2017 Workshop Facilitators and Hosts

2017 Presenters 

Workshop Facilitators and Hosts

Jay Antle -
Antle is Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability at Johnson County Community College, where he has served since 2009. He is also a professor of history at JCCC and holds a PhD in Environmental History from the University of Kansas. 
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 new undergraduate Sustainability Certificate, which she developed and implemented in spring 2016. Prior to this, Kim worked on programming and outreach in the Center for Sustainability at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and in the Office of Sustainability at Ohio University (OU). Kim is a past participant of the Piedmont Project and has been involved in the planning and facilitation of 2 years of KU's own sustainability curriculum workshop, the Oread Project
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.​
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.



Emily Gullickson - 
Emily serves as the Program Coordinator for Diversity and Social Justice Education for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She is an advisor to the Hawk Link program and teaches UNIV 101. Emily also co-coordinates Safe Zone trainings for KU Faculty and Staff with the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity.

She recently moved here after spending 6 cold but wonderful years in Madison, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Iowa in Spanish and International Studies. In addition, Emily holds a Master’s of Arts in Spanish Literature as well as a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Emily is the secondary Spanish-speaking contact in the office.

Throughout her time in higher education, Emily has served in numerous roles and has worked in a variety of units that specifically focus on diversity, social justice, equity, retention, and educational policy.

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).  
Matthew Burke - Visual Art
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, will be on exhibition at the Salina Art Center, Salina, KS this June and July. He lives in Lawrence with his wife, Melissa and son, Angus and is grateful for the many wonderful people in his life.​
Anthony Funari - English
Anthony Funari teaches writing and literature at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. He is a published author and a scholar of Renaissance Studies, specializing in Milton. Anthony holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from Lehigh University. His first book was published in 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan examines the literary reaction to the Scientific Revolution from an environmental perspective. Anthony has taught writing at the college-level since 2005 and likes to help writers articulate their thoughts and to understand their readers’ perspectives.
Caroline Goodman - Mathematics
Caroline Goodman is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas where she teaches a variety of developmental and transfer math classes.  She has also taught at North Iowa Area Community College and Parkland College in Illinois. 

Caroline is a co-chair of the Math department’s Placement and Assessment Committee, and keeps busy with other responsibilities including teaching both online and face-to-face classes, incorporating Sustainability as a theme in College Algebra, plus textbooks committees, Honors College Algebra discussions, and more.  

Melanie Harvey - Chemistry and Heather Seitz - Biology 
Melanie Harvey, associate professor of chemistry, and Heather Seitz, associate professor of biology, work together with their students in Course Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) to help combat antibiotic resistance. ​
Rebecca Layne - Environmental Science
Rebecca Layne is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Johnson County Community College. Rebecca has a master’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Missouri State University. Her research interests involve endangered species, including freshwater mussels, fish, insects, and crayfish. Rebecca believes in field studies as a primary method for learning science and values building connections between her students and the community through service learning. 

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