Alexis Alloway joined Triangle as a classroom presenter in the fall of 2011, bringing with her more than twelve years of experience in outdoor and environmental education. She earned a B.S. in environmental studies from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and has taught environmental science in various educational settings.
Her teaching experience includes field and classroom-based programs in diverse locations such as Namibia, Chile, India, Alaska and Colorado. Highlights of her career include teaching environmental science in a private high school, delivering environmental education programs to elementary school children in southwest Colorado, and instructing month-long wilderness expeditions for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Alexis loves spending her free time in the mountains of the North Cascades and on the Washington volcanoes, where she is constantly inspired to learn more about the natural world. Her hobbies include backcountry skiing, mountaineering, photography and reading.
Annalise joined Triangle in 2018 and supports facilitation and public involvement projects. With a Masters degree in Urban Environmental Education, she cares about helping people understand the social and ecological systems they inhabit so that the decisions they make result in healthy and just environments for all communities. Her expertise lies in written, oral and visual communication, facilitation, graphic design, equity work, community engagement, and program design.
Annalise holds a Master of Arts in Education in Urban Environmental Education from Antioch University Seattle and IslandWood. She also has a self-designed Bachelors of Arts in Creative Education for Sustainability from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Her professional experience includes coordinating and leading environmental and international education experiences around the world. In the recent past she helped design and teach field programs for Seattle elementary students exploring urban stormwater issues and solutions. In every endeavor, Annalise works to facilitate critical dialogue that builds intercultural understanding and values all identities.
Annalise is a professional artist and a dancer, and loves to communicate creatively. You can often find her exploring new environments, traveling, learning languages on the bus, and practicing aerial arts.
Annie Kilburg has over 10 years of experience providing neutral third-party facilitation, mediation, and support for dispute resolution processes and is the office lead for Triangle Associates in Portland, Oregon. Annie has expertise working on complex, technical, multi-party and diverse projects involving tribal, local, state, and federal representatives, non-governmental organizations, and stakeholders in the environmental public policy sector. Annie’s expertise pulls from her educational background in conflict resolution which informs her inclusive process style through assessments, convening work, and multi-party dialogue.
Annie is highly organized and her ability to jump into complicated and fast-paced projects compliments and balances her easy going and personable approach with clients and project participants. Her skills involve working with groups to identify roles and responsibilities and developing clear operating guidance and decision-making frameworks to move groups towards consensus while striving to achieve win-win outcomes. Annie was trained in negotiation and mediation and truly believes that these tools can influence and progress the decision-making space through an informed and positive manner.
Annie is from rural Eastern Oregon and she enjoys balancing time in the country with Portland city life. Her background in dance has provided a creative and disciplined outlet as well as performer references during project work.
Betsy Daniels has 20 years of experience in the design and facilitation of multi-jurisdictional and multi-party processes involving local, state, federal, and tribal governments; scientists; non-governmental organizations; and stakeholders involved in natural resource management and environmental justice (EJ) issues. Betsy works with both small organizations and large agencies on goal setting and visioning, strategic planning, collaborative decision-making and conflict resolution. She's worked closely with tribal and non-tribal governments throughout the Northwest to design and implement effective collaboration.
Betsy has a flexible style in which she responds and adapts to the needs of her clients and project participants. She assists groups in finding clear roles and responsibilities, utilizing and translating scientific information, and ensuring that all voices are heard. Betsy provides her clients and project participants with procedural, substantive, and emotional satisfaction within a fair process.
Betsy has published on a variety of topics including tribal/county intergovernmental cooperation, watershed community-building, coastal management, and the selective breeding of fishes. She is the only practitioner on the west coast selected for the national EPA Title VI Environmental Justice Roster.
Casandra Bergkamp joined the Triangle Team in 2016 as a Project Associate, bringing with her more than five years of experience teaching and working with schools. Her work focuses on engaging school community members of all ages in informed stewardship of shared natural resources.
When she's not at the office or out engaging with students, Casandra can be found volunteering with Running Buddy-Girls on the Run Puget Sound or as a whale sighting volunteer with Orca Network!
Claire Mendelsohn joined Triangle Associates in 2014. She develops and facilitates environmental workshops, provides technical assistance to schools, and specializes in finding creative solutions systemic challenges.
