2013 Summit speaker bios

2013 Summit speaker bios

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*indicates steering committee member

*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.

Margaret Atkinson is one of the six worker – owners of The Green Mountain Spinnery Cooperative, a manufacturer of natural fiber yarns in Putney VT. She has worked part time at the Spinnery, since 1995 at a variety of tasks most recently as Marketing Director.  This has allowed her to indulge her passion for fiber arts while working for many years as a non-profit fundraiser and administrator and as full-time mom to a 14-year-old son.  Her past professional experience includes working as the Director of Development at The Institute For Community Economics in Springfield MA.  She has also worked as a fund development consultant and has held other positions at various non-profit organizations. Margaret is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Cooperative Fund of New England and serves on their Development Committee, and is Chair of the Brattleboro (VT) Town School Board. Margaret holds BA and MA degrees in Anthropology from Rutgers University.

Jennifer Atlee has engaged in research and analysis, writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainability concerns since 1999. Her work with BuildingGreen, Rocky Mountain Institute, Toxics Use Reduction Institute, Demand Management Institute, and MIT has addressed green building and healthy materials, commercial and industrial energy efficiency, community-scale renewable energy, electronics recycling flows, and the economics of toxics use reduction. Constantly seeking systemic changes that would make sustainability the de facto option, Jennifer has grown increasingly interested in the structure of our economic system. She has a dual MS from MIT in Technology Policy and Material Science & Engineering, and a BS from Brown in Environmental Science.

Chris Bailey, Vermont Smoke and Cure CEO, combines food marketing and agricultural production experience with an MBA from Cornell University.  After graduating from Dartmouth College and spending two years in environmental consulting to the EPA and DOE, he began farming and soon landed a position as Farm Manager and Executive Director of a new agricultural education farm in Maine.  He later founded and too-briefly operated a 90-cow grazing dairy farm in Charlotte, VT.  During business school, Chris laid the groundwork for launch of a beef marketing cooperative in New York State.  He then served as marketing manager for a Finger Lakes winery.  During 2005, Chris served as the interim CEO for a slaughter facility and branded fresh meats business before joining The Farmers Diner and Vermont Smoke and Cure.  He has led Vermont Smoke and Cure since 2006.  Previous to graduating from college, he raced on the national road cycling team for four years and then professionally.  Chris currently serves as on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Fresh Network and lives in Huntington with his wife.

Tom  Barefoot is a founder and Co-Coordinator of Gross National Happiness USA. 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, and leading workshops on the Biopsychology of Cooperation. Tom has been President of Universal Micro Systems, Inc. for 32 years and served 12 years on VPIRG’s Board, 5 years as President.

Regina Beidler and her husband, Brent, own and operate a 145 acre organic dairy farm in Randolph Center, VT.  In 2000 they became of one the first Vermont farms to join Organic Valley as farmer owners.  Regina works for Organic Valley’s Farmers in Marketing program as the East Coast Regional Specialist.  Farmers in Marketing matches farmer owners with marketing and educational requests as well as providing support and training to farmers in connecting their farms to the cooperative in their local communities. 


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.

Ingrid Bredenberg — A strategic coach and creativity expert, Ingrid Bredenberg has worked with hundreds of leadership teams of regional and international organizations.  She provides proven, innovative approaches to organizational design through leadership development, team alignment, and systems thinking. She facilitates large-scale community conversations using Open Space Technology, World Café and Appreciative Inquiry. She teaches Leadership and Strategic Planning courses at Marlboro Graduate School.  An avid gardener and dancer, Ingrid also facilitates workshops on building and using labyrinths for personal evolution.  Bredenberg Associates.

Larken Bunce, MS is a clinical herbalist, educator, writer, gardener and photographer. She is a founding co-director of Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, a non-profit organization providing intensive herbalist training opportunities and community education, as well as sliding-scale clinical services and herbal products to Central Vermont. She also serves as faculty in Goddard College’s Health Arts and Sciences program. She holds a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia Institute. Larken believes that the heart of healing work lies in reminding us all that we belong to each other and to the land.www.vtherbcenter.org

Sarah Byrnes is the Economic Justice Organizer with the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies. She coordinates the network of Resilience Circles, small groups focused on learning, mutual aid, and social action. She also works with the Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition to help build a local economy that works for everyone in one of Boston’s diverse neighborhoods. Sarah has worked with Americans for Financial Reform, Americans for Fairness in Lending, the Thomas Merton Center, and the Center of Concern, and she has degrees from Boston College and Harvard Divinity School.

Elli Caldwell‘s work is focused on impacting positive change through systems thinking and a wholehearted approach to education. As a writer, facilitator and teacher with a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies, Elli emphasizes the interconnectedness of our social and ecological systems in her work. She seeks to inspire and empower people to become keen observers of themselves and the world around them, to challenge their assumptions, and to become agents of change. Elli is the Director of Products and Services for Global Round Table Leadership in Keene, NH.


