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Our Staff

FULL-TIME STAFF

DR. P. BRIAN FISHER, Director
Dr. Fisher

Dr. Fisher came to the College of Charleston in 2009 after getting his PhD. from UC Irvine. He has a joint appointment in the Office, sharing time between serving as Director and teaching courses out of the Political Science department. In his free time he enjoys supporting his Pittsburgh Steelers and alma mater Auburn Tigers and spending time with is wife Brenda and their four children.

Email: fisherb@cofc.edu*

Phone: 843-953-7532

Address: 14 Green Way (Rm 301)

DR. ASHLEY LAVENDER, Intern and Student Coordinator
Summer 2017 - Present
Dr. Ashley Lavender

Dr. Lavender joined the Office in May 2017 after teaching at the College of Charleston during the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition to this full-time staff position, she enjoys teaching various courses related to sustainability in the Department of Biology. She earned her B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (minor: Marine Biology) and B.A. in German at the University of Connecticut and then went on to Drexel, Penn State and Old Dominion Universities to earn her M.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Ecological Sciences. Shortly before completing her doctorate, she was selected to participate in Duke University’s Marine Conservation Summer Institute. Her perspective has widened from environmental stewardship as the effects of human activities on the Planet become increasingly more pronounced and pervasive, calling for a holistic, constructive, and multi-tiered approach to sustainability. Basking in nature, studying and mitigating the impacts of human activities on aquatic life (especially acoustic impacts), connecting humans to life’s source, rehabilitating wildlife, dancing, practicing yoga, co-managing an upcycled accessories business, engaging with the community through public outreach and partnerships, and studying and conserving turtles are among her passions. She indeed has a zest for life and is thrilled to be a member of the Office of Sustainability Team and an active member of the community through Charleston Green Drinks and the Tri-County Food Alliance!

Email: lavenderal@cofc.edu

Phone: 843-953-4986*

Address: 14 Green Way (Rm 201-A)

SUPPORT STAFF

ADRIAN BARRY, Interim Office Manager
Fall 2011 - Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2016 - Present
Adrian Barry

Adrian Barry was a Political Science student at the College, originally from New Jersey. While at CofC, Adrian was active on campus, founding CofC for Urban Agriculture and Green CofC, as well as serving as President of the Political Science Club, an active member of SC Student Legislature, and an honorary "Friend of MESSA." Adrian was appointed to the President's Advisory Committee for Sustainability and the CofC Labor Day Celebration Planning Committee, and, as a SGA Senator, Adrian created the Student Sustainability Committee. In that capacity, Adrian was invited to join Dr. Fisher's Sustainability Task Force as the undergraduate class representative, and went on to help found the Office of Sustainability, where he worked both as an Intern Coordinator and a Sustainability Fellow. Adrian is looking forward to rejoining the Office as a member of the staff and annoying everyone with his institutional memory of how things worked back in his day!

Email: ajbarry@cofc.edu

Phone: 803-953-0498

Address: 14 Green Way (Rm 101-A)

PROFESSOR JENNIFER SAUNDERS, Zero Waste Program Manager
Summer 2018 - Present
Jennifer Saunders

Long time friend of the office, Jennifer first got involved in campus sustainability issues as a graduate student in the Masters of Environmental Studies Program 2009-2012. After teaching in Japan for three years from 2012 to 2015, she returned full-circle to CofC as an adjunct professor of environmental studies Fall of 2016. Ever looking for points of intervention in systems responsible for environmental degradation and social injustice, she is a big proponent of community involvement and taking action on multiple scales. She's a co-creator of The Stone Soup Collective, a nonprofit dedicated to making healthy food for those in need. Focusing more continously on food and housing security she joined the Charleston YOUth Count team as Associate Technical Director in March of 2018. She joined the Office of Sustainability in an official capacity as Zero Waste Program Manager in May of 2018. Please feel free to reach out to her about ways you can get involved! She also enjoys martial arts (aikido and karate in particular), reading, being outside, and plants (growing, eating, and otherwise enjoying them).

