Staff

Kathiann Kowalski
Climate News Network

Kathiann M. Kowalski covers the Ohio energy beat for Energy News Network. During her journalism career, Kathi has published 25 books and more than 650 articles. Her work also appears in Science News for Students, Cobblestone, Front Vision and other publications. Before turning to journalism, Kathi practiced environmental law and litigation with a large firm in Cleveland. She graduated from Hofstra University and Harvard Law School, where she was on the Harvard Law Review.Kathi’s reporting fellowships include a Heinrich Boell Foundation Transatlantic Media Fellowship, a CUNY Resilience Fellowship, and programs with the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources. Her work has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Ohio chapters, the ASPCA and other groups.

Erin Marie Fisher
Director of Communication and Outreach

Driven to back her passion with greater intelligence, Erin Marie graduated in December 2018 with her B.A in Political Science and Environmental Sustainability. Erin Marie has political experience with local, state, and national policy, including positions at the Partnership for Responsible Growth in Washington, D.C, Willoughby City Council, and most recently, the 2018 Ohio Attorney General Race. In her free time, Erin Marie is focused on community engagement, serving as a Restoration and Reduced Waste Volunteer for the Cleveland Metroparks, and formerly, the collective action Silver Biological Sanctuary, and the Oxford Board of Elections. She has previously worked alongside Director Jane Harf teaching a U.S. Energy Policy, Strategic Interests, Climate Change, and Globalization course at Miami University.

Olivia Brady
Communications & Outreach Intern

Olivia is a senior at Smith College majoring in Engineering and specializing in renewable energy systems. She is an oboist and the President of the Smith College Orchestra. With Engineers for a Sustainable World at Smith College, Olivia collaborated on the mechanical design for the Thermosphere Test Probe, a CubeSat that characterizes thermosphere density. In her free time, Olivia enjoys running, biking, and cooking. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school for renewable energy or engineering management.

Emerson Bannon
Research & Development Intern

Emerson is an undergraduate at Miami University, majoring in Environmental Earth Science with a focus on policy. He is involved with a number of activist and service groups on campus who specialize in environmental and social justice. Over the past year, he has engaged students and the interfaith community on campus with environmental issues. He is entering his senior year and is planning on graduating in Spring 2021, and then move on to a master’s program. He plans to use his policy focus to further renewable energy and the fight against climate change, and to apply a field science background rooted in his geology experience to policy and advocacy work.

Courtney VanHuffel
Communications & Member Relations Intern

Courtney is a senior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Sociology with a minor in Sustainability.  Through the University’s Center for Social Concerns, she has participated in multiple immersive learning seminars that promote sustainable practices and social justice commitments, including learning local sustainable practices in Gulu, Uganda for eight weeks.  In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.  After graduating in 2021, she hopes to attend graduate school for a Masters in Global Affairs, focusing on international peace studies through environmental sustainability.

Rachel Morris
Communications & Member Relations Intern

Rachel is a senior at The Ohio State University pursuing a bachelors degree in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability, specializing in Sustainability and Business. Rachel helped start the Columbus chapter of Represent Us, a non-profit organization opting for campaign finance reform by using a grassroots strategy to pass anti-corruption laws all over the country. In her free time she enjoys traveling, backpacking, and gardening. After graduation, she hopes to become a middle school science teacher, in order to teach a younger generation about the importance of protecting our earth.