Terms of Use

Welcome to the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation's Website located at www.GDDF.org (the "Website"). The Website is owned and operated by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the "Foundation," "we," or "us"). The following are the Terms and Conditions of Use for the Website (the "Terms and Conditions").

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Compliance with Law
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Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability
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MOREOVER, THE FOUNDATION DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE CONTENT OF THE WEBSITE IS ACCURATE, COMPLETE OR CURRENT FOR ANY SPECIFIC OR PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR APPLICATION. THE WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE, NOR SHOULD ANYONE CONSIDER THAT THE WEBSITE PROVIDES, LEGAL, ACCOUNTING, TAX OR OTHER ADVICE. IN ADDITION, THE FOUNDATION IS NOT ENDORSING OR RECOMMENDING THE USE OF THE MEANS OR METHODS CONTAINED ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE FOR ANY SPECIAL OR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

IN NO EVENT WILL THE FOUNDATION OR ANY OF ITS OFFICERS, TRUSTEES, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR CONTRACTORS (COLLECTIVELY, "REPRESENTATIVES") BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES-WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, GENERAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, FOR ALLEGED LOST PROFITS OR OTHERWISE-THAT MIGHT RESULT FROM ANY USE OF OR RELIANCE ON MATERIALS OR LINKS MADE AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE.

Intellectual Property
Copyright and Ownership. All of the content featured or displayed on the Website, including without limitation text, graphics, photographs, images, moving images, sound and illustrations (collectively, "Content"), is owned by the Foundation, its licensors, vendors, agents, and/or content providers, as applicable. All elements of the Website, including without limitation the general design and the Content, are protected by trade dress, copyright, moral rights, trademark and other laws relating to intellectual property rights. The Foundation reserves the right to track the usage of Content.

Except as may be otherwise indicated in specific documents within the Website, you are authorized to view, play, print, and download documents, audio and video found on the Website for personal, informational and noncommercial purposes only. You may not modify any of the materials, and, except as set forth below, you may not copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer or sell any information or work contained on the Website. You will not remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notices from Content found on the Website.

Text materials on the Website may be used, downloaded, reproduced, publicly displayed or reprinted for personal or noncommercial purposes provided that the following attribution appears in all copies: "Reproduced with permission of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago, IL" Permission to reproduce text materials for commercial application (e.g., book publishing) must be obtained from the Foundation in writing.

Unless we have expressly made a file available for download, prior permission to use, download, reproduce, publicly display or republish any of the non-text materials on the Website (e.g., software, graphic images, video and audio files) must be obtained from the Foundation or any other designated copyright owner, as applicable.

In using Content in accordance with these Terms of Use, you may not (1) state or imply that the Foundation is endorsing you, your viewpoints or any of the products or services that you or your organization may provide, or (2) represent that you or your organization has a relationship with the Foundation or any of the events, products or services that the Foundation provides unless that relationship is the subject of a written agreement that has been signed by the Foundation.

You will not access any Content from the Website through any technology or means other than the pages of the Website itself, the Embeddable Player (as defined below), the Widgets (as defined below) or such other explicitly authorized means as the Foundation may designate.

Trademarks. All trademarks, service marks and trade names of the Foundation used in the Website (including, but not limited to, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation name and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation logo) (collectively, the "Marks") are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Foundation or its licensors, vendors, agents and/or content providers. You may not use, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, distribute or modify the Marks in any way, including in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of materials on the Website, without the Foundation's prior written consent. The use of the Marks on any other Website or network computer environment is not allowed.

Embeddable Player and Widgets
To the extent that the Foundation makes available to you through the Website (or otherwise) an embeddable player for viewing video and playing audio Content from the Website (the "Embeddable Player") and/or "widgets" to obtain access to Content from the Website ("Widgets"), you agree as a condition to accessing and using such items that:

  • You will not alter or modify any part of the Embeddable Player, the Widgets or any of their related technologies.
  • You will include a prominent link back to the Website on the pages containing the Embeddable Player and/or Widgets, and you may not modify, build upon or block any portion of the Embeddable Player and/or Widgets in any way.
  • You will not use the Embeddable Player and/or Widgets for any commercial use, without the prior written authorization of the Foundation. Prohibited commercial uses include any of the following actions taken without the Foundation's prior written approval:
    • sale of access to the Website or its related services (such as the Embeddable Player and Widgets) on another Website; an
    • use of the Website or its related services (such as the Embeddable Player and Widgets), for the primary purpose of gaining advertising or subscription revenue.

