Graduate Faculty

Marlboro's graduate faculty is comprised of dedicated teachers and seasoned practitioners from a wide range of professions, who bring their real-world experience to bear in the classroom. Faculty members are exceptionally supportive of students, because they see themselves as colleagues invested in a vibrant and productive exchange of ideas to benefit their respective disciplines.

Barb Ackemann • Web Development

As a public school teacher and librarian, Barb has been involved with the web for over 10 years. A 2006 MSIT graduate of Marlboro College, she now runs her own web development company, IrisLines, LLC. She helps her clients understand how they can use the web as more than a brochure and develops static as well as content management driven websites. At the graduate school she teaches the Designing with Web Standards class.

Phil Ailes • Bachelor's Completion, Web Development

  • Classes: Agile Project Management and Strategic Management, Capstone Project I and IIWork: Principle at Ailes Consulting, LLC

Phil Ailes is the owner of Ailes Consulting LLC, providing project management and training solutions for his clients.  Prior to Ailes Consulting, Phil worked at Fidelity Investments as a Senior Project Manager/Instructional Designer designing, developing, delivering and managing company-wide training programs. Phil has worked as the Sales Training Manager at Markem, Global Training Director at NetScout systems, and Senior Sales Trainer at Digital Equipment Corporation.

He is currently the Vice President of Professional Development for the local chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a member of several Agile Project Management groups.

He holds a Master of Management from Cambridge College in Cambridge Massachusetts. Phil lives in Hinsdale with his wife Jodie and their dog Lilly.

Lauren Alderfer • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Ph. D. Global Educational Leadership, Union Institute and University
  • M.A.T. School For International Training
  • B.I.S. School For International Training
  • Website

Dr. Lauren Alderfer is an EAL (English as-an-Additional Language) specialist whose professional experience has spanned the globe. As an educator for over 30 years, she has worked at all levels—from graduate studies at SIT Graduate Institute in the USA, down to Grade One in US-based overseas schools. As an education consultant Lauren trains teachers in overseas schools and develops benchmarks in EAL writing and EAL program design and assessment in international school settings.

After living in India for over a decade, Lauren now divides her time between India and the Americas. Her ability to blend a Western perspective with the deep spirituality of the East invites educators to cultivate their inner lives in the daily act of teaching while developing mindfulness and compassion. She has written books on mindfulness both for teachers and children. In addition, her collaboration with the Tibetan refugee community in India has resulted in several children’s books. These books aim to preserve Tibetan oral genre while communicating Tibet’s cultural values of compassion and mindfulness.

Marti Anderson • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • PhD California Institute of Integral Studies
  • MAT School for International Training

Marti Anderson is a teacher educator based in Bangkok, Thailand.  She has taught teachers at the graduate level for more than 20 years. She conducts a range of teacher training and professional development activities for teachers in South-East Asia and beyond.  During her career, Marti has provided professional development and training for teachers in dozens of countries on 6 continents.  Marti's doctoral studies focused on learning and change in human systems with special attention to how education can be transformational to both individuals and the groups they are part of.  Marti is passionate about supporting teachers to do their best work no matter what context they work within.  A prevailing interest is exploring what goes on "inside and between" people in education (Stevick 1980), and steadily moving towards a greater understanding of an inner and outer pedagogy of peace.

Debra Askanase • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Core CNL Consultant

Debra Askanase is the founder and Digital Engagement Strategist at Community Organizer 2.0, a digital and social media consulting firm to nonprofit organizations, specializing in online strategy and engagement. She is also a partner in Matterness Consulting with author and social media strategist Allison Fine. In both ventures, Debra translates her passion for digital engagement, and making stakeholders known, heard, and valued into creating a better world through digital engagement. Her award-winning Alltop blog offers advice and strategies for using digital media in the nonprofit sector.

Prior to opening Community Organizer 2.0, Debra worked for over 15 yeas at nonprofit organizations in the Boston area, originally as a community organizer and later as a program director, and executive director. She has been consulting to the mission-driven sector since 2009, helping organizations understand how to actively engage online stakeholders and move them to action. Debra tweets as @askdebra.

Debra has served in the leadership of the Boston 501Tech Club, where she remains active, and is a current member of NTEN’s Research Committee, where she indulges her inner data nerdiness. She lives in Waltham with one overactive puppy, two daughters, and her husband. In her free time, she throws pottery, enjoys walks in the conservation land near her neighborhood, and dreams of more time to read books.

Bill Baue • Managing for Sustainability

As an internationally recognized expert on sustainability context, online stakeholder engagement, and sustainability communications, Bill Baue designs systemic transformation at global, company, and community levels. A serial entrepreneur, he's co-founder of a number of companies and initiatives, including: Sustainability Context Group, a global community of thought leaders and practitioners who advocate for context-based sustainability; Convetit, an online stakeholder engagement platform; and Sea Change Radio, a globally syndicated podcast on sustainability.

Bill works with organizations across the sustainability ecosystem, including AccountAbility, Audubon, Cabot, Ceres, Climate Counts, GE, Global Compact, Harvard, ICCR, United Nations, Walmart, and Worldwatch Institute. He serves on the Technical Advisory Group of the WWF / WRI / CDP Mind the Science, Mind the Gapinitiative on setting science-based carbon targets. He blogs for Guardian Sustainable Business and Sustainable Brands, where he also co-curates the #NewMetrics Channel. He was named on the Guardian Top 15 Thought Leaders in Sustainable Business and TriplePundit Top 30 Sustainability Bloggers on Twitter lists for his tweeting.

Bill lives in a cohousing community in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts with his wife Jiyanna and daughters Clara, Emma, and Aoife.


Mike Beardsley • Educational Technology

  • Course: Games and Simulations

Mike Beardsley is currently a fourth grade teacher at Putney Central School with over 25 years of experience in the classroom. His interest in presenting game-based learning theories and practices, as well as sharing his own experiences at regional conferences, all came about through his graduate work at Marlboro College Graduate School, culminating in a Master's in Teaching with Technology from Marlboro in 2014. Mike uses Minecraft Edu and Game-Based Learning approaches in his fourth grade classroom to engage all his students, no matter what learning style they favor. Technology has been an asset to his own “retooling” for the future, changing not only how he teaches but also how he himself learns. Originally from Connecticut, Mike moved many years ago to Vermont, where he met his wonderfully supportive wife Brenda and raised two children. Mike now lives in New Hampshire, and his hobbies include playing loud electric guitar, drawing, reading, and of course using technology in many forms.

Sally Bisaccio • Educational Technology

  • Work: Soutwest Vermont Supervisory Union

Sally is a technology integration specialist for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union in Bennington, Vermont. Sally has worked for the SVSU for over 15 years, serving first as a lab supervisor for the Bennington Elementary School and later as technology integrationist for the district. Sally earned her BA in sociology from St. Lawrence University and her MA in teaching with technology from Marlboro Graduate and Professional Studies. While at Marlboro, Sally was introduced to gaming as a powerful educational tool. She became an advocate for games in education and introduced MinecraftEdu to the SVSU. In collaboration with her Marlboro colleagues Jane Wilde and Mike Beardsley, she has presented educational gaming workshops at the BEST conference, Games in Education conference, Vermont Fest, and Dynamic Landscapes. Sally has three adult children, and lives in Bennington with her husband, two dogs and two horses. She enjoys riding, gardening, and exploring new technologies.

Will Bohmann • Educational Technology

  • Work: Center for Technology
  • Education: MAT and MSIT from Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Classes: Educational Technology

Will Bohmann is the educational technology integration specialist for the Center for Technology in Essex Junction, Vermont. Will has been working in the field of education for over 25 years, including a successful decade as chef instructor for the prestigious New England Culinary Institute. Will earned his BA from the University of Wisconsin and a dual masters in educational technology and information technology from Marlboro Graduate and Professional Studies. Will is active with VITA-Learn, and teaches educational technology courses for St. Michael's College and Southern New Hampshire University,  in addition to his duties at CTE. Will enjoys running the backroads and trails of Vermont, gardening, and cooking for his family.

Ingrid Bredenberg • Health Care Administration, MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Bredenberg Associates, Strategic Coaches for High Performing Teams & Organizations. LinkedIn
  • Education: M.A. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven, CT; International Business Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo; B.A. Asian Studies at Eckerd College
  • Classes: Strategic Management and Policy, Practicum in Nonprofit Management

A skillful facilitator and strategic coach, Ingrid Bredenberg has been working with leadership teams in health care, government, and business for over 23 years in her consulting practice, Bredenberg Associates. She and her colleagues guide and equip leadership teams and boards of directors in designing, preparing, and leading their organizations to fulfill their missions in the most agile and sustainable ways. She coaches leaders using innovative approaches and leading-edge resources for visioning, strategic thinking, governance and collaboration. Her skills have been honed through years of  working with international thought-leaders, organizational designers and teachers in many fields of practice.

After completing her tenure as interim executive director and chief strategy officer of CT League for Nursing, Ingrid moved on to serving as the interim talent development officer of Ecovative Design, a bio-tech firm which designs and manufactures biodegradable packaging materials “grown” from fungi.  She mentors leaders who are preparing to move to the next levels in their careers.  She also serves on the faculty of the Leadership Institute for Public and Political Impact.

Ingrid received her B.A. Asian Studies at Eckerd College; M.A. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven, CT; International Business Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo.

