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.
Director of Development: 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.
Director of Campaigns/Policy: 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.
Director of Communications: Jenn Zipperer
Jenn is studying Political Science in the TCC-to-FSU program. Her passion for environmental justice has
inspired her to find new ways to communicate the urgency of environmental action to the public and all
levels of government. Jenn’s interests in communications and government have motivated her to pursue
those fields in her education and community involvement. She serves the statewide community as the
Communications Director of ReThink Energy Florida and as the Communications Manager for ReThink Energy
Florida's Sea Level Rise Project. Jenn also volunteers with Citizens’ Climate Lobby as a Congressional Liaison.
Director of Education: 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
Meet ReThink Energy Florida's Associate Directors and Interns!
Our Associate Directors and Interns share in our desire to educate, engage, and empower citizens to take action toward achieving energy independence and a sustainable environment.
Associate Director of Education: Nikki Knutson
Nikki is in her third year pursuing a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science at Florida State University. She is also the founder and secretary of Bee Friendly at Florida State University, which serves to protect bee populations in
Tallahassee. Being from Melbourne, Florida, an area which has been negatively impacted by unsustainable farming
practices, she became exposed to a number of environmental issues from a young age. Now, through ReThink Energy
Florida, she is able to teach children about how they can become environmental allies. After she graduates with her
bachelor's degree, Nikki hopes to receive a master's in Urban and Regional Planning to help implement more
sustainable practices in cities.
Associate Director of Campaigns: Lauren Corey
Lauren received her B.S. from Florida State University in Political Science and Environment & Society. She is an
aspiring environmental lawyer who values conservation, climate action, and environmental justice. She found
her passion in environmental politics when she became the Political Chair of FSU's Environmental Service
Program, and later the Co-President. As a Tallahassee local, she wants to see the City become a leader in
sustainability. This led her to work on the Tally35 Campaign, which advocates for Tallahassee to become 100%
on renewable energy by 2035 or as soon as possible. Lauren is now the Associate Director of Campaigns at
ReThink Energy Florida and is its Tally35 Coalition Coordinator.
Associate Director of Development: Rachel Robinson
Rachel is a Senior 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 and grew up
with a love for nature, water and all things outdoors. Combining her passion for business and the
environment, Rachel works as the Senior Development Coordinator for ReThink Energy Florida. She hopes
that her work will help ReThink reach a wider audience and accomplish more.
Executive Assistant: Kayla Green
Kayla is a senior at FSU and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in International Affairs.
After graduating, she plans to attend law school and study International Law. Through
work in politics, as well as through coursework, she has seen the rising impact of
Environmental Politics on the world. Being a Florida native, and seeing the impacts of
climate change firsthand, she is passionate about combining her passions of
International and Environmental politics in her future career. Kayla hopes to gain the
experience to address environmental impacts at the local, as well as international level.
Volunteer Coordinator: Willow Michie
Willow is a student at Florida State University studying Environment and Society. After undergrad, she plans to
attend graduate school to pursue her passion in sustainability. She is most passionate about the importance of
converting to renewable energy sources and steering away from fossil fuels. Her dream job would be to work with
endangered animals or educating children and adults on sustainability and clean energy.
Research and Policy Coordinator: Logan Gillespie
Logan is a student a Florida State University , from Saint Augustine, Florida. She is seeking a degree in
International Affairs and Computer Science. As a native Floridian Logan has been able to see first hand the
importance of conserving and protecting our environment.She enjoys telling others about environmental issues
and ways they can get involved in helping to make the environment a more sustainable place.
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 Coordinator: Kenzie Mullins
Kenzie will be a sophomore at Florida State University in the summer. She plans to study Environmental
Science and Policy with a minor in Political Science. A Tallahassee native, Kenzie has seen the importance in
caring for the environment through the ever-growing threat of destructive hurricanes and the degradation of
Panhandle lands. She intends to use her passion for the environment to incite a passion in others, and hopes
to one day work for a government agency and keep the momentum of the environmental movement alive.
Political Advocacy Coordinator: Tyler Osha
Tyler is a rising junior at Florida State University majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. His passion for
the environment evolved from living near the mountains of Utah and on the coast of Florida. In these areas, he
saw first hand the environmental challenges of air pollution, climate change and wildlife conservation. Tyler is
dedicated to serving as a good steward of the environment and is excited about his work as a Political
Advocacy Coordinator at Rethink Energy Florida. Through policy development and promotion, Tyler hopes to
alter political views on energy. He aspires to become an environmental lawyer to help protect public lands and
promote wildlife conservation.
Social Media Coordinator: Hannah Pai
Hannah Pai is currently a Senior at Florida State University getting a two Bachelor degrees in both Literature and
Humanities. Moving to Tallahassee from Arizona, Hannah has found a new passion for the ocean and hopes her
skills in social media will work to save Florida's beautiful wildlife through ReThink.
Social Media Coordinator: Shalise Franklin
Shalise FranklinShalise is a junior at Florida State University pursuing a B.S. in Information, Communication,
and Technology. She hopes to pursue a career as a social media manager. As a native of West Palm Beach, FL, and the daughter of a 28-year employee of NextEra Energy, she has learned the importance of renewable
energy and practicing sustainability. Through her internship at ReThink Energy Florida, Shalise hopes to find an
effective way to educate the community about the importance of preserving the environment using social
media platforms to reach audiences of all different ages, genders, and ethnicities. In her free time, Shalise enjoys listening to music, spending time with friends, and drinking boba tea.
Meet The Action Fund Interns!
Electoral Advocacy Coordinator (Action Fund): Elizabeth Butscher
Elizabeth is a senior at the Florida State University majoring in History. She is originally from South
Florida and that landscape shaped her love for nature and the environment. Hoping to pursue law
and politics in the future, she knows that working with the ReThink Energy Action Fund is a great
learning experience and a truly meaningful position.