Meet Our 40 for the 40th!

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Department of  Environmental Studies  at Antioch University New England and the 20th anniversary of Whole Terrain, we’re introducing 40 fabulous  alumni and faculty over the next forty days.These alumni, dispersed around the globe, have accrued a long and illustrious list of achievements that do their alma mater proud.

More than forty of you responded, so we’ll be adding bonus alumni:

40 for the 40th -- Jaime Cipperly, MS '06

Jaime Cipperly, MS ’06

Science Teacher Certification

Program director of an outdoor/environmental education center

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

AUNE was the first learning experience that I had where I was in small classes. I graduated with 500 kids in high school and went to an undergraduate school that had about 20,000 students.

AUNE was a breath of fresh air for me. I finally had the opportunity to really get to know my teachers and classmates. My comfort level with my cohorts and teachers was very high and this allowed my creativity to blossom. This feeling of creative freedom spilled over into my science teaching position and my life in general.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory to share?

I have so many! My cohort was very into celebrating birthdays. We celebrated Sue Gentile’s birthday as a “surprise” to her by decorating the room and, of course, singing to her. At Antioch, learning was fun, meaningful, and intimate. I have so many fond memories of great presentations, exciting experiments, and personal interactions.

40 for the 40th -- Katie Salz, MS '10

Katie Salz, MS ’10

Program manager for the Community Garden Initiative at Second Harvest North Florida. I started the program in the summer of 2012 to increase the access and availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to those in our community who are most in need.

Environmental Education

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

My AUNE education made all the difference in my work and life, teaching me as much about myself as I learned about environmental education. Beyond honing my communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills, I was afforded the opportunity to shape my AUNE time into the experiences that would best serve me post-graduation. I still have members of my cohort that I consider dear friends and have recently organized our cohort into a professional advisory group.

Without Antioch I don’t know if I would have been able to find a place at the head of the table in north Florida’s sustainable food system movement.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory to share?

There really are too many memories to keep me from choosing one. My time at Antioch was the beginning of me coming into my own, which came with a great deal of tears, headaches, and laughter.

40 for the 40th -- Beth Miner, MS '08

Beth Miner, MS ’08

Director of Communications and Development, Awbury Arboretum

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

At AUNE I felt nurtured as a unique learner and invaluable community memberan experience which allowed me to blossom in ways I had never experienced before in an educational context. The example set by my AUNE education calls me to work toward a standard of excellence in life and work informed by the wisdom of many disciplines, focused on attention to the individual, and oriented toward service.

On a more specific note, when asked about how I came to live and work in the city of Philadelphia, as a woods, lakes, peace-and-quiet-loving nature person, I point to several defining moments in my time at Antiochstudies in urban environmental education, interactions with fellow students passionate about urban EE, studies of race and education, and the call to work for justice and equity foundational to the school.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory to share?

Some of my best memories of Antioch are of my writing classessharing ideas, workshopping and collaborating with fellow students, discussing faith, philosophy, science, art. I enjoyed fellowship with other writers and felt that writing, reading, and conversation allowed us to work through the immense amount of rich information we were engaging with while at Antioch.

40 for the 40th -- Emily Hague, MS '05

Emily Hague, MS ’05

AUNE Alum Calls for Civic Engagement

Emily Hague wants you to step up and help out your community. Newly elected to the Keene City Council, she hopes she’s setting a small example, especially as she sees volunteerism declining among her age group. We all should become more civically involved, she said. We all have the ability to help provide solutions.

Find out more about Emily Hague.

40 for the 40th -- Marilyn Wyzga, MST '88Marilyn Wyzga, MST ’88

Resource Management and Conservation

Director of business development & sustainability for Pritchard Sports, and in the process of becoming a co-owner of the company.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

As someone who returned to graduate school after being an environmental consultant for five years prior, AUNE gave me the confidence to further my career on levels I never would have expected. It transformed me from a ‘worker’ into a leader.

Beyond work, my experience at AUNE enabled me to take advantage of many educational experiences that I had passed up as an undergrad, helped make me a more well-rounded individual, and created life-long connections to some very amazing people.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory to share?

I particularly enjoyed studying in Acadia National Park as part of Professor Tom Wessels’ Ecosystems of Mount Desert Island class. I was fascinated with the lichen inventory/study that we performed and the lichens’ relationship to global climate change. Another favorite was when our cohort created “Jhe Grubera” t-shirts with the likeness of Che Guevara, in support of Professor [Jim] Gruber’s position at AUNE. I think he was amazed to see so many students walking around with HIS likeness on their shirt that day.

40 for the 40th -- David Mayer, MS '10David Mayer, MS ’10
Wildlife educator, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and convener for the NH Children in Nature Coalition

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

There was a distinct moment in my first semester, when I was struggling at 5 a.m. with a Mitch Thomashow assignment, trying to figure out what answer he wanted me to give. Then it struck mehe wanted to know what I thought. That marked a shift in my learning process.

