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Dan batsie

Dan Batsie is the Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the Vermont Department of Health.  He has been a working paramedic in New York, Maine and now Vermont for more than 29 years. Throughout his career, he has also been an emergency medical services educator teaching in paramedic programs for the last 15 years.  Dan has authored two EMS textbooks, contributed to several more, and published numerous journal articles and commentaries.

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Ilana copel

Ilana is the Field Supervisor at the Green Mountain Club, where she has worked since 2012. She supports trail crews and caretakers who maintain Vermont’s 272-mile Long Trail and its many side trails. She is excited to help celebrate the GMC Caretaker Program’s 50th anniversary this year. Ilana graduated from the University of Vermont Rubenstein School with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and has studied and worked on public lands in Australia and Utah. Over the years she has lived in tents and cabins on various mountains, but now lives in Stowe in a proper apartment.  

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Duane dunston

Duane is an Assistant Professor at Champlain College and been in Information Security since 1997.  His information security experience is from the education and government sector. Currently, he's pursuing his EdD at Northeastern University. Duane has spoken and written on cybersecurity topics, including a bi-weekly column for VTDigger. He mentors middle and high school students on learning security computer systems. Outside of computers, Duane is a home coffee roaster, silversmith, and ham radio enthusiast. Duane lives with his wife and two kids in Essex Junction

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Georgia grace edwards

Georgia Grace is a hiker, entrepreneur, bucket-lister, storyteller, and self-described “yes woman!” She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland, recently graduated from Middlebury College right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and is currently living abroad in the foothills of the Giant Mountains in the Bohemian Paradise region of the Czech Republic. As a Fulbright grantee, she teaches English at a business academy and is learning the art of mushroom hunting. She is a co-founder of SheFly Apparel and is on a mission to make answering nature’s call easier for everyone in the outdoors.

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charlotte massey

Charlotte is a Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, mountain guide, internationally competitive debater and graduating senior at Middlebury College. She grew up in the mountains of Washington state where she spent her winters cross country ski racing and her summers mountaineering. She is a co-founder of SheFly apparel and is passionate about big pockets, sustainable manufacturing and designing outdoor apparel that makes everyone feel comfortable and confident outside.

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sascha mayer

Sascha Mayer is the CEO and Co-founder of Mamava, Inc. Mamava designs solutions for nursing mamas on the go, and since 2015 has placed over 750 lactation suites. In 2018 Sascha and her Mamava co-founder, Christine Dodson, were the SBA’s Small Business Persons of the Year from Vermont. Sascha is a Board Member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, sits on the marketing committee for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding board member of Mobius Mentors. She loves to spend time outside with her husband, two children, seven chickens, and her rescue dog.

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kiah morris

Originally from Chicago, Kiah Morris lives in Bennington, Vermont. She served in the general assembly as a State Representative from 2014-2018, only the second African-American woman to be elected to the legislature in Vermont history. Kiah is an award-winning trainer, speaker, performer and presenter who provides consultative services on issues of diversity, equity and leadership for organizations across the globe. She is co-owner of the TESA Collective cooperative and serves on numerous boards and advisory councils where her work focuses on amplification of voices of the oppressed, issues of human rights and social justice. She is the Executive Director of the Vermont Coalition on Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools.

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turner osler

Turner has the usual academic trauma surgeon back story: BA Neurobiology (Princeton), MD (Medical College of Virginia), surgical residency (Columbia, Harvard), fellowship (University of New Mexico) and then 20 years an academic trauma surgeon (University of Vermont) with over 300 peer reviewed papers and book chapters.  But then Turner went off script, got a masters in Biostatistics, an NIH grant and abandoned the operating room to study trauma epidemiology. Somewhere in the last decade he became obsessed with the problems that come from sitting too much. Turner lives in Colchester with his wife, son and dog who have been surprisingly tolerant of his mania.

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ashley reynolds

Ashley Reynolds and her husband Colin founded Elmore Mountain Therapeutics in 2017. Ashley discovered the healing power of CBD after her own battle with postpartum anxiety. She began educating herself about the endocannabinoid system and cannabis as a whole. She carries a professional certificate in cannabis science and medicine from the University of Vermont. After nearly 15 years of practicing as a dental hygienist, Ashley now works full-time for EMT CBD. She is the the mother of two children and lives in the hills of Elmore Mountain

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julia rogers

Julia Rogers is a seasoned traveler, writer, speaker and experiential education expert. She is the founder of EnRoute Consulting, an organization dedicated to fueling the gap year movement and developing a generation of compassionate, driven and resourceful global citizens. She works with educators, service-learning organizations, non-profits, government entities and families to further hands-on education, encourage ethical travel and transform how we define higher education. Her favorite destinations are Morocco, New Zealand, Laos and Nepal. When not planning her next adventure, she enjoys playing in the mountains of Stowe with her husband and two daughters.

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corrina thurston

Corrina Thurston is a professional wildlife artist, specializing in detailed, vibrant colored pencil portraits of animals. She's known throughout the region as "The Colored Pencil Artist" for the expert way she uses her preferred medium, which shocks her viewers with its vibrancy and realistic details. Corrina is also the author of two books, with another to be released later in 2019. She's a speaker, giving presentations at galleries, nonprofits, and businesses, and a business consultant for other creative entrepreneurs. Corrina won the pop-up TEDxStowe competition in January.

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aaron wisniewski

A mad scientist, artist, olfactory activist.  Aaron is the Founder and CEO of Alice & the Magician: an experimental Flavor and Fragrance company.  He is also founder and CEO of OVR Technology: an innovative company combining the power of olfaction with the potential of virtual reality to advance human experiences.  A lifelong obsession with the power of scent has led him around the world collecting and bottling scent memories, working as a professional chef, mixologist, sommelier, and sensory artist.  He resides in Burlington, Vermont with his cat, Catrick Swayze


Congratulations to Grace Darrow of Peoples Academy and Isabel Masi of Stowe High School who were the winners of the TEDx speaking competitions at those schools.


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Host - Susanne Schmidt

Susanne is a standup comedienne, master storyteller and producer for The Moth. She has appeared in The Boston Women in Comedy Festival, The Toronto SheDot Festival and named the “Best of the Valley Voices” by The Academy of Music Theater and New England Public Radio. Susanne is a teaching artist at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, a graduate professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the mother of two amazing young men who would prefer that she stop talking about them on stage.