Staff and Leadership Team

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jen Lazar, Education Coordinator, 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!).  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.

 

 

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, 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.

 

 

Heather McGraith, Mother Up! Organizer, heather@350vt.org
Heather is the Burlington Organizer for 350Vt’s Mother Up! and very excited to be a part of the 350VT team!  She lives in Burlington’s Old North End with her husband, travel partner and live-in comedian, Matt and their two active toddler daughters, Violet and Wren.  She is currently taking a leave of absence from teaching elementary school to be able to spend more time with her daughters as they grow.  Her involvement in climate justice had been on hold for a number of years as she focused on her teaching and her family and she is overjoyed that she now has the space to explore issues affecting the environment through the lens of motherhood and family.

 

 

Ashley Bolger, Education Intern

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Ashley is a junior Environmental Studies Major at the University of Vermont, concentrating in Environmental Policy and Development. She is a peer mentor in her major and enjoys guiding students and helping them find their passions. She is starting her capstone thesis this fall. Ashley has worked at a summer camp in New Hampshire for the past two summers educating campers about farm animals, gardening, and cooking nutritious foods. She loves to be outside, cook, and work with kids. This is Ashley’s second year working for 350VT, and she is excited to put together a climate justice curriculum and visit local schools this year.

 

 

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 12, Dia had the idea for environmental organization that would crochet, knit, and sew items to sell to raise funding for environmental conservation and restoration. At 14, she started Crochet for the Bay. This past summer 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.

 

Jillian Scannell, Communications and Outreach Intern

JilliaIMG_0024n is entering her Sophomore year at the University of Vermont, with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science. Jillian was born and raised in Rutland, Massachusetts where she spent her childhood exploring the fields, forests, and lakes of central Massachusetts. Jillian hopes to continue to foster her passion for helping to solve the climate crisis with the goal of working as a climate activist to ensure a more just and sustainable world.

 

 

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!