Staff and Interns
Co-Director and Campus Coordinator | Earlham College ’14 | She/Hers or They/Them 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.
Director of Partnerships | New College of Florida ’19 | She/Hers Iyanu recently graduated from New College of Florida with a BA in Environmental Studies. She is 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. 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 artist, fashion stylist, and a dedicated member of her large Caribbean family.
Co-Director of Atlas Zero Waste Strategy | SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry | She/Hers or They/Them As an undergraduate student, Kayla studied Sustainable Energy Management with minors in Sustainable Construction and Management. In her free time on campus, she enjoyed performing waste audits, hosting recycling education and zero waste workshops, and helping the campus establish a compost contract. Her work with students on campus and teaching in the Syracuse City School District solidified her beliefs in collective action for progressive change. Kayla loves sunshine, community gardens, farmers markets and authentic conversation.
Director of Engagement | College of Charleston ‘19 | They/Them As an undergraduate student, Jensen studied Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, with an added concentration in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. They have worked with their school’s Office of Sustainability, both as a zero waste volunteer, helping to sort and divert items from the landfill during campus events, and most recently, as an intern working to establish more transparency within the office’s data collection. Jensen has also led an Alternative Break trip to Tennessee that focused on earth literacy and environmental justice. These experiences combine with Jensen’s passion for community care, access to education, and food justice. In their spare time, Jensen can be found writing spoken word or holding a dance party for one.
Founder & Co-Director | University of New Hampshire ’13 | He/His
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.
Environmental Justice Intern | Eckerd College | She/Her Alex Gordon is a current Sophomore at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. She is most passionate about grassroots organizing around environmental and climate justice! Right now she is safe with her family in Houston, Texas. In her free time, she loves to read dystopian novels, walk her dog, and spend time at any beach.
Young Sarah Grguras
US coordinator for Plastic Free Campus | University of Pittsburgh | They/Them Young graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 with a dual degree in environmental studies and ecology and evolution. While in undergrad, they organized on the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign (check out Fossil Free Pitt on facebook), and worked as a Sustainability Program associate for the university. Young’s most recent involvement with the Beaver Cracker Plant in PA lead them to apply for the BFFP position, and they are excited to advocate for a brighter, plastic-free, future.
Director of Events | University of South Carolina ’19 | He/His Ramiro studied Marketing and Environmental Studies at the University of South Carolina, where he led an on campus organic permaculture farm. He takes the concepts of permaculture not only as a way of farming and growing food but as a way of living our daily lives. In his spare time Ramiro likes to play soccer, learn something new, or try new foods.
Co-Director of Atlas Zero Waste Strategy | UC Berkeley ‘19 | She/Her Yu-Shien studied Conservation & Resource Studies and Molecular Environmental Biology at UC Berkeley and interned for the Zero Waste Research Center, where she worked with campus businesses and student organizations on sustainability and zero waste initiatives. She is passionate about the intersection of zero waste with human health and environmental justice and is excited to bring her enthusiasm for circular design, food systems reform, and corporate social responsibility from her roles at the Berkeley Student Food Collective and Clif Bar. Outside the office, you can find Yu-Shien engaged in a positive feedback loop of eating/cooking/baking/drinking and climbing/hiking/biking/swimming.
MSI Research Consultant | 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 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 is excited about system-based solutions that combat waste and consumption and how visual design can support grassroots movements. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, embroidering baseball caps, and riding her bicycle.
Board of Directors
Jennifer 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.
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.
Student Board Co-Chair | she/her or they/them
Andie is an activist and community organizer in Upstate New York. In addition to zero waste, she is passionate about immigration justice and LGBTQ rights (but also everything is interconnected). She just finished her senior year at the University of Rochester where she graduated with a B.A. in Health, Behavior, & Society and a minor in Ethics. She is currently the co-chair of PLAN’s Student Advisory Board and one of the student representatives on the PLAN Board of Directors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Van Gombos
Joe 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.
Student Board Co-Chair | she/her Jessica studied Environmental Science and Chemistry at Valparaiso University, although a semester abroad in Australia really sparked her passion for plastic pollution and its impact on the environment. During her time at Valpo, she was the first student intern of her University’s sustainability department and worked to promote better recycling by organizing a recycling competition between residence halls. Jessica is currently a Recycling Educator for a large MRF in Appleton, Wisconsin where she gives tours of the facility and inspires individuals to be more responsible consumers. Outside of her love for recycling, Jessica loves family card games, bird-watching, going to rummage sales, and ballroom dancing.
