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National Advisory Board 

 



Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran is Professor of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is also director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. He has served as Coordinator of "University Colloquium: A Sustainable Future," an ecological literacy course required of all students. He is a past president of the North American Association for Environmental Education and immediate past chair of the Ecological and Environmental Education Special Interest Group of American Educational Research Association.

Peter is active in international environmental education, with particular research interests in the Central Asian Republics and South Pacific Island Nations. He has written on environmental philosophy, community education, wholistic education, and the philosophy and pedagogy of environmental education. In addition, Peter is a Senior Fellow at the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future.
Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran was appointed to the EEI Board in 2009.


 



Joyce DiBenedetto-Colton holds a Masters degree in Adult Education, a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention from Florida International University’s Stemple School of Public Health, and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from FIU. She maintains her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Joyce retired from Miami Dade College (MDC) in 2014, where she served for more than thirty years in both teaching and administrative roles. Joyce taught courses in Energy in the Natural Environment and Preparing for Student Success. In 1998 she received Recognition for Innovation of the Year by the League for Innovation in the Community College, for her collaboration in establishing the award-winning Eco-Urban Honors Program, a college-credit residential program for students located at the historical Miami River Inn in East Little Havana. Joyce has worked to help establish a number of innovative programs at MDC since 1975, including the Environmental Center at Kendall Campus which broke ground in 1978. In 2000 she served as Director of the Earth Ethics Institute (formerly Environmental Ethics Institute) and also served as Coordinator for the College’s Animal Ethics Study Center, receiving the 2003 Innovation in the Study of Animals and Society Award for Excellence presented by the Humane Society of the United States. Her work in the general community focuses on food security, organic gardening and vegetarian nutrition. She is a member and seasonal resident of the Narrow Ridge Center and land trust in Tennessee. When not at Narrow Ridge, she resides in North Florida.

Joyce DiBenedetto-Colton was appointed to the EEI Board in 2014.
 



Dr. Larry Edwards
received his Ph.D. in chemical-physics at Harvard University. He taught/researched at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, Cal State Northridge, and the California Institute of Technology before moving to the U.S. National Science Foundation. After 17 years of government service Larry finally realized the depth of today's crisis and left NSF to live and teach at Genesis Farm in Blairstown, NJ. He continues to teach there as well as at the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Dominican Ecocentre in Wicklow City, Ireland.

Dr. Edwards was appointed to the EEI Board in 2005.

 




David Lotker
is the Chairperson, School of Continuing Education & Professional Development (SCEPD) at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College. Prior to his work at the Wolfson Campus, David was Program Manager at SCEPD of the Kendall
Campus, where he managed the Kendall Campus Environmental Center, a nine-acre, educational native nature preserve. The Environmental Center features a Visitor Center awarded LEED Platinum, a pristine lake, an endangered pine rockland, hammocks, butterfly gardens, native plantings, an organic garden, and a variety of animals and serves the MDC community as well as the greater community of Miami-Dade county. David serves on the MDC College-wide Sustainability Steering Committee as well as the Wolfson Campus Green Team.  

David Lotker was appointed to the EEI Board in 2013. 



 

Madelyn Moyer served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member assigned to the Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) at Miami Dade College in 2009-10, where she helped establish Community-Rooted Organic Produce Services (CROPS) an organic produce purchasing cooperative with a sliding membership fee based that serves the Miami Dade College community. Upon completion of her service at EEI, Madelyn was accepted into the Catalyst Project’s Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program in San Francisco, a four month political education and leadership development program designed to support the political development, skills, and analysis of white activists in becoming accountable, principled anti-racist organizers building multiracial movements for justice. During her time there she interned with the Chinese Progressive Association, supporting their work around immigrant and workers' rights.   Currently Madelyn is a New York City Teaching Fellow.  She started her training in June 2011 and now is working full time as an Earth Science and Marine Science teacher at  Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School,  in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Madelyn Moyer was appointed to the EEI Board in 2011.
 


Dr. Jack Parker is a Founding and Emeritus Professor at Florida International University (FIU). He Received a B.S. in Chemistry from Emory University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests focus on ecological landscaping, passive solar cooling, energy and resource conservation, energy policy and environmental education. Dr. Parker received American Forests’ Research Medal for his pioneering studies of energy conservation landscaping, the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Board of Regents for his work in the community and the FIU Service Medallion for 35 years of outstanding university service. Dr. Parker was appointed to the EEI Board in 2011.


