Harvey Oslick, President of We Make HASTE
Harvey Oslick is a civil engineer who has been involved in water resources projects for most of his career. He has experience on reservoir projects, river system studies, drainage and flood control, and stormwater quality. Water resources planning involves addressing sustainability to ensure that systems are economical, reliable, resilient and protective of the environment. Harvey is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Harvey is working on promoting sustainable practices in infrastructure planning and design. He is developing and identifying material for the We Make HASTE website. And, he’s talking about the importance of rapidly achieving sustainability to anyone who will listen.
To help promote sustainability within the civil engineering profession, Harvey became an Envision Sustainability Professional. He is also a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality and works on systems to protect our waterways and harvest rainwater. Additionally, he is a Certified Floodplain Manager and supports means to reduce risks associated with flooding. He is also starting to get involved with Citizens’ Climate Lobby because bipartisan political action will need to be part of the solution to achieve sustainability.
He is deeply concerned about how changing climate – rising snow levels, melting glaciers, and more extreme droughts and floods – will impact water supplies and flooding around the world.
As an interesting note, Harvey served as an officer on the submarine USS George C. Marshall and appreciates the amazing accomplishments of the man for whom the submarine was named. A program like the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after the devastation of World War II could be used to transform transportation, energy and other infrastructure systems to achieve global sustainability before our failure to do so results in catastrophe.
Sayo Chaoka, Vice President of We Make HASTE
Sayo works in civil engineering and water resources engineering, where sustainable design is more and more an integral part of every innovative solution. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an MS in Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her past work includes riverine flood analysis with computer models, stormwater drainage analysis, and a study of hydrologic connectivity in both natural and agricultural landscapes.
Sayo firmly believes in our shared responsibility to reduce the strain on the planet that supports us. She is confident that anyone can become a steward of the environment through simple changes in behavior from yesterday to today. Often, actions that benefit the environment make us happier, healthier, and safer, too. The more we talk about it, the more we learn. The more we learn, the more we can help.
Charie Bowman Reid, member of the Board of Directors
Charie Bowman Reid is a retired Presbyterian pastor and educator. Mid career, she worked on a second Masters degree, in gerontology, bookending her early credential in early childhood education. She has experience in working with all ages.
She will be researching pertinent articles and presentations related to sustainability issues, especially those which offer practical ways of motivating people of all ages to embrace a life-style necessary for sustainability.
Charie serves as Secretary on the Board of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, whose “mission is to provide permanent, affordable housing and vital support services to homeless and at-risk families and individuals in Contra Costa County”; she also volunteers one afternoon a week as a tutor in one of their 4 homework clubs. At one time Charie was a member of the steering committee of a national denominational association, which she chaired for three years; they advocated for members and planned triennial conferences for their membership. For the past fifteen years she has been, and continues to be, part of a regional education association, planning ecumenical conferences for educators and leaders around spiritual formation issues.
Charie is especially concerned about social justice issues: climate change, racism, income inequality, poverty, homelessness, gender equity, refugees, immigration etc., all of which require sustainability.
When Charie relaxes, one finds her baking muffins or curled up with a good mystery.
Sarah Oslick, member of the board of directors
Sarah Oslick has a BA in History and Liberal and Civic Studies (a social justice and leadership program) at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is working on earning a Master’s Degree and Teaching Credential by the Spring of 2018. Sarah will be running the social media aspects of the organization as well as helping with educational content.
She is passionate about making the world a better place for the children she is planning on teaching and educating those children and others about the reality of the situation that we are facing in order to create the massive actions that are required. In order to make the world a better place, she has committed herself to education and living her life in a sustainable manner through the food she eats and the actions she takes.
Kathy Schaefer, P.E., CFM, member of the Board of Directors
Kathy Schaefer is a researcher with the U.C. Berkeley Center for Catastrophic Risk Management examining complex messy systems. Before joining CCRM, Kathleen served as a Regional Engineer for FEMA Region IX where she oversaw the National Flood Insurance Program map production for Northern and Central California. Her projects included overseeing the remapping the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay. Kathleen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. She is a registered Professional Engineer(P.E.), a Certified Floodplain Manger (CFM) and is the recipient of the Floodplain Management Association Hogg-Owen Meritorious Achievement Award.
Climate change brings with it increased uncertainty and risk. At the same time, we have better tools for assessing risk and a better understanding of our biases related to risk perception. Since leaving FEMA in 2015, Kathy has been on a quest to answer the question, “Can we use our improved understanding of risk to more effectively manage natural disaster risk?” Specifically, “Can we operationalize our flood risk and, in doing so, can we fund the needed infrastructure improvements to buy down flood risk?” She has applied to the Ph.D. program at UC Davis and hopes to start as a Ph.D. candidate in the fall. In the meantime she is working with the researchers at UC Davis to examine NFIP past claims data.
When she is not thinking about risk related issues, she is channeling her inner Martha Stewart. She lives in San Anselmo with her husband, Gary. She is a member of the San Anselmo Flood Advisory Committee and the Bicycle Advisory Committee.
She joins the other members of We Make Haste in believing that there are lots of things, both large and small, that we can do to address climate change. Many of the changes involve thinking about the food we eat. Kathy is a vegan who believes in eating locally sourced food whenever possible.
Cindy Chisum, member of the Board of Directors
She works at elementary school with children primarily in the library. She has no real professional background or expertise in anything having to do with the environment. What she does have is a love for nature and a concern as to what is happening with our environment. She grew up camping and spending time in nature. One of her favorite things to do is travel to National Parks and various state parks. When her children were younger, she tried to make it a point to be sure they had an opportunity to get the Junior Ranger badge for the various parks and in so doing learn more about the parks as a family. Her parents were recyclers since the early 1970s and it was instilled in her to care for our environment. She is concerned with what is happening to our planet with climate change, and wants to make sure that others are concerned and aware as well. Even little changes made by a lot of people can make a big impact. She believes We Make Haste can help us all become better educated as to what is truly happening and what we can do to help the situation. One of her favorite things to do is read. Her favorite season is Fall because of the color changes and cooler temperatures after a hot summer.