Email: saundersjm@cofc.edu

Phone: 843-953-0749

Address: 14 Green Way (Rm 201-A)

ELIZA BOWER, Sustainable Transportation Program Manager
Spring 2015 - Present
Eliza Bower

Eliza Bower graduated from the College of Charleston in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Historic Preservation and Community Planning, and Art History, with a minor in Urban Studies. Now she is pursuing her masters in Community Planning Policy and Design. Eliza is the Sustainable Transportation Program Manager at the office. Eliza manages the College's Bike Share Program, promotes bike safety, and encourages the campus community to use alternative transportation. You can see her riding around town on her bumper sticker-ed bike wearing a lavender helmet.

Email: bowerec@g.cofc.edu 

Phone: 803-953-0716

Address: 14 Green Way (Rm 202)

BIANCA LAPAZ, Assistant Internship Coordinator
Fall 2016 - Present
Bianca LaPaz

Bianca LaPaz has been a resident of the Charleston area for most of her life. She is an Urban Studies major in her last year at the College of Charleston, concentrating in Sustainable Urbanism and minoring in Environmental & Sustainability Studies. Bianca spent her first year with the Office as an intern, working on the Social Justice Coffee Hour team, before being hired as the Assistant Internship Coordinator in August 2017. She is a born-again environmentalist and social justice advocate through her involvement in the Bonner Leader Program. Her hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, making artwork, listening to podcasts, and dancing to electronic music. She is infamous for her dried flower arrangements and recently created her first zine. She takes pride in her enigmatic qualities, but never wishes to remain in the spotlight for very long. Sustainability has been her passion for several years now, with the foundation being set through a lot of self-education and exploration late in high school. Her time at the College and especially at the Office has broadened her horizons when it comes to learning to live sustainably and make conscientious decisions. She seeks to use her degree in Urban Studies to address various issues surrounding sustainable urban planning, especially in the face of climate change, in the hopes of promoting environmental, economic, and social justice. She is especially interested in seeing how this can be applied in major cities, like New York City, which is by far her favorite. Looking back, her freshman self never could have even dreamed that she’d end up here, and she is immensely grateful to be with the Office.

Email: lapazbi@g.cofc.edu

Phone: 843-953-4986 

Address: 14 Green Way (Rm 201-B)

KAITLYN AMIDON, Zero Waste Events Manager
Spring 2016 - Present
KAITLYN AMIDON

Kaitlyn Amidon graduated the College of Charleston in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health. Originally from Aiken, South Carolina, Kaitlyn is working on Zero Waste Initiatives around the College of Charleston to help the campus reach its goal of being a Zero Waste Campus by 2025. She first started as an intern at the office working on Water Refill Stations around campus and transitioned into the Zero Waste Infrastructure Lead. She is now the Zero Waste Program Manager. She is very passionate about coming up with ways to educate people around the College of Charleston and in the Charleston area about proper recycling and disposal techniques. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys reading, being around animals, scuba diving, traveling, hanging out with friends and family, and doing high adventure activities.

Email: amidonkb@g.cofc.edu

INTERNS

Harmony Baggett, Sustainability Week Student Committee Chair
Fall 2018
Harmony Baggett

Harmony Baggett is a senior majoring in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the College. This major has allowed her to pursue her many passions including social justice, history, language, and culture. Harmony is also a huge advocate for the environment and is currently in pursuit of a zero-waste lifestyle. She hopes to spread awareness (and learn more everyday) about the many ways individuals can help themselves, others, and our planet. In her free time, Harmony enjoys yoga, camping, reading, and attending concerts.

ADDIE BATES, Rotation Intern
Summer 2018 - Present 
Adelaide Bates

Adelaide is an incoming freshmen at the College of Charleston, jumping in head first as the Community Outreach Intern. Growing up in McClellanville, SC outside of Charleston, a sustainable lifestyle has always been innate for her. Starting her sophomore year of high school, Adelaide founded and directed the McClellanville Land & Sea Market, a nonprofit farmers market catering to the FDA Food Desert in the Bulls Bay Area. Now as she begins her journey towards Downtown she will be studying Business at the College in hopes to support the local economy through small businesses around the Lowcountry!

