Advisory Board

Rachel Haas

Betsy Bancroft, Ph.D.
Betsy Bancroft is an ecologist who specializes in understanding the effects of anthropogenic stressors, including climate change, on freshwater organisms like frogs, insects, and fish. I teach in both the Biology and Environmental Studies departments at Gonzaga and run an active undergraduate-driven research program.

Portrait of Jonas Cox, Ph.D.

Jonas Cox, Ph.D.  
Jonas Cox Is a faculty member in the School of Education. He teaches Learning Theory and Epistemology to elementary and secondary teacher candidates. He has been active in environmental education in the state of Washington for years, serving on various boards and he is certified as a trainer in various national environmental education curriculum models.

Kacie Bell

Carolyn Cunningham, Ph.D. 
Carolyn Cunningham is an Associate Professor in the Communication and Leadership Studies Department where she teaches courses in social media, digital storytelling, and women and leadership. She also is the co-director of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media, whose mission is to promote media literacy.

Cathy DeHart

Cathy DeHart, CPA 
Cathy DeHart is a lecturer of accounting and CPA. In 2016, she became part of the first cohort globally to earn the SASB Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential.

Melinda Howard

Melinda Howard, Ph.D.
Melinda Howard is a faculty member in the Biology Department. She is interested in how human relationships with the natural world affect scientific literacy, knowledge systems, and values, and how these dynamics play a role in the education of diverse learners. Mindy teaches courses including Human Ecology and Indigenous Science.

Jon Isacoff

Jonathan Isacoff, Ph.D.
Jonathan Isacoff is Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University. Dr. Isacoff was the founding chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Gonzaga and served in that role from 2006 till 2015. He received his B.A. and M.P.A. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He co-teaches a class, “Climate Change Science and Politics,” with Dr. Hugh Lefcort of the Biology Department.

Cathy DeHart

Joshua Schultz, Ph.D., P.E., LEED A.P. 
Joshua Schultz is a consulting structural engineer and assistant professor at Gonzaga University. He specializes in façade design and composite material analysis (laminated glass, cross-laminated timber etc.) – with an eye toward energy efficiency and sustainability. Joshua maintains an active engineering consultancy as a licensed professional engineer and LEED accredited professional.

Cathy DeHart

Luis Inaraja Vera, J.D., LL.M. 
Luis Inaraja Vera is an assistant professor of law whose research focuses on the use of voluntary regulatory tools to attain environmental goals and on the role that property law plays in shaping policies to address water scarcity.

Joshua Schultz

Rhonda Young, Ph.D., P.E.
Rhonda Young is a civil engineering professor specializing in transportation. Her interest areas include transportation sustainability and addressing resiliency in the transportation system against changing climate.