Lisa Dennis-Perez

LOTT Clean Water Alliance

Lisa Dennis-Perez is the Director of Environmental Planning & Communications for the LOTT Clean Water Alliance. She manages LOTT’s public involvement and outreach activities related to reclaimed water, construction projects, water conservation, and more. Lisa has been a communications/outreach specialist in the environmental field for over 25 years! Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in Watershed Science from Utah State University.

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Jean MacGregor

Evergreen State College – Curriculum for the Bioregion Evergreen State College – Master of Environmental Studies

Jean serves as a senior scholar at the Evergreen State College’s Washington Center and directs the Center’s “Curriculum for the Bioregion” Initiative. From 2000-2004, she co-directed (with Barbara Leigh Smith) the National Learning Communities Project, a Pew Charitable Trusts-funded initiative aimed at strengthening learning community programs and communities of practice nation-wide. In 1985, she was one of the founding directors (with Smith) of the Washington Center. In that capacity, she supported campuses in Washington and throughout the nation in launching curricular learning community initiatives and was centrally involved in the Center’s other projects, focusing on cultural pluralism and academic success for students of color, and mathematics and science reform.

She taught in the fields of biology and environmental studies, both solo and in interdisciplinary teams at Warren Wilson College in western North Carolina and at The Evergreen State College, and currently teaches Environmental Education in Evergreen’s Masters of Environmental Studies Program. She has been involved in several collaborative writing efforts: Learning Communities: Reforming Undergraduate Education (Jossey-Bass, 2004), Student Self-Evaluation: Fostering Reflective Learning (Jossey-Bass, 1993), and Strategies for Energizing Large Classes: From Small Groups to Learning Communities (Jossey-Bass, 2000). In 1998, Change magazine acknowledged the importance of the work with the learning community approach when it named me one of eleven “Agenda-Setters” among Change magazine’s eighty “past, present and future leaders of higher education.”

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Erica Baker

North Thurston Public Schools

While this is my first year at Nisqually Middle School, I have been teaching either students or teachers for the past 18 years.  Prior to joining Nisqually Middle School, I worked for Pacific Education Institute. I earned my undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and have a master’s in Technology in Education from Lesley University.  My past work experiences have given me the opportunity to travel the state and work with teachers and curriculum writers in the fields of Environmental Studies and STEM.  This year, I look forward to combining Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as my students work together to solve real-world problems!

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Carrie Ziegler

Earth Art

Carrie Ziegler – Artist, Environmental Educator, and Community Engagement Specialist.

Art is an incredible tool for change. It penetrates deeply inside of the viewer, encouraging them to ask questions they may otherwise avoid. My artwork strives to bring issues of Environmental and Social Justice and personal development to the front of the viewer’s experience. Whether I am working on a large-scale participatory art installation, a public mural, or am in my studio creating with various materials, my work revolves around these subjects. To affect positive change through art is my quest.

In my work, the subject matter drives the medium. When working on a project about plastics in the ocean, up-cycled plastic is the obvious choice. When working to beautify a bike trail in an industrial zone, paint transforms a graffiti-filled wall into something magical. What links my work is the inclusion of many people in the creation and the goal of engaging viewers and inspiring them to make a positive change in their own lives.

My recent projects have included hundreds of people in their creation, allowing for a project that is much larger and wider of scope than any I could do alone. These projects give ownership to all involved, and inspire the viewer through the story of their creation. There are countless layers woven into the pieces, compelling the viewer to delve deeper, if they so choose.

For example, when people view the suspended installation, Rise Above Plastics: The Butterfly Effect, they are first mesmerized by hundreds of butterflies gently spinning and reflecting the light. When they notice that together, the butterflies form a human figure, emerging from a chrysalis, with butterflies of change flying from her heart, they are overcome with awe. When they hear the story of how the piece was made of up-cycled plastic trash, by 700 children and young adults, as a message of hope and inspiration, of personal choice and empowerment, they are mobilized to ask questions and look at their own actions and how they are personally affecting the world.

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Amber Smith

LOTT Clean Water Alliance

Amber Smith is the Education Program Manager for the LOTT Clean Water Alliance. She manages the WET Science Center and its diverse school and community education programs.  Amber also serves as the Thurston ECO Network Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental and Marine Science from The Evergreen State College. Amber was born and raised in the Olympia area and has worked locally, providing environmental and sustainability education, since 2002.

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Chris Van Daalen

The Commons @ Fertile Ground NW Eco Building Guild (South Sound Chapter)

Chris Van Daalen works with the NW Eco Building Guild, Commons @ Fertile Ground, and the Verdant Group consulting firm.

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Cori Carlton

WSU Thurston County Extension

Cori Carlton is a Program Coordinator with WSU Thurston County Extension. She manages the Master Gardener program and the Master Composter Recycler program.

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Tom Crawford

Thurston Climate Action Team

Tom Crawford is an educator, information systems designer and project manager who was also one of the founding members of Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) in 2008. He received his Masters of Education degree from Eastern Washington University, and his Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University. Currently retired, Tom’s career included curriculum design, training and technical assistance for Indian education projects in public schools throughout the Pacific Northwest, and consulting and training for information systems projects within state and local government and business organizations. He also worked with Puget Sound businesses to build awareness of the Natural Step approach to sustainability, and is trained in the Dialogue Education approach to adult learning. As a TCAT board member, Tom helped establish an innovative energy efficiency program, called Thurston Energy, in partnership with Thurston Economic Development Council. He also led the development of Thurston County’s first comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory, and worked with faculty from local higher education institutions to complete a survey of county residents on attitudes toward climate change and clean energy.

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Mindy Roberts

Washington State Department of Ecology

Mindy Roberts is an environmental engineer with the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Environmental Assessment Program. She manages several large studies that analyze human impacts on Puget Sound as well as the region’s lakes and rivers. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an MS in Civil and Oceanographic Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. She has over 20 years of experience working on complex scientific studies. Mindy is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Dixie Reimer

North Thurston Public Schools

I serve as the Science Instructional Specialist with North Thurston Public Schools. I have 26 years of experience in North Thurston Public Schools as a middle school science teacher at Nisqually, Chinook and Komachin Middle Schools. I have served as the districts secondary science instructional specialist since 2008. I love the opportunity to support and work with teachers of all levels on engaging their students in inquiry and field-based based science. I graduated from Whitworth College with a Bachelors in Biology and Psychology and have a Masters Degree from St. Martins University in Curriculum and Instruction. I am National Board Certified in Early Adolescent Science.

My responsibilities include coaching and mentoring science teachers, professional development, science curriculum development and alignment to the Washington State K-12 Science Standards, and our district transition into the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Erica Guttman

WSU Thurston County Extension

As an environmental educator since 1986, Erica has led WSU Thurston County Extension’s water resources efforts since 1997, providing classes for over 2,000 landowners and professionals annually. She has designed and installed numerous Green Stormwater projects and produced several publications and videos to support Green Stormwater/LID efforts by a variety of audiences. Her masters is in ecological restoration with a focus on the Salish Sea nearshore.

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