VANITY REID DETERVILLE, Social Justice Coffee Hour Lead
Spring 2018 - Present
Vanity Deterville

Vanity Reid Deterville is a junior Political Science major concentrating in Public Policy at the College of Charleston and a native of Charleston, SC. She has dedicated her time as an activist to LGBTQ initiatives and populations throughout the Lowcountry experiencing housing and food instability through the outreach of "We Are Family," an organization dedicated to LBGTQ youth here in Charleston, with the collaboration of the The College of Charleston Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities and the administration of the “Charleston YOUth Count”. She believes that tradition has sometimes maintained a restrictive stronghold on southern families and queer youth of color. As a new Facilitator of the "Transformative Teaching Collective" she is an advocate of restorative justice, the art for social change and the implementation of the appropriate change necessary for inclusive and progressive thinking, to provide support and professional development for marginalized communities like the LGBTQ community and communities of color. With the work she has done with the Eastside Community Development Corporation she is a steadfast activist for equitable and accessible housing for marginalized communities in Peninsular Charleston, SC.

Natalie Dick, Zero Waste ResLife Intern
Fall 2018
Harmony Baggett

Natalie Dick is currently a senior at the College of Charleston pursuing a Biology degree and an Environmental and Sustainability Studies minor. She developed her connection to the environment and enthusiasm for conservation at a young age, which led her to study the dynamic ecosystems found in Charleston. Her focus on biodiversity, species distribution patterns, environmental policy and healthy living led her to her position as the Zero Waste Res Life Lead intern at the Office of Sustainability. Her passion for traveling and a recent trip to South East Asia allowed her to experience the serious consequences of over consumption and mass pollution at a personal level. Natalie will be working at the Office to advocate for the interconnections of the environment and the importance of leading a sustainable lifestyle. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys planting way too many succulents, hiking, kayaking, running, and spending time with friends.

MIKAYLA DROST, Sustainable Greek Program Lead
Spring 2018 - Present
MIKAYLA DROST

Mikayla is a sophomore from Lugoff, SC double majoring in Geology and Marine Biology with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is a William Aiken Fellow in the Honors College. She started in the Office of Sustainability as a Greek Chair and is excited to work as an intern for the program this semester. Mikayla serves as the Vice President of Prism, the college's LGBTQ Student Alliance, and she’s passionate about social sustainability and iced coffee.

BECCA EATON, Zero Waste Infrastructure Lead
Summer 2018 - Present
BECCA EATON

Becca is a senior in the Honors program pursuing a degree in Biology with future goals of becoming a nurse anesthetist (CRNA). She is from Columbia, South Carolina but refers to Charleston as her home now. Since attending the College of Charleston she has developed a desire to live more sustainably thanks to the efforts of the Office of Sustainability, and she is extremely excited to be a part of the team this summer. She is very passionate about the medical field and spends a few hours every week volunteering in the PACU at MUSC. She also has a super cute dog named Padma. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, napping, and spending time with animals.

Suzanna Ellison, Garden Apprentice Program Lead
Summer 2018 - Present
Suzanna Ellison

A junior at the College, Suzanna’s passion for sustainability led her to choose a Biology major and Environmental Studies minor. She finds that sustainability flows into her life best through community gardening: by establishing a space for healthy, ethical food production in a community, people are empowered with knowledge, resources, and a deep connection with Earth and our role as part of it. At the Office, Suzanna is leading the Garden Apprenticeship Program, connecting the gardening initiatives on campus, growing produce for the Stone Soup Collective, and educating on Earth as a resource to be understood through hands on learning and stewardship! You may see her eating raw vegetables for breakfast, mumbling things like, “a little dirt never hurt,” and attempting to propagate one too many plants per mason jar.

TANNER GLAZE, Podcasts Lead
Summer 2015 - Present
Tanner Glaze

Tanner is a Psychology major at the College of Charleston. Tanner originally started at the Office of Sustainability as a partnership intern with Lowcountry Street Grocery (LSG). LSG is a mobile farmers’ market that brings fresh local produce to communities in need. Her job was to help locate communities that were considered food deserts and to help LSG design a bus route. Tanner is currently working on a new project with the office’s Marketing Team creating social sustainability podcasts. Social sustainability is her passion. The intersect between environment and social issues is important, but often forgotten. Social issues are an important part of sustainability, and Tanner hopes to bring awareness this aspect of sustainability.

