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Emily Stiles 

Outreach Coordinator

Emily is an East Tennessee native and UTK Alum who couldn’t be happier to spend this year of service at their alma mater. She graduated in 2021 with a B.A. in Theatrical Performance, where they worked closely with campus organizations as well as the Clarence Brown Theatre to create beautiful and challenging art. They are extremely excited to continue making connections with the Knoxville community, educating campus about Social and Environmental Sustainability, and creating tangible change in her own backyard.

Jessica GerberDolan

Data Analyst and Office Administrator

Jessica got her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the year 2020. She spent the past year with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) working with nonprofits to support their community. In the year her team planted 10,000 native wetland plants in the San Francisco Bay Area, returned over $1 million to the Seattle community by providing free tax services, continued construction on four homes for Habitat for Humanity, and assisted in navigating over 6000 LA residents to get their Covid-19 vaccination. She took on the opportunity to be part of the Office of Sustainability in order to continue her service and to follow her dream of making the environment healthier and happier.

Amythest Devlin

Alternative Energy and Transportation Coordinator

Amythest recently moved to Tennessee from the PNW to join the Office of Sustainability through AmeriCorps. She holds a B.S. in Sustainability from Arizona State University and is currently working towards a M.A. in Sustainable Energy at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Her passions include policy work aimed towards sustainable growth and infrastructure in energy and transportation and she is excited for the opportunity to work with those passions here at UTK. She is ready to make a difference on the campus, working collaboratively with others who share similar passions and students who are just beginning to explore sustainable development.

Max Hastings

Zero Waste Coordinator

Max was born in San Francisco and moved to New York when he was 5. He lived and grew up there for 20 years before moving to Knoxville. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Journalism from Purchase College in White Plains NY. Max is honored to have the opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps member with the Office of Sustainability, as he is a huge advocate for sustainability and the environment as a whole. Max loves being outdoors, including playing sports like rugby and golf (which he played in college), swimming in any body of water and going on hikes. As the Zero Waste Coordinator, he is dedicated to making UT a more sustainable campus and making sure we are eliminating landfill waste as much as possible with projects such as My Tiny Trash and the Green Office Program.


Deb Bethel

Social Impact Coordinator

Deb is an Illinois native who is easily excitable when it comes to Tennessee’s topography.  She graduated from ISU with BA degrees in French Studies and English Studies with a concentration in TESOL, and is now pursuing her passions through the Office of Sustainability. As social impact coordinator, she is happily repurposing, reusing, and refusing to let good food or items be wasted in the name of sustainability and food/basic needs security.  Deb is happiest with a pair of hiking boots on, surrounded by trees; or similarly with her slippers on and a cat in her lap.

Hayes Anderson

Academic Engagement Coordinator

Hayes was born in Memphis, TN and moved to Knoxville in 2015 in order to attend the University of Tennessee. He majored in Sustainability and minored in Business Administration. Due to his love for the environment he is now an AmeriCorps member working in the Office of Sustainability. His main passion is business efficiency and trying to get people and businesses to care about the environment through financial incentives. He believes the main way to get businesses to care about the environment is by showing that it can be more cost efficient to do things in a clean manner. Outside of work Hayes loves to bike, hike, attend concerts, and just overall be involved in his local community. He is extremely excited to be the Academic Engagement Specialist so please reach out to him for whatever needs you may have!

Ella Dohrmann

Compost Logistics Coordinator

Ella spent the last four years attending the University of Montana where they received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, a minor in Climate Change and Wilderness studies, and a certificate in Environmental Ethics in 2021. With interests in food waste, climate change solutions, and sustainable communities, Ella worked at a small compost organization in Montana during their senior year of college which helped deepen her interest in composting. It was this fascination with compost and desire to do community service that led her to join AmeriCorps as the Compost Logistics Coordinator here at the University of Tennessee in the Office of Sustainability. They are excited to be here on campus to help expand the compost program into new places and to grow as an individual through this new experience.































Student Assistants


Grow Lab Team:

Emily Kersey

Max Lubelczyk


Donations Team:

Daria Baker

Mariah Laux

Natalia Acuña

Emily Amann

Data Team:

Sashan Amarasignhe


Outreach Team:

Leah Falin


Zero Waste Team:




Operations Team:

Brian Robertson


Compost Team:

Wyatt Miner

Mary McWaters

Lauren Williams

Duncan McNamara