Staff


Portrait of Kevin Kirsche

Kevin Kirsche

Director of Sustainability

kkirsche@uga.edu

Kevin is a landscape architect with more than two decades of experience in campus sustainability, planning, and ecological design. He leads a dynamic team of staff and students to address grand challenges through local solutions, developing inspired leaders, stronger communities, and thriving natural systems. Prior to becoming UGA’s first Director of Sustainability in 2010, Kevin served in the Office of University Architects with responsibility for campus planning and project management. He has Masters and Bachelor degrees in Landscape Architecture, as well as a graduate Certificate in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, from the University of Georgia.

Portrait of Tyra Byers

Tyra Byers

Director of the Interdisciplinary Sustainability Certificate

Program Coordinator: Academics, Research, and Internships

tyrab@uga.edu

Tyra is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Sustainability Certificate and is responsible for academic research, and experiential learning initiatives at the Office of Sustainability. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Odum School of Ecology where she began work at UGA in 2008 before transitioning to the Office of Sustainability in 2010. Prior to her move to Georgia, she facilitated the climate and biodiversity initiatives at the University of New Hampshire office of Sustainability, managed the environmental programs for the San Juan Islands Conservation District in Washington State, and worked as a Planner for Santa Barbara County in California. Tyra has a Bachelors of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Portrait of Jason Perry

Jason Perry

Program Coordinator: Operational Initiatives, Climate, and Transportation

jcperry@uga.edu

Jason is a mechanical engineer and Certified Energy Manager with expertise in facility energy and water conservation, green building, and renewable energy. For seven years prior to joining the Office of Sustainability in 2014, Jason conducted energy and water assessments and research studies on campus buildings as well as for clients in the commercial, industrial, agriculture, government, and utility sectors. He has volunteered with local non-profit BikeAthens since 2007, serving as shop manager, board president, and treasurer. Jason has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the University of East London.

Portrait of Megan Lee

Megan Lee

Graduate Assistant: Internship Coordinator

megan.woodruff25@uga.edu

Megan is a clinical social worker and Ph.D. social work doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia. She has several years of experience in manager and director roles. She has helped to develop clinical programs, curriculum, and quality assurance protocols at local psychiatric facilities. Prior to moving to Georgia she worked as a clinical specialist at Unison Behavioral Health in Toledo, Ohio and assisted with development and implementation of early childhood mental health services. She graduated with a Bachelors in Art with a focus in psychology in 2009 and a Masters in Social Work in 2013. Lee’s research interests include equity, diversity, and inclusivity of students of color in investment strategies (i.e., OST programs, education, etc.).