Leadership Team

 
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Susan Kruse

Susan is the Executive Director of the Charlottesville Climate Collaborative. She has been advocating for environmental protection and justice for 25 years. After launching the Allegheny Defense Project in her native Pennsylvania in 1994, Susan helped to found the National Forest Protection Alliance and joined the staff as the Eastern Field Coordinator. She led their federal legislative efforts to protect national forests before ultimately serving as the organization’s executive director. In 2006, Susan pursued her passion for philanthropic work and became the Director of Development for the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia and then a major gifts specialist. Susan returned to environmental work to join Appalachian Voices as the Director of Philanthropy in 2016. Excited to merge her passion for the planet and the community she loves, Susan joined C3 in 2019. She is a graduate of Clarion University in Pennsylvania and resides in Charlottesville with her husband Mike and their two nature-loving boys, Evan and Sebastian.

 
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Grey McLean

Grey is the founder and Board Chairman of the Charlottesville Climate Collaborative where he oversees overall strategy and relationship development. Grey is committed to combating climate change, driven by the knowledge that it is the greatest challenge that we face as a global community. In addition to C3, Grey is also adjunct faculty at UVA's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy as well as a Director for the Adiuvans Foundation, a private foundation focused on combating climate change and advancing early childhood education and well being. Prior to moving to Charlottesville, he was the co-founder and COO of MedAssurant, Inc. (now Inovalon, Inc.), a healthcare data analytics firm. Grey serves on the boards of the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program and the Southern Environmental Law Center. He lives in Free Union with his wife, Sarah, and their four children. If you are having trouble finding him, look in the woods.

 
 
 
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Teri Strother Kent

Teri is C3's Director of Programs and Communication.  She is passionate about creating a better world through community involvement. She taught reading and writing to middle school students for nearly ten years before founding Better World Betty in 2008, a local organization dedicated to empowering people with fast, fun, and friendly eco-living tips. She led the first green business challenge in Central Virginia, The Charlottesville Area Better Business Challenge, which helped nearly 150 businesses increase their efficiency and sustainability measures. Teri worked as Communications Manager at the Rivanna Water and Sewer & Solid Waste Authority before joining C3 in September 2017.  Her love of the Rocky Mountains where she grew up has expanded to a love of the Blue Ridge. She loves throwing the football with her two teenagers, dancing 5 Rhythms, and hiking.

 
 
 
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Claire Habel

Claire Habel, C3’s Residential Program Manager, grew up in Minnesota exploring the natural world.  She graduated from DePaul University cum laude with a Bachelors in Intercultural Communication and earned her master’s degree in Environmental Communications & Advocacy from James Madison University. Most recently Claire worked with the City of Charlottesville’s Environmental Sustainability Division and Office of Communications. Claire is passionate about engaging community members to promote sustainable lifestyle choices and enabling climate action leadership skills in all participants, whom she happily refers to as “Home Energy Heroes”. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and spoiling her cat named Sloane.

 
 
 
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Erica Gaines

Erica Gaines is C3’s Office Manager. She is a Charlottesville native. Her heart is with the Charlottesville community, and she loves helping others. Erica is a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as a member of the Honor Society at Strayer University. Her passion for nonprofit organizations started with her career at MACAA Head Start. There she served as the Health and Nutrition Coordinator of the program.  Her desire to make an impact in her community is what brought her to C3. She is the mother of four beautiful children, Quay, Brooklyn, King and Bellamy. Erica loves the outdoors, music and rollercoasters. She is thrilled to be a part of the team!

 

2019 Summer Internship Team

 
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Isabel Kezman

Isabel, C3's Better Business Challenge intern, is an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, double-majoring in Global Security and Justice and Environmental Science. Isabel is a student employee of UVA's Office of Sustainability, where she primarily focuses on waste management and reduction campaigns. As a Virginia Beach native, Isabel loves spending time at the beach, but has also grown very fond of the mountains surrounding Charlottesville.  Her love for the outdoors has inspired her studies in environmental science, however, through recent exposure to public health classes, she has narrowed her focus to environmental justice. After graduation, Isabel plans to pursue a degree in environmental law in order to give a voice to those disproportionately exposed to environmental risks.  In her free time, Isabel enjoys traveling, exercising, making jewelry and taking care of her plants.  

