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LSE/LECL Alumni

The following are some examples of Sustainability Education work that LSE alumni are engaged in. You are welcome to contact these alumni with any questions you may have about their experience in LSE, or their work as sustainability educators.

Non-profit organizations:

Matthew Collins. Education Director for Friends of Tryon Creek. Manages the Friends’ Education Department; develops programs, assessment, curriculum, and partnerships; serves as a community partner and lead instructor for Portland State University Capstone courses held at Tryon Creek State Park; Instructs adult education initiatives. jmatt.collins@gmail.com

Sarah Gaither. Community Development Director for the Refugee Center Online. Building online resources and educational programs to strengthen refugee communities and improve resettlement success. Currently designing strategies for partnership with other refugee community organizations. sarah.j.gaither@gmail.com

Michele Knaus. Executive Director of Friend of Family Farmers. Runs a sustainable agriculture advocacy group based in Oregon that primarily focuses on policy at a state level that promotes and protects socially responsible family farmers and ranchers. meshel@nashvegas.com

Bob Hatton. Program Coordinator with Portland Fruit Tree Project. One of two full-time staff members, Bob coordinates the Community Harvest (Harvesting Parties, Group Harvests, & Benefit Harvests) & Fruit Tree Stewardship programs (Tree Care Workshop Series & Tree Care Teams). bob@portlandfruit.org

Lacy Cagle. Director of Curriculum and Community Engagement for the Northwest Earth Institute. lacy.cagle@gmail.com

Jami Walker. Project Manager for Portland Energy Conservation. Manages energy efficiency programs; consults with utilities and government utilities to design and implement their energy efficiency programs; designs trainings, coordinates events and creates outreach materials. evergreen_001@yahoo.com

Olivia Webster. Youth Grow Program Coordinator at Growing Gardens. Develops partnerships with K-5 elementary schools to build strong and sustainable garden education sites for children and their families. olivia@growing-gardens.org

Businesses and other educational organizations:

Madelyn Mickelberry. Co-owner of Mickelberry Gardens. Creates and markets skin care and wellness products that are made from local raw honey, beeswax, and propolis. Sustainable beekeeping methods form the backbone of the company. madelyn.m.berry@comcast.net

Heather Diamond. Latin America Programs Director at Carpe Diem Education. Organizes 3-month experiential education programs for Gap Year students in Central and South America. Programs include cultural exchange, language study, volunteer work, and outdoor adventure travel.  Also involved in recruiting and interviewing students, hiring Overseas Educators, and planning leadership trainings for staff. heather@carpediemeducation.org

Travis Southworth-Neumeyer: Chief Operating Officer of Trackers Earth. Travis is responsible for the  efficient and effective operation, management, and improvement of the systems that create and deliver Trackers Earth programs. Trackers Earth provides innovative education in authentic outdoor skills for adults and youth. Camps and classes include wilderness survival, wild plants, archery, restoration and much more. The purpose of Trackers Earth is to inspire a can-do spirit while building a village of real adventure, accountability, common sense, and limitless enthusiasm. travis@trackersearth.com

Stephanie Stettler. Programing Coordinator for Social Enterprises. Develops educational content for sustainable business conferences throughout the country. Designs and develops the programs, interviews and selects speakers, and manages events onsite. stephanie.stettler@gmail.com

Karen Wolfgang. Co-owner of Independence Gardens. Builds and installs sustainable edible gardens. Develops and implements classes on sustainable gardening and living. karen.wolfgang@gmail.com

Higher education

Corin Bauman. Service & Resource Development Coordinator in the Center for Civic Engagement at Oregon State University. corin.bauman@gmail.com

Emily Bowling. Civic Engagement and Service Coordinator at Oregon State University. Supports, develops, and coordinates student programs focused on civic engagement, sustainability, and co-curricular community-based service-learning. emily.bowling@oregonstate.edu

Brittney Depew. Environmental and Community Engagement Coordinator at Southern Oregon University. Oversees the Environmental Resource Center and Civic Engagement Program. Plans and coordinates volunteer opportunities for students, ranging from work parties in the campus garden to Alternative Spring Break trips. bndepew@gmail.com

Greg Dardis. Chair of the Science and Mathematics Department at Marylhurst University,  and adjunct faculty in Educational Leadership & Policy and University Studies (at PSU). Teaches environmental science, sustainability and local agrarianism classes and works on grants for garden education projects. gregdardis@earthlink.net

Sarah Weinberger. Volunteer & Service Learning Coordinator at Clark College. Coordinates volunteer and service-learning opportunities at the college; teaches Introduction to Service-Learning. SarahMarin@gmail.com

K-12 Education

Heidi Mann. Teacher at WoodHaven School, a Waldorf-inspired, nature-based preschool cooperative for children ages 3-5 in Beaverton, OR. Teaches outdoor kindergarten.

Ryan Harvey. 8th grade teacher at Cascade Heights Public Charter School. Incorporates sustainability and garden-based education into his teaching. rtharvey@gmail.com

Garden-Based Education

Marc Boucher-Colbert. Garden Specialist. Teaches garden-based education and manages a garden for school lunches at Franciscan Montessori Earth School. jambrazil2@yahoo.com

Kara Gilbert. Farmer and Education and Community Outreach Coordinator at Simington Gardens. Farms 5 acres of land for a market farm; engages the community in volunteer days, educational programming and outreach.kgilber1@gmail.com

Liana Harden has taught garden-based education, developed garden-based curriculum, and engaged communities in gardening at both the Learning Gardens Lab in Portland, Oregon and the Delta Garden Study in public schools throughout the Mississippi Delta. Currently, she is continuing her work with Oregon State University Extension Service on the Grow Healthy Kids & Communities study. 

Stephanie Rooney. Garden Coordinator at Sunnyside Environmental School. Works with k-5th grades to connect gardening to curriculum. stephsbananas@hotmail.com

Julie Sheen. Learning Garden Specialist at Lane Community College. sheenj@lanecc.edu

To read more about the great work of LSE graduates, check out this article from Edible Portland: http://edibleportland.com/content/2008/06/portlands-new-wave-of-educators/

To watch a recent commencement speech by LSE graduate Jacob Sherman:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyRSyCsZn4M