Distance Learning Faculty and Staff

Learn From the Experts

The University of Vermont’s online courses are taught by working industry experts with extensive knowledge and experience in instructional development and delivery. Their expertise and interactive teaching methods create a dynamic learning experience, which is enhanced by an unmatched combination of collaborative virtual classroom tools, online instructor-led discussions and streaming video lectures. 

Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Innovation
Kimi Ceridon, Erik Froyd, Roya Khaleeli, Christina Meinberg, Paulina Migalska, Robert B. Pojasek, Michael S. Roy, John Silkey, Jessica Vreeswijk, Jennifer Woofter

Advanced Certificate in Campus Sustainable Innovation
Brian Dunbar, Becky Fedak, Jeanne S. Hart-Steffes, Kathleen G. Kerr, Debra Rowe, Mike Shriberg, Julie Sieving, Dave Wortman, Chris Yalonis


Kimi Ceridon, MS

Ms. Ceridon’s area of expertise is in applying superior engineering practices with the principles of sustainability to develop technologies and strategies that improve the environmental performance of products, organizations and services. She is the Sustainability Engineer and Founder of Kalepa Tech, LLC, which offers technical consulting, strategy and training in sustainability, product development and project management. Ms. Ceridon is also the Sustainability Services Director at Sustainable Minds, LLC, where she develops and implements content and strategy to deliver value-added services to subscribers, companies and educators.

Ms. Ceridon has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. She has authored numerous published articles and case studies and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation 1999 Fellowship award.

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Erik Froyd, MBA

Mr. Froyd has more than 20 years of experience designing, implementing and managing back-office school business operations. His areas of expertise include Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Management Reporting, and Business Process Efficiency and Automation. For the last decade Mr. Froyd has focused on integrating the discipline of sustainability into both internal operations and with client projects. Results from these efforts include the design and implementation of environmental and social performance reporting systems for large agribusiness clients, development of financial models that integrate environmental and social returns into pro forma investment analysis, and the design of management reporting systems and dashboards that incorporate sustainability performance indicators with financial indicators.

Mr. Froyd has an MBA with a specific focus on sustainable business operations from the Presidio Graduate School. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for CREA, a nonprofit that manages community development, subsistence agriculture and sustainable forestry programs in Panama.

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Roya Khaleeli, MS

Ms. Khaleeli has more than 10 years of business and practical experience as an engineer and consultant working in the built environment, automotive industry and field of education. For nearly five years, she has worked in London supporting leading developers, real estate investors and contractors to integrate sustainability into their development projects and internal management systems. She is a certified BREEAM Communities Assessor and successfully led a team to deliver energy and sustainability strategies for master plan scale projects. 

Ms. Khaleeli has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, where she studied urbanization and energy conversion. She also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden, where she studied under Karl-Henrik Robert, founder of The Natural Step, and, as a teaching assistant, introduced a module on the carbon cycle. Ms. Khaleeli was a presenter on the subject of embedding sustainability in developments during a 2010 Royal Town Planning Institute conference. She has also contributed to Joanna Yarrow’s book, How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: 365 Practical Ways to Make a Real Difference

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Christina Meinberg, MBA

Ms. Meinberg brings more than a decade of business theory and practical experience to bear as Managing Director and Founder of Triple Bottom Line (TBL) Strategies Consulting Company. Her work includes providing sustainability advisory services that help businesses and non-governmental organizations shift more rapidly toward sustainability practices and systems. Ms. Meinberg connects likeminded stakeholders, provides the strategic direction it takes to drive profitable sustainability initiatives, and builds brands by synthesizing research with fresh and innovative thinking.

Ms. Meinberg has an MBA focused in sustainable enterprise from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, where she was a teaching assistant in the core marketing course, launched the Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC) and held a number of leadership roles. She has co-authored research including an MBA case study and a white paper which was distributed to CEOs at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen in 2009.

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Paulina Migalska, MA

Ms. Migalska combines eight years of experience in the field of social entrepreneurship/enterprise, corporate community involvement, employee volunteering and cross-sector partnerships. Currently, she consults for the United Way Worldwide, providing project management for a new initiative aimed at reducing high school drop-out rates. Ms. Migalska also serves on the board of directors of the DC Net Impact Professional Chapter, an award-winning local chapter of Net Impact, an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Previously, Ms. Migalska worked at the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA), the only member organization in North America to unite the diverse field of social enterprise, and at the Points of Light Foundation, where she helped businesses large and small design or enhance employee volunteer programs.

