Staff

Joanna Johnson
Director
Costa RicaDartmouth

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
Director
BrooklynDartmouth

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.

Maya Funada
Program Assistant

Maya was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and she currently studies Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Hamilton College. Maya is interning at Sustainable Summer as part of the Hamilton in New York City semester off-campus study program. At school, she is one of the Hamilton Sustainability Coordinators, who organize student-led initiatives to make the… Read More

Alex Sclafani
Facilitator
Dartmouth

Alex grew up on the east coast of Florida and graduated from Dartmouth College where she studied Environmental Studies and Geography and was involved in the Sustainability Office as an intern working at the organic farm, with dining services, and in various other student initiatives.

Allie Mack
Facilitator
BrooklynDartmouth

Allie currently works as an educator and outdoor program coordinator at Explorations Academy, a small private high school in Bellingham, WA. When not in school, you’ll find her running the trails around the city or baking too many loaves of bread. Her career as an educator began after a series of unexpected events during her… Read More

Cathy Yuhas
Facilitator
Brooklyn

Cathy is a Science and Environmental Service Systems (Career and Technical Education) instructor. She is a graduate of Fairfield University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She also has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from NJ Institute of Technology/Rutgers University- Newark. At NJIT/Rutgers and a second Master of Science degree in Urban Environmental Systems Management from Pratt Institute.

Claire Mohney

Claire was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where her passion for the environment stemmed from an interest in Great Lakes health and water quality. She attended DePauw University where she studied Environmental Biology and Political science, and will graduate this May with her Bachelor’s Degree! Her time at a liberal arts college helped her… Read More

Demaceo Howard
Facilitator
Brooklyn

Upon graduating from Cornell College with a degree in Biology Demaceo began pursuing work in the field of conservation. He has worked as an environmental educator and conservation biologist in the US, Honduras, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas.

James O’Grady
Facilitator
BrooklynDartmouth

James was born and raised in New York City and is currently finishing his degree in International Development and Indigenous Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada

Joshua Frye
Facilitator
Costa Rica

Josh holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Humboldt State University where he teaches a wide array of courses in the communication curriculum including public speaking, persuasion theory, creating communication campaigns, communication and social advocacy, argumentation, environmental communication, and rhetorical theory.

Olivia Cook
Facilitator
Dartmouth

Olivia is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA where she studied Political Science and Global Studies. Most recently, she worked for the Washington State Legislature where she kept a keen eye out for proposed environmental legislation.

Paula Romo
Facilitator
BrooklynCosta Rica

Paula has undergraduate degrees in Human Development for Sustainability, emergency medicine, and photography. She has worked as a consultant, researcher, designer, and educator specializing in the implementation of holistic ecological projects. Paula has field experience working with communities in Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Chile where she has had the opportunity to collaborate with… Read More

Rosalie Wright-Lapin
Facilitator
Dartmouth

Rosalie studied sociology and anthropology at Middlebury College with a focus on social and climate justice. Over the past few years she has spent time working for nonprofits that focus on community and youth development at both the local and global levels.