MEM/JD '00, Resource Ecology
Alumni Council Fellows
Each year, the Alumni Council awards fellowships to continuing professional degree students (first year and/or concurrent degree) who demonstrate exemplary leadership, career and professional development preparation, and character. On behalf of the Alumni Council, The Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) awards fellowships in the amount of $7,500 to each fellowship recipient.
The Alumni Council Fellows help to connect Nicholas School students and alumni in meaningful ways – most notably with their work on the Alumni-Student Mentorship Program.
Eligibility & Selection Process
- Applicants must be enrolled at the Nicholas School pursuing a professional degree as a continuing first year and/or concurrent degree student.
- Applicants must be in good academic standing.
- Past Alumni Council Fellowship award recipients are not eligible.
- All continuing students are notified by email of the open application period in January of each year.
- Applications are reviewed by the award committee after the application deadline. The award committee is comprised of Nicholas School alumni, staff, students, and Alumni Council members.
- Once applications have been reviewed, students (at the discretion of the award committee) are selected for interviews to determine fellowship awardees.
- As applicable, students are notified of their status during each stage of the selection process.
Current Alumni Council Fellows
Jessica Citrola MEM/MBA'24
Jessica is a third-year dual degree student in the Master of Environmental Management program at Duke and the Master of Business Administration program at UNC. She is concentrating in Ecosystem Science and Conservation (ESC) at Duke and Sustainable Enterprise at UNC. Before starting graduate school, Jessica was environmental specialist at the NC Department of Environmental Quality, where she assisted in developing recommendations to establish one of the country's first statewide regulatory programs to manage end of life renewable energy equipment. Jessica graduated from NC State in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences. This summer, she will be a consultant at ScottMadden within the company’s energy practice. As an ESC through the MEM program, Jessica’s career interests include how businesses can incorporate and improve biodiversity protection as well as ecosystem conservation and health within their ESG strategies.
Lucy Guyett MEM'24
Lucy graduated from Tulane University in 2019 with a BA in history. After graduation, she moved to Cape Coast, Ghana, to work for Global Mamas, a sustainable fashion enterprise. Before getting her Master of Environmental Management at Duke University, she was an AmeriCorps fellow in New Orleans, working as a grant writer for Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative.
Marla Harvey MEM/MBA'25
Marla studies energy as a dual degree, Master of Environment Management and Master of Business Administration student. At Duke, she co-chairs the 2023 Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition and served as the Nichola School Energy Club Career Trek Co Chair, Spring 2023. Before coming to Duke, Marla studied Environmental Politics at Whitman College and went on to spearhead development and implementation of a community energy plan in rural Oregon. Upon graduation, Marla seeks to work at the intersection of social impact and electricity sector decarbonization. In her free time, Marla enjoys the thrill of zouk dancing and the adventure of hiking in new places.
Hanna Karnei MEM'24
Hanna Karnei is a second-year master’s in environmental management student specializing in Energy and Environmental Analytics. She is an international student from Belarus who also lived in Ecuador and Armenia. Before joining the Nicholas School, she worked in the non-profit sector in New York City on issues related to migration, tenants’ rights, and the environmental impacts of fracking. At Duke, Hanna is the Industry Engagement Chair at the Nicholas School Energy Club and a member of the Global Energy Access Network at the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability. Hanna graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and International Development from Bennington College in 2021. Her passion for energy technology and decarbonization is what fuels her desire to pursue a career in the renewable energy industry.
Petya Miteva MEM'24
Petya is a dual-degree Master of Environmental Management and MBA student focusing on Climate and Energy. She holds a BA from Williams College, MA and has 10+ years of professional experience spanning 4 countries on 3 continents. She spent the last five years before her graduate studies in Corporate Sustainability including as a Sustainability Advisor at leading Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rankings provider ISS and as an Investor Relations and Sustainability Analyst at the fourth largest wood pulp manufacturer globally, Empresas CMPC. As an EDF Climate Corps Fellow in the summer of 2022, Petya helped Google accelerate the decarbonization of their data center suppliers by streamlining supplier engagement. Before that, she led the development of the Environmental, Social and Governance strategy and targets for battery manufacturer Energizer Holdings. At Duke, Petya served on the Committee on Facilities & Environment for the 2021-2022 academic year and co-chaired the Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition, part of Energy Week 2022. Petya is passionate about leveraging her experience working cross-functionally to support innovations and technologies that will facilitate the energy transition and allow companies to decarbonize their operations and value chains.
Former Alumni Council Fellows
Hui Chien Tan
Jessica (Jess) Siegel
Leslie Cakey Worthington
John Paul Miller
Terah Elizabeth Donovan