One Community seeks to create and strengthen win-win relationships with other forward-thinking people and organizations throughout the world. Our purpose is to work with those who agree with our four-phase global change strategy and desire to help us in our mission to demonstrate and open source free-share all that we do to provide non-profit leadership and a blueprint for global living for The Highest Good of All. The like-minded individuals and organizations below are the people we are working with now, and will proudly refer everyone to in the future, as our model continues to evolve and expand globally.
Amber Berg – PhD Eco-applied Psychology & Licensed Acupuncturist: Dedicated to healthy living and the environment, Amber has a diverse background of education and experience in both fields. She has a PhD of Eco-Applied Psychology, Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, Bachelor of Arts in Animal Behavioral Psychology degree, and is a Licensed Acupuncturist. She also minored in Business and has over 6 years experience as a property manager and 5 years experience as the Chief Operations Manager of an eco-adventure activity provider in Hawaii. She has been published in the “American Acupuncturist” journal and is a Certified EMT as well. As a One Community consultant, Amber is responsible for almost all of the research that went into the Montessori, Waldorf, Orff, Reggio, Multi-Intelligences, and Bloom’s Taxonomy sections of the Education for Life Program.
Amira Kessem – Mechanical Engineering Student: Amira spent her childhood in an alternative school called a “democratic school,” where she experienced first hand what life can be like when people have an abundance of free time and resources. This has made her passionate about changing the world in that direction. She chose to study engineering because she believes it is a way in which she can make a difference. She also volunteered weekly for about 6 months with One Community for the same reason. In that 6 months Amira conducted crucial research for both the vermiculture eco-toilets designs and then plaster specifics for the Earthbag Village.
Andrew Sadera – Architect Drafter and Student: Andrew is a student of architecture with 5 years architecture drafting experience and the owner/operator of Sadera Designs with experience covering everything from room additions, T.I.’s, custom homes, to new buildings. He has his associates degree in architecture, architectural drafting, CAD and eco building. Andrew’s contribution to One Community has been in the design and evolution of the Duplicable Center City Hub including 100s of donated hours developing all the foundational aspects of this building including months of leading and coordinating the design team, complete CAD rendering, space planning, and more.
Dr. Angie Ng – PhD in Applied Social Sciences, with a primary research focus in gender inequality: Angie is an eco-feminist, activist, vegetarian and mom. She has a diverse educational background, having previously completed an Hon. B.Sc. covering Zoology, Biology and Economics and an MA in International Community Development. She also has training and experience in teaching English as a Foreign Language to both adults and children, academic research and business, having at one time been an momtrepreneur. In terms of international exposure, she has lived in various countries in North America, Europe and Asia, and enjoys exploring the world and learning about different cultures and the human experience. She also likes to think that she has a knack for DIY, with her most recent passion being making toiletries from natural products. In addition, she is a certified reiki practitioner. As a One Community Consultant, Angie is helping with creation of the lesson plans of the Highest Good Education component of One Community.
Aravind Batra – Electrical Engineer and LEED AP: Aravind is the Principal, Senior Electrical Engineer, and serves as Educational Group Manager at P2S Engineering where he leads a team specializing in the design and implementation of sustainable infrastructure. Aravind brings in-depth knowledge from his 20 years of experience with electrical systems requirements to numerous needs assessments, upgrades, renewable energy systems, renovations and new building projects for various educational and municipal institutions. His professional activities include past Treasurer for the Los Angeles Chapter of AEE and recently as a founding member and Membership Chair of United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Long Beach Branch. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). Applying this diversity and depth of experience with One Community, Aravind is helping us with our goals of building the Duplicable City Center to demonstrate maximum sustainability, duplicability, and achieve LEED Platinum certification.
Avery Ellis – Ecological Designer and Aquaponics Specialist: Avery has a Masters of Ecological Design through SFIA, a BS in Biology from Stockton College, and a Permaculture Design and Teaching Certificate from High Altitude Permaculture in Colorado where he runs an aquaponics business called Integrated Aquaponics. Avery has always dreamed of being a part of an ecovillage from its earliest roots to a productive community and has joined the One Community Consultant Team as a contributor to our aquaponics and greenhouse development with a pledge and desire to join us on the property for several weeks to help with building them too.
Ben Pollock – Full Service Restaurant and Kitchen Designer/Senior Project Manager: Ben has 28 years of design and project management experience in the food service and hospitality industry. Ben established his early design career at an award winning firm for more than 16 years, gaining extensive experience in AutoCAD, concept development, space planning, food service equipment design, and architectural and interior design. In 2002, Ben founded Total Concept Designs, Inc. with renowned architect Ardeshir Bahar. Together they provided full service restaurant kitchen and dining design. In 2010, he brought his extensive knowledge and experience to Webb Design. Thoroughly experienced and passionate in all aspects of the design profession, including sustainable food service design, space planning, construction documents, and construction administration, Ben is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Construction Specifications Institute. As a member of the One Community team, Ben is applying his decades of experience and expertise to the kitchen design and equipment selection for the Duplicable City Center.
Benjamin Sessions – Strategic Sales and Real Estate Development Entrepreneur and Food Connoisseur: After graduating from the University of Utah in 2005, he and his wife moved to China to focus on investment projects throughout Asia. This experience ignited a passion to travel the world, learn about new cultures, and find business opportunities throughout the globe. Sessions and his wife have traveled to over 40 countries and lived as an expatriate in 3 countries outside of the United States. Sessions volunteers regularly in the community and has served as a board member on multiple not-for-profit corporations that focus on enhancing the quality of life for citizens in his area, Fort Lauderdale, where he serves as the President of his civic association. His passion is cooking and in his free time he regularly seeks out new ways to create delicious and healthy meals. Sessions has taken training courses around the world to learn about different food styles and food culture. He has cooked for large groups and is fairly well versed in a variety of food preferences. Sessions’ assistance as a One Community Consultant is on developing the complete first-year meal plan.
Betty Lenora – Earth Building Instructor, Author, and Sustainable Living Expert: Betty has been an instructor at Cal Earth Institute, holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Healing, is a journeyman carpenter, organic farmer, and author of the book Sacred Women Behind Bars. Betty has been foundational to the on-going development and evolution of Pod 1, with special emphasis on the design of the vermiculture restroom plans, and has also pledged to join us on the property to help teach and evolve dome building as soon as we are ready.
Biko Casini – Sustainable Building Expert, Permaculturalist, and Journeyman Mason: Biko was trained at a young age in masonry by his father Francesco Casini whom he worked with growing up and restoring plantation homes and churches in the South. Biko then spent years as a student and employee at the Ecovillage Training Center where he worked with many natural builders and permaculturalists to design and build the ETC campus. He also studied sustainable building and development in South Africa at the Thlolego Development Project and recently completed a 3-month internship at the Cal-Earth Institute of Art and Architecture in California. With 16 years of natural building experience, Biko has built with Stone, Cob, Straw Bale, Adobe, Straw Clay Slip, and Cord Wood in the US, South Africa, Italy, India, and Ghana and offers his expertise with the diversity of One Community Pod designs.
Bill Pike – Entrepreneur and Philanthropist: Bill has been an achiever all his life, starting with award winning and record breaking across 4 sports growing up including quarterback in football, point guard in basketball, record setting pole vaulter, and second baseman in baseball. After graduating college on the GI Bill, he started working with Elba Systems Corporation as a salesman, rose to president, and then owner where he took Elba onto the NY Stock exchange where his leadership created more than 100 millionaires. Bill is a family man with 40 years of marriage and 2 adopted children. He now heads The Pike Foundation to work with kids in the inner cities, is helping build over 100 homes in Haiti, a home for unwed mothers in Branson Missouri, water wells in Africa, a dorm for girls in Moldova to keep them from the sex trade, and more.