Third-Party Intellectual Property Rights
If you believe that your copyright in any material has been infringed on this website, please provide our Copyright Agent with all of the following information in the form prescribed by Section 512 of Title 17, United States Code:

  • a description of the copyrighted work you claim has been infringed,
  • a description of the material that you claim is infringing, identified with sufficient detail for us to locate it on the website,
  • your address, telephone number and e-mail address,
  • a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized,
  • a statement by you declaring under penalty of perjury that the above information is true and that you are the owner of the copyrighted interest or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf, and
  • a physical or electronic signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner’s interest.

The Foundation’s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on its Website can be reached as follows:
Copyright Agent  
Susan Clark
susan@gddf.org 

You understand and agree that: (1) the Foundation assumes no liability or responsibility for any third party content or material of any kind that is submitted to or posted on the website by you or by any other users or third parties and (2) the Foundatoin is a publisher of any such content, and is acting solely as an Internet Website Provider as such term is defined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Services
On the Website we may offer blogs, online communities, and other services that provide an opportunity for you to post comments and other content to Website (collectively, the "Services"). The use of the Services is subject to these Terms of Use and any additional provisions that may be specified as a condition to using the Services.

Member Account, Password and Security. Some of the Services may require that you create/receive a password and account designation before using the Services. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any such password, account, and information displayed in the account profile.  You are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. If you allow third parties to access the Services through your username and password, you will defend and indemnify the Foundation and its trustees, employees, agents, affiliates, successors and assigns from and against any liability, costs or damages arising out of claims or suits based upon or relating to such access and use. You agree to immediately notify the Foundation of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security related to the Services of which you are aware.

Unlawful or Prohibited Use. As a condition of your use of the Services, you will not use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms of Use or is otherwise prohibited under applicable law. You may not use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Services or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the

Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any Services.

Use of the Services. All users of the Services agree to act responsibly. The Foundation does not control the content posted through the Services and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, quality or availability of such content.

Although we do not actively review the content being posted, we reserve the right to not post, or to remove after its posting, any content which in our sole discretion we deem to violate our guidelines. Such content may be removed immediately and without prior notice, and further postings by the individual may be blocked. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos, documents, etc., you grant the Foundation a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any content that you post on or in connection with the

Services.
Use of the Services is subject to these rules:

1. As a private foundation, the Foundation is prohibited from supporting attempts to influence the outcome of any election for public office or engaging in lobbying activity. Accordingly, these types of content are prohibited:

  • Content that expressly or impliedly endorses or opposes any candidate for public office; and
  • Content that encourages others to contact a government official to express support for, or opposition to, any legislation, including a specific legislative proposal that has not yet been introduced.
  • In addition, hyperlinks to Website pages that contain these types of content, or which direct users to such materials, also are prohibited.

Be respectful of others -- do not post:

  • Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
  • Content that falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your identity, affiliation with the Foundation, or any person or other entity;
  • Confidential business or personal information, or content that infringes any trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;
  • Content that makes available unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, sweepstakes, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any similar form of solicitation;
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  • Links to files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer or property of another;

Access and Interference
You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Website or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content or enforce limitations on use of the Website or the Content therein.

You agree that you will not use any bot, crawler, harvester, indexer, robot, spider, scraper or any other automated means to access, compile, read or gather content from the Website automatically.

Additionally, you agree that you will not: (a) take any action that, in our sole discretion, imposes, or may impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (b) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website or any activities conducted on the Website; or (c) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Website.
Indemnification

YOU AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE FOUNDATION, ITS AFFILIATES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, EMPLOYEES, CONSULTANTS, AND AGENTS FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIMS, ALLEGATIONS, DAMAGES, LOSSES, LIABILITIES OR EXPENSES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO ATTORNEYS' FEES) THAT SUCH PARTY MAY SUFFER OR INCUR AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OR MISUSE OF THE WEBSITE, ANY USE OR MISUSE OF THE WEBSITE IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USER INFORMATION OR LOGIN INFORMATION (IF APPLICABLE), YOUR INFRINGEMENT OF ANY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR OTHER RIGHT OF THE FOUNDATION OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY, OR ANY VIOLATION OF THIS AGREEMENT.

Release
In the event that you have a dispute with one or more other users of the Website, you release the Foundation and Representatives from any and all claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.

Applicable Law and Jurisdiction
The site is controlled and operated from the Foundation's offices in the State of Illinois. By accessing the site, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement which is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to any conflict of laws principles. All activity occurring in connection with the site (including, but not limited to, accessing pages, downloading materials, etc.) is presumed to occur in the State of Illinois.

