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Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education

Board of Advisors

Vikki Spruill

Vikki Spruill
President and CEO, Council on Foundations, Washington, D.C.

Co-chair, Center Board of Advisors

Vikki N. Spruill is the current President and CEO of the Ocean Conservancy and newly appointed President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean Conservancy—the nation's largest organization dedicated to restoring the health and resiliency of the ocean. Prior to her appointment at Ocean Conservancy in December 2006, Ms. Spruill was president and founder of SeaWeb, a non-profit organization that uses strategic communications techniques to advance ocean conservation. Ms. Spruill led a team there that in 11 years designed and executed innovative programs that led to stronger ocean conservation policies as well as industry and behavior change. Prior to SeaWeb, Ms. Spruill spent 15 years in public relations, including five years as a senior vice president at Ruder Finn, one of the largest independently held public relations firms in the world, where she was responsible for client management and new business development.

Ms. Spruill is a member of the board of directors for Sky Truth, and of the boards of directors for Tides Network and Tides Center, and she sits on the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Advisory Committee. She currently chairs the principals group of COMPASS, the Communications Partnership for Science and the Sea. Ms. Spruill serves on the Advisory Committee for the Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum and the Conservation Committee of the SeaChange Investment Fund. She is also a member of the Pew Fellows Advisory Committee, the Ad Council Advisory Committee and represents Ocean Conservancy's membership in the Clinton Global Initiative. Ms. Spruill founded Foundation Works, a nonprofit organization working with foundations to enhance effectiveness for foundations and grantees. She graduated cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in religious studies. Ms. Spruill received her master's degree in communications from the University of West Florida.


Lawrence J. Amon
Chief Financial Officer, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, D.C.

Larry is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit organization working to promote healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems. Larry was a strategic financial management consultant prior to joining the Ocean Conservancy in 2007, helping organizations design their budgeting and financial reporting processes to achieve organizational goals. Prior to establishing his consulting business, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for National Wildlife Federation after serving as its Chief Financial Officer. Between these two appointments, he served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer during a CEO search process.

Larry has worked in the finance area of conservation organizations for over 30 years. He joined NWF's staff in 1996 after serving as the Chief Financial Officer of World Wildlife Fund from 1990 to 1995 and as its Controller from 1985 to 1990. Prior to WWF he worked for The Conservation Foundation. Larry earned his B.A. in biology from Antioch College in 1972 and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1986.


Richard M. Clugston
Project Coordinator, Earth Charter Scholarship Project

Rick Clugston is Project Coordinator for the Earth Charter Scholarship Project at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. Clugston also serves as the Earth Charter Coordinator for the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. From 1991-2008, Rick was a Vice President of The Humane Society of the United States and Executive Director of the Center for Respect of Life and Environment, where he also directed the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future; the Sustainable Universities Assessment and Evaluation Project; and Earth Charter USA

Dr. Clugston served on the the Earth Charter International Steering Committee where he chaired the fundraising committee. He now serves on the Earth Charter International Council and on the boards of the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation (Maine, USA), and the Bonne Bay Lighthouse Center (Newfoundland, Canada). Dr. Clugston is the publisher and editor of Earth Ethics, the Deputy Editor of The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (MCB University Publications), and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development (Sage Publications). He was a co-founder of the Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership.

Prior to coming to Washington, Dr. Clugston worked for the University of Minnesota for 11 years, as a faculty member in the College of Human Ecology, and as a strategic planner in Academic Affairs, Continuing Education and the Office of the President. He received his doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota (1987), and his masters in Human Development from the University of Chicago (1977). As an undergraduate psychology and biochemistry major at the University of Minnesota (1975), he received the Mayo Foundation Scholarship for Medicine and Medicine Related Fields. His doctoral thesis was selected as dissertation of the year by the American Association of University Administrators.

 Jack Crocker

Jack Crocker, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Western New Mexico University

As vice president and provost, Crocker serves as WNMU's chief academic officer, reports to the university president and acts as chief executive officer in the absence of the president

Crocker was most recently the vice-president of academic quality and success at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, where he served for the last four years. Prior to that he was the founding dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University. He also led in the development of continuing education, the implementation of graduate programs, and served several times as that university's interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. His more than 40 years in higher education include his experiences as an English faculty member where he is a renowned poet with numerous publications.

As a professor, Crocker has taught literature and creative writing at several universities and was writer-in-residence for Danville College 's summer program in Florence, Italy. Having gone to college on basketball and baseball scholarships in Mississippi, he has a doctorate in English from Texas Tech University. Currently he is Vice President of Academic Affairs at the State College of Florida, Manatee/Sarasota.  

