Alumni

We are in the process of collecting data on our alumni to highlight their accomplishments and current careers to provide an idea of what our graduates are doing with their SD Degrees.

Here's what we have so far. Please check back soon for more. If you're an alumnus/alumna, please contact us to tell us your story.

Davis Allen | Graduate Student, Environmental History | Case Western Reserve University

Graduation Date: 12/14/2013 Degree Received: Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture (BS) Other Degree: History Minor Here's what I've been doing since graduation: I have started working on an MA in environmental history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I was exposed to environmental history at Appalachian when I began taking courses with SD "Faculty Partner" Tim Silver and knew very quickly that I wanted to pursue it further. I will begin work on my thesis in the...
Dylan Baker-Rice founded AFFECT-T in 2007. He has pursued a varied career in architecture and design graduating from Appalachian State University with degrees in Anthropology/Sustainable Development and Construction Technology before earning his Master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture. Initially working as a Designer and Project Architect in New York with Kevin Kennon Architects, Studio Commonwealth, and Asymptote Architecture. He later moved to London to work...

Rachel Bennett | Raw Food Cuisine Specialist | Turtle Lake Refuge

Graduation Date: 12/10/2010Degree Received: Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture (BS) Since graduation: Directly after university I spent nearly two years living off-grid in the western North Carolina forests which taught me greater resiliency.  I have spent the last 3 years in Durango, Colorado where I became a Produce Manager at the local grocery cooperative, but now serve on the Board of Directors.  Most recently I work in a non-profit development collaborating with...

Sonya Calef | Senior IT Project Manager | Hennepin County

Graduation Date: Dec, 1994 Degree Received: Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Policy & Planning with Anthro/SD minor After graduating: I was one of the first three students to go through the brand new SD program, because of Dr. Jeff Boyer. I am now in Minneapolis, MN, and work as a Senior IT Project Manager for Hennepin County. I am so proud of the growth this program has seen, and the expansion of what it is doing for ASU students and the community. My current situation is: Married...

Marinell Chandler | Park Ranger | Denali National Park and Preserve

Graduation Date: 12/13/2013 Degree Received: Environmental Studies (BS) Other Degree: Geography minor Here's what I've been doing since graduation In the spring of 2014 following my graduation in December I returned to Alaska with my second internship through the Student Conservation Association in Denali National Park and Preserve. Denali is home to the only sled dog kennel within the National Park Service system, and my job was to assist in the daily care of these amazing animals, as...

Cameron Farlow | Farmer Programs Coordinator & Land Access Coordinator | Organic Growers School & WNC FarmLink

Cameron Farlow, earned her undergraduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill in Anthropology and Geography in 2006, and completed her Master's Degree in Appalachian Studies and Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University (ASU) in May 2011. She has been putting her studies in localizing food systems into action through her work initiating a sustainable and local food system with Appalachian Food Services at ASU; planning, organizing and facilitating the second High Country Local Food...

Kathleen Lackey | Garden Manager for Highlands, NC branch | Planters, Inc.

After declining a grad school acceptance offer to Chatham University's Falk School of Sustainability, Kathleen took a position as an aquaponics greenhouse manager in Alabama where she learned a great deal about commercial aquaponics, including inappropriate ventilation and poorly designed structures.  After leaving her position in Alabama,  she was given several good job offers and ended up accepting a Garden Manager position for a company based in Atlanta, GA.  She will be...

Brian Mayfield | Outreach Coordinator, New Buildings | PECI

Graduation Date: 05/06/2011Degree Received: Environmental Studies (BS) Here's what I've been doing since graduation: I've been working on sustainability consulting programs for large commercial construction, first with a specialty firm focused entirely on LEED projects, and now with a company focusing specifically on energy efficiency programs.  I am the Outreach Coordinator for New Buildings at PECI and work with the Energy Trust of Oregon http://energytrust.org/ I also took the last 6...
Kathleen graduated with a degree in Sustainable Development in May 2013. While in school, she learned the delicate skill of balancing farming with being a student, artist, and bicycle advocate. She was also the lead singer for Boone's only girl garage rock band, LISΔ FRΔNK. Kathleen is now the owner/operator of Waxwing Farm, a project began in 2012.  Originally incubated through the Farm Incubator Grower Project (the FIG Project), Waxwing Farm has graduated to land just down the road in...

Randal Pfleger | Owner-Operator | Grass to Greens

Randal is currently the Program Director and Owner-Operator for Grass to Greens. He has worked as a gardener, landscaper, carpenter, and community organizer throughout the Americas. In latitudes ranging from Asheville to Ecuador, Randal has managed forests and community gardens. Randal attended the University of Virginia and earned a Master's degree in Sustainable Development and Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University. Randal was previously a gardener and groundskeeper at Brooks-...


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