PEOPLE: SSC Spring 2008 Interns

We'd like to take a minute to welcome our new spring interns. They are an intrepid bunch with a wide-ranging skill set, and we're looking forward to tapping into their knowledge!

Geneviève Laquerre is originally from Trois-Rivières (Quebec) but her numerous work and travel experiences in Europe, Hawai´i, Mainland USA and Latin America qualify her best as a citizen of the world. Masters graduate in Sustainable Development Management, Geneviève is dedicated to sharing her passion about conservation and holistic development. She has worked with various international public, private and non-profit organizations as well as with indigenous communities. Her career interests include building sustainable communities and businesses, promoting ecotourism and participating in various education and outreach projects in coastal areas, tropical climates, and developing countries. To achieve a balanced lifestyle, Geneviève believes in surfing, yoga and embracing all that nature has to offer.

Kelly Scanlon is a doctoral student at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where she is studying environmental and occupational health with a focus on the science of sustainability and its relationship to public health. In addition to her academic schedule, Ms. Scanlon is a consultant with the Division of Occupational Health and Safety at the National Institutes of Health. As a resident of Washington, DC, Ms. Scanlon regularly enjoys the city's plentiful museums, parks, and cultural activities.

After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Jennifer Garner participated in an AmeriCorps program in DC, leading volunteers on service projects across the country. She then moved to San Francisco and worked with KaBOOM!, building playgrounds with community organizations and corporate sponsors. In August 2006, Jennifer returned to DC to pursue her MBA at GWU and plans to work in the corporate social responsibility arena either in marketing and business development or consulting. Between classes, involvement with the GW's Net Impact chapter, and other fun projects, Jennifer enjoys running, discovering new music and road trips.

Lorre Walker is a proposal coordinator with PBS&J in Austin, Texas. She has an MBA in Business Management from St. Edward’s University and a BA in English from Texas Tech University. Lorre is an experienced researcher in corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and global business. She has taken many global business seminars including Czech Republic and Costa Rica, and has been an Alumni Advisor to MBA global business capstone students, including a project for 3M China. In spring 2007, her paper, “The Current State of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Czech Republic” was published in Arete.

Maria Fyodorova has over 10 years of consulting experience managing economic development projects for a variety of donors including the US Government, the World Bank and various foundations. Ms. Fyodorova has provided strategic management and program development support to interdisciplinary teams in Brazil, Mexico, India, South Africa and the Philippines. Ms. Fyodorova also spent several years working on climate change policy issues with a coalition of businesses though the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and served as the Industry Liaison for the Clean Energy Group at Winrock International. She will graduate in May 2008 with her MBA in Sustainability and Strategic Management from GWU in Washington, DC. Her interests include ethical souring, "greening" the supply chain and change management best practices. In addition, Ms. Fyodorova writes a DC-focused green living blog titled Righteous (re)Style. In her spare time, she participates in efforts to green her community, designs jewelry, practices yoga, rock-climbs and plays with her two dogs.