Kevin Hollerbach - Program Manager
Kevin is a senior Science major with a focus in Environmental Science. He is also pursuing minors in Education and Information Technology. He was late arriving to the environmental movement coming from a very conservative and rural area of New Jersey. After watching "An Inconvenient Truth" and doing his own research, it is clear that humans are affecting the climate. Kevin facilitated the Northeast cluster last year, after serving as an Eco-Rep there for two semesters, and has now taken the role of Program Manager.
He believes that “in order to solve climate change we need a combination of Science, Education, and Technology. Students are at a perfect position to contribute to the movement and make the drastic changes necessary to solve our climate crisis, and the Eco-Rep program is the perfect medium for them to do so.” He is an environmental optimist and thinks that there is always hope to save the planet just as we've done before.
Outside of Eco-Rep, he work for Student Affairs Technology Services on campus, and loves to play with his cat Pepper, and play guitar.
His favorite quote about sustainability is by Carl Sagan speaking about the picture "The Pale Blue Dot;” "To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
Julie Sullivan - Central Facilitator
Julie is a senior Environmental Science major who has spent several wonderful semesters as a facilitator in Central. Her passion for saving the Earth stemmed from her early obsession with recycling. After years of gathering the stray recyclables from the homes of her non-recycling friends so she could properly dispose of them at her house, her eventual journey to Eco-Rep is a true "rags to riches" tale that she will encourage you to ask her about.
Steven Amorin - Southwest North Facilitator
Steve is a senior Natural Resource Conservation major with a concentration in Environmental Conservation. He chose this major due to his enjoyment of the outdoors; as he got older, he traveled and saw what pristine environments looked like and realized that we are harming the Earth very badly, and it has to stop immediately. He joined Eco-Rep his first semester as a sophomore at UMass after discovering a poster in his dorm. Steve knew Eco-Rep was his chance to meet others with similar interests, learn about sustainability and assist his peers to better the planet. Now he has brought what he learned through Eco-Rep back home and is spreading sustainability to friends and family. He now facilitates the Southwest cluster.
Steve thinks that, “UMass does a great job at being sustainable, however if there were any advancements to be done it would be to spread our practices to as much of the world as possible. Globally, I wish to see as many environmentally friendly designs and policies as possible. Sustainability shouldn't be a new thing it should be a continuing practice from years ago. Being at such a large University means that all of us as students are given some form of power. Power then leads to strength in numbers. With Eco-Rep we have the power to teach people to alter the faith of the planet and make it more sustainable.”
Outside of Eco-Rep he is a huge football fan (Patriots!), loves Game of Thrones and his favorite band is Queens of the Stone Age.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
Sammi Gay - CHCRC Facilitator
Sammi is a junior Sustainable Community Development major from the boogie down Bronx, NYC. Coming from a city, she has always had a deep interest in the usage/care for our land and the functionality of space. Along with those interests, she has also had a special care for the well-being of all the diverse creatures of this planet. With these themes on a constant loop in her mind, she has found herself in many sustainable facets here on campus. Aside from Eco-Rep, she is the student garden manager of the campus permaculture gardens, a former compost collector, a member of Divest UMass, and a supporter of many other amazing initiatives/groups blooming all over campus. Sammi is thrilled to be facilitating a cluster in the CHCRC this semester. She hopes that she will learn and grow with her students as we explore the many layers of sustainability and justice. She believes that, “education is the main ingredient for change but only if it's followed with a helping of action. Our world needs justice on every factor and it's up to us to serve it."
Kristie Herman - Orchard Hill Facilitator
Kristie is a junior double majoring in psychology and a BDIC in Social Justice through Sustainability with a certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming. She feels her first connections to sustainability were through her father who always encouraged recycling, reusing, and preserving, and grew a backyard vegetable garden every summer. Although just as important, Kristie has since encompassed her concern to include bigger sustainability related issues such as policy change, environmental justice, and climate change. She is passionate about organizing and has done work around climate justice, student debt, and healthcare, including walking on Washington and protesting a coal plant.
Kristie is excited to continue to share her passions through community and education, and will be facilitating the Orchard Hill Eco-Rep cluster. Some of Kristie’s favorite things are SNL, flowers, dancin’, & fighting injustice.
GianPaula Hulten - Southwest North Facilitator
Tobin Armstrong - Southwest South Facilitator
Jonathan Raber - Northeast Facilitator