AUNE Alumna Appointed the Assistant Secretary of Climate Change for California

Amber Pairis, PhD ’05, has been appointed assistant secretary for climate change at the California Natural Resources Agency by Gov. Jerry Brown. Amber has been a climate change advisor at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2008.

Before going to California, Amber worked for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in Washington, D.C., where she was the science and research liaison coordinating research and policy between the state fish and game departments and federal natural resource agencies on energy and climate change issues.

Amber was given the 2013 Alumni Environmental Excellence Award by AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies.

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Shameika Hanson ’20

Shameika Hanson ‘20 (Antioch New England, MS in Environmental Studies, Sustainable Development and Climate Change) has been elected to the American Society of Adaptation Professionals’ (ASAP) Board of Directors. Hanson, a native of Huntington Station, is currently a Community Protection Specialist at the Nature Conservancy in New York. She began her board term in fall 2021, continuing to advance the work of ASAP’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) committee, which Hanson chaired and helped to establish shortly after joining the professional organization in 2018. “By taking on this role, I hope to scale the work that the JEDI committee

Suzanne Edison ’82, ’76

Suzanne Edison ’82, ’76 (Antioch University Seattle, MA, and Antioch Yellow Springs & Baltimore, BA in Psychology and Dance) was appointed to the position of Mental Health Coordinator at the Cure JM Foundation. Her responsibilities will include oversight of Cure JM’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellness program. The goals of this new Cure JM program are to assist and provide support and resources to pediatric rheumatology departments across the country to expand mental health counseling and awareness to patients and families.

Anne Liu Kellor ‘06

Anne Liu Kellor’s ‘06 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) essay, “Shapeshifting: Discovering the ‘We’ in Mixed-Race Experiences,” appeared in YES!

Gwynne Garfinkle ‘06

Gwynne Garfinkle’s ‘06 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) piece, “Sinking, Singing,” was reprinted by Mermaids Monthly.

Theresa Daskalakis ‘14

Theresa Daskalakis ‘14 (Antioch University Los Angeles, BA) had a piece, “Silent Night,” appear in Tipping the Scales. 

Jeri Frederickson ‘18

Jeri Frederickson’s ‘18 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) chapbook You Are Not Lost will be published by Finishing Line Press on October 1, 2021.

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