MichelleMichelle McCauley is Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College, where she chairs the Department of Psychology and directs the environmental studies conservation psychology major. Her research focuses on how psychological theory applies to social issues such as environmental engagement. She is part of a working group on contemplative environmental studies, and she is the faculty liaison for the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers Conference. For fun, she contributes to Hurry Up Please It’s Time, a web comic about the environment, culture, and science, and hangs out with her partner, two fabulous boys, two cats, and a few thousand bees.

Dan Mackey_a 2Dan Mackey is an Energy Innovation Champion at Green Mountain Power. As a seasoned employee with over 20 years of service to Central Vermont Public Service, Dan stepped up to the challenge in 2012 to take on a new role with GMP in the midst of a changing climate, and a work force in transition. Dan utilizes his experience to seek out and implement innovative changes to transform GMP from a traditional electric utility company to an energy service provider that will set the standard for a more resilient and sustainable future in Vermont.

JuxJuxtapoze is a music trio from the Adirondacks, featuring Vinnie Leddick, Tim Ellifritz and Michelle Howland. They perform original music filled with emotion, turning everyday experiences into timeless melodic journeys in the spirit of good storytelling. Together they have several decades of experience as professional musicians performing in the region. Their newest EP Change features lyrics and themes that touch on environmental and personal introspection.

PIC JOHN STROUGH2John Strough is an educator who taught at Queensbury High School for twenty seven years. In 2004 he was elected Town Councilman and served in that role until 2014 when he became Town Supervisor. John helped write and design the town’s zoning code, Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Open Space Plan and he wrote the region’s fist shoreline buffer design and fertilizer use limitations law. He initiated the effort to install rooftop solar panels on six town buildings. John serves on the board of many organizations including: Lake George Watershed Coalition, SUNY Adirondack, Warren County Safe & Quality Bicycle Organization, Warren County SPCA, Lake George/Lake Champlain Regional Planning, Warren County Economic Development and Capital region Community College Council.

Pamela Boyce Simms 2Pamela Boyce Simms is an evolutionary culture designer who convenes the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub, ─a six-state network of environmental activists. She is a veteran of local, regional, and national resilience-building with the Transition environmental movement, and currently works with international Quaker, Buddhist, and African Diaspora Earthcare networks. Pamela builds social transformation movements from the inside out, and from hyper-local to supranational levels.


tingley2Ken Tingley is Managing Editor of The Post Star; he guided the newsroom to national prominence as one of the best under 50,000 circulation newspapers in the country, including recognition as the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing. The newspaper also received six National Headliner Awards, three ASNE awards, one National Journalism honor and was six times named Newspaper of the Year in New York in AP’s annual contest. Tingley writes a column twice a week that has regularly been honored on the state level. This past year the column was honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists with first place honors.