Staff and Interns
Founder & Co-Director | University of New Hampshire ’13 | He/His Follow @AlexF_PLAN Alex is an activist and organizer who has been working to end waste since high school. Alex was a co-founder of UNH Trash 2 Treasure and has received the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, the Udall Scholarship, and the Brower Youth Award for his work against waste.
Co-Director and Campus Coordinator | Earlham College ’14 | She/Hers Faye studied Sociology and Anthropology at Earlham College, where she was the founder of the EC Free Store and a leader in her school’s Responsible Energy Investment Campaign. Faye studied abroad in India, Tanzania, New Zealand, Guatemala and Mexico, where she researched waste management systems.
Campus Coordinator and Director of Campus Research and Resource Development | UC Santa Cruz ’15 | He/His In his undergrad, Chris focused on the implications of extractive industries for Indigenous communities in the Global South, while providing programatic support for the UC systemwide goal of Zero Waste by 2020. At PLAN, Chris consults on campuswide waste management systems and designs student leadership training curriculum.
Director of Partnerships | College of William and Mary ’17 | She/Hers Audrey is a senior at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia studying Biology and Computer Science, while really devoting most of her time to sustainability issues on campus. Apart from a semester studying in Viterbo, Italy, she’s never lived more than 60 miles from her childhood home in Richmond, VA. She loves to travel, find adventure in doses large and small, share lengthy conversations, and solve puzzles of all flavors.
Creative Director | Savannah College of Art and Design ’17 | She/Hers Abby is a graphic designer focusing on sustainable design and service design utilizing design thinking strategy, biomimicry, and other human centered approaches to solving problems. She’s been spending the past year fighting against single-use plastics in Savannah because of the dangerous effects they are having on the coastal Georgia marine life and their unique barrier island waterway system. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her bicycle.
Campus Coordinator | University of Wyoming ’17 | She/Hers Meghann just finished up coordinating zero waste efforts at an annual social justice conference they have on the UW campus- the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, including a zero waste event spearheaded by her and some friends the year prior. Her passion for zero waste stems from the environmental injustices that are tied to the disproportionate dumping of our waste. While with PLAN, she is excited to learn more about fostering town-to-gown partnerships and extending the zero waste conversations to communities. Outside of her waste obsession, Meghann enjoys running, hiking, dancing, finding live music, and eating ice cream.
Campus Coordinator | Swarthmore College ’17 | She/Her In undergrad Adina studied Environmental Theory and Action, with a specific focus on waste. This passion led her to help run a move-out program and establish a campus free store. She loves reading, writing, watching movies, and discussing our varied perceptions of “sustainability.”
POI Tour Coordinator |College of Charleston ’16 | He/They During his time in undergrad, Pope studied Women’s and Gender Studies and African American Studies where his spark for moving intersectional work began. He has spent a few years organizing in South Carolina with Carolina Youth Action Project and Southerners on New Ground (SONG). He is excited to continue seeding and cultivating a culture of zero waste and supporting broader movement work with students all across the nation alongside the PLAN team. Pope is a complete Virgo with Scorpio (rising) tendencies who quotes Audre Lorde as much as possible, and works with a queer security and cultural project called Tiger’s Eye Collective. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, admiring ducks from afar, and dreaming of liberation.
Creative Social Media Intern | Rochester Institute of Technology ’16, American University ’18 | She/Hers Follow @emilygoesplaces Emily is a graduate student working towards her Dual Degree Master’s (International Affairs & Sustainable Development) from American University and the United Nations Mandated University for Peace. She graduated in 2016 from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Industrial Design but knew she wanted to combine design and sustainability so she went back to school to pursue a career in sustainability. She is currently living and studying in Costa Rica and loves traveling, hiking, and immersing herself in new cultures around the world. In the past she’s worked for a Fortune 100 company, a design education nonprofit, a zero waste consultancy, and is now thrilled to be a part of leading the online zero waste movement through social media.
