Fellows

A core part of the Institute’s mission is to foster a new cohort of sustainability leaders – across disciplines and generations. Through these fellowships, the Institute seeks to help smaller enterprises and their communities in the U.S. and Canada utilize sustainability to improve their economic conditions and quality of life, and to provide a laboratory for leaders from different disciplines to learn about the triple bottom line from one another. In 2009, the Institute Sustainability Fellows cohort included graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of business, environmental studies, law, planning and politics.

Sustainability Fellows work collaboratively as a coordinated team to provide services to a growing network of small businesses and non-profits interested in understanding and implementing triple-bottom line sustainability strategies into their organizations and communities.  In addition to active engagement in the ongoing operations of the Institute, each Fellow will develop one summer-long research project in line with both Green Plus’s needs and the particular interests and expertise of the individual fellow.  Accepted Fellows participate in a special training at the start of the summer to prepare them with the skills necessary to offer coaching, consulting, and other services to Green Plus’s diverse client base.

2011 Summer Fellows

Jeremy Bogen

Jeremy was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina and developed his love of the outdoors hiking in the Smoky Mountains and swimming off the Outer Banks.  He is a rising senior at Syracuse University, majoring in Economics, with a minor in Mathematics.  After graduation, Jeremy wants to merge his interests in economics and mathematics with an environmental field of study.  By interning with Green Plus, he hopes to develop a better appreciation of the economic factors that affect environmental sustainability.
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Molly Boyle

Molly Boyle is a Master of Public Administration Candidate for 2012 at UNC- Chapel Hill.  She received a Monarch Scholarship to Old Dominion University and graduated with a BS in Psychology, summa cum laude. In 2008, she completed a summer study abroad program at the National University of Ireland- Galway.  Molly has served as a research assistant at the UNC School of Government, working with Dr. Maureen Berner on her hunger research project.  After graduation, Molly plans to return to her hometown of Virginia Beach and pursue a career in nonprofit management.
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Susannah Brouwer

Susannah is passionate about the great outdoors and the services it provides from material goods to recreation to health and inspiration. Her work is dedicated to helping businesses and communities develop in healthy partnership with the natural environment. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke University. Her concentration is innovation and decision-making for enhanced ecosystem performance. Susannah is thrilled to be based out of Durham – a city she loves for its great culture, restaurants, music and commitment to sustainable progress. Prior to enrolling at Duke, Susannah spent ten years as a marketing and community outreach strategist for non-profit organizations, private companies and small business owners including; The Arts Council of Fairfax County, Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) and Sasaki Associates. Susannah has a Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Virginia and a Graduate Certificate in Business from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

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Amanda Komar

Amanda Komar is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received her master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, specializing in Public Relations. In 2006, Amanda received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, where she majored in Environmental Policy and Planning and minored in Psychology and Forestry.  Before returning to graduate school, Amanda was employed with a small environmental consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where she worked primarily with the firm’s biggest client, the Environmental Protection Agency.  She spent the summer of 2010 developing a PR and marketing strategy for EcoSet Consulting, a Los Angeles-based company that provides environmental services to commercial film sets.  Amanda’s interests lie in using collaboration, outreach, education, and new and innovative ways to promote environmental protection.

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Garrett Ziegler

Garrett is currently pursuing his master of science in sustainable tourism from East Carolina University.  Garrett is the vice-president of the Students for Sustainable Tourism Club at ECU and has worked as a graduate assistant at the Center for Sustainable Tourism.  He has helped further The Center’s Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative by producing a series of webinars designed to help small to medium sized tourism business with renewable energy and energy efficiency adoption.  Prior to attending ECU, Garrett received a B.S. in biology from Penn State University.  After graduation Garrett worked as an environmental field scientist and as a sleigh ride naturalist at the National Elk Refuge.  He eventually settled in Jackson Hole, WY where he worked within the tourism industry and pursued his love of the mountains and outdoors recreation activities.

