Brian Czech, Executive Director of CASSE

Brian Czech, Executive Director

Brian Czech is the founding president of CASSE (2003), and signed on as executive director in 2017. Czech served as the first conservation biologist in the history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1999-2017, and concurrently as a visiting professor of natural resource economics in Virginia Tech’s National Capitol Region. He is the author of several books including Supply ShockShoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, and The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy, as well as over 50 academic journal articles. His primary contributions to ecological economics pertain to the trophic theory of money, the process of technological progress, and the political “steady state revolution.” Czech is a frequent speaker, moderator, commentator, and regular contributor to the Steady State Herald. He has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Brian has been designated an “eco-champion” by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an “eco-hero” by Ecohearth, and one of the “top 100 inspirational leaders” by the Post-Growth Institute. Contact Brian.

Greg Mikkelson, Ecological Economist

Greg Mikkelson has lectured and published in fields ranging from ecological science to philosophy of science, environmental ethics, and finally ecological economics.  He served as a tenured professor of environmental studies until his university’s board defied an overwhelming campus mandate for divestment from fossil fuel.  Recent work concerns the intrinsic and instrumental value of diversity and equality in nature and society, the fundamental conflict between economic growth and ecological health, and the roles that various types of organization have to play in making progress toward a better future.  Greg holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Trinity University, an M.S. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Conceptual Foundations of Science, also from Chicago.  His natural habitats include woods in two ecoregions – the Upper Midwest forest-savanna transition and the New England-Acadian forest – and a city in a third, the Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests. Contact Greg.

Dave Lavoie

David Lavoie, Development Manager

Dave joined the CASSE team as development manager in April 2022, bringing over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with him. He has managed multi-million-dollar portfolios for organizations such as the National Ballet of CanadaOxfamTVOToronto Environmental Alliance, and Save the Children, among others. Through his work, he has acquired a unique perspective and a deep level of sector expertise in donor stewardship, program strategy, development, budgeting, implementation, and staff management. Contact Dave.

Trevor Reilly, Internship Coordinator at CASSE

Trevor Reilly, Internship Coordinator

Trevor Reilly joined the CASSE team as internship coordinator in May 2022. With a B.A. in political science from the University of Central Florida, he has a history of nonprofit activism through work with Churches for Middle East Peace and his tenure as a chapter leader of the United Nations Association. He draws upon his experience with political campaigning and mobilization, as well as his passion for sustainable policy in his current role recruiting, orienting, and supervising CASSE’s interns. Contact Trevor.

Portrait of Lydia Schubarth, CASSE's executive assistant

Lydia Schubarth, Executive Assistant

Lydia Schubarth joined CASSE as the executive assistant in July 2022. She has a B.A. in international studies from Northern Kentucky University and an M.A. in international security with a concentration in intelligence from George Mason University. Before coming to CASSE, Lydia worked in admissions at the Schar School of Policy & Government. As executive assistant, Lydia manages clerical duties, financial management and accounting, procurement, and human resources at CASSE. Contact Lydia.
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Claire King, Development Assistant

Claire King joined CASSE as a development summer intern in June 2022. In September 2022, she was added to the staff as a development assistant. She is a senior B.A. English and Philosophy student at The Catholic University of America and plans to pursue a Juris Master degree following graduation in 2023. Before coming to CASSE, Claire worked as a volunteer and program manager in her school and several community non-profits in South Florida. As a development assistant, Claire aids Dave in tasks related to donations, grant procurement, and communicating with CASSE donors. Contact Claire.

CASSE Interns

Screenshot of a Zoom meeting of CASSE staff and interns for summer 2022.