Meet Our People
Reef Diego, Marketing/Graphic Design Coordinator
Reef Diego is a freshman majoring in Virtual Technology and Design. He is passionate about using design to promote positive change and sustainable practices that will leave a lasting impact. Reef likes exploring outdoors but feels most at home in the water, especially while bodyboarding or diving, and loves aquatic animals. He is always looking for opportunities to serve the local community and enjoys meeting new people.
Clara Abplanalp, Recycling/Event Coordinator
Clara Abplanalp is a junior studying Social Environmental Science and pursuing a minor in Performance Theatre. Growing up a Navy brat, she's lived all over the country and moved to Moscow from Mystic, Connecticut. She was a competitive Irish dancer for ten years, and she loves the ocean, musicals and her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. She hopes to get a doctorate in environmental science and work in activism after a stint in the Peace Corps.
Abby Myklebust, Volunteer Coordinator
Abby Myklebust is a junior studying Environmental Science with a minor in geology. Having grown up in Lewiston, Idaho, she has always had a love for nature and being outdoors. Along with her love of nature, she also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, singing in the U of I Jazz Choir, theatre, and spending time with family.
Sacha Wells, Projects Coordinator
Sacha Wells is a senior majoring in ecology and conservation biology and minoring in environmental communication. Wells is passionate about environmental education and science communication. She hopes to use her degree to educate the public about the beauty and wonder of the natural world. She also has many creative hobbies that including crafting and sewing. And she can tell you nearly everything about sloth bears.
Ruby Breitsprecher, Leadership Coordinator
Ruby Breitsprecher is a senior pursuing a degree in environmental science and a certificate in climate change. She loves to be in the mountains, especially when backpacking or skiing. She also loves to serve her community, and she is looking forward to being of service this year in her work at the U of I Sustainability Center by helping the campus community become more sustainable.
Olivia Wiebe, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator
Olivia Wiebe is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a degree in Environmental Science and Geology. She has spent years of her life around a campfire and thrives in the mountains. Her love of the outdoors evolved into a passion for conservation and environmental protection. She jumps at any opportunity to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for sustainability. A native of Spokane, water quality and stream health are her top environmental interests. With her border collie Delilah by her side, she is always ready for the next wilderness adventure.
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 U of I Sustainability Center. Jeannie has a degree in environmental policy from WSU and she is pursuing a master's at U of I.