Staff & Steering Committee

The London Environmental Network (LEN) has one full-time staff person and a Steering Committee. LEN is hosted and incubated by Thames Talbot Land Trust and ReForest London.

We frequently seek volunteers to help with LEN event planning and setup, marketing, communications, and outreach. Contact us to learn more about current opportunities with the London Environmental Network.

Our Team

Skylar Franke – Network Coordinator
Email Skylar: skylar [at]  londonenvironment.net

Skylar Franke is a community mobilizer and engagement specialist. Skylar is happiest when talking to new people and eating good food with friends and family. Skylar is passionate about building community, environmental advocacy, local food systems, great wine and ethical coffee.

She graduated in 2013 from King’s University College at Western University with an honours B.A. in Social Justice and Peace Studies and French Studies. Skylar currently sits on the Agricultural Advisory Committee to the City of London as the Vice Chair and on the Urban League of London Board of Directors as Secretary.

Kaitlyn Tyschenko – Communications & Outreach Assistant
Email Kaitlyn: londonenvironment [at] gmail.com

Kaitlyn is going in to her fourth year at Western University pursuing Honours Bachelors of Health Sciences (BHSc) Degree in Health Promotion. She is a student leader, dog lover, and all around innovator. Kaitlyn has a passion for sustainable agriculture and animal rights activism. She is constantly trying to see how we can break down the legislative barriers between health and the environment for a sustainable and prosperous future. Kaitlyn enjoys coffee, wine, and vegan desserts – pair any of those with a great conversation topic and she is hooked.

She is excited to help LEN members with creating social media strategies to increase engagement, and to foster online collaboration between the 35+ amazing members the LEN has. Kaitlyn is able to provide up to five hours a week of social media work to LEN members, which can be anything from scheduling posts, creating a social media strategy, to graphic design work, or anything else that members need. If you would like to contact Kaitlyn to discuss how she can help you, shoot an email her way.

Steering Committee

Suzanne McDonald – Thames Talbot Land Trust (Executive Director)

Suzanne McDonald is the Executive Director at the Thames Talbot Land Trust. McDonald has directed several capital campaigns including the Children’s Museum, the Merrymount Children’s Centre, the Brescia University College Foundation and most recently the Goodwill Industries campaign.  Suzanne has served on several boards including the United Way of London and Middlesex, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, the Centre for Philanthropy, UWO Alumni Board, the Stratford Festival and recently completed her appointment to the Ontario Heritage Trust Board and the Western University Senate.

Dean Sheppard – ReForest London (Executive Director)

Dean Sheppard is an environmental consultant owning and operating his own consulting firm since 1996, specializing in management processes and systems. He has been the Executive Director of ReForest London since 2012 and also teaches a capstone project course in the Masters of Environment and Sustainability program at Western University. Being active in making his community a better place for today and for tomorrow is a hobby and a passion. He has served on several City of London Advisory Committees and taskforces.

Skylar Franke – London Environmental Network (Network Coordinator)

Jay Stanford – City of London (Director of Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste)

Nicholas Rothernel – CarProof (Controller)

Deidre Crilly – Let’s Talk Science (Coordinator, Report and Proposal Writing)

Deirdre has been working in the non-profit field for eight years, holding a variety of positions in the fields of development and communications and is currently the Coordinator of Report and proposal Writing at Let’s Talk Science.  Deirdre has studied Biology and Not for Profit Management at Western University and is currently finishing her CFRE designation.   In her spare time, Deirdre enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time outdoors with her family.

Carol Dyck – Thames Talbot Land Trust (Board Member)

Carol was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in International Relations (BA), Environmental Law (LLM), International Environmental Policy (MA), and Biodiversity, Conservation and Management (MSc). A resident of London since 2007, Carol has served on London’s Environmental and Ecological Protection Advisory Committee, and the Trees and Forests Advisory Committee. She has also been a volunteer with Reforest London, and was a candidate for the Green Party in 2015.

Page Forron – Western University (Graduate from Environmental Sciences)

Page is a recent graduate of Western University with a Bachelor of Science – Specialization in Environmental Science and is continuing studies in International Business Management at Fanshawe College. She is an enthusiastic and engaged London-local who has been involved with various community organizations including the London Food Bank, the Thames Valley Education Foundation and the Sister’s of St Joseph. She was co-captain of her community-driven committee while working at Best Buy Canada and facilitated countless fundraisers, community and employee events and leadership opportunities for her peers. Page has 10 years of experience in the customer service and hospitality industry and can always be found up to her head in projects and work, she loves being busy and involved in her community!

Sonja Teichert – Boreal 2050 Project (Project Manager & Post Doc Associate)

Sonja has been working as a postdoctoral researcher and project manager for the past year after graduating with a PhD (2016).  With an academic background in ecology and an interest in species monitoring, over the past 20 years Sonja has worked in various capacities with citizen science programs and is passionate about community outreach and stewardship.  Her best job ever was coordinating the Nova Scotia Herpetofaunal Atlas Project, with teaching Biology labs at Cape Breton University coming in as a close second.  Most recently her work involves examining the drivers of change in the Boreal.  Sonja has been contributing research to, and managing the teams across Canada who are conducting a scenario analysis to better understand risks to Boreal ecosystem services resulting from climate change’s impacts on the physical and social landscape of Canada.

Heenal Rajani – Innovation Works (DECA)

Gillian Barker – Western University (Assistant Professor)

Gillian is a philosopher of science, with interdisciplinary training in the philosophy, history, and social studies of science from the University of Toronto and the University of California, San Diego. She has research interests in general epistemology of science, in philosophy of biology and environmental philosophy, and in philosophical questions concerning the governance of science, the use of science in governmental policy, and the broader relationship between science and values.)

Mary-lyn Hopper – Master Gardeners and Nature London (Volunteer)

A retired Elementary School educator, Mary-lyn has been involved in London environmental organizations for 30 years, including a London chapter of Canadian Organic Growers and  TREA.  She is a member of a number of the member groups and am excited to be part of an organization devoted to networking.  Her prime environmental interests lay in gardening, and learning about the natural environment through travel, hiking and photography.

Conor Brennan – 2cg (Consultant)

Conor is a consultant with 2cg (2 composting guys) in London whose primary focus is on waste management projects for the municipal, provincial, and commercial sectors. His experience in project management, field work, data analysis, research, and report and proposal writing through this 2cg has further developed his deep care for how we use our resources. Conor is excited to continue engaging Londoners on ways to reduce waste and use our resources efficiently and sustainably (Tool Library anyone?!) but also through a variety of other interests – transportation, natural areas and trails, biking, and energy. In the meantime, Conor will continue to be seen at the dog park or with a frisbee.

Andrea Von Wahl – Goodwill Industries (Employment Counsellor)