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Meet our team

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Natalie Jakub
Executive Director

Natalie has been working with Green Living Science since 2013. She started as the Volunteer Coordinator at Green Living Science through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Natalie is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Social Foundations – Eco-Justice Education.

Natalie is a certified TRUE Advisor, helping facilities achieve zero waste, and has been helping businesses reduce waste and establish sustainable recycling programs. Natalie also serves as the chair of the Recycling and Waste Reduction Committee with Detroit City Council’s Green Task Force. Natalie is an alumnus of the MSU Extension Great Lakes Leadership Academy - Leadership Advancement Program and the Environmental Leadership Program.

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Emily Weiss
Director of Education

Emily started at Green Living Science in 2023. She was drawn to the organization's impact, creativity, and commitment to filling the area’s educational needs. Emily is a Wayne State graduate that has worked with the National Science Foundation, and the Great Lakes Commision on various grants. 


Emily is a TRUE advisor and has enrolled in the Sustainability & Development Professional MasterTrack from University of Michigan. Prior to working for non-profit, Emily spent years in the healthcare field providing in-home elder care. She has worked in formal education settings including work with neurodivergent individuals and early childhood programs. She uses this background to emphasize the full connectivity of sustainability to the past, present, and future. 


Emily is planning a wedding, and working on the restoration of a historic home. She is open to advice on both! 


After a decade in the education field, Emily’s education ethos has become that acquiring knowledge is useless if it isn’t shared. The community should be given bountiful and easily navigable resources to become caretakers of the planet.

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Kamryn Gardner 
Community Engagement Coordinator

Kamryn began working with Green Living Science in 2022. She earned her Bachelors of Science from the College of Natural Resources at Michigan State University with a concentration in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. She is a Detroit native who is passionate about enhancing the environmental health and beauty of the city. Kamryn joined sustainable efforts with her hometown in mind and finds fulfillment in conversation with Detroit residents of all ages! 

Kamryn enjoys expressing creativity through artistic avenues such as painting, drawing, and even upcycling old articles of clothing by adding her own painting twists to traditional pieces.  She believes that nature's beauty is the greatest art that has been produced, and we must consciously take steps to protect the environment and conserve its beauty for future generations.

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Logan Applebee
Director of Community Engagement

Logan (he/him) hails from Ovid, a farm town in Mid-Michigan. He studied Environmental and Urban Studies at the University of Michigan. In addition to his work with Green Living Science, he is obtaining his Master's of Urban Planning with a focus in Housing and Community Development from Wayne State University. 


Logan has previously worked as an educator focused on climate change, waste, and environmental justice. Additionally, he has consulted on community engagement for climate action plans in Detroit and Washtenaw County.


Logan likes to spend his free time biking in Detroit, hiking, kayaking, and being outdoors in general. He also likes to cook, support independent bookstores, watch baseball, and find the best spots for coffee.

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Operations Team

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Development -

David O'Brien
Allison Quast

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Recycling Ambassadors

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Lula Gardfrey

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Jennifer Spivey


Janis Hazel

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Patricia Taylor- Braxton
Lisa Rodriguez
Lois J. Robinson
Reba Neely
Belinda Smith 
Jennifer Oresti
Kendal Kuneman
Rhonda Askew
Naimah Muhammad

Wendy Little 
Laura Wright




Ashley Kongs
Dow Chemical

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chad rogers
 Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Sara sanders
Vice President
United Way for Southeast Michigan


leatrice thompson
Georgia Tech Alumni Association



Robin mcferrin


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