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.

Joseph Cincotta — Architect Joseph Cincotta has been designing sustainable structures since 1988, believing “green design” is rooted in yankee frugality and common sense.  Consistently designing “Green under the radar,” where energy efficiency and the use of natural materials achieve the highest  standards of beauty with the greatest economy of means, Joseph offers naturally green solutions to the greatest number of clients.  He has lectured extensively and teaches Sustainable Design at Marlboro College.  LEED Accredited, he holds the NCARB certificate.  He is also founder and organizer of First Thursdays, a group of design professionals that meet once a month to discuss matters of sustainability in design and share libations.

Susan Clark is a writer and facilitator focusing on community sustainability and engagement. She is coauthor of Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home. Susan’s work has included serving as communication director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council (statewide advocacy organization) for 8 years, coordinating a rural grants program for 4 years, and directing a community activists’ network for the northeastern U.S. and Canada. She has taught community development at the college level for ten years. An award-winning radio commentator, Clark’s democratic activism has earned her broad recognition. She is town meeting moderator in Middlesex, VT.

Tina Clarke Tina Clarke is a Certified Transition Trainer with the global Transition movement.  She has worked with over 120 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 350.org, 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.

Dave Cohen, MA, NCC, is an ecopsychologist and psychotherapist, blending body-oriented and mindfulness therapies with approaches that draw on the inherent healing potential of the natural world (see www.davecohencounseling.com).  In an earlier life, he initiated a variety of transportation projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Pedal Express in Berkeley, CA, a nationally-recognized human-powered delivery service hauling van-sized loads with a fleet of specially-designed cargobikes.  Dave has presented on transportation and ecological issues at schools and conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.  He now lives in Brattleboro, VT, with his family where they are frequently seen riding around on their bright orange electric-assist family bike.

Maggie Cohn is the Loan and Outreach Officer for the Cooperative Fund of New England in Southeastern New England.  She works with current and potential borrowers, providing technical assistance to borrowers and loan applicants, administration of the loan portfolio, and marketing the Fund in Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts. She has served as Executive Director of the Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness, working with a broad array of community organizations, institutions and municipal agencies, and of Mission Hill Main Streets, working with business owners and local residents to bring in new independent businesses and to strengthen and improve the commercial district. In the 1990s, she worked at Red Sun Press, a cooperative print shop in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. She has an MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Maggie currently serves on the board of the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation and is a member of the Boston Building Resources, Harvest Cooperative Market, and the Dorchester Community Food Coop.

Abe Collins is a cattle grazier and the president of Collins Grazing, LLC. Abe has milked cows, finishes beef cattle on grass and works with others to increase quantity and quality of agricultural production and provision of environmental services through improved soil health.  Collins Grazing is a consulting and construction company that builds farms “from the soil up,”  harnessing livestock grazing, common-sense,  soil monitoring technologies and other processes and tools that contribute to achieving new topsoil.

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).

Erbin Crowell is the executive director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a network of more than 30 food co-ops throughout New England with a combined membership of more than 80,000 people. Prior to joining NFCA, Erbin worked with the Co-operative 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-op and pioneer in the fair trade movement.  Erbin holds a Master of Management: Co-op & Credit Unions from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia and serves on the board of the National Co-operative Business Association. He may be contacted at erbin@nfca.coop.

Kathleen Draper is Owner & Chief Charista at Finger Lakes Biochar, a start-up focusing on providing on-farm waste conversion services to make biochar more affordable & available to farmers in Western New York. She is also chair of the non-profit Center for Sustainable Living which is currently developing Camp Sustain-Agility, a day camp focused on empowering Middle School aged kids with the will and the skill to create a more sustainable future.

Robert DuGrenier  is a glassblower, artist, and farmer. His West Townshend, Vermont farm, Taft Hill, is known for its maple syrup, honey, and unusual animals. Robert’s interest in history is manifest in the work he does for the Townshend Historical Society, and he is thrilled that the community is coming together to revive the West Townshend Country Store, established in 1848. Robert is eagerly looking forward to many community gatherings featuring music and pizza from our new wood-fired oven, in addition to the new cafe and market featuring local products.


Carlos Espinoza-Toro is the Community Organizer of the Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition. He provides critical support to the implementation of transition initiatives through engaging with diverse groups, building trust, and addressing the tensions between systemic thinking and on-the-ground development. Before joining IPS, Carlos worked as a Program Manager at the MIT Community Innovators Lab bringing together volunteers, community members, government officials, nonprofit directors, and academics to develop and implement neighborhood development programs to improve the lives of disadvantaged communities. Carlos holds a Masters in City Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Daniel Fireside is the Capital Coordinator for Equal Exchange, a worker-owned co-op and Fair Trade pioneer in Massachusetts. He has raised millions of dollars in capital from people and institutions committed to the company’s mission. 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. He writes on alternative economic movements for publications such as Yes! Magazine, Dollars & Sense Magazine, and the Green Money Journal. He is also the co-founder of VertoTrack, an investor relations management service.

