Winter 2007 Faculty and Staff:
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Workshop 1: Current Issues and Youth Activism: How can we effect positive change?
John Ungerleider:
John Ungerleider, Ed.D. is a Professor at the School for International Training where he teaches graduate courses in Conflict Transformation, Intercultural Communication and Organizational Behavior. John also teachers Conflict Resolution at Hampshire College and recently taught in Spain at the master's program at the Bancaja Institute for Peace and Development. In 1997-98, John was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Cyprus, coordinating bi-communal conflict resolution activities.
Since 1990 he has designed and directed summer programs for youth at SIT. These include Youth Peacebuilding Camps and for teenaged Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Catholics and Protestants from Northern Ireland, and Arab and Jewish Israelis high school as well as Confidence Building Workshops for university students from Cyprus. He also directs the Governor's Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism for Vermont teens. -- See web page at:
Simon Norton
Simon Norton is the Program Director for the Vermont Governor's Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism, and the Director of Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership programs at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been working on a myraid of global education programs for the last 14 years, teaching young people from over 110 countries and all 50 U.S. States about global issues, leadership, peacebuilding, politics, history and environmental issues. Simon started his professional career in Honolulu, Hawai'i, running statewide school recycling and environmental education programs, and attended the Earth Summit in 1992 in Brazil. Simon lives in Brattleboro, is a soccer coach in the fall, and can often be found on the water sea kayaking somewhere in the world. He's very excited to be involved in this new and important Governor's Institute climate change endeavor.

Workshop 2: Performing Arts: Physical Theatre! Let's Get a Move On!
Peter Gould
Peter Gould teaches Shakespeare and Physical Comedy at the Governor's Summer Institute on the Arts. In 2002, Peter earned a doctorate in literary studies from Brandeis University. He has also studied mime and clown performance in Mexico with Sigfrido Aguilar and with Tony Montanaro at the Celebration Mime-Theatre School. Peter is half of the duo "Gould & Stearns" who have traveled and performed world-wide for 25+ years: nearly 4000 shows in all! Among their many honors, "Gould & Stearns" won the Queens College Human Rights Award "for making the world a better place to be."
Peter has directed numerous youth theatre productions, from "Playboy of the Western World," to "The Miracle Worker." The founder/director of "Get Thee to the Funnery" Shakespeare Camps in Northern Vermont, Peter is also a Spanish instructor at SIT and Marlboro College, and is an engaged and active writer: his newest novel will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in early 2008.
Sophie Wood
Sophie Wood was born and raised in Thetford Vermont. She just graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in Theatre for Social change, by zanily studying performing arts and agriculture at the same time. She is currently entertaining herself by making puppets, being a pop star, writing, dancing, and co-directing for her theatre company, The Royal Frog Ballet.
Kailie Larkin

Workshop 3: Body Earth: Connecting with Ourselves and Our Planet: What do we need from the earth; what does the earth need from us?
Jasmine Lamb:
Jasmine Lamb has worked at the Governor's Institute on the Arts for many years. She is a mediator, teacher, and writer. Her growing passion is in what she calls ListeningArts, which uses movement, writing, storytelling, and stillness as ways to expand our capacity to listen to ourselves and others.
Matthew Moreau:
When not plotting revolution, Matthew Moreau divides his time between web design and painting. His work in recent years focuses on the complicated relationship of humans and domesticated animals.

Workshop 4: What's the Science and What Can You Do?
Christine Massey:
Christine is an Adjunct Instructor in the Education Department at the University of Vermont. She also works at the Perkins Museum of Geology on grant-funded initiatives and facilitates science education for students and teachers in Vermont.
Current projects include: 1) The Landscape Change Program where she helps coordinate a large historic photograph collection of Vermont landscapes, helps develop on-line learning modules using images, and works with K-12 teachers to develop curriculum using images, 2) Coordinating a workshop on Reconsidering the Science Textbook, and 3) Directing the Perkins Museum Environmental Science Day Camp for children in grades 1-7.
Christine worked previously as an Environmental Consultant for two years in Vermont before working at UVM and spent time at both poles working on climate change studies. She is the mother of two daughters, aged 7 and 4, and lives in Burlington, VT. She enjoys cross-country skiing and cooking.
Paul Bierman:
Paul Bierman is a Geology professor at UVM where he works with people of all ages to understand how Earth's surface works. For more than 15 years, he's done research in Vermont and many other places around the world including the far northern Canada, central Australia, southern Africa, Israel and the American southwest. His latest efforts use historic imagery to document the impact of people on the Vermont landscapes and the impact of landscape scale events on people and societies in our state. Paul earned his BA from Williams College in 1985 and his MS and PhD from the University of Washington, the latter in 1993. He has been at UVM ever since then with appointments in Geology and the School of Natural Resources. Paul was recently awarded the one of the National Science Foundation's highest honors; the Directors award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Of the 35 awardees, he is one of only 2 geologists to ever receive this award.
Kathy Rossman:
I am the science department at Rock Point School, in Burlington, Vermont. My subject areas include earth science, biology, chemistry, and environmental science, with a little evolutionary study thrown into the mix. My background is in environmental geology. I am passionate about perpetuating change to better our planet, and feel that the most effective way of doing this is through education. An added bonus for me being an educator is that I never stop learning. And when I am not learning in my classroom, I am at home being educated by and enjoying life with my two boys who are 3 _ and almost 2 years old. My interests include photography, knitting, and just having fun.

Other Folks:
Jean Olson (Executive Director)
Jean has been the ED of GIV since 1994. This is her favorite work ever because she gets to be part of the family of GIV along with so many outstanding students and faculty. She got her Master's Degree in the field of gifted education in 2000 and is now working on her doctorate at UVM in the same field. She is particularly interested to learn more about the educational, social, and emotional needs of high potential adolescents. In her spare time, she plays fiddle in the Barn Band.
George Olson (Site Director)
George is a Social Studies teacher at U-32 High School where he teaches Government, Asian Studies, and U.S. History. For more than 30 years he has taught grades 4 - 12 and coached track and field as well as cross country. In 1991 he was a Fulbright Scholar for a year in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus where he taught Geography. Both his daughters, Emilia and Sarah, went to GIV and had life-changing experiences.
Coleen Austin:
Coleen Austin has been with Governor's Institutes of Vermont for one year and is quite proud to be a part of the GIV family. She is an active volunteer at her children's school and Vice Chair of the School Board at Rumney Elementary in Middlesex. She is also a volunteer EMT for the Fast Squad in Middlesex. She was proud to be a volunteer and spend two weeks in the south during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Her career background includes education, administration, marketing and public relations. Personally she enjoys sports, snowshoeing, snowmobiling (if we could get some snow), camping and reading with her children and husband.
Luke Reusser (Web Dude)
Luke designed and built the GIV winter 2007 winter website, and will continue to update the site through our weekend exploring Global Climate Change. Currently, Luke is a doctoral student at the University of Vermont, where his research focuses on the impacts of human activities on natural rates of landscape change and erosion. Over the past several years, his studies have carried him to places close to home, such as the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, as well as places not so close to home, including the North Island of New Zealand. Luke is an avid cross-country skier, and is currently leanning the art of telemark skiing (not the best year so far). For more information about Luke, visit his website by clicking HERE.

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