The Board

1456610_10201279741015708_95829030_n Josh Koppen, President is an expert in Natural Building and an accomplished coordinator in urban gardening and landscape installations. A graduate of the Natural Building Intensive Program and Permaculture Design Course at the wonderful Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont, he stayed on with the organization as an employee until the winter of 2008, when he moved back to the Cleveland area. His expertise in native plants and permaculture design is only rivaled by his love of music and building community. He quickly found kindred spirits at the Green Triangle and has been an active member and director ever since.  He has served as President since 2013.

 Audrey John Melzer is a board member and the Treasurer for Green  Triangle. Audrey is an active musician and music teacher in the greater Cleveland area. When she is not focused on music or pedagogy, she  spends her time mothering, crafting, and discovering ways to apply  permaculture to the nurturing of a household.

 Diana Sette, Advisory Board/Former Secretary, is a writer, designer, community cultivator, and educator.  She is the co-founder of Possibilitarian Regenerative Community Homestead (PORCH), a permaculture-based intentional community, and Possibilitarian Garden, a community garden in the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland.  Recently, she worked as the Site Manager of the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Green Corps Central Learning Farm based in public housing projects on the East side of Cleveland, before being promoted to the Youth Manager for the Green Corps program.  Diana is a Certified Permaculture Teacher & Designer, Certified Mediator, and Racial Justice Facilitator.  She also serves on the board of The Hummingbird Project & the Cleveland Seed Bank.  She co-founded Possibilitarian Puppet Theater and was a resident company member of Bread & Puppet Theater for several years.  Diana currently spends her life between Cleveland and Ireland with her husband and daughter.  You can find Diana’s writing in Permaculture Design Magazine and Hyperallergic.   More about Diana here.

PDC1000_013Kara DePaul participated in Green Triangle’s 2012 PDC course and joined as a Board Member in 2013. While taking the course, she became immersed in the possibilities of patterns and design and how to bring these to life with her own life and communities. Afterwards, she participated in the planning and implementation of an educational walking trail at Rid-All Urban Agriculture site, designed to highlight and demonstrate pattern language and permaculture principles. An avid learner, observer and idea generator, she continues to explore the possibilities within patterns and the promotion of permaculture education.

Roseanna Keough (not pictured here) is a community organizer and has been a long-time board member of Green Triangle.

  Brad Charles Melzer is the Director and Educator for the George Jones Memorial Farm and Nature Preserve in Oberlin, Ohio; a 70 acre educational organic farm and nature preserve. Mr. Melzer has been practicing Permaculture since 1998 and has worked on a wide range of environmental projects including aquaculture/aquaponics, biomimicry, community gardening, compost technologies, landscaping/tree care, organic agriculture, vacant urban lot remediation, and professional writing. Mr. Melzer teaches in higher education (Oberlin College/Baldwin Wallace University) in sustainability, biology, and sociology. Mr. Melzer started his certification process in 1999, received his Certification in Permaculture Design in April 2010, and his Permaculture Teacher’s Certification in 2015.

 Lara Roketenetz is a 14 year resident of Cleveland.  She attended Case Western Reserve University for her undergraduate degree and obtained a BA in Biology in 1998.  She later attended John Carroll University for her masters and  received a MS in Biology in 2008.  Lara has a PhD from the Integrated Biosciences program at the University of Akron where she studied insect/plant interactions in the context of biocontrol.  She has worked as an environmental consultant at a private company and a Natural Resources Specialist at a grassroots environmental education non-profit.  Lara’s deep desire to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship in her community led her to her board role with the Green Triangle.  She is currently the Field Station Manager at Bath Nature Preserve.

 Kate Sopko is a Cleveland-based facilitator, author and artist whose work constructs venues and largescale social experiments to spark new public dialogues. She facilitates and organizes collaborative neighborhood-based design work through City Repair Cleveland and Cleveland-based permaculture design certification courses through Green Triangle.  More information on her artwork and writing is available at SURVIVAL POSTURES.

10001526_499555403486527_906906284_n Divya Sridhar graduated from Kent State University in 2006 with a Master’ in Architecture Degree. She has attained LEED Certification and continues to research and take part in sustainable and natural building projects around the city. Divya has volunteered and worked for a number of nonprofit and social justice organizations in Cleveland, including City Fresh and Green Triangle.

1976922_499555623486505_992906715_n Nick Swetye received his BA in Philosophy from Hiram College in 2004 and his MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University in 2006. With a lifetime dedication to not-for-profit work, Mr. Swetye has worked with social justice organizations and in environmental education since 2006. In addition to his role with the Green Triangle, he currently holds the Directorship of CityFresh, a not-for-profit community-supported-agriculture program that brings fresh, local food into the urban core of Cleveland for 650 weekly shareholders. Nick received his Certification in Permaculture Design in August 2009.

PDC1000_013 Photo Credit @tlaffay


Eric Gregorchik, Hank Haberman, Jonathan Hull, Jessie McCullam Jones, Erin Laffay, Vel Scott, Maurice Small, & the late Dave Wright

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