Jonathan Fogelson is a multidisciplinary designer and planner with experiences ranging from production moldmaking and hands on building construction to site planning and urban design. Since 2005 he’s been working with Michael Singer Studio on a variety of planning, design, and public art projects. During 2012 he completed managing the studio’s fabrication and installation of stormwater system integrated public art in New York City’s Queens Plaza, fabrication of the studio’s stormwater cleansing Sculptural Biofiltration Wall in Coconut Creek, Florida, and the studio’s collaboration with the MIT Media Lab on research and planning of classrooms for children with ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorders. Currently, Jonathan is managing the studio’s leadership role in developing a community based sustainability plan for the North End of Hartford, Connecticut, as well as an upcoming project involving the development of environmentally sustainable residential units for young adults that have Autism Spectrum Disorders. Before joining Michael Singer Studio Jonathan worked with noted product designer Eva Zeisel and redeveloped (design through hands-on construction and property management) 4 west Philadelphia row-homes. Jonathan holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught and lectured at Columbia University, Wharton Business School at UPenn, and the Center of Behavioral Analysis at the Kibbutzim College in Israel. He was on the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Urban Design Review Panel, lectured at Renobacion Urbano II in Aruba as part of an American Planning Association international conference and workshop, and was the 2011-2012 Visiting Designer at the Conway School of landscape Design. Jonathan is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UPenn School of Design where he teaches urban design core curriculum classes.

Paula Francis offers consultant services to NGOs through her business, Inspired Consultation. She is on the board of Gross National Happiness USA and is a member of Vermonters for a New Economy coalition. Paula lives in Montpelier with her husband. Their youngest daughter is a student at UVM and their elder daughter lives and works in D.C.  Her other interests include Shamanism, Buddhism and traveling, including by foot!


*Thara Fuller is the principal and founder of TFCoaching Enterprises. (See TFCoachingEnterprises.com). She founded this coaching practice because she loves to celebrate people , encouraging them to fully activate their talents. Thara received her professional 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. Thara has explored research on human aptitudes, multiple ways of understanding intelligence, and personality assessments such as Myers-Brigg and the Strengths-Finder approaches. 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 to make intentional shifts to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Cary Gaunt, Ph.D. focuses her leadership, management, and academic lens on supporting the cultivation of sustainable and thriving people and places. For more than 22 years she led sustainability and watershed management initiatives as a consultant to governmental and non-governmental organizations under the auspices of JRB Associates/Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). She left her management role at SAIC in early 2000 and switched to a consulting status so she could pursue her Ph.D. and focus on the leadership and human behavior dimensions of sustainability. Cary’s government sustainability and watershed consulting work remains core for her even as she broadens her leadership and technical expertise to other arenas such as higher education, where she is currently facilitating the Higher Education Working Group of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission. Cary tries to practice what she researches and teaches. She engages in many nature-based contemplative practices; volunteers as a wilderness rites of passage guide, outdoor educator, meditation facilitator; and supports community environmental committees and local interfaith ecological efforts. Cary supplements her academic sustainability and leadership training with nature-based approaches and has trained as a guide/group facilitator with the Animas Valley Institute, School of Lost Borders, Contemplative Outreach, and CDR (Collaborative Decision Resources) Associates. She inhabits the eastern foothills of Southern Vermont’s Green Mountains where she is slowly renovating an older house to be a carbon-neutral and net-zero energy home.

Rosanne Haggerty is the President of Community Solutions, a national not-for-profit organization, based in New York, that creates and spreads connected solutions to the connected problems of vulnerable people and communities. Using data, Community Solutions targets places of extreme need to demonstrate new approaches to human and community development that are more successful for families and communities and use available resources more efficiently. A major project of Community Solutions is the 100,000 Homes Campaign involving over 180 communities that are working with the organization to identify and house the most long term and vulnerable homeless individuals and families on their streets or in their shelters;  collaborations with housing developers and property owners to expand housing options for vulnerable people in targeted communities, and neighborhood-wide initiatives to strengthen neighborhoods of concentrated poverty in two places where the problems leading to homelessness are particularly acute: Brownsville, Brooklyn and the Northeast neighborhood of Hartford, CT. Prior to founding Community Solutions in 2011, Haggerty founded and led Common Ground, a New York not for profit that she built into a leader in the development of supportive housing and other research based practices that end homelessness. Haggerty attended Amherst College, Columbia University and New York University. She was a 2001 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, an Ashoka Senior Fellow, and a Hunt Alternatives Fund Prime Mover.  She is a Board member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Center for Urban and Community Services, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council,  and is a Life Trustee of Amherst College.

