Meet the Interns

The Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Interns are the lifeblood of the Center for Sustainability’s programming. Get to know the awesome 2019-2020 team!

Graduate Fellows

  • Courtney Wells
    Courtney Wells

    Courtney is an Environmental Management and Policy Graduate Student. This is her second year working at the Center for Sustainability as the Waste Graduate Fellow. She knew working at the Center would give her a great opportunity to broaden her leadership skills while working in a field that she is very passionate about. Courtney absolutely loves working at the Center because it has given her management skills that will be very beneficial in her future endeavors as an Environmental Consultant. 

  • Maja Konieczy
    Maja Konieczy

    Maja is a student at the Graduate School of Social Work studying Sustainable Development. She serves as the Graduate Fellow for the Food and Gardens team at the Center. Her main objective for the year is to focus on all aspects of food insecurity. This includes not only access to food, but healthy and nutritious food. Maja says she enjoys working at the Center because everyone working here shares the same passion for the work they do.

  • Mat Stewart
    Mat Stewart

    Mat is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and is serving as the Graduate Fellow for the Gear Garage. He spent the last decade working in the outdoor industry as a guide and trip leader, and now uses his passion for the outdoors to help get others outside. Mat loves helping to make recreation rentals affordable to all, bridge social justice gaps by providing expert-led hiking trips free of charge and offering educational events to help foster sustainable attitudes within the DU community. 

  • Cris Marquez
    Cris Marquez

    Cris is pursuing her masters in Environmental Management & Policy and she is currently working as the Community Outreach Fellow for DU Center for Sustainability. Her work includes working with DU organizations, students and community members to ensure equity and inclusivity in sustainability. She most enjoys building relationships and connections with students who are passionate about the environment and sustainability.

  • Colin McDonald

    Colin is a Masters in Accounting Student at the Daniels College of Business. He joined the Center for Sustainability for the opportunity to mentor and help students develop the Energy Program. He says that when he first started at the Center, he knew very little about Sustainability, so his work as a Graduate Fellow has been an incredible opportunity to develop his own understanding and see how he can pursue a job with a focus in Sustainability.

  • Caoilfhionn Schwab
    Caoilfhionn Schwab

    Caoilfhionn is a second year student at the Graduate School of Social Work focusing on biodiversity advocacy and conservation. At the Center, she oversees the Marketing and Communications Team. She loves being able to take a step back from actually participating in the creation of marketing and communications materials and have the chance to provide support and witness the creativity her students have when it comes to spreading the word about the Center and all it does for sustainability on campus.

  • Matthew Perez

    Matthew is a graduate student at the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science studying Electrical Engineering focusing on Power systems. He says he wanted to join the Center of Sustainability to be more involved in what’s happening at DU and explore the connections between his degree program and a sustainable future. Currently, Matthew is working on developing a co-curriculum program that follows undergraduates through their years here at the University of Denver.

Undergraduate Interns

  • Hannah Arios-Wallace
    Hannah Arios-Wallace

    Hannah is a senior and works as the Zero Waste Sports lead. She is a double major in Ecology and English. She started working at the Center because she is very passionate about the environment and stumbled upon the waste team and never left. In her free time, she loves reading, being with friends and family, and cuddling with her dogs.

  • Lauryn Chung
    Lauryn Chung

    Lauryn Chung is a junior studying Biological Science and serving as the Zero Waste Programming Lead. Sustainability has always been part of Lauryn’s life and being able to continue this sustainability path throughout their college career has been enlightening and extremely fun. Working together with the studious and passionate students of the Center for Sustainability has brought them great joy.

  • Gillian Hardy
    Gillian Hardy

    Gillian is a second year student majoring in Anthropology. She says she works at the Center because it allows her to make a positive difference on campus, do something she is passionate about and work with really cool people. Her favorite part about working at the Center is working the zero-waste games with her friends and just having a ton of fun sorting trash and dancing. In her free time, she loves whitewater rafting, kayaking and snowboarding.

  • Grace Houser
    Grace House

    Grace is a fourth year student studying Communications and Spanish. This is also her fourth year of work at the Center for Sustainability, having been on the energy team all four years. Through the Center, Grace has been able to foster her passion for sustainability and apply her skills for communications, all while working alongside some of her closest friends. She looks forward to graduating in June 2020 and seeing where this work will take her post-graduation. 

