Policy & Program Team
Jesse Kharbanda is the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization. He oversees HEC’s strategic and program development, legislative initiatives, operations, and fundraising. Jesse has spearheaded focusing HEC’s efforts on three core initiatives: clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and 21st century transportation systems. Jesse has made it a priority of HEC to build bridges with groups that may not have been as engaged with the organization in the past, such as the business community and religious conservatives. Jesse was named to the “Forty Under 40″ list by the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2011, and was the sole Indianapolis-based community leader named to Delta Omega, the national public health honorary, in 2010. Jesse has graduate degrees from Oxford University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago.
Jesse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (317) 685-8800, ext. 103
Senior Policy Director
Tim leads the Hoosier Environmental Council’s programs on forestry, land use, and public transit. In addition, Tim is the Council’s principal presence at the Indiana legislature. He has served as the Council`s Executive Director and previously as its Natural Heritage Director. He has also been chair of the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club as well as a field organizer for the Sierra Club and National Clean Air Coalition. Among his extensive volunteer activities, Tim has served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. He was a Founding Member of the HEC Board of Directors. He has a bachelors degree in Forensic Studies /Psychology from Indiana University.
Tim can be reached at email@example.com and (317) 685-8800, ext. 115
Water & Agriculture Policy Director and Senior Staff Attorney
Kim Ferraro is HEC’s Water and Agriculture Policy Director and Staff Attorney. Kim comes to HEC from the Legal Environmental Aid Foundation (LEAF), the state’s only non-for-profit legal aid services organization focused on the environment. Kim served as the Executive Director of LEAF from its founding until its merger with HEC in Dec. 2011. As LEAF’s ED, Kim achieved several legal victories that have helped communities impacted by industrial pollution, factory farm waste, reckless residential development, and coal ash contamination. Kim’s honors include “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Indiana Lawyer, “Legal Advocate of the Year” by HEC, and Dean W. Kohlhoff Memorial Award for Excellence in Environmental Law. Kim has a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University.
Kim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and at HEC’s Valparaiso office at (219) 464-0104.
Amanda is HEC’s new Senior Program Associate. She will be developing multi-platform educational materials as well as be serving as a major point of contact for HEC’s statewide network of supporters and partners. In addition, Amanda will play a critical role in strengthening our Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and assisting our Clean Energy Initiative in terms of research, policy analysis, and outreach. Amanda’s professional experience includes work in the private sector, teaching, and scientific research. Her voluntary work includes serving as a regional coordinator for Sustainable Indiana 2016 and advancing a unique grassroots effort around climate change. Amanda has a B.S. and M.S in geology from Indiana State University, where she performed research in the fields of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.
Staff Attorney, Water Program Associate, and Donor Relations Coordinator
Amelia is part of our legal team, assists with our water program, and serves as a key liaison to our donors. She played a key role in engaging citizens impacted by factory farm pollution as part of our Sustainable Livestock Farming Initiative. Amelia completed her undergraduate studies at Coe College where she earned a degree in English and went on to attend Valparaiso University School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude. Amelia joins us after volunteer experience clerking for both state and federal judges as well as numerous legal assistance organizations including Legal Environmental Aid Foundation of Indiana, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, and the New York Legal Assistance Group.
Amelia can be reached at email@example.com and at HEC’s Valparaiso office at (219) 464-0104.
Development, Marketing, Media and Accounting Team
Julie L. Rhodes brings over 20 years experience in the environmental field, for local and state government, non-profits and the private sector. She served for five years as executive director for two national environmental and social non-profits organizations. As HEC’s Director of Development Operations, Julie is working with a team of seasoned professionals to enrich relationships between HEC and their supporters. In 2011, Julie worked with HEC to organize the annual Greening the Statehouse event, and has collaborated with HEC on other efforts prior.
Julie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Projects Manager
Senior Development Coordinator
Mary works to cultivate continued support from our donors through management of our database, print and e-communications, event planning and many other development-related efforts. Mary comes to HEC from WFYI, where she served in development and marketing capacities for 9 years. Mary has a B.A. in English from Wittenberg University.
Mary can be reached at email@example.com or at (317) 685-8800, ext. 114.
Sharlene will be helping to expand and deepen HEC’s network of relationships, working to increase financial and advocacy support for HEC’s mission. Sharlene has experience working in the private sector and as a field organizer with public interest organizations in both Indiana and Ohio. In her spare time, Sharlene advocates for humane wildlife treatment and sustainable agriculture. She holds a BA from Kent State University and an MPA in nonprofit management from Indiana University’s SPEA, where she worked with the IU Office of Sustainability and gained field experience in stream and terrestrial ecology and environmental management.
Sharlene can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Development and Office Coordinator
Jennifer, who attended IUPUI’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, comes to HEC from the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing, where she worked as Assistant to the Dean. She’s also worked in administrative, executive assistant, donor relations, and special events positions at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana University, and IUPUI’s Herron School of Art.
Jennifer can be reached at email@example.com.
Marianne Holland is the Media Consultant for the Hoosier Environmental Council. She is responsible for the public relations and media outreach efforts of the organization. Before undertaking work for HEC, Marianne had a long and distinguished career in broadcast journalism, most recently, working for WFYI Public Broadcasting in Indianapolis. Her more than a decade in public radio took her to stations across the country, from Dillingham, Alaska, to Burlington,Vermont. She first came toIndiana as News Director for WVPE in Elkhart. She’s known to many public radio listeners as the Statehouse Bureau Chief of Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations, a post she held from 2006 to 2011. Marianne has won numerous awards in both journalism and public relations and holds a journalism degree from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont.
Marianne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (317) 702-4847.
Sandra Ray, CPA
Sandi Ray is a seasoned accounting professional who has assisted a diversity of non-profit clients during her career. In Sandi’s role with HEC, she ensures that HEC continues its commitment to abiding by the highest standards of accounting practices, generates various financial reports for our organization, and serves as HEC’s liaison to various vendors on both A/R and A/P matters.
Sandi, who works at HEC 1-2 times a week, is reachable at email@example.com.