Director, Office of Sustainability
Bradley Flamm has been the Director of West Chester University’s Office of Sustainability since 2017 and works with the large and diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and community partners who are active in WCU’s Sustainability Council. He holds a doctorate in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and brings to this work the knowledge and skills he has developed as a professional transportation planner, a researcher and teacher, a food security analyst and community development worker, and an environmental advocate.
Stewardship Manager, Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies
Nur Ritter became the second Stewardship Manager of the GNA in January 2016. Nur received a B.S. in Botany from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire in 2000. His doctoral research entailed a country-wide survey of aquatic vegetation and habitats in Bolivia, and focused on evaluating plant species diversity and phytogeographic relationships in a wide range of wetland types.
Before attending university, he worked for 20+ years as a carpenter and contractor. After earning his degrees, he worked as a restoration practitioner for the CSU Stanislaus, Endangered Species Recovery Program (ESRP) for seven years. During this time, he participated in all aspects of the design and implementation of a large-scale habitat restoration study on retired agricultural land in the San Joaquin Valley (California). Subsequently, he returned to New Hampshire where he was employed as a Restoration Ecologist by the New Hampshire chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Nur has also worked as a Contract Botanist and as a self-employed Database Developer.
Amy Maxcy joined the Office of Sustainability in the Summer of 2018, and has since worked to provide administrative support to the staff of the Office of Sustainability, students and student organizations with connections to issues of sustainability, the Campus Organic Gardens, the Gordon Natural Area, and the Sustainability Council. She has a B.A. in English from Temple University and a background working on the administrative side of veterinary medicine. In addition to her regular responsibilities, Amy has served on the Green Office Committee, helping to create the first Green Office Program for WCU, and works on zero waste initiatives, like the Pack it Up - Pass it On move out program.
Graduate Assistant for Data Monitoring and Analysis
Chelsea Leffler (she/her) is in WCU’s M.S. Industrial Organizational Psychology program graduating in May 2023. Chelsea currently holds positions as a consulting research / project management intern at Talent Metrics Consulting, and as Graduate Assistant of data monitoring and analysis for West Chester University’s Office of Sustainability. Her areas of interest include mental health awareness in organizations, sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion, psychometrics and qualitative/quantitative data assessment/analysis. In her free time, she enjoys walks in nature, music festivals, playing Nintendo, exploring the city of Philadelphia where she lives, and spending time with friends.
Graduate Assistant for Social Media and Student Outreach
Fran Miller is the Graduate Assistant for Social Media and Student Engagement at the Office of Sustainability. Fran is currently enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate program for English Language Arts. He graduated here at West Chester in 2019 with a degree in English, and plans on applying to the M.S. in Transformative Education and Social Change program here as well. Fran intends on teaching high school English and, eventually, coaching basketball. If you see him around campus, say hello!
Bicycle Cooperative Intern
Wesley Hicks is the Bicycle Cooperative Intern. Responsible for working with bicycle commuters and recreational bicyclists on campus to create interest in advocacy for safer cycling environments on campus and in the borough. He is a first year graduate student earning his MS in Urban and Regional Planning. He joined the Office of Sustainability in Spring 2020 as an Undergrad majoring in Urban and Environmental Planning.
Public Health Intern
Asmaa Abdelbary is in the final semester in the Master of Public Health with Environmental Health track. She graduated in 2006 from Suez Canal University in Egypt with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medical Science. In her home country of Egypt, she worked as a veterinarian, chemist, pharmacy assistant, and phlebotomist. In 2014 at the Suez Canal University, she did research about the evaluation of some heavy metal residues in some types of commercially imported seafood to Egypt. In 2021 she participated in a water collection and water quality assessment for private wells located in Chester County of Pennsylvania, done by West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She came to the USA from Egypt in 2017 with my family and, enrolling at West Chester Univeristy, joined the MPH environmental track in the fall of 2019. Since then, she has participated in "A baseline water quality assessment for private wells located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA" research with water collection and water quality testing in 2021. Her internship with the office of sustainably to will be focused on calculating West Chester University’s Nitrogen Footprint.
Graphic Design Intern
Christian Lindsay is a student graphic designer for the Office of Sustainability. With a big heart for nature and the topic of sustainability, he strives to make each design look and feel organic and comfortable. Christian is expected to graduate in May 2023 with a B.F.A. in Graphic and Interactive Design, as well as a minor in Art History.
Office of Sustainability Intern
Sean Donoghue-Neider is a junior Transfer student at West Chester studying Urban and Community Change with a minor in Sustainability. One year ago, he relocated to the West Chester Area after living in Seattle, WA for 19 years. The move was in an effort to finish his Bachelor’s degree. Sean works part time as a job coach with adults that have cognitive disabilities through a nonprofit called Community Integrated Services. At the beginning of the fall semester, Sean was hired as a work study intern for the West Chester Office of Sustainability. He works to engage students on campus in awareness and assist in efforts related to Sustainability. He is passionate about Social Justice, Sustainability and Place Based Education. One day he hopes to establish an independent school based on those ideals!