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The following is a list of speakers invited to present at The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont to build our awareness of race and diversity issues.
Larry Bembry was born in Ohio, spent his first four years growing up in Fairfield, California, and spent most of his childhood growing up in England. Larry is a graduate of American International College with a B.S. in Industrial Management and Accounting; he has also completed graduate work in Hospital Administration and Natural Resource Policy. He was a GS-14 at age 28 and a GS-15 at age 29. Larry has served in numerous Senior Level positions within a wide array of Federal agencies during his 30 years of public service. These positions have included: Director of Administration, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board; Director of Administration, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); an Associate Director of the largest civil rights oversight agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Reagan and Bush administrations; and Forest Service Director, Human Resource Programs; Forest Supervisor for the Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara, CA; and the first African-American and Orthodox Jew in the agency's first 100 years to serve as a Deputy Regional Forester. Larry is currently serving as the Director of the Bureau of Land Management's Service Center in Denver. He has also been published recently in two national magazines. The Journal of Forestry published an article about the rapidly emerging environmental justice movement, and Government Executive featured and article on how to survive the radical changes occurring today in the public sector.
Robert Bullard is Ware Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Prior to joining the faculty at CAU in 1994, he served as a professor of sociology at the University of California, Riverside and visiting professor in the Center for Afro-American Studies at UCLA. He is one of the planners of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. Professor Bullard served on President Clinton's Transition Team in the Natural Resources and Environment Cluster (i.e. Departments of Energy, Interior, Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency). He currently serves on the U.S. EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) where he chairs the Health & Research Subcommittee. He is the author of numerous articles, monographs, and scholarly papers that address environmental justice and public participation concerns. His books, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality and People of Color Environmental Groups Directory 1994-95 (Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, 1994) have become standard texts in the environmental and social justice field. His work, In Search of the New South: The Black Urban Experience in the 1970s and 1980s, won the 1989 Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States award. His other books include: Residential Apartheid: The American Legacy, Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color, Confronting Environmental Racism: Voices from the Grassroots, and Invisible Houston: The Black Experience in Boom and Bust. He currently is completing a new book on Transportation and Civil Rights.
Joseph Dorsey holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan. Dr. Dorsey's dissertation research was centered on environmental justice issues and was entitled, "Community-based activism within an environmental justice frame: The siting of a waste-to-energy facility in Flint-Genesee County." This was the first dissertation to come out of the University of Michigan that focused specifically on an environmental justice case study. Formerly a visiting professor in the Department of Resource Development at Michigan State University, he is Vice President of Research and Development for Alpha Environmental Services, Inc., a small minority-owned firm in Ypsilanti Michigan.
Mickey Fearn is the new National Park Service Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance. This revised title for the deputy position emphasizes a new focus on specific outreach and communications to groups currently underrepresented in parks. He came to the NPS from Seattle, Washington, where he created and directed a summer youth program for Seattle Parks and Recreation aimed at connecting urban youths to the natural world while promoting personal responsibility and healthy lifestyles. In Seattle, Mickey held positions as the manager of the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative, director of the City's Innovation Project and director of Seattle's Neighborhood Leadership Program. Mickey also served as a Washington State Parks and Recreation commissioner for 12 years. Prior to his work in Seattle, Mickey Fearn worked for the governor of California, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the mayor of Oakland California. One of Mickey's greatest strengths is the ability to create a workplace that allows employees to excel as a team as they work towards the mission of the organization. Mickey earned his bachelor of arts degree in recreation and park administration at California State University and his masters of science degree in recreation and leisure studies from the University of Oregon.
Rebecca Flewelling is Acting Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Senior Advisor to the President. Ms. Flewelling’s professional career has included positions in both the public and corporate sectors as well as almost 30 years in higher education administration. Prior to coming to Vermont she was Executive Assistant to the President of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She has also served as Executive Assistant/Chief of Staff to university presidents Vartan Gregorian of Brown University; Jean Mayer of Tufts University; and Matina Horner of Radcliffe College. In addition, she has been Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Freshmen at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Mrs. Flewelling's professional areas of expertise include training and development, affirmative action, and negotiation and conflict resolution, and she has investigated and adjudicated grievances regarding discrimination and sexual harassment. A Boston native, Mrs. Flewelling was graduated from the Girls Latin School and received a B.A. in English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where she has served on the Board of Trustees. She has done graduate work in voice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and was a founding singer and member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus for 15 years. She has a son and a daughter and is a new grandmother.
