Staff and Leadership Team

Who’s who in the office?

 

Maeve-300x204 2Maeve McBride, Director

Maeve 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.

 

 

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Katherine Quaid, Assistant Director

Katherine is the Assistant Director for 350Vermont and lives in Fairfax. She recently moved here from her home state of Oregon and has a background in social justice philanthropy and grassroots fundraising. Katherine is excited to join the Vermont community and will be managing 350VT’s intern program and assisting in operations, fundraising, and event planning. In her spare time, Katherine is learning pyrography, sugaring, and how not to fall while cross country skiing.

 

 

jen-headshot-199x300 2Jen Lazar, Volunteer Organizer

Jen is excited to serve as 350Vermont’s Volunteer Organizer.  She 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!).  Jen loves to host brunch, play Capture the Flag, and build fires.  She believes deeply in the creative heart of building community and healing powers of good food.

 

 

 

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Abigail Mnookin, Mother Up! Coordinator 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Margaret Albee, Bookkeeper

Meg is the bookkeeper. Her academic background is in Environmental Studies concentrated in Sustainability Studies with a minor in Community and International Development. As the mother of a 9-year old, she has for many years dragged her daughter (quite willingly!) to as many climate activism events as possible, as she cannot see a separation between wholesome parenting and trying to save the world our children are growing up in! Meg moved back to her own hometown in Vermont to raise her daughter with the same rural childhood and strong community that shaped her love of this planet and state so deeply. They live in a tiny house close to her mother. In addition to being a part-time bookkeeper and climate justice organizer, Meg is a writer, who also loves being outdoors doing pretty much anything in the woods or fields or swimming holes around her home, and also is constantly trying to increase her knowledge and pursuit of homesteading.

 

 

GeraldineMotherUpbio-297x300Géraldine Vatan Jackson, Mother Up! Organizer

Géraldine 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, so that she could raise her kids from the womb up, and in nature. She is very excited to connect with other families to wrestle with climate change together in an active and hopeful way. She rejuvenates her mothering energies through yoga, singing, and adventure in the great outdoors.

 

 

 

 

Interns

Summer 2017

 

Ally Behn, Fundraising and Operations Intern

Ally is a native Vermonter, born and raised in Warren. She is a rising senior at Bentley University in Waltham, MA studying Information Design and Corporate Communications and Marketing. Growing up in Vermont, an appreciation for the beauty and rarity of the state’s pristine environment was instilled in Ally at a young age, and she aims to share this passion with both her local community and society at large. She is dedicated to community outreach and involvement, serving as the president of Bentley’s community service club. Ally is grateful to be working with 350VT to help fight the climate crisis.

 

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Alex Ortiz, Events and Outreach Intern

Alex is 350VT’s Events and Outreach Intern, working to expand 350VT’s volunteer network and strengthen its organizational allies across the state. Alex studies Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and is interested in climate justice, studying the differential impacts of climate change across various economic, racial and social demographics. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing ice hockey, hiking, and embarking on spontaneous road-trips!

 

 

 

Yaz Najeebi, Field Organizing Intern

Yaz is a student organizer at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont studying Environmental Policy in the College Honors Program. After co-coordinating Power Shift Northeast in 2016 and becoming a Board Director at the Power Shift Network, Yaz founded Vermont Student Power Network, a statewide network of college activists that organize around stopping the Vermont Gas Systems Pipeline and passing fee and dividend carbon pricing legislation in Vermont. This summer, they have joined the 350VT team, working to build grassroots power throughout the state and generate bold action on environmental and social injustice. Yaz loves to read anarchist literature, fight fossil fuel infrastructure, and play ultimate frisbee.

 

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Abby Rampone, Online Organizing Intern

Abby is a 2017 graduate of Williams College, where she majored in Comparative Literature and received a Spanish language certificate. Her work at Williams’s Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives directly translates to her position at 350VT. A writer, her work especially engages feminism, environmental justice, and interreligious issues. She loves cats, travel, literary theory, liberation theologies, and Vermont, her home state. In the fall, she will move to New York City to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary.

 

 

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Ashley is a sophomore environmental studies major and political science minor at the University of Vermont. She grew up in rural California with a passion for agriculture and the environment. Ashley participated in the Farm and Food Security Service TREK at UVM and was intrigued by the complex challenges of food security in Vermont. She hopes to continue her education and work in the climate justice field and is committed to creating a sustainable future.

 

 

 

 

Who’s who on the board?

 

KC Whiteley

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 of year of working tirelessly on the tar sands campaign has recently joined the board of 350VT.

 

 

 

ZMI_1749-300x199Brian Tokar

Brian 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.

 

870420111106surroundwhitehouse-300x240Arthur Hynes

Arthur 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.

 

 

 

Screen-Shot-2016-03-27-at-5.34.12-PM-300x250Mari Cordes

Mari is a registered nurse and union and community social justice activist. She is the former local president of Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals and current VP of Healthcare for AFT-Vermont. She co-led on a number of policy issues such as an effort to remove discriminatory health insurance practices for transgender individuals, to strengthen public and regulatory oversight of not-for-profit hospital assets, and in the effort to establish publicly funded health care with no barriers to access for all Vermonters. Her first academic degree was in Natural Resource Management, Economics, and Policy, and she serves on the 350VT board. She lives off the grid in the mountains with her husband, David.

 

 

IMG_20160131_025517324Puja Gupta

Puja 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.

 

 

 

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Patrick 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.

 

 

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Dylan 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.

 

alex-m-275x300Alex Messinger

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kirsten Wilson 

(she/her; they/them) Kirsten got her start in organizing as a college student when she realized that the local bus drivers’ work conditions were paramount to her ability to access public transportation. As a student organizer, Kirsten was involved in campaigns regarding labor, sexual violence, carbon divestment, and human rights. Now as a Burlington community member, Kirsten spends her work days immersed in data and her weekends movement building. Kirsten brings to 350VT her interests in intersectionality, transition, conflict resolution, and expressive therapies. In her downtime, Kirsten enjoys playing clarinet, reading, writing, dancing, and sailing on Lake Champlain. She lives in Winooski with her brother, a friend, and two cats.

 

 

 

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes