Advisory Council and Collaborators

 Our Advisory Council contributes to course content and reviews our courses and workshops.

Our collaborators provide specialized content.

Advisory Council

Tegan Blaine, Ph.D.
Dr. Blaine is founder and principal of Blue Cairn Group, which specializes in consulting around climate change leadership and action.  She has over 20 years of experience in climate science, policy, and international development, most recently serving as a vice president on a climate change initiative at the National Geographic Society.  She also led the climate change team in USAID’s Bureau for Africa for over a decade, where she developed USAID’s strategy and investment plan for its climate change work in Africa, and built and led a team that provided thought leadership and technical support to USAID’s African missions.  Before USAID, Dr. Blaine worked on climate change and international development at McKinsey & Company; served as a policy advisor on water at the U.S. Department of State; and taught math and physics as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania. Dr. Blaine has a Ph.D. in oceanography and climate from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and an A.B./Sc.B. in comparative literature and mathematical ecology from Brown University.
E. Scott Geller, Ph.D.
Dr. E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., Alumni Distinguished Professor, is completing his 50th year as a teacher and researcher in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems. He has authored, coauthored, or edited 51 books, 88 book chapters, 39 training manuals, 272 magazine articles, and over 300 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-focused interventions to improve human welfare and life satisfaction. Dr. Geller has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Organizational Behavior Management Network and the American Psychological Foundation. In 2011, The College of Wooster awarded Professor Geller the Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters. He and his daughter, Krista S. Geller, Ph.D. have co-founded the teaching and consulting firm—GellerAC4P, Inc.—to spread actively caring for people (AC4P) principles and applications worldwide, see and
Jennifer Hoffman, Ph.D.
Dr. Hoffman has been broadly engaged in the field of climate change adaptation for almost two decades. She uses targeted research, direct engagement, and capacity development to help groups and organizations integrate climate considerations into conservation, planning, and natural resource management efforts. She has helped to deliver workshops and trainings to more than 2,000 people on topics including decision analysis, scenario planning, climate change vulnerability assessment, and adaptation planning. Project and training locations have spanned Latin America, Oceania, Africa, and North America, with partners and participants including charitable foundations, non-governmental organizations, citizens’ groups, and national, state, local, and tribal governments. She contributed to an award-winning vulnerability assessment guidebook and the United States National Climate Assessment, and is author or co-author of several books and reports, including Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. She has a PhD in marine ecology, but when environmental problems seem daunting she calls on her undergraduate degree in geology for a long-term perspective that keeps her chipper.
Alexander Maki, Ph.D.
Dr. Alexander Maki received his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2015, where his research used theory-based interventions to understand and influence environmental, health, and prosocial behaviors. Afterwards, Dr. Maki was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment and the Climate Change Research Network, where he examined how people perceive environmental policies and how to help people have constructive conversations about environmental issues. The past two years he has been living in Washington DC, where he has been a Science Policy Fellow exploring climate and energy policy, first in the U.S. Senate, and now at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Julie Shumway, MA

Julie Shumway has been an educator in K-12 education for over 15 years. Ms. Shumway has taught students of varying ages, including adults, in the U.S. and China. She has spent the past ten years as a school administrator in a Montessori school setting and earned her AMI/NAMTA certificate in Montessori Adolescent Studies in 2019. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she is currently the lead teacher for adolescents at the Montessori Children's House of York, Inc. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2003 from Middlebury College and her Master’s degree in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum in 2015 from Drexel University.

Collaborators: Veronica Appleton
Veronica Appleton is a scholar, practitioner and author. At DePaul University, she serves as lecturer of Intercultural Communications and Organizational Communications. Veronica’s research interests include bias, equity, culture and behavior change. Rooted in organizational, strategy and diversity management, Veronica facilitates Mastering Implicit BiasEquity & Cultural Intelligence in the Workplace, and Leadership through Storytelling workshops for corporations throughout Chicago and beyond. Veronica’s work has been featured in Crain’s Chicago, FOX News, Chicago Sun-Times, WGN News and Diversity Journal’s Top Professionals in Higher Education. Veronica completed her undergraduate education at Purdue University (2010), graduate education at DePaul University (2013), and is completing her doctoral degree at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2020).