JoAnn McAllister, PhD
JoAnn McAllister is passionate about sharing the transformative approach and practical tools for social change that are at the heart of the Human Science perspective. As a co-founder of HSI, she is dedicated to supporting those engaged in “creating a humane and ecologically sustainable global future.” She has worked with and developed programs for community-based organizations, social movement groups, and educational institutions committed to social and environmental justice. She is a co-author and editor of Bill Moyer's Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements. After receiving her PhD in Human Science from Saybrook University in 2003 she served as the Director of the Human Science program until 2015. She is also an avid birder and is engaged in volunteer motivation research to understand how citizen science and environmental education programs connect and reconnect human beings to the natural world.
Steve Soifer, PhD
Vice President of the Board
Steven Soifer received his M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Social Welfare Policy at the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University in 1988. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He is currently chair and professor of the Department of Social Work at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Soifer is former chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis. His research interests are in social justice, affordable housing, and paruresis (shy bladder syndrome). He is the author or co-author of five books, including Doing Democracy: the MAP model for Organizing Social Movements (2001).
Emilie Bromet-Bauer, MA, CVA
Secretary of the Board
Emilie Bromet-Bauer, MA, CVA is a consultant, coach, trainer, and thought leader in the field of volunteer management. She has worked for over 25 years as a professional volunteer resource manager, developing and leading volunteer programs of various sizes for organizations and institutions in a variety of sectors and fields, including nonprofit, higher education, military, human services, and museums. In her work, Emilie promotes the importance of pracademics, the application of research and critical thinking to the practice of volunteer management and leadership, organizational development, civic engagement, and social change. She has a MA in Human Science from Saybrook University and developed a model of transformative volunteer management for her master’s project. She holds a Certificate in Volunteer Administration and is the author of the chapter "Advocacy in Volunteer Administration" in the CVA text, Volunteer administration: professional practice. She was a founding board director for AL!VE (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement) and served on its board for nine years. She is a convener for BAVAN (Bay Area Volunteer Administrators’ Network) and serves on the board of directors of the Human Sciences Institute.
Jim Smith, MA
Jim received his MA in Human Science in 2015 from Saybrook University where his thesis was “The Role of Nature in Healing Victims of Trauma.” He is a co-founder of the Human Science Institute which is based in Helena, Montana. He is currently a Doctoral candidate at California Institute of Integral Studies in Transformative Studies, exploring the way in which the nature of freedom has been distorted and co-opted by neo-liberal economic and political ideology and policies.
He is an active member of Democratic Socialists of America working for economic and political change in order to create more just and sustainable future for his community and his children and grandchildren. He believes that the role of every progressive person is to become engaged in civil and political life in order to insure a more diverse and democratic world.
Elena Dela Vega, PhD, MSW
Elena Dela Vega, PhD, MSW is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Memphis, where she teaches Social Welfare Policy, Evaluative Research, and Poverty. Consistent with the values and goals of the profession of social work, her research aims to enhance human well-being, opportunity, and capacity, and to foster civil and human rights for all people. Her research is complex and multifaceted and consists of three broad areas, grounded in the promotion of social justice: 1) Understanding Poverty; 2) Social and Economic Exclusion; and 3) Promoting Social and Economic Development. Dr. Delavega was a policy Fellow of the Hooks Institute for Social Change in 2014, serves on the board of JustCity, Inc., an organization dedicated to bringing justice to those accused of crimes in Shelby County, and was appointed Associate Director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis in 2015. She is dedicated to researching, teaching, and promoting civil rights and social justice. She is the author of the Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet, updated yearly.
Karen McClendon, Ph.D.
Karen McClendon, Ph.D., has worked in higher education for many years, having served as a faculty member, Curriculum Specialist, General Education chair, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness Director, and a consultant. Currently, Dr. McClendon serves as the Vice-President for Institutional Research, Quality & Assessment at California Northstate University. Dr. McClendon is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is interested in transformative, therapeutic, and institutional change as well as transformational learning and social change.
Geoffrey Thompson, PhD
Chair, Editorial Review Committee
Geoffrey Thompson PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT is an artist and creative art therapist, with extensive experience working in psychiatry. Dr. Thompson is a community faculty member at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Geoffrey earned an MFA from Hunter College and an MA from the Union Institute and University at Vermont College. He completed a PhD from Saybrook University with a transdisciplinary focus across the fields of art, philosophy, psychology and art therapy. He has published articles and a book chapter about art therapy, presented at international conferences, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Art Therapy.