Geoffrey Drummond is Executive Director of The Food Lab at SUNY Stony Brook/Southampton. He is a producer/director of culinary programs for television and digital media applications. Over a 40 year career in film and television, Geof was president of Saga Productions (producer of the cult classic My Dinner with Andre) and president of A La Carte Communications, where he produced and collaborated with Julia Child, helping to bring food and cooking television to generations of culinary fans. Geof also created/produced food series for TV starring Lidia Bastianich, Jacques Pépin, Martin Yan, The Frugal Gourmet, America’s Test Kitchen, Eric Ripert and numerous others. Geof is the recipient of ten National Emmy Awards and more than a dozen James Beard Awards. A graduate of Cornell University and (graduate school at) Stanford University, he is a member of the Smithsonian Institute Kitchen Cabinet, has served as a member of the City Harvest Food Council, and on the boards of the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and the American Institute of Food and Wine.
Brian Halweil is the editor-in-chief of Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End, Edible Long Island and Edible Manhattan magazines. His writing has focused on organic farming, biotechnology, hunger, rural communities and, most recently, foodtech. Before launching Edible magazines, Brian was the director of the food and agriculture program at the Worldwatch Institute. He is the author of Eat Here: Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, as well as Nourishing the Planet, a meta-analysis of hunger-reducing innovations for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his family keep a home garden and orchard, and raise ducks and oysters. Brian received degrees in Earth Systems and Biology from Stanford University; as an undergrad, he founded the Stanford Student Farm. Brian serves on the board of Slow Money NYC, Edible Schoolyards of the East End, and Food Tank, and is an advisor to FeedFeed.
Kathleen A. Masters has been the Executive Director of the Amagansett Food Institute(AFI) since 2013.AFI is a non -profit organization which supports famers and food producers on the East end of Long Island, helping them to grow and sustain their food businesses. In 2014 AFI developed South Fork Kitchens a food business incubator and café operating on the campus of Stony Brook Southampton. Prior to joining AFI she served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel to CAMBA, Inc., a multi-service non-profit agency. Prior to joining CAMBA in 1993, Ms. Masters had a fifteen-year career as a poverty lawyer, culminating in a position as the Attorney in Charge of the Brooklyn Office of the Legal Aid Society Civil Division. Ms. Masters is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York where she served on its Committee on the Judiciary; she formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of : the New York Immigration Coalition, the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (where she served as Chair for over 10 years) and the Workforce Professionals Training Institute. She is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo and the Boston University School of law.
Robert Reeves is the Associate Provost of Southampton Graduate Arts Campus, where he leads the development and expansion of graduate education in Creative Writing, Theatre, and Film. He has recruited a nationally prominent faculty of creative artists to Stony Brook Southampton, while establishing a graduate presence at Stony Brook Manhattan, as well as international programs. He is also the founding publisher of TSR: The Southampton Review, an award-winning national literary and arts journal, and the author of two critically acclaimed novels, as well as screenplays, short fiction, essays, and literary criticism. Reeves taught at Harvard and Princeton prior to joining Stony Brook University 2006 as an Associate Professor of English.
Kathleen Russo produces the podcast/radio show Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin (a Stony Brook/Southampton and WNYC production). Past credits include: two movies with academy award winning director Steven Soderbergh (Gray’s Anatomy, And Everything Is Going Fine) and an Obie-award winning play called Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell.
Charles S. Taber
Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Political Science. Chuck Taber has been on the faculty at Stony Brook University since 1989 and is Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education, as well as a Professor of Political Science. Full bio here.
Associate Professor of English, Director of the English Teacher Education Program
Associate Dean of Academic Programs for the School of Professional Development
Ken Lindblom teaches English methods courses, graduate composition- rhetoric courses, adolescent literature, and has directed the English Teacher Education Program at Stony Brook since 2003. From 2008-2013, Ken Lindblom was editor of English Journal, the oldest and most widely-read, peer-reviewed national journal devoted to teaching English grades 6-12. Full bio here.
Associate Professor of English and Sustainability; Director of Environmental Humanities, Sustainability Studies Program Heidi Hutner teaches and writes about environmental literature and film, environmental justice, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and media. Dr. Hutner is the faculty advisor for the Environmental Humanities Major in the Sustainability Studies Program. Full bio here.
Executive Director, Stony Brook Medicine Nutrition Division. Director, Dietetic Internship. Dr. Connolly-Schoonen, author of Losing Weight Permanently with the Bull’s Eye Food Guide (Bull Publishing, 2004), is a registered dietitian and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. She is the Executive Director of the Stony Brook Medicine Nutrition Division in the Department of Family Medicine. Full bio here.
Dean, College of Business. Dr. London is Dean of the College and Director of the Center for Human Resource Management. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology. As a practitioner and consultant, Dr. London has worked on program development and publications in the areas of performance management, feedback, managing marginal performers, and the manager as coach and developer. Full bio here.
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Dr. Whelan serves as an advisor to the President in the areas of long term policy and strategic initiatives. He will identify institutional priorities, facilitate planning and take the lead in identifying and facilitating cross-functional academic initiatives at Stony Brook. He oversees the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness and reports directly to the President. He joined Stony Brook in 2006 after serving in key positions at St. John’s and Hofstra respectively where he was notably successful in advancing goals for enrollment and admissions in the areas of applicant quality and yield by implementing more efficient processes and systems, something he has also accomplished here at Stony Brook. Full bio here.
Professor within SUNY Stony Brook’s School of Atmospheric and Marine Sciences (SoMAS). Gobler’s lab group focuses on plankton ecology, as well as factors which are responsible for algal mortality (zooplankton, viruses, filter-feeding bivalves) in diverse aquatic ecosystems including Long Island estuaries, the Great Lakes, and the North Atlantic Ocean. Gobler’s lab group is engaged in research aimed toward understanding how anthropogenic activities such as eutrophication, overharvesting of fisheries, and salt marsh / shoreline modification may alter the natural biogeochemical and/or ecological functioning of estuarine ecosystems. Full bio here.
Director of the Safina Center. Carl Safina explores how the ocean is changing, and what those changes mean for wildlife and for people. His writing conveys the scientific dimensions as well as moral and social implications of our relationship with nature. Safina founded Blue Ocean Institute in 2003. The conservation non-profit recently changed its name to The Safina Center at Stony Brook University. He is the inaugural holder of the Carl Safina Endowed Research Professorship for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University‘s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Carl co-chairs and teaches in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at SBU. Full bio here.