Mount Ida beginning in 1997, is an internationally recognized expert on higher education management, particularly in the areas of strategic enrollment management and institutional advancement. Prior to his service at Mount Ida, Dr. Conroy served as the director of development for the College of Food and Natural Resources at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Director of Development and founding Executive Director of the Bridgewater State University Foundation, where he also served as a faculty member, financial aid counselor, and alumni relations director. He has more than thirty years of teaching and management experience in higher education, including resource development, endowment management, volunteer and constituent management, strategic enrollment management, financial aid, integrated marketing, international and multi-cultural education, transition to college and the first year of college. He has a B.S.Ed. from Bridgewater State University, a M.Ed. from Rhode Island College, and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University. He is the recipient of the Bridgewater State University Alumni Association Nicholas P. Tillinghast Award for Service to Public Education and the Boston Higher Education Partnership Community Service Award. Vermont Technical College is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education.

Bick Corsa Bick Corsa has 35 years experience in residential construction and renovation, with a focus on energy efficiency and Passive Solar, with practical and affordable design and details. He is currently teaching a weatherization training course through Greenfield Community College, and has a contract with C.E.T to instruct workshops on building high performance houses. This workshop is for Building professionals , contractors, all building trades people, and code officials. In 2009 , as the builder in a team effort, won the Mass. Zero-energy challenge. This was a public utility sponsored competition to see who could build the lowest energy use home. In 2010 the same house won the NESEA net zero-energy award for a documented annual energy use well below zero- an actual “ power house” providing more power back to the grid than it uses itself. Bick has shifted his focus now on our existing and energy wasting housing stock- His new venture with Kent Hicks of Kent Hicks Construction is The Home Energy Plan, a comprehensive, and practical tool to bring older, high energy consuming homes into the reality of our energy constricted ( and more expensive) future. Bick is BPI certified and a member of NESEA.

Amy Cortese Amy Cortese is an award-winning journalist and editor who covers topics spanning business, finance, food, and environmental issues. Her work has appeared in the the New York Times, Business Week,  Mother Jones, and other publications. Her book, Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From it (John Wiley & Sons, June 2011), draws upon her experience covering these diverse realms to explore how a small shift in investment away from multinationals towards locally-owned enterprises can reap enormous economic and social benefits for individuals, their communities and the country.

Paul Costell0 Paul Costello has served as the Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development since 2000. VCRD runs an annual Rural Summit, and conducts “Community Visits” that help rural communities build priorities, set action plans, and build connections to resources. It also provides customized facilitation on rural development policy questions at the local, regional and state level. In the last few years VCRD has founded and produced the Vermont Agriculture Viability Council the Vermont Forest Products Council, the Vermont Council on Culture and Innovation, the Vermont Council on Planning, the Vermont Rural Energy Council, the Councilon the Future of Vermont, and the Working Landscape Council and has led statewide policy discussions around rural telecom and built strategies to support community-based aggregation. VCRD is leading the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership to support the development of new enterprises on the land in rural Vermont and manages the e- Vermont Community Broadband program. Paul is a UVM alumnus, holds a PhD in intellectual history from McGill University, and is past president of Partners for Rural America.

Alice Cozzolino Alice has been co-owner of The Old Creamery since 2000. She and her partner and spouse, Amy, have lived in Cummington since they built their home in 1986. Alice and Amy are very deeply connected to their land; they grow a lot of their own food, eat well (especially during the growing season), feed many friends and loved ones and preserve as much food as possible. Feeding people feels like a calling to Alice. She was brought up with her Italian Gram and her Dad putting something wonderful to eat in her mouth and saying “Here, eat this.” Nothing brings her greater joy than feeding people. Her years at the Creamery have been the most growthful, challenging, and enriching of her life. Besides learning about how to own and operate a retail business, she has learned about community service, conflict resolution, love, repair of dozens of different things, exhaustion, joy, answering two phones at the same time as having three in-person conversations, the power of smiling at someone, perseverance, and simple pleasures. The past two and a half years of working on the transition of The Old Creamery to co-operative ownership has been exhilarating, overwhelming, inspirational, and humbling. Alice is eager to share what she’s learned.

Erbin Crowell Erbin Crowell serves as executive director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a network of more than 25 food co-ops and start-up initiatives with a combined membership of more than 80,000 people across Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Together, the co-ops of the NFCA are working toward a vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and collaboration among co-ops. Prior to joining the association, Erbin worked with the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-ops. For more than a decade, he was a member of Equal Exchange, a worker co-operative and pioneer in the Fair Trade movement. Erbin holds a Master of Management: Co-operatives & Credit Unions from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, and serves on the boards of the New England Farmers Union and the National Cooperative Business Association.  He teaches an online Introduction to the Co-operative Movement at the University of Connecticut.

Helen Daly is a clinical psychologist who works at the Brattleboro Retreat.  She has a presenting, workshop, and retreat portfolio that involves the brain, neuroscience, and contemplative wisdom. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England with specialties in health psychology and the psychophysiology of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  In addition to treating clients with mood and anxiety disorders, she provides behavioral medicine treatment for people with chronic pain and other medical conditions, as well as counseling for individuals, couples and families living with critical and chronic illness. Dr. Daly also offers spiritually-based psychotherapy and workshops. She enjoys singing choral music and has appeared several times with the Boston Symphony Chorus.

Doris Davis — Interfaith minister and freelance mystic at large, Rev. Doris Davis, 73, recently completed an American cross- country walkabout from March 8 through September 21 2011 with her daughter, actress filmmaker Viveka Davis (see: gatheringwomentum.blogspot.com). The two are currently working on a book and a documentary film to entitled “The Mother’s Road: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Matter.” They are part of a growing number of sacred activists who are heralding the much needed return of the divine feminine in consciousness, communication, culture, and community. They are advocating the balancing of masculine and feminine energies within the individual to bring about personal change growing into a collective shift. They are driven by an unshakable commitment to the full inclusion of feminine values in a world which admits women as equally-valued decision- makers worldwide. Doris, a mother of 4 and grandmother of 2, holds a Bachelor’s degree in English / Dramatic Literature from U.C. Berkeley, magna cum laude, and a Master of Arts in Dance from UCLA. She worked for 20 years as an administrator in the public sector including the UCLA Graduate Schools of Management and Law.

Richard Davis  Richard Davis is the Care Coordinator for the Vermont Blueprint Community Health Team in Brattleboro. He is also the executive director of the Vermont Citizens Campaign for Health and has been involved in health care reform activities in Vermont for the past 25 years. He has been a registered nurse in Vermont for the past 32 years and has worked in acute care hospitals, home health agencies and has provided health care consulting services in Vermont and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has been writing a weekly column on health care related issues in the Brattleboro (Vermont) Reformer for the past 13 years and has written over 700 columns. He has published articles in a number of national nursing journals including the American Journal of Nursing, Home Healthcare Nurse and Graduating Nurse. Davis served on the governor-appointed Vermont Commission on Public Health Care Values and Priorities from 1994-2002, serving as chair from 1999-2002. He was responsible for the production and much of the writing of the commission’s publications. These include, “Hard Choices in Health Care- What Vermonters are Thinking” published in 1996; an insert in all Vermont daily newspapers in 2001, providing Vermonters with a basic understanding of the current health care system; and the most recent 2002 report of a survey of Vermonters on health care issues. He was a member of the Board of Morningside Shelter for 13 years and served two terms as president. He is currently on the board of the Education Fund of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security. He is also a board member of the national health care organization, the Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN). Seven years ago he and Daryl Pillsbury created the Windham County Heat Fund and they have raised and given away over $200,000 to help needy Windham County residents who fall through the cracks.

Viveka Davis began her journey in film, TV and music at age 11 when she was discovered by director Alan Parker. She has worked with luminaries such as Steven Spielberg, John Hughes and Ron Howard, and has performed in over 50 productions, sharing the screen with Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Denzel Washington, Woody Harrelson and George Clooney, to name a few. She won praise as Wynonna Judd in the NBC miniseries “Love Can Build A Bridge.” After a 25-year career as an actress, she has gone behind the camera to witness stories that inspire, enlighten and entertain. In 2011, after a decade away from Hollywood life, she joined her mother, Rev. Doris Davis on a cross-country American walkabout in which they discovered that their true mission was to honor the divine feminine and heal their family. This 6 1/2 month exploration rekindled her passion to raise consciousness around the global epidemic of pollution and unsustainable lifestyles. A global thinker, Viveka is a catalyst, creatrix and international business woman whose passion for philanthropic entrepreneurship is behind the development of a Living Arts sanctuary in Kentucky called “StudiOasis” a “transmedia” backlot and festival epicenter.

*Bill DensmoreBill Densmore is coordinator of the Slow Living Summit.  He is a conference organizer, entrepreneur and researcher on the future and sustainability of journalism,  he is  an expert on Internet information-payment technologies and business models.  A career journalist, Densmore has been an editor/writer for The Associated Press in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.  He has lectured on journalism issues at the University of Massachusetts, Williams College, Brandeis University, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the Missouri School of Journalism and at numerous conferences. Densmore’s also a founding member and director of  Journalism That Matters, Inc. , and also serves on the board of the New England Newspaper & Press Association.  He is a consulting fellow to the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the Missouri School of Journalism. Densmore holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in environmental policy and communications.  He lives in Williamstown, Mass. Densmore founded of Clickshare Service Corp., of Amherst, Mass.  Clickshare provides user authentication, content-access-control, subscription and payment processing for news and other web and mobile services.  He co-owned and published the Advocate newsweeklies for the Berkshires and southwestern Vermont, from 1983-1992. Densmore also served as interim director of the not-for-profit Hancock Shaker Village, a living-history museum.

Matt DeRienzo — Matt DeRienzo is group editor of Journal Register Company’s publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen, Connecticut Magazine and weeklies including the Litchfield County Times and West Hartford News. Previously, he served as publisher of The Register Citizen, Middletown Press and a group of weeklies in Northwest Connecticut, and before that was corporate director of news for small dailies and non-daily publications for Yardley, Pennsylvania-based Journal Register Company, Foothills Media Group’s parent company. DeRienzo serves on the board of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, and has served as co-chairman of the United Way’s annual fundraising campaign in 2009 and again in 2011. In 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Way of Northwest Connecticut and was named one of the “50 Most Influential People in Litchfield County” by Litchfield Magazine. In early 2011, The Register Citizen was named one of Editor & Publisher magazine’s “10 Newspapers That Do It Right,” and DeRienzo was named to its annual “25 Under 35” list of leaders in the newspaper industry. In the fall of 2011, The Register Citizen was awarded the Associated Press Managing Editors Innovator of the Year Award in recognition of The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe, an “open newsroom” launched in Torrington, Connecticut, in December 2010.

Paul DiLeo — Paul has over two decades of experience in international development finance and microfinance, and helped pioneer the mobilization of private capital and shape the sector as an investable opportunity. After making early equity investments in India and Bangladesh, in 2003 Paul co-launched Gray Ghost Microfinance Fund, one of the first private, for-profit microfinance funds, which he continues to manage. Paul subsequently helped launch and manage two equity funds in India and a third in Latin America, and currently manages or advises assets totaling $180mm. Paul is on numerous boards and investment committees of microfinance and social investment vehicles, and a number of industry bodies including the Council of Microfinance Equity Funds and the Steering Committee for the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance and is a Pioneer Fund Manager for the Global Impact Investing Ratings System. He has been quite active in recent years in helping define the role of private investment in social and impact investments through articles and participation in various panels and conferences. Paul started his career in international finance with the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Paul lives in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, and runs a small farm with his family. Grassroots has recently begun to explore social investment opportunities in New England. Grassroots Capital has been a certified B Corp since 2008.

Charles EisensteinCharles Eisenstein is  the author of The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics. He speaks worldwide on themes of money, transition, consciousness, and cultural evolution.

 

Jon Erickson — Jon is Professor and Managing Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, USA. He is currently the President of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, Executive Editor of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies, and board or advisory committee member of numerous nongovernmental organizations. He has published widely on energy & climate change policy, land conservation, watershed planning, environmental public health, and the theory & practice of ecological economics. Recent books include The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park (2009), Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application (2007), and Ecological Economics: a Workbook for Problem-Based Learning (2005). Jon is also an Emmy award-winning producer of documentary films such as Bloom: the Plight of Lake Champlain, Transparent Radiation, and the forthcoming Vermont Energy Independence Day. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania; Visiting Professor at the University of Iceland, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, and Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra; and was on the economics faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before joining the University of Vermont.

Kelly Erwin — Kelly Erwin, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been a political organizer, family planning educator, HMO administrator, director of a small human services agency, benefit concert promoter, and founding member of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture.  For the past 12 years she has worked in agricultural economic development, first as a Planning Board member of the Town of Amherst, then providing technical assistance to farmers through the Farm Viability Enhancement Program and finally as a marketing specialist for the Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources before launching the Mass. Farm to School Project in her basement in 2004. 

Hans Estrin— Hans is co-founder of the Windham Farm and Food Network and Local Food Network Coordinator for UVM Extension.   In his consulting work State-wide, Hans provide technical support and helps emerging food hubs cultivating community-based wholesale food markets connecting  farms with schools and Hospitals.  Hans earned a BA and MS in Botany from UVM, taught high school science for decades and worked on several produce farms.

Anders Ferguson — Anders Ferguson is Marketing Director and Partner, Veris Wealth Partners, an independent advisory serving investors who care as much about investment performance as using their wealth to positively impact society. A pioneer in sustainable investing, Veris offers individuals, families and foundations fully diversified portfolios, exceptional client service and risk management strategies that align their wealth with their values and mission. Anders brings 30 years of entrepreneurial experience to Veris across a number of sectors of the sustainable economy. He co-built four companies in the sustainability field, was involved in the sale or purchase of a dozen sustainable firms, and has served as a partner/advisor to three investment banks and consulting firms. Anders is a co-founder of the Dalai Lama Fellows, Chair of Friends of The Oberlin Project, Oberlin College, and co-founder of the Global Leaders Academy. He advises the Democracy Collaborative and Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland, OH, and served as a director of the National Cooperative Business Association and Foundation for 12 years. Anders studied agriculture at Purdue University and graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in History and Environmental Studies. He lives with his family in Leyden, MA.

