Alumni Career Spotlights

Mike McNuttMike McNutt
Environmental Science ‘01

Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1994, Mike returned to Ohio State to earn a second bachelor’s degree in 2001 in Environmental Science. Today, he utilizes both degrees as Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Las Virgenes Municipal Water District in Calabasas, California.

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Shawn StoneShawn Stone
Environmental Policy and Management ‘11
Environmental Programs Director, N3B Los Alamos

While at Ohio State, Shawn completed a dual degree studying Environmental Policy and Management and International Studies: World Economy and Business. After earning an M.S in Natural Resource Studies from the University of Arizona, Shawn worked with several non-profit organizations in Arizona and New Mexico. He now lives in New Mexico and serves as the Environmental Programs Director for N3B Los Alamos. N3B is contracted by the Department of Energy to clean up nuclear waste associated with the Manhattan Project. In 2018 Shawn established his own consulting firm, Cascade Conservation, LLC. The firm consults with organizations in Arizona and New Mexico on habitat improvement projects for threatened and endangered species.
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Jennifer Sherry, Ph.D.Jenny Sherry
Master of Environment and Natural Resources ‘12 
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources ‘09
Wildlife Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Jennifer earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SENR. She went on to earn her Ph.D. at Charles Sturt University in Australia and now works as a Wildlife Advocate for large carnivores with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Her range of experience with the human dimensions of wildlife management have given her the expertise to mitigate conflict between property owners and carnivores including bears, wolves and mountain lions.
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David PerzynskiDavid Perzynski
Environmental Policy and Management ‘13
Chief Strategy Officer, Instant ON, LLC

David graduated in 2013 after majoring in Honors Environmental Policy and Management with a focus in Corporate Energy and Sustainability. Today, he lives in California where he is helping pave the way for resiliency in California through the integration of microgrid technologies. David was involved in many extracurriculars throughout his undergraduate career in addition to completing sustainability-related internships with Honda and AEP Energy.
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Neal SargeantNeal Sargeant
Master of Environment and Natural Resources ‘12 
Human Dimensions of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Administration ‘08

Park Ranger, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Neal received an Associate is Natural Resource Law Enforcement from Hocking College in 2006 before coming to SENR. In 2008 he completed an undergraduate major in Human Dimensions of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Administration, and in 2012 he completed the Master in Environment and Natural Resources professional degree program. He has worked as a Park Ranger with Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks since 2001 after making a career change from his previous position as a mortgage broker.
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Logan DunnLogan Dunn
Environmental Policy and Management ‘13

Natural Resources Liaison, Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Logan graduated from SENR in 2013 after majoring in Environmental Policy and Management. Today, he works as a Natural Resources Liaison for Park Operations with Preservation Parks of Delaware County. His current position allows him to perform wetland restoration in old agricultural field habitat in addition to planting trees, participating in prairie burns, and removing invasive species. Throughout his undergraduate career, he worked at Prairie Oaks Metro Park through the Franklin County Metroparks and was an active member in the student organization TerrAqua.
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Karam ShebanKaram Sheban
Environmental Policy and Decision Making ‘14
aduate Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Karam graduated in 2014 after majoring in Environmental Policy and Decision Making. He recently received a Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and is now working as a post-graduate fellow for the school. His Master’s research was funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, and examined the environmental factors affecting the success of forest-farmed American ginseng. He was heavily involved with research throughout his undergraduate career and volunteered with AmeriCorps between his undergraduate and graduate studies.
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Katie ConnollyKatie Connolly
Environmental Science ‘15

Program Coordinator, Water for Africa, DAI

Katie graduated from SENR in 2015 after majoring in Environmental Science with a specialization in Water Science. In 2017, she earned a master’s degree from the the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Today, she lives in Washington D.C., and her job at an international development consulting firm allows her to travel to sub-Saharan Africa to work on projects related to water, sanitation and hygiene. During her undergraduate career, she gained international experience through Ohio State study abroad programs in Australia and Fiji and worked as a research assistant with Dr. Robyn Wilson.
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Vinny ValentinoVincent Valentino
Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability ‘15

Sustainability and Operations Manager, Land-Grant Brewing Company

Vinny graduated in 2015 after majoring in Environment, Economy, Develpment, and Sustainability. He works as the Sustainability & Operations Manager for Land-Grant Brewing Company, helping the brewery reduce their environmental impact. During his undergraduate career, he landed an internship with the City of Columbus’s Office of Environmental Stewardship following a collaboration through his senior capstone project. His degree and professional experiences have allowed him to apply his expertise to the craft beer industry and make a positive impact in this field.
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Ben RubinoffBen Rubinoff
Environmental Science ‘16
PhD Candidate in Marine Ecology, University of California Davis

Ben Rubinoff is currently a PhD candidate in Marine Ecology at the University of California Davis and a former Environmental Science major in SENR. Throughout his undergraduate career, he was involved in research both in the Ohio State community and through an external REU program and technician position, where he developed his interests in marine ecology.

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Cassidy JenneyCassidy Jenney
Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability ‘17

Sustainability Associate, Ohio State Department of Athletics and Business Advancement

Cassidy graduated in 2017 after majoring in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability with a specialization in Sustainability and Business. She kept busy during her undergraduate career as a student athlete on the varsity women’s rowing team and spent summers in Ghana as an International Sustainable Projects Intern. After working with Smart Columbus for a year and a half, Cassidy has returned to Ohio State Athletics, now as a Sustainability Associate for the Department of Athletics and Business Advancement. She helps oversee the Zero Waste program at Ohio Stadium, which diverts waste from landfills and significantly reduces Ohio State’s environmental impact.
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Sarah Fischer Sarah Fischer
Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability ‘18

AmeriCorps Sustainability Outreach Public Ally, City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability

Sarah graduated in 2018 after majoring in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. After completing four different internships in college, she now works as an Americorps Sustainability Outreach Intern for the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability. In her current position, she works with the city on energy efficiency and electric vehicle programs.
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Makenna DunlapMakenna Dunlap
Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability ‘18

Energy Efficiency Project Coordinator, Lockheed Martin

Makenna graduated in 2018 after majoring in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability. She is currently pursuing an online Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Energy and Sustainability at the University of Denver. Her internships at Disney and a start-up company in Ireland shaped her passion for sustainability. She is currently working for Lockheed Martin as an Energy Efficiency Project Coordinator in Kansas City, Missouri where her work is making an impact in reducing carbon emissions.
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Vincent HahnVincent Hahn
Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability ‘19
Project Engineer, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA)

Vincent graduated in 2019 after majoring in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability. He now works as a Project Engineer for Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA) in Santa Monica, Texas. IEA is involved in the construction of renewable energy projects, including wind farm development in South Texas.

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