David Hallquist has been with VEC since 2000 and Chief Executive Officer of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) since 2005. He is president a board member for VELCO, Vermont’s transmission company, as well as involved with a number of other boards. With Dave’s leadership, VEC has been recognized nationally for technical innovation. VEC spent many years working on biomass gasification technology for distributed generation. Dave is a subject matter expert with the Department of Energy on Cyber-security. VEC members have adopted wind and solar at a rate twice that of Vermont and ten times the national rate. Dave started his career as an electrical engineer working on power systems design for Digital Equipment Corporation and ultimately became the Manufacturing manager for power systems. Dave also was spent 7 years doing Business Process Redesign for a number of companies, including Keebler, OceanSpray, Miller Brewing, Boston Technology Corporation, Comverse, USA, and Honda of America, as well as many Vermont companies.

Lori Hanau (Summit emcee) is an advisor, facilitator and community builder. In 2002 she founded Global Round Table Leadership (GRTL), whose mission is to steward the emergence of a thriving, resilient world through the strengthening of the positive, essential qualities of our humanity. GRTL envisions a world in which individuals and communities come together through the best of our collective humanity for the good of the whole. To this end, Lori and her staff engage people across all sectors in leadership development through the lens of whole systems and support them in building flourishing relationships with the self, one another and the systems of which we are a part. This is the third year Lori has been involved with the Summit — the first two were as Summit Steward (providing the tone-setting moments and reflective guidance for plenary sessions); this year she serves as emcee for all plenaries, and as moderator and guide for the collective summing-up work in the final plenary.



Sarah Harpster has entertained a number of careers in hopes of stumbling upon her own special way of “doing something important.” She has been a library helper, language teacher, project coordinator, student pastor, and international volunteer. Her thirteen-year-old daughter now hopes to serve the greater good, so she supposes her greatest mission has been accomplished. She earned an M.S. in Environmental Advocacy and Organizing from Antioch University in 2008, and in 2010 she joined a few friends to establish New Hampshire’s first official Transition Town in Keene. Today she lives with her partner and daughter in Keene and is the Caregiver Connections Community Organizer at ServiceLink Aging and Disability Resource Center. Her personal organizing question of 2013 is how do we use self-compassion to benefit our family, community, and planet?

Kate Jellema is the director of nonprofit management programming at the Marlboro College Graduate School as well as the director of Benchmarks for a Better Vermont. Since 2011, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont has helped nonprofits around the state incorporate a system of Results-Based Accountability into their organizational culture, so that they can work more effectively and more collaboratively to build community well-being.


Kirsten Jeppesen is a Whole Health/Whole Life Coach who works to empower people in creating the life and results they desire.  She is passionate about promoting human and environmental health through the development of sustainable lifestyles and is dedicated to providing a coaching environment of possibility and choice. Besides an intensive coaches training program with Accomplishment Coaching in New York City and a BS in Environmental Geology from St. Lawrence University, Kirsten’s professional background includes: Environmental Consulting, Business Management, Technical Production for Sports Television, Athletic Coaching and Training, Landscape/Garden Designing, Ski Area Management and Massage Therapy. Her love of outdoor adventure coupled with her curiosity for life and diverse past experience contributes to her creative, direct, and flexible coaching style.

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 the Vermont Greenprint for Health, 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.

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye — As the Director of the Brownsville Partnership of Community Solutions, New York, Rasmia manages a Brownsville-based staff of 20, and provides overall strategic leadership, vision, guidance and direction to the Brownsville Partnership. Rasmia is also responsible for the development of a governance structure that deepens the relationships between the various partners and the Brownsville community. Rasmia is a founding staff member of the Brownsville Partnership and began working in Brownsville in 2008 as Director of Programs and Operations. Prior to joining the Partnership, Rasmia was a New York City-based independent researcher and consultant working with community based organizations and government entities. She has taught classes both at Milano Graduate School and Eugene Lang College at New School University, including a course called “Mobilizing the City,” which addressed various theories and practices of community organizing. Rasmia has also worked as a community organizer in Brooklyn, where she has lived for the last 18 years. Rasmia received her BA in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster; her MS in Urban and Public Policy from the Milano Graduate School, New School University where she is currently a PhD candidate.

Orion Kriegman helped launch Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition, arising out of his work in the neighborhood to reclaim a 30-year vaccant trash strewn city-lot, and turn it into a community orchard used by all. He is currently a consultant at the Institute for Policy Studies supporting their New Economy programs. He is also an Associate at Tellus Institute, serving as the part-time Coordinator of the Great Transition Initiative (GTI), an international network of scholars and activists exploring scenarios of sustainable global development. In the past, he has focused on ways to enhance meaningful community participation in the sustainable development of urban neighborhoods. He has coordinated the creation of the Urban Ecovillage Network, and was the Project Officer for Reflecting on Peace Practice, a practitioner’s learning network gathering lessons learned about various peace-building efforts in internal armed conflicts. He also worked for two years in Guatemala with the Organization of American States to help government and civil society implement the policies outlined in the peace accords. Orion holds a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Pam Kristan, seminar leader, consultant, and author of Awakening In Time, has helped thousands of individuals and organizations operate with ease and effectiveness. She moderated panels for National Take Back Your Time Day speak-outs and has been featured in national broadcast and print media. Learn more at www.pamelakristan.com.