The Antioch experience also gave me long-time friendships and professional connections, and an opportunity to teach as adjunct faculty. My current work came about as a direct result of two courses: an Environmental Interpretation class project and subsequent internship opened the door to exhibit design. And Children’s Landscapes with David Sobel connected me with the children in nature movement.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory to share?

Many come to mind: Tom Tyning encouraging us to sample (as in taste) toad bufotoxin in his Herpetology class and the resulting sensation. The remarkable array of multi-colored mushrooms to be found in the forest during Rick Van de Poll’s Mycology class. Discovering how echinoderms use a hydraulic system and tube feet to move about while deep in a tidepool on Swan’s Island, studying Marine Ecology with Ty Minton. The rich community experience created by learning intensively with a small group of equally enthusiastic environmentalists is particularly memorable.

40 for the 40th -- Kendra Ulrich, MS '12Kendra Ulrich, MS ’12
Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability
After spending a year and a half with Friends of the Earth as the nuclear campaigner, I have joined Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as an energy campaigner. I will, however, continue to focus on nuclear energy issues.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

I had been working in the environmental advocacy field for nearly a decade, and I was looking for a graduate program that would expand my scientific knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and allow me to further develop my campaign and advocacy skills. The AUNE Environmental Studies program with a concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability was exactly what I was looking for.

In addition to providing a solid scientific graduate education, the Advocacy program allows students to develop their understanding of how to effectively create change and affords ample opportunities to apply that knowledge and exercise those skills. The combination of academic study and real-world applied learningparticularly in the area of environmental advocacy is truly a unique and unparalleled program.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

One of my favorite memories was the day it was announced that I had been selected as the Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellow for the summer of 2011. I had been very busy that morning; hadn’t seen that a notice about it had been sent out on the AUNE Announcements listserve. Everyone kept walking up and congratulating me, and I was totally baffled about how people knew because I hadn’t really told anyone yet! Anyway, I saw the email later that afternoon, and had a good laugh at myself for my confusion.

That said, the CPC fellowship itself was crucially important to both my education and in finding work in my field after graduation. It afforded me the opportunity to work on federal environmental policy and to meet and work with amazing people who were later very helpful for finding my post-graduate position at Friends of the Earth in Washington, D.C., and, more recently, in finding my current position with Greenpeace.

40 for the 40th -- Laura Conner, MS '95Laura Conner, MS ’95
Environmental Educator 1, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New Paltz, New York
Environmental Communications

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

My AUNE made a significant difference in all aspects of my life. I was a career changer, and my AUNE education gave me the knowledge and credentials to make that switch successfully. I enjoy my second career immensely and I also still enjoy applying the knowledge that I gained at AUNE. In addition, I believe that the experience of being a graduate student in a competitive and rigorous program taught me the important life skill of perseverance and dedication.

My current job title is Environmental Educator 1 at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, located near New Paltz in Ulster County, New York State. I don’t think I’d have this job if I hadn’t gone back for my master’s in ES.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

So many memorable experiences! A few that stand out would include a class trip to Hurricane Island with my Nature Writing Class; any day out in the field looking at tracks with Meade Cadot in Mammology; and any day out in the woods with Tom Wessels.

40 for the 40th -- Patricia Bailey Conway, MS '83Patricia Bailey Conway, MS ’83

What is your current job title?

I am currently heading the Upper Primary Division (UPD coordinator) at Singapore International School, Mumbai, India; I’ve been here five years. I have just come in from a joyous session with two Grade 6 classes that are investigating the theory of evolution. The dance teacher called me to catch a frog that was disturbing a violin lesson, so I took the frog to the Grade 6 classes for an impromptu lesson on taxonomy, adaptations, etc. Mostly, though, they wanted to see how far the frog should jump!

Fortunately for my sanity, my favourite job is always what I am doing. In retrospect, my most challenging job hence, one from which I continue to derive satisfaction when looking back on itwas starting an environmental consulting business in Madrid, Spain, in order to answer the challenge of a politician (then the councilwoman for the environment of the city of Madrid, later the president of the national Senate and president of the Madrid regional government) that, if I wanted to see source-separation municipal waste recovery and recycling, I could design the programme and run it myself!

I did, and Madrid became the first European capital city to have such a programme. Three years after I had it up and running, the packaging industry muscled its way in, persuaded the government to abandon the excellent composting component for kitchen waste. I went back to teaching, rather burnt out by all the politicking.

Since then, I have been consulting on environmental education and on municipal solid waste recycling in Spain, teaching environmental science at university in the U.S., and teaching and administering programmes in international schools in the United States, Spain, and India.

40 for the 40th -- David Deen, MS '96

David Deen, MS ’96

David Deen, an avid outdoorsman and fly-fishing guide, was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1990, a new legislator determined to be actively involved when it came to environmental legislation.

