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David Greaves

David Greaves is a Wildlife Photographer, Biologist and Remedial Project Manager for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3, and the Founder of Nature Under Your Nose. He has a B.S. in Biology from Lincoln University. Greaves was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the cities of Forestville and Clinton, Maryland where his love for the environment and wildlife was fostered. While growing up in Maryland, he enjoyed exploring the parks and woods near his home and searching for all types of insects, plants, and animals. David’s photography is inspired by the television shows he grew up watching such as PBS nature documentaries, Wild America, NOVA, and reading animal encyclopedias at an early age. His work encourages the viewer to look around and explore the diversity of nature that can be found in their backyards or while on traveling abroad. Greaves currently resides in Newark, DE. To learn more about his work follow him on Instagram @natureunderyournose or at https://dgreaves.picfair.com

David Greaves is a Wildlife Photographer, Biologist and Remedial Project Manager for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3, and the Founder of Nature Under Your Nose. He has a B.S. in Biology from Lincoln University.

Greaves was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the cities of Forestville and Clinton, Maryland where his love for the environment and wildlife was fostered.  While growing up in Maryland, he enjoyed exploring the parks and woods near his home and searching for all types of insects, plants, and animals.

David’s photography is inspired by the television shows he grew up watching such as PBS nature documentaries, Wild America, NOVA, and reading animal encyclopedias at an early age.  His work encourages the viewer to look around and explore the diversity of nature that can be found in their backyards or while on traveling abroad. 

Greaves currently resides in Newark, DE. To learn more about his work follow him on Instagram @natureunderyournose or at https://dgreaves.picfair.com

Congressman A. Donald McEachin

Congressman A. Donald McEachin, VA-04, (Keynote Speaker) was first elected to represent the 4th Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives on November 8, 2016. Congressman McEachin has been selected by his colleagues to serve as a Regional Whip, co-chair of the House Democratic Environmental Message Team, Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force, and vice-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC). During his first term in Congress, Rep. McEachin co-founded the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force and continues to lead the task force as a co-chair.

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Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) was first elected to represent the 4th Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives on November 8, 2016.

Congressman McEachin has been selected by his colleagues to serve as a Regional Whip, co-chair of the House Democratic Environmental Message Team, Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force, and vice-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC). During his first term in Congress, Rep. McEachin co-founded the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force and continues to lead the task force as a co-chair.

Rep. McEachin represents his constituents, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C), the House Committee on Natural Resources (Natural Resources), and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. As a member of E&C, McEachin sits on the Environment and Climate Change, the Communications and Technology, and the Energy subcommittees. As a member of Natural Resources, McEachin sits on the Energy and Mineral Resources as well as the Oversight and Investigations subcommittees.

Rep. McEachin is the son of an Army veteran and a public-school teacher who was raised in the area that he now proudly represents in Congress. Prior to his service in Congress, Rep. McEachin served as a legislator in both chambers of Virginia’s General Assembly. Throughout that time, he fought to protect our most vulnerable citizens — and to defend the rights of all Virginians. Rep. McEachin is a dedicated public servant who leads efforts that will promote equality, curb gun violence, protect our environment, and preserve access to affordable health care.

Jan-Michael Archer

Jan-Michael Archer is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Maryland's School of Public Health and a UMD Global STEWARD Fellow. As a doctoral student in the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Laboratory, Archer employs community-engaged and citizen-science practices to develop relationships and capacities within communities. His primary focuses are on reducing the air pollution that’s overburdening in Black communities and increasing green space equity. But in 2016, he felt he needed a break from academia, so he dove into the world of outdoor education -- working with conservation organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay region (including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Aquarium, Living Classrooms Foundation, and others). Reflecting on the lack of opportunities for Black youth, Archer was compelled to investigate barriers to equity in the environmental field. Five years later, this still drives his research.

Jan-Michael Archer is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Maryland's School of Public Health and a UMD Global STEWARD Fellow. As a doctoral student in the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Laboratory, Archer employs community-engaged and citizen-science practices to develop relationships and capacities within communities. His primary focuses are on reducing the air pollution that’s overburdening in Black communities and increasing green space equity. But in 2016, he felt he needed a break from academia, so he dove into the world of outdoor education -- working with conservation organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay region (including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Aquarium, Living Classrooms Foundation, and others).

Reflecting on the lack of opportunities for Black youth, Archer was compelled to investigate barriers to equity in the environmental field. Five years later, this still drives his research.

Dr Mchezaji Che Axum

Dr. Mchezaji “Che” Axum  is the Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education in the College of Agriculture Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Axum leads a team of researchers at the Muirkirk Research Farm in Beltsville, MD and oversees UDC’s Master Gardening, Specialty and Ethnic Crops and Urban Forestry programs.  He is a graduate of the College of Agronomy, now the College of Natural Resource Management at the University of Maryland and a Certified State of Maryland Nutrient Management Consultant.  Axum serves on the board of the Harry Hughes Center for Agroecology and is a member of the American Agronomy Society/ ASA, the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

Dr. Mchezaji “Che” Axum  is the Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education in the College of Agriculture Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Axum leads a team of researchers at the Muirkirk Research Farm in Beltsville, MD and oversees UDC’s Master Gardening, Specialty and Ethnic Crops and Urban Forestry programs.

