Who’s who in the office?

Maeve McBrideDirector, maeve@350vt.org

MaeveMaeve is the Director for 350Vermont. She works on soup to nuts: grassroots organizing, event planning, outreach, fundraising, and operations. Maeve’s academic background is in river science & engineering, and she completed a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UVM. Although she is still involved with river projects in the Northeast, she also is a devoted mom, climate activist, yoga teacher, gardener, and bike commuter.

 

Katherine Quaid, Assistant Director, katherine@350vt.org

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Katherine moved to Vermont from her home state of Oregon and has a background in social justice philanthropy and grassroots fundraising. Katherine is excited to be a part of the Vermont community and manages 350VT’s intern program and communications and assists in operations and fundraising. In her spare time, Katherine is learning to sugar, ride a bike, and grow her own food.

 

Lily Jacobson, Volunteer Coordinator, lily@350vt.org

Lily is originally from the central coast of California. She has lived in Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts, and an intentional community in Oregon, and has worked on farms and permaculture projects in Alaska, Ireland and the U.K., and Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, before coming to Vermont in 2011. Lily has a background in ecological planning/design and comparative religion, and she is currently a student in the Leadership for Sustainability graduate program at the University of Vermont. Some of Lily’s other passions are making music, contra dancing, earth-based spirituality, and chocolate.

Jaiel Pulskamp, Field Organizer, jaiel@350vt.org

From an early age, Jaiel Pulskamp, loved the outdoors. So it’s no surprise that she chose to become a farmer and works with 350Vermont as our (Re)Generate New Solutions Field Organizer. Jaiel is the owner of a small-scale organic fruit and vegetable farm, Kettlesong Farm in Worcester, VT and is excited to focus on building new alternatives to the fossil fuel industry.

 

Abigail Mnookin, Mother Up! Coordinatorabby@350vt.org

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Abby is excited to be organizing parents for climate action with 350VT’s Mother Up! project. She completed a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and taught high school biology for many years before becoming a mom. She strives to integrate climate activism into her various roles, which include being an instructor at the Vermont Wilderness School, a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio, and a birth doula. Abby lives with her wife and their two daughters in Brattleboro where they bicycle, upcycle, and pee-cycle.

 

Géraldine Vatan Jackson, Mother Up! Organizer, geraldine@350vt.org

GeraldineMotherUpbio-297x300Géraldine is the Central Vermont Organizer for 350VT’s Mother Up! project. She grew up in France and now lives in the woods of Middlesex, with her husband and two young sons, in a timber frame that she and Josh built ten years ago. She comes from the fields of Literature, Linguistics, and Postcolonial studies, and has migrated to becoming a full-time home parent and educator. She is very excited to connect with other families to wrestle with climate change together in an active and hopeful way.

 

Jen Lazar, Training & Workshop Consultant, jen@350vt.org

jen-headshotJen has spent the past twelve years creating and convening spaces for changemakers in Vermont and across the U.S.  She is one of the co-founders of the Field Academy, a traveling high school which brings together students and teachers to study critical issues related to climate change across the United States, as well as an organizer with Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!).  She believes deeply in the creative heart of building community and healing powers of good food.

 

Dia Brown, Operations Intern

Pro Dia (1)Dia’s love for the environment has been with her since she was a young child and has grown exponentially since then. At 14, Dia started the Crochet for the Bay, an environemal organization that crochets, knits, and sews items to fundraise for environmental conservation and restoration. Since, Dia worked for Patuxent Riverkeeper, assisting in legal work to prevent corporations from polluting the river, and at Our Common Calvert, an organization she helped start that teaches leadership through community service and educates on social issues. Dia is a first year at University of Vermont, majoring in Environmental Engineering. She is excited for what the future holds and thrilled to have a position at 350Vermont where her work means something.

 

Jack Doane, Mobilization Intern

Jack became passionate about environmental issues after choosing to attend the University of Vermont. He began his activism through a student club supporting Migrant Justice, working to improve the rights and working conditions of migrant farm-workers in the state of Vermont. Believing strongly in climate justice, Jack is a Senior at UVM seeking a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Economics. He is a peer mentor adviser for other students in the program, and president of a club called Student Climate Culture. Jack, a composting enthusiast, is interested in continuing his activism and helping those that are disproportionately impacted by climate change.

 

Eugenia Sanabria – Fernandez, Events & Outreach Intern

Eugenia left her home-state of New York four years ago to attend University of Vermont, where she is a senior Public Communications major and Music Technology minor. She believes in the importance of community involvement and bottom-up systems, working in the past with fundraising initiatives and social media technologies for non-profit and grassroots organizations. She hopes to continue to promote ideas of sustainability and environmental conservation in her life’s work. In her free time, she DJs at WRUV FM Burlington, and scours the Internet in search of new artists.

 

UVM Service Learning Students

This semester we have six students partnering with us through a service learning course led by Brian Tokar. These students will be offering high school workshops focused on change-making and climate studies in anticipation of Youth Lobby Day on April 12. If you are interested in having these amazing students faciliate a workshop with your students email Katherine at katherine@350vt.org.

Amanda Lapham

Amanda is a senior at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Studies and Sociology with a concentration in Nature, Culture, and Social Justice. She is interested in environmental justice, ecofeminism, non-profit work and policy. She currently volunteers at the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Vermont. Outside of climate and social justice, Amanda enjoys yoga, fitness, art, ceramics, and travelling the world!

