Listee Features — May 4, 2021

Patricia Werner


Patricia A. Werner, PhD, is a renowned ecologist, a Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida (UFL) and an Honorary Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. She joined the Michigan State University (MSU) faculty in 1973 as an Assistant Professor and, over the next decade, advanced to become a full Professor. During her tenure, she notably conducted research on plant populations with respect to community structure and function in succession systems and prairies. In 1982, Prof. Werner began research on tree population dynamics in Kakadu National Park, which is the largest national park in Australia, during a sabbatical leave from MSU and funded by her grant from the

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Michelle L. Montague is a geologist and educator celebrating nearly two decades of promoting stable and sustainable copper extraction and promoting earth sciences to the next generation of students. A curious and committed student with a passion for the outdoors, Ms. Montague’s interest in teaching started in childhood. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in earth science education and completed a Master of Arts in geosciences education in 2001. Ms. Montague began her career the following year as a science teacher at Globe High School, where she developed a reputation for outstanding classroom skills, earning the Gila County Excellence in Education award in 2007. In 2006, Ms. Montague joined the faculty of

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Reneau Kennedy


Reneau Charlene Ufford Kennedy, EdD, is a consulting forensic psychologist in private practice with more than 25 years of service within the justice system. Dr. Kennedy describes herself as a “natural public servant,” and she began her career as a teacher and counselor in Australia and Papua New Guinea after earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology, speech, and education from Willamette University in 1975. She began to recognize her calling toward counseling when she found that she often enjoyed helping the students who would linger after class with questions more than she enjoyed teaching the class. Dr. Kennedy continued her education at the University of Oregon, where she was awarded a Master of Science in psychology in 1981 and

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Driven by a desire to help small family farmers, Gail L. Hayden earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business and management from the University of California, Davis in 1978, and began her career in 1979 as part of the original team to develop certified farmers’ markets in the state of California. This was during a time where there were severe gas shortages, which prevented people from driving out to farms to get their food. Creating a system of farmers’ markets allowed small farmers to maintain control over selling their own products instead having to outsource to a middleman. It also helped to ensure there was a supply of local, homegrown food for communities, instead of having to rely on

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