After completing field work centered around the affects of land use history on the Dendrobates pumilio (a Costa Rican poison dart frog), Claire earned here B.S. in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Kentucky and a Science Teaching Certificate in 2000 from the University of New Mexico. She specialized in creating engaging curriculum that fostered a spirit of inquiry, a joy of learning and the desire to explore. After eleven rewarding years of teaching a wide range of life science courses to grades 6-12, Claire left teaching to earn a Master’s degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University. Before coming to Triangle, she worked with Austin Energy Green Building and US Environmental Protection Agency Region 10.
In her free time, Claire is a co-founder of two meetup groups. Art+Tech+Trash is a maker group that focuses creative reuse projects that integrate technology and beauty. My Big Fat Jewish Gaming Group combines study and fun while seeking to understand the complexities of humanity.
Erin Hislop is an experienced educator and project manager. Her expertise is in engaging socially and culturally diverse audiences with a variety of outreach tools, while promoting positive behavior change that will protect human health and the environment. She is known for her inventive programming that applies relevant education standards to challenge students and community members to interpret the effects of their daily decisions. As a project manager, she provides strategic advice to clients and stakeholders to streamline services and meet program goals within budgets.
Since joining Triangle in 2005, Erin has worked with: students, parents, teachers, custodians, school administrators, and community members to help schools initiate and sustain conservation practices. She has developed and taught curricula on various topics that tie directly to common core and next generation science standards, including waste reduction and recycling, water conservation and pollution prevention, energy conservation and climate change.
Her knowledge and expertise, along with her outgoing and friendly nature, have made her a favorite with teachers and schools who ask for her by name. Her professionalism and attention to detail have helped her build strong working relationships with her clients and their partner agencies.
Evan Lewis joined Triangle in 2013 and supports several facilitation and stakeholder engagement projects while also coordinating Triangle’s internal marketing efforts. He provides a wide range of logistical support for projects, drafts meeting summaries and project reports, and assists with outreach efforts for Triangle’s facilitation/public involvement and education teams.
Evan’s background is in planning and public policy with a focus in environmental planning and hazard mitigation. He received his Masters of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon (UO) in 2011, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Community, Environment, and Planning from the University of Washington in 2009. Before joining Triangle, he worked as a production specialist at a software startup in Seattle and a program specialist at a social service organization in Tacoma. While at the UO he was a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the UO Office of Sustainability.
Outside of work, Evan enjoys hiking, running, biking, and reading.
Janelle Steiner joined Triangle Associates with extensive experience in managing, developing and implementing innovative science education programs. She has been involved in the field of education for over thirteen years and has worked in both formal and non-formal educational settings. During this time, Janelle has taught grades K-12, developed and facilitated teacher trainings, published curriculum guides, and built youth education programs from the ground up. She has worked extensively with diverse student populations and is a Washington State certified K-8 teacher with direct classroom experience.
Janelle brings a wealth of knowledge in the science education field. She has a solid understanding of developmentally appropriate pedagogy and national science education requirements. She is creative in her approach, mindful of various learning styles, and designs education programs through an integrative lens.
During her free time, Janelle spends her time outdoors: hiking, sailing, surfing, skiing, and running when possible. She also enjoys tending to her garden and has a passion for native plant gardening, birding, and discovering new music.
Jennifer Howell is a public outreach and education expert with over 35 years of experience. A hallmark of Jennifer’s approach is to strategically understand client goals and make recommendations to assist clients and educational audiences to meet those goals.
Due to her training and experience with children, Jennifer knows how students learn. She knows what it takes to create materials and activities that spark student interest, provide clear choices, and motivate students to take actions that have long-term environmental benefits. Projects have entailed development and implementation of programs that include: assemblies, classroom workshops, teacher training, curricula, and resource materials that educate school audiences about waste reduction, recycling, household hazardous waste, sustainability, energy and water conservation, and children’s environmental health. Her programs consistently receive high marks for teacher and student satisfaction, increases in student learning, and reported positive changes in student behavior.
Jennifer initiated Triangle’s education line almost 30 years and now serves as senior advisor and mentor on several projects. Jennifer also has worked with clients to create appropriate strategies to effectively engage the public, particularly related to solid waste facilities planning, siting capital facilities, and transportation projects.
Jennifer is an avid reader, gardener, and hiker.
