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Multidisciplinary Team

The multidisciplinary team of staff and students offer experience and expertise across a diverse range of areas. We are formally trained as public administrators, engineers, planners, attorneys, finance/business specialists, economists, policy specialists, information and data scientists, environmental scientists, and more.

Students

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Liz Harvell

Graduate Research Assistant

Liz Harvell graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2017 where she majored in Business Journalism, with a minor in Environmental Science and Studies. After graduation, Liz coordinated communications and … Continued

Email address for Liz Harvell elizabeth_harvell@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

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Sarah Henshaw

Graduate Research Assistant

Sarah Henshaw is a Graduate Research Assistant working on the Smart Management for Small Water Systems project at the EFC. Her work entails creating and updating funding tables that act as resources for local governments … Continued

Email address for Sarah Henshaw sarahstu@live.unc.edu

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Angelina Katsanis

Graphic Design and Marketing Assistant

Angelina Katsanis is a sophomore pursuing a Visual Journalism degree with a second major in Studio Art and a minor in Social and Economic Justice. At the EFC, she works on the marketing side to … Continued

Email address for Angelina Katsanis angkats@live.unc.edu

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Kimberly Kirkhart

Graduate Research Assistant

Kimberly Kirkhart joined the EFC as a graduate research assistant in summer 2021. She is currently working on small water system case studies to provide educational resources for other rural areas. She received her B.S … Continued

Email address for Kimberly Kirkhart kirkhart@sog.unc.edu

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Summer Lanier

Student Data Analyst

Summer is a junior at UNC majoring in Environmental Studies on the Sustainability Track and minoring in Information Systems. At the EFC, she works as a Student Data Analyst on their water and wastewater rates … Continued

Email address for Summer Lanier sdlanier@live.unc.edu

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Anna Liles

Graduate Research Assistant

Anna Liles is a current Master of Public Health Candidate at the Gillings School of Public Health concentrating in Environmental Health Solutions. She received her B.S.P.H for UNC-Chapel Hill in 2020. Anna joined the EFC … Continued

Email address for Anna Liles acliles@email.unc.edu

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Natalie Ollis

Student Data Analyst

Natalie Ollis is an undergraduate student at UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in both Environmental Studies and Biology while minoring in Business Administration. She is currently working on water finance topics at the EFC. Outside of … Continued

Email address for Natalie Ollis nollis@email.unc.edu

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Catherine Otero

Graduate Research Assistant

Catherine Otero joined the EFC as a graduate assistant for summer 2021. She is working on case studies of small water/sewer systems to provide best practices for maintaining financial viability. She received her B.S. in … Continued

Email address for Catherine Otero ceotero@sog.unc.edu

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Eva Ramirez-Flores

Graduate Research Assistant

Eva graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill May 2021 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and is pursuing a Master’s in Information Science as part of Carolina‚Äôs Dual-Degree Environmental Informatics program. She is looking forward to discovering … Continued


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Austin Thompson

PhD Research Assistant

Austin Thompson joined the EFC at UNC in 2018 as a Project Director. In this role, she conducted applied research and provides technical assistance and training for environmental service providers. Thompson holds a BS in … Continued

Email address for Austin Thompson thompson@sog.unc.edu

Ryan Vulpis

Research Assistant

Ryan Vulpis is a Research Assistant working on case studies of North Carolina utilities for the Environmental Finance Center. He is a sophomore at UNC pursuing a Political Science degree with a double minor in … Continued

Email address for Ryan Vulpis rvulpis@live.unc.edu