Jesse Laflamme, a fourth-generation farmer from Monroe NH, runs Pete and Gerry’s Organics, a 10-million dozen egg business that’s proving commercial farming and organic, humane, sustainable farming are not mutually exclusive. With a ten-year average annual growth rate of almost 25%, Jesse isn’t just talking about humane and sustainable farming—he’s doing it. And, in the process, he’s showing the industry how it’s done. Pete and Gerry’s has realized this growth without becoming a factory farm. Jesse recruits small family farms as egg producers, keeping family farmers in business and protecting valuable open space. He combines state-of-the-art husbandry and farming technology with streamlined and efficient processing to make Pete and Gerry’s cost competitive with much larger operations. Those efficiencies also allow him to share those margins with his producers. Jesse is one of the new breed of 21st Century farmers who understands that the world needs commercial farms to feed its inhabitants, but needs to do it without degrading the environment and exploiting livestock. He’s a passionate and knowledgeable champion of sustainability who enjoys sharing his formula for success with farmers and consumers alike.


Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Her most recent work, released by Nation Books in September 2011, is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want, winner of a silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category. Jane Goodall called the book “powerful and inspiring. “Ecomind will open your eyes and change your thinking. I want everyone to read it,” she said. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policyand, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded theSmall Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide.

Jonathan Lash, the sixth President of Hampshire College, has served previously as president of World Resources Institute (WRI), Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources, Director of the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School, senior staff attorney of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a federal prosecutor and a Peace Corps volunteer and trainer. An internationally recognized environmental leader and an expert on climate change and sustainability, he was appointed by President Obama to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, chaired the President’s Council on Sustainable Development for Bill Clinton, and led Vermont’s environmental program under Governor Madeleine Kunin. He holds a law degree and master’s degree in education from Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. President Lash has dedicated his career to building institutions to help solve the pressing problems of our planet. That dedication continues at Hampshire College, an institution committed to educating citizens who can help lead society as it confronts those problems.

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.

Melissa Levy — As part of Yellow Wood’s work as the managing grantee of the Ford Foundation’s Wealth Creation in Rural Communities initiative, Melissa Levy coaches grantees on wealth creation and measurement.  Melissa has worked with a wide variety of organizations in the area of measurement, using Yellow Wood’s You Get What You Measure ® process. Melissa is the co-author with Doug Hoffer of a paper on community wealth indicators, Measuring Community Wealth.  Melissa received her Master’s in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont. Melissa lives in Hinesburg, Vermont where she serves on the Hinesburg Conservation Commission and the Hinesburg Economic Development Commission. She also serves as a board member and Secretary of the Vermont Environmental Consortium.

Fearn Lickfield is co-creator of the Green Mountain School of Druidry with her husband Ivan McBeth.  She is a certified flower essence practitioner, Geomancer, Ecstatic Dance leader, avid gardener, and Priestess of Gaia.   As facilitator, teacher and grounded spiritual counselor she guides the healing and connection of people with the Earth.




*Julie Lineberger — Julie Lineberger guides LineSync Architecture, a green and sustainable firm in southern Vermont awarded for both Design and Business Management. Her previous career in International Development included managing and participating in projects throughout the world. Appointed to both the Green Mountain Care Board Advisory Committee and the Medicaid and Exchange Board, Julie is participating in Vermont’s evolution to universal health care. Board Member of Green America and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Julie is a consultant and speaker on various aspects of business management through her firm Rewiring Success. Other involvement includes The Wilmington Fund VT, Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future and the Slow Living Summit.

The LineSync Architecture Team— LineSync Architecture is fortunate to have attracted top performers who are fully empowered to contribute a multitude of diverse solutions in the service of our clients.  Excellence is more than a result, it is the passion of every one of our designers who have used their experience at Harvard, Temple University, University of Massachusetts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hobart & William Smith Colleges and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in an exemplary fashion. On the team: Jade Cincotta, Julie Lineberger, Joseph Cincotta, Chris Branagan, Jon Saccoccio, Emily Wergin, Adam Lemire, Kendrick Waterman, Sybil Idelkope and Ryan Edwards.

