Professor Phillip Thompson serves as Director of the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and served as Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair from 2006-2013. He received the 2015 Seattle University Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2011-2012 Father James McGoldrick Fellowship, Seattle University's highest faculty honor. He was also awarded the 2009-2010 Thomas J. Bannan endowed chair of engineering. Dr. Thompson joined Seattle University after receiving his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1997. He also earned an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Iowa and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.
Janeane Harwell, Ph.D., has three years of experience writing grants for sustainability projects. She recently moved to Washington from Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Janeane wrote USDA, NFWS, and DOE award winning grants for Sacred Power, a Native American owned renewable energy manufacturer and integrator. The award winning grants enable Sacred Power and the U.S. federal government to install off-grid solar systems and wind turbines on remote sites of the Rosebud Sioux and Navajo homes. Janeane developed her understanding of sustainability, environmental politics and policy at the doctoral program in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University. Her dissertation research focused on the impacts of national security policy on shared protected areas . The research enabled her to travel and research border areas in Argentina and Chile, and at the U.S./Mexico border. She completed her Masters in Public Policy at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Prior to the graduate education, Janeane was a Warner Brothers Feature Animation artist team member on The Iron Giant and The Quest for Camelot.
Yolanda graduated from the University of Brussels, Belgium, with a Masters in Contemporary History, specializing in Latin American and Immigration studies. She also holds post-masters degrees in Teaching and International Humanitarian Aid. She is the author of Chileans in Exile: Their Immigration, Reception and Integration (2004), published by the University of Brussels Press, and worked for the Regional Integration Center of Brussels, where she was responsible for providing social orientation programs to asylum seekers. After relocating to Seattle, she worked as a Program Officer at the World Affairs Council and Pacific Village Institute promoting international exchange and developing cross-cultural and global issues curriculum for high school students and educators. Yolanda also worked several years in documentary production. She co-produced short documentaries for KCTS Connects; assisted in the production of feature-length documentaries on topics such as Fair Trade, Motherhood, and The Ecological Footprint; and she edited over forty short films highlighting the life and traditions of Native peoples for Longhouse Media.
Nicole DeNamur is a Seattle-based attorney whose practice focuses on insurance coverage and construction litigation. She is a LEED® Green Associate™ with a passion for the intersection of sustainable building design, construction, and the law. Nicole regularly presents on her holistic and proactive approach to risk management and the legal issues associated with sustainable buildings. She is an Affiliate Instructor at the University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, where she developed the content for the interdisciplinary course, Risk and Reward in Sustainable Development. Nicole also developed the content for, and teaches, Policy and Planning, part of the Master’s Program in Design for Human Health at Boston Architectural College.
John Hainze has pursued interests in environmental ethics and the relationship of religion and science through an M.A. in Religion from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin. John served as Teaching Fellow at Yale in courses on Religion and Ecology, and Law, Religion, and the Environment. He worked on developing online courses for the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. He served as Adjunct Faculty in Entomology at the University of Wisconsin and in Biology at Carroll University. John is also a film producer, and completed a series of educational videos on Christianity and Cosmology, Evolution, and the Environment. Previously, he worked as a scientist and manager at SC Johnson and Son. John is now president of BioOpus LLC, through which he pursues entomological consulting, writing, and film projects.