Student Advisory Board

The members of the Turning Green Student Advisory Board serve as ambassadors and leaders for the organization.

Student Advisory Board members collaborate with staff in the planning and facilitation of TG’s programs including Project Green Challenge, Conscious College Road Tour, and other related events, and act as student advisors for the organization. Additionally, the TG Student Advisory Board members assume the same responsibilities as Campus Representatives when it comes to the health of TG relationships on their campus.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Student Advisory Board roles are open to high school and college students who have been involved with TG in some capacity for at least 6 months. The Term of Service for the TG Student Advisory Board is at least one calendar year. The transitional period will be every January. The application is on-going throughout the year, with the deadline of December 31 every year.

COMMITTEES
MEET THE TEAM
Stacy Malkan

Hannah Watts

President

Hannah is a third year student at the University of Florida, studying Accounting and Agriculture and Natural Resource Ethics and Policy. She became involved with Turning Green in 2016 after becoming a Project Green Challenge Finalist and interned with Turning Green in Summer 2017. She credits her passion for sustainability to Project Green Challenge, and loves working with Turning Green because she strongly believes in their mission to advocate for environmentally and socially responsible choices through students. Outside of Turning Green, Hannah serves as the Fair Trade University Coordinator through Fair Trade Campaigns to bring awareness for fair trade products on her campus. She enjoys yoga, nature walks with her dogs, and visiting California.

Cami Provencher

VP of Programs and Logistics

Cami Provencher is a sophomore at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. She will be transferring next year to a 4 year university to major in Environmental Science. Cami participated in Project Green Challenge 2017 and was selected as a Finalist. She is one of the leaders of her school's Sustainability Union, the Vice President of the Natural Sciences Club, and an Alliance of the Great Lakes Ambassador. After college, she would like to work for a nonprofit and carry out her passion for sustainability.

Jeremiah McElwee
Erin Schrode

Erin Cady

VP of Communications

Erin Cady is a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Erin joined the Turning Green community after participating in and being chosen as a Finalist for Project Green Challenge 2016. Through PGC and Turning Green, Erin has developed an immense passion for environmental education and teaching her peers about how environmental issues affect minority groups and underprivileged communities. Erin hopes to bring her love of writing and public speaking to a career in environmental education and activism.

Lauren Kim

Co-VP of PGC

Lauren is a sophomore at Yale University majoring in Environmental Studies and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration. She is passionate about amplifying the voices of people of color and other traditionally underrepresented groups in environmentalism. Lauren and her teammate, Jinno, were the PGC 2017 Champions. In the future, she wants to work in creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable food system. She is a proud member of the Student-Farmworker Alliance and works for the Yale Sustainable Food Program, Yale Office of Sustainability, and City of New Haven.

Jeremiah McElwee
Erin Schrode

Jinno Vicencio

Co-VP of PGC

Jinno Vicencio is a sophomore at Orange Coast College, pursuing a degree in Agriculture. Alongside his teammate, Lauren Kim, he was awarded Project Green Challenge 2017 Champion. Jinno is passionate about the environment and making strides to reduce our waste, support local businesses, and shifting consumer habits to a more conscious one. Jinno wants to show people that sustainability is for everyone, whether they are a person of color, low-income, or LGBT+. The fight to preserve our environment has a place for anyone and everyone!

Christine Dobbin

VP of Multimedia Arts

Christine Dobbin is originally from El Paso, Texas and currently attends Rice University as a senior in the Natural Sciences department. In the fall, she will be pursuing an MD/MPH at UT Southwestern, centered on social and environmental justice within healthcare. Christine was awarded 3rd Place in Project Green Challenge 2017 with her team, Team Rice University. She is active in ecological medicine research, musical performance, and community activism.