 
 
 
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Page Dabney

Page Dabney, C3’s Home Energy Challenge intern, is a rising fourth year at the University of Virginia from Cos Cob, Connecticut. She is studying Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law and minoring in Spanish. At UVA, Page volunteers with Madison House and is a member of Alternative Spring Break. She recently co-lead an environmental service trip to Congaree National Park after attending one in Moab, Utah during her second year. In her free time, Page likes to run, hike, ski, and spend time in the outdoors with her friends. She hopes to eventually attend law school and pursue a career in environmental law.


 
 

Board of Directors

 
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Pete Borches

Pete is the President of CMA Properties, Inc. where he manages all real estate holdings for Carter Myers Automotive (CMA) and its 18 new car franchises. Pete joined his wife, Liza, at CMA in 2004, shortly after the company purchased its 5th store. Pete believes that education and awareness are essential components of climate action. As part of his commitment to the issue, Pete helped CMA deploy 184 MW of solar in the 11 months prior to June 2019, at CMA’s Colonial Nissan in Albemarle. CMA has 3 additional dealerships in various stages of adding substantial solar systems. He holds a B.S. in Communications from Radford University and a Masters of Education from Towson University. Pete lives in Albemarle County with his wife, Liza, and their two children, Taylor and Parker.

 
 
 
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Morgan Butler

Morgan Butler is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville.  As a member of SELC’s Land & Community team, he promotes transportation and land use decisions that strengthen communities, protect natural resources, and improve residents’ quality of life.  Although he works throughout Virginia, much of his effort is focused on advocating for more sustainable land development patterns and more accessible transportation options in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.  Morgan received his bachelor’s degree and his JD from the University of Virginia, and he lives in Charlottesville with his wife and twin daughters. 

 
 
 
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Kristin Clarens

Kristin Clarens is an attorney specializing in international law. She practices out of Washington, DC and does extensive pro bono work in the Charlottesville area. She is an enthusiastic proponent of community organizations and efforts, serving on the local board of the International Rescue Committee as well as the PTO of her kids' public elementary school. In January of 2017 she founded Charlottesville Families in Action, an organization that connects families and businesses to local nonprofits to increase community engagement. She holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and bachelor's degrees in Classics, English and Anthropology from the University of Michigan Honors College. She has three young children and has lived in Charlottesville since 2008. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Karl Quist

Karl is the Co-Founder and President of PriceBlink, an online shopping tool that helps people save money when shopping online.  Karl also serves on the board of Computers4Kids and is a Co-founder of Charlottesville for Reasonable Health Insurance.  Karl is dedicated to fighting climate change, with a particular focus on motivating communities to take action to meet this incredibly important challenge.  Prior to founding PriceBlink, he served as New Ventures Director for Landmark Communications, Inc., and previously worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc.  He holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.  Karl lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Dana, and their two children.

 
 
 
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Devin Welch

Devin Welch is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development at Sun Tribe Solar. Passionate about sustainability, he has spent his career championing free market principles as a means to achieve positive change across a broad range of environmental issues. Devin’s professional experience focuses on finding and capitalizing upon the critical intersections of sustainable best practices and corporate self-interest. At Sun Tribe, he continues his work on market transformation by engaging with individuals, businesses, and governments to reimagine the way energy is produced while realizing tangible benefits for all stakeholders. Prior to Sun Tribe Solar, Devin contributed to the World Wildlife Fund’s Markets Initiative and co-lead the communications strategy for the 2010 Earth Hour, at the time the largest public demonstration in history with the participation from an estimated 90 million Americans. Currently he is a founding member of the Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance and sits on the Richmond Advisory board for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as well as the Amazon Aid Foundation’s Board of Directors.

 

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