founders and co-Directors
Nina Elder is an advocate for collaboration, often fostering relationships between artists, scientists and diverse communities. Nina makes meticulous drawings and facilitates interdisciplinary creative projects that promote curiosity, exploration, and collective sense of stewardship. Nina’s work is exhibited and collected nationally, and has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Rauschenburg Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. Her personal commitment to fight oppression and inequity is reflected through her public speaking, teaching, consulting, and project management, all of which propose interdisciplinary understanding and engagement with the world. Web: www.ninaelder.com
Twila is a scientist, leader, thinker, communicator, and enthusiastic learner. As a Research Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, she studies Earth’s glaciers and large ice sheets, Greenland and Antarctica. Her focus is on understanding ice on Earth and how it interacts with the climate, ocean, and biosphere. Twila has a BS in Geology (Stanford) and an MS and PhD in Earth and Space Sciences (University of Washington). Her research has been published in Science, highlighted in Nature and Nature Geoscience, and received extensive media coverage, including National Public Radio, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Twila is passionate about and active in communicating science to policymakers, the media, and the public. Web: www.twilamoon.com
board of directors
Jorie is an artist, educator, and nonprofit professional who works at the intersection of art, environment, and community. Working predominately in textiles and printmaking, Jorie is a weaver and natural dyer. Her work explores sense of place and disruptions and restorations of ecological cycles. Jorie's research, creative, and professional interests include interdisciplinary art+ecology and social justice through critical public pedagogy. She currently works as Director of Community Strategies at River Network, a national river and watershed conservation NGO. She holds a Ph.D. in Arts Administration, Education, and Policy from the Ohio State University, and occasionally teaches courses on nonprofit fundraising, research methods, and management. Jorie also serves on the Board of Directors for Surface Design Association.
Collin is the conservation coordinator with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. He has a MS from Northern Arizona University. His research interests include post-fire ecological type-conversion and how human communities respond to climate change driven disturbances. At TNC he works to support the Rio Grande Water Fund, a payment for ecosystem services project covering 7 million acres of the upper Rio Grande in northern NM and southern CO. The goal of the RGWF is to restore a natural fire regime to forests, build resilient communities, and provide water for 1 million people. He is currently co-organizing a large collaborative climate change adaption project in the Jemez Mountains that includes diverse communities, land managers, NGOs, artists, and scientists.
The Amanda is the co-founder and co-director of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology. She received both her BFA and MFA at California Institute for the Arts, where she studied fine art, writing, and cultural policy. Amanda is a past board member of the Alliance of Artists Communities, and currently serves as the chair of the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference. She speaks at conferences and in communities across the country, where she shares her experience in community building at the intersections of art and farming. In her tenure at Crosshatch, Amanda has grown the center from no staff and zero budget to a thriving and respected institution in the community. She will bring her experience in nonprofit administration and mastery of de-siloing to her role as board member at Wheelhouse Institute.
Heidi is a research scientist and communications strategist with the University of Washington’s Climate Impact Group. She strengthens connections between climate science and decision making at local, state and federal levels, designs climate resilience engagement strategies and communications resources, and conducts research on communication and knowledge co-production to advance climate science use in decision-making. Heidi has trained hundreds of scientists and decision-makers—including Nobel laureates and congresspeople—and worked with NASA, the National Science Foundation, and international organizations and universities. She is an Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science instructor and former United States Geological Survey’s Colorado Water Science Center scientist. Heidi holds a PhD in Geology, with an emphasis on climate change and hydrology, and is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.