Karen R. Harris manages the Clean Energy Program at The John Merck Fund. In addition to her work with JMF, Karen provides strategic planning, evaluation, and facilitation services to foundations and nonprofit organizations. She has worked on a range of issues including climate and clean energy, land conservation, food systems and international security. Other clients have included Doris Duke Foundation, Rockefeller Family Fund, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Land Trust Alliance and Alaskans for Energy Freedom. Karen was the executive director of the Ploughshares Fund, a foundation that supports international security and nonproliferation policy. She was a program officer in the Conservation Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Karen has a degree in environmental policy, with a focus on energy and land conservation, from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Norwich, Vermont.
Dr. Marsha R. Mailick is the former Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). She received her PhD in social policy from Brandeis University and became an associate professor at Boston University before joining UW-Madison. Starting in 2002, she served as the director of the Waisman Center and principal investigator of the Waisman Center’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Core Grant, awarded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The focus of Dr. Mailick’s research is on the life course trajectory of developmental disabilities. She is interested in how the behavioral phenotype of specific developmental disabilities, including autism, fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome, changes during adolescence, adulthood and old age. In addition, she studies how the family environment affects the development of individuals with disabilities during these stages of life, and reciprocally how parents and siblings of individuals with disabilities are affected.