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Anthony D. Cortese, ScD is a Senior Fellow of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education. He was its co-founder along with U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA), and Bruce Droste. He served as president from March 1993-August 2012. He was the organizer of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the Higher Education Association Sustainability Consortium. He is a frequent consultant to higher education, industry and non-profit organizations on institutionalization of sustainability principles and programs. Cortese was formerly the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He was the first Dean of Environmental Programs at Tufts University and founded the award-winning Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute in 1989 that helped integrate environmental and sustainability perspectives in over 175 courses. Read more..
He also organized the effort that resulted in the internationally acclaimed Talloires Declaration of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future in 1990 now signed by over 350 presidents and chancellors in over 50 countries. Cortese is a trustee of Tufts University and Green Mountain College and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a founding member of the board of directors of The Natural Step US and of the Environmental Business Council of New England. He has been a consultant to UNEP, a member of the EPA Science Advisory Board, President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development's Education Task Force and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow for Higher Education. He has been actively engaged in climate change and other large system sustainability challenges for 30 years.
Cortese is a frequent presenter to a wide variety of professional audiences. His writing can be found in a wide spectrum of publications. His essays on Education for Sustainability serve as foundational reading for transforming the process and content of higher education.
Cortese has B.S. and M.S. Degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering, a Doctor of Science in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Allegheny College and the University of Maine Presque Isle. Cortese lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Donna DiGioia.
This work was supported by the University of Arizona TRIF-funded Water, Environmental and Energy Solutions initiative co-managed by the Water Sustainability Program, Institute of the Environment, and Renewable Energy Network.
In his current role, Bruno is responsible for the operational strategy of Dell's Global Sustainability efforts. This includes business integration, governance, information management, measurement & reporting strategy, as well as supporting advocacy, policy & objective setting across internal and external stakeholder engagement. Prior to making a shift to sustainability in 2010, Bruno held a number of E-Business leadership positions over 15+ years at Dell and Charles Schwab. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and stays closely connected to their School of Sustainability where teaches as an Adjunct Professor and is a consultant for the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. Bruno is a native of Paris, France and currently lives in Phoenix Arizona.
Yalmaz is responsible for setting strategic direction and integrating a wide range of environmental programs into the global organization. Office Depot's industry-leading environmental programs span all parts of the company - from supply chain (buying green) to internal operations (being green), to business and consumer markets (selling green). Yalmaz's internal role is to initiate, facilitate and communicate environmental programs that are then implemented through Office Depot's core functions such as merchandising, purchasing, construction and marketing. He also helps educate suppliers and customers on environmental issues and opportunities. His goal is to help improve the environmental performance of Office Depot and its range of stakeholders. Yalmaz came to Office Depot from IBM Business Consulting Services where he was a Senior Consultant in Customer Relationship Management, and author of the first global study on environmental purchasing of wood and paper products. Before IBM, he was a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on the forest, paper and packaging industries.
As a member of the senior leadership team in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the UA, Jim is currently responsible for a collection of functions, including the University Sustainability Office, managing the University's Green Fund and Student Services Fee, the Disability Resources Center, the Faculty Fellows and Student-Faculty Interaction programs, and Residence Life and University Housing. In addition, Jim serves on a number of University committees, ranging from the CERT Team to the President's Advisory Council on the Environment and Sustainability (PACES). He created one of the first Sustainability Education Coordinator positions in a housing department in the U.S. and participated in the establishment of the Green Fund and Sustainability Office at the UA. His interest in environmental and sustainability issues is informed by many things, including several trips around the world, during which he has witnessed examples of forward thinking (wind turbines in the Baltic Sea), as well as several ecological disasters in the making (plastic pellets in Victoria Bay — Hong Kong and plastic bags throughout Southeast Asia).
JoEllen Alberhasky is with ASU's University Sustainability Practices Department, focusing on both the Downtown and West Campus sustainability efforts. JoEllen's background is in energy and water issues, overlain with experience in public participation. Before joining ASU's team, she worked with both SRP and municipal government implementing a variety of projects. JoEllen's training lead her to ASU to pursue a Master's degree in Environmental Geography, with an emphasis in water resources. She has a BS from the University of Iowa in Physical Geography.
Mark Apel is an Area Extension Agent in Community Resource Development with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in southern Arizona where he is implementing programs in land use planning, sustainable development, small acreage landowner assistance and regional economic development. He has over 28 years of environmental and planning experience. Mark has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, as well as worked for the National Park Service, the Nature Conservancy, as a private consultant and ten years as a county planner addressing growth and development issues. His work has taken him to Morocco, Madagascar, Honduras and Mexico. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management (Pennsylvania State University, 1982) and an M.A. in International Affairs (Ohio University, 1987).
Currently a second-year undergraduate at the University of Arizona, Scott is pursuing dual degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. Throughout his Tucson upbringing, Scott has been particularly interested inmethods to minimize the utilization of resources, create cycles of use, provide renewable energy, and other related topics. Scott's past two years as a Compost Technician have allowed him to apply his engineering skills to increase the operational efficiency of this growing program. He hopes to pursue a career where he can similarly integrate his passions for sustainability and engineering.
Zade Arnold is a student at Tohono O'odham Community College (TOCC) majoring in Tohono O'odham Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is from the village of Ali Chukson, on the Tohono O'odham Nation in southern Arizona. He also serves as a student representative for TOCC for the First Americans Land-Grant Consortium (FALCON), a national organization affiliated with the American Indian Higher Education Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). Zade has worked three years as a student intern with the TOCC Tohono O'odham Agriculture and Natural Resources program working with the TOCC Extension Agent to plan and establish gardens in communities and schools on the Tohono O'odham Nation.
