Who We Are

Who is “we”? The Institute relies on volunteers most of whom are epiAssociates including our board of directors – past and present. Many individuals have advised and contributed of their time or financially to guide a way forward to fulfill our mission and vision. “We” includes every participant and donor – no matter how small – as we must all do this work together.


Current epi | ASSOCIATES

Jennifer Fay Rice, M.B.A. (Communications, Sustainable Local Economic Development, Leadership San Juan County Facilitator, Online Independence) • WA

Leah Potter-Weight, M.S. (Agroecology, Agrarian Commons) • WA, WI, NM

Saul Alarcon, M.S. University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment. Educator, Bioregional G.I.S. and ESRI specialist, Coastal Conservation Director- formerly at WildCoast • CA and Mexico

North Olympic Peninsula Outreach Volunteer and Educator:

Roy Fuller, B.A. Social Psychology and Leadership, Agrarian Co-Op Development, and Event Coordinator • CO ad WA

Current Board of Directors

Nick Le Claire, B.S. (Vice President) Fisherman, Journalist, Environmental Science Instructor and Outdoor Education Guide, Pinhead Institute – Telluride • CO and MN.

Mona Nigohossian (Treasurer) Artist, Event Coordinator, Social Media Communications, Fine Art and Real Estate • NM, AZ and TX

Myriem Le Ferrand, M.S. (President and Acting Secretary, Founder/Director) Environmental Economics, Environmental Dispute Resolution, Stakeholder Involvement, Organizational Learning, Natural Resource Policy, and Public Participation • CO, NM and WA

Current Advisory Board • Previous Board Directors in chronological order:

Dorothy Rupert – former State Senator-Colorado, former Board President of CDR Associates – pioneering mediation and dispute resolution training firm, former High School counselor to children of the Udall Family • NE and CO

Malcolm Odell, PhD – Pioneering Community and Sustainable Development Technical Advisor, first round Peace Corps, Founder Appreciative Inquiry Planning and Action, early participant in Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival through family’s ownership of Lowell Boat Shop, makers of fine dories • Washington, DC, MA, Nepal and Africa Sub-Saharan.

Jack Bauersachs, PhD. CFA. – Founder of first International Business Management School of its kind through Dusseldorf University, later replicated around the world • CO and Bavaria (home was burned in first wave of the “new” forest fires in Boulder Mountains).

Daniel Wolf, Inventor, Attorney-Harvard Law, Political Scientist and Election Auditing Research and Development Democracycounts.org • OR and CA

Damun Gracenin, PhD – Public Health, Univ of CA – Berkeley. Grant Administrator and Urban Advocate • CA and TX

Margaret Owens – DIrector on Regional Economic Development Board, instrumental in generating and equitably distributing proceeds from legalization of cannabis in rural northeastern Colorado on the border between Wyoming and Nebraska • CO

Previous Board of Directors on Sabbatical from Advisory Engagement in chronological order:

Susan Teitelman – administrator, organics lobbyist and herbalist • Washington, D.C., CO, OR, MT

Kelly Voss – Nonprofit Development Director and Founder of MindOasis • CO, TX, and WI

Marleny Munoz Bonnycastle, PhD, Social Work – Professor in Participatory Action Research and Appreciative Inquiry • Manitoba, Canada and Columbia

Franklin Wallbrown – Environmental Compliance, Marine Trades, Web Broadcasting and Open Source Information Technology • OH and WA

Enormous appreciation to Marleny for being Myriem’s (founder) first online instructor and excelling in bringing the generative practice of Appreciative Inquiry to life! Thank you!

Early Advisors (2009-2010)

The founder’s early technical advisors in Front Range of Colorado included Mark Kightlinger C.P.A. and Cara Greengard Lawrence Esq.; both specialized in nonprofit oversight and management. Ms. Lawrence provided formal pro bono legal services towards development of the Institute’s bylaws and the submittal of the Institute’s 501c3 tax exemption application. Mark Kightlinger is highly-regarded nonprofit auditor and oversaw development of our chart of accounts.

In addition, Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center (Durango) provided guidance in the development of an operational plan with the extraordinary oversight of Dr. Professor Bauersachs.

Previous epiAssociates that were not epiBOD (2009-2010):

Chris Bartlett • Denver, London, Berlin

Ann Litow • CO

Karl Hanzel • CO

Lise Pettijohn • AZ

Suzanne Coe, B.S. Journalist and Conservation Biologist. Sue employed Bill McKibben as a gardener in her landscaping business • CT and CO

Margaret Owens • CO

Fran Marciano • CA

Sara Wakefield† • CO

Lisa Ramsey • WA (2016)

We are enthusiastically grateful to each of these wonderful people. Each person listed has contributed enormously to the success of the Institute. For the many others not listed, we are grateful for their conversation, and their movement towards building the organization or initiating outreach in a range of ways.

And we must especially recognize the devotion and commitment of Chris Bartlett (brand creation) and Ann Litow (editor). The Institute is ever grateful for their utter devotion to getting it right and their capacity to elevate results with kindness! Thank you!

Capabilities and Qualifications

In the near term, full bios are forthcoming. If you would like information sooner, please contact us. We can prepare | epi | capabilities and qualifications per your requirements with sufficient lead time.

Eventually, this site will allow for profile creation and we encourage everyone to self-manage their content.

Immense gratitude to these wonderful people and many others along the way!

Please also refer to website for Guild for Social Fieldwork for all contributors and previous bios.

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