To go along with a significantly new Legislature, the Environmental Council has assembled a significantly new lobby team. The introductions are short, you will know us by our work.
Rob Goodwin is the newest member of the team. He has worked for the past five years pushing for more accountability and action from the WVDEP and federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). This work has included researching coal slurry impoundments for the Sludge Safety Project as well as programmatic failures of the WVDEP mining program for the WV Citizen Action for Real Enforcement Campaign (WVCARE). Rob has also been
actively involved in the Kanawha Forest Coalition efforts to combat surface mining near Kanawha State Forest.
Rob moved to West Virginia in January 2010 after graduating from the University of Maine with a degree in Surveying Engineering Technology. Hailing from the small town of Keene in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, Rob understands how clean air, clean water and strong environmental protection are pillars of vibrant communities. He currently resides in Fayetteville on the New River Gorge National River rim and enjoys canoeing, hiking, biking and skiing.
Dr. Vickie Wolfe is returning for another session. A native Appalachian, Vickie grew up in rural northeast Tennessee. She holds graduate degrees in Environmental Health and Environmental Science, and moved to West Virginia in 2003. Over a period of nine years, she taught biology and environmental science at the University of Charleston, Marshall University and West Virginia State University. She has previously worked on the lobby team during the 2008 and 2014 sessions.
Conni Gratop Lewis has come out of retirement to rejoin the team as coordinator. A native Midwesterner, she was raised in a city with thousands of acres of parks. She graduated from Ohio University, and eventually earned a Masters in Public Administration from the former College of Graduate Studies. Conni’s lobbying career began in 1990 as a volunteer
working for Quakers. There were other nonprofti clients over the next 15 years, including the Enviromental Council.
Afterwords, Conni served on the board of the American Friends Service Committee for six years, while maintaining commitments to local and regional AFSC work.