University of Michigan SNRE Alumni

Regional Leadership Network

These 21 alumni leaders are on a mission: to mobilize alumni in their region and connect them back to the school. The group will unite members through social, professional, and impact-driven events and communication, from networking happy hours to student mentorship programs to admitted student events. This national network currently represents San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Montana, Colorado, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Want to get involved? Contact seas-alumni@umich.edu.

Carolyn Poissant, BS ’81, MLA ’87

Manager of Trails, Open Space, and Parks Design and Development, City of Bozeman

Montana

Carolyn moved to Bozeman in September 2014 to take a position with the City of Bozeman as Manager of Trails, Open Space, and Parks Design and Development. She was formerly the VP of the Alumni Club of Denver and was Director of Nature at Camp Michigania in 1981. Carolyn enjoys hiking with her yellow lab Daisy and is looking forward to planning gatherings with fellow alums in Montana.

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Ellen Shieh, MS ’13

Lead Implementation Consultant, cr360

Chicago

Ellen graduated from SNRE and moved to Chicago in 2014. She works for cr360, a sustainability database management software company that helps Fortune 500s report their social and environmental data to international reporting indices such as G4/GRI, CDP, and DJSI. You can catch Ellen running or biking on the lakefront trail, eating a donut at one of Chicago’s fine donut establishments, or playing beach volleyball. Ellen is really excited to grow the SNRE community for alumni in Chicago in the coming months and she hopes Chicago SNREds are too!

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Erika Hasle, MS ’09

Conservation Ecologist, The Field Museum

Chicago

Erika graduated from SNRE and moved to Chicago in 2009. She works for The Field Museum’s Keller Science Action Center. The Action Center works to translate museum knowledge into lasting results for conservation and cultural understanding in both the Chicago Region and the Andes-Amazon region of South America. Outside of work, Erika enjoys sharing the natural world with her daughter and cycling.

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Hannah Erickson, MS ’13

Member Cultivation Member, Confluence Philanthropy

Bay Area

Hannah is passionate about environment conservation, gathering community, and connecting philanthropic capital with high impact initiatives. At work, Hannah serves as the Member Cultivation Manager for Confluence Philanthropy. Previously, she supported donors as a strategy and funds specialist with Silicon Valley Community Foundation and served as the founder and principal at Adaptive Philanthropy, a strategy consultancy that supported donors, foundations and aid groups in identifying impact goals and evaluating charitable programs. Prior to this, Hannah served various roles at environmental nonprofits including Imagine H2O, the American Carbon Registry and the World Wildlife Fund. She also co-founded and now serves as Director for Carbon Roots International, a social enterprise that manufactures and sells sustainable cooking charcoal in Haiti.

Hannah received her master’s degree from SNRE in 2013. When not at work, Hannah can be found making tortillas, struggling through marathons and triathlons, or pulling weeds from her overgrown garden in Oakland, CA.

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Harriet Morgan, MSc ’14

Research Consultant, University of Washington

Seattle

Harriet Morgan moved to Seattle in 2014 following the completion of her MS degree from SNRE. Harriet works as a Research Consultant at the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group where she studies the effects of natural climate variability and climate change on species and ecosystems throughout the Pacific Northwest. Outside of the office, she enjoys kayaking, cycling, and hiking.

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Jeff Laufle, BS ’78

Army Corps of Engineers (Retired)

Seattle

Jeff Laufle (BS ’78, MS University of Washington, Fisheries), worked on projects in Michigan, Washington and Alaska, then joined the US Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, OR.  He has recently retired from the Corps’ Seattle District, where he spent much of his career doing  environmental compliance for Corps projects and addressing northwest regional issues.  Most recently he served as Seattle District’s Endangered Species Act compliance coordinator; he also led Seattle District sustainability policy development.  He is president of a nonprofit watershed group where he lives, and remains committed to natural resources protection and sustainable solutions.  He enjoys the abundance of outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest.

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Joshua Rego, MS ’13

Managing Consultant, Navigant Consulting

Ann Arbor

After graduating from SNRE in 2013, Josh realized he had fallen in love with Ann Arbor, and found it impossible to leave. Josh worked at Ann Arbor’s own Clean Energy Coalition for several years, after which he transitioned to his current role at Navigant Consulting, where he works with utilities to evaluate and improve statewide energy efficiency programs. He is excited to connect with current and former students, and hopes to create a thriving and vibrant alumni community here in Michigan.

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Julia Ruedig, MS/MBA ’15

Sr. Program Manager, Fresh Operations at Amazon

Seattle

Before going to Michigan, Julia lived in Seattle for three years. She graduated from SNRE in 2015 and is back in Seattle to take advantage of all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. During the week, she works for Amazon Fresh’s produce operations team. On the weekend, she’s gardening, fishing, camping, and hiking.

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Kate Harris, MS/MA ’13

Regional Philanthropy Officer, National Wildlife Federation

Advisory Board

Kate received her MS from SNRE and MA from the School of Education in 2013. Since then she has worked in development, raising funds for environmental organizations. She currently leads fundraising efforts for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, MI. She will take any excuse to be outside, backpacking with friends, gardening, or just biking home from work. She really enjoyed her experience at SNRE – some of Kate’s best friends are SNREds! And she knows that when SNREds stick together, they can solve big problems and continue to have the kind of positive impact they’ve always had.