Sandy Bahr is the director of the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Chapter. For more than a decade, Bahr has been the face and the voice of the environment at the state Legislature on issues such as air quality, global warming and the preservation of rivers and forests. The Michigan native moved to Arizona in the mid-1980s from Connecticut. She has helped organize several ballot measures dealing with the environment and urban sprawl. They include, most notably, the 2000 Citizens' Growth Management Initiative, a failed measure that would have required cities to set up expansion boundaries.
Lauren Berutich is the Program Coordinator, Sr. for NAU's Campus and Community Based Action Research Teams and FYSeminar Program and was recognized as a University College Fellow this year. She serves as the faculty co-lead for the FYSeminar ARTs Program with colleague Dr. Rom Coles. Lauren is a dedicated member of the steering committees for the Master of Sustainable Communities program and the Environmental Caucus. She completed the Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities degree from Northern Arizona University and her bachelors in Environmental Geography and from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where she focused on place based experiential outdoor education. Lauren is thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and the many diverse Flagstaff partners that contribute invaluable energies in the development of just, sustainable communities both on and off campus.
Alisa Beyer recently joined NAU at the North Valley campus. She was part of the Maricopa Community College District as a part-time instructor and research analyst. While with MCCD, Alisa took advantage of instructional design courses from Dr. Young and Dr. Miller. Before moving to Arizona, Alisa was a faculty member at a liberal arts college in the Chicago area. She is teaching courses on-line and invested in building strong on-line learning communities. She has published in areas of teaching and technology. Alisa has interests in Creative Commons, Open Education Resources, and best practices in technology-enhanced learning environments. Beyer completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Kansas.
Paul Blowers received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1994 before going on to receive an MS and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997 and 1999 in Chemical Engineering. He is currently University Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona and was recently promoted to full professor. His research interests include sustainability analyses of refrigerant technologies, personal choice, and industrial practice.
Nick Brown grew up in Helena, Aransas and currently lives in Scottsdale. He holds degrees in philosophy, environmental sciences and ecology from Hendrix College, the University of Texas at Dallas and Cornell University respectively. He is Director of University Sustainability Practices at ASU, where he manages the Sustainability Practices Network and oversees ASU's Climate Neutrality Commitment and Zero Waste Initiative. Over his career, he has worked in over twenty countries on many aspects of conservation science and sustainability, including renewable energy, environmental remediation, environmental ethics, sustainable agriculture, forest ecology, biodiversity conservation, endangered species conservation, watershed conservation, greenhouse gas management and organizational sustainability. Brown likes to hike, bike and rollerblade throughout the State of Arizona with his two sons and with friends. He is an avid cyclist and commutes to and from campus on a bicycle twelve months a year.
Katja Brundiers is the Community-University Liaison for the School of Sustainability, where she develops and administers student-centered research on practical sustainability problems. Before joining ASU, Katja headed up a boundary organization at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland) that facilitated collaborative research projects between students, faculty, and community partners (business, government, NGOs). Katja brings to the position her experiences as a sustainability consultant to the University of British Columbia (Canada) and as a member of the UNESCO Committee on Education for Sustainable Development. She also worked as a civil servant at the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development, as a consultant in a private planning agency, and as a researcher in an international development research project for the government of Sri Lanka. She holds a master's degree in geography and anthropology from the University of Zurich.
Wendy Burk is the University of Arizona Poetry Center's Librarian and the founder of the Poetry Center's Green Team for sustainability action. She received her MFA in Creative Writing and her MA in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. Wendy is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The Deer and The Place Names The Place Named; the translator of Tedi López Mills' While Light Is Built and Arcadia in Chacahua; and the recipient of a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation. A former National Park Service Artist in Residence, Wendy directs her creative practice toward poetic field research projects that address sustainability.
Noël Cox Caniglia is the Graduate Education Program Chair at Prescott College. Her teaching spans sustainability education, research methodologies and methods, feminist ways of knowing, ecojustice, and place-based learning. She considers her academic work to be secondary to her passion for living in harmony with the ecosystem, as a sustainable Arizona cattle rancher — something that has been her primary focus for the last 30 years. She combines an interest in informal, place-based learning with an understanding of ecologically sound agrarian practices. She has researched the role of holistic, transformational learning and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning that are multi-generational, self-renewing, and based on an emergent model of healthy interrelationships between human and other than human systems.
Edgar Cardenas is a Ph.D. candidate in Arizona State University's School of Sustainability. He is researching how artists and scientists collaborate and how these collaborations can contribute to sustainability. He has included a studio art practice into his research as well and has exhibited photographic and mixed media work from his dissertation project, one hundred little dramas.
Andrew Comrie serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost at the University of Arizona. As Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, he is the chief academic officer of the University, overseeing all academic programs and units exclusive of the health sciences and medical enterprise where academic programs come under the oversight of the senior vice president for health sciences. In addition to being a Senior Vice President, Comrie is an interdisciplinary climate scientist and geographer and serves as a faculty advisor for the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment. His research is focused on connections that link climate with health, pathogens and vectors as well as atmospheric environmental issues in general. He has published widely in specialized and interdisciplinary international journals. His specific expertise includes climate and health, synoptic climatology, urban and regional air pollution, climate variability and change in the Southwest United States, and techniques for mapping climate and environmental information. His work has been funded by numerous federal, state and local agencies. He has served on many national-level professional committees and as editorial board member and editor for several international scholarly journals.
Carl Couch is the Vice President for Administrative Services at Scottsdale Community College, one of the Maricopa Community Colleges. He guides the College's critical support and auxiliary services including accounting, budget, information technology, facilities, and public safety and manages contractual services for dining, bookstore and mailroom operations. Couch co-chairs the Scottsdale Community College Planning and Budgeting Advisory Council which is responsible for aligning budgetary resources with the College's strategic plan — SCC2020. He also serves on the Maricopa District's Chancellors Financial Advisory Committee, the Classification and Compensation Study Steering Team and as an Administration Team Member on the "All-CPD" Team which jointly develops employee policies which govern all non-faculty positions in the Maricopa District. Prior to arriving at Scottsdale Community College in 1995, Couch was on the Internal Audit staff at the Maricopa Community Colleges District Support Services Center. Read more..
