Meet the Fairewinds Crew
Board of Directors
Maggie Gundersen founded Fairewinds Energy Education, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in 2008. Its mission has remained to educate the public about nuclear power production, engineering, reliability, and safety issues. Maggie also founded Fairewinds Associates, Inc, a paralegal and expert witness services firm in 2003. She has a history as well expertise within the nuclear power industry. Maggie began her career with a position in Combustion Engineering’s reload core design group, after which she was the public information specialist at a proposed nuclear power plant site in upstate New York. During her last position with the nuclear power industry Maggie, an executive recruiter, placed the vice president of operations with the American Nuclear Insurers.
Arnie Gundersen has more than 45-years of nuclear power engineering experience. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he earned his Bachelor Degree cum laude while also becoming the recipient of a prestigious Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship for his Master Degree in nuclear engineering. Arnie holds a nuclear safety patent, was a licensed reactor operator, and is a former nuclear industry senior vice president. During his nuclear power industry career, Arnie also managed and coordinated projects at 70-nuclear power plants in the US.
Chiho Kaneko was born and raised in Iwate, Japan, one of the northern prefectures hit hardest by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. After graduating from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Chiho has spent most of her life in the United States, while maintaining a solid tie with her native land. She is a visual artist, journalist, and musician.
Father, grandfather, teacher, and active community leader, Fairewinds Energy Education is grateful to have Robert Manning as a member of its Board of Directors.
A fifth generation Californian, Robert Manning served twenty-eight years as a California firefighter, of which the last fifteen were as Fire Captain. Throughout his career, Robert was also an active member of the International Association of Firefighters, including time as an executive board member for the Association. During his Disaster Management Career, he created and taught two courses: Fire Prevention, and Emergency Medical Technician training at Los Medanos College in Pittsburgh, CA and also served as a Fire Inspector and Recruit Trainer.
Robert is a lifetime member of Veterans for Peace engaging in anti-war activism since the first Gulf War in 1991 and worked with Dr. Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), and the Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center during the war in Iraq. Since the 1960s when atmospheric nuclear weapons testing began, Robert has worked with well-known personalities such as: Dr. Helen Caldicott, the real Dr. Patch Adams, and Wavy Gravy. Additionally, as an active member of The Unity Foundation for twelve years, Robert assisted in creating events that promoted peace, nonviolence, and understanding of different cultures.
Thomas Pound is a wearer of many hats. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Thomas is currently fulfilling his life calling as an educator in Southwest Florida. With a passion for teaching teenagers about the world of finance, Thomas returned to education with first hand knowledge of running his own successful business.
A native of Alabama, Thomas first became acquainted with Arnie and Maggie Gundersen when he was consulting in Vermont. Using his background in communication, mathematics, and finance to study the fiscal health of the nuclear energy sector, Thomas uncovered an ailing nuclear industry with many of its corporations and uranium companies at risk for outright bankruptcy.
Thomas and his family experienced the negative effects of the nuclear industry first hand when Thomas lost an uncle prematurely to liver cancer, which was the effect of working in Australia’s uranium mines. Since their first meeting, Thomas developed a personal friendship with Arnie and Maggie, and believes in the work and mission they have created for Fairewinds Energy Education.
Thomas brings his financial expertise to Fairewinds’ board, and has the mathematical and financial background to understand the research that Maggie and Arnie share with the world.
Grayson Webb, Research Assistant
Having Spent much of his childhood exploring the woods and hillsides of his hometown in Monkton, Vermont it seemed only logical for Grayson to pursue a degree in Environmental Sciences. Grayson first interned at Fairewinds during his senior year at the University of Vermont and provided a lot the research legwork for the CO2 Smokescreen project. After graduating in the spring of 2016 he and two friends grabbed their bikes and biked across the country from Boston, Massachusetts to Pacific City, Oregon to gain an understanding of the environmental and ecological challenges facing us as a country. After his return, Grayson was brought on as a member of the crew. You can find Grayson around town playing shows with his band Little Slugger.
