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Clarice Snyder was born a twin (Ronald) on December 21, 1946 in Oakland, California. Parents were Ed and Irma (Carlson) Dalgleish and grew up happily in Richmond, CA. Graduated from Harry Ells High School in 1964 and attended San Francisco State until 1970, with a degree in Home Economics and Biology and a Secondary Teaching Certificate. She married high school sweetheart Jan David Snyder in 1967. Together they traveled to Africa in 1969.
They moved to Arizona in 1973 so Jan could pursue a doctorate in Microbiology at ASU. She worked in retail management, clothing stores for many years until returning to school in 1985 for an elementary teaching credential at ASU. Meanwhile four children came three years apart, starting in 1977 Jessi Jean, Emily Lyn, Shane and Hillary. Clarice and Jan purchased an outdoor education school which they renamed "Classroom in the Wild" and spent several years taking students to National Parks and Monuments. Clarice started teaching Biology at Camelback High School in 1992 and stayed there for 15 years before retiring in 2006. During the tenure at Camelback, she worked evenings and summers toward a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University.
Jan Snyder grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a family that emphasized interest in international relationships. While in high school, he met Clarice and they dated for five years before their marriage in early 1967. During the summer of 1966, Jan took a trip around the World that influenced his interest in Africa and a number of other places of biological interest. In 1969, he and Clarice traveled to East Africa with colleagues from San Francisco State College (now University) and it was then that she joined Jan in her love for Africa.
With bachelors and masters degrees in biology, from San Francisco State, he attended Arizona State University for a doctorate in immunology but later switched career goals and became a high school science teacher. During a trip to Kenya in 1997, he realized his professional interest in gender and ethnic equity issues in education.
Jan spent 23 years as a high school biology teacher in the Phoenix Union High School District. Throughout most of his tenure as a science teacher, he continued to enroll in coursework at ASU and completed his doctorate in 2004. The focus of his professional interests, and research, continued to be in Science Education with an emphasis on gender-by-ethnic equity. On a global scale, females and minorities do not typically receive equal opportunities in the science classroom.
Having traveled through 25-30 countries around the World, Jan has personally witnessed the negative effects of gender and ethnic equity issues related to education as well as other social infrastructures. In developing and pre-developing countries, this issue is typically pervasive and effectively maintains the status quo for the majority of the people who live under extreme poverty.
Over the past few years, interests in equity issues have included work in the south Central African Country of Malawi where he and Clarice have worked on a variety of projects. Incorporation of Sustainable Resources, Ltd, has created a new level of opportunities for Jan, Clarice, and the wonderful people with whom we have become associated, to address some of the social inequities we have personally witnessed during our numerous trips to Africa.
Patrick de Haan
Patrick de Haan has over 25 years of experience managing programs for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill. His specialty is designing innovative programs for dually diagnosed, behaviorally intense individuals. His expertise also includes marketing, media management, public relations, and special event production.
Mr. de Haan has a Bachelors degree with multiple majors (Philosophy, Sociology, and Psychology), a Masters degree in Professional Counseling, and has completed Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy.
Pat is extremely involved in the community. For four years, he was selected to be part of the Mayor's "Phoenix One Hundred", acknowledging him as one of the top one hundred volunteers in the City of Phoenix. He is an active member of Lions Clubs International, Rotary International, and Kiwanis International. In 2005, he received a Melvin Jones Fellowship, honoring a lifetime of humanitarian service, the highest recognition given by the Lions Clubs International Foundation. In 2008, Patrick was awarded his second Melvin Jones Fellowship, making him one of only a few thousand multiple Fellowship holders worldwide.
Patrick is the founder and CEO of Positive Network Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to producing mentoring programs for homeless, impoverished, medically fragile, and terminally ill children.
Tolulope A.O. Odunlami
Tolulope was born and raised in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, by loving and supportive parents. He studied on scholarship in the former Soviet Union where he earned his M.Sc. from Kharkov Civil Engineering Institute USSR, with First Class Honors in Architecture, with a minor in Renewable Energy, followed by a diploma in Construction Management. Prior to coming to the United States, Tolu worked with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in Nigeria as Chief Architect, where he planned, designed, and project managed many buildings for schools, colleges, offices, hospitals, residences, and universities.