Prior to joining Maricopa, he was a Financial Audit Manager with the Arizona Auditor General's Office. He has a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and B.S in Accounting from Arizona State University. In what turned out to be proof of career serendipity, he also holds an Associate of Arts from Scottsdale Community College; proud member of the class of 1976. Go Artichokes!!
Cori Cusker is the Sustainability Coordinator for Northern Arizona University's (NAU) Housing and Residence Life department. Cori has earned a Masters of Education in Counseling & Personnel Services with a concentration in College Student Personnel Services from the University of Louisville and a Masters of Arts in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. As an employee, both at NAU and Southern Methodist University (SMU), Cori has served on both departmental and university level committees charged with educating faculty, staff, and students on sustainable practices and behaviors as well as identifying strategies and practices to develop more sustainable university operations. In her current Coordinator position, her primary responsibilities include developing, implementing, and overseeing all sustainability education programs, training students and staff on sustainability issues and behaviors, and making recommendations for sustainably focused operational changes and facilities upgrades. Read more..
She currently serves on the Sustainability Advisory Committee for American College Student Educators International's (ACPA) and has presented at various national and regional conferences including Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), American College Student Educators International (ACPA), and the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO). She was the 2011 recipient of ACPA's Commission for Housing and Residential Life's Excellence in Sustainability — Individual Award, received the Northern Arizona University's 2012 Sustainability Student Leadership Award, and is a 2011-2012 Hooper Sustainability Research Grant Award recipient.
Mick Dalrymple | Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability Practice Lead, Sustainability Solutions Services, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Arizona State University
Mick Dalrymple is a seasoned leader, manager, communicator, and educator in the sustainability movement with direct participation since 2001 in the shaping of national programs, standards, public policy and public awareness regarding green building and sustainability. He gets things done. Dalrymple managed the interdisciplinary research efforts of the $25M DOE-funded Energize Phoenix program. He is also a produced feature film screenwriter who frequently authors articles and serves as a media source and public speaker on sustainability topics. Committed to sustainability improvements in his personal life, he continues to remodel his 1975 home towards net zero energy usage, minimal waste, food production and reduced water usage. The Business Journal of Phoenix named him Green Pioneer in 2009 for his national and local contributions to the sustainability movement.
Alex is a Biosystems Engineering student at the University of Arizona. Her focus of study is on bioenergy, the use of renewable materials for composite materials, and waste-water treatment. She has been involved with the Biodiesel Pilot Plant since May of 2013, and spent a semester interning at local biodiesel company, Grecycle. She authored a comprehensive student manual for the pilot plant that details the chemistry of biodiesel, the benefits of biodiesel use, quality testing, and chemical safety. Outside of her academic pursuits, she has a deep passion for honeybees and beekeeping. She is most interested in honeybee waggle dance communication, and research into the diseases currently plaguing our bee populations. In the future, she aspires to perform honeybee research at the USDA's Carl Hayden Bee Research Center.
Leah is a Tucson native, Flinn Scholar, and a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in environmental and water resource economics and political science with Honors. As a NASA Space Grant Intern for the UA Office of Sustainability, Leah is providing data analysis for the Project Pawprint Homecoming Life Cycle Assessment which is also the subject of her senior thesis. In addition to her work with the UA Office of Sustainability, she is the chair of the Waste Reduction committee for the UA student organization Students for Sustainability, and is a research assistant for the Water Resources Research Center. After she graduates, she plans to pursue a career related to sustainable urban development and resource use.
Mayleen Farrington is the research coordinator for Northern Arizona University's Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Project, a Green Fund supported project. She has spent over 20 years researching and implementing sustainable living practices with a focus on livestock permaculture systems and residential home design. She has a BA in General Science with a focus on ecology and middle school science education. She has also completed extensive studies in psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology. Mayleen has used her combined knowledge of ecological science and human nature to develop landscaping practices which meet the aesthetic and resource needs of the university while protecting the surrounding ecosystem from potentially damaging synthetic inputs.
Rebecca is the School of Sustainability Residential Community Coordinator at Arizona State University (ASU). She has earned a Masters in Higher Education from Arizona State University. Rebecca oversees student engagement programs within the School of Sustainability, the first comprehensive degree-granting program of its kind in the United States, with a focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges. Established in spring 2007, the School is part of the Global Institute of Sustainability, which is the hub of ASU's sustainability initiatives. These programs include freshmen camp, fall welcome, and family weekend. Rebecca also coordinates Sustainability wide initiatives including Homecoming, Convocation, Sustainability after School lecture series, and many others. Read more..
In her role as the School of Sustainability Residential Community Coordinator, Rebecca's primary duties include implementing and overseeing academic, social, and sustainability education programs that have diverse learning outcomes and emphasize environmental, social, and economic issues promoting student engagement and retention. She also serves as a staff advisor of several sustainability student groups including Campus Student Sustainability Initiatives, the School of Sustainability College Council, and serves as staff chair for the alpha chapter of the Honor Society for Sustainability. She received the 2011 School of Sustainability Excellence in Service Award and the 2011 Honor Society for Sustainability Staff Member of the Year Award. Rebecca is a member of National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and North American Association of Commencement Officers, Inc. (NAACO).
Jesse is an Accelerated Masters Student in Chemical Engineering, focusing on implementing solvent recovery at Raytheon Missile Systems. This research was sparked by his previous membership on the University of Arizona Green Fund during the 2012-2013 school year, where he was exposed to various groups involved with sustainability. His career goal is to work as an environmental consultant, specializing in air and water quality. Jesse is also a National Science Foundation Fellow in K-12 education, in which he teaches math and science to students at Quail Run Elementary. When time permits, he enjoys watching classic films and playing his guitar.
