About Us

Podcast Audio Engineer and Soundtrack Producer

Chris Ridgway

Chris has always had a passion for sound and audio recording and production. After completing training at the International School of Audio Engineering in Brisbane, Australia, Chris began his career working as a Sound Recordist and Video Post Production Sound editor with The Audio Visual Unit of the Queensland Dept. of Health, producing training and educational programs. Later Chris left to pursue a freelance career producing training videos and programs for other government departments and private firms. As a musician, Chris transitioned to music production and recording, producing commercially released music albums, and collaborating informally with the Australian Broadcasting Commission's various radio programs to provide audio and music support for including national outside broadcasts and comedy musical segments. Later in 2003, Chris moved to the U.S., and with a change to home country came a change in career, but Chris continues his audio production work on a part-time basis working with clients to produce music albums, poetry, soundscapes, interviews, and voice-overs. 

MSFS Faculty

Lisa Trocchia, Ph.D.

Faculty and MSFS Program Coordinator

●     M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems degree program

●     MBA/MSFS degree program

MSFS Academic Advisor

Capstone Advisor

THE CAPSTONE co-creator, production editor, and podcast host, Dr. Lisa Trocchia uses she/her pronouns. Lisa is an interdisciplinary scholar, bringing expertise in Communication Studies, Sociology, critical theory, and the study of social networks and complex adaptive systems to her food systems perspectives. She is a sensory ethnographer and visual artist with research interests that include the performance of food, cultural foodways, and the modulation of affect embodied in food spaces. Lisa earned an M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College and holds a Ph.D. in the Social Ecology of Food from Ohio University. She is active internationally in food systems networks and food justice initiatives. In addition to her academic work, Lisa is a food system-focused social system network consultant offering support in network design, education, facilitation, and communication to develop social structures that activate equity, collaboration, and self-organizing.

Robin Curry, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Innovation
MSFS Faculty
Capstone Advisor

THE CAPSTONE co-creator, Dr. Currey is an ethnoecologist specializing in biodiversity in small-scale agricultural systems, or home gardens. She is a former Director of Mercy Corps in Kyrgyzstan, an international development and humanitarian organization, and the current non-executive Director for a Mercy Corps-founded bank. Her work with Mercy Corps in Kyrgyzstan grew from her efforts to understand and influence the sustainability and resilience of small-holder agro-pastoral systems to address inequalities in the food system. Robin’s work focuses on food systems at the nexus of nutrition, agroecology, micro-entrepreneurship and rural finance for small-holder farmers. She holds a M.Sc. in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Florida International University with a focus on the ethnoecology of agroecosystems.

Kimberley Greeson, Ph.D.

MSFS Faculty

Core Faculty, Sustainability Education doctoral program

Capstone Advisor

Dr. Kimberley Greeson is an interdisciplinary educator-scholar. Kimberley’s work focuses on the politics of environmental issues concerning human/nature relationships, environmental and food justice movements, decolonizing and culturally sustaining pedagogies, and critical and emergent qualitative research. Recently, she has published on ways educators might actualize an anti-racist and anti-colonial framework in sustainable food systems education. Her pedagogical philosophy is one that seeks to (re)humanize education and examine power structures and hegemonic practices by co-creating a learning environment that is student-centered and utilizes community-based experiential learning principles.

Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D.

Associate MSFS Faculty
MBA/MSFS Academic Advisor
Capstone Advisor

Dr. Wendy Sue Harper is a soil scientist with expertise in sustainability, ecological management, and systems thinking. She teaches about food systems, composting, and agroecology directed toward healthy soils and crops. Prior to Prescott College, Dr. Harper taught, advised students, and developed an ecologically-based curriculum at the University of Vermont for 18 years in the area of soil science and ecological agriculture. In addition to her academic work, she inspects crop farms and processors for organic certification with the Vermont Organic Farmers. She has also worked for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) developing educational programs for vegetable and berry farmers. She holds a M.S. in Forest Resources from Penn State and a Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in Plant and Soil Sciences.

Barbara Gemmill-Herren, Ph.D.

Prescott College Visiting Faculty in Residence
Capstone Advisor

Dr. Gemmill-Herren teaches courses on food systems biodiversity, ecosystem services, and food and agriculture advanced policy. Barbara recently released a co-edited book, True Cost Accounting for Food Balancing the Scale. Dr. Gemmill-Herren is also a senior associate to the World Agroforestry Centre, supporting the United Nations’ work on agroecology and true-cost accounting in agriculture. She was Delivery Manager, Major Area of Work on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and coordinated the United Nations International Pollinator Initiative from 2010-2015.

Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

MSFS Adjunct Faculty
Capstone Advisor

Sharon is a registered dietitian who is passionate about plant-based, sustainable eating. She is the author of The Plant-Powered Dietitian series and has a newly published book, California Vegan: Inspiration and Recipes from the People and Places of the Golden State. Sharon has written more than 1000 articles in a variety of publications, speaks across the world on nutrition, and is a frequent expert in the media. She still has time to blog everyday at SharonPalmer.com. Sharon makes her home in Ojai, CA.

Eleanor Tison, M.A.

Faculty, B.S. in Sustainable Food Systems
Capstone Advisor

Eleanor Tison, MA is the Co-Director of the Core Curriculum at Prescott College, Arizona, and teaches courses in Food Justice, Agroecology and Food Preservation. Eleanor has expertise in ethnoecology, seed conservation and food systems education.

Learn More About the M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) program at Prescott College