2006

Born in Rochester, New York, Barb moved to Alaska when she was 23 years old to work as a cook for a high-end wilderness lodge.  Soon thereafter, she worked in the Bering Sea on a crab fishing vessel, and later as a cook on fishing tenders in herring and salmon fisheries.
Heather has been with Potomac Conservancy since 2002. As Director of Headwaters Conservation, she oversees all land protection projects and guides strategy for the Shenandoah program and projects in the headwaters region of the Potomac River watershed.
After growing up in the corn fields of Ohio, Karie moved to the forests and lakes of Michigan to study french and art.  With a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College, she was asked to teach English to French high school students in Paris for a year.  Upon returning to
Stephanie Gripne, Ph.D. Founder, Impact Finance Center. Stephanie is the creative force behind the Impact Finance Center.
Raul Figueroa was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he grew up working on the 15-acre family coffee farm that his father bought to “make sure we would  never grow too far away from the land.” He earned his B.S.
Born in Argentina. Maria Basilico graduated as a translator from the University of Buenos Aires and lived in the United States and Canada for six years. When she returned to Argentina, Maria worked as a translator and in the Human Resources department of a legal firm.
Cheryl Vann has worked as a research scientist, project manager, grant writer, environmental consultant, and naturalist guide for the past 12 years. Last year, she graduated with a M.S. degree in Environmental Studies and opened her own business “CSV Consultants”.
Jonathan Stober is a Conservation Biologist at the Joseph W.
As Associate Director of the Carlson Ventures Enterprise at the University of Minnesota, Connie Rutledge brings over 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business management.
Brianna Randall grew up in the mountains of southern California and received her B.A. in Biology from the University of San Diego.
Daniel Arcila Ramos is an economist and graduate of the National University of Colombia. He started his professional career working for the Agricultural National Exchange, promoting and creating new instruments to finance agricultural activities through capital markets.
Daniel Pichas of the Czech Republic has worked as an environmental consultant for nearly three years. His primary responsibility is to implement environmental management systems into manufacturing companies.
Todd Parker is a Senior Manager at the Delta Institute, a non-profit organization, which is a center of innovation for the creation of market-based approaches that achieve environmental sustainability and community economic development.
Daniel Kaiser is the Agri-business Liaison within the Sectors Strategies Division of the EPA Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation.  He started this position in May 2006 after spending 1 ½ years working in the EPA’s Office of Water on Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia.  The E
Andrea Foessel is a native of Chile, South America, from a beautiful and pristine region known as Western Patagonia. She grew up working with her family on her father’s beef ranch.
Casey Eggleston is a Government Relations Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin. He earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Essex in England.
Anita Sundari Akella directs her private environmental consulting practice, FLORA International Environmental Consulting.  She holds Master’s degrees in International Development Economics and Forest Science, both from Yale University.  Anita worked as a natural resource