Panelists

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Jay Faison is the founder and managing partner of ClearPath. Jay is also the founder and chairman of SnapAV, a high growth company that designs and distributes more than 1,500 audio-video related products to technology integrators worldwide. SnapAV was acquired by General Atlantic in 2013. A serial entrepreneur, Jay started, managed and sold two businesses prior to SnapAV and was named as 2013 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast region. Jay has served on numerous non-profit boards and is active in his community. Jay holds a BA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Jay resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and three children.

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Elizabeth O’Donnell Gandolfo serves as Earley Assistant Professor of Catholic and Latin American Studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Her research interests include feminist and Latin American liberation theologies, Catholic theology, and systematic theology. Her first book, The Power and Vulnerability of Love: A Theological Anthropology(Fortress, 2015), draws on women’s experiences of maternity and natality to construct a theology of suffering and redemption that is anchored in the reality of human vulnerability. She is currently involved with several projects, including a co-edited volume on motherhood as spiritual practice and source for theology, and a book on the practical and theological lessons that North American Christians might learn from the ecclesial base communities of El Salvador.

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Miles Silman is The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology at Wake Forest University. His primary interests are community composition and dynamics of Andean and Amazonian tree communities in both space and time. His lab’s current research focuses on combining modern and paleoecology to understand tree distributions and plant-climate relationships in the Andes and Amazon. The work is focused on the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes and the adjacent Amazonian plain, with a particular emphasis in distributions along environmental gradients, be they in space or time, and includes both empirical work and modeling. The main study site now is a 3 km altitudinal transect from tree line to the Amazon plain in SE Peru, and has 16 years of experience in the western Amazon and Andes.

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Fred Bahnson
 is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Ecological Well-Being and Director of the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. His writing and teaching focus on the intersection of ecology, agriculture, and contemplative spirituality. In his co-authored book Making Peace With the Land, he explored how the scriptural vision of Christ’s reconciliation is not limited to people, but rather is cosmic in scope, which leads to practical implications for agriculture and energy. His book Soil and Sacrament tells the story of the church-supported community garden he co-founded in 2005, as well as describing his more recent pilgrimage among four agrarian faith communities—Trappist, Protestant, Jewish, and Pentecostal. Part spiritual autobiography, part narrative journalism, Soil and Sacrament was described by Kirkus in its starred review as “A profound, moving treatise on finding God in gardening.” His forthcoming article in Harper’s magazine explores faith and climate change.