The MES Ambassadors are current students who have been chosen to meet with prospective students who are interested in learning more about the MES degree. Ambassadors meet with prospective students on campus or talk with them on the phone. If you’d like to meet with an Ambassador, please contact us.
Drissia Ras is a second-year MES student who was born and raised in Morocco, in a city surrounded by small farms. Her best days were those she spent out in the field. She grew up in a diverse and beautiful region with mountains, forest, desert, and ocean. For cultural reasons, as a girl she was not able to explore her environment as widely as she would have loved to. In 2007, Drissia became one of the first students in her region to major in environmental science. She worked for a couple of years with an environmental NGO, promoting ecotourism and establishing a healthy communication between the Parks Department and the local population in her region. She also worked for Seattle's EarthCorps restoring and conserving regional ecosystems. The MES degree gives her the chance to explore her wide interest in environmental issues, via diversified and multidisciplinary classes. Drissia loves being outside and she loves planting. With every seed she sows she feels like a little part of her goes away to grow up somewhere else and have a different journey. She also literally likes to hug trees—she thinks that she can feel the life in them.
Kyli Rhoads is a second-year MES student who is originally from Stillwater, Oklahoma but has lived in Washington for four years and absolutely loves it! Her undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Health Education from Oklahoma State University. This year, in addition to being an ambassador, she will be researching disaster preparedness and post-disaster housing for her thesis, and plans to graduate in June 2014. She lives in Shelton, WA, about 30 minutes from Olympia, and has also lived in Hansville, Poulsbo, and Bremerton, WA over the last couple of years. Despite the commute from Shelton, she really enjoys being involved and tries to participate as much as she can. She recently completed a 10-month internship through the City of Tacoma Office of Sustainability, and took a study abroad class in Cuba researching the country's food system and sustainable agricultural practices. Last year, she was a coordinator for the Master of Environmental Studies Association (MESA) and really enjoyed planning events such as farm work days and the annual Rachel Carson Forum. When not focused on studying, she enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, reading, gardening and spending time with her fiance, Derrick, and their Australian Shepherd, Hank. She looks forward to meeting you and sharing why she chose the MES degree!
Jenny Dunn graduated from Michigan State University in 2011, with a BA in International Relations, specializing in Environmental Policy. After college, she spent a year completing prerequisites for graduate school and worked as an AmeriCorps member for the Nevada Conservation Corps; building trails and participating in some of her favorite activities, such as camping, hiking, and travelling. During her first year in Evergreen’s Graduate Program on the Environment, she tailored her classes to focus on energy and environmental policies. With her second year in the program, she is looking forward to working on a thesis surrounding biofuel policy.