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Mollie Chaudet - Instructor

   
  
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    Mollie Chaudet is an independent consultant, retired after more than thirty years with the US Forest Service. She graduated with a technical degree in forest management, and began her career with the Forest Service working in the field, primarily in timber management.  She learned NEPA “in the trenches” in the 1980’s, leading interdisciplinary teams and preparing timber programs in the pacific northwest until timber sales were brought to a screeching halt by the lawsuits over the northern spotted owl. Mollie began instructing NEPA courses with a national Forest Service cadre in the 1990’s, and led interdisciplinary teams for increasingly complex and controversial projects within the agency. Collaboration in land use planning has always been important to her. She led three landmark collaborative planning efforts for the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and facilitated a 30-member federal advisory council for more than 15 years. She also spent a considerable amount of time as litigation coordinator for the Deschutes National Forest and led the preparation of agency responses and administrative records for federal district and appellate court cases. She retired in as a Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR) Coordinator; Collaboration, Partnership, NEPA, Litigation, and FOIA Specialist. 

Mollie Chaudet is an independent consultant, retired after more than thirty years with the US Forest Service. She graduated with a technical degree in forest management, and began her career with the Forest Service working in the field, primarily in timber management.

She learned NEPA “in the trenches” in the 1980’s, leading interdisciplinary teams and preparing timber programs in the pacific northwest until timber sales were brought to a screeching halt by the lawsuits over the northern spotted owl. Mollie began instructing NEPA courses with a national Forest Service cadre in the 1990’s, and led interdisciplinary teams for increasingly complex and controversial projects within the agency. Collaboration in land use planning has always been important to her. She led three landmark collaborative planning efforts for the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and facilitated a 30-member federal advisory council for more than 15 years. She also spent a considerable amount of time as litigation coordinator for the Deschutes National Forest and led the preparation of agency responses and administrative records for federal district and appellate court cases. She retired in as a Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR) Coordinator; Collaboration, Partnership, NEPA, Litigation, and FOIA Specialist. 

Joe Carbone - Instructor

 Joe is an independent consultant specializing in training, facilitation, decision making, environmental policy, and organizational development. He served as the Deputy Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) at the Council on Environmental Quality in 2016 where he worked on NEPA guidance and procedures.  Joe retired after 37 years of federal service with the U.S. Forest Service where he oversaw the agency’s NEPA policy in Washington D.C. and Atlanta. He also served as the U.S. Forest Service Acting Deputy Director for Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources, the Chief of Staff for the Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture during an administration transition, and as a natural resource legislative assistant for a U.S. Senator. His field experience includes forestry, recreation, and firefighting work on national forests in New Hampshire, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and North Carolina.  Joe has a Master of Science in Forestry specializing in environmental policy and law from the University of Idaho (1985). He has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire (1978) and an Associate of Arts from Bradford College (1975).

Joe is an independent consultant specializing in training, facilitation, decision making, environmental policy, and organizational development. He served as the Deputy Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) at the Council on Environmental Quality in 2016 where he worked on NEPA guidance and procedures.

Joe retired after 37 years of federal service with the U.S. Forest Service where he oversaw the agency’s NEPA policy in Washington D.C. and Atlanta. He also served as the U.S. Forest Service Acting Deputy Director for Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources, the Chief of Staff for the Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture during an administration transition, and as a natural resource legislative assistant for a U.S. Senator. His field experience includes forestry, recreation, and firefighting work on national forests in New Hampshire, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and North Carolina.

Joe has a Master of Science in Forestry specializing in environmental policy and law from the University of Idaho (1985). He has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire (1978) and an Associate of Arts from Bradford College (1975).

