About
Team

About

Make It Happen

1.2 million students spend their days in K-12 schools across Washington State. You can ensure they gain the skills and hands-on learning opportunities needed to be successful leaders. Our state depends upon the next generation… And Washington Green Schools is working with you to give them the tools they need to succeed.

We are a tenacious team who is passionate about connecting kids to their local environment. We love systems and data, and we recognize the power of a good story. Each of us is grateful that we get to do good work that makes a real difference every day. Send us a note to learn how you can get involved!

Meredith Lohr, Executive Director

Before Washington Green Schools, I served as a sustainability consultant, co-founded the Homewaters Project, and taught environmental sciences in community college and K-12 schools.

I love what I do because I believe in the power of the next generation to solve our environmental challenges. Young people give me hope for the future.

My favorite place in Washington is above the tree line in the North Cascades.

When I am not at work you can find me drinking coffee, running, skiing, playing music, or traveling with my family.

Get in touch with me at meredith@wagreenschools.org

Nayiri Haroutunian, Program Manager

Before Washington Green Schools, I worked as an environmental educator at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago creating, implementing, and evaluating programming focused on the natural world and sustainability.

I love what I do because I enjoy inspiring young learners to be leaders for their communities and advocates for the environment.

My favorite place in Washington is on the Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry because on a clear day you can see the city skyline, Mt. Rainier, the North Cascades, and Olympic National Park all in one magnificent panoramic view.

When I’m not at work you can find me discovering new hiking trails, exploring different farmer’s markets, and just learning how to be a Seattleite after nearly 30 years in the Midwest.

Get in touch with me at nayiri@wagreenschools.org

Becky Bronstein, Program Coordinator

Before Washington Green Schools, I taught middle school science and geography in Philadelphia, while coaching a robotics team and receiving a master’s degree in Urban Education.

I love what I do because I believe young people are the catalyst behind developing and progressing sustainable communities.

My favorite place in Washington is any of the Alpine Lakes.

When I am not at work you can find me outside hiking, biking, rock climbing, or petting dogs.

Get in touch with me at becky@wagreenschools.org

Sahar Arbab, Program Coordinator

Before Washington Green Schools, I coordinated environmental education programs in Pittsburgh and then moved to Bellingham to earn a master’s degree in environmental studies at Western Washington University. After graduate school, I spent the summer working in Seattle through the Environmental Fellows Program.

I love what I do because I believe that young people are often the best change-makers and they should be given full support as they work to make the world more just and sustainable.

My favorite place in Washington is anywhere in the Chuckanuts.

When I am not at work you can find me cooking vegetarian meals, deep in conversation with good friends, attempting to teach my dog how to fetch, or running on a trail.

Get in touch with me at sahar@wagreenschools.org

Laura Collins, Director of Advancement

Before Washington Green Schools, I worked as a development director for a leading literacy program in Seattle. Prior to relocating to Seattle for graduate school, I worked in education and youth development in New York and Washington DC.

I love what I do because I am able to connect people and organizations to the great work we do, helping students shape a life-long respect for the environment and equipping them to responsibly steward the world they will one day inherit.

My favorite place in Washington is Olympic National Park.

When I’m not at work you can find me exploring Seattle and the Pacific Northwest with my husband, children, and dog, and continuing my quest to find the perfect pairing of wine and chocolate.

Get in touch with me at laura@wagreenschools.org

Eric Fontinelle, Director of Finance and Administration

Before Washington Green Schools, I led the finance and accounting functions for several growth-stage tech startups, culminating in two successful sales to major public companies.

I love what I do because I get to apply my experience to help preserve the beauty of the Pacific Northwest for future generations.

My favorite place in Washington is Mount Rainier National Park, especially the Paradise area.

When I’m not at work you’ll find me on my journey to visit all of the National Parks in the U.S.

Get in touch with me at eric@wagreenschools.org

Kailyn Wentz, Communications Manager

Before Washington Green Schools, I worked at Snohomish Conservation District where I led innovative communications campaigns as a designer and content manager.

I love what I do because I get to share and amplify the stories of students and educators who are out there making an impact in their local communities.

My favorite place in Washington is anywhere on or near the Salish Sea.

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me out kayaking, backpacking, crafting a variety of creations, and attempting to befriend my neighborhood crows.

Get in touch with me at kailyn@wagreenschools.org

 

Shannon Brennan, Outreach Specialist

Before Washington Green Schools, I graduated with degrees in Environmental Studies and Psychology. During my studies, I delivered environmental education to marginalized communities and individuals in the Spokane area to ensure information was shared in an equal and just manner for all members.

I love what I do because I believe that by supporting students, we can empower youth to create a more just, sustainable, and beautiful future.

My favorite place in Washington is Hood Canal.

When I’m not at work you can find me baking, spending time with friends and family, jogging outside, knitting, in a yoga class, exploring a new hiking trail, or eating good food.

Get in touch with me at shannon@wagreenschools.org

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