Up Close and Personal | You’re Only as Good as the Company You Keep

Meet Story Preservation Advisory Board Members Tom Wessels and David Grant – and check out a couple of recent books that they have written.

51XHwtWynAL._UY250_Story Preservation is absolutely delighted to announce the addition of Tom Wessels to our Advisory Board. He will be an invaluable resource as we work to strengthen the part of our collection that focuses on the environment and environmental education.

As taken from his bio on the Antioch University New England website:  Tom is an ecologist and the founding director of the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. Previous involvements include serving as the chair of The Center for Whole Communities (www.wholecommunities.org) that fosters inclusive communities that are strongly rooted in place and where all people regardless of income, race, or background have access to and a healthy relationship with land. He is former chair of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation that fosters environmental leadership through graduate fellowships and organizational grants. Currently, Tom serves as an ecological consultant to the Rain Forest Alliance’s SmartWood Green Certification Program. In that capacity Tom helped draft green certification assessment guidelines for forest operations in the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. He has conducted landscape level workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to reading the Forested Landscape.

Here is an earlier blog post that references Tom’s work: The Story of New England is Written in Stone

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static1.squarespaceAs taken from his biography on The Social Profit Handbook website: David Grant is the former president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, where he was responsible for development and evaluation of programs in the foundation’s major areas of giving (Arts, Education, and Environment), as well as the foundation’s major initiatives (Poetry and Nonprofit Capacity Building). David now consults with people and organizations that have a social or educational mission, specializing in strategic planning, design of assessment systems, and board development. During his years at the Dodge Foundation, David delivered over a hundred keynote addresses on a range of topics, led workshops titled Measuring What Matters for over two hundred nonprofit organizations, and received numerous awards.

David’s career has centered on innovative teaching and learning. In 1983, he and his wife, Nancy Boyd Grant, cofounded The Mountain School of Milton Academy, a highly regarded, semester-long, interdisciplinary environmental studies program in Vermont for high school juniors from throughout the country. Previously, David was a national consultant to schools and leader of workshops on topics of curriculum and program design, professional development, assessment practices, and school climate.

His book The Social Profit Handbook was released in 2015 by Chelsea Green Publishing.

This post is one in an upcoming Up Close and Personal / Meet the Folks! series.

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