Ms. Migalska holds a Master of Arts in Central & Eastern European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University.

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Robert B. Pojasek, PhD

Dr. Pojasek is a highly experienced management consultant in the area of sustainability and corporate responsibility. He has developed advisory service offerings to help companies conduct “current state” and “future state” evaluations of their sustainability programs. Dr. Pojasek works either with the top leadership at the corporate level or at the business or facility level and uses both top-down and bottom-up employee engagement methods. He uses a variety of management systems, performance frameworks, and continual improvement tools and methodologies to create a foundation for sustainability that preserves the same look and feel of existing programs. Dr. Pojasek has also developed a unique set of leading indicators to help companies drive popular lagging indicators currently in use.

Dr. Pojasek holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. To remain current in a constantly changing field, he teaches several distance learning courses on sustainability at Harvard University. He was awarded the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. Dr. Pojasek also serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

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Michael S. Roy, PhD

Dr. Roy brings more than 20 years of experience in scientific research and teaching in environmental conservation and sustainable development. He is the Founding Partner in a consultancy firm that develops sustainable strategies, implements projects for industrial-scale agricultural companies and provides sustainability assessments, including carbon accounting.

Through the nonprofit organization he founded in 2005, Dr. Roy has worked with indigenous groups and subsistence farming communities in Central America to bring innovative sustainable solutions to their agricultural methods and resource management. He also leads university and high school field trips to Panama, where he teaches sustainable development, conservation of resources, and ecosystem services and markets.

Dr. Roy holds a Master of Science and PhD in Medical Parasitology and Genetics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University College London. He is a professor of Zoology at Otago University and is currently undertaking research on ecosystem service quantification and valuation. 

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John Silkey, MS, LEED AP

Mr. Silkey brings more than 10 years of experience developing and implementing strategic programs across a variety of sectors. Working with private, educational and nonprofit organizations, Mr. Silkey has convened and led teams that focus on organizational development, supply chain strategy, curriculum development, product innovation, green building and strategic planning for sustainability. With experience in countries as varied as China, Sweden and Mexico, Mr. Silkey enjoys the challenge of leading diverse groups toward a common goal.

Mr. Silkey has a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden and has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dartmouth College. He is LEED AP-certified and has written publications on sustainable supply chains. Mr. Silkey is also a board member of New Leaf Initiative, a nonprofit designed to provide individuals and organizations with immersive experiences to enhance their understanding and application of sustainability.

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Jessica Vreeswijk, MBA

Ms. Vreeswijk has extensive experience in business and sustainability, backed by professional project management training. After more than eight years working in and running IT departments for large corporations, government, cultural institutions, non-profits and community associations, she has an excellent command of the challenges and opportunities each of these organizational models presents.

Ms. Vreeswijk holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She sits on the City Green Board of Directors and is a green IT expert on Business Trends Quarterlys Green Enterprise panel. Her focus is on raising awareness about the environmental impacts of IT departments by creating tools and providing services to help organizations assess their impact and implement greener IT practices where opportunities for efficiencies exist.

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Jennifer Woofter, MS

Ms. Woofter is the Founder and President of Strategic Sustainability Consulting (SSC). In this role she draws upon more than a decade of experience in the fields of organizational sustainability, corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investing. She currently manages the SSC Consultant Network, an association of more than 450 professionals with expertise in virtually every area of sustainability. Prior to starting SSC, Ms. Woofter worked for the Calvert Group, the nation’s largest family of socially responsible mutual funds.

Ms. Woofter is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and Net Impact, and has authored a number of sustainability-related articles and reports. She speaks regularly on panels, working groups, and at conferences. She has also been featured in a variety of publications, including a profile in the Washington Post, regular contributions to Entrepreneur magazine, and interviews in Inc. Magazine.

Ms. Woofter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Tech. She also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden, where she studied under Karl-Henrik Robert, founder of The Natural Step.

