Leadership

The founders of C&NN bring a substantial set of accomplishments as recipients of awards and recognition for their research, leadership, journalism, educational program development and entrepreneurship. Board members include published authors, educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, academics, youth leaders, and business and organizational leaders.

New Member —Stephen R. Kellert, Ph. D.

New Member —Stephen R. Kellert, Ph. D.Stephen R. Kellert is the Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He also recently became a Partner in the company, Environment Capital Partners, a private equity firm focusing on investments in the environmental industry. His work focuses on understanding the connection between human and natural systems with a particular interest in the value and conservation of nature and designing ways to harmonize the natural and human built environments. He has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been a member of the board of directors of many organizations. He has authored more than 150 publications, including Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Foundations (with P. Kahn, Jr., MIT Press, 2002). A new book, Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science, and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life, co-edited with J. Heerwagen and M. Mador, will be published in 2008.

New Member — Yusuf Burgess

New Member — Yusuf BurgessBrother Yusuf, as most folks call him, is an Environmental Educator at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation where he coordinates the DEC Diversity Program and is responsible for an urban outreach to increase the diversity of their Summer Youth Environmental Education Camps. He is member of the Albany School District’s Youth Safety Task Force and mentor to many youth from elementary school to college. As a concerned and dedicated youth professional he exposes young people to the natural world with engaging outdoor recreation activities. Part of his approach is to take urban youth on camping, boating, hunting, fishing, hiking, and skiing excursions. Getting them involved in pursuits that take them outside the often-constricting worlds they live in.
Yusuf serves as the current Chairperson of the Environmental Awareness Network for Diversity in Conservation (EANDC); he is a Champion of the Eagle Eye Institute of Massachusetts and their “Learn about Forest” Programs and a founding member of the Diversity Committee of the New York State Outdoor Education Association. He is a graduate of the Leadership Training Institute of Hofstra College and is currently pursuing a course of instruction in Environmental Education and Urban Planning at the New York State Empire College.

Chairman Richard Louv

Chairman Richard LouvRichard Louv is chairman of the and the author of seven books, including his most recent, "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder" (Algonquin). He has served as an adviser to the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award program, is a member of the Citistates Group, appears often on national radio and television programs, and speaks frequently in the United States and overseas. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other newspapers and magazines, and was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune and Parents magazine. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason, 25 and Matthew, 19. He is working on his eighth book, but would rather be fishing.

President and Treasurer Cheryl Charles, Ph.D.

President and Treasurer Cheryl Charles, Ph.D.Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is co-chair of the Education for Sustainable Development Working Group of the Commission on Education and Communication, World Conservation Union (IUCN-CEC). Cheryl is an innovator, educator, author and organizational executive. Cheryl served for close to 20 years as national director of the two most widely used environment education programs in North America, Project Learning Tree and Project WILD, and has received numerous awards for her leadership., Ph.D., is co-chair of the Education for Sustainable Development Working Group of the Commission on Education and Communication, World Conservation Union (IUCN-CEC). Cheryl is an innovator, educator, author and organizational executive. Cheryl served for close to 20 years as national director of the two most widely used environment education programs in North America, Project Learning Tree and Project WILD, and has received numerous awards for her leadership.

Vice President Martin LeBlanc

Vice President Martin LeBlancMartin LeBlanc, the National Youth Education Director for the Sierra Club, was himself a troubled youth who had his life turned around through an outdoor experience as a teenager. Martin has worked as an outdoor educator in Seattle, and served as outdoor-education advocate for Texas Parks and Wildlife. Martin believes that we "owe the next generation of American children a special place in nature so they can be empowered to solve the environmental challenges of the future."

Board Secretary Martha Farrell Erickson, Ph.D.

Board Secretary Martha Farrell Erickson, Ph.D.Martha Farrell Erickson, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota, where she is Director of the Irving B. Harris Training Programs in the Center for Early Education & Development and Co-Chair of the President's Initiative on Children, Youth & Families. A developmental psychologist specializing in parent-child attachment, child abuse prevention, and children's mental health, Marti is a well-known speaker and author in those fields and has been honored by state and national organizations for her outstanding contributions to psychology. With an interest in translating research for general audiences, Marti also appears weekly on Twin Cities television and hosts a weekly radio show, "Good Enough Moms," with her daughter, Erin Erickson Garner. Marti is passionate about the role of nature in children's development and hopes to spur not only a movement to reunite children with the natural world, but also more rigorous, extensive research on this critical topic in human development.

Director John Parr

Director John ParrJohn Parr is a co-founder of CIVIC RESULTS, a non-profit organization that assists governments, businesses and non-profit institutions to collaboratively plan and implement initiatives that create measurable change in the physical, social, civic and human infrastructure of communities and regions.

Managing Director Amy Pertschuk

Amy Pertschuk was a co-founder of eNature.com, the Web’s premier nature-discovery resource. From 2000 – 2005, Amy managed eNature’s operations and led program development and fundraising efforts for eNature’s partnership program, reaching out to like-minded agencies and organizations with programs and initiatives to support a broad range of regional educational efforts.

Consultants to C&NN

Dean Stahl is an editor, writer and researcher, the author of Dolphins (Child's World Inc.) and co-editor of Abbreviations Dictionary (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press), a desktop reference.

Chris Krueger is an internet producer, providing internet strategies and technology and was Co-founder, President, and Executive Director of eNature.com.