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Anthony R. Maranto, Ph.D.
Program Director

Dr. Maranto currently serves as a senior environmental consultant and program manager for numerous clients at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he supports a wide range of projects across the National Geodetic Survey, the Coast Survey Development Laboratory, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, among others. Prior to his work with NOAA, Dr. Maranto provided scientific and program support to numerous organizations across the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army. In his twelve years of consulting for DoD, he oversaw research, management, and policy projects related to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) defense; environmental compliance and health; natural and cultural resource management; land use management; and pollution prevention technologies. Dr. Maranto received his BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; his MA in Environmental Science from Goddard College; and his Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the Union Institute. As a researcher and educator, Dr. Maranto has a wide range of experiences and interests. He was formerly the Director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Radioecology Laboratory. Additionally, he has held posts in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and in the Department of Biology at Essex Community College in Baltimore. He currently serves as a member of the Planning Advisory Committee at Morgan State University and sits on the board of directors for two non-profit organizations; Kupenda for the Children (a charity that supports physically and mentally handicapped children in the developing work) and LEEK Mountain Preserve (an organization which provides conservation support and outdoor recreation opportunities to wounded US service members). Dr. Maranto is the founder and Chief Editor of the Pacific Journal of Science and Technology, presently in its tenth year of publication. He has authored or co-authored over 50 publications and presentations on numerous topics including carcinogenic risk assessment, environmental management, radioecology, health physics, data quality control, and neurological receptor modeling.

Michael Cohen, Ed.D.
Program Director, Applied Ecopsychology

Michael J. Cohen is an ecopsychologist who founded and coordinates Project NatureConnect, a distance learning degree program and extended education workshop and course offerings from The Institute of Global Education, a United Nations Non-Governmental Organization. He chairs the Department of Integrated Ecology on San Juan Island, Washington and networks his Natural Systems Thinking Process. For 36 years, Dr. Cohen has lived outdoors year round while researching, teaching and enjoying multi-sensory nature activities. He established and directed degree granting environmental outdoor education programs for the Trailside Country School, Lesley College, and the National Audubon Society. Dr. Cohen's many books and articles include Reconnecting With Nature: Finding Wellness through Restoring your Bond with the Earth, the 1990 award winning Connecting With Nature: Creating Moments that Let Earth Teach, and the self-guiding applied ecopsychology training manual, Well Mind, Well Earth. His most recent title, Einstein's World is now an integral part of an accredited graduate course. Dr. Cohen may be contacted at PO Box 1605, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 (360) 378-6313, Michael Cohen Email, or Michael Cohen Website.

Deryl Gulliford, Ph.D.
Environmental Policy and Sustainability; Applied Environmental Technology

Dr. Gulliford is Director of Community Memorial Hospital in Ohio. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Ohio State University College of Medicine and is Chairman of the National Cardiovascular Science Board, an organization for national credential examinations for medical professionals in the fields of cardiovascular technology. He authored or co-authored over 20 journal publications and four medical textbooks. His article, Surviving the Financial Restructuring of Health Care, won the 1986 Travenol Literary Award as best health care management paper in a national journal. Dr. Gulliford earned his BS in Allied Medicine at Ohio State University, his MS in Health Administration and Health Planning from the University of Cincinnati, a Ph.D. in Health Services Administration from Clayton University and a Ph.D. from Greenwich University in Health Services Administration.

Vijay P Gupta, Ph.D., MD
Life Science

Dr. Gupta earned his M.B.B.S. from Agra University in India, his D.F.M. in Forensic Medicine from Bangalore University, India and his Ph.D. in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology from Greenwich University. He presently works for the Ministry of Health in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as Legal Specialist and Clinical Toxicologist. Dr. Gupta is a member of ten international medical, forensic and toxicological societies; has written more than 17 published papers on forensic science and toxicology and received awards for his work in both India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Stephen Lentz, Ph.D.
Environmental studies

Dr. Lentz has spent over 25 years in the field of education, scientific research, engineering and atmospheric forecasting. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in astronomy from the University of Arizona, meteorology from Pennsylvania State University, and nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland. Dr. Lentz earned his Master of Science degree in meteorology from Old Dominion University and Doctor of Philosophy from Greenwich University. He holds professional certifications in computer database and administrative applications. Dr. Lentz served as United States Air Force Weather Officer in command of a team of solar and ionospheric forecasters. He has educational experience in both academic and professional arenas and earned two of his degrees via distance programs. Dr. Lentz is currently a senior engineer and emergency plan meteorologist at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Station located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Currently, he also serves on the adjunct faculty at Pensylvania State University and spends free time as a emergency medical technician. His current research interests include severe weather and environmental health issues. Dr. Lentz has been a member of the American Meteorologist Association for nearly thirty years.

Donald F. Logsdon, Jr., Ph.D.
Life Science

Dr. Logsdon received his Bachelor s degree in Biology from Northwestern University in 1961and in 1963 received a commission in the USAF where he was on active duty until 1978. He completed the MS degree in Biology from Trinity University in 1970 and the Ph.D. in Zoology from Colorado State University in 1975. During his tenure with the USAF Dr. Logsdon served as a research scientist, manager and instructor, including five years at the USAF Academy as a Professor of Life Sciences. After leaving active duty in 1978, he became an administrator and instructor with Chapman University, while continuing as a reserve officer until 1988, when he retired as a Colonel. Since 1990, Dr. Logsdon has served as an educational consultant in private practice. He has also completed graduate degree studies in education, developmental psychology, school psychology, and human resource management and development, instructional leadership, management, public administration and business administration.

Keith Seddon, Ph.D.
Environmental Policy and Sustainability

Dr. Seddon is a freelance academic and author, having retired as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, England, and was until 1996 the Director of Studies and Editor of The Philosopher for the Philosophical Society of England. He has taught philosophy and ethics at university and a wide range of liberal arts topics in continuing education colleges, and now mentors students via distance learning. His primary concern is in finding ways of using philosophical knowledge and techniques to promote the betterment of the individual and thereby of the wider community. His main areas of interest are in business ethics, applied philosophy as well as stoic philosophy and philosophy as therapy. Dr. Seddon holds a BA in Humanities from the University of Hertfordshire and a Ph.D. from the University of London. He is a fellow of the Philosophical Society of England and is a member of the Society for Business Ethics, the Institute for Global Ethics, the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, and the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics.

Arif Hussain Shah, Ph.D.
Life Science

Dr. Shah is currently working as "Consultant" and "Head" of the Central Instrumental, Drug Stability and Research Departments in the Central Laboratory of Drug and Food Analysis, Ministry of health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He worked in various reputed academic institutions including Gomal University (Pakistan), Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Bonn University (Germany), King Saud University (Saudi Arabia), Ministry of Health (Saudi Arabia), The Open university (Sri Lanka), Greenwich University (USA) as lecturer, assistance professor, researcher, coordinator, drug analyst specialist, consultant and professor. Dr. Shah has authored and co-authored over 125 research articles in various international journals on topics of structural determination of new natural compounds, toxicity evaluation and assay methods for drug products. Based on his research work in 1998 he was awarded the D.Sc. degree. Dr. Shah received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Peshawar in Peshawar, Pakistan and his MS and Ph.D. from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Bonn University, in Bonn, Germany.

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