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Brian Dunbar, LEED AP

Mr. Dunbar is Executive Director of the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) and Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University. For nearly 30 years he taught interior design and construction management at CSU. During his tenure, Mr. Dunbar created several successful programs, including the graduate emphasis in sustainable building, two professional certification courses in green building, and sustainable design and construction courses offered in Costa Rica and on the island of St. John, USVI. He holds two degrees in architecture from the University of Michigan and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Becky Fedak, MS, PE

Ms. Fedak is a Sustainability Engineer with Brendle Group, a Colorado-based engineering firm specializing in sustainability for clients nationwide. Ms. Fedak supports Brendle Group’s team with her skills as an energy, climate and water resources engineer and her experience managing sustainability projects for colleges and universities. She is particularly well versed in assessing greenhouse gas reduction, energy, and water efficiency and conservation opportunities, both in individual buildings as well as in integrated plans. Additionally, Ms. Fedak has a comprehensive set of sustainability management skills including overall project management, Triple Bottom Line analysis and business plan development.

With a background in civil and environmental engineering, Ms. Fedak continued her education with a Master of Science degree in Business Administration focusing on global, social and sustainable enterprise. While completing her graduate work, she founded Running Water International, a social enterprise in Kenya, Africa that addresses the water resource challenges of the developing world. She continues to serve as Technical Director for the organization’s multi-cultural team.

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Jeanne S. Hart-Steffes, PhD

Dr. Hart-Steffes is the incoming Vice President for Student Affairs at Western New England College. She has served as Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Syracuse University and two-time ACPA-College Student Educators International President.

Dr. Hart-Steffes received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park; MA from The Ohio State University, Columbus; and BA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She is the Past President of the Maryland College Personnel Association and the Boston Area College Housing Association. Dr. Hart-Steffes has held positions at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Northeastern University, Boston, MA; and the University of Maryland.

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Kathleen G. Kerr, EdD

With previous roles as the University of Delaware’s Area Coordinator, Assistant Director and Associate Director, Dr. Kerr is the Director of Residence Life at the University of Delaware. As Director, she is responsible for the overall administration, direction and management of a residence hall system that houses 7,400 students. She also co-chairs the university’s Sustainability Task Force and serves as an Appellate Board Chair for the Office of Student Conduct.

Dr. Kerr received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University, and earned her EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware. She is active in ACPA – College Student Educators International, the leading comprehensive student affairs association. She currently serves on the Governing Board as Director for Membership Development and as the Chair of the Globalization ACPA Committee. Previously, she served as the 2011 Convention Program Co-Chair, the 2009 Convention Program Chair, the Chair of the Commission for Housing and Residential Life, a member of ACPA’s Core Council on Outreach and Advocacy, and six years as a member of the ACPA Sustainability Task Force/Committee.

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Debra Rowe, PhD

Dr. Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, community, government and faith sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also National Co-coordinator of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, Founder of the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability and Senior Advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Through the American Association of Community Colleges, she is also a U.S. Designee to the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics for their international sustainability group. She helps higher education associations and institutions integrate sustainability into mission, curricula, research, student life, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships.

Dr. Rowe has been a professor of energy management, renewable energy technology and psychology for more than 29 years at Oakland Community College, which offers degrees in Environmental Systems Technologies and certificates in Renewable Energies and Sustainable Living. Dr. Rowe has helped numerous colleges develop their energy curricula, including creating a U.S. Department of Energy-funded model energy services technician degree design for community and technical colleges. She also created and teaches energy management and renewable energies in an online format with National Science Foundation support. The courses are offered by the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology.

Dr. Rowe received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and has a Master of Arts in Psychology, an MBA and a PhD in Business from the University of Michigan. She is presently working with the American Association of Community Colleges to create the Sustainable Economy Resource Center, which is designed to share curricula, partnership models, quality criteria, and promising practices relating to sustainability and green energy. 

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Mike Shriberg, PhD

Dr. Shriberg is the Education Director of the Graham Institute. In this capacity he oversees educational programs such as the Doctoral Fellowship Program and Undergraduate Scholars Program. He also teaches the University of Michigan’s (U-M’s) ENV/RC 391: Sustainability and the Campus course, which is co-sponsored by the Graham Institute. Before joining the Graham Institute, Dr. Shriberg served as Policy Director for the Ecology Center, Michigan's largest environmental organization, and as an adjunct Lecturer at U-M. He also worked as Director of Environment Michigan/PIRGIM (Public Interest Research Group in Michigan) from 2004-2007. Prior to joining PIRGIM, Dr. Shriberg served as Program Director and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, and also as an adjunct lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Shriberg has authored over 20 articles and reports, including Energizing Michigan's Economy, Is the Maize and Blue Really Green?, Sewage Warning! What the Public Doesn't Know About Sewage Dumping in the Great Lakes, and Environmental Leadership for the 21st Century. He regularly testifies before the Michigan Legislature and has been featured in articles in The New York Times and The Washington Post as well as on National Public Radio.

