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Project Leaders

 Interested in becoming a project leader? Send a cover letter and resume to Maria Mark.

To see past ELP projects, see the Environmental Center annual reports.


Project Leader Brandie BrooksBrandie Brooks
Beyond the Trail: The Art of Science
: Coastal Biology
: Sebastian, Fla.

Working in the ELP has definitely benefited me both personally and professionally. This job certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone, and for the better. I’ve met so many incredible and diverse people through work. My confidence and capabilities as a leader have multiplied, by planning events and speaking publicly. I've also improved my social media skills and marketability. I feel much more experienced and competitive as I prepare for future employment opportunities and my fast approaching graduation.

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  Project Leader Miranda BrownMiranda Brown
: Living Plastic-Free
Major: Biology
Hometown: Tallahassee, Fla.

There are many reasons I decided to join the Environmental Leadership Program. Foremost, I am purely motivated by any chance I have to make a small positive difference in my community and the world. Additionally, I am passionate about working with people. I hope to develop my knowledge of the environment through this program, as well as improve my leadership and research skills.

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Project Leader Kaley CrawfordKaley Crawford
Preservation Parks Jacksonville: The Untold Story
MajorHistory and Anthropology
HometownBluffton, S.C.

I have been part of the Environmental Leadership Program for three years, and can honestly say it has improved my college experience immensely. The ELP has opened countless doors of opportunity for me to grow personally and has helped me work towards and achieve my career goals. I would suggest this program to any student who is willing to work hard to make a better and brighter future for themselves.

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  Project Leader Christina FletcherChristina Fletcher
Campus Living: Live More With Less Waste
Major: International Studies
: Tallahassee, Fla.

I joined the Environmental Center with the hope that I would gain experience not only with leading a project, but also with working in a professional setting. My goal after graduation is to join the Foreign Service and lead projects of even greater magnitude and the Environmental Center will give me the experience to do so. I hope this opportunity will teach me how to delegate and organize myself in a professional and efficient manner.

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Project Leader Eve GrayEve Gray
ProjectLiveSMART: Alternative Living
MajorInterdisciplinary Studies: Urban & Metropolitan Studies
HometownLand O' Lakes, Fla.

The ELP appealed to me by providing a community of students interested in taking a step forward as leaders in the environmental field. As a former camp counselor with a passion for educating people using hands-on experiences in areas such as conservation and general environmental sciences, this program will allow me to grow my passion. My goals for the program include participating in valuable networking opportunities while learning how to increase public engagement in our programs. 

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  Project Leader Caleb JohnstonCaleb Johnston
: Parks 360: Bridging the Gap Between Students and Parks 
MajorCoastal Biology
HometownJacksonville, Fla.

The Environmental Leadership Program has allowed me to connect with the parks I grew up with in a unique way. With the support of the Environmental Center, I’ve been developing a project that uses virtual reality to transport underserved students to Jacksonville’s parks. These places mean a great deal to me, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to share them with more people over the coming months.

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Project Leader Kyle KenneyKyle Kenney
Preserve Ambassadors
HometownLand O' Lakes, Fla.
MajorCoastal Biology

The ELP has been an amazing opportunity for me. As a project leader, I have grown in my leadership skills and have improved greatly in my planning abilities. Upon graduation next spring, the experiences gained and professional network that I've been able to develop will be great assets as I embark on my professional career.

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  Project Leader Molly O'BrienMolly O'Brien
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
: Malabar, Fla.

I will strive to educate people about north Florida's ecosystems through hands-on experiences in my project. I hope to build a fundamental understanding of our local natural environments for the participants of this project. With this understanding, participants will develop a personal interest in native ecosystems and will feel empowered to take action to protect these areas as well as educate others. 

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Project Leader Thoren PeregoThoren Perego
: Land Trust Outreach and Advocacy
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
: Port Orange, Fla.

The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) has been a truly transformative experience thus far, and has manifested into a crucial and complimentary hands-on component of my higher education. As a member of the ELP, the success or failure of my project has been solely placed in my own hands, empowering me to make the most of the experience. The ELP Project Leaders oftentimes share ideas and advice with each other, thus creating a robust community of future environmental leaders.

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  Project Leader Alice SanchezAlice Sanchez
: Food Fighters: Student-Power Hunger Relief
Major: Nutrition and Dietetics
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

It takes one person to make an impact and multiple people for that impact to have profound effects. I am participating in the Environmental Leadership Program because I want to learn how to enable others to want to take action. Change is the momentum of our actions. Additionally, I hope to effectively make myself heard by learning how to communicate my mission to people so they, too, can help change the world.

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Project Leader Gage SoinskiGage Soinski
: USGBC "Green Vets"
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

I want to be an Environmental Project Leader at UNF to cultivate leadership and communication skills in a new and inviting scene. This opportunity will surround myself with positive and steadfast young leaders working towards something that we are all passionate about. I am grateful and cannot wait to see where this journey takes me and my fellow Environmental Leaders while we try to make a positive change in our world. 

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  Project Leader Cailla StrobelCailla Strobel
: Kids Love Sharks
Major: Coastal Biology
Hometown: Brooksville, Fla.

Being a part of the ELP has been the most beneficial part of my college experience. Being surrounded by motivating mentors and passionate students has allowed my dreams and ideas to become a reality. The ELP workshops helped me tremendously with my presentation and networking skills, and I have already gained so many opportunities due to these new learned skills that I had previously struggled with.

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Project Leader Katie VearilKatie Vearil
: Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Science
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

I joined the Environmental Leadership Program to aid in my growth both professionally and personally. The program allows for a community of like-minded students to help one another gain valuable skills and achieve their goals. Through the program I hope to gain the skills needed to become a strong leader and advocate for the environment while making a positive impact in our community.


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