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.
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.
Professor, Extension Specialist and Director of the Center for Economic Education at VT, Mike 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 UVA’s 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.
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. He has numerous publications and is a graduate of the Covey Leadership course and Virginia Executive Leadership Institute.
Christine Muehlman Gyovai is the Principal of Dialogue + Design Associates and an Affiliated Associate at the UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation. 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.
Karen Terwilliger has worked with a diversity of municipal, state and federal government agencies across the country as a natural resource manager, strategic planner, facilitator and project coordinator for 30 years. She has worked on global issues with the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and as a NATO fellow on Sustainable Management of Coastal Ecosystems for15 years. Karen served on multiple federal, regional, and state natural resource committees, boards, and wildlife recovery teams and has been an active leader in her professional societies and conservation efforts.
Kristina Weaver, Ph.D. has more than a decade of experience in collaborative problem solving and community participation. With expertise in environmental justice, Kristina’s research focuses on the interface between protection of natural resources and preservation of cultural values, and the conflicts that can arise when these two goals are not met. Kristina spent a year with IEN as a Scholar in Residence prior to joining the Institute’s expanded team. A Marshall Scholar, Kristina holds a Ph.D. in Geography and studied at Yale, Cambridge, and Glasgow Universities. Before moving to Virginia, Kristina worked for several years in Europe and West Africa.