Faculty & Staff

July 10 - 14 | Vernon, NJ

 

Camp Snowball is planned and led by a talented team of educators who are meeting now to create an outstanding program for Vernon, NJ event. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn with and from some of the most experienced practitioners in this field.       homedivider

 

Peter SengePeter Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of SoL (Society for Organizational Learning) and the Academy for Systemic Change. He is the author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, co-author of the three related fieldbooks, including Schools That Learn; Presence; and most recently, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. The Financial Times called The Fifth Discipline one of the five “most important management books” of all time and the Journal of Strategy and Business named Peter a “Strategist of the Century,” as one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy in the 20th century. Peter works with organizations throughout the world on decentralizing the role of leadership to enhance the capacities of all people to build healthier human systems.
 homedivider
Karen Abbott
Karen Abbott has worked with general and special education students in Palm Beach County, Florida, and North Carolina for more than twenty-five years. She has served as a special education resource teacher, school-based Title I resource teacher, inclusive education teacher in a multi-age classroom, and district resource teacher for low-performing schools. In these roles, Karen has worked with economically and culturally diverse populations. She is currently a special education resource teacher, grades K-5, for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, where she is an advocate for the use of systems thinking tools and habits, especially with students facing learning challenges.
homedivider

As a leader, author and innovator in the fields of systems thinking and organizational learning, Tracy Benson, Ed.D., brings extensive practitioner experience to education, government and corporate work in her role as president of the Waters Foundation. Dr. Benson earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Arizona, an M.A. from Northern Arizona University and a B.S. in multi-field studies: education, psychology and statistics from St. Lawrence University. She has contributed to numerous publications that have highlighted her extensive work in education. She co-authored Structuring Schools for Success, A Practitioner’s View and most recently, The Habit-forming Guide to Becoming a Systems Thinker.
As a learner and educator, she taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels and served as a school principal and district level professional developer and evaluator. In addition to her K-12 experience.

Tracy currently leads a national team of exceptional, progressive innovators who skillfully make systems thinking concepts and tools accessible through real- world, practical applications. From the classroom to the boardroom, Tracy Benson designs and leads sessions that engage, motivate and inspire individuals and groups devoted to making positive differences in their schools, organizations and communities.

homedividerDesiree Chrun is a freshman at the University of Missouri. She is currently studying International Studies and Spanish. Desiree has spent the past two summers Interning at Washington University’s Social System Design Lab. As well as acting as an Ambassador for Gateway2Change, a program developed to teach youth how to talk about race. Her passions include reading, racial and gender issues, and education.

homedivider
Bryan CoffmanBryan Coffman is a Director and owner of Sente Corporation.  He has been a passionate explorer in the field of human collaboration and has practiced, studied and developed methodology in this since 1981.  He has designed and delivered hundreds of collaborative design and decision-making events.  He works with a wide variety of clients from the corporate world, education, non-profit, NGO’S, and government and is versed in many methodologies.  He has employed studies in group psychology, cybernetics, systems thinking, design thinking and complexity science to develop innovations in the practice of collaborative design.  A portion of Bryan’s practice has been in the use of visual modeling– or graphic recording –as an aid in the collaborative learning and decision-making process, and it is in this capacity as visual modeler that he joins Camp Snowball this year.  He has used visualization with groups as a problem-solving and design tool and has also captured conversations and presentations visually for many conferences and collaborative sessions.
 homedivider
Elayne DorseyElayne Dorsey is committed to communities that value the gifts of all of their diverse members and seek to live into collective leadership with youth, adults, and elders as partners. Transcending boundaries of age, gender, race, culture, class, and faith is key in her work. Elayne is now a partner in Spaces for Change. Previously, she spent many years working for several Girl Scout councils and most recently was the Chief Operations Officer at Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Elayne also worked with the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development, where she was involved in communities all over the United States, Africa, and India in designing and directing national and international programs and events. In addition, she partnered with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation on projects fostering youth engagement.
 homedivider
LeAnne GrilloLeAnne Grillo helps diverse groups of people act together to address the complex social issues they are passionate to change. LeAnne’s focus is on creating the conditions that enable people to connect in meaningful ways in order to work in concert with each other. She is now a partner in Spaces for Change and the network coordinator for the SolEd Partnership. Previously, LeAnne was a partner at Reos Partners LLC, where she contributed to a range of projects using the Change Lab and U-Process methodologies. LeAnne was also Vice President and Conference Director for Pegasus Communications and spent 10 years working for the Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council in Boston, Massachusetts.
 homedivider

Beth Fetterley Heller, Senior Director of Education and Strategic Planning at the Urban Ecology Center has dedicated the past 15 of her 20 years in education to the growth of urban environmental and sustainable education opportunities for youth and adults in Milwaukee, WI.