Brent is currently serving as the Chemical Waste and 3R Operations Manager for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ. Brent oversees proper handling of all new and waste chemicals within the manufacturing process. In addition, he manages the Reduce, Reuse & Recycle (3R) program for the Tucson sites. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona college of Agriculture with a degree in Environmental and Occupational Health. In 2013 Raytheon was named "state's large-business recycler of the year" by the Arizona Recycling Coalition.
As the manager of the Zero Waste at ASU initiative, Hawkey plays a key role in assessing operation functions, and developing and implementing policies, procedures and objectives related to the initiative. He also serves as a liaison with community and business partners, students, faculty and staff in facilitating university-wide sustainability programs. Under Hawkey's leadership, Ohio State achieved zero waste at the 102,000-seat Ohio Stadium, reaching a season diversion rate of nearly 91 percent. He also developed and supported campus diversion efforts leading to a 43 percent increase in diverted materials during his tenure. Prior to his time at Ohio State, Hawkey has served as sustainability coordinator and assistant communications director for the Ohio Board of Regents, and program organizer for an environmental advocacy organization called Clean Water Action. He received his bachelor's degree in political science at Bowling Green State University and master's in public administration at the Ohio State University.
Laura Huenneke is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Huenneke has led Northern Arizona University's efforts to incorporate sustainability initiatives at the uppermost levels of the university and was instrumental in developing the Environmental Caucus, which provides an effective university-wide venue for students, faculty, and staff to actively participate in sustainability initiatives in operations, curriculum, and research. Huenneke earned her Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. Her research interests pertain to the influence of biological diversity on ecosystem structure and function. She is committed to the effective communication of scientific and ecological understanding to the public, to K-12 educators and students, and to policy-makers. Reflective of this commitment, Huenneke has worked with organizations ranging from the Arizona Bioscience Industry Organization to the Ecological Society of America and others, but currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy's Arizona Chapter.
Maya L. Kapoor is an MFA student in the creative writing program at the University of Arizona. She has an M.S. in biology. Maya's thesis is a collection of nonfiction science and environmental essays about the Sonoran desert. Maya's writing can be found in ASLE, Terrain.org, Essay Daily, and the Arizona Daily Star. Maya is a graduate fellow with the Confluencenter and a graduate assistant with the UA Office of Sustainability.
Megan Kimble is a food writer living Tucson, Arizona, where she works as the managing editor of Edible Baja Arizona, a local foods magazine serving Tucson and the borderlands (and one of 80 Edible magazines published nationally). Kimble is a regular contributor to Los Angeles Times, and her articles and essays have appeared in High Country News, The Bellevue Literary Review, and Gulf Coast. Kimble has edited several books, including National Geographic's Guide to Canada's Provincial Parks. Kimble serves on the leadership council of the Pima Country Food Alliance, a food policy group working with producers, purveyors, and government officials in Pima County. Kimble holds an MFA in Creative Writing nonfiction from the University of Arizona.
Maureen King received her Master's in Public Administration from Arizona State University in 2007 before going on to receive an Ed.D. from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership in 2013. Her research interests focus on employee engagement and how university employees understand and practice sustainability while at work. She is currently the Manager of Materials Management at Arizona State University and her department recently was awarded the President's Award for Sustainability for 2013.
Mr. Ryan Kirane serves as the Director Supply Chain Management and Sustainability Officer for Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and is a Certified Materials & Resource Professional. In his capacity as Sustainability Officer, Ryan works to improve the institutional position in Energy Management, Waste Stream, Greening the Supply Chain, the Built Environment, and Industry Engagement.
Jake is the Project Manager for the Project Pawprint Homecoming Life Cycle Assessment which assessed the environmental impacts of homecoming weekend activities at the UA from 2012 through 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Miami University and is pursuing a master's degree in hydrology and water resources at the UA. Previously, Jake worked as a project coordinator for a development management consulting firm in Chicago. He also served as an education assistant and interpretive park ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, through the Student Conservation Association. Jake is a LEED Accredited Professional as granted by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Nick Koressel is a Sustainability Program Coordinator for the Green NAU Energy Initiative in Facility Services at Northern Arizona University. He has a B.S. in Business Management from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. At the Green NAU Energy Initiative (GNEI) he focuses on the Sustainable Behaviors program that encourages students, faculty, and staff to adopt key energy saving behaviors through peer-to-peer interaction. Other projects include work to promote NAU campus sustainability in all facets related to utilities including energy and water conservation through the campus wide sustainable behaviors program, renewable energy development, waste tracking and minimization, and GHG quantification and management. He is also a committee member on the NAU Green Fund and the chair of the Waste Minimization Team.
Marcus Lee is a student at Tohono O'odham Community College (TOCC) from the village of Pisinemo on the Tohono O'odham Nation in southern Arizona. He is one of the first youth from his community of Pisinemo to come to TOCC. Marcus enjoys taking math and science courses and assisting other students in these topics at TOCC. He has served as an intern at the NASA Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (NASA-TCUP) learning applied geospatial technologies science for research applications relevant to local American Indian tribal communities. Marcus is also a student officer with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) chapter at TOCC. As a member of AISES, Marcus constantly comes up with small projects to take to the grade schools to interest them in math and sciences.
Melanie is an environmental scientist and writer who specializes in climate change and forests. At the University of Arizona, she works in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and with Cooperative Extension. In addition to serving as coordinating lead for the LEAF on the UA Campus project, she serves on the steering committee of the statewide Linking Edible Arizona Forests (LEAF) Network. While working toward her doctorate, she researched forest dynamics in China, Colorado, and Puerto Rico, where she lived during two major hurricanes. After researching and writing a book, Life in the Hothouse: How a Living Planet Survives Climate Change (UA Press, 2010) about how the Earth handled previous warm periods, she became inspired to move into working on the kinds of hands-on projects needed to keep the planet thriving during changing times. She now co-teaches a Water Harvesting course in the SWES department and works with others to facilitate the care and planting of trees — including the harvesting of fruit and nut trees.
