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2009-2010 Scholars

Nolan Davidson

Experience: Wine-maker’s apprentice
Interests: Climate Legacy Initiative
Education: Double major in French and philosophy from Western Washington University

Molly Hann

Experience: Active in local Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, N.Y., communities including volunteer work with the Urban Planning Advisory Team, Save Saranac Lake Coalition, Government Restructuring Committee, and Saranac Lake Community Store; worked as a legal assistant to a VLS alumna; youth soccer coach, ski instructor, beekeeper; active in the VLS Environmental Law Society Advocacy Group
Education: BA environmental studies and government, St. Lawrence University

Ben Jones

Experience: Education coordinator at Blueberry River First Nation, charter float pilot out of Vancouver to Yukon Territories
Education: Degree in philosophy from Belgium
Canadian, from British Columbia

Linda Kelly (MELP)

Experience: Career as expert in global mobility services for major corporations, volunteer instructor for Audubon Society environmental awareness programs, American Red Cross fund-raising volunteer and water safety instructor

Elizabeth McDonald

Experience: Legislative internships with Hillary Clinton, Barbara Mikulski, and Paul Sarbanes; Forest Restoration Project assistant director, Nature Consortium; sustainability coordinator and home energy auditor, EOS Alliance
Education: Double major in political science and brain and cognitive science from the University of Rochester; and study-abroad program in New Zealand

Catherine Peterson

Experience: Community Development Coordinator, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation; volunteer in deaf community (experienced in American Sign Language); raised in a community of Inupiat Eskimos 200 miles from the Arctic Circle

Carey Rosser

Experience: Forest sustainability projects at the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda; engineering at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Lived and attended school in former East Germany.
Interests: Corporate sustainability and green energy projects Education: Degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech

Alexandra Sherertz

Experience: Volunteer with “World Vets,” veterinarians who travel abroad to provide services to animals in developing countries; oyster farm volunteer, Chesapeake Bay
Education: Degree in biological anthropology and anatomy from Duke University

Allison Silverman

Experience: NRDC—Chilean Patagonia BioGem Campaign coordinator; member of triathlon teams, including Panama Triathlon Team in 2005/2006
Education: Fulbright Scholar—solar energy and sustainable development research, Republic of Panama

Mandy Somero

Experience: Peace Corps volunteer in Romania—English teacher and developing projects that promote environmental stewardship; Girl Scout camp counselor—challenge courses

Lisa Stevens

Experience: Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa—taught math in French; organic farmer in Hawaii; hiked Appalachian Trail for seven months (2,175 miles)

Tanika Stewart

Experience: Special Olympics snowboarding coach; works with developmentally challenged adults—provides skills training
Education: Includes study-abroad programs in South Africa

Alison Stone

Experience: Campaign Project Information manager—The Nature Conservancy; contributing writer to Luxury Travel Magazine; member of the Swedish National Champion AIK Women’s Ice Hockey Team; French tutor

William Tucker

Experience: Middle school teacher in Atlanta; director of operations, Creyhation Recycling; vice president and representative, Democracy Matters
Education: degree from Morehouse College

Walter Warner

Experience: 10 years work experience prior to attending college; owned his own cross-country trucking company; spent a summer in Hungary working on three Early Copper Age sites on the Great Hungarian Plain; worked in Georgia as an archeologist