Joy Juelson joined Triangle in May of 2018 and brings over 20 years of natural resources management and stakeholder engagement experience to the facilitation and public involvement team. Joy earned a MS in Natural Resource Policy from Central Washington University in 2001. Her experience includes working with diverse groups and managing projects and programs. Joy has a wide-ranging understanding of natural resource and conservation issues. She has worked across multiple scientific disciplines including: fisheries, ecology, forestry/fire, and GIS and in multiple sectors including: Public Utility Districts, non-profit, private environmental consulting, county and Federal government entities. In addition to this, Joy has also worked closely with tribal governments. Her breadth of salmon recovery experience is extensive from field research to implementation of recovery projects. As a habitat project sponsor and manager, she developed and implemented over 18 habitat recovery projects that reconnected floodplains, removed barriers, and added complexity to rivers. She also managed funding allocation processes for over 5+ million dollars annually from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) to align funding with prioritized recovery actions identified in a Regional Salmon Recovery Plan. This work gave her the foundation for the people and policy-based work that she achieved while facilitating regional implementation teams, regional technical teams, habitat design teams, watershed and stakeholder meetings in implementing a Salmon Recovery Plan in the Upper Columbia Region. Over the years, Joy has developed techniques and tools useful for moving diverse groups toward a common goal and believes some of the most important gifts she brings to a collaborative process are deep listening skills, humor, and a calm and focused demeanor.
Kate Waind joined Triangle in 2016. Her work includes presenting workshops, providing technical assistance to schools, and creating engaging and interactive program materials.
Her professional background includes nine years of environmental education and outdoor leadership experience. She has taught environmental science and conservation biology for a variety of organizations including zoological institutions and municipalities. Throughout her career, Kate has focused on creating accessible environmental and outdoor education learning opportunities for all audiences. Kate is an enthusiastic educator who helps students form connections between the environment and individual actions.
Kate holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Zoology from Miami University. While attaining her degrees, Kate visited foreign countries to learn about how community-based conservation efforts are being implemented around the world. Since her travels, Kate has enjoyed employing her passion for wildlife and environmental justice and has helped others learn about the importance of conservation.
Kate enjoys spending nearly all of her free time in the outdoors. She loves experiencing new places through hiking, backpacking, kayaking, biking, and rock climbing. An avid reader, writer, and life-long learner, Kate can frequently be found reading or writing in nature.
Kelli Katzer recently joined Triangle Associates supporting the Environmental Education Services team with youth program marketing and scheduling. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies focusing on environmental education and communication from the University of Washington. There, she developed her passion for providing accessible educational programming that connects youth with the natural world.
Previously, Kelli worked as an outdoor environmental educator with the Washington Park Arboretum, Woodland Park Zoo, and University of Washington presenting both formal and informal educational programming to youth in the Seattle area. During her free time, Kelli enjoys exploring the outdoors, birding, gardening, creating recipes, singing and playing musical instruments, and taking dance classes.
Kizz Prusia recently started working with Triangle Associates as a member of the facilitation and public involvement team. Prior to joining Triangle he worked in both the public and nonprofit sectors where he conducted policy research, collaborated with community groups, and planned projects around creating equity. Kizz is passionate about authentic community engagement, working with people of all backgrounds, and the power of language and communication.
Kizz earned a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington, where he completed a thesis on using design to rethink community engagement approaches in city planning practice. He also volunteers with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust as a board member.
In his free time, Kizz loves cooking and trying new recipes, getting outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and connecting to friends and family.
Michael Lyng keeps Triangle running through his accounting skills. He does it all with a smile on his face.
Mimi Brown recently joined Triangle Associates to support the Administration team in organization, data entry, and communication. She earned a B.A. in Psychology at California Polytechnic State University and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. She is passionate about research, team development, and organizational effectiveness.
Mishu Pham-Whipple joined the Triangle team in 2017 and provides a range of support for facilitation and public involvement projects. Mishu completed a dual B.A. in Environmental Studies and Community Environmental Planning at the University of Washington, and studied sustainable urban transportation in Europe. She understands the balance of process versus product, is a skilled graphic communicator, and a strong writer. Prior to Triangle, she had experience in workshop facilitation, environmental outreach and education, climate and renewable energy issues, and non-profit event planning and fundraising.
When Mishu is not working, she enjoys taking advantage of Seattle's parks, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Based in Triangle’s downtown Helena Montana office, Nedra’s purpose is centered on creating organizational health. She is in her third decade of effective, committed work in this field, most often for state, federal and tribal government leaders, teams, and their organizational partners.