Tim Brennan • Managing for Sustainability

  • Work: Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Education: MBA, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Tim Brennan has served as treasurer and chief financial officer of the Unitarian Universalist Association since 2006, directing the finance department and overseeing the associations combined assets of approximately $400 million. He is a member of the UUA’s Investment Committee, Socially Responsible Investing Committee, the Retirement Plan Committee, the Finance Committee, and the UUA Health Plan Board of Trustees. Tim came to the UUA after seven years with Ceres, the national network of institutional investors working to advance corporate responsibility for the environment. As senior director of development and communications, he worked with major environmental organizations, religious investors, the SRI community, and major pension funds on issues such as climate change and corporate sustainability disclosure. In addition, Tim spent seven years working for a New York investment company and has many years of experience in nonprofit financial management. He currently serves on the board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. Tim holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Lisa Brooks • Educational Technology

  • Work: Instructor also at Bennington College and Community College of Vermont
  • Class: Tech4Educators

Lisa is a 28-year veteran public school art and technology teacher who fell in love with technology when it first slipped into her art room in the 1980s. She currently teaches art and technology courses for Virtual High School and Community College of Vermont online, as well as face-to-face courses for Bennington College’s MATSL (second language) program. She’s a working artist and web designer.

She holds a BA is from the University of Montana in art and education and an MAT from the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies Program.

Beverley Burkett Chair and Academic Advisor: TESOL • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA Honours, Rhodes University
  • BA, University of Port Elizabeth

Beverley Burkett has been a language teacher educator for more than 25 years. She was head of the Language in Education Unit at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, from 1985-2007. She engaged in research, teaching, and curriculum development, with a particular focus on the role of language in learning in multilingual contexts.  She is co-author of an ESL textbook series, Keys to English, and was team leader of a research project investigating the impact of additive bilingual (English–isiXhosa) curriculum delivery in a rural school in South Africa. She has presented academic papers at conferences in the UK, the US, Canada, Finland, Germany, Uganda, Botswana, Hong Kong, South Korea and has been an invited speaker at KOTESOL and southern African conferences. She has worked on language in education projects in Algeria and South Africa. 

Beverley was an active member of a community-based organization that worked for peace and justice in South Africa. When not teaching, she enjoys yoga and has an avid interest in design.

Mike Burns • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: BWB Solutions, Nonprofit Board Crisis
  • Education: MS in Nonprofit Management with Nonprofit Governance focus, Lesley College; Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Marketing, University of Hartford; BA in Business Administration, Marquette University
  • Course: Introduction to Nonprofit Governance

Since 1994, Mike has been a partner at BWB Solutions, a firm that strengthens organizations commited to social change. At BWB, Mike’s practice focuses on strategic planning, nonprofit governance, organizational development, and helping nonprofits assess their readiness for mergers and partnerships.  Mike’s mission is “to change the world one nonprofit at a time.” His skills include crisis management, conflict resolution, market research and analysis, and meeting facilitation. Mike has a special interest in governance, and frequently posts to his blog, Nonprofit Board Crisis, where he highlights nonprofit internal issues. He authored two chapters inYou and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs published in 2013, and writes a column called “From the Nonprofit Board Chair Seat” for the quarterly magazine Nonprofit Advantage. Mike also serves as Board Secretary for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, a national association of individuals and organizations devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits.

Mike began his career as an executive director of a community health center, followed by 15 years as an executive director and primary consultant for a nonprofit capacity building organization.  During that time he also taught management on the faculty of the Antioch-New England Graduate Schools of Organization and Management and Environmental Studies. In addition to his professional work, Mike operates a small farm where he produces naturally certified asparagus, raspberries, garlic, strawberries and tomatoes. Mike has also been a professional foster parent for nearly 20 years.

Karen Cangialosi • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Karen is a guest lecturer and module faculty member for the program on topics in the sciences. She is currently also a professor and chair in the Department of Biology of Keene State College.

Karen Case • Educational Technology, Graduate Certificate in Project Management

  • Work: Instructional Designer,  SUNY Clinton Community College
  • Class: Leading Change

Karen has been an educator for over 25 years, working at the pre-school through college levels. In her previous position at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) she coordinated courses and provided support for online faculty in the areas of art, art history, computer, and music. She was a member of the Project 2011 team at CCV, which assisted the transition to a new content management and learning management system at the Vermont state colleges. Currently Karen is the instructional design and development specialist at SUNY Plattsburgh in NY. She is a part-time instructor for the Vermont State College system in the areas of sociology, cultural change, education, and educational technologies.

Karen holds a PhD from Nova Southeastern University in Computing Technology in Education.  

Caleb Clark Chair and Academic Advisor: MAT-T • Educational Technology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teaching for Social Justice (k-12), Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

  • Contact: | 802-258-9207
  • Personal Portfolio
  • Classes: 
    Graduate courses in EdTech program: Web Design and Media Production, Instructional Design, Technology for Teachers
    Undergraduate: You Online: Manage your online presence and create a public portfolio, resume and bio.   

Caleb is the director of the EdTech master's program, where he also teaches and coordinates academic technology support. He has been a Web geek since 1994 and an educational technologist since 1999. Caleb's interests include: eportfolios, online media production for teachers, physical computing, citizen journalism, and humanizing technology.  Caleb's passion for Internet technology and media began when he joined the dot com revolution in San Francisco in the mid-1990s. He went on to work in educational technology in corportate (Netscape, Maxis), K-12 (High Tech High) and higher education (SDSU, NYU, Antioch) organizations before settling down at Marlboro College in 2008. Caleb regularly presents at conferences and publishes. 

Caleb's work also encompasses academic technology support for Marlboro's graduate school faculty, as well as technology integration consulting work for Putney Central Middle School. He is  the higher education representative on the board of VITA-Learn, the ISTE affiliate in Vermont. 

Caleb has an Master of Professional Studies from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts is from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Jodi Clark • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, Core CNL Consultant

  • Work: Special Projects Manager at Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS), Team Member at Global Round Table Leadership
  • Education: MS in Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Marlboro College; MA in Theater Education, Emerson College; B.A., Marlboro College
  • Certifications: RBA Training, January 2014


Jodi is a passionate, community-minded teacher, inspired by the magic groups can co-create. She began her journey co-creating what she has come to call "collective awesome" via co-founding a Renaissance Faire in Brattleboro, Vermont. Her professional journey has taken her from advising the LGBT student group and working extensively in student affairs at Marlboro College to teaching/directing for ActingOut, an issue-oriented improv theater training and performance program for youth in the southwestern New Hampshire. She has served in many community-based coalitions working to achieve community transformation in a number of areas including: after-school programs, community strategies for healthy food and physical activity, and substance abuse prevention.

Jodi has frequently served as a facilitator for and designer of community processes and meetings for United Way of Windham County, Healthy Monadnock 2020, Monadnock United Way, The Center for Nature and Leadership, and Monadnock Alcohol & Drug Abuse Coalition. She is a founding board member for Wolfgard Northeast, a wolf and wilderness education center in southeastern Vermont. Her current work interests are focused on peer-to-peer team and organizational leadership development for practitioners in the field of collective impact or other community-engaged collaboration structures, nature-based leadership and practices, and exploring embodied leadership via sword training and martial practice. Her personal practice of co-creation includes teaching and performing improv theater and stage combat and singing in choirs. She resides in Brattleboro with her wife and cat.

Olya Clark • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Olya is the on-site field advisor for the MATS program. She is also currently a Ph.D. candidate in public health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She holds a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with the focus in social justice from Keene State College, New Hampshire. She has extensive teaching, research, and other professional experiences in the fields of education and public health in Russia, India, and the United States.

Ray Clark • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MA Brown University (Linguistics)
  • BA  University of New Hampshire (English)

Ray Clark has been involved in education since 1962 as a high school English teacher, Peace Corps Volunteer teacher trainer in Nigeria, teacher of English as a Second Language at the School for International Training. He also taught ESL for USAID in Islamabad, Pakistan, and for CitiBank in Istanbul, Turkey.

Also at the School for International Training he has held a variety of assignments. He was on the Peace Corps Training staff at SIT as language coordinator, TESOL instructor, and project director for training programs for Iran, India, Korea, and West Africa. He was the director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program as well as a faculty member teaching  a variety of courses, including Approaches, Four Skills, and Applied English Linguistics. He also supervised MAT candidates in every New England state and developed and/or managed ESL projects in New England, Louisiana, and Somalia. He directed a two-year project for the Peace Corps to develop materials for uncommonly taught languages.

Currently he is adjunct faculty at SIT, supervising student teachers and teaching introductory Turkish, and adjunct faculty at Southern New Hampshire University where he teaches for the University of Hanoi MA EFL Program. Since 1980, he and four partners have developed Pro Lingua Associates, a publishing company specializing in ESL materials. He is vice-president and senior editor, and has written several textbooks.

Stephen Clark Ph.D. • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Stephen is a guest lecturer for the program on various social justice issues. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at Keene State College and a member of the Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism. His current research is on homophobia and heterosexism. He is also the editor of the newsletter, "Teaching Diversity."

Shawn Coe • Bachelor's Completion

Shawn works as the director of technology for the Londonderry School District and has been in IT since 1996.  He has worked as a software engineer, database administrator, project and department manager, prior to assuming his current role. 

Shawn teaches classes at Marlboro on database administration, strategic planning, and IT Leadership. His Marlboro experiences have inspired him to encourage online and blended learning opportunities in K-12 public schools in which he is involved. 

Shawn holds a BS in business administration from Colby-Sawyer College and an MA from Dartmouth College.

Stuart Comstock-Gay • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

Since 2009, Stuart Comstock-Gay has served as the President and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, which with $154 million in assets is Vermont’s largest foundation and is in the top ten percent of community foundations nationally for total assets and gifts received.

Stuart has extensive experience in building the capacity, reach, and impact of nonprofit institutions. He started his career at the American Civil Liberties Union, including ten years as executive director of the Maryland ACLU. He has also served as vice president and chief operating officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston. While at the latter organization, he facilitated its merger with Dēmos, a national non-partisan research and advocacy organization based in New York City.

More recently, as director of the Democracy Program at Dēmos, Stu sought to strengthen inclusiveness and democracy in the U.S. by reducing barriers to voter participation and encouraging civic engagement. In that role he worked with election officials, legislators, and advocates across the country to pursue policies that would encourage greater political participation.

