Buddy Wakefield of Kingston, WA is a Vipassana meditator, a three-time international spoken word champion, novice triathlete, author of three books of vulnerability for growth junkies, and one book about healthy backyard chicken-keeping practices, called HENHOUSE (based on Penthouse, but for chickens, and their lovers). In the spring of 2001, he left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, moved to the small town of Honda, Civic and set out to live for a living.
Dr. Karl R. White is a Professor of Psychology at Utah State University and the founding Director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). Dr. White is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on early identification and treatment of hearing loss in infants and young children. He has hundreds of publications and presentations at scholarly meetings, and has been invited to more than 30 countries to assist in the implementation of newborn hearing screening and intervention programs. He also serves on many national and international advisorygroups and boards for organizations such as the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Global Hearing Health, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, March of Dimes, the American College of Medical Genetics, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Ronda Callister is a professor of Organizational Behavior at Utah State University in the Huntsman School of Business. Her work focuses on conflict and anger in organizations, with the hope of finding ways to reduce the suffering these create. After she watched a friend go through a crushing experience at work – she began addressing the workplace and career challenges university women faculty face. In 2003 she became the principal investigator on a large multi-year National Science Foundation grant charged with improving the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty in science and engineering at her university.
Christopher M. Gauthiér is an Assistant Professor of Art in Photography at Utah State University since 2008. Prior to coming to Utah State University, Christopher taught at Jackson State University, a Historically Black College and University in Jackson, Mississippi. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in photography in 2003 and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL in 1997. Christopher is an actively exhibiting artist. His photography can be found in the permanent collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art; Webster University, The Netherlands; Koltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation and in private collections nationally and internationally.
Jim Butcher is the founder of Entegra Partners, a leading strategy, innovation and scenario planning consultancy working across private, public and NGO sectors. Most recently, he was a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley, where he created and led their global Office of the Environment. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Butcher worked with Fortune 100 companies, governments, cities and NGOs. With the private sector, he has led scenario and strategy planning projects for over 75 leading global companies, including Intel, Cemex and Nissan. During 1994-96, he led a Clinton Administration White House initiative to create the first sustainable U.S. National Energy Plan.
Fry Street Quartet
Hailed as “a triumph of ensemble playing” (New York Times), Fry Street Quartet has perfected a “blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity” (Strad). Fry Street Quartet began its international career in 2002 as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan States, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State. This tour featured the European debut of J. Mark Scearce’s “Y2K,” commissioned for Fry Street. Subsequent international appearances have included France, the Czech Republic, Austria and Brazil.
Taylor Halversen is an honors student in her third year at Utah State University studying Communication Studies and Liberal Arts. Since spring semester 2011, she has been involved in research with USU and the Business Innovation Factory studying and attempting to articulate student voice and the perspective of the university system through the eyes of students. From this research, she went on to intern at the Business Innovation Factory, a non-profit innovative design company stationed in Rhode Island, as a student experience consultant summer of 2012 and plans to continue her research and support to enhance student experience.
Dr. Lemon has over 34 years experience as a scientist, program manager and senior executive in research and development organizations. He has led development of next-generation, high technology solutions for clients working in aerospace, intelligence, national defense, and homeland security. His technical and programmatic work has focused on advanced methods and applications of satellite and aerial image processing, ultrasonic measurements, and other advanced measurement systems. As President of the USU Research Foundation (USURF) since May 2010, Dr. Lemon provides overall strategic guidance and leadership to the organization.