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.
Director of Community Engagement
Kia works with other nonprofit organizations and civic agencies on projects that enhance both the environment and quality of life in our communities – especially for underserved populations. Some of her projects include establishing and educating residents about community/urban gardens and the Made from Scratch program. 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
Born and raised in Nebraska, Trinity grew up surrounded by agriculture and land conservation. She became a florist as soon as she could work, and excelled at it due to her creativity and quick-thinking. After high school, she was accepted into, and attended, the Savannah College of Art and Design. While doing research for a found objects sculpture project, Trinity’s heart was broken over beach litter and her aspirations changed soon after. She later moved to Fayetteville in the fall of 2021 to be with her husband who is stationed at Fort Bragg.
Trinity is currently pursuing her B.A. in Sustainable Governance and a minor in Project management at Arizona State University online.
In her free time, Trinity enjoys thrifting, yoga, gardening, and cooking. Trinity is passionate about preserving enough equity in the earth so that every future human being will have sufficient resources to live a life that is worth living.
Trinity leads Sustainable Sandhills’ litter abatement, illegal dumping abatement, and recycling education and infrastructure projects. She coordinates outreach activities and events related to pollution prevention including the 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.