Stephan Gilchrist, EdD
Director and Faculty
Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist’s professional career has spanned sustainable forestry, international business, civic engagement and higher education. He came to Edgewood College from the University of Wisconsin-Extension, where he was the director of the Center for Inclusive and Engaged Leadership, and founder of the Leadership for a Better World Global Summit. Prior to his work with the Center, Steve was the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension, and has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and at Wells College in Aurora, New York. He holds a B.A. in international business, M.S. in environmental education, M.A. in conflict resolution, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership.
Jim Lorman, PhD
Professor and Community Partnership Specialist
Jim Lorman has taught science and integrative studies at Edgewood College for 31 years and is a recipient of the Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award. He has broad expertise in regenerative ecological and social systems, with particular focus on watersheds, community resilience, and participatory process. Jim was a Fellow in the Kellogg National Fellowship Program and continues his commitment to leadership through the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance and a wide variety of organizations and committees. Know Your Madisonian: Jim Lorman turns passion for lakes into action (Wisconsin State Journal, June 28, 2012)
Carrie Vanderford Sanders, MCP
Carrie Vanderford Sanders is the Vice President of Community Lending for Forward Community Investments (FCI) -- a Community Development Financial Institution in Madison, WI. FCI is dedicated to investing in, connecting and advising organizations and initiatives that reduce social, racial, and economic disparities. Carrie also leads FCI’s New Markets Tax Credit consulting practice. Prior to joining the FCI team, Carrie's work focused on rural and urban economic development programs, community development finance, and the financial and community impact of city-supported economic development projects. A Truman Scholar, Carrie holds a Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned undergraduate degrees in music and political science from William Jewell College. Outside of work, she enjoys being a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and serves as a Trustee for Nehemiah Community Development Corporation. Her current research interests include the impact of faith based organizations on poverty outcomes in distressed geographies and the application of the servant leadership model in strategic partnerships.
Lyn McMurray has spent her career in education and communications. She has taught Spanish, served
as the Director of Development for a high school academy, worked as a journalist, public relations specialist, and project manager for a marketing communications firm. Lyn has used her communication skills to both expose social
and environmental injustice, and champion the organizations working to make the world a better place. She has a BA in Education and an MA in environmental journalism.
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Gwen Dunnington serves as the admissions coordinator for the Sustainability Leadership Program. She came to Edgewood College from Vermont, where she worked in the River Management Division of the Agency of Natural Resources identifying flood hazards associated with anticipated climatic changes. Her background includes public outreach in climate change, hazard mitigation, and river behavior. Gwen holds a BS in Geology and is pursuing her MA in Education.
Sustainability Leadership Office Assistant
Jingrong Cheng is a senior at Edgewood College majoring in Communications Studies. She collaborates with program faculty and staff to maintain and update databases, support marketing efforts, and strengthen networks for the program. She utilizes her computer skills, knowledge of social media and communications skills to assist program administration.