Ben Shulman-Reed, Program Researcher
Ben Grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts where he developed an early voracious appetite for community, arts, outdoor activity, and bicycling as a form of transportation. These interests eventually helped bring Ben north to Burlington where he recently graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) with a degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Entrepreneurship. Ben was introduced to the Fairewinds Energy Education Crew during his UVM senior capstone project for which his advisor referred him to Fairewinds so he could study the role he is legally allowed to play in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission controlled decommissioning process of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. After graduating Ben joined Fairewinds Energy Education full time as a program researcher. In late May Ben also began working on the Smokescreen project and helping to prepare materials for the final presentations, articles, and the ultimate release of this animation. He can be found riding his bike around the Burlington area.
Sue Prent, Researcher/Blogger,
Sue Prent is a writer/artist who lives with her sculptor husband in St. Albans, where they own and operate Pink House Studios, a fine art molding and casting business specializing in life-molding and education. A grassroots environmental activist, she has served as the spokesperson for the Northwest Citizens for Responsible Growth who advocate for environmentally responsible resource use and development in Franklin County, and currently serves on the board of Vermont Conservation Voters. She is also a Front Page contributor to Green Mountain Daily where she covers a range of environmental, social and political topics from a progressive vantage point. Sue shares her research and writing skills with the Fairewinds’ crew demystifying nuclear power as a researcher and blogger at Fairewinds Energy Education.
Finn Yarbrough, Filmmaker at Earth House Productions
Fairewinds research and discussions about building new nukes and CO2, could not have come to fruition in the way it was envisioned without the creative energy and command of the subject matter that Finn has brought to Fairewinds Energy Education. Finn is currently pursuing his Master Degree in Environmental Thought and Culture through the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He was raised on his family’s organic farm in Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico. He holds a Literary Arts degree from Brown University; his film experience comes from adjacent study at the Rhode Island School of Design and from subsequent work on production crews around the world. Despite his degree in Literary Arts, he has recorded more words than he has written. Finn and his wife Katherine Yarbrough, who has worked with media in New England and internationally since 1998, founded Earth House Productions. In between shoots, he and Katherine shepherd their flock of sheep in northern Vermont.
Dr. Leslie Kanat, Science Advisor
Dr. Leslie Kanat has been a professor of geology at Johnson State College for 23 years. In addition to being on the Fairewinds board, Les is also on the board of the Vermont Geological Society, and is a member of the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel. As an environmental educator, Les is passionate about Fairewinds mission. In a recent Energy Education Podcast, Les and Arnie discuss the impacts of geology on nuclear plants– listen here!
Dr. Robert Herendeen, Science Advisor
Robert is a fellow with the Gund Institute at the University of Vermont who served as Fairewinds Project Advisor during the fall term with this project. Ecological Numeracy is a continuing theme for Bob, in “which relatively accessible mathematics yields useful quantitative insights on many environmental issues research interests include energy consumption, quantitative analysis of environmental issues, and environmental bookkeeping”. Bob is a physicist who conducts economic input-output analyses to determine resource requirements and other impacts of consumption, following the parallels between economic and ecological systems and analysis of perturbed ecosystems. At the Gund, Bob writes about barriers to effective energy policy and how to surmount them. His projects cover details of energy accounting principles and net energy of energy-conserving retrofit construction. Past projects include studies on "Energy Cost Of Living", mitigating effects of energy taxes, and mathematics of trophic cascades in ecosystems.
Steve McIntyre, Web Design
Steve McIntyre is the owner of Champlain Marketing. He's also the web developer, graphic artist, CEO, CFO, COO and janitor. Originally from Michigan, Steve has been living in Burlington, VT since 1999. When he's not making websites, analyzing sites via Google Analytics, or planning social media activity, Steve is hanging out with his wife Erin and their nearly one-year-old son, Bill. He has currently enrolled Bill in the Champlain Marketing Junior Executive Training Program. When the weather is nice, Steve likes to get to the batting cages as often as possible, including his traditional Birthday Batting Cage visit. And, Steve tends to get more work done when the weather outside is not nice. Take a look at Fairewinds’ new website and you will get a taste of Steve’s skill as a web designer and graphic artist.