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Faculty Advisor

Gretchen Gorecki

GRETCHEN GORECKI

Faculty Advisor

Gretchen Gorecki is an analyst and project lead at Marstel-Day, an environmental consulting firm, where she supports natural resource programs, encroachment management strategies, and geospatial analyses primarily for federal clients, including the U.S. Department of Defense. Her project portfolio includes invasive species management, native species and pollinator habitat restoration, wetland surveys, rare, threatened and endangered species surveys, and encroachment management plans. Gretchen relies on her GIS skills to provide additional support to these projects, including: landscape-scale conservation planning, compatible land use strategies, submeter-accuracy GPS data collection, and data deliverables compliant with client standards.

Gretchen completed her MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife, and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh. She obtained her BS from the University of Mary Washington, where she double majored in Environmental Science and Geography, and received a GISc Certificate. She is a certified GIS Professional (GISP), serves on the board of the Friends of Lake Anna State Park, and is a member of the UMW Eagle Pipe Band. Gretchen enjoys outdoor recreation and spending time at her backyard farm.

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Speakers

Donielle Nolan

DONI NOLAN

Greenhouse Coordinator, George Mason University

Doni Nolan graduated from Mason in the spring of 2014 with her BA in Biology. During her years as a student she volunteered for Monica Marcelli in the greenhouse and always dreamed of having her own greenhouse one day. For three years she was the President of the GMU Organic Garden Association. She joined the Office of Sustainability in 2013 as the summer intern for the Potomac Heights Organic Vegetable Garden and later as the assistant coordinator for the 2014 Permaculture Design Certification Course. After working all summer in the garden, she knew that growing food was her passion. She is delighted to continue teaching students and community members about growing their own food through her current position as the Greenhouse Coordinator for the President’s Park Greenhouse. The facility will utilize hydroponics to grow lettuce, micro greens, basil and other herbs that will be served at Ike’s dining hall. If you would like to get involved, please contact Doni at dnolan6@gmu.edu. To learn more about the Greenhouse, visit their Facebook page.

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Photographer

Meghan A.T.B. Reese

Producer, Writer, & Photographer

Meghan Reese is a producer, writer, and photographer. Reese’s credits include producing and writing for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, History Channel, Smithsonian Channel, A&E, Animal Planet, HGTV, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Family, PBS, Sony/IMAX’s 3Net 3D films, Capital TV Pakistan, the White House, and the Department of State. Reese also runs Ography, her own photography and multimedia shop, capturing events for the National Park Service, the White House, George Mason University, and many other businesses, families and couples. Reese’s first step into production was as a researcher and assistant director for WGBH PBS’s news coverage team, where Reese covered major news events including the 2008 presidential election, the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, and Boston’s Craigslist Killer. Prior to making the switch to television and film, Reese was an award-winning writer and editor for several newspapers, medical, health and lifestyle magazines, and executive editor of Today’s Dietitian Cookbook. Her writing career began in the Life section of USA Today, covering fashion, trends, and popular culture. Reese holds a journalism degree from American University, where she held several prestigious internships around the Metro area, including The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, and at the White House.

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Counselor Leadership Staff

Rachel Cleaver, MPA

RACHEL CLEAVER, MPA

Student Support
Senior Associate Director, K-12 Partnerships

Rachel is the Senior Associate Director of K-12 Partnerships in the Office of Admissions.  In this role, she creates and oversees partnerships that help bring more students to the Mason campus.  She works with many departments and organizations across the campus as well as the community as a whole to talk about the great things happening at George Mason as well as College Access and Success overall.  Rachel oversees bringing groups of students of all ages to campus and you will often see her corralling large groups of middle school students around campus. Rachel provides general support to the Washington Scholars Program. Prior to coming to George Mason, Rachel has extensive experience leading the programmatic efforts at two college access and success programs on the East Coast, Let’s Get Ready and The Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund. She has extensive experience in curriculum design and program management and in helping under-served high school students achieve their college dreams.  She earned BS degrees in Elementary Education and Human/Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University. She loves living in Washington, DC and looks forward to welcoming you here this summer!

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Dr. Dann Sklarew

DR. DANN SKLAREW

Associate Professor, Associate Director, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center

Dr. Sklarew has researched and developed numerous methods to assist environmental policy, management and compliance. For EPA’s Office of Water, he identified and characterized watershed management tools, and created a Web-based decision support system to help companies comply with industry- specific federal water pollution permitting rules. As a Smithsonian Fellow, he developed a nitrogen budget for the semi-rural Rhode River basin (MD), validating demographic and agricultural census data through local interviews with residents, farmers and even the town veterinarian.

Dr. Sklarew has investigated various ways to help diverse partnerships address common ecological problems. He documented global challenges and successes in managing coastal and marine resources as producer and scriptwriter for a video documentary, Turning the Tide: Sustaining Earth’s Large Marine Ecosystems.

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Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Olivia Slack

OLIVIA SLACK

Junior Faculty Advisor

Olivia Slack is a freshman at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is double-majoring in Political Science (with a Public Affairs concentration) and Interpersonal Communication and double-minoring in English and Environmental Sustainability. At Meredith, Olivia is involved with student government and is also the Features Editor for the college newspaper, The Meredith Herald, and Poetry Editor for the college literary journal, The Colton Review. After graduation, Olivia plans to attend law school and eventually become involved in government in order to better advocate for the rights of both humans and the environment. Olivia attended WYSE in 2016 and was a summer intern in 2017. The experience truly changed her life forever, as it made her aware of her passion for politics and policy. She is so excited to be able to help make WYSE 2019 as amazing of an experience for the delegates as WYSE 2016 was for her!

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Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Freya Patel

Junior Faculty Advisor

Freya Patel is a rising sophomore majoring in Biology and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, Freya enjoys reading fiction novels and she aspires to one day become a zoologist and work in the field of animal conservation. During high school, Freya was dual enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College and graduated in 2017 with an Associates in Biological Sciences. Freya attended WYSE as a delegate in 2016 and as an intern in 2017. She is excited to return as a Junior Faculty Advisor for WYSE 2018 and looks forward to meeting the new delegates.