 

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Dr. Debra Rowe is Senior Advisor at Second Nature and a Senior Fellow at the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, where she helps higher education institutions integrate "sustainability literacy" into curricula, student life, operations and community partnerships. She is the Higher Education Co-Chair of the U.S. Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Dr. Rowe is the Co-Coordinator of the Higher Education Associations' Sustainability Consortium. She is also the energy and sustainability consultant to a National Science Foundation funded Electronic Environmental Resources Library. Dr. Rowe has been professor of Renewable Energy Technologies, Energy Management and Behavioral Sciences for over 26 years at Oakland Community College. She was Interim Dean of Applied and Engineering Technologies in 2002-2003, and won the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004. She consults with colleges nationally, has numerous publications and is often a keynote speaker at conferences. Debra Rowe received her Ph.D. in Business, her M.B.A., and her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Debra's B.A. is from Yale University. Dr. Rowe was appointed to the EEI Board in 2011.



Patricia Siemen is a Dominican Sister from Adrian, Michigan, and an attorney. She currently serves as the director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Barry University School of Law. Previous positions Sister Pat has held include director of the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College, engaging students and staff in programs and workshops in Earth Literacy; staff attorney for the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; and legal services attorney for migrant farm workers in South Florida.  Sister Pat has also served in community organizing with the African-American community in rural Tennessee, in parish ministry with the Latino community and elementary education. She served on the Adrian Dominican Sisters Congregational leadership team from 1988 – 98.

Pat holds a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, Boston; a Master in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Master in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University, Oakland, California. Her B.A. is in History and Political Science from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan.  Pat is a member of the Michigan and Florida Bar. Pat Siemen was appointed to the EEI Board in 2011.
 
Dr. McGregor (Mac) Smith, Professor Emeritus at Miami Dade College,  founded several programs at the college including Life Lab, the Environmental Demonstration Center at Kendall Campus,  and the Environmental Ethics Institute. It was decided in 2003  that the purpose and mission of the Institute would be more accurately conveyed by changing its name to “Earth Ethics Institute.” 

In 1976, McGregor Smith Jr. presented the seed of an idea to the (then) MDCC Board of Trustees with the vision that it could grow into a self-supporting Environmental Demonstration Center. In 1978 a group of committed staff, faculty and community members broke ground and planted that seed. From that ground on the west side of Kendall Campus the Environmental Demonstration Center (EDC)  sprouted. The EDC was a Wolfson Campus program but it was located adjacent to Kendall Campus.

Over the following ten years, the Center grew, developed and evolved into a unique tree with branches for an Owner-Builder Center, a Landscape Center, a Tropical Lifestyle Center, and a Nature Center. In addition to these, by 1989 Mac Smith and Norma Watkins had established the Environmental Ethics Institute that offered credit and non-credit courses in Earth Literacy. And by that time, the Institute’s roots had already spread beyond Miami Dade College,   to St. Thomas University in Miami, to Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas,   and to the Highlands Center in North Carolina.
 


 

Ms. Ana Maria Vasquez-Leon is the Latin America director of the Bridges Across Borders (BAB) program in Jacque, Panama. Bridges Across Borders is an international, non-governmental organization that was formed to address the root causes of violence and hatred in the world. BAB is working to dissolve the imagined and imposed borders that separate by: 1) encouraging a cooperative spirit that builds understanding of our global community 2) supporting projects that lead to sustainable economic self-sufficiency   3) preserving ancient cultures and ancient species 4) teaching creative non-violent methods of resolving conflict   5) and promoting universal principles of human rights.

Ana Maria champions the Sea Turtle Preservation Program’s capacity which pays local people to preserve and protect sea turtle nest sites and aid the little turtles in reaching the sea. The money allows locals to replace the turtle eggs, a staple of the local diet, with chicken eggs, encouraging local small businesses and ensuring that an important food source is not lost in the process of ecological conservation. BAB has 250 nests and each nest in the program releases 100-150 baby turtles into the wild, of which only 1or 2 will survive to maturity to return and breed on the beach at Jaque. Ana Maria is an artist and musician who tells the Universe Story through paint and song. Ana Maria was appointed to the EEI Board in 2005.
 

Dr. Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener has served as the director of Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center (NRELC) in Grainger County, Tennessee since 2008. NRELC was established to study, teach and demonstrate sustainability and has a mission of providing experiential learning of Earth literacy. Mitzi earned a Doctorate of Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 1997 and practiced as a Clinical Psychologist until she became Director of NRELC in 2008. She received Vision Fast training from Bill Nickle as well as the School of Lost Borders and has served as Vision Fast guide at NRELC since 2006. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Just Connections which brings together people from communities and colleges in Appalachia for service-learning, research, and collaborative action that will empower communities for social, economic and environmental justice. Mitzi is a singer and songwriter and member of the east Tennessee trio, The Emancipators.