Malinali Lopez is currently a second year undergrad student at the University of Arizona. She is seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in French and is currently involved in a variety of sustainability oriented clubs. After joining Eco-Reps during her freshman year, her interest in the subject grew. She decided to become further involved by joining their E-Board as a Marketing Representative. She has served in this capacity for two years. This year, she joined the UA Harry Potter Alliance as a Slytherin, the Sustainability portion of the club. She is currently working at the UA Library as well as with Residence Life on a recycling research project.
Narciso Macia is an Associate Professor for Arizona State University who is active in fluidics, respiratory mechanics, water filtration and recharge, embedded control, entrepreneurship mentoring, aquaponics, irrigation, sustainable technologies and innovative methods for engineering education. He has published 32 papers and has written two books: the first one on modeling and control of dynamic systems, and the second one, an accompanying lab manual. He received a BS and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (1974, 1976), where he specialized in dynamic systems, automatic control and fluidics. He also received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from ASU in 1988. Additionally, he has experience working in the corporate world, having worked for Honeywell and providing consulting services through Control Systems Innovation, Inc. On the personal side, he was born in Cuba, where he lived until his 14th birthday. Read more..
He is married to Donna, and they have five children. He enjoys swimming, racquetball, hiking, and horseback riding. He is also involved in his local church by contributing to the process of building small-group communities within the larger church hierarchy.
Eric Magrane is a Carson Scholar and research assistant at UA's Institute of the Environment, where he studies the intersections between art, science, and environment. He has been an Artist in Residence in three national parks, and is currently the first Poet in Residence at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The founding editor of Spiral Orb, an experiment in permaculture poetics, he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UA, and is pursuing a PhD in the School of Geography and Development. With Christopher Cokinos, he is co-editing A Literary Field Guide to the Sonoran Desert for the University of Arizona Press. He writes Proximities, a blog on art, science, and environment for the Institute of the Environment, which often engages with questions of sustainability.
Caryn is in her final year of undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University double majoring in Public Relations and Environmental Studies. She has been involved with sustainability initiatives at NAU since her Freshman year and has been involved with the NAU Green Fund since her Sophomore year. Caryn aspires to work a PR firm for a few years, then go to graduate school for business and sustainability. In her free time, Caryn loves to hike, snowboard, and go scuba diving, if weather permits.
Crystal McKenna holds a B.A. in Secondary Education, Biology from Arizona State University, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Sustainability Education from Prescott College. Her journey in education started at the high school level, where she taught various advanced biology courses for seven years. She now is a professor of biology and environmental science at Central Arizona College. Her current research interests lay in the creation of professional development programs in sustainability for teachers of all levels.
Carolyn Miller believes in the value of online learning. She earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership through the University of Phoenix, which was totally online. She joined Maricopa Community College District in 2006. However, she started out in MCCCD as a student in 1994. Each semester she teaches a hybrid and two online courses. She has been developing online curriculum for Educational courses in both the hybrid and online format since 2006. As an Instructional Designer, PVCC, she developed the training model for faculty who want to teach online. She also ensures the courses meet quality standards. She has the opportunity to work with many diverse faculty and learning styles. Her unique role allows her to see many perspectives on developing online courses that reduces the cost and waste of valuable resources while increasing student success. She will share her training model and courses as well as lessons learned.
Jesse manages key initiatives for the Office of Sustainability. He advises the UA Green Fund Committee, writes sustainability goals for President Hart's Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability, and coordinates sustainability efforts among various stakeholder groups on campus, among other projects. Jesse's experiences in two sustainably managed fisheries — Maine lobster and Alaskan sockeye salmon — spurred his interest in sustainable resource management. Jesse is pursuing a doctoral degree in geography at the UA, where his research considers multiple aspects of changing fire regimes in Arizona's Sky Islands. Jesse has researched water management on the Santa Cruz River, wildlife and hunting in Montana, and the history of ecological research in Mongolia after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Denise Mitten, PhD was involved in the early wave of sustainability in the 1970s. After her forest ecology graduate work at Yale, she worked with Donella and Dennis Meadows (Limits to Growth) at the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College specifically on the feasibility study for the still operating wood-fired power plant in Burlington, VT. Denise continued in research and education combining ecosystem sustainability and social sustainability through a non-profit organization teaching traveling and living skills in outdoor environments. Other efforts in sustainability included her work with international ecotourism, articles and teaching about leadership for sustainable communities, work at the Center for Spirituality and Healing (UMinn) in personal sustainability, and designing the Baldwin school project to help youth understand the intersection of health, nutrition, physical activity, and economics. She continues research in group dynamics, leadership and ethics, and body image. At Prescott College she is the Chair of the Masters in Adventure Education and on the PhD faculty for their Education for Sustainability Program.
Teresa Lynn Newberry, Ph.D., is Lead Science Faculty at Tohono O'odham Community College (TOCC) where she has developed a culturally-relevant Associate of Science Program using many innovative approaches to bridge traditional ecological knowledge and Western science. Since traditional cultural perspectives include knowledge about human relationships and rules of engagement with nature, they are crucial to promoting long-term environmental sustainability. Newberry's science background is interdisciplinary with a B.S. in Physical Science from San Jose State University, a Master's degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan,and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include plant ecology and climate change in particular the response and adaptation of ecosystems to natural climatic variability and human-caused climate change.