Bob Gregerson

Dr. Bob Gregerson
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Robert Gregerson joined Florida Gulf Coast University as Professor of Biology and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2014. Prior to arriving at FGCU, Dr. Gregerson was Dean of the College of Science and Technology at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, where he had also served as Head of the Biology Department. Before that, he was at Lyon College, in Batesville, Arkansas, where he was a faculty member for 12 years, Chair of the Science Division for 5 years, and held an endowed professorship. While at Lyon College, he was named state Professor of the Year twice by the Carnegie Foundation’s Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Dr. Gregerson received a B.A. in Biology from Wabash College, and the Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Georgia. His scholarly expertise is in plant molecular biology. He has published over 25 scholarly articles and book chapters, and received grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Health and various state agencies.


Donna Price Henry, Chancellor of Uva Wise

Donna Price Henry was elected chancellor of The University of Virginia's College at Wise by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors on Dec. 7, 2012 and assumed office on Jan. 18, 2013. As the college's eighth chancellor, she is responsible for leading UVa-Wise and its constituents in fulfilling its mission of student success and service to Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth.

A biologist with extensive experience in higher education, she spent 16 years in a variety of positions at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was a founding faculty member at FGCU, was faculty senate president and served as a member of the University Board of Trustees. Henry served as dean of the FGCU College of Arts and Sciences, an assignment that demanded meticulous strategic planning and leadership that allowed the College to grow rapidly while continuing to improve academic quality.

Henry's leadership in science education extends far beyond the University; she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Future Scientists, and has presented papers detailing her reform efforts in undergraduate science education.

Charles Ketteman

Charles Ketteman
Company and FGCU, Sanibel,Florida
Board ofDirectors, Sanibel Captiva Trust

Charles Ketteman has over 40 years of management and executive business experience having worked for 34 years with Arthur Andersen, first as an audit partner and then as the founder and long-time leader of Andersen Business Consulting.  He specialized in management consulting services to the telecommunications industry and has worked with some of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. Chuck coauthored the best-selling book, Best Practices, Building Your Business with Customer-Focused Solutions.  He currently serves on the board of directors of West Monroe Partners and Sanibel Captiva Trust Company.  He is an active advisor to several start-up and private businesses.  He is a volunteer for many community organizations.

He is married to Helen and they have two sons.

John D. McCabeJohn D. McCabe is a retired physician whose extensive professional life eventually led him to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he directed and chaired the Department of Emergency Medicine for 27 years. While at St. Joseph’s, he also dedicated his time to the Medical Residency program as a faculty member and chairman. Locally in Southwest Florida, John is best known for his active community involvement—particularly his role as former President of the ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society. Currently, he is involvement is with SanCap Solar Connect, a new initiative dedicated to helping the residents and businesses of Sanibel and Captiva islands “go solar.”  John is an excellent link with local community organizations in which he is active.
Akpezi Ogbuigwe

Akpezi Ogbuigwe
Environmental Education, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

Akpezi Ogbuigwe is a native of Nigeria. She holds a B.A. of Law from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University). She received her Masters of Law at the University of Bristol, England. Ogbuigwe has vast experience in the field of environmental education, research, and training. She has held the position of Head of Environmental Education and Training at UNEP since 2002. She is currently on a leave of absence from UNEP to conduct research on transformational change in higher education in Africa. Ogbuigwe also serves as a Guest Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. 

Prior to joining UNEP, Ogbuigwe was a Professor of Law and Dean of Faculty of Law at Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Nigeria. She developed training curriculum for teaching environmental law and policy in Nigerian universities under a program initiated by the Federal Ministry of Environment, UNDP, and UNEP. Ogbuigwe volunteered her time at the Anpez Centre for Environment and Development in Port Harcourt, Nigeria working with schools, communities, government, and the private sector on issues of environment and development and the operating of an environmental library.

Doctor Professor Ogbuigwe’s research interests include the mainstreaming of environment and sustainability research and learning in educational institutions and Africa’s emancipation. 

Akpezi Ogbuigwe was as a guest scholar at the Center’s 2011 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture “The Africa You Don’t Know: A Women’s Perspective.”  Ogbuigwe explained how Africa is transitioning toward an improved future that breaks away from its stigma as “the dark continent.”  “It is time for the people of Africa to dance to a new tune,” said Ogbuigwe. “It is people that create change for nations and continents, not diamonds, gold, or oil… Africa is an opportunity, and now is the time; this is the generation.”

