Eric Fuchs-Stengel

Eric Fuchs-Stengel

Executive Director

Eric founded MEVO in the summer of 2008 when he was sixteen years old. Since then he has lead and grown the organization from its very first trash clean-up. He is currently a Senior at New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study majoring in Environmental Sustainability and Social Change with a minor in Environmental Studies. Eric has also volunteered and worked for many other environmental organizations such as City GrowersNew York-New Jersey Trail ConferenceGreenpeaceAmeriCorps, and the Energy Action Coalition. In the summer of 2011 Eric went to the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains and studied eastern Himalayan forests and rural livelihoods with the School for Field Studies. While there he interviewed over 80 local farmers in four villages of Ura Valley, Bhutan, and wrote a research report on “The effects of population increase and climate change on water scarcity and rural livelihoods in Ura Valley, Bhutan” which he then presented to a gathering of colleagues and Bhutanese government officials. He is the receiver of the 2012 Russell Berrie Award for Making a Difference as well as many other honors. He can be contacted at ericjfs@mevoearth.org or by cell phone at 201-316-4888. He loves to hear from anyone interested in volunteering for the natural environment.
David Nicholson

David Nicholson

Social Media Author

David is a veteran volunteer, a consistent member of Earth Crew’s projects and cleanups. Always curious about the world, David found MEVO to be not only a source of knowledge about the environmental problems occurring in his hometown but also a means to resolve them. He has completed first aid courses in wilderness survival and has hiked the local state parks with family and friends. Currently, David is a student at Northeastern University in Boston, is a member of the local hiking club there and is seeking ways to integrate environmental studies into his business degree. This summer he plans to have fun working on a farm for the first time. David enjoys foreign cultures and languages, reading anything and everything, the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, and has a variety of goals for the future, like seeing an Olympic Games event at some point in his life.
Emma Spett

Emma Spett

Volunteer Coordinator

Emma is a humanitarian and environmentalist who joined MEVO in pursuit of her passion for the world around her. Besides volunteering her time and energy towards helping improve the environment on a local and international scale, Emma enjoys traveling. She has visited multiple countries in Asia, most recently spending the summer of 2010 in India where she trekked through the Himalayas and volunteered with three magnificent schools: the SECMOL School in Ladakh, the Tibetan Children’s Village in Choglamsar and the Dil Se Campaign in New Delhi. Emma is also active in school organizations that work towards the advancement of environmental and human rights issues. She hopes to pursue a career in international human rights advocacy and law. Emma envisions a bright future for MEVO, following the idea to “never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Nico Edwards

Nico Edwards

Outreach Coordinator

My name is Nico! I am a senior at Mahwah High School and your new Outreach Coordinator. I joined MEVO about a year and a half ago. I will never forget my first MEVO event, a trash cleanup at Ramapo Reservation. The land was beautiful and green and the air was so fresh. I couldn’t believe the amount garbage we pulled out. We found everything from cans dating back to the 50′s to glass Snapple bottles. From then on my heart and soul belonged to the Earth crew. I know each piece of trash has an impact of the environment, which is why I am at every event doing the dirty work. I made a lot of new friends through MEVO. I hope I can be a new friend to the kids that will come out to help cleanse the Earth of all this pollution.
Eric Sturm

Eric Sturm

Director of Curriculum

Eric first volunteered with Farm to Live at NYU in 2012, and in January 2014, he began developing the curriculum for the Bergen County Educational Farm. He is currently a junior at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, concentrating in Critical Psychology and Social Change. He is particularly interested in mental health and prison reform/abolition. In the spring of 2013, Eric worked as an intern in a drug rehabilitation program at Northern State Prison in Newark, New Jersey. Later that year, Eric worked as a summer research assistant for the Kessler Foundation. He is also the co-president of FACE AIDS at NYU, a student organization dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS and promoting comprehensive health care in Rwanda. MEVO’s Educational Farm is an exciting opportunity for Eric to combine his passions for education, mental health, social justice, and environmentalism. He hopes that with this farm, the public will start to examine the inherent connection between agriculture, public health, and community involvement. In his free time, Eric plays with a rock & roll band in New York City.
Christina Choi

Christina Choi

Event Coordinator

My name is Christina Choi and I am pleased to announce that I will be the MEVO Event Coordinator this year! I have been involved with this well-established organization since my junior year and I have thoroughly enjoyed every single event I have attended. Whether it was picking up the debris and litter from Catherine Avenue under the blazing sun or painting the MEVO recycling bins in a garage during the dull winter, there was always a great sense of accomplishment when the job was completed! These are the steps to make a cleaner environment for the community that we all love and cherish. Through the work I do as a volunteer of MEVO, I can proudly declare that I am actively helping the environment return to its green and natural state.