Dr. Wood-Von Mizener was appointed to the EEI Board in 2009.


Earth Ethics Institute Elders - Previous Earth Ethics Institute National Advisory Board Members

Audrey Ordenes began her environmental career as a Policy Representative for The Nature Conservancy's Florida Chapter in Tallahassee working on legislative appropriations and land management policy.  She also held the position of director of the Trust for Public Land’s South Florida & Puerto Rico Office where she designed and implemented a regional strategy to acquire and develop land for the public to enjoy as parks, gardens, historic sites, and natural areas by raising capital, negotiating land deals, and securing public and private partnerships.

She  worked in the public sector as Lead Intergovernmental Representative for the South Florida Water Management District where she handled local government relations in Miami-Dade County on flood mitigation, water supply, ecosystem conservation, and water quality protection.  While in the philanthropic sector, Ms. Ordenes played a leadership role within the Turner Foundation in Atlanta to organize multiple grantees and contractors, develop a marketing strategy, and formulate policy objectives on a state-wide ballot initiative and legislative campaign relating to land, water, and historic preservation.
Audrey Ordenes served on the EEI Board from 2003-2013.

 
Deena Blazejack is Professor Emeritus of English at Miami Dade College and helped found the Earth Ethics Institute’s EcoUrban program, an interdisciplinary, residential honors program in downtown Miami for which she was awarded Recognition for Innovation of the Year by the League for Innovation in the Community College. Blazejack served as the EcoUrban Program's residential faculty member.  In her retirement Deena is enjoying her organic kitchen garden, meditative walks on the beach, riding her bike and devoting time each day to writing. She is currently working on a novel and is Artist in Residence at Deering Estate.   She resides in Miami, Florida.
Deena Blazejack served on the EEI Board from 2000 - 2011.

 
  Linda Brady
Linda Brady served on the EEI Board from 1997 - 2003.

 
Dr. Daniel (Dan)  Daniels, Professor Emeritus of English Literature at  Southwestern College, served on the Earth Ethics Institute National Advisory Board until his death in December 2009. Dan developed a strong interest in the interconnectedness of fields of knowledge. In 1998, he and a colleague co-founded the Southwestern College Bridges Conference on connections between mathematics and art. Dr. Daniels was one of the founding EEI National Advisory Board members.

Dr. Daniels served on the EEI Board from 2000 - 2009. 


 
Dr. Joe Iannone served as the Dean of St. Thomas University’s School of Theology and Ministry until his retirement in April 2010. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and St. Michael’s College, Dr. Joseph Iannone has published a number of articles on family religious education, parish theology issues and peacemaking.

His legacy at St. Thomas University includes adding an environmental justice approach to the curriculum, relating it to economic and social/human realities, and establishing the Center for Justice and Peace, which has local, regional and international ramifications. Dr. Iannone was one of the founding EEI National Advisory Board Members. He resides in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Iannone served on the EEI Board from 1999-2010.

 
Dorothy Jenkins-Fields is a Historian; and the Founder of The Black Archives, History and Research, Foundation of South Florida, Inc. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington Jr.-Sr. High School in Miami’s Overtown. She earned a bachelor’s degree at  Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia; a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Colorado, and a doctorate in Public History from The Union Institute/University, Cincinnati, Ohio.  A Woodrow Wilson Teacher’s Fellow she studied at Princeton University. Formerly a school librarian, reading teacher and educational specialist she was an educator with the Miami-Dade County Public School System for forty years.

Dorothy Jenkins-Fields served on the EEI Board from 2000-2001.

 
Miriam Therese MacGillis is the director of Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation in Caldwell, NJ. In 2005 she received the Thomas Berry Award. In 2007 Grist magazine named her one of the world’s top 15 green religious leaders. She lectures extensively and has conducted workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. She resides at Genesis Farm in New Jersey. Miriam MacGillis was one of the founding EEI National Advisory Board Members.
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Miriam MacGillis served on the EEI Board from 1994 - 2010.
 

  Tim McGuirl, Professor Emeritus, taught at Miami Dade College and served collaboratively with Norma Watkins and Mac Smith to establish and direct the original Environmental Ethics Institute (EEI). In addition, Tim McGuirl served as one of the founding EEI National Advisory Board members.

