Melissa Everett, Ph.D., Program Director

Melissa is an outreach and communications strategist working at the intersection of climate action, green industry, and community development. As Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley since 2004, she has helped to build a movement of local innovators who are reducing their communities’ carbon footprints and building the market for clean energy industries. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from the International, Off-Campus Program of Erasmus University’s Centre for Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in the Netherlands, a pioneering program for mid-career professionals worldwide. The author of three books and many articles, Melissa has given lectures and workshops on three continents. She is also an avid rollerblader and swimmer and lives in Rosendale, New York.

For more on Melissa’s accomplishments check out the Sustainable Hudson Valley Website.

John Wackman, Program Manager

John is just settling into Kingston, known regionally for bringing Repair Café to the Hudson Valley to foster self-reliance and community. Similarly he is now strongly connected to the community through Solarize Hudson Valley. John is a liaison to Sustainable Hudson Valley’s renewables campaign and a strong advocate for climate action saying, “How we adapt to the changing climate will depend deeply on many people and organizations working on many fronts, on all levels. And it is happening now.” Prior to the Solarize campaign, John worked in television and still enjoys being an oncology massage therapist.

Hannah Karp, Communications Coordinator

Hannah graduated from Binghamton University in 2014 with a degree in biology with a concentration in ecology, evolution and behavior.  Based in Poughkeepsie, she loves research, writing, and systems thinking. In Poughkeepsie she is involved with Mainstay Shared Work Space, and other community organizations. Her work with Solarize Hudson Valley includes communications and outreach.

Renee Dufek: Community Outreach Intern

Renee graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental policy and a minor in public relations. Originally from Albany, New York, Renee has always been interested in the environment and further developed that passion during her college career. She worked with the Department of Environmental Conservation on the Hudson River Eel Project and studied the bioaccumulation of silver nanoparticles in the environment through the Marist undergraduate research program. Moving forward in the Solarize Hudson Valley project, Renee will serve as a Community Organization Liaison.

Jessica Edington: Social Media Intern

Jessica just graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with a major in English and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. In the past, she has worked for the Center for Ecological Living and Learning in Hope, Maine, and Dayspring Farm in Cologne, Virginia. She loves to write, and is passionate about effective communication and education about sustainability and climate change. Originally from Gloucester, Virginia, she is in the Hudson Valley for the summer working as the social media intern for Solarize Hudson Valley.

Arielle Green: Events Coordinator Intern

Arielle is attending Pennsylvania State University and pursuing a Biological Engineering and Environmental Engineering degree.  Arielle made the move from Scranton, Pennsylvania to the Hudson Valley thanks to her interests in renewable energy and solar technology. As the events coordinator she will be organizing events to bring Solarize to more people in the region!

Joseph Karp: Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Joseph Karp is a senior at Binghamton University studying mechanical engineering with a minor is sustainable engineering. He is an active member of his local outdoors club and is passionate about preserving our precious planet. This summer he is working with Solarize to increase community involvement in the project through volunteerism.