Vermont Intercultural Semesters

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    VIS Advisory Board
    JOAN ASHLEY has served on the Advisory Board of The Mountain School Program of Milton Academy in Vershire, VT, and on the Board of The Vermont Council on the Humanities.

LISA CASHDAN is a philanthropic consultant. She is also a consultant for the Upper Valley Community Foundation, where she was Executive Director from Sept.,1998-Dec. 2003, and for the Trust for Public Land, Fund for a Better Vermont and the Groundworks Program of the National Park Service. Cashdan is on the Boards of the Vermont Land Trust and Center for Whole Communities, as well as on the Advisory Councils of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Upper Valley Land Trust, National and New England offices of Trust for Public Land and Vital Communities of the Upper Valley.

WILLIAM EDDY’s involvement with the environment has spanned four decades and five continents. He had developed public awareness programs devoted to the conservation of wildlife in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. In the 1980s, Eddy established training programs for the Peace Corps to increase environmental understanding in a number of Central American, Caribbean, and African countries. His work as a consultant with the U.S. Park Service involved him in a variety of projects in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Vermont where he taught environmental studies for 22 years before retiring in 1999 as professor emeritus.

NANCY GRANT is the Co-Founder of The Mountain School [Program of Milton Academy, and co-directed that School from 1983-1994. She has served on the Board of Advisors for the Chewonki Foundation's Maine Coast Semester; in July 2004 she will be Director of Programs for New Jersey SEEDS (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success), a non-profit organization committed to "providing opportunities for highly motivated, academically qualified, but economically disadvantaged students."

DAVID GRANT, with Nancy Grant, is Co-Founder of The Mountain School. He is the Executive Director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

EILEEN R. GROWALD is Board Chair of the Gaiter School, the Champlain Valley Greenbelt Alliance and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She founded the latter two organizations in 2ooo and 2002 respectively along with the Vermont Smart Growth Collaborative in 2001. Previously, she founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) in 1994 and the Institute for the Advancement of Health in ig8i.

SUE HALPERN is a writer whose books include Migrations to Solitude, Four Wings and a Prayer, Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly, and the novel The Book of Hard Things.  Halpern has taught at Columbia, Bard and Bryn Mawr College. She founded and ran The Wilderness Community School, in Johnsburg, NY, a rural one-room schoolhouse that integrated wilderness education and community service into an elementary school curriculum.

PRISCILLA KELLERT teaches environmental science at The Hopkins School, a private high school in New Haven, CT. She is also Director of outdoor orientation activities for entering freshmen at Yale University.

STEPHEN R. KELLERT is the Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is the author of six books, including Building for Life: B Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection, The Value of Life, and The Biophilia Hypothesis, edited with E. O. Wilson. Kellert also prepared a new high school curriculum of environmental ethics for The Goldman Environmental Prize (Environmental Ethics: Examining Your Connection to the Environment and Your Community”, endorsed by 24 leading environmental and educational organizations).

CURTIS INGHAM KOREN is the Executive Director of Vermont Intercultural Semesters (VIS). She has long been associated with The Sharon Academy in Sharon, VT, as a teacher, parent and member of the Campus Development Committee.  Koren has worked as an editor and writer at Ms. Magazine, as a Middle-East correspondent based in Cyprus, and as a journalist at the United Nations. She has spearheaded community and educational projects through the Brookfield Community Partnership (BCP, which she helped found in Brookfield, VT.

CREA LINTILHAC, of Shelburne,Vermont, is a trustee of the Lintilhac Foundation. She earned a Masters degree from UVM in 1978 and is a member of the RSENR Water Center Advisory Committee at UVM. She is also on several Boards of environmental organizations.

BILL MCKIBBEN is the author of numerous books about environment, culture, and media. The End of Nature, published in 1989, was the first book for a general audience about global warming, and has been translated into 20 languages. His other books include Hope, Human and Wild, Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously, and Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age.

ANNE STEPHENS is the Assistant Director of VIS, and Director Emeritus of The Mountain School Program of Milton Academy, where she was Director from i994-2002. She was also Director of the Upper School of the Lakeside School in Seattle, WA from 1992-1994, and Director of the summer leadership program of the Washington Governors' School for Citizen Leadership, i987-1993. Stephens is a member of the Advisory Boards at City Term and Maine Coast Semester, and at Proctor Academy.

JANE WATSON STETSON was on the Board of Advisors for the Mountain School Program of Milton Academy from 1985-1995. In 1966 she Co-Founded the William E. Boyle Community Pediatrics Program, training pediatricians, families and communities in a collaborative method of care for chronically ill children. She is also on the Community Benefits Committee at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Stetson is a member of the Board of Directors of Proctor Academy, and has been on the Advisory Board of VIS since the program was established.