Bios and headshots for all of our confirmed presenters are listed below, in alphabetical order by their last names. Please visit our Intensives, Keynotes, Workshops, and Schedule pages for more information about the sessions they will be offering.

Tanja Aertebjerg

Tanja Aertebjerg is a member of the Transition national hub in Denmark, called Omstilling Danmark. She is a Garden Ambassador of the organization Practical Organic Gardening and a representative of Transition Denmark’s Working Group: "Det Fælles Bedste" (The Common Good). This Group works in cooperation with various green associations such as Permaculture Denmark, The Food Coops, Organic Building, Eco-Villages, and Organic Gardening to lobby for transition and sustainability, arrange conferences and convergences, publish papers, and work on a number of projects together.

Josh Arnold

Josh Arnold is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building thriving community. He loves exploring the place where spiritual growth, social justice, and ecological restoration intersect. In 2006, Josh founded the nonprofit organization, Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.). G.A.L.A. has incubated and contributed to many valued community initiatives including a Farmers’ Market, Food Pantry Garden, Solarize Campaign, Contra Dance Series, Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, and several community and school gardens. Josh enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, foraging, writing, sketching, dancing, cooking, and meditation. Josh and his wife Molly live in an old Grange Hall in Ossipee, NH.

Nadja Berneche

Nadja Berneche is the Healthy Comprehensive Planning Director with Terra Soma, a strategic services firm with a specialty in food systems. In this role, a big part of her work is to build relationships and provide technical assistance to city and county planners, health advocates, and community members working to increase healthy food access. To create long-range visions, she uses local community planning as a tool to strategically identify and implement initiatives to increase access to healthy food and physical activity, and to promote health equity. Nadja earned her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.

Rebecca Blanco

During the last four decades, Rebecca Blanco has served as a psychotherapist, presented an array of personal growth workshops, and completed a Masters and a Doctorate. Feeling concerned about the severe challenges we are facing, Rebecca delved into eco-psychology and deep ecology, perspectives that enable us to understand the interconnections between ecological-social-psychological forces and the manner in which these reveal the complexity of our planetary crisis. Rebecca participated in numerous programs/trainings, including the Transition Trainer Course, Permaculture Design Course, consultations with eco-psychology instructor Andy Fisher, Ph.D., Animas Valley Institute's wilderness-based programs, The Work That Reconnects, and an Awakening the Dreamer Facilitator Training. As the founder/chairperson of The Bridge, a community-oriented organization designed to explore paradigm-shifting ideas, Rebecca has organized over 100 educational events. She is full-heartedly dedicated to facilitating workshops that support eco-centered personal transformation.

Charlie Brennan

With 30 years applied experience, Dr. Charlie Brennan is passionate about "bringing the land alive." From farming, landscape design, and garden-making, and conservation project work, to supporting Aboriginal Cultural Caring for Country, his passion for and fascination with this works has deepened. He is a social ecologist and researcher that has lectured about ethics and sense of place and worked as a facilitator for a range of conservation and sustainability alliances. Charlie offers innovative workshops and is a speaker at events and conferences, bringing together inspiration and experience to create joyful, abundant, and practical outcomes.

Adam Brock

Adam Brock is a social permaculturalist based in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. As co-founder of The GrowHaus, Adam led the transformation of an abandoned half-acre greenhouse in Colorado’s most polluted zip code into an award-winning permaculture demonstration site that engages thousands of residents per year. Adam is active in the local and national permaculture communities, serving as co-founder of the Denver Permaculture Guild, co-organizer of the inaugural North American Permaculture Convergence, and a contributor and guest editor at Permaculture Design magazine. Adam’s most recent project, "Change Here Now," is a social permaculture pattern language that was published by North Atlantic books in 2017.

Fred Brown

Fred Brown serves as the President & CEO of the Homewood Children’s Village, a non-profit organization whose mission is to simultaneously improve the lives of Homewood’s children and reweave the fabric of the community in which they live. Mr. Brown has worked in the non-profit arena and public education sector for over 25 years. A specific focus of his work is bridging the divide between minority communities and their knowledge regarding energy reduction planning, carbon footprint analysis, and environmental justice leadership. A frequent public speaker, Mr. Brown has a Bachelors of Science in Education and Masters Degree in Social Work.