2010-2011 Duke Nicholas School of the Environment Assistants

Eliza Davis

 

Eliza Davis is a Master of Environmental Management Candidate for 2012 at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment where she studies energy economics and policy. She is co-president of the Business and the Environment Club, an active member of the Energy Club, and a recent semi-finalist in the Duke Start-Up Challenge alongside her teammates. Eliza earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Colorado College. After finishing her undergraduate degree she worked as a Congressional Intern for Representative Eric Cantor in Washington, DC and then as a Conservation Associate in Environmental Policy and Science at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, Florida. She plans to spend the summer helping a local university identify energy efficiency savings as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Public Sector Fellow.

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Maura Farver

Maura received her B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Duke University in 2005 with a minor in Theater Studies.  After graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in directing for the theater.  In the process, she founded a nonprofit theater company to promote women in the arts and found her way back to science through the topics of her plays: neuroscience, anthropology, and finally environmental science.  In 2009, her company began the Greener Theater Project in which they produced a play about an environmental issue while also incorporating environmentally friendly production methods.  Now, Maura is a Master’s candidate focusing on energy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.  In particular, she is interested in energy efficiency and how people make decisions around energy use in both residences and businesses.  This summer Maura will be working with the Environmental Defense Fund in their Climate Corps Public Sector program.

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Kelly Jones

Kelly is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment. She is an officer on the Students Taking an Active Role in Sustainability (STARS) Committee, and manager of the Duke University Climbing Wall. For her master’s project, she is working with Sustainable Duke to evaluate university sustainability planning efforts and further the Duke Climate Action Plan. Before entering the Nicholas School, Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences and Policy and Psychology from Duke University.

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Daniel Herrera

Daniel Herrera is currently pursuing a Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Economics and Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Before coming to Duke, he received a Bachelor’s of Arts in environmental science and policy from the University of Florida. While there, Daniel worked with Gator’s for a Sustainable Campus to help make UF one of the country’s most sustainable universities. Being a native Floridian, Daniel hopes to return the state after graduation and work on ocean’s and coastal policy management.

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David Smedick

David hails from Hampstead, Maryland, where he began defending the environment in high school by co-founding the school’s environmental student group. He moved on to American University in Washington DC and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies. Currently, David is pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management with a focus in energy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He is particularly interested in energy efficiency and clean energy options for homeowners, businesses, and buildings. In his free time David enjoys playing and watching soccer and lacrosse and has found a new interest in sustainable and local food.

 

2010 Summer Fellows, Sponsored by Duke Energy

Donna Daniels

Donna Daniels is a recent graduate of the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University with a Master’s degree in International Development Policy, specializing in Social Policy.  Prior to graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa where she worked as a health educator and a community developer.  Her accomplishments include extensive public service and professional experience in the areas of project management, program coordination, and professional training.  She has worked with a host of nonprofit organizations, both domestically and abroad, and she continues to serve her local community of Durham as a volunteer with TROSA.  Donna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences with a concentration in Biology from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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Solita Denard

Solita Denard is a recent graduate of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Before attending UNC, she had the fortunate experience of working within the nonprofit sector and obtaining a wide range of experience in case management, coaching, training, and program development.  She also served as an AmeriCorps member for two terms with Public Allies North Carolina.  Denard’s most recent position as a research assistant has enabled her to explore and write about the field of asset development where public and private organizations are creating strategies for individuals and families to move out of poverty. She hopes to assist organizations that serve low-income communities create sustainable models and outcomes for employees and their clients.  Denard graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Work from North Carolina Central University.

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Max Felsher

Max Felsher is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on the ways that information can be used to help solve social and environmental problems. He has served on the executive committee of the Orange-Chatham Group of the Sierra Club since the beginning of 2010 and volunteered as the group’s webmaster and newsletter editor for two years prior. Felsher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University, where he focused on environmental policy.

