Office of Sustainability Staff
Green Team 2020-2021
Matthew Muchna, Manager
Matthew has his M.A. in Applied Sociology from NAU with a focus on Documentary Studies and Environmental Planning. His Graduate research was looking at social vulnerabilities faced by longtime residents in the Southside neighborhood through the Rio “de Flag” Project. Matthew’s past experiences span the spectrum of User Experience (UX) Design Research, Community Outreach and Facilitation, and Restaurant Management. These experiences help him craft creative solutions to solve many complex problems. His focus is on empowering students, strengthening the culture of sustainability at NAU, and creating a road-map to carbon neutrality . He is a long-distance trail runner and an average ping-pong player.
Alanna Massman, Conservation Manager
Alanna is a Junior at NAU, pursuing a degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies with a Minor in Spanish. Some of Alanna’s greatest passions in life include traveling, learning about different cultures, and protecting the planet! More specifically, some areas within sustainability that she’s interested in are outdoor education, waste reduction, and plant-based living. Alanna is excited to bring new ideas and initiatives to life to help cultivate and enhance sustainability in our community.
Bryce Beck, Environmental Caucus Manager
Bio coming soon
Xulia Suero, Environmental Caucus Assistant Manager
Sydney Wilson, Green Labs Coordinator
Sydney is a junior Environmental Engineering major at NAU. Her interest in sustainability began in high school when her family moved to South Korea. She witnessed the impact poor environmental regulations have on a community when the actions of people are left unchecked. Sydney is passionate about public outreach and education on the importance of sustainability in our everyday lives. In her free time, Sydney likes to watch a good sitcom, hike, swim, or complete a D.I.Y project.
Kailee Schaberg, Green Jacks President
Kailee is a senior at NAU pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Public Health. She has a fierce passion for environmental justice, radical inclusivity, intersectional sustainability, health equity, and plant-based living. She recently had the opportunity to collaborate with The City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program in developing an intervention program emphasized on reducing food insecurity in Flagstaff. This experience greatly influenced her desire to be a part of the sustainability community on campus. Kailee is a member of the NAU Women’s Club Volleyball team and community health volunteer with the non-profit organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Flagstaff Family Food Center. Outside of academics and extracurriculars, she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, road biking, trail running, reading, and soaking up the sun. She is eager to join other student leaders passionately advocating for a more sustainable and inclusive campus. Kailee is on a mission to make everyone feel welcomed and empowered in the climate movement.
Kassidy Sanders, PR and Outreach Specialist
Kassidy Sanders is a junior studying journalism and political science with a minor in women’s and gender studies. She has spent her past four semesters at NAU working with both Coconino County and the city of Flagstaff to keep the community well informed on decision-making, emergency awareness and current events. She is excited to collaborate with these organizations as well as student groups and community members to keep people “in-the-know” about the Office of Sustainability’s Climate Action Plan, as well as its many other big ideas for a greener NAU and a greener Flagstaff!
Grace Booher, SNAIL Garden Coordinator
Grace is an elementary education major and parks and recreational management minor, and is the volunteer coordinator for the SNAIL Garden on campus. Grace enjoys thru hiking, painting, climbing, gardening, learning, and hanging out with her pets. Grace is passionate about making positive radical social change that will benefit our earth and all that share it!
Bridgette Brados, SSLUG Garden Coordinator
Bio coming soon
Summer Peltzer, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator
Summer is a double major in history and anthropology with an emphasis on archaeology and a minor in Arabic. She is expecting to graduate May 2021. A little fun fact about Summer is that she’s an immigrant from the Middle East. Summer loves hiking and camping around Flagstaff and when she’s not in the outdoors she spends time reading and drawing. Summer is passionate about social and political justice and is hoping to provide a diverse and inclusive environment to NAU.
Darren Bingham, Waste Minimization Manager
Darren is a masters candidate in the sustainable communities program at NAU, where he studies waste and food systems for resilient communities. His undergraduate and career choices have given Darren first-hand experience and knowledge in the waste industry, environmental consulting, and farm to consumer methodology. His passion for the sanctity of all life has generated a strong commitment to improve people’s relationship with the planet in all facets of their lives. He enjoys Dr. Seuss, gardening, baking bread, and the occasional trip to the mountains.
Taryn Bell, Waste-minimization Aide
Taryn Bell is a junior studying environmental science with a minor in biology. Growing up in Phoenix, one of the least sustainable cities in the World, provided her with an attentiveness to both the local and global environment from an early age. Taryn’s strong belief in direct action drives her passion for working with the Office of Sustainability at NAU to improve sustainability efforts in the Flagstaff community. In her free time she can be found roller skating, doing yoga, or experimenting in the kitchen.