Michael Brownlee

Michael Brownlee is the author of “The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times” (North Atlantic Books), a manifesto for localizing the nation’s food supply and strategic guide for those in a position to be catalysts in this process. He is a founding partner of Local Food Catalysts, an online media and events company supporting the emerging local food revolution, and was co-founder of Boulder-based Local Food Shift Group (formerly known as Transition Colorado, the first officially-recognized Transition Initiative in North America), building community resilience and self-reliance through localizing the food supply.

Julia Bystrova

Jul Bystrova is a Holistic Healing Practitioner, Ordained Interfaith Minister, longtime community organizer/activist and hold's a Masters in Philosophy. Her main interests are finding tangible ways of building bridges between perspectives and communities, healing ourselves, reconnecting to the Earth and hosting conversations that catalyse positive change.  She has been a leader in the Inner Transition work in Sonoma County CA and started a Transition health group and network which has since evolved into its own nonprofit organization called Era of Care.

Shaun Chamberlin

Shaun Chamberlin has been involved with the Transition Network since its inception, co-founding Transition Town Kingston and authoring the movement’s second book, "The Transition Timeline." He is managing director of the Fleming Policy Centre, former chair of the Ecological Land Co-operative, and has spoken at venues ranging from Occupy camps to parliaments. In exploring the cultural narratives charting society’s course forward, he has written for or edited a diverse range of books, magazines, academic journals, and other publications, including co-authoring a significant UK All Party Parliamentary report with his close friend and regular collaborator, David Fleming. His website is

Paul Cienfuegos

Paul Cienfuegos is a nationally prominent workshop leader and community organizer in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional “rights” and assert peoples' inherent ability to govern themselves and protect their community’s health and welfare. Paul has some very provocative ideas about how Transition could rapidly expand its impact across the US by teaming up with the Community Rights movement and its ongoing success in helping more than 200 communities to successfully pass locally-enforceable laws that transition us away from unsustainable energy and resource depletion and towards our RIGHT as We the People to a sustainable future. Paul recently co-founded Community Rights US to further this work nationally. More info about Paul is available at and

Tina Clarke

Tina Clarke has been a professional community organizer, trainer, facilitator, and speaker since 1985, as well as a Transition Trainer since 2008. She directed national citizen training programs and founded campaigns on energy, environmental justice, and toxins. As a consultant, she helped 422 organizations with strategic planning, program expansion, fundraising, and public engagement. Working with Transition Network, Tina has served over 240 communities worldwide, delivered 61 Transition Training courses, and provided hundreds of presentations. Her articles have been published in two scholarly books. She is currently consulting for Transition initiatives and model local eco-economy projects in Denmark. 

David Cobb

David Cobb is a "people's lawyer" who has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office, and been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He was a co-founder of Move To Amend, served as the Green Party nominee for President in 2004, and initiated recounts in OH and NM. In 2016, he was the Campaign Manager for Stein/Baraka.


Sharon M. Day, Ojibwe, is enrolled in the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. She is one of the founders of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force, formerly known as the Minnesota American Indian AIDS Task Force.  IPTF began as a volunteer organization (1987) with all of the work performed by the Board of Directors.  In September of 1988, IPTF hired its’ first staff.  Ms. Day was hired as the Executive Director, May 1990 and has served in this capacity since then.  IPTF has strived to ground its’ services in the culture of American Indian people. Sharon M. Day is2nd degree M’dewiwin and follows the spiritual path of the Anishinabe people. She is an artist, musician, and writer.

Juan del Rio

Juan del Rio is an apprentice of life and agent of change. He is a biologist, activist, facilitator, educator, and researcher for sustainability. Juan is also the Coordinator of Red de Transición (Transition Spain) and a member of Municipalities in Transition and Cardedeu en Transició. He has worked at Smart CSOs Lab, fostering systemic change within CSOs, and in SwitchMed, promoting sustainable production and consumption at the community level in south Mediterranean countries. He is the author of "Guía del Movimiento de Transición" and numerous articles in publications such as Ecohabitar or 15/15\15. He focuses his work on promoting new models of sustainable living and local resilience. Juan currently lives in Cardedeu, Barcelona.

Timothy DenHerder-Thomas

Timothy DenHerder-Thomas is the General Manager of Cooperative Energy Futures, a community energy co-op based in Minneapolis that develops affordable community solar gardens that help families reduce their energy bills through solar at no upfront cost and advances workforce equity for communities of color. Timothy has a background in energy democracy organizing and social enterprise. Timothy also co-founded Grand Aspirations, which supports teams of youth innovators creating green economic opportunity for their communities, and helped co-convene Community Power, a Minnesota coalition which has secured the nation's first city-utility Clean Energy Partnership in Minneapolis.

