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.

Maya Funada
Program Assistant

Maya was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and she currently studies Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Hamilton College. At school, she is one of Hamilton Sustainability Coordinators, who organize student-led initiatives to make the campus more sustainable. She is also a member of the Levitt Social Innovation Team that educates students on design thinking… Read More

Jeff Sharpe
Director
BrooklynDartmouth

Jeff brings extensive education management experience to 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 subsequently served as Executive Director for Discovery Internships before leaving to found Sustainable Summer. Jeff has a BA from Bucknell University and an MA from Dartmouth College.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.