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Bradshaw Ted K. Bradshaw is a Professor in the Human and Community Development Department at University of California, Davis, where he teaches community and economic development, as well as serving as Interim Department Chair and Chair of the Community Development Graduate Group. He received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley, in Sociology (1972). Prior to joining the faculty at Davis in 1995, he was a Research Sociologist at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at the University of California, Berkeley. He is Editor of the Journal of the Community Development Society , an academic journal that publishes articles on the theory and practice of community development. His most recent book, Agile Energy Systems: Global Lessons from the California Energy Crisis (with Woodrow Clark: Elsevier 2004), examines the forces that led to the California energy deregulation debacle, then persuasively illustrates how new economic models and planning for complexity and sustainable economic development can transform these forces into an "agile energy system." In addition, Bradshaw has published nearly 70 academic articles and papers, and he is co-author of Planning Local Economic Development (Sage, 2002), and Rural Communities in Advanced Industrial Society (Praeger, 1979).  

Annabel Kirschner is currently Interim Chair of the Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles Department at WSU. Between 1997 and 2004 she served as Chair of the Department of Community and Rural Sociology at Washington State University which she joined in 1979. Her work focuses on in community development and issues related to state and local population trends in the Pacific Northwest including trends in single parent families, retirement migration, increasing racial and ethnic diversity, and the restructuring of natural resource based areas. She has given numerous presentations on these issues to national, regional and local audiences since the early 1980s. She also authored of Washington Counts during the 1990's, and now Washington Counts in the 21st Century , periodic publications which track major social trends around the state. This is available at:

Dr. Kirschner has published numerous articles in The Social Science Quarterly, American Demographics, Rural Sociology, The Journal of the Community Development Society, and Natural Resources and the Environment. She teaches two courses, Principles of Community Development and The Demographics of American Diversity. Before joining the faculty at Washington State University in 1977, Dr. Cook taught in the Sociology Departments at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Idaho. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington State University and her B.A. from the University of Washington.

McTavish Katherine MacTavish is an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on child development and family well being among poor and working poor populations in the context of rural communities. Most specifically, since 1997 Dr. MacTavish has been examining child and youth development in the often high-risk context of rural trailer parks. Dr. MacTavish holds a B.A. in Art Education and an M.A. in Special Education from the University of New Mexico along with a PhD in Human and Community Development from the University of Illinois where she was a Jonathon Baldwin Turner Graduate Fellow.  

Al Nygaard is the President and CEO of Al Nygard Consulting, a Management Consulting firm that specializes in culturally sensitive approaches to management and management training. He has over 23 years experience in management techniques and the study of the art and science of management. Al Nygard Consulting is a minority owned firm established in 1995. It has a client base that encompasses all types and sizes of businesses, organizations and government entities. They include Tribal, State, Federal governments; private, for-profit, non-profit businesses; and minority-owned and operated businesses and organizations throughout the U.S. Their services include the areas of management, finance, economic development, community development, planning, strategic planning, project management and organizational development primarily targeted toward Native American governments and firms.

Al has worked with tribes in designing and constructing detention facilities on tribal lands as well as convention centers and hotels. ANC has also developed its own unique approach to sustainable community development which has proved successful in tribal communities. He is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army retiring at the rank of Major with service in Desert Storm. He lives with his wife LuAnn in Bismarck, ND.


Mr. K.B. Rasmussen is presently the president of Economic & Educational Development and has written a book entitled "The Foundation Work Book." He has been instrumental in developing more than 100 education foundations and most recently healthcare foundations in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.  His current efforts deal with economic development and eliminating poverty, especially in small, rural communities. He is the chairman of the board of directors of Partners for Prosperity, an organization dedicated to eliminating poverty in the 16 eastern Idaho counties. He serves as the executive director of the Montpelier, Idaho Gem Community Team, the community’s economic development and economic opportunity organization.

He also serves as the regional welfare specialist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and serves residents of 7 church stakes in three states – Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.  Before retiring at the age of 55, he was the president of the international division and vice president of the corporation for Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich in New York City and Orlando, Florida.

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