Dear Future Board Member,
your leadership role awaits...
We are currently accepting applications!
Board of Directors
ZACK VALIGOSKY. Zack is originally from Toledo, Ohio and moved to Des Moines in June of 2016, after accepting a position as an Energy Engineer with CLEAResult. He attended the University of Dayton where he received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. During his time in Dayton, his passion for sustainability was created and developed as a member of the Rivers Institute. Housed within the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, the Rivers Institute is a three-year program aimed at connecting the University and community partners to utilize rivers as a strategic natural resource. To address sustainability through the lens of engineering, Zack continued his education in Dayton and became a Master of Science in Renewable and Clean Energy. Zack works on a daily basis to save energy and reduce his footprint though his work, cycling, and other practices.
ERICA CARNES. Erica is a native Iowan who loves to travel and explore but is always excited to return home! She holds an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Political Science and Women's Studies and a graduate degree from Drake University in Public Administration. When she is not exploring the great outdoors she can be found at home under a pile of cats doing the other thing her life revolves around: KNITTING! As an avid camper and kayaker she is passionate about educating people on the importance of being a good steward and leaving the land better than we found it.
TANNER FAABORG. Tanner has roots in rural Iowa where he was raised on a farm with a family of seven. His next stage of life would take him to the The University of Iowa, where he studied English Literature and Political Science. In Iowa City, Tanner was immersed in community organizing with the focus on bringing people and ideas together, while at the same time starting and running a digital marketing company, Gadabout Marketing. After finishing his degree, Tanner pursued his passion for travel which took form in a one year, cross-country motorcycle trip. Later, this same passion led him on a three year adventure around the word taking him to 51 countries on 6 different continents. These experiences helped cultivate a yearning to learn and a desire to help better the world. Following his travels, Tanner returned to Iowa to seek his next adventure - home ownership. Here in Des Moines, he is currently working on a number of projects including owning and operating his men’s accessory line, working on a pilot project to collect methane from animal waste to convert to electricity, and transitioning the family farm to a lower carbon footprint through a large scale solar operation and renewable energy. Tanner’s excited to have a home base again and to work with passionate people on fighting for a sustainable and better future for all.
CASSIE NEMMERS. Cassie was born and raised here in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Simpson College with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and is currently the Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for Green Iowa AmeriCorps. Outside of dedicating herself to inspiring sustainability and conservation in others, Cassie enjoys traveling, running, and exploring her creative side through D&D.
KENNADY LILLY. Kennady is a senior at Iowa State University studying environmental science with an interest in urban studies and a minor in biology. Kennady was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, loves the city and wants to see it become a leader in sustainability. With plans to start a social entrepreneurship in Des Moines, her long term goals revolve around making Des Moines more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. Her hobbies include plant-based cooking, hiking the many urban forests Des Moines has to offer, caring for her indoor garden, hula hooping, and meeting new people.