Environmental Dispute Resolution Program
Faculty and Staff
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Danya Rumore, Ph.D., specializes in helping stakeholders and communities collaboratively address their environmental and public policy issues through education and engagement, capacity building, and process design. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Geography from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Economics from Oregon State University. Prior to joining the EDR Program in July 2015, Danya was the Assistant Director for the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and an Associate for the Consensus Building Institute. She is a Research Assistant Professor in the S.J. Quinney College of Law and in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. She teaches negotiation and dispute resolution and is a research affiliate of the Center for Ecological Planning and Design and the Global Change and Sustainability Center.
Senior Mediator / Associate Director
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Theresa Jensen is an attorney who has been a dispute resolution professional for over three decades. Her expertise is in building consensus among diverse parties in complex multi-party natural resource, environmental, and public policy disputes. Her experience encompasses a broad range of issues, including watershed planning, forestry, endangered species, water, land use, urban infrastructure, transportation, energy, nuclear waste, public health and education. On the prevention side of conflict, she has extensive experience with stakeholder engagement, relationship building, skills training, and collaboration coaching and support. Ms. Jensen joined the EDR Program as Senior Mediator/Associate Director in July 2017.
EDR Program Founding Director (February 2012 – July 2017)
Michele Straube is an attorney with more than 35 years’ experience in environmental law. As a practicing attorney she represented private and public sector clients, gaining extensive experience with administrative agencies in their regulatory and enforcement functions. For 15 years, Michele maintained an environmental mediation practice in which she designed and facilitated consensus-building processes for a wide variety of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients. She also directed Salt Lake Solutions, Salt Lake City Former Mayor Becker’s collaborative government initiative. Michele designed and taught conflict management courses as an adjunct and lecturer professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and Masters of Public Administration program. Ms. Straube joined the Stegner Center as Director of the EDR Program in February 2012, and retired in August 2017.
EDR Program Assistant and EDR Blog Coordinator
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Angela Turnbow originally began at the College of Law in 2008, but then she took a hiatus in 2012 for graduate school and has recently returned to work as an Academic Coordinator. She supports the EDR Program, Utah Law Review, and the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences.
Student Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year
Leanne Bernstein (Master of City and Metropolitan Planning, 2019) has research interests in sustainability and using policy and development as mechanisms for creating resilient cities. She is supporting a variety of EDR Program activities, and is excited to explore how collaboration and planning can promote smart and just growth.
Cody Lutz (Master of City and Metropolitan Planning, 2018) has research interests in sustainability and environmental planning, as well as public lands, natural resource management, and gateway communities. His work with the EDR program has included regional collaborative planning efforts and public engagement planning
Madeline Sandt (JD Candidate, 2019) plans to specialize in environmental law with her main interests being in land use and natural resource law. Currently, her work with the EDR Program is focused on supporting the United States Forest Service’s internal and external collaboration efforts.