Five years ago, Nandi Crosby gave the most personal and selfless of gifts — a kidney. This experience has changed how she views responsibility, compassion, and equity. A professor of Sociology and Multicultural Studies at CSU Chico, Dr. Crosby has focused her research on gender, sexuality, and feminist theory. She is also an advocate around all forms of injustice and has a passion for volunteering in prisons. Dr. Crosby received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Georgia State University.
A social entrepreneur, John has been restoring and protecting California’s rivers and floodplains for almost 16 years. A co-founder of River Partners, he is directly involved in the acquisition and restoration of over 2,000-acres along the Sacramento River. The organization’s disruptive methods of improving Northstate habitats have led them to receive numerous state and federal restoration projects. In addition to land conservation, Carlon promotes responsible outdoor recreation and stewardship of California’s watersheds and river systems through activities like the annual Mudder Nature Challenge wherein racers tackle obstacle courses on open fields and a trail run around an ancient riparian forest.
Doug is a Northern California-based executive coach, organizational consultant, speaker, author and educator. He is the author of Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization. An economics graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, he also holds a law degree from Willamette University College of Law and a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation (SPHR). He enjoys traveling to rough parts of the world and appreciates the perspective that he gains from it.
Ten years ago, Angelo walked with a cane. Today, he is an internationally-recognized fitness trainer known for his work with elite-level athletes like the 2011 NFL MVP, and World Record-Holding Power Lifters. Poli has been featured in major media outlets including Men’s Health, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post, for his work in the field of Neuromuscular Re-education (Posture and Alignment) and nutritional sciences.
In a past life, Mark Roberts worked as a technology investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Robertson Stephens, Bear Stearns and Thomas Weisel Partners. Today, he is the CEO of Springboard Biodiesel whose innovative, high quality and automated solutions enable small and mid-size businesses, farms, utilities, schools, co-ops and municipalities to produce their own biodiesel easily and inexpensively. He is a graduate of both Duke University and New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Since 1999, Dr. Transchel has been researching modern day human trafficking around the world. Her findings, after interviews with dozens of victims, will surprise and shock even those who consider themselves well-informed. Besides for working as a professor of History at CSU Chico, Dr. Transchel provides trainings for various branches of the military as well as the state department, on domestic and international human trafficking and she also serves as an expert witness on human trafficking from Moldova in Federal Asylum hearings.