“Others, I would say, are better prepared for their chosen fields in the legislature; there are teachers who are on the Education Committee, CPAs and attorneys on the Ways and Means Committee. They have backgrounds specific to their area of interest; I did not,” David says. “So I figured, ‘Eh, what the hay. Let’s go back to school.'”

Find out more about David.

40 for the 40th -- Alex Stadtner, MS '04Alex Stadtner, MS ’04
Resource Management and Administration
Building biologist; President, MS, CIEC, BBEC, HHS, GPR, LEED-AP
Healthy Building Science
Environmental Assessments & Green Building Consulting

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

Having professors practicing in the real-world was important to draw connections from the classroom to the field. But perhaps more important were the ‘people’ lessons I acquired through the diverse class offerings in business management.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

Walking through the woods with Tom Wessels was always amazing. He could ‘see’ history in the landscape and would open our imaginations to decades and centuries of land use right before our eyes.

40 for the 40th -- Heather Greenwood, MS '10Heather Greenwood, MS ’10
Resource Management and Conservation
Recycling coordinator, Keene State College

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

AUNE gave me real world experience through my master’s project, allowing me to enter the work force without a huge amount of career experience.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

I always loved the negotiation activities during which everyone had an assigned character with specific interests in the case. Let the drama begin!

40 for the 40th -- Richard Z. Donovan, MS '82Richard Z. Donovan, MS ’82
Senior vice president and vice president of sustainable Forestry
Rainforest Alliance

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

It was practical, theoretically challenging, and had excellent profs and classmates who didn’t act as if they had all the answers, but encouraged all of us (profswho often treated us as peers, not just studentsand students) to think outside the box, think about the implications of our actions, and really ACT to make change (not just talk, not just enable ; but to achieve change). I also cannot overstate how nice it was to go to grad school in a place like Keene, live in East Sullivan, be able to work four days a week to pay bills, etc. The structure of the academic model was critical.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

There were numerous, all involving good classes, good classmates, and good field work/discussions.

The class I had with Richard Howenstein on Leadership had a huge influence, particularly a Tavistock methodology workshop that we did, which opened up new windows of understanding for me and the 100-plus other participants. It was transformational for understanding how one communicates verbally and nonverbally, how other people see you as an individual (which can be surprising and disruptive!i.e. causes contemplation) and what it means to be a true leader. I think about that experience often and try to transmit what it was like to others;not easy, but still stimulating me even today.

40 for the 40th -- Jennifer Kramer, '04

Jennifer Kramer, MS ’04
Director of Philanthropy, The Nature Conservancy’s Vermont chapter

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

Conservation was always my personal passion, but at AUNE I had the opportunity to take field courses and other environmental science courses that greatly enriched and deepened my connection and understanding of nature. Not a day goes by when I don’t notice something in a way that I probably wouldn’t have seen before I earned my Antioch eyes.

As far as my professional life, my degree launched me into this career with The Nature Conservancy’s Vermont chapter as a major gifts fundraiser. Often I go out in the field with our members so they can enjoy the fruits of their support. Having even a small amount of knowledge about what makes our natural areas special makes a big difference and being able to work with our staff naturalists and members is very important. I’ve found that often members are interested in my ‘story’ that I found AUNE and changed careers at mid-life to move to Vermont and to do this work.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

I loved doing my practicum with the Harris Center. Amy Sauer and I monitored conservation easements together with beloved and departed dogs, Remus and Ginger, who were fixtures at Antioch. Of course there are the Tom Wessels moments when I sat quietly in the woods and tried to figure out what was going on. And I remember doing an analysis of hemlock regeneration on boulders on a plot at Otter Brook. That was also with Amy Sauer (now a PhD) and that was something I could never imagine I’d be able to do or enjoy so much.

40 for the 40th -- Jen Kleindienst, MS '12

Jen Kleindienst, MS ’12
Environmental Education
Sustainability coordinator, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

Through my education at Antioch, I learned how to effectively talk to others about sustainability, a skill that I use daily in my job. I also gained greater knowledge of and appreciation for the world around me. The two required internships were opportunities I likely wouldn’t have pursued if they hadn’t been required, but both were essential to making me feel confident starting my job as a sustainability coordinator post-graduation.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

In Conservation Psychology in my first semester, we did a ‘Six Americas of Climate Change’ role-playing activity, where each of us pretended to represent one of the six American viewpoints. It might be easy on paper to understand different views on climate change, and other sustainability issues, but much harder (and a much better learning experience) to step into another’s shoes. It was a great activity that still sticks with me and that I’ve replicated in classes I’ve taught.

40 for the 40th -- Beth Kaplin

Beth Kaplin, core faculty, Department of Environmental Studies, director of Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation

How has teaching at AUNE made a difference in your work and your life?

Our department is interdisciplinaryI come across people from many different disciplines and professional experiences, and this has been a life-changing experience for me. I have learned tremendously from my colleagues and students in the social sciences and various realms of natural sciences outside my domain, I have understood the value of qualitative research (this coming from the quantitative gal that I am!), and I have had the honor to work with students on research projects spanning the breadth of environmental problems in the natural and social sciences.

