Meet Sustainable Jersey's Staff 


Sustainable Jersey is managed under a long-term agreement with the Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing.


Randall Solomon

Executive Director

 

Randall Solomon is the Director of The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey and the Executive Director of Sustainable Jersey. He has over 25 years of experience working in government, academia, and the non-profit sector. He is one of the principals that founded and directs the Sustainable Jersey Certification program. Prior to his current position he was the founder and Executive Director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers where he worked to expand the capacity of public decision making to address sustainability. Mr. Solomon’s experience includes positions as a policy advisor on sustainable development for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities integrating land use and energy policy, director of the States Campaign for the Resource Renewal Institute in San Francisco, and policy director for the non-profit New Jersey Future. Other jobs include a stint as a national Park Ranger and serving in the inaugural class of AmeriCorps volunteers. He has participated on advisory boards for federal and state government, civic organizations, and has advised major corporations. He writes and speaks frequently on sustainable development, energy, land use policy, using indicators in public decision making, and governance issues. Randy holds a B.S. in Biology from Stockton University and a M.S. in Public Policy from Rutgers University. 

Renee Haider

Deputy Director

 

Renee Haider serves as the Associate Director of The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey and the Deputy Director of Sustainable Jersey. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the Sustainable Jersey certification programs, the grants program, communications and outreach, and the business office. Prior to joining the Sustainability Institute, she was a research associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University and the Associate Director of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University. In these capacities she worked with teams of professionals from operating agencies, departments of transportation, industry associations, academic research centers, and Federal government entities to conduct applied research and develop education and training materials related to surface transportation, particularly public transit. Renee holds a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Public Policy through the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.  In her spare time, she serves as a member of the Environmental Commission and chair of the Green Team Advisory Committee in her hometown of Monroe Township (Middlesex County).

Jennifer Sontupe

Business Manager

Ms. Sontupe plays many roles at the Sustainability Jersey. She is responsible for maintaining the programmatic budgets which includes tracking income and expenses for over a dozen grants and programs and maintaining financial records for staff.  As Office Manager, Ms. Sontupe facilitates the hiring of employees, student interns, consultants and subcontractors; keeps track of timesheets and coordinates meetings for staff.  In addition, she serves as executive assistant to Senior Staff, and serves as the liaison between the Program and various departments at The College of New Jersey including Finance and Business Services, Human Resources, and Grants and Sponsored Research.  Prior to working at Sustainable Jersey, Ms. Sontupe worked for the State of New Jersey Office of Economic Growth as a confidential secretary to the Deputy Chief of staff during the Corzine administration. Jen holds an A.A. in Graphic Design from Mercer County Community College.

 

Program Development


Lauren Skowronski

Director of Advancement

As Director of Advancement, Lauren supports our grassroots regional hubs across the state with leadership development, capacity building and technical assistance.  Lauren also heads our Public Information & Engagement initiative which provides strategies to improve municipal infrastructure through more accessible public information and increased community engagement.  Prior to joining our team, she served as State Campaign Director of The Citizens Campaign  for over ten years, where she focused on increasing civic engagement through education and grassroots organizing efforts, as well as collaborated with local, county and state officials on issues such as government reform, transparency and open government, environment, economic development, public safety and education.  Lauren assisted Green Teams and environmental advocates across the state with strategies to interface with government officials on policy development.   Lauren holds a Master’s degree from the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, where she concentrated in International and Community Development.

Heather Camp

Development Manager

 

As the Development Manager Heather works on fundraising efforts - such as corporate sponsorships, grant development and management - as well as major events and supporting the Board of Trustees for Sustainable Jersey. She has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, international development and education sectors. Prior to working at Sustainable Jersey, Heather helped to establish the Center for Community Engaged Learning at TCNJ, where she acted as the Associate Director of the Center and also the Director of Community Engaged Learning. Before working at TCNJ she helped launch the Pace Center for Community Service at Princeton University. Heather holds a Master’s degree in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University’s School of Social Work, with a concentration in International Development. She spends a substantial amount of time volunteering in her local community and has served on many local and county-wide boards concerning equity issues, the environment, youth development and fundraising for local nonprofits. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, playing board games, working out, hiking and playing sports with her kids.

Anne Heasly

Program Manager, Policy and Planning

 

In her role, Anne works with partners to develop policies and programs to assist local governments in implementing sustainable actions.  Anne comes to Sustainable Jersey with experience in land conservation, planning, design and funding and most recently served as non-profit consultant.  Prior to that, Anne worked on a range of planning and re-grant programs for Conservation Resources, Inc and was a conservation planner working primarily in the Delaware Bayshores and Pine Barrens for over 13 years for the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  Anne has a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a Master of Landscape Architecture with a Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Washington. Anne is a licensed landscape architect and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Melanie McDermott

Senior Researcher

 

With degrees in interdisciplinary social science (PhD.) and forestry (MSc.), Melanie McDermott has over 20 years' experience in the U.S., Asia, Southern Africa, and the Caribbean in academic and applied research and consulting. Major topics of this work include community forestry, coastal resilience, and the impact of climate change mitigation policy on social equity. Prior to coming to TCNJ, she served at Rutgers University in various capacities, including as research faculty, lecturer, and Associate Director of the Climate and Society Initiative. At the Sustainability Institute, she is leading a collaborative effort to develop a vision, goals, and indicators for sustainability for New Jersey at the state level that will be promulgated in an annually updated report. It will further serve as a basis for creating the Gold level for certification for Sustainable Jersey.


