Meet the TEAM

Alli Chapman, Strategy Lead

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‘Digging into the principles of nature takes me back to the life as a child, and serves as a constant reminder the impact nature has on each of us.’

Known for her enthusiasm, Alli serves on the executive leadership team at Forum Studio, with a broad expertise in architecture and design. She provides strategic development and analytical expertise and plays a key role in the firm’s expansion in Chicago. Her commitment to the evolution of the practice position Forum Studio at the forefront of best practices and next practices. Their most exciting strategy involves integrating the lessons of nature to optimize the built environment. http://www.forumstudio.com/page/sustainability.

Ryan Newhouse, Editor

I live in the wide open wilderness of Montana with my wife and young daughter. We fish for big trout, hunt wild animals like elk and ruffed grouse and grow herbs and vegetables in our garden. I moved to “Big Sky” country to pursue a master’s degree in Environmental Writing at the University of Montana-Missoula.

When I’m not outside, I am writing and editing. Much of my writing has been published, in places like Foreign Ground: Travelers’ Tales, Personal Journaling, Chess Life, Camas: The Nature of the West, Pipes and Tobaccos, Missoula Living, Edible Missoula and many other national and international publications.

Some of my work has won awards, like the Edwin R. Hunter Award for Excellence in Research in English or American Literature and an Alexander English Prize. I was also nominated for a Bodie McDowell Award in 2004 from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

I am deeply committed to cycling as my primary source of transportation, and I currently serve as Vice President of the Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula (www.bikewalkmissoula.org). Cycling saves money, saves the environment and makes me a healthier individual.

Cammy Hines, Regional Sales

I’m Mom to four busy children and caretaker of one crazy yellow lab. I am a twelve-time “Mother of the Year” recipient, presented to me by my  husband. In the summer, we grow food in our ever-expanding vegetable garden. We mostly harvest beans, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, beets and pumpkins. During the winter, we bundle up and skate, sled and explore.

Dani Stern, Consultant

I’m Head of School at The Learning Circle Montessori Elementary in Bozeman, MT. I have a bunch of credentials and degrees (from places like Syracuse University,  the University of Colorado and Montessori Education Center) and served on the Board of Directors for the Montana Montessori Educator’s Association, but it’s my love of kids and education (and my own kids) that get my out of bed every day. I’m married to amateur comedian and former ski great Steve Stern.

Katie Smith, Education Consultant

Each year gets crazier- and better. I received an undergraduate degree at Miami University of Ohio and returned home to teach Kindergarten to children with special needs. I moved to Lake Tahoe, received my master’s degree in 2003 in Literacy Education at University of Nevada, Reno then opened a learning center called Clever Minds where we taught children with reading disabilities, including dyslexia. I became a mom, sold the business, gave birth again and have moved back to San Francisco where I bike, swim and run before the kids get up (thanks Dad!). No matter how crazy things get, I always find time to help Green Sugar Press in their work to connect kids to nature.

Mike Nudelman, Illustrator

Illustrator for N is for Nature: An Environmental Alphabet Book.

I was raised in Long Island, NY and received my bachelor’s degree in printmaking from Cornell University. Much of the inspiration for my varied work comes from my many collections of books, wristwatches, eyeglasses, shoes, stickers and ballpoint pens. I live in Chicago and try to take advantage of the city’s great museums and parks when I’m not working in my art studio as a graduate student in the Painting and Drawing Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aubri A. Vincent-Barwood, Illustrator

Illustrator for An Environmental Guide from A to Z.

The final images are watercolor on cold-pressed paper taken from animal and plant studies I have done. I composited particular studies together in a sketch with other subject matter and then painted them. All the work I do is researched. Not only for the specifics of the subject itself, but also because I have a thirst for knowledge and want to know everything there is to know about anything. So, if I’m drawing an animal, I go to the zoo and study that animal if they have one. Watch the way it moves, the things it eats, the sounds it makes. If I want to know more or the zoo doesn’t have that animal, I go to the library and read up on the animal I’m drawing.

Knowing the subject matter that your drawing or painting strengthens the work and yourself.

Lindsay Knapp, Illustrator

Illustrator for Earl the Earthworm Digs for His Life.

“The illustrations all began as light watercolor washes. After this first layer dried, I continued to layer in heavier watercolor washes. I then went back into the finished watercolors with colored pencils to enhance shading and details. Many of the colors and shadows were then enhanced in Photoshop.”

I attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where I studied art and graduated with a degree in graphic design. My best college memories include roasting marshmallows over candles with my roommates in the middle of the night & playing cards for hours while waiting in line for basketball game tickets. I love all art-like classes, but my favorite have always been photography and creative writing. I’ve lived in East Tennessee almost my entire life but have never picked up a southern accent. I did, however, accidentally become a fan of country music. When I’m not doing something related to art – you’ll find me waterskiing (it only took me 5 years to learn), playing softball or reading.