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Tabitha Hobbs, Curriculum Developer

Tabitha Hobbs is a curriculum writer for Green Education Foundation’s Green Building Course. Tabitha has more than seven years of experience in the field of environmental education. She has conducted lab research, developed science curricula, and taught environmental science to a variety of age groups. She has regularly attended and presented papers at the Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference. Tabitha earned her B.S. in natural resource studies from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Linda Cato, Curriculum Developer

Linda Cato is lead curriculum developer for Green Education Foundation’s School as a Teaching Tool Course. Linda was the lead educator for sixth and seventh grade students in the Council of Educational Facility Planners International’s School of the Future Design Competition and was awarded Third Place National Title in 2008 and First Place National Title for Sustainable Architectural Design in 2009. As part of her curriculum, she has promoted organic garden projects for middle school students and has placed a strong emphasis on sustainability studies as part of a larger commitment to environmental education. She has been featured in a U.S. Green Building Council documentary for her significant contributions to the sustainable design movement. Linda received her B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Arizona and has worked as a visual arts and sustainability design specialist for several years.

Laura Kiesel

Laura has a B.A. in English and Journalism from SUNY New Paltz and a M.Sc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Policy from the University of Vermont. She also holds a Massachusetts state teaching license in the subject of English for grades 5 through 12. Laura has held prior positions at the Vermont State Climate Office, the National Wildlife Federation, the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and Green Seal, Inc. More recently, she has worked as a contract writer on the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Climate Hot Map project ( and as a proofreader and editor for Root Cause. In addition to working on the Curriculum team at GEF, she is the Environmental Education Coordinator for the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission and a freelance journalist.

Jen Loui, Curriculum Writer

Jen was the lead curriculum developer for Green Education Foundation’s Green Building Course and a major contributor to the development and writing of the I Ride Green lesson set. Before coming to work at GEF, she spent over 20 years as an educator at both the High School and University levels. She is considered a Master Teacher by the standards of Brown Universities Coalition of Essential School Program and has developed and taught specialized programs for diverse audiences including struggling inner city public schools and affluent private county schools.

For the past four years, Jen has worked as a Project Manager and Educator in a green-building consulting company in the Midwest, creating education sessions for Builders and trades people on the content and execution of a LEED certified building project. Jen is a LEED AP BD+C as well as an accomplished writer, and is very jazzed to be merging her skills to help further GEF’s important goal of educating students across the nation.
She thrives in the mountains and canyons of the Desert Southwest, and has a part wolf dog who keeps her honest.

Rebecca Olien

Rebecca Olien is an experienced curriculum developer and public school teacher. Specializing in science and environmental education, Rebecca is the author of over fifty books for children and educators. She currently lives in Oregon where she designs and teaches online university courses, as well as writes content, activities, and curriculum for a variety of education publishers, organizations, and websites covering science, writing, and sustainability topics.

Carol Hand, Curriculum Writer

Carol Hand worked as a textbook writer on GEF's Green Building Course. Carol has developed science curricula, written standardized assessments, and worked as a college biology teacher. She is currently a freelance science writer, writing curricula, online courses, and assessments for various publishers. She has also written a number of science books for the school and library trade. Her main interest and expertise is in ecology and environmental studies. She earned a B. A. and M.A. in zoology from the University of Kansas, a Ph.D. in Zoology (specialty, Marine Ecology) from the University of Georgia, and biology teaching certification from the state of Missouri.

Julian Dautremont-Smith

Julian Dautremont-Smith generously provided GEF with a comprehensive list of national and international green schools programs for GEF’s state based resource directly. Julian is a graduate student in the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise's dual MBA/MS in Natural Resources and the Environmental program.  Prior to enrolling at University of Michigan, Julian co-founded the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and served as the organization's Associate Director from November 2004 to August 2009. In that capacity, he played a leadership role in creation of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a sustainability rating system for higher education institutions that is in use at over 200 colleges and universities. Before working at AASHE, Julian co-founded a social enterprise that produces biodiesel in Barbados while studying there on a Fulbright Scholarship. Julian has a BA in Environmental Studies from Lewis & Clark College and is a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow and Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Matt Ulrich, AP

Matt Ulrich is a consultant for GEF’s Green Building Course and Garden as a Teaching Tool Course. Mr. Ulrich is a LEED accredited AP landscape architect, having been actively involved in the field of landscape design and construction for over twelve years. He has a strong background in single-family residential design and construction management from his experience as Project Manager of a large design / build company, and later as Co-owner of the firm UBLA: Ulrich Bachand Landscape Architecture, LLC. Mr. Ulrich has contributed to the design, permitting, cost-estimating, and construction management of hundreds of residential landscape projects. His work blends sustainable landscape design and artistic savvy with a strong knowledge of reclaimed hardscape materials, native plants and low-impact construction methods.

