Presenters and Panelists
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 the age of 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 a Bachelors of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as the Spanish Language. In the future she hopes to join the Peace Corps, and go on to study Human Rights Law.
Hanan Boukaima -
Hanan Boukhaima 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.
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 collection 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, KS 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 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 is a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program and courtesy faculty member in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Kansas. He received his BS degree from the University of Washington and a PhD 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 -
Bob Harrington is a Professor in the Dept of Educational Psychology at KU. He has been a professor for the past 38 years going on 39 years at the start of this upcoming academic year. 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 Masters 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 USA and aboard. His most recent keynote was in Dublin, Ireland at the Ireland International Conference on Education. He is on the Editorial Board of the journal 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 agenices regarding behavior management and bullying.
Eileen Horn -
Eileen Horn is the state representative for the 10th 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 an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, and B.S. in Biology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. 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 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 an MA in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities from Western Kentucky University with a focus in sustainability-related curriculum development in the humanities and a BA in History from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Lindsay Jorgenson -
Lindsay 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 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, CPA, CMA, CFM -
Kate McNeil 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 (Pittsburg, KS) where she received a BBA in Accounting and MBA with an emphasis in Accounting. Kate has over 16 years of professional accounting experience, in Big 4, private, and local public accounting. She has been teaching full-time at JCCC for two years and is always looking for innovative ideas to bring to her classroom.
Deion McQuarters -
My name is Deion McQuarters and I’m a recent graduate from the University of Kansas. I graduated with my bachelors in architectural studies and I currently work as a junior architect for Travois Architecture. I got my 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 is the Waste Reduction manger 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 focusing on 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 -
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 -
Kathy and I and 4 kids and 7 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. We crop a little between the rocks...
From 1973 until 1994 we farmed full time on the family farm. Much of that time involved in dairying. I am in my 17th year as Kansas Farmers Union president and very much enjoy representing the organization. I am in my 4rd year as National Farmers Union Vice President. Previous to VP I served 3 years as NFU Treasurer. Previous to my position as KFU president I 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 the summer of 2010 I 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 me.
I’m involved in a boatload of committees, both associated with Farmers Union and others, but all involve rural quality of life or history, my two passions.
Deb Williams -
Williams is a member of the science faculty at JCCC and frequently participates in collaborations with the Kansas Studies Institute. She holds a J.D. with certificates in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Tribal Law (Federal Indian Law) from the KU School of Law, a M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (KU), M.S in Curriculum and Instruction (KSU); M.S. in Student Counseling and Personnel Service (KSU), a B.S. in Animal Science (KSU) and a B.S. in Life Science/Biology (KSU).