 Jacob Scott

Jacob Scott
Solicitor, Foot Anstey, Bristol, England 

After moving to Southwest Florida from Edinburgh, Scotland as a college student, Jacob became one of the first teaching assistants to Florida Gulf Coast University's ground breaking Colloquium course. This course was the first environmental course required of all students graduating from a public university in the United States. Mentored by Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran, Jacob graduated FGCU in 1999 and spent time interning for the National Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Florida Wildlife Federation. Jacob subsequently spent several years in Atlanta, Georgia leading environmental education and outreach programs for the National Wildlife Federation across the southeast United States.

On returning to the UK Jacob led external relations programs for the Environment Agency in the north of England. In 2011 Jacob began practicing law as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts in England and Wales and is involved with several initiatives set up to promote environmental law, sustainability and public sector and commercial development of renewable energy, including the Legal Sector Alliance, Carbon Leapfrog, and the Environmental Law Review.

Jacob is active on environmental Boards in the USA and UK and has a special interest in environmental justice and youth environmental leadership. Jacob is a keen angler and outdoors enthusiast and continues to volunteer as an environmental educator in Gloucestershire, England.

David Webb


Rahahe’ti David Webb, FGCU Alumnus, Environmental Educator, Miami-Dade County, Florida


A passionate environmental educator, David Webb was born into a family of nature lovers.  David is Meherrin and Tuscarora Indian on his father’s side, and an enrolled member of the Meherrin Indian Tribe, keeping his culture central in his life.  He has worked to keep the Tuscarora language alive, and is a noteworthy traditional native artist among east-coast tribes and museums.  On his mother’s side, David is an 8th generation Floridian, with roots tracing back to early Spanish and American pioneers of Florida. With several naturalists in the family, sharing and preserving South Florida’s natural heritage has been his lifelong passion.


David graduated summa cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University, with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2004, with an emphasis on Environmental Education and Marine Science.  While at FGCU, David was among the first student assistants at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. David carries certifications from Project Learning Tree, the Climate Reality Corps, and Avian Ambassadors raptor handling. 


David has served in leadership roles during the last 10 years of his career.  He has overseen programs of all sizes, including large environmental education operations, museum and nature center programs and interpretive trail programs throughout the State, impacting thousands of Floridians and visitors.  David worked to found the Environmental Education Alliance for Southwest Florida, with the inaugural conference held in November, 2014. David was also a classroom science teacher and has served on Florida DOE committees for the Sunshine State Standards and curriculum.  Leveraging meaningful partnerships across southwest Florida, David founded the innovative STEM Institute, incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math with experiential environmental education programs. 


David currently oversees the Miami EcoAdventures program for Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.  This includes six nature centers and environmental education programs across south Florida.    


Erik Thijs Wedershoven

Erik Thijs Wedershoven
Consultant, KPMG, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Erik Thijs Wedershoven is a consultant at KPMG's Operations Strategy Group. Erik has been engaged in a wide range of projects, from developing a sustainable sourcing (commodities) strategy for a large multinational corporation, to an operational redesign for a non-profit organization.

He has also been Project Officer at NCDO in the Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands for two years and continues to be an active supporter of the Earth Charter Youth Initiative.

Erik was elected Youth Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations General Assembly in 2004. He was member of the Dutch Government's Delegation to the UN Millennium Summit +5, and UN General Assembly and Committees from 2004 to 2006.

In July 2009, Erik graduated from University College Maastricht, for which he spent one semester at UC Berkeley in 2008. In 2011, Erik completed a Master of Public Administration (MPA) dual degree program at Sciences Po Paris and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

While in university, he accepted board membership of the (Rutgers) World Population Foundation and joined the Round Table of Worldconnectors. He is fluent in Dutch, English and French, and speaks German, Spanish and Japanese. His hobbies include judo, swimming and performance poetry.



Terry Tempest Williams
Writer, Teacher, Activist, Utah and Wyoming

 Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life.  A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. "So here is my question," she asks,  "what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?"

Williams, like her writing, cannot be categorized.  She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as "a barefoot artist" in Rwanda.

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the FieldDesert Quartet; LeapRed: Patience and Passion in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy and Finding Beauty in a Broken World.  Her most recent book is When Women were Birds.

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen.  She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction.

Terry Tempest Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah.  She is also a Provostial Fellow at Darthmouth College.  Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. She and her husband, Brooke Williams, divide their time between Castle Valley, Utah and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

James Wohlpart


James Wohlpart

Dr. Jim Wohlpart is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University.  The office of undergraduate studies was established in fall of 2011. Its purpose is to advance student success and engagement and to highlight the outstanding work of the faculty and staff in undergraduate studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. Jim Wohlpart’s position includes oversight of the following offices: the Accelerated Collegiate Experience (ACE), the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA), the Honors Program, the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, and the Writing Center.