Daniel Fireside —Daniel Fireside is the Capital Coordinator for Equal Exchange, a worker-owned co-op and Fair Trade pioneer based in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He is responsible for ensuring that Equal Exchange has the capital it needs from sources committed to its mission, to allow the company to continue to grow and prosper. These sources include both private and institutional investors through private placement offerings, credit from social lenders, and innovative partnerships with alternative financial institutions. Daniel has worked with non-profits, social enterprises, and community development organizations in the United States, Guatemala, and elsewhere. He holds a Masters degree in International Planning from Cornell University and a BA from UCSC. He writes on alternative economic movements for publications such as Yes! Magazine, Dollars & Sense Magazine, and the Green Money Journal. He speaks frequently about Equal Exchange’s business model and capital structure.

Michelle Ferrier — Michelle Ferrier is a local food and sustainability advocate in the Piedmont Triad and has established herself and LocallyGrownNews.com as a go-to source for local food and sustainability initiatives across North Carolina and Florida. The site is a social entrepreneurship model that focuses on education and awareness of local food as a means of building local economies. She uses education as a tool to prompt readers to action around food policy as well as to make good food choices. The technology on the site is designed to engage community connection and action through civic engagement, advocacy on food policy issues, and self-sufficiency information. She is also an associate professor of journalism and interactive media at Elon University in North Carolina and vice president of Journalism That Matters.

Doug Flack — Doug has been a member of Rural Vermont for many years. He was a founder of the Farm Fresh Committee and advocated for raw milk and direct meat sales. In the past, he was also active with the Farmer Protection Act for strict liability related to GMOs and with opposing the National Animal ID System (NAIS). Doug says, “I am a farmer directly affected by bad policy at the state and national level, and my presence will help keep Rural Vermont properly directed towards dealing with real issues for farmers.” Educated at Gettysburg College and University of Wisconsin, with an advanced degree in ecology. Doug worked for the New Zealand Wildlife Service, in the 1970’s, on rare birds, particularly the black robin. He is an experienced guide and has led many natural history tours, including those for The Tyler Place Resort. Doug has been farming in Fairfield, Vermont for over 25 years. His farm has evolved and grown and today it includes about 300 acres of pastures, fields, beaver ponds, woodlands and meadow; with his daughter and son-in-law now living at the southern end. Doug is a gifted, inspiring, and entertaining teacher and lecturer.

Gary Flomenhoft is a fellow at the Gund Institute at UVM. He was a founding member of the Green Party of California, co-founder of the US Green Party Organizing Committee, and in 1990 and 1992 served as Policy Director and spokesperson for the first Green Party congressional campaigns in the US in Santa Barbara, California. He is co-founder and Vice-President of the non-profit Geonomy Society which is concerned with democratic rights to land and resource rents. From 1992-1996 Gary managed two small electric vehicle companies, and ran his own EV conversion and online parts company from 1996 to 2000. From 2000-2001 he worked as a Program Assistant for economic development at the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.Gary’s current interests in Ecological Economics focus on three areas: renewable energy, international sustainable development, and green taxes and common assets. His policy work focuses on implementation of green taxes and common assets in Vermont, ie: payment for the use of “the commons” with dividends paid to all of us.

David and Mary Ellen Franklin —David and Mary Ellen have enjoyed farming together in Guilford for 24 years. The Franklins transitioned their land and dairy animals to organic in 2004. Their determination to see their small family farm survive was instrumental in bringing the Organic Valley Cooperative into this area to pick up milk. The Franklins recognize that their wealth is generated by the natural resources of their farm, in conjunction with the solar, water, and mineral cycles (with some hard work thrown in). In May 2012 their oldest son John graduated from UVM and was excited to return home to farm with his parents. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Julia Freedgood — Julia Freedgood leads American Farmland Trust’s Farmland Protection and Growing Local programs, including our national farmland protection activities. She also oversees planning for agriculture projects to promote agriculture’s role in local and regional food systems, and the Farmland Information Center, a clearinghouse for farmland protection information that serves 70,000 people annually. She joined the staff in 1989 and directed a variety of American Farmland Trust programs, including the technical assistance and land protection divisions. Freedgood is nationally recognized for developing Cost of Community Services (COCS) studies, a standard method for evaluating the cost of preservation versus the cost of development, and has produced studies and publications such as Saving American Farmland: What Works and Does Farmland Protection Pay?: The Cost of Community Services in Three Massachusetts Towns. Before joining AFT, she was executive director of the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets and a researcher in the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. She holds a B.A. in U.S. social and economic history from Hampshire College and an M.S. from the School of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts.

Rian Fried – Rian is a cofounder of the Clean Yield organization and president of Clean Yield Group, Inc. Prior to founding the Clean Yield in 1984, Rian was the director of the Brockton Regional Economic Development Corporation. His employment history includes positions as the director of an agency that coordinated and funded economic data research projects, and six years in community action and social work positions. Rian holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan. He has managed equity portfolios for more than twenty-five years. Rian has served as a selectman in Stannard, Vermont, and is currently chair of the Planning Commission. He is also an elected justice of the peace. He has served on the board of the Vermont Community Loan Fund and many other boards of directors. He is currently on the board of Sterling College and the advisory board of People’s United Bank’s Socially Responsible Banking Fund. He also contributes financial columns to local and national newspapers and newsletters.

Thara Fuller is the principal and founder of TFCoaching Enterprises. She founded this coaching practice because she loves to celebrate people and to remind them that they have their own unique light to follow, even when the way seems dark. Thara received herprofessional coach training through CoachU, Inc. and adheres to the ethical standards of the International Coach Federation. Her coaching practice is also informed by her Master’s Degree in Intercultural Relations: she has a deep appreciation of human diversity and the many ways we offer our gifts. She has explored research on human aptitudes, multiple ways of understanding intelligence, and personality assessments such as Myers-Brigg and the Strengths-Finder approaches. All of these offer different ways to talk about who you are and what you love to do. She also has been a teacher and has many years of experience at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education working with individuals and teams on issues of organizational change and leadership.   Thara’s life experiences have involved many turns and transitions:  career shifts, relocations, motherhood, divorce and other redesigns of the life plan. She enjoys working with clients who are navigating change and those who desire to create changes. Her curiosity about people and culture has led to many moments of joy dabbling in languages, living in Scotland, playing in a Brazilian Samba band, exploring dance of all kinds.

Ben Giardullo— Ben Giardullo is a business leader who has worked with farms, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers, and has been at the center of fast-growth expansions throughout his career. He is currently an executive consultant for both Hudson Valley Harvest LLC and Continental Organics LLC, and serves on the Board of Directors for Common Ground Farm, Inc. He is also a founding partner of two start-up companies, Stewardship Farms LLC, and Hudson Valley Market LLC. During a transition between the food and apparel industries, Ben played pivotal leadership roles in the global expansion of American Apparel, Inc. He operated as a Project Manager, the Northeast US Operations Director, and as a Senior Manager of Global Operations. He was responsible for growing the company’s most profitable region to $80M of revenue, overseeing a staff of 750 employees, and developing the global operations and inventory systems. He earned a BA in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire, where he co-founded and led the development of the UNH Organic Farm through a grant-funded project with Engineers Without Borders. He currently lives in Beacon, NY.

Katherine Gillespie — Katherine Gillespie, Program Manager of the Windham County Farm to School Program of Post Oil Solutions, has been working with our community schools, local farmers, community organizations, families, and food service for the past two years to develop a collaborative, sustainable and comprehensive Farm to School Program Model. She is passionate about supporting the development of a strong community-based food system that feeds all community members and strengthens our local rural economies.

Ellen Golden — Ellen Golden is Managing Director of CEI Investment Notes, Inc (CINI), an affiliate of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a Maine-based community development financial institution (CDFI) and community development corporation (CDC). CINI supports CEI by raising capital from accredited individual and institutional investors and deploying it in viable projects consistent with CEI’s triple bottom line finance criteria. She is responsible for overall CINI development, management and administration, accountable to the CINI Board. She has over thirty years of experience in community economic development with particular expertise in program design, management and implementation, market assessment, development of partnerships, and resource and policy development. She has overseen CEI’s Business Development Services and founded Women’s Business Center at CEI and StartSmart, a microenterprise program for new Mainers. She is on the boards of the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Association of Non-Profits, is an advisor to MaineInitiatives, and Co-Chairs the Steering Committee of the Community Investing Working Group for US SIF. She was a founder of the Maine Entrepreneurship Working Group, the Association of Women’s Business Centers, MicroNet and the Maine Women’s Policy Center. She has also served on a variety of boards, including the SBA Advisory Council for Maine, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, the Maine Commission for Women, and the National Commission on Women’s Voices in the Economy. She has been recognized for her advocacy on behalf of women and minority business owners and her support for increased access to financial services for those at the margins of the economy.

Gregg Gossens — Gregg Gossens is one of the founding partners in Gossens Bachman Architects (GBA). GBA, located in Montpelier Vermont, is a collaborative design studio devoted to the development of low energy buildings, and sustainable communities. The studio focuses on a holistic design approach integrating the built and social environments. GBA has been honored with over 40 State, regional and national design awards. The firm has most recently been honored with the prestigious national John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing. Gregg is also an adjunct instructor in the School of Architecture and Arts at Norwich University where he teaches courses on materials, integrated design and thesis studio.

Jon Greenberg Jon’s been a journalist for over two decades, including stints at National Public Radio covering Washington  and most recently as Executive Editor at New Hampshire Public Radio.  He’s received national recognition for his citizen journalism projects.  For the last one during the Great Recession, about 800 people in New Hampshire posted their eyewitness accounts of how the economy directly touched their lives and those stories became part of NHPR’s economic coverage.This year, Jon’s work on a renegade bone marrow donor registry in Massachusetts took top national honors for Investigative Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists.  During the New Hampshire primary, he wrote some of the most widely shared articles on the inaccuracies of presidential candidates for the Pulitzer Prize-winning web site, Politifact. Jon now works independently out of his home in Concord, NH. His article on why cities should get serious about Gross National Happiness appeared on Citiwire. He attended the April UN Conference on Happiness and Wellbeing in New York City.

Vern Grubinger— Vern Grubinger is the vegetable and berry specialist and Extension Professor with the University of Vermont, and coordinator of USDA’s Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), which awards over $3 million annually in grants to researchers, educators and farmers across the 12 Northeast states. He helps lead the eXtension Farm Energy community of practice, and serves on the Town of Dummerston farmland protection committee. He holds a PhD in Vegetable Crops, an MS in Agronomy from Cornell University, and a BS in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts. He writes a monthly column for Farming magazine, and airs the occasional commentary on Vermont Public Radio. He authored the books Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start Up to Market and With an Ear to the Ground: Essays on Sustainable Agriculture.

Katherine Gustafson is the author of Change Comes to Dinner, published by Macmillan in May 2012. She is an award-winning writer, journalist, and editor whose articles, essays, and stories have been published in numerous print and online media, including The Christian Science Monitor, Johns Hopkins Magazine, and Best Women’s Travel Writing. She has written about sustainable food for Yes! Magazine, The Huffington Post, Civil Eats, Change.org, and Tonic. She lives with her husband in the Washington, DC, area.

 

Deb Habib– Deb Habib is Executive Director of Seeds of Solidarity Education Center in Orange, MA.  She is a community organizer, parent, and farmer, and holds a masters degree in Environmental Education and a Doctorate in Multicultural Education.  She works locally and nationally in community food and food justice work, with  a focus on developing and implementing curricula and programs that promote youth leadership and activism, school based garden programs, and community service learning.

Gwendolyn Hallsmith —  Gwendolyn Hallsmith, the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier, is also the founder of Global Community Initiatives and author of four books: The Key to Sustainable Cities; Taking Action for Sustainability: the EarthCAT Guide to Community Development; LASER: Local Action for Sustainable Economic Renewal and a new book with Bernard Lietaer called Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies about how cities can use currency strategies to achieve their sustainability goals. Gwendolyn has over 25 years of experience working with municipal, regional, and state government in the United States and internationally. She has served as the Town Manager of Randolph, Vermont, the Regional Planning Director in Franklin County, MA, a Senior Planner for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Resources, the Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Her international experience included work with the United Nations Environment Program, the United Nations Development Program, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the International City/County Management Association, and Earth Charter International. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Brown University and studied theology at the Andover Newton Theological School, exploring the links between our wisdom traditions, spirituality, and work on the community level.

John Hamilton — John Hamilton is Vice President of Economic Opportunity at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, a 28-year old nonprofit that turns investments into loans and education to create opportunity and transform lives across New Hampshire. The Community Loan Fund has lent more than $140 million for affordable housing, child care and economic opportunities. John has a passion for cultivating people and profits. He is currently leading the expansion of the Community Loan Fund’s small-business lending program, which connects business owners with the financing and expertise they need to compete in a changing marketplace. John also leads Vested for Growth where he pioneered royalty financing as a community economic development tool to get growth capital into established businesses. VFG’s innovative and flexible investment style gives businesses access to expansion capital without the collateral requirements of bank debt, while also avoiding the need to sell the business to pay equity investors. VFG’s portfolio companies have access to enhanced management capacity, industry contacts, human resource development, and other business resources that drive the innovation and growth needed for success in today’s economy.

Lori Hanau — Summit Steward — In her role as Summit Steward, Lori will offer brief tone-setting moments at the start of each plenary. For Lori, to set the tone at a gathering is to steward the positive energy and spirit of a group. In this process, Lori welcomes and acknowledges the group as a whole entity and also as a collection of individuals. At moments throughout the gathering, she invites the group to come together in reflection, to slow down, and to pay attention to their individual and collective presence. Lori acts as a model in the space by providing an inspirational and grounding presence and cultivating the collective wisdom.

In her business, Global Round Table Leadership works with individuals as an advisor & organizations, groups and networks as a community builder andfacilitator, supporting the emergence of healthier, more meaningful collaborations and developing high performance teams.
Lori is also honored and delighted to be a faculty member as the community builder in Marlboro College Graduate School’s MBA program “Managing for Sustainability.”

Rebekah Hanlon — Rebekah Hanlon is a Worker/Owner of Valley Green Feast Collective , where she holds the position of Marketing Coordinator. Valley Green Feast is owned and operated by a team of four women that aim to increase food access in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by delivering local, organic food to homes. Rebekah is also the representative of Valley Green Feast to the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives (VAWC), a network that engages in member led co-operative development and education. Rebekah got her start in the co-operative movement as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst while working for People’s Market , a student run collective business on the campus.