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Karina Hilton Spiegel

Karina Hilton Spiegel is a joint degree candidate at Duke University, pursuing an MBA at the Fuqua School of Business and a Master of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School for the Environment. She is a board member of Dream in Green, a Miami based non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and implement programs that promote energy conservation and efficiency, environmental sustainability, and the implementation of renewable energy.  At Duke, she is a member of the Net Impact and the Energy club. Prior to returning to school, she worked in banking as an assistant vice president credit analyst for corporate and commercial real estate transactions. Spiegel graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Miami.

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Jessie Margolis

Jessie Margolis is a dual MEM/MBA degree candidate for 2012 at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Fuqua School of Business.  During her first year at Duke, she served as an assistant to the Corporate Sustainability Initiative (CSI) and was an active member of the Students for International Discussion Group and the LEED student group. As an undergraduate student, she studied political science and environmental studies at Tufts University.  After finishing her undergraduate degree, she supported the ecotourism center Yachaqui Wayi in Peru as a sustainable development teacher and subsequently worked as a research assistant for the Harvard School of Public Health ACCESS study and an accounts services coordinator at Education First.  In addition, she was a sustainability consultant to restaurants in the Boston area, which included developing product life cycle assessment tools to inform purchasing practices.

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Alissa Marturano

Alissa Marturano is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with a concentration in Global Environmental Change at Duke University. At Duke, she is involved in the Nicholas School Student Council where she holds the position of treasurer. Before coming to Duke, she received her Bachelor’s of Science from Tufts University with majors in Biology and Environmental Science. At Tufts, Marturano worked as a GIS lab assistant and was actively involved in the school’s dance association. Her research interests include climate change and corporate sustainability. She hopes to pursue a career in corporate environmental management.

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Marissa Mitzner

Marissa Mitzner is a recent graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a B.S. in Business Administration. As an undergraduate she served as the first Student Sustainability Coordinator for two years and upon graduation became the first Sustainability Coordinator at Coastal, where she has been for the past two years helping the university to become climate neutral. While at Coastal she has helped to create two bicycle programs, a dorm recycling program, and has mastered the art of breaking down boxes during the successful move-in day recycling programs. Her most recent achievement was winning a state-wide award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for the 2009 Recycling Event of the Year for her Campus Salvage move-out program.  Mitzner also serves on the Bike, Hike, and Paddle Committee for the City of Conway as well as an Executive Member for the Winyah Chapter for the Sierra Club.

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Darshan P. Mundada

Darshan Mundada is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Rotary Peace Fellow from India, he was recently awarded a certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution by a joint program between Duke University and University of North Carolina. Mechanical Engineer by background, he founded and developed a civil society organization in India before pursuing his graduate studies. Through his organization, Friends’ Society (Pune), he worked in various spheres of social welfare, community building and sustainable development. He is also Secretary General of the Youth Forum of UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance (Asia Pacific). In parallel with his studies, Mundada is currently working on creating a triple bottom line self-sustainable program for rehabilitation and reintegration of former sex workers in mainstream society in the cities of Pune and Sangli in India. After completion of his studies, he plans to return to India and work on implementing and developing this program.

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Stacie Nagy, 2010 AICPA Fellow

Stacie Nagy is currently pursuing an MBA at the Jenkins Graduate School of Management at NC State University, with a dual concentration in Supply Chain Management and Consulting & Services Management. She is vice president of her school’s chapter of Net Impact. Prior to returning to school, Ms. Nagy worked in production and business operations at ARAMARK Higher Education, where she drafted a zero-waste catering plan including fully compostable service ware. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill’a B.A. in political science. At UNC Ms. Nagy was co-chair of the Student Environmental Action Coalition, helped spearhead the Green Energy Campaign during its initial passage, and was an inaugural member of the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee.