Susan Norton is the Program Coordination for ASU's University Sustainability Practices Department on the Polytechnic campus. Her key roles include promoting and assisting with sustainable programming and events, such as campus recycling, management of the Eco District / Community Garden and engagement with student organizations. She has a BS degree in Horticulture from Texas A & M University. Her previous experience includes environmental engagement as the TEEN Coordinator at the Desert Botanical Gardens as well as an environmental educator with the City of Chandler. Susan has worked with funding from the Arizona Game & Fish Department's Heritage Grants and has designed, implemented, and managed five schoolyard habitat gardens within the city of phoenix.
M. Jay Ofori-Diallo is native to Ghana and a citizen of the United States of America. Jay obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics and Business, from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Jay fled Ghana and lived in Costa Rica as a refugee. He attended high school in Costa Rica and then went on to study and graduate from Westmont College. Being a beneficiary of educational scholarships and mentorship opportunities throughout his life, Jay is a true testimony of the importance of quality education and the role it plays in positive human development. Jay developed a vision for growth in Africa through education, which led him to establish a non-profit organization, Pan African Education, dedicated to providing educational scholarships and mentorship opportunities to young men and women from impoverished communities throughout Africa. In addition, he is currently working as accredit analyst for Bank of Tucson while pursuing a graduate degree in banking through Pacific Coast Banking school in Seattle Washington. Married with one child, Jay is active in his local community of Tucson, Arizona and serves through various organizations, including the Tucson Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and as President Elect of the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunrise.
Clifford Pablo is a Tohono O"odham tribal member and an agriculture specialist. As the Extension Agent and the Student Learning Farm Manager at Tohono O"odham Community College (TOCC), he works with student interns and agriculture and natural resources classes through presenting workshops and assisting with garden and agriculture projects throughout the community. He draws on a lifetime of experience in traditional Tohono O"odham farming and desert resources. Over the years he has worked with many farms and projects in southern Arizona, working to integrate modern methods and technology with traditional, sustainable knowledge. He served as a supervisor for the SchukToakand Papago Farms under the Tohono O"odham Farming Authority from 2002-2008. Clifford was among the founders of the San Xavier Coop Farm in 1972. Hewas the San Xavier Coop Farm Board President from 1989-1998, and the Farm Manager in 2002. Clifford introduced and set the priority of promoting and producing Tohono O"odham traditional crops. Working with elders and K-12 students, Clifford has begun and supported many projects, always with an emphasis on traditional Tohono O"odham knowledge of agriculture, foods, and the desert environment.
Rod is coordinator of academic sustainability programs, past chair of the Environmental Caucus, and Professor of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. His research focuses on the application of biogeochemistry and geomorphology to the sustainable management of river systems, and on the transformation of environmental curricula to incorporate more sustainability. As founding director of the Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, he worked to integrate federally funded environmental research across the Colorado Plateau and assisted in the establishment of a national network of CESUs. He has advised 37 graduate students and 24 undergraduate researchers who have successfully completed their degrees. He has been the chair or director of several earth sciences and environmental academic programs and is currently a member of the Executive Committee and President-Elect of the National Council for Science and the Environment Council of Environmental Deans and Directors.
Scott Perelstein is the Associate Director for Facilities in Housing and Residence Life and the current Chair of the Environmental Caucus at Northern Arizona University. He is responsible for the facilities for over 7000 students and is constantly working to both improve the energy efficiency of the mechanical systems, and also to be a driver in housing sustainability education and resource conservation behavior change. He has been a member of the Environmental Caucus as long as he's been on campus and is a member of the University's Coordinating Committee for Campus Sustainability and the President's cabinet.
Austin Pudwill graduated with Honors from Catalina Foothills High School in 2012 and is currently a Sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering along with minor in Chemistry at the University of Arizona. In his free time, he enjoys playing lacrosse or hiking with his family. He is working towards pursuing a career in sustainability and renewable energy for the environment.
Jill Ramirez is the Coordinator of Sustainability Education in Residence Life at the University of Arizona (UA). She earned her Masters in Higher Education from UA and is currently seeking her PhD. After joining Residence Life in 2009, she initiated the now annual utility competition and continues to oversee the Eco-Reps student advocacy group, train over 1,000 students and staff each year, create and manage resident engagement programs, and work with Residence Life policies, procedures, and personnel to increase departmental sustainability. She regularly works with Residence Life Facilities to promote sustainable building upgrades, and frequently collaborates with academic partners and the Office of Sustainability on various projects. She has served on the Association of College and University Housing Officers International's (ACUHO-I) Sustainability Committee for two years, and will move into the chair role in July. She also serves as the Equity workgroup chair for UA's Commission on the Status of Women. Read more..
She has presented about sustainability and social justice issues nationally at multiple Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conferences and at the ACUHO-I annual convention. She was recognized with a UA National Residence Hall Honorary "Outstanding Leadership Service Award" and was named the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) "2013 Champion of Sustainability."
Elizabeth Raso is the Assistant Director of Facility Operations in Residence Life at the University of Arizona. She joined Residence Life in 2001 after 26 years in the Hospitality field. She was the Director of Housekeeping for large resorts and opened a number of hotels. Elizabeth currently manages the custodial department in Residence Life at the University. She initiated the switch to green cleaning that included; switching out chemicals, introducing microfiber, improving in door air quality and purchasing certified green carpet equipment. Elizabeth collaborates with Jill, the Coordinator of Sustainability Education regularly to ensure Residence Life is capturing as much recycling as possible. She has presented about summer conference turns and APPA staffing guidelines at ACUHO-I
Anne is Program Manager of the Sustainable Cities Network, a group organized by Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) and comprised of city, county and tribal community practitioners and leaders in sustainability-related disciplines from around the state of Arizona. In this role, she convenes and coordinates this network with the goal of providing educating and training opportunities for participating communities; increasing information exchanges and collaborative opportunities; and increasing individual community and regional sustainability efforts. Since its inception in 2009, SCN has received three distinguished awards including Valley Forward's Environmental Excellence Award of Merit for Environmental Education/Communication in the Public Sector in 2011, ASU's President's Award for Sustainability in 2012, and US EPA Region 9's Green Government Award in 2013. Prior to ASU, Anne served for nine years as Director of Earth911.com and 1-800-CLEANUP, helping it become the nation's leading online and community resource for local recycling, reuse and household hazardous waste disposal information. Read more..
