Staff

Stefanie Spear

sspear11Stefanie is founder and CEO of EcoWatch. She has been publishing environmental news for more than 25 years.

Stefanie is dedicated to publishing news online that educates and motivates readers to become engaged in their community, adopt sustainable practices and support strong environmental policy to protect human health and the environment.

Stefanie is president of Expedite Renewable Energy, a consultancy company that project manages solar and wind projects, and works on energy policy on the local, state and federal level.

Stefanie chairs the Renewable Energy Committee for Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and is on the advisory board for Lake Erie Waterkeeper and GreenCityBlueLake Institute.

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David Bauer

dbauerDavid is the director of operations of EcoWatch. He has more than 8 years of experience in the business community with work ranging from start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and firms on Wall Street.

A native of New York City, David is passionate about the role that business plays in preserving our planet and is especially interested in the advancements in renewable energy and sustainable business.
David holds a BS from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

 

Anastasia Pantsios

Anastasia briefly considered being an environmental lawyer before getting her M.A. in theater to become a lighting designer. Instead, she became a journalist and photographer, specializing in music.

She spent the ’80s writing a music column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and shooting rock musicians like Kiss, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Tina Turner and U2, photos which appeared in books, on record jackets and in newspapers and magazines like the New York Times and Rolling Stone. In the ’90s she transitioned to writing for alternative newsweeklies, covering and photographing news stories, music, the arts and food.

In addition to being an EcoWatch reporter, Anastasia covers music concerts for Cool Cleveland and contributes to Edible Cleveland. Anastasia is a devoted organic vegetable gardener who has been a vegetarian for nearly four decades.

 

Cole Mellino

cmellinoCole is EcoWatch’s executive assistant. He believes that climate change and environmental destruction are, in the words of Bill McDonough, “intergenerational remote tyranny.” He is excited to be a part of the movement that is liberating us from the tyranny of extraction and destruction through regeneration and renewal.

He thoroughly enjoyed living and learning in DC, where he attended American University. Most of all, he loved studying abroad in Costa Rica, where he explored volcanoes, beaches, rainforests and rivers. After graduating, he headed west to do a farmer training program for a year in Reno, Nevada.

Now back in Cleveland, he is excited to rediscover his hometown. He enjoys being in the great outdoors and staying active. He especially loves to hike, ski and play the piano.

 

Todd Hamilton

thamiltonTodd is EcoWatch’s web developer. He has been building and fine-tuning websites for more than 10 years with special emphasis on the WordPress platform. He has worked on a diverse range of websites including those for internet start-ups, authors, publications, web communities and more; giving Todd a focus on creating web experiences that are intuitive and valuable for visitors.

Todd also has extensive experience working with start-up businesses in the capacity of product manager which gives him a particular sensitivity to users needs. In addition to his work for EcoWatch, Todd is building products and implementing branding for event technology company EventHero.

When not kicking website tires, Todd enjoys playing tennis, hiking and working on home renovation projects.

 

Laura Hurst

lhurstLaura Hurst is the director of the EcoWatcher internship program.

She is a senior undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University double-majoring in Environmental Studies and International Studies. Laura spent last summer as an intern for the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability.

New to the world of environmental journalism, Laura hopes to pursue work in storytelling and reporting to spread the message of environmental awareness and stewardship. In the meantime, she enjoys traveling, painting and attempting to perfect the art of windowsill gardening.

 

James Wakey

jwakeyJames is EcoWatch’s social media intern.

A UK citizen, he received his BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Southampton in 2013, and has previously volunteered with Young Friends of the Earth UK.

James currently alternates his time working for a call center in the morning and EcoWatch in the afternoon. He co-runs a blog on WordPress and can be found on Tumblr and twitter @S0cialEcologist.

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