In connection with any suit, action or proceeding arising from or relating to these Terms and Conditions, you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal and state courts within the State of Illinois.

Electronic Communications; Binding and Entire Agreement
You agree that (a) these Terms and Conditions constitute an agreement "signed by you" under applicable law; (b) any notices or other communication regarding your use of the Website may be provided to you electronically (by posting on the Website, by e-mail, and other electronic formats) and will be considered received upon posting or other distribution. These Terms and Conditions (including the Privacy Policy) constitute the entire agreement between you and the Foundation and supersede all other agreements, oral or written, concerning its subject matter. You consent to the use of the English language in these Terms and Conditions and all documents or notices relating to them and your use of the Website.

Severability
If any of these Terms and Conditions is determined to be invalid, void or unenforceable for any reason, then the unenforceable provision will be deemed amended in a manner that will most nearly carry out the intent of the provision to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law or deleted if amendment is not possible, and the remaining Terms and Conditions will be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

No Waiver
The Foundation's failure to enforce these Terms and Conditions in every instance in which they might apply is not a waiver of any of the Foundation's rights, and the Foundation reserves its right to take all legal steps available to enforce these Terms and Conditions.

Termination
We reserve the right to terminate the Website and/or these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice for any reason, including, in the case of these Terms and Conditions, for your violation of any of its provisions. The Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability, Indemnification, Release and Applicable Law and Jurisdiction provisions of these Terms and Conditions shall survive any such termination.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about these Terms and Conditions please contact us at susan@gddf.org.

Jeff Broughton, Staff Accountant

Jeff joined the Foundation in March 2007 after working in cancer research for Molecular Imaging Research, Inc. and Molecular Therapeutics, Inc. of Ann Arbor Michigan. Previously, he and his wife relocated from their home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where Jeff spent twelve years in the equipment lease financing industry as a Controller and then more recently as Vice President of Finance for Accurate Leasing Ltd. Jeff graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), majoring in finance. Jeff and his wife enjoy traveling the world and exploring the arts and entertainment community of Chicago.

Susan Clark, Grants Manager

Susan joined the foundation in 2005, after seven years at DePaul University in technology and arts-related staff positions. She has a keen interest in how data can be used to refine strategy and advance philanthropy and the non-profit sector. As an active member of the Grants Managers Network, she served as co-chair of its Midwest Chapter from 2009 to 2012. At Illinois' regional association of grantmakers, Donors Forum, she served as co-chair of the Microedge Users Group and the Peer Network for New Grantmakers. Susan has a lifelong interest in the creative arts and the environment and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in electronic media arts from DePaul University. You can follow her on Twitter @sbc_at_work.

David Farren, Executive Director

David assumed leadership of the foundation in January 2013. For 20 years prior he worked with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), where he led major legislative, litigation and agency policy initiatives involving land use, transportation, air quality, water resources and natural area protection in six southeastern states.  His work included collaborating with the foundation and other partners on conservation strategies in coastal South Carolina. Throughout his career, he has served on a number of nonprofit boards and government advisory commissions.

Before joining SELC, David was a partner with Tharrington, Smith & Hargrove in Raleigh, North Carolina. A native Midwesterner, he began his career at Jenner & Block, a national litigation firm based in Chicago. David attended Amherst College and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. He holds a law degree from the University of North Carolina. David is an avid lover of the arts and an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying visual and performing arts, sea kayaking, and wilderness camping. He has three daughters, all of whom are professionals in the arts.

Mary Jo Harney, Executive/Board Assistant

Mary Jo joined the foundation in 2006. Her prior experience was as an administrative assistant for a small public relations firm and paralegal for a large Chicago law firm. Her non-profit experience stems from many years as a volunteer at Old St. Patrick’s Church. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Clover Morell, Grants and Administrative Assistant

Clover joined the Foundation in 2013. Her prior experience includes over 10 years of art administration for Chicago area non-profits and a freelance career in photo research and editing. She has assisted and collaborated with numerous artists in Chicago on a diversity of creative projects, and exhibited her solo and group performances at venues throughout the city. She holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in Performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a director and facilitator of The Field Chicago, and sits on the Advisory Board for re|shelter, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people living with environmental illness.

