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 - Central 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."
Tobin Armstrong - CHCRC Facilitator
Jonathan Raber - Orchard Hill Facilitator
Rebecca Schmidt - Southwest South Facilitator
Rebecca is a junior Psychology major interested in researching attitudes and behaviors in relation to Environmental Sustainability, as well as improving scientific literacy and education on environmental issues. She believes that behavioral changes will carry the movement, but that ultimately, laws need to be passed to help enforce them.
Growing up, her favorite book was "The Lorax" (a book with environmental protection themes by Dr. Seuss) and her family took her camping across the United States nearly every summer, making her fall in love with nature at an early age. For a while, Rebecca didn't have any direction in college, and seriously considered (for about a week) dropping out of school in the fall of her sophomore year to become a dental assistant. You know, the ones that scrape plaque off of your teeth every six months? Blech!
Rebecca knew the world had its environmental problems, but it wasn't until she took Eco-Rep in the spring of her sophomore year that she realized how truly horrific our crisis had become. It was then that she had the idea (along with the help of her friend Steven!) to combine her passions in Psychology and Environmental Sustainability. She now devotes the rest of her time at UMass to exploring the connections between these fields, as well facilitating Eco-Rep for the Southwest cluster.
Outside of Eco-Rep, Rebecca enjoys drawing ugly caricatures, camping, swapping funny/embarrassing stories with her twin brother Michael, and not being a dental assistant.