Donald Grinde, Jr. is a Professor of History and Director, ALANA/Ethnic Studies here at UVM. Don has accomplished a great deal. He is the author of many books like: Encyclopedia of Native American Biography, Apocalypse de Chiokoyhikoy, Chief of the Iroquois, Savages of North America..., The Ecocide of American Indian Lands , just to name a few. He has published many articles as well, such as: "Thomas Jefferson as a Scholar of the American Indian", Place and Kinship: A Native American's Identity Before and After Words", "The Irouquois and the Nature of American Government", "Native American Slavery in the Southern Colonies", along with many, many more. Don has written two bibliographic essays called "Recent Studies in Cherokee Law", and "Minority History". Along with writing children's stories, textbooks, motion picture and TV projects, and papers and addresses, getting research grants, and teaching courses here like Comparative History of American Minorities, American Indian History (various chronological slices), American Indian Thought, 20th Century American Indian Policy, and Indigenous People in the Modern World, he has many activities, both professional and governance, and memberships. Some of his professional activities include Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in American Indians, the Editorial Board for Indian Historian and American Indian Culture and Research Journal , and editor for the Journal of Erie Studies. Some of his governance activities are: Founding member, National Association of American Indian Professors; Chairman of the Board, Salt Lake City Indian Center; Vice Chairman, Central Coast Indian Council; and Board Members for quite a few organizations. Don also has professional memberships to the American Association of Museums, American Historical Association, American Indian Historical Society, Business History Conference, and a few others.
Reginald "Flip" Hagood is currently Vice President for Student Conservation Association directing its Mid-Atlantic/Southeast Office and managing its National Urban & Diversity Programs. He is a retired federal executive having worked in government for the Department of Interior- National Park Service (NPS), with 30 years of service. During his career he worked as a US Park Policeman, US Park Ranger, Park Manager, and Supervisory Employee Development Specialist. In his last position he served as the Chief of Employee Development and Training managing the NPS service-wide education and training program for employees nationwide. He currently serves and volunteers on numerous boards including Lydia's House, The Urban Tree House, White Could, The Wilderness Society, and The Park and History Association serving as its Board Chair. He is a consultant for various companies and organizations in the areas of education and training, human resource and career development, and diversity initiatives. He is a graduate of American University with degrees in Education and Administration of Justice.
Wanda Heading-Grant is the Executive Director for Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at the University of University of Vermont. She reviews and implements equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination policies and practices that affect faculty, staff and students. She coordinates institutional initiatives and responses to state and federal agencies and participates in many other institutional diversity initiatives. Wanda has been a lecturer in the field of Social Work for several years focusing on introducing students to race relations and culturally diverse populations and how these pieces fit into society and with social work standards.
Hazel Johnson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was the only child out of four to live past the age of one year. For the past ten years she has been very involved in environmental issues that affect people of color. She formed People of Community Recovery (PCR) to address the pollution problems of her community. She became a member of many environmental organizations which helped organize her community to fight for environmental justice. In September 1993, she was the recipient of the Tampax Women of Action Environmental Award. Her pictured appeared in an exhibit entitled "Chicago Garbage" at the Chicago Children's Museum in May 1992. Hazel was one of the thirteen African Americans who attended the United Nation Conference on the Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She was arrested for protesting, along with seventeen others, in PCR's first demonstration against Waste Management Inc., but they were able to prevent 57 trucks from entering Waste Management's CID Landfill. While attending the an Underground Railway Theater play, Hazel was honored by PCR of the Hazel Johnson Award for Environmental Justice.
Charles Lee is the Director of Environmental Justice for the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice. This program spearheaded the emergence of a national movement on environmental justice. He is the architect of the two landmark seminal national events in the emergence of environmental justice as a significant national issue, the landmark 1987 Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States report and the historic 1991 National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. Charles has served on numerous panels, boards, and official federal advisory committees. He was a founding member of the "Michigan Coalition" group responsible for dialogue that led in 1992 to the establishment of the EPA Office of Environmental Equity (now Office of Environmental Justice). Besides Toxic Waste and Race , Charles is the editor of three books: Proceedings of First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, Racism and Public Education: Challenges for the 21st Century, and Residential Apartheid: The American Legacy.
Gloria Manning was appointed to associate deputy chief of business operations of the US Forest Service in February 2000. She began her Forest Service career as a planner for the National Forests in North Carolina in 1979. She served as a planner and interdisciplinary team leader at the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina. Manning completed a tour in the appeals and land management unit in the Washington Office. She also served as the assistant director in State and Private Forestry, located in the Washington Office. Manning provided management direction for programs such as wildlife, recreation, wilderness, lands, minerals and timber on 35 national forests and grasslands as deputy regional forester for resources in the Southern Region. Manning received her bachelor of arts degree at Florida A&M University and a master's degree in land use planning at Florida State University. Manning is a native of Tallahassee, Fla.
Denise Meridith is the State Director for the Arizona office of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. She was born in Brooklyn, NY with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University, and a M.P.A. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Melody Mobley is a Forest Health Specialist for the USDA Forest Service. Previously she was the Branch Chief, Executive Correspondence Unit; the National Program Manager, State & Private Forestry; the Director of Timber and Wildlife Management; a Forest Vegetation Management Specialist, and a Public Affairs Specialist, all for the USDA Forest Service. Melody also has many achievements and honors. Her most recent ones were the Quality Step Increase Promotion and Two Certificates of Merit in 1997. She has also received the Special Cash Bonus in 1995, and a Certificate of Appreciation in 1992. In 1991, she was promoted in place to GS-14, and received a Special Service Award and Certificate of Appreciation in 1989, Two Special Act Awards and Certificate of Appreciation in 1988, and a Certificate of Merit in 1987. Melody has also received many scholarships like the US President's Scholarship and the NAACP Scholarship, and was a member of the National Honor Society in High School.
