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The ICD program has 55 graduates; following are updates from a few.

Brian App

Brian completed ICD studies in 2004 after serving in the Peace Corps in Cameroon where he conducted research on reforestation projects.  He is currently working with the USAID Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program in Botswanan to improve land management and livelihoods in the Okavango River Basin.

Brian App

Curan Bonham

Curan Bonham completed ICD studies in 2006 following studies of integrated conservation and development projects in Guatemala as a Peace Corps volunteer. He then received a Fulbright award to Chile and worked with Bioversity International in Italy and India. Curan is now an Intervention Monitoring and Evaluation Manager with Conservation International in Washington, D.C.

Curan Bonham

Dana Foster

Dana Foster worked on a coffee farm in El Salvador as a Peace Corps volunteer and designed and implemented a direct trade program between Black Coffee Roasting Company in Missoula Montana and Finca Buena Vista, a Salvadoran Organic Coffee farm, for her ICD M.S. project (2012). Dana's love and passion for coffee continues; she now works as the Coffee Specialist and Assistant Buyer at Zoka Coffee Roasters in Seattle.

Dana Foster

Stephen Handler

Stephen completed ICD studies in 2007 after working with the Sonoran Institute on a habitat restoration project in the Colorado River Delta in Mexico.  Stephen is currently working with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station in Houghton, MI, helping foresters and landowners in the Great Lakes region adapt to climate change. 

Stephen Handler

Noah Jackson

Noah Jackson, ICD 2007, works in forest farming communities in Asia and Africa as a researcher, storyteller and documenter of ecological knowledge. He currently directs the NGO Forest Voices and consults on farmer training and sustainable agroforestry for the Rainforest Alliance.

Noah Jackson

Siobhan Lozada

Siobhan Lozada completed ICD studies on rural livelihood strategies and food production practices in Belize to provide policy prescriptions for enhancing food system resiliency and household food security in the context of ecological and agricultural change.

Siobhan Lozada

Shane McCarthy

Shane served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador where he studied sustainable land use and pastoralists in high elevation paramo grasslands.  Since completing his M.S. degree in 1997, Shane has worked internationally as a private consultant providing training and technical support to agribusinesses and natural resource management projects.  He is currently working on low carbon development initiatives in the Papua Province of Indonesia and is a lead auditor for FSC and SAN in the SE Asia-Pacific region.

Shane McCarthy

Garrett Olson

Garrett Olson completed ICD studies in 2007 after serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia where he studied rural livelihood generation. Garrett is a seasonal smokejumber with the U.S. Forest Service and returns to Zambia every winter to work in agriculture and agroforestry with NGOs.

Garrett Olson

Sarah Potenza

Sarah Potenza completed ICD studies in 2007 after working with an NGO on the development of sustainable agricultural practices, nutrition and education in Honduras.  Sarah is currently the Executive Director of WWOOF-USA (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA).

Sarah Potenza

Amy Quandt

Amy Quandt completed ICD studies in 2010 after serving with the Peace Corps in Tanzania and then managed a community-based elephant conservation project in NW Thailand. In 2012 she began a PhD program in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado to continue her M.S. degree studies of agroforestry in Tanzania.

Amy Quandt

Jason Seagle

Jason Seagle has coordinated agricultural development and livelihood programs in the South Sudan for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and several other international organizations since completing ICD studies in 2007. Most recently he worked with GOAL, an Irish NGO.

Jason Seagle

Karin Vermilye

Karin Vermilye completed ICD in 2004 after working in Cameroon where she conducted research on Shea butter.  She now lives in Botswana with her husband Brian App who is also an ICD graduate and their two kids.  Recently, an essay she wrote about her life in Botswana aired on Public Radio International's Living on Earth.

Karin Vermilye

Sangay Wangchuk

Sangay Wangchuk completed ICD studies in 2012 and is now a faculty member and Dean of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in Bhutan where he conducts research and training on conservation and development-related issues.

Sangay Wangchuk