Regional Leadership Network
These 18 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, Grand Rapids, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
Want to get involved? Contact email@example.com.
Carolyn Poissant, BS ’81, MLA ’87
Manager of Trails, Open Space, and Parks Design and Development, City of Bozeman
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.
Ellen Shieh, MS ’13
Lead Implementation Consultant, cr360
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!
Ericka Popovich, MS ’10
Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator, West Michigan Environmental Action Council
Ericka graduated from SNRE in 2010. She moved to Grand Rapids in 2017 to work with the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) as the Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator. She supports inclusion, diversity and environmental justice efforts in addition to community outreach, social media, volunteers, and the internship program. She is passionate about environmental justice and believes in supporting community members with the tools, information and resources that they need to create the positive changes they want to see in their community. Outside of work, Ericka enjoys running and exploring the local food and craft brewery scene.
Harriet Morgan, MSc ’14
Research Consultant, University of Washington
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.
Jeff Laufle, BS ’78
Army Corps of Engineers (Retired)
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.
Julia Ruedig, MS/MBA ’15
Sr. Program Manager, Fresh Operations at Amazon
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.
Kate Harris, MS/MA ’13
Regional Philanthropy Officer, National Wildlife Federation
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.
Kathryn Prater Bomey, MS ’12
U.S. Policy Communications Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Laura Palombi, MS/MBA ’11
Strategy Lead, NSF International
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.
Lauren Berent, MS ’12
Events Coordinator and Environmental Educator, The Greenway Foundation
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!
Marcus Jones, MS/MUP ’12
President, Detroit Training Center & Owner, MJ Realty Service PLLC
Morgane Treanton, MS ’12
Economist / Energy Regulatory Analyst, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
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.
Nancy Schrank, BS ’71
Community Volunteer and Homemaker
Advisory Board, Montana
Robyn Roberts, MS/MBA ’98
Sustainability Consultant and Community Advocate in Atlanta, Georgia
Roger Lane, BS ’68
Labor Relations, DTE Energy (Retired)
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.
Samantha Wolf, MS ’13
Urban Lumber & Forestry Project Coordinator, Clackamas County
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.
Sara Mills, MS/MBA ’12
Project Manager, Renewables at Ulteig
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.
Steve Higgs, MS/JD ’05
Executive Director, Senior Advocates for Generational Equity (SAGE)
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.