Hi my name is Ryan Martens. I am the Earth Crew Leader for the Summer of 2014. I am graduating Bergen Community College this Summer with an Associates Degree in Science Studies and will continue my education at Rutgers University in the Fall to study Landscape Architecture. I have been volunteering with MEVO for about 8 months, and I am continually impressed with their passion and stellar work ethic. The world changes when the hearts and minds of those in it envision and act toward a better future. I hope everyone who is reading this is inspired to take direct action in their lives to help change themselves, their communities, and the world. Peace and Elbow Grease!

Hey! I’m Shelby Meyers, I am a senior at Delaware Valley College studying Environmental Biology. I am also a Summer Earth Crew Member! I joined MEVO to learn more about the environmental issues happening right here in Northern New Jersey and gain the tools to really make an impact in remedying these situations. In addition to learning about these issues, I cannot wait to meet like-minded people who are just as passionate about the environment as I am and make some new friends! In addition to my time at MEVO, I love to horseback ride, workout, hike, and swim. Being active and outdoors is a huge part of my life, so why not make some serious change and learn a ton while doing those things?!

Sara Divito is a 21-year-old senior at Ramapo College who’s majoring in environmental studies. Ramapo is her third school; she attended Rowan University during her freshman year and Pace University during her sophomore year before finally deciding to attend Ramapo, which she loves and plans to stay at for the remainder of her college career. Although she was indecisive as far as schools went, she was never indecisive about her choice of major, having decided to obtain a degree in environmental studies following a particularly enlightening high school biology class. However, as confident as she is in her choice of major, she has little to no idea as to what she wants to do once she graduates. That’s where MEVO comes in. In addition to wanting to help out as much as possible, she hopes that volunteering with MEVO as a member of the Earth Crew this summer will provide her with enough knowledge and experience to help her decide what her next step is going to be.

Hey, my name in Meghan Dransfield. I am interning with MEVO this summer as an Earth Crew member. My goals for this summer are to gain experience in organizing events and working with communities to improve their environment. I have received my Associates Degree from Bergen Community College and I am now attending Ramapo College of New Jersey, majoring in Environmental Studies.

Hi, I am Andreas Graham! This summer I will be an earth crew member for MEVO. I am a sophomore at Colorado College, studying to major in biology or biochemistry with the dream of someday becoming a doctor. I got involved with MEVO because I enjoy working hard out doors and the idea of making an environmental difference on a local level is awesome. Other than the outdoors, I enjoy rock climbing, surfing, snowboarding, ice hockey, archery, marksmanship, and hunting. Protecting the environment is important to me so that the generations after me will have a place to shred pow, surf, and hunt wild game. I also believe that nature has its own rite to exist, other than for human’s own benefit. This summer I hope to learn more about social change, how to make it, and how to use that knowledge to reach people and help the environment on a larger scale.

Derrick Hanke is a senior at Ramapo College, majoring in Environmental Studies and heard about MEVO through one of his courses. He is passionate about helping others, having a connection with nature and our food system, which is why joining MEVO’s Farm Crew was a must. Derrick is from Wayne, NJ in Passaic County. He has an interest in traveling, meeting new people, and learning and gaining ideas from these experiences. When traveling to Yellowstone National Park a few years back with his previous school, Stockton College, Derrick met with ranchers, bear management officials and many more interesting professionals who only furthered his quest for knowledge and understanding of sustainable practices. He believes that issues facing the Earth and society today can be solved or remedied starting at a local level. This is why working with a small, dedicated group of people with an interest to better the world for everyone was seen as such a great opportunity to him. After only being with MEVO for a few weeks Derrick has already learned and experienced a great deal, and is extremely excited to progress forwards.
Pamela Gilligan is a sophomore at Ramapo College and pursuing a major in Environmental Studies. From a young age she has been one with the environment, developing a green thumb while working in her yard and participating in activities to spread environmental awareness. She was active in many 4-H volunteer clubs throughout middle and high school. In these clubs she cleaned rivers and streets, maintained nature trails, planted trees, and did a wide assortment of other odds and ends. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hugging trees, reading, yoga, aromatherapy, and baking. Pamela is excited and appreciative to be a part of the MEVO Farm Crew for the summer. She knows her experiences with MEVO will bring her even closer to the natural world and help her develop a better understanding of organic farming and beekeeping.

