Meet our Staff
Jessie Lerner, Executive Director
Jessie is always in motion. When Jessie joined Sustain Dane in November 2007, she was still working with the Aldo Leopald 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. Since March 2008, Jessie has coordinated the MPowering Madison campaign, and works one-on-one with local businesses, helping them go more sustainable. She previoulsy 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.
Annemarie Kalson, Sustainable Business Initiative
In 2003, after six years of living in various cities of the Northwest and earning a B.S. from the University of Oregon, Annemarie moved home to Madison to be closer to lakes, sunshine, and family. She is a graduate of the Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate Program and in 2010 received a Certificate in Effective Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation. Annemarie joins the Sustain Dane team with over five years of experience in environmental education and program coordination at the Wisconsin DNR.
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.
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.
Lauren Beriont, Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative
Lauren Beriont graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Program in the Environment and a certificate in Inter-disciplinary Sustainability Leadership. From 2011-2013 she worked to develop the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program and Campus Farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As the Director of the Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative, Lauren combines her passions for people and healthy, vibrant futures by working on the ground to empower the sustainability champion within us all. Originally a New Jersey native, Lauren feels fortunate to have found and consider Madison home. Find Lauren exploring Madison’s lakes, bike paths, forests, and breweries in her free time.
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 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. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, playing roller derby, movies, and spending time with her dog, Buster.