Dave Mckerracher

Dave Mckerracher graduated from Boise State University in 2017, where he majored in philosophy and received a business certification from the Harvard Business School’s extension program, offered through Boise State’s College of Innovation and Design. During his time at Boise State, Dave worked as both a student adjunct for the University Foundations department and a TA for the philosophy department. He was actively involved with a wide variety of different clubs on campus and founded Equilibrium, a student group that works to elevate sustained philosophical and cultural discourse. His academic interests include technology, environmental sustainability and the philosophical work of both Martin Heidegger and Emmanuel Levinas.

Samantha Lowman

Samantha Lowman has an associate’s degree from North Idaho College and is currently enrolled in Boise State’s interdisciplinary studies program with an emphasis in political and social theory. She is minoring in visual arts. Samantha represented North Idaho College’s Philosophy Club at the East-West Philosopher’s Conference at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also helped found the NICx program, which brought experts and local leaders to the North Idaho College campus to give bimonthly TED Talk-style presentations. Currently, Samantha manages Boise State’s campus garden and is actively involved with the sustainability club on campus. She got involved with Turtle Island after taking several classes that piqued her interest in sustainability, localism and garden management. Samantha is excited about Turtle Island because it’s “a way to establish a secure and permanent community oriented towards healing the earth, while still remaining involved in the world, maintaining academic dialogue, and opening up to diverse viewpoints through temporary stay visitors.”

Liz Tanons

Liz Tanons is currently a junior at Boise State University and is currently majoring in multidisciplinary studies, minoring in anthropology and pursuing certificates in both business and leadership and human relations. Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Liz got involved with the Turtle Island Cooperative and Research Center shortly after meeting the group’s founder, Dave Mckerracher. “I decided to join the Turtle Island Project because I have always dreamed of owning my own homestead,” she explains. “When I met Dave, I saw my dreams reflected in his, and I knew that I should do whatever I can to help make his vision a reality. Every step of the way is new and exciting, and I am thrilled to be part of it!