He is a graduate of the College of Agronomy, now the College of Natural Resource Management at the University of Maryland and a Certified State of Maryland Nutrient Management Consultant.  Axum serves on the board of the Harry Hughes Center for Agroecology and is a member of the American Agronomy Society/ ASA, the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

Donald Belle

Donald Belle is an 18-year-veteran educator in the Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) system. Currently, Belle is an Environmental Outreach Educator with the William Schmidt Outdoor and Environmental Education Center. He has worked in the past as the science teacher coordinator and academy of environmental studies coordinator at Gwynn Park High School. In 2012, Belle was awarded Outstanding Educator by Prince George’s County Public Schools. Belle has recently worked on several environmental literacy initiatives including: Mussel Power Citizen Science Program, the Prince George’s County Envirothon, and Climate Action Initiatives. For the past four years he has organized and grown the Student Environmental Alliance Summit (SEAS). SEAS supports high school students that have expressed an interest in working or learning about careers in environmental science, natural resource management, or agriculture. In 2020, Mr. Belle was appointed to serve on the Prince George’s County Climate Action Commission.

Donald Belle is an 18-year-veteran educator in the Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) system.

Currently, Belle is an Environmental Outreach Educator with the William Schmidt Outdoor and Environmental Education Center. He has worked in the past as the science teacher coordinator and academy of environmental studies coordinator at Gwynn Park High School. In 2012, Belle was awarded Outstanding Educator by Prince George’s County Public Schools. Belle has recently worked on several environmental literacy initiatives including: Mussel Power Citizen Science Program, the Prince George’s County Envirothon, and Climate Action Initiatives.

For the past four years he has organized and grown the Student Environmental Alliance Summit (SEAS). SEAS supports high school students that have expressed an interest in working or learning about careers in environmental science, natural resource management, or agriculture. In 2020, Mr. Belle was appointed to serve on the Prince George’s County Climate Action Commission.

Lois Yena Chang

Lois Yena Chang is an environmental geographer educated and trained in remote sensing science research. Upon graduating from Emory University with a BS MPH, Chang began her professional journey as an ORISE Fellow at EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice. It was there that she documented success stories of EJSCREEN – EPA’s mapping interface that allows communities to generate data-driven visuals and reports on toxic waste facilities and pollutants in their neighborhoods. Chang also supported a non-profit organization based in DC where she successfully obtained comprehensive air emissions inventories not yet available to the public for seven states in the U.S. Chang currently works as an epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA responding to COVID-19 needs.

Lois Yena Chang is an environmental geographer educated and trained in remote sensing science research. Upon graduating from Emory University with a BS MPH, Chang began her professional journey as an ORISE Fellow at EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice. It was there that she documented success stories of EJSCREEN – EPA’s mapping interface that allows communities to generate data-driven visuals and reports on toxic waste facilities and pollutants in their neighborhoods.

Chang also supported a non-profit organization based in DC where she successfully obtained comprehensive air emissions inventories not yet available to the public for seven states in the U.S. Chang currently works as an epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA responding to COVID-19 needs.

Beth Collier

Beth Collier is the founder and director of Wild in the City, an organization supporting the well-being of people of color through connection with nature, offering experiences in woodland living skills, natural history, hiking and ecotherapy. Collier also is a Nature Allied Psychotherapist and ethnographer, teaching woodland living skills and natural history. As a therapist, she works exclusively in natural settings and has developed Nature Allied Psychotherapy as a modality for ongoing client work in allegiance with nature. As well as exploring your human social relationships, Nature Allied Psychotherapy creates the opportunity to explore your relationship with the natural world. Collier specializes in working with relational trauma in our connections with people and with nature. As a naturalist, her work aims to reignite the oral tradition for learning about nature within families and challenges racism within the environmental sector.

Beth Collier is the founder and director of Wild in the City, an organization supporting the well-being of people of color through connection with nature, offering experiences in woodland living skills, natural history, hiking and ecotherapy.

Collier also is a Nature Allied Psychotherapist and ethnographer, teaching woodland living skills and natural history. As a therapist, she works exclusively in natural settings and has developed Nature Allied Psychotherapy as a modality for ongoing client work in allegiance with nature. As well as exploring your human social relationships, Nature Allied Psychotherapy creates the opportunity to explore your relationship with the natural world.

Collier specializes in working with relational trauma in our connections with people and with nature. As a naturalist, her work aims to reignite the oral tradition for learning about nature within families and challenges racism within the environmental sector.

