Meet Our People
Kelly Painter, Director
Kelly is a senior in the College of Natural Resources studying Natural Resource Conservation. She was born and raised in Las Vegas but moved to Idaho Falls to finish high school and study at the University of Idaho’s satellite campus. Now in Moscow, Kelly loves rock climbing, hiking, practicing yoga, bicycling and eating cookies at the Co-op.
Jordan Cates, Web Coordinator
Jordan is a junior 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, photography, graphic design, attempting to write, obsessing over Sci-Fi, and Oxford commas.
Kennedy "Ned" Caisley, Tech Support Specialist
Born in Los Angeles and raised locally, Kennedy is a sophomore studying Electrical Engineering. He is passionate about conservation and is interested in working professionally to advance energy policy. Kennedy splits his free time between climate change advocacy, reading miscellaneous internet articles, and finding interesting people to talk to.
Ethan Morris, Events Coordinator
Ethan is a Sophomore studying environmental science and hopes to one-day work with the federal government. Ethan grew up in Boise, Idaho and hasn’t really ventured far from it. Ethan hopes, with his work at the Sustainability Center, he can become more environmentally conscious and share sustainability with others. He always strives to come up with unique ideas and ways to reach people who might not be sustainably minded because he feels that if we all pitch in; we can help make the earth a little healthier one step at a time.
Bryce Dinger, Projects Coordinator
Bryce, a Seattle native, is a senior at the University of Idaho pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Materials. In 2016, Bryce received a grant to work with the physics department to reinforce bioplastics for the automotive industry. Outside of school and working in the lab, he enjoys challenging himself mountain biking, running, backpacking, and climbing. As a Project Coordinator he looks forward to working with motivated students to help take more steps toward a sustainable future.
Olivia Grove, Recycling Coordinator
Olivia is a junior in the College of Natural Resources pursuing her degree in Environmental Science with a focus in water and economics & management. She is working toward a "zero waste" lifestyle, and hopes to create little or no trash this school year. Olivia enjoys rock climbing, baking, collecting crystals, and playing ukulele. She's lived in Idaho for over eight years now, and is dedicated to preserving the natural resources and beauty that it holds. She is excited to be a part of the University of Idaho Sustainability Center as Recycling Coordinator.
Kate Huelse, Volunteer Coordinator
Kate is a senior at the University of Idaho studying Hydrology. She is very passionate about finding new and innovative ways to reduce water contamination and water usage. Her ultimate goal is to convey the effects each individual has on water and come up with ways to protect the most important natural resource we have. In her free time, she enjoys spending as much time as she can hitting the slopes.
Taylor Rhoades, Marketing/Design Coordinator
Taylor is a senior pursuing an undergraduate degree in Advertising with a Marketing minor. After a strong cup of joe, she enjoys spending her free time with a good book, listening to music, hiking, attempting to play video games, watching a pathetic amount of television or doing absolutely nothing. She is more than excited to spend her last year at the University of Idaho working at the Sustainability Center as a Design Coordinator.
Hunter Weyand, Marketing Coordinator
Hunter is a senior studying Graphic Design and International Studies. Growing up in McCall, Idaho, she has always loved being outside, hiking, fishing and hunting. She is very passionate about international development and has recently fulfilled her longtime dream of traveling to Africa for volunteer work. Since getting married last summer, Hunter enjoys spending her free time with her husband, camping, dirt biking and exploring the PNW!
Maraya Hanson, Editor
Maraya is a junior 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.
Jeannie Matheison, Sustainability Program Manager
A northwest native passionate about conservation for the common good, Jeannie 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 eight years growing the U-Idaho Sustainability Center which she now oversees. Some of her favorite things to do include yoga, biking, skiing, reading and hanging out with family and friends. Jeannie has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from WSU and she is pursuing a Masters at UI.
Stevie Steely, Student Engagement Coordinator
Stevie has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Idaho and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. Stevie is responsible for developing UI Sustainability Center student engagement/ service learning / volunteer programs and activities, and advising student staff. When she isn’t busy with school and work, Stevie can be found hiking, biking, kayaking, snowboarding or rock climbing; but also enjoys cooking and reading.