Katy Locke, M.Ed. & Chair of the Transition Keene Task Force, is enthusiastically germinating a Time-Trading initiative in Keene. She offers her natural gifts as an Earth Mystic, Plant Spirit Healing Practitioner, Reiki Master, Dowser, Permaculture Gardener, Activist and Educator to forge an evolutionary approach to personal and planetary transformation. Her classes and workshops are inspired by this wisdom from Julia Butterfly Hill: “humans will enjoy peace ON the earth when we are also enjoying peace WITH the Earth.” Her personal mission is to unleash a harmonious, sustainable, just and fulfilling human presence in her home, neighborhood, community and world. She currently lives in Keene, NH. For more information about Katy’s Earth-centered practices and classes, visit: www.clearmyenergy.com.

Ivan McBeth lives near Montpelier, Vermont, in the USA, and is the founder of the Green Mountain Druid Order. He leads regular ceremonies, workshops and ecstatic dances around Vermont with his partner Fearn. His passion is the creation of sacred space, and stone circles in particular. He has built 24 full-sized stone circles around the world. He is a founding member of the Circles for Peace project in the USA, and is co-responsible for the ‘Burlington Earth Clock’ stone circle by the bike path in Oakledge Park, Burlington, Vermont. He is a Reiki Master, and the author of a book about Geomancy and magical adventures called The Crystal Journey. He blows a dijereedoo, throws a mean boomerang, and often wears a silly top hat.

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.

Susan McMahon is the Associate Director at Windham Regional Commission (WRC) in southeastern Vermont.  She is a planner with over 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge in land use and community development. During her career she has helped numerous communities and non-profits take their visions from an idea to ribbon cutting.  For her work on Brownfields, she was awarded an EPA Environmental Merit Award. Susan has a Master’s Degree from Tufts University and is a core fellow with the Center for Creative Solutions at Marlboro College.

Leigh Merinoff is the founder of Meadows Bee Farm, a diverse biodynamic farm active in Windham, Vermont. The farm includes a small raw milk dairy, honeybees, gardens, orchards and heritage breed livestock. Leigh’s Bees is her line of skin salves and tinctures crafted using herbs grown on the farm. She is also the founder of two action groups—“Moving Toward Sustainability: Things We Can Do Now” and “AgroLiving: Revisioning Food, Farm and Forest,” both dedicated to helping create greater self-sufficiency at home and within the community. An active public speaker and community organizer in the field of global food sustainability, Leigh serves on the board of the Land Institute and is an Ambassador for Heifer International. She co-founded theWest River Community Project in hopes of bringing some of the resilience found in her other projects home to the West River of Vermont.

Rob Morache is founder and owner of New Earth Strategies, a design and development planning firm, and designer and co-developer of the Aurora Pocket Neighborhood. He brings two decades of experience in architecture, housing and development to the process of community design and sustainability planning.

Fidel Moreno, Huichol and Mexican American ethno-graphic documentary filmmaker, sacred activism environmentalist and cultural and educational facilitator.He works with male rights of passage with adolescent males and facilitates construction of Sacred Space for meditation, dialogue and experiential learning in community and educational environments. He also co-produces and hosts a weekly radio program: “Good Medicine” at www.wbtnam.org – Bennington, VT. On the web: www.healingwinds.net.



*Orly Munzing is the founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers. Drawing on her background as an educational consultant, she gathered a group of volunteers in 2001 to help focus attention on the difficulties of small family farms in the Brattleboro region. In 2002, they organized the first annual Strolling of the Heifers, a parade and festival celebrating farmers and aiming to connect people with healthy local food. With the growth in the local foods movement since then, “the Stroll” has expanded to a full weekend which is annually rated one of Vermont’s Top Ten Summer Events. Under Orly’s leadership, over the years Strolling of the Heifers launched educational programs, a microloan fund, and farm internship program for youth, which are now all carried on by other organizations. Besides the Summit, Strolling of the Heifers also currently organizes the Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition in collaboration with Vermont Technical College.

Kim Nace holds an M.A. in International Administration from World Learning and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Keene State College. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana and has taught children of all ages. She coordinated research funded by the MacArthur Foundation and later served as an Elementary School Principal, in rural Vermont and in Chennai, India. She has been passionate about sustainable sanitation since creating an educational video about composing toilets for her 1989 master’s thesis project. Kim and her family use a urine diverting composting toilet.

Sara Newmark is the Director of Sustainability at New Chapter, Inc. of Brattleboro, Vermont.  New Chapter is a certified organic manufacturer of whole-food dietary supplements. Sara ensures that all actions by New Chapter live up to its high standards of ecological stewardship, from product sourcing and packaging to New Chapter’s philanthropic efforts. She sits on the board of the international Sacred Seeds Project, which works with leading botanical gardens and ethnobotanists to preserve plants of traditional significance.  She is also a board member of the largest network of socially responsible businesses, Vermont Business for Social Responsibility.