Sean Conley • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • EdD Columbia University (candidate)
  • MAT TESOL School for International Training
  • BA Warner Pacific College
  • TESOL Cert. Warner Pacific College

Sean is associate dean for Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, Vermont. For the last decade his focus has been on the intersection of technology and adult learning, examining the challenge of the digital divide, technology in the developing world, the open source software movement and the role of experiential learning and reflection in on-line and blended programs. He has served on the faculties of The New School, The School for International Training, and Tokyo Jogakkan College. His work in TESOL has taken him to Algeria, Japan, Korea, Serbia, Ukraine, Kyrgystan, the Republic of Georgia, and the UAE. He has consulted on projects for the U.S. Department of State, The Soros Foundation, and World Learning. He’s been an invited speaker at IATEFL Serbia, IATEFL Hungary, TESOL Arabia, Korea TESOL, and the Japan Associate of Language Teachers conference.

Steve Cornwell • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Ed.D. Temple University
  • MAT School for International Training
  • MFA Virginia Tech University
  • MA Wake Forest University

Steve Cornwell is a professor at Osaka Jogakuin College, Osaka, Japan, where leads the Life Long Learning program and is vice chair of the university’s English Language Program. Steve began his teaching career at the Language Institute of Japan after completing his MAT in TESOL at the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont. Since then he has taught children, teenagers, and adults in conversation classes, business courses, and intensive programs. He has taught, presented, and/or conducted teacher training sessions in Bangladesh, Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the US.

His professional interests include examining students’ identities and investment in language learning, developing and evaluating curriculums, examining learning from the inside as a student/language learner, and helping apprentice new teachers to the world of research and publishing. In his spare time, he and his wife Yoshiko like to travel, watch movies, and eat ethnic food (but not always in that order!)

Peter Crowell • Managing for Sustainability

Peter is the founder of Context 360, Inc. Prior to founding the company, Peter held senior positions in various Fortune 500 companies. He was the SVP of technology for the McGraw-Hill media companies, CIO of CBS, Inc., president of Chase Access Services, a Chase Manhattan Bank, NA subsidiary, the technology architect for Chase Manhattan Bank, NA, and a partner in CSC Consulting. He started his career as a computer programmer and moved into his first CIO position in 1976.

Pat Daniel • MS Project Management, Managing for Sustainability, MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

Dr. Pat Daniel works as a consultant and trainer, supporting corporations and non-profits on organization development, executive coaching, human resource development, strategic planning, communications, and sustainability. She also provides career and life coaching services for individuals.

Prior to her independent practice, Pat served as the associate director of Ceres, a national network of investors and environmental groups working with corporations to address sustainability challenges. She interfaced with Ceres companies, investors and stakeholder groups, and directed the annual Ceres Conference. She played a key role in the development and launch of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and represented Ceres at the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. As the chief operating officer, Dr. Daniel managed operations, human resources, board relations, and strategic planning during a period when the organization more than doubled in size.

Before joining Ceres, Pat spent 11 years at Polaroid Corporation, where she served as worldwide training manager for Total Quality Management and corporate ethics and compliance. She led a re-engineering effort to enhance and streamline design for the environment and product stewardship, and managed the company’s environmental training. As an internal consultant and coach, she advised executives and employees on organizational and team development.

As a certified professional level Kripalu yoga teacher, Pat has taught yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She has a particular interest in yoga and the natural world, and has written about outdoor meditation for Yoga Journal.  She was the founding editor of the Green Yoga Association newsletter. 

She is the co-founder and managing editor of Engaging Peace, and blogs at

Julie DeCesare • Educational Technology

While studying at UMass Amherst, Julie developed an interest in film studies, production, and audiovisual collections and graduated with a BA in comparative literature and a concentration in film studies. Julie worked at Brown University Media Services as their technical coordinator while completing her master’s in library and information studies at Simmons College. After finishing her MLIS in 2005, Julie became digital media/film studies reference librarian at Boston College. At BC, she worked closely with instructional designers to bring multimedia content into faculty course sites and to create interesting web deliverables and physical audiovisual collections for the BC community.  In 2010, Julie left Boston College for the position of assistant professor and commons librarian, head of education & research at Providence College's Phillips Memorial Library, where she currently coordinates instructional and educational opportunities between the library and campus community.

Julie teaches Digital Research Technologies, where she is able to bring many of her interests together, Web video, Web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning, the evolution of online library collections, and open source publication. Her goal is to teach Marlboro College graduate students how to be effective/active online researchers and writers, how to evaluate online resources, and also to provide a set of free or open source web resources.

Alisa Del Tufo • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

Alisa brings extensive experience in the nonprofit sector as well as an innovative approach to community engagement. In 1983 she established Sanctuary for Families in New York City to provide residential and non-residential services to battered women and their children. In 1993, Alisa founded CONNECT, which employs grassroots education, community organizing and capacity building to work for the prevention and elimination of family and gender violence, and has served as a model for other cities as well as federal policy changes. Alisa served as Executive Director of this 25-person organization from 1993 to 2006. As chair of the NYC Domestic Violence Housing Committee during this time, she led a two-year advocacy effort resulting in the dedication of 3 million dollars to develop permanent housing and support services for domestic violence survivors and their children in the city. 

Four years ago Alisa founded the Threshold Collaborative, a national initiative based in North Bennington. The Collaborative partners with communities to develop a vision and strategies that will support local strength and well-being. In recognition for her work as a leading social entrepreneur with the potential to change patterns across society, Alisa was appointed an Ashoka Fellow. The Ashoka Foundation points to her role in enabling communities to succeed where institutional intervention has failed.

Alisa served as a Rockefeller Fellow at Columbia University where she pursued a project entitled "Choosing Non-Violence" and was also awarded the Charles H Revson Fellowship on the Future of New York for her research the overlap of maternal and child abuse. She serves on the Mayor's Commission to Combat Family Violence in New York and the ACS Commissioner's Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and is the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Award from the National Organization for Women- NYC, the Distinguished Service Award from the NYC Police Department, and a Humanitarian Award from Colgate University.

Lucie deLaBruere • Educational Technology

Lucie explores how to use emerging technology for teaching and learning. She has over 20 years experience in consulting on technology and education. She is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps Certified Trainer. Lucie teaches graduate courses at St. Michael's College and is the winner of the 2009 Frank Watson VITA-Learn EdTech Award. Lucie received her Masters of Science in Internet Engineering from the Graduate School in 2000, and her Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education and Social Studies from the State University of New New York at Oswego where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She regularly presents at conferences and publishes articles.

Sedia Dennis • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Ed.M. in Learning and Teaching from Harvard
  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA, The Evergreen State College

Sedia currently teaches academic reading and writing and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Tacoma Community College in Washington State. She has also taught for the Washington Academy of Language's English Language Learner Intensive Daytime Summer Program for K-12 certified teachers as well as for the INTERLINK Language Center. In addition to teaching in the United States, Sedia has studied, trained, and taught in Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. She is most influenced by participatory education, and her teaching practices are rooted in inclusion, engagement, and relevant content. Above all, Sedia believes that both learning and teaching should be joyful. She enjoys spending her time playing and discussing life with her beloved 9-year-old son.  

Cheryl Eaton • Managing for Sustainability, MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

Cheryl's new business, Wild Genius, offers the same services she has provided through her prior work with Kelliher Samets Volk, such as brand, business, and marketing strategy and consulting, and market research. She said, "It will also allow me to utilize other competencies I’ve developed and delivered for clients, such as: helping organizations, teams and individuals to innovate around the future, and guiding them toward their bold visions."

"Here’s what I’m particularly excited about: providing the quality of thinking and guidance available from a national-caliber firm in a way that is accessible to those individuals and organizations that are doing good for people, communities, and the planet—broadly speaking, those working in the 'sustainability' space.

John Ehrenfeld Faculty Emeritus • Managing for Sustainability

Dr. Ehrenfeld maintains a website and blog devoted to the subject of sustainability. In June 2009 he stepped down as Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, after guiding its development since it was founded in 2000. He retired in 2000 as the Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and Environment, an interdisciplinary educational, research, and policy program. Prior to joining the team at Marlboro, he served as an adjunct faculty member at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. In October 1999, the World Resources Institute honored him with a lifetime achievement award for his academic accomplishments in the field of business and environment. He received the Founders Award for Distinguished Service from the Academy of Management's Organization and Natural Environment Division in August 2000. He spent part of the 1998-1999 academic year at the Technical University of Lisbon as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar and was Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Delft during the 2000-2001 academic year. He serves on several boards. He is an editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and is author or co-author of over 200 papers, books, reports, and other publications. 

Sandra Everitt • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Appreciative Inquiry Consultant
  • Education: BA, Biology, University of Massachusetts; Vermont Supreme Court Reader Program, Admitted to Vermont Supreme and Vermont Federal District Court; Snelling Center for Government, Vermont Leadership Institute
  • Course: Appreciative Inquiry

In 2005, Sandi Everitt starting using Appreciative Inquiry in her professional and personal life to achieve strength based growth and change. Since 2009 she has taught Appreciative Inquiry at the Vermont Leadership Institute for the Snelling Center for Government and consulted with organizations on Appreciative Inquiry.

As a licensed attorney, Sandi’s legal work focused on resolving conflict through inclusiveness and bringing about growth and change in family, employment and consumer matters.  She initially worked with non-profits as a partner in the private law firm of Sessions, Keiner, Dumont, Barnes and Everitt. She then became the De

puty States Attorney for Addison County and an Assistant Attorney General for Office of the Vermont Attorney General.  In the Attorney General’s Office she worked with community and the business sector as the Director of the Civil Rights Unit, and most recently with consumers, businesses and advocates as Director of the Consumer Assistance Program.

Sandi is a member of the Vermont Bar Association Board of Managers and is the Association’s representative on the Vermont Bar Foundation.  She is a member of the Vermont Bar Foundation’s Grants Committee and chair of the Personnel and Governance Committee.

