Who Is My Eco-Rep?

Melanie Wetmore

Senior Eco-Rep

Hi! I’m Melanie from Hamden, CT and I’m a sophomore in the Rubenstein School majoring in Environmental Studies.  I’m a first year Eco-Rep and am really looking forward to relaying the information I learn in my environmental classes about sustainable living to my peers and having fun while doing it. I hope to pursue a career involving environmental education, wilderness therapy, or food systems. I love hiking, the outdoors, taking pictures, and being with friends. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions!

Melissa Campbell

Senior Eco-Rep

Melissa is a senior Eco-rep, living off-campus this year. She is a junior, studying Elementary Education with a major concentration in Human Development and Family Studies. She is from Barre, Vermont and hopes to study abroad in New Zealand Spring semester. She loves meeting new people, and working on things with others. Melissa is excited to continue with the sustainability department and eco-rep program to help the UVM community become more environmentally friendly and work towards sustainable living!

Robyn Bath

Senior Eco-Rep - Davis Center

Hello All! My name is Robyn and I will be a Senior Eco-Rep for Davis Center. I am a junior Environmental Studies Major within the Rubenstein School. In the Fall, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about composting, going green, or if you just want to get involved.

Stephanie Haynes

Senior Eco-Rep - Davis Center

Steph is currently an undergraduate student in her senior year at the University of Vermont. She is studying Environmental Studies concentrated in Sustainability Studies and is also pursuing a minor in Business Administration. Steph has previously worked in the outdoor education field at the Lake Champlain Land Trust and is currently working for the UVM Environmental Program as a Teaching Assistant. Outside of work you can find Steph painting a canvas, exploring a forest, skiing down a mountain or sailing out on the water.

Tali Burger

Senior Eco-Rep

My name is Tali Burger and I am a Psychology major and a Holocaust Studies minor. I am from Miami Beach, Florida and I am so happy to be at UVM. I love to travel and be outdoors. I am very excited to promote sustainable living on campus and to help keep our world clean!

Allison, E, Maynard

Eco-Rep

Allison is from a small town in southeastern Massachusetts close to Rhode Island. She is a junior Environmental Science major with an Ecological Design concentration and a Green Building and Community Design minor. This year she hopes to use social media to increase student engagement in sustainable practices around the UVM campus. She'll be living in UHeights South and is looking forward to working with her peers to help make UVM a greener school!

Andrea (Andie) Elizabeth Blaser

Eco-Rep

Andie Blaser is a sophomore at UVM and an Environmental Science major in the Rubenstein School. On campus, you can find her riding her bike, eating Ben and Jerry’s or swimming with the women’s varsity team. As a first year eco-rep, Andie is pumped to promote sustainable living and get students excited about choosing the eco-option.  

Anna Towle

Eco-Rep

Anna is a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in math. Originally from Massachusetts, she enjoys playing intramural sports like basketball and has recently joined the fencing club. She is interested in renewable energies and hopes to work on new energy technologies when she graduates. She is also very interested in helping her professors to go paperless-that's what BlackBoard is for, right?

Brian C Thompson

Eco-Rep

Brian is a sophomore from Oakland, California. He enjoys backpacking and hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and growing food. He is studying ecosystem management, regenerative design, and related subjects, and hopes to one day build and maintain systems that are both ecologically regenerative and produce food, materials, and energy for people. In addition to working on Food for Eco-Reps, he is also a lead organizer in Student Climate Culture, an intern on a Clean Energy Fund project working on compost power, and he directs the Gardening program in L/L. 

Casey P Adams

Eco-Rep

Casey is a junior majoring in anthropology and minoring in community and international development. She loves doing anything outdoors - hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and especially sailing! Casey also really likes hammocks and slip n' slides, and baking...She loves nature but sometimes has trouble keeping her houseplants alive. She is excited to be an eco-rep for the first time this year!

