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.
Amanda McConkey joined Triangle Associates in 2013. Amanda is a member of both the firm's education team and administration team. Some of her duties include: education program marketing and scheduling, newsletter coordination, payroll and invoicing assistance, copy editing, and evaluation analysis and report writing. Amanda is valued for her humor, her problem-solving skills, and her ability to get a project done quickly, accurately, and efficiently.
Amanda has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science form Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. She has spent time studying Immigration Public Policy in Washington D.C. and Women and Literature Studies in Southern Oregon. Prior to joining Triangle Associates, she worked for a number of non-profit organizations, including United Way of Central Minnesota, Women for Women International, and Kids Against Hunger of Central Minnesota.
When she is not at Triangle, Amanda enjoys volunteering as a co-instructor for an adult ESL class, reading classic literature, eating oysters, watching basketball, and traveling to and exploring new places.
Angela Kelley started with Triangle in 1999 and has performed for over ten years in a variety of assemblies for the King County’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Schools Program. Her strength and diversity as an actor means she can create a wide range of characters that bring to life the messages of the assembly year after year. Most recently, she also appeared in the Seattle City Light assembly, Shrinking Bigfoot, which educates students about their carbon footprint and how they can reduce it.
Angela is a committed educator and able to handle large audiences of active children effectively, as well as smaller groups in classroom settings. She has written, produced and directed musicals for a variety of elementary schools. Currently, she teaches acting, voice and singing to all ages and is a professional voice-over artist.
Annalisa Peterson enjoys supporting the Administrative and Facilitation/Policy teams with a variety of essential tasks such as: copyediting, research, assisting with proposal writing, scheduling, and communications.
Annalisa brings nine years of experience as a K-2nd grade classroom teacher and K-5th grade/special education dance specialist with Seattle Public Schools. During her most recent years of teaching, she designed and taught a schoolwide dance, yoga & creative movement curriculum, rehearsed students for performances, and stage-managed assemblies and community performances. She has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lugoj, Romania and has enjoyed performing as a dancer in works for Seattle based choreographers. She earned a BA from the University of Washington and a Washington State Education Certification through Seattle Pacific University.
Annalisa loves spending her free time engaged in physical endeavors. Some of these include: acro yoga, modern dance, hiking and running.
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!
Cherie Shanteau-Wheeler has over 25 years of experience mediating complex conflicts and facilitating collaborative multi-party processes inside and outside of agencies and organizations. She naturally gravitated to this work when she discovered that the most enjoyable and challenging part of being an attorney was helping conflicting clients and parties find creative solutions that met their needs.
Cherie spent more than 17 years in private law practice and as in-house Dispute Resolution Manager for a Fortune 500 company. In 2001, Cherie joined the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, a federal program, as a Senior Mediator/Senior Program Manager and then as its Director of Programs. In 2014 she returned to private mediation/facilitation practice with Triangle Associates, Inc.
She successfully mediated numerous litigated and non-litigated matters, designed and facilitated several large public processes, including Utah BLM Wilderness and complex watershed and riparian management issues. Cherie has been on mediation panels for the American Arbitration Association, U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Utah, Utah State Courts Mediation Program and the U.S. Postal Service. She is a member of all four Oregon Department of Justice ADR panels, acts as a professional collaboration and conflict resolution coach for public agency and organizational clients and is qualified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)®.
Claire Chase joined Triangle in 2011 and works on a variety of facilitation, mediation, and public involvement projects. She is valued for her writing, organization, and project management skills. Claire works with clients to translate technical information for policy makers and navigate politically delicate situations. Claire’s work has focused on statewide projects, yet includes local and national projects as well.
Claire has an MS in Conflict & Dispute Resolution from the University of Oregon School of Law and a BA in Political Science and French from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Before joining Triangle, Claire worked at Oregon Consensus where she began her practical experience in multi-party facilitation and mediation.
Outside of work, Claire enjoys baking, hiking, kayaking, and exploring Seattle. She also continues to cheer for the Oregon Ducks football team despite being in Husky territory.
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.
Cynthia Carlstad is a highly regarded multidisciplinary project manager with 25 years of experience leading complex water and natural resource projects. Her unique talents are grounded in a passionate interest in holistic water resources management and dedication to finding solutions that foster a healthy environment for the planet and all its inhabitants.
The breadth of her career demonstrates that commitment, including eighteen years in a corporate consulting environment, three years working for the Department of Ecology Water Resources and Water Quality Programs, and one year teaching hydrology, hydrogeology, and environmental geology at Western Washington University. In 2013, she began providing project management, planning and facilitation services as a sole proprietor and Triangle Associates senior consultant.
Dora Lanier, a Seattle based actor and director, joined the Triangle Team in December 2006. Dora presents water conservation and ecology classroom workshops in schools across Snohomish County on behalf of Triangle clients. She also plays the role of Wanda Flipplefairy who has left her land of FlippleDippleDryDum to roam Snohomish County seeking water conservation help from kindergarten and first grade classrooms! Dora also facilitates interactive student action campaigns on pet waste and storm water to students in grades 3 – 5.
Dora is a member of two Playback improvisation troupes: Threshold Ensemble and Playback Theater Northwest. Favorite roles include Rita in Educating Rita and Shirley in Shirley Valentine for The Merc Playhouse in Twisp, WA. Her directing projects include work with Shoreline High School, Meadowdale Middle School and Seattle Public Theater. Each summer she joins the University of Washington Extension Faculty to teach Drama and Story Making to 1st and 2nd graders as part of the Summer Day Program.
After receiving her MFA in Acting/Movement at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she taught a mixture of acting, movement, improvisation and theater history for UW Madison, University of Texas at Austin, Western Washington University, Highline Community College, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH and University of Montana, Missoula.