Ben Frost • Managing for Sustainability

Ben Frost is the Director of Public Affairs at New Hampshire Housing, where he coordinates federal and state legislative initiatives and provides direct technical assistance to municipalities to help them develop regulations promoting affordable housing and sustainable development.  He frequently lectures on issues of affordable and workforce housing, planning and zoning law, and ethics.  Ben has over 25 years of experience as a land use planner, and over 15 years as an attorney, practicing primarily municipal law.  He has worked as a Senior Planner with the NH Office of Energy and Planning, the Executive Director of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, and as a planner and administrator in local and regional government in New Hampshire and elsewhere in the Northeast.  He has taught Geography at Keene State College and Business Law at Southern NH University. 

 Ben is a member of the Governing Council of Housing Action NH, a low-income housing advocacy organization.  He is a board member of the NH Sustainable Energy Association and he represents New Hampshire Housing on theNH Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board.  Ben serves on the Executive Committees of the NH Planners Association and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and of the legislative committees of the American Planning Association and the New Hampshire Bar Association. 

Cary Gaunt • Managing for Sustainability

  • Work: Freelance sustainability consultant, currently facilitating/coordinating theHigher Education Working Group of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission 
  • Education: B.A., Art History with Environmental Studies Concentration, Williams College; M.A., Geography, University of Maryland; Ph.D., Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England; Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in contemplative approaches to sustainability, Naropa University
  • Classes: Exploring Sustainability

Dr. Cary Gaunt 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 built an award-winning team known for developing integrative and innovative solutions to complex environmental/sustainability management challenges. This team, with Cary’s leadership, accomplished leading-edge tasks around the country including preparing one of the nation’s first comprehensive watershed planning guides, facilitating development of Nutrient Trading Guidelines for the Chesapeake Bay, and researching and writing Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place, which was selected by the American Library Association as "Notable Government Document in 2003.” For these and other efforts, Cary was awarded the prestigious Environmental Excellence Award for Project Management by SAIC.

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. This esteemed group of Boston’s leading higher education institutions is charged with developing collaborative approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding sustainability initiatives, and implementing leading edge strategies to address climate adaptation and resilience planning.

Cary has a particular interest in the life journeys, qualities, and practices of successful sustainability leaders who really walk their green talk. Through her extensive consulting career, Cary came to understand firsthand the potentials and limitations of conventional responses to environmental degradation and unsustainable conditions. Many of these stemmed from a lack of effective leadership at personal and organizational levels. 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 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 InstituteSchool 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.

Christine Graham • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Principal, CPG Enterprises; co-founder, Governors’ Institutes of Vermont
  • Education: MEd in Organization and Management, Antioch Graduate School; BA, Bennington
  • Courses: Fundraising and Philanthropy; Planned Giving; Donor Fundraising workshop

Christine Graham is a specialist in Nonprofit Management and Fundraising.  She has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1969 as staff and consultant to hundreds of organizations of all sizes and in all fields, primarily in Northern New England. . She specializes in fundraising planning and advisement, with a special focus on capital campaigns and building new and advancing annual fund programs.  Recent clients include the King Street Center, the Vermont Symphony, Preservation Trust of Vermont, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, St Michael’s Episcopal Church, Burlington Community Health Center, Buxton School, and the Northern Forest Center.

Christine co-founded the Governor's Institutes of Vermont and served as its first director. She established several academic and revenue-generating programs at Bennington College as Director of Special Projects prior to serving there as Director of Development.  She has served on numerous boards, commissions and task forces. The Business and Professional Women of Benningon County named Christine “Woman of the Year,” and she was selected as a Fellow of the Vermont Leadership Institute.

Christine is the author of numerous publications on fundraising and philanthropy, including "Keep the Money Coming: a Strategic Guide to Annual Fundraising,"  "Blueprint for a Capital Campaign” and “Asking.”  She recently released a new publication, “Raising Money for Local Land Protection Projects,” in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust.  She is editor and publisher of Nonprofit Vermont Newsletter, and the founder of both the New Hampshire and Vermont Directories of Foundations.

Kathleen Graves • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Ph D University of Lancaster, UK
  • MAT School for International Training

Kathleen has worked on curriculum renewal and language teacher education in the U.S., Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Japan, and Korea. Her research focuses on the role of classroom practice in curriculum renewal and supporting teachers’ professional development as central to successful educational and curricular reform. She is interested in helping teachers to ‘think curricularly’ as they develop a reflective practice both individually and collaboratively. She started her career as an English teacher in Taiwan and later taught English in the US, Japan, and Brazil. She has served the faculties of the School for International Training, and the School of Education at the University of Michigan She is the editor/author of two books on course design, Teachers as Course Developers (Cambridge University Press) and Designing Language Courses: A guide for Teachers (Heinle Cengage). She is the series editor of TESOL’s Language Curriculum Development series.

Cecile Green • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Co-founder, Round Sky Solutions
  • Education: B.S. in Community Supported Agricultural Systems
  • Course: Strategic Planning for Organizational Effectiveness

Cecile Green is a visionary, entrepreneur, experiential philosopher, and farmer with a passion for assisting mission driven organizations achieve their visions. As the innovator of a cutting edge, rapid culture change tool kit, CollabTM, which effectively converts all kinds of organizational challenges into fuel for the organization, she has been researching and experimenting with questions of power, systems of decision-making, and efficient operations for over 20 years in both academic and experiential arenas. She provides training and facilitation in CollabTM to mission driven organizations from hospitals to colleges, and small business to nonprofits.

Cecile is the author of the book “Collaboration that Works: A Ruthlessly Practical Handbook for a Generative World,” a training manual which summarizes her research and introduces these tools for practical application in organizations.

Cecile was raised in Istanbul Turkey for 10 years as a child where she learned French in an embassy school and spent hours exploring ancient ruins and the waters of the Aegean. She is married to the talented and dedicated integral coach Daniel Little and is mother of an aspiring 24 year-old change maker. In her spare time, she enjoys the wilds of Vermont, ecstatic dancing, and building beautiful homes and gardens.

Lori Hanau • Managing for Sustainability

Lori Hanau grew up in New England in an entrepreneurial family that taught her the value of self-reflection, wellness, and caring in fostering wise leadership and healthy, collaborative relationships and environments. She draws on these essential qualities in her work as advisor, facilitator and community builder.

Lori’s early career in business, including presidency of a manufacturing company, offered opportunities to observe and engage in diverse leadership styles and organizational systems. During this time, she began to differentiate between the qualities that support vibrant, sustainable organizations and social ecosystems, and those that lead to dysfunction. In a break from the corporate world, Lori pursued these qualities through an exploration of the service sectors of society, including health, science, philanthropy, spirituality and mission-driven business. Here, she found herself among innovators who were working for all aspects of whole systems change.

In 2002, Lori 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, GRTL engages people across all sectors in leadership development through the lens of whole systems and in building flourishing relationships with the self, one another and the systems of which we are a part.

Lori is the co-founder of the Mindfulness Practice Center in Keene, NH and acts as Community Builder and faculty member for Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies’ MBA program “Managing for Sustainability.” She is also honored to serve on the Advisory Boards for the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance and Peace Day Live, and on the Board of Directors of the Social Venture Network.

Jill Hart • Bachelor's Completion, Web Development

With more then two decades of experience spanning marketing, training, technology and project management, Jill has been influencing change in organizations for most of her professional career. Her involvement in the development and implementation of enterprise wide technology solutions fueled her passion surrounding the principles of learning and human-computer interaction. As a result she successfully pioneered corporate technology training programs that supported the unique characteristics of the adult learner. Her experiences have also lead her to establish two evolving companies: Brain Logic, whose mission is to provide businesses and non-profits marketing direction to succeed in the marketplace and Open Sesame Designs, focused on delivering easy to use, and accessible, technology solutions. Jill earned her master's in teaching with technologies and MS in management from Marlboro College. She is currently the president of the Monadnock Chapter PMI and is a project manager focused on managing an application development project in the insurance industry.

Travis Hellstrom Chair and Academic Advisor: MSM-MDO • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Core CNL Consultant

  • Work: Managing Partner, Advance Humanity
  • Education: MA, SIT Graduate Institute; BS, Campbell University
  • Certifications: RBA Training, January 2014
  • Focus Areas: Nonprofit Management, Benefit Corporations, Triple Strength Leadership

Travis is an author, entrepreneur, executive advisor, and founder of Advance Humanity, a humanitarian consulting group dedicated to helping social entrepreneurs, social businessesm and nonprofits expand their influence and make a difference in the world. Advance Humanity is also one of the first dozen certified B Corporations in Vermont, alongside Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, and King Arthur Flour. Travis was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia (2008-11), author of the Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook and was a Peace Corps Fellow at SIT Graduate Institute where he received his MA in management. His focus was on social business and nonprofit management, and he wrote his thesis on "Leading Happiness: Shared Leadership and Happiness at Work in Certified Benefit Corporations." He has helped lead the certification of three Certified Benefit Corporations, including the first in Asia. 

Jonathan Hildrey • Bachelor's Completion

Jonathan is currently CFO and finance director for Janos Technology, Inc. He earned his Master of Arts (Honors) in computer science from Magdalene College, Cambridge University, England. 

Mike Hoefer • Bachelor's Completion

Mike Hoefer began teaching Internet Marketing at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies in 2010 and is still focused on ensuring the MSIT program continues to meet the needs of the next generation of online leaders.

Mike is the owner and principal at Hoeferweb, a consultancy that focuses on helping organizations reach their full potential through the application of internet technologies and services to their marketing and collaboration challenges. His clients represents the broad range of business in the area from small start-ups to the region's largest non-profit organizations.

Since earning his Masters of Internet Strategy Management from Marlboro in 2000, Mike has held a variety of internet marketing & IT leadership roles at MARKEM, The Hanover Insurance Group, and Lucidus Corporation. He speaks at regional conferences and regularly leads workshops on a variety of internet marketing topics.

