ReThink Energy Florida's Staff

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Kim Ross is the former president and founder of ReThink Energy Florida, a non-profit dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering citizens to take action and achieve energy independence in a healthier, more sustainable environment. As an owner/member of EarthSTEPS, an environmental consulting firm, she also works the Operations Consultant and Project Manager on energy efficiency and Demand-Side Management projects. Kim is a steering committee member of Floridians Against Fracking, one of the leaders in the recent success derailing Big Oil's move to bring fracking to Florida.

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Brian Lee is a co-founder of ReThink Energy Florida, and currently serves as the Communications Director. Brian received his BA Degree in Political Science from FSU in 2008, and has frequently worked in the field of campaign politics at the national and local levels. He is also currently the principal at Tallahassee Progressive Grassroots Consulting. He was elected to the Leon Soil and Water Conservation District in 2014, and serves as Chair on that Board.  During the past three legislative sessions, Brian served as Legislative Director at Floridians Against Fracking.

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Doug first got involved in environmental organizing during the Tar Sands actions outside the White House in the fall of 2011. After graduating and returning home to Tallahassee Florida, Doug volunteered with a number of  organizations,  including the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, mentoring and coaching student leaders in the  Southeast. Doug's passions are for engaging and empowering Florida's residents to be citizen leaders in their struggle  for energy  independence.

Communications Director: Jenn Zipperer

 

Jenn is studying Political Science in the TCC-to-FSU program. Her passion for environmental justice is leading her towards a career in politics to ensure the preservation of the Sunshine State and the natural wonders we all cherish. She serves the Statewide community as the Communications Manager for ReThink Energy Florida's Sea Level Rise Project and is also an Oceanlovers Global Ambassador. Her favorite activities include hiking with her three dogs and yoga.

Education Director: Bianca Diaz

 

Bianca Diaz is from Jacksonville, Florida and is a third-year student at Florida State University. She is the secretary of the Ethical Food Association at FSU, and served as an Eco-Rep for two years through Sustainable Campus. Majoring in Environment and Society, she hopes to better the world by implementing sustainable initiatives in communities. Her love for animals, people, and nature motivate her to make a positive impact on Earth. 

Meet ReThink Energy Florida's Interns and Chapter Leaders!

Our interns and Associate Directors share in our desire to educate, engage, and empower citizens to take action toward achieving energy independence and a sustainable environment.

 

 

 

Nonprofit Management Coordinator: Dara Wilson  

Dara is a conservation communications specialist and a proponent of informal science education and the institutions that support it. Although Dara’s academic calling was in international development, Dara’s extracurricular interests (natural resource management and education outreach) developed into global opportunities to contribute to noteworthy causes with proven histories of commitment to scientific research, engaging the community, and environmental sustainability. This exceptional combination of labor has been invaluable to her understanding of cross-sector partnerships, how to practice multicultural inclusion in a professional context, strategic planning, and community engagement. A native of Silver Spring, MD, she attended American University where she graduated with a B.A. in International Relations, and a minor degree in Communications Studies.

Development Coordinator: Rachel Robinson

Rachel is from Orlando, Florida. She is currently in her third year at Florida State University pursuing a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Rachel is treasurer of Freedom at FSU, a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness about human trafficking and helping human trafficking victims. Rachel hopes to pursue a career in business sustainability, combining her passion for business and sustainability. She hopes to combine those passions as well as her love for education at Rethink Energy Florida as the development coordinator. Through development, she hopes Rethink Energy Florida will be able to reach a wider audience.

Senior Program Coordinator: Adriana Silva 

Adriana is a student at Florida State University from Miami, Florida seeking a B.S in Environment & Society. She is passionate about transforming the public and corporate perception of environmental sustainability. Through ReThink Energy Florida, Adriana will not only assist with bringing awareness on environmental issues to the Tallahassee and Florida communities, but she also hopes to further develop the skills necessary to one day address environmental issues at the national level.