Judy Kurtzman - Senior Instructor

   
  
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    For over 15 years Judy Kurtzman has worked for Utah State University, in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.  Her primary responsibilities have included teaching courses on environmental law and policy and ecosystem management.  She has also served as a student advisor and program administrator for two University programs:  The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Certificate Program – a 12-credit stand alone graduate-level certificate program offered to working professionals in federal, state, tribal and county government agencies, private consultants, and students in graduate degree programs across the country.  The Master’s of Natural Resources (MNR) in Ecosystem Management – a 33 credit master’s degree program designed for natural resource professionals returning to school to advance their careers.    Judy graduated from Utah State University with a Master’s degree in Forest Resources and Environmental Law, along with a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource and Environmental Policy.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota with a dual major in Sociology and Anthropology.   Her teaching experience has include teaching courses on the Utah State University campus both on NEPA for undergraduate and graduate level students, and an Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy course for graduate students.  For the last 10 years she has also taught courses that apply to Utah State University’s NEPA Certificate Program for the Shipley Group as a private consultant.  Currently she is working full time teaching for Shipley Group, Inc.  Courses taught include: Applying the NEPA Process and Writing Effective NEPA Documents, Clear Writing for NEPA Specialists, Technical Writing, Cumulative Impact Analysis and Documentation, Climate Change Analysis and Documentation, Cultural and Natural Resource Management, ESA and Section 7 Overview, Managing NEPA Projects and Teams, and Reviewing NEPA Documents. 

For over 15 years Judy Kurtzman has worked for Utah State University, in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.  Her primary responsibilities have included teaching courses on environmental law and policy and ecosystem management.  She has also served as a student advisor and program administrator for two University programs:

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Certificate Program – a 12-credit stand alone graduate-level certificate program offered to working professionals in federal, state, tribal and county government agencies, private consultants, and students in graduate degree programs across the country.

The Master’s of Natural Resources (MNR) in Ecosystem Management – a 33 credit master’s degree program designed for natural resource professionals returning to school to advance their careers.  

Judy graduated from Utah State University with a Master’s degree in Forest Resources and Environmental Law, along with a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource and Environmental Policy.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota with a dual major in Sociology and Anthropology. 

Her teaching experience has include teaching courses on the Utah State University campus both on NEPA for undergraduate and graduate level students, and an Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy course for graduate students.  For the last 10 years she has also taught courses that apply to Utah State University’s NEPA Certificate Program for the Shipley Group as a private consultant.  Currently she is working full time teaching for Shipley Group, Inc.  Courses taught include: Applying the NEPA Process and Writing Effective NEPA Documents, Clear Writing for NEPA Specialists, Technical Writing, Cumulative Impact Analysis and Documentation, Climate Change Analysis and Documentation, Cultural and Natural Resource Management, ESA and Section 7 Overview, Managing NEPA Projects and Teams, and Reviewing NEPA Documents. 

Cynthia Manning - Instructor

   
  
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    Cynthia is a social scientist and a former government employee with 36 years of experience.  She served 24 years as Regional Social Scientist and 12 years as Archaeologist.  In addition to preparing social assessments and analyses, she served as a trainer for a national NEPA course and as a course developer and trainer for a national Social Impact Analysis course.  She has also developed and facilitated collaborative processes, facilitated large and small scale meetings, performed conflict resolutions, and team buildings.  She has performed Environmental Justice analyses and has documented Tribal cultural, traditional, and social concerns.  She is currently providing NEPA training, National Historic Preservation Act training and related reviews, collaborative process, team building and serves as a mediator for Justice Court in her hometown.

Cynthia is a social scientist and a former government employee with 36 years of experience.  She served 24 years as Regional Social Scientist and 12 years as Archaeologist.  In addition to preparing social assessments and analyses, she served as a trainer for a national NEPA course and as a course developer and trainer for a national Social Impact Analysis course.  She has also developed and facilitated collaborative processes, facilitated large and small scale meetings, performed conflict resolutions, and team buildings.  She has performed Environmental Justice analyses and has documented Tribal cultural, traditional, and social concerns.  She is currently providing NEPA training, National Historic Preservation Act training and related reviews, collaborative process, team building and serves as a mediator for Justice Court in her hometown.