Although Mike grew up here in Brattleboro, Vermont, he has settled in nearby Keene, New Hampshire, with his wife and three school-aged children.

Kate Jellema Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

Kate directs the Center for New Leadership and 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. She is a 2010 graduate of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management, serves as president of an independent school board, and is a 2012 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute. She is trained as a cultural anthropologist, and her academic work focuses on religious expression; the role of the past in the present; and war, displacement, and the experience of home. Kate has been awarded grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to support her research.

Peter Johnson • Health Care Administration

Peter Johnson is a senior account executive with Communicators Group, a full service marketing and communications agency located in Keene, New Hampshire. He is responsible for initiating and managing communications for the Brattleboro Retreat, one of the region's leading healthcare centers for mental health and addiction treatment. He has coordinated similar marketing and communications plans for critical access and community-based hospitals throughout New England. He has worked in the field of marketing and advertising for over 25 years and is a member of the New England Society for Healthcare Communications. Peter earned a bachelors of science in administration and economics from the University of New Hampshire and a masters degree in information technology from the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies Program.

Amy Beth Kessinger • Health Care Administration

  • Work: Mediator & Conflict Resolution Educator
  • Class: Organizational Communication, Negotiations & Conflict Resolution

Amy Beth is a conflict resolution educator who designs and facilitates fully engaging experiences to help people and organizations build their capacity to relate, create, communicate, and collaborate in order to learn, work, and live together better. Her approach combines leading-edge theory and practice in the fields of communication, mediation, conflict studies, and teaching. Amy Beth serves on the faculty of Champlain College’s master's in mediation graduate program. She also teaches at the Community College of Vermont, where she received the Best Practice Teaching Award in Communications. She is deeply involved in capacity building efforts in her community; she received an Impact Award from The United Way as well as a Community Hero Award from the Catamount Partnership for Community Health. Amy Beth earned an M.S. in mediation and applied conflict studies from Woodbury College. She also holds an M.A. from The University of York, in England.


Will Keyser • Managing for Sustainability

Will Keyser is a veteran entrepreneur and business startup counselor, as well as a writer and blogger on entrepreneurship. His company helps people start businesses and was a founder B Corporation. After a career in public relations and advertising he became a management consultant with a major French-based consulting firm, working in the socio-economic field--particularly in public enterprise and employment policy. He later established his own firm and ran it for 11 years before selling it to its 30 staff members for a nominal sum. The company specialized in employment and HR strategy, as well as management development and training. He worked with clients in banking, finance, the oil industry, power generation and distribution, electronics, engineering and food manufacturing.

His recent US startup clients have included a green fashion retailing chain in the Southeast, an online fitness business, a Texas-based group of green cemeteries, a low-tech communication company for the speech impaired and a number of one-person enterprises. His website is a wealth of free material on sustainable startup strategies.

Will has also been a UK government adviser in economic development, on the board of a regional venture capital company, a management association president, and a council member of an employers' federation. He was on the board of the Brattleboro Food Coop (a $16m, 2-store grocery business) and a panel member at the Brattleboro Community Justice Center. He is currently a volunteer horse handler at the Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX, that improves independence and life skills, in partnership with the horse.

He published eight books books on public enterprise in Europe. His most recent title is the ebook, Telling Startup Stories. Will brings an international perspective having lived and worked in the UK, US and France. He attended the University of Westminster and the London College of Communication in UK, as well as the Universities of Besançon and Lille in France. As a teenager he went to Outward Bound Mountain School and as a 69 year-old went on Outward Bound again, sailing off the coast of Maine. He served as an officer in the British Army Intelligence Corps during military service.

Suzan Kobashigawa • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • PhD Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • MAT School for International Training

Suzan Kobashigawa is professor in the School of Education at Northwest University. Suzan began her career teaching English in Japan and stayed for five years before beginning graduate school. She completed her MAT degree in TESOL through the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont. Suzan completed her Ph.D. in composition and TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While there, she focused on language and culture, literacy, and language revitalization. At Northwest University, Suzan has directed the English language program, and is the coordinator for the TESOL certificate program. She also teaches courses in Multicultural Education, Content Literacy/Secondary Methods, Research, Testing and Evaluation, and Phonetics. Currently, Suzan’s research interests are focused on qualitative inquiry (ethnography), language and culture, and literacy. In her spare time, Suzan has had a love-hate relationship with running, although she completes a half marathon annually, and she loves traveling, returning back to her family home in Hawai’i as often as she can.

Josh Kurzweil • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • Cambridge CELTA and DELTA.

Josh began his teaching career in 1990. He has taught and trained in Japan, Spain, the Republic of Georgia, and the United States. He received his master's degree in teaching from the SIT Graduate Institute and also holds the Cambridge CELTA and DELTA. Josh has been involved in developing the curriculum for the SIT TESOL Certificate and is a trainer of trainers. In addition to working on the SIT course, Josh has been a trainer with the Peace Corps and does educational consulting through the company, Berkeley Learning Teaching Consultants, which he co-founded. He is the author of Understanding Teaching Through Learning, which was published by McGraw-Hill in 2006, and his particular areas of interest include Experiential Learning, reflective practice, and lesson design. Josh lives with his wife and son in Berkeley, California.

Scott Lawrence Chair and Academic Advisor: BS-MIS • Bachelor's Completion

Scott has worked in the technical and business sides of information technology since 1994. His early work was focused on tech support and IT project management in various engineering and manufacturing arenas. More recently, project portfolio selection and planning has taken his focus, particularly around financial and strategic IT management initiatives.

Since 2004, Scott has worked with Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies in several capacities. Starting with Capstone advising in 2004 and adjunct faculty positions in 2005, Scott now teaches Systems Analysis & Design and serves as the Chair of the BSMIS program.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Economics from the University of Vermont, a Master of Science degree in Management (Systems Integration Management) from the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies Program, and a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. 

Tammy Lenski • MS Project Management, Health Care Administration

Tammy joined the faculty in 2011. Tammy is founder and principal of Tammy Lenski LLC, a New Hampshire based conflict resolution firm serving organizations and individuals worldwide.  For more than two decades, Dr. Tammy Lenski has ignited radical problem-solving shifts, inspired leaders to fine-tune their persuasive voice, and untangled complex state of group and interpersonal conflict in organizations, communities and families.  Prior to founding her firm, Tammy had more than a decade of experience as a college vice president, dean and faculty member. She's served on numerous dispute resolution boards and panels, been featured in major media outlets, addressed conferences across the US, and her work published in textbooks and academic journals.

Tammy is a graduate of Middlebury College (1983, BA) and received her Doctorate in Education from the University of Vermont (1992).

Anne Lezak • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont

  • Work: Director of Education and Transition Programs, Mercy Connections; Former Coordinator, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont
  • Education: MPA, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR; BA, University of Oregon; Graduate, Vermont Leadership Academy
  • Certifications: RBA Training with Mark Friedman, 2013
  • RBA Quote: "My work with RBA is a natural outgrowth of my years of work helping nonprofit and public organiztions understand and embrace the importance of setting measurable outcomes that tell them the extent to which they are improving the lives of their clients/customers."

Anne Lezak is a seasoned writer/editor, grant writer, and organizational consultant. Her content expertise is in policy, planning, and service issues in behavioral health, child and family services, and homelessness. Anne researches and writes monographs, articles, and technical assistance materials and has edited four books and many reports. She has prepared or been a major contributor to numerous winning grant proposals, including multi-million dollar federal applications. Anne also facilitates organizational retreats, leadership development workshops, and board training for non-profits, communities, and federal agencies. She regularly teaches grant-writing workshops and classes in Vermont and nationally, including a recent week-long workshop for Navajo Nation professionals.

Anne is deeply involved in her community and in local politics, and has chaired and served in substantive roles on a number of boards. She was executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County, and was previously coordinator, Program for Homeless Mentally Ill Persons, for the National Institute of Mental Health (now Center for Mental Health Services).

Kim Lier • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA, University of Notre Dame

Kim’s experience in the field of education includes language teaching, program administration, and teacher training. In 1982 she went to Japan and spent three years teaching English to children, high school students, and adults. Upon returning to North America, Kim started teaching Japanese, initially at the junior and senior high school level in Indianapolis and later at two community colleges in North Vancouver, B.C.. These experiences generated so many questions about teaching and learning that she enrolled in the School for International Training (SIT) where she received a master’s degree in teaching. She stayed at SIT as a project manager for the next 10 years. During this time she returned to Japan to teach in and administer the final two years SIT’s Intensive English Program at Tokyo Jogakkan Junior College. Most recently Kim has taught Japanese at Marlboro College, conducted training for public school teachers in Massachusetts, helped develop a teacher-training course for a major publisher and returned to administrative work at the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies in the Nonprofit Management Program.  

Christopher Lievense • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Christopher is a field advisor for the program. He has been teaching for over 8 years in schools in Vermont, Chicago, Japan, and Bangalore India.

Bruce Lindwall (visiting professor) • Environmental Studies, MA in Teaching, Ecological Education and Leadership

A diverse outdoor educator, naturalist, and scientist, Bruce displays a particular passion for wilderness and science, and helps his students appreciate the role of both in their lives. His own deep connections to the land and understanding of human ecology and behavior are just a small part of his teaching that comes alive through his gift of storytelling.

Bruce has been leading groups on multi-day outdoor experiences since 1969. He was an instructor at Massachusetts’ Greenfield Community College Outdoor Leadership Program for ten years, and also spent 11 wonderful years sleeping on the earth most nights as a faculty member for the Audubon Expedition Institute. Being a life-long learner, he is constantly acquiring new knowledge and stories to bring into his teaching. This is particularly true in subjects like social justice and cross-cultural communication. He has more than a decade of experience guiding students through their first attempts at bridging cultural divides and visiting communities engaged in profound social justice struggles. This has been the very best form of education about these issues, and nicely complements his more traditional academic training in the natural sciences, including a doctorate in plant biology. He has also collaborated with his life partner, a university faculty member and author in outdoor leadership, has taught outdoor skills, e.g. canoeing and skiing, and co-led innumerable outdoor adventure courses. 

