Kate Corwin, President and Founder
Kate is responsible for leading the fundraising and marketing efforts for Green Works, planning new programs and expansion opportunities and handling administration. She also serves as an assistant instructor for the Excelerate program. Kate is an active community volunteer who believes in the power of persistence, passion, good data and humor to improve both physical and social environments. Kate has undergraduate degrees in IT and Finance and an MA in Economics. She serves on the board of Green Works.
Charlotte Cline-Smith, Program Director for Workforce Development
When she isn’t teaching our Excelerate program, Charlotte works as a community organizer in Midtown and contracts as an academic writing coach for second-language Masters’ and PhD students around the country. She has an undergraduate degree in Applied Linguistics, a Masters’ in Intercultural Communication, and a deep commitment to critical pedagogy as a way of life. Charlotte has seven years of teaching and training experience in business, small group, private tutoring, and college classroom settings. She is passionate about sustainability and loves hosting intentional discussions around colorful dinners with her community.
Jorge Ramirez, Intern
Jorge attends the University of Kansas and is studying Accounting. He hopes to obtain his CPA certification within the next few years. Jorge grew up in Kansas City, KS and attended Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences. It was during his high school years where he developed a passion for community service and volunteering and learned the importance of higher education. Jorge is also a Kauffman Scholar. His experiences within the community and the guidance he received as a high school and college student are what drives Jorge to help students just like him. During his free time, he enjoys trying local coffee shops, reading, going on walks, and listening to music.
Patrice Gonzalez, Lead Instructor ECOS
Patrice has a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability, Society and Resource Management and a Master’s degree in Education for Global Sustainability. She has served two, service year terms in AmeriCorps, which is where she got her foot in the door with environmental education. As a Community Garden Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA, she created an internship program for youth in a transitional housing program to promote environmental stewardship. She also served in Peace Corps, Ethiopia as an Agricultural and Environmental Extension Specialist to promote environmental awareness. She is currently in the Master Naturalist program, as she believes in life-long learning, especially when it comes to environmental education. She also enjoys working at Blue River Watershed Association as a Water Quality Educator.
Quoleshna Elbert, Assistant Instructor ECOS
Raised in Kansas City, Quoleshna earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Missouri-Columbia studying Human Environmental Sciences, Art and Marketing. Directly out of college, her unlikely exposure to a therapeutic farm for kids in upstate New York became a precursor to the interests that would later emerge for her. Years later, while residing in Los Angeles, her appreciation for the impact that the environment has on humans, (including the natural environment), flourished. Quoleshna is an advocate for natural beauty, relevant educational opportunities and hubs for healthy community engagement in all urban settings.
Victoria Marcklinger, Assistant Instructor ECOS and Photographer
Victoria gets excited about the intersection of environmental activism and education. She’s Dominican-Ecuadorian but lived several years of high-school and college in Kansas City and now calls Midtown KC home. Victoria spent a semester working on an organic farm on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast and traveling around Latin America and the Caribbean. Upon completing her undergraduate degree she spent time in South Florida working in refugee resettlement and taught community gardening at the Milagro Teen Center in Delray Beach, Florida. Her non-profit experience has inspired and fueled her deep passion for education through community visual art. Her spouse is a vegetable farmer and tree shepherd in Midtown KC.
D’Vontai Fields, Assistant Instructor ECOS
D’vontai is a former Green Works student and 2012 graduate of North Kansas City High School. We’re excited that D’Vontai is back in the Kansas City area and is working with us as an ECOS assistant. Along with helping Green Works D’vontai spends his time working for his family coffee business, studying coding and rehabbing a house he owns in a neighborhood near Brush Creek. He enjoys listening to music, watching sports and discovering local food.