Meet Our People
Ethan Morris, Program Manager
Ethan Morris is a junior pursuing a degree in environmental science with a goal of working for the federal government. Morris hopes to become more environmentally conscious through his work at the Sustainability Center. He strives to come up with unique ways to reach people who might not be sustainably minded because he feels that if we all pitch in, we can make the world a better place.
Jordan Cates, Web Coordinator
Jordan Cates is a senior studying computer science and broadcast and digital media. Though originally from California, he has lived in Coeur d'Alene for the majority of his life. Outside school and work, he enjoys tennis, archery, video games, reading, photography, graphic design, attempting to write, obsessing over Sci-Fi and Oxford commas.
Kennedy Caisley, Solar Specialist
Born in Los Angeles and raised locally, Kennedy "Ned" Caisley is a junior studying Electrical Engineering. He is passionate about conservation and is interested in working professionally to advance energy policy. Caisley splits his free time between climate change advocacy, reading miscellaneous internet articles and finding interesting people to talk to.
Emily Nightingale, Volunteer Coordinator
Emily Nightingale grew up in North Idaho, and was inspired to pursue a degree in Environmental Science by her love for Lake Coeur d’Alene. She is primarily motivated to sustain Earth's ecosystems and investigate human impact on wildlife and water quality. Nightingale enjoys sharing her ideas about how to reduce waste, and spends her free time catching bugs, reading Sci-Fi, singing and playing the ukulele.
Maraya Hanson, Project Coordinator
Maraya Hanson is a senior studying Environmental Science at the University of Idaho. Born and raised in Boise, she is an Idaho native. This past summer she worked outside at a summer camp for children and families. She currently lives in the Scholars LLC where she enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the movies and attending university and local events such as the farmer's market and Vandal sporting events.
Jace Hogg, Event Coordinator
Jace Hogg is a junior in the College of Natural Resources, studying environmental science with the social emphasis. Born in Wyoming, but raised in a small town outside of Portland, Hogg has always had a passion for the natural world. He is working on bringing his passion to campus this year, and wants to reach out to communities on and off campus to help others make environmentally conscious decisions. Hogg loves to play music, hike, snowboard, read, watch movies and meet new people in his spare time.
Simone Cox, Recycling Coordinator
Simone is a junior studying Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. She is a Moscow native who, in her free time, enjoys performing spoken-word poetry, watching the same movies ridiculous amounts of times, eating vegan cuisine and attempting to go running. Simone spent her summer working with the Forest Service in recreation, and is excited to continue building her sustainable future with us!
Hunter Weyand, Marketing Coordinator
Hunter Weyand is a senior studying graphic design and international studies. Growing up in McCall, Idaho, she has always loved the outdoors, hiking, fishing and hunting. She is passionate about international development and recently fulfilled her dream of volunteering in Africa. Weyand enjoys spending time with her husband, camping and exploring the PNW.
Laurel Gieszelmann, Marketing Coordinator
Laurel Gieszelmann is a junior studying graphic design at the University of Idaho and will be starting her second year on the UI Logger Sports team. She grew up in Viola and although she appreciates the Palouse area, she enjoys exploring the PNW and British Columbia. Gieszelmann loves to be outside doing any outdoor activities and thrives being with people. She looks forward to being part of the Sustainability Center Team.
Jeannie Matheison, Sustainability Center Director
A northwest native passionate about conservation for the common good, Jeannie Matheison enables student-staff-faculty visions in support of carbon neutrality. She has a dozen years of experience managing university, non-profit and rural county sustainability programs, including ten years growing the UI Sustainability Center. Jeannie has a degree in environmental policy from WSU and she is pursuing a master's at UI.
Stevie Steely, Sustainability and Student Engagement Coordinator
Stevie Steely has a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. She is responsible for developing Sustainability Center student engagement, service learning, volunteer programs and activities, and advising student staff. When she isn’t busy with work, Steely can be found hiking, biking, kayaking, snowboarding or rock climbing, but also enjoys cooking and reading.