Abraham Noe-Hays has been working with dry sanitation systems since 1990. He holds a B.A. in Human Ecology–with concentrations in agroecology and compost science–from the College of the Atlantic, where his interest in recycling human manure led to an internship at Woods End Research Laboratory and his thesis project, “An Experiment in Thermophilic Composting Toilet Design.” He has operated Full Circle Compost Consulting since 2001, providing design, manufacture, and maintenance services to individuals and institutions with dry toilet systems. He is also the eco-sanitation expert for Sustainable Harvest International, and has helped initiate urine-diversion projects in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Belize.

George Putnam is president and CEO of Yankee Farm Credit in Williston, Vermont, part of the national Farm Credit System created by Congress in 1916 to lend money to farmers. Yankee Farm Credit provides $450 million in loans to 1,300 customers throughout Vermont and neighboring counties in New York and New Hampshire. George started at Yankee Farm Credit in 1984 as a loan officer. He 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.

David Rachlin builds branded sustainable agriculture ventures internationally, nationally and locally. In 2013 he joined Pete & Gerry’s Organics, to help Jesse Laflamme’s team enable more small family farmers to stay on their farms and keep working their agricultural lands. David led Ben & Jerry’s International from 2001 and 2006, launching B&J’s startups in 15 countries and pioneering the Caring Dairy Initiative, to improve sustainability of Humane Dairy Farming in Europe. From 1990-2000, he built the Boursin cheese business across North America and then ran it globally from Paris. For the Woodstock Water Buffalo dairy venture in 2007, David raised new capital and successfully launched Vermont SpoonDance Creamery brand yogurt nationally. Then he learned, painfully, that its’ agricultural model wasn’t viable. From 2010-2012 as CEO of Grafton Village Cheese, David led efforts to make that business more economically sustainable. As EVP Marketing and Business Development for Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, David is dedicated to sustaining the long-term success of the farmers who supply our fast-growing brands of humane-certified, Cage-Free and Organic Eggs, ethically produced on 59 small family farms.

Bill Reed, architect, regeneration, integrative design, green building & LEED pioneer; designs, facilitates and manages integrative, whole-systems design processes; embedding evolutionary capability into design, construction, & engagement with our environment. More info at Regenesis.

Jeff Roberts works to develop solutions in the areas of agriculture and food policy, conservation, and community economic development. He was co-founder of the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont. His book, The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese (Chelsea Green, 2007), was the first comprehensive survey of small-scale producers. He is a member of Guilde Internationale des Fromagers and teaches the history and culture of food at the New England Culinary Institute. He is a visiting professor at the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Science, provides services to small-scale food producers, and is a frequent speaker in Europe and the United States on artisan food, sustainable agriculture, and the working landscape. Jeff was active in Slow Food International and USA and Vermont Fresh Network.

Joanna E. Rueter, co-founder of Sustainable Aging, has worked in education and social services throughout her career, always with the goal of empowering individuals to live in alignment with their values.  Joanna sees end-of-life choices as the final opportunity for making optimal decisions in the context of self, family, community, and the planet.  Together with Hilary Cooke she continually seeks ways to help people pro-actively consider their end of life wishes. Joanna holds a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education  from Wheelock College and a Master’s in Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work. See www.SustainableAging.org

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.

Robert Repetto is an economist and former professor at Yale University School Of Forestry and Environment Studies, and is well known for his writings on a broad range of environmental policy issues. Currently he is a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, and author of the book, America’s Climate Problem: The Way Forward.



Judith D. Schwartz is a long-time freelance writer based in Southern Vermont, the author of several books and hundreds of articles. She has an MSJ from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an MA in Counseling from Northwestern. A few years back, reporting on the Transition movement jarred her thinking, launching her on a whirlwind journalistic tour of new economics and environmental economics, which ultimately led to soil. Her book Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth, will be out in May 2013 from Chelsea Green Publishing.

Connie Snow was a founding member of Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (formerly the Brattleboro Area Community Land Trust), and has been the Executive Director since its inception in 1987.  In that capacity, Ms. Snow oversees a staff of twenty-eight employees and an annual budget of $1.7 million.  She holds a BA degree from Holy Cross College, and a Master’s in Organization and Management from Antioch University. 

James Gustave Speth joined the faculty of the Vermont Law School as Professor of Law in 2010. He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at both Demos and the United Nations Foundation. In 2009 he completed his decade-long tenure as Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From 1993 to 1999, Gus Speth was Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to his service at the UN, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality (Carter Administration); and senior attorney and cofounder, Natural Resources Defense Council. Throughout his career, Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation and promote sustainable development, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation’s Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America’s Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Environmental Law Institute and the League of Conservation Voters, and the Blue Planet Prize. He holds honorary degrees from Clark University, the College of the Atlantic, the Vermont Law School, Middlebury College, the University of South Carolina, and Green Mountain College. He is the author, co-author or editor of seven books including the award-winning The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment. His latest book is America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, published by Yale Press in September 2012. Professor Speth currently serves on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, New Economics Institute, New Economy Network, Center for a New American Dream, Climate Reality Project, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. He graduated from Yale University in 1964 with a BA in Political Science, and subsequently earned an M.Litt. in Economics from Oxford University in 1966 as a Rhodes Scholar and his JD from the Yale Law School in 1969. After law school, he served as lawclerk to Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black.

