Rick had experience as a high school teacher, a Navy Officer, a carpenter, a farmer, a print advertising account representative, a nonprofit administrator, and an adult holistic educator and leadership trainer. He likes to say he didn’t know what he would do when he grew up until his mid-career graduate studies in the Human and Organization Development PhD program at The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. It was during this program when he founded Global Service Corps, completed a master’s degree, and embarked on a service-learning adventure that continues today as founder of CoGenerations.
Teka is a professional costume technician and historian in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of Tennessee. Teka has an MFA in Costume Technology from Boston University, an MA in American Studies from Penn State In her spare time, she is part of the Society for Creative Anachronism medieval re-enactment group, where she has received awards for research, reconstruction and teaching in period textile and costuming subjects. See Teka discussing challenges of Millennials at https://youtu.be/OcRA3pLspCI
Rick retired as VP for Academic Affairs with AARP and previously served as Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). Rick is the Director of the Institute for Human Values in Aging and Distinguished Faculty at Fielding Graduate University. He is the author of many scholarly articles, and books including “The Five Stages of the Soul” and co-author of “Aging: Concepts and Controversies,” a gerontology textbook. He is the editor “Human Values in Aging” newsletter, reaching 10,000 subscribers each month.
Joe is the Social Impact Manager at Minneapolis Downtown Council part of the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID), a business-led, 501c6 non-profit that leads and collaborates to create a clean, green, safe, and vibrant downtown by convening, developing solutions, activating and continuously improving existing programs. Joe works specifically to address homelessness in Minneapolis and collaborates with community partners, and those experiencing homelessness, to support programming and solutions driven by the impacted communities.
Peter is Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. He has served in national and international leadership positions in neurology, psychiatry, geriatrics, and public health. In 1999 Peter co-founded with his wife Catherine, The Intergenerational Schools in Cleveland. Peter is an avid environmentalist and often assumes an alternative identity as Sily, the Tree Doctor to share perspectives on the environment with a wide range of audiences.
Jaden is the founder of Youth Igniting Change and is working to inspire other young people to get involved, to help address and resolve the issues facing their generation — the climate crisis, the youth homelessness epidemic, and the lack of inclusivity, equity and representation impacting schools, work environments, and communities. Jaden passionately believes that young people can have a monumental impact on what’s happening in our world today, and that it’s each of ours responsibility to find our own personal contribution.
Connie is a Professor at Fielding Graduate University and California State University Los Angeles (and Associate Director of Lifelong Learning, Applied Gerontology Institute). Her 100+ publications and national/international presentations have spanned the fields of aging and the arts, geriatrics, rehabilitation, spirituality, and substance abuse. Cal State LA named Connie a Distinguished Woman in 2008. She is in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who of American Women.” To meet Connie, click here.
Tim Stanton is Senior Engaged Scholar for Ravensong Associates, through which he consults in global service-learning design, development and research in the US, Africa and Asia. He founded and directed Stanford University’s Overseas Studies Program, Cape Town focused on international service-learning and research, and served as Associate Director and Director of Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service. He has published numerous articles and two books in the US, Europe, South Africa and Asia.
David is professor of anthropology and education at Fielding Graduate University and professor emeritus of anthropology at Soai Buddhist University in Japan. His interests in anthropology, sustainability, social justice, and immigration come from 35 years living in traditional cultural systems in Japan and India. He researches and writes on transformational leadership and education, human development in transnational contexts, comparative education, citizenship, transcultural communities, and transformative adult education.