Please help us in welcoming some new faces to HEAL — from staff and interns to board members and some four-legged friends. And if you see any of us tabling for HEAL at a community event, don’t forget to stop, say hi, and sign a DU postcard to the Governor!
Our newest team member has quickly become someone we can’t function without: Jordan Stein. Jordan is our part-time Administrative Assistant and she provides logistical support for our staff and campaigns by keeping the office running smoothly; making sure our accounts, contracts, and databases are up to date; and coordinates everything in between. Jordan is a Utah native and graduate from the University of Utah. Prior to joining HEAL, she worked in operations, management, and administration for other Utah nonprofits. Her son, Julian, is a proud kindergartener and he isn’t afraid to tell you so. Jordan, Julian, and their dog, Sue, like to spend time camping and hiking when they aren’t cheering on the University of Utah during football season.
Craig Buschmann has recently transitioned from being one of HEAL’s Energy Special Advisors to a Board member. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering and working abroad, he attended law school at Boston University and has focused on intellectual property law ever since. Craig is a member of the Utah State Bar and a partner at Ramey & Schwaller LLP. Craig is still 7 states short of having visited all 50 states but hopes that trips to Namibia, Cuba, and Bolivia count for some extra international cred. While he once pushed a taxi across an active train bridge, he prefers the safety of skiing, hiking, and camping with his wife and daughter.
Sophie Hayes is another of HEAL’s new Board member and has been deeply involved in environmental advocacy since graduating from the Reuben J. Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. As a Salt Lake attorney and member of the Utah State Bar, she focuses on public utility law and the transition to cleaner energy. Sophie has served a staff attorney and legal fellow for many local environmental organizations across the state. In between regulatory proceedings, Sophie is usually galavanting through the mountains with her steadfast bull terrier, Hobo or taking care of her backyard chicken flock.
We are thrilled to welcome Benjamin to the HEAL team as our Clean Air and Renewable Energy Policy Intern for the fall. Benjamin will be helping our policy team prepare for the legislative session while also assisting the outreach team in educating our supporters and leading his own project to help further HEAL’s mission. Benjamin spent two winters working at Alta before making his move to Utah permanent this summer. He studied Environmental Science and Engineering at Union College and worked as a field technician at an environmental engineering firm. Benjamin considers a 50km trail run with his dog Bryce a typical weekend and has promised to bring our staff some of his freshly baked sourdough bread.
After getting a chance at a new life with Rescue Rovers, Yahzi has found herself as the junior canine associate in HEAL’s office. She’s passionate about stopping radioactive waste dumping in Utah and, when she’s not catching tennis balls mid-air, splashing through a body of water, or taking a well-earned nap, you can find her watchdogging major radioactive waste disposal corporations and elected officials.