I do not think that I would have had this gift had I taken a position in an ecology and evolutionary biology or zoology departmentthis has made me a stronger teacher and researcher.

My life has been enriched by the colleagues and lifelong friends I have made with my students, both master’s and doctoral, with whom I have shared time in the field in Africa, Costa Rica, and in the forests and Vermont and New Hampshire, students from all over the United States, Africa, India, China, Vietnam, Mongolia….watching them grow as scholars, get amazing jobs, and make a difference in the world. Extremely fulfilling!

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

A favorite experience is being in the field and having a dream come truebringing together my graduate students from AUNE’s Environmental Studies Department with my students at National University of Rwanda, seeing them talk, laugh, and learn together across cultures and tremendously different life experiences. Watching a man I worked with more than twenty years ago as a field assistant mentor one of my graduate students in tree identification in tropical montane forest in Rwanda… this has been one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences for me.

40 for the 40th -- Jess Gerrior, MS '11

Jess Gerrior, MS ’11
Environmental Education
Sustainability Coordinator, Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

After my experience as a learner in an environmental education program taught by such reflective and skilled practitioners, I can never teach the way I once did. What I learned about cultural competency, community engagement, and systems thinking comes through in the way I plan, conduct, and evaluate my work. It has also framed my perception of leadership as a core part of my professional and personal journey, and I find more joy in the connections I keep finding in the world.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

Designing and carrying out my own service learning project, which doubled as an educational exploration of Portland, Oregon, was extraordinary. As part of my coursework in Libby McCann’s Environmental Education and the Built Environment class, I participated in a habitat restoration project with the Forest Park Conservancy, volunteered at City Repair’s Earth Day Celebration, and jumped into Columbia Ecovillage’s Community Work Day. I learned to navigate Portland’s TriMet system and met the most wonderful people, including quite a few Antioch alums!

40 for the 40th -- Annie Guion, MST '90

Annie Guion, MST ’90
Education Director at the Windham County Humane Society

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

I loved my AUNE educationit was a breath of fresh air after an undergrad degree at a large university, and it prepared me well for fifteen years in the field of environmental education. I am now working in animal welfare, as education director at the Windham County Humane society. There are some great connections in the work, the most obvious one being the challenge of feral cats and their impact on wildlife.

My favorite environmental education job was running the Ragged Hill Woods program, which later became part of Connecticut Audubon.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

My favorite memory was two trips with Ty Minton, one to Swan’s Island, and one to St. Johns.

40 for the 40th -- Anne Richardson, PhD, '12

Anne Richardson, PhD, ’12

Anne Richardson is the director of Helix by Exploratorium, a new satellite location of the Exploratorium museum, located in downtown Los Altos, California. She is overseeing the launch of the Helix location, whose doors will open to the public by mid-December.

Anne said some of the best advice she received during her career has been from Mitchell Thomashow, chair of the Department of Environmental Studies from 1979 to 2006: Good work follows good work.

Find out more about Anne.

40 for the 40th -- Kay Delanoy, MS '93

Kay Delanoy, MS ’93

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

It changed my whole life for the better and wiser. And since the Environmental Studies department hired me after I graduated, in my early sixties, the impact was even larger. ES Practicum Coordinator was the best job I had in my whole life; even the faculty meetings were fun!

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

Oh so many! One that will stick forever in my mind was receiving a large report from a student who was doing an internship out of the country. He sent everything to me because he was seriously worried about getting back alive after his findings were made public, and he wanted to make sure someone had the information.

40 for the 40th -- Jeremy Miller, MS '99

Jeremy Miller, MS ’99 Biology Teacher Certification
Full-time lecturer at California State University, Chico, splitting time between the Science Education Department and the Geography Department. Courses taught include Environmental Concepts and Life Science Concepts, both required courses for pre-service K-8 teachers.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

My AUNE education helped me to learn how I learn. I was also thrilled to be presented with an educational opportunity through the Environmental Studies Department such that I could gain from the courses on two levels: Not only was I able to acquire the ‘content’ of the courses, but the quality of teaching was such that I learned from my instructors’ best teaching practices as well how to best deliver the content. Both elements have and continue to serve me in my professional career.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

My favorite AUNE memory is when I met with Rick Van de Poll at the beginning of summer in 1997, concerned about the course load I was taking. By the time I left, I had been convinced not to drop any courses, but actually to add a course to my schedule: Alpine Flora. That course, and subsequent field courses I took during my career at Antioch (Coastal Zone, Pine Barrens Ecology, and Ecology of the Pacific Northwest) to this day stand out as highlights for me, for the camaraderie, the subject matter, and for the opportunities to be immersed in new, beautiful places.

40 for the 40th -- Jan Pendlebury, MS  '99

Jan Pendlebury, MS ’99
Senior Associate, Field Operations
The Pew Charitable Trusts

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

Attending Antioch made a career change possible for me. The connections made at Antioch, whether physically or through a practicum, resulted in a new career and a position that I have held since 1998.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

Too many to mention.

