Green Business Initiative Student Association

Promoting Sustainability Through Business and Legal Frameworks

The Green Business Initiative Student Association (GBISA) is one of the first student organizations of its kind. Comprised of graduate students from the University of Oregon School of Law and the Lundquist College of Business, GBISA members are interested in and dedicated to the intersection of law, business, and the environment. GBISA's mission is to promote awareness of sustainable business practices and the legal framework and policies that support green business. GBISA's leading activity each year is to organize its annual Green Business Symposium. 

2017-2018 Green Business Initiative Student Association Board

Emily Barnard - Co-Director
Emily is a second-year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law. She is from Reno, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Reno and received her bachelor's degree in pre-law and Spanish.   Emily was attracted to Oregon Law because of the environmental emphasis within the community and believes that implementing sustainable practices at the business level is a practical approach to help save the planet.  She has been with GBI since her first-year and is excited to work with like-minded individuals to help educate other students on some of the new green business practices and technologies. In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing and being by the ocean.

Peter Lindholm - Co-Director
Peter is a third-year JD/MBA student at the University of Oregon studying Green Business and Tax Law. He received a dual degree in Political Science and Business Management from East Carolina University.  He was motivated to go to law school to be able to help those that don’t have a voice or platform to do so themselves. This, combined with his love for nature and the outdoors, led him to have a passion for environmental law because of how important protecting the environment for future generations is. Realizing how important it was to also have the business community and many other stakeholders involved, to creating impactful, lasting change, Peter also decided to pursue his MBA at the University of Oregon. Peter joined GBI to help further build the bridge between the business and legal communities to help solve society’s and the environment’s most pressing issues and creating a more sustainable future. Outside of school he enjoys traveling, being outdoors, andpolitics.

Katlynn Moen - Marketing Director
Katlynn is a second-year law student from Fargo, North Dakota. She graduated cum laude from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa majoring in Law, Politics, and Society; History; and English. Katlynn came to the University of Oregon for law school to study Business and Employment law in the Pacific Northwest focusing on environmental choices businesses can make to reduce their carbon footprint. She is looking forward to having GBI be more involved with the community and reaching out to professionals to discuss sustainable options for businesses. While not at the law school, Katlynn enjoys reading and volunteering with animals.

Brent Rocheleau - Logistics Director
Brent earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2016. He is currently a second year law student. He is originally from the Flint area of Michigan. Brent’s legal interests include environmental law, criminal law, and business law. He chose to join GBISA because he believes that this is the best organization to help further the causes that made him want to go to law school in the first place. Over the summer, he worked at the Genesee County Prosecutors Office in Flint, Michigan, where he worked on Criminal, juvenile and family law cases.

Jonathan Dumais - Finance Director
Jonathan is a second-year law student and graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies with a minor in Energy Policy. Last summer Jonathan worked with Northwest Justice Project, and Snohomish County Legal Services in Everett, Washington. Jonathan joined the GBISA because he is interested in the use of sustainable techniques to improve growth within the business world. Outside of law school he enjoys golf, riding quads, and playing board games.

Cole Sito – MBA Liaison Director
Cole Sito is a third-year J.D./M.B.A student with a passion for energy and ocean law. He holds a B.S. in Marine Biology and a B.A. in Ancient History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Cole learned to love surfing, snorkeling, boating, and all things aquatic. He is specifically passionate about green energy development, for-profit company sustainability, and infrastructure resiliency. When Cole is not working, he would always rather be surfing.

Elle Mattson - 1L Content Committee Chair
Elle Mattson graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a degree in Communication Studies. Elle is a first-year law student with a passion for business, having worked in Marketing in New York City after college. She is interested in exploring how businesses can benefit their local communities and make a positive impact on the environment while increasing profitability. Through GBISA, Elle is looking forward to connecting with and learning from local businesses striving for sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, yoga, and cooking.

Erin Yoder Logue - 1L Content Committee Chair
Erin earned her undergraduate degree in Communications at Rhode Island College, with a minor in Business Management. Working in non-profits between her undergraduate degree and law school, she specialized in planning fundraising and networking events. As a first-year law student, she chose the University of Oregon for its Environmental Law program. Outside of Law School, you can find her hiking, at beach, or road ripping. When she is not out on the road, you can find her gardening, which is how she first became involved in sustainability practices. Erin wants to be involved in GBI, because she believes the practice of sustainability and green business create interconnectedness within a community. As a board member, she would like to continue raising awareness and building a community that values green initiatives.

Rama Neil - 1L Marketing Chair
Rama grew up in Los Angeles and became fascinated by the unending commerce that surrounded him. He graduated from the Business Honors Program at California State University, Northridge with a B.S. in Finance. He worked in banking after graduation, but eventually moved to Washington and opened a small delivery business before finding his place at Oregon Law. Rama hopes to learn more about green initiatives in Oregon, and help share GBI’s mission with residents and small businesses in the community. Rama enjoys playing the saxophone, watching football, and hiking with his wife and two dogs.

Ashlyn Boatwright – 1L Logistics Chair
Ashlyn graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Environmental Science and a minor in Marine Science.  Ashlyn discovered her passion for the environment in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  In Tulsa, she took the initiative to implement recycling to a local shopping center.  She joined GBISA to further learn about integrating sustainability and business.  Outside of school, Ashlyn enjoys hiking, baking, drawing, and writing short stories.

Suzanne Patton O'Halloran - 1L Finance Chair
Suzanne graduated cum laude from Colorado State University in 2014 with degrees in Political Science, Economics, and French. She lived in Luxembourg and worked in its financial sector, and she also worked in private medical practice administration and management in her home state of Colorado. Her legal interests are in corporate practice and international law, and she joined GBISA since she supports sustainable business practices and would like to build a network of like-mindedindividuals in the community. While not at school, Suzanne enjoys dance/fitness instruction, hiking, and cooking.