After coming to the United States with his wife, Angela, and their children ,ĒToluĒ worked with the District of Columbia Public Schools in Facilities as a Project Manger and coordinated DCPS Recycling Projects in 148 DC public schools. He is now an independent consultant under Tao Energy, LLC (Design Consultants, Renewable Energy & Project Management). On European Union Grant, he also enrolled for further research in his passion of Renewable Energy at the Kharkov State Technical University of Construction and Architecture in the Ukraine, where he completed his doctorate and recently completed a leadership course at the University of Maryland College Park.
Tolu has volunteered in various church and community organizations in Maryland and D.C. Tolu met Jan and Clarice, by chance, in the spring of 2001 when they attended the national meeting for middle school students sponsored by the National Engineers Week Future City Competition in Washington, DC and have remained close friends ever since.
Tolu was a Commissioner, City of Rockville Environment Commission, Maryland for six years, Treasurer, D.C. Council of Engineers & Architecture Society, Recognition includes the Presidentís Volunteer Service Award Recipient in 2007, a LEED Certified Professional and License with the Architect Registration Council of Nigeria, Member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, United State Green Building Council, International Solar Energy Society, Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects and many more.
Tessa is a native of Arizona who has harbored an interest and passion for the issues and people of Africa for many years. She had the opportunity to travel with Jan and Clarice to Tanzania, Ghana, and Malawi in the summer of 2009 and now has an even greater love for Africa and plans to return soon. She earned her bachelorís degree in Life Science as a pre-med student at ASU (graduated in May, 2010) and was a member of the Barrett Honors College while president of AHA!, aka A Healthier Africa, a ASU-West based student club. Tessa also volunteers as a crisis responder for the Tempe fire and police department. She has changed her career goals and is now pursuing a teaching credential. Tessa plans to travel as much as possible. After her 2009 African experiences with Clarice and Jan, she asked to be a member of the Sustainable Resources, Ltd, board.
Emily Lyn Collins
Emily Lyn Snyder Collins, the second-born child of Jan and Clarice, was raised in Arizona. Having received a B.S. in Family Resources/Human Development from Arizona State University in 2002, Emily Lyn spent several years working in the social work field focusing on child development, family relationships, nutrition, and providing Developmental Special Instruction. She is currently pursuing a Bachelorís degree in Nursing from Arizona State University and shares a passion for education with her parents. Career goals include both working as an RN in Arizona and to use the nursing profession as a venue to educating and empowering women in developing countries like Malawi. Emily Lyn and her husband, Henry, look forward to contributing time and effort to the projects sponsored by Sustainable Resources, Ltd.
Along with her parents and siblings, Emily Lyn visited and fell in love with the country of Malawi in 2004. Always a photographer, she enjoys the challenge of capturing the inspiring images within everyday moments and the beauty of the natural world.
Stephanie Foltz is an attorney licensed to practice in North Carolina. As an Arizona native, Stephanie attended the University of Arizona and earned a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Following her undergraduate studies, Stephanie lived in San Francisco, CA for four years working in the service industry. During her time in San Francisco, Stephanie took the opportunity to enjoy the rich culture that the Bay Area offers and become involved in the community.
In 2007 Stephanie began her legal studies at Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. Throughout law school, Stephanie was involved in many pro bono activities including the Duke Law Innocence Project, Volunteer Income Tax Preparation, Public Interest Law Foundation, and Legal Aid of North Carolina. Stephanie obtained her license in July 2010 and is currently seeking work in the field of immigration law.
Although Stephanie retains strong ties to both Arizona and California, she became attached to the small, tight-knit community of Durham. She enjoys the natural beauty of Durham as well as the independent music and art scene in the triangle.
Stephanie looks forward to collaborating with other members of Sustainable Resources to educate and assist those in developing countries.