Binru Chen – Accountant Specializing in Audit and Financial Reporting: Binru has a Masters of Accounting from Tulane University, and a BA in International Trade and Commerce from Shanghai University and University of Technology, Sydney. She also has one year working experience in fund accounting and financial reporting, plus knowledge in accounting principles under IFRS and U.S. GAAP. Binru has always tried to serve the community through volunteering: she was a volunteer tour guide in the 2010 Shanghai Expo, a Ferrari boutique helper in the FIA Formula One World Championship, and a member of International Students and Scholars Advisory Board at Tulane University. In terms of international exposure, Binru is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese, and she has lived in several cities in Asia and North America. Now Binru is preparing for her CPA Exam in California. As a One Community volunteer/consultant, Binru is helping with the open source tax details of the Highest Good Economics component.
Brianna Johnson – Interior Architecture Student and Interior Designer: Brianna has been enticed by art and creative pursuits since her high school days, and consequently graduated from UC Riverside in 2011 with a degree in Art History. She then went back to school, and is working toward a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture at UCLA Extension while also working at design firms. Over the past 4 years, she’s gained experience in interior design, architectural drafting, 3D modeling, rendering, and product design. Green design and sustainability have been recently ignited passions of hers and she joined the One Community team as an opportunity to help create designs that help the environment and also promote comprehensive sustainability as a more conceivable reality for the world. Specifically, this includes helping evolve the designs and creating final renders for the Straw Bale Village and helping design the open source pipe furniture shelving for the Library/Game Room in the Duplicable City Center.
Bupesh Seethala – Interior Designer, 3-D Visualizer, and Architectural Drafter: Bupesh has two and half years hands-on experience working with licensed architects and interior designers performing interior and exterior design for both residential and commercial spaces. He is skilled in Autodesk Revit, 3DS Max, V-ray, Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Draw, Sketchup, Aftereffects and AutoCAD. With designing and illustrating as his greatest passion, Bupesh is living in India and available for freelance designing. His goals are continued development as a professional interior designer with a strong knowledge in architecture, with color & lighting as his strong assets, and designing all range of spaces. As a One Community Consultant, Bupesh has helped with the Sketchup plant placement and layout for the Complete Earthbag Village and renders and DIY furniture design for the Duplicable City Center.
Charles McLean – Architectural BIM Designer, College Professor, Urban Agriculture Designer: Charles is the owner of OM Greengroup, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture, and a Master’s Degree in Education-Curriculum & Instruction. He is also a member of The Detroit City Council Green Task Force working to revitalize the Metropolitan Detroit area by providing sustainable ideas to implement new infrastructure capabilities evolving around reclaimed water policy issues, urban agriculture policy issues, and Green Building and Infrastructure policy. Charles is also a developer of the world-leading Autodesk Architecture and Engineering Software. With over 15 years of architectural experience, totaling more than 5 billions dollars on architectural projects, Charles applies his leadership skills, experience, and diligent commitment to sustainable design and implementation to deliver qualitative and quantitative results that improve any project at hand. With One Community, this expertise is being applied as help designing and evolving both the SEGO Center City Hub as well as our food infrastructure.
Dr. Connie Stomper – Consensus Trainer, Team Building Facilitator, Curriculum Developer and Educator for Elementary Schools to Graduate Programs, Organizational Consultant, Counselor and Minister of Peace, Dr. Connie has double masters and doctoral degrees in both Education and Psychology and Spiritual Science. With her commitment to facilitating individual and world peace, she has worked with organizations such as Peace Theological Seminary, Insight University, A World Fit For Kids, United Youth International. Her peace work has led her to visiting nearly 30 countries. In her work with The Community Planet Foundation, she co-created and facilitates training in consciousness of Community and consensus decision-making. Dr. Connie has helped facilitate the consensus training process many of the One Community Pioneers have already completed and is committed to assisting us in our continued progress towards demonstrating a peaceful and consensus-based new way of living. To learn more about Connie and her work, visit her Soul Musings Website.
Da Ku – Mechanical Engineer: Da Ku received his Master’s Degreee in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He is skilled in 3D modeling softwares (SolidWorks, ProE), and FEA packages (ANSYS, Abaqus, etc). Mechanical design and analysis experience, as well as hands on experience conform his passion for making real things that work. As a One Community Consultant, Da Ku helped with the designs, thermal and structural analysis of the transition door for the Duplicable City Center eco-pool and spa and the earthbag village structural engineering.
Dave Walen – Architectural Drafter and Designer: Dave Walen is the owner operator of Dave Philip Walen Design. He has over a decade of hands on experience working with licensed architects, engineers, and contractors for both residential and commercial spaces, both interior and exterior. Designing and illustrating as his greatest passion, Dave also co-operates Anamoglam with his wife where they offer graphics design, web, and drafting services. He has traveled the world and found additional architectural and cultural creative inspiration in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Haiti, and the Bahamas. He grew up flying with his Dad (getting to experience Zero G!) in the South East of the USA. Now Dave and his wife live and offer their services in the Tryon, NC region. As a One Community Consultant Dave is converting the Straw Bale Village designs to CAD and helping evolve these designs into detailed building plans.
David Sweet – Architect III: David received his Bachelors of Architecture from the California Polytechnic University of San Luis Obispo. He specializes in design development thru construction administration with applied skills in Revit, AutoCAD, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Quark Express, and Outlook. David has been a part of almost every component of how a project is built from start to finish, from building pre-schematic concept models by hand to reviewing standard of design punch list items at the end of construction with contractors awaiting approval for everything that has been built. Notable projects David has helped design include the Staples Center Arena, University of California Berkeley Student Athletics Sports Performance Center, Oregon State University Reser Stadium Phase 2 South Bowl Expansion & Gill Annex Sports Performance Center Phase 1 Wrestling Practice & Weight Room Facility, University of Southern California Galen Center & Athletic Pavilion, and DEDAUIX Field House Renovations, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport South Terminal Seismic Retrofit/Baggage Handling System/Security Upgrades, Long Beach Airport Jet Blue Terminal Improvements, San Jose Regional Medical Center Expansion and Seismic Upgrade, and more. David was also part of the Schematic Design Team for the Philadelphia Eagles & Milwaukee Brewers Stadium. As a One Community Consultant, David is leading the design development thru construction details for the complete Phase I Aquapini and Walipini Food Infrastructure.
Dean Scholz – Architectural Drafter and Designer: Dean has an Associates Degree in Architectural Drafting and Design, Mechanical Drafting and Design, and 3D Modeling and Illustration. He has an additional three years experience in carpentry rough, finish and in cabinetry and furniture construction, and five years of experience in computer game modeling in 3Ds Max and Adobe Photoshop. He also has experience in Adobe Illustrator designing advertising and has been freelance architectural drafting as the owner/operator of Dean Scholz Design and Architecture since 2014. All his life Dean has been naturally artistic with a passion for art, architectural design, sciences, woodwork, mechanical systems, and electronic circuits. This diversity of passions for creating and designing, coupled with being so mechanically inclined and very analytical, has given Dean excellent problem solving skills and a knack for out-of-the-box thinking. Always looking for an opportunity to design and build is what he is passionate about, with his current focus being tiny homes and tiny spaces, taking great pleasure in finding and utilizing space that is normally unused. As a member of the One Community Team, Dean is working on developing the Cob Village (Pod 3) designs and creating beautiful 3-D real-to-life renders of this village.