MARYBETH GRIMES, Campus Sustainability Collaboration Intern
Spring 2018 - Present
Marybeth Grimes

Marybeth Grimes is a Senior at the college pursuing a degree in Public Health with minors in Psychology and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is looking forward to pursuing her passion in sustainability so she can one day be a leader and model for others on the individual level, as well as a collective level. A few of Marybeth’s academic focuses include sustainable nutrition, development, and consumption, food systems, hydrology & water management and personal health. After college, she hopes to get a Master's degree in Global Sustainability and work internationally. Marybeth enjoys being outside with friends, having a cup of tea after a hot yoga class, taking road trips to see live music shows, and traveling to as many places as possible.

Trevor Leach, ECOllective Student Project Committee (ESPC) Chair
Spring 2018 - Present
TREVOR LEACH

Trevor is a Junior in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in both Chemistry and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. He has always enjoyed spending time at the beach, hiking mountains, and spending time with his dogs, the beginnings of his journey involving the environment and nature. His first experience with the Office of Sustainability was as a case manager on the ECOllective Student Project Committee (ESPC) as a first semester sophomore, the beginning of his influence in the College and helping him get his foot in the door at the Office. Trevor then served as the Bike Share Intern at the Office of Sustainability for his second semester as a sophomore, immersing himself in the Office. His interest in working with sustainability stems in part from his experience with The Green Heart Project, a program dedicated to teaching elementary students about health and green living through organic food taste-tests and gardening, and now serves as the Green Heart Liaison for the Honors College. He sees the numerous possibilities the College has to make a greener campus and wants to help utilize this untapped potential. He hopes to see the beginnings of a positive change at the College. He currently resides as the chair for ESPC and the Office and as the Sustainability Liaison for the Student Government Association (SGA).

Mallory Panuelo, Zero Waste Events Lead Intern
Fall 2018
Mallory Panuelo

I am currently a Junior at the College of Charleston. I am a Geology major with a minor in Environmental Sustainability Studies. I am pursuing a career in environmental consulting and hoping to help make Geology a more environmentally conscious field. My hobbies include running, hiking, kayaking, surfing, and all things outdoors! I also enjoy gymnastics, and dancing, in my free time. I am excited to dive into the Zero Waste Events Lead Intern position and help the guide the campus to a Zero Waste lifestyle!

STEPHEN PAPPAS, Web Design Fellow
Summer 2018 - Present
Stephen Pappas

Stephen Pappas graduated in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Russian Studies. From June 2016 to June 2017 he taught English in South Korea. He returned to College of Charleston in the fall of 2017 to pursue a Masters in Computer Science.

Natalie Reider, Rotation Intern
Fall 2018
Natalie Reider

Natalie Reider is a freshman at CofC studying Finance and Environmental Sustainability. Natalie is originally from Ellicott City, MD (about 20 mins from Baltimore) and has seen first-hand what sustainable issues look like in her city. Baltimores’ inner harbor is a very polluted, so she is interning with the Office of Sustainability to learn more about taking initiative and what she can do to help her city. She will be rotating in between Zero Waste, Food Security, and one other project with social justice. She is also in surf club and loves to spend her free time at the beach.

Caroline Ross, Social Media Intern
Fall 2018
Natalie Reider

Caroline Ross is currently a Junior at the College majoring in Communication with a minor in Environmental and Sustainable Studies. Growing up in Seattle, Washington and attending the Environmental and Adventure school spurred her passion for the earth at a young age and that passion continues to grow with her as she hopes to leave this earth cleaner and greener when that time comes. Seeing the pollution around the world through her travels to South East Asia and Indonesia as well as the environmentally sensitive parts from living in New Zealand has only made her more determined to make a difference and spread the word on being environmentally friendly through life and living. She loves to scuba dive and has noticed the degradation of the oceans from diving in many reefs over the past 6 years including in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico. This continuing her avid niche for recycling and making environmentally conscious water decisions and living a minimal waste lifestyle. She enjoys listening to music and attending music festivals as well as watching documentaries, capturing and editing photos, having beach days and enjoying sunsets when time allows. After graduating she plans on working and traveling in Australia for two years.

