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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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Curtis Schabath
Director of Education

Curtis Schabath is a third-generation Detroiter, adjunct professor, pup parent, and nonprofit supporter who has been volunteering in the environmental and justice spaces for most of their lives. Pulling passions and knowledge from lived-experiences, community involvement, and a Master of Science and MBA from Walsh College lead them gratefully joining GLS as the Director of Education in October 2023.    


They look forward to helping make a continued difference in the environmental, recycling, and educational shared spaces through meaningful relationships with, and inspiration from, educators and the youth/future leaders of this beautiful city.

Catch Curtis on Belle Isle year-round, at a DCFC match, enjoying all the amazing food, venues, festivals, parks/skateparks, and small businesses across all of Detroit, shooting photos, crate digging/DJing, road tripping, and celebrating the accomplishments of the city and its people.


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Justine abbo 
Recycling Program Manager

Justine’s first memory in Detroit is riding the People Mover to a Red Wings game as a child, but the city has always been a special place for her. Her family immigrated to Detroit from Iraq in the 1950’s, starting small businesses and creating an intergenerational entrepreneurial spirit within the city’s bounds. Justine is passionate about representing and strengthening the relationship between Chaldean-Americans and native Detroit communities with compassion, sustainability and creativity at the forefront of our work.


Justine attended the University of Michigan where she earned a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a focus in Industrial Design, and a Minor in Entrepreneurship. She is a TRUE Zero Waste Advisor and has worked with non-profit organizations in Detroit since 2016, engaging with communities in Brightmoor and East Side neighborhoods. She is passionate about educating others on zero waste practices to increase financial vitality, particularly with small and minority-owned businesses.

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Kamryn Gardner 
Community Engagement Program Manager

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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Lia Holland 
Marketing & Program Coordinator

Lia is a born and raised Detroiter always taking immense pride in her love for the city! She has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media Studies from The University of Michigan, while being involved in numerous organizations. Being a part of her community has always been very important to her. Meeting and connecting with others has always filled her heart with tons of joy. Lia believes there is beauty in everything and it all starts, and is solely, connected to this beautiful planet we call Earth.


Lia is not only a sustainability advocate, but a true creative as well. Expressing herself through a plethora of art mediums including photography, painting, fashion and more! A huge part of her connection to Detroit is one of her favorite places, Belle Isle Park. Going as a child to feed the ducks, to fast forwarding 20 years later capturing the true essence of the park with her camera, as well as immersing herself and her adorable puppy into nature. From a creative standpoint, The Heidelberg Project sparked the connection of her love for art and community, heavily influencing what she believes is possible by bringing together art, community, and the earth to create and maintain something beautiful. 

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Operations Team

Accountant -

Development -

Community Engagement Intern -

David O'Brien
 Allison Quast

Isabel Redmond

Recycling Ambassadors

Patricia Taylor- Braxton
Lois J. Robinson
Rhonda Askew
Naimah Muhammad
LaTonya Thomas
Jason Philpot- Dixon
Trevor Karty

Michelle Jackson
Lula Gardfrey
Jennifer Spivey
Janis Hazel
Patricia Little
Denisse Avilla

Laura Wright

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OBD Park Champions

LaTonya Thomas
Walter Bailey
Kaytea Moreno Elst
John Myers
Denisse Lopez
Lesley Gant




Sara sanders
United Way for Southeast Michigan



leatrice thompson
Vice President
Georgia Tech Alumni Association


Robin mcferrin



Ashley Kongs

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chad rogers
 Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

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