Our Staff

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Lynn Stoddard, Director

Phone: (860) 465-2813

Email: stoddardl@easternct.edu

Lynn is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Political Science from Bucknell University and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is an inaugural fellow in the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program and has earned LEED Green Associate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Green Professional (G|PRO) credentials.  Lynn has over twenty years of experience in developing public policy and managing a broad range of energy and environmental programs. She worked in the following programs at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: climate change and energy, Lead by Example, Energy Savings Performance Contracting, recycling and solid waste planning, pollution prevention, and coastal area management. Lynn was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Council on Climate Change.

Laurel Kohl, Energy Technical Specialist for Education & Training

Phone: (860) 465-0256

Email: kohll@easternct.edu

Laurel is responsible for K-12 Energy Education programs and outreach at ISE, including workshops, curriculum development, and delivery. She is the co-chair of the Connecticut Green LEAF Schools steering committee and administers the CT Energy Education resources for high school teachers. Laurel is an active member and past president of the Connecticut Science Teachers Association, and a past board member of the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association. Laurel holds an AS in Nursing, a BGS in Environmental Earth Sciences from Eastern Connecticut State University, an MA in Teaching from Sacred Heart University, and an MS in Geosciences from Mississippi State University. She also holds certifications as a LEED Green Associate, Green Professional (G|PRO) FUND + O&M, and Green Classroom Professional.


Jessica LeClair, Energy Technical Specialist For Sustainable Communities

Phone: (860) 465-0258

Email: leclairj@easternct.edu

Jessica is a part of the sustainable communities initiative at ISE. Prior to joining ISE, Jessica was the Program Manager at the CT Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation. In that role, Jessica supported and tracked the Institute’s research and outreach projects intended to increase resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities in Connecticut to the growing impacts of climate change. Jessica also worked as an Environmental Analyst at the State of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), working in the Office of Climate Change, Technology, and Research. Among her many roles at DEEP, Jessica was responsible for producing the State’s annual greenhouse emissions inventory as well as assisting with the development and implementation of emissions reduction strategies from multiple sectors, most notably transportation. Jessica also oversaw the State’s Offsets program of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Headshot for ISE Website 2017Laura Miller, Energy Technical Specialist for Higher Education

Phone: (860) 465-0254

Email: millerlau@easternct.edu

Laura holds a BSc in Physical Geography from the University of Liverpool, a PGCE in Secondary Education from Edge Hill University, a MSc in Secondary Education from Eastern Connecticut State University, and a MSc in Geography: Global Sustainability from Central Connecticut State University. Laura is a certified teacher in the United Kingdom and Connecticut. Laura represents the Institute as co-chair of the Connecticut Alliance for Campus Sustainability, planning annual statewide conferences, and themed roundtable workshops that aim to convene institutions of higher education to act together on campus sustainability issues. She is also responsible for implementing green campus initiatives, coordinating sustainability outreach, and curriculum development and delivery. Laura has earned her LEED Green Associate, and Green Professional (G|PRO) Certification.

IMG_9003Alyssa Norwood, Energy Technical Specialist for Sustainable Communities

Phone: (860) 465-0297

Email: norwooda@easternct.edu

Alyssa is an Energy Technical Specialist for the Institute for Sustainable Energy, where among other initiatives, she helps spearhead Connecticut’s statewide sustainable communities initiative. Alyssa earned her Juris Doctor with honors and her Master of Public Health Degree in Health Law and Policy from the University of Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Biology from Harvard University. She formerly served as Project Manager for Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging, where she led the state’s livable communities initiative and served as a policy expert on wide-ranging health, planning and zoning, transportation and housing issues. Alyssa has worked for numerous health policy organizations, including the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health and the Connecticut Health Foundation. Alyssa began her career as an attorney at the law firm of Robinson and Cole.


Norma VivarEnergy Technical Specialist

Phone: (860) 465-5729

Email: vivarn@easternct.edu

Norma holds an AS from Mitchell College and a BGS in Sustainable Energy Science from Eastern Connecticut State University. Before coming to the ISE, she worked as the assistant to the endowed chair of Sustainable Energy Science in the Environmental Earth Science department at Eastern. Norma was responsible for co-curricular education and outreach in sustainability on Eastern’s campus. She was a founding member of Eastern’s Green Campus Committee, helped draft the President’s Climate Action Plan to become carbon neutral by 2050, developed and presented programs for the freshman Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program, and conducted research on campus recycling and residential energy modeling. Norma has worked with students to help create a culture of environmental awareness. She is the adviser to the Eastern Outdoors Club and enjoys fostering a connection with the natural environment through a love of outdoor adventure. She joins the Institute for Sustainable Energy to continue working with students and to focus on Sustainable Communities.


Jenna Lafleur, University Assistant

Email:  lafleurj@easternct.edu

Jenna came to the ISE as a credit intern in the summer of 2015. She was hired to the staff after graduating in the fall with a BSc in Communication. She has contributed to the production of videos designed to raise awareness about recycling at Eastern. Jenna helps draft ISE press releases, make website postings, and provide general outreach on events and activities.



Zachary Stygar, University Assistant

Email: stygarz@easternct.edu

Zac recently graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems. He worked as an intern at the Institute for Sustainable Energy starting in May 2016 and was hired as staff in May 2017. His work revolves around database and website creation and edits. Zac, in partnership with the Center for Community engagement, created the “Warrior Food Recovery Program”. This program delivers unused and unspoiled food from Eastern’s dining services to the Willimantic Covenant Soup Kitchen for others to eat. Zac will continue his work at ISE helping with the new “Sustainable CT” website along with support on other computer based applications.

Student Interns at The ISE

6-2017 interns

Emma Avery, Environmental Earth Science Major 2019

Nadia Balassone, Business Administration and English Major 2018

Josephine Brickner, Sociology Major 2018

Tara Brooks, Environmental Earth Science Major 2018

Allison Brown, English and Environmental Earth Science Major 2020

Alex Fazzino, Sustainable Energy Studies Major 2018

Oscar Gomez, Environmental Earth Science Major 2018