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Exploring Sustainability Careers: a webinar series

We were pleased to welcome MNR alums, students, faculty and staff to our three-part webinar series that explored sustainability roles in the government, business, and non-profit sectors. Our career coaches and expert alums shared their professional journeys and then answered questions in a follow-up discussion session.

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Exploring Sustainability Careers: Nonprofit Sector
(Tuesday, October 18, 2022)
Hosted by Career Coach Dr. Kathy Miller Perkins
with alum panelists Nick BlankenshipAdam Schellhammer, and Tori Yauch

Exploring Sustainability Careers: Business Sector
(Tuesday, October 11, 2022)
Co-hosted by Career Coaches Dr. Kathy Miller Perkins and Trish Kenlon
with alum panelists Andrew ErnestMakayla HaertelZiggy Karpa, and Karlee Siepierski

Exploring Sustainability Careers: Government Sector
(Tuesday, October 4, 2022)
Hosted by Career Coach Dr. Kathy Miller Perkins
with alum panelists David ClevelandAmy Eckberg, and Yanet Rodriguez

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Career coaches

Kathy Miller Perkins

In her role as the owner and CEO of a consulting firm, Dr. Kathy Miller Perkins has assisted leaders of global corporations and educational institutions. Kathy directs a research program exploring the culture and leadership characteristics of successful purpose-driven organizations. She authored the book, Leadership and Purpose: How to Create a Sustainable Culture, and writes regularly for Kathy obtained her B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Her company, Miller Consultants, PBC, is a certified B Corporation, a designation for businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

Trish Kenlon

Trish Kenlon is the founder of Sustainable Career Pathways, a popular website and sustainability jobs search coaching service. Her practice focuses on helping graduate students and mid-career professionals with transitioning into roles in the sustainability space. She is a frequent contributor of career expertise to the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps community, and has been featured on several podcasts, including Sustainability Defined and Degrees with Yesh Pavlik Slenk. Prior to SCP, Trish worked in sustainability roles for the fashion retailer Ann Taylor, the Environmental Defense Fund, and TXU Energy. She has also worked in project management and consulting roles for IBM, CGI, and Bank of America. She is an alum of Carnegie Mellon University, the NYU Stern School of Business, and the EDF Climate Corps.


Nick Blankenship MNR alum

Nick Blankenship MNR (O) ‘21
Environmental Resources Manager,
Lake of the Woods Association

Andrew Ernest, VT MNR (Online) alum

Andrew Ernest MNR (O) ‘21
Manager, Property Sustainability
Tricon Residential

Yanet Rodriguez MNR alum

Yanet Rodriguez MNR (O) ‘19
Foreign Affairs Officer,
U.S. State Department,
East Asia and Pacific Affairs Bureau


Tori Yauch XMNR alum

Tori Yauch XMNR ‘20
Program Financial Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund


David Cleveland MNR alum

David Cleveland MNR (O) ‘22
Sensitive Activities Program Manager,
U.S. Army Special Operations Command

Makayla Haertel XMNR alum

Makayla Haertel XMNR ‘21
Sustainability Analyst,
Booz Allen Hamilton

Karlee Siepierski XMNR alum

Karlee Siepierski XMNR ‘16
Sustainability Manager, Merrimak Capital Company


Amy Eckberg XMNR alum

Amy Eckberg XMNR ‘20
Sustainability Programs Manager,
Orange County, NC

Zigmund "Ziggy" Karpa

Ziggy Karpa XMNR ‘20
Director of Environmental Programs and Regulatory Affairs,

Adam Schellhammer, MNR alum

Adam Schellhammer MNR (O) ‘16
Executive Director,
Valley Conservation Council