  • Aziz Syammach
    Aziz Syammach

    Aziz is a senior studying Environmental Science and Socio-Legal studies. At the Center for Sustainability, he works as the REPS Manager. His favorite part about working at the Center is being able to contribute to sustainability both on- and off-campus. For fun, Aziz likes to make music. 

  • Cricket Klein
    Cricket Klein

    Cricket is a fourth year student majoring in Geography and is the Food Waste Lead within the Food and Gardens team at the Center. She loves the Center for Sustainability because she constantly gets to expand her knowledge on an array of aspects regarding environmental sustainability and can use this knowledge to benefit her school. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the mountains either skiing, hiking or climbing.

  • Elizabeth Pepper
    Elizabeth Pepper

    Elizabeth — or as she is better known, Pepper — is a third year student majoring in Environmental Science. At the Center, she serves as the Food Pantry Lead helping run the day-to-day operations of the pantry, events, and other Food Pantry-related programs. She is passionate about sustainability, loves working with people, and the Center for Sustainability allows her to combine her interests in ways that work towards creating a better community for all. 

  • Max Michelac
    Max Michelac

    Max Michalec is a fourth year ecology and biodiversity major with minors in writing and physics. As manager of the DU Bike Shop, he leads a team of talented mechanics to provide quick and reliable service to the DU community. His favorite thing about his work is that it gives him the chance to work with his hands and give his brain a rest from science for a bit. In his free time Max enjoys getting out into the mountains to backpack, climb a peak or ski. 

  • Zane Taylor
    Zane Taylor

    Zane is a senior in Emergent Digital Practices and has been working at the Center for all four of his years at DU. This year, Zane is serving as the Events Lead for the second year in a row. He says that he likes working at the Center because it gives him opportunities to make a difference in our community and because he is always learning something new.

  • Alex Koon
    Alex Koon

    Alex is a third year student in Communications and Geography. She loves working at the Center because it gives her an outlet to take her passions and turn them into real change on campus and in the greater Denver community. Working at the Center has given her an opportunity to build a community of kind, hardworking, and inspiring coworkers and friends. In her free time, she loves to get outside, rock climb and drink coffee.

  • Olivia DeWitt
    Olivia DeWitt

    Olivia is a junior majoring in Ecology and minoring in Astrophysics and Gender and Women’s Studies. At the Center for Sustainability, she is the Events Lead, working to plan some effective and enjoyable programming. Her favorite memory from working at the Center is cleaning the hydroponics towers two years in a row (a very messy job). 

  • Noah Mills
    Noah Mills

    Noah is a third year student majoring in Geography. He joined the Center for Sustainability because he has a passion for educating and providing access to the incredible things that make his own life great like the outdoors and sustainability. Since working here, Noah has had a fantastic time and now has the resources to achieve some of the goals that he has wanted to achieve. Outside of the Center, Noah enjoy rock climbing, cooking and spending time with friends.

  • Cate Daniels
    Cate Daniels

    Cate is a fourth-year International Studies major who works at the Center because she has a passion for social and environmental justice. She has studied climate change and resource management in Thailand at the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute and in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda through the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies. Working at the Center gives her a chance to apply everything she's learned to make a difference in her own community. 

  • Christina Rorres
    Christina Rorres

    Christina is a first year on the Fo-Ga and Mobility teams at the Center for Sustainability. Christina’s favorite part about working at the Center is being able to work with so many people on different sustainability-related projects. She also likes working in the Bridge Garden with everyone on the garden workdays. In her free time, she likes to run, hike, ski and take pictures.

  • Kayla Fatemi-Badi
    Kayla Fatemi-Badi

    Kayla is a junior studying International Studies and Geography. She joined the Center because her work here allows her to have hands-on experiences directly on campus related to her class studies. In her spare time, Kayla works on campus as an RA and a tour guide as well as sits on the voting committee for Suscom and the e-boards for both the DU Middle Eastern Cultural Association and Students for Justice in Palestine.

  • Isabel Dreyfus
    Isabel Dreyfus

    Isabel is a third year International Studies major at DU. Originally from Portland, OR, Isabel loves spending time outside and backpacking to new places. At the Center, she enjoys the uplifting and motivated spirit shared throughout the whole team.

  • Paul Ciarcia
    Paul Ciarcia

    Paul is a third year student studying Psychology and Finance. He is most passionate about working on our Food Pantry to ensure all members of the DU community have access to healthy and sustainable foods. In his spare time, Paul loves to ski and spend time with his family. 