In 2010 Bruce joined the team of former Audubon Expedition Institute faculty/alumni/staff to found the Expedition Education Institute (EEI), a rebirth of the traveling bus programs run by AEI now in partnership with Marlboro College. He currently serves on the board of trustees for EEI.


B.S, University of Massachusetts Amhers, 1975; M.N.S., Worcester Polytechnic institute, Worcester, 1992: Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1999

Brian Long • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • EdD, Columbia (candidate)
  • MAT School for International Training
  • BA History, University of Kansas

Brian Long is an international educational consultant, currently completing his doctorate at Teachers College Columbia University. He is interested in learning, how it happens, and how to set up learning-centered environments in formal classroom settings. Though now based in New York, Brian lived for 15 years in Japan and Thailand, and his consulting work continues to take him around the world. Convinced that rigor does not have to equal difficult or painful, Brian works with teachers and schools to adapt their practices toward a learning-centered, joy-centered approach to education. 

Peter Malloy • Health Care Administration

Peter has served as Senior Director Information Technology Services/CIO at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) since May 2008.  With over 20 years of experience in health care management and information technology, Peter has focused on developing and deploying advanced clinical computing technologies and electronic medical records to support patient care.  Prior to joining Cheshire Medical Center, Peter served for eight years as CIO at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), developing a fully paperless system for computerized patient care documentation and billing. Peter participates as a member of the Business and Technology Sub-Committee of the New Hamsphire Health Information Organization (NHHIO), an organization chartered to deliver technologies to promote sharing of electronic clinical data among NH health agencies and providers.  Peter also serves on the Broadband Stakeholder Group of the Southwest Regional Planning Commission chartered to improve broadband access for the greater Monadnock Valley region.

Peter has a Masters of Science degree in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah and a Masters in Public Health degree from Yale University. 

Mark McElroy • Managing for Sustainability

  • Work:  Founder and Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Organizations
  • Education:  B.A., Philosophy, University of Delaware; Ph.D., Economics and Business, University of Groningen
  • Classes:  Foundations of Sustainability in Business
  • Mark McElroy’s LinkedIn profile

Mark W. McElroy, Ph.D. is an accomplished innovator, consultant, award-winning author and educator in the theory and practice of corporate sustainability management. He is particularly well-known for his ideas of tools, methods and metrics for measuring, managing and reporting the sustainability performance of organizations. He is the founder and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Organizations in Thetford Center, VT, and is arguably the world’s leading developer, practitioner and advocate of context-based sustainability (CBS).  CBS is an approach to sustainability management in which performance is tied to specific norms, standards or thresholds for what human impacts in the world must be, in order to be socially, economically or environmentally sustainable. It is unique in the field and is fully described in Dr. McElroy’s recent book, Corporate Sustainability Management – The Art and Science of Managing Non-Financial Performance.

Among Dr. McElroy’s other important accomplishments is his development of the Social Footprint Method, an innovative system for measuring the social sustainability performance of organizations. The Social Footprint Method is the world’s first context-based approach for assessing the social sustainability of an organization. When coupled with context-based environmental methods, the Social Footprint Method makes it possible to fully operationalize the so-called triple bottom line in unprecedented ways.

Dr. McElroy is a 35-year veteran of management consulting, having spent much of that time at Price Waterhouse, KPMG Peat Marwick – where he was a managing partner – and IBM Consulting. More recently, Dr. McElroy led Deloitte Consulting’s Center for Sustainability Performance in Boston, a think-tank he created that was dedicated to the study of sustainability measurement and reporting.

Julie McNeal • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Nonprofit Management Certificate

  • Work: Director of Finance and Operations, Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Eastern Connecticut State University

Julie McNeal, CPA, serves as the director of finance and operations for the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the organization’s finances and human resources including budgeting, monthly financial results and forecasts, 990 tax reporting, payroll, and benefits. Julie is the primary liaison with the IRS and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Julie manages a staff of five, doing her best to give them tools to do their best work.

Julie is a 2012 graduate of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. In 2009, Julie was appointed by Connecticut Governor Rell to a task force tackling the state’s other post-employment benefits shortfall. In 2012, she was a member of the Connecticut Governor Molloy’s Business Tax Policy Review Task Force, appointed to broadly review the state’s business tax environment. In her spare time, Julie is working on her master’s degree in managing mission-driven organizations.

Craig Miskovich • Health Care Administration

Craig advises hospitals and health systems, nursing facilities, health maintenance organizations and other healthcare providers in Vermont and New Hampshire in healthcare matters. Craig provides compliance and risk management advice to clients with respect to, among other things, involuntary mental health treatment applications and procedures, false claims act compliance and investigations, Medicare/Medicaid investigations, state legislative issues and professional responsibility complaints. Craig also helps clients respond to requests for healthcare information in civil and criminal matters and draft business associate agreements.

Craig is a graduate of Harvard College ('92 A.B.) and The University of Connecticut School of Law ('02 J.D.).

Patrick Moran • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • PhD Lesley University
  • MAT  School for International Training

Pat Moran began his teaching career as a TEFL volunteer with the Peace Corps in Côte d’Ivoire. He went on to teach EFL in the United States, Mexico, and Mali. He taught French in Peace Corps training programs and to adults in the USA, including teachers of French. He has also taught introductory Spanish.

For over three decades he has worked in language teacher education, teaching courses in methodology, intercultural communication, Francophone culture, and second language acquisition, among others. He supervised teachers of ESOL, French, and Spanish in a variety of schools in the U.S., Mexico,  as well as Mali, Puerto Rico, and Senegal.

His interests include development of reflective practitioners, practical solutions to teaching and learning culture in language classrooms, cooperation and collaboration in learning, self-directed language and culture learning, and applications of narrative to learning and teaching.

Larkspur Morton Chair and Academic Advisor: MAT-E • MA in Teaching, Ecological Education and Leadership

Larkspur has been an educator for over 15 years, teaching in several traditional colleges (UCDavis, Colby College, and Unity College) and for two transformative traveling college programs (Audubon Expedition Institute and Living Routes: Study Abroad in Sustainable Communities). She is passionate about transformative and progressive outdoor education. She brings the gifts of her enthusiasm, energy, positive outlook, and deep curiosity to her teaching. Larkspur loves finding and creating connections, whether among people, nature, or ideas. She is committed to being in wholehearted service and to life-long holistic learning.

As is true for all faculty for the Expedition programs, Larkspur brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to her mentoring and leading. A few of her particular interests center around social and environmental justice, indigenous rights and indigenous worldviews, privilege and power, progressive education and leadership, the work that reconnects, reflective and contemplative practice, non-violent and authentic communication, temperament, resiliency, transition town and related movements, natural history, ecology, and ecopsychology. 

She served as faculty for the Audubon Expedition Institute from 2002-2009 and when the program was discontinued, she joined forces with a team to found the Expedition Education Institute (EEI). Larkspur dedicated herself to growing her non-profit leadership and management skills as the team founded the non profit and re-established the EEI programs and accrediting partnerships. She has served as board Vice President of Living Routes: Study Abroad in Sustainable Communities and also for a local land trust, the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, where she continues serving on the Education & Outreach committee. 

Larkspur is inspired every day by the multitude of her former students and community members making a positive difference in the world and by the promise of future expedition students and faculty. Larkspur currently serves as the Executive Director of EEI.


Ph.D. Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, CA 2000 
B.A. Biology/Psychology, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN 1990

Janaki Natarajan Program Director, MAT-SJ • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

  • EdD, MEd, Harvard University
  • BA, Swarthmore College

Janaki is the director of the Spark Teacher Education Institute and program director for the MATS. She has been teaching for over 17 years. She also directs Bapagrama Educational Center, based in Bangalore, India. This school has a long tradition of social service and community organizing. Named after Thakkar Bapa, a co-worker of Mahatma Gandhi, who believed in equality of all people and who was against the caste system, the school became a place for children from poor families to learn and grow.

Beth Neher • Health Care Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MSc Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
  • CELTA and DELTA trainer, assessor and trainer of trainers
  • BA English Literature/TESOL minor, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Work:  Capstone Coordinator, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies; Education Consultant (ELT and other teaching and teacher training); IPP (MA project) Adviser and adjunct faculty, Lesson Planning and Language Analysis (SIT Graduate Institute)
  • Classes:  Managing Change, Capstone I: Planning, English Applied Linguistics

Beth has been an educator for over 35 years, working with graduate, undergraduate, and EFL/ESL students aged 16+.  Her teaching has involved both direct classroom delivery, and blended and fully online courses, in private language schools and universities in the U.S and abroad.  In addition to teaching and training, she has managed TESOL programs in different capacities – principal of a small EFL program on the south coast of England, Director of Studies at International House New York and temporary DOS at International House London.  She has designed and participated in educational reform support programs, managed cohorts of teacher trainers and students, in person and virtually, and has been involved in professional writing, recently contributing to the NGL/Cengage ELTeach online teacher development program.  Beth currently teaches and works as faculty and adjunct faculty in Brattleboro, VT.  In addition to teaching in the MATESOL program, she is the Capstone Coordinator, teaches Capstone I: Planning, and teaches Change Management in the Health Care Administration program. She has presented at professional ELT conferences:  full-length pre-session workshops at the TESOL Convention, professional development workshops internationally and as plenary speaker.

Beth holds an MSC in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, a Diploma in Educational Management, and a Diploma of Education.  She is a life-long learner and graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Marlboro College Graduate School in August 2012.  She is currently serving on the Brattleboro Co-op Board of Directors.