Katey Sleight is a member of MEVO’s Farm Crew and is a student at Ramapo College with a major in Environmental Studies. Katey works part time at a liquor store as a cashier and has 2 pet ferrets. When she has spare time, Katey enjoy playing video games, hiking, gardening, and going to concerts. She is half Australian and is a newly inducted member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, which is a prestigious, global scholars association. Katey believes that interning with MEVO will give her the skills and experience she needs to not only get a job in Environmental Studies, but to help prepare her for having a large garden and bee hive of her own.

Jessica Aleman joined MEVO’s Farm Crew in the Spring of 2014. As an aspiring organizer in the sustainability and environmental justice movements, she took on the position of Farm Crew Leader with the intent to gain both hands-on gardening and management skills. Jessica is a rising senior at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY with an Environmental Studies and Music major. A non-academic information awakening has both transformed her world-view and ignited the desire to understand power and social control mechanisms, and more importantly, empower others and raise awareness about food sovereignty, self-sufficiency, human rights, and social justice. Jessica grew up in the suburbs of Bergenfield, NJ and has been playing the saxophone for more than ten years. In her down time, you’ll see Jess playing the piano, learning the bass, gardening, or catching up on alternative news. At college, she works at the Interdisciplinary GIS Center (Geographic Information Systems) where she helps students work with mapping software for independent projects and is also finishing up an independent study on Environmental Justice in the NY Hudson Region. Most of her time at college is also spent in the practice rooms, with instrumental or vocal ensembles, or with an off-campus saxophone quartet. Jessica believes that now, more than ever, is an important time for young adults to spread the fundamentals of ecological sustainability and responsible citizenship and is super excited to help spread those values in Bergen County.
Kristen Andrada is going to be a senior at Ramapo College and is studying Environmental Science and Anthropology. She is a Farm Crew member who is passionately involved with MEVO’s beekeeping projects. She learned how to beekeep when Ramapo established a full production hive last year with Lynn Paglia, an experienced beekeeper from Suffern. Since then her fascination with bee ecology never wavered and continues to hold her connection to this insect – and there’s still so much more to learn! Kristen also joined Farm to Live to learn how to grow her own food and understand what it’s like to keep domesticated animals. In the time she has spent with MEVO so far, she has met many inspiring and caring individuals who volunteer with MEVO and teach MEVO their sustainable knowledge and practices. She hopes to share everything she learned from MEVO with others and take role in today’s environmental movement for social change.

Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel

Executive Director

Information on Eric can be seen above. He can be contacted at ericjfs@mevoearth.org or by cell phone at 201-316-4888. He loves to hear from anyone interested in volunteering for the natural environment.

Karin La Greca

Secretary

Karin La Greca is the Secretary of the Board of Directors and has been part of MEVO since it’s inception in 2008. She has been responsible for coordinating and implementing community service projects for the organization. Karin has also served on the Mahwah Environmental Commission since 2002 and is a founding member of Sustainable Mahwah since it’s inception in 2009. Karin has been instrumental in many of the education and outreach programs within the Township of Mahwah, New Jersey. Karin is currently a student at Ramapo College majoring in Environmental Studies, focusing on a career of environmental education and sustainability.

Bjorn von Euler

President

I have spent more than 35 successful years in the international marketing and communications field, with the last half of them serving ITT in various growth positions at ITT Flygt, ITT Fluid Technology and ITT Corp. I was named ITT’s first Director of Philanthropy as a result of the work done in positioning the company as a thought leader and global business leader in the water technology space. I have led the development of ITT’s signature citizenship program, ITT Watermark (ittwatermark.com) until April 29, 2011, when I retired from ITT. Prior to this I led the communication and branding work as the Director of Corporate Communications for ITT’s Fluid Technology and Motion & Flow Control groups. I think I can claim to be one of the founding fathers of the Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Junior Water Prize. I have been driving collaboration as means to achieve change, innovation and efficiencies both externally and internally. I strongly believe in the power of building and defending a solid reputation by doing the “right things” and doing it together!

Rebecca Fuchs

Treasurer

Rebecca Fuchs has multiple years experience in the creative design fields of Interior, Textile and Graphic Arts. She has worked as an Artist, Stylist, Art Director, Liaison, Photographer and Hiring Administrator. She is currently on The Board of Directors as Treasurer for the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, Inc. (MEVO). Rebecca maintains the companies financial records, photographs the MEVO volunteer events, designs the company artwork and dedicates numerous volunteer hours to support MEVO’s altruistic and charitable environmental work. Rebecca has a BA from Rutgers University for Dance and Art. She has an ASS in Interior Design from Parsons The New School For Design. Her professional studies include a Construction Technology Certificate from NYU SCPS and a Desktop Publishing Certificate from SUNY Rockland Community College Center for Professional Development.

Debbie Emery