Sarah Russell, Sustainability Week Student Steering Committee Co-chair
Spring 2018 - Present
Marybeth Grimes

Sara Russell is a Transportation and Bike Share intern who is passionate about environmentalism and conservationism. She has studied biology and minored in sustainability studies and Spanish in her hometown at the College of Charleston. Sara possess the title of Beach Sweep/ River Sweep Site Captain and has worked with SC Department of Resources as well as Sea Grant. As a forest lover, you can most likely find her doing ecological work in the field. Sara enjoys dabbling in music, hiking and thrifting.
Sara is available for sustainable transportation projects and environmental field work research. You can reach Sara at russellsg@g.cofc.edu or (843)-276-6612.

BRYNN SMITH, ECOllective Student Project Committee Chair
Fall 2017 - Present
BRYNN SMITH

Brynn is a Senior at the College of Charleston pursuing a degree in Middle Grades Education, with content areas in English and Social Studies, and a minor in Communications.This is her third semester interning with the Office of Sustainability, and she is currently serving as the Lead Intern for Campus Communications. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honors society, and the previous Chair of ECOllective Student Project Committee, which reviews proposals and delegates funding to student project leaders who aspire to implement sustainable projects on campus. She is also a delegate for South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL), as well as the Vice Chair of the College's delegation. SCSL is a statewide, student-run organization that encourages students from universities across the state to draft their own legislation based on policies that they wish to see enacted at the state level, present it to the delegation, and debate the legislation with their fellow delegates of varying backgrounds and ideologies. The SCSL delegation assembles formally at the State House in the fall, and informally at a host university in the spring each year. Following graduation, Brynn aspires to join the Peace Corps and teach English in South America. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking and traveling, reading science fiction novels, and trying new plant-based recipes.

NEYLE STEADMAN, The 71% Project Lead
Fall 2017 - Present
Neyle Steadman

Neyle Steadman is a Senior at the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Environmental and Sustainability studies. She lives in James Island with her parents, twin sister, and dog, Yogi. She has always loved the environment, water, and animals and has always had a passion for protecting them. In March of 2017 she decided to transition into a Vegan diet. She hopes that her love of animals, the water, and the environment will help influence other people to start living a more sustainable lifestyle. In her free time she likes to collect succulents, go to the beach, and listen to music.

MEGAN STOVER, Food Security Campus Programs Intern
Spring 2018 - Present
MEGAN STOVER

My name is Megan Stover. I am from Sumter, SC. I am a current senior at the College of Charleston and I am studying Public Health and Spanish. I am the president of the Cougar Food Pantry, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and an assistant manager at the Stern Student Center on campus. I am looking forward to this coming semester!

SABRINA WARNER, Marketing and Graphic Design Intern
Summer 2018 - Present
Sabrina Warner

Sabrina is a Senior at the College from Charleston, SC. She is studying Computing in the Arts with a concentration in Digital Media. In this internet-driven generation it is vital to not only promote sustainability through our actions, but through various online educational platforms. She will be working on the Office of Sustainability’s online platform, Synergies, which aims to educate and inspire the greater community to embody sustainability in their everyday lives. In her free time, Sabrina loves to take hot yoga classes, read poetry, and swim in the ocean.

Tatjana Washington, Sustainable Nutrition Program Lead Intern
Fall 2018
Tatjana Washington

Tati Washington is a senior biology major with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies who spends her time participating in animal advocacy and social justice events. She is an animal lover who is involved in many organizations on campus such as: President of the Vegan Club, Lead Sustainable Nutrition Intern for the Office of Sustainability, SLI ambassador, Center of Civic Engagement Alternative Break Leader, Stern Center and Campus Recreation employee, and the founder of The Stone Soup Collective student chapter. Outside of her busy schedule, she enjoys playing sports, thrift shopping, cooking and writing vegan recipe book, and DIY projects!