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.  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. She enjoyed teaching public speaking there. Most recently Claire worked for the City of Charlottesville Office of Communication and Environmental Sustainability Division. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and yoga.

 

2018-2019 Internship Team

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Stephanie Watson

Stephanie, C3's Policy and Program intern, is a graduate student at the University of Virginia Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy. Originally from Arizona, Stephanie grew up camping and spending time in nature creating a passion for environmental protection and striving to live with a minimal footprint. After working for wildlife and environmental organizations in D.C. for several years, she decided to pursue a masters in environmental policy working to bridge the gap between policy design and implementation to further create positive impacts and value for future generations. In her spare time, Stephanie can be found adventuring outdoors, exploring Charlottesville via foot, and bird watching.

 
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Sofya Olenicheva

Sofya, C3’s Home Energy Challenge intern, is an undergraduate at the University of Virginia double-majoring in Public Policy and Global Environments and Sustainability. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Sofya is passionate about finding ways to change the culture around sustainability and find creative policy solutions to manage waste production and resource use. After graduation, Sofya hopes to pursue a career in environmental law. In her spare time, Sofya loves to travel, spend time outdoors with her dog, and cook for friends and family.


 
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Sarah Bryan

Sarah Bryan, C3’s Program Development Assistant intern, is a third-year student at the University of Virginia from Vienna, Virginia. At UVA, Sarah is studying Global Sustainability and Foreign Affairs with a minor in Spanish. She is an active member in the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition, an activist network of students and young people across Virginia working to stop pipeline construction. Following graduation, she is considering a career in grassroots organizing or environmental law. Sarah loves to hike in the Shenandoahs, cook, and play music.


Board of Directors

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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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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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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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