Karin P. Sheldon, JD
Karin Sheldon is president of Four Echoes Strategies, a consulting firm providing policy analysis and strategic advice on Western land and water conservation issues. From 2007 to 2013, she served as president of Western Resource Advocates. Prior to 2007, Karin served as associate dean of the Environmental Law Program and director of the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School. Before joining the faculty at Vermont Law School in 1994, Karin served as president of The Wilderness Society. She was also a staff attorney with Earthjustice in Colorado, and was one of Ralph Nader’s original “Raiders.”
Peggy Nelson, JD
Board Vice President
Peggy Nelson served as New Mexico’s 8th Judicial District Judge until her retirement in 2008. She began her career in Taos working for Northern New Mexico Legal Services and for 10 years provided low-cost and free legal services with the the Community Law Center and as a Public Defender. Peggy has served on a lengthy list of non-profit boards and commissions, including Amigos Bravos.
Kevin Kirchner, JD
Kevin Kirchner owns and runs CenterPoint Communications, a media strategy and advertising firm in Maryland that serves environmental and other progressive groups. Prior to founding CenterPoint Communications, he served as managing partner at MacWilliams, Kirchner, Sanders & Partners in Washington, D.C. and Vice President for policy, legislation, and communications at Earthjustice. He also worked for the Agriculture and Interior Committees in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Phil Katzezn, JD
Phil Katzen is of-counsel to Kanji & Katzen, PLLC, where he was a founding member and managing attorney until May of 2016. Kanji & Katzen is a law firm dedicated to advocacy on behalf of Indian tribes and peoples. Phil earned his A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1977. Phil represents and consults with tribes across the country on a wide variety of issues, including sovereignty and governance, treaty fishing and hunting rights, Indian gaming, environmental protection, reservation boundaries, taxation and jurisdictional matters. Prior to starting his own firm, Phil served as a staff attorney and Native American Project Director for Evergreen Legal Services (later Columbia Legal Services) in Washington state.
William Leaphart, JD
Justice William R. Leaphart served on the Montana Supreme Court from 1994 until his retirement in 2010. Before his election to the Supreme Court, Justice Leaphart ran a private practice in Helena, Montana. He worked as a public defender and represented individuals and small businesses. Justice Leaphart was born and raised in Montana and received his J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law. He has twice argued before the United States Supreme Court.
Mike Lindsay, JD
Mike Lindsay is a partner in the Denver office of Snell and Wilmer LLP, a Phoenix-based law firm. Mike’s practice is concentrated in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract disputes, real estate and construction matters, and employment claims. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, School of Law (1985). He has substantial experience in traditional court and jury trial cases, as well as in the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration and mediation. He is a member of the Denver, Colorado and Washington Bar Associations, and a chapter editor and author of The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law.
Dr. Lisa Manning
Dr. Lisa Manning is an experienced consultant in global leadership development and executive coaching, and has served as a facilitator for the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. She is a licensed mediator in conflict resolution, an adjunct faculty and researcher for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and previously served as adjunct faculty at Gonzaga University. Dr. Manning’s legal and consulting background and range of professional positions and appointments includes: legal assistant to the Governor of Wisconsin; Chair of the Governor’s Pardon Advisory Board; Chair of the Governor’s Interagency Task Force on Emergency Response; researcher for the U.S. Congress Energy and Environment Committee; consultant to the EPA; and executive director and co-founder of CASA’s Project Opportunity, (an experiential education program for at-risk youth). Lisa received her M.A. in Organizational Leadership in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies in 2013 from Gonzaga University. She also received a B.A. and B.S. from American University in 1981.
Dyan Oldenburg has worked with nonprofits for over 40 years and is dedicated to helping groups meet their mission, realize critical impact, and manage change. Dyan founded Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC) in 1996. As executive director, she developed and directed TREC’s programs, providing services to TREC clients for almost 20 years. Before founding TREC, Dyan worked with hundreds of environmental and social justice nonprofits on legislative, electoral, and issue campaigns and on deepening the abilities to sustain work to stunning outcomes. She is a graduate of Antioch College.