40 for the 40th -- Philip Ackerman-Leist, MS '00

Philip Ackerman-Leist, MS ’00
Environmental Biology
Founding director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project and director of the college’s master’s degree in Sustainable Food Systems program, the nation’s first online program of its kind.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

My graduate work at AUNE provided me with the ability to combine my interests in agriculture and ecology through the lenses of conservation biology. Any agriculturalist is only as good as her/his understanding of the ecological processes at work in one’s region. My studies and practica provided me with the opportunity to begin the foundations of Green Mountain College’s sustainable agriculture curriculum, a program that is now the third largest major at the college.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

I fell through the ice when I got too close to a culvert while on a tracking expedition with Meade Cadot. It wasn’t even 20 degrees that morning. “Bad judgment on your part,” he noted, “You’ll keep warm if you keep walking.” He was more correct about the first part of that statement than the second.

40 for the 40th -- Carrie Abels, MS '06

Carrie Abels, MS ’06
Editor, Vermont’s Local Banquet magazine, and founder/editor of

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

I discovered Antioch when I was making a significant transition away from newspaper reporting towards a new life of environmental advocacy. Antioch was a haven for people like memid-career folks wanting to contribute to the world more meaningfully. So the school offered great support, but it also offered flexibility. While at Antioch, I decided to change gears yet again and focus on local food issues. The school graciously allowed and encouraged me to ‘go there.’

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

I remember sitting on the front lawn of the school during a lunch break, talking with two people who were working to educate the public on GMOs [genetically modified organisms] in the local food supply. They had come with others from the ‘outside world’ to speak in one of my classes about the work they did. I had met this couple before but we got to know each other better during this lunch. They ended up hiring me as the editor of the magazine that the three of us now run.

40 for the 40th -- Edorah Frazer, MST '90

Edorah Frazer, MST ’90
Principal, Isle La Motte Elementary School, Isle La Motte, Vermont

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

My MST degree launched my education career on a reform footing. I also met my husband of twenty-one years at AUNE, so I would say the place had a pretty big impact!

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

Seeing my husband (Michael Rubin) for the first time. I was standing in the doorway of the lounge in the old campus, riveted. People were pushing past me, and I wouldn’t move. Twenty-two years later, he’s still my guy.

40 for the 40th -- Rosemary Conroy, MS '92:

Rosemary Conroy, MS ’92
Self-employed contemporary artist specializing in wildlife. Before that, communications director for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. That was a wonderful position that I started right after I graduated AUNE and included my stints as writer and host for NHPR’s “Something Wild” program and a nature columnist for the New Hampshire Sunday News.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

AUNE helped me change my life in a hundred positive ways which was my intent when I applied those many years ago. I met so many wonderful people, made a new life for myself in New Hampshire, and grew as both an environmentalist and human being. My professors taught me so much about our beautiful world and encouraged me to find my unique way of expressing it. We were given the freedom to become our true selves, and for that I will always be grateful.

I was so lucky to have found AUNE; I remember crying with happiness the first day of classes because I had found ‘my people’ at last. Attending AUNE was the second best thing I have done in my life; the first was marrying my husband Chris Conroy, almost twenty-four years ago the same year I started at Antioch!

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

There are so many: Tom Tyning encouraging us to lick a toad in his Amphibian course; following Tom Wessels up and down endless mountains in his Plant Ecology course; sitting on the outer Cape communing with seals during a Nature Writing course with Fred Taylor; sitting in circles discussing how we ended up as environmentalists, in Mitch Thomashow’s Foundations course; and the many, many hours soaking up knowledge from Meade Cadot in the field and classrooms at the Harris Center.

And who can forget using our sleeping bags to dress up as jellyfish polyps, while singing our own original song, Cnidaria, to the tune of The Age of Aquarius during our final presentation in Rick van de Poll’s Marine Ecology course?

I can’t believe how blessed I was to have so many wonderful teachers I can’t forget to mention Ty Minton, Jimmy Karlan, and Sy Montgomery!

40 for the 40th -- Tiffany Keune, MS '06

Tiffany Keune, MS ’06
Environmental Education
Director of Workforce Education, Community College of Vermont
Executive Board, Vermont Women in Higher Education

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?
My time at Antioch was invaluable to my work in higher education. I went to Antioch in order to learn how to make a difference in the lives of others, and I had no idea at that time what my pathway would be.

In January of 2006 I began my career as an academic coordinator at the Community College, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I oversaw several departments, including the science department. I was able to grow the department so we were offering all of the environmental classes in the catalog each academic year. I was able to bring in amazing faculty members, some of whom I met through my connections to AUNE.

