Staff

 

President: Kim Ross kim_bio.jpg

Kim Ross is the 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.

 

Director of Development: Brian Lee BrianBio.jpg

Brian Lee is a co-founder of ReThink Energy Florida, and currently serves as the Director of Development. 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.

 

Campaign Director: Doug Miller doug_bio.jpg

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.

 

 

Meet Our Interns!

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

Associate Campaign Director: Blake Fleming Blake.jpg

Blake is from Tampa, Florida and is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Business. He is a news anchor and public relations member at WVFS Tallahassee and a student weathercaster at FSUWeather. Blake also volunteers with the Tallahassee Museum teaching children about natural sciences and the environment. He is an advocate for environmental justice and will pursue a better future for all.

 

Associate Communications Director: Drake Castañeda drake_bio.jpg

Drake Castañeda is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and former resident of North Carolina, California, and Arizona before moving to Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations, and a minor in communication studies, and recently graduated from Florida State University with a Master’s degree in Applied American Politics and Policy. Seeing the impacts of climate change as the defining challenge of our time, teaming up with ReThink Energy Florida was a logical next step towards creating a better society for all that enjoy and depend on this planet of ours.

 

Associate Development Director: Gimel Gutierrez Gimel.JPG

Gimel Gutierrez is from Clearwater, FL. She is a senior currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Economics and her minor in International Affairs at Florida State University. She earned her Associates in Arts degree in 2014. She is the secretary for the Economics Club at Florida State University. Her desire to help the environment began at her hometown which is one of the top beaches in Florida. She aspires to pursue a career working in the non-profit sector.

 

Associate Director of Education: Katriana Dubytz Katriana_Website_Photo.jpg

Katriana is a third year at Florida State University from Toronto, Ontario majoring in Environment & Society and Psychology with a certificate in Leadership Studies. She intends to combine her passions for the environment and social justice to address environmental justice issues in her career, which she prepares for through a variety of volunteer experiences engaging with diverse communities.

 

Executive Assistant: Katie Lebow Katie_Lebow.jpeg

Katie Lebow is a Jacksonville, Florida native and is a junior at Florida State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, along with minors in Biology, Hospitality, and Oceanography. Katie would like to attend graduate school until such time that she earns a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a conservation science-based field. She plans on attending the University of Central Florida after completing her Undergraduate Studies to pursue a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Environmental Conservation. Katie serves as the Web Coordinator for the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals: FSU Chapter, as well as the Web Coordinator for her high school band program. As the Executive Assistant, Katie is delighted to help ReThink Energy Florida stay organized, scheduled, and on task.

 

 

Adult Outreach Coordinator: Savanna Pitard savanna(1).jpg

Born and raised in Cocoa Beach, Florida, Savanna Pitard is a graduate student at FSU studying Aquatic Environmental Science. Her love of the ocean and passion for preserving what is left of our coral reef and benthic environments are what initially motivated her to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at FSU. She has a professional background in development and non-profit management and hopes to continue to work in that field through conservation and policy reform. During her free time Savanna enjoys surfing and spending as much time outdoors and in the water as possible.

 

Children's Outreach Coordinator: Delsabriana Gonzalez Delsa_Photo.JPG

Delsabriana Gonzalez originally from Miami, FL is an undergraduate student at Florida State majoring in Biology, and double minoring in Chemistry and Environmental Science. She is part of the Programming Board for the Hispanic/Latino Student Union at Florida State. She plans to go to University of San Diego, California after completing her Undergraduate Studies to pursue a Master’s degree in Marine Biology.

 

Communications Coordinator: Susie Garcia Susie.jpg

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. Susie is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Florida A&M University's School of the Environment, primarily planning the 2017 International Summit on EnergyWaterFoodNexus. She also presently serves on the board for HOLA Tallahassee, and enjoys dancing and teaching salsa during her spare time. 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.

 

Development Coordinator: Ian Baker Ian_ReThink_Photo.jpg

Ian is a senior at Florida State University and is currently pursuing his double major in Economics and Literature. In addition to ReThink Energy, Ian is a DJ at WVFS Tallahassee and is also involved with their Public Relations, Development, and Music Departments. Combining the skills acquired from both of these programs, Ian intends to pursue a career in public policy advising and/or working with non-profit education programs focused on fostering sustainability within the community.

