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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.

DR.ASHLEY LAVENDER, Internship and Student Cordinator
Spring 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!

PART-TIME STAFF

KAITLYN AMIDON, Zero Waste Manager
Spring 2016 - Present
Madeline

Kaitlyn Amidon is a recent graduate from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science 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. In her free time Kaitlyn enjoys reading, walking around Charleston, scuba diving, traveling, hanging out with friends, and doing high adventure activities.

ADRIAN BARRY, 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!

CRAIG BENNETT, Data Manager
Spring 2014 - Spring 2015, Fall 2015 - Present
Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett is a 2014 graduate of the College of Charleston with an undergraduate degree in Biology. He is currently pursing a Masters of Public Administration degree with a certificate in Urban Planning while also serving as a Logistics Officer in the SC Army National Guard. Since beginning to work with the Office, he has served in various roles including: as a student volunteer, the bike share coordinator, and the data manager. In his current role, he enjoys helping students achieve their project goals and partnering with other organizations around campus and the community. In his free time he enjoys cycling and running with his wife Victoria.

ALEXANDRA KEANE, Garden Apprenticeship Program Manager
Summer 2017 - Present
Alexandra Keane

Alexandra is a restorative agriculture educator, ethnographer, and regenerative designer. Upon graduating with a Political Science and Environmental Science degree in 2014, she founded and managed the Restorative Agriculture Department at the College, as well as doing private consulting work on regenerative landscape management. She has served as a community liaison in the Charleston area, and worked with a variety of businesses and organizations in the local food, agricultural, and political systems. She founded and currently manages a small business that educates folks on botanical medicine through educational seminars and herbal-based products. She is currently excited about pursuing a nursing degree, with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner -- bringing her experience of restoring the land and the use of botanical medicine to healing the body! She thoroughly enjoys sewing, singing, getting her hands dirty, and being immersed in the lowcountry and wilderness landscapes!

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

Bianca Lapaz has been a resident of the Charleston area for the past 16 years. She is a second year Urban Studies major at the College of Charleston, concentrating in Sustainable Urbanism, and is minoring in Environmental & Sustainability Studies. She is a born-again environmentalist, national park enthusiast, and social justice advocate through her involvement in the Bonner Leader Program. She is strangely fascinated by humanity's apathetic relationship towards waste and can be found digging through the garbage to make sure everything goes where it's supposed to. Her hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, bird-watching, making artwork, collecting specimens for her shadow box, watching documentaries, listening to space rock and a little bit of lo-fi, and mothering her elderly cat, Moby. Her goals for the semester include mending more of her clothes and shoes by herself, educating her fellow peers in the Bonner Leader Program and at the Center for Peer Excellence on sustainability, and practicing yoga in some form every day.

NIKKI SCIOSCIA, Media Manager & Lead Designer
Spring 2017 - Present
Nikki Scioscia

Nikki is an exhibiting illustrator, graphic designer, and videographer who joined the Office of Sustainability in Spring 2017. Her work is informed by her connection with nature, her meditation and yoga practices, and her passion for social and environmental justice. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Communication. She has also studied art in Florence, Italy and at Penland School of Crafts in Spruce Pine, NC. Nikki is passionate about contributing her visual communication skills to movements that educate and empower communities in the name of Mother Earth. She has illustrated album art, logos, and posters, and she is currently illustrating a book on natural childbirth. She enjoys singing, percussion, ecstatic dance, and exploring diverse ecosystems.

INTERNS

MAKENNA ANDERSEN, The 71% Project Lead
Fall 2017 - Present
Makenna Andersen

Makenna Andersen is a Junior at the College of Charleston who is pursuing a major in Marine Biology and a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. This is her first year working with the Office of Sustainability and is very excited to collaborate with this year’s staff. She grew up in the Chicagoland area with vast knowledge about the conservation and research with Great Lakes, which sparked her passion for the environment. She looks to further educate herself and the community throughout her experience at the Office!

LAUREN ANTON, Sustainable Nutrition Workshop Coordinator
Fall 2017 - Present
Lauren Anton

Lauren is a Senior studying public health. She intends on pursuing a career in global health because of her love of serving others. She is also an advocate of social justice and equity among all people. When she is not busy with her duties as Vice President of Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, she loves hanging out with her friends, riding horses, and playing with her cat, Tucker.

EMMA BERRY, Social Media Lead Intern
Fall 2017 - Present
Emma Berry

Emma Berry is a Senior at the college majoring in Communication with a minor in Environmental Studies. Her passion for sustainability intensified after she participated in an Alternative Spring Break trip during her spring break sophomore year. On the trip they learned about earth literacy while living in an off-grid community in the mountains of Washburn, Tennessee. Since then, Emma has tried to use her knowledge in communication to spread environmental awareness. Some of Emma’s other interests include traveling, listening and dancing to good music, and spending time relaxing at Folly Beach.

