Staff and Faculty

Staff

Susie McFeeters, Program Advisor, graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Sociology and went on to complete her Master of Arts in College Counseling at Hunter College. She advised adult and re-entry students at the University of Vermont's Division of Continuing Education before relocating to Sonoma County.

SSU Extended and International Education
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
Phone: 707/664-2601 Fax: 707/664-2613
susan.mcfeeters@sonoma.edu

Office: Rachel Carson Hall Room 63,
Appointments by arrangement

Beth Warner, Program Coordinator, received her Bachelor of Arts through the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies in 1989 with a minor in Linguistics, and later went on to complete her Master of Arts in History at Sonoma State.

Phone: 707/664-3977 Fax: 707/664-2613
beth.warner@sonoma.edu

Faculty

The BADCP faculty is comprised of professors from different disciplines. Each brings a unique viewpoint to the curriculum and discussions. Faculty can be reached through the e-mail links below, or leave a message with the Program Coordinator.

Debora Hammond, Hutchins School Faculty Liaison, completed her Ph.D. in the History of Science at the University of California at Berkeley after teaching at the secondary level in Colorado and on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. Her dissertation, "Toward a Science of Synthesis: The Heritage of General Systems Theory," traced the development of systems ideas in the mid-twentieth century. She is particularly interested in topics relating to the environment, health, women, and the social implications of contemporary developments in science and technology.

Jack Wikse, Faculty Coordinator, comes to the Hutchins School from Shimer College in the Chicago area, where he was Dean of Adult Education. Shimer's "great books" curriculum began when Robert Hutchins developed his early entrant program for the University of Chicago there. Jack is a political theorist (PhD., U.C. Berkeley). He is the author of ABOUT POSSESSION: the Self as Private Property. His recent writings have explored dreams as social information, dialogue as meditative thought, and the ethics of globalization. He served as the Research Director of the Lifwynn Foundation where he organized research on addiction as a social phenomenon. Jack has also taught stone sculpture and aesthetics, and is currently working on a series of alabaster carvings on the history of myth.

Ervand Peterson received his bachelors degree in geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Masters and Doctorate in Environmental Education and Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His professional experiences over 35 years have included developing and directing the School for Field Studies tropical forest research station in far north Queensland, Australia; consulting on conservation education and professional forester training to the Wildlife Institute of India and the India Institute for Forest Management; 10 years in international training for the U.S. National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, working with resource managers and park managers from 120 nations; and teaching as adjunct professor in Environmental Studies and Liberal Studies.

JoAnn Vrilakas has an MA in cultural anthropology from Hunter College, and spent two years in Dharamsala, India researching the lives of Tibetan Buddhist nuns. JoAnn has taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Lehman College in The Bronx, Portland State University, Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. Before pursuing her interest in cultural anthropology, JoAnn worked as a field biologist for the US Forest Service, The Bureau of Land Management, and the Nature Conservancy. She has published poetry and essays in Oregon East, an award winning regional arts magazine, and was included in a retrospective anthology edited by William Stafford.