Chrycka Harper is a passionate, Black woman Christ follower who enjoys working in food justice. With an educational background in Psychology and Social Work, she wants to build a just and equitable food system using the intersection of faith, mental health, and social systems. She is currently serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program doing program evaluation at the Food Recovery Network.
She/Her Jen Jones brings 9 years of experience to PLAN, working in sustainability at institutions of higher education. She currently serves as the Sustainability Coordinator at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Jen attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL for her BS in Biology and has a MS in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston. Jen has a passion for dance and is a hip hop instructor in her free time.
Marla is a full time employee of the College of Charleston, where she has worked primarily in a HR capacity. She has an Master’s of Public Administration degree and is currently working on research focused on inclusionary practices for minority employees. Marla has 5+ years of experience conducting diversity education workshops and believes that intentional meaningful connections are the way by which social justice work can be actualized.
Doorae Shin lives in Hawaiʻi and works as the Surfrider Foundation Oʻahu Chapter Coordinator. She has been an environmental activist since the age of 19, when she lead a campaign to ban polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. Doorae is the Co-Founder of the Good Food Movement, which makes it fun to make food choices that cause the least harm and do the most good. She previously was the Plastic Free Hawaiʻi Program Manager for Kokua Hawaii Foundation.
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.
Student Advisory Board
Junkee Justin Ahn
As a CIPA fellowship recipient, Junkee is an incoming graduate student of the Master of Public Administration in environmental policy / international development at Cornell University. As a firm believer in the potential of sustainable energy, Junkee received B.S. in sustainability from Arizona State University. Junkee is a 2018 Gilman Scholar who worked in the United Nations ESCAP in regards to environmental sustainability and energy security in East Asia. Prior to Junkee’s time with the UN, he worked as a sustainability intern with the City of Phoenix as well as a sustainability coordinator intern with Kimberly-Clark Professional on implementing glove recycling project in his university labs.
She/Her Vanessa is a philosophy major and has worked with the issue of waste for the last 8 years. She grew up in Hong Kong and Beijing and witnessed massive urban development and how modern waste affects ways of life. She started a waste education program in rural China Lijiang in 2012. At Swarthmore she launched the Zero Waste mission for the college as a President’s Sustainability Research Fellow in 2016. She started her own student group Sync Up for Zero Waste last year and now hosts parties and does projects that promote Zero Waste values that her group created. This includes: clothes swaps, starting a butterfly garden, getting rid of styrofoam, making a petition against plastic etc. She was an intern with PLAN two years ago and believes EVERY issue is connected to waste, wasting and the wasted.
She/Her/Hers Maryn is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is majoring in Anthropology with a concentration in the Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights program. She works at UT Recycling as their Donations Assistant where she helps to reduce food waste by transporting donated food from campus to Love’s Kitchen (a local food pantry), helps organize donation drives, and organizes donations for the campus Free Store events. She also works as an Undergrad Research Assistant in Geomicrobiology within the Geology Department at UT. When Maryn isn’t busy she likes to hike in the Smokey’s and continue her mission of trying every local restaurant in Knoxville.
They/Them Celena is currently pursuing a major in Environmental Studies with minors in Sustainability, Sociology, and Gender Studies at Colby-Sawyer College. They will be graduating in spring of 2021. Celena has been the college’s Zero-Sort Recycling Intern for the 2018-2019 school year and expects to maintain this position until she graduates. This internship consists of outreach to educate others about how to recycle correctly and starting new recycling initiative around campus. In their spare time, Celena enjoys bullet journaling, black coffee, traveling, and seeing as many roadside attractions as possible (ask them about the time they saw the World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet!).
She/Her Jenny has a varied background working in indigenous rights, diversity, equity and inclusion, environmental education and waste reduction. In 2018 she served as the International Coastal Cleanup (Macomber) intern at Ocean Conservancy where one of her jobs was to manage the Trash Free Seas team’s TIDES database, the largest collection of citizen science data on marine debris worldwide. Throughout her career her passion in conservation has grown with her interests expanding in plastic pollution and its impacts on coastal community resilience. She currently works at TerraCycle, Inc. as a Global Program Development Associate where she works with companies, NGOs, government and consumers to “eliminate the idea of waste” with tangible solutions.
She has worked on a variety of projects, the most recent being 365 Days of Plastic where she collected her plastic waste for a full year as a call to action for government, CPG companies and consumers to come to the table and address the issue of plastic waste. You can follow updates on this project through her Instagram @trash.less.oceans and Youtube Channel; TrashLessOceans.