For almost two decades, she worked in the fields of recycling, solid waste and household hazardous waste management, and environmental education. She is also a contributing author to the "Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste" which provides solid waste professionals and municipal officials with a comprehensive look at the state of household hazardous waste management.
Rhonda Rhudy has been teaching in K12 education over twelve years in the Tucson community. She has a passion toward integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and Sustainability Education in K12 curriculum. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Education from Prescott College, a Master's degree in Teaching and Teacher Education with an emphasis in Science from the University of Arizona, and is currently completing coursework for her Ph.D. in Sustainability Education, while working as a graduate research assistantthrough Prescott College. She teaches elementary school while assisting with industry and community supported programs in the development Educational Outreach STEM Programs supporting K16 Education.
John Riley is the Associate Vice President for University Business Services at Arizona State University and is responsible for facilitating instruction, research, and community support through procurement, material management, environmental health and safety, auxiliary business services, business systems applications, and risk and readiness management. John leads the University's efforts to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations. John has long been engaged in sustainability. He was named the top Energy Manager among the 13 bases in Air Training Command in 1988. He completed work with the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment and the Clinton Climate Initiative to develop a tool kit of sustainability initiatives that can be adopted by third world cities. He is a Technical Advisor to the Sustainability Tracking and Reporting System of the American Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is also a charter member of the Sustainable Purchasing Council, a group that is developing a standard to assess the sustainability of procurement in the same way that the US Green Building Council developed the LEED standard for sustainable buildings.
Darien Ripple is the new Experiential Learning Program Manager at the University of Baltimore. Prior to accepting his position at UB in the spring of 2014, he was at Chandler Gilbert Community College serving as a philosophy faculty member, coordinator of the Sustainability and Ecological Literacy program, and the Director of the Environmental Technology Center. Darien earned a Ph.D. in sustainability education writing his dissertation on the relationship of international education to transformational learning and environmental sustainability. Darien has received a variety of scholarly grants, including a Fulbright Scholarship to study globalization in Mexico and Belize, Perkin's Work Place grant studying ground water contamination, and a Maricopa Institute for Learning Fellowship.
Valerie is a second year Masters student with a research focus in international development and climate change, specifically the extent to which international development agencies consider the impacts of climate change in their funding and lending decision in the Caribbean. Valerie's long-standing interest in sustainability led to her involvement with the UA Green Fund Committee, where she has enjoyed working with fellow committee members to enhance sustainability at the UA and learning about sustainability-related projects on campus and in the surrounding community.
Linda C. Samuels is the Project Director for the Sustainable City Project, a multi-disciplinary research, teaching, and outreach initiative of the University of Arizona. SCP is a think tank, make tank, say tank and do tank committed to design-based research in: extreme environments, sustainable infrastructure, midsize American cities, and top/up (the intersection of top up and bottom down processes and projects). Samuels recently received her doctorate in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her current appointment, Samuels was a Senior Research Associate at cityLAB, an urban research lab in UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and an adjunct.
In May of 2014, Erin will be receiving her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, with an emphasis in Sustainable Land and Water Management. She has been a Compost Technician with the University of Arizona Compost Cats for two years now. Her job consists of diverting food waste from landfills by making compost, and educating the public on composting and waste reduction. She is particularly interested in food systems, and her goal is to work towards creating one that is regional and sustainable to reduce the amount of resources consumed and wasted during the food production and transportation processes.
Catherine Sullivan is the Sustainability Specialist for Northern Arizona University (NAU) Campus Dining - Sodexo. In her role, Catherine works within Dining Services to improve overall sustainability of operations by reducing its impact on natural resources through a variety of initiatives in collaboration with NAU departments, programs, events and co-curricular projects to engage and educate both staff and students. Programming and education focus on key issues such as: waste reduction, energy conversation, health and wellness, community service, advancing food transparency at NAU and increasing local purchasing opportunities. At NAU, Catherine worked closely with academic and administrative stakeholders in developing and operationalizing "the sustainable café" initially conceived through work with Action Research Teams. The Green Scene Café, located in the new Health and Learning Center on campus focuses on sustainable foods and practices — such as local produce, breads, sauces, and herbs, reusable containers, composting and education. Read more..
As part of the launch, Catherine developed the menus — emphasizing the use of healthy, fresh ingredients including seasonal, local, organic and gluten-free options. One unique aspect of the café is the attention to each menu item's impact on the environment illustrated through a "carbon foodprint". Through a simplified version of Life-Cycle Analysis, Catherine developed this measurement tool which educates consumers on the carbon impact of their daily food choices. She also coordinates the NAU Composting Program with Campus Services and Facilities. On both a large and small scale, food makes an impact within our daily lives, environment and community and that impact can show itself in a range of forms, from greenhouse gas emissions, fighting hunger or knowing where and who grows your food. Food allows us to celebrate and share our cultures and traditions. Making those connections between people through food is what makes this position at NAU dynamic and extremely rewarding.
Chelsi graduated high school from Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts as a dance major with honors. Received a Bachelor's degree from W.P. Carey school of business with a concentration in Sustainability on an ASU grant and graduated on the dean's list. Currently pursuing a M.S.U.S degree in the School of Sustainability with a concentration in Sustainable Solutions. Previously worked at ASU in the University Sustainability Practices offices as the Directors program assistant. Currently working at ASU in the Global Institute of Sustainability as a teacher's assistant for a Sustainable Food and Farming course.
