Education & Exchange Team
Sarah Cadorette | US Education Director
Sarah is an educator with more than a decade of experience. She most recently worked as Director of an adult education center, and has taught rhetoric and composition at the college level. She has worked in nonprofit management and community organizing at the local, state and national levels ever since founding her own nonprofit at age 13.
Nick Coonrod | Director of Educational Partnerships
With over 10 years of experience developing experiential environmental education programs, Nick is a veteran at creating experiences that build relationships for schools and organizations, while also inspiring students to be more than they ever thought they could be. Guiding others to achieve meaningful change in themselves and their communities is his passion, and he is proud to bring this enthusiasm to GSE. Nick specializes in urban agriculture, water conservation, and zero waste environmental program development. Nick began with GSE in early 2016 as the Santa Cruz County Program Coordinator and transitioned to Director of Educational Partnerships in 2018.
Harlie Rankin | Sonoma County Program Coordinator
Harlie is from Washington state and graduated from Seattle University with a BA in Environmental Studies focusing on Urban Sustainability and minors in Spanish and Public Affairs. She first was introduced to Global Student Embassy when she went on one of our trips to Bahía, Ecuador with her university. Harlie went on to work as an Exchange Coordinator in Ecuador leading several trips in Bahia and Cuenca.
She now serves as Sonoma County’s Community Educator working with 4 high schools and most notably the Village Park garden, a 1/2 acre community garden in the heart of Sebastopol. The Sonoma GSE program is deeply rooted in the county’s unique agricultural and environmental leadership network and students work closely with other organizations to best address issues in the community. Harlie is passionate about raising up the leaders of tomorrow and best equipping them for the environmental and social challenges that lie ahead.
Kelsey Ring | Contra Costa Program Coordinator
A Massachusetts native, Kelsey Graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in International Security and Conflict Resolution. For over a decade, it has been Kelsey’s passion to inspire and connect students from around the world. She brings years of international project management and youth development experience from her time working with the Peace Corps and other organizations in Asia and Latin America.
Kelsey is excited to be back in California working with students and sharing her passions of sustainable agriculture, youth leadership and cultural exchange. Outside of work you can find Kelsey exploring the trails, biking through the streets of Oakland or getting her hands dirty in a new project. Kelsey speaks English and Spanish.
Tessa Janicke | Santa Cruz County Community Educator
Tessa is from the suburbs of Buffalo, NY where her love for nature and being outdoors began in the Adirondacks Mountains. She graduated from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a BS in Environmental Studies and a minor in Environmental Writing and Outdoor Recreation Management. Tessa has years of experience working with youth students in environmental education with organizations such as the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, The Outdoor School in Marble Falls, Texas and Bold Earth Adventure Camp.
Tessa first became involved with Global Student Embassy in 2012 when she traveled to Bahia de Caràquez as a student, and later as both a university campus rep and intern. In 2016, Tessa became a GSE Campus Rep Coordinator and in 2018, Tessa worked as a GSE Exchange Coordinator in Nicaragua. Tessa loves traveling, exploring new cultures, and being an environmental steward. Hiking, kayaking, and camping are her favorite outdoor activities. Tessa is passionate about creating culturally conscious environmental leaders around the world, as well as encouraging a least waste lifestyle. She speaks English and Spanish.
Angelica Andrews-Buot | Marin County Community Educator
Originally from Southern California, Angelica completed her BA in Environmental Studies and Planning, Conservation and Restoration with a minor in Biology at Sonoma State University. It was during her time at SSU that her passion for sustainability and environmental education was put into action. Angelica interned at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve, where she became a Certified Naturalist and acquired first-hand experience in leading youth and adult groups on guided hikes, exploring local history and biology with an emphasis of preservation. Angelica participated in a working internship with the Sonoma Ecology Center, assisting their horticulture specialist and developing sustainable practices at their large organic farm. She also aided in many large-scale restoration projects throughout her studies with local nonprofits such as the Laguna de Santa Rosa and Sonoma Land Trust.
Since graduating from SSU, Angelica has taught preschool with an environmental focus where she created a children's garden, and has volunteered in the Philippines with Project Reach Network to work with youth where she witnessed social issues that young people face abroad. Most recently, Angelica worked at the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society as the head History and Environmental Educator, and her joy of working with young people has only grown since. Angelica is ready to carry the mission at GSE forward and help young adults discover their own passions and ability to make change happen.
Molly Brodsky | Alameda County Community Educator
Originally from New Jersey, Molly first fell in love with sustainable agriculture when she moved to the midwest to study at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Wash U, Molly earned her BA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Environmental Anthropology and developed her passion for the ways identity, community, food, and green space intersect. Inspired to tackle social and environmental issues holistically, Molly understands the garden as a tool to connect diverse groups of individuals, address social justice issues, and build both healthy communities and ecosystems.
Molly’s educational experiences are rooted in a decade of Jewish experiential education summer camp, where she participated as a student and staff, and continues to support with staff facilitation. Additionally, Molly coordinated a farm-based leadership program for new college students and collaborated with Ferguson, MO teachers to develop a tutoring program for St. Louis youth. Most recently, Molly conducted a two-year research project exploring the relationship between gender and agriculture in the United States and India, during which she spent time on woman-run farms in Vermont, Northern California, and Dehradun, India. In line with her cross-cultural research, Molly is excited to engage her students in Alameda County to cultivate their own roles in environmental activism by connecting their local experiences to the global food system.