Your Student Facilitators

Kevin Hollerbach - Program Manager

Kevin Hollerbach

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 Sullivan

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.

Julie firmly believes that sustainability is an eye-opening concept that could lead to a socially, economically, and environmentally better world if embraced by all. When she grows up, she wants to continue to educate others - whether it be in a classroom or in the field - about how beautiful the planet is and why it is critical for us to all work together in preserving it for future generations. 
Outside of Eco-Rep, Julie enjoys playing with cool looking insects, singing in the shower, running obscene distances, and most importantly, surrounding herself with good friends.

Steven Amorin - Southwest North Facilitator

Steven Amorin

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 Gay

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." 

And while she isn't planting seeds, mentally or physically, she will be enjoying her first year as a RA (Sycamore 7! What's up?!), attempting to make this campus more queer inclusive with her coworkers at the Stonewall Center, eating all of the vegetables, and trying to finish whatever book she's reading. 

Kristie Herman - Orchard Hill Facilitator

Kristie Herman

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

GianPaula Hulten

GianPaula is a junior studying Environmental Design. She unwittingly became interested in sustainability when one day in high school she realized how strange it is that our trash, regardless of its weight or volume, unfailingly disappears each week when placed on the side of the street. Where did it go? How did it get there? What then became of it? She knew through the law of conservation of mass that it wasn’t simply disappearing, as most people would like to think. These questions prompted her decision to do her senior major effort project on product sustainability (or lack thereof), when she discovered ills such as oceanic trash heaps, planned obsolescence, and the social injustices resulting from waste management. 
Since then, she’s been both intrigued and plagued by our society’s seeming lack of foresight to protect our planet and its future inhabitants. Eventually, she hopes to use design and planning to not only alleviate environmental stressors but also some of the political and social issues of our day. Through the creation of proper infrastructure, she believes we can foster a healthier, more egalitarian society that allows people to feel liberated as opposed to obstructed in their sustainable lifestyles. 

Tobin Armstrong - Southwest South Facilitator

Tobin Armstrong

Toby is a sophomore Sustainable Energy Policy major with minors in Philosophy, Resource Economics, and Environmental Science. He is passionate about sustainability issues surrounding economic growth, energy use, and resource scarcity, and hopes to become a policymaker or environmental lawyer. Toby gained a deep appreciation for nature through his upbringing and observation of his town's conservation land. In high school Toby learned more about global environmental crises through his school's Policy Debate team and became passionate about a career in sustainability. 
Toby believes "In order for our society to become sustainable change must start with our economy and government policies. As long as our economy is based on infinite growth, environmental damage is not factored into price, and our policies cater to consumerism, individual change is going to be slow and insufficient. Sustainability needs to be the path of least resistance, not an expensive and inconvenient lifestyle, and that takes big picture change. We have all the tools and technology necessary to win the fight, it is just a question of implementing them in time."
Outside of Eco-Rep, Toby enjoys the Umass Brazilian JiuJitsu club and street performing as a spray painter. 

Jonathan Raber - Northeast Facilitator

Jonathan Raber

Jon is a sophomore Plant, Soil, and Insect Science major who will also be pursuing an International Agriculture certificate.  Growing up, Jon had the improbable good fortune of living just down the street from a protected watershed for the Wachusett Reservoir in central Massachusetts, a location where his love and appreciation for nature was first developed.  After many dog walks and forested adventures through the years, it became evident to Jon that a majority of the world’s population does not have access to safe ecosystems, clean water, sufficient food, proper medical care, or economic freedom that he had while growing up.  Solving these injustices and preserving a better world for future generations are what motivates Jon.  He will be facilitating in the Northeast cluster.
Jon believes that if we as a species hope to address climate change in the most systemic and equitable way possible, then the restoration of basic human rights for all people must come first in the most sustainable and ecologically sound manner.  Individual actions such as recycling, reuse, gardening, consumer awareness, etc. are all great places to begin, but we must take advantage of our strength in numbers if we hope to accomplish our greatest visions.  
Beyond Eco-Rep, Jon enjoys riding his bicycle, arts and crafts, reading, and volunteering at the Western Mass. Labor Action.  Also, if Jon were to be a non-human organism, he would be llama.