Sister Sharon Zayac, OP, Sister Sharon is the director of Benincasa Ministries, which includes Jubilee Farm, a 111 acre center for ecology and spirituality in New Berlin, Ill.
She travels the country giving workshops, days of reflection and retreats on Earth Spirituality and a wide variety of ecological topics. She is also a member of her congregation’s Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee; Dominican Alliance EcoJustice Promoters; diocesan Rural Life Committee; and various sub-committees.
Sister Sharon’s background is in secondary education and healthcare. She is a former president/CEO of a hospital. She was in the first graduating class of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Masters in Earth Literacy program.
Dennis Evers, of Terre Haute, has 40 years experience as a public health engineer, biochemist in wastewater treatment and is a microbiologist with special interest and field experience in optimizing resource recovery from waste.
He invented the Viable Organic Waste (VOW) process, a total recovery and zero waste treatment system, based on bioaugmentation, that yields energy as biogas (methane) and organic fertilizer, single cell protein for aquaculture and animal feed, and recyclable water.
He owns Everstech Consulting and VOW Resources Pty., Ltd. VOW has current projects in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Greece, Egypt, United Kingdom and United States.
Sue Paweski, a Sister of Providence for 12 years, has a background in education. She has taught in elementary schools and as adjunct faculty at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. Sister Sue enjoyed a year in Europe as a college student and spent about a year in Mozambique.
Sister Sue has a master’s of earth literacy degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University and a master’s degree in education from National-Louis University. Being a member of the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice advisory board is an honor that is close to Sister Sue’s heart.
Marcia Stephenson is associate professor of Spanish and Latin American/Latino Studies at Purdue University where she teaches courses in the area of Latin American literary and cultural studies. Her field of research is the Andean region, including Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Marcia received the A.B. Thomas award for her first book, “Gender and Modernity in Andean Bolivia” (University of Texas Press, 1999).
Currently, she is writing a book on the history of the exportation of Andean camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos) to Europe, Australia and the United States with the working title “Natural and Unnatural Histories of Andean Camelids in the Transoceanic World, 1568-1970.”
In preparation for writing the book, Marcia participated in Purdue’s Program of Study in a Second Discipline. She spent a year in the School of Veterinary Medicine where she worked with three faculty members studying dissection, small ruminant medicine, and the history of medical illustration. As part of her program, she carried out herd visitations, especially at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, under the expert supervision of Sister Paul Bernadette Bounk, Tracy Wilson, and Sister Maureen Freeman.