Executive Director

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Jonelle is a 2004 graduate of Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She has a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. She has over 10 years of experience in sustainability. Before she came to Sustainable Sandhills, she was the Director of Strategic Communications for sustainability programs at the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Bragg, NC and for the United States Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg and the Office of the Chief of Army Reserve at Fort Belvoir, VA. Jonelle is a Siberian husky mom, lover of water, ice hockey nut and jewelry designer.

Jonelle leads the communications and marketing, donor relations and contracting efforts for Sustainable Sandhills. Her program areas include PFAS and emerging contaminants, hazard mitigation and our projects that support local farmers and artisans. She also serves on Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Coordinating Committee and NC State University’s Center for Human Health and the Environment’s Community Science Advisory Panel.

Read Jonelle’s full biography HERE.


Sustainability Programs Manager


Kia manages our air quality program with the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and our heat and smoke vulnerability programs with the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Kia is also an experienced and talented graphic designer and fiber artist.


Cumberland County Schools Go Green Initiative Director


Renee comes to Sustainable Sandhills from the Golden State of California. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science and Environmental Studies in 2006 from the University of California – Santa Cruz. From there, she became a teacher and traveled the world from 2006 to 2011, visiting places across Europe, Asia and South America. Upon returning to the States, she continued teaching and eventually completed her teaching career as a high school science teacher in 2021. In 2020, she completed her graduate certificate in Sustainable Tourism. In 2022, she will graduate from East Carolina University with a Master of Science in Sustainable Tourism and Management with hopes of continuing her education towards a PhD in Sustainability.

Renee says, “Working to help the planet flourish has always been a passion of mine, and I will continue to do this through outreach and education whenever, and wherever, possible. When I’m not ‘saving the planet’, you can find me studying, spending time with my kid, dancing, traveling, volunteering or camping.”

Renee is the Director of the Go Green Initiative for Cumberland County Schools. She assists administrators, teachers and students with sustainability projects including energy and water efficiency, recycling and waste management, STEM education integration, community outreach and much more.


Sustainability Program Coordinator – Waste Management


Anna Chott graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Environmental Policy. Since then, she has served as an agriculture volunteer in the Peace Corps, taught English as a Second Language and worked as a volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. She moved to Fayetteville in 2017 to join her husband, who is in the Army and stationed at Fort Bragg. In her spare time, Anna enjoys gardening, fostering and volunteering with a local dog rescue and traveling around NC with her husband and their dog, Chance. She is passionate about all environmental issues, with a particular interest in how they relate to public health and environmental justice.

Anna leads Sustainable Sandhills’ litter abatement, illegal dumping abatement and recycling education and infrastructure projects, and she coordinates outreach activities and events related to pollution prevention including our 5 For Friday reverse litter campaign with Cumberland County and the City of Fayetteville, Fayetteville Beautiful and monthly litter collections with Keep Moore County Beautiful.