Brian serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainability and leads the college’s efforts to promote environmental stewardship at an institutional level. This includes overseeing co-curricular sustainability programming, coordinating with faculty to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum, working with facilities to reduce energy use and promote sustainable operations, and directing the college’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Brian holds two masters degrees, one in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University and the other in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard Extension School. In addition to his work at Houghton College, Brian also directs a Christian ministry called Climate Caretakers, and is actively involved in numerous national-level creation care initiatives. Brian loves a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and ultimate frisbee, and has a life goal of climbing to the highest point in all 50 U.S. states.
Assistant Sustainability Coordinator
Jesse has served as the Assistant Coordinator with the Center for Sustainability since August 2018. She is currently a Sophomore at Houghton, studying International Development with minors in Spanish and Business. Recently, Jesse has organized events such as the Harvestival and farmer’s market and a tree-planting fundraiser event. In addition to helping with the college’s sustainability efforts, she participated in the London Honors program during the spring semester of 2018. Jesse’s passion for hiking and eating clean foods has contributed to her engagement in worldwide, national, and local efforts to address current issues.
Melissa is an Environmental Biology and Writing major, the editor-in-chief of the Houghton STAR, and the Biodiversity Coordinator for the Center for Sustainability. Growing up, she spent her summer days playing in the woods and taking macrophotography of mushrooms, ferns, flowers and lichens. In her journey to become an educator and explorer in the sciences, she continues to take inspiration from the adventuring spirits and warm-hearted curiosity of Gerald Durrell, Gene Stratton-Porter, and fictional botanist/space pirate Mark Watney. She’s passionate about projects that change the campus for the better, and is always on the lookout to make connections and partnerships with other student groups at Houghton.
A senior at Houghton College, Shaphan Hestick is majoring in Environmental Science, International Development and Political Science. Shaphan is a native of Guyana in South America, and spent his childhood near to rice fields, fruit trees and the Atlantic Ocean. His passion towards environmental literacy greatly pushed him towards pursuing a degree in the field, and has taken him to Brazil, Suriname, and Sierra Leone. Working with the Houghton College Sustainability Center is one of Shaphan’s first attempts to bring together his interests in creation care with his vision for the church and its broader community as servants of those deeply affected by environmental issues. He believes that through his work with the Center, he can cultivate a passion for creation care in his peers and the Houghton community.
Honus is majoring in International Development with minors in Philosophy, Political Science and Religion and serves as the Center for Sustainability’s Garden Coordinator. When on the job, he can normally be found organizing the garden, planting, transplanting and all other manner of garden-related things. This is motivated by Honus’ love of the natural world and desire to see himself and his fellow students live more sustainably.