Staff

Teri Brezner

Program Manager for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Teri manages ELP's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives, including the execution and planning for the RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship and DEI curriculum design and facilitation for ELP's regional and national programs and consulting projects.  Teri has 10 years of experience in developing and training diverse leaders and communities to facilitate behavior and social change. She holds a Masters in Adult Learning and Global Change from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in intercultural training and a Bachelors in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Richmond. 

Teri has designed and facilitated leadership development trainings and programs for hundreds of social change leaders in the US and abroad, working for organizations that include Peace Corps, Phelps Stokes, 2Seeds, Management Sciences for Health, Rare and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. 

Teri is a fierce advocate for social justice and supports social change movements that envision and demand a more just and sustainable future.  Teri uses participatory methods and dialogue education to create inclusive spaces that support individuals and communities learning and growth. She is passionate about developing the skills, network and opportunities for diverse emerging leaders to transform themselves, their communities and the social change sector.

Teri is originally from Canada, she grew up mostly in Toronto, Montreal and upstate NY and has been based in Arlington, Virginia for the last 10 years. She just moved into DC and lives with her husband and two cats. 

Rasheena Fountain

Digital Communications Manager

As the Digital Communications Manager, Rasheena manages the strategic planning and day-to-day communications of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Alumni (DDCSP-alumni) network, including updating and disseminating all DDSCF-alumni web and social media content. Rasheena also works closely with the Program Manager for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to develop online programming and digital content to facilitate capacity building, online community engagement and career opportunities for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Alumni. 

Rasheena has a diverse background in communications that includes teaching, public speaking, writing, mixed media, environmental education, community engagement and project management. Her writing appears in national publications and various local publications across the country.  Her previous research includes exploring how cultural heritage directs community relationships with food within urban food systems and using assessment as a tool for community engagement.   Most recently, she did a Walker Communications Fellowship with the National Audubon Society where she focused on digital storytelling on social media platforms and environmental journalism through writing about nature in urban landscapes.  She has also taught writing at the community college level and worked in career services in higher education. 

Originally from Chicago’s west side communities Austin and K-Town,  she received her B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. Ed.in Urban Environmental Education from Antioch University Seattle/IslandWood. She has a personal interest in communicating conservation stories to the general public and using environmental knowledge to empower communities.  

Michael Gagné

Regional Programs Manager

Michael Gagné coordinates recruitment and ongoing training development for ELP's regional fellowship programs. With a background in facilitation, social action training, and grassroots organizing, Michael is also a graduate of the Green Corps school for environmental leadership.  He has worked on a range of environmental and social justice campaigns - including issues of food politics, water issues, international trade, climate justice, and more. In 2009, Michael helped launch the Earth Quaker Action Team and its campaign to stop mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. Michael has a passion for popular education and has been a guest educator and speaker in a wide range of contexts - including conferences, universities, faith communities, and more. He regularly facilitates strategic planning, campaign development, and direct action training. Michael is originally from Montreal, Canada. For the last decade, he and his family have been based in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, he also serves as a Teaching Fellow for Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. 

Errol Mazursky

Executive Director

Errol manages the day-to-day operations of ELP in addition to the recruitment and selection process of ELP's regional networks, oversees the development and planning of fellowship programming and supports ELP's national network of over 900 Senior Fellows. Previously, Errol was a public health fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he worked on community outreach programs and the development of international cohort studies to investigate the environment's impact on children's health and development. Errol served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a health volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa and was a Crisis Corps Volunteer in New Orleans, LA where he contributed to the response effort of Hurricane Katrina. Errol currently serves on the Board of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Program, and the Board of Impact by Design, he is a former Board Director of Greenbelt Homes Inc., and the Greenbelt Development Corporation. In 2011 Errol was awarded a TogetherGreen Fellowship in recognition of his expertise in leadership and network weaving and in 2013 received an Emerging Leader Grant from the Claneil Foundation.

Jenna Ringelheim

Deputy Director

Jenna manages various components of ELP's programs on a national scale, including the recruitment and selection of Fellows, curriculum development, retreat center logistics, the expansion of ELP's community of leadership practitioners, and the development of lifelong learning opportunities for ELP's Senior Fellow community.  Jenna has 15 years of experience working with environmental non-profits in leadership positions, including The Northwest Earth Institute, Wild Gift, The Trust for Public Land, and the Nature Conservancy. Jenna has a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Skidmore College, an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, and an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. Jenna is both a Wild Gift Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. Jenna has contributed to a variety of magazines and published her first book in 2008, entitled "Best Hikes with Dogs, Boston and Beyond.” She currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

Jordan Williams

RAY Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship, Jordan performs the planning and execution of the RAY Fellowship Program, leading outreach and recruitment efforts, screening applicants, providing program development and logistic support, and managing the Program website. Jordan provides similar support for the Regional and National Fellowship Programs as well.

Prior to joining ELP, Jordan worked with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) as a RAY Fellow, examining the socio-economic, political, and cultural contexts of fish-dependent communities, and helping the EDF Oceans Program better understand the institutions (formal and informal) and power dynamics which must be considered to produce equitable management solutions for all human rights-holders. With a focus on women, Jordan led the development of survey instruments to highlight the fish-related roles and contributions of women, and diagnose opportunities and challenges for their further recognition in policy, participation in fishery management and decision-making, and access to fish resources and benefits. Jordan also served on the EDF’s Diversity Committee, promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally at the EDF and in the diverse communities with which it engages. Jordan earned his B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a concentration in Human Dimensions of the Environment. In addition to his work at ELP, Jordan serves as an instructor for BollyX, the Bollywood Workout in Boston, MA.