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Carrie Mann
Ms. Mann has a Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley, a California teaching credential from San Francisco State University and a Master's Degree in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), Monterey, California. She served in the Peace Corps in Poland as a teacher from 1991 - 1993 and has taught in the US for several years, most recently at MIIS. Ms. Mann also worked as a Fellow at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and the German Federal Environment Ministry. Ms. Mann is one of the three founders and is the Managing Director of SBRI.

D. Steven Endsley
Mr. Endsley is from Palo Alto, Ca. and holds a B.A. in History and a Master's Degree in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley. He has also completed additional graduate studies in U.S. History and Public Administration. Mr. Endsley has over 25 years of experience working for non-profit agencies and various levels of government. He has served as a city manager, municipal finance officer, planning director, and executive director for non-profit housing agencies. He has also served a chair for various local boards and commissions, and is a member of the International City Management Association, American Society for Public Administration, and the American Planning Association. Mr. Endsley currently serves as the Director of Planning and Finance for the Fort Ord Reuse Authority. He has also served as adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute for International Studies, where he taught a graduate course on International Military Base Closures with Carrie Mann. He is one of the three founders of SBRI.

Erika Spencer
Erika Spencer is a native of the Monterey Bay area and a resident of Aptos, California. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science with a concentration in Environmental Management and a certificate in Technical Communication from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She has worked at EMC Planning Group Inc. in Monterey since 1997 preparing environmental documents in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Prior to joining EMC Planning Group Inc., Erika served as a project manager/ membership director for a non-profit land trust in San Luis Obispo, California. Erika currently serves as Monterey Bay Area Chapter President of the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP), a non-profit organization of professionals from diverse disciplines who are engaged in the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to environmental planning and management. In her spare time Erika enjoys gardening, hiking, swimming, taking classes, and spending time with family and friends.

Janet Owens
Ms. Owens graduated from the Defense Language Institute in 1987 and spent four years in the United States Army Military Intelligence branch as a Korean linguist. She then spent another three years in the California Army National Guard. In 1992 Ms. Owens recieved her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. For the last 15 years she has lived on the Monterey Peninsula and for the last 10 years has worked as a Software Development Project Manager at Starllight International.

Ms. Owens is very knowledgeable of our local marine environment as well, as she is an avid diver. She has logged over 500 dives in the Monterey Bay area alone, as well as many others all over the world. She is also a SCUBA instructor and excellent underwater photographer.



Melissa Gutheil
Ms. Gutheil is the Head of the SBRI Advisory Committee and manages the SBRI Alumni Association. She currently works at the California State University, Monterey Bay. Melissa interned at the US Embassy in Thailand for the Department of Commerce's US-Asia Environmental Partnership Program in 1999. She also spent 1997 in Thailand teaching first grade. In 2000, Melissa earned her MA in Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In the fall of 2000 she was awarded the Hayward Business and Environment Scholarship and subsequently graduated from the Fisher School of International Business with a MBA in International Management. Melissa also holds a BA in International Studies and Geography with a minor in Biology from the University of Oregon. She has also spent time in Denmark studying European coastal issues, and in Holland to receive training in negotiation and conflict resolution.

Lili Wright
Lili Wright is an entrepreneur and published designer with 25 years' experience in the arts and non-profit environmental work. Ms. Wright also provides interior design consulting services with an emphasis on environmentally sensitive interiors and sustainable products for the home. Wright holds a BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA and has done interdisciplinary graduate studies in natural resource management. Presently she runs her company called WrightDesign.


Jonathan Sher
is currently a Master's Degree candidate in International Environmental Policy program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies - Monterey, CA.

Nicole Bleser
is also a student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies earning her Master's Degree in International Environmental Policy.



last updated: June 2005

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