Barbara Heinzen — Barbara Heinzen is a leading long-term strategist and scenario planner with a successful 25-year practice working with corporations, government departments and voluntary organisations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the USA. Beginning in 1998, Barbara Heinzen has designed and facilitated complex public interest scenario processes in very different parts of the world, first in Kenya and most recently in Houston, Texas. Since the mid-1980s, Barbara Heinzen has been preoccupied with understanding the systemic change involved in shifting from agricultural and industrial societies to ecological societies. She is Coordinator of the Barbets Duet, an experiment in systemic invention, created with East African colleagues. This experiment is creating new institutions that will support people who support healthy habitats and high biodiversity. Working with their own land and communities, there are now seven experimental learning sites in East Africa, England and the USA. After living in London for thirty years, Barbara Heinzen now lives on the banks of the Hudson River in upstate New York where she has her learning site.

Herb Heller —Herb Heller currently oversees all financial and marketing activities for Hot Mama’s Foods, a privately-held manufacturer of fresh salsa, hummus, dips and spreads for the private label market.  Under its own label and numerous store-brand labels, Hot Mama’s products are on retail shelves in more than half of the top 50 food retailers in the US, Canada, and Mexico.  Prior to joining Hot Mama’s Foods, he spent five years as Program Manager for the Western Mass Food Processing Center, a non-profit food business incubation facility in Greenfield, MA.  His prior experience includes hotel and restaruant management and food production at locations including the Flagstaff House (Boulder, CO), as General Manager of the Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA), Special Functions Manager at NorthfieldMount Hermon School (Gill and Northfield, MA), and the Hawthorne Hotel (Salem, MA), among others.  He also was co-owner of the Northampton Box Office, provided consulting services to entrepreneurs, and has worked in advertising, marketing and public relations.

Michael Hill — Author of the new book Cannibal Capitalism, Michael C. Hill has spent most of his life as an independent businessman having created and managed several successful businesses, the oldest is a technical training and consulting firm, and the largest was an award-winning home-building business. “Michael Hill’s research illustrates the importance of a bipartisan approach to rebuild our nation’s economy by stimulating job growth through the creation of new high-growth firms and by promoting entrepreneurship-friendly policies. Anyone concerned with the serious issues and possible solutions facing our economy should read this book.”—Professor Carl Schramm, Ph.D., an American economist and former professor, President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the nation’s leading organization devoted to entrepreneurship and education. After the economic crisis of 2007-9 decimated the US housing market, Hill immersed himself in economics research and penned the nonfiction work Cannibal Capitalism-How Big Business AND the Feds are Ruining America. He now principally works as a venture capitalist in Washington DC, incubating a number of business startups.

Jeffrey Hollender —  Jeffrey Hollender is the founder of Jeffrey Hollender Partners, a business strategy consulting firm and a leading authority on social entrepreneurship, corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. More than twenty-three years ago, he co-founded Seventh Generation and went on to build the company into a $150 million natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices.  Jeffrey’s passion for changing the negative impact that industry has on the environment and society is evident in each of his seven books, including 2010’s The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win. Hollender is also the 2011-2012 distinguished Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at the NYU Stern School of Business Jeffrey’s first business ventures were in the fields of banking, education and publishing: he was a co-founder of Brooklyn’s Community Capital Bank, and the founder of the Skills Exchange in Toronto and Network for Learning in New York City. He sold Network for Learning to Warner Publishing, a division of Warner Communications in 1985. Jeffrey is the Chair of the Greenpeace Fund US; and a board member of Health Care With-Out Harm and Verité, a leading workers’ rights organization. He is also the co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 110,000 business leaders committed to changing the rules of business.

Emily Hoyler—Emily Hoyler is the Curriculum Specialist at Shelburne Farms. She holds a BS in Geography from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, and a M.Ed. in from Harvard University. She specializes in facilitating curriculum design and development using the big ideas, essential questions, and the Understanding by Design backwards design framework, with a focus on project-and place-based learning. She also facilitates curriculum-centered professional development for K-12 educators, on both education for sustainability, and food, farming and nutrition topics. Prior to her position at Shelburne Farms, Emily taught 6th grade literacy at a charter school in Providence, Rhode Island.

Bonnie Hudspeth — Bonnie Hudspeth is Outreach Coordinator for the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a co-operative of 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives with a combined membership of more than 90,000 people across Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Together, the co-ops of the NFCA are working toward a vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and collaboration among co-ops.  Prior to joining the association, Bonnie served as Project Manager for the Monadnock Community Market Co-op, a start-up co-op opening in Keene, NH at the end of the 2012.

*Lester Humphreys is the owner of L. Humphreys Consulting, LLC, which specializes in helping small businesses in the Brattleboro area reach their potential.  He also serves as the director of the Cyberlore Fund, as the Chair of the Brattleboro Energy Committee, and as a Trustee of the Vermont Nature Conservancy.

Amy Hyatt — Amy moved to Vermont in August 2001 to participate in Vermont Wilderness School’s Instructor Apprenticeship Program, get trained and move back to her birth home bioregion of Southwestern Ohio to start a wilderness school there. She quickly fell in love with Vermont, the work of Vermont Wilderness School, the children and families involved and decided to stay. Over the last 11 years, she has facilitated a variety of workshops, talks, and trainings for adults including the Vermont Art of Mentoring Workshop, Community Mentoring & Sense of Place Course, Peacemaking Practices for Community Resiliency, and Ancient Fire-making.  She has worked even more with area youth ages 7-12 and directed programs for youth including Oyase Community School, Earthfriend Discovery Day Camps, Shambala Warrior & Nature Day Camp.  Her specialty is working with children ages 7-11 and adults of all ages in areas of nature awareness, basic survival skills, connecting with one’s natural gifts, cultural facilitation and community building. She completed a Master of Arts in eco-literacy and place-based education in 2004 from Union Institute and University and a Bachelor’s of Philosophy in Cross-Cultural Communication through the Arts from Miami University in 1995. Additionally, Amy has extensive experience in non-profit leadership, organizational development, and community organizing (that’s what she did before moving to Vermont)!

Jessica Hyman — Jessica Hyman is Executive Director of Friends of Burlington Gardens / Vermont Community Garden Network, a statewide nonprofit organization that supports community and school gardens. Through technical assistance, outreach, and grants, FBG has helped hundreds of garden communities grow more food, establish vibrant and productive programming, and build civic connections in their towns, neighborhoods and schools. Jessica grew up on a dairy farm in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec and earned a Master’s in Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. A former community journalist and food systems researcher, Jessica is committed to education, outreach, and research highlighting the role of community-based food production and education in resilient food systems and healthy communities. She also serves on the board of Burlington Area Community Gardens and is an active member of the Burlington Food Council and its Urban Agriculture Task Force.

Diane Imrie– Diane is a graduate of McGill University (Bachelor of Science in Nutrition), a Registered Dietitian and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Vermont. She has 20 years of experience working in a variety of healthcare food service operations. For the past 12 years she has worked as Director of Nutrition Services at Fletcher Allen Health Care, responsible for clinical, retail, and patient Nutrition Services. Recent work at that organization includes the implementation of new retail services, room service for patients, and a food sustainability program that is nationally recognized. Diane received the first Fletcher Allen CEO leadership award, titled “Living the Leadership Philosophy” and the Pyramid Award from the Vermont Dietetic Association for improving the health of Vermonters. On behalf of Fletcher Allen she received two first place national awards from Health Care Without Harm for Sustainable Food Procurement and Public Policy and Advocacy. She is passionate about local food, both personally and professionally, and is the co-author of a cookbook highlighting seasonal cooking titled Cooking Close to Home.

Susan Jameson — Rev. Susan Jameson is the co-director of Healing Winds, a not for profit organization which focuses on Native American teachings, education, culture and healing traditions. Healing Winds produces an American Indian Pow Wow Rock, Rattle & Drum and the Spirit on the Mountain Music Festival which is now considered a signature event in the Berkshires. She is also founder and co-director of Humanity in Concert, a company which creates and promotes events celebrating a solution oriented humanity, including 11 Days of Global Unity – an ongoing worldwide initiative which takes place in over 100 cities. She is co-founder of Loving Service, a not for profit organization dedicated to projects expressing love in action based on the fact that each and every one of us without exception deserves to have our basic human rights met and co-founder of Seek TV, an on-line interactive web network created to maximize public awareness about humanity’s major challenges and encourages involvement in the solutions. Susan was also a principal organizer of the Student –UN Videoconference series of We, The World, Building Peace and Sustainability in the 21st Century and associate producer of the Visual Voices TV Show.  Former concert director for the National Music Foundation and the Berkshire Performing Arts Center, she has more than twenty five years experience producing concerts, festivals and special events. A passionate metaphysician and healer, Susan is committed to her life long work in the fields of energy healing, spiritual development and conscious reality creation. Susan is currently working on two books, Heart Shaped Uterus, Giving Birth to a New Universe, 54 Stories from Global Midwives and Language of the Soul, Reading the Reflections of Your Reality. Susan serves on the board of the Women’s Interfaith Institute of the Berkshires, and seeded social transformation network Women Uniting for Humanity with Kimberly King.

Don Jamison —  Don Jamison is the Program Director and one of the founders of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center.  Don helps plan and deliver VEOC’s educational offerings, and works with those in established companies assess the potential of employee ownership for their businesses.

Kate Jellema — Kate directs the Program in Nonprofit Management at the Marlboro College Graduate School, where she oversees the MS in Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, the professional development Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and trainings for nonprofit board members. She also leads the Benchmarks for a Better Vermont project, a collaborative performance measurement initiative involving Marlboro College, the United Ways of Vermont, Common Good Vermont, SerVermont and the Vermont Community Foundation, with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Rebecca Jones — Rebecca Jones, MD is a dermatologist in Brattleboro and has been practicing on Elliot Street since 2006.  Rebecca is originally from Lexington, MA, received her medical school training at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA and completed her residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in 1992. She is the Vermont State Director for Doctors for America, a national organization of physicians and medical students working to guarantee quality healthcare for all.  In 2009 DFA was invited to the Whitehouse to support passage of the Affordable Care Act, and is presently planning to bridge the republican and democratic conventions this summer with a bus trip that would tour free medical clinics, to highlight the medical crisis the country continues to face.  She is the founder of ÿÿthe Vermont Greenprint for Healthÿÿ, a systems model for focusing on health instead of illness, and is presently working with 350Vermont to create a statewide pilot project that would remove barriers to walking and biking as forms of exercise and commuting.  She and her husband, Scott Wade run the Elliot Street Café, which is dedicated to providing healthy local food.  Elliot Street Café also shows local artists, and collaborates with the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center to put on BEAN microgrant  dinners.  Rebecca and Scott live in Whately, Massachusetts.

Sarah Kadden, Sustainable Schools Project —Sarah works with school folks, students, and community members to use sustainability as an integrating concept for curriculum, community connections, collaboration, campus ecology and school change.  She also has the privilege of working closely with the Burlington School Food Project, Shelburne Farm’s on-site education programs and many of the schools and partnerships within the Sustainable Schools Project’s network.  Before coming to Shelburne Farms and SSP Sarah worked in a variety of non-profits, almost always with children and youth.

Ellen Kahler – Ellen Kahler became the Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) in late 2005. Prior to joining the VSJF, Ms. Kahler was the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Center in Burlington (1990 to 2002). Her most well known work through the Peace & Justice Center- the Vermont Job Gap Study and the Vermont Livable Wage Campaign – won statewide attention around the issue of basic family needs, livable wages, and under-employment.  After graduating from the Kennedy School for Government in 2003, Ms. Kahler created and directed the Peer to Peer Collaborative, an initiative that assists founder CEOs of small, Vermont-based manufacturing and natural resource based companies. In January, 2006 the Collaborative became a core technical assistance program of the VSJF.  Ms. Kahler was a recipient of a three year leadership development fellowship through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (1994-1997) and was a member of the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute class of 1997. Ms. Kahler currently serves on the Board of the Sustainable Forest Futures, Energy Action Network, and the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council. She is a graduate of Bucknell University in Pennsylvania with a BA in Political Science and from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a Masters in Public Administration.

Marjorie Kelly Marjorie Kelly is a fellow with the Tellus Institute, a 35-year-old nonprofit research and consulting organization in Boston. She is also director of ownership strategy with Cutting Edge Capital consulting firm. She is author of the new book, Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, released June 2012 by Berrett-Koehler. Kelly advises private businesses on ownership and capital design for social mission. She also leads a variety of consulting and research projects in corporate social responsibility, rural development, and impact investing for organizations like the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation. Kelly was co-founder and for 20 years president of Business Ethics magazine.

Martin Kemple Martin Kemple is the Co-Founder of Food Works at Two Rivers Center, and currently serves as the Executive Director.  His study and work in Africa during the 1980s under a Watson Fellowship helped him to crystallize his lifelong work – how can communities and individuals maintain their connection to the land, and to their ancestral birthright, in the face of increasing modernization and urbanization? He has taught graduate level courses in sustainable communities at Burlington College, and undergraduate classes on international development at Norwich University’s Peace Studies program for aspiring Peace Corps volunteers.  He has co-authored, with Joseph Kiefer, the nationally recognized guide, Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens into Schools and Communities; as well as Living Traditions: Teaching Local History Using State and National Learning Standards. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University where he majored in Religious Studies, and has an M.A. from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

Liz Kenton — As 4-H’s Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator for the University of Vermont Extension, Liz Kenton offers statewide resources, programs, outreach, and educational for youth and adults on farm and food career development and agricultural safety. She served in the Peace Corps as an AgroForestry Extension agent, and upon returning to the U.S., worked on small diversified organic farms in Connecticut and Vermont while earning a Master’s degree in sustainable development. She currently volunteers as Board Secretary for two non profits: Post Oil Solutions, and the Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market.

Jeannine Kilbride Jeannine Kilbride lives at Cobb Hill in Hartland, an intentional community of 270 acres. It has a working farm which consists of a small dairy of 45 Jersey cows, a cheese enterprise, frozen yogurt and several other enterprises that help to sustain the farm. Jeannine moved to Cobb Hill in 2007. She started working in the cheese enterprise in 2008 and then started the frozen yogurt business in 2010. Jeannine is a Johnson &Wales School of Culinary Arts graduate. “Making cheese has been a natural transition from being a chef. It gives me great pleasure to hear from our patrons how much they love our cheese.”

Peter Kinder — Peter Kinder is founded KLD Research & Analytics, the Domini Social Investments, LLC and is a guru in socially responsible investing.  He is also a board member of the Capital Institute – an organization dedicated to exploring the new economy and ways for sustainable finance.

