Board of Directors & Staff


Randy Kritkausky
Copyright 2000
Dave Feiling Photography
Randy Kritkausky is the President and co-founder of ECOLOGIA. Trained as a sociologist and historian, his intellectual interests have focused on societies undergoing profound economic and social transitions. He become involved with environmental and sustainable development issues when he lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania, which was severely impacted by the legacies of coal mining, heavy industry, and toxic waste disposal. During the 1970s Mr. Kritkausky was instrumental in promoting public participation in environmental and economic decision-making in Pennsylvania. In the 1980s he traveled to the Soviet Union to investigate change in the region and to integrate this understanding into his college teaching. From this work ECOLOGIA emerged with a distinct model of constructive and scientifically grounded public participation.

In recent years, Mr. Kritkausky has become involved in promoting partnerships between community based organizations and private enterprise. This work has involved him in the global governance arena, and particularly with the creation and implementation of global standards such as those developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Mr. Kritkausky has been a Research Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont, and Visiting Scholar in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Most recently, he is exploring the impact of business models which prioritize community impact. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Early Modern History from Binghamton University.

Aleg Cherp Dr. Aleg Cherp, Board Member, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary; he is also affiliated with Lund University (Sweden). He is the coordinator of the Erasmus Mundi Graduate Program in International Policy.
In the late 1980s - early 1990s, Mr. Cherp was actively involved in the Druzhina student nature protection movement in the USSR. He was the Program Director of ECOLOGIA NIS Programs from 1994-1997, and was instrumental in the establishment of ECOLOGIA's programs in Russia, Tajikistan and Belarus.
He received an MSc. from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. His Ph.D, and his MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control are from the University of Manchester (England). A native of Belarus, he now lives primarily in Sweden with his wife and their three children.
Rachel Golden Dr. Rachel Golden, Board Member, is the President of the Rachel E. Golden Foundation, in Chicago, Illinois. She has spent over 30 years working as an economist, academic, business person, activist, foundation executive, and consultant to promote fairness and efficiency in government and governance. Her broad experience, knowledge and skills have enabled her to work in all regions including the US, Russia, China, the Middle East, and Africa. She has served as a Board Member for the American Jewish Congress, Americans for Peace Now, and Chicago Center for US-USSR Relations and Exchanges. Dr. Golden holds degrees in economics: BA from Bryn Mawr College, MA from Harvard University, and Ph.D from Columbia University.
Photo: Rachel Golden in Yunnan province, China.
Carolyn Schmidt

Carolyn Schmidt, Board Secretary is the Project Manager (US) for the Virtual Foundation, and Project Director for International Exchange Programs. Since early 2005, she was ECOLOGIA's Expert delegate to the ISO 26000 Working Group on Social Responsibility. Since 2010, she has been an NGO representative to the ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization Stakeholder Advisory Group.
Ms. Schmidt's experiences with glasnost and perestroika in the Soviet Union led to her involvement with community-based locally initiated projects, such as ECOLOGIA's Baltic Mini-Grant Program (a forerunner of the Virtual Foundation). Her volunteer work includes development of Model United Nations programs on the high school level. For local action in Vermont, she is a Justice of the Peace for her town, Whiting, and the Whiting representative to the Addison County Solid Waste Management Board of Supervisors.
A graduate of The Brearley School in New York City, she holds degrees in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania (BA cum laude; MA). She is the 2015 recipient of the Frances Riker Davis award, given each year to a Brearley alumna in recognition of professional achievement.
Ed Shoener Ed Shoener, Board Treasurer, has worked in the environmental protection field for 25 years. He is the Principal of Shoener Environmental Consulting Services, which provides environmental experience, strategic planning, project management and practical solutions to clients interested in: wind energy projects, environmental permitting, federal, state & local environmental regulations, wetland and ecological systems management, Pennsylvania's unique ecological and environmental issues, waste management, and water quality protection.
Mr. Shoener first became involved in environmental issues by working for local grassroots groups in Pennsylvania in the 1970's. Mr. Shoener holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Penn State University in environmental management and pollution control. From 1978 to 1987 he worked for the U.S. EPA Hazardous Waste Management and Air Pollution Control Programs. From 1987 to 1994 he served as the Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, directing a staff of 230 people.
He resides in Scranton, Pennsylvania with his wife, Ruth, and their four children. He is a Deacon in the the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton. He also teaches on environmental policy topics at Marywood University, Scranton.
Photo: Ed Shoener discusses industrial air emissions with an exchange group from Kazakhstan, October 2003
Paul Soler-Sala Paul Soler-Sala, Board Member, is a global environmental consultant. In addition to his domestic (USA) consulting work, Mr. Soler-Sala conducts environmental work throughout Central/South America and Europe. His areas of expertise include Environmental Health and Safety audits and auditing protocols, environmental impact studies, site assessments & environmental industrial due diligence, EH&S regulatory research & facility outsourcing, Environmental Management Systems, and soil and groundwater investigations.
Mr. Soler-Sala served as the Russia Representative of the United States Forest Service from 1992 to 1994 (based in Russia), and on numerous occasions has served as a Russian natural resource consultant. He docummented his experiences as a volunteer for ECOLOGIA, in "Letters to ECOLOGIA: Fourteen months as an ecological traveler during the collapse of the Soviet Union" (1992 ECOLOGIA),
A long-time supporter of ECOLOGIA and prior ECOLOGIA volunteer and project staff member, in his current role as a Board Member he also assists with Central American programs and evaluates Virtual Foundation proposals as a member of the Executive Committee. Fluent in Spanish and Russian, and conversational in Portuguese and Indonesian, Mr. Soler-Sala has lived in Spain, Colombia, Indonesia, India, Russia and Germany. He lives in Williamstown Massachusetts. He holds a BS from Clark University, and a MA in International Policy from Tufts University.


Xiaoxue Weng China CSR Program Specialist Dalian, China
Yu Miao Sustainability Project Manager


Diana Barnard MD Burlington, Vermont
Alene Case North Branch Land Trust, Pennsylvania
Christina Pease MD University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle
Scott Smith MD Cedar Ledge Family Practice, Vermont
Giedre Tang Vilnius Lithuania


Julia Bonde, Web Design - Hoor, Sweden
Green Mountain Access, Web Host - Waitsfield, Vermont
Nan Miller, The Miller Group, Auditor - Washington DC

Last modified by: C.Schmidt on 28-May-2015