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Graduate Student Bios

Sustainability Graduate Student Profiles

Browse our 2014-2015 select graduate student bios.

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Scott McCullough ’15
I graduated from Wake Forest in 2012, where I majored in Biology and ran Track & Field (Decathlon). After graduating, I travelled extensively around the US (~11,000 miles) with a friend of mine, hitting 13 national parks and a number of cities. While I’ve always been a lover of the outdoors, that trip made me want to work in conservation. I’m originally from Chatham, New Jersey, and returned there after my trip. I worked as a wild bird rehabilitation intern, followed by a job in Manhattan working as a photographer before moving back down to North Carolina to attend graduate school. I really wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to go to Belize and work with the WWF and policymakers in order to gain experience in an area in which I can see myself having a career. While there is a need for advocacy, I think the most meaningful change occurs when we are able to work with policy makers to illustrate the viability and importance of living sustainably and using natural resources responsibly. Picture taken from http://theforestfolk.tumblr.com/  

 

SamSamantha Voncannon ’15
Samantha Voncannon received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design in 2011 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After working in the solar (PV) industry for several years in Colorado, she decided to attend Wake Forest University to earn her Master’s Degree in sustainability to broaden her knowledge and nurture her passion for sustainability. Promoting sustain initiatives through out various companies, organization, and communities is her post graduation goals. The goal for the Belize project is to understand the complexities of different stakeholders and to be able to apply academia to a relevant situation that will benefit thee community on a short term and long term basis.

 

Phillip Hunsucker_BelizePhillip Hunsucker ’15
Mr. Hunsucker graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and minors in environmental studies and cultural resource preservation. He is currently continuing his studies at Wake Forest in pursuit of a Masters degree in Sustainability. In his free time he enjoys traveling, playing guitar, and sampling craft beer.

 

 

John WIlliams_BelizeJohn Williams ’15
Mr. Williams attended Ohio University where he attained his Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting. John’s work experience has been in the private industry, focusing in sustainable product development within the equine industry. For the past year John has been pursuing his Master of Arts in Sustainability. His interests in the program have gravitated toward manufacturing and energy security with an emphasis in renewable energy development.

 

16845327822_b98af5ce9b_mJessica Hamm ’16
Jessica Hamm is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Business Management. She is employed full-time in Charlotte, NC with Duke Energy, the largest investor owned utility in the US. At Duke she works with leaders in the Regulated Utility to develop and monitor business plans, strategic initiatives, and key measures and metrics.   Her interest in Belize can be traced to her parents, who through travel, instilled an appreciation of different cultures and continuous learning. Natural landscapes, such as the ones found in Belize, are among some of her most favorite places. As a part-time student in the MA Sustainability program at Wake Forest this appreciation for the environment has only continued to grow. She is interested in working with stakeholders to identify and develop meaningful – realistic and innovative solutions to challenging problems.

 

Staci Kyle_BelizeStaci Kyle ’15
Staci Kyle is a graduate student at Wake Forest University in the M.A. in Sustainability program. She received her B.S. from North Carolina A&T State University in Environmental Science, where she also played Women’s Basketball for four years. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Staci did graduate work in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Science at Virginia Tech. Staci has worked for several non-profit organizations that dealt with human services including spending a year as a Mickey Leland Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. Prior to returning to graduate school, Staci spent the last 10 years as an educator. She served as a Science teacher for 8 years and as the Assistant Principal of an Elementary School for two years. Throughout her endeavors, Staci’s passion for the environment never waned. Her desire to have an impact on the environment, Society’s perceptions and relationship to the environment compelled her to return to school to complete her degree in preparation to identify multiple solutions to environmental problems, educate about solutions, and influence solution implementation. In her spare time Staci likes to play volleyball, ride her boogie board at the beach, and watch movies.

 

Philip Henson ’15

Philip Henson earned an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1991 (BSIE ’91) and is a 2015 Masters of Arts candidate, seeking a graduate degree in sustainability from Wake Forest University. In addition to being a fulltime student, Mr. Henson is a seasoned textile industry working professional and member of the facility engineering team at Hanesbrands which has responsibility for facilities engineering, energy demand, environmental compliance, and workplace safety for Hanesbrands’ global operations. He is an ambassador for environmental sustainability and seeks to apply concepts of responsible resource stewardship to communities where we work, live, and play.