We are pleased to have the following friends and professionals on our advisory board to help us steer the future of our parent company, Living Giving Enterprises, LLC, a certified B-Corp.
Ruthanne Chun is a native Madisonian and an alum of UW-Madison for both her undergraduate and DVM degree. After spending a few years away from Madison for post-graduate training and time as faculty at Kansas State University, she and her husband returned to Madison and the University. Ruthanne currently serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the School of Veterinary Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, walking the family dogs, and horseback riding.
Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist is currently director and faculty of the Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program at Edgewood College. His professional background includes experience and studies in international business, leadership development, sustainability education, sustainable forestry, civic engagement, diversity and inclusion, higher education administration, and conflict transformation. His dissertation research focused on intergroup dialogue as a process for inter-ethnic conflict transformation. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tokyo (Japan), Ashland (OR), Corvallis (OR), Portland (OR), Aurora (NY), and now in Madison. He is interested co-creating systems in organizations and communities that support the well-being of nature and ALL people. He has been studying Taoist Tai Chi and other Taoist internal arts for over 20.
Sarah Jacobs is the Membership Director at Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR), where she leads a highly-skilled team in dynamic, large-scale fundraising, team functioning and audience service to ensure the sustainability and accessibility of WPR programming and services. As a Co-Active-trained coach, Sarah coaches within Wisconsin Public Media and for her own business, SKJ Coaching. In addition, she consults for various family businesses, including The Book Deal, a Madison used bookstore, and Jacobs Garlic. Sarah’s heart work is in Organizational, Leadership and Personal Development as well as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and she has served on related UW-Extension and Wisconsin Public Media committees and in related learning communities. Her professional experience also includes leading On-Air Fundraising for WPR, managing film/video productions, working in various customer service roles and serving as on-camera talent. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, son and friends as well as investing in her yoga and mindfulness practices, listening to public radio shows, reading, carving pottery, and enjoying the incredible restaurants in the Madison area. An alumnus of JOFC and The Journey Beyond, Sarah is an ardent believer in the value and efficacy of LGE trainings and looks forward to contributing as a board member.
Amanda Ostrowski, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), is a public health educator with Marathon County Health Department. Amanda has experience working in the topic areas of maternal health, early childhood development, local food systems development, active communities, oral health and tobacco prevention and control. Throughout her 12 years with Marathon County Government, Amanda’s responsibilities have included providing backbone support to various collaborative initiatives, group process facilitation, and program planning and evaluation, including facilitating the process of building Marathon County Government’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and the Health Department’s 2017-2020 Community Health Implementation Plan.
Hazel Symonette. University of Wisconsin-Madison Program Development & Assessment Specialist Emerita and currently Evaluation Facilitator at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. She uses assessment and evaluation as participant-centered self-diagnostic resources for continuous improvement, developmental innovation, and strategic image management. She moves this agenda forward through a variety of capacity-building strategies using multi-level assessment/evaluation processes to advance a diversity-grounded and equity-minded personal transformation, organizational development and social justice change agenda. That work undergirds her long-standing involvement in creating and sustaining authentically inclusive and vibrantly responsive teaching, learning, living, and working environments that are conducive to success for all. Her work draws on social justice and systemic change research to create meaningful and life-changing interactions among students, faculty, staff, and administrators.