National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) Staff

Krystal Illich

Krystal graduated from Appalachian State University with my bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development and Agroecology and is currently a grad student in Environmental Science. She is passionate about sustainable agriculture, food sovereignty, environmental justice, and soil science.

Alvin Duong

Alvin is a biology and chemistry graduate from the University of Washington currently living in Madrid, Spain where I’ve been working as a biology, math, and English language teacher. I’ve been involved in sustainability since high school and have continued my education in sustainable practices in local Spanish schools and programs as an educator and outdoor leader.

Joanna Johnson
CornellCosta RicaDartmouthNCTC

Joanna, who was born and raised in the Midwest, studied earth and environmental science at University of Illinois in Chicago and worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, doing conservation work, community outreach and environmental education programs. While studying tropical ecology in Costa Rica, she became determined to learn Spanish and travel, which led her to teaching math and science at a bilingual school in Honduras.

Jeff Sharpe

Jeff is the co-founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Summer. He is a former partner and director of Career Explorations, a summer internship program for high school students, and Vertex Academic Services, an educational consulting company. Jeff has a BA from Bucknell University and an MA from Dartmouth College.