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 Lasher 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.
Jessica Graham primarily works with the Triangle’s Education Team. Jessica assists with scheduling classroom presentations, creating props for workshops, database maintenance, data entry and a variety of administrative and organizational duties.
Jessica graduated from Washington State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Prior to working at Triangle Associates, Inc., Jessica has worked with students with developmental and learning disabilities and as an Elementary Librarian at the Clarkston School District in Clarkston, Washington. Her experience working in the education field is a valuable tool that translates well into her work at Triangle.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys exploring the city, reading and spending time with friends and family.
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.
Martha C. Bean has provided mediation, facilitation, strategic guidance and collaboration services for over 35 years. Martha is known for careful situation assessments, and for designing collaboration and decision systems responsive to each setting. Martha brings analytic skills to her work, drawing on an academic background in environmental sciences. A hallmark of her approach is a unique ability to convey complex scientific, technical and organizational information through imagery. Martha has provided complex strategic planning services for land trusts, state and local elected officials and their staffs, inter- and intra-agency working groups, technical research and implementation staff, research organizations, national non-profit organizations, federal agencies and a federal congressperson.
Marxa Marnia joined Triangle in 2017 as a Project Associate II from the non-profit sector where she has largely focused on: diversity, equity, inclusion, and community development. Her work includes process and workshop facilitation, committee leadership, event planning, volunteer coordination, and executive support. Marxa completed a dual B.A.S. at the Evergreen State College and is an alumna of TESC's Master of Environmental Studies program where she concentrated on natural resources and political economy.
In her free time, Marxa enjoys visiting art galleries, listening to music, writing poetry, hiking and jogging around Greenlake.
Michael Lyng keeps Triangle running through his accounting skills. He does it all with a smile on his face.
Nanda Guajardo started working with Triangle’s Education Team in November 2012, focusing on recycling assistance for schools in Snohomish County.
Nanda has over a decade of experience coordinating outreach programs in the Seattle area and communicating with the public about environmental information. She has managed educators and volunteers for large-scale local programs such as the King County Master Recycler Composters and King County Household Hazardous Wastemobile, and coordinated the recycling operations for the entire University of Washington campus.
In 1999, Nanda received her B.A. in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College and she also holds a master’s degree in Environment & Community from Antioch University Seattle; a degree focusing on creating partnerships and communicating effectively on environmental health and justice issues.
When Nanda is not helping schools enhance their recycling programs and promoting waste reduction to students, she is spending time with her two young recyclers ages 6 and 2-1/2. Nanda moved from Maine to Seattle in 1999 and is happy to be raising her two kids in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, although sometimes she misses the snow and the sun.
Nedra Chandler’s career at Triangle began under the mentorship of founder Alice Shorett in 1990 as a nonpartisan facilitator for tribal, federal and state government clients. She is based in Triangle’s downtown Helena, Montana office. Her favorite work is centered on intergovernmental and workplace settings — especially conflict prevention and management.
Today’s public servants are re-shaping the way our democracy functions every day. Nedra commits to being of steady service to government clients by using approaches that contain simple structures to evoke shifts in how groups move through learning and decision making.
Previous positions include: a Washington DC-based role in research & communications for Common Cause (a nonpartisan citizens’ lobby focused on government ethics and campaign finance reform), small claims court mediator, managing director and mediator for the Montana Consensus Council (a state office of dispute resolution), mediator for the Department of Labor’s Human Rights Bureau, founder of Cadence, and manager of a state public health program to systematically support more physical activity in schools and communities.
Nedra holds an International Coach Federation coach credential, and is a qualified coaching practitioner with Lumina Learning.
She enjoys writing monthly about practical ways to design trust and satisfaction back into 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.
Shay Huff joined Triangle in 2015 and has played an integral role on both the Administration Team and the Facilitation/Public Involvement Team. In her work with the Facilitation/Public Involvement Team, Shay conducts research for a range of projects, manages meeting logistics, assists with community outreach and public involvement, synthesizes data, edits documents, coordinates marketing efforts, contributes to proposal writing and provides general support to project managers. Shay is the main point of contact for all of Triangle's social media updates and has provided an essential role in the redesigning of Triangle's new website. Shay demonstrates time and again that she is a quick learner and masterful multi-tasker.
When Shay is not at the office, she is working on her grassroots project WEM, which is short for Women's Empowerment Movement. WEM is an organization that encourages progress, knowledge, and unity among women and provides a safe space for discussing modern day issues in a way that promotes love, acceptance and solidarity.
Shay loves running, yoga and feeding her friends, and has recently dedicated a good portion of her time to doing outreach with Seattle's homeless community.
Sophie Glass joined Triangle in 2014 and supports Triangle’s public involvement and facilitation efforts. Sophie is passionate about inclusive and meaningful public engagement. In particular, she enjoys finding innovative ways of involving community members in the policy decisions that affect them. She is skilled at 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. Prior to joining Triangle, Sophie worked for various environmental nonprofits in Colorado where she conducted public outreach, research and grant-writing.
In her free time, Sophie enjoys exploring new neighborhoods, listening to podcasts and music, hiking in Washington and talking to her family in New York.
Since joining Triangle in 1995, Terence Kelley has toured hundreds of elementary schools with King County’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Assembly Program. His physical acting style and high energy creates a memorable performance for all ages. He actively uses a range of exceptional tools for integrating theatre and environmental education, and conveys complex ideas in an engaging and fun manner.
Terence also writes, directs and choreographs musicals with all ages, from elementary through high school. He teaches at the University of Washington Summer Day Program, and is active on the theatre scene, often appearing at Seattle Children’s Theatre.
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.