Rick Oller • Educational Technology, Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

Rick Oller is chief technology officer at Chief Media, LLC, in New York City. His interests include teaching and learning, educational software design, instructional design, the cognitive sciences, and science and technology studies. Rick has spent 25 years in information technology and software development, engaged in the creation of applications for media, financial services, education, and health care. At Chief Media he designed and developed Continuum, an advanced analytics system for multi-channel advertising. He is also the technology partner at Noosphere Marketing, where he writes technology white papers for corporations and nonprofit organizations and oversees all technology-based marketing strategies. Rick writes on education and technology and has been published in print and online. His involvement at Marlboro in the educational aspects of virtual worlds led to his contributing a chapter to The Immersive Internet: Reflections on the Entangling of the Virtual with Society, Politics and the Economy published in April 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan. Examples of his technical writing are featured in the companion website to A Guide to Writing as an Engineer. Rick received a BA in drama from Bennington College, and completed his MAT at Marlboro College in 2011.

Judith Reed • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Judy is an education consultant for the MATS and Spark. Judy received an Ed.D. (in Organizational Development) and MAT from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in the classroom and has had administrative experience for seven years. She has taught in teacher education for sixteen years. Her interests include social justice education, democratizing classroom and schools, and the role of public education in equity issues.

Andy Robinson • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Board Leadership Institute, Core CNL Consultant, Nonprofit Management Certificate

Andy provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, grant-seeking, board development, marketing earned income, planning, leadership development, and facilitation. Andy has worked with organizations in 47 US states and Canada. He specializes in the needs of groups working for human rights, social justice, environmental conservation, historic preservation, and community development.

Andy is the author of several books. His most recent, Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money, contains easy-to-use fundraising exercises. He is also the author of How to Raise $500 to $5000 From Almost Anyone, Selling Social Change (Without Selling Out)The Board Member's Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances, Grassroots Grants, and Great Boards for Small Groups, all helpful guides for nonprofit organizations. Andy is also a frequent contributor to Grassroots Fundraising Journal, a publication focused on the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building.

When he’s not on the road, Andy lives in Plainfield, Vermont with his spouse, a woodlot filled with wildlife, and a garden that is completely out of control.

Lindsey Rothschild • Educational Technology, Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

Lindsey Rothschild is currently the coordinator of instructional design and support for Holyoke Community College (HCC). To this position, she brought 15 years experience teaching adult learners in a variety of contexts—community based organizations, community colleges, and universities. Lindsey embraced technology as a way to engage and motivate learners and quickly became a resource for her colleagues. In 2010, she enrolled in the Marlboro College MAT program to gain a deeper understanding of the principles behind instructional design. At that time, Lindsey was teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at HCC and developed and implemented the first ESL blended courses as her MAT capstone project. Her degree from Marlboro combined with her teaching experience led to her current role as the instructional designer at HCC. Prior to working at HCC, Lindsey worked in New York City as an ESL instructor, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer. Lindsey holds an MAT from Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, an MA in TESOL from Hunter College, and a BA in Social Policy from Michigan State University.

Beth Ruane • Educational Technology

Work: Library Director, Marlboro College
Course: Legal and Ethics

Beth has worked in the field of library and information science for over 10 years, most recently at Marlboro's Rice-Aron Library. Beth received her BA in English from Valparaiso University, an MA in English from North Carolina State University, and an MS in LIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before transitioning into librarianship, Beth worked in IT as a user services specialist supporting the use of educational technology, and has long been passionate about the thoughtful integration of technology into the classroom to enhance the learning experience.

Karen Saunders • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Karen is a literacy specialist for the program. She holds an Master's of Science from the University of Massachusetts (forest ecology) as well as a Master's of Education from University of Massachusetts (reading and writing). Her speciality is in elementary pedagogy. She also has more than 20 years of K-8 classroom and Title I teaching. Karen has six years of experience as an adjunct faculty member in Keene State College's World Educational Links Graduate Program.

Elizabeth Schmidt • Managing for Sustainability

  • Work: Associate Professor at Vermont Law School
  • Education: A.B., magna cum laude, Princeton University; J.D., Stanford University, where she was a Note Editor for the Stanford Law Review
  • Class: Social and Environmental Enterprises

Elizabeth Schmidt teaches Nonprofit Law and Property at Vermont Law School, and runs a reading group on Social Enterprise Law there. Previously, she taught Nonprofit Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Employment Discrimination, Legal Writing, and Legal Skills at the College of William and Mary.

In addition to being a law professor, Professor Schmidt has been a corporate litigator, legal counsel for GuideStar, a manager of educational outreach at Colonial Williamsburg, and a management consultant for nonprofit organizations. At both Colonial Williamsburg and GuideStar, she developed mission-related and revenue-producing programs. As a management consultant, she wrote strategic plans, helped organizations improve governance, guided organizations through transitions, and led seminars on legal and managerial issues facing nonprofits. She also authored several community assessments and helped communities determine how best to meet their goals.

Professor Schmidt has authored articles related to nonprofit governance, accountability, policies, and ethics, as well as a casebook on nonprofit law, Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization. She has also written about the emerging area of social enterprise.

Mary Scholl • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Mary Scholl lives in rural Costa Rica and is the founder of Centro Espiral Mana, a teacher training center, a community English program and a volunteer teacher placement program. With over 20 years of language teaching experience, Mary has been working with developing teachers for over 15 years. She is a graduate of the School for International Training and has lived and taught in both public and private settings on three continents and has worked with developing teachers in the U.S., Japan, Libya, and most countries in Latin America. Mary is a frequent presenter at conferences in Latin America. Mary is deeply interested in creating joyful, compassionate, engaged, and empowering learning opportunities and has presented on topics including leadership within the classroom, the role of creativity in language learning, the role of compassion in learning, reflective practice, observation and feedback, learning-centered language teaching and thinking skills and intuition.

Kerry Secrest • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Watershed Coaching, LLC
  • Education: M.A. SIT Graduate Institute; B.A.- Villanova University
  • Course: Women’s Leadership Circles of Vermont 

Kerry Secrest is a leadership coach for individuals and organizations, focusing on executive coaching, women’s leadership, team coaching, and leadership training. She has helped such organizations as ECCO USA, Kraft Foods, Inc., KPMG, American Red Cross, World Learning and SIT Graduate Institute, and AmeriCorps, along with a number of healthcare organizations and smaller organizations, and works with leaders to significantly increase their performance, goal-attainment, and personal fulfillment.

Kerry is committed to supporting women leaders. She founded the innovative Women’s Leadership Circles of Vermont program, a six-month, intensive leadership program for key women leaders in each county in Vermont now operated in partnership with Marlboro College. In 2013, she was invited to speak at the International Women’s Leadership Conference in California on the success of the program. Additionally, she facilitates national corporate courses for women in leadership, provides individual coaching for professional women, leads an annual women's retreat, and personally experiences the power of being more than 12 years in her own women's circle.
With a strong commitment to community, Kerry has recently been appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women, and is president of the board of the New England Center for Circus Arts. With international experience in Africa, Europe, and Asia, she finds that her international work provides her with a broader perspective for her coaching and organizational work. A dual citizen, she has been appointed by the foreign minister of Lithuania as the honorary consul to Vermont.

She is an integral coach with New Ventures West, credentialed with the International Coach Federation. She holds certificates in team coaching and the skilled facilitator approach, and in mediation through the Center for Dispute Settlement in Washington, D.C

Mikaela Simms • Teaching for Social Justice (k-12)

Mikaela is the on-site field advisor for the Spark Program. She has been in education for ten years and has worked in schools in East Palo Alto, California and Guinea, West Africa.

Jilisa Snyder • Health Care Administration

Jilisa's specialties include psychodynamic, relationally oriented psychotherapy with adults, older adults and couples. Dr. Snyder is a certified rehabilitation counselor as well as a forensic examiner. Her areas of expertise include mental health and health care ethics, personality development, the psychotherapeutic process, women’s issues, mind/body dynamics and medical psychology.

Jilisa earned a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany followed by an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Dartmouth Medical School—Department of Psychiatry.

Carolyn Stevenson • Bachelor's Completion

Carolyn has over ten years of teaching and administrative experience in online learning. She has taught as an adjunct instructor for the graduate school since 2006. She currently serves as the academic program director for communication degree programs for Kaplan University. Prior to pursuing a career in education, Carolyn worked as technical writer/consultant for Kraft General Foods, an employee benefits writer for Spencer & Associates, developmental editor overseeing accounting textbooks at Irwin-McGraw Hill and as assistant managing editor for Mosby in Chicago.

Carolyn holds a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and organizational change with a concentration in higher education; a Master of Arts in communications; and a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Neal Taylor (visiting professor) • Environmental Studies, MA in Teaching, Ecological Education and Leadership

Neal brings a diverse array of talents and passions to Expedition Education Institute (EEI). He loves to teach to empower, inspire, and strengthen his students. He enjoys bringing creativity into the learning as well as engaging in his own creative pursuits (e.g., writing and performing educational spoken word pieces). Being fully engaged in a transformative learning community brings joy to Neal’s heart and mind. 

With a doctorate in ecology from University of California, Davis, Neal served as a faculty member for the Audubon Expedition Institute, starting in 2005. In 2010 he joined the team of former AEI faculty/alumni/staff to found the Expedition Education Institute (EEI), a rebirth of the traveling bus programs now in partnership with Marlboro College. He currently serves on the board of trustees for EEI. Prior to joining AEI, Neal thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and taught wildlife ecology and statistics courses at the University of Maine, where he also did statistical consulting. He was co-principal investigator on a two-year study of the ecology and behavior of the gray hay, and assisted with ornithology and vertebrate zoology courses at Colby College. 

