2013-2014 Mentor Bios

Joanna Acosta

Joanna Acosta

Joanna is an Animal Science major from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She plays tennis and is also a part of PVMA (Pre-Veterinary Medical Association). She says “Animals are absolutely my passion and that is why I’m so driven to be a vet. In the future I hope to share my wisdom on animals with as many people as I can, in order to diminish animal abuse and improve animal welfare.”

 

Andy Bianculli

Andy Bianculli

Andy is an Ag Business Management major with minors in Food Industry Management and Environmental Studies from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is involved with RISE, Duck Days, SpartaNature, MSU Sporting Events, and IM Sports. He describes his passion as “I find it to live life to the max while you can, and enjoy it. I love the chance to get to meet new people and learn about them.”

 

Liz Brajevich

Liz Brajevich

Liz is majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife, Environmental Economics and Policy (conservation biology concentration, pursuing associate wildlife biologist certification) in the Honors College and is from Los Angeles, California. On campus, she is involved in Worms Eat My Garbage Vermicomposting project team leader, Fisheries and Wildlife Club, Honors College Activities and clubs, MSU Dance Club, Multi Racial Unity Living (MRULE) Undergraduate research, IM sports, East Lansing Volunteerism.”

 

Nick Everett

Nick Everett

Nick is a Fisheries and Wildlife major and is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. On campus he is involved with Underwater Hockey, going to football games, working at the Student Organic Farm, and plays guitar. When describing his passion, Nick says “I love to watch others get excited about their passions, it means a lot that I get to watch other RISE members be hands on and active with natural sciences. I want to help the world understand the Earth, and how we can use it the best and the most efficiently.”

 

Alexis (Lex) Hinson

Lex Hinson

Lex is interested in Animal Behavior and Welfare and is majoring in Zoology with a concentration on Animal Behavior and Neurobiology from Pittsford, NY. She is involved, on campus, with the Student Organic Farm Pastured Pig Project; Students Promoting Animal Rights (SPAR) as President; Soccer; Zoology Club; Volunteering at the Humane Society, and staying fit at IM West by running! She says “My passion inside and out is animal behavior and welfare from pit-bulls to pigs. Building human-animal bonds excited me to no end, and to me working with animals and studying their behavior is like therapy.”

 

Maddie Judge

Maddie Judge

Maddie is an Environmental Studies and Agriscience, and Professional Writing major from Dexter, Michigan. She is involved on campus with Spartan Brass, Campus Band and the Sustainable Spartans group. “Food and agriculture have become a huge passion of mine," she says. "Everybody loves food, but hardly anybody knows how it’s produced.”

 

Alec Latta

Alec Latta

Alec is a Marketing major from Northville, Michigan. He is involved extensively in RISE and he also participates in Club Golf. He also loves going to all MSU sporting events. When describing a “passion” he says “Other than being semi-obsessed with golf, I try to consistently live a healthy life style. I believe physical activity and healthy, natural nutrient rich foods ad the key to living a happy life. I am also extremely passionate about environmental activism.”

 

Allison Montambeau

Allison Montambeau

Allison is an Environmental Economics and Policy major and is from Northville, Michigan. Her involvement on campus is with Sustainable Spartans (President) a research-based sustainability group, and State of Art winter guard. When describing her passion, Allison says, “Energy! I am really excited about renewable energy and energy policy. Also, sustainability in general is something I’m really passionate about. Wind turbines geek me out.”

 

Jesse Nagel

Jesse Nagel

Jesse is an Economics major with a minor in Math interested in Policy, News and Sport and is from Ludington, Michigan. He is involved in Flag Football, Dodgeball, and Research (economics) on campus. When describing his passion, he says “I like to find answers, simple problem, complex problem, it doesn’t matter. If I can find an easy solution to an issue, I am happy. Also, [I am passionate about] education. I believe it’s a fundamental asset. I would like to find a way to help low-income students attain a college-level education.”

 

Charlie Nicoli

Charlie Nicoli

Charlie is a Psychology, Environmental Studies major interested in Global Public Health and Epidemiology from Ann Arbor, Michigan. On campus, Charlie is a research assistant in a behavioral genetics lab studying pathological eating in twins. He is also a junior officer in the Spartan Ski Club and Vice President of MSU Out Doors Club. He is passionate about “mental health, environmental ethics, and the environmental humanities.”

 

Caitlin O’Neill

Caitlin O’Neill

Caitlin is an Environmental Geosciences major with a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Royal Oak, Michigan. On campus, she’s involved in RISE/RISE SAC, the Outdoors Club, the Honors College, MSU Tower Guard, and has a research grant. She is passionate about “preserving our environment!” She wants to teach others about the importance of preserving our environment, natural resources, and ecosystems.

 

Allison Stawara

Allision Stawara

Allison is an Environmental Studies and Agriscience major with a minor in Horticulture from Clarkston, Michigan. She works in the Bailey GREENhouse and is a member of the EFFS club on campus. She enjoys biking, running, reading, Pilates and regularly runs RISE cooking workshops in the 3rd floor kitchen in Bailey. Her passion is “Food, in every form that it comes in! From growing it to preparing it, to the way it interacts with your body! Sustainable ways to grow food through traditional farming techniques and permaculture are what really gets me excited and I plan ton making those things my life’s goals!”

 

Elizabeth Vandenbil

Elizabeth Vandenbil

Elizabeth is a Business Major and a student in the Honors College with interests in sociology (she was previously a psychology and biology double major) from Holland, Michigan. On campus, she is involved as the Executive Secretary of the Residence Hall Association and is on the conference planning committee for the GLACURH 2013 conference as the Philanthropy Chair. She says “an idea that really excited me is being able to make an difference in society, Whatever career I go into I want to help people, solve problems, and improve upon current procedures.”