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Grownup Board of Advisors

The Global Warming Express is honored to have the support of these amazing grownups as their advisors:

William deBuys is a prize-winning writer and conservationist with a deep relationship with the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest. He is the author of seven books, including A Great Aridness: Climate Changes and the Future of the American Southwest (Oxford University Press, 2011; paperback reprint 2013); Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range (UNM Press, 1985), which won a Southwest Book Award and is now in its ninth printing; River of Traps (UNM Press, 1990; Trinity University Press, 2008), which was recognized as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction in 1991; and The Walk (Trinity University Press, 2007), an excerpt from which won a Pushcart Prize in 2008. His eighth book, The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures, will be published by Little, Brown & Co. early in 2015.

DeBuys has long been active in environmental affairs, and his efforts have led to the permanent protection of more than 150,000 acres of wild lands in North Carolina and the Southwest. From 1997 to 2004 DeBuys developed and directed the Valle Grande Grass Bank, a cooperative effort involving ranchers, conservationists, and public agencies in the rehabilitation of rangelands in northern New Mexico. From 2001 to 2004, under appointment by President William Clinton, he served as founding chairman of the Valles Caldera Trust, which administers the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve under an experimental approach to the management of public lands. DeBuys earned an MA and PhD in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. Today he lives on the farm he has tended since 1976 in the remote village of El Valle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos.


Kathy Holian is has been the Santa Fe County Commissioner for District 4 since 2009. From 2001 to 2008 she served on the County Development Review Committee, where she helped make land use recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. Holian was previously a computational physicist at Los Alamos Lab. Holian has been a  Santa Fe County resident for the past 30 years. She and her husband Brad recently moved with their two horses and four dogs to 500 acres on Glorieta Mesa, where they are involved in a number of restoration activities on their land. One is riparian area restoration to try to return permanent water to the land; another is vegetation thinning to return the land to the more natural fire-adapted state it had prior to massive fire suppression and over-grazing activities of the last couple of centuries.


Peter N. Ives is a Santa Fe City Councilor, where he serves as Mayor Pro Tem, Chair of the Water Conservation Committee, Vice Chair of the City Business and Quality of Life Committee, and Member of the Public Utilities Committee. The City Council’s only attorney, Ives has been the Senior Counsel for the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) since 1998. He spent 15 years in private law practice prior to joining TPL. Councilor Ives also serves on the boards of the New Mexico Activities Association Foundation, Dine Peoples Legal Services, and the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. He also serves as an officer of the Knights of Columbus for St. Francis Cathedral Council 1717. Councilor Ives has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Harvard College and a law degree from Georgetown University.


Ellen Kemper recently retired from more than 30 years’ consulting in Indian country, and is now a swim instructor. Kemper holds a Juris doctorate from the University of Arizona, where she focused on Indian law studies, graduating in 1983. She was licensed to practice law in New Mexico, Arizona, Washington DC, and Maryland. Her consultancy practice consisted of policy development, curriculum design and training, grant writing, and project implementation on a variety of topics, including an equine assisted learning project teaching life skills to youth. Ellen has a knack for making legalese understandable for those without legal training. She’s been a member of numerous environmental organizations over the decades. She’s also a founding member of The Commons, one of the first co-housing communities in the U.S.


Leslie Lakind recently retired from his private practice of dentistry, which he began in 1979, a practice that earned the “Best Dental Practice in Santa Fe” designation during its last four years. Lakind has always been interested in public service and taught in Harlem for several years after graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in psychology. After completing his training at Temple Dental School he worked at La Clinica de la Gente, a Public Heath Clinic in Agua Fria Village, near Santa Fe. He now devotes much of his time to climate and related issues.


Stuart Pimm is the Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He studies present day extinctions and what can be done to prevent them. Pimm wrote the acclaimed assessment of the human impact to the planet, The World According to Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth, which was published by McGraw-Hill in 2001. His commitment to the interface between science and policy has led to his testimony to both House and Senate Committees on the re-authorization of the Endangered Species Act. Pimm directs SavingSpecies, a 501c3 non-profit that uses funds from carbon emissions offsets to fund local conservation groups to restore degraded lands in areas of exceptional tropical biodiversity.