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Catherine Noyes

Catherine Noyes is currently pursuing a Master’s of Environmental Management with a concentration in Global Environmental Change at Duke University. At Duke, Noyes is active in the Student International Discussion Group, and also serves as a debate/forensics judge for the Collegiate Forensics Association. Before coming to Duke, Noyes received a Bachelor’s of Science from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where she majored in Business/Economics, Biology, and Environmental Studies. At R-MC, Noyes was a member of the strategic planning committee, editor of the newspaper, and a mentor resident assistant.

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Leigh Orne

Leigh Orne is currently pursuing an MBA at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) where she enjoys learning about how businesses create triple bottom line impact. At CWRU, Orne is an active member of the Weatherhead School of Management Net Impact Chapter and the Committee for Community Service. Before moving to Cleveland in 2009, Leigh worked for several years at Winrock International, an international development non-profit based in Washington, DC.  At Winrock, Orne specialized in project coordination and proposal development within the Forestry and Natural Resource Management Unit. Her experience at Winrock and the international travel opportunity it afforded allowed her to see first-hand the value of conservation, multidisciplinary collaboration, and capacity building through education and training.  Orne graduated Cum Laude in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Gonzaga University.

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Jay Reno

Jay Reno recently graduated with honors from Elon University where he received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Economics. During his time at Elon, Reno represented his class as the Treasurer for three years before becoming the Senior Class President in his final year. As the President, Reno ran numerous campaigns to increase awareness of environmental issues and sustainability among his constituents.  Jay was a member of the Student Sustainability Council, the Elon Green Team and Chair of the Gift Giving Committee, which created a Sustainability Research Grant to fund undergraduate research in the field of sustainability. In the fall, Reno will be pursuing a master’s degree with a concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University.

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David Shirk

David Shirk is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Coastal Carolina University.  During his undergraduate study, David participated in organizations focusing on both environmental concerns and community service.  He has served leadership roles in the Eco-Representatives Program, Rotary International, Outdoor Adventure Club, and Beta Gamma Sigma.  David also studied entrepreneurship and taught during the Entrepreneurship Institute at Coastal to youth-at-risk students during a summer program.   David was nominated Marketing Student of the Year his senior year. David is looking forward to working with Green Plus and helping businesses in his local area become more sustainable.

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2009-2010 Duke Nicholas School of the Environment Assistants

Ting Lei

Ting is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Management at Duke University, with a concentration in Environmental Economics & Policy. Before coming to Duke, she received her Bachelor’s degree of Science at Renmin University of China (RUC), with a major in Environmental Science. During her undergraduate study, Ting served as an intern in both an environmental consulting firm as well as the local government. Also, she has been devoted to various kinds of volunteer activities, including the project manager and vice president of the department of environmental protection. As for academic research, Ting focused on issues of water management, water pollution control and environmental flows during her undergraduate study, and now is focusing on Resource Economics.

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Megan Maltenfort

Megan is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy at Duke University. Before coming to Duke, she was a paralegal in Manhattan, helping to manage cases for a law firm of about 80 lawyers. She also held a position at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in the environmental law division. Megan is interested in corporate environmental management and hopes to pursue a career in corporate sustainability in the future. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Technology, and Society from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Catherine Noyes

Catherine is currently pursuing a Master’s of Environmental Management with a concentration in Global Environmental Change at Duke University. At Duke, Catherine is active in the Student International Discussion Group, and also serves as a debate/forensics judge for the Collegiate Forensics Association. Before coming to Duke, Catherine received a Bachelor’s of Science from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where she majored in Business/Economics, Biology, and Environmental Studies. At R-MC, Catherine was a member of the strategic planning committee, editor of the newspaper, and a mentor resident assistant.

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Bunny Tucker

Bunny Tucker is currently pursuing a Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Economics and Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Before coming to Duke, she taught high school science for two years in Conway, North Carolina, as a 2006 Teach For America corps member, where she raised student scores by 206%. After leaving her classroom, she trained new teachers as a Teach For America staff member and ran an after school literacy program in Washington, DC. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California.

