Originally from Minnesota, I am now health outreach director at Oregon Environmental Council and author of two books of poetry. I cultivate environmental solutions using tools from my theater and poetry background, even as I cultivate poems using my environmental advocacy knowledge. I have 20 years of experience working with nonprofit environmental advocacy groups. My first book of poems was selected by Dara Weir to receive the 2015 Bob Kaufman Prize from Trembling Pillow Press. My second book of poems is forthcoming in 2016 from Furniture Press.
Julie is a nurse practitioner, who has worked in sleep medicine for over a decade and she is on the board of the MN Sleep Society. Her focus will be on the unique sleep needs of teens and how the current school schedules may deprive them of much needed sleep. They need 8 -10 hrs vs. on 7 -8 hrs for adults. By allowing them the sleep schedules that they need, the potential benefits might be decreased depression and car accidents, and increased graduation rates, etc.
Kimberly Byrd has a long history of work in environmental education and interest in collaborative problem-solving. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2004, studying cultural worldviews and the policies of Minnesota wolf management. She has taught both lecture-based and experiential learning courses on sustainability, environmental ethics, ecological integrity, resilience theory, adaptive management, environmental psychology, social movement history, and transformational learning at the University of Minnesota, The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, and Hamline University
Executive Director - St. Andrew's Community Resource Center
Liz is the executive Director for the St. Andrews Community Resource center. Her talk will focus on the culture of poverty in our community.
Mike is a local advocate for safe routes for pedestrians and bikers in the White Bear Lake are. His talk will present the past successes and opportunities for the future in WBL, such as the Vento Trail extension, the Lake Links Trail, Hwys. 61 and 96 improvements, etc.
Michael is an Old Testament scholar at Luther College. "If Americans are to have an informed conversation about the role of firearms in American society, they must recognize that, for many citizens, guns are not simply a political issue, they are also a religious one," he wrote on YouTube. "But this should come as no surprise, for guns, like religion, deal with the profound human realities of life, death, will, power, and freedom." The presentation will describe the research project and the most important preliminary findings, leading to a summary discussion of the cultural implications.
Jack of all Trades
Randy LaFoy is a jack-of-all-trades, has won local and national awards, is good looking, smart, a public servant, has been called a Renaissance Man – and is very humble. He has a wry sense of humor and is a life-long learner.
He uses Century College’s FAB Lab to invent stuff. He has been in 48 of 50 states, and 12 foreign countries. He has several sailing trophies, and hopes to start the restoration of a wooden rowing shell (pre-1960) this year. He published Kidiary, a Children’s Journaling book, as well as a Reporter of Data Privacy Opinions.
Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs for the Minnesota State Colleges
Ron is a privileged, middle-aged white guy from the suburbs. He holds a doctorate in educational psychology and has spent his entire career in higher education administration, primarily in the public sector. He currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs for the Minnesota State colleges and universities system, and previously served as president of Century College. He will present a talk focused on racial equity, the challenges we face as a community and nation, and the call to action that is needed
Steve will discuss the collective impact of small givers. Institutions have a large impact on the outcome of donations, but individuals actually contribute more overall. The challenge for individuals to achieve collective power, and tools are emerging for this.