& ARISE Team

Molly Burhans
Founder, Executive Director, GoodLands

Molly combines her passion for people and the planet with her experience in design thinking, business development, and scientific research to understand and transform complex systems, manage diverse teams, and communicate ideas and processes through broadly-accessible media that brings people together.

Molly is an Ashoka Fellow (2018).  Molly was the Chief Cartographer for the first global data-based maps of the Catholic Church and has exhibited these on numerous occasions in the Vatican.

Molly has an M.S. in Ecological Design from the Conway School, where she was her class’ Sustainable Communities Initiative Fellow, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Canisius College. She worked in a yeast genetics lab and has designed and developed professional graphic and web media for over ten years, some of which been featured in publications such as Landscape Architecture Magazine, Nucleic Acids Research, and the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence proceedings. She co-founded GroOperative, Inc. 5(a), an indoor-vertical farming worker-owned cooperative in Buffalo, NY, USA in 2013. She has been involved with the Vatican Youth Symposium, Vatican Arts and Technology Council, United Nations Youth Assembly, the Buckminster Fuller Catalyst program and is an Echoing Green Fellowship finalist. She has also been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and institutions, including but not limited to Harvard University, Yale University, Esri, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and ICT4D

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Julian Darius Revie
Founder, ARISE

Australian-Canadian composer Julian Darius Revie is Associate Director of Music at the Center for Music and Liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale University. Prior posts include serving as Organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ottawa and Director of the Choir of Robinson College at Cambridge University.

Mr. Revie is honoured to be the first prize winner of the 2016 Francesco Siciliani composition competition run by the Vatican, with an international jury panel chaired by Helmuth Rilling and Arvo Pärt.

Mr. Revie’s compositions for solo instruments, voice, chamber ensembles and orchestra have been performed in North America, Europe, and Australia, in venues including Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House. In June 2015, his Mass of the Divine Shepherd was premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York City with 400 singers, including choirs from Norway, Finland, England and North America, including the National Children’s Chorus (USA), all overseen by conductor Stephen Layton.

Also in 2015, The Love of God was selected as the communion antiphon for the Papal Mass in Philadelphia. It was performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra with a 300-voice massed choir and children’s chorus, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Revie studied piano, organ and clarinet from an early age and was first prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition in organ performance. He holds degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Yale University and Caltech in the United States and a Master’s in Composition from Cambridge University in Great Britain. His master’s dissertation, “Unity and Uniqueness in the Fifth Mode Great Responsories: New Approaches to the Multifaceted Layers of Plainchant Melody,” is an analysis of groups of related plainchant melodies that draws upon techniques used in analysis of tonal music as well as upon the mathematical and computational tools used in comparative genetic analysis. At The Juilliard School, Mr. Revie has studied with Milton Babbitt, Samuel Adler, and Philip Lasser. He is the recipient of a DAAD scholarship for study in Berlin.

Mr. Revie is the founder of LISTEN — Listening-based Intercultural Student Encounters, a new initiative to create partnerships between indigenous and non-indigenous youth in Canada using long-distance artistic co-creation as a vehicle for discovery and expression:

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Valerie Rose Belanger
Executive Director, ARISE

An internationalist with 14 years of experience in building networks and rethinking leadership, Valerie has problem-solved with municipal leaders in Central America, coached education entrepreneurs in the Middle East, and convened journalists, artists, environmentalists, diplomats, and venture capitalists from across 80+ countries. Valerie is a graduate of Wesleyan and Yale.

Valerie is driven by the belief that leadership is not dependent on hierarchical position, but instead born from a mindset; it is a bold everyday practice to renew with each day, each moment. To lead is a verb, a series of choices embedded within a lifelong commitment to the practices of giving and receiving feedback, asking powerful questions, collaborating, and reflecting in the pursuit of new – and better – normals.

Specialties: sustainable development, leadership and coaching, citizenship, global networks, innovation, urban renewal and cities, diversity, purpose, public art, experiential learning, capacity building

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Barry Threw

Barry Threw is curator, technologist, designer, cultural producer & strategist with over 15 years of experience developing innovative & influential platforms, products, teams, and businesses across art, built environments, and experiential & immersive media. He served on the Executive Steering Committee for Arts and Technology for the Vatican, an advisory group for the Vatican Secretariat of Communications, and was a core contributor to its strategic plan. He is Cofounder of Fabricatorz, Director of #NEWPALMYRA, on the Board of Gray Area and is based in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Gillean Denny [ARISE]

Originally from Philadelphia, USA, Gillean completed her PhD in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. With a background in production and graphic design, sustainable grass-roots architecture, and teaching, Gillean currently works internationally from Toronto, Canada, as a designer and writer. She has several publications in the area of urban planning which explore the environmental effects of Urban Agriculture and global food chains on society. Amid other projects, she is currently working on a novelization of these themes for a children’s audience.