Dennis Wohlfeil – Earth Builder and Sustainable Technologies Expert: Throughout his entire life Dennis has known he wanted to do something to help humanity. In 2001 he earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and gained employment as a Laboratory Manager and Professor at the college where he graduated. He managed multi-million dollar electronics, physics, and biomedical laboratory facilities and taught an extensive array of courses in the Associate Degree, Bachelorette Degree, and Masters Degree coursework for four years while simultaneously earning a Masters in Business Administration, a Project Management Certification, and a Masters in Public Administration. Dennis then went on to follow his true passion by applying his diverse education and skill sets to sustainable building and technology development with an emphasis on earthbag construction. Dennis operates Terra-Form.org, an open source website specializing in the education and research of sustainable infrastructure, sustainable resources, and sustainable lifestyles, and has been foundational to the ongoing development of the One Community earthbag village open source details.
Devin Porter – 3D Graphics Design Specialist: Devin is a graphics design specialist with 20 years of experience in art and design. To aid in his ability to turn 2-dimensional ideas into 3-dimensional masterpieces, Devin additionally has 8 years of wood working experience, 4 years of metal working experience, and several years of framing, electrical, and mechanical experience. Combining this with 10 years of photoshop experience, Devin has evolved this combination of skills into an ability to use Sketchup, Z-brush, and Sculptris to create lifelike and professional renderings of virtually anything. Sharing One Community’s desire to create a new and better world, Devin’s passions include architecture, sustainable living/design, astrology and planetary science, physics and magnetic mechanical engineering, and time in nature. Snowboarding, camping, and days at the river are Devin’s most potent activities to clear his head and feel connected to the world on a deeper level. As a One Community Consultant, Devin is helping with the 3D renderings of the Tropical Atrium and the Earthbag Village.
Dipti Dhondarkar – Electrical Engineer: Dipti received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Nagpur University in India. She has five-plus years of experience in teaching subjects related to Electrical Engineering and is proficient in power electronics, basic electrical, electrical machines, utilization and traction. She has worked with the National Institute of Technology Nagpur, Maharashtra, India and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology, Vasad Gujarat India as a lecturer and Assistant professor and has also published papers on “Stability Analysis of Symmetrical Induction Motor on Parameter Variation” and “Energy Audit Analysis of Time of Day (TOD) Metering.” As a One Community team member, Dipti is applying her outstanding knowledge and background to assist with the electrical and lighting design for the Duplicable City Center.
Doug Pratt – Solar Expert and Solar Systems Design Engineer: Progressively focused from a young age, when the Arab Oil Embargo occurred it ignited in Doug a lifelong interest specifically in renewable energy and conservation. He has lived in passive solar homes both on and off-grid since 1980, worked in the renewable energy industry as an installer, engineer, teacher, and author since 1985, and now works for the largest solar provider in the United States. He has engineered, designed, and consulted for the solar electric industry at all levels from single huts in developing countries to large corporate mega-watt solar arrays and is now volunteering his vast experience and knowledge to the design for the One Community sustainable energy infrastructure for our Phase I build including: Pod 1, the SEGO Center City Hub, and aquaponics and greenhouses.
Douglas Simms Stenhouse – Architect and Water Color Artist: Doug grew up in Washington DC where he practiced architecture for a number of years. He subsequently moved to Southern California to work with an aerospace company before taking over the management of an energy conservation consulting firm where he was instrumental in writing what is now the foundation of California Conservation Policy. Professionally retired from these former endeavors, he now focuses his career on watercolor painting (www.TransparentWatercolor.com) and has helped One Community with the designs and watercolor renderings of Pod 1, Pod 2, and the SEGO Center.
Eric Puro – Sustainable Builder and Sustainable Materials Consultant: Eric has 3 years of experience as a sustainable builder committed to do whatever it takes to help people transition into a more sustainable life. Inspired by nature each day, Eric seeks to find more ways to incorporate this nature and this inspiration into our everyday lives. He has built an earthship in Oregon, taught cob classes over England and Portugal, built one of the most sustainable structures in Europe in Portugal (which included rammed earth walls, a thatched roof, an earthen floor, and pine tar coated ropes, built low-impact indigenous style structures in the UK, and a rocket mass heater in London. Besides building, Eric is also the co-founder of ThePOOSH.org, a website that connects people who desire to learn about and build sustainable structures with projects seeking their help. For Eric there are never any problems, only solutions. Eric´s contribution to the One Community project is to provide fully sustainable building research and advanced eco-development consulting for all components of the 7 One Community village models.
George Nguyen – Licensed Electrician: George is a Licensed Electrician in electrical construction. He has assembled, installed and tested numerous electrical systems on condos, homes, Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center at UC Berkeley, Oakland International Airport and more. George feels that conscious, awakening people can create awesome, beautiful, supportive communities that will accomplish amazing things. As a consultant to One Community, George assists with questions and continues to help with our energy infrastructure as it evolves.
Guy Grossfeld – Graphic Designer: Guy has a Bachelor Degree in Visual Art Animation and is now pursing a Bachelor Degree in Simulation Game Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Through classes from college and additional classes at an art studio, Guy has experience and expertise with Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Unity, Autodesk 3DS Max, Adobe Illustrator, graphic design, and drawing. He enjoys animes and is inspired by many animes such as Naruto and One Piece. His passion is also with video games and enjoys many great games such as Final Fantasy, Zelda, and Kingdom Hearts. As a One Community volunteer, Guy is using his outstanding skills to develop our final real-to-life renders for the Highest Good Housing villages with a primary focus on the Shipping Container Village.
Haoxuan “Hayes” Lei – Structural Engineer: Having interned in a design office and completed over five years of structural engineering study, Haoxuan is experienced with a diversity of structural engineering areas ranging from foundation to prestressed members and covering concrete to steel. He applies his skills in structural design using both SAP 2000 and AutoCAD. Growing up in a metropolis, Hayes understands how valuable a blue sky and a deep breath in a green forest can be for people surrounded by concrete buildings. It is this understanding that has driven Hayes to contribute his enthusiasm and skills to make a better world as a member of the One Community team working on the Duplicable City Center.
Iris Hsu – Industrial Designer: Iris earned her BFA in Industrial Design from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. During her time there she developed an effective design thinking process through observing people in their daily life and focusing on user-friendly designs and practices. Iris believes that a good design should be emotionally expressive as well as functional, building a connection between people and the things they use. Her focus is on designing products that benefit our living environment in a sustainable way and through inventive and playful features. In Iris’ words, “Design is like making a gift for someone, and having love and empathy to the surroundings with effective solutions.” As a One Community Industrial Designer, Iris has been the design lead for the open source pipe chair/table and couch designs, cost analysis research, and assembly instructions.
Ivan Manzurov – Graphic Designer: Ivan states, “Born in 1994 in Siberia, I came a long way to remember the true self. This led me to devote life to making a change with the power of art, and an open soul.” As a One Community volunteer, Ivan applied his outstanding graphic design skills to design and color coordinate all of the icons used throughout the One Community website, almost 100 different icons covering food, energy, housing, economics, Highest Good Living, and more. You can contact him and view more of his wonderful work on his portfolio site.
