Leslie Wirpsa, Ph.D., brings a background in transnational environmental advocacy, non-profit leadership, fund development, journalism and teaching. Leslie worked for 14 years as an award-winning journalist and editor in Latin America and the United States and has a near native fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. Leslie received her Masters in International Journalism from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and her doctoral degree from the School of International Relations, also at USC. She also served for three years as a writing tutor, largely for students writing in English as a second language, at USC. Leslie’s case study of indigenous resistance to oil development in Colombia won the American Political Science Association’s Best Dissertation Award in the Human Rights Section in 2005. Leslie used a coach in Portland while she was at Southern Cal to help her find her voice. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2007 after working as an Assistant Professor at De Paul University’s (Chicago) International Studies Program and serving as an S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Economics as the University of California, Berkeley. Leslie has worked in grant writing and development at Pikes Peak Community Action Agency and Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs. Her present rate of grant writing success, based on dollars accrued in relation to dollars requested is 78% — far above the national average of 60%. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southern Colorado.
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Tom Mowle, Ph.D., is a retired Air Force Major currently serving as the Public Trustee for El Paso County Colorado. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science (focus on political psychology) from The Ohio State University in 1996. He taught undergraduate cadets at the Air Force Academy for nine years (interrupted by a tour of duty in Baghdad), and in the graduate program at Saint Mary’s University, San Antonio, for four years. His teaching experience includes research design and methods for social science; he was his department’s research and budget officer for the last two years before retirement. He has published three books (Allies at Odds, Hope is Not a Plan, and The Unipolar World), and many chapters and articles in academic journals. Tom remembers coding data in a church community room while his daughter was in preschool a few rooms over, so he wouldn’t waste time commuting back to campus.
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