 

Legislative Policy Coordinator: Gerrit Van Lent GerritVanLent_Picture.jpg

Gerrit Van Lent is a Florida native raised in Key Largo and living in Tallahassee. He is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Applied American Politics and Policy from FSU's Graduate School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, and a Juris Masters Degree from Florida State University College of Law. Fascinated with the moving parts of public policy and passionate about energy, water, and the environment, ReThink Energy Florida is the perfect fit for him. Gerrit enjoys working multiple jobs and taking a variety of classes to develop his understanding of policy frameworks and political institutions. In his spare time, you can find Gerrit practicing martial arts, reading, playing video games, spending time with friends, cooking, and sleeping.

 

Outreach Coordinator: Joe Johnston Joe.jpg

Joe is originally from Tallahassee, Fl and is a senior at Florida State University working towards a degree in Environmental Science. Joe serves as the Student Outreach Liaison for the FSU chapter of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. He loves to play any kind of team sports and outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, camping, mountain biking, and anything on the water. Joe seeks to pursue a career as a sales consultant for solar energy because he would like to see a move towards solar energy being the main source of energy for Floridians.

 

Outreach Coordinator: Hannah Reynolds Hannah.png

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.

 

Policy Coordinator: Kierstyn Cox Kierstyn_Website_Photo.jpg

Kierstyn is from Neodesha, KS and graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration. She is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration at Florida State University. Kierstyn is hoping to pursue a career in cross-sector collaboration between nonprofit organizations and the federal government with an emphasis in energy or environmental policy.

 

Policy Coordinator: Ari Rabinovich Ari_R.jpg

Ari is a sophomore at Florida State University and is pursuing an Environmental Studies major. He feels that one of the strongest ways to invest in a sustainable planet is to enact laws and design that prevents organizations and individuals from disregarding the concerns of our planet, which are ultimately the concerns of humanity and our descendants. Ari hopes to work with government organizations such as the Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency to draft bills that will point our country in an environmentally responsible direction. Ari joined ReThink Energy Florida to chase his dream of curbing irresponsible policy with like-minded peers hoping for the same future.

 

Political Advocacy Coordinator: Jim Godin Jim_Godin_Website.jpeg

Jim is an undergraduate at Florida State University receiving his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in English. Being from a small rural town in Connecticut, Jim found a passion for the environment through his upbringing spent outdoors, and developed an interest in sustainability through his experience volunteering at local farms. When Jim is not busy chasing outdoor pursuits or planning his next adventure, you can find him writing about politics and culture for the FSView. After graduating, Jim plans on engaging his skills in diplomacy and communications in order to pursue a career in environmental planning and policy.

 

Political Advocacy Coordinator: Hunter Mathews Hunter.png

Hunter Mathews is a junior from Jacksonville, Florida studying Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Business at Florida State University. He serves as the Vice President of Recruitment for Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Florida State. Hunter loves to travel and hopes to work with environmental policy and advocacy after graduation.

 

Program Coordinator: Adriana Silva Adriana_bio.png

Adriana Silva is a Freshman at Florida State University from Miami, Florida seeking to major in Environment & Society, and Marketing. 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 those skills in order to one day address environmental issues at the national level.

 

Social Media Communications Coordinator: Erica Loiselle Erica.jpeg

Erica Loiselle is from Tampa, Florida. She received her Bachelor's degree from Florida State University with a double major in English Literature and Media Communication Studies. Currently, she is a graduate student studying Public Interest Media and Communication. Erica is passionate about using and understanding new media to further community engagement and is looking forward to raising awareness in the Tallahassee community concerning environmental issues.

 

Volunteer Coordinator: Amanda Harig Amanda_Harig.jpg

Amanda is from Saint Petersburg, Florida and is currently a senior at Florida State University majoring in environmental studies with a minor in urban and regional planning. She hopes to pursue a career in which she is able to share her love for the outdoors and sustainability. By using her experience at ReThink, she hopes to inspire others to pursue more sustainable energy sources for their community and home. In her free time, she volunteers with Lady Spirithunters and explores Tallahassee.