Our Board and Staff
About Us

Our People

The members of our Board and staff who make this work possible.

Our Board

Rachel Kaplan

Rachel Kaplan

Rachel is Professor Emerita, University of Michigan. Before her retirement, she was the Samuel T. Dana Professor of Environment and Behavior in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and Professor of Psychology, and co-authored several books with Stephen Kaplan. Rachel has written widely on the role the environment plays in helping people become more reasonable, effective, and psychologically healthy. Those same interests have guided her role as mentor and advisor to graduate students, colleagues, and many others who have been inspired by the Kaplans’ contributions.

rachel.kaplan@redirect.org

Nancy Wells

Nancy Wells

Nancy is a Professor in Design & Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University. Nancy’s work focuses on the influence of the built and natural environment on human health, well-being, and health-related behaviors such as diet and physical activity. Her research has included studies of housing and mental health, school gardens and physical activity, and nature as a buffer of pain. Nancy is also passionate about teaching – graduate research methods as well as classes examining environmental influences on health. In her “Environments and Health” graduate seminar, students apply Supportive Environments for Effectiveness (SEE) to a variety of topics and issues.

nancy.wells@redirect.org

William Sullivan

William Sullivan

Bill works to create healthier, more sustainable communities. He is Director of the Smart-Health Community Initiative at the University of Illinois. He and his students examine the benefits that come from having regular exposure to urban landscapes containing green infrastructure. Bill is a Senior Fellow at the National Council for Science and the Environment, Adjunct Professor at National Taiwan University in Taipei, and is an active member of the University of Illinois’ Education Justice Project. He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Environment and Behavior.

bill.sullivan@redirect.org

Abram Kaplan

Abram Kaplan

Abram is the Anne Powell Riley Professor of Environmental Studies at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he has taught for 20+ years. Much of his work is in the areas of conflict resolution, planning, policy, and program evaluation. Over the past decade, Abram has immersed himself in artistic expression through photography, and looks forward to connecting SEE and aesthetic ways of knowing into reDirect’s circle of influence.

abram.kaplan@redirect.org

Jason Duvall

Jason Duvall

Jason is a lecturer at the University of Michigan, where he received his PhD in the School for Environment and Sustainability. Jason is broadly interested in understanding how environments impact people's ability to function effectively and how health-related beliefs and motivations interact with and influence pro-environmental behavior. His research has focused on the use of nearby nature and environmental engagement to support and encourage more physically active lifestyles. Jason has also been using Supportive Environments for Effectiveness in his work to understand a broad range of issues, from the impact of nature recreation on military veterans to public involvement in natural resource management decisions.

jason.duvall@redirect.org

Avik Basu

Avik Basu

Avik is a researcher and lecturer at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. His research has included understanding the differences between experts and laypeople in environmental decision-making, designing sustainable developments to be more acceptable to rural residents, promoting the adoption of sustainable transportation, and designing environments that simultaneously enhance individual and communal well-being. Along with Rachel Kaplan, he is co-editor of Fostering Reasonableness: Supportive Environments for Bringing out our Best which describes Supportive Environments for Effectiveness (SEE), a human needs framework that is the foundational theory of reDirect.

avik.basu@redirect.org

Our Staff

Lisa Bardwell

Lisa Bardwell

Lisa worked with the Kaplans while pursuing both her Masters and PhD at the University of Michigan. She gravitated to the nonprofit sector 25 years ago, serving the last 6 of those years as President/CEO of Earth Force. She has been applying SEE (often without realizing it) in her varied leadership roles and is delighted to help reDirect create opportunities that focus nonprofits on taking care of their most valuable resource—people.