SZW18 Conference Coordination Fellow | Oberlin College ’16 | She/Hers Dru is an experienced community-engaged researcher, youth empowerer and environmental geologist who has worked with communities of color in Cleveland, Milwaukee and Africatown on matters pertaining to Environmental Justice. Her many years of service work have prepared her for a lifetime of prioritizing the needs of communities, offering her expertise in the form of community-engaged projects, and decentralizing the professional knowledge that often remains in places where the propensity for change is seldom realized. When she’s not doing the EJ thing, Dru loves to inspire others with music, dance, and DJ!
Atlas Intern | University of New Hampshire ’20 | He/Him Luke is a rising junior dual majoring in Sustainability and Business Administration with an option in Marketing. He is currently the President of Marketing and Social Media for CompostCats at UNH and thrives as the Communications Associate for Net Impact UNH. His goals include integrating sustainability and business. This Summer, Luke is assessing waste management infrastructure at UNH to provide the outline of a strategic plan to achieve Zero Waste for the campus.
Menstrual Equity Project Intern | Smith College ‘18 | She/Hers or They/Them Shelby studied sociology and social change at Smith, and learned so much from fellow student activists across all issues. Most of Shelby’s efforts focused on pushing for change as an Eco Rep peer leader and an animal rights advocate, and through initiating a strong collective project to make reusable menstrual products universally accessible on campus. She is passionate about skill sharing, cooperative living, contact improv dance, and economic and reproductive justice.
Reuse Economy Research Intern | Haverford College ‘19 | She/Hers Nina is a junior at Haverford College, where she majors in Archaeology and double minors in German and Museum Studies. Through an Environmental Anthropology course, she discovered her passion for climate-related environmental issues. When not helping at her campus farm or researching for her college’s Historical Society, you can find her working out, cooking, making art, or trying out DIY projects.
Reuse Economy Research Intern | Rutgers University ’20 | She/Hers Emily is a rising junior at Rutgers University studying environmental policy and economics. She is passionate about environmental justice, sustainable food, climate change, and environmental communication. After organizing two clothing swaps this past semester, Emily is looking forward to developing more zero waste programs and creating a culture of sustainability on campus.
Josephine A. Lamprey Partner Expansion Intern | New College of Florida ’19 | She/Hers Iyanu is a thesis student at New College of Florida passionate about sustainable fashion and design, urban planning, and intersectional environmentalism. She was the President of the Council of Green Affairs as part of her school’s student government. Currently, she is the Environmental Studies Representative for the student government. She hopes to use her position at PLAN to move other college campuses toward inclusive Environmental reform in accordance with PLAN’s mission. In her free time, Iyanu is a performing artists, an amateur fashion stylist, and a dedicated member of her large Caribbean family.
Co-Founder | New York University ’13 After helping to launch PLAN, Brett accepted a position at The Story of Stuff Project in Berkeley, CA. There, Brett is working to end the flow of junk mail by managing Catalog Choice, a free online service that helps over 2 million users reduce paper waste. Outside of the office, Brett is an avid bicyclist and board game geek.
Board of Directors
Joe Van Gombos
Joe serves as the Board President, having previously led the board from PLAN’s inception in 2013 through the first few years of operations. He graduated from UNH in 2012 with a BA in Political Science. During his undergraduate years, Van Gombos was an inaugural Carsey Social Innovation Intern, a Senior Research & Marketing Intern with the business school’s Green Launching Pad, and worked with numerous student groups motivated by concepts in sustainability through a collective known as the UNH Climate Action Network.
Since graduating, he has held a Business Development role with a local medical device product development firm, and today works as an Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator for a small utility in NH and MA. While working to assist small commercial, industrial, and municipal facilities reduce their energy usage, Joe is also back at the University of New Hampshire in pursuit of an MBA.
Yusi Wang Turell
Yusi served as founding co-director of the University of New Hamsphire’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate researching how social entrepreneurs affect public policy in order to grow their impact. Prior to joining UNH in 2011, Yusi led new initiatives and national program growth at Citizen Schools and worked as a strategy consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation. Yusi holds degrees from Princeton University and from the University of Sussex through a British Marshall Scholarship. When she is not traveling to play Ultimate Frisbee, Yusi enjoys Seacoast living with her husband David and their two sons.