Jack Reed – Global Visionary and Author of The Next Evolution: A Blueprint for Transforming the Planet: Jack is a speaker, seminar leader, consultant for corporations and non-profit organizations, and trainer in the consensus process and mindsets and methodologies of people dedicated to a future supportive of The Highest Good of All. He has 15 years experience living in an urban cooperative community where he was an active leader and has used his knowledge and experience to help such clients as The Wilderness Institute, Amgen, the Educare Foundation, the Peace Theological Seminary, The University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Southern California Edison, and the National Parks Service. Jack facilitates consensus trainings for the One Community team and is an on-going consultant for our shared vision of a sustainable planet and demonstrating a blueprint for people living and creating for The Highest Good of All.
James Del Monaco – Mechanical Engineer and LEED AP: James is Sustainability Director and Senior Mechanical Engineer at P2S Engineering with experience in many Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects. His LEED duties have included the design of airside and hydronic systems, documentation of LEED points, advanced energy modeling, ventilation and occupant comfort calculations, and the design of control systems for Measurement & Verification. As a LEED Project Administrator, he has provided guidance to the entire project team from kick-off through occupancy. As a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), James has served on the ASHRAE High Performance Buildings Conference Steering Committee as well as the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Long Beach Branch Steering Committee. Applying this diversity and depth of experience with One Community, James is helping us with our goals of building the Duplicable City Center to demonstrate maximum sustainability, duplicability, and achieve LEED Platinum certification.
James Nance – Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager: James is a licensed mechanical engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional with broad experience designing and certifying a variety of different types of facilities, efficient designs with specific experience in comprehensive facility energy modeling. His focus is offering valuable guidance to a sustainable design team as each discipline is integrated into the whole. James’ particular expertise is with modeling, designing, and implementing thermal control systems as it relates to Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Applying this diversity and depth of experience with One Community, James is helping us with our goals of building the Duplicable City Center to demonstrate maximum sustainability, duplicability, and achieve LEED Platinum certification.
Jennifer Engelmeier – Eco-Pool and Spa Water Consultant: Jennifer has 15 years of experience working with DEL Ozone, specializing in reducing chemicals by utilizing ozone technology and other natural water purifiers and clarifiers. In 2011 Jennifer started her own business to help people searching for better, healthier water and now operates www.LoveYourHotTub.com and www.LoveYourPool.com. Through her years of working in the industry, Jen combines a wealth of experience with an extensive community of pool, spa, and sanitation experts helping us design the Duplicable City Center open source natural pool, eco-hot tub, and eco-laundry facility to minimize environmental impact while maximizing water quality, health, and safety.
Jessica Zynda – A.S. Computer Aided Drafting/Design: Jessica first learned engineering design in high school and expanded her skills in college using programs such as Pro-E, SolidWorks, and Inventor. Raised working at her family’s tavern, she built a strong work ethic and was able to support her enjoyment for seeing people smile, working in customer service for over 10 years. Throughout this time she continued using AutoCAD and other drafting/design programs professionally and for hobbies. Always believing in a philosophy of waste not want not, Jessica has held the constant hope for a world where people have all their necessities met through efficient designs and resource usage and allocation. Jessica admires design and innovation and intends to further her education by engaging Industrial Engineering next. Hobbies include walking/spending time with her husband, abstract expressionism painting with watercolor, meditation, reading and learning, and using her AutoCAD skills to make 3-D maps for board games. As a One Community volunteer, Jessica is helping transfer sketches for the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) from hand drawings into AutoCAD.
Jin Hua – Internet Marketing Expert, Entrepreneur, and Web Developer: Introduced to the world of work at the age of 7, Jin worked at his family’s restaurant where he witnessed his parents working 14-hour days, 6 days a week, and realized that something was missing with the traditional “go to college, get a good job, raise a family” paradigm. In 9th grade Jin started his own business selling Chinese food and Candy, at the age of 17 he had an eBay business, and by the time he was 18 he started his own Internet Marketing Business. Through the years, he has taught himself website development, search engine optimization, video production, audio production, animation, and graphic design but his real passion is exploring ways to forward positive world change. As a One Community Consultant Jin is helping will all aspects of the One Community marketing plan, graphic design, and web design. He is also responsible for the bulk of the 3-D graphic design of the Duplicable City Center.
Joel Newman – Architectural Visualization Designer: Joel has had a focus on architecture and design from a very early age, growing up in a household with a furniture designer/finish carpenter and a painter. In childhood, he routinely drew floor plans for “dream houses” on scraps of paper and built forts in the woods to match them, although perhaps not exactly to scale. In later years, Joel studied psychology at the University of Puget Sound and digital media production at the University of Idaho. After college, he worked for many years managing a chain of one-hour photo labs. Joel currently works in an industrial design studio by day and by night runs Figment, a project dedicated to bringing imagination to life in the form of photographs of things that don’t yet exist. In his spare time Joel is an avid hiker and road-tripper, and loves to wander around the Pacific Northwest exploring the mountains and woods. As a One Community Consultant, Joel is creating the real-to-life renders of the Duplicable City Center.
Josh Davis – Website Designer and Graphic Artist: Josh is a self taught web and graphic designer operating Digital Empathy Design, a website dedicated to integrated body-mind-spirit and technology solutions. He also founded and directs The Human Mandala Project, an initiative designed to help join people in communities of all kinds by creating sacred geometric forms with human bodies, capturing them digitally for reflection. Josh provides invaluable support for One Community on the technology side and was foundational in the creation of all our initial internet presence.
Julie Daigle – B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Trained Montessori Teacher/Director, and Passion Test Facilitator: Julie’s greatest desire in life has always been to be of highest service to humanity, in particular to young children and their families. She received her B.S. in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine at Farmington, was the co-owner of a successful Montessori School for children ages 18 months – 8 years, and sole proprietor of another Montessori School for children ages 2 to 6 years of age. She is also a certified Passion Test Facilitator through Enlightened Alliances. Julie has been foundational to the development of the initial stages of the One Community education program with a focus we share for a new education paradigm and facilitating parents, teachers, and children globally to discover and live out their passions.
Justen Palmer – Systems Architect, Web Instructor, and Computer Science Engineer: Justen has over 6 years of experience starting and growing businesses as a founder and CTO of Webceleb Inc, partner and lead developer for Tiny Factory, and Director of Operations for It Factor LLC. Justen’s specialty is as a web application designer and programmer using cutting edge real-time technology (Node.js, Socket.io, and Mongo DB) to build applications that span traditional web to mobile and tablet platforms. As a member of the One Community team, applying his experience creating applications that reduce overhead, organize operations, and reduce communication errors, Justen built version 1.0 of the One Community ACE Application.
Karl Harris – Architectural Technology Graduate, Drafter and Designer: Karl is the owner/operator of Harris Design & Technology Services, holds a degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from ITT Technical Institute, and is also an Architectural Technology graduate from the Baker College of Flint. Sharing One Community’s values of world change and sustainability, Karl has dedicated his life to expanding his education and experience so he can assist in rebuilding the infrastructure of fallen urban areas like Detroit, the town he grew up in. His goal is to help redevelop urban life through refurbishing the entire socio-economic infrastructure of cities like this through sustainable design, promoting business development, and leadership. With a commitment to building designs that possess both aesthetic beauty and functionality, Karl is assisting One Community with the architectural illustration, presentation design, drafting, and paper to CAD conversions for the Duplicable City Center.
Kim Braman – Apiary/Beekeeping Expert: Kim is a 5th generation beekeeper. At it’s peak, Kim and her father ran a 400-hive bee business emphasizing honey and beeswax production and sales for local food co-ops. Kim and her father also transported hives to local apple orchards and cranberry bogs. One of Kim’s favorite quotes by John Muir is, “when we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Today, Kim’s main focus is sustainable beekeeping practices on a smaller scale (10 hives) with an emphasis on queen rearing, helping to reestablish the honeybee population so humanity doesn’t “unhitch” this essential foundation of our food supply. In addition to beekeeping, Kim also has a passion for growing native plants, aquaponics, and writing children’s poetry and short stories about things in Nature. As a One Community Consultant, Kim helps answer any questions One Community has about our beekeeping and apiary setup.