Professor Tim McGuirl served on the EEI Board from 1997 - 2005.
 

Dr. Ross McCluney is a research physicist, writer, and consultant, who served as Principal Research Scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of Central Florida, from 1976 through 2007. Before joining FSEC, McCluney worked as an oceanographer for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His research has ranged from ocean thermal energy conversion to solar water heating to assessing the performance of daylighting systems, and his consulting has included assessing the energy efficiency and illumination performance of windows and skylights.

He has written more than 75 essays and technical papers and is the author or editor of four books, including Humanity's Environmental Future: Making Sense in a Troubled WorldDescription: http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=ecoiq-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0974446106, and Getting To the Source: Readings on Sustainable ValuesDescription: http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=ecoiq-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0974446114, an anthology of essays by prominent environmental writers on environmental values. His essays have appeared in such publications as the International Journal of Energy, Environment, Economics, Earth Literacy Link, Clearing, and The Florida Naturalist. Dr. McCluney was one of the founding EEI National Advisory Board members.

Dr. McCluney served on the EEI Board from 1997-2008.   blog -  www.futureofhumanity.org
 

William Nickle has made it his goal in life to promote the importance of environmental education and Earth literacy. Nickle received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Emory and Henry College in 1961. Upon graduation, he pursued and received a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke University in 1964.

Nickle’s professional efforts in environmental education began in 1980. From 1980—89, Nickle was the Director/Manager of Wesley Woods summer camp in Townsend, Tennessee. During that time he expanded the camp summer programs to include year-round environmental education serving students from all socio-economic backgrounds, rural to inner city, interracial, interdenominational, terminally ill, physically challenged, kindergarten to high school seniors.

In 1991 Nickle founded Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center (NRELC) in Grainger County, Tennessee.  NRELC promotes Earth literacy and sustainability and protects over 500 acres of Appalachian countryside. Nickle took three years off from his work at NRELC from 2000 to 2003 and spearheaded The Earth Lab at Gray Center in Mississippi. Bill Nickle was one of the founding Earth Ethics Institute National Advisory Board Members.

William Nickel served on the EEI Board from 1994 - 2011.
 
Scott Perret is the Director of Communications & Network Relations for The Natural Step International, where he is responsible for re-branding, internal and external communications and organizational culture. He also seeks to operationalize leverage points for the broader dissemination in society of a proven framework to help organizations plan strategically and systematically towards sustainability (known as the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, or FSSD), and help facilitate the growth and organization of an inclusive, global, networked community of practice around the FSSD.

Scott Perret served from 2013 - 2014.



 


Glenda Phipps
is the director of the Miami Dade College (MDC) Hialeah Learning Resource Centers. She served on the Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) Council, a self-selecting group of MDC faculty and staff who meet monthly and identify actions and activities of the EEI, from 2007 - 2012. Ms. Phipps represented the MDC Administration as an ex-officio member of the Earth Ethics Institute National Advisory Board during her service in that capacity from 2008-2013.

 
Dr. Norma Watkins, Professor emeritus, taught at Miami Dade College for twenty-six years. She co-directed the Life Lab Division, Mac Smith's innovative interdisciplinary program, a precursor to the Environmental Demonstration Center (EDC), which she also co-directed. She started programs at EDC such as The Owner Builder Center, teaching sustainable building and remodeling. Out of the Environmental Demonstration Center grew Earth Ethics Institute (EEI), then called the Environmental Ethics Institute, which Watkins directed before retiring and becoming a member of the Board. She now teaches creative writing at College of the Redwoods in Ft. Bragg, CA, and her memoir The Last Resort, Taking the Mississippi Cure, was published in 2011.

Dr. Watkins served on the EEI Board from 1994-2009.
 
Dr. Leslie Roberts was the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus until 2007 when she became the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Trinton College in River Grove, Illinois. She represented the MDC administration on the Earth Ethics Institute National Advisory Board as an ex-officio member until 2007. In 1997, Dr. Leslie Roberts was chosen as the Earth Ethics Institute director, and served as resident faculty for the Eco-Urban program.



John Villamil worked extensively with  Miami-Dade Community College’s Wolfson Campus from 1990 - 1997. . He was the Associate Dean for the school of science, architecture, engineering, and interior design; the Associate Dean for instructional resources; and program and curriculum development director for the teaching/learning resource center.

John Villamil began his serves on the EEI Board in1998.

 

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