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Faculty, Staff, and Advisors

The Team | Edgewood Faculty | Guest Instructors | Advisory Board


The Team

Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist

Stephan Gilchrist, EdD
Director and Faculty
(608) 663-6991

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

Jim Lorman, PhD
Professor and Community Partnership Specialist
(608) 663-6921

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

Carrie Vanderford Sanders, MCP
Community Instructor

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

Lyn McMurray
Program Coordinator
(608) 663-3440

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.

Gwen Dunnington
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
(608) 663-4299

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.

Jingrong Cheng
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.



Edgewood Faculty

Steve Davis Steven Davis, PhD
Professor of Political Science
(608) 663-3410

Steven Davis is a Professor of Political Science in the Social Science Department and past director of the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches courses in American government, political theory, and environmental policy. His research has mostly focused on environmental groups, how democracy and environmentalism intersect, and the politics of federal and local public land management. Steve likes to hike and explore on public lands, bike around town, and tinker away in his garden. He also has taught each of his kids to be master tree identifiers.

Nikki Kime Nikki Kime, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology
(608) 663-3446

Nicole Kime teaches biology and environmental studies courses at Edgewood College. Nikki is past Chair of Environmental Studies, and currently a member of the Biological Sciences Department. Her expertise is in behavioral ecology, animal physiology, and animal communication. Most of her academic research has been on frogs and lizards from North and Central America, and she has recently taken a personal and professional interest in understanding and preserving/restoring our native plant communities. In her free-time, Nikki will run, ride, or ski and then eat good local food.

Tim Kuhman Tim Kuhman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
(608) 663-6933

Tim Kuhman teaches botany, ecology, and environmental biology at Edgewood College and is Director of the Environmental Studies Program. He is currently conducting research regarding the spread of non-native invasive plants in the Madison area, and he has strong interests in issues involving local foods and urban agriculture. His graduate research addressed the role of historical and contemporary land use in shaping patterns of non-native plant invasion in the Southern Appalachians. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar, Tim was involved in a number of community-based conservation and local sustainability initiatives. Tim enjoys gardening, backpacking, riding bike, fly-fishing, playing guitar, and spending time with his kids.

John Leonard John Leonard, PhD
Professor of Religious Studies
(608) 663-2823

John Leonard is Chair of the Religious Studies Department and teaches in several areas within Religious Studies, specializing in Spirituality, Liturgy, Catholic Studies, and Liberation Theologies. He works closely with the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Dominican Mission Committee, the COR program and Environmental Studies in which he teaches a COR 1 course in Eco-Spirituality and a COR 2 year-long seminar in Living Sustainably. An organic gardener and accomplished chef, John integrates food, fitness, music and art in all his courses and departmental celebrations.


Guest Instructors

In addition to Edgewood faculty, many community leaders regularly join our classes to share their experiences and perspectives. Frequent guests include:

Anne Forbes Anne Forbes
Owner of Partners in Place, LLC
Darin Harris Darin Harris
Consultant and Facilitator with UW-Madison Office of Quality Improvement; President of JUSTUS Facilitation and Consulting
Barb Hummel Barb Hummel
Consultant at Hummel Consulting
Parker Palmer Parker Palmer
Founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal; author, educator and activist




Advisory Board

Our advisory board consists of distinguished local sustainability leaders.

