Green Star Staff
Kim hails originally from Southern California…and drove to Alaska nearly fifteen years ago to join her husband, who was attending UAA. With a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences, Kim has worked in a variety of fields ranging from for-profit business management to education to human and health services. Kim thrives on non-profit business management and enjoys professional learning opportunities, especially presenting her trademark administrative supervisory classes at local and national conferences.
According to her staff, Kim is “not your average greenie.” Kim promotes the belief that green living and business development is a balance that needs to fit the individual or business to ensure a strong, profitable bottom line. Customer satisfaction and interests drive numerous specific business markets and, with many green-savvy consumers on the rise, businesses must pay attention to the public’s opinion of products and services.
Kim’s husband is a scientist thus the family lives in a healthy, balanced, and practical green manner. Kim’s children love to recycle and especially enjoy the monetary benefit coming from Mom. Kim enjoys green crafting (as evidenced by her home business “Alaska Green Chick”), ice skating, skiing, hockey, football, home brewing with her husband, and “light” hiking and biking with her family.
Technical Assistance Coordinator
Josh was born and raised in Southern West Virginia. He received his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 2005. Josh came to Alaska in the summer of 2008 and spent two seasons working with Alaska Wildland Adventures on the Kenai Peninsula. That was enough time for him to fall in love with Alaska and make Anchorage his permanent residence.
Josh has experience in helping businesses overcome the challenges that arise while making the transition to becoming environmentally responsible. He is excited to be a member of the Green Star team and passionate about helping Alaska become a role model for waste reduction and sustainability.
During the summer months, Josh enjoys whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, and camping in beautiful, remote places (all of Alaska). In the winter months, he spends his free time at Alyeska or backcountry skiing. Anything outdoors is right up his alley and he is always interested in experiencing new adventures.
jeanne at greenstarinc.org
(with Sky and Glacier)
Jeanne grew up in New York State in the Finger Lakes region. She earned a BS in Communications from Cornell University and an MS in Conservation Behavior from the University of Michigan. She has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field, focusing on recycling and pollution prevention issues.
Jeanne lived and worked in the Anchorage area for ten years before relocating to Loudoun County, Virginia, at the end of 2009. During her decade in Alaska, she was Program Director at Green Star where she developed such initiatives as the Green Events program and Site Assessments as part of the Green Star Award benefits package.
She conducted almost 150 site assessments for member businesses over the years. She also organized electronics recycling events and developed much of Green Star’s outreach and technical assistance materials, including web content, monthly newsletters and tip sheets. Jeanne continues to assist with outreach at Green Star from afar, keeping in touch with Anchorage business issues while also offering an “outside” perspective.
While in Alaska, Jeanne enjoyed dog mushing, skijoring, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. She continues to live with eight sled dogs in Virginia, as well as five cats and her husband, and is exploring the outdoor opportunities available for northern breed dogs in the southern climate (swimming in the Potomac??).