Kat Walter is a coordinator with the Yellow Springs Resilience Network, enabling efforts among individuals, organizations, local government, and businesses to develop a regenerative economy in the village, greatly reduce our carbon footprint and build long-term resilience to the effects of climate change as well as strength in the community. From the Resilience Network, Kat founded the Yellow Springs Time Exchange and Yellow Springs Repair Café, both of which develop stronger community resources without the exchange of money. Kat previously worked as an organizer for The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund throughout the United States to support communities intent on creating community rights codified into law. Kat received her M.Eds as an Intervention Specialist from Antioch University Midwest and taught 7 years at the high school level. She completed all but her thesis for a Masters of Humanities at Wright State University, where she also received her B.S. in International Studies.
Bob Brecha was born and raised in Ohio, graduating from Wright State University in 1983 with a B.S. degree in Physics and then earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. After two years of post-doctoral research in Germany, he took a faculty position in the Physics Department at the University of Dayton. Currently he is Professor of Physics and a faculty member in the Renewable and Clean Energy Program at UD. He was founding coordinator of the Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) minor from 2007 - 2015. Since 2006 he has been a regular visiting scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany. His research publications focus on energy efficiency in buildings, climate change mitigation strategies, fossil-fuel resource limits, integration of fluctuating renewable energy sources and energy needs for sustainable development. He lives in a strawbale house with solar hot water and solar electricity with which he generates energy for his house and car.
Dave Westneat is a long time resident of Yellow Springs, Ohio, home of Community Solutions. He received a BS in Chemistry from Allegheny College and a PhD in Chemistry from the Univ. of Pittsburgh. He worked for the DuPont Co. in Wilmington, DE and for the University of Akron in Ohio. In 1965 he joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where he taught for over 25 years. He has been a past President and also a Trustee of the Glen Helen Association’s Board in Yellow Springs. Dave is a longtime member of Community Solutions.
Saul M. Greenberg, PhD in General Psychology and Counseling, The Union Institute, 1975, currently is a Professor in the College of Education, Intervention Specialist Professional Development Preparation Program at Central State University, an 1890 Land-Grant Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Previously, he served for eleven years in a similar capacity at Antioch University Midwest.
He has been an Adjunct Professor at many area-wide colleges and universities and has taught courses also in other academic disciplines such as the Humanities - “Non-Violent Resistance Movement in the 20th Century”, “Global Ecology & Public Policy”.
A career in Psychology and Education has included a rich variety of Professional experiences as a clinician, professor, administrator, consultant, and entrepreneur ranging from direct hands-on work to upper level supervisory services in private practice as well as community mental health and K-12 schools to Universities, and, was an owner/operator of a health-food restaurant.
Isabel Brumley is the 1890 Program Liaison at Central State University and the United States Department of Agriculture. She has been with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for six years, first as a Grants Management Specialist and now with the office of advocacy and outreach. . Her degree is in Social Work from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. She also holds a Grants Management Certificate from Management Concepts in Washington, DC.
While on a detail through USDA/APHIS, she served as the Administrative Officer for the Screwworm (SW) Program in Panama. Her duties involved managing and providing direct bilateral USA/Panama oversight for the screwworm program. Her activities included: financial reporting and review; budget planning, execution and oversight; communications; human resources and personnel management; physical security management; purchasing and contracting; and information technology requirements. She is currently responsible for direct outreach to beginning ranchers and farmers in the state of Ohio and for building capacity for Central State University by identifying funding opportunities, and offering scholarships and internships to students.
Immediately prior to establishing his consulting firm in 1993, Dr. Freeman served for six years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Earlham College. The primary focus of his work as Vice President was the planning and implementation of a $37 million capital campaign and oversight of all fundraising, marketing, and communications activities for the College.
Prior to his tenure as vice president at Earlham, Henry served as a Director of Major Gifts at The University of Michigan where his primary responsibility was the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of gifts of $100,000 or more. While at Michigan, he also directed a successful $9.7 million campaign for construction of the W. K. Kellogg Eye Center, a state of the art facility affiliated with the University’s healthcare and hospital system.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College in South Carolina, Dr. Freeman also holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale and the Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Michigan. His dissertation in the area of enrollment planning and merit-based scholarships received academic honors from the University upon its completion in 1986. His research findings also received national recognition two years earlier at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Higher Education and in subsequent years has been credited with shaping the future of merit-based scholarship programs both nationally and at individual colleges and universities throughout the country.
Glenn Gall, a northern Ohio native, has been involved over the last decade with numerous natural solutions to restore a livable planet. He trained with Peter Bane, Darren Doherty, Dave Jacke, and Mark Shepard in permaculture, and also taken training in climate science, biological farming, and livestock management. Glenn does small-scale fruit, vegetable, and livestock farming, and teaches agricultural methods that impact soil, water, climate, and provide nutrient rich food. These methods include permaculture, holistically planned grazing, water harvesting, agroforestry, and biological farming. He is now a dealer for plant and soil bio-mineral solutions and cover crops, and assists the organization Biology for a Livable Climate in promoting the restoration of ecosystems, biologically capturing carbon, and restoring water cycles to reverse global warming.
Vickie Hennessy grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her BS and MS in Ecology and Systematic Biology from San Francisco State University in 1980. Vickie joined the faculty at Sinclair Community College as a professor of biology where she taught a variety of biology courses, including courses she developed in Tropical Ecology (a field course in the country of Belize) and River Ecology-focusing on local Ohio rivers.
For 8 years, Vickie served as president of the Green Environmental Coalition (GEC), a grassroots environmental organization with a focus on public participation and reducing threats to our earth, air and water. She continues to serve as an environmental activist and educator in the community and has been successful in several campaigns including banning fluoride from Yellow Springs' drinking water; establishing a community bill of rights that bans fracking and injection wells from the village; establishing a ban on the aerial spraying of pesticides to control mosquitoes; developing an eight acre conservation preserve on village owned land to protect resident beaver, their wetlands, and other wildlife in this ecosystem. Currently Vickie’s focus is on initiating a plastic bag ban and making Yellow Springs a zero waste community.
Laird Schaub has lived over four decades in intentional community, and has served as the main administrator for the Fellowship for Intentional Community for the last 20 years. In addition to being an author and public speaker, he's also a meeting junkie and has parlayed his passion for good process into a consulting business on cooperative group dynamics.
Linda Wigington was the 2002 recipient of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's Champion of Energy Efficiency Award. She is a residential energy consultant and founder of the Affordable Comfort conference. Through ACI, she worked under contract to PG&E to support projects that aimed to achieve deep energy reductions (70% or more) as part of the Thousand Home Challenge. Linda Wigington has direct knowledge of many residential energy projects that are delving beyond business as usual to achieve 70% and greater reductions in site energy use.
Nancy Lee Wood, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at Bristol Community College (BCC) and Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Post-carbon Education, teaches courses and organizes events focused on sustainability. She currently is guiding a 60-credit Sustainability Studies Program through the curricula committee at BCC, working with colleagues throughout New England in developing a New England Resilience Group, and as advisor to the BCC student group - Seeds of Sustainability - promoting local agriculture throughout southeastern MA.