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Susan (Sue) Thering, Ph.D. Executive Director
Sue coordinates transdisciplinary action-research partnerships with colleagues in academia, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to forward socially, ecologically, culturally, and economically sustainable preservation and development.

Sue develops and test innovative methods for program development and evaluation in cross-cultural and transdisciplinary partnerships. She has received grants from the DOI, HUD, DOA, USDA, NEA, the Enterprise Foundation, and the Baldwin Foundation. She holds professional degrees in architecture (BPS Arch, SUNY-Buffalo), and Landscape Architecture (MLA Cornel) and advanced degree in Environmental Science (Ph.D. SUNY-ESF).


Patrick Patrick Miles, President
(Bio coming soon)

Joe Bresette Joseph Bresette
Joe is a member of the Red Cliff Chippewa Tribe in northern Wisconsin.  He has resided in Arizona for past few years, but maintains close contact with Wisconsin people.

Twice employed as Executive Director of the Red Cliff Housing Authority, Joe was involved with a variety of development efforts which included tax credit financing, HUD programming, USDA participation, and assistance from the Home Loan Bank system.

Joe has worked with tribal governments and tribal organizations for over 25 years. He provides knowledge and experience in the special challenges faced in Tribal housing and economic development.


Betty Chewning Betty Chewning, Ph.D.
Betty Chewning,PhD, is the Apple Professor in the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. Her research and teaching address health decision making and her service has focused on environmental issues. She has served on two Academy of Science Institute of Medicine Committees and on several federal research study section review panels.

Betty recently completed ten years as a Madison Parks Commissioner. She currently serves on the Madison Community Action Coalition New Community Garden Fund Committee. She is a founding member of the Friends of Starkweather Creek and SASY Neighborhood Association. For ten years she has chaired the Madison Solstice Celebration Committee, planning winter and summer solstice celebrations. She also plays flute in the Irish band Onadare.

Amy Amy Klusmeier
Amy has a passion for renewable energy and sustainable development, which led her to earn the LEED Green Associate credential and complete coursework in solar site assessment through the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Amy looks forward to working to build sustainable, regenerative communities that provide healthy places for life, work, and play.

Amy’s professional experience includes public sector program management and residential energy efficiency. Amy honed her policy analysis and evaluation skills on projects such as: an evaluation of budget and management practices for the City of Madison Streets and Recycling Division; an analysis of sewer lateral maintenance programs for the City of Milwaukee; researching and maintaining a database of U.S. municipal green building policies; implementing a community outreach plan for climate protection initiatives for the City of Fitchburg; and, assisting with the implementation of Wisconsin’s regulatory programs for municipal water utilities, including water conservation programs. Amy holds advanced Degrees in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning.

Michael Michael Thornton, Ph.D.
Michael is interested in questions of how and why people cross boundaries, particularly racial and cultural. He is  particularly invested in understanding when that happens between groups of color. Michael’s education includes what his father called "the education of the streets" or the streets of hard knocks. His schooling, prior to college, was in Connecticut, Kansas, Okinawa, Maryland, Panama, Texas, and New Jersey. Michael has a B.S. from Michigan State University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology/Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan.

Shelly Shelly Tucciarelli
Ms. Tucciarelli has been with the Illinois Housing Authority for 20 years. She has worked in the Asset Management department, and managed the Tax Credit program.  She is currently working on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the Building Blocks Program.  Shelly is a Certified Property Manager thru the Institute of Real Estate Management.  Shelly graduated in August, 2010 from DePaul University with her MBA in Real Estate Finance and Investment.


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