Jeremiah McElwee
Jeremiah McElwee

Isaac Aguilar

Student Advisory Board Member

Isaac Aguilar is a senior at Escondido Adventist Academy, a religiously affiliated private institution located in Southern California. Isaac had the privilege to attend the 2017 Project Green Challenge Finals where his passion for sustainability was catalyzed. After the Finals, Isaac was inspired to study environmental science in university, where he will continue to be an activist for sustainability. Currently, Isaac is the National Honor Society President. He enjoys participating in varsity sports, choir, and theater. Isaac is honored to work with Turning Green to help others discover an appreciation for nature and work towards a sustainable planet.

Elspeth Collard

Student Advisory Board Member

Elspeth Collard is a junior at T.C. Williams High School and a member of its STEM Academy. She is a member of the Math, Science, German, and English Honor Societies and the community service organization, Key Club. She is also on the board of Watershed Warriors, a 501(c)3 non-profit that teaches elementary students about the environment through hands-on lessons. She is a rower on the T.C. Williams Crew team. For fun, she is a member of TC's Book Club and is an avid reader outside of school. She participated in PGC 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience as it changed the way she saw the world. She is passionate about sustainability and providing a greener future for the next generation.

Erin Schrode
Erin Schrode

Ella Fesler

Student Advisory Board Member

Ella is a junior attending TC Williams High School in Virginia. She participated in Project Green Challenge 2017, and was selected as a finalist alongside her teammate, Bridget. Project Green Challenge enabled her to understand the changes she needed to make in her life in order to live consciously, and taught her the importance of encouraging others to live sustainably as well. Through working with Turning Green, she hopes to continue to encourage sustainable living for herself and people in the greater community. When she is not studying, Ella spends her free time singing, swimming, baking, and writing.

Catalina Lane

Student Advisory Board Member

Catalina is a senior at Tamalpais High School in Marin County, California. She was a Project Green Challenge 2017 Finalist and has since been working with her community to become more eco-conscious. She is the secretary for her school’s Ocean Conservation Club and is interning at her local Audubon Center. In her spare time she plays softball, hikes, and does ceramics. In the coming year, Catalina will be going to college where she hopes to major in Environmental Studies.

Jeremiah McElwee
Jeremiah McElwee

Lauren Orosz

Student Advisory Board Member

Lauren is from south Florida and currently attending Clemson University, studying Biological Sciences and Business Administration. In high school, Lauren was introduced to some of the dangers to our planet and the effects that are taking place. She became passionate about veganism and the avoidance of animal agriculture, for both health, environmental, and ethical reasons. This past year, Lauren discovered PGC and was privileged to be selected as a PGC 2017 Finalist. After PGC Finals, she began to spread conscious living through community and college campus through several educational events. In addition to her environmental passions, Lauren enjoys studying medicine, exploring nature, playing with her pets at home, and visiting the beach.

Jonathan Raybin

Student Advisory Board Member

Jon is a Chemistry graduate student at the University of Chicago, where he studies polymer physics. He grew up in Kent, Ohio and loves running, reading, and pottery almost as much as chemistry. He discovered a passion for environmentalism and nature through frequent hikes with his father. In a team along with Julia Murphy, Jon was a finalist in PGC 2017.

Erin Schrode
Jeremiah McElwee

Cvetanka Rizvanovic

Student Advisory Board Member

Cvetanka is a sophomore at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has participated in Project Green Challenge for 2 years, and is excited to be working with Turning Green because the team shares her love for protecting the planet. She has always loved being in the outdoors with my family hiking, or just going on walks to the farmers market. Cvetanka is very passionate about art, archery, and the environment. In her spare time, she loves painting, or arching with my friends, as well as gardening. She has enjoyed going to environmental protests with my community, and has involved herself in other ways to stand up for the earth, like Project Green Challenge.

Melanie Staszewski

Student Advisory Board Member

Melanie Staszewski is a senior at Poolesville High School, where she is a part of the Global Ecology Program. She is excited to begin yet another journey with Turning Green after participating in PGC three years in a row and loving every minute. As a blossoming environmentalist and self-declared tree hugger, Melanie can usually be found getting involved in her program's outdoor field studies, volunteering somewhere outside, or working on her transition from a conventional to a conscious lifestyle.

