Alumni Board

The Program on the Environment Alumni Board was created in 2006 to provide Environmental Studies alumni opportunities and resources for networking and professional development, as well as social events and community building. The Board is made up of PoE alumni who serve one-year terms. The Board facilitates monthly meetings from September through June to plan events, coordinate workshops and opportunities for current students, and solicit alumni feedback on the PoE programs. Representatives from the Alumni Board work cooperatively with PoE staff, faculty, and Director on the scholarship review committee and the PoE Advisory Board.

PoE Alumni Advisory Board Mission & Goals


To reach, connect, celebrate, and support alumni, students and friends of the Program on the Environment to build lifelong personal and professional relationships within and beyond the environmental community.


The Program on the Environment Alumni Board works to foster connections across academic and professional realms that provide the PoE community with sustained opportunities for career advancement and personal achievement.


  1. Connect PoE Alumni
  2. Provide networking opportunities
  3. Assist students' transition into environmental community
  4. Mentor current students
  5. Maintain PoE Website and other arenas for communication
  6. Foster values, passion, virtue, lifestyle as environmental stewards

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are open to anyone in the PoE community: alumni, current students, staff, and faculty, and are typically scheduled for the second Thursday of each month from September through June. Please join us for the next meeting. Have an agenda item for an upcoming meeting? Please send suggestions to

2013-2014 Board Members

Cara Appel

Cara Appel (2011)

Cara is a 2011 graduate of PoE and former teaching assistant for Environmental Foundations. For her Capstone project she focused on wildlife conservation in the Pacific Northwest. Since graduation, she has completed internships with a marine mammal conservation organization in the UK and with the US Forest Service in California. Cara works as a research scientist at UW Medicine and plans to continue on to grad school before too long.

Duncan Clauson

Duncan Clauson (2011)

Duncan graduated Cum Laude from the Program on the Environment in June of 2011. He also received a master in public administration with a focus on environmental management and policy in March of 2013. Duncan is currently an Ownership Advisor at Tesla Motors and in his free he enjoys playing in the great outdoors.

Donald Dill

Donald Dill (2011)

I graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in ESRM. I completed my senior capstone internship at the Environmental Protection Agency identifying industries that weren't reporting to their Toxic Release Inventory program. I currently work in government billing with Atlas International, but hope to move into the non-profit sector. I enjoy kayacking, hiking, movies and reading.

Arielle Gervasi

Arielle Gervasi (2013)

Hello, my name is Arielle Gervasi and I graduated this Spring 2013 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Biology. While attending the university, I pursued opportunities in the environmental field in a variety of ways. First I joined WashPIRG, a political chapter at the university that lobbies for local government issues. With WashPIRG, I campaigned for the passing of the Campus Sustainability Fund in 2010, a fund that now currently supports green student-led projects on campus. I also volunteered as a web blog intern for a project called Mission: Sustainable led by Rose Thornton, another Environmental Studies alumni. Other professional work includes internships with Waste Management in public outreach to promote their sustainability campaigns and with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Unit as part of my senior Capstone project.

Jessica Kang

Jessica Kang (2012)

Jessica Kang graduated in Summer 2012 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Philosophy.  She is interested in sustainable food practices and is currently working on installing owl boxes at the UW campus.

Suzannee Karl

Suzanne Karl (2001)

Suzy has been teaching Environmental Education and is a Certified Interpretative Guide. She has been working as the Vendor Manager for the Issaquah Farmer's Market part time while continuing to lead Environmental Field trips for University of Washington Biology students and other non-profit organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, relaxing by the river, spending time with her two teenage daughters, and taking naps (when possible). 

Marion Richards

Marion Richards (2013)

Marion is a 2013 PoE graduate with a minor in Geography. Her focus continues in shoreline restoration and monitoring and she would like to pursue a career with a local research group. Marion is currently working two different jobs and she volunteers at a local pit bull rescue and a dog walking group in her spare time.

Anastasia Schemkes

Anastasia Schemkes (2010)

Without stumbling upon her first POE class freshman year at the UW, Anastasia might never have discovered environmental advocacy. While at the UW she helped establish the Campus Sustainability Fund and dedicated her Capstone to furthering the Sierra Club's Coal Free Washington campaign. She then traveled to Appalachia where she witnessed the destruction of mountain top removal coal mining first hand.
Returning to Seattle, she graduated in June 2010 and joined the Sierra Club to work as a field organizer on the Beyond Oil Campaign.
Anastasia now serves as the Sierra Student Coalition's Campaign Representative, directing national campaigns and supporting college student activists nationwide. She supports campaigns on everything from fossil fuel divestment to halting fossil fuel extraction and burning to implementing local clean energy solutions.

Alison Sienkiewicz

Alison Sienkiewicz (2014*), Current student representative

Alison is a fourth year undergraduate, double majoring in Environmental Science (B.S) and Environmental Studies (B.A). She is especially interesting pursuing a career in stormwater management and water conservation, which she extensively analyzed in her POE capstone. Alison is a strong sailor at heart but loves long distance running, hiking, and cooking.

Shane Sobotka

Shane Sobotka (2011), Chair

Shane is currently working from Seattle as a developer of large-scale photovoltaic solar farms across the USA. He graduated in 2011 with a focus on resources. Prior to working in the solar industry, Shane worked for an architecture firm and later helped with UW's LEED green building certification and the Green Building Policy as an Intern with the UW Capital Projects Office. Shane enjoys sea kayaking in the Puget Sound in his free time.

Jamie Stroble

Jamie Stroble (2010)

Jamie is a 2010 double-degree graduate of POE and the Jackson School of International Studies, currently working in higher education student services at the University of Washington.  Prior to returning to education, she was contractor for the Tulalip Tribes' Natural & Cultural Resources department.  When not working, Jamie can be found running 1/2 marathons, doing yoga, backpacking or volunteering for Seattle Inner City Outings and the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation.

Sean Wood

Sean Wood (2010)

Sean is currently a sales representative for a commercial interiors firm, and specializes in sourcing sustainably & locally manufactured office furniture. His emphasis on the alumni board is career preparation for environmentally relevant fields. He is passionate about entrepreneurship in clean-tech industries, and his Fender Jazz bass guitar. He is a LEED: Green Associate.

*Expected graduation date.