Research Site Leaders



Writer and Educator

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Nancy A. Olson first came to southeastern Vermont to attend Windham College in Putney. She felt so at home in the area that she returned to Putney in 1972 to start her adult life. After teaching English and journalism at Brattleboro Union High School for 35 years, she retired in 2013. Since then, she has […]

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Board Member, New England Newspapers, Inc.

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Martin Langeveld spent 30 years in the newspaper business, 13 of them as publisher. He is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a graduate degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. He started his newspaper career at the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass, where he served as advertising sales representative, assistant […]

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Author & Activist

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Jessie Haas grew up on a small farm in Westminster, VT, making hay, weeding a large garden (reluctantly) and riding horses. After attending Wellesley College she, with husband Michael J. Daley, built a tiny cabin in the woods west of the family farm, using only hand tools. Living off-grid and on a small scale allowed […]

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Professor Emeritus, SIT Graduate Institute

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Dr. Alvino E. Fantini holds degrees in anthropology and applied linguistics and has worked in the fields of language education and intercultural communication for over 50 years. He has worked with languages (ESL and a great variety of other languages) and cultures, in education and training, in intensive and extensive programs, in academia and in […]

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Scholar of Environmental Anthropology, Ethnobotany, and Indigenous Studies

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Photo by Ezra Distler, 2018 Jessica Dolan earned her Ph.D. from McGill University in 2016, and her M.Sc. from University of Kent at Canterbury in 2005. She is an environmental anthropologist and ethnobotanist, who researches and writes about human relationships with the natural world, land-based learning, environmental management, food security, culturally significant plant species, and […]

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