Julie DiRemigio

Julie DiRemigio has been an active volunteer at the Media FreeStore since 2014 and a Transition Town Media (TTM) Steering Committee member since 2015. She presented at a Penn State University social justice fair, demonstrating how everyone benefits by embracing a gift economy. Julie leads fundraising efforts for TTM and organizes monthly volunteer meetings. Julie is a co-owner of P&J Estate Sales, a substitute teacher, and a math tutor.

William Faith

William Faith co-founded Ars Terra, a sustainable homestead project in Palmdale, CA, where he taught several permaculture courses and workshops before moving to Chicago, where he co-founded the Chicagoland Permaculture Guild in 2012. In 2015, he completed an advanced permaculture teacher training at Kinstone, became board president of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, co-facilitated the first ever vegan PDC in the United States. at Wild Earth Farm & Sanctuary in Irvine, KY, and launched Genius Loci Permaculture, a full-service design, build, and education firm. William regularly gives presentations on permaculture at libraries, colleges, universities, eco-fairs and festivals, and at private events.

Dan Fatton

Dan Fatton is the Executive Director of the NJ Work Environment Council, a coalition of 70 labor, environmental, and community organizations working for safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. Dan also helped launch Jersey Renews, a coalition dedicated to ensuring that NJ regains a leadership role in addressing the climate crisis. Dan is a Trenton resident, experienced in community organizing. He was a past president of the I AmTrenton Community Foundation, Vice-Chair of Trenton’s Planning Board, and a Trenton Green Team Vice-Chair. He is also an Environmental Leadership Program Fellow with a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University. Dan is a member of the Diversity & Equity Task Force for Sustainable Jersey, and serves on the board for both the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership.

Jeremiah Garcia

Jeremiah Garcia is an Ayurvedic yoga teacher, Certified Massage Therapist, permaculture landscaper, activist, and homesteader. He seeks to align action with values, especially as it relates to how we care for our bodies.

Isabela Maria Gomez de Menezes

Isabela Maria Gomez de Menezes is an Architect and Urbanist from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro who attended Gaia Education and today works on the development of sustainability education projects, regeneration of social systems, and social responsibility and community development at Oficina da Sustenatbilidade. Isabela is also a Trustee and Keeper of the Global Perspective for the Transition Network Board, articulator and facilitator of the Transition Towns National Hub in Brazil (, and is one of the initiators of the Transition Towns Movement at Granja Viana.

Sean Gosiewski

Sean Gosiewski, Executive Director of the Alliance for Sustainability, has 30 years of experience bringing community leaders together to envision and build sustainable communities, as well as providing hands-on tools and training to build community, health, wealth and local resilience. He holds a Master’s in Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Sean is currently supporting Resilient Cities Clusters of 50 urban and suburban cities in the Twin Cities to design and implement climate resilience plans to meet a Minnesota State goal to reduce CO2 economy wide 80% by 2050, with teams of city staff, City Council members, and youth and adult volunteers.

Don Hall

Don Hall has had the good fortune to participate in the Transition Movement in a variety of capacities over the past decade. Initially serving for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado, he went on to found and direct Transition Sarasota (Florida) from 2010 to 2016. A certified Transition Trainer and experienced facilitator, Don currently works part-time for Transition US. He also holds a Master's degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University.

Lea Hall

Lea Hall, Ph.D., used to teach, consult, and coach people in communication skills prior to retirement. She is a grandmother, mother, daughter, writer, gardener, permaculture designer, and earth-evangelist. Since 1989, she has been a climate activist in Minnesota, Florida, and Wisconsin.

Ranae Hanson

Having grown up in a canoe-country forest, Ranae Hanson suffered as that biological community faltered with the changing climate. Through physical and spiritual practices, by planting and tending to the soil, and in community with diverse community college students, Transition Town neighbors, and fellow Friends (Quakers), she has found quiet solidarity with here beloved waters and other beings. A recent diagnosis of Type One Diabetes is providing further training for living in an altered body on an altered earth.

Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman is the Founding Director of Daily Acts Organization and Board Chair of Transition US. Trathen works with leaders and networks to provide solutions which harness the power of nature and community to build personal, local, and movement-wide resilience. He serves on the boards of the California Water Efficiency Partnership and the NorCal Community Resilience Network. Trathen lives in Northern California in the Petaluma River Watershed, where he grows food, medicine, and wonder while working to counter compost apathy and lack.

Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen books including: "Our Renewable Future" (2016), "The End of Growth" (2011), and "Peak Everything" (2007). He is a Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He has written for Nature, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. He has delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues to audiences in 14 countries, including members of the European Parliament. He has also appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s "11th Hour," and is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education.

Russ Henry

In 2005, Russ Henry founded and today still operates Giving Tree Gardens, an organic environmental services company that focuses on rebuilding local ecosystems while growing beautiful landscapes. Soil health, composting, rain gardens, butterfly gardens, pollinator-friendly landscapes, shoreline restoration, organic lawn care, and landscape design are all a part of Giving Tree Gardens' work. Russ is currently working with two partners towards the development of a business called New Land which performs soil health consulting for area farmers and growers. Russ is currently a candidate for Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner At-large.

Sylvia Holmes

Sylvia Holmes is a permaculture landscape designer and a volunteer with Transition Pasadena. She is active with the projects Repair Cafe Pasadena, and AltaPasa Green Circle, and is a co-leader and founder of Mulch for the People, Beautiful Swales, and the Free-Food Garden. Outside of Transition, Sylvia gardens with Pasadena Beautiful and Huntington Ranch. She is the Secretary of the Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable, sings with Towne Singers, and teaches mindfulness at Cancer Support Community Pasadena. Sylvia is also interested in “placemaking." Check out her Facebook page: “Why Not in My Backyard?”

Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is an independent activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Transition movement, which he initiated in 2005. Rob has written four books in support of Transition: "The Transition Handbook" (2008), "The Transition Companion" (2011), "The Power of Just Doing Stuff" (2013), and "21 Stories of Transition" (2015). According to Bill McKibben, "there’s no one on earth who’s just done more stuff – and inspired more doing – than Rob Hopkins." He is currently writing a book about imagination, which is going to be fantastic. He hopes. More information is available at

Clayton Horsey

Clayton Horsey, MA, MSSW, is a New York State-licensed psychotherapist in private practice working mainly with couples and groups. His primary interest is the dynamics of small groups and conflict resolution. Clayton was an early member of Woodstock NY Transition (WNYT). As WNYT was forming, he founded Working Group Support to provide tools, techniques, and facilitation to working groups to help them accomplish their mission and vision. The group meets weekly to develop and practice the tools and techniques that are offered.

Emily Jarrett Hughes

Emily Jarrett Hughes has been studying Spring Forest Qigong since 2006. She leads a weekly Healing Waters Qigong practice group. Learn more about Emily and her practice group at

Tom Jablonski

The career of Tom Jablonski has included stints as an environmental engineer, park ranger, stay-at-home dad, playground monitor, and fast-food cook. He writing has appeared in the National Catholic Reporter, Crista Tippett’s "On Being" blog, and his own ecological leadership blog. He has degrees in Civil Engineering and Servant Leadership. He currently dwells in the Anoka Sand Plains area known as Blaine, Minnesota. When not working, exploring the planet, or being with family, he enjoys mulling around with other suburbanites in the Transition Twin Cities group, where folks gather to practice living more simply on planet Earth.    

Lawrence Jaffe

Lawrence Jaffe is from Sebastopol, California. He was educated at the University of California - Santa Cruz with a degree in politics, and obtained a law degree from The School of Law and Social Change. He has worked as a farmer, lawyer, community activist. From 2006 to 2017, Lawrence served on the Board of the Center for Climate Protection. Notable successes include the creation of the Community Climate Action Plan, identifying climate goals in 14 sectors of the economy and implementing those programs including Sonoma Clean Power, a local community choice energy provider of low-carbon electricity.

Jan Joannides

Jan Joannides is the co-founder and Executive Director of Renewing the Countryside. Her work supports farmers, foodmakers, artists, entrepreneurs, and community groups working to create vibrant communities and strong rural/urban connections. From 2011-2013, Jan served as an Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota, and has been the editor and co-author of several books. Jan lives with her family in the beautiful Zumbro River Valley in southeast Minnesota.

