Benjamin Aalberts is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Policy & Management as well as minors in Biology and Geographic Information Systems from Lake Superior State University. Prior to Energy Corps, Ben worked at Allegan County Emergency Management. Ben joined Energy Corps in May 2018 and will serve in Butte as an Armed to Farm Educator. He will be analyzing surveys, agendas, and program materials of past Armed to Farm trainings to find trends in participant needs. He will also assist in developing new sustainable agriculture curriculum, technical assistance, and resources for veterans transitioning into farming.
Katie Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in Geosciences and Environmental Studies from Pacific Lutheran University. Prior to Energy Corps, Katie worked in summer camps and with her university’s Outdoor Recreation Program. Katie joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and will serve in Missoula as a Zero Waste Educator/Planner. She will plan and lead education and community Zero Waste efforts for the city of Missoula through Home ReSource, a local non-profit. Katie will also be instrumental in helping Missoula County Public Schools to pilot a zero-waste classroom.
Megan Annis holds a bachelor’s degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with a minor in Global Environmental Sustainability from Colorado State University. This is Megan’s third AmeriCorps program. Previously she worked on a trail crew and with a different Energy Corps, both located in Colorado. Megan joined Energy Corps in November 2017 and will serve at the National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte as a Sustainability Management Educator. She will be researching aspects of community sustainability and identifying key components of successful programs in order to create a template for a community sustainability report that can be utilized by Montana municipalities.
Erika Berglund holds a degree in Environmental Science from Colorado College. Prior to becoming an Energy Corps member, Erika spent two years working as a field and lab technician in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana and in the Department of Forest, Fire, and Rangeland services at University of Idaho. Erika joined Energy Corps in March 2018 and serves at the Clark Fork Coalition in Missoula where she primarily focuses coordinating and supporting youth education programs, communicating with and managing volunteers, and developing marketing strategies for community outreach programs.
Adam Bourque is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and a minor in GIS at the University of Kentucky where he serves on the Student Sustainability Council. Prior to Energy Corps, Adam visited geothermal facilities during trips abroad in Iceland and Costa Rica and worked with a non-profit called Floracliff Nature Sanctuary as a land management specialist for his senior capstone project. Adam joined Energy Corps in May 2018 and will serve in Butte as an Armed to Farm Educator. He will be analyzing surveys, agendas, and program materials of past Armed to Farm trainings to find trends in participant needs. He will also assist in developing new sustainable agriculture curriculum, technical assistance, and resources for veterans transitioning into farming.
Diona Buck holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from MSU Northern. Prior to becoming an Energy Corps member, Diona worked as a peer mentor with the Little River Institute at MSU Northern by leading mentees through their college experience and helping new students throughout the academic year. Diona joined Energy Corps in June 2018 and serves at Opportunity Link in Havre, assisting with education and outreach. She will develop educational materials and facilitate hands-on learning, and conduct presentations. She will also assist in organizing activities within the local community.
Laice Dedrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Laice joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and will serve in Glacier National Park as a Sustainability Educator. She will build on current sustainability efforts, collecting greenhouse gas inventory, and educating park visitors about current sustainability goals. Additionally, she will create and prioritize new sustainability goals.
Paul Edlund holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Climate Change Studies and a certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Montana. Prior to Energy Corps, Paul assisted in the development the 2017 STARS (Sustainability Tracking And Rating System) report with the UM Sustainability Department. Paul joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and will serve in the City of Missoula at the University of Montana and St. Patrick’s Hospital as a Sustainability Educator. He will develop sustainability reports to describe the sustainability of the two institutions and implement strategies to improve the quality of sustainability.
Kathryn Eklund holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Eckerd College. Prior to Energy Corps, Kathryn worked for environmental consulting firms, conservation organizations, and in child development. Kathryn joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and will serve in the City of Red Lodge as a Sustainability Educator. She will assist them in reducing energy costs, improving their recycling program, and drafting carbon saving goals for the future. She will also monitor the impact of existing projects such as electric car charging stations and LED street lights.
Emilia Emerson holds a bachelor’s degree in Digital Art from Northeastern University. Prior to Energy Corps, Emilia volunteered with the Grand Canyon Trust, focusing on wildlife conservation. Emilia joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and will serve at the National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte as the Energy Corps Team Leader. She will focus on member support through team building, mentorship, project coordination, and serve to expand the capacity of the program to conduct educational presentations that meet the full scope of the program’s data quality goals. Additionally, she will help organize and direct service projects, like the day of service on MLK day. She hopes to utilize her design and illustration skills to create materials that raise awareness and interest in sustainability.
