Meet our Team
Jessie Lerner, Executive Director
Jessie is always in motion. When Jessie joined Sustain Dane in November 2007, she was still working with the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, trying to engage an appreciation in the outdoors in young children, and she would bike furiously between the two jobs. She hasn't slowed down since. Between 2008 and 2013, Jessie coordinating the MPowering Madison campaign, working one-on-one with local businesses, helping them go more sustainable. In 2013 she stepped up as Interim Director and in 2014 she became Executive Director. She previously worked in program development and environmental education at the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. Jessie earned a B.S. in zoology and psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Learn more about Jessie's story.
Julie Jarvis, Sustainable Schools Initiative
After living in Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Washington, Julie finally made her way to Wisconsin in the winter of 2010. She is loving Madison’s bike paths, restaurants, lakes, prairies, and her job at Sustain Dane! Julie has a BS in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan and a MEd in School Counseling from Western Washington University. She has spent her professional life working with children as an elementary school counselor, therapist and environmental educator. Her role at Sustain Dane facilitating the Sustainable Schools Initiative draws together her interest in kids and learning, her passion for nature and her belief in the importance of living in harmony with the land and with one another. Learn more about Julie's story.
Amy Kesling, Administration & Program Coordination
Amy graduated from UW-Madison in 2009 with a B.A. in Sociology and Geography with a Certificate in Environmental Studies. Since graduating, she has worked for UW-Madison's Wisconsin Union as the Sustainability Coordinator for Dining Services, volunteered for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center as an Event Assistant and, in August 2010, joined the Sustain Dane team. On the weekends, Amy can be found biking around Madison, reading on the Terrace or buying fresh flowers at the Farmers' Market on Saturdays. Learn more about Amy's story.
Stacie Reece, Sustainable Business Initiative
In December 2013, Stacie Reece graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Sustainable Management. Prior to returning to school, she worked in the IT, Legal and Financial sectors with a background in accounting. She has also volunteered as General Manager and Executive Board Representative for Mad Rollin' Dolls, LLC. At Sustain Dane, she works with the MPower Business Champion program as well as the Sustainable Business Network. She is also a current member of the Sustainable Madison Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, playing roller derby, movies, and spending time with her dogs, Buster & Cleveland. Learn more about Stacie's story.
Lucille Marshall, Communications Manager
A Midwesterner at heart, Lucille came to Madison from New York City, where she studied at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her work in environmentalism, LGBT advocacy, youth education, and feminism taught her that true sustainability embraces the deep connections between social justice, economic equity, and a healthy planet. At Sustain Dane, she works to articulate our mission and illustrate our impact to the Greater Madison community. Lucille loves nature walks, live music, novels, ice cream, and her two adorable cats. Learn more about Lucille's story.
Gloria Castillo, Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Gloria grew up surrounded by friendly people and beautiful landscapes nested in the Andes mountains, the Colombian Caribbean coast, the Plains and the tropical forest. Inspired by the ecological richness of her country, Gloria graduated from Javeriana University in Bogota with a B.S. in Ecology and later earned a Master's degree on Environment and Resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies with a certificate in Gender & Women’s studies from UW-Madison. Gloria’s professional experiences and interests focus on the intersection of sustainability, human rights, equity and community engagement. Before joining Sustain Dane, Gloria worked in the nonprofit sector in Colombia, Canada and the US on environmental conservation, gender and human rights, environmental education and community empowerment. Gloria loves spending her free time hiking, camping and drinking a good cup of coffee, especially when it is Colombian! Learn more about Gloria's story.