Agents of Sustainability Student Team

Our Director

Michelle Larkins, PhD

Michelle Larkins earned her PhD in Community Sustainability, from Michigan State University. There her research focused on women's work in food and environmental justice action at the local level, with emphasis on the experiences of Latina immigrants and how resource inequity impacts sustainability outcomes. She was a Charles Stuart Mott Doctoral fellow in Sustainable Agriculture, and served for three years as a researcher for the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded laboratory, working on sustainability initiatives and ethical market development in Malawi, Africa. Michelle has spent time at the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), where she worked to inform new STEM curriculum and pedagogy to reflect the experiences of underrepresented student groups, and helped to develop assessment standards for faculty and learning portfolios for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in environmental and sustainability studies. She holds a Masters of Science from MSU in Fisheries and Wildlife. and has previously taught courses in Environmental Science, and Gender and the Environment, at colleges in Michigan and Colorado. 

Outside of work, Michelle enjoys working in her garden, hiking with her two dogs, and any water sport-- but especially sailing, and kayaking.

Student Team

The Center for a Sustainable Society has six student members on it's 2016-2017 team. The diversity of the group allows the team to come up with new ideas and projects to further aide Pacific University in it's mission to be sustainable.

Edgar Fausto Sanchez

Edgar is currently a sophomore, and is from Forest Grove, Oregon. He is majoring in physics and environmental engineering. He’s always had a passion and excitement for the outdoors, and he hopes to harness that passion to become an environmental engineer. Edgar’s favorite forest in Oregon is the Tillamook State Forest, and the Willamette Forest is a close second. One of his top favorite trails is the Wilson River Trail. As for pets, he has a sassy 2 year old rabbit named Larry. Edgar is excited to be a part of the CSS team and aims to be involved with projects focusing on materials management and energy.
Julio Montelongo

Julio Montelongo

Julio Montelongo is a senior at Pacific who previously transferred over from Portland Community College. Originally from Texas, he has called Oregon home for the past 7 years, immersing himself to the cultural diversity and communities that make the Pacific Northwest,  the Pacific Northwest. In that time, he has been able to enjoy  the beauty of the lush scenic outdoors( camping, hiking, swimming, etc.), eating out with friends in downtown PDX or relaxing indoors with the rain falling down, he has an open-mind to any sort of good time. “I enjoy helping get people out of their comfort-zone  in order to be better than who they are and broaden their minds to the world around. This year, a key focus of mine will be to bring the various groups on campus together in order learn how to better grow as a university community.”


Daela Muñoz

Daela wants people to live well and eat well. Her projects with the Center for a Sustainable Society revolve primarily around Native American land and food justice. Her experience working with the Portland-based non-profit, Wisdom of the Elders, has given her many opportunities to learn about the unique ways in which Indigenous people interpret the environment—and adapt to a changing one. She believes there is much to learn from Indigenous peoples when it comes to resilience and sustainability, and aims to bring an understanding of Oregon’s Native history to Pacific University. 


Drew Fagerness

Drew Fagerness is a senior Business-Finance major with a passion for sustainability, physical activity and nature. As a life long native to the Pacific Northwest, he takes pride in the scenic land and environment he calls home. Drew has past work experience in the banking industry as a financial analyst, is a member of the Pacific University baseball team, and the Pacific University business club. Drew's goal with Center for a Sustainable Society is to provide funds to worthy recipients through the practice of impact investing.



Sam Anderson

Sam is a junior at Pacific, majoring in Psychology with minors in Outdoor Leadership and Art History. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, she has found herself at home in the Cascades. Sam is passionate about the outdoors—she spends much of her free time backpacking, rock climbing, and mountaineering. Her projects with the Center for Sustainable Society focus on community health, inclusive sustainability, and environmental stewardship. She aims to use her experience working with other on-campus organizations such as Campus Wellness and Outdoor Pursuits to promote community health through expansion and utilization of resources, and encourage responsible use and protection of natural spaces.


Chris Abosamra

Chris is a junior here at Pacific University. Originally from San Diego, California, he plans to major in environmental sciences with an emphasis in sustainable design and a minor in Spanish. Chris is also apart of the Pacific Men’s soccer team. He always grew up with a love for being outside with nature and that is one reason he loves it so much here in Oregon. His favorite places to go and explore here are the Oregon coast and the Tillamook forest. Chris also enjoys venturing up to Mount Hood. His aim with CSS is to spread awareness about energy consumption and how necessary it is to save our recourses and to use them wisely. Chris wants to educate people mostly on the topic of water and how important it is for us to conserve as much of it as we can.


Yuki Wade

Yuki is currently a senior at Pacific, majoring business-marketing. She transferred from Kapiolani Community College in Oahu, HI and is originally from Japan. Her previous work experiences were Walt Disney World and Aramark at UC dining as a student manager. She found her passion for marketing during her internship at Disney. Her time at UC brought her a strong interest for sustainability in the community. Yuki is aiming to create a strong and more suitable sustainable society as a University community. She is excited to work with and use her marketing knowledge and experiences to help this community.