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.
Dyke Barkley, owner of Barkley Farms in Paris, Illinois. Dyke has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in ornamental horticulture. His advisor, Diane Noland, was responsible for introducing him to the world of perennials and grasses. In addition, Dyke has a master’s degree in Earth Literacy with a specialization in using native plants and environmental sustainability.
Dyke is the owner of Barkley Farms Nurseries located in Paris, IL, established in 1992 on the family farm. His nursery is known for growing and propagating hundreds of perennials, ornamental grasses, flowering shrubs, and trees. The two acres of display gardens are used for showcasing new and underused plants for not only testing purposes but for inspiration as well. He is currently trialing 80 types of ornamental grasses which are a personal passion, and one he loves to talk about.
Dyke was responsible for the creation of the Horticulture/Landscaping program at Lake Land College. He currently is the instructor of horticulture and agro-ecology courses. Dyke has spoken to many groups and seminars as well as taught Master Gardener classes in the two-state area. His favorite pastime is to get people enthused about planting plants. As a self proclaimed ‘plant geek’, his students would agree he loves to talk about plants.
Joan Frisz, executive director of Just Creations in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a Sisters of Providence Associate.