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Staff

Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Jon Clift

Jon Clift

Associate Director of Outreach

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Jon joined the Masters in Sustainability staff in 2014 as the Associate Director of Outreach. His background is in design, marketing, and natural resources. Jon graduated from Duke University with a Masters of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment. He strives to create connections for our students to the world outside that spark ideas, undiscovered passions, and innovation.

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Kim Couch

Kim Couch

Budget and Administrative Coordinator, Centers for Energy, Environment & Sustainability

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Kim is the Budget and Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES). She graduated from Salem College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. She joined the staff of WFU in May 2015.

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Ally Hellenga

Ally Hellenga

Communication and Events Coordinator, Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability

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Ally Hellenga is the Communication and Events Coordinator for the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and the Office of Sustainability. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. At the University of Georgia, Hellenga held a two-year communications internship with the UGA Office of Sustainability and also served as the graphic design intern abroad at the UGA Costa Rica campus. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Hellenga spent time serving the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability where she worked to promote Atlanta as a hub for urban agriculture and the local food movement.

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Stan Meiburg

Stan Meiburg

Director of the Sustainability Graduate Program

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Meiburg served as Acting Deputy Administrator for the EPA from 2014 to 2017, capping a 39-year career with the agency. He is known for leading efforts to protect the nation’s air and water, clean up hazardous and toxic waste sites, build collaborative relationships with state and tribal environmental programs, and promote sound management in EPA.

At Wake Forest, Stan leads the master of arts in sustainability program and associated dual degree and certificate programs. He works with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES).

Meiburg joined the EPA in 1977 in Washington, D.C., and later served as deputy regional director of the EPA’s Atlanta office and as the deputy regional administrator in Dallas, Texas. He was only the second person in the agency’s history to serve as deputy regional administrator in more than one region. From 1985 to 1990, he served with the EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in Research Triangle Park.

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Max Messinger

Max Messinger

Director of the WFU Unmanned Systems Lab

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Max Messinger is the  founder and president of Linn Aerospace, a full-service provider of unmanned aircraft, imaging systems, flight services, training, and more. With a background in forest ecology, Max started Linn Aerospace to provide tailored solutions to meet the needs of those in the remote sensing, conservation, forestry, agriculture, and surveying fields. With years of experience in the design, development, and deployment of various types of unmanned aircraft in a variety of environments, I work to provide clients with solutions which are effective, reliable, and affordable.

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Ashley Wilcox

Ashley Wilcox

Program Assistant, Sustainability Graduate Programs

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Ashley is the Program Assistant for the Sustainability Graduate Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University and has a background in student services and program development. Since joining the program in 2013, she has been looking forward to working with the incoming class of sustainability graduate students.

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