Christina (Chrissy) E. Sauerbrunn

Eco-Rep

Chrissy is a Sophomore student at UVM currently studying Geography. She is from Massachusetts, and loves dogs, rollerblading, and warm weather. She is excited to be a member of Eco-Reps not only to promote sustainable practices and environmental responsibility here on campus but to also take advantage of everything she can learn from those around her. She will be focussing particularly on water and water conservation and would love to talk about and listen to any suggestions or ideas from her peers...don’t be shy! 

Emily Cotton

Senior Eco-Rep (abroad Fall 2013)

Emily is a junior at UVM and is majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Psychology. She enjoys hiking, biking, ice skating, and water skiing and is passionate about animals and photography. She has worked in a wildlife rehabilitation center for the past four years and is employed at a farm stand in Massachusetts during the summer growing and selling local, organic fruits and vegetables. She hopes to work towards the preservation of natural ecosystems and wants to help protect threatened and endangered species. Emily is looking forward to working with students to improve sustainability on campus!

Emily Mandirola

Eco-Rep

This is Emily Mandirola’s first year as an Eco-Rep at UVM.  She is a sophomore and is an Environmental Studies major and a Spanish minor.  She is from Connecticut and grew up working on her family’s farm in Suffield.  She is interested in food systems as well the policy involved in food production and agriculture.  

Emily Roland

Eco-Rep

Emily Roland is a sophomore in the Rubenstein School majoring in Environmental Studies. She is particularly interested in environmental journalism, activism, and food politics, hoping that she can somehow mesh them all together. Her interests outside of the classroom include hiking, kayaking, food (bagels in particular), beekeeping, Scattergories, knitting rectangular objects, and music in all its forms. As an Eco-Rep, she plans to focus on the transportation here at UVM, encouraging students to utilize all the various sustainable options: UVM shuttle, CCTA, bike share, rollerblading, scootering, etc. She is stoked to see less car trips on campus! 

Jamie Van Clief

Senio Eco-Rep (abroad Fall 2013)

Hi, I'm Jamie Van Clief and I'm from a small town in southern Connecticut! I'll be a sophomore this year majoring in both Environmental Science and Forestry. This year I will be all over campus either volunteering with Campus Kitchen, subbing a show at WRUV, or working at the Fleming Museum. If you ever see me around feel free to say hi and ask me any sort of question!  

Katherine (Katty) G Conforti

Eco-Rep

Katty is a sophomore majoring in Education and an RA in Mercy Hall on North Campus.  Beyond academics, her personal interests include being outdoors and working with wildlife, as well as berry picking, apple picking and generally being around nature.  Her past experiences include peat harvest and working with stray animal rehabilitation, but she hopes to expand that to campus based initiatives in her first year as an Eco-Rep.  She is most eager to work with other students to spread the 'green' way of living even further!

Kathryn, E, Maitland

Eco-Rep

Kathryn grew up in a Shelburne, Vermont with her parents and younger brother and sister. She is a sophomore at UVM. Kathryn is very excited to be an elementary education major and is hoping to get a dual-licensure in special education. At UVM, Kathryn is part of the Nordic ski club, Amnesty International club, ESL tutoring club, SEEDS (Student Environmental Educators Doing Service), and is a mentor. Outside of UVM, she loves playing field hockey, running, teaching swim lessons, and teaching piano lessons. Kathryn also enjoys being outdoors during all of the Vermont seasons. She loves Nordic and alpine skiing and sledding in the winter and hiking, biking, swimming, and kayaking in the summer.Kathryn is very excited to be an Eco-Rep this year and help teach other UVM students how to be more environmentally friendly! Kathryn is also eager to work with the other Eco-Reps on this endeavor. 

Katty Conforti

Eco-Rep

Katty is a sophomore majoring in Education and an RA in Mercy Hall on North Campus.  Beyond academics, her personal interests include being outdoors and working with wildlife, as well as berry picking, apple picking and generally being around nature.  Her past experiences include peat harvest and working with stray animal rehabilitation, but she hopes to expand that to campus based initiatives in her first year as an Eco-Rep.  She is most eager to work with other students to spread the 'green' way of living even further!

