Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel – Kul Wičasa Lakota, a citizen of Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe) as well as a passionate and devoted advocate for Indian Country and all people. Nationally known for her advocacy and grassroots organization for anti-pipelines/climate justice efforts, change the name/not your mascot, the epidemic and crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR), and native youth initiatives. Her experience in grants and project management, policy, blogging, and organizing has been leveraged by both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to quality healthcare, MMIR, the Violence Against Women Act, and a variety of other worthy causes.
Susan has competed in 3 Olympics (2014, 2018, & 2022) and 8 World Championships in the sport of biathlon. She is the only American to have won multiple World Championship biathlon medals, bringing home silver in both 2017 and 2020. She learned how to ski in the fields behind her home in Vermont under the tutelage of her father, Stan Dunklee, a 2x Olympian in xc skiing. Susan attended Dartmouth College where she studied ecology and earned NCAA All-American honors as part of the ski team. Upon graduation she learned how to shoot and joined US Biathlon's National Team. She spent most of her competitive career representing the Craftsbury Green Racing Project, a team of professional post-collegiate athletes (cross country skiers, biathletes, rowers and runners) in northern Vermont who promote sustainability and healthy active lifestyles. Susan has seen first-hand the impacts of global warming on traditionally snowy places. She is an EcoAthletes Champion, serves as a Gender Equity Athlete Ambassador for the International Biathlon Union, and she coaches with a local Girls on the Run program. Following the 2022 winter season she retired from biathlon and has started a new career as the Running Director at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
LAUDE the Label’s story began as one woman’s way of doing her part to end family separation due to the economic insecurity facing women all across the world. Founder & CEO, Carly Burson, put her years of fashion-industry experience to work, designing handmade goods that would help makers in artisan communities access the global marketplace in an effort to create sustainability where vulnerability and insecurity existed. What began as a small partnership between Carly and eight female makers in 2014 has grown into a global fashion enterprise responsible for the meaningful employment of thousands of craft workers across 6 different countries.
Joseph A. Curtatone serves as President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council, a driving force behind the formation of a diverse climate economy. NECEC champions clean energy policy, serves as the voice for companies looking to lead the charge on energy transition and fosters climate tech startups with the potential to make serious environmental, economic and social impact. Before stepping into his role at NECEC, Curtatone forged a reputation for being one of the most innovative mayors in the United States as the nine-term Mayor of Somerville, MA. That includes Somerville being named one of only 95 cities in the world to make the CDP Cities A-List for climate planning and action. He also spearheaded a comprehensive net-zero action plan for his city with a strong focus on equity.
Darcy Hornberger is the Director of Application Development at Boston Materials where she leads application development and new product development using Z-axis fiber reinforced material. She is responsible for developing thermoplastic composite films for use in the hydrogen, military, and consumer electronic industries. Utilizing circular economy principals and upcycled material to drive innovation within targeted industries toward green solutions. She has held roles in marketing, product and business development at various material suppliers. She earned a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Engineering degree, both from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Michael Kennedy is an Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership at University of Massachusetts Lowell. His role focuses on giving students ways to engage in Civic Engagement opportunities at the UMass Lowell Campus and/or in the Greater Lowell Area. The office looks at four main pillars to define Civic Engagement; they are Democracy, Community Service, Accessibility, and Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Michael has earned his BA In English Literature from Rhode Island College and an MS in Counseling with a focus in Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University.
Jacquie Moloney – a national leader in innovation in higher education – was appointed chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Aug. 3, 2015. She is the first woman to serve as chancellor in the history of the institution. Moloney had been executive vice chancellor since 2007, selected by former chancellor Marty Meehan to lead his executive team. Meehan and Moloney presided over a period of unprecedented growth and transformation at the university.
Brian Rist is the former Executive Chairman/Owner of The Smart Companies whose largest subsidiary is Storm Smart. Since selling the majority share of the business, he is now focusing his time on his philanthropic efforts and building The Rist Family Foundation. After 26 years of growing Storm Smart to be the largest manufacturer of storm protection products in the United States and being a well know businessman in his community it was time to give back. Due to this success, Brian has become well known as a philanthropist, giving to local colleges and universities, helping with food banks, sponsoring events, and giving to veteran organizations. Brian has become known as a true community leader giving both time and money to the community, he has called home for nearly a quarter century. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Uncommon Friends Foundation, Horizon Council, and Advisory Board at FGCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship. He also participates on several advisory boards at his alumni, UMass – Lowell.
Tania Taranovski is the director of programs at Farm to Institution New England. She leads FINE’s campus and foodservice programs, in addition to playing a senior role in fundraising, operations, strategy, and management. Tania came to FINE with extensive experience in nonprofit program leadership, environmental conservation, and food system strategies. Previously, Tania consulted for the International Pole & Line Foundation, led programs and operations at the New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, and managed community-led international research and conservation programs for Earthwatch. She is part of Food Solution New England’s Network Team and an Advisor to MIT Sea Grant’s Aquaculture program. A transplant from Washington State, Tania moved to New England to pursue a degree in biology and environmental studies from Tufts University. She and her family live in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where she volunteers for community organizations, tends her backyard garden, and spends as much time as possible on, in, or near the wate
Brad Walker joined the America East Conference in September 2021. Walker, just the fifth commissioner in America East’s 42-year history, brings over 15 years of experience at the NCAA Division I level as a senior-level administrator in multiple conference offices as well as five years of professional experience in the NBA, excelling in every role he has held.