  • Nadia Czebiniak
    Nadia Czebiniak

    Nadia is a second year studying Environmental Science and International Business. She works at the Center to gain experience creating effective sustainable programming for large organizations. Her work here has inspired her to pursue a career in corporate sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys creating artwork and photography.

  • Cassidy Bromka
    Cassidy Bromka

    Cassidy is a freshman Environmental Science major. She enjoys working as an intern at the Center because it has been a place where she can freely explore her interest in sustainability. She enjoys the student-led aspect of the Center’s programs, and says that working with Center’s teams has taught her how to better communicate and work collaboratively in a large group situation. 

  • Eugene Cleary
    Eugene Cleary

    Eugene is a Bike Mechanic in the DU Bike Shop. Currently, he is a third year Business Information Analytics major and Economics minor. Working at the Bike Shop allows him to help people continue to use their own bikes and commute to and from campus more sustainably. In his free time, Eugene enjoys doing anything that takes him outside to take in the lovely Denver weather.

  • Ryan Keenan
    Ryan Keenan

    Ryan is a senior at the University of Denver pursuing a major in Environmental Science and minoring in Physics and Mathematics. He is passionate about issues such as climate change, environmental justice and living sustainably. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, climbing and playing soccer.

  • Tom Mullin

    Tom is a first year student studying Mechanical Engineering. He works at the Bike Shop as a mechanic for the Center for Sustainability. Outside of work, you will find Tom snowboarding, camping and climbing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. 

  • Kirsten Toft
    Kirsten Toft

    Kirsten is a fourth year Geography and Psychology major. They began working for the Center for Sustainability during their freshman year, and have moved from an intern, doing anything and everything for the Center, to focusing on the waste section, and becoming the lead for Indoor Waste. They love helping buildings compost more effectively since it is so important to achieving our sustainability goals. It makes a real difference.

  • Matt Mazzetta
    Matt Mazzetta

    Matt is a junior studying Environmental Science and serves as one of the Zero Waste Events Leads. He likes the Center for Sustainability because it allows him to meet and work with students, faculty and communities with like-minded values and motives towards creating healthier, more sustainable living environments for all. He enjoys the fact that his work at the Center is not only applicable to his studies, but that it also provides him with realistic job expectations/experiences that will be useful throughout college and beyond. 

  • Hannah Cooper
    Hannah Cooper

    Hannah is a sophomore majoring in International Studies and Asian Studies with minors in Sustainability and Leadership. She joined the Center to engage with her love for the environment and to learn and work on sustainable practices. Hannah is part of the Food and Gardens team and is the upcoming Indoor Waste Audits Lead. When not at the Center she enjoys leading tours for the DU Admissions Office, going to new coffee shops, hiking and traveling with amazing people.

  • Stella Brown

    Stella is a junior International Studies and Spanish major who has been working at The Center since her freshman year. She loves the family and community that she has found through working with these amazing people. She enjoys figuring out ways to connect with Greek life in an impactful and sustainable way. In her free time, she enjoys getting to spend time in the mountains, either snowboarding or hiking, as well as finding time to get creative in the kitchen.

  • Nathan Sirett
    Nathan Sirett

    Nathan is a senior majoring in Environmental Science. Over the past two years, he has moved from an internship position on the energy and waste team to the carbon offsets lead with a passion for mitigating impacts of air travel on the environment. When he graduates he hopes to apply his experience at the Center and studies in environmental science to find work in the sustainability field in Colorado. 

  • Jenn Sutherland
    Jennifer Sutherland

    Jennifer is a senior Geography major serving as this year’s Food and Gardens Programming Lead. She enjoys working in the two community gardens on DU’s campus and has worked to create the sunflower living wall for the ELC garden. Jennifer has also created GIS maps for the REPS program at the Center.

  • Josie Valette
    Josie Valette

    Josie is the Mobility Programming Lead and a senior at DU in the Environmental Science and Spanish programs. She joined the Center because she is passionate about the environment, and through it she found a love for sustainable mobility. She balances her work at the Center with a successful swimming career with the DU Women’s Swim Team.

  • Seamus Geraty
    Seamus Geraty

    Seamus is a third year student from Des Moines, Iowa, working at the Center as the Outdoor Programs Lead. He is pursuing a double major in International Studies and Geography with a minor in Spanish. In his free time, he likes to get outside (makes sense), spending it snowboarding, backpacking and climbing with friends.

