Administrative Chair: Jeff Meek
Jeff is a second year dual MPA/MSES candidate in SPEA focusing on sustainability and environmental toxicology and risk. He has served on the exec board of EMSDA since fall 2012, and is also the Sustainability chair on the GPSO (graduate student body) exec board. He served as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador from 2010-2012, and tries to stay actively involved with sustainability initiatives across IU and throughout Bloomington. He is looking forward to a fun and productive year with EMSDA!
Finance Chair: Lauren Hayes
Lauren is a second year MPA candidate studying environmental policy and policy analysis. With a background in social science, she is particularly interested in environmental justice and federal policy implementation. She hopes to pursue a policy career either at the federal level or with an environmental think tank. Lauren enjoys baking, working at Sycamore Land Trust, and drinking delicious coffee.
Sustainability Programming Chair: Erica Bramlet
Erica is a second year MPA student studying Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy. With previous internship experience at the IU Office of Sustainability, the Bloomington Community Orchard, and an urban planning consulting firm in Detroit this past summer, she plans to pursue a career that mixes environmental stewardship and economic principles to innovatively work toward solving the world's environmental problems. When not studying or working, she likes to beat people at tennis, go on long bike rides, and try new things. If you have ideas for Sustainable Development-related events or speakers this year, contact her at email@example.com!
Environmental Management Programming Chair: Meghan Ploch
Meghan is an accelerated second year dual student with a concentration in water resources. As an undergrad at IU Meghan studied Environmental Management. She is interested in watershed ecology and environmental education. This interest stemmed from a variety of experiences such as traveling to Hanoi, Vietnam, and working for the Forest Service at Santa Fe National Forest. Meghan is a full trip leader for IU Outdoor Adventures; she typically leads the rock climbing classroom and adventure trips. Currently employed at the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Meghan helps research a variety of environmental management issues, best practices for Indiana Wildlife action plans, and other online classroom topics for the School of Public Health. At Eppley she also helps run the Facility Management Leadership Program for the National Park Service. Meghan is a GA for a SPEA V252 class and enjoys helping undergraduate students finding internships or jobs through resume critiques and mock interviews. When she is not busy at school or work Meghan loves to rock climb, travel, go on a hike or workout. Her goal before graduating from IU is to eat at all the local restaurants in Btown.
Professional Development Chair: Haley Ritger
Haley Ritger is a second-year MPA-MSES student studying Applied Ecology. She currently conducts research on bark beetle and resin production dynamics in southern loblolly pine forests under the direction of Dr. Kim Novick. She has professional experience in program administration and recreational programming as well as interpretation and is hoping to work in wildlife management following graduate school. Her hobbies include running and hiking, and she has a particular fascination with crinoid and beach glass hunting.
Digital Media Chair: Jessie Mroz
Jessie is a first year dual MPA-MSES with concentrations in environmental policy and natural resource management and policy analysis. She completed her undergrad degree in SPEA this past spring with a major in Environmental Management and minor in Theatre and Drama. During her undergrad she took advantage of a food policy research internship at King’s College in London, a policy research internship at the IU Center for the European Union, and participated in SPEA’s IU at Oxford Program. She is interested in environmental, food, and trade policy based in the European Union and EU-US relations. She also serves as president of IU’s Polish Cultural Association and loves scuba diving.
Faculty Advisor: Burnell Fischer
Dr. "Burney" Fischer is a Clinical Professor in SPEA and Co-Director of the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. His research interests are in forestry, and in particular urban forestry management. He is interested in community and urban forest management practices and issues, and the role of collaboration in sustaining urban forests. He teaches courses in Urban Forest Management and Urban Ecology as well as serving as the faculty lead for Ostrom Workshop seminar courses. He has served as the SDA faculty advisor since its inception and when EMA and SDA merged into EMSDA he became the group’s faculty advisor. He is active with the IUB Office of Sustainability serving on various task groups. His research team the Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group at CIPEC was awarded the inaugural IUB Office of Sustainability Excellence in Research Award in 2012. Dr. Fischer received the Arbor Day Foundation’s 2013 Frederick Law Olmsted Award for career achievements in urban forestry. His lifelong interest in trees is guided by his forestry training which embodies the idea that foresters manage forests and plant trees thinking beyond their lifetimes. Burney is an active multi-species fisherman, primarily at their summer cabin in northwestern Minnesota.