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Kathryn Prater Bomey, MS ’12

U.S. Policy Communications Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Washington, D.C.

Kathryn is the U.S. policy communications manager at The Nature Conservancy, based near Washington, D.C. But she’s a Midwesterner at heart, living and working in Michigan until moving to D.C. in 2015. Kathryn worked as a newspaper reporter at the Lansing State Journal for several years before deciding to enroll at SNRE and make the leap from writing about conservation to actively engaging in it. After SNRE, she did work for a variety of Michigan nonprofits, including the Detroit Zoo, Michigan Science Center, and Detroit Audubon Society. She’s secretly a bit nostalgic about Michigan, Ann Arbor, and SNRE, so she’s excited to swap stories with her fellow D.C. alums.
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Laura Palombi, MS/MBA ’11

Strategy Lead, NSF International

Ann Arbor

Laura Palombi graduated in 2011 from Ross and SNRE. A Michigan resident since 1996, Laura stayed in Ann Arbor after graduation and currently works at NSF International, a global public health and safety non-profit organization, where she is developing new business services for water sustainability. She is excited about strengthening the local alumni network and getting groups together for fun events around southeast Michigan. Her favorite time of year is summer, when you can find her at the Michigan Sailing Club, Swift Run dog park, or enjoying happy hour on a patio in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Lauren Berent, MS ’12

Events Coordinator and Environmental Educator, The Greenway Foundation

Colorado

Lauren graduated from SNRE in 2012, and moved to Colorado in 2013. She works for The Greenway Foundation, as an event coordinator and an outdoor educator. Lauren is excited to work with SNRE alumni to create fun events around town, and up in the mountains. When she is not at work, you can probably find her at yoga, out for a hike, or drinking a tasty beer!

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Marcus Jones, MS/MUP ’12

President, Detroit Training Center & Owner, MJ Realty Service PLLC

Advisory Board

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Morgane Treanton, MS ’12

Economist / Energy Regulatory Analyst, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Boston

Morgane moved to Boston in June 2012.  She works for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities overseeing the implementation of statewide net metering policies.  During her free time, she loves sailing on the harbor and hiking in the nearby White Mountains. Morgane is excited to plan future gatherings and to meet SNRE alumni in the Boston area.

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Nancy Schrank, BS ’71

Community Volunteer and Homemaker

Advisory Board, Montana

Nancy received her BS in Fisheries Biology from the (then) University of Michigan School of Natural Resources in 1971.  She worked at the Great Lakes Research Division at the University after her degree.  She has two daughters (both U of M grads) and has been a homemaker and community volunteer throughout her life.  She and her husband, Doug, enjoy skiing, sailing and hiking and time with their grandsons.
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Robyn Roberts, MS/MBA ’98

Sustainability Consultant and Community Advocate in Atlanta, Georgia

Advisory Board

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Roger Lane, BS ’68

Labor Relations, DTE Energy (Retired)

Advisory Board

A 1968 grad of SNR, Roger played tuba in the Michigan Marching Band. After serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Army from 1969-1970, Roger enjoyed a long and fruitful career in labor relations prior to his retirement in 2009. He spent 30+ years working as the Manager of Contracted Labor and Services for the Detroit Edison Company, colloquially referred to as DTE Energy. Roger is currently a resident of Ann Arbor. When he’s not tracking down past SNR grads to reconnect with, Roger enjoys meeting with current students and attending alumni networking happy hours.

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Samantha Wolf, MS ’13

Urban Lumber & Forestry Project Coordinator, Clackamas County

Portland

Sam graduated from SNRE in 2013 and quickly moved to Portland. Sam is a Projects Coordinator for Clackamas County working on County Forestry projects and Clackamas Urban Lumber Pilot project. Sam is excited to connect with SNRE alumni and create fun events around town or exploring local natural areas. In her spare time, Sam enjoys hiking and volunteering with her family and enjoying the local breweries/wineries here in Portland.

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Sara Mills, MS/MBA ’12

Project Manager, Renewables at Ulteig

Colorado

Sara graduated from SNRE and Ross in 2012 and moved to Colorado in 2015. She is excited about connecting the SNRE alumni in Colorado and learning about hidden natural gems, restaurants, and breweries from them. Sara works in the solar industry and previously worked for U.S. Senator Harry Reid. Outside of work, she enjoys organizing social outings and all activities related to food.

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Steve Higgs, MS/JD ’05

Executive Director, Senior Advocates for Generational Equity (SAGE)

Portland

Steve graduated from SNRE and the Law School in 2005, and moved to Portland in 2006. He loves SNRE and is excited to connect with alumni and to meet prospective students. Steve is the Executive Director of SAGE, a nonprofit organization that engages older adults in service and advocacy roles that benefit future generations. He previously practiced environmental law in Portland. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, friends and staying outdoors.

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