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez Imagine a world where people enjoy working equitably together to meet personal and planetary needs. Jerry’s work is in service of that vision. As a consultant (see Both-And Consulting and The Sociocracy Consulting Group), he focuses on individual and organizational development in the areas of governance, decision making, communication skills, and conflict resolution. Jerry brings a variety of methods and approaches to his work. For governance and decision- making, he prefers Dynamic Governance/Sociocracy; for communication skills, he enjoys sharing Compassionate Communication/Nonviolent Communication™; and for conflict resolution, he uses Restorative Circles. What these approaches have in common is support for the notion that everyone’s needs matter; we can organize any institution based on the inclusion of all members in decision making; and we can do it effectively, efficiently, and with the joy of shared meaning and purpose. Jerry has been teaching Dynamic Governance since 2005 and has been organizing, educating, and consulting for social justice his entire adult life. He is grateful that his work has been mission driven. Over the years, he has increasingly focused on communication and organizational processes that support human connection as equals.The organizations with which he has taught and trained include Movement for a New Society, the National Coalition Building Institute, DiversityWorks, Cambridge Youth Peace & Justice Corps, Lesley College Center for Peaceable Schools, Boston College Center for Social Justice, Spirit in Action, and United for a Fair Economy and Class Action. Jerry lives with his family in the Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community in Amherst, MA.

David Korten Dr. David Korten is the author of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth (Second Edition, August 2010), The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (2006), The Post-Corporate World: Life after Capitalism (2000), and the international best-seller, When Corporations Rule the World (1995), among others. Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine; co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, founded in late 2008 with the Institute for Policy Studies and the publisher of two recent reports for which David was the primary author – “How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule,” and, with co-chair, John Cavanagh, “Jobs: A Main Street Fix for Wall Street’s Failure.” He is a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE); founder and president of the People-Centered Development Forum (also known as the Living Economies Forum); a founding associate of the International Forum on Globalization; and a member of the Club of Rome. He holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford Business School, has thirty years of experience as a development professional in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and has served as a Harvard Business School professor, a captain in the US Air Force, a Ford Foundation Project Specialist, and a regional adviser to the US Agency for International Development. He lives with his life partner, Fran (Executive Director and Publisher of YES! Magazine), on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, WA.

Donald M. Kreis Donald M. Kreis joined Vermont Law School after a 15-year career in government, most recently as general counsel of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NH PUC). At the NH PUC, Professor Kreis focused chiefly on energy issues, including the development of legislation and rules for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and New Hampshire’s renewable portfolio standard. An experienced hearing officer, Professor Kreis was also involved in developing and overseeing statewide customer-funded energy efficiency programs, litigating and deciding rate cases, and resolving disputes arising under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. Professor Kreis began his career as a journalist, first with Associated Press. After working as a writer and editor at AP’s national broadcast operations in New York and Washington, he joined AP’s Northern New England bureau as a newsman based in Portland, Maine. In 1986, Professor Kreis became a staff writer with alternative newsweekly Maine Times, where his interest in then-roiling controversies about newly developed waste-to-energy plants first exposed him to questions of energy policy. Active in the cooperative movement, Professor Kreis serves on the board of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society (second largest food co-op in the country, with nearly $70 million in annual sales), where he was president from 2006 to 2009, as well as the board of the Cooperative Fund of New England. Among his academic interests is rural electric cooperatives and the influence of democratic control on the operation of such utilities. Professor Kreis has kept his finger in journalism since 1995 as a freelance architecture writer and critic. He received an award in 2004 from the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for outstanding contributions to public understanding of architecture and its role in the environment.

James Howard Kunstler  — Author James Howard Kunstler says he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, “Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work. Home From Nowhere was a continuation of that discussion with an emphasis on the remedies. His next book in the series, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition,  is a look a wide-ranging look at cities here and abroad, an inquiry into what makes them great (or miserable), and in particular what America is going to do with it’s mutilated cities. This was followed by The Long Emergency, is about the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other “converging catastrophes of the 21st Century.”  Mr. Kunstler is also the author of eight other novels including The Halloween Ball, An Embarrassment of Riches. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page, where he has written on environmental and economic issues.

Jesse Laflamme — Jesse Laflamme runs Pete and Gerry’s Organics, a growing egg farm that’s proving commercial farming and organic, humane, sustainable farming are not mutually exclusive. Jesse is one of the new breed of 21st Century farmers who understand that the world needs commercial farms to feed its inhabitants, but must do it without degrading the environment and exploiting livestock. With a ten-year average annual growth rate of almost 25%, Pete & Gerry’s combines state-of-the-art animal husbandry and cage-free farming technology with streamlined and efficient processing to compete with much larger operations. To meet consumer demand for its eggs, the company recruits small family farms as egg producers, keeping farmers in business and protecting valuable open space.

Amber Lambke — Amber Lambke is a volunteer with the Skowhegan Farmer’s Market, the director of the Maine Grain Alliance, and an entrepreneur behind the innovative transformation of a historic former county jailhouse into a food hub in rural Skowhegan, Maine. Amber is actively engaged in civic efforts to revitalize her downtown which includes the four fold growth of the 16-year old farmer’s market, and the founding of the nationally recognized Kneading Conference in 2007 which educates farmers, millers, bakers, and oven builders about reviving regional grain economies.  She leaves behind a career as a speech- language pathologist to focus full time on making improvements to the agricultural economy in her area and raising two young children.

*Martin Langeveld is general manager and marketing director of Strolling of the Heifers as well as a freelance marketing, strategic planning and social media consultant. He spent 30 years in the media business, 28 in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and two at the Brattleboro Reformer, from which he retired in 2008. Earlier, he and his wife were innkeepers for three years in New Marlboro, Massachusetts. While living in the Berkshires, Martin served two terms as chair and one as treasurer of Hancock Shaker Village. He was a founding trustee of the Colonial Theatre Association.

Paul LeVasseur— Paul LeVasseur is currently an adjunct faculty member of the SIT Graduate Institute where he was full-time faculty from 1990-2011.  Paul is a co-founder of the Transition Putney movement and has been working as a community organizer for the past 15 years. He continually explores ways to incorporate dialogic practices in a broad range of contexts that enhance deep understanding across differences and foster vibrant and sustainable communities. He is a certified trainer in the Way of Council practice, which he incorporates into his work as a community activist.

Daniel Leader — Daniel Leader studied philosophy at the University of Wisconsin before attending the Culinary Institute of America and graduating with high honors. Then working in many esteemed restaurants in NYC and in Europe before meeting his first baker in Paris in 1980. Quickly immersing himself in the world of brick ovens, sourdough, and rustic baguettes. In 1983 Daniel opened Bread Alone in upstate NY and began his quest to bring old world breads to the United States. Bread Alone today bakes more than 60,000 lbs of handmade certified organic hearth breads each week. Daniel has written 4 books, Bread Alone, Local Breads, Panini Express, and Simply Great Breads, both Bread Alone and Local Breads won the IACP best baking book of the year. Daniel has also consulted with bread companies and supermarket chains around the world. During his work in South Africa, Daniel founded the South African Whole Grain Bread Project which has set up 2 whole grain bakeries for the poor and disenfranchised in South Africa.

Jim Lescault —  Mr. Lescault was born and raised in Holyoke, Ma. During the mid- 1970’s he began to incorporate video production work into community issues confronting low-income residents of Holyoke; first working with inner-city teenagers. His community organizing work expanded into issues concerning housing, anti-arson, police/community relations and education. Mr. Lescault pursued and obtained a BA degree in Community Planning from the University of Massachusetts College of Public and Community Service (CPCS). While studying he became the Executive Director of the Boston based, national non- profit consulting agency, Urban Educational Systems. As an independent video producer, Mr. Lescault has numerous credits servicing community-based organizations, as well as unions, museums and city government. Mr. Lescault assumed his duties as the Executive Director of Amherst Media, a PEG Access organization, in October, 2007. Since that time the organization has undertaken a radical reorganization, expanding the traditional roles of access to include additional platforms for distribution. Amherst Media has opened their tent to soft and hardware developers, gamers, journalists, screenwriters, photographers and designers. For more information go to www.amherstmedia.org

Julie Lineberger —  Julie Lineberger guides LineSync Architecture, a green and sustainable firm in southern Vermont that has garnered numerous awards for both Design and Business Management. Her previous career in International Development included managing and participating in projects for the United Nations Development Program, the International Rescue Committee, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees throughout the world.   Past chair of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Board of Directors, Julie has taught college level courses, led many workshops and is a consultant on Socially Responsible Business Management through her firm Rewiring Success. She is involved in a variety of community efforts such as Green Mountain Care Board Advisory Group, The Wilmington Fund VT, Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future, Magical Earth Retreats and the Slow Living Summit.

Jack Lyons — Jack Lyons is a retired surgeon who has lived in the Upper Valley of Vermont for  over 50 years. He has a longstanding interest in healthy food and good nutrition. For many years he operated a nearby raspberry and blueberry plantation. More recently he has helped develop Willing Hands, a food rescue operation that provides healthy nutritious produce to underserved residents  of  the Upper Valley

Donnie Maclurcan — Donnie Maclurcan is Co-Founder of the Post Growth Institute and Ideas Guy at Project Australia – a community organisation helping people launch not-for-profit initiatives. His unusually diverse career has included working as an exercise physiologist and telephone counselor, coordinator of a lobby group for Aboriginal justice and a team assisting Sydney’s homeless, a journalist at the World Social Forum in Kenya, coach of the Fijian sailing team, an English and mathematics teacher in South Korea, event manager for The Great Australian Bike Ride, nanny and wedding singer. He currently runs Project Australia – an organization that helps people start not-for-profit projects, whilst writing books about nanotechnology and global equity/sustainability (the area of his PhD). He enjoys asking big questions, and is passionate about appropriate technology, inner creativity, radical thinking and asset-based community development. After reading E.F. Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful in 2003, he developed a strong interest in post-growth futures that, ironically, has been growing ever since.

James Macon, Closed Loop Capital — James has spent his career as an operator, investor and advisor taking a hand-on approach to corporate and financial design, market analysis, partnership development, capital formation, team building and exit strategy and execution. Prior to co-Founding Closed Loop Capital, James founded Barbour Alliance, L3C, a start-up and venture capital advisory services firm and new economy innovations incubator. Prior to Barbour Alliance, James served as Venture Director at Criterion Ventures where he designed and launched new social enterprises in healthcare finance, sustainable fisheries, urban education and renewable energy. James served as Executive Vice President at e2e Materials, an Ithaca, NY-based greentech start-up founded on Cornell University bio-composite research and technology. At e2e Materials, he was responsible for corporate financing initiatives, strategic planning and client acquisition. In 2007 James was an Associate with CEI Community Ventures in Portland, ME where he focused on new financing rounds for portfolio companies and the creation of a new fund targeting consumer product, software and renewable energy ventures in underserved regions in New England. James spent five years at eSecLending, a global financial technology start-up in Burlington, VT where he focused on global client acquisition and corporate strategy with particular emphasis on the sale of the business

Rob Macri —  Rob is the Education Director at Farms for City Kids at Spring Brook Farm. He received his Masters in Education/Environmental Science. Rob joined the Foundation staff in 2002. His responsibilities include overall management of the education program, scheduling schools and ensuring school academics and teacher’s goals remain integrated into the Mission of Farms For City Kids. Rob can be found in most places around the farm, but his true passion is sharing his love and knowledge of the outdoors with the children.

Alice Maes — Alice Maes is passionate about community economics and sustainable practices in Putney VT. She grew up in MI in a small business on a 100 acre farm. At Kalamazoo College she majored in economics and religion which continue to be major interests. Her career began as an IBM Systems Engineer. Later she was the Business Manager for Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. She raised her two daughters in an intentional community – Movement for a New Society. She currently serves as a Putney representative on the Windham Regional Commission.

Becca MartensonVermont Wilderness School — Becca has served as President of the Vermont Wilderness School Board of Directors for 5 of the past 6 years.   Vermont Wilderness School, a non-profit founded in 2000,  is dedicated to cultivating long-term mentoring relationships rooted in community, nature connection, and earth living skills.   Its programs go beyond traditional “environmental education” to help develop a deep understanding of self, community and nature, and in doing so, build healthy connections to the natural world and each other. Becca lives in Montague MA where she homeschools her 3 children with her husband Chris Martenson.  Becca also leads seminars with Chris, educating people about the economy, energy and the environment and the ways we can create resilient communities in the face of massive change.  She is also developing a private practice, supporting people with inner work and personal transformation. The Vermont Wilderness School was founded in 2000 with a commitment to building a powerful community of naturalists, teachers and leaders. Our programs go beyond traditional “environmental education” to help develop a deep understanding of self, community and nature, and in doing so, build healthy connections to the natural world and each other.

Chris Martenson— Chris Martenson, PhD (Duke), MBA (Cornell) is an economic researcher and futurist specializing in energy and resource depletion who operates a successful and growing internet website devoted to changing our personal, national and global narratives. As one of the early econobloggers who forecasted the housing market collapse and stock market correction years in advance, Chris rose to prominence with the launch of his seminal video seminar: “The Crash Course” which has also recently been published in book form (Wiley, March 2011). It’s a popular and extremely well-regarded distillation of the interconnected forces in the Economy, Energy and the Environment (the “Three Es” as Chris calls them) that are shaping the future, one that will be defined by increasing challenges to growth as we have known it. In addition to the analysis and commentary he writes for his site ChrisMartenson.com, Chris’ insights are in high demand by the media as well as civic and private organizations around the world, including institutions such as the UN, the UK House of Commons and US State Congresses.

Karen Marzloff has been writing for “local” media for 15 years, and in 2003 helped bring a new independent media voice to the Seacoast of New Hampshire with The Wire, a news and culture weekly. The Wire documents its community, but also produces its own arts and culture initiatives, such as the worldwide RPM Challenge and the ArtSpace concert series. As co-founder of Seacoast Local, a BALLE member network since 2006, Karen brings a deep understanding of the link
between local media, local business and local people.

Ellen McCulloch-LovellMarlboro College — Ellen is Marlboro College’s seventh and first woman president. She has strong ties to Vermont and to the nation’s Capitol; she was chief of staff to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) from 1983 to 1994. McCulloch-Lovell spent seven years in the Clinton administration from 1994 to 2001, serving as executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and deputy assistant to the President and advisor to the First Lady. In 2001, she founded the Veterans History Project, a collection of first-hand accounts of war at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  As executive director of the Vermont Arts Council (1975 to 1983), she supported individual artists and co-founded the Governors Institutes of Vermont, intensive summer programs in the arts, science, and international affairs for high school students now in their 28th year.  She was appointed to five National Endowment for the Arts advisory councils. She continues her involvement in arts education and local cultural organizations. Her book of poems, Gone, was published in 2010 by Janus Press. In her eighth year as Marlboro’s president, McCulloch-Lovell also serves as a Regent of the American Architectural Foundation, on the Advisory Council member for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution, and on several local boards. She just completed five years of service on the National Science Foundation’s BIO Advisory Council.