Erin Schrode
Jeremiah McElwee

Tamsin Stringer

Student Advisory Board Member

Tamsin Stringer a senior at Bloomington High School South. She was Project Green Challenge Champion 2016, and worked as the Communication Co-Chair on Turning Green Student Advisory Board in 2017. She is president of her school’s environmental club SAGE (Students Advocating For a Greener Environment), service chair of National Honors Society, and a co-founder of Green Sprouts, a program aimed at spreading environmental awareness to children in elementary schools in her district. Her passions include environmental advocacy, art, and music.

Jordan Stoll

Student Advisory Board Member

Jordyn is a Doctorate student at Kent State University where she studies aquatic ecology to help the world understand the consequences of anthropogenic eutrophication on water quality. She has an ecocentric perspective on the world and tries to promote sustainable living in every way that she can. Jordyn completed her undergrad in Biology and Environmental Science at Cleveland State University where she first helped host a Conscious College Road Tour stop with her student org, the Student Environmental Movement. She is inspired by the Turning Green's mission to educate about ecoconsciousness and is dedicated to helping the organization acheive their goals. Jordyn is passionate about native plant landscaping, promoting open science, protecting water resources, and encouraging people to get out and appreciate the beauty of nature. She enjoys running with her husky, yoga, hiking, bouldering and reading in her free time.

Jeremiah McElwee
Erin Schrode

Johannes Tre Maquiling

Student Advisory Board Member

Johannes is a student at the Philippine Science High School Western Visayas Campus. He became involved in Turning Green in the later part of 2017 when he qualified as a Project Green Challenge Finalist. Turning Green made him realize that there is much to be done to help the environment and society. Currently, he is pushing for waste reduction and management, especially in his country, the Philippines, and is now volunteering as a 5 Gyres Ambassador. For fun, Johannes plays video games, watches animé and reads novels.

Sophie Van Zee

Student Advisory Board Member

Sophie is a junior at Johnston High School in Iowa. She spends her days playing the trumpet in school bands, joking around with her friends, and fighting for environmental justice. Currently, she is a co-head of the Environmental Science Club at her school and has been working to raise awareness about the issues in her hometown. She plans on majoring in Environmental Science in college. She was a Finalist for Project Green Challenge in 2017 and is now involved with Turning Green to fight for environmental justice.

Jeremiah McElwee
Erin Schrode

Bridget Williams

Student Advisory Board Member

Bridget Williams is a Junior at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. She was a Project Green Challenge (PGC) 2017 Finalist, and is now serving on Turning Green’s PGC and Conscious College Road Tour Student Advisory Board Committees. Bridget was a founding member of the Watershed Warriors Initiative, a school club and now non-profit that educates elementary school students on environmental issues. She is involved in many activities at her school, including the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Committee, the varsity field hockey team, and the National English Honor Society (NEHS).

Benjamin Wong

Student Advisory Board Member

Benjamin is a senior at Jericho High School in Jericho, New York. He is looking to study natural sciences in college, perhaps environmental biology in order to expand his interests in the science behind environmentalism. In addition to being a Project Green Challenge 2017 Finalist, Ben is also the co-founder and social media manager of a high-school student-led environmental group, AQUASORB, whose goal is to fight water pollution and to educate others about sustainability. In his free time, Ben enjoys creating videos, hiking with his family, and helping others realize the benefits of a conscious lifestyle over a conventional one.

Jeremiah McElwee
Erin Schrode

Ilana Zeitzer

Student Advisory Board Member

Ilana is a junior at Dickinson College, double majoring in Biology and Art. Ilana was the 2nd Place Winner for Project Green Challenge 2017. On campus, she is active in her school's environmental activism club, Hillel, the Equestrian team and works at her school's organic farm. She plans to obtain a doctorate in botany after graduating at Dickinson. She is extremely passionate about natural environments and wildlife.