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Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Jon Clift

Jon Clift

Director of Outreach, Sustainability Graduate Programs

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Jon Clift is an Assistant Professor of Practice with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Affiliate Professor of Practice at the School of Business, and Director of Outreach for the Sustainability Graduate Programs. He empowers students, colleagues, and clients to explore problems and develop new to the world ideas. After spending nearly a decade in the design field as a creative strategist working with startups to Fortune 100 clients, Jon knows we are all creative, and believes that with grit and a growth mindset we can all unlock our creative confidence.

Jon has developed branding solutions for some of the world’s largest firms from VF Corporation to Walmart, implemented transformative courses and curricula at Wake Forest University, incorporated human-centered design and systems thinking as core competencies in graduate programs, and worked with student teams to develop impactful solutions for entrepreneurs, non-profits, and global corporations.

Jon holds a Masters of Environmental Management in Business & the Environment from Duke University.

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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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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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Erin Stephens

Erin Stephens

Communications and Event Coordinator, Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability

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Erin Stephens is the Communications and Event Coordinator for the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and the Office of Sustainability. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with minors in Journalism and Entrepreneurship from Wake Forest University. During her undergraduate experience, Stephens served in three editorial roles over the course of her two years on staff with the independent student newspaper, The Old Gold & Black. In the summer of 2016 she spent a month in Rome as a student reporter covering the status of refugees seeking asylum and the intersection of faith and global climate change. She is a 2018 recipient of the Bynum G. Shaw annual prize in journalism from Wake Forest.

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Ashley Wilcox

Ashley Wilcox

Program Coordinator, 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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