In EcoLeadership, which Wohlpart co-teaches with his wife, Sasha Wohlpart, an instructor in the Environmental Studies program, students and faculty work together to develop an innovative model for leadership of any organization or community that is founded on ecological concepts. He has published two co-edited two book:A Voice for Earth: American Writers Respond to the Earth Charter (with Peter Blaze Corcoran; University of Georgia Press, 2008) and unspoiled: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast (with Susan Cerulean and Janisse Ray; Red Hills Writers Project, 2010



Honorary Advisors

Tucker Mary Evelyn Tucker
Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University
Co-chair, Center Board of Advisors

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. She is a co-founder and co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Together they organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. They are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press.

She is also Research Associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. Tucker is the author of Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (Open Court Press, 2003), Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism (SUNY, 1989) and The Philosophy of Qi (Columbia University Press, 2007). She co-edited Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 1994), Buddhism and Ecology (Harvard, 1997), Confucianism and Ecology (Harvard, 1998), and Hinduism and Ecology (Harvard, 2000) and When Worlds Converge (Open Court, 2002). With Tu Weiming she edited two volumes on Confucian Spirituality (Crossroad, 2004). She also co-edited a Daedalus volume titled Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (2001).

She edited several of Thomas Berry's books: Evening Thoughts (Sierra Club Books and University of California Press, 2006), The Sacred Universe (Columbia University Press, 2009), and Christian Future and the Fate of Earth (Orbis Book, 2009).  She is a member of the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000 and is a member of the Earth Charter International Council. B.A. Trinity College, M.A. SUNY Fredonia, M.A. Fordham University, Ph.D. Columbia University.

Mary Evelyn created Journey of the Universe with Brian Swimme which is a trilogy: a book (published by Yale University Press), an Emmy award winning film for PBS, and an education series of 20 interviews of scientists, historians, and environmentalists.

June LaCombe

June LaCombe
Environmental Educator, Sculpture Curator, Maine

June LaCombe is a curator showing sculpture by New England artists on the Maine landscape. Her professional experience reflects her interests in natural history, cultural history and the arts. She was the Director of Environmental Education for the Maine Audubon Society from 1976-1982 overseeing nature centers, field trips, wildlife research, and teacher's resources. She worked as the Education Director, then the Acting Director of Greater Portland Landmarks in 1984-1986 overseeing architectural history tours, courses, field trips, and development. From 1987 she has worked as a curator exploring environmental themes through sculpture exhibitions, hosting shows that have included: "Sculpture for this Animate Earth", "Touchstones", "In Celebration of Place" and "The Heart of Matter". She organized art shows in conjunction with the academic symposium, Teaching for the Environment: The Promise of the Earth Charter at the Chewonki Foundation.

June LaCombe completed a Doctoral program in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England with her focus of research: Insights from Environmental Art for Environmental Education. This included a review of the theory and practice of environmental education and the power of environmental art to: increase perceptual awareness, provide insight to our understanding of natural systems, help heal the nature / culture divide, inspire participatory action, explore spirit of place, and celebrate beauty. She lives on a small farm in Maine.
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Poet, Professor, Creative Writing, University of Arizona
Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Science and Other Poems (LSU Press, 1994), selected by Gerald Stern for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets; The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence (LSU, 1997); Genius Loci (Penguin, 2005); and Rope (Penguin, 2009).  Deming has also published three nonfiction books, Temporary Homelands (Mercury House, 1994), The Edges of the Civilized World (Picador USA, 1998), which was a finalist for the PEN Center West Award, and Writing the Sacred Into the Real (Milkweed Editions 2001).  A new nonfiction book Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. She edited Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology (Columbia University Press, 1996) and co-edited with Lauret E. Savoy The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity and the Natural World (Milkweed, 2002; expanded/revised edition 2011). Deming received an MFA from Vermont College in 1983 and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University in 1987-88. Her writing has won numerous awards and honors, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod, a Pushcart Prize, the Gertrude B. Claytor Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Bayer Award in science writing from Creative Nonfiction for the essay “Poetry and Science: A View from the Divide.” She has held residencies at Yaddo, Cummington Community for the Arts, the Djerassi Foundation, Mesa Refuge, The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland, and the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

She has served on the faculty of Prague Summer Seminars, Writers at Work, Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, Art of the Wild, The Orion Society's Forgotten Language Tour, the Sitka Symposium on Human Values and the Written Word, and numerous other writing programs. In 1997 she was Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Hawai'i in Manoa.

Her poems and essays have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Orion, Islands, The Pushcart Prize XVIII: Best of the Small Presses, American Nature Writing, Verse and Universe: Poems on Science and Mathematics and the Norton Book of Nature Writing.