SOPHIE BEYER, Political Systems Project
Fall 2017 - Present
Sophie Beyer

Sophia Beyer is a Junior at the college and studying Political Science with a minor in International Studies. She was involved in the office's Garden Apprenticeship Program her Freshman year and has taken sustainability classes. She is originally from New Jersey, and she enjoys being involved in her community, traveling to new places, and being involved in sustainability discussions. You can find her on her yoga mat, her surfboard, or behind a book.

ALLI CAMP, CofC Reinvest/ESG Invest Lead
Summer 2017 - Present
Alli Camp

Alli Camp is a Business Administration Major with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is a student in the Honors College and a member of the Schottland Scholars Program in the School of Business. Alli's involvement with the Office began when she was a Summer 2017 intern working on the Office's project of reinvesting CofC's endowment fund into socially and environmentally responsible companies. Project "Reinvest CofC" continues into the Fall semester, and Alli will be planning impact investing events and creating awareness among the student population. Alli hopes to help form a closer relationship between the Office of Sustainability and the School of Business. When Alli is not checking her email, she likes to eat plants, practice yoga, laugh, dance ecstatically, and give hugs.

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.

KELLY JACKSON, Outreach & Community Partnerships Lead
Spring 2016, Fall 2016 - Present
Kelly Jackson

Kelly is a senior at the college pursuing a double major in psychology (AB) and sociology (BS), with a minor in leadership, change, and social responsibility. She started as a Greek chair, worked two semesters as project lead for social justice coffee hour and now has taken on the role as outreach and partnership lead intern. She hopes to travel abroad after she graduates to teach English. Coming from San Antonio, Texas, Kelly doesn't let anyone in the office forget it. When she's not busy with school, Kelly enjoys hanging out with friends, petting any dog she sees, people watching in Marion Square, and eating her way around Charleston.

LOGAN JOHNSON, Bike Share Lead Intern/The 71% Project
Spring 2016 - Present
Logan Johnson

Logan Johnson is pursuing a degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies at the College of Charleston. Growing up in the small town of Clover, South Carolina, Logan's interest in sustainability began in high school after taking AP Environmental Studies. Being involved in Boy Scouts throughout his childhood and spending time backpacking, Logan grew to have a great appreciation for nature and the environment, and strongly feels that it is the responsibility of the community as a whole to be conscience about the decisions we make that will further impact our future generations. In his free time Logan enjoys backpacking, hanging out with friends, kayaking, and photography.

CAROLINE KELLY, Zero Waste Corps
Spring 2016, Fall 2016 - Present
Christina Hughes

Caroline was raised a Southern Belle in a small town in the midlands of South Carolina. She says, "yes ma'am" and "y'all," and she can't resist a glass of sweet tea. But she always had a bit of a rebellious side - and still does. She loves the color black, and she prefers indie folk to country music. In her free time, she will be on her porch with her guitar enjoying the sunshine, or on a beach sifting through the sand for treasures. As a senior in college, she has hopes of pursuing a career that inspires her while blending her love for the environment and people.

MADELINE KISER, Garden Apprenticeship Lead
Fall 2017 - Present
Madeline Kiser

Madeline Kiser is a Senior at the College of Charleston and is from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is majoring in Public Health and minoring in Environmental Studies. Her passions for health and the environment stems from the ambition to pursue nursing after she graduates from the College of Charleston. By striving to be more environmentally, socially, and economically balanced and by promoting health through mental, physical, and spiritual wellness, she will be able to help a wider population of people. This internship will further her sustainable practices so that she can impact more people as she enters the workforce of nursing, public health, and environmental studies. Madeline enjoys listening to music, hiking, traveling, and being with friends in her free time.

BRYAN KO, Webmaster
Spring 2016 - Present
Bryan Ko

Bryan Ko is from Lexington, South Carolina. He is majoring in Computing in the Arts with a concentration in music as well as a minor in Environmental and Sustainable Studies. His first real exposure to sustainability was on the trails of the Appalachian Mountains. On the trails, hikers are respectful of the environment around them and try to keep it beautiful for others. The idea of sharing nature together with other people drew him closer to sustainability. Bryan plays violin in the College of Charleston Orchestra and loves being outdoors. His hobbies are kayaking, backpacking, and anything related to music.

LACEY LINDSAY, Zero Waste Corps
Fall 2017 - Present
Lacey Lindsey

Lacey is a senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in both Urban Studies and Historic Preservation. She is interested in sustainability, how it pertains to social equity and how we can find solutions outside of a capitalist framework. When she’s not in class or at the library, she is probably writing poetry, watching films, drawing, craving vegan mac and cheese, or admiring her seashell collection.

