Director, Office of Sustainability
Bradley Flamm has been the Director of West Chester University’s Office of Sustainability since 2017 and works with the large and diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and community partners who are active in WCU’s Sustainability Council. He holds a doctorate in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and brings to this work the knowledge and skills he has developed as a professional transportation planner, a researcher and teacher, a food security analyst and community development worker, and an environmental advocate.
Stewardship Manager, Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies
Nur Ritter became the second Stewardship Manager of the GNA in January 2016. Nur received a B.S. in Botany from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire in 2000. His doctoral research entailed a country-wide survey of aquatic vegetation and habitats in Bolivia, and focused on evaluating plant species diversity and phytogeographic relationships in a wide range of wetland types.
Before attending university, he worked for 20+ years as a carpenter and contractor. After earning his degrees, he worked as a restoration practitioner for the CSU Stanislaus, Endangered Species Recovery Program (ESRP) for seven years. During this time, he participated in all aspects of the design and implementation of a large-scale habitat restoration study on retired agricultural land in the San Joaquin Valley (California). Subsequently, he returned to New Hampshire where he was employed as a Restoration Ecologist by the New Hampshire chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Nur has also worked as a Contract Botanist and as a self-employed Database Developer.
Amy Maxcy joined the Office of Sustainability in the Summer of 2018, and has since worked to provide administrative support to the staff of the Office of Sustainability, students and student organizations with connections to issues of sustainability, the Campus Organic Gardens, the Gordon Natural Area, and the Sustainability Council. She has a B.A. in English from Temple University and a background working on the administrative side of veterinary medicine. In addition to her regular responsibilities, Amy has served on the Green Office Committee, helping to create the first Green Office Program for WCU, and works on zero waste initiatives, like the Pack it Up - Pass it On move out program.
Graduate Assistant for Data Monitoring and Analysis
Lois is a second-year student earning her MS in Applied Statistics. Currently, along with her work in the Office of Sustainability, she is also interning as a Data Analyst at the Stroud Water Research Center. Before joining the OoS in September 2021, Lois earned her bachelor's degree in Economics at the University of Southern California and worked for two and a half years in Salt Lake City as an analyst in Finance.
Graduate Assistant for Social Media and Student Outreach
Samantha Katsikas is the Social Media and Student Engagement Graduate Assistant for the Office of Sustainability. Responsible for maintaining the social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) and relationships across campus in various departments and clubs connected with the OOS. Graduating from Arcadia University in 2021, with her bachelor’s degree in English and French, she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in English with a concentration in writing, teaching and criticism at West Chester University.
Bicycle Cooperative Intern
Wesley Hicks is the Bicycle Cooperative Intern. Responsible for working with bicycle commuters and recreational bicyclists on campus to create interest in advocacy for safer cycling environments on campus and in the borough. He is a first year graduate student earning his MS in Urban and Regional Planning. He joined the Office of Sustainability in Spring 2020 as an Undergrad majoring in Urban and Environmental Planning.
Sustainability and Public Health Intern
Jackie Faulkner is an Intern with the Office of Sustainability. She graduated from West Chester University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and is currently in her final semester earning her MPH in Environmental Health. In addition to her internship with OoS, Jackie also works for the PA Department of Health as a microbiologist.
Graphic Design Intern
Paije Carbonell is a student graphic designer for the Office of Sustainability. She has created deliverables such as posters, social media posts, and videos that promote safe commuting and sustainability. Paije is expected to graduate in 2022 with a B.F.A. in graphic and interactive design, as well as a minor in Art History.
Office of Sustainability Intern
Sean Donoghue-Neider is a junior Transfer student at West Chester studying Urban and Community Change with a minor in Sustainability. One year ago, he relocated to the West Chester Area after living in Seattle, WA for 19 years. The move was in an effort to finish his Bachelor’s degree. Sean works part time as a job coach with adults that have cognitive disabilities through a nonprofit called Community Integrated Services. At the beginning of the fall semester, Sean was hired as a work study intern for the West Chester Office of Sustainability. He works to engage students on campus in awareness and assist in efforts related to Sustainability. He is passionate about Social Justice, Sustainability and Place Based Education. One day he hopes to establish an independent school based on those ideals!
Atlas Zero Waste Fellow
Alden Ritchey is one of the two Zero Waste fellows in the Office of Sustainability. He works with Post-Landfill Action Network’s (PLAN) Atlas Zero Waste Program to facilitate conversations for our campus-wide Zero Waste Strategic Vision. He entered the office of Sustainability in Fall 2021 as a Sustainability Peer Educator and is pursuing his BS in Urban and Environmental Planning.