Dr. Steve Trombulak

Steve is the director of the Middlebury School of the Environment. He is the Anderson Professor of Environmental and Biosphere Studies at Middlebury College, where he has been on the faculty since 1985. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of conservation biology, environmental science, and natural history.  He is the author or editor of several articles and books, including The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History and, most recently, Landscape-scale Conservation Planning.  His greatest passions, however, are directed toward his teaching.  In addition to directing the Middlebury School of the Environment, Steve teaches Environmental Analysis: Energy Futures (with Joan Grossman) and the Sustainability Practicum.

Dr. Holly Peterson

Holly is an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and chair of the Environmental Studies program at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a hydrogeologist whose primary research regards water flow and water quality in mining environments. Holly also collaborates in interdisciplinary research on social and environmental justice at local and global scales.

At the Middlebury School of the Environment, Holly teaches Understanding Place (with Joseph Witt) and an elective on Environmental Pollution.

Dr. Curt Gervich

Curt is an assistant professor in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh where he teaches courses in environmental leadership, law and policy and sustainability, among others. Curt is trained as an environmental planner, with expertise in decision-making and leadership. His professional background includes developing habitat conservation plans in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and training community involvement specialists at the Environmental Protection Agency in best practices for participatory planning.  At the Middlebury School of the Environment, Curt teaches the Systems Thinking Practicum and an elective on Wicked Environmental Problems.

Dr. Joan Grossman

Joan is a media artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York, with projects that span documentary film, video installation, and video design for live performance. Her work has won numerous awards and has screened in more than 25 countries with projects in China, Russia, Africa, and throughout Europe. Joan has been a visiting artist and professor of media arts at universities across the country, and has produced media for numerous non-profits, including the World Resources Institute, a leading environmental think tank.  At the Middlebury School of the Environment, Joan teaches the Environmental Analysis: Energy Futures (with Steve Trombulak) and an elective on Environmental Video Production.

Dr. Joe Witt

Joe is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Mississippi State University. His research and teaching focus on the connections between religious values and environmental behaviors, particularly the role of religion in environmental and social justice activism. He has also helped to create experiential learning opportunities focused on food justice in the Deep South.  Joe earned his BA in Philosophy and Religion at Hendrix College, and his MA and PhD at the University of Florida’s graduate program in Religion and Nature.  At the Middlebury School of the Environment, Joe teaches Understanding Place (with Holly Peterson) and an elective on Nature, Culture, and Ethics.



Sandra A. Bonomo

Coordinator, School of the Environment

Sandy first came to Middlebury in 1986 as coordinator of the summer Italian School and the academic year department of Spanish and Italian.  In 2003, she assisted in the launching of the Portuguese School and has served as its coordinator ever since.  She also serves as the Budget and Personnel Coordinator for all of the summer Language Schools and Graduate programs.  She is excited to be a part of the School of the Environment and is looking forward to helping Middlebury bring its academic year focus on sustainability issues to the forefront of environmental education during the summer session. Sandy is an avid quilter, was recently certified as a Studio 180 Design teacher, and enjoys kayaking and biking.

Contact: 802-443-5543 (office phone), bonomo@middlebury.edu



We'll be adding more details about our roster of practitioners steadily over the next few months.  Check back regularly to see who we have newly added for our leadership training programs.

Bill McKibben

Noted author and environmentalist Bill McKibben will join us as a Fellow of the Middlebury School of the Environment this summer.  Bill has worked tirelessly – and successfully – on behalf of the environment for over 25 years.  His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and he has appeared in 24 languages. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities; Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist." A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of BooksNational Geographic, and Rolling Stone.  We are pleased and excited that he is joining us once again, and I know that students who attend the School this summer will benefit from his experience.

Mary Hurlie

Mary Hurlie returns to the School of the Environment in 2017 to work with the students on communication styles and teaming. She is an organizational coach with a focus on leadership development, executive team building, communication and conflict. Self-discovery, authentic communication, and humor are at the core of her work. She has held senior management positions in Organizational Development and Human Resources in the healthcare and manufacturing industries, taught undergraduate management courses at two Vermont colleges, and served in the Middlebury administration as senior adviser for organizational effectiveness for over a decade.

Mike Kiernan

Mike Kiernan is a physician, actor, public speaker – and one of today’s most energetic and engaging voices for creative leadership and communication.  He will once again join the School of the Environment as a Fellow to engage with the students on persuasive communication skills.  He has been an instructor in Middlebury College’s leadership and innovation training program, MiddCORE, since 2008 in all areas related to leadership and communication: crisis management, networking, story-making, and both strategic presentation design and delivery. He has also worked as a communications consultant with political candidates, physicians, business executives, and teams on leadership retreats. Mike is an actor and member of the local professional theater company, the Middlebury Actors Workshop. He is also a physician and recently was President of the Medical Staff at Porter Hospital. Mike serves on the Technical Advisory Group for the Green Mountain Care Board and the Executive Council of Vermont Medical Society. He is also an advisor to the State of Vermont Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee.

Miguel Fernandez

Miguel Fernández returns to the Middlebury School of the Environment with his inspiring workshop on intercultural capacity and empathy, helping MSoE students to understand the depth to which cultural diversity is a part of all of our lives.  He is the Chief Diversity Officer of the College, promoting equity and inclusion in every aspect of educational, residential, and professional life. He works with others on campus to lead, coordinate, and facilitate college activities in an effort to create an inclusive and academically rewarding environment for all. Miguel has taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese since 1995. He is a passionate teacher, and lately he has been focusing on drama and employing project-based learning to put on full theater productions with his students in Spanish. Locally, he serves on the board of directors of The Open Door Clinic in Middlebury that provides access to quality healthcare services, free of charge, to those who are uninsured or under-insured and who meet financial eligibility guidelines.