Innovators in Residence

The Innovator in Residence program aims to embed creative professionals from a range of fields deeply into the Colorado College community. The Residency allows for both structured and spontaneous teaching opportunities and collaborations. The goal is to help students to make dynamic connections between diverse, cultures, ideas, and creative problem-solving strategies informal and informal settings. Although our Innovators in Residence represent a wide variety of professional experiences, disciplinary training, and personal backgrounds, they share characteristics of flexibility, curiosity, and the desire to work across disciplines. 

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Innovators in Residence/Visitors Academic Year 2021- 2022

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish (’00), Block 3, 2021


As the Climate Innovation Program Manager for Movement Strategy, Michelle (’00) seeks to transform our larger cultural, political and physical infrastructure in ways that enhance health, the environment, social justice, culture, and beauty. Previously Michelle served as the Assistant Director for Energy and Climate Justice at the University of Colorado Boulder's Environmental Center. She is a former U.S. State Department BoldFood fellow (Uganda) focused on sustainable urban agriculture and served as a delegate for the Colorado River in San Luis del Rio Colorado, Mexico. She is the founder of Candelas Glows, raising awareness about the dangers of Rocky Flatsa local nuclear superfund site turned “wildlife refuge.” Seeking eco-cultural regeneration, she is a facilitator and alternative educator, project instigator, multi-ethnic poet, wife, and mother of three.

Teresa Cohn (’96), Block 4, 2021 (Postponed to 2022)


Currently a Research Assistant Professor at the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, Teresa’s research focuses on human-environmental relationships in the American West in both environmental education and geographical research. She is particularly interested in environmental change within ecologically and culturally diverse areas (riparian corridors, for example). After several years of teaching in interdisciplinary and intercultural programsincluding the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah and the Native Waters education program with Missouri River Basin TribesTeresa joined the MOSS community in 2014. Teresa enjoys spending time camping, hiking, and skiing with her family, coaxing tomatoes to ripen at high altitudes, and all things fiber, including weaving, spinning, and felting. Teresa earned her BA from

Colorado College, an M.S.c from Schumacher College, and a Ph.D. from Montana State University.

Jessica Lynne, J Block 2022


Jessica Lynne is a writer and art critic. She is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Art in America, The Believer, Frieze, The Nation, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2020 Research and Development award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and a 2020 Arts Writer Grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about faith, art, and the U.S. South.


Myra Jackson, Blocks 5 & 6, 2022


Myra Jackson, often described as a Renaissance woman, has enjoyed a diverse array of hefty careers as an Electrical Engineer, Organizational Development Professional, Systems Thinker, and Master Trainer. She has lived abroad and studied many of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions in service to her lifelong fascination with the belief structures and cosmologies that captivate people and inform their lives. She holds the title of Diplomat of the Biosphere awarded by the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Linking local and global policy-making, she is a founding wisdom council member of the Gaiafield Project and Subtle Activism Network, and Senior Advisor on Whole Earth Civics and Focal Point on Harmony with Nature with Geoversiv Foundation. In her role as UN Permanent Representative in New York, Myra serves as the focal point on climate change for the Commons Cluster of NGOs. She recently facilitated Oprah Winfrey’s Belief series initiative as an official program of the United Nations hosted by the President of the General Assembly in October 2016.

Erin Elder, Block 8, 2022


Erin Elder is an artist, curator, and writer guided by interests in land use, experimental collaboration, and non-traditional modes of expression. Her research-driven projects take highly participatory forms, working with a broad definition of art to bring audiences into a direct experience of particular places. Underscoring Erin's work is a commitment to the creative process and direct support for artists. From 2009 to 2013, she cooperatively founded and directed PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras, NM. From 2012 to 2015, she was the Visual Arts Director at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, where she curated 50+ exhibitions and many public programs. Under her direction, the program worked directly with artists on exhibitions of new work, designed specifically for the unique gallery spaces at CCA. Erin is contributing faculty at a number of universities and colleges and serves on several arts boards in Albuquerque.

Queer Nature, Block B 2022


Queer Nature is an education and social sculpture project based on Arapaho, Ute, and Cheyenne territories that actively dreams into de-colonially-informed queer ‘ancestral futurism’ through mentorship in place-based skills with an awareness of post-industrial/globalized/ecocidal contexts. Place-based skills include naturalist studies, handcrafts, “survival skills,” and recognition of colonial and indigenous histories of land and are framed in a container that emphasizes deep listening and relationship building with living and non-living earth systems. Co-envisioned by Pinar Ates and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Queer Nature designs and facilitates nature-based workshops and multi-day immersions intended to be financially, emotionally, and physically accessible to LGBTQI2+ people and QTBIPOCs.

Past Innovators in Residence

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