Grant Abert Grant Abert directs the Kailo Fund, a Wisconsin-based investment and philanthropic fund working to address social issues and opportunities through investments, philanthropy and entrepreneurial engagement. An active philanthropist for 30 years, he co-founded the Wisconsin Community Fund, Sustain Dane, and Slow Money Wisconsin.
Sara Alvarado Sara Alvarado owns Alvarado Real Estate Group, a boutique Residential Real Estate firm with her husband, Carlos. Sara is passionate about healthy homes, strong, vibrant neighborhoods, and sustainable living. She is active and engaged in public education and innovative learning, and is a named Founder of Madison's Nuestro Mundo Community School and Badger Rock Middle School.
Jim Bradley Jim Bradley is a life-long resident of Madison and a graduate of UW-Madison. Jim joined Home Savings Bank after graduation and was named president in 1985. Home Savings Bank is a $125 million community bank serving Dane County. The Bank has a long-term commitment to environmental sustainability. In 1977 the bank opened the first active solar bank office in Wisconsin, located in Stoughton. In May 2006 the bank opened the first LEED Silver bank office in Wisconsin at 3762 East Washington Avenue, Madison.
Beth Churchill Elizabeth Churchill is a seasoned sustainability strategy consultant. She currently serves as Workplace Sustainability Specialist for American Family Insurance, and she previously founded the business of sustainability strategy for Erdman Company. She was a Community Fellow in the first Sustainability Leadership cohort.
Kristine Euclide Kristine A. Euclide, Vice President and General Counsel at Madison Gas and Electric Company, has long been actively involved with numerous local and state environmental organizations. She serves on the WDNR's Green Tier Advisors Group. MGE is the first and only Wisconsin utility to be accepted as a Tier 2 participant in the Green Tier program. Kristine and her husband, long-time supporters of energy efficiency, renewables and protecting natural resources, received national, state and local recognition in the late 1970's for building one of Wisconsin's first solar-heated, highly energy efficient-homes.          
Kate Heiber-Cobb Kate Heiber-Cobb founded the Madison Area Permaculture Guild in the Spring of 2008 and continues to coordinate the grassroots organization. Through her business, Sustainability on Stilts, LLC, she designs, educates and consults on Permaculture. Kate teaches at the Continuing Education Department of Madison College, Olbrich Gardens, and other venues. She was honored as a Badger Bioneer in 2010 and received recognition from Oxfam as a Woman Leader in her community in 2011. She is also on the Vision Team of Town & Country Resource Conservation & Development, Inc.          
John Imes John Imes, a former Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, joined the organization as Executive Director in 1998. John has over 20 years of experience creating and managing award-winning programs and is recognized as a leader and spokesperson on ways to improve Wisconsin’s environment and economy. John is also co-owner of Arbor House, an award-winning inn and model for sustainable tourism located in Madison, Wisconsin.
Jessie Lerner Jessie Lerner is the Executive Director of Sustain Dane.  From 2007-2013 she developed and managed the nationally recognized MPower Champion Program, working with Madison area businesses to turn sustainable intention into action. She previously worked as an educator at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and in program development and environmental education at the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.
Kevin Little Kevin Little, Ph.D., is a statistician who applies information design and analysis methods to solve practical problems. His company, Informing Ecological Design, LLC, tackles projects that help the present industrial economy evolve to an economy that integrates with the rest of Nature’s systems. He is a Partner in Rapid Improvement Associates, LLC, which specializes in the use of collaborative learning methods to solve environmental problems.
Michael Mucha D. Michael Mucha serves as the Chief Engineer and Director for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. He has dedicated his 25-year career to working on sustainability issues in local government.
Maryellyn Sensenbrenner Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner is a retired attorney, complementary health care provider and civic activist in environmental, women's and arts issues. She has served in numerous non-profit boards, including the Edgewood College Board of Trustees.
Kelly Humphrey Will Green, originally from Gary, Indiana, is the founder of Mentoring Positives Inc., a mentoring program working with at-risk youth in the community. MP, which Will created ten years ago, creates meaningful positive relationships that build on young people's positive assets to develop successful, productive citizens -- now and in the future. Through Will's guidance, MP uses urban agriculture as a platform to engage low income minority residents in sustainability practices.  Will's deep passion is mentoring underserved/underprivileged youth and families in Madison's most challenged neighborhoods.
Kelly Humphrey Kelly Hilyard has worked in the green building industry in Madison for the past seven years, first as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consultant with Madison Environmental Group, INC., and most recently as a freelance sustainability consultant. She has managed 14 LEED building projects in Wisconsin including the Edgewood College STREAM building. Before moving to Madison, Kelly spent eight years as an organic farmer in northern California and Texas and received her Master's degree in landscape architecture from University of Texas-Austin.