2013 Interns



Nicole Mayer
Nikki is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Developing Communities. She aspires to implement sustainable air and water quality solutions in developing communities worldwide. Raised in Colorado, she developed her passion for the outdoors exploring and camping in the Rocky Mountains with her family throughout her childhood. Her enthusiasm for sustainability is fueled by this appreciation of the Earth and its wonders. In her spare time, Nikki enjoys camping, travelling, running, and reading.

Sean Kuusinen
A student at University of Colorado at Boulder, Sean will graduate in May with a degree  in Ecology and Biology. His prior sustainability-related experience includes performing research at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and  working for Ecosystems, an energy efficiency consulting startup in Boulder. Sean has a passion for helping businesses improve their sustainability performance, and hopes to continue doing so after graduation. Before being drawn to the field of sustainability, he worked in the outdoor industry teaching telemark skiing, guiding rock and ice climbing, and leading backpacking trips. He has as hiked in the Himalaya, ridden buses through eastern Africa, and spent over 300 nights sleeping in his car at various rock climbing destinations. Born and raised in the mountains of Northwestern Colorado, he credits his Mom and Dad for sparking his interest in sustainability and passion for natural places. Sean is excited to join the NCS team and be a part of the awesome work going on at the little white house.

Erica Fine
Erica graduated from Tufts University with a double major in Geology and Environmental Studies. Her involvement and leadership in the outdoor programs at Tufts helped inspired her career in outdoor and adventure education. She has instructed and coordinated experiential science programs, wilderness trips, and group building experiences for school districts, non-profits, and educational programs throughout the country. She sees outdoor education as a primary building block in the adoption of sustainable behaviors.  At NCS Erica hopes to gain the business skills necessary to help bring outdoor education into schools and make natural connections part of children’s lives everywhere. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, climbing, music, and potlucks.

Matt SternholmMatt
Matt was born and raised in Colorado, which instilled in him a sense of adventure and an appreciation for nature.  He is passionate about environmental and social issues, with a strong interest in cultures around the world.  A graduate from Claremont McKenna College, with a dual degree in biology and chemistry, Matt focused his college studies on environmental issues.  His post-graduation endeavors include: working as  a snowboard instructor in Jackson Hole, teaching English in South Korea, backpacking Asia, guiding in the adventure-travel industry, and working   for a startup in Boulder, Colorado.  Motivated by investigating meaningful issues and finding sustainable solutions, Matt is excited to join the team at NCS.  With graduate school on the horizon, he wants to study how to make a positive impact on the manufacturing industry by reducing their footprint and also increasing companies’ connectedness to their supply chains.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors and exploring other parts of the world.

Liza SchilloLiza
Liza Schillo, a native of Asheville, North Carolina, is currently pursuing   her joint-degree Master of Business Administration and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.  There, she has led and founded several clubs including the Nicholas School Student Government, the North Carolina Culture Club, and the Fuqua Wine Club.  Prior to attending Duke, Liza spent several years working in development for US Congressman Walt Minnick and for the International Conservation Caucus Foundation, both based in Washington, DC.  She also co-edited a high school curriculum on climate change with the World Wildlife Fund, and hosted a multi-city telepresence interview with Fmr. Vice President Al Gore on “An Inconvenient Truth”.  The natural environment has been a passion of hers for as long as she can remember.  Liza is an avid animal lover, mountain- and road-biker, snowboarder, yogi, and photographer.

Eliza Kovnat
Eliza hails from Upstate New York near the beautiful Finger Lakes region. After spending time overseas, she decided to stay international and went to college at the University of Toronto. She graduated with Honors and studied Cultural Anthropology, Political Science and French. Having her eyes set on being an international aid worker, her plans shifted as she started to understand the need for change in her local community.



Since college, Eliza has worked many different jobs from organic farmer, silviculture engineer, and field crew leader to environmental educator, grant writing assistant, and sustainability coordinator. Now, Eliza is pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England concentrating on Sustainable Development and Climate Change. Here, Eliza is involved with a number of initiatives at her school such as developing programming for a Certificate in Sustainable Development and Tropical Ecology. Eliza aims to continue to hone her skills as a professional in the field of sustainability and is looking forward to working with and learning from NCS over the summer. When Eliza is not working she enjoys playing music, making good meals with friends, and exploring the great outdoors with her family and dog.



Mateo Schimpf
Mateo is currently in pursuit of his B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on sustainable development from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a native of San Francisco, Mateo found his love for the environment in the flowers growing between the concrete cracks of the city. Realizing that cities are an important part of our environment, Mateo headed east to Boulder to obtain his degree in order to learn more about sustainability and environmental policy. Mateo has marketing experience publishing case studies for a sustainable water filtration subsidiary of Dow Water and Process Solutions, where he learned the values of responsible wastewater treatment. In his free time, Mateo enjoys reading, writing, going to concerts, and playing sports.

Megan Long



Megan Long is a Natural Capitalism Solutions Business and Marketing Intern for the summer of 2013. Megan is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she is double majoring in History and Environmental Studies, in which she has an emphasis in Sustainable Development. Megan is an active member of the Delta Gamma Phi Chapter at CU Boulder. She was the representative for her sorority in “Green Greeks”, which works to promote sustainability among the Greek houses on campus. She has past experience as a CoPIRG marketing intern for “Take Back the Tap” and helped work towards the goal of eliminating the use of plastic bottles on campus. Megan hopes to pursue a career in environmental sustainability and to play a part in making the world a better and more environmentally friendly place.
Megan is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and moved out to Colorado for school. She studied abroad at the Syracuse University in Florence, Italy for the spring semester of 2013. When Megan has free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, reading, going to concerts, and she loves to be outdoors as much as possible.