Pre-College Programs

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Rhode Island Faculty

Robin Rose, Senior Associate Dean of The School of Professional Studies, has served Brown University for over 30 years as a therapist, chief student affairs officer and as the founder and director of the Leadership Institute and the Brown Environmental Leadership Labs. She also founded and directed the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program, a nationally recognized outdoor leadership program. Dean Rose has a national reputation as expert on leadership development programs for youth and experiential education. She currently supervises all summer programs within Continuing Education. She is passionate about environmental issues, gardening, snorkeling and learning from and with young people.

Kisa Jo Takesue is the Director of Leadership Programs in The School of Professional Studies at Brown University.  Raised in Hawai'i and Massachusetts, she established her longtime connection to Brown in her undergraduate years, receiving an A.B in American Studies.  She obtained her Master's in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and worked in Texas as a community-based social worker, providing supportive services to teen parents, immigrant families, and medical patients. She returned to Brown in 1996 to serve as a dean in the Office of Student Life and, later, as the inaugural director of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center and the Student Activities Office.  During her tenure at Brown, she has collaborated with students and colleagues to implement a wide range of educational programs focusing on leadership and diversity. For six years she taught the Women and Leadership course in the Brown Leadership Institute. Takesue has presented workshops at national conference on topics related to student development and support and has co-authored an article in the Journal of College Counseling and a book chapter about multicultural student services and academic affairs. A founding member of the Asian/Asian American Alumni Alliance of Brown University, Takesue is a volunteer with Youth in Action, a Providence non-profit organization where young people work for positive social change.

Lauren Watka graduated from Brown University with a Master's in Environmental Studies in 2012 and continues to explore the natural, and specifically marine, world at every opportunity. She received a B.S. in biology and has conducted research at Brown University, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Dartmouth College in subjects from micro- and molecular biology to ecology. In addition to research, Lauren has worked as a fisheries scientist on a few New Bedford commercial fishing boats and as an educator with the New England Aquarium in Boston.  Now back at Brown, as a Program Manager, she enjoys the opportunity to learn alongside seasoned environmental education veterans and students new to the field. As a Providence resident, Lauren supports local food and fishery initiatives, bikes as a means of transportation, and serves with her church in the city.

Jane Diener is currently working on a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia (UGA), where she is completing research on sustainability in on-campus student housing. Jane works for University Housing as the Doctoral Intern for Sustainability—a position that allows her to work with staff and students on campus to promote sustainable behavior and environmental awareness. Jane holds a B.S. in Forest Resources from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at UGA, where she also completed one year of a Master of Science before transitioning to the Ph.D. program. Jane started working in environmental education with the Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office, where she worked with a diverse population of children and adults in her community. She also worked in various summer camps to establish and implement nature programs. Jane currently lives in Athens, Georgia where she enjoys running, hiking, live music, supporting local restaurants, and cheering on the Dawgs during football season.   

Jayce G is a science teacher at Arlington High School in Arlington, MA, where he teaches elective courses in Astronomy and Oceanography to seniors and juniors and Physical Science to freshman. He holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from Eckerd College (2008) and is currently working towards a Master in Environmental Sustainability at the Harvard University Extension School. Jayce has also spent a great deal of time on non-classroom education. Prior to his years at Arlington High, he worked at Project Oceanology in Groton, CT, leading marine science programs about the estuary of Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River Watershed, and human impacts on the two. He also spent summer 2012 as an instructor with BELL Rhode Island and is an instructor for the Spring BELL program in New Orleans.  For summer 2014, Jayce will be joining the BELL Rhode Island instructional staff once again. Jayce currently lives in Arlington and spends his free time working on his various aquariums or watching any Boston sports team play.

Kurt Teichert is a Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Manager of Environmental Stewardship Initiatives at Brown University. He teaches courses and advises students on Sustainable Design and Environmental Stewardship. In 1990, Brown established an environmental education and advocacy initiative that links student research and education efforts with university operations to implement programs that reduce the negative environmental impacts. Kurt came to Brown in 1992 to support that initiative. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and has been involved in research, design and construction of high performance educational facilities for 20 years. Teichert serves as a Stakeholder in the Rhode Island Greenhouse Gas Initiative to develop and implement a state climate action plan. Prior to coming to Brown, Kurt served as Research Associate and Facilities Manager at New Alchemy Institute. He holds an M.Sc. in Resource Economics from Oregon State University and a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College.