Congratulations to our new executive board! Descriptions for open positions to come. If you would like informaiton on how to run for any of our open positions this Fall, please email Jessie Mroz at


Administrative Chair: Jessie Mroz

I’m a second year dual MPA/MSES concentrating in Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management (EPNRM) and Policy Analysis. I graduated with my BSPA in Environmental Management from SPEA in 2013 and I was such a big fan of the place that I decided to stay a little bit longer! I worked for EPA Region 5 this summer on the School Integrated Pest Management program, learning a lot about bugs and program management. In addition to my involvement in EMSDA, I serve as the Communications Coordinator for the Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO). In my free time, I enjoy scuba diving, hanging out with my best gal/tiny dog Tina, and thinking of new ways EMSDA can grow!


Finance Chair: Heather Oslund

I am originally from Texas and got my undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently pursuing the dual MPA/MSES degree, concentrating in Environmental Management. Before coming to SPEA, I worked at a wildlife rehab facility, a wolf sanctuary and managed an entomology lab. So if you have any "bug" questions feel free to ask!


Sustainability Programming Chair: Alix Collins

Originally from New England, I most recently consider myself to be "from all over."  Since graduating from Boston University in 2010, I've worked, volunteered and traveled all over the US (mainly down south, and Denver), as well as abroad (Thailand and southern Africa).  Most recently I spent a year and a half in South Africa and loved everything about it! As a result of my travels, I have developed an interest in sustainable community development.  Specifically I'm interested in how communities can use their environments in a sustainable way i order to develop economically (i.e. ecotourism, urban revitalization).  I'm excited to be at SPEA as an MPA candidate, and in Btown where I can run, bike, hike and walk around downtown!


Environmental Management Programming Chair: Kathryn Fledderman

I'm Katie Fledderman, a second year MPA-MSES student with a concentration in policy analysis. My other areas of interest at SPEA include energy, environmental management, and sustainability. I worked for a while before coming back to school and I can confidently say, I am so glad I made the decision to attend SPEA. Being immersed in a community of like-minded people has been a great experience. Outside of school & work, I like to run, bike, read, hang out with my friends and my best dog, Louie. 


Professional Development Chair: Erica Walker

I'm currently pursuing an accelerated dual MPA/MSES degree with a concentration in water resources. Before attending Indiana University, I toured around the country in a 16-passanger van with six friends playing music. When I'm not studying or working in the Career Development Office, I enjoy playing music with my ex-bandmate/current husband and struggling up the Bloomington hills on my Chicago-appropriate single-speed bicycle.


Digital Media Chair: Brian Watts

I graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Ecology. I am an advocate for "going local" and general sustainable practices. I am mainly interested in water system/ecosystems specifically related to coastal areas. I am a dual MPA/MSES graduate student here at Indiana University concentrating my studies in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management. Fun fact, I lived in Korea for 2 years and can speak Korean!



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.