Erik Lindberg

Erik Lindberg is a founding member of Transition Milwaukee and The Victory Garden Initiative. In 1999, he received a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature, with an emphasis on Critical Theory. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and twin boys, where he is a carpenter and small business owner. Erik is a frequent contributor to

Tom Llewellyn

Tom Llewellyn is the Strategic Partnerships Director at, and is a lifelong sharer, commoner, and storyteller. He manages organizational, editorial, and events partnerships, and has coordinated the global Sharing Cities Network, #MapJam, and other community sharing campaigns, in addition to speaking internationally about real, equitable sharing. Previously, he was the Education and Activism Director for the Sustainable Living Roadshow, co-leading this touring organization across the US for five years. Tom has co-founded several community and sharing-based initiatives including: A PLACE for Sustainable Living, Asheville Tool Library, REAL Cooperative (Regenerative Education, Action, and Leadership), and the worker collective, Critter Cafe.

Nenad Maljkovic

Nenad Maljkovic is the co-founder and current coordinator of Transition Hub in Croatia. He is a cultural creative and permaculture designer with particular interest in the social and economic aspects of permaculture, effective collaboration in groups, and facilitating virtual teams for systemic change. He is also a Rumi translator and enabler of local, bioregional, and global high-trust networks for systemic change towards regenerative cultures. His current roles within the global Transition movement include: REconomy Group International Coordinator, and ECOLISE Council member. On his blog, Virtual Teams for Systemic Change, Nenad is championing skillful remote collaboration between Transitioners on levels of scale beyond local Transition Initiatives. He works globally from Zagreb, Croatia.

Christie Manning

Dr. Christie Manning has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Biological Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She teaches in the department of Environmental Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Christie is a co-author of the recently-published academic textbook, “Psychology for Sustainability." Her research and teaching explore the cognitive, social, and situational factors that influence behavioral and lifestyle choices and how these choices positively or negatively impact ecological and social systems. For the last three years, Christie has been part of a multi-disciplinary community-engaged research project called “Ready and Resilient,” which aims to raise awareness of local climate change impacts while also building capacity of residents in vulnerable communities to take part in adaptation actions at the individual and community levels.

Laura Millberg

Laura Millberg is a Principal Planner for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, specializing in outreach and assistance to communities on sustainable development and climate resilience for the built environment. Laura led the creation of Minnesota GreenStep Cities Best Practice 29: Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience. She also participates on their Steering Committee and is a GreenStep Advisor. Laura is an active member of Minnesota’s Interagency Climate Adaptation Team and contributed to the 2017 "Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota" report. An accredited LEED AP BD+C professional, Laura has an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. double-major in Economics and Political Science from Grinnell College.


Pearl Daniel-Means is a producer, activist, and author who speaks around the world on matters concerning indigenous issues, human rights, and environmentalism. She was born into the Ashiihi (Salt) Clan of the Navajo Nation. Her Lakota name, Iyoyanbya Izanzan Win, translates loosely to "Bright Light." Pearl walked alongside the late American Indian activist, author, artist, and actor Russell Means, as his wife, business manager, and collaborator.


Marissa Mommaerts

Marissa Mommaerts has been with Transition US since 2013 and serves as Director of Programs. Marissa is an avid gardener, homesteader, community organizer, and activist. She came to Transition US after six years working with government, civil society, and the private sector to promote just and sustainable solutions to poverty and public health crises. Prior to Transition, Marissa worked at The Aspen Institute coordinating a global communications project on reproductive health and population growth. Marissa has a Master's Degree in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she co-founded a sustainable development project in partnership with UW students and an island community in Lake Victoria, Uganda. Marissa is also a writer and speaker on the topics of community resilience and sustainable global development. You can view one of her recent presentations here.

Lesley Moore

Lesley Moore is a writer, educator, organizer, and artist with fundraising and organizational development expertise. She works with individuals, groups and organizations to design, structure, and resource regenerative right "thrivelihoods" and use of the flow of philanthropy to build community resources. She is the former Development Director of the Watershed Project, a member of the NorCal Resilience Network Steering Committee and Gill Tract Farm, and an advisory board member of the Cob Research Institute. She has an M.B.A. and Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, as well as a background in dance and theatre. She earned her PDC in 2014 from the San Francisco Urban Permaculture Institute and is based in the SF Bay Area.

Paul Moss

Paul Moss coordinates Minnesota’s Interagency Climate Adaptation Team, which consists of representatives from other Minnesota state agencies working on this topic, and is the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s climate adaptation coordinator. In his 27 years in Minnesota state government, Paul has worked on a wide range of technical and financial assistance activities related to community sustainability and climate adaptation, including public education and outreach. Paul has an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, a Master's in Agronomy from Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College.

