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Meet the 2012 RSENR Stewards

Rubenstein School Stewards outside Aiken Center
Rubenstein School Stewards. Top row left to right: Brad Koontz, John Butler, Sam Wallace, Teresa DiTore, Natasha Lekach, Chloe Hundertmark. Bottom row left to right: Amie Schiller, Bekah Gordon .

John Butler

This is my first year as a Rubenstein Steward, yet it is my last year here in the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology program. Swedesburg, Pennsylvania is where I came from to Vermont three years ago. The tiny town is located directly outside of Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love. Other than a student and steward you can find me working in the Davis Center at the Information Desk, on the quidditch pitch, or out enjoying the northeastern woods either hiking or skiing. This year I am attempting to take grasp of a few passions that have been on my mind such as playing the harmonica and making cheese! If you feel overburdened, confused, in a funk or just on top of the world, stop on by to chat, or ask me a question any time you see me. It has been such a pleasure to be a part of the Rubenstein community, and I am sure students will continue to feel that way.

 

Teresa DiTore

I am a senior Environmental Sciences major with a concentration in Water Resources and minors in Statistics and Geospatial Technologies. I am originally from New Jersey and a transfer student from Rutgers University. The Rubenstein School has been a great fit for me, and I am so excited to be a Steward in this wonderful community. On campus you can also find me tutoring Statistics and working as an Eco-Rep. In my spare time I love to bake, sew and spend as much time as I can in the beautiful Vermont outdoors, hiking, camping, and canoeing. Stop by my office hours if you have questions, ideas, or just want to talk! I am excited to meet you all!

 

Bekah Gordon

What is the magic that brings people together to create genuine relationships? What does it take to foster a sense of awakening within ourselves, finding the balance between slowing down enough to move gently through the world while remembering how to move fast with passion and energy? Why do some of us seek mountain tops, rough rapids, swift running trails, tough mountain biking routes, or steep cliffs to climb? And what types of experiences and thoughts help us become our best selves in this world, seeking our dreams and the ever-present horizon? These are some of the questions I ask and seek to explore as I graduate in December from a wonderful 4.5 year journey as an Environmental Studies major and Music minor at UVM. I believe that this world is meant to be explored step by step with curiosity, courage, love, and respect, finding those times to walk alone with the peace of the big sky above and the times to journey together with those whom we cherish deeply. Recently, I have felt a strong calling to become a facilitator/teacher within the realm of outdoor and experiential education. I hope to farm, travel, create a family and place where all feel welcome, to keep questioning, running, climbing, playing music, and developing as an individual while keeping those I love close by.

 

Chloe Hundertmark

Hi all! My name is Chloe Hundertmark, and I’m a junior studying Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Ecological Design and a minor in Geospatial Technologies. This is the second year I have been a part of the RSENR Stewards Program, and I’m very excited to be back and be here as a resource to the students, faculty, and staff of the Rubenstein School. I originally hail from Newburyport, Massachusetts, a small coastal city on the state’s northern shore. In addition to my involvement as a Steward, I have also been a TA for classes in CALS (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences). Aside from my academics, I like to spend my time hiking and kayaking, and I took up paddle boarding over the summer as well. I also like to cook, garden, bike, and spend time with those close to me. I look forward to meeting both new and old members of Rubenstein this year – feel free to stop by and chat anytime!

 

Brad Koontz

My name is Brad Koontz, and I am Senior Natural Resource major from Rochester, NY. I am currently interested in environmental interpretation and issues surrounding our transportation systems. I love working with people and hope that they will be a major part of whatever I do after I graduate. In addition to being a Rubenstein Steward I am also very involved with the Navigators, a Christian group that seeks to build community around discussing faith and the Bible. I enjoy going on hikes, traveling, skiing, and playing volleyball, hockey, and soccer. Feel free to stop by during office hours to ask any questions or just to chat.

 

Natasha Lekach

I am a senior in the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology program with a concentration in Wildlife Biology. Along with my studies in RSENR, I am also a pre-veterinary student. I hail from the foggy and great city of San Francisco but have a true love for Vermont. Recently, I joined the 251 Club in which I am trying to go to all 251 towns in Vermont. Currently, I am in my second year as a steward, but I am also involved in many other aspects of the UVM community. I am an Advocat (tour guide), a trip leader for the Outing Club, and I have completed two internships for credit in the Rubenstein School. The first was with the UVM-based Champlain Valley Carnivore Project, and the second was in Montana with the USGS Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Project. When I am not studying, working, or walking backwards, I enjoy hiking, climbing, cooking, skiing, reading and watching beautiful sunsets. Feel free to meet with me about any ideas for the year, challenges you may be having, or to tell me a corny joke (I LOVE THEM!). My email is nlekach@uvm.edu. Cheerio!

 

Amie Schiller

I am a sophomore in the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology major, Geospatial Technology minor.  I hail from the town of Brattleboro, Vermont, although I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona. This summer, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the University of Vermont 4-H Extension! More specifically, I taught programs in nutrition, farm, and physical education and supported a group of youth (aged 16-21) in a farm-based job development program.  Overall, I had a great time! I also reaped a lot of knowledge about teaching, farm management, and localvore food systems! In addition to being a RSENR Steward, I'm a member of the Wildlife and Fisheries Society, the RSENR Diversity Task Force, UVM Shooting Sports Team, and UVM Hillel. I also love to spend some time volunteering in the community! Suffice to say, I like to keep busy! Feel free to stop in at my office hours to ask me questions about my course of study, my internship experience, or just drop by to say "hi!"

 

Sam Wallace

Hello everyone! My name is Sam, and I am a junior Environmental Sciences major with a concentration in Ecological Design and a minor in Food Systems. I was born in Boston but have lived in Austin, Texas for the majority of my life. I grew up hiking, paddling, and sailing in the Adirondacks, which definitely provided me with a strong love for the outdoors and is one of the many reasons why I am here at UVM. I have really enjoyed being in Rubenstein because so many of my peers have similar interests and love to go outside and explore their surroundings just as much as I do. Feel free to send me an email or stop by my office hours if you have any questions or would just like to say hello!