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NSSC Members

Director of Student Groups


Adam Fischer

My name is Adam Fischer and I’m Co-Director of Student Groups for the Nicholas School Student Council. I’m an MEM candidate with a concentration in Energy and the Environment, and my studies are focused on the intersection of energy policy, climate policy, and environmental regulation. In addition to my role on Student Council, I’m also involved with the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum (DELPF), the U.N. Climate Change Negotiations Practicum, and the Nicholas School Energy Club. Prior to studying at Duke, I spent five years as a consultant at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).


 Director of Finance

Nicole Miller

Greetings! I am an EEH whose primary focus involves water quality and related issues, especially with concern to energy production.  Originally from South Carolina, feel free to stop me at any time with any questions/concerns/or ideas you have for the Student Council, & I promise they will be well-received.  In my free time you can find me exploring the greater triangle area, at the breweries/bars, playing some form of sports, or just reading!  I’m looking forward to serving as the Co-Director for the coming year & doing all that I can to better the Nicholas School.




Kathryn Gaasch

Hi there! My name is Kathryn Gaasch and I’m the Secretary for the 2017 Nicholas School Student Council (NSSC). I grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland and received my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Virginia Tech in 2013. I worked as an environmental consultant for three years before coming to Duke, and am now pursuing my MEM with a concentration in Ecosystem Science and Conservation. I have also loved working towards a certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. My responsibilities as NSSC Secretary include organizing the mentor-mentee program for incoming students and variety of other support roles for my NSSC colleagues. When I’m not in Environment Hall, you can find me exploring Durham with a particular affinity for local breweries, music and outdoor adventures!


Beaufort Representative

Kelsey Johnson-Sapp

Hey all, my name is Kelsey Johnson-Sapp and I am the Beaufort Representative for the 2017 Nicholas School Student Council. My interests lie in coral reef conservation through mobilizing coastal communities to improve marine resource management and increase reef resilience. As Beaufort Rep, my primary responsibility is to serve as liaison between Duke’s Durham Campus and the Marine Lab in Beaufort. I am tasked with coordinating efforts with the two locations to ensure that all students are informed of and can participate in campus/marine lab events. I look forward to the year ahead and am here to help with any questions you may have!


International Representative

Jianing Fan

Greetings! I am Jianing Fan (MEM-BE) interested in facilitating renewables from a business side, and my background is in Chemistry. I am the International Students Representative for NSSC 2017. My cole responsibilities include reinforcing international students’ existence as well as helping incoming international students to transit into the Nic School. I am thrilled to be part of NSSC and I look forward to working with these amazing people!


Event Coordinator

Rachel Brinks

Hello! My name is Rachel Brinks. I serve as the Event’s Coordinator for NSSC. I’m originally from Colorado and attended CU-Boulder where I studied environmental science and geography. I’m now studying environmental economics and policy, with a focus on urban sustainability issues. When not working, I enjoy being outside hiking and/or rock climbing or looking at pictures of teacup pigs.


Orientation Event Coordinator

Hayley Hanway

Hello! I am the Orientation Event Coordinator, which basically means I help set up fun events and try to make sure no one gets lost. I’m well practiced, for I have spent much of my life in theater wrangling actors, and I worked for Team Starkid on their production of A Very Potter Sequel. Somehow, I went from making sure Harry had the right pair of glasses to a terrestrial conservationist, meaning I was the plant lady at a zoo. I received a B.S. from the University of Michigan, and I’m pursing a Master’s in Environmental Management for Ecosystem Science and Conservation here at Duke. I hope to have a career as a science communicator, so feel free to ask me any questions, because I love to chat!


Communications Officer

Carley Reynolds

Hi, my name is Carley and I’m your NSSC Communications Officer! I manage the website, email, and send out the NicDig for all your Nic School News needs.  Other than that, I’m an EEP student interested in international climate policy. In undergrad, I studied Environmental Science and International Development. In my free time, I like playing soccer and when I’m home in Florida I spend a lot of time scuba diving with my family.