Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Expansion Team

To accomplish its work, IEN draws on a cadre of talented subcontractors and affiliate partners, as needed, to assist with specific projects. Some work with us only occasionally, while others work with us consistently. Information on some of our expansion team may be found here.

Michael J. Ellerbrock, Ph.D.

Professor, Extension Specialist and Director of the Center for Economic Education at VT, Mike Ellerbrock, Ph.D., has been teaching environmental economics, environmental ethics and environmental theology for 33 years. Mike participated in the Kellogg Foundation’s pilot Natural Resources Leadership Institute and VT’s partnership with UVA.   Twice Mike has taught in the Semester-at-Sea program.  He served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Education and drafted the final report. Mike has received seven major university teaching awards, including the Congressionally-Sponsored USDA National Award for Teaching Excellence for all fields of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Human & Veterinary Sciences.

J. Michael Foreman

As Director of the Virginia Office of Environmental Education at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Mike’s focus is on collaborative leadership and group process for advancing natural resources policies and programs. In his 28 years working for the Commonwealth of Virginia and 33 total years working in business and universities, he has led many strategic planning efforts regionally and in Virginia. He led Virginia efforts to create a stream restoration, riparian, and forest land conservation programs. He has been a trained facilitator since 1987. He was given the DCR Employee of the Year award in 2011. Mike has numerous publications and is a graduate of the Covey Leadership course and Virginia Executive Leadership Institute.

Christine Muehlman Gyovai

Christine Muehlman Gyovai is the Principal of Dialogue & Design Associates. She holds certificates in mediation and permaculture design and is a member of the National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals.  Ms. Gyovai consults and lectures regionally about permaculture with the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network.  She holds a M.U.E.P. in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Burlington College. She lives at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and two young children.

Selena Cozart O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D.

Selena Cozart O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D. has over eighteen years of facilitation and program evaluation experience with a primary emphasis on diversity and community capacity development. She also brings a rich background in education, ranging from secondary through graduate school, which includes teaching, student academic advising and mentoring, and higher education administration experience. Dr. O’Shaughnessy holds three degrees from the University of Virginia. In addition to her work as a diversity consultant and facilitation expert, Selena serves as the Resident Services Manager at Piedmont Housing Alliance, a non-profit which focuses on creating affordable housing opportunities in the Central Virginia region.

Kristina Weaver, Ph.D.

A social scientist and professional facilitator, Kristina works across sectors to design, fund, and interpret programs that build a more equitable society. Kristina spent a year with IEN as a Scholar in Residence prior to joining the Institute’s team of consultants. She assists IEN with development strategy and facilitation services. A Marshall Scholar, Kristina holds a doctorate in Cultural Geography and studied at Yale, Cambridge, and Glasgow Universities.