MCKENZIE MATTINSON, Sustainable Greek Initiative
Fall 2017 - Present
McKenzie Mattison

McKenzie is a Junior at the College of Charleston pursuing a degree in Public Health. She is currently the Social Chair of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and she loves devoting her time to Greek Life. She is a member of the Public Health Society and is a new intern here at the Office of Sustainability. Her hobbies include whippin it up in the kitchen, surfing, skating, watching Game of Thrones, and cuddling with her bearded dragon Ozzie.

AUDREY NOONAN, Zero Waste Events Lead
Fall 2017 - Present
Audrey Noonan

Audrey is a Senior in the Honors College at the College of Charleston, pursuing a Bachelors of the Arts in Spanish, with minors in Biology and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is currently writing her Bachelors Essay on the sea turtle conservation efforts taking place in Central America. Born and raised in the Carolinas, her love of nature and many hours spent outside paired with courses at the college and time farming has led to eye-opening experiences and passion for environmental education. In her free time, she enjoys playing lacrosse, spending time with friends, hiking, camping, and just about anything outdoors.

KENNDAL ROTE, Social Justice Coffee Hour Lead
Spring 2017 - Present
Kenndal Rote

Kenndal Rote is a senior at the College majoring in psychology and double minoring in sociology and urban studies. She was raised in Ohio, but has lived in the Charleston area for years. She has loved the environment throughout her life, but became interested in sustainability when purchasing a pair of jeans that were ethically made. As she found this slightly difficult and realized how her choices impacted the environment, she decided to make some changes and educate herself further, and hopes the Office can help. She loves to travel, practice yoga, bike, garden, and hang out with her dog.

OLIVIA SACKLER, SEA CHANGE/Bee Campus
Fall 2016 - Present
Olivia Sackler

Olivia Sackler is a Senior at the College of Charleston majoring in Anthropology and has a double minor in Environmental Studies and Geology. She is the President of the Outdoors Club, a peer facilitator, and is also involved with the QEP at the college. She has been passionate about the environment ever since she was a young girl, discovering her love of the outdoors through hiking and camping when she was little. Throughout elementary school, high school, and college, she has volunteered and worked with sustainability/environmental ed related programs. She hopes to spread awareness through taking people outside, while using her enthusiasm and passion for protecting the natural world to spread awareness and make a difference. She hopes to continue doing so at the office and eventually get into outdoor education when she graduates. She loves to hike and camp, ski, kayak, do art, meet new people, and hang with family and friends.

ANNIE SIMPSON, Sustainability Intern: Sustainable Greek Chair Initiative
Fall 2016 - Present
Annie Simpson

Annie is a Senior studying Business Administration with a concentration in both Leadership, Social Change, and Responsibility and Entrepreneurship. Originally from seven different states, Annie currently has served numerous roles in Student Government Association, as well as many roles in Dance Marathon, and she is currently serving as Executive Director. Annie began her learning experience in sustainability as a chair for her sorority, Phi Mu, and now has a passion for teaching others about sustainability. Annie enjoys researching statistics about the data on College of Charleston’s campus and how the data can be changed based on sustainability efforts. In her free time, Annie loves hanging out with family and friends, going to the beach, and doing yoga.

BRYNN SMITH, ESPC Chairperson
Fall 2017 - Present
Brynn Smith

Brynn is a Junior pursuing a B.S. in Middle Grades Education with teaching concentrations in English Language Arts and Social Studies and a Minor in Communication. She is an active delegate for South Carolina Student Legislature and is currently the Vice Chair of CofC's delegation. She also enjoys traveling, trying new and interesting foods, upcycling and D.I.Y. projects, and reading science fiction novels.

NEYLE STEADMAN, Zero Waste Infrastructure Lead
Fall 2017 - Present
Neyle Steadman

Neyle Steadman is a Junior 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 she has always had a passion for protecting them. Ever since her first bath she loved the water and later when her family visited Hilton Head Island, she witnessed a sea turtle nest hatch and this solidified her passion for the ocean and marine life. Years later, when she took her first introduction to Environmental Studies at the college, she realized how much her choices impacted the environment and how much the environment impacted her. 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.

ADAM ZERBST, Sustainable Urban Planning & Transportation (Coastal Conservation League Partner)
Fall 2017 - Present
Adam Zerbst

Adam Zerbst is a Political Science major and Urban Studies minor from here in Charleston. While at the Office of Sustainability, Adam will be working on the Sustainable Urban Planning Project by partnering with CARTA and the Coastal Conservation League to tackle transportation issues. In his free time, he enjoys attending political events and live music shows, going to the park, cooking, and trying out restaurants in town.