Volunteer Coordinator: Darrien Fordham   

Darrien is a second year Broadcast Journalism major attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She is from Detroit, Michigan. She has a passion for volunteering in order to contribute to a good cause. She is aware of what is happening to the environment and looks forward to spreading awareness as well as furthering her knowledge on various topics pertaining to the environment. 

Outreach Coordinator: Kanhiya James-Stephenson

Kanhiya is am a 23-year-old Junior at Florida State University studying Environmental Science and Italian. She is a vegetarian and enjoys exercising, volunteering and keeping our beautiful Mother Earth clean. Her favorite hobbies include traveling, shopping and spending time with her two older sisters.

Educational Events Coordinator: Heather Page

Heather is originally from Gainesville, FL and is currently majoring in Psychology and Public Relations. She is a strong believer in reaching out to the younger generations of the community to educate and engage them on environmental issues. She is also passionate about sustainable agriculture and empowering women and young girls.

 Outreach and Chapter Liaison: Crystal Posey  

Crystal is a Senior at Florida State University, who will be completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. Crystal is a Persian-American environmentalist who grew up near the Forgotten Coast, in Wakulla County, Florida. Her hometown has given her an appreciation for untouched, pristine nature and its surroundings. Both in high school and college, she has had the opportunity to learn about the natural resources in her hometown, such as Wakulla Springs, and the environmental problems associated with it. Her passion for the protection of the environment has always been a huge factor in her life due to the close approximation from her hometown and to the Apalachicola River, which faces a huge water issue in the south. Crystal also has a large passion for Environmental Education and Diversity. She spends her time working towards creating inclusive environments on campus through the Multicultural Greek Council. Interning for Rethink Energy Florida as the Outreach & Chapter Liaison will provide her both to make an impact on the community and to help her turn a passion for a cause into a rewarding and meaningful career.

Political Advocacy Coordinator: Alexis Howard

 

Alexis Howard is a senior at Florida State University, graduating in May of 2018 with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy. Alexis is a part of the Research and Policy team as a Political Advocacy Coordinator, where most of their work has involved research on Leon County in order to strengthen Rethink's approach with the ReadyFor100 Campaign. They are passionate about environmentalism, conservation, and sustainability and plans to continue to advocate for environmental justice for the rest of their career.

Political Advocacy Coordinator: Sean Malone

 

Sean is a junior at Florida State University pursuing a double major in Biology and Psychology. Being from Satellite Beach, Florida and having attended Cocoa Beach High School, he developed a close connection to the ocean and to nature. In college, he became politically active and understood the power people hold in creating change, so he combined that with his love of nature to become the Political Advocacy Coordinator at ReThink Energy Florida. When he's not working or attending school, Sean enjoys playing music, sports, and spending time with friends.

 

 Political Advocacy Outreach Coordinator: Ashley Lambert  

Ashley is a sophomore at Clemson University from Tampa, FL pursuing a degree in  Environmental and Natural Resources with a minor in Political Science. She is currently a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and serves as the New Member Volunteer Coordinator. Growing up near the beaches that she loves and watching the damage that tourists cause when they visit is what first sparked her interest in environmental protection. 

Youth Political Advocacy Coordinator: Christina Mbuya  

Christina Mbuya is a Tallahassee native who is in her second year at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, working on her Masters in Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine and Estuarine Ecosystems. She received her B.S. at the University of South Florida in Environmental Science & Policy. Christina relishes in community involvement and is a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters and Young Carver STEM Academy. She believes that citizen outreach and engagement are vital components to environmental stainability.

Research and Policy Coordinator: John Pappas

John Pappas is currently in his third year at University of Florida Levin College of Law and is seeking a Certificate in Environmental and Land-Use Law. His desire for a career in environmental advocacy developed during his undergraduate years at Florida State University while studying environmental policy and working in the Florida Senate. John joined ReThink Energy Florida as the Research and Policy Coordinator to cultivate his experience in Florida environmental politics and to help further ReThink’s significant legislative efforts.