She serves as both coach and impartial process guide. What that means is she helps clients gain even more self-knowledge and awareness of mindset, behaviors and desired outcomes; finds out what people are ready for (by asking and listening); and then custom designs coaching and/or collaborative co-learning processes to help participants themselves create the best possible outcomes together.
She is a credentialed coach through the International Coach Federation; mediator on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution’s National Roster of Conflict Resolution Professionals & Native Network, and a seasoned third-party workshop designer, and facili-trainer. Effective action and results are accomplished through authentic relationships and trust. For example, she has:
Nedra is mom to two lively adult children. She lives with her husband Scott in the heart of Helena – especially happy for the frequent, easy hike or bike trips into the hills just minutes from their back door.
She enjoys writing monthly about practical ways to build trust in government.
Patricio Ku started working with Triangle in 2014. His work includes: presenting and facilitating workshops, contributing technical assistance to schools, and providing ways to promote equity around Seattle.
Patricio received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Pitzer College and a M.Ed. from the University of Washington that included a certificate in Environment, Education, and Community through IslandWood.
He has worked in classrooms nationally and uses education to promote social justice. His experience includes teaching high school in New Orleans, researching environmental education, and working at a residential environmental education facility. During the summers he leads diverse backpacking trips in the North Cascades and Olympics through Boys Outdoor Leadership Development of the YMCA. He also works with EPOC Seattle (Environmental Professionals of Color) to advocate for equity in the workplace.
In his free time Patricio enjoys listening to and making music. He is also interested in mycology and is thrilled to live in the Pacific Northwest for its abundance of mushrooms.
Rachel Aronson joined Triangle in 2015 and supports Triangle’s public involvement and facilitation efforts. Rachel is passionate about engaging with constituents and communicating scientific and technical information through creative methods and clear language.
Rachel earned a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington where she completed a thesis on how Arctic place-based cultures experience climate change. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Biology and Hispanic Studies. Prior to joining Triangle, Rachel was the Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellow at the Washington State Department of Ecology, where she worked on climate adaptation and coastal resilience.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys vegetable gardening with two different Seattle community gardens, backpacking and camping, paddle-boarding and traveling with her husband, Taylor.
Robert Rocha joined the Triangle team in 2016 with a wide variety of skills and experience. He currently teaches classroom workshops in both King and Snohomish Counties and assists with new curriculum development.
After completing his bachelor’s degree in Applied Human Sciences, Robert began his career in the health care industry. He soon realized that his true passion was to educate and empower students, and he obtained his master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction. After becoming a certified teacher, he worked as a teacher, coach and athletic director for several years, growing and empowering students on many different levels.
As a classroom teacher, Robert taught life science classes, developed and piloted a new curriculum, and worked with the school community to implement waste reduction and conservation practices. His energy, ability to be dynamic and communicate to all levels of students make his classrooms lively places.
In his work at Triangle, Robert is excited to educate students on different environmental topics while encouraging them to live well and to be mindful of all lifeforms on our planet.
Robert Wheeler has been the lead facilitator and project manager for a wide range of complex, multi-party public processes related to water resources and salmon recovery. He is highly experienced at watershed planning and has facilitated watershed planning efforts across the state of Washington. Bob has more than 35 years of experience in project management, facilitation and public outreach. His expertise lies in negotiating difficult issues among diverse groups, facilitating forums, building consensus and using his engineering background to clearly communicate complex technical concepts to policy makers and the public.
Before joining Triangle, Bob was the Public Works Director of Port Townsend, Washington, where he successfully facilitated and negotiated the planning, design and construction of watershed, wastewater, water, stormwater and transportation facilities, including successful public involvement. Bob understands the language of local governments and their need for practical, efficient and cost-effective assistance. Bob has published and presented on watershed planning, salmon recovery and water supply issues.
An accomplished whitewater canoer and rafter, Bob has run the Colorado River four times and numerous rivers in the Pacific Northwest. He is also a youth leader who enjoys introducing young people to the wonders of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
Sara Gersten-Rothenberg brings over 20 years of experience in project management, environmental and arts education, community outreach and school program coordination. Sara has worked at Triangle since 2001, developing innovative community outreach and school-based conservation programs for public and private clients. She designs and manages projects, taking them from inception through implementation and evaluation and manages comprehensive programs on topics of waste reduction and recycling, climate change, energy conservation, renewable energy, and water conservation.
