Member Bios – Montana

Thomas AllenThomas Allen attended Appalachian State University, majoring in Appropriate Technology with a focus in renewable energy, sustainable building design, and sustainable development. He then worked as an energy auditor and project manager for companies doing energy saving retrofit improvements in homes in the Washington, D.C. area. He will be serving at the US Green Building Council of Montana on the Montana Green Schools Cohort program to guide school staff on green building operations and sustainability education curriculum planning.


Brianna ArnoldBrianna Arnold graduated with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Winthrop University in Rock HIll, South Carolina. Soon after, she worked at Camp Whitcomb Mason as the Environmental Education Coordinator whe she educated children from ages 7-16 about the correlation between humans and the environment. After, Brianna successfully served a full term with Green Iowa AmeriCorps in Dubuque, Iowa where she was the Logistics Coordinator. Brianna is serving as an Energy Corps member at NCAT in Butte, MT and is helping to expand the outreach for the Low- Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).


Erika BarnettErika Barnett graduated from Appalachian State University in 2015 where she earned a degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Sustainable Development. Erika has researched sustainability ideologies and anthropological theories, and extensively studied anthropogenic causes of climate change, consequences of conventional lifestyles, environmental mitigation techniques, renewable energy, as well as education and outreach as a method of mitigation through awareness. Erika will be developing Missoula County’s first greenhouse gas emissions inventory and represent the county in community-based climate action initiatives, identifying potential opportunities for county action.


Sean DotySean Doty attended the University of Montana where he earned a bachelor’s degree in the Environmental Studies program with a focus area in energy conservation. Sean also earned an associates of applied science degree, a certificate of applied science, a professional certificate in recycling technology, and a professional certificate in home energy auditing through the University of Montana’s Applied Computing and Engineering Technology program at the College of Technology. Before joining the Energy Corps, Sean was employed with an environmental consulting company. There he worked on stream bank stabilization and erosion control mitigation. He will help implement the City of Missoula’s Zero-Waste resolution that was developed in the spring of 2016 and other municipal energy conservation programs.


Katelynn EssigKatelynn Essig has a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Sustainable Development and Policy. She’s also worked on Economic Development issues for the City of Oregon City in Oregon while serving in Resource Assistance for Rural Environments AmeriCorps program through the University of Oregon. Katelynn is serving her second term with Energy Corps as the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Red Lodge. She had big success in her first term by installing 4 electric vehicle charging stations, completing solar analyses, and installing LED lightbulbs in 14 of the City’s streetlights.


Callye FosterCallye Foster has a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a policy concentration and a minor in Energy and Sustainability. During her time at the University of Central Florida, she held three officer positions with non-profit UCF Chapter I.D.E.A.D (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions): President, Treasurer and Clean Up Coordinator. Callye was the 2015-2016 Montana SMART Schools Coordinator through Energy Corps and will continue her second service term this year.


Alexa HolidayAlexa Holiday graduated from the University of Montana in 2014 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Previously to joining Energy Corps, she served as an Americorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) member. With Americorps NCCC, Alexa provided educational support for elementary schools in Arizona and Colorado and created a solar energy exhibit for a children’s museum in Texas. Alexa is currently serving at Home Resource. She will support Missoula in becoming a Zero-Waste community and act as the primary youth educator for a waste reduction program.


Hailey JorgensenHailey Jorgensen has a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Climate Change Studies and GIS certificate from the University of Montana. She worked with the Clark Fork Coalition as their climate change intern in 2013 and served as the Climate Change Studies Program Assistant in her final year. Since graduating, she has lived in Bend, OR. Hailey is serving at Climate Smart Missoula where she is helping to update and implement a Community Climate Action Plan, and to communicate greenhouse gas emissions and resiliency efforts for the Missoula area. Overall, she will connect and support groups working on climate mitigation and adaptation, and initiate activities that directly address climate solutions.


Barry MitchellBarry Mitchell graduated from Butte High school in 2004. Since, he has earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Metals Fabrication and became a Member of American Welding Society. He is currently enrolled in the Environmental Engineering program at Montana Tech University in Butte where he is a member of the Environmental Engineers (EEMT) group. Barry will serve from June-August at NCAT conducting Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) outreach and weatherization demonstration presentations.


Mohammad MoustafaMohammad 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.


Tam NguyenTam Nguyen graduated from the University of Haiphong, Vietnam in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Chinese. Tam then worked as the project manager and managing partner of the E.T Groups for English Studies in Vietnam for sic years. Tam is serving at NCAT in Butte, MT and will focus on outreach for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) and Food Bank Networks.


Rachel SussmanRachel Sussman has a Bachelor’s from Colorado College. She has had several research jobs and internships, including one at Colorado State University looking at atmospheric pollution in Rocky Mountain National Park and another investigating marine larval transportation in relation to fishery populations at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab. She also worked as a door canvasser for Environment California, raising funds and awareness for local environmental issues. As the sustainability educator for Whitefish, Montana, she will be helping to draft an energy conservation and climate action plan and conduct an energy audit and greenhouse gas inventory on city operations.


Brittany WeberBrittany Weber has a background in a variety of fields from her time studying biomedical engineering, social services and Spanish. She has helped to run summer camps for young girls and worked as a childcare coordinator where she developed community gardens. She is coming to Montana from Alaska where she worked as an Interpretative Park Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service and has worked with the National Park Service prior to that. She is excited to move from one glacier country to another.


Shyla WeselyShyla Wesely holds a Associate of Arts degree and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree 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 to increase awareness of the Montana Resource Efficiency Program and NCAT Energy Services.


Alanna WulfAlanna Wulf graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish. While at UM, she served as the UM Recycle Outreach Coordinator. She began her first term with Energy Corps in March of 2016, and is excited to continue her service in Glacier National Park.




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