Outside Magazine named her one of the most adventurous women in the world, a “visionary.” Since 1990, Liesl has traveled the globe writing, producing and directing many of the world’s most extreme filming expeditions, including filming elephant behavior deep inside bat-infested caves on the Kenya-Uganda border, exploring the effects of high altitude on humans on Mount Everest, documenting the unearthing of a 500-year-old frozen Inca mummy on an 18,000 foot Andean peak, and discovering the body of George Leigh Mallory high on the North Face of Everest.
In 2001, she and a team of world-class climbers, including Jon Krakauer and Conrad Anker, pioneered a new route to the highest point on the southernmost continent to study the rates of snow accumulation in Antarctica’s highest mountains. Her NOVA film about the expedition, which took her to a hostile land no humans have trod, won a Prime Time Emmy Award for Cinematography.
Liesl was producer, series producer, director, writer, and cinematographer at NOVA for 7 years. Her films, which include footage she shoots at high altitude, have won the Columbia Dupont Gold Baton and awards in several film festivals around the world. She is now an independent filmmaker, working with National Geographic Television, directing and shooting a 5-year project uncovering 3000-year-old human mortuary populations found inside cliff caves in the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang.
Rebecca Rockefeller is a freelance writer, educator, speaker, and community activist who works to build resilient local gift economies that make life with less plastic possible for people of any economic situation.
As part of the citizen scientist and artist group Plastic is Forever, Rebecca works with students and the public to collect and catalog plastic debris from watersheds and beaches in the Puget Sound. This work adds to the growing awareness of the inadequacies of our current waste disposal and recycling systems and where plastic waste ultimately ends up.
Rebecca is a graduate of The Evergreen State College, where her primary fields of study were political economy and social change and natural history. In addition to her current work, she founded 5 Dogs & A Hammer Jewelry in 1995 and worked full time as a craftsperson for over 10 years.
Andrew Reed: Database Design and Code Guru (w dot andrew dot reed at gmail dot com)
Andrew Reed is a web developer that enjoys front and back-end work using technologies such as Backbone.js and Node.js. Previously he spent four years with FactSet Research Systems in Chicago and Tuscaloosa, working with teams in India and the Philippines on maintaining FactSet’s global fundamentals database of public companies. He graduated from Calvin College with a BA in philosophy.
Andrew enjoys hiking through the woods of West Michigan with his dogs, cooking Italian and Indian food, watching college football, and exploring Grand Rapids’ best happy hour spots with his wife.
Molly O’Hara: Designer (m ohara mccoy at gmail dot com)
Raised in New England, Molly is a lifelong problem-solver who believes that plastic has its place (helmets!) but not discarded in our oceans and waterways. She is a big fan of downsizing, silly crafts, and finding creative ways to simplify things. Her respect for the useful potential of “trash” started in childhood when her dad once used a piece of broken hockey stick to fix the car’s alternator, so they could get home for Christmas. She graduated from Stanford with a lot of technical coursework and a degree in International Relations. Molly has worked as a software engineer, handywoman, professional organizer, math teacher, serial home remodeler, baker, co-housing maintenance manager, and chronic volunteer in a wide variety of activities while raising two active boys. As she hates shopping, she would always rather try to fix or make whatever it is, borrow one, or maybe do without. She believes everyone can do some little thing to reduce the amount they consume and discard. After all, those little drops in the bucket can add up to save the world…or at least water the garden.