ReThink Energy Florida's Staff
Executive Director: Kim Ross
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 as 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.
Field Operations Director: Brian Lee
Brian Lee is a co-founder of ReThink Energy Florida, and currently serves as the Field Operations 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.
Campaign Director: V Miller
V 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, V volunteered with a number of
organizations, including the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, mentoring and coaching student leaders
in the Southeast. V'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 Associate Directors, Interns, and Chapter Leaders!
Our interns 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.
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
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: 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
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 Associate Director: 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
Webmaster: Chris Stephens
Chris, the youngest member of the team, is a senior at Chiles High School. He plans to attend FSU in the fall
of 2019 to earn degrees in Environmental Science and Sustainable Energy. Chris got involved at ReThink
Energy Florida because he believes in making a 100% transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
After graduating from FSU, he plans to move to California, to further his career in renewable energy.
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 Our Tidal Town Hall Organizers!
Tampa Bay Organizer: Alexis Howard
Alexis Howard is a recent FSU graduate obtaining their Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and Policy.
Formally a Political Advocacy Coordinator for Rethink, they now work as the Tampa Bay Area Field Organizer.
They are passionate about environmentalism, conservation, and sustainability and plans to continue to
advocate for environmental justice throughout their career.
Northeast Florida Organizer: Chloe Osborne
Chloe currently serves as the Northeast Florida organizer for the Sea Level Rise Candidate Forum campaign.
She has also been working as Legislative Lobbying Coordinator for the ReThink Energy Action Fund since
January. She holds her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Environmental Science and Policy
and will be pursuing her Masters of Law in Environmental Land Use beginning in the Fall of 2018. Chloe’s
passion as a rescue scuba diver has solidified her love for the environment and continue to shape her career
path today. Her environmental work centers around political advocacy and legislation.
Central Florida Organizer: Rachel Robinson
Rachel will be going into her senior year at Florida State University, pursuing a degree in Business
Management and Marketing. She hopes to pursue a career in business sustainability upon graduation. She is
from Orlando, Florida, growing up with a love for nature, water and all things outdoors. Combing her passion
for business and the environment, Rachel is organizing the Tidal Town Halls for her home town, Orlando, and
Melbourne, hoping these events will help educate the public and the candidates on sea level issues. Rachel
also works as the Development Coordinator for REF, hoping her work will help Rethink reach a wider
Southeast Florida Organizer: Laura Aguirre
Laura is the Tidal Town Halls’ Southeast Florida Organizer, organizing forums in Palm Beach, Broward, and
her native Miami-Dade. She is an educator with 10+ years designing curricula, materials, and programs for
diverse audiences. In 2016, she attended a Miami Climate Alliance meeting that energized her to get
involved and get connected. Two years later, she has earned her M.A. with a concentration in Environmental
Humanities, is on the executive board of 350 South Florida, and is a member of the Miami Climate Alliance.
She is happiest outdoors and never leaves the house without a book.
Southwest Florida Organizer: Tamara McShane
Tamara McShane is the SW Florida Organizer for the Sea Level Rise Candidate Forum campaign. She has
been involved in many past events with ReThink Energy Florida, including playing Mother Earth during the
'Trial of King Coal' in 2011. Tamara was raised in SW Florida and is glad to focus her passion for the
environment on the important issue of Sea Level Rise, hoping to raise awareness and help educate others.
Tamara spends her free time with her 2 year old grandson, enjoying parks and beaches.
West Florida Organizer: Ally Duffy
Ally received her B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University in 2011 and is currently finishing
her master’s degree in Biology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She worked at the Gulf Ecology
Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency for 6 years as a Student Services Contractor, assisting
with projects ranging from satellite remote sensing, to micro-plastic ingestion in corals. Her research
experience has led to a passion for advocacy, and she hopes to use her background to help bridge the gap
between science and politics.