Tracy Prescilla Glova

Program Coordinator, Policy and Planning

 

Tracy (she/her) supports the development of policies and programs that create sustainable municipalities in New Jersey. Prior to joining SJ, she was an Associate Leader for the Free Library of Philadelphia's Youth Services & Programs Division and a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow at the University of Michigan ('19). These roles were foundational experiences in public programming and evidence-based policymaking. Tracy became especially passionate about climate change adaptation in graduate school, where she supported numerous climate resilience planning projects as a Graduate Assistant at the New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center. With an interdisciplinary policy and planning skillset, she is motivated to foster equitable, accessible, and sustainable communities that thrive in the face of climate change impacts. Tracy holds a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University ('20) and a Master of Public Policy degree from Rutgers University ('22).

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools


Véronique Lambert

Program Manager, Schools Outreach, Training and Special Projects

 

Véronique supports the development and implementation of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program, working with schools, government agencies, community organizations, businesses and municipalities to further sustainability practices and education in New Jersey schools.  A member of her town’s Environmental Commission and Green Team, Véronique has previously worked in sustainability education and community outreach in New York City, London, Providence and Ithaca.  She has also performed cropping systems research in Hawaii and Guyana.  She received a BSc and MSc in Agronomy from Cornell University and University of Hawaii, respectively, and a MSc in Geography from Brunel University, London.

Rosalie Morillo

Program Manager, Schools Content and Special Projects

 

Rosalie Morillo supports the Sustainable New Jersey Schools program and the integration of the climate change standards and 21st-century digital learning skills. She has over 13 years of experience as a high school English teacher and is one of the founding educators for the Perth Amboy High School's Communication Academy, a NJSPRA School Communications Award Winner. She also worked with the New York University's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication in developing dual-credit courses, including Designing Media for a Global World and Journalism for her district. During the pandemic, Rosalie served as a teacher leader and supported educators in implementing digital tools to enhance remote learning and instruction. Rosalie holds a B.A. in English Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey and a Master's in English from Arizona State University. She also serves as the Library Board of Trustees President and works diligently with the Green Team in her hometown, Perth Amboy. 

JoAnna Contarino

Program Assistant

JoAnna supports the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Her responsibilities include answering questions about the program, reviewing certification applications, updating website content, and conducting outreach to schools. JoAnna has a B.A. in Environmental & Sustainability Studies from Rowan University. In her time as a student she was involved in environmental advocacy on campus, in her community, and at a state-wide level in New Jersey. Most notably she led the NJ Student Sustainability Coalition for two years. In this role she connected students across the state to share resources, build skills, and ultimately create student power to work on sustainability initiatives that benefit us all. She is currently the Alumni Advisor of this group as well as the Secretary of her hometown Environmental Commission.

 

Energy Team


Nancy Quirk

Senior Program Manager, Energy

 

Nancy Quirk serves as the Energy Program Manager with Sustainable Jersey providing guidance to local governments on energy efficiency and renewable energy.  Her background includes engagement with local efforts to address waste management, energy efficiency, and sustainability planning.  After Katrina, she worked with a university-community outreach program to assist homeowners in rebuilding with energy efficient and hazard resilient practices and materials.  Most recently her work focused on providing support to local governments in reducing the “soft costs” related to solar photovoltaic deployment.

Leanne McGowan

Program Manager, Energy

 

Leanne is the Energy Program Manager on the Sustainable Jersey Energy Team, currently focused on creating programs to support the SJ-PSE&G partnership to help increase energy efficiency and sustainability practices in municipalities, communities, schools and businesses. Leanne's role includes Energy Program outreach and training to empower residents, business owners, and school and local government staff to better understand and manage energy use and lower their carbon footprint.  Prior to joining our team, Leanne was the Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships for a transportation advocacy organization, where she created sustainability programming for employers, municipalities and organizations, directed the transportation electrification program and launched a broad coalition to advance Electric Vehicle adoption.  Leanne holds a B.A. in Art History and Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and has a background in art museum administration, educational program development, community education and training facilitation, project management and advocacy.  

