Bryan brings over twenty years of business and non-profit management experience to AERO, having served as the Executive Director of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute (TBI) and as a program and engineering manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials. At TBI Bryan helped train emerging environmental leaders in an immersive, place-based watershed education program and international cultural exchange between Lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. At JPL he worked on several projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope and Mars Pathfinder programs. Upon returning to Missoula in 2009, he founded an energy conservation business, Commons Link, which uses real time energy use information and feedback (the “Prius Effect”) to help homeowners conserve energy. His formal education includes an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Bryan has been recognized for his conservation work by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and was a recipient of a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship while at the University of Montana. He is particularly grateful for his wife, Genevieve Jessop Marsh, an inspirational community of friends, cold Montana beer, and trout that look past his marginal fly fishing skills. Email Bryan
Kevin is excited to be AERO’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program Manager. He is responsible for working with a broad array of people to further develop this program in a way that meets the needs of AERO members and promotes the organization’s vision. Sown in his grandparent’s garden, Kevin’s interest in food and agriculture has led him into different aspects of the food system, such as working in food service during college, and volunteering on an organic farm in West Africa. In 2005, Kevin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Policy from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, which focused on environmental justice, public land management, and sustainable agriculture. Kevin then moved to Montana as an AmeriCorps member in Grow Montana’s FoodCorps project, and spent two years helping to pilot a local food program at the University of Montana-Western. Kevin then enrolled in the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies graduate program and emphasized food and agriculture through both in-class and on-farm coursework, as well as through internships with the Grow Montana coalition and North Carolina’s Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP). Kevin was selected as a 2009/2010 recipient of the Montana Good Works Fellowship, and is in the process of conducting research on the development of an online local food guide for Montana. While in school he has been coordinating the statewide Farm to Cafeteria Connections network, which facilitates dialogue and provides resources to Montanans working on local food programs in institutions. Kevin is looking forward to bringing a renewed enthusiasm to the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program, and is as eager to serve the AERO community as he is to learn from it. Email Kevin
Caroline served with the AERO energy program as an AmeriCorps VISTA member from January 2011 to January 2012 and is staying on as the Membership and Communications Manager. Caroline comes to us with a deep-rooted belief in the value of community, a pressing need for local communities to once again be self-sufficient, and the great satisfaction that can come from living locally. Caroline is no stranger to community organizing; her experiences include work with non-profit and community groups at the Community Design Assistance Center in Blacksburg, Virginia and at the Catawba Sustainability Center. She has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech. Email Caroline
Caroline is currently a first year graduate student in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana. She hails from Kentucky, a state that’s different from Montana, but similar in some ways, notably its sizable dependence on coal. Back in Kentucky, she spent time working at Field Day Family Farm, an 8-acre vegetable operation, and writing stories for local newspapers. Being new to Montana, she’s looking forward to getting to know more about the state and its people through the Repower MT program. Caroline comes to AERO via an internship facilitated by the University of Montana’s Climate Change Studies Program coordinated by Nicky Phear. The internship runs from January 28 to May 8, 2013. Email Caroline.
Nicola is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound and learned to love Montana working as a wrangler on a small horse ranch in the Blackfoot Valley for five summers. She moved to Missoula in the fall to pursue her interests in conservation and alternative energy. During the 2012 elections Nicola worked with the League of Conservation Voters and will be helping to keep the AERO community updated on the status of alternative energy issues in the upcoming legislative season. Before moving to Montana full time, she spent a few seasons as a ski instructor in Tahoe, loving life and teaching kids how to ski before gearing up to go back to school for environmental studies. Email Nicola.