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Antioch University New England, Keene, New Hampshire        
Ph.D. in Environmental Studies            2010
Dissertation: “Participatory Planning for a Promised Land: Citizen-led, Comprehensive Land Use Planning in New York’s Adirondack Park”

Plattsburgh State University, Plattsburgh, New York
C.A.S.  Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration & Supervision           1994                    
Thesis: “Student Achievement and Testing Frequency”              

Plattsburgh State University, Plattsburgh, New York
M.A. Environmental Studies
Specialty: Environmental Education            1978
Thesis: “Using Landscape & Water to Teach Environmental Concepts”

Plattsburgh State University, Plattsburgh, New York
B.A. Environmental Science            1976
Area of Concentration: Field Biology

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
Undergraduate Study: Biology            1972-1974

… what stands out for me are your organizational and time-management skills, your polished written and engaging communication skills, your expertise in the areas of public policy, facilitative leadership, collaborative governance / community-based collaborative governance, comprehensive planning (I would add sustainable to that), your energy, persistence, and follow-through, your analytical skills and ability to synthesize disparate points of view and data types/sets, and your discretion/confidentiality. You also have established a broad and deep network in the areas of environmental management and policy and the domains of scholarship that inform them.  Plus you are really fun to work with!”

”Ann is a wonderful example of an accomplished professional who has turned her considerable experience into an insightful, useful doctoral project. Her project in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England fills a major gap between the social and natural sciences in the field of land use planning. Ann is an outstanding environmental leader. This she has demonstrated during a remarkable career in land use planning. For two decades, Ann has been working at the cutting edge of planning in one of the primary planning laboratories in the country – the Adirondacks. As a student at Antioch, Ann is deeply engaged, focused, and productive. She is a delight to work with – responsive to critique, cheerful, collaborative, and product-oriented. When I first met Ann, I was impressed because she was curious about science, and had many good questions. She read deeply, commented well in writing, and in class, and for her project, undertook a challenging analysis that involved learning GIS applications to conservation planning. As time has gone by she has developed a sophisticated approach to integrating town level comprehensive planning with conservation planning, especially examining the role for spatial models that can work at the local level. Ann is an effective organizer. She is very well connected throughout the Northern Appalachian Ecoregion. I’m continually impressed by the quality of relationships that she has with major planning entities in the region, including the Northern Forest Alliance, Two Countries, One Forest, Northern Forest Center, and the Adirondack State Park. She did an outstanding job as a facilitator at the November 2007 2C1Forest conference in Montreal, Canada. Ann’s lifetime of experience with the conservation politics of the Adirondacks, personally and professionally, is the basis for her high quality doctoral research on integrating conservation science with conservation planning. In fact, her “Integrated Essay” (equivalent to written comprehensive exams in other doctoral programs) at Antioch University was one of the best her advisors had recently seen.
— Dissertation Committee Member Comments