Stephen Bass

Research and Project Specialist

 

Stephen is a research and project specialist on the Sustainable Jersey Energy Team. He graduated from Binghamton University majoring in Environmental Law, Public Policy, and Administration. He has a background working in sustainability for municipalities and non-profits. Some of his research areas are economics, water systems, energy efficiency, pollution mitigation and monitoring, waste streams, food security, community planning, agriculture, resiliency, transportation, low impact development, economic empowerment, public health, equity, and sustainability in various environments. His work includes assisting in completing certification actions, reviewing submissions, and contributing to policies, programs, guidelines, outreach, and technical assistance for both schools and municipalities to become more sustainable.

Jodi Bettermann

Research & Project Specialist

Jodi works as part of the Sustainable Jersey Energy Team assisting schools and municipalities with energy-related actions with a focus on energy efficiency.  Her experience includes educating schools and municipalities in her county about the environmental impact of transportation choice and working in her local public school district implementing energy efficiency programs.  Jodi was named a Sustainability Hero for her work in October 2018.  Jodi’s professional experience includes ten years of work as a process engineer for a pharmaceutical company.  She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University.  In her spare time, Jodi serves on her local Green Team, Board of Education, Board of Health, and various parent groups at her children’s schools.

Danielle Profita

Research and Project Specialist

 

Danielle is a Project and Research Specialist on Sustainable Jersey’s Energy Team. Her work includes providing technical assistance to municipalities with a focus on improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions, as well as assisting municipalities in the completion of Sustainable Jersey’s energy actions. Danielle graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. While at Fairfield, she served as a member of her campus environmental club, Leaders For Environmental Action at Fairfield (LEAF), where she helped implement various environmental initiatives on campus. Danielle previously served as an Intern at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the Office of Local Government Assistance, where she assisted mayors of New Jersey municipalities in utilizing NJDEP services. Danielle was also awarded a fellowship to attend the Citizen’s Climate Lobby Climate Policy Camp in Washington, D.C. and gained invaluable experience in climate policy and advocacy. 

Tracey Woods

Research & Project Specialist

Tracey Woods works with the Sustainable Jersey Energy Team as a Project Research Specialist. Her responsibilities include assisting municipal leadership and green team members in completing Sustainable Jersey’s energy actions and helping create guidance documents to aid municipalities in completing sustainability projects. In addition to a professional background in project management, Tracey is a long-time green team leader. Her public service experience guides her work helping local governments move forward on sustainability projects.  Tracey has been awarded the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award for Public Service.

Operations Team


Samantha A. McGraw

Senior Program Manager, Core Operations

Samantha manages the core operations of Sustainable Jersey, including the municipal and school certification programs, the grants program, the support center, and website.  She serves as the primary point of contact for New Jersey municipalities participating in Sustainable Jersey as they work toward certification.  She also serves as staff support to the Waste Management Task Force.  Samantha holds a B.S. in Meteorology from Millersville University, a M.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University, and interned with the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, Environmental Services Department.  Samantha is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and former co-president of the YWCA Princeton NEXT GEN Board, as well as the former chair of the YWCA Princeton NEXT GEN Board's Nomination and Communication Committees.  Samantha currently serves on The College of New Jersey's Women's Professional Network Committee.

Kaitlyn Vollmer

Grants Program Manager

Kaitlyn coordinates the Sustainable Jersey grants program, a valuable resource available to municipalities and schools that are registered in the Sustainable Jersey program. Her responsibilities include in-taking and reviewing grant applications and reports, providing program and technical assistance, and updating the Sustainable Jersey website's grants portal. Kaitlyn earned B.A. degrees in English Writing and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and also holds a Public and Professional Writing certificate. Kaitlyn has experience working at the local level, including assisting the grant writer of the Human Rights City Alliance, a grassroots organization in Pittsburgh, to promote human rights education, action, and policies.

Kristy Ranieri

Communications Consultant

 

Kristy Ranieri brings more than 20 years of strategic-level communications experience working in the sustainability arena. Using all communication channels – from print outlets to digital media – Kristy implements strategies to advance communication goals. Her responsibilities include promotion of Sustainable Jersey’s mission and policy initiatives and creating opportunities for Sustainable Jersey to build stronger ties with its participants and stakeholders. Kristy’s experience includes leading full-scale national and local marketing and educational awareness campaigns for public agencies, coalitions, non-profits and private companies. Kristy is a founding and active member of the Maplewood Township Green Team, the South Orange and Maplewood School District Green Team, and Sustainable Jersey’s Essex County Hub. Kristy has a BA in Government from Connecticut College and a Master in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government.

Sabrina Arauz

Program Assistant

 

Sabrina supports the marketing and communications of the Sustainable Jersey programs. Her responsibilities include the weekly program update emails, creating and updating website content, social media content creation, video editing, and maintenance of the program's YouTube channels. Sabrina has a B.A. in Visual Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from The College of New Jersey.

Maureen Jones

Program Assistant

Maureen supports the daily operations of the Sustainable Jersey programs. Her responsibilities include updating content on website and social media, reviewing certification applications from municipalities and school districts, and providing administrative support for the certification programs, grants program, conferences, events and trainings. Maureen has a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Marist College.