Robert W. Hastings, Prattville, Alabama
Robert Hastings moved to Alabama in January 2002 to become the Director of the Alabama Natural Heritage Program in Montgomery. He is now semi-retired, but working part-time with the Heritage Program on projects involving red-cockaded woodpeckers, indigo snakes, and aquatic surveys. He recently completed a manuscript for a book entitled "The Lakes of Pontchartrain: Their Natural History and Environments."
Dr. Hastings is a professional marine biologist and received the Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and the Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from Florida State University. He spent twelve years as a professor of zoology at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey where he also chaired the Biology Department for two years. He then became director of the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, a facility of Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) located near Manchac, Louisiana, in the upper Lake Pontchartrain estuary.
Dr. Hastings is a dedicated environmentalist and has been active in numerous environmental organizations, including the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation as well as being a Sierra Club member for over 20 years. He has received many awards for environmental education, including the National Wetlands Award in Education/Outreach by the Environmental Law Institute in 2002.
Henry Caddell, Mobile, Alabama
Hank Caddell is currently an attorney with Thiry & Caddell in Mobile, Alabama. From 1971-1978, he served as the Chief of the Environmental Protection Division of the Alabama Attorney General's office, and was recognized in 1978 as Alabama Air Conservationist of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation. From 1979-1985, he worked for Legal Services Corporation of Alabama, providing pro bono legal services to low income clients.
In 1983, he founded Save Our Dunes Inc., and served as chairman until 1986. In 1993, Mr. Caddell founded the Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust, an organization that purchases, preserves, and protects Alabama's remaining natural coastal habitats. He continues to serve as a member of their board of trustees.
Martina Cartwright, Houston, Texas
Martina Cartwright has taught at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law for fourteen years and is currently Managing Attorney/Clinical Instructor in the Law, Wills and Probate Clinic. Previously she was Interim Director/Clinical Instructor in the Environmental Law and Justice Center, where she outreached with community groups and organizations on existing state and federal laws and policies, interacted with agencies on development of environmental justice policy, and provided instruction in applicable federal and state environmental laws.
Ms. Cartwright has a JD with a concentration in International and Environmental Law from American University-Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. and a BA from the University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. She is currently pursuing an MPA in Environmental Policy from the University of Houston.
Hal Suter, Corpus Christi, Texas
Hal Suter has spent almost his entire life living on the Gulf Coast. Over the years, he has sold life insurance, conducted market research, been self-employed in in investments and property management, and was "sporadically reimbursed" for a side gig as a sportswriter and political columnist.
Mr. Suter is a lifetime member of the Sierra Club and has been very active in the Lone Star Chapter and its Coastal Bend Regional Group, and he is currently the longest-serving Chair of the Executive Committee for the Lone Star Chapter. He was instrumental in bringing the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of organized labor, environmental groups, businesses, and social justice groups, to Texas. The Apollo Alliance has since merged with the Blue Green Alliance where Hal sits on the state board of directors, representing the Sierra Club.
As Chairmain of the Beach Access Coalition, Mr. Suter has been active in keeping the beaches on the middle Texas Coast open to the public. He has also been a member and leader of Toastmasters International where he won several speech contests. Mr. Suter holds a bachelor's degree from University of Austin and has lived on the Texas Gulf Coast since 1972.
Jose Miranda, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jose Miranda has resided in New Orleans since 1961, when he migrated from Havana, Cuba. He is a CPA with more than thirty years of experience. He received a BS in accounting from the University of New Orleans. His accounting practice services small and medium size businesses with an emphasis on minority and women owned enterprises.
He has more than 15 years of service in non-profit board of directors, including Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the International School of Louisiana. Mr. Miranda is a member of various organizations favoring those involved in the protection of civil and reproductive rights, and the environment.
Cynthia Ramseur, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Cynthia Ramseur is the president and co-founder of Natural Capital Development, an organization that builds broad-based community partnerships in areas such as conservation planning and ecotourism. She also founded South Coast Paddling Company LLC, offering kayak tours across southern Mississippi. Her past experience includes building environmental partnerships, policy review and grass roots organizing, and fundraising with Eco-Logic Restoration Services LLC, and project and fund development with The Natural Conservancy in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Ms. Ramseur received a degree in music from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Ms. Ramseur is also a member of the advisory board of the Land Trust for Mississippi Coast Plain, is a member of the Gulf Conservation Coalition, and is the director of the St. Cecilia's Girls Ensemble.
Jerald L. White
Jerald L. White, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jerald L. White is a New Orleans artist, crazy bicyclist, and community advocate â€“ also known as Bottletree. Jerald earned a BS in Public & Environmental Affairs and a JD from Indiana University and a MA in Media Ecology, Communications & Film from New York University. He is the Founder and Director of the Charitable Film Network - a diverse group of media-makers, dedicated to community service. He is also a gallerist, and a active member of the Press Street/Antenna Artists Collective.
Before joining world of filmmaking, Jerald worked as a grassroots activist, attorney, and environmental policymaker for several nonprofit organizations and government agencies including - the World Wildlife Fund, National Audubon Society, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, the New Orleans Mayor's Office, US Senate, and the White House.