Ryan Scott McDonnell — Ryan Scott McDonnell is the Executive Director of the Boston Faith & Justice Network (BFJN), a community of Christians seeking justice through personal, community and policy change. At BFJN, Ryan has led an initiative helping Christians who are not rich by American standards – but are by global standards – engage in generous giving through reducing consumption. Ryan has worked with humanitarian non-profits organizations in the Liberia, South Africa and the United States on issues of refugee integration, micro lending and social enterprise. Ryan holds a masters degree in International Development from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, is an active refugee consultant and a former Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. Ryan lives north of Boston with his wife, Caroline, and daughter, Vivienne.

Christian McEwen — Christian McEwen is the author of World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. She has also edited two lesbian anthologies, Naming the Waves: Contemporary Lesbian Poetry and, with Sue O’Connell, Out the Other Side: Contemporary Lesbian Writing. Her most recent anthologies are Jo’s Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, True Grit & Real Life (Beacon Press, 1997), and, with Mark Statman, The Alphabet of the Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing (Teachers & Writers, 2000). Christian works as a freelance writer and workshop leader. For many years, she taught poetry to teachers through the Creative Arts in Learning Program at Lesley University. She has also worked as a writer-in-the-schools through the Teachers & Writers Collaborative and ALPS (Alternative Literary Programs)In recent years, she has become interested in the use of contemplative practices in education.

Bill McKibben — Bill is an environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming and alternative energy and advocates for more localized economies. In 2010 the Boston Globe called him “probably the nation’s leading environmentalist” and Time magazine described him as “the world’s best green journalist. In 2009 he led the organization of 350.org , which coordinated what Foreign Policy magazine called “the largest ever global coordinated rally of any kind,” with 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries. Bill grew up in suburban Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the “Talk of the Town” column from 1982 to early 1987. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. In March 2007 McKibben published Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. It addresses what the author sees as shortcomings of the growth economy and envisions a transition to more local-scale enterprise. Bill is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s,Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. He is also a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine. Bill has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He has honorary degrees from Green Mountain College, Unity College, Lebanon Valley College and Sterling College. Bill currently resides with his wife and his daughter in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College.

Yadim Medore — Yadim Medore is Principal and Creative Director of Pure Branding, Inc., who builds leading brands for values-based companies in the natural products industry. They identify potential through research and analysis, and realize that potential through groundbreaking strategy and powerfully authentic creative. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts, Pure Branding is a boutique consultancy who works with only a select handful of clients each year to ensure deep analysis, specialized insight and close partnership through the rebrand process. After more than 10 years, global clients include Gaia Herbs, Traditional Medicinals, Aura Cacia, Organic India, Twinlab, Boiron, Vitasoy, Country Life, Vitamin Angels, and Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. Under Yadim’s direction, Pure Branding’s work has been honored with numerous awards including a Rebrand 100® Global Award and two Webby Awards. Prior to founding Pure Branding in 1999, Yadim directed design at Disney Publishing, where his understanding of lifestyle branding increased circulation of FamilyFun Magazine by 400%, and was honored by Adweek’s 10 Hottest Magazines list three years running. As Art Director at New Age Journal (now Whole Living), Yadim led the rebrand that laid the foundation for the magazine’s eventual sale to Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Bennington-educated, he has taught at Harvard, has been published in Organic Processing and Nutritional Outlook and is often invited to speak at industry conferences, including Natural Products Expo East and West, All Things Organic and LOHAS.

*Ralph Meima joined Marlboro College Graduate School in 2006 to direct the startup of its new MBA in Managing for Sustainability, and continues to play this role.  Prior to this, he was assistant professor of Organizational Management at the School for International Training.  Before coming to Vermont, Ralph spent 14 years in Sweden, moving there in 1989 with LM Ericsson.  He completed a doctorate in management at Lund University, performing a variety of research and consulting projects in environmental economics and management, and CSR.  He also founded a communication agency in Lund, Meima Associates. He has written books and articles on environmental management and policy. He serves on the board of the Vermont Environmental Consortium, and is Co-Chairman of the Board of Brattleboro Thermal Utility.

H. Kenneth Merritt— Ken is the Managing Director of Merritt& Merritt & Moulton, a boutique corporate, securities and intellectual property law firm based in Burlington, Vermont. His practice is focused on the representation of venture capital funds, private equity funds and angel investors as well as emerging growth companies in mergers, acquisitions and private placements and public offerings of debt and equity securities as well as the formation and governance activities of privately- and publicly-held companies, non-profit organizations, venture capital firms and private equity funds. Ken is active in multiple professional organizations and various angel and investor groups throughout the U.S.

Ken Meter —Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns.  As president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, Meter holds 41 years experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building.  His “Finding Food in Farm Country” studies have promoted local food networks in 82 regions in 30 states and one Canadian province.  As coordinator of public process for the City of Minneapolis Sustainability Initiative, he guided over 85 residents in creating a 50-year vision for the city including sustainability measures.  He served as an advisor for the USDA Community Food Projects, including managing the proposal review panel, and serves on the editorial advisory committee of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.  He also writes for Successful Farming and for Yes! magazine.  He is founding co-chair of the Community Economic Development Committee for the Community Food Security Coalition.  Meter taught economics at the University of Minnesota, and at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Paul Millman —Paul Millman is President of Chroma Technology Corp., an employee-owned company in Rockingham, VT. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, is a current Board member of the Vermont Campus Compact and served two terms on the Board of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. He is also a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable. He earned a BA from the New School for Social Research and an M.Ed in elementary school education from Antioch New England. Some have observed that the latter degree prepared him well to function in today’s business world. In 2011 Inc. Magazine listed Chroma Technology Corp. among The Top Twenty Small Company Workplaces in the US. It was the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’ 2006 Exporter of the Year and Business Ethics Magazine Living Economy Award Winner in 2004.

Katharine Millonzi — Katharine Millonzi is the Operations and Development Manager at the New Economics Institute. Katharine has a breadth of experiences in the sustainability and social change sectors worldwide. An eco-gastronome and food systems thinker, she brings an integrative, multidisciplinary perspective to the relationship between culture and nature. After several years work in international public health, she enjoyed being part of several start-up business ventures – from an artisanal cheesemongers to a fair-trade botanicals company. She recently directed the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program at Williams College, where she examined the role of institutional procurement within regional economic development.  Katharine holds an MA in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences, founded by Slow Food International. She also holds a BA from the University of London in Social Anthropology and International Development. Her 2007 Fulbright Fellowship in Italy offered her a platform from which to measure and assess the responses of traditional food producers to global economic policy and structures. Katharine is a trained massage therapist and herbalist who finds inspiration in ‘the peace of wild things’.

*Terry Mollner, Trusteeship Institute — Terry Mollner, Ed.D., is Founder, Chair, and Executive Director of Trusteeship Institute, Inc., a think tank and consulting firm founded in 1973 based on the economic theories of Mahatma Gandhi. It focuses on the development of socially responsible businesses. In the 1970s Dr. Mollner was one of the earliest pioneers of socially responsible investing and, in 1982, was one of the founders of the Calvert Socially Responsible Investment Fund, the first such fund with the full panoply of social screens. Today it is the largest family of such funds with nearly $7 billion under management. He also provided leadership to create the Calvert Foundation that is pioneering “community investment” – investment to end poverty – as another new asset class in the professional investment community. It currently manages over $200 million and has just launched a program to make its note available to over 300 million EBay and Pay Pal customers. Dr. Mollner is on the board of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., the United Way of Hampshire County, Inc., a fellow of the World Business Academy, a member of the Social Venture Network, and a founder and member of Business Association of Local Living Economies (BALLE) of the Pioneer Valley.The Trusteeship Institute, Inc. (TI) was founded in 1973 by Terry Mollner for the purpose of furthering economic development based on Mohandas Gandhi’s theory of “trusteeship.” From the beginning the mission of TI has been to further this worldview both with innovative projects of its own and by participating in and supporting the projects of others. Terry is also chairman of the board of Stakeholders Capital.

Fidel Moreno — Fidel Moreno is the co-director of Healing Winds and founder of the White Eagle Peace Sanctuary and the 7th Generation Youth Empowerment Project. Healing Winds is a non-profit Native American organization focusing on sustainable culture and collaborative systems/networks where culture, technology and wisdom traditions of Aboriginal/Indigenous social & spiritual technologies manifest & amplify relationship, wellness and harmony for the indvividual, family, and community. Fidel is a 25 year award-winning documentary producer/director and has worked for CNN Special News Reports and National Geographic World News Tonite. He is a peace activist, poet and special event/concert producer. He is currently producing the 7th Annual Rock, Rattle and Drum American Indian Pow Wow & Spirit on the Moutain Music Festival the Berkshires on Mt. Greylock, Aug. 11th & 12th, 2012. Fidel also supports the growth of Industrial Hemp as a natural resource for home/commerical construction, clothing, food, medicine and fossil fuel alternative!

*Orly Munzing is executive director and founder of Strolling of the Heifers, a Brattleboro nonprofit with the mission of supporting family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. She has master’s degree in education from Boston University and pursued a 20-year career of educational project development, supervision, and training. Under her leadership and with the help of a management team including representatives from agriculture, marketing, business, technology, the arts, and education, Strolling of the Heifers has grown in ten years from a one-day parade and festival to a set of year-round initiatives to support and promote local, sustainable agriculture.

Stephen Muzzy Stephen Muzzy is a Senior Associate at Second Nature, the primary supporting organization of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The ACUPCC is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Stephen is responsible for managing and building the value proposition of the ACUPCC network by developing strategies that ensure successful fulfillment of the ACUPCC by participating colleges and universities; demonstrating the innovation curve and success of the entire network and promoting the initiative within and beyond the higher education sector to ensure it retains and increases its visibility as an effective model for climate action and sustainability.

Abbie Nelson — Abbie Nelson is the NOFA-VT, Education Coordinator and Director of VT Food Education Every Day (VT FEED), a 12 year-old statewide Farm to School Project of NOFA-VT, Food Works, and Shelburne Farms. Abbie serves as a statewide school food system consultant and trainer involved in all aspects of local purchasing and professional development with school food service. She has been working with statewide partners to advance access to local foods by all schools and expanding access to all institutions.

David Orr  — David 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, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Bioneers. 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 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.

Esther Park  — Esther Park joined RSF Social Finance in 2005 and is the Vice President for Strategy and Business Development.  She is responsible for the strategic development of the organization, the expansion of its products and services, and what we affectionately refer to as “the how” of what we do. As Director of Lending between 2007 and 2011, Esther oversaw a tripling of the organization’s lending activities to social enterprises nationally. Previously, Esther was a senior consultant for ShoreBank Advisory Services, where she provided strategic and financial planning advice for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), particularly small business and affordable-housing loan funds. She also trained lenders internationally in small business lending practices, and underwrote Program Related Investments (PRIs) for private foundation clients.  Prior to joining ShoreBank, Esther lived in Nukus, Uzbekistan, teaching English and conducting program evaluation work for the United Nations. Esther received her MPP from University of Chicago and BA in Social Welfare from the University of California Berkeley. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, Greg, and their two children, Evangeline and Bryce.

Susan Parris —Susan Parris has been the Executive Director of Brattleboro Area Hospice for 16 years. The organization is one of less than 200 locally controlled volunteer hospices left in the U.S. She is committed to the creation of a ‘humane’ workplace: where respect, support, flexibility, compassion and collaboration are the norm not a rarity. Sadly, workplaces that use control, fear, manipulation and overwork to ‘motivate’ employees are much more common. Management theory and its practice often overlook that in addition to being ethically superior, a humane workplace can achieve just as high quality and efficient results as harsher alternatives. Susan has an M.A. from the Program in Intercultural Management at the School for International Training. In her early 20s she served on active duty in the US Navy, where her experiences of hierarchy and bureaucracy dramatically altered her life perspective.

Carolyn Partridge — Carolyn W. Partridge of Windham, Windham County, Democrat, was born on January 21, 1949, in Hackensack, New Jersey, moved to Vermont in 1972, and became a resident of present town in May, 1985. Occupation: Self-employed farmer and seamstress. She was educated at Westfield High School, Westfield, New Jersey; New York University, New York, New York (Bachelor’s Degree, 1971 in Oceanography). She is married to Alan C. Partridge and they have three sons and two granddaughters. Member of: Windham School Board, Chair; Windham Regional Planning Commissioner and Executive Board Member; Windham Congregational Church, Deacon; Windham Community Organization. She serves on the Board of the Sojourns Community Health Center and on the Advisory Board of Northeastern Family Institute. Past member of the VT Cultural Heritage Tourism Advisory Board. Co-Chair of the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference in 2009 and currently chairs the CSG ERC Annual Meeting and Nominating Committees. She co-chairs the Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship (NSAAS), a CSG ERC affi liate. She recently received the CSG ERC 2011 W. Paul White State and Regional Leadership Award. Current member of the VT Child Poverty Council and Chair of the House Agriculture Committee. She served as the House Assistant Minority Leader in 2003 and 2004 and Majority Leader from 2005- 2008. Member of the House: 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2005- 2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012.

Matt Patsky — Matt is a managing partner, CEO, and portfolio manager at Trillium Asset Management, the oldest independent investment management firm devoted exclusively to sustainable and responsible investing. He joined Trillium in October, 2009, and has over 25 years of experience in investment research and investment management. Matt began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1984 as a technology analyst. In 1989, while covering emerging growth companies for Lehman, he began to incorporate environmental, social and governance factors into his research, becoming the first sell side analyst in the United States to publish on the topic of socially responsible investing in 1994. As Director of Equity Research for Adams, Harkness & Hill, he built that firm’s powerful research capabilities in socially and environmentally responsible areas such as renewable energy, resource optimization, and organic and natural products. Prior to Trillium, Matt was at Winslow Management Company in Boston, where he served as director of research, chairman of the investment committee and portfolio manager for the Green Solutions Strategy and the Winslow Green Solutions Fund. Matt is currently on the Boards of Environmental League of Massachusetts, Shared Interest, and Pro Mujer. He recently served on the Boards of US SIF and Root Capital. Matt is a member of the Social Venture Network (SVN). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Will Patten — Will Patten’s 40 years in the Vermont business community began as a young entrepreneur in Rutland and included more than two decades working with Ben & Jerry’s, from which he retired as Director of Retail Operations in 2007. From 2007 to 2010 Will served as Executive Director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. After a short sailing trip, Will returned to Vermont to start Back To Basics Vermont, Inc. which invests in and consults with business strategies for the new economic realities. Will lives in Hinesburg with his wife, Kathleen.

