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Past Presenters and Panelists

NEW CONFERENCE DATE: will be determined by August 15

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2019 conference will be rescheduled. Please check back on or after Aug. 15 for the new date. 

2018 Presenters and Panelists

Ellie Beck
Ellie Beck

Ellie Beck is an incoming freshman at the University of Kansas who grew up homeschooled and began taking college-level classes at Johnson County Community College at age 15. After previously making part-time Honor Roll and as a member of the Johnson County Community College President’s List two semesters in a row, she feels well prepared to start her next step in education, double-majoring in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as Spanish. In the future she hopes to join the Peace Corps and study Human Rights Law.

Hanan Boukaima is an international student from Morocco at Johnson County Community College. She has been involved with the Student Senate and the Student Sustainability Committee for the last two years. Hanan is planning to pursue a degree in Political Science.

Matt Burke
Matthew Burke

Matthew Burke’s works span a range of materials and interests. Through the construction objects, outdoor installations and interactive works, the artist seeks to direct attention to the relationship between things as a way to make known the interconnection possible at any given moment. Burke teaches sculpture at The University of Kansas with an emphasis in ecological art, as well as woodworking, drawing, and public art. His work is in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art Library and the Brooklyn Museum of Art Library. His most recent work, When We Hear Water, was featured at the Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas, in 2017. He lives in Lawrence with his wife, Melissa, and son, Angus, and is grateful for the many wonderful people in his life.

Kim Criner
Kim Criner

Kim Criner is Education and Outreach Coordinator in the Center for Sustainability at the University of Kansas (KU). She is also Coordinator of the university’s undergraduate Sustainability Certificate, which she developed and implemented in spring 2016. Additionally, she has been assistant adjunct professor in the Sciences Division at JCCC since 2014, where she teaches Principles of Sustainability and Environmental Science. Prior to this, Kim worked on programming and outreach in the Center for Sustainability at Johnson County Community College and in the Office of Sustainability at Ohio University. Kim is a past participant of the Piedmont Project and has been involved in the planning and facilitation of KU's own sustainability curriculum workshop, the Oread Project.

Bob Hagen
Bob Hagen

Bob Hagen is a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program and courtesy faculty member in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Department at the University of Kansas. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a doctorate from Cornell University. After post-doctoral work at Michigan State University, he came to KU in 1991 with his spouse, an entomologist and professor in EEB. They have collaborated in research on population genetics of spiders and bees. His recent research, done primarily with undergraduate students, includes studies of periodical cicadas and white-tailed deer at the university’s field station. Dr. Hagen also serves as Field Education Coordinator for the Environmental Studies program. He has taught the undergraduate Field Ecology course since 2007 and helped develop an interdisciplinary course for freshmen international students titled Introduction to Kansas Landscapes. A key element in both courses is getting students out of the classroom to experience and learn about the local and regional environment. He is currently working with other KU faculty and staff to enhance use of the campus as a focus for coursework and student projects.

Robert Harrington
Robert Harrington

Robert Harrington is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at KU. He has been a professor for the past 38 years. He teaches courses in Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Mental Health Challenges, and Behavior Management at the graduate levels. He has always believed that the human aspect is a part of our ecology and that we create social climates that we live in that can be adaptive or maladaptive. What he likes about these courses is that it requires some degree of problem/conflict resolution to make things better in these personal and collective environments. Students in the courses seem to feel the same way. He enrolls students from all areas of education, including students studying in Higher Education Administration. He also enrolls students from Clinical and Clinical Child Psychology. It is a happy meeting of diversity of backgrounds. One of his student research advisees, Bixi Qiao, has just been awarded the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in May 2018 for her work comparing bullying of public school teachers by their students in the East (China) and the West (USA). Bixi has also just been honored for her work in social justice by the KU Center for Sustainability for the same research.

Professor Harrington is a regular keynote speaker at many psychological and educational conferences in the United States and abroad. His most recent keynote was in Dublin, Ireland, at the Ireland International Conference on Education. He is on the editorial board of Child Development and is currently reviewing a very interesting journal article on bullying in early childhood. He is a regular consultant to schools and mental health agencies regarding behavior management and bullying.

Eileen Horn
Eileen Horn

Eileen Horn is the state representative for the Tenth District, which includes southeast Lawrence and Baldwin City. She serves on the House Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Federal & State Affairs committees. Previously, Eileen served as the Sustainability Director for Douglas County and the city of Lawrence. In that role, she founded the Douglas County Food Policy Council. Eileen holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Eileen and her husband, Chef Rick Martin, are also co-owners of Limestone Pizza in downtown Lawrence. They live in Lawrence with their sons.

