Meet the Consultants

Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 Consultants

Rachel Earnhardt

Degrees: Master of Environmental Management

Concentrations: Environmental Economics and Policy, Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management 

Consultation Strengths: Cover Letters, Memos,
Accessible Scientific Writing, Presentations

About: Born and raised in Raleigh, Rachel recently made the big move to Durham to pursue a MEM. Before starting at the Nicholas School, she served with FoodCorps AmeriCorps teaching gardening and cooking to kids, WWOOFed up and down New Zealand, and read a lot of books. To the Comms Studio, Rachel is excited to bring lessons learned from working as a writing tutor at her college writing workshop and providing editorial support at a policy journal. For Rachel, writing consultation is all about helping people tell their stories more effectively. 

Brenda Warger

Degrees: Master of Environmental Management

Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy

Consultation Strengths: Resumes, Written application material, Cover Letters, Memos (policy-focused or other)

About: Brenda is from Miami, Florida, and graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in 2016 with her B.S. degree in Environmental Studies. After four years in policy and business administration roles for environmental nonprofits and Miami-Dade County, she began her Master’s degree at the Nicholas School of the Environment. Brenda is particularly interested in policy approaches that create enabling environments for renewable energy. In her free time, Brenda enjoys thrift shopping, sewing, and consuming boba tea.

Spring 2020 Consultants

Johanna Kluck


Degrees: Master of Environmental Management
Concentrations: Environmental Economics and Policy
Areas of expertise: Scientific Communication, Presentations, Resumes and Cover Letters
About: Jo hails from Nebraska and previously studied in Iowa where she worked as a peer writing consultant.  Here at Duke, Jo is interested in learning more about environmental policy and risk assessment, particularly toxicological and catastrophic risk. Beyond academics, Jo likes to play basketball, write slam poetry, and explore the world.
Degrees: Master of Environmental Management/Master of Forestry
Concentrations: Ecosystem Science and Conservation
Areas of expertise: scientific communications, resumes, cover letters
About: Kim is originally from Wrentham, Massachusetts but has lived in New York City and Washington, D.C. since leaving home.  She came to the Nicholas School to study the nexus of forest conservation and community livelihoods in developing countries.  Last summer, she had the opportunity to work as a GIS Intern for The Nature Conservancy and spent a month in Oaxaca, Mexico, collecting data for her Masters Project.  When she’s not reading textbooks and scientific articles, she enjoys going to the gym and watching thrillers.

Fall 2019 Consultants

Kyle Cornish


Degrees: Master of Environmental Management

Concentrations: Environmental Policy and Analysis

Areas of expertise: Cover letters, scientific communications, memos

About: Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Kyle grew up in close proximity to the political capital of the United States. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2017, Kyle worked on ocean policy and public lands issues in Washington, DC. This summer, Kyle interned with a local climate justice nonprofit organization in Durham. Kyle is interested in how inclusive management and policy strategies can be implemented to enhance marine conservation and promote social justice.

Grace Hancock


Joint CPDC & NSOE Career Fellow

Degree: Master of Environmental Management

Concentrations: Environmental Economics & Policy, Community Based Environmental Management

Areas of expertise: professional writing: cover letters, resumes, personal statements, memos (policy-focused & other)

About: Grace worked for eight years advising environmental non-profits on finance and strategy before coming to the Nic School to study urban environmental policy. Beyond classes and her Masters Project, which focuses on planning a sustainable tree canopy in Durham, she tries to find time for the occasional run around East Campus, gardening, or exploring new (to her!) parts of NC.

Lannette Rangel


Joint CPDC & NSOE Career Fellow

Degrees: Master of Environmental Management

Concentrations: Environmental Economics and Policy

Areas of expertise: Resumes, cover letters, memos

About: Lannette is a Californian at heart. Originally from Oceanside, California, she has lived throughout the state over the years, and now calls Lake Tahoe her home. She pursued studies at the Nicholas School to experience a different part of the country while studying the intersection of environmental science and policy. Over the summer she interned in Washington D.C. for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, developing communication materials to promote the organization’s mission and inform the public of the importance of wildlife refuges. Outside of her academic pursuits, she enjoys dancing, yoga, singing, and advocating for the planet and its voiceless creatures.