Dr. Antonieta Jiménez
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.
Since 2001, she has done research in cultural heritage and heritage interpretation, publishing articles, books, and book chapters. Part of it is her book entitled Social Engagement in Archeology, A methodology and study case in Oconahua, Jalisco (Colmich, 2016), Archaeological Resources Management (Management of Archaeological Resources, First Circle, 2015), as well as the book coordinated by her and other authors to commemorate 25 years of the inclusion of Morelia on the World Heritage List. In 2013 She earned an honorary mention for the Alfonso Case Prize for the best doctoral thesis given by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology. She has given conferences and symposia nationally and internationally, and she has been giving courses about archaeological heritage and heritage interpretation since 2007 for postgraduate degrees programs in Mexico and Guatemala. Currently, she participates in research projects about visitor studies in World Heritage archaeological sites, as well as in other interpretation and cultural heritage projects.
DR. MICHELLE LEWIS
Michelle is the founder and Executive Director of the Peace Garden Project, a non-profit with gardens in New York and North Carolina to address food justice. It looks at intersections of food justice and other justice issues. Her doctorate in ministry from Candler School of Theology focused on food justice and spirituality. Prior to relocating to North Carolina, Michelle pastored a multi-racial/multi-ethnic church in New Rochelle, N.Y. and has pastored churches on the Outer Banks of N.C., in Catskill, New York, and East Berlin, Connecticut.
Michelle also spent two years as the Youth Worker at Newtown United Methodist Church, and assisted in providing pastoral care to the congregation in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. Michelle graduated from Yale with a Master of Environmental Science and a Master of Divinity. She is the first person of color to complete the joint degree program in religion and ecology at Yale. She focused on connecting underserved populations to the environment, and the potential role of religion. Michelle formerly served as a mayoral appointee for the New Rochelle Sustainability Commission, and as Chair of the Environmental Justice Committee for the New Haven Branch of the NAACP. She also spent time working at the United Nations in an internship as an advisor to the Federated States of Micronesia on Climate Policy.
Before Yale, Michelle spent 12 years as a US Park Ranger, working as a Biological Science Technician, Educator, and Law Enforcement Officer. Michelle has produced two award-winning documentaries, Stairway to the Top of Hatteras, for which she was awarded a Communicator Award of Distinction with Boyer Video and Law Enforcement in the National Park Service, that won the NPS Intake Program award for innovation and creativity. Michelle holds a B.A. from Elizabeth City State University, and a M.A. from Regent University.
BRIAN T. MULLIS
Brian, American, is a destination management, development and marketing specialist. From April 2018–2020, he was the Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), in which time the country became globally recognized as a leading sustainable destination. Prior to leading the GTA, he founded and led Sustainable Travel International for 14 years. Leading initiatives and delivering innovative solutions within governmental agencies and multinational and for MSMEs and community leaders in 70+ countries has given Brian a unique ability to foster multi-stakeholder collaboration, bridge communication divides, and generate tangible results at scale. This stems from 25+ years of experience in CEO positions in the private, public and civil sectors and a long track record of generating positive socio-economic and conservation outcomes through tourism. Brian has also held leadership positions on the World Economic Forum Future of Travel and Tourism Council, UN 10YFP Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee, and the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Prior to becoming a director, he served as country representative in Guyana and technical service member before that.
Dr. MARIE PACE
Marie, American, has a career that spans over 20 years working as an international development and peacebuilding professional. Her experience has provided her with a unique vantage on the increasing VUCA nature of the world — dynamic, impossible to completely understand, complex, and evolving — that has become an emerging reality in our world. She has worked for the UN, USAID, USIP, as well as several international NGOs and private companies implementing foreign assistance. Serving in a variety of roles—educator/trainer, process facilitator, designer and applied researcher conducting evaluations and assessments—she has worked to address complex conflict issues in numerous countries, including Nigeria, South Sudan, Burundi, Bangladesh, and Yemen. From the lens of this experience, Marie has become keenly interested in how global development actors have been experimenting with approaches to delivering aid that emphasize adapting and learning. She delights in looking for the interconnected patterns of interwoven dynamics and is adept at attending to diverse ways of making meaning. She also has an abiding interest in how adults grow and develop greater capacities for seeing and navigating complexity. Her work today as an independent consultant is committed to supporting individuals, teams and organizations become better fit to engage the wicked problems that they face. Navigating complexity was the focus of the leadership and coach training that Marie pursued to earn her International Coach Federation (ICF) Certification in Presence Based Coaching (expected November, 2019). She holds a PhD in conflict studies from Syracuse University and an MA in international studies from the University of Oregon. She is fluent in French.
Sherwood, American, is an independent facilitator based in Centennial, Colorado, with thirty years of experience in strategic and operational planning, and group facilitation methods training. He was an international staff member of the Institute of Cultural Affairs responsible for integrated rural development projects for 10 years in Indonesia and Jamaica. Sherwood is a founding member of the ToP Network of Trainers and Facilitators and is a certified mentor trainer licensed by ICA-USA in the Technology of Participation (ToP®). He is also a founding member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).
For the past fifteen years, Sherwood has worked extensively with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome and worldwide. He has led strategy sessions and priority setting retreats with FAO departments, along with multi-stakeholder meetings from 25 to 250 participants. He has also trained over 500 FAO staff in group facilitation methods, to support productive meetings at all levels of the Organization. In the past three years, Sherwood has facilitated planning retreats for RESULTS – at Microcredit Summits in the Philippines, Mexico and UAE. These global summits have developed formal commitments from microfinance organizations to build pathways out of poverty, emphasizing multi-sector partnerships with links to health and education.
FRANCISCO VALENZUELA - CHAIR
Francisco, American, is a leader in outdoor recreation planning and management with 40 years of experience working primarily with the USDA Forest Service. A solid history of creative and outstanding work in the field of outdoor recreation and planning beginning in 1973 for Colorado State Parks, he has contributed to recreation programs on public lands across the United States and overseas. He has trained managers and consulted in recreation management projects in Latin America, the Near East, and Africa, published professional papers and journals, appeared on Public Television addressing recreation issues and spoken on the topic of sustainable recreation at national meetings. In 1991 he received the National Conservation Education Award for leadership in the planning, design, and construction of the El Portal Visitor and Education Center in Puerto Rico. In 1992, he received the Recreation Image Champion Award, “for presenting a region wide image as an outstanding recreation professional." National Academy of Sciences recognized his work in the planning of Mount St. Helens National Monument in 1995. In 2002, he was given the Land Manager of the Year Award by the Continental Divide Trail Alliance. In 2009 he was recognized for excellence in government and received the largest cash award ever given by the Washington office recreation program. In 2016 the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals designated him a senior fellow for significant knowledge of outdoor recreation planning, management and significant accomplishments. In 2017 the Recreation Roundtable Awarded him with the highest honor in Federal government for recreation leadership, the Legions Award. In 2019 the Arizona Trail Association awarded their highest award for contributions to the national scenic trails. Francisco has planned for and implemented more recreation projects including trail projects, visitor centers and special area plans than any other current recreation planner in the Forest Service.