Robin Ladouceur 
Communications Director

Robin brings her passion and enthusiasm for forging and nurturing professional relationships to her role of Communications Director. Upon completing a PhD in Russian Literature, Robin worked in instructional technology/design, communications, and higher education administration for 12 years. She is a creative, results-oriented communicator, social media strategist, digital storyteller & avowed technophile. Robin takes pride in being a passionate trainer and presenter. She thrives on developing the talents and visions of others. Outside of work, Robin spends her time birding, hiking with her dogs and friends, throwing pots on a wheel, and taking tons, literally tons, of nature photographs!

Marion Belanger [ARISE]
Resident Photographer 

Marion Belanger photographs the cultural landscape, particularly where geology and the built environment intersect.   She was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to photograph the contested landscape of the Everglades. Rather than focusing only on the wetlands in the protected National Park, she ventured into the now drained swampland of the historic Everglades, where housing developments, sugarcane fields, and water control structures occupy the landscape. For Rift/ Fault Belanger photographed the two land-based edges of the North American Continental Plate, along the San Andreas Fault in California, and the Mid-Atlantic Rift in Iceland.

The artist earned a M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art where she was the recipient of both the John Ferguson Weir Award and the Schickle-Collingwood Prize, and a B.F.A. from the College of Art & Design at Alfred University. She has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Arts, Everglades National Park, and MASS MoCA.  Her work is shown internationally, and her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery for Art, the Library of Congress, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Her exhibitions include Photography and America’s National Parks, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; Internationale Fototage: Contemporary American Photography, Mannheim, Germany; Northern (L) Attitudes: Norwegian and American Contemporary Art, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, New York, NY; and Both Sides of the Street: Celebrating the Corcoran’s Photography Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, among others.

She is a current honoree for the 2017 Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography.  The artist is the author of Everglades: Outside and Within, with an essay by Susan Orlean (Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2009), and Rift/ Fault, with an essay by Lucy Lippard (Radius Books, 2016).  The artist resides in Guilford, Connecticut. She teaches at the Hartford Art School, and in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University.

Jon Mrowczynski
Services and Projects Lead

Physicist by day, computer scientist by night. Jon Mrowczynski is a highly dedicated problem solver, challenge seeker, and tech zealot. He has written software to assist with the analysis of particle collisions at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, redeveloped a wearable, wireless medical technology from scratch to improve physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease sufferers, and designed an AI that determines people’s emotional states based on their facial expressions. On his time off, he enjoys optimizing complex systems, automating menial tasks, upgrading existing technology, and playing his oboe.

Debra Burhans
Services and Projects Lead

Debra Burhans is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Canisius College.  She has over 30 years of experience in data modeling, data extraction, and software development. Her areas of current research include bioinformatics data analysis, technology ethics, analysis of sensor data in real-time, and the integration of art and technology. Dr. Burhans has served as the Academic Mentor for an inner-city high-school STEP Program in Buffalo for the past 15 years.

Liz Hannah

Liz Hanna (MA, MT-BC) is a singer, composer, music therapist, and writer specializing in interweaving creative and contemplative practices to facilitate relational wellbeing. A graduate of Berklee College of Music (Music Therapy) and Yale Divinity School (Religion & Ecology), Liz integrates experience in performance, clinical work, sacred music, and contemplative ecology to explore mutuality, healing, and spiritual life. With a particular focus on reconciliation, Liz’s work aims to help reawaken a more holistic sense not only of human interdependence with all life, but of the human capacity to co-create restorative relationship. In addition to administrative and collaborative work with GoodLands, Liz sings professionally in the tri-state area, teaches private lessons, and serves as Spiritual Programs and Retreats Coordinator for Kairos Earth, facilitating workshops in contemplative ecology.

Tayler Schweigel
Services and Projects Lead

Tayler Schweigel holds a BS (University of Rochester) and MS (University at Buffalo) in Geological Science.  The first year of her master’s program was spent in Italy at the Universita degli Studi di Milano Bicocca. As a geology student she digitized published data from older maps, checking for inconsistencies and creating a repository of structural, sedimentological, and core data that she used to update structural domains related to the tectonic history of the Mohawk Valley. The presentation of her graduate research won the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Poster prize at the Northeastern section meeting of the Geological Society of America and the top prize at the 2017 Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists student poster competition.  Tayler has been involved in outreach activities to engage elementary and middle school students in the study of geology and science in general.

As part of her involvement in citizen science projects, Tayler is a volunteer with Buffalo-Niagara Waterkeeper’s Riverwatch program In addition to working with Goodlands, Tayler is a volleyball coach in the Buffalo Public Schools

Elias Crim

Elias Crim is the founder and publisher at Solidarity Hall, a group blog focused on community regeneration. He was a founding board member of the Lumen Christi Institute (University of Chicago) and New City Press (Focolare–U.S.). He has served in management positions at the Chicago Board of Trade, Accenture, and with several dot-com startups.

