2012 Fellows

Gibsonville, NC - Karl Brustmeyer was born in Brooklyn, NY. He served on several boards as an advisor in economic development, advocacy, and organizational development. He has been instrumental in taking a holistic view in planning and developing sustainable programs that address needs within the community. He has also helped...
Las Vegas, NV - Laura Martin was raised in Southern Colorado and now lives in Las Vegas where she works for the statewide progressive organization, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. Laura handles PLAN's communications and her program work includes mining accountability, foreclosure organizing, health care advocacy and tax/revenue messaging.
Tucson, AZ - Luis Alberto Perales is a native son of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He is the son of an immigrant mother and an 8th generation Tejano father. His rural upbringing along the U.S./Mexico borderlands is the backdrop to his intimate relationship with land and cultural...
Omaha, NE - Mark Welsch was raised on a farm in southeastern Nebraska where he learned about environmental and economic problems first hand. His father was politically aware and active, teaching him the importance of caring and working for things that he cares about. In the past six years Mark...
Kansas City, KS - Michael Hutchingson is a graduate of the Alpha Class at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in Kansas City, Kansas. He became interested in environmental issues when he began to notice the seasons and traditional weather patterns changing. When the economics of fuel began to govern...
Buffalo, NY - Originally from Washington Heights, Natasha moved to Buffalo for school, where she earned her degree in Environmental Studies. She was instantly culture shocked to find, unlike the melting pot of New York City, a distinct lack of people of color at the University at Buffalo. She fell...
Cedar Crest, NM - Travis McKenzie was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in New Mexico. He has dedicated his life to serving mother earth and the many people that care about life. He has gone to conferences, visited the legislature to participate in making positive change, and...
Milwaukee, WI - Wesley Carter was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended school for business management and business plan development, intending to expand his father's dry-cleaning business. In studying business he became a fan of the green business model. He believes sustainable community development can give impoverished communities...
Nashville, TN - William Sizwe (Siz-Way) Herring is a dedicated environmentalist and director of EarthMatters Tennessee, a nonprofit earth education organization. A frequent classroom presenter and workshop leader, Sizwe is a certified instructor in the field of permaculture. Sizwe's organization maintains the George W. Carver Food Park, where over 30,000...
Antioch, NY - Yeama Mengistu, born in Nashville, TN, is a dedicated mother, wife, inspirational teacher, and community organizer. She developed a connection to and interest in organic farming from her early childhood experiences spending summers in Promiseland, TN, an African- American rural community founded by her ancestors who were...

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