 Communications Coordinator: Nicole Salzberg 

Nicole holds a Master’s in Global Sustainability from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Florida State University. She is also a LEED Certified Green Associate with USGBC. A resident of Stuart, FL she has gained experience in the field of sustainability by volunteering and working for non-profits with missions of advancing sustainable solutions to modern day problems. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her three girls and getting as many beach and park days in as possible.

Social Media Coordinator: Andrew Thomas

Andrew is a Tallahassee local studying Geology in the TCC-FSU program. Following graduation, he plans on immediately working in the field as an educator. He also enjoys spending lots of time outdoors with his dog, longboarding around Tallahassee, and kayaking.

 Program Coordinator: Alonzo Wilson

Alonzo Wilson is a graduate student at USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. His area of study is Sustainable Energy and he is passionate about renewable forms of energy. He also received his undergraduate degree from USF in Business Administration. His concern for the environment began with his admiration of the biodiversity of the life on Earth. He loves being able to contribute towards a common goal and hopes to make an impact in transitioning communities to thinking more sustainable terms.

Political Advocacy Outreach Coordinator: Lauren Schlitt  

Lauren is from Vero Beach Florida and is currently a Junior at Florida State University. She serves as the recruitment chair for Take Back the Tap, which is a student run initiative at FSU to reduce the supply and demand of bottled water on campus. She is majoring in Environment and Society and is interested in sustainable energy. She is passionate about the environment and hopes to educate people on the importance of sustainable living. 

 Tallahassee Chapter Director: Hannah Reynolds

Hannah Reynolds is a senior at Florida State University studying Psychology, Environmental Studies, and Women’s Studies. She is passionate about protecting the environment, social justice issues, and empowering the community through education. As an Outreach Coordinator, Hannah focuses on research and educates the public about environmental justice issues that impact Florida's citizens. Upon graduation, she hopes to move out West and continue her advocacy work in pursuit of a career in renewable energy.

 South Florida Chapter Leader (Miami): Susie Garcia

 

Susie Garcia originally from Miami, FL, graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Spanish. Between 2008 and 2015, she worked her way up the ranks at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, ultimately becoming Executive Staff Director for Regulatory Programs. It was during this time that her passion for environmental policy and advocacy grew. Currently, she is the Marketing Coordinator for Florida A&M University's School of the Environment, primarily planning the 2017 International Summit on EnergyWaterFoodNexus. Susie joined ReThink Energy Florida in order to help spread awareness about renewable energy and environmental policies affecting those at the local, state, and national levels.

Tampa Bay Chapter Outreach Coordinator: Kyrsteen Webster  

Kyrsteen Webster is a senior at the University of South Florida studying Environmental Science and Policy. She is a Florida native and avid nature enthusiast who believes passionately about building sustainable and economical communities that benefit both the planet and the people who live on it. As part of her community service with the University’s Global Citizens Project she works with development partners in low income areas to build more sustainable communities for those residents. Kyrsteen, got a crash course in policy when she received a scholarship for a legislative internship program with the City of Tampa that continues to be the most rewarding experience of her career.

Meet the ReThink Energy Action Fund's Interns!

 
Legislative Lobbying Coordinator: Chloe Osborne   

Chloe is a senior at Florida State University, expected to graduate in May 2018 with her degree in Environmental Science and Policy. She was raised in Orlando, FL where she developed an immense respect for the environment, especially our natural waterways. Her passions for scuba diving and boating have strengthened her love for the environment and continue to shape her career path today. In the fall, Chloe plans to continue her education by pursuing a masters degree in Environmental Land Use Law. Her position with Rethink as Legislative Lobbying Coordinator provides her with valuable experience in Florida's state politics that will give her tools and experience necessary for her future as an environmental advocate.

 

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