Michael Smith - Senior Instructor

   
  
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      Dr. Michael D. Smith    is a nationally-recognized leader in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and associated environmental law compliance with over 20 years of experience in project and program management, technical analysis, policy development, and training/education for a wide range of public and private sector clients.    He has managed and provided compliance review for environmental impact studies for some of the nation's largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including major transportation infrastructure projects, energy siting and development actions, regulatory approval of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, and approval of new fuel economy standards for all vehicles operated in the U.S.    In addition to providing NEPA training, for the Shipley Group, he serves as a faculty member at the NEPA Certificate Program at the Department of Environment and Society, Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University and with the University of California Extension Program. He is a past recipient of a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters Office of Water and Office of Federal Activities in Washington, DC. From 1998 to 2007, he was an Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences at Humboldt State University, where he taught courses and conducted research in environmental impact assessment, environmental planning, land use planning, and community development.     He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Sociology from Utah State University, a M.A. in Geography from the University of Wyoming, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.    He has published extensively on environmental assessment and policy in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and served as an Associate Editor of the professional journal  Society and Natural Resources .

Dr. Michael D. Smith is a nationally-recognized leader in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and associated environmental law compliance with over 20 years of experience in project and program management, technical analysis, policy development, and training/education for a wide range of public and private sector clients.

He has managed and provided compliance review for environmental impact studies for some of the nation's largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including major transportation infrastructure projects, energy siting and development actions, regulatory approval of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, and approval of new fuel economy standards for all vehicles operated in the U.S.

In addition to providing NEPA training, for the Shipley Group, he serves as a faculty member at the NEPA Certificate Program at the Department of Environment and Society, Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University and with the University of California Extension Program. He is a past recipient of a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters Office of Water and Office of Federal Activities in Washington, DC. From 1998 to 2007, he was an Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences at Humboldt State University, where he taught courses and conducted research in environmental impact assessment, environmental planning, land use planning, and community development.

He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Sociology from Utah State University, a M.A. in Geography from the University of Wyoming, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

He has published extensively on environmental assessment and policy in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and served as an Associate Editor of the professional journal Society and Natural Resources.

Rhey Solomon - Senior Instructor

   
  
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    Rhey Solomon retired from the Forest Service in 2003 after 32 years of government service and is now an independent  environmental consultant.  Rhey served as the Deputy Director of Ecosystem Management in the Washington Office before retirement.  He was responsible for the oversight of the agency’s NEPA policy, training, and support.  In his Forest Service career, Rhey worked at the District and Forest levels in Arizona, New Mexico and California.  He has worked as a hydrologist, Forest Planner, Regional Hydrologist, Regional NEPA coordinator, and a number of different jobs prior to moving to the Washington Office.  He also spent one year working as the Natural Resource Staff Assistant for a Congressman.  Prior to retirement, Rhey spent his last 10 month on detail to the Council on Environmental Quality leading a team charged with modernizing the CEQ Regulations and other CEQ guidance on NEPA.  He teaches environmental policy, environmental analysis, and decision-making theory at Johns-Hopkins University and is the 2002 recipient of the President’s award from the National Association of Environmental Professionals.  In addition to his work with Shipley Group, Rhey runs his own consulting business providing services for environmental analysis, teambuilding, and facilitation.

Rhey Solomon retired from the Forest Service in 2003 after 32 years of government service and is now an independent  environmental consultant.  Rhey served as the Deputy Director of Ecosystem Management in the Washington Office before retirement.  He was responsible for the oversight of the agency’s NEPA policy, training, and support.  In his Forest Service career, Rhey worked at the District and Forest levels in Arizona, New Mexico and California.  He has worked as a hydrologist, Forest Planner, Regional Hydrologist, Regional NEPA coordinator, and a number of different jobs prior to moving to the Washington Office.  He also spent one year working as the Natural Resource Staff Assistant for a Congressman.  Prior to retirement, Rhey spent his last 10 month on detail to the Council on Environmental Quality leading a team charged with modernizing the CEQ Regulations and other CEQ guidance on NEPA.  He teaches environmental policy, environmental analysis, and decision-making theory at Johns-Hopkins University and is the 2002 recipient of the President’s award from the National Association of Environmental Professionals.  In addition to his work with Shipley Group, Rhey runs his own consulting business providing services for environmental analysis, teambuilding, and facilitation.