Dr Candice Duncan

Dr. Candice Duncan is a lecturer in the Environmental Science and Technology Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her PhD from the University of Arizona’s Soil, Water and Environmental Science program (now known as the Department of Environmental Science).  She earned an MS in Earth Science from North Carolina Central University, where she studied in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences. She is an environmental scientist through knowledge and experience gained as an analytical chemist, soil scientist and hydrologist. Her work focuses on the transport and characterization of organic contaminants in the vadose zone (the Earth's terrestrial subsurface that extends from the surface to the regional groundwater table). Dr. Duncan dabbles in archeology through the New York African Burial Ground project with Howard University, studying trace metals in grave soils using non-invasive analytical technology combining soil science and chemistry.  This work postulates the diet of interred free and enslaved Africans of the New Amsterdam Colony located in what is now Lower Manhattan.  She has advised undergraduate students majoring in environmental science and technology. She has mentored undergraduate and graduate students in research related from legacy phosphorus in Chesapeake Bay soils to contaminant leachate from recycled asphalt pavement in highway construction. She is a community engagement promoter, science advocate, citizen scientist, STEM educator, and mentor. 

Dr. Candice Duncan is a lecturer in the Environmental Science and Technology Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her PhD from the University of Arizona’s Soil, Water and Environmental Science program (now known as the Department of Environmental Science). She earned an MS in Earth Science from North Carolina Central University, where she studied in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences.

She is an environmental scientist through knowledge and experience gained as an analytical chemist, soil scientist and hydrologist. Her work focuses on the transport and characterization of organic contaminants in the vadose zone (the Earth's terrestrial subsurface that extends from the surface to the regional groundwater table). Dr. Duncan dabbles in archeology through the New York African Burial Ground project with Howard University, studying trace metals in grave soils using non-invasive analytical technology combining soil science and chemistry.  This work postulates the diet of interred free and enslaved Africans of the New Amsterdam Colony located in what is now Lower Manhattan.

She has advised undergraduate students majoring in environmental science and technology. She has mentored undergraduate and graduate students in research related from legacy phosphorus in Chesapeake Bay soils to contaminant leachate from recycled asphalt pavement in highway construction. She is a community engagement promoter, science advocate, citizen scientist, STEM educator, and mentor. 

Dr Thomas R Easley

Dr. Thomas R. Easley (Keynote Speaker) is the Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion at the Yale School of the Environment. He has spent most of his career as a diversity professional and a forester. As a diversity professional, he has focused on the recruitment, retention and diverse talent in natural resource disciplines. As a forester, he has worked with landowners and citizens on land management and stewardship. Dr. Easley earned his undergraduate degree in Forest Science from Alabama A&M University, his master’s degree in Forest Genetics from Iowa State University, and his doctorate in Adult Education from NC State University. Dr. Easley served as the Diversity Director of the College of Natural Resources at NC State University where he taught courses, advised students, and supported faculty and staff on programming ensuring they are inclusive to all populations. Dr. Easley combines his professions along with his passions of art and ministry or music? to lead the diversity efforts in the school.

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Dr. Thomas R. Easley is the Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion at the Yale School of the Environment. He has spent most of his career as a diversity professional and a forester. As a diversity professional, he has focused on the recruitment, retention and diverse talent in natural resource disciplines.

As a forester, he has worked with landowners and citizens on land management and stewardship. Dr. Easley earned his undergraduate degree in Forest Science from Alabama A&M University, his master’s degree in Forest Genetics from Iowa State University, and his doctorate in Adult Education from NC State University. Dr. Easley served as the Diversity Director of the College of Natural Resources at NC State University where he taught courses, advised students, and supported faculty and staff on programming ensuring they are inclusive to all populations.

Dr. Easley combines his professions along with his passions of art and ministry or music to lead the diversity efforts in the school.

Monica Esparza

Monica Esparza is an educator, founder of AfroCity, and trustee of the Renewal of Life Land Trust. Her background includes being one of the community trailblazers who helped preserve the historic Hickory Hill School and led the annual Trail Walk to commemorate Hickory Hill’s environmental heritage in conjunction with National Trail Day for many years. Retired from Richmond Public Schools as a Career and Technical Education Instructor, Esparza also has more than 18 years of service with the State of Virginia, beginning at the Supreme Court of Virginia and transitioning to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, where she worked as a regional assistant, assisting park managers with operations, before joining the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Esparza continues a long commitment to green advocacy and environmental justice through environmental education and workforce projects. Esparza has experience with business and legal frameworks centered on environmental regulation, protection and justice, and is a graduate of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.

Monica Esparza is an educator, founder of AfroCity, and trustee of the Renewal of Life Land Trust. Her background includes being one of the community trailblazers who helped preserve the historic Hickory Hill School and led the annual Trail Walk to commemorate Hickory Hill’s environmental heritage in conjunction with National Trail Day for many years.

Retired from Richmond Public Schools as a Career and Technical Education Instructor, Esparza also has more than 18 years of service with the State of Virginia, beginning at the Supreme Court of Virginia and transitioning to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, where she worked as a regional assistant, assisting park managers with operations, before joining the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Esparza continues a long commitment to green advocacy and environmental justice through environmental education and workforce projects.

Esparza has experience with business and legal frameworks centered on environmental regulation, protection and justice, and is a graduate of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.