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Our Advisors are experts in their field. They advise the staff and board and bring invaluable perspective to our decision-making and materials. 

Advisors Emeritii


Steve, American, is professor emeritus at the University of Montana. His work over the last 40 years has emphasized interaction of people and natural resources, particularly with respect to managing visitors in national parks and wilderness, developing new ways of thinking about natural resource planning, and strengthening approaches to public engagement in planning processes. Steve graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management and continued on with his studies at the University of Minnesota receiving a Ph.D. in 1970. Since 1977, Steve has been on the faculty of the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, following appointments at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Utah State University. Steve has also served in several research and development positions with the U.S. Forest Service as well some short appointments in National Forest Systems. Steve holds an extensive publication record with numerous refereed journal articles, several edited books, as well as the co-authored and popular UN World Tourism Organization & World Conservation Union (IUCN) Best Practices Guidelines Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Planning and Management. He recently published an edited volume, Reframing Sustainable Tourism (Environmental Challenges and Solutions) with Keith Bosak (2015) as well as the The Future Has Other Plans: Planning Holistically to Conserve Natural and Cultural Heritage with Jon Kohl (2016).

Dr. Sam Ham, 2021

For over 30 years Sam, American, has been the leading scholar in heritage interpretation, integrating the fields of communications, psychology, and interpretation into what we now know today as thematic interpretation, popularized by his classic book, Environmental Interpretation, first published in 1992. The sequel, Interpretation — Making a Difference on Purpose came out in 2013. Ham is professor emeritus at the University of Idaho and works and consults throughout the world promoting interpretation and its application to protected area management.



Antonieta, Mexican, (Ph.D. in Anthropology, Master degree in Archeology) is a professor and researcher at Colegio de Michoacán, a social sciences research institution in Mexico. She is the author of the book Sharing the Treasure, A methodology for archaeological interpretation (Sharing the Treasure, Methodology to spread the archeology, Colmich / 2017). She is a Member of the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico (Level I); Full Member of the Association for Heritage Interpretation in the UK and Regular Member in Interpret Europe.


Alia, American, has taught pre-school, college, and adults, done marketing/strategic planning; been a spiritual counselor; designed onboarding programs; written and advised on Integral management. She wrote two forthcoming books, one based on the Integral framework; her main blogs are and She is co-creator of Enlivening, a global nexus for people co-creating more-conscious organizations and is Managing Editor, Inter-organizational Synergy Catalyzer, and Workspace Host among other roles. She has been Head Minister since founding an independent church in 2005; everything she does is a ministry of the church. Alia helped build online international communities since 2006. She also co-designed the Operating Agreement and Management System for a next-stage organization. Alia has served since 2012 in the Core Advisory Team for the international movement Integral


Jay, American, is a software architect working in the medical device and information space. He enjoys technology, cooking and hiking.


For over 30 years Duane, Canadian, led Artcraft Display Graphics Inc. (now retired). Under his tenure it became an internationally known designer and fabricator of interpretive exhibits and graphics. As an industry leading expert, Duane is contributing editor to Digital Graphics Magazine. Part of Duane’s commitment to social justice involves donating time and expertise to many non-profit causes including President of the Themed Attraction Association Canada, Founding Director of NAI International Interpretation, Associate of TEAM Tourism Consulting, Executive Member of the IGU Commission on UNESCO Geoparks (now retired), and advisor to the PUP Consortium.


Alison, American, teaches Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and is a graduate mentor in Environmental Studies at Prescott College (Arizona). She is a human ecologist with 25 years of experience working with people and protected areas, environmental education, and sacred natural sites. She has conducted research at sacred forests in Ghana, India, and Sierra Leone. She is a member of the IUCN’s Specialist Group for Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas. Alison has numerous publications about her work, including in the books, Asian Sacred Natural Sites, Philosophy and Practice in Protected Areas and Conservation (2016), Sacred Species and Sites: Advances in Biocultural Conservation (2012), Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving Nature and Culture (2010), and Greening the Great Red Island: Madagascar in Nature and Culture (2008). 


Stacie, American, is a Managing Director at the Consensus Building Institute, where she has over 20 years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, coach, trainer, and researcher on a broad range of public issues in the U.S. and internationally. She is also a founding partner of PUP. Stacie’s work includes assessment, facilitation, and mediation of multi-sector community and national stakeholder dialogues, disputes, and collaborations; training and curriculum design for international, national, and local government entities, NGOs, and schools; and research and writing on collaboration on public policy issues. She specializes in facilitating in highly complex and contentious multi-party contexts around substantively challenging technical issues, where identities, values, and interests intertwine. She brings substantive expertise in education, natural resources and environment issues (land use, water, energy), hazard mitigation and recovery, historic and cultural resources, and tribal and indigenous peoples.


Darko Babić, Croatian, holds a PhD in Museology/Heritage Studies. He acts as Chair of Museology and Heritage Management at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia), as Vice-Chair (for policy) of ICOMOS-ICIP, Board member/Vice-Chair of ICOM Croatia and the same in ICOM’s IC for the Training of Personnel (ICOM-ICTOP). Darko is a member of editorial boards of “HER & MUS journal” (Ediciones Trea & University of Barcelona, Spain), “Museologica Brunensia” (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic) and “Museum - Monument - Heritage” (Sankt - Petersburg State University, Russia). He was appointed co-editor of ICOM’s forthcoming book on Museum Management. Darko has significant experience in implementation of EU-funded (and other) heritage projects and as author of museum and heritage projects.

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