Arthur Melville Pearson, Director, Chicago Program

Arthur directs the foundation’s arts and environmental programs in the Chicago region. Following a 15-year career as a professional actor, musician and playwright, Arthur turned his attention to conservation. He has published articles on a wide range of conservation topics in such publications as Archaeology, Chicago Wilderness Magazine, Chicago Life, Outdoor Illinois, Illinois Heritage, Illinois Steward and Northwest Quarterly. His biography of George Fell – the driving force behind the founding of The Nature Conservancy and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission – was published by the Natural Land Institute as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. He has written for many of the region’s conservation organizations and was the technical writer for The State of Our Chicago Wilderness: A Report Card on the Health of the Region’s Ecosystems and the recent update of the Chicago Wilderness Atlas of Biodiversity. Currently at work on a book-length history of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, he writes a blog about his restoration efforts there. Before joining the foundation as staff, he had consulted for many years with a number of regional arts and environment funders, including the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

Tom Trinley, Director, Finance & Administration

Tom joined the foundation in 2002 after serving as president of Skipping Stone Entertainment, a documentary production company. Previously, he was a financial analyst for WFLD-TV and vice president of finance and administration for Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. Tom is finance committee chair of Links Hall – a nonprofit dance incubator and performance organization, and PRI Makers – a national membership organization, which helps foundations expand their use of program-related and mission-related investments to achieve philanthropic goals . Tom is also a commissioner for the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-Finance from St. Xavier University, Chicago.

Ellen Placey Wadey, Program Officer, Chicago

Ellen joined the Foundation in 2013. She was executive director of the Guild Complex – a literary arts organization – for seven years and in that time built the Guild’s impressive artistic accomplishments on a firm foundation of organizational development. Before that, Ellen was the director of marketing and development for the Marwen Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, she was an independent fundraising coach, serving a number arts organizations including the Chicago Cultural Alliance and the Ragdale Foundation. She has reviewed arts proposals on behalf of Prince Charitable Trust and served as a jurist or panelist for the likes of the Illinois Arts Council and the Third Coast Festival New Audio Competition. An accomplished writer, Ellen has two advanced degrees in fiction writing, is the recipient of the Scott Turow Fiction Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Julia Antonatos

Julia has pursued a multi-faceted career in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors.  In addition to this foundation, she sits on the board of the Woman's Athletic Club of Chicago.  Julia spent the majority of her professional career with Chicago-based Nuveen Investments where she was responsible for the investment oversight of all of the firm's open- and closed-end funds. Prior to Nuveen, Julia worked for several public and non-profit organizations including the City of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania and the Smithsonian Institution.  She has also served on several non-profit boards, including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Founders Board at Children's Memorial Hospital.  Julia holds a B.A. in art history from Wellesley College and an MBA in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  She was awarded the CFA designation in 1998.  Julia lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters and is an avid triathlete.

Timothy H. Brown

Tim Brown is the founder and president of Wabashco LLC, a project development firm for green investments in renewable energy and carbon offsets. He is also a principal of Forest Hill Energy, LLC a wind energy development firm in the Great Lakes region. In 1998 he co-founded the Delta Institute, a nonprofit organization to promote community economic development and improve environmental quality in the Great Lakes region. He ran the environment program at the Delta Institute, which included a range of Great Lakes water quality projects and pollution prevention and toxic reduction work. Prior to starting the Delta Institute, he opened and ran the Midwest office of Clean Sites, a national nonprofit environmental organization. He’s held positions at ICF Kaiser Engineers, Communicore, and the Center for the Great Lakes. Tim serves on the boards of the Delta Institute, the Hyde Park Art Center, the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation, and the Lochland School. He holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago with his wife, writer Jill Riddell, and two daughters.

Peter R. Crane

Peter is Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.  He is known internationally for his work on the diversity of plant life – its origin, fossil history, current status, conservation and use.  He received his BSc and PhD degrees in botany from the University of Reading, UK and served on the faculty of that university from 1978 to 1981.  In 1981 he moved to Indiana University, and from 1982 to 1999 he was at the Field Museum in Chicago.  From 1999 to 2006 Peter was Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which is one of the largest, most prestigious and influential botanical gardens in the world and on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. From 2006 to 2009 Peter was the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor at The University of Chicago. He was elected to the Royal Society – the UK academy of sciences in 1998 and was knighted in the UK for services to horticulture and conservation in 2004.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a Member of the German Academy Leopoldina.  He is the recipient of several honorary degrees from universities in the UK and US, including an honorary doctorate of science from Cambridge University. In addition to this foundation, Peter serves on the Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, and WWF-US.