  • Hadley Michaels
    Hadley Michaels

    Hadley is a senior from Seattle, double-majoring in Emergent Digital Practices and Studio Art with a French minor. This is her third year working for the DU Center for Sustainability, and she has thoroughly enjoyed her role as the Lead Graphic Designer. When she is not drawing, Hadley can be found skiing, hiking, listening to music or eating cheese. 

  • Grace LaMendola
    Grace LaMendola

    Grace is a third-year student who studies Economics & International Studies. This is her second year at the Center, and works as the Social Media Lead on the Marketing and Communications team. Grace is passionate about sustainability because she believes in a just, equitable future for all people. She loves working at The Center, but in her free time, she is also a leader for Alpine Club and likes to cook.

  • Liliana Simon
    Liliana Simon

    Liliana Rosa Simon is a sophomore from upstate New York studying Geography and Sustainability. Liliana's interest in sustainability sparked from her love for the outdoors, but has grown exponentially since studying at DU and working at The Center for Sustainability. She works on the Marketing and Communication and Energy Teams and is passionate about all things sustainability and the outdoors.

  • Brooke Kiere
    Brooke Kiere

    Brooke is a third year student majoring in Finance and minoring in Accounting and Leadership. She is currently serving as an intern working on the Energy Team. She says she wanted to work at the Center because she is passionate about using her business perspective and background to create sustainable and environmental change at the University of Denver. When she’s not at school, she loves traveling, trying new foods and hanging out with her friends.

  • Cate Lull
    Cate Lull

    Cate is a second-year student majoring in Environmental Science. She discovered a passion for sustainability in high school. She says she loves working at the Center because her impact on the community is tangible, which motivates her to work harder. When she’s not working or going to class, Cate is often listening to music, helping out in the community gardens or organizing fun events for DU's pollinator club.

  • Jon Clark
    Jon Clark

    Jon is a junior who studies Spanish and geography. As an intern for the Center, he is developing his professional portfolio through diverse forms of collaboration and sustainability-centric learning. He likes short to moderate walks on the beach, but does not like plastic, nor injustice.

  • Halle Brown
    Halle Brown

    Halle is a third year Environmental Science major. She loves being active in the fight for a more sustainable DU and future, for which the Center provides a powerful outlet. Teaming up with other students, staff, and faculty partnered with the Center has given her unyielding support in this fight. When not in class, Halle is an avid writer, singer, yogi, skier and climber. 

  • Lauren Leland
    Lauren Leland

    Lauren is a sophomore majoring in Spanish and Sociology, with a minor in Sustainability. She is originally from San Diego, but loves being near the mountains here at DU. She loves working for the Center because it has allowed her to pursue one of her greatest passions alongside so many phenomenal people across campus. When she isn’t working on sustainability, she loves snowboarding, barista-ing, taking care of my plants, amateur cooking, reading running.

  • Jack Stevens
    Jack Stevens

    Jack is a sophomore studying Studio Art, Geography and Sustainability working as the Events Photographer at the Center. He's also training for Graphic Design and is an intern at the Gear Garage. Jack joined the Center because it offered an opportunity to combine both his passions of visual arts and sustainability in a professional setting. In his free time, he hikes, skis, paints and plays music.

  • Grace Bergacker
    Grace Bergacker

    Grace is a second year Marketing major from Colorado Springs. She is in the Center’s Food and Gardens and Marketing and Communication teams. Her hobbies include hiking, reading and bouldering. Grace has been passionate about sustainability from a young age and joined the Center to help lessen the environmental impact of the University of Denver as well as gaining the tools to fight pollution and environmental injustice in the workforce.

  • Kalyn O’Donnell
    Kalyn O'Donnell

    Kalyn is a first year majoring in Environmental Science. She loves doing energy audits for students who live in off-campus housing via REPs and going to hockey games to sort waste for Zero-Waste Hockey Games. She also loves working with people who are also passionate about sustainability, and the Center is the perfect place for that. In her free time, she loves hiking, playing guitar and hanging out with her friends.

  • Dora Peregrine
    Dora Peregrine

    Dora is a second year student majoring in Studio Art. She started working for the Center because she is passionate about biking and mobility. She wants to help others find their love of cycling and to make a community around biking at DU. In her free time, she enjoys writing, making music and art, reading and, of course, biking.

  • Patrick Schumacher
    Patrick Schumacher

    Patrick is a freshman majoring in Physics. He works as a bike mechanic in the Bike Shop, a team he was excited to join because of his interest in sustainable transportation. He has always had an interest in bicycles in particular, and enjoys helping others continue to use their own.