Tamara Stenn — Author of: The Cultural and Political Intersection of Fair Trade & Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).  Professor of sustainable economics, management and Fair Trade, Keene State College, Antioch University.  Fair Trade business owner of KUSIKUY Clothing Co. www.kusikuy.com,   Member of US Solidarity Economy Network (US-SEN). Specialist in Andean ways of being, Fair Trade, women’s rights, Solidarity Economy.  Blog: http://kusikuy1.blogspot.com/

Kate Stephenson is the Executive Director of the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, a non-profit educational institution in Waitsfield, Vermont dedicated to providing hands-on education that integrates sustainable design and construction as a creative, interactive process.  She is an experienced non-profit manager focused on providing post-secondary educational programs with an emphasis on experiential, collaborative learning environments.   More info at Yestermorrow: www.yestermorrow.org

Liz Walker is co-founder of EcoVillage at Ithaca (EVI) and Executive Director of its non-profit. Since 1991, she has dedicated her full-time work to bring this internationally acclaimed project from vision to reality. She has helped to introduce the concepts of ecovillages and sustainable communities to a broad audience through her writing, speaking and media interviews.

Linda Wheatley is co-founder and co-coordinator of GNHUSA (Gross National Happiness USA). She is also Director of the Vermont Leadership Institute and Network at The Snelling Center for Government. She has traveled extensively; her Montpelier to Thailand Project has immersed over 100 central Vermont teens in village life in rural Thailand. A trip to the 5th annual GNH research conference in Thimphu, Bhutan in 2008 was the trigger for establishing GNHUSA in 2009. Linda has run long distances for over 30 years, often for a cause. She lives in Worcester, VT and has two young-adult children.

Erica Wheeler is a ‘sense of place’ artist, speaker, educator and conservation advocate based in Colrain, MA. Over the past 20 years she has worked with groups and organizations, offering performances, keynotes and and workshops across the country, from Yosemite National Park to Walden Pond. She combines her career as an award-winning singer/songwriter with her lifelong interest in nature, history, culture and a sense of place. Her work has been featured in national publications such as Yes!, Orion and Yankee magazines. With 6 CD’s to her credit, she’s been interviewed on syndicated radio programs such as “All Things Considered” and “Voice of America.” Her songs have charted in the top-ten on Billboard’s “Gavin American Chart.” Her most recent CD “Good Summer Rain” was sponsored in part by the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization.

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 new book, Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer was published in March, 2013.

Cheryl Wilfong is a Master Gardener, mindfulness meditation teacher, and the author of The Meditative Gardener: Cultivating Mindfulness of Body, Feelings, and Mind. Her book has won seven book awards. Her blog, The Meditative Gardener, has won a Blogisattva Award for Best Achievement Blogging on Buddhist Practice or Dharma.

Conrad Willeman is a member of the Initiating Group for Transition Newburyport, the first officially registered Transition Town in MA (March 2009). He has long felt that the vital local work in each Transition Town to build community resilience is only as meaningful as the corresponding resilience of the larger region, economic zone and foodshed to which it belongs. To that end, he has also served as administrator of the unofficial statewide network TransitionMassachusetts.ning.com since June, 2010.

Tom Willits, Trustee of the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation (a major supporter of local and sustainable food initiatives, including Pioneer Valley Grows), Co-Founder and President of MRW Connected, Inc., a web design and media communications company, Executive Director of MAPS (Music and Poetry Synchronized), an urban/rural school partnership creating poetry and songs, and a part time songwriting teacher at a performing arts charter school.




*Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont, an 18-person company that has served the design and construction industry with non-biased information on environmentally responsible design and construction since 1985. He is author of Your Green Home (2006), and co-author of Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate (1998), and the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (1990, 9th edition, 2007). He has also co-authored a series of four guidebooks on quiet-water canoeing and kayaking for the Appalachian Mountain Club. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute, which works to advance the many facets of resilience at personal, community, and regional scales.

Beverly Winterscheid, Ph.D.,  is the Founding Partner of the Center for Nature & Leadership, and the Leadership Professor in the Marlboro MBA in Managing for Sustainability.  She has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management, has done post-doctoral work in ecopsychology, and has held a variety of corporate and academic positions in the US and Europe.  She cares deeply about creating new responses to stewardship of self, organization and place resulting in shifts of awareness and action. At the Center for Nature and Leadership, she provides nature-based and traditional leadership development for women in early and encore careers seeking to be change-agents for a better world.  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 inviting 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.