Phillip Muessig

Philipp Muessig has a background in science and community development, with previous jobs in minerals exploration, cooperative business development, and neighborhood association management. A graduate of Carleton College, he now co-directs the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program - a free, voluntary challenge, assistance, and recognition program run by a state agency and nonprofit collaborative. Philipp periodically participates in Minnesota Design Team charrettes in small towns.

Bridget O'Brien

As a caring steward of life, Bridget O'Brien strives to explore resilience through many pathways. Her studies and work focus on self-care, social, and land-use design. While utilizing her diverse skills, experiences, and training in horticulture, floristry, Permaculture, fermentation, Yoga, and marketing to provide a dwholistic approach to culture repair. Bridget shares her passion for playful, impactful, and loving service through her work as an educator and designer with Resilient Spirals LLC and Sacred Places. She is the Program Director for New Rising Sun Farm (an educational retreat center and community in Ganges, Michigan), and is the creative inspiration behind "Adapt: A Design Game," created in collaboration with

Nils Palsson

Nils Palsson joined Transition US in 2015 as Communications and Special Projects Coordinator. A peaceful revolutionary his entire adult life, Nils has worked since 2010 on building local resilience as a community organizer with Transition Lake County. Through the California Institute of Integral Studies, Nils completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing & Consciousness and "Medicine Song," an intimate memoir. He is the founder and facilitator of the annual Hands Around Clear Lake healing ceremony and tribal gathering. His passions include peace, justice, integrity, and transformation, and his pursuits include holistic health and yoga, mythology, and shamanism, as well as co-creating systemic change that benefits the whole. Nils lives in Sonoma County with his daughter, Satya Rose.

Martin Pepper

Martin Pepper is originally from England and has been involved with Transition Town Media since 2011. He runs the Energy and Resiliency Response groups there and has supported numerous other Transition initiatives. During his regular work day, he manages a team of IT Professionals at a leading energy services company. He is actively involved with a number of other non-profits including trustee and board member positions with several. He is a keen sportsman and lives in Media, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Physics and Computer Science.

Filipa Pimentel

Filipa Pimentel is a member of the Transition Network staff team, acting as International Coordinator for the Transition National Hubs and making the bridge between Transition Network and EU Institutions (as well as other organizations based in Brussels). Filipa is a Portuguese forest scientist by training. In 2000, she went to Brussels to join an internship at the European Commission and, for a period of 10 years, worked in several EU Institutions and organizations related to sustainable development as a political adviser. She is the co-founder of a Transition initiative in Portalegre, Portugal and initiator of AJUDADA, an experimental community empowerment international event, under the theme of gift economy. She lives in Brussels, Belgium.

Joe Riemann

Joe Riemann is an Associate Director at Shared Capital Cooperative, a loan fund for cooperative businesses throughout the US. He is also the Treasurer of Seward Community Cooperative, as well as a co-founder of Cooperative Principal. Joe was previously the Finance Director for Land Stewardship Project and has many work experiences in the local foods and fair trade movements. He was also a worker-owner at Equal Exchange, where he helped develop their fair-trade banana program. Through these experiences, Joe has gained a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that are unique to democratically-owned and operated businesses, here and around the world.

Vicki Robin

Vicki Robin is a co-author of the perennial best-seller, “Your Money or Your Life,” which she is currently giving a 25-year makeover with Millennials in mind. She is also author of “Blessing the Hands that Feed Us: Lessons from a 10-Mile Diet.” Called the "prophet of consumption downsizers" by the New York Times, Vicki's radical common sense approach to money, food, and life inspires people to think deeply and act with integrity. Vicki is also a prolific social innovator, having helped to launch Sustainable Seattle, the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, the New Road Map Foundation, Conversation Cafes, Transition Whidbey, and the 10-Day Local Food Challenge, among many other projects.

Bill Sharp

Bill Sharp has had a career in project planning and management in government, higher education, and business. He is also a sustainability planner and organizer, Founding Director of the Transition Centre (, co-founder of Transition Town State College, Chair of the Spring Creek Watershed Association, Chair of Garden Starters, member of the Spring Creek Watershed Commission, Vice-Chair of the College Township Industrial Development Authority Board, former member of the Township Council and Region Council of Governments General Forum, and former founding board member of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light. His education is in science, sociology, and management.