Judy Phillips — After over twenty-five years of engagement with DharmaSeed.org Judy retired to focus on the Transition Movement. Beginning in February 2010 Judy became an initiating group member of Transition Northfield. Transition Northfield MA is a creative community-based response to economic instability, resource depletion (peak oil) and climate
change. Its aim is to engage residents from all aspects of our community to work together in a positive practical process that increases local resilience and economic vitality. It is flexible and fun, encourages local creativity, and results in a stronger, more cohesive community. On November 5th 2011 Transition Northfield was officially launched. Out of the launch came fourteen working groups, Judy is a facilitator of one
of the working groups (Low Power Community Radio Station) and a sustaining member of Transition Northfield.

Kendra Pierre- Louis — Writer, researcher, environmental activist and author of the book Green Washed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way to a Green Planet, Kendra Pierre-Louis, was born and raised in Queens, New York. Queens is not only New York City’s (and the country’s) most ethnically diverse though often least appreciated borough, it also teems with biological diversity. In fact, she credits her environmentalism – at least in part – to the cicadas she heard outside her bedroom window as a child and whose molted shell remains were the stuff that haunted her nightmares. Kendra firmly believes that everyone should be fortunate enoughto be both awed and terrified by nature on a semi-regular basis. Kendra received her B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and her M. A. in Sustainable Development  from the SIT Graduate Institute. She has worked for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Convention on Biological Diversity, the consulting and strategic planning firm Terrapin Bright Green, the New York Botanical Gardens, and the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. She has served as a Sustainable Development editor for the social media platform Justmeans.com, and her idea “Restoring Brownfields through Phytoremediation” was a semi-finalist in the Ideas for Impact Challenge. Kendra’s proudest, however, of the Master Composter Certificate she earned through the Queens Botanical Garden. She will happily swing by your home to show you how composting is done.

Martin Ping — Martin Ping is the Executive Director of Hawthorne Valley Association, a 501(c)3 not- for-profit corporation promoting social and cultural renewal through the integration of education, agriculture and the arts. Martin has been at Hawthorne Valley for more than 20 years. During most of that time he taught practical arts in the High School and for 14 years was director of facilities at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School and served as project manager on several million dollars of new construction projects. For the past eight years as Executive Director he has balanced his time developing the working relationships amongst the Association’s diverse enterprises and the 160 co-workers who carry those initiatives with cultivating collaborative relationships between Hawthorne Valley and other organizations in the Upper Hudson/Berkshire region as well as like- minded initiatives nationally and globally. He has been instrumental in initiating several new programs and has several more in the works. Martin is a founding member of the Slow Money Alliance, is co-founder and storyteller for The Magical Puppet Tree, and has served on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations.

Jeff Potter —Jeff Potter, editor of The Commons, an award-winning, nonprofit, independent, weekly newspaper and website in Brattleboro, has been working in and around newspapers off and on since 1983. He has also worked as a founder of independent publications (the Shelburne Falls Independent and, long ago, the Pioneer Valley Forum in Massachusetts), as a literary magazine art and design director, as a book designer and compositor, and as an Internet website and applications developer. It is clear that he never quite decided what to do for a living, an ambiguity that makes it possible for him to do the work of four people for a publication that is succeeding against all odds. For reasons that he can only describe as making sense at the time, he has a degree in math and ancient Greek language and literature from Middlebury College, an academic background that ensures that he will never misspell “ophthalmology.”

George Putnam — George Putnam is president and CEO of Yankee Farm Credit in Williston, Vermont. Yankee Farm Credit is part of the national Farm Credit System which was created by Congress in 1916 to lend money to farmers. Yankee Farm Credit provides nearly $400 million in loans to about 1,300 customers throughout Vermont and neighboring counties in New York and New Hampshire. Loans in Vermont total more than $250 million to nearly 1,000 customers. Yankee serves all types of agriculture, including the forest products industry. Yankee Farm Credit is a farmers cooperative, owned by its member-customers and governed by farmer-directors. George started at Yankee Farm Credit in 1984 as a loan officer, and has been in his current position since 2006. Positions held before Yankee Farm Credit: controller for
Richmond Cooperative Association, a small farmers cooperative in Richmond, Vermont, which manufactured cheese; software specialist for Digital Equipment Corporation; and product engineer for A.O. Smith Harvestore Products, Inc. George grew up on a family dairy farm in Cambridge, Vermont. He holds a BS degree in
agricultural engineering from the University of Maine and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Alison Pyott— Alison Pyott is a Wealth Manager and a Certified Financial Planner™ for the Veris Portsmouth office. She manages client portfolios and designs comprehensive strategies to meet a wide range of client’s financial goals.  Alison leads the firms’ Sustainability Committee and participates in the development and coordination of company-wide systems. Prior to Veris, Alison was the Director of Client and Shareholder Services for Citizens Advisors, a socially responsible mutual fund company.  She, also, worked in client service and management positions at John Hancock Signature Services.  In addition, to her fifteen years financial services experience, Alison worked for the United Way of the Greater Seacoast where she managed community investment and outcome measurement programs.Alison is a member of the Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle, Financial Planning Association of New England and New Hampshire Estate Planning Council.  She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Piscataqua Region, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Community Investment Notes, Inc., and Nearby Registry, a New Hampshire start-up company and serves as the Treasurer for The New Hampshire Women’s Initiative. Alison graduated from University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics with a B.S. in Hotel Administration and Merrimack College with a Certificate in Financial Planning.  She lives with her husband in Portsmouth, NH.

Curtiss Reed —  Curtiss Reed, Jr. serves as executive director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to building institutional capacity to meet the inherent challenges and opportunities of the demographic shift underway. Until December 2010 Reed served as the chair of the Vermont State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights on which he had been a member since 2004. Reed is a faculty member of the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute in the area of diversity, race and public engagement. In April 2010 the Vermont General Assembly in its Concurrent House
Resolution H.C.R. 82 commended Reed and other community leaders for work to combat racism. Reed previously served as the executive director (interim) of the New England Coalition for Health Equity (NECHE, 2002-2004); a member on the New England Board of Higher Education Blue Ribbon Task Force on the participation of underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Boston MA, 2003-2005), and Steering Committee of the Brattleboro Community Restorative Justice Center in Brattleboro, Vermont (2003-2005). Reed received a B.A in Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis (1976) and studied at the Université d’Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en-Provence (France).  He was a Fellow with the Coro Foundation Training Institute in Public Affairs (1978-1979) and recipient of a Center for Whole Communities Fellowship for its 2010-2011 program. Reed lived and worked in Africa for 18 years until his return to Vermont in 2001. The United States Agency for International Development awarded him a Distinguished Unit Citation in 1994 for reconciliation efforts during the civil war in Burundi.

Florence Reed — Florence Reed believes that when people work together, things change for the better.  This belief led her to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama in the early nineties.  In 1997, Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International (SHI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with rural Central American communities to implement sustainable land-use practices. As president of the organization, Reed divides her time between overseeing programs in Central America and gathering resources in the United States, bringing together farmers and donors to create a better future.  In recent years she has received two honorary doctorates for her work, along with many awards such as the Yves Rocher Women of the Earth award, Traditional Home Classic Woman award, Garden Club of America’s Distinguished Service Award and etown e-chievement award. In 2009, Florence was painted by artist Robert Shetterly as part of his renowned Americans Who Tell The Truth portrait series. In November 2011, Florence was named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow by The Council of Independent Colleges.

Simon Renault — Simon Renault left his native France in his early twenties to live on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in search of “the good life.” After a few years, he came to the US to study permaculture with the Cob Cottage Company and now lives in yurt in Putney with his family and young children.

John Restakis — John Restakis is Executive Director of the BC Co-operative Association in Vancouver. His professional background includes community organizing, adult and popular education, and co-op development. In addition to his duties in building the co-op movement of BC, he does consulting work on international co-op development projects, and conducts research and lectures on co-operative economies, the social economy, and globalization. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the MA Program in Community Development at UVic and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Co-operative and Community Based Economy, also at UVic. He was the co-founder and Co-ordinator of the Bologna Summer Program for Co-operative Studies at the University of Bologna. Restakis earned his BA at the University of Toronto with a Major degree in East Asian Studies and specialist studies in Sanskrit and Classical Greek. He holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy of Religion. Currently, Restakis is a Sessional Instructor in the MA Program in Community Development at UVic.

David Ritchie — The Green Mtn Spinnery was founded in 1981 to create beautiful high quality yarns from locally grown fibers, respecting the environment in the means of production, and carrying this out in a participatory workplace. Today, the mission of the company remains the same. As general manager, and one of 4 original founders, David was there when it went from a dream and its initial startup of 4 dedicated owners, to many years of a close knit partnership, as the company grew and expanded its lines of available yarns and patterns while becoming much more versatile in services of custom spinning for individual growers. In 2007 the company kept its mission but ceded ownership to a broader based worker coop that it is today. As the one original founder still working, David experienced the agony of transition…. accepting loss of ‘control’ while learning to trust in his new role as the remaining elder. With all of this transformation, he is happy today he did not take ‘early retirement’.

Bob Rosane — Bob Rosane is the Superintendent of the Franklin Central Supervisory Union serving approximately 3000 student and 1500 adult learners in St. Albans City, St. Albans Town, Fairfield, and BFA St. Albans. Bob also serves on the Education and Workforce Development working group for the statewide Farm-to-Plate initiative, the DOE Teacher Effectiveness Task Force, the PK-16 Council, VSBIT Board of Directors and consults on organizational development and sustainability. Bob lives in Middlesex, Vermont with his partner, Jolinda LaClair.

Jeff Rosen — Jeff Rosen is the Chief Financial Officer for the Solidago Foundation and its affiliated Foundations, where he oversees all of the financial systems as well as managing the MRI and PRI portfolios. Jeff is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and holds a Masters in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine, where he worked to pioneer sustainability focused impact assessment techniques. He has worked in the private sector as a serial entrepreneur, developing and selling food sector businesses, and as a chief financial officer for several restaurant chains and food manufacturers. He is an active, founding member of PVGROWS, a local food system collaboration located in Western Massachusetts, where he is part of a group focused on financing the regional food economy. Jeff is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Antioch University Sustainable MBA program, where he has taught Ecological Economics for Social Entrepreneurs since 2007. Jeff lives in Northampton MA, with his wife and three children.

Dan Rosenberg — Dan Rosenberg is founder and co-owner of Real Pickles, based in Greenfield, MA.  Real Pickles produces naturally fermented pickles using locally-grown, organic vegetables, and sells them throughout the Northeast.  One of a small number of established traditional pickle producers in the country, Real Pickles was honored by Alice Waters in 2011 and 2012 with a Good Food Award, in recognition for producing “exceptionally delicious [food] that also supports sustainability and social good”.  Dan’s work is devoted to building a new food system that is regional and organic, and supplied by small farms and food businesses producing healthy, nourishing food for everyone.

Chuck Ross — Chuck Ross was appointed as the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets by Governor Peter Shumlin and took office in January of 2011. Prior to his current role as Secretary, he served as U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s State Director for 16 years. Before joining Leahy’s staff, Ross was a farmer and legislator from Hinesburg, Vermont. Ross has served in the Vermont State Legislature; on the Board of Directors at Shelburne Farms; on the Advisory Board of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont; as an advisory member of the Vermont Council on Rural Development; as a trustee at Fletcher Allen Health Care; as a trustee at the University of Vermont; and also served as a member of his local and regional planning commissions.  Ross is currently the Chair of the Sustainable Ag Council, Chair of the Farm Viability Advisory Board, a member of Vermont Housing Conservation Board, a member of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, and serves on the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s Farm to Plate Steering Committee. Born in Burlington, Vermont, he graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Geography in 1978 and from the University of Washington with an M.A. in Geography in 1982. Ross is married with three children and lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.

Bernie Sanders — Bernie Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. Born in 1941 in Brooklyn, Bernie was the younger of two sons in a modest-income family. After graduation from the University of Chicago in 1964, he moved to Vermont. Early in his career, Sanders was director of the American People’s Historical Society. Elected Mayor of Burlington by 10 votes in 1981, he served four terms. Before his 1990 election as Vermont’s at-large member in Congress, Sanders lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and at Hamilton College in upstate New York. The Almanac of American Politics has called Sanders a “practical” and “successful legislator.” He has focused on the shrinking middle class and widening income gap in America that is greater than at any time since the Great Depression. Other priorities include reversing global warming, universal health care, fair trade policies, supporting veterans and preserving family farms. He serves on five Senate committees: Budget; Veterans; Energy; Environment; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Bill Schubart— Bill Schubart is and author and the chairman of the Vermont Journalism Trust. He was educated in Morrisville Public Schools, Phillips Exeter Academy, Kenyon College and the University of Vermont. Schubart’s great uncle was the renowned photographer and champion of impressionist art, Alfred Stieglitz. Schubart is fluent in French language and culture which he taught before entering communications as an entrepreneur. He cofounded Philo Records and Resolution, a fully integrated e-commerce services partner, offering web commerce design & integration, customer care, on-demand media manufacturing, fulfillment, distribution and information & revenue management to broadcasters, print & electronic publishers and direct marketers.  He writes and speaks extensively on the media and other civic issues and is currently a commentator for VPR. He has spoken at numerous industry and media events including Book Expo. He also writes and publishes opinion and fiction at www.Schubart.com.  Schubart’s interests include poetry, photography, stone gardening, food preparation, classical and primitive music. He lives in Hinesburg, Vermont, with his wife Katherine, a writer. He has three sons, Bill, Peter and Steven and a daughter Anna, as well as a stepson Guy and a stepdaughter Phoebe.

