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SWEP North Carolina, Triangle Chapter is a non-profit professional organization. We are located in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle area of North Carolina. To learn more about our Board of Directors Job Descriptions and Expectations, click here to download a pdf.

Jennifer Shaltanis

Jennifer is an environmental engineer and program manager, with ten years of experience in air pollution modeling, permitting, policy and regulations; environmental management systems design and implementation; and corporate management for Green House Gases, Energy, and Sustainability. She began her career with a Bachelorís degree in Meteorology from NCSU, followed by a short period as a Meteorologist with the USAF Weather Agency. She also has a doctorate in Civil (Environmental) Engineering. Jennifer served as the Sustainability Program Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for nearly four years, creating the Sustainability Programme. Jennifer currently works for the Environmental Protection Agency writing and assisting in interpretation of the Clean Air Act and other air pollution policies.


Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert has been a member of SWEP since July 2014. She is a native of Fayetteville, NC and graduated from NC State University with a B.A. in Political Science. After that she worked for Cumberland County Government before joining the United States Navy. During her time in the Navy, she worked as an avionics technician stationed in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Currently she works as an electrical maintenance technician and inspects utility scale solar farms throughout the state.


Open Position


Immediate Past Chair
Katie Lebrato

Katie Lebrato currently serves as the SWEP Board of Directors Chair and has been a member since July 2011. A Jamestown, N.C. native, she joined NC GreenPower in 2008 as Marketing and Communications Manager and brings to the position 12 years of design and marketing expertise. She graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication and holds a BA in graphic design, then spent a decade at a downtown Raleigh advertising agency as their Creative Director. She encourages everyone to skip a latte a month and donate $4 to NC GreenPower in support of the program.


Your participation is welcome on our committees!

E-mail SWEP NC Triangle at info@swepnctriangle.org if you're interested in joining a committee.

Communications Committee
Maintains our website, assists with marketing for events, and prepares/distributes outreach materials including our brochure and newsletters.

Communications Co-Chair
Caroline Gorham

Caroline Gorham is a Staff Specialist at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions where she supports Climate and Energy Program Director, Jonas Monast and State Policy Program Director, Amy Pickle. She is a Miami, Florida native and a graduate of the University of Florida. She completed her bachelorís degree in business administration in 2008 and has since worked in public service, with a private start-up in the legal industry, and in a large corporate setting.


Communications Co-Chair
Kelsey Kusterer

As the Marketing Specialist for Active Healthcare, Kelsey Kusterer designs collateral materials, produces videos and manages communications, such as writing blogs and crafting content for their social media outlets. Prior to her position at Active Healthcare, Kelsey was an Energy & Environment Planner with Triangle J Council of Governments, and has experience in communications at NC State University and at Connect2 Communications, a public relations firm. In addition to SWEP, Kelsey volunteers for Oaks & Spokes, a local organization focused on improving Raleigh's bike infrastructure and culture. She is also a Public Service Scholar and graduate of UNC Chapel Hill.



Community Service Committee
Organizes and participates in volunteer activities in the Triangle area relevant to our mission, with special emphasis on opportunities that focus on empowering women and/or helping the environment.

Community Service Co-Chairs
Open Positions


Membership Committee
Works with other committees to increase member enrollment, maintains the membership list, manages membership applications, and solicits corporate sponsorships.

Membership Co-Chair
Ranjani Rajagopalan
Ranjani Rajagopalan is currently working with NC State University as a Core Building Inspections/Project Manager- FCAP/ Sustainability Liaison- R&R, Facilities Operations. She graduated with a Masters in Sustainable Business – Green development, from Marylhurst University, Oregon State in December 2013. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from India and more than six years of architectural experience handling federal government (Ministry of Defense) projects in Bangalore, India and several educational, residential as well as commercial construction projects working with Jill Smith Architects PA, Raleigh. Additionally, Ranjani served on the advisory board for the construction of a temple in Cary, NC, since moving to the US in 2000. She is also an active volunteer at her children's school, mentoring kids struggling with Math and helping teachers with the Science enrichment clubs.

Membership Co-Chair
Open Position

Programs/Events Committee
Organizes technical and social/networking events with emphasis placed on environmental, women, and/or career-related issues in order to inform our members about emerging and relevant topics.

Events Co-Chair
Elicia Hyde-DeRuyscher
Elicia studies environmental and energy law at the UNC School of Law and plans to pursue the Duke Masterís of Environmental ManagementóEnergy Concentration (M.E.M.-E.E.) in conjunction with her Juris Doctor degree. She has professional experience in the environmental sector as a grant writer for land use and environmental justice causes; as a certified SKYWARN Spotter for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and as a member of the sustainable transportation coalition Tar Heel Bikesí Operations Management team. Currently, Elicia is a Clean Energy Policy Intern at the NC Sustainable Energy Association and volunteer member of the United Solar Initiative. She plans to utilize her J.D. and M.E.M. to pursue a career in clean energy policy advising, as a corporate environmental health and safety advisor, or as a contracts administrator in the clean energy sector.

Events Co-Chair
Jocelyn Tsai

Jocelyn Tsai has years of experience in program management, regulatory compliance, and business development in areas ranging from medical devices to carbon offsetting markets. She previously has served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships with Urban Offsets and has researched for both The Nature Conservancy and The Nicholas Institute for Policy Solutions. She holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment.


Student/Campus Outreach Committee
Serves as a liaison between SWEP and local colleges/universities to connect young women interested in environmental careers with current environmental professionals through networking and other events.

Student/Campus Outreach Co-Chair
Stacy Peterson
Stacy Peterson is the Energy Education Program Coordinator of the Duke University Energy Initiative. Stacy plans and manages energy education activities across the university by working with faculty and program directors to plan courses, events and programs to expand both the traditional and the experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. She holds a Master of Education degree in Adult Education from Penn State University and is currently enrolled in a Doctoral program concentrated on Educational Leadership in Higher Education at UNC-Wilmington.

Student/Campus Outreach Co-Chair
Open Position