Ceara Donnelley

Ceara is a graduate of Yale Law School and currently serves as Strategic Counsel for the Center for Humans and Nature, a non-profit based in Chicago. She graduated with a BA in History from Yale College and has worked at Simpson; Thacher & Bartlett, LLP; the Clinton Foundation; and the Brennan Center for Justice, all in New York City. She is a granddaughter of Gaylord and Dorothy.

Laura Donnelley

Laura has pursued her passion for innovative artwork in many ways. She founded the Good Works Foundation, which supports innovative approaches to education and cultural enrichment, individual and world peace and spiritual tolerance. She also founded Art Matters Incorporated, a nonprofit organization that supports individual, experimental artists. Laura serves on the boards of the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Los Angeles Opera, and helped develop the Aspen Art Museum. She is the daughter of Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley.

Shawn M. Donnelley

Shawn is President of Strategic Giving, a Chicago based firm providing consultation on philanthropy. She is a member of the executive committee of the Chicago Community Trust as well as on the boards of United States Artists, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, American Associates of the National Theatre, the Visiting Committee of the Division of the Humanities University of Chicago and is a past chairman of the Goodman Theatre.  Her commitment to Chicago’s nonprofit community was recognized by Today's Chicago Woman magazine which named Ms. Donnelley one of 100 Women Making a Difference in Chicago and by Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network. In 2008 she was selected as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “Forty under Forty.”  She is the former head of political affairs for R.R. Donnelley, the world's premier full-service provider of print and related services. She received a B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans and an M.A. from Emerson College.  A Florida native, Ms. Donnelley resides in Chicago and Cambridge, England. She is a granddaughter of Gaylord & Dorothy.

Vivian Donnelley

Vivian is the Senior Admissions Associate and former Trustee of The Dalton School, New York City, where she chaired and co-wrote the 2007 Dalton Ten-Year Strategic Plan. She served on the board, as member and chair, of Green Chimneys’ Childrens’ Services, a pioneer in the field of animal-assisted therapy, serving at-risk youth on its farm campus in Brewster, New York, and is presently a member of the board of The Friends of Green Chimneys. She is also a trustee of The American Museum of Natural History, New York City. She recently joined the board of The Center for Humans and Nature, founded in 2002 by her late husband, Strachan Donnelley, son of Gaylord and Dorothy, to explore and promote moral and civic responsibilities to human communities and to natural ecosystems and landscapes.

Charles Lane

Charles is the managing partner of Holcombe, Fair, and Lane, a real estate brokerage and development firm in Charleston, S.C. He is also a committed conservationist, having served on numerous boards and commissions promoting natural resource preservation and smart growth. He currently serves as Chairman of the ACE Basin Task Force.

Cheryl Mayberry McKissack

Cheryl Mayberry McKissack is the founder, President and CEO of Nia Enterprises, LLC-a Chicago-based research and marketing services firm founded in 2000. Nia Enterprises, LLC, provides opt-in; permission based on-line research and marketing solutions for the growing and specialized areas of the multi-cultural consumer markets. Ms. McKissack is well recognized as an entrepreneur, co-author of the Nia Guide series of books, Corporate and Civic Board Director and Associate Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University. In addition to her civic activities, Ms. McKissack has received several acknowledgements for her leadership endeavors and was recently recognized with the 2007 Kellogg Alumni Rising Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2006 Leader Entrepreneurship award from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. She received her BS from Seattle University and her MBA from Northwestern.

John Rashford

Dr. John H. Rashford is a Professor of Anthropology at the College of Charleston, specializing in ethnobotany. He began teaching at the college in 1983 after receiving his M.A. in Anthropology 1978 and PhD in Anthropology 1982 from The Graduate School at City University of New York. The subject of his dissertation was “Roots and Fruits: Social Class and Intercropping in Jamaica.” Dr. Rashford received his B.A. in Anthropology and Music from Friends World College in Huntington, New York.

Alex Shuford

Alex is a resident of Beaufort, SC and is Executive Vice-President of South Carolina Bank & Trust.  He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and The School of Banking of the South at LSU.  He is a past President of the USC Alumni Association and member of the University's Board of Trustees.  Alex has held leadership positions with a number of non-profit and civic organizations in South Carolina

Max E. Wheeler

Max began his career teaching English at New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA. More recently he has been developing his writing talents and traveling internationally. He is the grandson of Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley.

Mimi Wheeler

Mimi Wheeler is the granddaughter of Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley. She has a B.A. in the liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College and is a classically trained chef. Mimi is currently involved in education through the arts. She lives in Venice, California with her husband and their son and daughter.

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