Danielle Vermeer

Meet Koa Kaulukukui-Barbee: Believing in Better

Meet Koa Kaulukukui-Barbee: Believing in Better

“Enjoy the natural beauty as much as we are protecting it.” Inspiration for Work Hawaii native, Koa Kaulukukui-Barbee, has always had an affinity for our earth’s beauty. From a very young age, she witnessed volcanic eruptions that left her in awe of nature. As she grew up, she saw buildings pop up and overcrowding take over the Hawaiian islands. This inspired Koa to be a part of the conservation m ...[Read More]

Meet Angie Rosser: Advocating for a Brighter Future

Meet Angie Rosser: Advocating for a Brighter Future

“We are bound together for one movement.” Angie Rosser of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition has dedicated herself to a life of advocacy. During the early part of her career Angie worked against gender based violence; helping women and children feel safe at home. Themes of justice, safety, and security inspired her passion to help people feel safe in their environment too. Above all else, she beli ...[Read More]

Meet Mary Van Kerrebrook: Fostering Conservation Through Law

Meet Mary Van Kerrebrook: Fostering Conservation Through Law

“Lift up other voices, as well as our own.” Inspiration for Work Mary Van Kerrebrook built on her legal training to champion Texas conservation efforts, starting with the National Wildlife Federation’s Texas affiliate, the Texas Conservation Alliance. There she assisted in an Endangered Species Act lawsuit that stopped clear cutting within the areas of Texas National Forests used by the endangered ...[Read More]

Meet Jessica Sotelo: Leading Together

Meet Jessica Sotelo: Leading Together

“In order to be a leader, you first need to lift up your team.” Inspiration for Work Jessica Sotelo, of World Wildlife Fund, has combined her love for the natural world with her interest in nonprofit work. Growing up, her mom lead programs at a national organization focused on the transition of school to work while her dad was the head of policy at the National Park Service. When it came time to c ...[Read More]

Meet Trica Oshant Hawkins: Cultivating Lifelong Stewardship

Meet Trica Oshant Hawkins: Cultivating Lifelong Stewardship

“Appreciate the beauty in being both gentle and strong.” Inspiration for Work Conservation enthusiast, Trica Oshant Hawkins, has transformed her childhood love for nature into a career of lifelong stewardship. In her youth, Trica would capture horned lizards in Texas and praying mantises in Thailand. After discovering how these creatures died indoors, she decided wild things needed to stay wild. F ...[Read More]

Meet San Juana Olivares: Ensuring Clean Water for All

Meet San Juana Olivares: Ensuring Clean Water for All

“Just because you’re not a permanent resident, doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference.” As president of Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative – La Placita, San Juana Olivares paved the way to clean water for all. She used her passion for water and human rights to advocate for Hispanic-Latino populations in Michigan, especially those affected by the Flint water crisis. Much of her in ...[Read More]