Annie Cheng

Annie Cheng is a junior at Yale University studying Political Science and Ethnicity, Race and Migration. She is devoted to environmental justice with a focus on food justice as it concerns intersectional global populations. ARISE is her first project connecting love of art and earth together. In her free time, she travels, volunteers, visits art museums and explores new recipes.

Supporting Services

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Dana Tomlin,
Professor (Yale, UPenn),
GIS Leader

Dana Tomlin currently serves on the faculty of University of Pennsylvania and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Tomlin’s teaching and research focus on the development and application of geographic information systems (GIS). He is Founder and Co-Director of Penn’s Cartographic Modeling Laboratory, originator of Map Algebra, and a member of the GIS Hall of Fame.</p>

Jerry Pucilllo
Real Estate

Jerry  Pucillo,  has  spent  over  30  years  in  direct  service  to  the  goal  of  participating  in  the  creation  of  real  estate  projects  that   have  inherent  meaning  beyond  the    physical  bricks  and  mortar.  This  journey  led  to  the  creation  of  over  1000  apartments  for  low  income seniors  along  with  the  creation  of  “elder  life  corp”  which  brought  the  residents  of  the  developments  together  in  a  mutually  supportive environment.  This  entity  was  later  incorporated  into  the    local  Catholic  Charities  office  of  the  Archdiocese  of  Boston.  He  also  developed  a unique mixed income condo/coop for families facing displacement due to gentrification. 


Engagement  in  non-profit  Board  work  led  to  the  establishment  of  a  home  for  those  in  alcohol  recovery,  as  well  as  another  home  for  persons struggling  with  AIDS,  addiction,  and  single  parented  households,  and  the  creation  of  a  support  system  to  help  these  residents  be  successful in the pursuit of their dreams for themselves and their children. 


On  the  corporate  side,  it  led  to  one  of  the  first  LEED  platinum  rated  office  buildings  in  the  US,  and  a  corporate  engineering  center  designed to    encourage  employee  participation  and  engagement,  all  in  a  sustainability  designed  building.  It  also  led  to  the  position  of  creating  and implementing programs as the Director of Sustainability initiatives for a private equity Fund that has invested over $1B in real estate projects.


Recent  initiatives  include  the  conceptualization,  planning  and  roll  out  of  a  national  initiative  on  behalf  of  a  private  foundation  that  will include  the  design  and  development  of  a  network  of  buildings  serving  the  local  communities  in  which  they  exist  as  well  as  the  design  of  a state  of  the  art  assisted  living  community  that  focused  on  local  community  engagement    and  had  a  goal  of  reaching  near  passive  house building standards. 


Jerry  also  has  pushed  the  boundaries  of    new  technological  advances  in  pursuit  of  more  cost  effective  solutions  to  building  programs  and  in that  regard  did  one  of  the  first  geo-thermal  applications  in  Boston,  one  of  the  larger  modular  housing  developments  done  up  to  that  time, and was engaged in the business planning for a manufactured housing plant

Stephen Ervin
Assoc. Dean of Technology, Harvard GSD, Geodesign Leader

Stephen M. Ervin is Assistant Dean for Information Technology at the Harvard Design School, Director of Computer Resources, and lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His current interests include Geodesign, innovation in digitally enabled design teaching and learning, and algorithmic design. He is a pioneer in applications of computing in landscape architecture, planning and design

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Contract Lawyers
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IP Lawyers
Development Directors
Real Estate Developers
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Stephen Thor Johnston
VP North American Land Trust

Stephen M. Ervin is Assistant Dean for Information Technology at the Harvard Design School, Director of Computer Resources, and lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His current interests include Geodesign, innovation in digitally enabled design teaching and learning, and algorithmic design. He is a pioneer in applications of computing in landscape architecture, planning and design.

Rosanne Haggerty
CEO Community Solutions

Rosanne Haggerty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions. She is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. In 1990, Rosanne founded Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the development of supportive housing and research-based practices that end homelessness.

To have greater impact, she and her senior team launched Community Solutions in 2011 to help communities solve the problems that create and sustain homelessness. Rosanne is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Ashoka Senior Fellow and Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover. In 2012, she was awarded the Jane Jacobs medal for New Ideas and Activism from the Rockefeller Foundation. She serves on the boards of the Alliance for Veterans, Citizens Housing and Planning Council and Iraq-Afghanistan Veterans of America. She is a Life Trustee of Amherst College.

Paul Hellmund
Ecological Design/Greenway Expert

Paul Cawood Hellmund is principal and president of Hellmund Associates. He is an ecological designer and conservation planner with more than thirty years of professional experience. A Harvard-educated landscape architect and planner, he was born and raised in the Republic of Panama. He is an experienced facilitator, speaker, and writer on sustainability, conservation, and ecological design topics

. For ten years he was president of the Conway School in Massachusetts and director of its graduate program in sustainable landscape planning and design. He currently serves as Visiting Fellow at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University.