Kristy Howell
Kristy Howell

Kristy Howell has served as Sustainability Education and Engagement Coordinator at Johnson County Community College since 2014. Howell has directed a sustainability-focused small-business incubator in Illinois and spent nearly a decade in higher education administration and sustainability at a small, rural community college in Kentucky prior to joining JCCC. Kristy has a master’s degree in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities from Western Kentucky University with a focus in sustainability-related curriculum development in the humanities and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Lindsay Jorgenson
Linday Jorgenson

Lindsay Jorgenson is a Kansas native whose interest in local food systems began at a young age with her father’s homemade salsa recipe and vegetables from their backyard. Lindsay graduated from the University of Kansas, served at a local health center through AmeriCorps, and afterward attended Washington University in St. Louis where she received two master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health. In St. Louis, Lindsay worked to promote health equity and food systems through the community development/housing sector. A major focus of her work in St. Louis surrounded the reutilization of vacant land. After living in St. Louis for six years, Lindsay relocated to North Carolina to manage a project for North Carolina State Cooperative Extension that focused on enhancing policy, systems and environmental supports for local food and physical activity access within four rural counties. Lindsay currently works in Johnson County, Kansas, with K-State Research and Extension as a Community Food Systems Agent, where she works to promote equitable food systems across the region.

Lindsay is a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and has published research in several public health journals. She recently co-authored a book chapter on rural health in a public health textbook.

Erin Kruse
Erin Kruse

Erin Kruse is a recent graduate of JCCC, where she studied sustainable agriculture and liberal arts with emphases in sociology and sustainability. She is currently working toward her bachelor's in urban studies at UMKC. Her career goal is to ensure social justice and sustainability in community organization and policy.

 

 

 

 

Kate McNeil
Kate McNeil

Kate McNeil, CPA, CMA, CFM, is a member of the accounting faculty at JCCC and the 2018 recipient of JCCC’s award recognizing individual achievements in creating a more sustainable campus. She attended Pittsburg State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA with an emphasis in accounting. Kate has more than 16 years of professional accounting experience in Big 4, private and local public accounting. She has taught full time at JCCC for two years and is always looking for innovative ideas to bring to her classroom.

Deion McQuarters
Deion McQuarters

Deion McQuarters is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas. Deion graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies and currently works as a junior architect for Travois Architecture. He received his certificate in sustainability to change the way people think about the environment and their connection with it, and further bridge the gap between the natural environment and the built environment.

 

 

 

 

Eric Nelson
Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson is the Waste Reduction manager at The University of Kansas. He handles administrative duties for KU Recycling as well as other issues on campus related to municipal solid waste, such as collection scheduling, vendor relations, market conditions and community partnerships/outreach. With almost 10 years in sustainable waste management, Eric focuses on a holistic approach to waste reduction, recycling, and fiscal responsibility. While at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, he oversaw the development and operation of the first in-vessel compost system at an educational institution in the state. Eric is certified as a Compost Site Manager from the University of Maine, a board member of the Kansas Organization of Recyclers, and the YP Representative for the Sunflower Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. Eric attended Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas.

Jeff Severin
Jeff Severin

As Director of Campus Planning & Sustainability, Jeff Severin oversees the Center for Sustainability and Office of Space Management and coordinates with Facilities Planning & Development on campus planning processes. Jeff was hired as the first director of the Center for Sustainability in January 2007. He has worked at the University of Kansas since 2004, managing the recycling program prior to his appointment with CFS. During his tenure at the Center, he has coordinated the development of a campus sustainability plan and campus bike plan and helped launch new initiatives addressing campus sustainability, including campus beautification, faculty development and student leadership programs.

Jeff serves as the campus representative on the City of Lawrence Transportation Commission and chairs the LiveWell Lawrence Healthy Built Environment Work Group. He is also a 2016 Social Justice Fellow with the KU Office of Multicultural Affairs. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Master of Urban Planning with an emphasis in environmental planning.

Donn Teske
Donn Teske

Donn Teske, his wife, Kathy, their four children and seven grandkids operate a fifth-generation beef cow/calf operation on the native Bluestem pastures on the east edge of the Flint Hills in Northeast Kansas at Wheaton, in Pottawatomie county. They crop a little between the rocks.

From 1973 until 1994 the Teskes farmed full time on the family farm. Much of that time involved in dairying. Donn is in his 17th year as Kansas Farmers Union president and very much enjoys representing the organization. He has served for four years as National Farmers Union vice president, having previously served for three years as its treasurer. Previous to his position as KFU president, he worked for the Kansas Rural Center for five years and also for Kansas State University Ag Econ as a farm analyst for five years. In summer 2010, Donn had the opportunity to work with the village of Keur Ali Gueye in Senegal, Africa, on their millet production. It was a life-changing experience for him. He’s involved in a boatload of committees, both associated with Farmers Union and others, but all involve rural quality of life or history, his two passions.

Deb Williams
Deb Williams

Deb Williams is a member of the science faculty at JCCC and frequently participates in collaborations with the Kansas Studies Institute. She holds a juris doctorate with certificates in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Tribal Law (Federal Indian Law) from the KU School of Law, master’s degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (KU), Curriculum and Instruction (KSU) and Student Counseling and Personnel Service (KSU) as well as double bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science (KSU) and in Life Science/Biology (KSU).