Lorenzo Zjalarre – Physicist and Energy Efficiency Expert: After having completed 4-years of education at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, Lorenzo first started as a physicist in support of NASA Space Shuttle missions at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX; later continuing his government work as a nuclear remediation consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency at Rocky Flats, CO. Taking this experience to the next level, Lorenzo has spent the last 4 years studying all forms of alternative energy with specific interest in the more exotic technologies where he knows the potential exists to completely eliminate the use of fossil fuels. For over a year, Lorenzo has been foundational to leading the alternative energy development aspect of One Community with the shared vision of creating a complete city that pioneers and showcases the most cutting edge sustainable energy technologies of our time.
Lucas Tsutsui da Silva – 4th-year Computer Engineering Student: Lucas is an undergraduate Computer Engineering student at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, in Brazil. He recently studied at Portland State University as a grantee of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Lucas has taken many courses that were focused on embedded systems and has developed practical projects in which he could work with both high-level and low-level programming for this type of application. He also worked on a research project developing a sensor node for a wireless sensor network to monitor a farm field. Lucas also has experience with programming and assembling robots. For example, in 2012, he was part of the team from his university that won an award for third place in the Latin American Robotics Competition (the IEEE Standard Educational Kits category). Moreover, he has a strong background with programming and algorithms and a passion for programming challenges. Since the beginning of his undergraduate program, he has been participating in programming contests at his university and, in 2013, he got an opportunity to participate in the ACM-ICPC (South America Brazil Region) Brazil Finals. Lucas believes that computer systems are here to make life easier, optimize our tasks, and an important piece in helping us build a better world. As a member of the 2015 One Community team, Lucas brought his experience to help implement the control systems component of the Duplicable City Center and each of the seven village models
Lucy Lu – Accountant: Lucy is an accountant specializing in financial reporting and managerial accounting, with accounting work experiences in non-profit organizations and multinational corporations. She loves accounting, finance and literature, and she has a background of education and experience in both of these two areas. She holds master’s degrees in both Accounting and Journalism and has been serving as a volunteer in several non-profit organizations located in China and the USA since 2005. She is also a freelancer for magazines. As a One Community consultant, Lucy is helping with the open source Highest Good Economics and Taxes components of One Community.
Dr. Matt Marturano – Naturopathic Doctor and Holistic Recruiter: Dr. Matt is a nutrition and digestive health expert with a special interest in microbiome research and the internal ecosystem. He is currently developing a holistic model for comprehensive digestive health called The COHERENT Method. Along with his wife, Angela, he also operates a holistic recruitment service currently focused in the natural products industry and integrative/functional medicine. His primary contribution to One Community is the development of the Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan to ensure that One Community residents have access to sustainable, nutritionally-complete meals.
Meg West – Landscape Architect, LEED AP, Permaculturalist, and Green Building Instructor: Meg is a licensed Landscape Architect whose work is dedicated to merging aesthetics and function. Her genuine passion for sustainable design informs every aspect of her work. She owns Meg West Design and hosts “Garden Wise Television Santa Barbara County,” a public access TV show about sustainable gardening. Meg is also an instructor at UCSB extension, where she teaches Fire Smart Landscaping, Native and Edible Plants, and Sustainable Landscape Design. Meg’s dream is to live in an eco-village community near her home in Santa Barbara and sees helping One Community create the open source blueprints for such a community as supportive of this dream and her commitment to a sustainable planet for all. To this end, Meg is sharing her expertise and helping One Community with our site planning, the SEGO Center City Hub central pool and hot tub design, and she has also pledged to join us for a couple weeks to further share her experience once we are on the property.
Mike Creedy – Earthbuilder, Electrical Engineer, and Commercial Mushroom Farmer: Mike was born in Wales and immigrated to Namibia when he was 7 years old. After leaving school he apprenticed as an electrician at De Beers diamond mines followed by a four year electrical engineering college degree in South Africa and two more years at Cape Town university enrolled in the electrical field again. He then joined a commercial mushroom farm and spent 6 years there working up to farm manager before returning to De Beers on the engineering side. 5 years later he moved back to his senior school town and spent 10 years in the position of city electrical engineer. Mike immigrated to Florida in 1996 and took up citizenship five years later. In 2011 Mike started building a dome home and, thanks to all the engineering background, was able to do all the work in-house. Mike is passionate about vegetarianism (40 years), hügels, organic veggie home growing, creating biodynamic and colloidal compost, and sustainability in general. Sharing One Community’s values to create and open source share for the benefit of all of humanity, Mike joined the Consultants and Collaborators team, shared the details of his own project, and continues to share his experience and input as needed to help us with the open source earthbag village (and any other sustainability aspects he has experience in).
Mike Hogan – Automation Systems Developer and Business Systems Consultant: Mike has over 35 years of professional experience in the field of automation systems. During his career Mike has provided technical consulting and support for business systems including office automation, manufacturing control systems, data center environmental management systems, back-end servers, networking designs and business processes. In 2012 Mike retired from his 20 year ownership of a medium size consulting company and created his new company Futurehouse Automation Corporation with the focus on sustainable living automation control systems development. Mike developed his first automation system in 1975 consisting of relays and clock motors. As technology advanced Mike has constantly updated his skills and methods used in his automation designs. Over the past 30 years Mike has designed and built 5 generations of automated house systems and hundreds of custom interface circuit boards. His experience with hardware is backed up by extensive knowledge in driver writing, logic programming, user interfaces, multi-tier transactional data services and web service development. As a One Community Consultant and consultant, Mike is offering his experience with automation systems to assist with the development of One Community’s Control Systems evaluation and design initiatives.
Neha Verma – Construction Project Manager and B. Architect: Neha received her Master’s Degree in Construction Project Management in the United Kingdom and her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from India. She has 5+ years of experience in Project Management & Design and versatile exposure and experience spanning multi-storied residential/commercial complexes to bungalows, and combined with Project Management skills for Interior Fitout of Corporate/Retail for prestigious clients. Through synchronizing the design team, project management team, and client, Neha uses her expertise to ensure the design is in line with client(s) expectations and within the allocated budget and timeline. This includes Monitoring and Planning of the project & construction phase, i.e activities scoping, estimation, vendor identification/management, project tracking, risk analysis & mitigation, change management to ensure timely delivery of projects, and more. As a self-motivated leader with efficient team management & problem solving skills to contribute towards the growth of any organization, Neha’s role with One Community is helping build and manage the team working on the Duplicable City Center.
Nelli Levental – MFA of Graphic Design and College Professor: Nelli is an Artist, Functional Designer, Educator and a proud mom of two mature individuals. She has a diverse background, growing up in the Former Soviet Union, getting an extensive education in Fine Art, continuing into Book Design and, after immigrating to the US, becoming a Graphic Designer specializing in Functional Design. She has experience in teaching Art to both adults and children and Graphic and Architectural Design to College students. Nelli has also enjoyed exploring the world and learning about different cultures, living in Moldova, Russia, and the US and having traveled to France, Spain, Canada and Uganda. She is practicing Sivananda Yoga and likes creatively solving problems. As a One Community Consultant, Nelli is helping oversee the development of both the Shipping Container Village (Village #5) and the Earthship Village (Village #6).