Starting with a single classroom in a double-wide trailer, hosting 6000 students for nature-based field trips annually, her programs now run out of 3 branches, 2 state-of-the-art green buildings that provide learning opportunities for 150,000 people of all ages each year. While at the Urban Ecology Center, Beth received her MBA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was awarded the 2009 Business Journal “40 under 40 Award” for community leadership in Milwaukee, 2008 Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Blanch Hornbeck Award for Nature Education and the 2004 Educator of the Year from Wisconsin’s Conservation Congress. Previous experience includes running Elderhostel programs, teaching high school biology and rehabilitating wildlife. Beth is an active volunteer, musician, sailor, bicycler, hiker, skier and life-long learner.

homedivider

Trevor Hicks is a student at Harris-Stowe State University and a program assistant at the Social Systems Design Lab at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Trevor is studying Secondary Education with a focus on Social Science. He plans to become an amazing teacher and then eventually transition into an administrative position. At Washington University, Trevor works with a team to develop skills in System Dynamics/Systems Thinking, inform the community on pressing issues, and coordinate this year’s youth summit on Youth Homelessness. In his free time, Trevor enjoys nature, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends.

homedivider

Janice JacksonJanice Jackson is an independent education consultant. Previously, she was a senior associate with the National Equity Project and the executive director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Janice has been a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, senior associate with the Wallace-funded Executive Leadership Program for Educators, faculty member in the Leadership for Change Program in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, and assistant professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She served as the Deputy Superintendent for the Boston Public Schools and held several positions with the Milwaukee Public Schools in Wisconsin. During the first term of the Clinton Administration, Janice served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary.
homedivider

Dianne Lam is a program assistant at the Social Systems Design Lab at the Brown School at Washington University in Saint Louis, where she works with a team to learn about and master systems thinking/system dynamics activities, develop/maintain relationships, and plan/coordinate for this year’s Summit on Youth Homeless. Dianne graduated from Ritenour High School, class of 2016, and is currently at Harris-Stowe State University where she is majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis on Math. Dianne is very passionate about social justice issues and finding solutions to produce positive social and educational transformation. Dianne enjoys traveling, interior designing, working with children, and spending time with her amazing family and friends.

homedivider

Ken Leinbach is a nationally recognized educator and leader in community-based environmental education.  Starting from a single trailer in a high-crime city park,Ken has had fun leading the grass-roots effort to create and grow the dynamic Urban Ecology Center.

Known for its environment, education and social innovation the Center provides consistent contact to nature for tens of thousands of central city students and residents across Milwaukee each year.  In this formula environmental education becomes a tool for inspiring urban revitalization.  It works — and is capturing the attention of urban planners and educators across the globe.  With his contagious energy, Ken speaks on a number of topics including: urban education, community organizing, environmental issues, finding abundance, the power of story, sustainable design, the need for “near-by” nature, leadership, fundraising, and green living.

homedivider

Sheri MarlinSheri Marlin is a program coordinator for the Waters Foundation, Systems Thinking in Schools project in Tucson, Arizona, where she spends her time writing, teaching and coaching. She has worked for the last 28 years in education as a teacher, administrator and teacher educator. She has a Masters degree from the University of Arizona in Curriculum and Instruction. Passionately committed to improving learning strategies and opportunities for children worldwide and devoted to teaching people to communicate, Sheri firmly believes that the tools and habits of a systems thinker are ideal tools for doing just that.
 homedivider

Maria Simpson has worked with elementary students in North Carolina for more than twelve years as a classroom teacher.  She currently serves at the science specialist at a Title I elementary school in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools district, teaching science to students from kindergarten to fifth grade.  Since her introduction to systems thinking in 2011, Maria has put the tools and habits into practice in her classroom and has seen an increase in her students’ critical thinking, engagement, and excitement for learning. She believes systems thinking provides valuable and fun tools that can be used across the curriculum for increasing critical thinking skills, making connections, and problem solving. Maria had the pleasure of facilitating Camp Sunshine for two summers and is excited to be joining Camp Snowball again.

 

homedivider

Kristi Ponder has been a Camp Snowball participant for five years, and a module facilitator for three.  She is also an Art Teacher at Ritenour High School and a Facilitator at EdPlus in Saint Louis, MO.  She works with teachers of all experience levels in order to create collaborative groups in which teachers share ideas and reflect on how they can increase student achievement and make learning meaningful for all students.  Camp Snowball always rejuvenates her and challenges her to continuously improve herself and her thinking!

 

 

homedivider

Daniel Foster is a rising senior at Hewlett High School on Long Island, New York.  Working through Youth Leadership Forum (YLF), a student government group with a focus on systems thinking and sustainability, Daniel and fellow YLF officers created a theme of Equity and Overcoming Barriers based on what they learned in their core module at Camp Snowball the previous Summer. Rooted in the year’s theme, Daniel and a fellow student hosted a World Café in their community in order to initiate a community dialogue on food equity, LGBTQ equity, and race equity.  The event brought the knowledge of authorities on each topic to community members interested in learning more about equity and the effects of privilege and marginalization.  This will be Daniel’s third year at Snowball and he will be continuing his work with YLF and systems thinking as the co-President of YLF in the upcoming school year.

homedividerShelby Love is a rising senior at George W. Hewlett High School, in Long Island, New York, where she spends much of her time devoted to community building and servant leadership. This is Shelby’s third consecutive year attending Camp Snowball, and her first year as a student co-host. As an active member of her Youth Leadership team, she has helped to organize community programs such as the Arts Below Sunrise music and arts festival, and Field of Honor ceremonies to honor our nation’s veterans. Taking her leanings from last year’s conference in Sacramento and putting them into action, she helped to plan a district-wide World Café to embrace the discussion of equity and overcoming barriers. She has also worked to integrate this focus into her school’s Youth Leadership Forum’s. As an active advocate of sustainability, she often spends her time at her district’s Community Garden Learning Center. On this front, she works with a team to write, manage, and distribute the district-wide community garden newsletter. Her passions include spending time with her incredible friends and family, sustainability, and following her quest for knowledge.

Hosted By