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Karan English (Flagstaff, Ariz.) is a conservationist and former congressional representative from northern Arizona. After stints as a Coconino County Supervisor and Arizona state legislator, she represented Arizona’s 6th congressional district from 1993 to 1995. She subsequently served in several roles at NAU, including as director of the community-liaison research organization The Landsward Institute and as a campus leader in developing the Applied Research and Development building. In 2011 graduated with an M.A. in Sustainable Communities from NAU. She continues to work in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Ron Hubert (Flagstaff, Ariz.) is one of the founders of the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative of Northern Arizona (SEDI), and has served as its President and Chairman. He continues to work with this organization on initiatives in community sustainability and resilience indicators, local food production, entrepreneurship, and tribal school garden curricula. Ron has published several white papers on sustainable economic development, and served as an economic development expert on the Flagstaff area’s Regional Planning effort.
Timothy Kuzelka (Sacramento, Calif.), a graduate of NAU, is a attorney who has worked in a private practice and as a consultant for a wide range of clients. He has a particular interest in water resource law and environmental concerns in the western U.S. In recent years he has developed a particular interest in ocean conservation issues in northern Mexico.
Michael Kotutwa Johnson (Second Mesa/Tucson, Ariz.). A member of the Hopi Tribe in Northern Arizona, Michael holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Arizona, a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. in Agriculture from Cornell University. He is a faculty member and Assistance Specialist within the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. His primary work is with the Indigenous Resiliency Center. Michael is also a co-author on the Indigenous Chapter in the National Climate Assessment Five. His newest initiative is the call for the restoration of the American Indian Food System based on the stewardship principles of Indigenous conservation. Most importantly, he continues to practice Hopi dry farming, a practice of his people for millennia.
Katrina Rogers (Flagstaff, Ariz.) recently retired as President of Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, a distinguished graduate school known for adult learners in the fields of clinical psychology, human talent and development, organizational leadership, and education. She has doctorates in political science and history, taught in Germany as a Fulbright scholar, and has served international NGO and educational sectors in many roles, including executive, board member, and teacher. She led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva for a decade, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, World Trade Organization, United Nations Development Program, and the European Union.
Tallie Segel (Albuquerque, NM) is Director of Strategy at Environmental Education of New Mexico, and a graduate of the Sustainable Communities Program. Tallie works in a variety of capacities to support environmental and outdoor learning for learners of all ages. Originally from Albuquerque, she is currently a graduate student at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec working on a PhD in social and cultural analysis focusing on the growing diversity, equity and inclusion movement in environmental education and relationships between environmental education and environmental/biodiversity conservation governance.
Liz Taylor (Flagstaff, Ariz.) earned a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard and has long worked as an advocate for sustainable foods systems. She has a long connection with the Sustainable Communities program and with Flagstaff Foodlink, a nonprofit that works to improve local food production and availability in northern Arizona. She currently sits on a state of Arizona task force aimed at improving rural health and economic development by promoting more holistic regional food systems.
Diane Vosick (Flagstaff, Ariz.) recently retired as Director of Policy and Partnerships at the NAU Ecological Restoration Institute. She previously served in several different roles for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, Arizona, and Virginia, with a focus on policy and on large ecoregional conservation efforts. She has extensive experience in working both with multi-stakeholder planning efforts and through state- and federal-level legislative channels.