GoodLands 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

Christine Wacta
Services Director

Christine Wacta is an African born, French Architect D.P.L.G. from Paris La-Défense School of Architecture (France). She also holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota (2001). Christine is finishing her PhD in advance GeoSpatial Sciences for Architecture, Urban Design and History preservation at the University Of Paris Sorbonne-Paris Cité & Paris Diderot [graduation spring 2019].

Christine worked as intern Architect in Dresden (Germany), Paris France and Ellerbe Becket Architects in Minneapolis. MN, before deciding to go into teaching in 2002. She taught Interior Design at the Art institutes international MN for two years, then accepted a job at SCAD Savannah as a professor of Architecture where she taught for the last 13 years before joining GoodLands.

Her interest for intelligent city and resilience for future planning has grown to where she recently started a GeoDesign student Chapter at SCAD. Christine has worked on developing a minor in GeoDesign/GeoBIM at SCAD. 

Christine believes that there is an emerging NEW discipline alongside Architecture and Urban Design, a discipline that emerges as a STRONG LINK to all other disciplines on a single, collaborative TRANS/CROSS-disciplinary platform. The GeoDesign concept and its broad application, its use of BIG DATA, sciences and communications provide a platform that augments architects, planners and stakeholders ability to make better decisions in the creation of more RESILEINT futures.

Her vision is one of the city as research and testing laboratory for simulating scenarios using real data in form of a game with Geolocation and temporal component. Gamifying the city? AR/VR becomes an important part of intelligent planning for regeneration.

Ana Marquez
Legal Director

Ana is an attorney from Panama currently based in New Haven, CT.  She obtained a J.D. equivalent law and politics degree in Panama at the Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua and then obtained an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She worked at a law firm in Panama before moving to United States where she was a supervisor at a tax collecting law firm in Texas.

 

As an attorney Ana has experience handling numerous transactions such as purchase and sale agreements of land and shares, company incorporations, government bids and obtainment of licenses. She coordinates GoodLands’ diverse pro bono legal teams and leads internal policy and contract development alongside all program directors. Ana is passionate about art and the environment.

Liz Hanna
Executive Manager

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
Director of Development and Partnerships

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.

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.

Keith Zaltzberg
Advisor, Catholic Parks Network

Keith Zaltzberg is a founding principal of Regenerative Design Group. He aims to connect sustainable agriculture, urban planning, green infrastructure, restoration, and social justice in his work. Keith’s approach is grounded in understanding the potential of a place, rigorous analysis, and systematic assessment. He combines this process with energetic creativity and a ground-level perspective gleaned from a decade working as an organic farmer, homesteader, and green builder. He is a popular lecturer and instructor on permaculture design, urban agriculture, community resilience planning, and food systems. Keith holds faculty positions at The Conway School and Smith College, where he teaches masters and undergraduate students digital design tools such as GIS and CAD. He is a certified Permaculture Designer, and holds a BS in Environmental Design from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass-Amherst.

Barry Threw
Arts and Technology Associate

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.

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.

Supporting Services

We have a broad reaching network of technology subcontractors around the world who are not listed due to proprietary relations.  For companies interested in partnering with us for our services or initatives, please contact info@good-lands.org

Judi Otton, Interim CFO and company-wide financial capacity building

Uta Seivers, Independent Consultant and GoodLands’ Rome Liasone 

Board

Andrea Hattler Bramson
President, Lloyola Foundation; Former Technical Intelligence Officer

Andrea’s background and experiences as an artist and native Spanish speaker, coupled with her experiences as a Technical Intelligence Officer provided a unique perspective from which to draw for Technical Hiring Requirements for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – allowing her to truly bring the ‘a’ to STEaM. Andrea’s background as a creative person also put her in a natural position to propose, develop, and implement innovative solutions to often intractable clandestine technical operational challenges.

Jerry Pucilllo
Centergreen,
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

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>

We are seeking experienced:
Accountants
Contract Lawyers
Land and Conservation Lawyers
IP Lawyers
Development Directors
Scientists
Real Estate Developers
Music and Art Agents and Producers

If you are interested in exploring joining our board email info@good-lands.org

Advisors

Geoff Taylor
3D Solutions Engineer, Esri

Geoff Taylor is a Solutions Engineer for 3D markets at Esri. He was a founding partner at HewittNassar Studio, and is a GIS Systems Engineer at Clemson University Land Assets.  He was a second Professional Masters of Landscape Architecture, GIS, Advanced Technology, BIM, Spatial Analysis, Internet Applications, Social Interactions from Clemson University. His Bachelors degree is in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Horticulture, Advanced 3d Modeling, GIS, and Spanish and Clemson University.

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.

Stephen Thor Johnston
President, North American Land Trust

Stephen Thor Johnson is the President of North American Land Trust. He has a long career in conservation as a scientist, state government official, land trust executive, real estate development professional and as a consultant.

John A. Mundell, P.E., L.P.G.
President, Mundell and Associates

John has over 38 years of experience in civil engineering and environmental remendiation. He is the principle at Mundell and associates. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University (M.S. focus on Geotechnical Engineering) and Doctoral Studies (abd) in Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame. His areas of expertise include: Hydrogeology, Site Characterization, Groundwater and Contaminant Modeling, Geochemistry, Risk Assessment, Plume Stability Evaluation, Remediation Design, Regulatory Negotiation, Environmental Construction Oversight, Brownfield Redevelopment and Expert Testimony/Litigation Support, Superfund, RCRA Investigation/Remediation, LUST Investigations, Indiana VRP Programs

Steven Snyder
Award Winning CIO, Tech Wrangler, Sensory Interactive

Steven Snyder has more than 35 years of experience deploying technology in event venues and other public environments, with a focus on the use of innovative software and hardware to achieve critical business objectives. He has managed projects with budgets reaching into the tens of millions of dollars and has overseen large and diverse teams, including the group responsible for technological innovation at one of the world’s most advanced convention centers.

Before joining Sensory Interactive in 2017, Steve spent nearly 14 years with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which owns and operates facilities that include the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the Hynes Convention Center, and the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

As the MCCA’s Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer, Steve was responsible for a 60-member, multidisciplinary in-house team. In addition to creating and maintaining the award-winning ShowBiz event-management software, this team managed the systems, infrastructure, vendors, and personnel required to deliver technology services to more than 360 events every year.

Steve received CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 Award in 2014, was named a Computerworld Top 100 Premier Leader in IT in 2013, and was selected as a Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech CIO of the Year in 2012. In 2016, he led MCCA to a ninth-place ranking – just ahead of NASA’a Jet Propulsion Laboratory – on InformationWeek’s Elite 100 listings.

Steve’s early career included serving as a Vice President of Information Services, consultant, and company founder for successful businesses providing technology services across a broad range of industries. Steve also spent six years in the Navy as a SONAR technician on nuclear submarines and is a private pilot.