A public lands manager, a farmer, a corporate executive, a scientist and an educator talk about where to look for areas of agreement on the world’s most pressing issue. Or is it just natural cycles of weather — no big deal? Is there common ground?
Bernie McGurl is a fourth generation native of the Lackawanna Valley. He studied Public Administration at the University of Scranton, Geology and Earth Science at Keystone College and Cabinet Making at Johnson College. Between 1970 and 1990 he served in various occupations in the railroad and construction industries. He was a co –founder of the Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA) in 1987 and has served as Executive Director of the LRCA since 1991. He also serves as a member of the boards of directors of several regional conservation, community development and human services agencies.
John F. Pullo, is Vice President, Corporate Development at Gentex Corporation. In this role, Mr. Pullo is responsible for providing leadership in high-level Business Development efforts and the evaluation of strategic opportunities, with particular focus on international growth and technology acquisition.
A proud 1969 alumnus of Keystone, Mr. Pullo also holds a BA in Economics from Wilkes University and an MBA with a concentration in Operations Management from the University of Scranton. He is also a graduate of the Executive Master of Science in Technology Management (EMTM) program at the University of Pennsylvania, an advanced degree program in strategic technology management conferred jointly by the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School.
Liska Chan is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon. She teaches a broad spectrum of landscape related courses including design studios, drawing, and critical art practice for designers. Her own creative practice involves mapping to examine and show the ways places, such as New York City’s Chinatown evolve over time. The work seeks to communicate the multiplicities of cultural and biophysical factors that constrain and direct landscape change. www.liskachan.com
Brian Manning is a fourth generation farmer working on his family’s vertically integrated dairy farm. He grew up in North Abington Township, PA and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Crop Science. Brian is the farm manager at Manning Farm Dairy working for a sustainable future in farming for a fifth generation of Manning farmers.
Dr. Dale Holen is an Associate Professor of Biology at the Penn State University Worthington Scranton campus where he’s taught for 23 years. He is originally from Wisconsin, receiving his B.S from UW-Stevens Point and his M.S. and PhD. From UW-Milwaukee. He is an aquatic ecologist and studies mixotrophic algae in lakes. Courses that Dr. Holen has taught includes Evolution, Microbiology, Lake and Stream Ecology, Cell Biology and The Ecology of Infectious Disease. He has been actively involved with a grass roots group in the chemical monitoring of streams within a local watershed and is a researcher at the Lacawac Sanctuary, a wildlife refuge, environmental education center and biological field station located in the Poconos.