I began to realize that my work at AUNE wasn’t an environmental focus!it was actually a people focus. This set the stage for where my career has taken me. I am now the director of workforce education at CCV, designing programs to help unemployed and under-employed Vermonters gain workforce skills. I focus almost entirely on the equity portion of sustainability. I also work with businesses around the state to retain and grow their workforce, and with organizations to reach as many populations as possible.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?
The overall experience holds far more importance to me than one single event. From the first ringing of the bells, to writing workshops, from building my tree of knowledge to final exams trying to identify ‘the south end of a north-facing warbler,’ it was all integral to who I have become in my work life.

40 for the 40th --- Bart DeWolf, MS '01

Bart DeWolf, MS ’01
Environmental Biology
Environmental Communications

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

I was a career changer in my mid-fifties upon coming to Antioch, and it started a whole new chapter in my life, one dedicated to the conservation and preservation of biodiversity in northern New England. As a result of my education, I was able to get a job working in the forests of Maine for Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., (EPI) a nonprofit foundation established for the acquisition and conservation of land and the preservation of open space for the benefit of the public. EPI owns and manages over 100,000 acres of forestland, and is trying to create a new national park in the Maine woods.

My job title was science director, but I was really jack-of-all-trades for the organization. Nevertheless, my AUNE courses in natural resources inventory, New England flora, ornithology, forest ecology, GIS, and others were put into immediate use in my job for EPI.

My job as science director for EPI was everything I could have hoped for in a new career.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?
Surviving getting bit by a “venomous” short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicaudata) during awonderful week-long course on Ecology and Adaptations of Small Mammals taught by JoeMerritt, at the Harris Center for Conservation Education. It helped me decide to specialize in plants instead of animals.

40 for the 40th -- Patti (Shaver) Austin, MS '92

Patti (Shaver) Austin, MS ’92
Education coordinator for Massachusetts Audubon at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, Massachusetts. Next year I will have been here for twenty years.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

I now work mostly with pre-schooled age children, and knowing the Latin name for a particular plant isn’t necessary for my work. However, my experience at Antioch helped make me a better educator overall, a more knowledgeable naturalist, and just more aware of bigger issues.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

There are many great memories. One that always makes me smile is being in a plant communities class with Tom Wessels!and having him point out a particular tree growing out what felt like the side of a gorge as he gracefully made his way down. I was just grateful for the tree as a hand hold to keep myself from sliding down to the bottom.

40 for the 4oth -- Peter Alexander, MS '04

Peter Alexander, MS ’04
Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program
Executive director of the Maine Alliance for Arts & Education, a Kennedy Center affiliate in the state of Maine.
Formerly on the steering committee of the America’s Great Waters Coalition and still very involved in many issues and continue to act as an informal advisor to the New England Coalition.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

The master’s I received from AUNE has opened up many, many doors for me in my professional life. It was one of the best investments I ever made.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

I was able to utilize the connections I made while at Antioch in multiple ways. During my final year I took a position as the first-ever executive director of the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution and integrated my work there into my studies. It was a perfect “marriage,” providing me with a lot of great peer support at AUNE, and providing the program with a real-life, high-profile advocacy campaign that had almost daily coverage in the media, a campaign that is still going on.

An exciting highlight for me recently was having Amy Goodman feature my song “Begging for Changethe Healthcare Blues” on at least two recent episodes of her Democracy Now program; she seems to have made it her theme song for coverage of Obamacare.

40 for the 40th -- Heather Durham, MS '00

Heather Durham, MS ’00
Environmental Biology
Green Space Specialist, Friends of Trees

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

The ES program at AUNE grounded my love of nature in the science of ecology while maintaining and even nurturing my curiosity and wonder.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory to share?
My favorite experiences at AUNE were the frequent times school left the buildingto the woods, the beach, the Sonoran desert…this was environmental education in its natural habitat.

40 on the 40th -- Rocci Aguirre, MS, '12Rocci Aguirre, MS, ’12
Director of Conservation for the Adirondack Council.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

My experience at AUNE came at a pivotal moment in both my professional and personal life. After fifteen years of practical working experience I was looking to get a fresh perspective on where the academic world of resource management and conservation issues had evolved since I was last in college.  AUNE allowed me to re-engage my brain and provided a unique atmosphere to step outside of the box and look at the world of resource management from a multi-lens, sustainable-organization perspective. Coming back to school not only helped me fine tune my leadership and practical work skills but also allowed me to re-examine what I had originally found to be so compelling about working in the environmental field.

I would like to think that my time at Antioch, especially the relationships that were formed and the friendships made, helped provide greater texture and depth to the way I go about doing my job, appreciating the people around me, and being present in the world.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory you would like to share?
I find it amazing how people I had in my very first class would weave themselves so thoroughly into my life for the next two years. Even though we came from different cohorts and other programs across the ES department, those strange faces first became friends and then comrades as we shared the ups and downs of the graduate experience.
Perhaps that is no different than any other graduate program, but I would like to think that what makes Antioch so different and makes the people who attend Antioch so unique, is that passionate people are encouraged to retain their individuality as they evolve into skilled advocates for positive change.