Oz Czerski – Oz is an attorney licensed in the state of California specializing in the fields of intellectual property and entertainment law, working primarily with the musicians, artists, and film-makers of tomorrow. In addition to his years of legal experience working in all different media from film to print to video games and the internet, Oz has the unique distinction of having produced over 20 independent films and has even worked for a number of notable film companies, including Fox 2000 films, a division of 20th Century Fox, and the film-makers of Oscar-winning “Juno” (2007). Further, he has studied economic modeling and business forecasting under the Nobel Prize winning team of Chapman University’s Economic Science Institute. His knowledge and experience of artistic and business processes in media production make him uniquely positioned to give consistent, reliable, and sound advice in nearly any arena of the entertainment industry. As a One Community team member, Oz has been a foundational consultant on the intellectual property elements of our legal documents, helped file our initial copyright and trademark documents, and also wrote the Open Source and Copyright Tutorial and Open Source and Trademarking Tutorial.
Paige Allison Donatelli – Graphic Design Artist and Champion for Positive Change on Social Media. In 2014, Paige created a social media platform to spread positive change called Namaste Living in a Material World. Through this platform she shares positive change content and creates artful images with inspirational quotes utilizing her self-taught graphic design skills. Paige is passionate about spreading the Highest Good for All mentality and sharing resources to help individuals live with compassion for themselves, their fellow sentient beings, and their planet. As a One Community Consultant, Paige is helping with graphics throughout One Community’s websites and for social media. Follow Paige’s work and Namaste Living in a Material world on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or visit her site at www.namasteliving.org.
Philip Gill – Interior Designer and Furniture Designer: Philip operates Philip Gill Design and has a Master of Interior Architecture (M. Int. Arch) from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, (Cal Poly Pomona) and a Professional Certificate in Interior Design from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension. He is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the winner of the ASID Foundation’s first David Barrett Memorial Award, a scholarship given to interior design students pursuing careers in traditional and classical interior design. He is also a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI). As a One Community Consultant, Philip is contributing space plans, interiors, and furniture designs for One Community’s Earthbag Village and other community models.
Dr. Randie Gottlieb – Transformational Educator: Randie is the head of UnityWorks, an international diversity training firm; co-founder of the Mona Foundation, supporting grassroots educational initiatives around the world; and adjunct professor of Multicultural Education at Heritage University on the Yakama Nation Reservation. She holds degrees in education from Cal State, Boston University and Harvard. Believing that unity is one of the overarching needs of our time, and after work and travel in over 30 countries, Randie saw an urgent need for easy-to-use materials to teach the values of diversity and the benefits of unity. This led to writing her book, Teaching Unity, and the development of a series of workshops and courses on unity in diversity and overcoming prejudice (here’s an example). Randie and One Community share a desire to create a paradigm shift from the widespread view that we are separate races, from entrenched prejudices passed down from previous generations, from the prevailing notion of us and them, to the recognition that we are one human race. With this shared vision, Randie donated her book to One Community and we will be integrating her teaching’s and exercises into the curriculum of the Education for Life Program to help teach these shared values and promote Randie’s amazing book and how to teach and share diversity and unity.
Renetta (Rene) Aprahamian – Blogger and Website Designer: Rene has an AA in Marketing with a Minor in Business specializing in the apparel industry. She has over 15 years of experience as a website designer and blogger maintaining eight different blogs. As a Jane of All Trades, Rene’s 30-year work history includes a diversity of customer service positions including Library Circulation Assistant, Personnel Secretary, Retail Manager, Cosmetologist, Schematics Designer, Filmmaker, Video Editor and Author. Blogging, website design, Home School Teacher, and persistent online student of various topics including Computer Programming and French have been in addition to this. As a member of the One Community team, Rene volunteered weekly for over 2 years helping with research, brainstorming and web design for the Highest Good Housing and Highest Good Education sections. An excellent example of over 40 hours of Rene’s work and research is the Open Source Water-saving Shower Heads page.
Ricardo Carrillo – Design Consultant and Principal of Acumen Industries: Ricardo’s focus is Mechanical and Structural Engineering specializing in shell, spaceframe, dome and structural glazing elements for building enclosures, overhead structures, and building envelope solutions. As a Principal Consultant at Acumen Industries, Ricardo brings his 20 years of experience from a variety of construction fields, including Petroleum, Water Processing, Industrial Storage, and Architectural. His work includes experience in consulting, manufacturing, construction, engineering, design, testing, sales development, and on-site supervision. Project types include refineries, material processing facilities, airports, museums, private residential, public facilities, stadia, and custom structural systems. Ricardo’s expertise includes the design of aluminum structures, modular structural systems, and the analysis of performance-based systems including fabric, cable systems and shell structures. His interests also include the practice of health giving methods, education, and independent living strategies. As a One Community Consultant, Ricardo is helping with the structural design calculations and details of the Duplicable City Center.
Rick Ruggles – Swimming Pool Consultant: Rick has been in the pool and spa industry for over 14 years. He currently teaches classes for Hayward Pool Products to pool professionals on how to install, use, maintain, and repair dozens of types of pool/spa equipment. Rick is also an instructor for the National Swimming Pool Foundation and The Foundation for Pool and Spa Industry Education. He holds many certifications, including Certified Pool Operator, Certified Pool Inspector, Certified Energy Auditor, Certified Aquatic Equipment Installer, and Certified Chemical Automation Technician, as well as a BS degree in International Business. As a One Community consultant, Rick is helping the natural pool team spec pool and spa equipment for the Duplicable City Center eco-pool and spa to create the most energy efficient and low-chemical pool possible that still provides totally safe and healthy pool/spa water.
Rob Gjerde – Entrepreneur, Promotor, and Swimming Pool and Construction Expert: Rob is the owner and operator of Sorico Design and Consulting and the founder of Earth Day Global. He has over twenty-five years of small business management and music industry experience including an employee team as large as 40 and subcontracting with hundreds. Robs innovative designs and sound business practices have led him to speaking engagements and features in Better Homes & Gardens, a leading US Magazine. As a One Community Consultant, and sharing our sustainability goals with a desire to educate people how to use our natural resources in a more responsible respectable and economic manner, Rob is helping with the design and construction of the Duplicable City Center open source natural pool and eco-hot tub designs.
Robert Seton – Solar Design Engineer Specializing in Off-grid and Battery Back-up Systems: Robert studied Electrical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and has as Masters Degree in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney. He has forty years experience in electrical engineering, solar design, training and project management. His talent for design and long held passion for renewable energy systems has made him a leader in the industry. For many years Robert lead a team of engineers at the largest solar distributor in the United States, Soligent. He left that company to create Solar Hybrid Design to focus and apply from his deeply held belief that energy must be sustainable and renewable for everyone if we are to achieve a healthy global future. Robert has designed wonderful projects around the globe including towns in Africa and Mexico, islands in the Caribbean and Pacific, schools in the Philippines and homes throughout the Northern Hemisphere. As a One Community Consultant, Robert is helping with the Highest Good energy solar components of both the earthbag village and the Duplicable City Center.
Ron Payne – HVAC / Thermal Designer, Mechanical Engineer, Advocate for Smaller Living: Ron graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He first studied at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point N.Y. after a congressional nomination. He studied and excelled in Marine Systems Engineering before leaving the academy. Ron is a veteran of two wars in two branches of service, the Navy and Army, over an 8-year span. He is adept with machines and has worked in the semiconductor manufacturing industry repairing and maintaining complex equipment. Most recently Ron has returned to his desire to do more design work by working with a large semiconductor manufacturer to help design the HVAC systems for their newest factory. As a One Community Consultant, Ron is working on all aspects of the mechanical engineering components and design of the the earthbag village and the Duplicable City Center.
