Altruism Institute
A once in a lifetime experience for park & recreation professionals
2018 Program - Monday, September 3 thru Thursday, September 6

2018 Speakers & Facilitators

The Institute is led by a team of experts from the fields of philosophy, higher education, technology, and parks & recreation. They will lead thought provoking conversation and generate excitement on a variety of topics specific to being more courageous and smarter in decicion making and taking action.
John is the Dean of the School of Environment & Sustainability at Western State Colorado University, where he oversees the Master in Environmental Management program. He is also a Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Philosophy where he focuses on the intersection of environmental ethics and social justice.

​John has authored and edited many books including Catlin's Lament: Indians, Manifest Destiny, and the Ethics of Nature; Aaron Abeyta's Letters from the Headwaters; Wildness: Relations of People and Place; and his forthcoming co-edited collection What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be?​

John has been the co-founder of the Coldharbour Institute, the Resilience Studies Consortium, the Mountain Resilience Coalition, and Western State's philosophy minor, Master in Environmental Management, and School of Environment & Sustainability. 

John serves on the Society for Wilderness board, is a Fellow for the Center for Humans and Nature in Chicago and has passionately presented teachings across North America and Europe.

On a personal note, John spilts his time between his farmhouse in Gunnison, CO, a yurt in Pitkin, CO, and a tiny house in Tesuque, NM.
Dr. John Hausdoerffer  

Alexandre Gauthier
Alexandre is the Chief Marketing Officer at Amilia, a technology company based in Montreal, Canada, that is changing the way public parks and recreation engages its communities, and creating enhanced customer experiences.

Alexandre's primary role is to lead growth efforts via business development, and lead generation and brand awareness in North America.

He is a creative problem solver whose marketing background includes in-depth knowledge in SEO strategy, A/B testing, product management and product design, UX and interaction design.

Alexandre is a strong proponent of Smart Cities and how it can transform the way government does business, and be better at using technology to improve operations and community engagement.

Alexandre continues to practice martial arts, a passion he’s pursued from a young age. He’s also a wine enthusiast and enjoys sampling different flavours from some of the world’s most exotic locations. 

A Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies at Indiana University, Julie was the recipient of the 2017 Indiana University 69th Annual Weir Award Student Choice Excellence in Teaching award. She curretly directs IU's Executive Development Program for Park and Recreation Professionals.
Julie has facilitated numerous training programs for the National Park Service and currently serves on the Armed Forces Recreation Professional Development Committee for all branches of the US Military.
Julie’s vast and diverse professional experiences include residential camping, campus recreation, the private fitness industry, coaching for USA Swim Team, MWR experience  with the US Navy in Sasebo Japan, and work with the YMCA’s of America.
A Cornhusker who grew up in rural Nebraska on an airfield for crop dusters-Julie still lives in the 'country' in Southern Indiana on 13 acres with her family.
Dr. Julie Knapp
Jayne Miller
Jayne is the President and CEO at the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy. 

Jayne led the the nationally renowned Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) for many years leading it to national prominence as the #1 public parks and recreation agency in the US from 2013-2017 according to the Trust for Public Lands prior to moving to Pittsburgh in February of this year.
Jayne is committed to giving back professionally and personally. She serves as a board member of World Urban Parks, City Parks Alliance, Indiana University Executive Program, and previously served on the Rocky Mountain Revenue and Management School.

Jayne is a recognized speaker and shares her knowledge and expertise at a number of conferences and schools each year across the country.
​The mother of 25-year-old twins — Zachary of Minneapolis and MacKenzie of Washington, D.C. — Miller has a goal of hiking the 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks with her son.
Dr. Andrew Mowen
Andrew  is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at The Pennsylvania State University.

Formerly the Manager of Research and Evaluation at Cleveland Metroparks, his expertise focuses on the beneficial contributions of local park and recreation services.

Andrew was lead investigator for NRPA’s national study of Americans’ use of local parks, and the 2017 study of local elected and appointed officials's perspectives on the essential nature of public parks and recreation and whether or not the profession is perceived as a major contributor to attracting business to communities.

He was also instrumental in the recent provocative study that was highlighted in Parks & Recreation Magazine focusing on "The Great Recession's Profound Impact on Public Parks & Recreation".

He is currently evaluating the impact of park capital renovations on resident health and community cohesion in Philadelphia.



Providing assistance to organizations in 40 of the 50 states as well as in a number of Canadian provinces, Jamie persists in challenging the status quo, conventional thinking and the notion that the way it has been done can continue. 

She has testified in front of the US Congress on the importance of public parks and recreation and will forever be the profession’s biggest fan! 

With speaking engagements in the US, Canada and Europe, Jamie’s provocative and engaging style is why she is sought after by so many within and outside of parks and recreation. Speaking to thousands each year, she brings a fresh, compelling, high impact, roll up your sleeves experience to each program she teaches and every project she leads.
Past experiences in collegiate athletics, as a parks and recreation professional and as a university faculty member have fed her passion to help others enhance their own talents and improve performance.
Jamie is a native of Illinois who lives in the mountains of Colorado, has a Halloween birthday, is a former college jock, enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and golf, volunteers for community organizations, and is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan!
Jamie Sabbach