40 for the 40th -- Brad Glass, MS '93Brad Glass, MS ’93
Environmental Administration
Life coach

As a life coach, I help people live lives they love instead of bitching about the ones they’ve got. I use Life in Nature’s Image as the backdrop/metaphor in working with my clients, mainly because nature offers an archetypal model for the resilience, balance, and sustainability we’d like to experience in our own lives.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

The things that stand out for me about Antioch, now the cornerstone of my work, are clarity and perspective. That’s best exemplified by the Sonoran Desert study trip. Coming to see myself, life, and my world with renewed clarity and perspective continues to open new possibility, both in my own life and in my clients’ as well.

40 for the 40th -- Jim Fowler, MS '00Jim Fowler, MS ’00
Environmental Communications

I write poetry and fantasy fiction, teach writing and have done some editing. As my final practicum, I edited Heartbeat of New England: An Anthology of Contemporary Nature Poetry in Mar 2012. Finishing Line Press published a chapbook of my Japanese forms, “Connections to This World.” Hobblebush Books published a complete book of my Japanese and Buddhist poems, Falling Ashes, in October 2013, as the VII in the Granite State Poetry Series, titled, “Falling Ashes.”

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

A master’s gave me the self-confidence and prestige to start privately teaching writing. Teaching writing makes me think of the writing process and helped my career.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

My favorite memory of Antioch is ringing Ty’s bells at the entryway. He allowed me to have the Production class ring the bells as I recorded them for the background track of the movie I made for the class.

40 for the 40th -- Haley Stewart, MS '12Haley Stewart, MS ’12, Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability
California Program Associate for Defenders of Wildlife

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

AUNE gave me the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective change agent in the environmental field. Not only does AUNE couple its environmental science base with real, hands-on experience, it also provides students with an understanding of social justice issues related to the work we do. This well-rounded education makes AUNE students stand out in our fields.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

I was an AUNE fellow for the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) in the summer of 2012. This enabled me to work on environmental policy with U.S. Congress members. It also helped me set up a position with the CPC afterward and, from there, line up my current position with Defenders of Wildlife.

From my fellowship with the CPC, they include organizing a press conference with members of Congress and environmental organizations to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, writing press statements and letters to the editor regarding the impacts of climate change and budget cuts, and organizing numerous briefings for staff on pertinent environmental issues such as hydraulic fracturing impacts on communities.

40 for the 40th -- Steve ChaseSteve Chase, core faculty, director of Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability Concentration

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

Someone recently asked me whether I would quit my work if I won a multi-million-dollar lottery. Without any hesitation, I said no. I would just plow a big chunk of that change into student scholarships and endowing the position of Director of Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability. I LOVE teaching here, working one-on-one with students, and helping students engage in service learning projects through classes, internships, capstone projects in the master’s program as well as the candidacy phase of the doctoral program.

While we are not perfect, I think our students, staff, and faculty are deeply committed to the department’s stated vision, which is “to train effective local, national, and international environmental leaders working to create a sustainable society that embodies respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, social and economic justice, democracy, nonviolence, and peace.” That’s a reason to wake up happy each day and head off to work.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?
There are so many! Hearing from alumni about how much their time at Antioch changed them and now helps them do very creative and responsible work for a wide variety of organizations. Traveling to Louisiana for a hands-on investigation of the environmental injustice and racism caused by the fossil fuel and petrochemical industry, while meeting tough, funny, and dedicated local activists working for a better future for their communities.

Watching one of my students stand up at a public hearing on the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor and show compassion for the people who work there, but also explain to the Vermont Public Service Board why the plant should be shut down in accordance with Vermont state law.

Laughing with some students after class when invited to join them for their weekly Thursday night wind down and dinner at Fritz’s. Seeing student after student stretching outside of their comfort zone and push for greater wholeness in their personal, professional, and public lives. Working with these students is one of the greatest joys of my lifeand I have had lots of joys.

40 for the 40th -- Brett Amy Thelen, MS '07Brett Amy Thelen, MS ’07, Conservation Biology
Science Director, Harris Center for Conservation Education, Hancock, New Hampshire

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

In a practical sense, I still use many of the skills I learned in my AUNE coursework ; GIS, research design, scientific literacy related to statistics and peer-reviewed literature, species identification ; on an almost daily basis for work.

More importantly, however, are the personal connections I made through the Environmental Studies department.  Nearly every professional endeavor I’ve undertaken since my time at Antioch ; from teaching a field study course in coastal ecology to developing local citizen science initiatives to assisting with air toxics research to freelance editing ; has involved collaboration with fellow AUNE alumni or AUNE faculty.  All of my colleagues from the AUNE community are passionate, talented, and engaged, and I love working by their side.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

Without question, the most transformative experiences I had at AUNE were the field study trips taught by Tom Wessels and Pete Throop (among others) and supported by the Blue Moon Friends.  Those trips not only introduced me to exquisitely beautiful ecosystems that continue to blow my mind, but they were powerful, inspiring lessons about living in community.  Those trips taught me how to learn with my heart, as well as my head.

