Vicki Breazeale, (aka Dr. Bug) Ph.D. Science Educator is a visionary scientist with extensive experience in formal and free-choice science curriculum design, implementation and evaluation. She has taught biology and ecology in diverse settings to people of all ages for nearly three decades.
Sara Triest, is an asthma educator and Respiratory Care Practitioner. She worked as a pediatric asthma educator and Respiratory Practitioner at Children's Hospital in Oakland for the past 29 years. For the past ten years she worked on grant funded projects. She has helped create numerous clinics at Childrens Hospital for uninsured children who have asthma. She is currently giving workshops in the bay area for asthmatics, lay people and providers. She is interested in addressing the lack of education that is common in todays health care system for the asthmatic. Sara has a strong interest in holistic medicine.
She is a certified acupressurist and has recently obtained a training certificate in Reiki Third Degree Master. She has written a workshop proposal named "The art of teaching Asthma from a western perspective inclusive of a holistic approach."
Chris E. Hecht, in his life to date, Chris has worked hard to try to maintain a balance in developing many creative talents. He studied music composition and theory at University of California at Davis, completed a Masters in Music degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and has kept up his lifelong passion for creating music. He manages to study jazz trombone and write original music, which he jokingly describes as modern classical, that people listen to, and actually like. He writes mostly choral music, with many performed works, and has been awarded several commissions, most recently from the Piedmont Choirs Foundation. In 1981 he started Chris E. Hecht Landscape Design and Construction, Inc., which has enjoyed many successes, among which are a number of significant community service projects, such as an Outdoor Education Center and Amphitheater constructed in stone for a local Oakland grade school, and design and construction of a large new city park garden commemorating the victims of the Oakland Hills Fire of 1991. While immersed in running the business, Chris is a founding board member of Great Wilderness.
He believes that, In saving our planet, and thus also ourselves in any recognizable future form, in order to make the major changes that are going to be needed, we all, every thinking person on earth, have to become active participants, and, as a people united in purpose, we humans need to adopt a policy of preservation-plus, to save what weve got left, and to work to actively restore ecosystems that have been heavily damaged or completely lost. After centuries, millennia, really, of thoughtless plunder, it is more than high time to change, to give back, and to harness human creativity in a major global effort at reconstructing, rehabilitating, and revivifying a lost Eden, our beautiful, but now often blighted world, and the precious and fragile environment that surrounds and sustains us. Lets get busy!
Vernon L. Andrews, Ph.D., received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also obtained his bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Chico (CSUC) in 1981, and later in 1989, he earned a master’s degree in Public Communication from Chico.
Before leaving for his Ph.D., Dr. Andrews worked for 6 years as a Public Relations manager and company historian for Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. From 1996 to 2009 Dr. Andrews served as a faculty member and later, chair, of the American Studies Department at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2009 he took up residency as a visiting scholar in the religious studies department at California State University, Chico. After returning to the states for good in 2010, Dr. Andrews conducted research and taught entrepreneurship, diversity and marketing courses in the management and marketing department at CSUC. His research interrogates ethnic entrepreneurship, institutional diversity, and cultural conflict in sports. He currently teaches the History of Sport and Physical Education in the Kinesiology Department at San Jose State University. Dr. Andrews was raised in Oakland, California, where he will on occasion visit and attend Raiders, Warriors and Athletics sporting events.
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