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Nicole AndersonNicole Anderson, '11
M.S., Strategic Communications, Westminster College
B.S., Env. STudies, U. of Utah
A.A., History, Salt Lake Community College
Freelance Journalist/Comm 1010 Lecturer, Salt Lake Community College
Layton, UT
Nicole Anderson is currently teaching Communications 1010 at Salt Lake Community College and working on several writing projects. She has worked with several environmental organizations across the Wasatch Front.
Adam Atkinson, '07
B.S., Env. Studies, U. of Utah
Senior Project Manager, Ecosystems Strategies, Inc.
Poughkeepsie, NY
Adam Atkinson serves as Senior Project Manager for environmental site assessments and Phase II technical environmental investigations. His responsibilities associated with the preparation of site assessments include: investigating site histories, conducting facility inspections, reviewing regulatory agency records, documenting facility compliance with relevant State and Federal regulations, and preparing reports. As project manager for Phase II technical environmental investigations, he is involved with managing tank removals, coordinating subcontractors, overseeing fieldwork, collecting soil, water, and air samples, and preparing technical reports.
Tom BenchTom Bench, '13
B.S., Env. Studies, U. of Utah
Sales Director, Mountain Valley Seed
Co-Founder, Hollow Tree Honey
Salt Lake City, UT
Tom Bench is the Sales Director for Mountain Valley Seed and is a recent graduate from the ENVST program. While in the program, he wrote a grant to receive funding and obtained all necessary approvals, to start the first beekeeping project at the University.
Jason BerryJason Berry, '03
M.P.A., Energy Management and Policy, U. of Utah
B.S., Env. Studies, U. of Utah
Program and Implementation Director, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Burlington, VT
Jason Berry is the Programs and Implementation Director for Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing the economic and environmental cost of energy use. He taught ENVST/GEOG 3370 Utah's Energy Landscape.
Rick CarterRick Carter
M.S., City and Regional Planning, Ohio State U.
B.S., Geography/Urban Planning, U. of Utah
Vice President, Federal Government Relations, National Grid
Rick Carter served as vice president of Federal Government Relations and ran the Washington, DC office for National Grid, providing governmental, political, and strategic planning expertise to National Grid's various lines of business including gas and electric transmission and distribution, electric generation, strategic planning and environmental services. Prior to joining National Grid, Rick served in a similar capacity and was the Director of Federal Government Relations and Chief Lobbyist for PG&E Corporation's Washington office, one of the largest energy utilities in the United States based in San Francisco.
Brett ClarkBrett Clark
Ph.D., Sociology, U. of Oregon
Director, ENVST U of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Brett Clark is the Director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at the University of Utah. His research focuses on the political economy of global environmental change and the philosophy, history, and sociology of science. He teaches courses in the Department of Sociology, Environmental Humanities Graduate Program, and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. He teaches the ENVST 3364 Challenges to Global Sustainability. 
Brianne EmeryBrianne Emery, '05
M.S.T., Environmental communication and Policy, U. of Utah
B.S., Env. Studies, Geography, U. of Utah
Senior Planner, AECOM
Salt Lake City, UT
Brianne Emery is a Senior Planner for AECOM where she prepares and writes environmental documents in compliance with NEPA regulations. She conducts Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Categorical Exclusions for local and regional transportation projects. Previously, she has worked for UTA, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Parsons Brinckerhoff, the BLM, and the Forest Service.
Hilarie Engle, '01
B.A., B.S., History, Env. Studies, U. of Utah
Executive Director, Susan G. Komen, Idaho Montana
Boise, ID
Hilarie Engle is the Executive Director of the Idaho Affiliate, Susan G. Komen. She has a strong passion for the mission of SGK, as well as serving the women and men of Idaho, ensuring that everyone has access to breast health services.
Tyler HigginsonTyler Higginson, '15
B.S., Env. Studies, U. of Utah
Outreach Coordinator, 3Degrees Group
Salt Lake City, UT
Tyler Higginson manages a team that is tasked with engaging the community in our renewable energy programs. this involves keeping staff motivated, engaged and excited to do work that is good (and oftentimes challenging). Tyler seeks out and develop individuals with genuine enthusiasm and dedication to the environment, renewable energy, and the mission of the organization.
Bill KrauseBill Krause, '04
B.S., Env. Studies, U. of Utah
M.P.A. Leadership, Organizational Change, U. of Utah
Director, Hospitality and Visitor Services, Visit Salt Lake
Salt Lake City, UT
Bill Krause currently serves as Director of Hospitality and Visitor Services Department. He is responsible for all department functions; budgets and all other operational aspects of staff and visitor center facilities and acts as a liaison to the hotelier community.
Brandon LeeBrandon Lee, '05, Chair
M.Sc., Env. Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics
M.P.A., Env. Science and Policy, Columbia U.
B.S., B.A., Int'l Studies, Env. Studies, Political Science, U. of Utah
Principal, ABS Consulting
Arlington, VA
Brandon Lee leads environmental, regulatory, economic, and security risk-related projects. His work focuses on the impact of maritime activities on the surrounding environment. He manages the review and drafting of new environmental regulations for various federal agencies.
Maximilian StiefelMaximilian Stiefel, '14
B.A., B.S. Economics, Env. Studies, U. of Utah
Ph.D. Candidate, U.C. Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Maximilian Stiefel is a PhD student in the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara. His research explores the spatial and socioeconomic distribution of environmental hazard impacts on human health in Central Asia. In addition to his academic interests he likes to cook, travel, and be outdoors.
Sumner SwanerSumner Swaner, Vice Chair
B.L.A., Utah State U.
Founder, Center for Green Infrastructure Design
Adjunct Instructor, City & Metropolitan Planning, U. of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sumner Swaner is a landscape architect, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) planner, and real estate developer. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah College of Architecture & Planning. Previously, he worked for the State of Utah Division of Natural Resources as a terrestrial and aquatic ecologist.
JJ VandetteJJ Vandette, '09
B.A., Env. Studies, Marketing, U. of Utah
Strategic Planning Manager, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Burlington, VT
JJ Vandette is the Strategic Planning Manager for the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing the economic and environmental costs of energy use.
Jennifer WattJennifer Watt
Ph.D., Geography, U. of Utah
M.S., Environmental Science and Policy, Northern Arizona University
B.S., English, Black Hills State University
Associated Director, ENVST, U. of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Jennifer Watt is the Associate Director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at the University of Utah. She teaches the ENVST 2000 Field Experience and the ENVST 5555/5556 Environmental & Sustainability Studies Capstone Course.
Nicholas WebsterNicholas Webster, '03
M.A. Philosophy, U. of Wyoming
M.S. Environmental Humanities, U. of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Nicholas Webster is an Adjunct Professor at Utah Valley University teaching Philosophy at Westminster College and the University of Wyoming.

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