Jamie Pinkham is Manager for the Department of Natural Resources in the Nez Perce Tribe. She is responsible for overseeing the Tribal Forestry, Wildlife, Cultural Resource, and Land Services programs. She was also a staff forester in fire management for the Portland Area Office in the Bureau of Indian Affairs before getting involved in the Nez Perce Tribe. During many of her summers she would work in Oregon and Washington with Willamette Industries, Inc., BTA and USFS during the breaks in school. Jamie has also been involved in many organizations as well. She was the Chairman, Board of Directors for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, as well as the President, Executive Board of Directors for the Intertribal Timber Council. Jamie was a past member for the Society of American Foresters on the Committee on Cultural Diversity, and was appointed by the Oregon State University President to serve on the Board of Visitors for Minority Affairs. A few other committees that she has been on are: National Indian Forest Resources Management Act, Executive Leadership of Political and Social Forces in Tribal Natural Resources Management Seminar, U.S. Forest Service Advisory Committee on Rural and Community Forestry, as well as the Seventh American Forest Congress National Program Committee. Jamie has also testified before U.S. Senate and House subcommittees on appropriations and natural resources management issues, as well as made presentations throughout the U.S. and Mexico, Canada and Australia regarding natural resources and Indian education.
Debra Salazar is a Professor, Department of Political Science in Western Washington University. She has a B.S. in the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resource Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in the College of Forest Resources from the University of Washington.
Hector Saez is an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Program at UVM. He is also the director of the Environmental Justice Project of the Center for Popular Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Hector has a Ph.D. in economics from the UMass-Amherst. His research is on environmental economic issues in agriculture and international development.
Sherwood Smith is an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont. The position covers administrative responsibilities as Director of the Center for Cultural Pluralism, faculty and staff training, as well as research and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses for the Human Development Program. He is actively involved in presenting and researching on issues of intercultural communication and multicultural education. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Academic Director for an overseas program in Kenya and traveler in Asia he brings an international perspective to his work. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on multicultural issues in the Education Department of the University of Vermont.
Dorceta Taylor has a Ph.D. from the Departments of Sociology and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, specializing in Environmental Sociology. She has received three masters: in Art, specializing in Sociology; in Philosophy with fields in Complex Organizations and Environmental Sociology; in Forest Science specializing in Social Ecology, all from Yale University. She majored in Environmental Studies and Biology to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northeastern Illinois University. She also has teaching and academic diplomas from Excelsior College, with majors in Zoology, Botany, and getting teaching certification. She has done post-doctoral research, funded by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations and the National Science Foundation. She has also done independent research as well, funded by the Mellon Foundation. In the 1970s she was a science teacher for Westwood High School and St. Catherine High School in Jamaica, West Indies. Her professional activities include being a member for committees and associations, being a reviewer for many journals, giving other speeches and workshops. Dorceta is also a published writer, with many books, manusripts, and journal articles. Some of her books and manuscripts include: Identity in Ethnic Leisure Pursuits and Determinants of Leisure Participation: Explaining the Different Rates of Participation of African Americans, Jamaicans, Italians, and Other Whites in New Haven. Some of her journal articles include: "Minority Environmental Activism in Britain: From Brixton to the Lake District," Qualitative Sociology, "The Environmental Justice Movement," The EPA Journal, and "Blacks and the Environment: Towards an Explanation of the Concern and Action Gaps Between Blacks and Whites," Journal of Environment and Behavior.
Gerry Stover is the founder and Executive Director of The Environmental Consortium For Minority Outreach (TEC). At TEC, he has been responsible for developing and implementing recruitment, intern, education, management training and consulting programs, and seminar programs. Gerry is a leading voice in the national efforts to enfranchise minorities in the environmental movement. Before joining TEC, he was Director of Personnel and Administration at The Trust For Public Land (TPL), a national land conservation organization based in San Francisco for almost four years. Prior to TPL, he spent four years as Regional Manager for a San Francisco based Human Resource consulting firm providing personnel related services to small and start-up companies in California's Silicon Valley. Before moving to San Francisco, Gerry spent six years in a variety of capacities in the Human Resources Division of The Prudential Insurance Companies of America in Newark, New Jersey and Southern California. He is a member of several boards of directors including Earth Day 1990, the Human Environment Center, the National Celebration of the Outdoors, Educators for Social Responsibility, and the Washington, DC Youth Corps. He is a member of Concerned Black Men of Washington, DC and is on the Mayor's Summer Jobs for Youth Taskforce. Gerry has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Amherst College and a masters degree in industrial relations from Stanford University.