Samuel Soroaster – Permaculturalist, Sustainable Builder, and PhD in Neurophysiology: Samuel is a multiversed being dedicated to spreading Love and holistic sustainable solutions for the betterment of human civilization and the wellbeing of planet Earth. He believes the root cause of the status quo is due to the collective conditioning of competition and strives to nourish cooperation to make the world a better place. He has a doctorate in Neurophysiology from the University of California, San Francisco and a masters in Biology from the University of Cologne, Germany. He is the founder of Green New World, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting holistic sustainable living solutions and co-founder of the eco-village Nuevo Mundo in Guatemala. Over the years thousands of people have studied sustainable living and permaculture with Samuel as he continues to travel around the world providing courses and workshops. Samuel is a passionate permaculture designer, holistic water systems designer, gardener, architect, carpenter, natural builder, alternative energy designer, Reiki master and astrologer. As a biologist he has spent many years learning from nature which has inspired his ideas and inventions hence his love for biomimicry. As a One Community Consultant, Samuel is lending his extensive knowledge and experience to water systems and sewage systems design and the components of the earthbag village.
Sandra Sellani – Business Author, Speaker, Consultant, and Vegan Chef: Sandra is a business author, speaker, strategist and consultant with more than 20 years experience in branding and marketing. She is the author of What’s Your BQ? (Brand Quotient®) and creator of the BQ Test, a 40-question diagnostic tool that helps business leaders determine their brand strengths and weaknesses quickly and accurately. Her goal is to simplify and demystify branding by teaching methods that work with any company in any market. She has an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania. With a passion for animal welfare that began as a child, Sandra has also been a vegetarian for 29 years, and a vegan for the last four. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and plant-based living. Now trained as a vegan Chef, Sandra has certifications in both Basic and Advanced Raw Cuisine from the Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy in Santa Monica, CA, and a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. As a One Community Consultant, Sandra is helping create delicious vegan menus as part of the open source Highest Good food and food transition to sustainability plan.
Satyanna Chris Luken – Montessori Teacher, Author, and Founder of Imagine Wisdom Education: Satyanna Luken is the founder of Imagine Wisdom Education (I-WE), an un-schooling educational model with a twist. She is a trained Montessori, French Immersion, and Yoga Teacher. She is also the author of two books, “I-WE, Imagine Wisdom Education” and “ABC of Conscious Parenting – Agreement Before (and after) Conceiving.” With a passion for teaching, Satyanna’s I-WE empowers students ages 2-27 to discover and share their unique gifts through an evolutionary, mixed-ages, and multi-intelligence educational model incorporating peace practices, compassionate communication, and yoga and mediation as foundations for self-realization, health, and happiness. In the spirit of this, Satyanna is also the founder of the Green Valentines Festival, a festival created to inspire a sustainable living consciousness to her Laguna Beach Community. As a One Community Consultant, Satyanna and her I-WE method have been foundational to the development and evolution of the One Community Highest Good Education program early childhood and Ultimate Classroom components.
Sayonara Batista de Oliveira – 4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student: Sayonara is an undergraduate student enrolled in the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program at Portland State University. In Brazil, she studies at Federal University of Campina Grande. Before starting college, Sayonara took classes to learn how to use AutoCAD, which gave to her a great amount of knowledge about the software. One year later, she had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant at her university where she offered support to other students that were gaining experience with AutoCAD. Always desiring to help, Sayonara participated as a volunteer in the organization of several events in her college. In addition, she was part of a scientific research group about the free spaces of her city, called “Free spaces in Campina Grande: a vista of the landscaping in the city.” Her passion for the environment related to architecture and urbanism became stronger during this research. Sayonara realized that the cities and buildings could act like great agents to modify the spaces and incorporate sustainability in the plans. Living and studying for almost 1 year in Portland, Oregon (one of the most sustainable cities in America) she took many classes related to environmental issues, and saw how great the benefits are for people when the spaces incorporate green infrastructure, and are planned with concern for nature. Sayonara desires to use her architecture and urban planning skills to build better spaces that improve quality of life while preserving the environment for future generations. As a member of the One Community team, Sayonara is helping with sustainable construction method research, design, drafting, and rendering for all seven of the sustainable village models.
Scott Howard – Sustainable Building Expert and Architectural Artisan: Scott founded Earthen Hand Natural Building in 2002 to promote cutting edge building technologies through education. He builds and teaches natural building workshops around the world with his most notable achievements including: inspiring thousands of students; a 23 ft earthbag sound dome in Thailand (2004); a 17 ft earthbag dome in Dogon Country, Mali (2009); and a Passive Annual Heat Storage earthbag home in Washinton state (2011). He is currently teaming up with two other designer/builders to create Ecotecture International, to take on larger projects with intent to help people discover healthier and happier living. At One Community Scott has offered to share his knowledge and experience as well as offering classes on the property. Check out Scott’s Portfolio Here.
Scott Thomas – Instructor of Architectural Design Drafting and Author: Scott has been a secondary and postsecondary educator for over 22 years. He is the owner and principal building designer of Thomas Design Associates LLC and instructor of architectural design drafting for Shadow Ridge High School, Dysart Unified School District, in Surprise, Arizona. He is a member of the Goodheart-Wilcox Author Team and Co-author of Architecture: Residential Drafting and Design by Clois Kicklighter. Scott is a Master Certified Career and Technical Educator (MCCTE) with the Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences (ASTS), Director Emeritus for the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), and has led three years of national champions in architectural drafting competitions at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. As a a One Community consultant, Scott coordinated the work of a couple of his students working on the Earthbag Village (Pod 1).
Shadi Kennedy – Artist and Graphic Designer: After graduating with his BA in Art Practice, Shadi Kennedy decided he wanted to create visually engaging work that related to the world around us and engaged and interacted with viewers beyond those who just wandered into an art gallery. With this new goal, Shadi went back to University and earned his MA (with Honors) in Graphic Design. Now an accomplished Designer, Shadi specializes in using visual creativity to produce unique, streamlined, and functional designs that make a positive impact on the world around them. As a One Community Graphic Designer, Shadi is applying his amazing talent creating final real-to-life renders, descriptive imagery, and publication materials for the Earthbag Village, Tropical Atrium, and Duplicable City Center™.
Sheng Xu – Mechanical Design Engineer: Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and his father, Sheng is the third mechanical engineer in his family. He received his bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Design and Manufacturing in Sichuan University, China and is now a graduate student at the University of Southern California, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His graduate study focused on CFD and FEA simulation and he realized that further learning engineering analysis could improve his mechanical design skill as well. Now, after 6 years deeply studying mechanical engineering, Sheng is skilled in 3D modeling (SolidWorks) and FEA analysis software (CosmosWorks, Abquas) and happy to say that the skills he has learned are diversely applicable because, “mechanical engineering is everywhere in our daily life. This is the most fantastic part of mechanical engineering and also the starting of world change.” As a One Community collaborator and consultant, Sheng is helping with 3-D modeling and structural evaluation of the different structures of the Earthbag Village and upcoming crowdfunding campaign dome designs.
Shilcy Augustine – Architect: Shilcy received her Bachelors of Architecture degree from University of Kerala and is licensed in India. She has worked with reputed architects in India and has a professional experience of five years making her proficient in AutoCAD, MS office, and Photoshop. Her role as an architect has extended beyond just designing to also include getting corporate approvals, collaboration with contractors and vendors, and onsite execution of project through to the finish. With a passion for mud architecture and interests in sustainability and cost effective methods of construction, Shilcy has joined the One Community team working on the development of the Straw Bale Village and Earth Block Village.
