University of Vermont

The RSENR Stewards Program

RSENR Stewards We are a group of Rubenstein School students who strive to build a stronger Rubenstein community by welcoming all students, supporting undergrads throughout their years here, and preparing them to graduate.

We work with the Dean's Office, local Burlington high schools, and with prospective students.
We support the student community via peer advising, community building events, and sustainable initiatives.
We help to prepare undergrads for graduation through internship promotion, resume building, and more.

Come and chat with us in Room 219 Aiken Center! See our hours listed below. You're also welcome to email us at :

Jacqui CardozaJacqueline Cardoza, Senior Environmental Studies Major
Hello! My name is Jacqueline Cardoza and am returning for my second year as a steward. I am a junior studying environmental studies with a self defined concentration titled Environmental Health Justice. I am originally from Connecticut but have come to call Burlington my home and it has a lot to do with the UVM community. I am in the Women's Club Soccer team, am a tour guide, am an Outing Club Leader, work in the Park Studies Lab, worked as an orientation leader, and am starting a new club on campus that is a branch of the nonprofit organization Partners In Health. My inspiration to start this club has come from my study abroad experience in Kenya this past summer exploring public health issues within an indigenous community. I hope to share my new knowledge of international public health issues by spreading awareness of human rights to our campus. Stop in during my office hours to hear more about my study abroad experience, get academic help, or to just say hi. I'd love to chat with you.

Jess MailhotJess Mailhot, Senior Environmental Sciences Major
Hey there! I’m Jess. I’m a junior Environmental Science major & GST minor. I spent the summer researching bird nest behavior for my second REU. I am also an event coordinator in the Wildlife and Fisheries Society, a Writing Center Tutor, and in the Honors College. I love to keep busy with baking, drawing, writing, rock climbing, and sniffing out adventure. My favorite favorites: Owls, chocolate & mint, snow, and riddles. Stop by anytime or shoot me an email!

Katie StonerKatie Stoner, Senior Wildlife & Fisheries Biology and Natural Resources Major
Hello again Rubenstein Community!  My name is Katie Stoner, and I am a junior majoring in Wildlife Biology and Natural Resource Ecology.  I grew up in Portland, Oregon and came to Vermont to study the environment.  I recently returned from a summer working as a Natural Resource Technician Intern for the USDA Forest Service and a fall participating in Northwest Connections’ Landscape and Livelihood field semester.  I am excited to get back to work as a Steward this semester and offer everyone plenty of professional development workshops and advice.  Please come see me during my office hours with any questions, or just to chat!  I can also be reached by email at:  I’m looking forward to a fantastic spring!

Grant TroesterGrant Troester, Senior Natural Resources Major
Greetings. My name is Grant Troester and I am a 20-year-old Junior at the University of Vermont. I am a Natural Resource Planning major with minors in Green Building Design and Geospatial Technologies. Originally from Wilmette, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago, I grew up lacking immediate access to many natural environments. It has been transformative to be able to study and engage with the forests of Vermont since moving here two years ago. In my free time I lead rock and ice climbing trips for the University's outing club and enjoy telemark skiing, snowboarding, and seeing live music.

Laurel MartinezLaurel Martinez, Junior Environmental Sciences Major
Hello, Rubenstein School! I’m Laurel Martinez, a sophomore Environmental Science major with a special interest in biology. I’m from Maryland, just outside of DC, but I’ve also lived in Florida and New Mexico. Some of my interests include fine arts, hiking, botany, writing, and science. I’m excited to be a part of this community and look forward to helping students along their college journey. Feel free to contact me.

Abby FreasAbby Freas, Junior Parks, Recreation and Tourism Major
Howdy all. My name is Abby, and I'm a sophomore Parks, Recreation and Tourism major. In addition, I'm pursuing a minor in Spanish, and am currently fluent in the language. In my free time, I like climbing trees, writing poems, challenging societal norms, and appreciating puns. On campus I'm involved in residential life as an RA, I'm a part of the 2014 Translating Identities Conference committee, and I'm a full time student.

James BiddleJames Biddle, Junior Forestry Major
Hey! My name is James Biddle, and I come from the sailing town of Annapolis, MD. I am a second-year student in the Rubenstein School majoring in forestry and minoring in Geospatial Technologies (aka GIS). I felt that it was really important to let folks in the Rubenstein school know about the great opportunities in store, and how to take advantage of them. I currently help lead the Vermont Students for Environmental Protection, coordinate community efforts with on-campus trees, apprentice leading Outing Club trips, am active on the Varsity Crew team, and facilitate UVM meditation groups. I love music and going to shows and am really into hiking and backcountry skiing (pray for pow this winter!). Stop by to chat, ask questions, talk music, or learn about the sweet experiences you can have with the Rubenstein School community.

Katlyn WilliardKatlyn Williard, Junior Forestry Major
Hi there! I'm Katlyn, a sophomore Forestry and Natural Resources Ecology major here in Rubenstein. I'm originally from Blacksburg, Virginia, but I'm so happy to call Vermont my home away from home. When I'm not spending quality time with trees, I love geocaching, campfires, and romping around the woods with friends. One day, I'd love to work for the US Forest Service and hopefully visit all fifty states by the time I'm fifty. If you want to chat or have questions about anything, be sure to come to my office hours and/or email me. Cheers!

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