40 for the 40th -- Marian Leah Knapp, PhD '09Marian Leah Knapp, PhD ’09
Community activist and facilitator, writer, mother, grandmother, and caretaker of her last remaining older relative who is 94. Consultant for an inner-city community health center. I will publish my first book Aging in Places: Reflective Preparation for the Future by the end of 2013. I like not having a job title. That allows me to keep changing my image of who I am.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

I came into the AUNE Environmental Studies doctoral program in 2002. I was 64 years old; my goal was to finish in 2008 by the time I was 70. I knew when I entered the program that I didn’t want to spend time in academia but to apply what I learned for the benefit of the community where I lived and, hopefully, for other communities as well. In my writing, I wanted to reach out to a broad audience.

My AUNE education allowed me to do what I am doing. It gave me the freedom to explore issues that were important to me in an open an accepting way. It showed me that I could write. It showed me that it is never too late to challenge myself.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

One important memory was the day I read an essay I had written as an optional class assignment, and Alesia Maltz said I should try to get it published. The essay, Resilience of Memory, appeared in Whole Terrain. I published the essay under a pen-name ; Leah Majofis. It was the onset of my writing life.

40 for the 40th -- Amber Pairis, PhD '05Amber Pairis, PhD ’05
Assistant secretary for climate change, California Department of Fish and Game

As Amber Pairis and her colleagues organized the first National Adaptation Forum in Denver in the spring of 2013, she thought that at best perhaps 100 people might show up. So when they finally had to close the doors at 500, they couldn’t believe what they’d created.

Amber has proved herself a force for progress when it comes to climate change. Read her profile here.

40 for the 40th -- Estelle Wynn Dolan, MS, '04Estelle Wynn Dolan, MS, ’04
Conservation Biology
Co-founder of a start-up food co-op in my community, part time consultant developing environmental assessments for local land trusts, and home raising her children. Favorite job: easement manager for the Brandywine Conservancy in Pennsylvania.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

I learned about systems thinking and have applied it to a variety of experiences in my life. I also learned how and where to look for answers when I didn’t hold the knowledge myself–a true skill.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory like to share?

Field study trip to Cuba to learn about sustainability. Field study trip to Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands. The day I was able to read the forested landscape on my own!

40 for the 40th -- Dorothy Zug, MST '80, MS '99Dorothy Zug, MST ’80, MS ’99

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

My degree led to a job with Massachusetts State Parks in the Heritage Park system, where we had a lot of freedom and funds to do programs. I worked to create a living history program at the Lowell Heritage State Park in conjunction with the National Park Service. We did the program at two historic gatehouses on their overview tour.

I had not learned to write well in high school or college, and I took a year-long tutorial with a woman who was knowledgeable about Henry Thoreau.  We went on walks, and I took notes, then wrote an essay which she corrected.  I rewrote and rewrote, and eventually had three items published.  I learned to be a competent writer, which has been important in all my work and in my retirement.

My favorite job was as executive director of the Newfound Audubon Center in Hebron, New Hampshire.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

I have a great memory of the time we went up to an island off the coast of Maine and studied marine biology.  I remember the name of our low tide pool – Crispe-winkle.

I also remember a spring flora course where I chose to do black and white sketches of spring flora.  I am not an artist, and it was very hard, but very satisfying.

40 for the 40th -- Cindy Thomashow, MST '79Cindy Thomashow, MST ’79
Independent contractor and Urban EE Graduate Track Consultant, IslandWood

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

It prepared me to become faculty in the AUNE Environmental Studies Department, where I spent over twenty-seven years…beginning as faculty and moving into the role of Environmental Education (EE)/Teacher Certification Director and then to EE Director when the program grew to taking in thirty students a year.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory you would like to share?

There are so many…I hold dear the amazing EE cohorts that went through the program and how much I learned from them, and how much I am still learning from them today.  As a student myselfwalking behind Meade Cadot as he taught Natural History classes.

40 for the 40th -- Kishan Khoday, MS '96Kishan Khoday, MS ’96
Resource Management and Administration
Regional Practice Leader for Energy and Environment, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Regional Center for the Middle East and North Africa, Cairo.

How did your AUNE education make a difference in your work and your life?

My time at AUNE undertaking an MSc in Resource Management and Administration made a big difference in my role working with the United Nations (UN), which began during my time at AUNE and has spanned now 20 years of UN service around the world. The experiential learning approach of AUNE combined with the solid technical aspects of the courses was an important step in developing a good balance between technical specialization and creative leadership. Another key take-away from AUNE was the interdisciplinary focus, which has been a real strength and benefit to our work on sustainable development.

Do you have a favorite AUNE memory?

I have memorable experiences from the AUNE courses on alternative dispute resolution as well as group behavior. Using management practices, game theory and role plays around specific environmental disputes, I learned a great deal about the theory and practice of negotiations and social psychology and about myself in negotiating important disputes over resources and environment; critical to our work at the UN.

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