Michael Quigley, AP

Michael Quigley is a professional electrical engineer with an emphasis in sustainable building design. His program to obtain LEED certification for scores of branch banks for a major client was adopted by the U.S. Green Building Council as their standard for retail spaces.  He is a LEED accredited professional and has contributed his expertise to the Green Building Course in the areas of energy conservation and environmental quality. Michael is a graduate of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Jason Cardinal, AP

Jason Cardinal is a professional fire protection engineer specializing in plumbing and fire protection systems. He is a LEED accredited professional experienced in sustainable practices for new construction as well as renovations.  Jason is well versed in water-saving technologies, and has assisted in producing the water conservation section of GEF’s Green Buildings Course.  He has earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Hannah Miller

After graduating from Rhodes College with a bachelor's degree in biology, Ms. Miller moved to China where she taught English and Science for 7 years in both Chinese and international schools.  While teaching in China, Hannah worked closely with the Shanghai Roots & Shoots office to develop a variety of environmental programs at her school, including an organic gardening program which she used as a teaching tool in her science classroom. Since returning to the states, she has earned an M.A. in Environmental Education from Goshen College, where she developed curriculum to use in Indiana's first LEED platinum certified building. She is currently working on an Ed.S. from the University of Florida in Science and Environmental Education. Her research interests include development of green building curricula and teacher training programs for green schools with the goal of increasing environmental literacy in K-12 classrooms.

Allison Mikita

Allison Mikita is lead researcher for GEF Nutrition in Action!, a K-12 nutrition education program. Ms. Mikita has conducted research in plant physiology and sustainability at Ithaca College’s Department of Biology, as well as diabetes treatment at Harvard Medical School’s Transplantation Center. She earned her B.A. in Biology from Ithaca College, where she was awarded the Gertrude Spencer English Scholarship for academic achievement and excellent command of the English language. She recently earned her M.S. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, with a concentration in Nutrition and Health Communications, from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She has published several articles on the subjects of nutrition and biology.

David Wildnauer

David Wildnauer is a consultant for GEF’s Green Building Course. Mr. Wildnauer is a LEED-accredited architect and green building advocate, and works to raise awareness of the major role that building construction and operation plays in our collective use of energy and other resources. Mr. Wildnauer has contributed significantly to the development of GEF’s Green Building Course, and has also enlisted and coordinated the contributions of other green building practitioners. Mr. Wildnauer studied environmental design and global energy, ecology and economics at Syracuse University.

David Pierotti

David Pierotti has worked at the Massachusetts State House and an environmental consulting firm in Los Angeles.  He now assists in researching and writing many of GEF’s articles, including Green Buildings, Green Jobs and School Gardens: Plant, Water and Learn.  David is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a degree in Political Science and History and is currently working on his Master's in Environmental Science at Harvard University.

Brendan Curran

Mr. Curran is a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He has extensive experience in the building HVAC and refrigeration industry and is LEED accredited. Brendan has been recognized for excellence in training by the Carrier Corporation, and has served in advisory roles for numerous vocational training programs.

Rebecca Bachand, RI.A

Rebecca Bachand is a Contributor for GEF’s Green Schools Initiative. Ms. Bachand is a LEED accredited landscape architect with a background in residential and institutional projects. She works with clients to integrate sustainable techniques into all projects and advises GEF on topics of sustainable land use, site and landscape design, and water conservation for the Green Schools Initiative. Ms. Bachand received her B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Diana Tsang, AIA

Ms. Tsang is a professional architect with a focus on healthcare and institutional buildings.  As a LEED accredited professional, she has led initiatives on sustainability education in her firm.  Her contributions to GEF’s Green Building Course have helped shape the curriculum dealing with all aspects of sustainable design and construction.  Diana graduated from Yale University and the Harvard Graduate school of Design.

Diana Siebenaler, NCIDQ

Diana is an interior designer with a focus on sustainable indoor materials and furniture.  Her work with commercial and residential clients throughout the United States has included furniture reuse strategies for the University of Washington and the development of a green-living home.  As a LEED accredited professional she advocates and implements green building strategies for the interior environment.  She has contributed to the GEF educational curriculum with her interior design perspectives on materials, furniture and fixtures.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and is Co-Chair of the Interior Architecture Committee at the Boston Society of Architects.

Shirley Walker, M.Ed. and Robin O'Neil, M.Ed.

Shirley Walker and Robin O'Neil are lifelong teachers. Between them they have taught every grade level from pre-school through college. They have designed and implemented academic curricula for the Waltham and Salem schools and have extended those curricular activities to include high interest projects such as greenhouse work, maple tree tapping and sugaring off, and a nature trail for habitat and animal and plant study. Ms. O'Neil now works at Green Meadows Organic Farm in Hamilton as the Livestock Manager and Educational Director. Ms. Walker continues to write curriculum, and create “do-able” high interest projects that support curricular standards as well as contribute to teachers’ professional growth.