Mariah Gladstone holds a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Sustainable Energy and Materials from Columbia University. Prior to Energy Corps, Mariah founded Indigikitchen to use digital media to teach about traditional Native foods. Mariah joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and will serve in the City of Whitefish as a Sustainability Educator. She will assist in completing and implementing their Climate Action Plan and assess the feasibility of a solar array for the city’s new wastewater treatment plant. Additionally, she will help the Whitefish School District adopt a Green Ribbon curriculum and work with students to finish the new Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.
Claire Grisham holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Conservation and a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. Prior to Energy Corps, Claire worked in the environmental education field with organizations like the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and the Montana Natural History Center with the hopes of getting kids excited about nature! Claire joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and will serve in the City of Missoula at the National Wildlife Federation as a Sustainability and Habitat Educator. She is very excited to get involved with their wildlife habitat certification and ECO schools programs to help facilitate outreach to the Missoula community!
Britt Holewinski holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a Specialization in Environmental Economics and Policy from Michigan State University, and a master’s in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. Prior to Energy Corps, Britt worked at NSF International, working in Sustainability and Water, with a focus on Wastewater Certification. Britt joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and will serve in the City of Missoula as a Zero Waste Educator/Planner. She will work on Missoula’s Climate Action plan, focusing on reaching the waste reduction targets and greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Max Longo holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Climate Change Studies from the University of Montana. Prior to Energy Corps, Max worked on issues of campus sustainability for the Associated Students of the University of Montana and has experience engaging with the community on issues of energy and climate from his work with 350 Missoula. Max joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and will serve at Climate Smart Missoula as an Energy and Climate Educator. He will work with community partners to design and launch a new project directed at enlisting volunteers to help weatherize and improve energy efficiency in low-income homes in Missoula. Additionally, he will craft educational and outreach material to engage the community on issues of local solar and clean energy success stories.
Mohammad Moustafa has an educational background in ethics, business, and management. In recent years Mohammad has had the aptitude to incorporate environmental science knowledge into his professional experience. Mohammad will be serving at the Montana State University-Northern Advanced Fuels Center and will assist the research scientist and their associate in the development and management of new science content, school summer activities, science camps and learning seminars.
Tristen Payne holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics and a minor in Energy Policy from Western Washington University. Prior to Energy Corps, Tristen was employed by the Army Corps of Engineers and also worked in healthcare at Adventist Health and Kroger. Tristen joined Energy Corps in October 2017 and will serve at the National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte as a Farm Energy Educator. He will develop farm energy education materials, conduct energy audits, research efficiency improvements, and work on public outreach.
Lisa Sartin is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering at Ohio State University. She has extensive coursework in sustainability and analytical methods and experience working as an Undergraduate Student Research Assistant for the School of Earth Sciences at OSU. She also worked alongside one of OSU’s professors to research and publish a paper on the effects of climate change on various tree species. Additionally, she has also been a Pharmacy Technician for over 9 years and worked in various pharmaceutical settings such as long-term care, retail, and hospital settings. Lisa joined Energy Corps in June 2018 and will serve in Dillon, MT as the Prior Solid Waste Management Assistant. She will be observing and analyzing the current recycling program in Dillon. Then, she will improve upon the current system and increase public education on recycling. She will also be developing a tracking system for the county to better track their recyclables and waste.
Shyla Wesely holds an Associate of Arts degree from Kachemak Bay Community College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering at the Montana Tech University. Prior to Energy Corps, Shyla served in AmeriCorps as a member of Montana Campus Compact for 10 months tutoring elementary school children in reading. Shyla joined Energy Corps and NCAT in May of 2017 and is serving in Butte as an Energy Resource and Efficiency Specialist to increase awareness of the Montana Resource Efficiency Program and NCAT Energy Services.
Joel Wilcox holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Westmont College and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Technical Writing from Montana Tech. Prior to becoming an Energy Corps member, he worked in publishing for four years. Joel joined Energy Corps in June 2018 and will serve with the Butte Silver Bow County in Butte, working on the Residential Metals Abatement Project. He will be conducting outreach with property owners and landlords to facilitate access in order to obtain soil samples, and prepare a report and supporting documentation for use in Superfund planning and policy decisions at the local government level.