Gus Schumacher — Gus Schumacher is Executive Vice President of Policy of Wholesome Wave and Co- Founder with Michel Nischan and the late Michael Batterberry. Earlier, he served Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA from 1997 to 2001, Gus Schumacher oversaw the Farm Service Agency, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Risk Management Agency. He was also President of the Commodity Credit Corporation. Prior to his appointment as Undersecretary, Schumacher served as Administrator of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, worked as a senior agri-lender for the World Bank, and served as Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After Harvard College, he studied at the London School of Economics and was a research associate in agribusiness at the Harvard Business School, working with Professor Ray A. Goldberg. Schumacher was a member of the 21st Century Sustainable Agricultural Task Force of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2007, Schumacher, along with Cathy Bertini, former Director of the World Food Program and Professor Robert Thompson, Gardner Professor of Agricultural Economics at Illinois, oversaw the preparation of the Task Force Report of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, titled “Modernizing America’s Food and Farm Policy: Vision for a New Direction (2006). Work is underway by this team to update their Food and Farm Policy Report in light of the pending new 2012 Farm Bill deliberations. Schumacher serves as the Contributing Agricultural Editor of Food Arts magazine. In addition to being the Executive Vice President of Policy at Wholesome Wave, he also serves on the Board of GrainPro, LLC of Concord, Massachusetts. On September 22, 2008, he was selected for the 20th Anniversary Food Arts award for outstanding service to the American food and farming system at a ceremony in New York City.

David Scribner — A graduate of Amherst College, David Scribner is an author, journalist, photographer – and sometime rodeo performer. His short stories have appeared in literary journals, including Rosebud; his photographs have been exhibited at the International Center for Photography in New York City. He has been an editor and reporter for daily newspapers, including The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Currently, his day job is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. “Invasive Species,” his first play, was written for the New Stage Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield in 2011 where, in a shorter version, it was produced. That same year, it was also mounted at the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Theatre, both under the direction of Nicki Wilson, founder of New Stage. Scribner lives in Great Barrington where enjoys the company of other invasive species.

Amit Sharma — Amit Sharma is currently the Chief of Staff and Front Office Global Liaison of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. the American investment banking and brokerage unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.  He joined the firm in June 2008.  Prior to this role, Amit worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, Robert Kimmitt, with whom he worked to develop U.S. policies with respect to domestic finance and US financial sector regulations, international trade, investment and fiscal coordination, and financial enforcement and targeted economic sanctions. Before joining the senior team at Treasury, Amit was a senior advisor in the Department’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he focused his efforts on issues related to illicit finance, and the use of economic/financial tools to combat national security threats.  He workedclosely with governments throughout the Middle East and Asia in developing transparent efforts for financial systems, asset recovery and cross border/international formal and informal money transfer systems.  Amit held various consulting roles including for boutique financial services companies, domestic non-profit organizations and international development firms – focusing on sustainable development in emerging market economies. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia from 1998-2010, where he met his wife, Thayer Tomlinson, a fellow volunteer. Amit graduated with a B.A. from the University of Virginia and earned his M.B.A. in International Finance and an M.A. International Policy and Economics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  Amit is married with one son, Scout.

Caryn Shield Caryn Shield is an elementary and middle school science and Spanish teacher who specializes in sustainability curriculum development. She has a B.A. in Spanish Language and Culture from Dartmouth College, and a Master’s in Teaching with a focus on inquiry-based science education from the University of San Francisco. Recently, Caryn graduated from the Educating for Sustainability Master’s program at Antioch University New England, where she designed an interdisciplinary middle school curriculum to teach the environmental, social, and economic issues of food systems, using a school garden approach. Caryn has 6 years of hands-on experience designing school gardens and farm-to-school curriculum, gained primarily from her time spent at the Meadowbrook School of Weston as a Spanish teacher, science teacher, and Sustainability Coordinator. Her efforts at Meadowbrook were featured in the school magazine and website, and in a metro-Boston magazine feature on local schools and sustainability. Caryn is an avid gardener and cook and currently lives in Burlington, VT where she is a part of the Burlington Food Council and Urban Agriculture Task Force.

Peter Shumlin — Peter Shumlin is the 81st Governor of Vermont. He is a small business owner, public servant and father of two from Putney, Vermont. A committed entrepreneur, Peter was the longtime co-director, along with his brother, of Putney Student Travel and National Geographic Student Expeditions, a company that sends students on educational programs and service projects across the globe. He is also a partner in several real estate companies that provide housing and commercial space in Southeast Vermont. His career in public service began almost 30 years ago when at the age of 24 he was elected to serve on the town’s select board. In 1990, Governor Madeleine Kunin appointed Peter to fill an empty seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, where he served for 3 years. He then served Windham County for 8 terms in the VT Senate and was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate as President pro tem the majority of that time. As Governor, Peter is determined to get tough things done. Since his inauguration, he has been working hard to create jobs for those who need them and raise incomes for those who have jobs, control skyrocketing health care costs, expand broadband and cell service to every corner of the state, reduce recidivism, invest in quality education opportunities, and rebuild our roads and bridges. Taken together, these and other key goals represent an ambitious agenda to create a brighter economic future for Vermonters. Peter, 55, is the father of two daughters Olivia, 20, and Rebecca, 19. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking and cross country skiing. He likes to fish, hunt and garden and can sometimes be found spreading manure and cutting hay at his farm.

Tom Simon — Tom Simon has a passion for renewable energy that has encouraged energy conservation, efficiency and the installation of renewable energy systems. He has installed a 10 kW Bergey wind turbine and commuted with an electric pickup truck for several years. As Co coordinator of Co-op Power of Southern Vermont, Tom has been promoting community sized renewable energy systems and is working on a 30 kW Solar Array for the new Brattleboro Food Co-op Building. He has served on the Board for the Brattleboro Thermal Utility for the last four years and is a founding partner for Hempfully Green! that is developing homes and commercial buildings using Industrial Hemp.

Theresa Snow — Theresa, born and raised in Vermont, is proud to have farming in her family heritage and is honored to have worked in Vermont’s agricultural/horticultural sector for more than 14 years.  She is the founder and director of Salvation Farms, from its pilot year in 2004 to present, for which she has received multiple awards, regionally and nationally.  She received a degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management from Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont.  Theresa has worked with well-known agricultural businesses in Vermont, like Pete’s Greens and High Mowing Organic Seeds.  Most recently she served as the Director of Agricultural Resources for the Vermont Foodbank.  Theresa fills a seat on the Laraway Youth and Family Services board and has she just completed a two year term on the board of the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link.  She is also a member of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund small grants committee.  Theresa is an individual with a strong sense of place and a steadfast conviction for the responsible stewardship and use of our natural resources.  Theresa loves traveling, hiking, gardening, live music and spending time with her friends and family.

Janice St. Onge — Janice St. Onge is the President of the VSJF Flexible Capital Fund, L3C (the “Flex Fund”) and Deputy Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF).  The Flex Fund provides flexible risk capital to growing businesses in Vermont’s agricultural, forestry and clean technology businesses.  The VSJF is a not-for-profit whose mission is to accelerate the development of Vermont’s green economy by providing grants and technical assistance to Vermont’s natural resource, agricultural and clean technology businesses. Janice brings economic development and financial expertise to the VSJF, having served in the technology and banking industries, higher education and state government sectors during her 25-year career.  Janice is on the board of the Vermont Investors Forum, advisory boards for both the Vt. Small Business Development Center and True Body Products, and is a founding member of the Stowe Energy and Climate Action Network.  Janice graduated in 1986 from University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in French, and is a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute.  Janice is a former International Ski Federation Freestyle Skiing judge and resides in Stowe, Vermont.

Anim Steel — Anim Steel is Director of National Programs at The Food Project (TFP) in Boston, MA and a co-founder of the Real Food Challenge.  Raised in West Africa and Washington, DC, Anim has been with The Food Project for nine years.  He brings to it his experience in community development and higher education. Anim holds a B.A. in Astrophysics and History from Williams College and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Kate Stephenson —Kate Stephenson is the Executive Director of the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, VT.  Kate came to Yestermorrow in 2002 with experience planning and facilitating workshops on sustainability education, restoring historic gardens, researching bioenergy projects in developing countries, and promoting land conservation. She is a co-founder of the Mad River Valley Localvore Project and a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. She holds a MS in Management from Antioch University New England and a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Haverford College.

Bob Stevens, Stevens & Associates, P.C.  — Principal Bob Stevens has been working in engineering, construction, and project management for over 20 years. His work has included all aspects of civil and structural engineering as well as landscape design and urban planning. Bob is particularly adept at assessing historic structures and renovating them in a manner that improves structural integrity while remaining sympathetic to their historic status. This interest blends well with his passion for traditional neighborhood design and traditional architectural design. A LEED-accredited professional, Bob enjoys the challenge of bringing new life and better environmental performance to historic structures.

Tom Stites— Tom is founder and president of the Banyan Project, which aims to strengthen democracy by pioneering a sustainable and scalable business model for Web journalism that serves the broad public of everyday citizens and engages their civic energy. As a 2010-11 fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, Tom shaped the business plan for Banyan’s distinctive reader-owned co-op business model; with the the support of the National Cooperative Business Association he is now is the process of launching a pilot site in Haverhill, Mass. Tom is an editor and entrepreneur with a passion for strengthening journalism and democracy. As an editor he has supervised reporting that has won an array of major journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize; as an entrepreneur he has been the founding publisher of two print magazines and three Web publications in addition to Banyan. Positions Tom has held include national correspondent, national editor, and associate managing editor for project reporting at The Chicago Tribune; night national editor of The New York Times, and managing editor of The Kansas City Times. He later served for a decade as the editor and publisher of UU World, the national magazine of the Unitarian Universalist religious denomination, then as a consulting editor for the Center for public Integrity. Tom grew up in Kansas City and attended college in the Berkshires, at Williams. He has taught in the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and conducted seminars at several journalism schools. In 2006 he was a Resident Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, where did research on power and the conscience.

Jim Strysko — Since 2001 in Zimbabwe Jim and Brenda Strysko have focused on serving the Shona and Ndebele people. The Stryskos saw hundreds of subsistence farmers helped through partnering with Foundations for Farming, a revolutionary farming methodology  indigenous to Zimbabwe, and rapidly spreading all over Sub-Saharan Africa, and even into areas in the North of Africa. Jim says,  “We’re committed to loving people through addressing everyday needs.” Brenda, a Family Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwife with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, trained 15 home-based care healthcare teams. When the Zimbabwean healthcare system collapsed in 2008, Jim and Brenda opened a free community clinic in their home where hundreds of people received free medical care. “We wanted to serve where the population was medically under-served,” Brenda says

Mark Tajima — Mark Tajima is Energy Projects Manager for Energia LLC , a socially responsible energy services company since its inception in 2010 located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He also serves as Board Chair for Coop Power , a member owned energy cooperative. He also services as Board Chairman of Northeast Biodisel of Greenfield Massachusetts. Mark worked for several large invesemt banks for 20 years in the field of emerging markets development before becoming interested in green businesses, energy efficiency and co-op’s.

Margaret Tarmy — Margaret Tarmy is a member of the Transition Putney Initiating Group.  Of the many things she has learned from her work with Transition, the most important is that community comes first, before all else.

Woody Tasch is Founder and Chairman of Slow Money, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and to promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility to support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. Tasch is Chairman Emeritus of Investors’ Circle, a nonprofit network of investors that has facilitated the flow of $150 million to 230 sustainability minded, early stage companies and venture funds. For most of the 1990’s Woody was Treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where he pioneered mission related investing. He is an experienced venture-capital investor and entrepreneur, he has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, and was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, which supports venture investing in economically disadvantaged regions. In 2010, Utne Reader named Woody one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Woody’s book “Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money” is published by Chelsea Green and now available in paperback.

Arnold I. Thomas — Before assuming his present responsibilities as Minister for Education, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations at the Riverside Church, the Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas served a variety of ministries, including Pastor of the First Congregational Church (now Faith United Church of Christ) in Little Rock, Arkansas; Chaplain and member of the faculty of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut; Pastor of First Congregational Church in Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Conference Minister of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ. He was also President of the Criminal Justice Ministry of Arkansas; Co-founder and Vice President of the Arkansas Conference of Churches and Synagogues; Co-founder and President of the Human Rights and Relations Task Force of Northern Berkshire County, where he was the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peacemaker Award; President of the Vermont Ecumenical Council; Co-founder of Toastmasters of Riverside Church (TORCH), which in two years has already risen to become the premiere Toastmaster chapter for the development of communication and public speaking skills in New York City; and Co-founder of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion at Riverside, a cooperative program of the Riverside Church and Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He is also Co-founder of the Network for Human Understanding, an interfaith effort to build sustainable, empowering communities in every economic environment Dr. Thomas received his Baccalaureate in Religious Studies from Hiram College, his Master of Divinity from Yale University, and his Doctorate in Ministry from Hartford Seminary. He is the husband of Victoria Anne Short, and the father of three adult children: Devon Lee Julian Thomas, Ethan Eliot Thomas, and Adria Anne Thomas.

Ryan Torres — Ryan Torres has been a Philanthropic Advisor at the Vermont Community Foundation(VCF) since December of 2007.  Ryan’s work focuses on environmental issues, agriculture and nonprofit capacity building.   He works closely with a portfolio of donors throughout VT.   Ryan is a member of the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council, and served on the  Farm to Plate Planning Committee and the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Innovation Center.   Ryan is also coordinating the Vermont Food Funders Network, a learning network of 11 foundations working to leverage resources and address key issues relevant to food and agriculture in Vermont.   Collectively these foundations have contributed over $16 million dollars to food systems projects in Vermont. Prior to moving to Vermont, Ryan was the executive director of the Lead Action Collaborative Boston, where he lead a network of over 70 organizations with the goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning in the City.  He is a graduate of Oberlin College and is a thesis away from his Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.    He currently resides in South Burlington with his wife, son and new daughter.