As a company leader, Sara is instrumental in facilitating staff development and expansion of topic expertise within the Triangle Education Team. Sara understands the school community, has worked with teachers and students of all ages and is adept at developing relevant programs that engage, inform and inspire people. Sara has been the creative force behind Triangle’s award winning elementary school theatrical assemblies. Sara has developed curriculum and provided workshops for over 1,000 King and Snohomish County classrooms.
Before joining Triangle, Sara was the director of a national pilot youth center program. Sara is a former National and two-time World Champion Ultimate Frisbee player. Her favorite activity is playing with her family and trying to keep up with her two growing girls.
Scott Zinn has over 13 years of strategic and functional marketing experience providing a well-balanced approach to both traditional and progressive client engagement and is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Triangle Associates in Seattle, Washington. Scott has expertise developing engagement roadmaps involving brand equity, strategic market positioning, and internal process development for community impact organizations. Scott’s expertise pulls from his educational background in Communication Design as well as his professional experience with both corporate and non-profit/start-ups, both of which informs his holistic process approach through assessments, high organization, and qualitative best practices.
Scott is highly organized and his ability to consistently maintain focus on outcomes while navigating the development landscape compliments and balances his easy going and personable approach with clients and project participants. His skills involve working with organizational and external resources to identify brand strengths and weaknesses, building the value proposition, and strategically positioning the organization to build win-win partnerships and friendships. Scott was trained in visual communications and partner building, and truly believes that these tools can positively influence and advance perception in the marketplace.
Scott is from urban Southern California but he absolutely enjoys the unique mix of nature, culture, and industry in Seattle. His background in competitive volleyball and music provide a creative and disciplined outlet.
Shay Huff joined Triangle in 2015 and has played an integral role on both the Administration team as an Administrative and Marketing Assistant and the Facilitation/Public Involvement team as a Project Associate. A budding interest in Triangle’s marketing strategies and their dedication to learning how Triangle, a small business, can better support community based organizations has inspired a shift in roles and Shay now serves as Assistant Marketing Coordinator and Community Outreach Specialist. She has a strong desire to help create not only a more diverse workplace, but a more diverse community. She has an enthusiasm for building and maintaining meaningful relationships that promote trust and unity and allows community members to feel safe taking up space and have their voices heard. Shay’s insights in marketing and her commitment to diversity and equity in the workplace are a huge asset to the team.
Sophie Glass joined Triangle in 2014 and supports Triangle’s public involvement and facilitation efforts. She is a skilled facilitator who helps government agencies work more effectively with each other and with community members. As a facilitator, Sophie pays attention to power dynamics, access to information, and communication styles. When working with community members, Sophie is committed to inclusive and creative methods of engagement. Whenever possible, she enjoys conveying complex, technical information using plain language and visual communication techniques.
Sophie earned a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington where she concentrated in “Transportation, Infrastructure, and Land-Use” and completed a thesis on discriminatory housing and public education. She graduated cum laude from Colorado College with a BA in Political Science and Environmental Issues.
In her free time, Sophie enjoys exploring new neighborhoods, taking hikes with her husband, and listening to podcasts of all kinds.
Thomas Christian joined Triangle Associates in 2017 and supports facilitation and public involvement projects. He has strong writing skills and a proven ability to analyze and communicate complex socio-environmental issues. Most recently Thomas worked for the National Park Service where he lead education programs and facilitated public dialogue around access and conservation in the National Park system.
Thomas holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies from Western Washington University (WWU) and a B.A. in History from Augustana College. As a graduate student, Thomas held a fellowship at WWU’s Border Policy Research Institute where he analyzed transboundary water governance in North America’s pacific west and helped leaders from WWU and Northwest Indian College organize an international symposium on the renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty, signed by Canada and the United States.
When not at work, Thomas enjoys reading and exploring the Cascade and Olympic Mountains on skis and on foot.
Vicki Gates has more than 20 years of experience as an office professional. Vicki uses her organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities to support the Triangle team. She performs a wide variety of administrative and organizational tasks including office administration, office management, document production, event and account coordination as well as numerous financial-related tasks. Vicki’s efforts contribute to the smooth and seamless functioning and support of the Triangle staff as they work both in and out of the office.
Before coming to Triangle, she put her office skills to use in several different industries including medical, acoustical consulting and the non-profit sector.
In her free time, Vicki spends every possible moment with her family and friends. Vicki’s hobbies include cooking, baking, reading, and knitting.