Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is a working group of people who come from a variety of disciplines, and offer diverse voices with unparalleled experience and vision.
Founder & Executive Director
Merle is a social change entrepreneur whose passion and practice is devoted to the application of nonlinear complex systems thinking to whole system change. Merle holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University and has been a mediator, facilitator, and leadership trainer in conflict zones around the world. Merle received a research appointment as Guest Scientist and Affiliate of the Center for Nonlinear Studies, where she worked on computer simulations exploring how groups form collective identity. She led the planning group of NGO leaders at the United Nations launch of the Gross National Happiness index and is a member of the Integrative Peacebuilding Network at the University of Ottowa. In 2009, Merle was elected a Lindisfarne Fellow.
As Board Chair, Marilyn is a member of the core team and an advisor for the development of The Adjacent Possible (TAP) Dialogue Program. She is long time community activist, psychotherapist, and group facilitator and trainer. She has worked with and served in various capacities on the boards of organizations that promote social, economic and environmental health through education, community empowerment programs, and activism. Marilyn has co-founded two non-profit organizations, as well as several for-profit businesses.
Barbara is a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico and has directed watershed restoration projects in the Rio Puerco watershed on Eastern Navajo tribal land. She has helped to restore the Rio Puerco through education, outreach, and collaborative actions. She was co-founder of the Quivira Coalition, is a former Trustee of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, and is a current Board member of Los Amigos de Valles Caldera. She has served on the Bureau of Land Management's Collaborative Forest Restoration Program, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Water Task Force, the Governor’s Our Future Task Force, and the Governor’s Agriculture Transition Team. She has spent her environmental career working to bring diverse groups (ranchers, indigenous peoples, environmentalists and others) together to work on issues of common concern.
Nicole is an artist and indigenous rights activist of Navajo, American, Canadian, Scottish, German, and French decent. She has a BFA from University of Victoria, Canada. Nicole uses art as a doorway into Navajo culture and a way to translate Navajo identity into contemporary reality. Through her work she re-remembers traditional Navajo weaving patterns, storytelling, and Navajo histories. Nicole's work celebrates the unique beauty found in the Navajo culture and in doing so, illustrates the diversity found among Native American and Aboriginal peoples. She works closely on the climate change project, Envision the Big Picture, and shows her work regularly at the world renowned Santa Fe Indian Market.
LISA R. SMITH
Lisa founded Pull Together Now, a social profit organization dedicated to the well-being of all people through transboundary collaboration. Guided by its Indigenous partners, Pull Together Now is transcending religious, social, ethnic and political barriers to nurture a relational worldview and promote the intergenerational solutions required to thrive in harmony with each other and Mother Earth. Lisa and husband Mark reside along the Blackfoot River near Lincoln, Montana; they have a grown son and daughter and four grandchildren.
Monique is committed to transformative action in the world. Whether working with her colleagues in the NGO sector or as a yoga teacher and teacher trainer, or through volunteering, how we move forward and grow as human beings is a great interest and passion for Monique. For 20 years, Monique has contributed to the nonprofit and NGO sector, including at Imagine Canada, where she worked on capacity and accountability issues, and currently at the World Wildlife Fund. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Queen's University. In 2017, Monique completed the pilot of the innovative Integrative Peacebuilding Project at Saint Paul University and has completed her Mediation training with the Canadian Institute of Conflict Resolution.