 

Gabrielle Rosenbacher

Gabrielle is a senior at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Studies, concentrating in Ecology & Conservation, with a minor in Religion. She is especially interested in marine conservation, and will be pursuing her Divemaster certification immediately following graduation at UVM. Along with scuba diving, her hobbies include crocheting, herbalism, skiing, yoga, and photography.

 

Heather Swallow

Heather is a senior at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Science and Anthropology. She has dedicated much of her time to playing ultimate frisbee and mentoring for the DREAM Program. Heather is excited to combine her work experience with youth and academic learnings about climate change to facilitate high school workshops with 350VT. In her free time, Heather enjoys contra dancing, karaoke, drawing, and exploring the outdoors.

 

James Craig

James is a senior at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Studies. Through classes at UVM, courses with the National Outdoor Leadership School, and work at Camp Dudley, James has a passion for environmental education.

 

 

 

Phoebe Walker

Phoebe is a junior at the University of Vermont majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration on Nature Culture and Justice, combined with a minor in Studio Art. Her love and appreciation for all things art and the environment stems from her infatuation with the outdoors discovered at an early age, which ultimately lead her to attend a school like UVM. Camps and outdoors programs by the names of Kieve-Wavus in Maine, and Moondance, have lead Phoebe to summit Mt. Katahdin 3x now, complete the last 100-miles of the Appalachian Trail, and Mt. Adams in Washington state in 2015. Phoebe in her free time is deeply interested in Environmental Journalism, as well as educating others about all that she has learned herself in her 3 years at UVM.

 

 

 

 

Who’s who on the board?

Patrick Flood, Chair

tarsands6-300x200Patrick Flood spent nearly 30 years in Vermont state government including being commissioner of two departments and Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Human Services. He has been active in fighting climate change for over a decade and was one of the Vermonters arrested in DC in 2011 protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. Patrick lives in Woodbury with his wife, where he cuts his firewood, gardens and enjoys the magnificence of rural Vermont. He plans to do as much as he can to preserve that beauty for his children.

 

KC Whiteley, Vice Chair

KC Whiteley is a long time resident of the Northeast Kingdom, now currently residing in Montpelier. After a long career working with child development and family support programs – like Head Start – KC is currently self-employed as a writer/editor/researcher and music columnist for Vermont Woman. She enjoys contributing her skills to projects and advocacy organizations that she cares deeply about and after a year of working tirelessly on the tar sands campaign has recently joined the board of 350VT.

 

Alex Messinger, Secretary

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Alex lives in Burlington with his wonderful wife and two fantastic children.  He feels incredibly lucky to be able to commute by bicycle to his job in information technology at the University of Vermont.  His perfect weekend includes a pre-dawn hike in Vermont’s mountains. The high point of his climate change activism (thus far) was joining the crowd of 400,000 at the People’s Climate March in 2015, where he dressed up as a displaced penguin.

 

Brian Tokar

ZMI_1749-300x199Brian is an activist and author, director of the Plainfield-based Institute for Social Ecology, and a lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont.  He is the author of The Green Alternative, Earth for Sale, and Toward Climate Justice, edited two books on the politics of biotechnology (Redesigning Life? and Gene Traders) and co-edited a recent collection, Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance and Renewal. He has been involved in a variety of energy and climate-related issues since the late 1970s and written widely on the politics of energy in the US.

Arthur Hynes

870420111106surroundwhitehouse-300x240Arthur is a photographer and videographer living in northern Vermont. He has been active with peace, justice, and environmental movements in various capacities most of his adult life and has been involved with 350VT since 2011.  His primary interests, besides environmental activism, are kayaking, skiing, skating, yoga, art, photography, dance, travel, and mushroom hunting.

 

Nancy Braus

IMG_2111Nancy is the co-founder, owner, and buyer for Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro, a bookstore committed to social justice, diversity, and the earth. She has been active in the movement to close Vermont Yankee and is honored to be able to transfer those organizing skills to the movement for climate justice. She loves long walks, cross country skiing, biking, and lake swimming. She also likes to write for local media. Her goal is to work tirelessly to take power back from the terrible new regime in Washington, and preserve our beautiful world for her children, grandchildren, and the children of the future. Nancy is incredibly grateful for electric assist bicycle technology, which makes 6 months of bike commuting to work possible and wonderful.

Puja Gupta

IMG_20160131_025517324Puja Gupta Senning is a psychotherapist in Burlington, Vermont. She comes with a background doing development organizing for the Vermont Workers’ Center. Puja has an interest in how cultures can change through grassroots movements.

 

 

 

Dylan Cullen

dylan-300x200Dylan moved to Vermont four years ago to attend Champlain College, where they studied Environmental Policy. Dylan’s career as an activist was born out a need to unlearn behaviors and attitudes associated with toxic “whiteness” and “masculinity” that they had downloaded from culture. Dylan soon became interested in using art as a way to learn about and advocate for intersectional justice. Dylan currently works at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, where they coordinate social and energy justice efforts across the organization’s programs and services, business practices, and commitment to personal learning. Dylan is also interested in exploring ways to support Vermont’s farmers in creating economically profitable pollinator habitat on their properties. Dylan uses they/them pronouns.

 

Charlie Megeso, Photo and bio coming soon!

Brittany Dunn, Photo and bio coming soon!

David Bardaglio, Photo and bio coming soon!