Vander Hooven comes to TOCC from Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, New Hampshire, where he served as Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. He holds a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University, an M.A. in American Studies from The University of Wyoming, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from The University of Maine. Vander Hooven has experience with leading institutions through self-assessment and accreditation, which is important for TOCC as it develops into the Tohono O'odham Nation's center for higher education. Vander Hooven lives with his wife Jennie Vander Hooven and their sons Jude and Jonah in Tucson, Arizona. He pursues trail running as a hobby, and the whole family loves hiking and outdoor activities.
Robert Vandling is currently a Technology Support Analyst Coordinator for ASU's Fire Systems and Support Technologies(FSST) group, a division of Facilities Development and Management. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1994, he has gone on to become a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified Demand Side Manager(CDSM) as well as a graduate from Arizona State University's W.P Carey School of Business with a Master's Degree in Information Management. Hired by ASU in 2001, Robert's duties and responsibilities have grown throughout the years. Currently, Robert is the Supervisor of the FSST department in which he is responsible for all of the Information Technology control systems associated with ASU Facilities Management. This responsibility includes maintaining various systems (BAS, Fire, EIS, Lighting, Elevator, etc.), as well as the collection, aggregation and preservation of ASU's energy data, as displayed in both ASU's Energy Information System and Campus Metabolism. Read more..
He also oversees the maintenance and support of all of ASU's Fire and Life Safety Systems on the Tempe campus. Robert is also one of the key team members of ASU's solar program in which ASU has over 23.5MWs (DC) of photovoltaic power currently online spread throughout its various campus environments.
Lisa, native to the Tucson area, is graduating in May 2014. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Italian Language. She has been working for Compost Cats as a compost technician for the past two years, and has recently been hired as an intern for the UA campus branch of Linking Edible Arizona Forests, where she works for an olive harvesting project. After graduating, Lisa will be finishing her minor in Orvieto, Italy for two months. She will then gain cultural and agricultural experience while working on a farm in central Italy.
Ellen Vaughan studied business and forestry at Virginia Tech before receiving her Masters in Environmental Policy at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry. She has worked as a Global Warming Field Organizer for Greenpeace in Washington, DC, the Director of Sustainability for the Syracuse Center for Excellence, and the Program Director for the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation in Bethesda, MD. Ellen spent the last two years working on energy and water issues in Aspen, CO before moving out to Flagstaff, AZ in late 2013 to work as the Sustainability Director at Northern Arizona University.
David Ward is a Community Director-Senior in Residence Life at the University of Arizona (UA). He earned his Masters in Higher Education, cognate area of College Student Development, from the University of Denver. David has nearly ten years of professional experience in Student Affairs, including the functional areas of Housing and Residential Education, Academic Advising, and Orientation Programs. David is currently in his second year with Residence Life at UA and currently co-chairs the Sustainability Education Committee in UA Residence Life. He works with student leaders and residents to design, implement, and facilitate educational programs and initiatives to create lasting and meaningful experiences for students. He has presented at conferences on topics ranging from student veterans support services to inspirational leadership and supervision, and recently was awarded a "Top 6 Program Award" as a co-presenter at the Association of Intermountain Housing Officers (AIMHO) 2013 annual conference for the session entitled "From Supervision to Inspiration".
Calvert Wichapa is a student at Tohono O'odham Community College (TOCC) majoring in life science. He is from Sells, Arizona on the Tohono O'odham Nation and he also serves as a student fire safety leader here at. Calvert is 37 years old and previously served as a wildland fire fighter in Arizona as well as traveling to fight other wildland fires across the country. He also serves as a student representative for TOCC for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the National Indian Education Association (NIEA). He has competed twice in the AIHEC Knowledge Bowl. Calvert will be assisted by fellow TOCC students Tina Vavages, Dana Andrews, and Rene Reno.
Thomas's commitment to environmental and social justice began at the early age of 12 with his involvement with organizations such as the Bund-Naturschutz and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Since moving to the United States from his native Germany in 2004, Thomas has continued to pursue his passion for sustainability. He has completed a BA in Business and Sustainability from ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business and is an SCC alumni. As the Sustainabiliy Coordinator at SCC, Thomas has brought to fruition numerous programs for the college. On a district wide level, he is the Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee, and staff support for the Sustainability Action Council.
Shayla came to Northern Arizona University from San Diego, CA. She is currently a senior pursuing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. With her degree, she hopes to someday have a positive impact on the environment. At NAU, she has been involved with the Associated Students of Northern Arizona University by serving as a Senator. She enjoys representing and being the voice for the student body. Shayla also enjoys being active by rock climbing, running, playing racquetball and geocaching. This is her second year on the Green Fund committee.
Ben Wu is a sophomore at the University of Arizona double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics. I graduated from Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona. Other than research, I greatly enjoy hip hop music and attending live shows.
Lisa Young has had a career with the Maricopa Community College for 20 years. She spent 15 years teaching hydrology at GateWay Community College and has spent the past 5 years at Scottsdale Community College as Instructional Design and Educational Technology Faculty. A pioneer in online learning, she has spent the past 16 years exploring online, hybrid and web-enhanced instruction to better serve her students. More recently, Young has embraced the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement with the hope that through the use of OER, students can have greater access to needed learning materials and reduced costs. Young earned a B.S. in Environmental Geography and a M.Ed. in Learning and Instructional Technology from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University.
Judge Zipps earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 1986 and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990. After graduation, she clerked for Judge William Canby of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, then practiced civil litigation and bankruptcy at Molloy, Jones and Donahue in Tucson, Arizona, from 1991 to 1995. From 1995 to 2005, she worked as an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tucson. During her employment with the U.S. Attorney's office, she held the positions of Civil Chief and Chief Assistant. She has taught Legal Research and Writing at the James E. Rogers University of Arizona College of Law. Judge Zipps was appointed to serve as a United States Magistrate for the United States District Court in Tucson, Arizona on April 4, 2005. She received her commission as a United States District Judge on October 5, 2011.