Six Rubenstein Stewards on the Aiken Center green roof

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 our NEW location in Room 111 Aiken Center! You're also welcome to email us at :

Lauren Barnes, Senior Environmental Studies Major

Lauren Barnes

Hi! My name is Lauren Barnes and I use she/her pronouns. I am an Environmental Studies major and Wildlife Biology minor within the Rubenstein School. I am originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, but now spend more time on the CT and RI coastline. When I am home, I teach sailing at a local non-profit, New England Science and Sailing. In my free time you can find me on the mountain, biking around Burlington or finding sweet swimming holes. My academic passions include herpetology and marine sciences – ask me about my work with Silky Sharks! Come by the Stewards office in Aiken or email me if you have any questions or just want to chat!

Dante Calfayan, Senior Natural Resources Major

Dante Calfayan

Hey everyone! My name is Dante Calfayan and I use he/him pronouns. I was born and raised in northeast Philadelphia, and I spend most of my summers working as a remodeling carpenter in that region. I am currently a senior Natural Resource Planning major in the Rubenstein School with a minor in Law and Society. I spent this past Spring Semester interning for an economist in the DC area. During that time, I was fortunate to research for an upcoming book covering the economic plan for a Green New Deal and the political narrative that would successfully implement such an economic transition. Outside of my studies, I enjoy skiing moguls/glades, hiking in the beautiful state of Vermont, taking long walks with my dogs, and playing board games. I am often spotted in the Aiken Center and wandering around my new home of the Old North End. Stop by the Stewards Office or email me with any questions. Office hours: Tue 2-5pm and Wed 1-3pm

Kate Wettergreen, Senior Environmental Sciences Major

Kate Wettergreen

Hello! My name is Kate Wettergreen, I use she/her pronouns, and when I’m not in the wonderful state of Vermont, I love to spend time in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year I will be a senior studying Environmental Sciences, and I have minor in Wildlife bBology and a minor in Geospatial Technologies. In my free time I love to bake without measuring, go on long hikes, eat ice cream, paddle canoes, identify salamanders, and spend time in my hammock. Come visit me during my office hours or send me an email. Cheers! Office hours: Mon 9:30-10:45am, Tue 11am-12pm and 2:30-4:15pm

Mary Chasen, Junior Environmental Studies Major

Mary Chasen

Hello there! My name is Mary Chasen and I use she/her pronouns. I am an Environmental Studies major with a Studio Art minor. I am originally from Long Island, New York, which has given me an adoration of bagels and a phobia of driving. I spent my last semester studying abroad in Botswana, where I slept beside elephants, lions, and plenty more wildlife in the bush. I’ve had experience working in a nursing home and a daycare; I love being around people of any age! In my free time I like to doodle, practice spirituality, eat chips, watch the Eric Andre Show, and spend time in nature. My most favorite thing to do is travel and learn from new people and places. A fun fact about me is that I went to Australia with National Geographic, where we created a student magazine about wildlife and anthropology. Come hang during my office hours and feel free to shoot me an email anytime! Office hours: 11:45am-12:45pm, Tue 12-1pm, Wed 11:45am-12:45pm, Thu 12-1pm

Mariah Rivera, Junior Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Major

Mariah Rivera

Hey! My name is Mariah Rivera, I use she/her pronouns, and am from Stratford, CT. I am a junior majoring in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Zoology. You might catch me walking backwards around campus as a AdvoCat tour guide. Outside of the classroom you can also find me leading hiking trips through ALANA GEAR or talking about diversity and inclusion over tea at BiPoCEC gatherings. Additionally, I work as an animal care intern at the Echo Leahy Center, down by the waterfront. In my free time, I enjoy coloring outside the lines, making home cooked meals, and exploring the Burlington art scene. Feel free to contact me or stop by the office if you want to chat! Mariah is studying abroad Spring 2020.

Haley Sommer, Junior Environmental Studies Major

Hello! My name is Haley Sommer and I use she/her pronouns. I'm currently a junior majoring in Environmental Studies at RSNER with a minor in Chinese. I'm a U.S. citizen but grew up internationally, so I consider my hometown to be Beijing, China. My family lives in Switzerland now, where I mostly just hang out with my dog and eat cheese. On campus I'm involved with the stewards and am also a tutor for ENVS and Chinese courses, as well as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Environmental Studies. Outside of class, I enjoy hiking, reading the news, and dancing. I also really enjoy finding new music. Feel free to reach out and email me at or stop by the Stewards office if you ever have any questions or would like to chat! Office hours: Mon 2-3pm, Thu 11am-1pm, Fri 11:30am-1pm

Jessica Suquilanda, Sophomore Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Major

Jessica Suquilanda

Hi! My name is Jessica Suquilanda and I use she/her pronouns. I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Animal Science. This summer I spent some of my time in Vermont being an orientation leader for Rubenstein. Once that was over, I headed back home which is the Bronx, NY where I spent some time back at work at my retail job, Aerie and I also spent time with family. This year, in addition to being a Steward, I am the treasurer for the Black Student Union and a Building Manager for the Davis Center! Outside of class, some of my interests include spending time with nature, binge-watching shows on Netflix and Hulu, journaling, and cuddling with my dog! Feel free to email me anytime or stop by for a visit at the Stewards office! Office hours: Mon 1:30-4:30pm, Wed 1:30-4:30pm