Frank Dukes, Ph.D. – Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at UVa. Frank teaches conflict resolution and collaborative planning at the University and is the author of Resolving Public Conflict and Reaching for Higher Ground. Frank has mediated transportation issues, water quality/supply issues, recreational trail use conflicts, brownfields and Superfund redevelopment, and a long-term tobacco-public health dialogue.
Tanya Denckla Cobb – Associate Director at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at UVa. Tanya is a Virginia certified mediator, mediation mentor, and trainer of mediation. Tanya has mediated the development of onsite septic regulations, transportation issues, facilitated heritage visioning and biosolids issues, and designed public involvement for Forest Legacy, heritage tourism, facility siting, and watershed planning.
Mike Ellerbrock, Ph.D. – 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 24 years. Mike participated in the Kellogg Foundation’s Natural Resources Leadership Institute at the University of Kentucky. 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 and Veterinary Sciences. Mike serves as Special Assistant to the Provost for undergraduate education. He has taught twice in UVA’s Semester-at-Sea program.
J. Michael Foreman - Director of the Office of Environmental Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mike’s focus has been on collaborative leadership and decision-making tools throughout his career. From 2006 to 2012, he was Deputy Division Director for the Division of Soil and Water Conservation–now the Stormwater Division–at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. He has been a trained facilitator since 1987 and has led and served on many collaborative efforts such as the Chesapeake Bay Program, US Forest Service Forest Legacy Program and Virginia Nonpoint Source Advisory Council, Virginia United Land Trusts, and Farmland Preservation Task Force. He has also led many NGO and state strategic planning efforts. Mike has been teaching leadership with the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute since 2001 and is a graduate of the Covey Leadership course.
Melissa Herlitz - Program Manager, Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. Melissa has worked at the UVa Institute for Environmental Negotiation since 2010, first as a Graduate Associate, and, after her graduation with a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning, as full-time Program Manager. She has served as project manager on three sea level rise projects funded by Virginia Sea Grant projects: listening sessions in Virginia Beach, a focus group in Virginia Beach about policies, and a large community workshop on the Eastern Shore. She has also served as IEN’s intern coordinator and assisted with a variety of other projects. Her work has included managing communication with partners, research, working closely with and outreach to stakeholders, facilitating and recording groups discussions, designing reports, and designing project web pages.