Staff and Leadership Team

Who’s who in the office?

MaeveMaeve 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 is a devoted mom, climate activist, yoga teacher, gardener, and bike commuter.





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-headshotJen 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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Austin Robert Davis, Policy & Communications Coordinator

Austin lives in Burlington, VT and serves as 350VT’s lobbyist and Montpelier State House presence. He studied Community & International Development and Biology at the University of Vermont. Austin has worked on environmental issues in many capacities spanning research, policy, and communication with employers such as Renewable Energy Vermont, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and the Office of the Governor before finding his way to the 350Vermont Team. When he’s not working, Austin can be found biking, hiking, or climbing right here in beautiful Vermont.







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.







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.





GeraldineMotherUpbioGéraldine 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.








Ashley Bolger

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.








Julie Elfin

Julie is 350VT’s Online Organizing intern, focusing on social media, web resources and creative storytelling. She studies the environment and public communications at the University of Vermont, where she has campaigned for fossil fuel divestment since her first year. Julie grew up outside of Washington, D.C. and has previously worked with Defenders of Wildlife, Mountain Justice, Environment America and Greenpeace.






phoebePhoebe Sampson

Phoebe is 350VT’s Events and Outreach Intern with the goal of reaching out to people in the state to inform them about the work that 350VT does. Phoebe is an environmental studies major and philosophy minor at Saint Michael’s College. After writing her senior thesis on nature deficit disorder, she is looking to pursue a career in environmental education after graduation. Phoebe grew up in Brookline, MA and came to Vermont for the countless opportunities to get outside.







Hannah Chodosh

Hannah is 350VT’s Online Organizing Intern, working on social media outreach, following climate news, and writing about the work 350VT does in the state and beyond. She studies English and the environment at the University of Vermont and is interested in art and art history. Hannah grew up in northern New Jersey and spends time exploring Vermont and rock climbing.







Sara Meotti

Sara is the policy intern for 350vt and currently is a senior at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Studies and Political Science. Her studies have focused on climate change politics, and she is now writing her thesis on climate change message framing. Sara grew up in West Hartford, CT and since moving to Vermont has spent her time backcountry skiing, hiking, and rock climbing.





Rachel Bowanko

Rachel is the Mobilization Intern at 350VT. She is from Washington, DC and is currently an Environmental Studies major at UVM focusing on Political Science and how to build resiliency within communities. Rachel spent last semester hiking and kayaking in Montana with the Wild Rockies Field Institute where she studied human-land relations. At UVM she is involved in FeelGood and the Real Food Working Group which both focus on the importance of sustainable and local food in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty both in our local communities and around the world. Rachel loves to hike, kayak, canoe, and be outdoors in general. Fun fact: She recently has gotten really into tree-identification.










Who’s who on the board?

KathyKathryn Blume, Madame Chair

Kathryn has been active with 350 since that first awareness-raising walk from Ripton to Burlington.  She’s organized and MCd rallies, protests, fundraisers, and action days at the Statehouse, done a great deal of public speaking and co-founded the Climate Cabaret.  In addition to her work on the 350VT leadership council, she is co-founder and Executive Director of Vermontivate! – a community sustainability game of epic proportions.






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.





fredFred Kosnitsky

Fred is a professor at CCV, a member of the South Burlington Energy Committee, and a former small business owner. He and his wife and daughter live in Queen City Park in South Burlington.







ZMI_1749Brian 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.



870420111106surroundwhitehouseArthur 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 PMMari 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.





10989218_10102142672513970_2425741772844860540_nLindsey Gillies

Lindsey Gillies is a midwife, activist, community organizer, and writer. Lindsey is a Vermont Licensed Midwife (LM) and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and is passionate about the intersection of reproductive and environmental justice. Her background includes a comprehensive academic and clinical training at Maternidad La Luz, a high-volume freestanding birth center on the border in El Paso, Texas and an intensive academic midwifery program in Boise, Idaho. She has served communities in both Vermont and Texas as a birth doula, abortion doula, and childbirth educator. Lindsey Gillies has been a community organizer with Rising Tide Vermont since 2012. With Rising Tide Vermont, she has organized numerous direct action trainings and events across the northeast and is currently working on the Campaign to Stop the Fracked Gas Pipeline! She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Global Justice Ecology Project and is an active board member of 350VT.





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.




tarsands6Patrick Flood 

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.





Dylan Cullen

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.


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Alex 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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