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: 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. 

 

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.

 

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. 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.

 

Communications Coordinator: Katarina Baez  Kat_Website_Photo.jpg

Katarina Baez is originally from Miami, Fl. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in both International Affairs and Media/Communication Studies at the Florida State University. She is passionate about environmental protection, which makes ReThink Energy the perfect organization to engage the local community and increase awareness. In the future, she hopes to work with organizations and companies specializing in sustainability and food waste prevention and hopes to start her own social enterprise. 

 

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.

 

Non-Profit Management Coordinator: Dara M. Wilson  

Dara Miles Wilson 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.

 

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.

 

Policy Coordinator: Savannah Rodrigue Savannah.jpg 

As an Environment & Society and Political Science double major with a minor in Economics at Florida State University, Savannah is focused on addressing pressing human and environmental health problems through practical, effective policy analysis. She believes that combining pragmatic solutions with creative ideas can produce innovative public policy that effects change. Savannah hopes to obtain a Master's degree in Policy Analysis with a specialization in environmental, energy, or water policy. Afterwards, she plans to work within a government agency, environmental consulting firm, or think tank.

 

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.

 

Research & Policy Coordinator: Julian Leon Julian.jpg

Julian is a senior at Florida State University originally from South Florida. He is pursuing a dual major in Finance, and Environmental Science & Policy. His goal is to use his knowledge of finance and economics to develop policies that will improve the environment.

 

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: Bianca Diaz Bianca.jpg

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.

 

 Volunteer Coordinator: Aaron Diaz  

Aaron Diaz is a Junior at Florida State University pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science, Minoring in Biology and Environmental Engineering. Aaron is passionate about environmental protection and with the help of ReThink Energy Florida, he hopes to make a difference for the better in his local community. His goal is to work in the technical side of an alternative energy company to help residents and commercial companies reduce energy consumption and environmental impact through advanced energy systems.