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Audrey Peterman (


Audrey Peterman is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and St. Thomas Aquinas College.  She is a founding member of the South Florida Community Partners program and serves on the following boards: National Parks Conservation Association; Association of Partners for Public Lands; Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Greening Youth Foundation as well as on the steering committee of the, “Keeping It Wild,” program.  Her upcoming book, “Legacy on…

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Alix Hopkins (


Alix has worked in collaborative land conservation, communications and related fields for more than thirty years. However, she took a somewhat circuitous route in getting there – learning to control avalanches in Utah, working on a ranch in Wyoming and at a salmon cannery in Alaska during the 1970s. In the early 1980s, she worked in public relations, political organizing,…

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Beth Pratt (


Beth Pratt is the Director, Environmental Affairs of  Yellowstone National Park-Xanterra Parks & Resorts. She started on January of 2008. Her job is a 50/50 split between infusing sustainability into each department and raising awareness of climate change and helping guests and employees be greener in their own lives. Know more about Beth and Yellowstone… check out the website here.

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Brenda Palms Barber (


Brenda Palms Barber is the founding Executive Director of North Lawndale Employment Network’s (NLEN)  in 1999. Brenda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. In July 2008 she attended the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management program as a Roman Nomitch Fellow on a full scholarship. Brenda was also a member of the second…

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Bryony Schwan (


Bryony Schwan is the Executive Director of Biomimicry Institute. She founded Women’s Voices for the Earth and served as its Executive Director and then Program Director for 12 years. During that time she co-founded the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Coming Clean, a national environmental health coalition now comprised of over 200 national and local organizations. Bryony received her MS in environmental studies from the University…

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Carolyn Finney (


Carolyn Finney is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. As a professor, she explores how difference, identity, representation, and power play a significant role in determining how people negotiate their daily lives in relation to the environment. Although Carolyn pursed an acting career for eleven years, a backpacking trip around the world and living in Nepal changed the…

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Cheryl Heller (


Cheryl Heller is an American designer and brand strategist. She has developed brands and launched products for Fortune 100 and start-up companies in fields ranging from fashion and beauty, entertainment and retail to technology, food and beverage, health care and finance. Her experience includes the development of national broadcast and print campaigns, identity programs, web-based programs, employee communications and training, direct…

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Claudia Garzesi (


Claudia Garzesi is an Eco-Artist. As a child in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she learned to make crafts from her mother and her grandmother. She became a dentist but decided to use her artistic skills and creativity to help others earn a living by reusing castoff materials. Now living in the United States, Garzesi and her husband own an importing company,…

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Deborah Shimberg (


It was a 1992 trip to an economically depressed chicle-producing community in Guatemala that inspired entrepreneur Deborah Schimberg to create a market for the product stateside that was delicious, sustainable and healthy. The overwhelming majority of gums available, explains the Brown University alum (‘79),contain Aspartame, an increasingly controversial, artificial, non-saccharide sweetener that has been linked to everything from physiological impairments to…

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Denise Zmekhol (


Originally from Sao Paulo Brazil and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, award-winning director Denise Zmekhol has traveled the globe to make commercials and documentaries for Google, Sun Microsystems, Kellogg’s, Revlon, Pepsi, and her own independent productions. The hallmarks of her directing career: humor, passion, the joy of living, empathy, attention to detail, eye on the basic…

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