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Karina Hilton Speigel

Karina Hilton Spiegel is a joint degree candidate at Duke University, pursuing an MBA at the Fuqua School of Business and a Master of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School for the Environment. She is a board member of Dream in Green, a Miami based non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and implement programs that promote energy conservation and efficiency, environmental sustainability, and the implementation of renewable energy.  At Duke, she is a member of the Net Impact and the Energy club. Prior to returning to school, she worked in banking as an assistant vice president credit analyst for corporate and commercial real estate transactions. Karina graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Miami.

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2009 Summer Fellows

Amanda Campbell

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Amanda is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning with a specialization in land/use and environmental planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before coming to UNC, she was a Park Naturalist at Gulf Branch Nature Center, for Arlington County, Virginia. Accomplishments included leading programs for adults on water conservation, integrated pest management, Energy Audits 101, and backyard wildlife habitats. She also pursuaded the county’s Energy Manager to fund an energy audit for nature center, which led to renovations, and a more comfortable, energy-efficient building. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and minors in Environmental Studies and Music from James Madison University, VA.

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Dale Hammer

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Dale was born and raised in northwestern New Jersey and has considered himself a Tar Heel his entire life.   He spent his freshman year at Providence College in Rhode Island and is currently a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in environmental studies and political science.  Dale considers himself an environmentalist and serves as service chair of Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity where he organizes stream clean-ups and other community service activities.  After graduation, he plans to continue his education at UNC School of Law and pursue a career in environmental law.   Dale looks forward to the opportunity to intern at Green Plus where he hopes to gain valuable experience in the field.

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Elizabeth Liedel

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Elizabeth Liedel is a joint degree candidate at Duke University, pursuing an MBA at the Fuqua School of Business and a Master of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School for the Environment. She is on the Executive Committee of the Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative and is active in Fuqua’s Net Impact chapter, the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, and the Association of Women in Business. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG), a Boston-based non-profit that incubates small businesses which manufacture green technologies to improve access to clean water, sanitation and renewable energy for the global poor. Prior to returning to school, Elizabeth worked in major gifts fundraising for Combined Jewish Philanthropies. She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Smith College, where she has also served on the Board of Trustees.

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Brooks Rainey Pearson

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Brooks Rainey Pearson is a dual degree student at UNC working toward a law degree as well as a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning.  Brooks graduated from UNC in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and spent six years in the Outer Banks where she owned and operated three yoga and Pilates studios before returning to Chapel Hill for school in 2006.  Since her return, Brooks has pursued her interest in land use and environmental law.  She was the vice president of the Environmental Law Project, was published in the Environmental Law Symposium Journal, and completed an independent study on the tax law of conservation easements.  Brooks hopes to build a career helping organizations and municipalities grow sustainably.

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Teddy Salgado

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Teddy Salgado is a master’s student at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business pursuing his MBA with concentrations in Social Entrepreneurship and Decision Sciences.  His professional interests include business strategy and development, particularly with environmentally and socially sustainable organizations. Teddy recently traveled to Nicaragua to work with a solar energy company, Tecnosol, on expansion plans. He also worked with a Durham-based community development venture fund, Talent Capital, on a business development project.  Prior to business school Teddy was the Business Analyst in Children’s Hospital Boston’s department of cardiology where he managed operations for several research studies and served as a finance committee member for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Pediatric Heart Network. Teddy graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a B.A. in mathematics with a music minor.

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Napoleon Wallace

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Napoleon Wallace is a master’s student at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. Napoleon has an extensive background in finance, working as a high-yield credit analyst for Wachovia Capital Markets for four years and as the commercial banking credit analyst for M&F Bancorp for two years. He has a strong interest in the intersection between entrepreneurship and sustainability, and has been engaged with HIP Investor, SJF Advisory Services, CSE Consulting and the Center for Competitive Economies during his first year of business school. Napoleon is currently one of Kenan-Flagler’s 2009 Carolina Entrepreneurial Fellows.


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