Kelly Westhelle

Eco-Rep

Kelly is a sophomore Environmental Science major with a minor in English. Her scientific interests lie in ecological restoration and agriculture, while her other interests include writing, reading, and photography. She believes that creative media are viable means of engaging her peers in sustainable practices and promoting behavioral change. With a focus on energy conservation, she hopes that she and her fellow Eco-Reps will influence students to reduce energy consumption on campus.  

Kristi J Benoy

Eco-Rep

Kristi is a sophomore environmental biology major in the Rubenstein school. She came to Vermont from Chicago and began to learn about the environment and sustainability for the first time. With her newfound knowledge and experience, she hopes to educate others, who come from similar situations as she once did, about living sustainably. Kristi enjoys being outdoors participating in hiking, biking, skiing, gardening, and playing with her Golden Retriever. Kristi will be a part of the composting focus group, and hopes to teach others about the benefits and getting started with composting. She looks forward to helping others this year, and also gaining experience herself.

Kristina M. Puris

Eco-Rep

Kristina is a sophomore Environmental Studies student and has not yet chosen an area of concentration, but is interested in food systems, agriculture, sustainable development, and environmental education. Growing up in central Massachusetts, she spent a lot of her time outdoors and became interested in studying the environment after years of backpacking and camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  This past summer, she was an intern at a farm and bed & breakfast in her hometown and also spent a few weeks participating in a WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) work exchange program in Brightwood, Virginia.  This is her first year as an Eco-Rep and will be working with the ‘Reuse’ team! 

Larissa, Del Rosso Rayher

Eco-Rep

Larissa is a sophomore from Saratoga, New York. She is majoring in natural resources and planning.  She loves the outdoors and participates in outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing year round.  This is her first year as an eco rep and has hopes to get the importance of making small eco-friendly actions better known around campus. This year she is focusing on recycling.  She is constantly trying to get everyone doing his or her part!!!

Michelle, J, DesLauriers

Eco-Rep

Michelle is a sophomore in the Rubenstein School, majoring in Environmental Sciences. She is part of the Composting team which will be working to promote composting initiatives in residence halls this semester. Interested in topics such as food systems and ecological agriculture, she spent last summer working at Riverbank Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Roxbury Connecticut. She also loves cooking, road-biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities. 

Rachael DeWitt

Eco-Rep

Rachael is a sophomore here at UVM. She is majoring in Environmental Science in the Rubenstein School. She has a particular affinity towards fish, and plans to eventually go to graduate school for Marine Biology. Though Skaneateles, NY is her hometown she is enjoying all that Vermont has to offer. She is a member of the Reuse team, and this is her first year being an Eco-Rep. Rachael is looking forward to showing fellow students how to "up-cycle" and as a result, divert waste going to landfills. 

Rachel North

Eco-Rep

My name is Rachel North and I am the eco-rep for Harris Hall. I am a sophomore majoring in Wildlife Biology. I hope to use this major to make the world a better place for animals.  I am also a native Vermonter who enjoys knitting, playing in the snow, and smiling! After UVM I would like to go everywhere and see everything!

Sarah Oughton

Eco-Rep

Sarah is a sophomore Environmental Studies major at UVM. She enjoys many outdoor activities, such as swimming, biking, and going on adventures. She is excited to inform the community on campus about today’s environmental issues and help peers make sustainable choices. Sarah hopes to pursue a career in habitat and wildlife conservation after graduating from UVM.

Walter John Gabrysiak

Eco-Rep

Walter John Gabrysiak hails from the great state of New Jersey and is currently a sophomore perusing an Environmental Science degree with a concentration in Ecological Design at the University of Vermont. He is studying within The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and is interested in green buildings, vertical agriculture, and urban planning. He is passionate about music, literature, and writing. John strives to supplement his scientific understanding and knowledge with his creative and artistic talent. He looks forward to the many challenges and milestones that await him.