Song Dong – M.S. in Mechanical Engineering: Song earned his M.S. degree from UCLA and B.S. degree in Marine Engineering from Tianjin University, China. Song is interested in damage and failure of materials in mechanical design, finite element analysis of structure, CAD modeling, as well as mechanism kinematics. Song is passionate about making smart and eco-designed products to help people gain a smarter and healthier lifestyle. As a One Community Consultant, Song Dong has helped with elevation drawings of the Earthbag Village clusters and is now working on SolidWorks structural calculations.
Stephanie VanderKallen – Mental Health Professional and Teacher: Stephanie graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2001 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She then pursued her teaching credential and began teaching special needs students. She has worked in both public and private education settings spanning a broad diversity of socioeconomic background and holding positions including Teacher’s Aide, General Education Teacher (pre-schol, Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten), Special Education Teacher (grades 8-12), and Skills Trainer (early intervention in home, elementary and high school; ASD, E/D, Bi-polar, PTSD, MR, LD). Stephanie is now working on her Master’s Degree in Marriage and family Therapy and brings her experience, passion, and desire to create and implement an innovative, collaborative education paradigm that will improve the social, emotional, physical, communicative, academic, and career success of all as a Collaborator/Consultant to the One Community Team collaborating on the Education for Life Program. Stephanie’s driving force behind helping and world change is wanting her son to have the best future possible and her experience and passion have led her to specifically focus on development of the Portfolio Template and Collaborative Team Model.
Steven Paslawsky – Graphic Designer: Steven is a graduate of the Graphic Communications program at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology located in Edmonton, Alberta. Art has always been a part of his life, leading to his passion for creating and designing. Other passions include Ice Dancing, a sport Steven has been competitive in on a national level for 15 years, traveling across Canada to compete. Steven believes that the world we live in and the things that we do can be improved on. Motivated by this understanding and a desire to be a part of the change One Community is creating, Steven used his skills and experience with the Adobe Suite to help us create new and professional icons and presentations used throughout our website.
Tyler Gonnsen – Software Architecture Consultant, Website and Web Application Developer, B.S. in Software Engineering and Mathematics: Tyler graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Science double major in software engineering and mathematics, a minor in economics, and a certificate in management studies from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. During college, he had the opportunity to take leadership positions on real-world projects such as a government district mapping tool, online pet licensing system, community web calendar, and winery e-commerce website. After college, Tyler has consulted on a variety of websites and online applications in the insurance, healthcare, financial, and retail industries. As a One Community Consultant, Tyler has applied his software engineering experience and knowledge of architectural design principles to create the 2nd generation design for the Highest Good network application and the rollout template and initial design details for the open source Control Systems design and remote-internet implementation details.
Vassili Biserov – Writer, Poet and Translator: First and foremost a poet, Vassili took part in the last two editions of 100 Thousands Poets for Change that have taken place in Bologna. Vibra, one of Vas’ poems in a different language, was judged as worthy of mention in a poetry competition called ‘Attraverso l’Italia’. Vas first started translating by translating a French songwriter, Leo Ferré, into Italian when he was in high school. After that he translated the entire phonographic testament of him, he began to translate a Russian songwriter, Vladimir Vyzotskij, whom he translated more than 400 songs into Italian. Vas has organized and led a Poetic Literary Circle, a group purposed to perform readings in houses, parks and squares and taken part in ‘La Gabotte,’ a group of poets with whom he produced a CD with 13 tracks, one for each poet. He is also a reiki practitioner with the 2nd level of Karuna reiki. As a One Community Consultant, Vas is helping to translate the pages of the One Community site that he finds most helpful and inspirational into Italian (here’s an example).
Yulia Minhazeeva – PhD Professor of Linguistics, Private Language Tutor, and Teacher: Having always been interested in relationships and communication, Yulia has spent nine years intensively studying languages and foreign literature and is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English, with a basic knowledge of French and German as well. She holds a PhD in linguistics and has been teaching for Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University since 2008. She has extensive experience with young children (aged from infancy to seven years old and more) that she has combined with her participation in a Children’s Early Development Education Program (based on Rudolph Steiner’s Waldorf School and Helen Doron’s teaching principles) helping her become an even more well-qualified children’s supervisor, facilitator, inspirer, and teacher. As a One Community consultant, Yulia has contributed over two years to the development and evolution of the Highest Good education overall program, all curriculum components, lesson plans, and the complete subject of English.
Yusuf Sulayman – Lawyer and member of the Nigerian Bar Association: Yusuf obtained his law degree from Bayero University, Kano in 2012 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2013. He immediately joined the law firm of Belgore, Olufadi & Co. as counsel until March 2014 when he briefly joined the Supreme Court of Nigeria for his National Youth Service Corps. Yusuf strives to achieve professional excellence, challenge conventional attitudes, explore new ideas, and contribute positively to any and all activities and organizations he engages. To One Community, he brings the zeal to professionally contribute his legal knowledge and ability to learn and apply diverse skills towards attaining One Community’s vision and core values through effectiveness and good teamwork.
Zachary Melin – Videographer, Graphic Designer, and Airman: Zach has had an interest in art and nature since childhood. Growing up in rural Michigan, he graduated high school as an art honor student and attended a local community college using art and music scholarships. Zach soon discovered that the structure of collegiate art education was not for him, and yearning to escape the confines of his hometown, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Military service provided him with a first-class trade-school education, first in aircraft maintenance and later in videography, while also providing a substantial amount of supervisory, managerial, followership and leadership experience. Zach’s subsequent world travel and military experience taught him many things, including the value of small communities and socialistic models, as well as the barriers class systems present. Looking forward to a future of participating in a more egalitarian system, Zach has had a keen interest in sustainability, earthen building, permaculture and all things off-the-grid since approximately 2007, and is currently participating in Oregon State University’s horticulture program via distance learning in preparation for his eventual retirement from military service. Other areas Zach is passionate about include veganism, world travel (especially geocaching with his family), hiking, and learning new things. As a One Community team member, Zach is helping with the graphic design for the Tree House Village (Pod 7) book presentation.
Zdenek Jurik – P.E. Structural, Civil and Mechanical Engineer: Zdenek attended college in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia and received his A.A.S. in Mechanical Technology from the Industrial School of Mechanical Engineering, a Diploma in Engineering, Design, Testing and Inspection of Cranes and Steel Construction from the National Institute of Work Safety, and completed additional courses in Material Technology Welding through the National Research Center of Welding. His expertise spans a broad spectrum of engineering calculation and design including ponds, underground water storage, marine public landings, piers, bridges, roads, sites, retaining structures (concrete, stl. piles, wood), and hydrology. He as also created complete structural designs for libraries, hospital additions, education centers, ice skating and tennis sport facilities, banks, residential homes, production buildings and museums, pressure vessels, and dams. Also analysis and design for special aluminum structures (International and North America), cranes, and hoists. He is an expert witness in Structural and Civil Engineering with extensive hands-on experience and knowledge of Autocad, Risa, Enercalc and 3D Finite Element Analysis. As a One Community consultant, Zdenek is helping with the complete engineering details of the aquapini and walipini structures. He is a licensed professional engineer, USA, Corporate member of Dispute Board Federation, Geneva, Switzerland, and President of ABC Engineering P.E. (207-542-9773 / firstname.lastname@example.org /www.abcengineer.com).
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