Neal is well-read, thoughtful, and articulate in his expressions. He has a gift of conveying complex ideas in clear and easy to understand manner because he is able and willing and has the patience to think through the complexity to reach the clarity. Neal inspires students to be open, to practice critical thinking, and to bring their best selves to the learning community and to appreciate their own gifts that they carry with them. Neal’s knowledge is both deep and wide: from theories of education to politics and environmental issues, evolution to economics, and contemplative practices to critical inquiry and reflection. He is an avid birder and expert ultimate frisbee player.


B.S., University of Buffalo, 1979; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1993

Tristan Toleno Chair and Academic Advisor: MBA • Managing for Sustainability

  • Work:  Owner, Entera Artisanal Catering; Co-owner, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza;Vermont State Representative
  • Education:  B.A., Wesleyan University; A.O.S., New England Culinary Institute; MBA in Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro College
  • Classes:  Introduction to Systems Thinking

Tristan has worked in the food-service industry for almost 20 years. For 10 years he was the managing partner and chef of Riverview Cafe, where he employed and supervised more than 400 employees. Prior to that, he trained almost 100 cooks, as he worked his way up the professional ladder to chef. Tristan has also started two new catering companies, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, and Entera Artisanal Catering. In January 2013, he began a term  in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Brattleboro’s 3rd District where he uses his MBA training to advance sustainable social change throughout Vermont.

Tristan’s philosophical commitment to relationship-driven business and community systems is anchored by a willingness to serve. For many years he has been an active volunteer for many local and state organizations, including the Vermont Fresh Network, Landmark Trust, the Healthy Communities Coalition and the Brattleboro Area Chamber. Tristan’s Capstone project was on school food systems and a vision for change in local schools.

Tristan lives in Brattleboro with his wife, Susie, and their two son, Owen and Malcolm.

Marianne Tyrrell • Managing for Sustainability

Marianne Tyrrell is a Global Energy Fellow in the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE). Before joining the IEE, Marianne worked as a consultant serving such clients as the British Consulate General, Boston, working on a transportation efficiency innovation project; ICF International, serving as a project manager to U.S. EPA's Smart Growth Implementation Assistance projects; and the Center for Climate Strategies, managing projects and facilitating stakeholder-based state climate action planning processes. Since 2004, Marianne has served as a vice chair for the American Bar Association Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems.

Marianne served a judicial clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire, and served as the editor-in-chief of the Law Review at Widener University School of Law. 

Julie van der Horst Jansen • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Grants and Financial Management Assistant, Nonprofit Management Programs, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies; Treasurer and Development Committee Chair, AIDS Project of Southern Vermont; President of the Board, HeartSong Health In Community.                                     
  • Course: Financial Management: Budgets

Julie van der Horst Jansen is the grants and financial management assistant for the nonprofit management programs at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies. Previously, she was a project developer and financial manager in the Center for Teacher Education, Training, and Research at the School for International Training (SIT). She worked at SIT for over 18 years and spent the last seven of those years as a project manager and project developer for the center. 

Julie also has considerable teaching and training experience. She teaches the Financial Management module of the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDTLM), a diploma course credited by SIT, Cambridge University, and the University of Queensland. She has also facilitated pre-convention institutes (PCIs) at several Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) conferences on the topic of financial management for new managers of language institutions. Julie is one of the co-authors of the financial management chapters of an educational management resource/textbook entitled From Teacher To Manager: Managing Language Teaching Organizations. Currently, in addition to her work at the graduate school, Julie is a freelance tutor and consultant. She also serves on two non-profit boards. She is the treasurer and development committee chair for the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont and president of the board for HeartSong Health In Community.  

Valerie Voorheis • Managing for Sustainability

Valerie Voorheis is a Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the Department of Economics and a Visiting Professor at Marlboro College. Val has also held positions at the School for International Training, the Labor Studies Masters Program at UMass, as well as other undergraduate institutions. Her research interests includes household production, gender, labor and discrimination. She has recently been focused on the history of industrial organization and comparative industrial policy. Val lives in Franklin County with her two young daughters and her partner.

Diana Wahle • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Collaboration and Organizational Development Consultant and Developmental Assets Coordinator, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
  • Education: B.A. Sociology, Northwestern University, M.I.A. and Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation, SIT Graduate Institute
  • Classes: Outcomes and Evaluation

Diana is a collaboration and planning consultant who promotes cross-community initiatives, bringing together different sectors of the community to tackle a particular concern. Her hope is to convene exciting, positive, and meaningful conversations that cultivate an impact on what matters the most. As administrator of the Alliance for Building Community regional partnership, she became a trainer in the application of Results Based Accountability (RBA) from 1995-2008. To promote positive youth development, she helped develop a Social Competency Development curriculum in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union (WSESU) as well as a Windham County Youth Council. Diana uses RBA to coordinate the WSESU School Attendance Council.

Diana facilitates the Community Equity Collaborative, a group of community leaders who monitor a vision where the greater Brattleboro area is recognized as an open and welcoming community celebrating diversity free of prejudice and discrimination of all kinds. She is the mother of two adult daughters and lives with her husband in East Dummerston, Vermont.

Judith Ward • Health Care Administration

Judith is an award-winning strategic planning and marketing executive with over 25 years experience. Most recently, Judith served as the VP of Marketing and VP of Marketing and Planning for the Western Connecticut Health Network, a $750M network that was created with the affiliation of Danbury and New Milford Hospitals. During her tenure with Danbury Hospital, she worked with the CEO in building the organization’s overall strategic plan and was responsible for leading the organization’s planning activities across service lines. Currently, Judith is the Principal of Judith Ward Associates - a consulting practice that focuses on the development and execution of strategic business and marketing plans focused on goal-oriented programs with measureable success factors.

Judith received her BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and her MBA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut.

David Wells • Educational Technology

  • Class: Technology Transformation through the Common Core

David has been integrating technology into education for over 25 years as an elementary and middle school teacher and principal. He also teaches college-level courses in technology and instructional methods as well as writes and presents on these topics at the regional and national level. As a board member of Vermont's ISTE affiliate Vita-Learn, David has advocated for the transformation of education through the use of technology at the local and state level. His interests include:  online learning, empowering student voice with blogging and online media, and supporting teachers in the work they do. David has a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Castleton State College in Vermont and a BA in history and environmental studies from the University of Vermont. 

Karen White Chair and Academic Advisor: MSM-PRM; Chair and Academic Advisor: MSM-HCA • MS Project Management, Health Care Administration, MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Core CNL Consultant

  • Work: Degree Chair, MS in Management, focus in Project Management, Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies
  • Education: MS, Information Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, Northeastern University; BS, with High Honors, University College, Northeastern University
  • Certificates/Awards: Project Management Professional (PMP®); Project Management Institute Fellow; US Army Commendation Medal

Over the past 15 years, Karen has provided training and consulting support to corporate and nonprofit organizations around the globe, helping them achieve organizational goals by improving their project management capabilities. Certified as a project management professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a global leader in the development of standards for the practice of project management, Karen received the PMI Fellow Award in 2009 in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession and society.

Karen authored Agile Project Management: A Mandate for the 21st Century and the award-winning Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits, published in 2013. A former member of PMI’s International Board of Directors, Karen was the chairperson of the PMI Educational Foundation Board during the foundation’s initial capital campaign. Karen is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and an advocate for the American Cancer Society in addition to being an active volunteer at the Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care. She continues to support PMI by chairing the Ethics Appeals Committee as well as adjudicating and/or arbitrating special ethics allegations upon request of the board.
A resident of New Hampshire, Karen loves learning and developing new skills. Her latest adventure is starting her doctoral studies with a focus on the application of project management in entrepreneurial endeavors and micro-organizations. 

Jane Wilde • Educational Technology, Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

Jane Wilde is a self-proclaimed computer geek. She thoroughly enjoys technology and loves to teach people how to use it. Having the rare combination of technical skills and the ability to speak English (rather than computer-ese), she can show you how to engage your students and enrich your curriculum with computers, the internet, and multimedia materials. Having begun her teaching career in special education, Jane enjoys working with even the most computer challenged student.

A 25-year veteran educator, Jane has taught at every grade level from kindergarten to graduate school. She is the owner of two consulting businesses. Through Absolute Computing Solutions, she offers teacher training and technology support to K–12 schools. Through Absolutely Virtual, Jane trains and consults on the use of virtual environments for education and business. She is a doctoral student at the University at Albany in the field of instructional technology.

Jane is delighted to offer a course for educators within the virtual world Second Life. In this course you will meet ‘virtual educators,’ read the ‘virtual research,’ and explore, create and evaluate the instructional potential of virtual classrooms in your teaching.

If you are already a resident of Second Life, don’t hesitate to drop Jane’s avatar, Esme Qunhua, an IM.

Chris Wood • Bachelor's Completion

Chris teaches Web Infrastructures and Information Security in the BSMIS program and is an IT professional working in higher ed. Among his other technical interests are online security, privacy, and usability. Prior to his work in IT, Chris had a successful career as a technical writer which means his code is extremely well documented. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has taught at Marlboro College since 2007. 

Elaine Young • MS Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Work: Professor of Marketing, Champlain College
  • Education: PhD Organizational Management, Capella University; MS Internet Strategy Management, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Course: Nonprofit marketing workshop
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As a professor for marketing, Elaine uses her industry experience in the nonprofit and advocacy sector to bring the working world to the classrooms. She brings experience in marketing, public relations, media relations, event management, internet strategy as well as an in-depth knowledge of interactive and social media techniques, strategies and tools. In January 2012, Elaine was named a "Top Marketing Professor on Twitter" by Social Media Marketing Magazine.

Drawing on her own experience with organizations such as the World Resources Institute, the American Cancer Society, President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Elaine appreciates the importance of teaching students how to engage with the communities they are in, and how to apply successful business techniques to support causes and engage various publics.

Elaine recently completed a special project to develop an integrated social media marketing presence to help promote Champlain's master's degree programs. Currently Elaine is on sabbatical, working on writing a series of social media guidebooks for parents and families.