ReThink Energy Florida's Staff

Executive Director: Kim Ross kim_bio.jpg

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.

Communications Director: Brian Lee BrianBio.jpg

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.

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 ReThink Energy Florida's Interns and Associate Directors!

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.

 

 

 

Associate Director of Communications: Jenn Zipperer Website_Photo.jpg

Jenn is studying political science in the TCC-FSU program. She is originally from Colorado but moved to Florida when she was little. Her passion for environmental justice is leading her towards a career in lobbying and politics. Jenn is active in the Tallahassee community and is also an Oceanlovers Global Ambassador. Her favorite activities include hiking with her three dogs and yoga.  

Associate Director of Campaigns: Jacob Ross Jacob_Ross.jpg

Jacob's expertise is political advocacy and policy analysis with an emphasis on economic development. In addition to his undergraduate studies in Political Science and Economics at Florida State University, he has experience securing large production supply contracts as an Account Representative with America II Electronics in St. Petersburg, Florida. He currently serves as the Political Advocacy Coordinator for ReThink Energy Florida and the Congressional Liaison for Florida's 2nd Congressional District with Citizens' Climate Lobby. He is active with various student organizations and has lobbied with the FSU Student Government Association. He is originally form Dallas, Texas and enjoys the outdoors whenever possible. 

Executive Assistant: Kelly Hickok Kelly_Hickok.jpg 

Kelly Hickok is from Jupiter, FL and is a senior at Florida State University working towards a degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Urban and Regional Planning. She is passionate about environmental protection and awareness, and hopes to pursue a career in environmental law in the future.

Outreach Coordinator (Tampa Bay): Kyrsteen Webster  Kyrsteen_.jpg

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.

Chapter Leader (Miami): 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: Meghan Wolfe Meghan_Website_Pic_2_.JPG

Meghan is from Bradenton, FL and is a junior at FSU. She is  studying media communications and environment and society. She is interested in fishing and sustainable agriculture. Meghan enjoys spending time outdoors, on the water and traveling. She is also very passionate about conserving the natural places she cherishes. 

Non-Profit Management Coordinator: Dara M. Wilson dara_bio_picture.jpg 

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.

Senior 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.

 Outreach Coordinator: Cassidy Shields Cassidy_Shields.JPG 

Cassidy Shields is a Senior at Florida State University studying Environmental Science. In the past, she has served as an Eco-Rep through FSU's Sustainable Campus and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Pre-Veterinary Club at FSU. She is excited to be a part of ReThink Energy Florida and hopes to continue with community outreach upon graduation with the eventual goal of working within the international community. 

 Youth Outreach Coordinator: Harbria Gardner  Habria_Gardner.jpg

Harbria Gardner is a second-year Environmental Science student at Florida A&M University in the great city of Tallahassee, Florida. Harbria currently serves as the Youth Outreach Coordinator at ReThink Energy Florida. Her focus as an intern is going out into her community and pique the interests of youth on renewable energy uses through presentation and hands-on activities. Harbria believes that one small presentation can positively impact the lives of many by educating and empowering at least one child who also wants to help in making a difference in their community. 

Volunteer Coordinator: Darrien Fordham darrien.jpg 

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.  

Senior Program Coordinator: Adriana Silva Adriana_Website_Pic.jpg

Adriana Silva 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.

Associate Director of Education: 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. 

 Development CoordinatorRachel Robinson rachelr.jpg

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.

 Program Coordinator (Tampa Bay): Alonzo Wilson  Alonzo_Wilson_Website_Pic_.png

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 sustainably.

 Political Advocacy CoordinatorSean Malone seanm.jpg

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.

 Youth Political Advocacy CoordinatorChristina Mbuya christina.jpg

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.

Associate Director of Research and Policy: Lief Palker   

Lief is a senior attending Florida State University Honors Program that will be graduating in the Spring of 2018 with a dual degree in Political Science and International Affairs. His time spent living in Cleveland, Ohio, Charlotte, North Carolina, Palm City, Florida, and finally attending school in Tallahassee driven his passion for renewable energies and humanity’s quest to attain a sustainable relationship with its environment. He also plans on attending graduate school following the completion of undergraduate degree.

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.

Chapter and Outreach 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.

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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.

Social Media Coordinator: Andrew Bevan-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.

Meet ReThink Energy Action Fund's Interns!

 
Legislative Lobbying Coordinator: Emily DeVore   

Emily is a senior at Florida State University, originally from Jacksonville, Fl. She is graduating in May 2018 with a Bachelors in Environmental Science and a minor in Biology. Emily plans to further her education with a masters in Environmental Science with a focus on Coastal Science. Through the years, she has become more involved in environmental issues and how to address them firsthand. Her position in ReThink Energy provides her with the ability to express her passion and do her part in creating a positive change in our environment.

 

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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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