Carolyne Stayton

Carolyne Stayton is the Executive Director of Transition US (the national hub of the international Transition Towns movement). She has an advanced degree in nonprofit management and her background includes serving as Director of New College’s North Bay Campus of Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community, an innovative educational institution that promoted advanced studies in leadership and community-building. Carolyne resides in Graton, California, where she participates with others from across the nation and around the world in building the kind of future we want to live into.

Sari Steuber

Sari Steuber is an initiating group member and current president of Transition Town Media, in Media, Pennsylvania, as well as one of a team of three people who ran its Solarize Greater Media campaign in 2016. Sari actively engages and collaborates with local government and other non-profit groups in Media to further community resilience. Sari has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic States Transitioners regional hub since its inception and participates on the Transition US Collaborative Design Council. A retired software development manager and programmer, she has now found the “job” of her dreams.

Kaia Svien

Kaia Svien, MS, is a meditation instructor, spiritual mentor, lifelong activist, and former adjunct professor in the Holistic Health Studies Master’s Program at St Catherine University. A cultural change agent and European-American elder, she has studied with Joanna Macy over the last 30 years. Kaia blends ancient story, deep listening, and inner journeying to engage community spirit in shifting consciousness in service of the collective.

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Ruah Swennerfelt, a member of the Burlington, Vermont Quaker Meeting, is an activist, homesteader, blogger, and author of the book, "Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith." She retired in 2010 as General Secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness after serving in that role for 17 years, and currently serves on the boards of Vermont Interfaith Power & Light and Transition Town Charlotte, Vermont. She is also involved with the New England Resilience & Transition Network and is clerk of the New England Yearly Meeting Earthcare Ministry Committee. 

Theo Talcott

Theo Talcott is a co-founder of Transition Town Manchester, yogi, videographer at youtube/theotalcott making Bernie Blackout News, and intersectional justice ally. 

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Borneo 71-73) and retired 2nd grade Minneapolis Public School teacher. He is the founder of Cool Planet “Neighborhood FUN~ Action for Our Planet” and a Regional Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby (MN, IA, SD, ND, and NE). Paul is a World Class Frisbee Master, cross country skier and avid cyclist, paddler and wilderness camper. His passion is to invite people of all ages to participate in building their community and to discover the best way to express their deepest desires to make the world a place that works for everyone.

Jay Tompt

Jay Tompt is a co-founding member of the Totnes REconomy Project and independent consultant. Since 2011, the Totnes REconomy Project has developed an innovative approach to economic regeneration and resilience, which includes the Local Economic Blueprint, Local Entrepreneur Forum, and the REconomy Centre. Jay has also worked with groups across Europe and Japan. Jay is a graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies and San Jose State University. He’s also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is an associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University. 

Clifton Ware

Clifton Ware, UMN-TC professor emeritus-voice, has performed extensively as tenor soloist. Since his retirement in 2007, he co-founded Citizens for Sustainability and publishes the "Sustainability Education Forum News-Views Digest,” an e-newsletter.

Dawn Wesley

Dawn Wesley has been a member of Transition Town Media (TTM) since 2015 and is active on its Steering Committee. She serves as the Media FreeStore liaison, responds to email inquiries generated through the website, and has trained many new store volunteers. Dawn is actively engaged in grant writing for TTM and creating articles for Philadelphia-area publications in order to expand TTM's outreach. Dawn works full-time as a 401(k) Relationship Manager at Vanguard, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Mario Yanez

Mario Yanez is dedicated to enabling life-sustaining, resilient human communities. His background is in finance, information systems, sociology, and ecology. He applies systems thinking to developing and funding cutting-edge initiatives supportive of a much-needed cultural evolution. As a Permaculture practitioner, he applies regenerative design at various scales: productive landscapes, enterprises, and organizational/social systems.

Phyllis Young

Phyllis Young is a highly respected native woman elder and an influential voice for the Standing Rock reservation. She was one of the first women to stand up for water that led to the high-profile confrontation between indigenous peoples and their allies from all over the world with the corporate interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Since the closing of Standing Rock's main camps, Phyllis has been actively working on helping the tribe become more self-sustaining and less dependent on fossil fuels through a variety of projects. She has been a co-founder of Women of All Red Nations, Coordinator of the First International Indian Treaty Council in 1974, Coordinator of the Geneva Conference in 1977, former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian, and a former Tribal Council member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.