Peter Casey was named Director of Athletics by Chancellor Jacquie Moloney on July 16, 2018, and officially took over the reins of the UMass Lowell Athletics Department on September 18, 2018, following the retirement of longtime athletic director Dana Skinner. Casey took on the role of Director of Athletics as the River Hawks became a full-fledged Division I member of the America East Conference eligible for postseason play in 2017-18.
Ruairi O’Mahony is the Executive Director of the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy at UMass Lowell. Ruairi is a graduate of University College Cork with a BA (2006) and a Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development (2008). Ruairi has been working in the planning and sustainability field for over a decade. Before moving to the States in 2009, Ruairi worked for the Strategic Projects Team in Dublin City Council’s Department of Planning and Economic Development on notable projects like the Dublin City Bike Share Scheme and the Dublin City Development Plan. Prior to arriving at UMass Lowell, Ruairi worked at the Central New Hampshire Planning Commission overseeing the region’s core transportation planning efforts. Since starting at UMass Lowell in 2014, Ruairi established the university’s first formal sustainability program. He has overseen UMass Lowell’s emergence as a leader in sustainability at the state and national level. UMass Lowell now consistently ranks as a top performer for sustainability with innovative programs that focus on urban sustainability and energy projects, in partnership with the surrounding community, that high-impact, replicable and scalable.
McInnis, originally from Cape Neddick, ME and a current resident of Portland, earned a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management with a specialization in Food & the Environment from The New School in New York where she conducted her thesis at the NYC Mayor’s Office for Food Policy. She sits on the boards of the Portland Food Council and the Maine Grain Alliance. Her passion for social justice, local food systems, and the environment make her the perfect person to lead this effort to serve more local food at a Sodexo sites throughout Maine.
At the forefront of sports design, Colleen McKenna leads CannonDesign’s Sports, Rec + Wellness practice. Colleen’s diverse portfolio includes college and university recreation centers and intercollegiate athletic facilities. Colleen brings an in-depth knowledge of functional planning requirements, which helps her to meet the diverse needs of both competitive and recreational athletes. She regularly speaks at NIRSA events, writes articles for Athletic Business, and serves on design awards juries.
Pamela A. Mischen is associate professor of public administration at Binghamton University. She teaches in the Masters of Public Administration program and the Masters in Sustainable Communities. Her research centers around the capacity to create sustainable communities, focusing primarily on rural communities and the role that local governments play in sustainability. She serves as the Faculty Advisor to the President and has been actively involved in the Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence at Binghamton University.
Ken Ralph serves as the Director of Athletics at the University of Maine. Before joining the UMaine community on Sept. 1, 2018, Ralph was the Director of Athletics at Colorado College. Ralph, a native of Salem, New Hampshire, spent 11 years as the Director of Athletics at Colorado College. At CC, he oversaw a department of 51 professionals and a $10 million budget.
Ruben Sança is the founding Director of the Office of Student Life & Well-being at University of Massachusetts Lowell. At this role, Ruben is charged with advancing the university’s holistic concept of well-being into everyday campus culture. He is a current member of the steering group for the U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network. Ruben has been an active member of the University of Massachusetts Lowell community for over fifteen years where he has served in various roles and capacities. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Administration where he led community engagement, inclusion, and sustainability promotion efforts in the athletics department. Ruben is a founding member of the America East Sustainability Network and serves on the programming committee for the inaugural America East Sustainability Conference. He is an Olympian and a member of Cape Verde’s Olympics Athlete’s Commission. A “Double River Hawk”, Ruben holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Management, a minor degree in Economics and an M.B.A. from University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Jessica Wilson is the Executive Director of Mill City Grows (MCG), a food justice organization in Lowell, MA that creates spaces for food growing, access and education throughout the City, including several sites at UMASS Lowell. Jessica has been part of the team since inception, first serving as a founding member and President of the Mill City Grows Board and then joining the staff in 2016. Jessica took the helm as Executive Director in January 2020, and has worked collaboratively with the staff and leadership team of MCG through the pandemic, expanding fresh food access to meet the community’s needs. She has over 15 years of non-profit leadership and fundraising experience in both Lowell, MA and New York City. She holds a BA in Communication from UMASS Amherst, an MA in Media Studies from the New School, and a graduate certificate from the Institute of Non-Profit Management and Leadership at Boston University.
Sarah Wroblewski is an Emmy award winning meteorologist at WBZ-TV, CBS Boston. Wroblewski contributes to newscasts weekday afternoons and weekend evenings on WBZ-TV and CBS News Boston, the station's twenty-four hour streaming service. Wroblewski is an experienced local meteorologist who has spent nearly two decades anchoring and reporting on some of the biggest weather events across the Boston market from tornadoes, to tropical storms, heat waves and blizzards. She also contributes to daily newscasts reporting on the latest environmental news, developments, and associated impacts to our state from climate change.