Warren Daniel has been the Seacoast Regional Director for the NH SBDC since 2000. A Certified Business Advisor, he brings 29 years of experience in creating, growing and managing an independent quick service restaurant chain. His areas of expertise include access to capital, turnarounds, financial projections and analysis, management infrastructure development, as well as assisting independent restaurants. Warren works with many restaurants and cafes throughout NH, assisting in business planning, strategic planning, cash flow management and cost containment. He is a member of the Dover Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee, Durham Economic Development Committee and sits on a number of non-profit boards. Warren has worked with the UNH Peter Paul School of Business and Economics internship program. Clients of the Seacoast SBDC receive expertise from business students.
Reid is a CPA and has a strategic planning practice in Portsmouth, NH. Prior to focusing on his strategic planning practice, Reid led audit and consulting engagements for major not-for-profits and hospitals. Reid has a passion for the unique world of not-for-profit finance and brings his extensive knowledge as a CPA and finance professional to the board. He holds a bachelor’s and masters degree in accounting from the University of New Hampshire. He also currently serves on the board of Great Bay Kids, an early childhood education not-for-profit.
Colby Gamester, Esq.
Colby Gamester is the sole practitioner of Gamester Law Office in Portsmouth, NH, joining the PLAN Board after years of service on local United Way and City Planning Boards. In addition to those, Colby has spent many years developing leaders in the NH Seacoast through Leadership Seacoast. Gamester is an alum of both the University of New Hampshire (Political Science and Economics) and New England School of Law (JD). Colby brings his breadth of board and legal experience to help the team navigate legal affairs as growth leads to new strategic opportunities.
Jennifer is the Student Representative on the PLAN Board of Directors and is chair of the Student Advisory Board, launching in 2018. She is in her final year of studies in biology and contemporary studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and thus brings knowledge of Canadian zero waste work to PLAN. Jennifer is also the Waste Management Officer at the Dalhousie Office of Sustainability. Next year, you will find her at grad school pursuing environmental studies. Jennifer is a great person to reach out to if you are a student looking to become more involved with PLAN as an organization.
Lia Colabello founded Plastic Pollution Solutions to help organizations reduce their single-use plastic footprint. She is also the Kick Plastic Cause Ambassador for Costa Sunglasses. Lia grew up in Hawaii before attending the University of Southern California, where she played water polo and graduated with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Anthropology. After college, she worked around the world in the sports industry, managing projects for organizations including the PGA TOUR, Ryder Cup, NFL and the World Surf League before shifting her career into ocean conservation with a focus on marine plastic pollution. Prior to starting Plastic Pollution Solutions, Lia managed global chapters and initiatives for the Surfrider Foundation and Global Partnerships for The 5 Gyres Institute. She has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Kate Bailey works for Eco-Cycle, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit recycling organizations in the world. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Kate is the director of the Eco-Cycle Solutions project where she works with citizens, city staff and elected officials to implement Zero Waste solutions in local communities. She has more than 10 years of experience creating reports, websites, campaigns and other tools to empower local actions to reduce waste, and is a frequent speaker on Zero Waste as a critical climate solution. Kate graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics from University of Colorado.
Mike is chair of the Sustainability Committee for the New Hampshire Association of Realtor, as well as a GREEN-designated agent with Zoeller Realty Group at Keller Williams Coastal Realty. Prior to getting into real estate, Mike was co-owner and managing director of the Green Alliance, an NH-based network of sustainably-minded businesses and consumers. Bellamente has also served as Head of Consumer Engagement for CDP, a global repository of corporate environmental data. Mike is considered a thought leader in the environmental space and has written extensively on the topic of corporate sustainability, with his work appearing in publications including, the Guardian, Huffington Post, GreenBiz.com, Sustainable Brands, CR Magazine, Grist and the Portsmouth Herald. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, Bellamente was named to the White House-led economic solutions team to conduct impact analyses for oil-impacted communities. In February 2012, Mike was named to Ethisphere’s list of 100 most influential people in business ethics. Mike received an MBA in International Business from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Plymouth State University.