Academic Subcommittee

The academic subcommittee focuses on how to integrate sustainability into faculty development, student curriculum, and research efforts.

Subcommittee Members:

Kim Clark, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the School of Economics and Business Administration. I teach international business and business strategy focusing on how companies can go beyond adopting sustainable practices and gain competitive advantage.

Gemma Niermann

Andras Margitay-Becht

András Margitay-Becht is an economist and systems engineer. He holds masters degrees in Finance and Systems Engineering, and a PhD in International Business Transactions. His ten years of business experience spans project management, systems engineering, process engineering, GUI design, programming and translation. He has been teaching at universities in four countries on two continents for two decades."

Connie LaScola

Connie LaScola has over 19 years of experience in finance, accounting, and marketing supporting the biotechnology & high-tech industries. Ms LaScola works at Genentech, Inc. in the General & Administrative Finance department. Her 12-year career at Genentech has included working in Commercial, Research & Development, and Global Development. Ms LaScola is the president of the non-profit organization, Bay Area Spirit Enthusiasts (BASE), and is an advisor and coach for the Homestead High School cheerleading team in Cupertino, California. Ms LaScola has a Bachelor of Science in accounting and is currently pursuing a Trans-Global Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Jo Ann Heydenfeldt, Ph.D. 

Jo Ann specializes in neurobiological and behavioral elements of emotional health, cognitive acuity, leadership, and team building.  She has published numerous papers discussing the influence of new insights from interpersonal neurobiology on organizational theory.  This advanced interpersonal neurobiology training give her a unique perspective for effective work with those who want to increase mind potential, personal effectiveness, and overall well being.

Jim O'Brient

Dr. O’Brient holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford University (1979) and a B.A. in both Geology and Philosophy & Religion from Amherst College (1973).   He has been an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s College since 2004 where he has taught leadership courses in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. Jim is a retired Chevron executive who has worked over a 25-year career in Mining Exploration, Oil & Gas Exploration and Development, Quality Management, and Business Education, serving as Chief Learning Officer and head of Global Workforce Development.

Linda herkenhoff

Dr. Linda Herkenhoff. Full professor in SEBA where she teaches Analytics, Organizational Behavior, and Doing Business Overseas (travel courses). She is also the Director of the Executive Global MBA program. Besides her PhD in the field of Business, her Graduate degree in Geophysics keeps her connected with many aspects of Global warming and climate change. She is a past recipient of the HSBC Fellowship in Sustainability in Oxford, England. She collects reef bleaching data on a regular basis with her students on their overseas trips; this data set is then submitted to the global NOAA data base.

Marie Pagliarini

Michael Marchetti

Dr. Michael Marchetti is currently the Fletcher Jones Professor of Ecology at St Marys College of California.  He has over 25 years experience working on aquatic ecosystems, conservation, invasion biology, and food web ecology.  Dr. Marchetti has worked in California, Oregon, Nevada, Mexico, Hawai’i and New Zealand and has authorship on more than 33 peer-reviewed publications in top ranking academic journals, and is the co-author of two college textbooks, 'Invasion Ecology' and ‘Protecting Life on Earth’.

Manisha Anantharaman

Manisha Anantharaman is a tenure track Assistant Professor in Justice, Community and Leadership at Saint Mary's College of California. Her research and teaching interests straddle the interconnected spheres of sustainability and social justice, applying participatory and ethnographic methodologies to understand how sustainability initiatives in urban India do, or do not, address social justice concerns. She received her PhD from the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at the University of California Berkeley (2015), before which she worked as a program officer at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, India. In 2016, Manisha was recognized with an Early Career Scholar award by the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI).

Bill Thomas 

Bill has over 40+ years experience as an Information Technology executive in organizations like: American Express, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and HSBC.  In 2009 Bill changed his career focus to Sustainability as a result of attending an HSBC executive program at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Chesapeake Maryland. Since then Bill has been a strong advocate for building a low carbon society.

Bill has a Business degree from St. Mary’s College in Morage CA and a Masters in Sustainability and Social Responsibility from Ashridge Business School in the UK.

Alexandra Lagatta

James Pesavento

Anthony Talo aat2@stmarys-ca.ed

Dominik Kalisch

Paul Giguere

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