Jennifer is a passionate advocate for social justice and healthy, sustainable communities. She started as Executive Director of AERO in the fall of 2014. Prior to working with AERO, Jennifer worked as a staff attorney for Montana Legal Services Association, providing legal assistance to low-income communities. Her graduate studies focused on environmental justice and sustainable communities in Indian Country. Jennifer’s academic and research interests include policy issues that create systemic change for people living in poverty, including: environmental justice–particularly food justice and energy justice, sustainable and empowered communities, healthcare, education, and access to justice. She lives in Helena and loves yoga, reading, hiking with her dog, running, fishing, roller derby, cooking veggies, and sharing food. Email Jennifer
Kaleena is a New York State native who grew up with a passion for spending as much time outdoors as possible. She has a bachelor of science degree in environmental economics from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in environmental policy from Bard College in New York. She joined the Energy Corps Program as an AmeriCorps member in 2011, applying her knowledge of energy issues to Montana communities while gaining valuable skills in the energy field. Kaleena transitioned to employment with the National Center for Appropriate Technology in the fall of 2012 as the Director of the Energy Corps program. Over the past four years, she has learned a tremendous amount about clean energy and sustainability, which has only reinforced her drive to work towards community based solutions. She is beyond excited to join the AERO team, working towards positive change in communities around the state of Montana.
Corrie grew up on a small goat farm in southwestern Virginia, an upbringing that played a powerful role in developing her commitment to local and sustainable agriculture. She studied archaeology and poetry as an undergraduate, and completed her graduate degree in English at the University of Arkansas with a focus in poetry. She is the former director of the Arkansas Writers in the Schools Program, and co-coordinator of the Helena Area Literary Arts Program (HALA). She has worked in the past as a National Crew Leader for the Student Conservation Association, leading crews of volunteer high school students on trailwork and conservation projects in the national parks, and as an adjunct instructor at Helena College and Carroll College, teaching composition and environmental studies. Email Corrie
Jackie grew up happily spending a lot of time traveling and outdoors with her family. After attending the University of Montana and receiving a BS in Forest Resource Management, she began a career with the Forest Service. She worked as a wildland firefighter, Forester, and environmental document writer on several western National Forests before taking time off to be with her young children. Jackie has been active in the Montana Master Gardening program, and volunteers for community gardens, farmers markets, and community events. Before moving back to Montana, she was director of the Chamber of Commerce in Lovell, Wyoming. Prior to that, she worked with a local group that received a grant and established the first community garden in Lincoln, Montana. In her previous positions, she has gained a lot of experience collaborating with community, government, nonprofit, and school groups.
Jeremy hails from Oregon, and in February of 2016 moved his tiny house, which he designed and constructed himself, to Helena. Jeremy is a recent graduate of Pacific University, where he received a BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Design. He has worked at Creative Growers Organic Farm, and as a Farm Manager at the B-Street Living Museum. While a VISTA member with AERO, Jeremy will help make clean energy more accessible to Montanans by providing Montana-based conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy information, as well as available local, state, and national funding mechanisms, in a easily accessible, user-friendly online resource and community presentations. Between March and August, he will collaborate with statewide partners, develop a resource manual, and organize community clean energy tours around the state.
Hope grew up in the mountains of Colorado Springs, Colorado, where her passion for environmental and social justice issues began. She is a recent graduate of University of Montana, with a degree in Resource Conservation and minors in International Development, Climate Change, and Environmental Studies. Hope’s particular academic interest is in smallholder agriculture and how small farmers are intricately tied to rural poverty relief, economic development, health, and sustainability. Though the majority of her work with small farmers development took place in Argentina, Hope is thrilled to be working on similar issues in tribal communities much closer to home. She currently lives in Missoula and enjoys playing music, running, backpacking, and cooking.
Tyler graduated from Carroll College in the Spring of 2016 as a double major in math and chemistry. Originally from Bellevue, WA, his passion for the outdoors led him to Montana. His research interests include renewable energy, specifically solar and wind, sustainable agriculture, and waste reduction. He will be working as a a Repower Montana intern and assisting with the summer Energy Tours; he looks forward to connecting members of AERO through various social media outlets.