Dr. Ilona Holland holds an Ed.D. and Ed.M. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, a M.Ed from University of Delaware and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Her specialized experience is with technology-based education and her previous work with technology projects for museums, businesses, schools, and the edu-tainment industry make her an invaluable ally in our mission to reconnect children across the country with the great outdoors.
Dr. Holland is currently a Lecturer on Education at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and a Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs and Instructional Design at Children's Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Holland has served as a formative evaluator of educational technology projects, including the television shows like Parenting Works, Between the Lions and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? and Wild Kratts and was part of the creative team for the Emmy Award-winning Word Girl, PBS. In addition, she was also a vital contributor in writing Delaware’s K-12 Educational Standards for both the social arts and the arts in education.
Dr. Zarr is a board-certified pediatrician at the Unity Health Care, Inc in Washington, DC, where he cares for a low-income and immigrant population in a setting with few resources. Dr. Zarr graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He also has a Master of Public Health degree, specializing in International Health, from the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Dr. Zarr is fluent and literate in Spanish and has worked in the US and abroad with Spanish-speaking populations. Dr. Zarr holds adjunct professorships at Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University, and Georgetown University. He currently serves as President of the American Academy of Pediatrics DC Chapter, and is a leader of the Washington DC Park Prescription Project.
Member of Neighborhood House Board of Directors; chair of Neighborhood House Food Shelf; member and chair of Carmen Pampa Fund Board of Directors; membership/involvement also with Perrie Jones Advisory Committee, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Advocacy Committee, Friends of the St. Paul Library Advocacy Committee and Human Resources Committee. Former member of the boards of The Friends of the St. Paul Library, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and Merrick Community Services. Former chair and spokesperson for the Committee to Protect Mesothelioma Victims.
Graduate of the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, elementary education.
1976-1983: taught first and third graders at Jefferson Elementary School, Willmar, MN
1983-2010: professional staff of the Minnesota Education Association (MEA), which merged in 1998 with the Minnesota Federation of Teachers to become Education Minnesota. Assignments included field representative, political organizer and lobbyist and involved working with and representing educators at the K-12 and higher education levels in locals throughout Minnesota. Served as liaison/organizer with the Student Program, a program for college and university students preparing to become educators. Possess extensive training experience and have been a member of numerous National Education Association training teams, both writing and delivering training. Areas of focus: organizing, healthy/safe schools, time management, stress management, conflict resolution, member rights and interest based bargaining.
Honors and achievements: 2011 recipient of the Benedictine Award from the College of St. Benedict; co-author with Dr. Harvey Pass and Amy Metula of 100 Questions and Answers About Mesothelioma, second edition.
Mary Speyer has been involved in political fundraising for more than twenty years and has worked on various campaigns, operated her own business and participated in grassroots lobbying efforts. Mary has experience in fundraising, project development, event planning, and marketing. Her most recent activities include extensive travel to Tanzania, where she and her daughter co-founded a non-profit organization to build schools, promote early childhood educational programs and support infrastructure projects in rural villages throughout Arusha, Tanzania.
She has also been involved in major fundraising endeavors for The Sidwell Friends School. She currently serves on the boards of various organizations based in Washington, D.C. and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She oversees the philanthropic activities of the Alexander C. and Tillie S. Speyer Foundation based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an avid hiker, marathoner and outdoor enthusiast. Ms. Speyer resides in Washington, D.C. and Jackson Hole, Wyoming with her husband, Jim Speyer and their three children.
Joseph R. Molinaro is the Managing Director, Community Affairs, for the National Association of REALTORS in Washington, DC. He oversees NAR’s Smart Growth and Housing Opportunity Programs, which include REALTORtraining, grants to REALTORassociations, technical assistance on land use regulation to state and local REALTOR associations, and voter surveys on growth and development issues. He is editor of On Common Ground, NAR’s smart growth magazine. He also manages NAR’s tracking of state real estate legislation, and NAR’s Issues Mobilization program, which provides funding and technical assistance for state and local legislative and ballot initiative campaigns. He played a leading role in NAR’s new Washington building being certified as the first green building in the District of Columbia, the building achieving Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2005.
Prior to joining NAR in 2000, Mr. Molinaro was Director of Land Development Services for the National Association of Home Builders, where he introduced smart growth and new urbanism to educational programs for builders.
Mr. Molinaro was a 2005 Fellow in the Knight Program in Community Building, based at the University of Miami School of Architecture.
He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Charrette Institute.