Adam Trott — Adam is the Staff Developer for the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives, where he supports, develops and educates about and for worker co-operatives. Adam is also in his seventh year as a member of Collective Copies , a collectively-managed worker co-op and union shop offering full service printing and book-binding services from two locations in western Massachusetts  He serves on the board of the Co-operative Capital Fund and is an advisor to the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy. Having had his co-operative start with food co-ops, and cherishing his 4 years at the Fourth Street Food Co-op in Manhattan, he is currently a member of three food co-ops and three credit unions

Wood Turner — Wood Turner is the VP of Sustainability Innovation for organic yogurt pioneer Stonyfield Farm and is the company’s lead advocate, facilitator and educator on sustainability issues. He is responsible for catalyzing efforts that fulfill Stonyfield’s mission of not only minimizing negative environmental impact in all areas of its operations but also advancing innovative impact-reduction solutions. Prior to joining Stonyfield, he was the founding executive director of Climate Counts, a non-profit that scores companies annually on their measurable climate actions and has appeared many of the world’s leading media outlets, among them the New York Times, NPR, The Economist, BBC, and the Harvard Business Review. At Climate Counts, Wood built a voluntary benchmarking program called Industry Innovators, attracting companies representing over $30B in revenues so far. Wood holds degrees from Duke University and the University of Washington. He consulted to the Seattle mayor’s Green Ribbon Commission on Climate Protection, participated in the transportation/land use working group of the New Hampshire governor’s Climate Change Task Force, and has advised many high-profile projects, among them Newsweek Magazine’s corporate green rankings

Sarah van Gelder — Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org,which feature powerful ideas and practical actions towards a more just and sustainable world. YES! covers issue ranging from community resilience to prison alternatives, from climate justice to sustainable happiness. Sarah also edited, “This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement” and wrote the lead essay. Sarah co-founded a cohousing community, organized tenants, built a produce cooperative. She serves on the board of the Suquamish Tribe’s foundation.

Jeff Vander Clute —Jeff is helping to build a world based on compassion, joy, and the creative expression of humanity’s potential for thriving. He is one spark among many in the emerging Thriving Communities movement, and he is quietly working to weave a meta-movement in which the Compassion, Happiness, Occupy, Peace, Resilience, Wisdom, and Thriving Communities movements are all in conscious relationship. Jeff is the executive director of New Stories, and a founding editor of the Great Transition Stories project. His life is a social and spiritual experiment in partnering with emergence and listening deeply for how to be of greatest service, especially during these times of profound global challenges and opportunities. Previously, as a software engineer, Jeff created an online publishing platform used by over 30 million people and a social-networking platform called Thrive used to “connect the global heart.” He serves on the boards of the Compassionate Action Network International, the Happiness Initiative (board chair), and New Stories – all 501(c)(3) non-profits working to bring forth a restored, “restoried,” and thriving world.

Vesela Veleva — Dr. Vesela Veleva is an Adjunct Professor at Boston College and Research Fellow at the Sustainability Roundtable and the Alliance for Business Leadership. Previously Dr. Veleva worked as Research Manager at The Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College, where she managed applied research initiatives such as development of assessment tools and indicators, building integrated CSR strategy, and comparative performance benchmarking initiatives. Dr. Veleva has 18 years experience in the environmental and sustainability field. In addition, Dr. Veleva has worked for Citizens Socially Responsible Mutual Funds, and as a sustainability consultant at Pure Strategies Inc. and Sustainable Measures Inc. She has a doctorate in Pollution Prevention and Clean Production from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Master’s degree in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester, UK, and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria. Dr. Veleva teaches “Green Innovation and Eco-Efficiency Strategies for Business” and “International Environmental Science and Policy” at Boston College and “Corporate Social Responsibility” and “Managing in a Diverse and Changing World” at Northeastern University. She has published articles in numerous journals including Business and Society Review, Journal of Cleaner Production, Corporate Environmental Strategy, Sustainability: Science, Policy and Practice, and CSR and Environmental Management, among others.

John Waite — John Waite is the Executive Director of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation.  John began work at the Franklin County CDC in March 2000 after having been involved with small business and economic development in Africa, Central Asia and New York City. At the FCCDC, John has helped expand the Business Technical Assistance and Lending Program, and helped develop the Western MA Food Processing Center into an important resource for food and agricultural businesses. With a BA from the University Massachusetts and a Graduate Degree from Columbia University John has been a volunteer and staff person with the Peace Corps, worked with CARE International, and consulted for several Microfinance programs.

Liz Walker — As the co-founder and executive director of EcoVillage at Ithaca (EVI) since 1991, Liz Walker has dedicated her full-time work to bring this internationally acclaimed project from vision to reality. Her book, EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture, (New Society, 2005) has helped to introduce the concepts of ecovillages and sustainable communities to a broad audience in the US and other countries.  She was a founding board member of Gaia Education, which now teaches workshops around the world.  While her primary work has been developing EVI as a living laboratory of sustainable practices, Liz has also been active in the sustainability movement around Ithaca New York as a founding member of the Partnership for Sustainability Education between Ithaca College and EVI, which in turn helped to catalyze Sustainable Tompkins and Ithaca Carshare. She serves on the Cayuga Sustainability Council and the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative. Liz lives with her husband at EcoVillage at Ithaca, where she is managing the development of a third cohousing neighborhood, dedicated to affordability, accessibility and cutting edge green design.

*Adam Weinberg, World Learning — Adam is the president and CEO of World Learning, an international nonprofit organization that runs education and development programs in more than 75 countries. Every year World Leaning works with people from over 140 countries helping unlock their potential to address critical global issues. Weinberg joined World Learning in 2006, serving as executive vice president of World Learning and provost of SIT from 2006-2009. Prior to World Learning, Weinberg was vice president and dean of the college at Colgate University, where he served on the faculty for more than a decade. Weinberg is active in the education and development community serving on the executive committee of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, as an advisory board member for the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy, and on working groups at the Brookings Institution and Woodrow Wilson Center. In Vermont, he chairs the board of Vermont Campus Compact and serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro. World Learning provides education, exchange, and development programs that cultivate the global leadership and social innovation needed in a shrinking world. Its comprehensive portfolio of programs is enhanced by a worldwide network of hundreds of thousands of alumni, staff, partners, and friends, including Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver and Nobel Peace Prize winners Wangari Maathai and Jody Williams. World Learning occupies a unique position among international organizations.  Other education institutions either serve undergraduate or graduate students or professionals. Exchange organizations typically send American students abroad or bring international students to the United States. Similarly, international development organizations manage programs or they teach about development. World Learning is a leader in all of the above.

Peter Welch — Peter Welch is the founder and head of Welch Masonry .  He is responsible for many of the landmarks, stone walls, buildings in and around southern Vermont and beyond, and is well versed in how to utilize community-based trades and crafts – the “bricks and mortar” community.

William Wereley William Wereley, (Golden Eagle, who tells the truth)  is a traditional Elder, mixed breed Mohawk by blood, a Miq Maq by adoption. He learned Ceremony, as passed down by Miq Maq medicine people, over a period of more than 25 years. His main teachers were, Eldon Dedham (Grandfather Eagle), Albert Ward (Grandmothers Helper), Kevin Sack (Peacemaker) and Grandmother Georgina LaRoque who adopted him as her son. They in turn were influenced by Albert Lightning (Buffalo Child) and many others, some in body, many in Spirit.  William has learned much through traditional fasting, (4 days and nights without food or water) put out on the mountain to pray and receive guidance from the Spirits.  He has fasted 10 times, his most recent in September 1011.  He was given his most recent name, an honor name, by the Lodge Keeper (directed by Spirit) , after completing this last fast.

Steve West Steve West is the host of “Live & Local”, a radio talk show on WKVT-AM 1490 in Brattleboro, Vermont, broadcasting every weekday from 9 a.m. to noon. The show features interviews with local, state and national political figures, as well as members of the arts community, sustainability community, local newspapers, local town government officials, and anyone and everyone worth hearing from on the issues affecting life for folks in the area. Steve emphasizes what we do well and where we are strong, and invites every kind of opinion available. Listeners can call in and offer ideas and ask questions of the guests. Building, strengthening, and activating community are the basis of “Live And Local”. Oh, and Steve’s selections of some of the best and worst music known to the planet lead in and out of each segment.

Judy Wicks —An international leader and speaker in the localization movement, Judy began buying from local farmers in 1986 for her White Dog Café, which she started on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. Realizing that helping other restaurants connect with local farmers would strengthen the regional food system, she founded Fair Food in 2000. The following year she co-founded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), now a network of over 20,000 local independent businesses in the US and Canada, and founded the local affiliate Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, now with 500 members. In 2009, Judy sold the White Dog through a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers, composting and using renewable energy. Judy is the recepient of many local and national awards including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Philadelphia Sustainability Award for Life Time Achievement. She continues to serve on the board of directors of BALLE. Her book, Good Morning, Beautiful Business will be published by Chelsea Green in fall, 2012.

Tom Willits — Tom Willits has spent significant time over the past 30 years working in the for- and non-profit sectors. He has been a business owner and operator and, for the last 13 years, a trustee of the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation. After a career as a music recording artist and record producer, Tom served as co-owner and operator of several businesses, including the New York City-based music artist management and publishing company, Broadbeard Productions and Tower Theaters in South Hadley, MA. Today Tom leads his 7-year old web development and content distribution company, MRW Connected, designing and building large, interactive web platforms and is Executive Director of two non-profits, Your Olive Branch, Inc. and Music and Poetry Synchronized, Inc. As a trustee of the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation, Tom is involved in ongoing efforts to fund new economic systems created through agriculture and community investment. As a member of the foundation’s investment committee, Tom contributes to setting long-term strategic objectives and oversees managers of the foundation’s socially-responsible investments. He also teaches songwriting part time at a performing arts public school.

*Alex Wilson, Environmental Building News — Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont, and executive editor of Environmental Building News (EBN) and the GreenSpec Directory of green building products. Prior to launching his own company, now BuildingGreen, in 1985, Alex served for five years as executive director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, then in Brattleboro. He is a widely published author, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an instructor with Boston Architectural College’s Sustainable Design Institute. He is author or coauthor of: Your Green Home (New Society, 2006) the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (ACEEE, first edition, 1990, 9th edition 2007) and Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate (John Wiley & Sons, 1998) He has also written a series of four books on quiet-water canoeing and Kayaking for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Alex served on the national board of the U.S. Green Building Council from 2000 through 2005 and received the organization’s 2008 Leadership Award for Education. In 2010, he received the second annual Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. He lives with his wife in Dummerston. Environmental Building News is a monthly newsletter on environmentally responsible design and construction, featuring comprehensive, practical information on a wide range of topics related to sustainable building – from renewable energy and recycled-content materials to land-use planning and indoor air quality. EBN is read by several thousand architects and builders throughout the U.S. and Canada and is widely regarded as the leading publication in this field.

*Jerelyn Wilson, Building Green, Inc. — Jerelyn Wilson is owner and outreach director at BuildingGreen, Inc., Brattleboro.  Jerelyn represents BuildingGreen at conferences, and promotes their resources on sustainable design and construction to building professionals and relevant organizations and institutions. She is responsible for managing BuildingGreen’s college and university subscriber accounts.   She is   grateful for the opportunity to promote information resources that help architects and builders use more sustainable building practices and products. Transforming the building industry is a big step toward a more sustainable future for our planet.   She completed training as a Waldorf teacher and taught for four years in the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City. She has lived in Vermont since 1983.

Beverly Winterscheid -Beverly is the Leadership Development Professor in the Marlboro MBA in Managing for Sustainability and Founding Partner of the Institute for Nature and Leadership, a DC-based nonprofit focusing on nature-based professional development and stewardship of the environment and society. She has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management, has done post-doctoral work in ecopsychology, and was the VP, Strategy & Organization for Manco-Henkel, Inc. and Director of Strategic Initiatives for Stratton Corporation. She has taught Strategic Management, Social Accountability in Organizations, and the Management of Innovation and Technology at universities in Europe and the US. At the Institute for Nature and Leadership, she designs and delivers innovative programming and personal coaching using ecopsychology, the laws of nature and leadership development. She cares deeply about creating new responses to stewardship of self, organization and place resulting in shifts of awareness and action. She was a founding Board member of the Sustainable Business Network of Washington DC, a member of the Corporate Development Task Force of the Cleveland World Trade Center and is currently on the Board of Sheep Mountain Alliance, an environmental organization in Telluride, Colorado. When she’s not striving to evoke fearless and authentic leadership in the clients and students she works with, you’ll find her in the Colorado backcountry in all seasons or sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. She splits her time between Washington, DC and Telluride, Colorado.

Enid Wonnacott — Enid Wonnacott has been the Executive Director of NOFA Vermont since 1987.She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Lawrence University and her Masters in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont. Enid was raised on a small farm in Weybridge, VT and spent most of her childhood dreaming about becoming a large animal veterinarian. She now lives on a small farmstead with her family in Huntington.

Will Wootton — Will Wootton has been president of Sterling College, in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, since 2006. His tenure at Sterling ends in August, when Mr. Matthew Derr of Ann Arbor, MI will be installed as Sterling’s third president since the 100-student college became a baccalaureate granting institution in 1998. Sterling College is one of very few independent colleges teaching the full spectrum of sustainable agriculture – animals, plants, policy, and economics – from a liberal arts perspective. With the development two years ago Vermont’s Table, an intensive summer semester housed in a former country inn on the Sterling Farm, the College has been increasing its focus on rural food systems, value-added products, and food entrepreneurism. An environmental college concentrating on agriculture, environmental humanities, natural history and outdoor education, Sterling is also the nation’s only genuine year- round college, teaching three semesters in a 12-month period. It is also New England’s only federally recognized Work-Learning-Service college. Besides spending 19 years as an administrator at Marlboro College, his alma mater, Will served for three years as vice-president of Monserrat College of Art before becoming president of Sterling. He also managed to work for years as a foreman and wilderness guide on a Colorado ranch; a restaurant cook, including a stint as a sous chef in a French restaurant; and as a mechanic/laborer on his wife’s commercial cut flower farm for a decade, or more. As chair of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC), Will helped develop the Association’s new semester exchange program and attempted, but failed, to design a supportable approach to expanding agricultural education among Vermont liberal arts colleges. While about one-third of Sterling students graduate with a concentration in agriculture or closely related area, all students perform farm chores, much of the food served is grown and raised on the Sterling Farm, and the Sterling kitchen is as much an academic center as the biology lab or the wilderness classroom. Thus a critical observation is the importance of community to agriculture, revealed in the College community but observable throughout the Northeast Kingdom.

Eric Zencey — Eric Zencey is a Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, and also Visiting Associate Professor of Historical and Political Studies at SUNY Empire State College and a Visiting Faculty in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Sam Fox School of Visual Art and Design of Washington University in St. Louis.  A nationally best-selling novelist (Panama, 1995), Zencey is also an accomplished essayist (Virgin Forest, 1997).  Lately he has been writing on environmental, financial, and sustainability issues  for The Daly News and The Energy Bulletin; some of that work will be collected and expanded in his next book, The Other Road to Serfdom and the Path to Sustainable Democracy, coming out from the University Press of New England in the fall.  He lives with his wife, the novelist Kathryn Davis, in Montpelier.


Erin Ackerman-Leist