Pimm’s international honors include the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2010), the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), the Society for Conservation Biology’s Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award (2006), and the William Proctor Prize for Scientific Achievement in 2007 from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Pimm received his BSc degree from Oxford University in 1971 and his Ph.D from New Mexico State University in 1974.


Alice Sealey is an educator who has taught everything from English to Suicide Prevention to Shoplifting Prevention to DWI Prevention. She was the coordinator of the Natural Helpers Program in Santa Fe and the Director of Teen Court of Santa Fe County for many years. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren. She has lived in Santa Fe for 38 years, and previously lived in England and Philadelphia. She currently spends half the year in San Pancho, Mexico, volunteering for the community center, Entreamigos, and the Observatorio de Aves San Pancho.


Bill Stine is a mechanical engineer who has devoted his career to developing innovative solutions to environmental problems. He is the author of a major engineering textbook, Solar Energy Fundamentals and Design (John Wiley, 1985; now available free on the web at He has consulted on many solar energy projects for clients such as Georgia Power and Sandia National Laboratories, and worked on various solar energy research projects in Spain, Germany, and Japan. His early work was on combustion related to smog generation and safety, and he went on to work with Los Angeles City Councilor Kenny Hahn in the 60s on a program to reduce smog. He also worked with students at California State Polytechnic University to develop a car that ran on waste methane from a sewage treatment plant. In the 90s Stine worked with a small interdisciplinary team of faculty at Cal Poly to develop a university-wide academic program in regenerative (sustainability) studies, supported by a major grant from The Kellogg Foundation. In this hands-on program, students lived and worked in a specially designed on-campus facility, with the goal of producing and conserving their own energy and food, recycling water and waste, and developing techniques and skills to live and work together in a sustainable manner. Stine also developed a “solar park” as part of this project to provide for hands-on student interaction and experimental studies in the production of solar and wind electricity. Stine holds a PhD and an MBA, and is Professor Emeritus at California State Polytechnic University (San Luis Obispo and Pomona), as well as a Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers).


Jill Cooper Udall is an educator, lawyer, former Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Mexico, long-time arts advocate, and former Officer of Cultural Affairs for the State of New Mexico. She was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Ms. Udall also sits on the Board of Visitors and Governors for St. John’s College and the Boards of Directors for the Washington National Opera, Ford’s Theatre, Santa Fe Conservation Trust, SITE Santa Fe, Southwest Care Center, and the Meridian International Center. She has been engaged as a consultant on museum issues for the President’s Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States and for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, where, among other things, she worked with the State Department’s Arts in Embassies Program to commission work by Native American artists to hang in diplomatic residences around the world. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University Law School and is currently finishing her first novel.


Alan Webber is a business journalist and entrepreneur who has been bringing his progressive ideas to his adopted state of New Mexico. In 1995 Webber co-founded the technology business magazine Fast Company, the fastest growing, most successful business magazine in history and winner of two National Magazine Awards. He was named Adweek‘s Editor of the Year in 1999, along with co-founding editor William Taylor. In 2000 Fast Company was sold for the second largest amount of any magazine in U.S. history (at the time). Before founding Fast Company, Webber was for five years the managing editor and editorial director of the Harvard Business Review. During his tenure, HBR was twice a finalist for National Magazine awards. Earlier in his career he served as editorial page editor for the Willamette Week, where he received an Oregon State Newspaper Publisher’s Association Award for news and feature writing.

Webber is author or co-author of five books, including Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self (HarperBusiness, 2009; paperback reprint 2010); Going Global: Four Entrepreneurs Map the New World Marketplace, written with William C. Taylor (Penguin, 1997); Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities, written with Richard J. Leider (Berrett-Koehler, 2013); and the eBook, The Global Detective (New Word City, Inc. 2010). Webber’s columns and articles have appeared in numerous national publications, including The Los Angeles Times, U.S.A. Today, Huffington Post, The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The Washington Post. Life Reimagined was featured in Forbes as one of “The Best New Books for Your Career.”

Early in his career, Webber served as administrative assistant and policy advisor to the Mayor of Portland, Oregon, and as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation in the Carter administration. He has also worked as a speechwriter and policy advisor for several governors, including Massachusetts Governor (and later Democratic Presidential candidate) Michael Dukakis. Recently he ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Mexico.

Webber has received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Boston Architectural College, and has been elected as an Honorary Senior Fellow by the Design Futures Council. He is a former fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program and a John J. McCloy Fellow.