Dr. Shriberg earned his MS and PhD in Resource Policy & Behavior from U-M's School of Natural Resources and Environment and a BS in Biology & Society from Cornell University. His research and practice focuses on organizational change, environmental management and leadership as well as environmental policy, with a particular emphasis on the role of higher education in the sustainability transformation. He currently serves as the North American Editor for the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

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Julie Sieving, PE, LEED AP

Ms. Sieving is a Senior Engineer with Brendle Group, a Colorado-based engineering firm specializing in sustainability for clients nationwide, and puts her 16 years of energy and water engineering experience to work in a variety of ways. Ms. Sieving’s specific expertise is informed by hands-on experience facilitating and designing integrated green building guidelines, operational and systematic sustainability strategies, and strategies of building commissioning. She has developed strategic energy, water, and sustainability initiatives for leading-edge colleges and universities, K-12 school districts, and other organizations and institutions across the Western U.S.

Ms. Sieving was recognized in 2004 as Energy Engineer of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Association of Engineers. The next year she was recognized by the Governor’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board. In 2006, Ms. Sieving was recognized by the Aspen Climate Action Conference as a Climate Change Hero. And in 2010 she received the American Public Works Association, Colorado Chapter Public Works Project Award for the City of Boulder, Colorado’s Energy Independence Plan.

With a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, supplemented by LEED accreditation and certification as well as building commissioning expertise, Ms. Sieving has over 100 building energy and water assessments to her credit.

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Dave Wortman, MS

Mr. Wortman has more than 17 years of experience as an environmental and sustainability consultant, project manager, and researcher for local governments, organizations and private sector customers. This experience includes collaboration with a diverse set of customers, organizations and agencies ranging from the international Earth Charter Institute, IUCN-World Conservation Union, and Australian Research Institute on Education for Sustainability to local governments throughout the Western United States. Mr. Wortman has led a variety of complex environmental projects, including organizational change strategies, municipal code updates, sustainability plans, environmental impact assessments of large infrastructure projects, and analyses of government plans and policies.

Mr. Wortman is a widely published writer and book author, covering topics related to the environment, sustainability and green consumer issues. His writing experience includes over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and consumer publications for National Geographic, Sierra magazine, Sustainable Industries, Planning magazine, and several other national and international publications.

Mr. Wortman holds a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, a Master of Science in Environmental Planning from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics from Cornell University.

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Chris Yalonis, MBA

Mr. Yalonis brings 25 years of experience in market strategy consulting, market research, product design, web-based software development, marketing/sales line management and publishing. He has helped many clients with green product design and strategies, including Clorox®, with which he architected a virtual product test lab and stakeholder feedback program to help launch the company’s successful green product line (Green Works®). Mr. Yalonis has also led studies in the environmental public policy field, including a recent public opinion study for the California PUC on consumer behavior for reducing COemissions.

Mr. Yalonis is a board member for the Center for Land-Based Learning, California’s largest non-profit organization for youth learning in sustainable agriculture. He has worked with Land Trusts, at an individual and national level, to help develop sustainability assessments and plans. As an advisor to the City of Denver Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, he worked with staff to execute research on drivers and means to attract business investment, tourists and conventions to Denver. Collaborating with PR and ad agencies, he helped create a communications campaign and strategy that highlighted Denver’s natural beauty and sustainable economy. He is the author of seven books, over 30 white papers and 50 published studies on technology marketing, green markets, business planning, web-based market and customer intelligence systems.

Mr. Yalonis has an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University and a BA (Economics) from Miami University (Ohio). He is a graduate of the Executive Program in Sustainable Management at the Presidio Graduate School. Mr. Yalonis is trained in sustainability assessments and planning, life cycle analysis, GHG foot printing and inventories, and is a member of ISSP – the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

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