Staff

Patrick McKee

Senior Sustainability Program Manager


Patrick McKee was hired by the OS in 2018 to serve as UConn’s Sustainability Program Manager. Reporting to the Director, Patrick works to develop, plan, and administer programs, initiatives and events related to sustainability at UConn. He also supervises the OS’s high-achieving student intern staff.

Patrick’s prior experience in the sustainability field spans both the private and public sectors including time at a Fortune 250 company, a multinational manufacturer, and a large public university. Most recently, his three year stint as the first Sustainability Manager at Eastern Kentucky University resulted in the establishment of a dock-less bike share program, improvements to both recycling and energy management, the integration of sustainability thinking into university decision making, as well as the University’s first AASHE STARS rating.  During this time he also advised up to six student employees per semester, and instructed ENV200: The Global Sustainable Future as an adjunct faculty member.

Prior to working at Eastern Kentucky University, Patrick served as a Sustainability Analyst with Legrand, North America at its West Hartford headquarters. While at Legrand, he helped spearhead operations and social sustainability initiatives including a highly successful energy savings competition known as the “Legrand Energy Marathon” and the ”Better Communities” corporate volunteer program.

He received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA, in 2011 and received his master of science degree in environmental science and management from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA in 2013.

Email patrick.mckee@uconn.edu
Phone (860) 486-9414

Cherie Taylor

Administrative Coordinator


Cherie is the Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability (OS). She focuses on administratively supporting the Director, managing daily office operations, record keeping and budgeting, serving as the OS Compliance webmaster, event planning and scheduling, as well as in office supervision of 9-12 student interns. She supports both the Compliance and Sustainability offices, as well as her fellow employees with her considerable knowledge of University systems, policies and procedures.

Cherie joined the University in August 1998 as the Office Manager for Central Stores. Coming to UConn from Manchester Memorial Hospital (ECHN) with a ten year background as a Buyer in Purchasing and with extensive previous inventory experience, this position was the perfect transitional fit. In June 2001. Cherie accepted a new position with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) as their Administrative Coordinator. She was responsible for management of the daily operations of the main office, including supervision of staff and students. As well as being the assistant to the Department Head she also provided support services for over twenty faculty members, sixty-plus graduate students and the undergraduate students in the CEE program. In August 2004 Cherie accepted a shared position as an Administrative Specialist II with the Architectural & Engineering Services (AES) and the Office of Environmental Policy. In this half time role within each department, she provided various administrative, personnel, and fiscal support services to both Directors. In July 2006 Cherie accepted a full time position as the Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Environmental Policy (now Office of Sustainability) where she currently enjoys diverse and challenging opportunities afforded by the OS and the University of Connecticut for continued personal and professional growth.

Email cherie.taylor@uconn.edu
Phone N/A

Betsy Mortensen

Communication, Outreach, and Education Coordinator


Betsy was hired by the OS in 2022 and serves as UConn’s Sustainability Communications, Outreach, and Education Coordinator. Reporting to the Director, Betsy develops and leads in-person and virtual outreach and engagement events as well as other initiatives for the Office of Sustainability. She is responsible for enhanced visibility of the OS as well as for managing all of its social media, digital, and print communications.

Betsy takes a creative approach to building awareness, engagement and action for the environment. Following an early career stint in wildlife biology surveying songbirds in Connecticut and tracking chimpanzees in Tanzania, she realized that communicating sustainability was her calling (and it involved fewer venomous snake encounters). In 2015 she co-founded nonprofit Sustain Music & Nature, which uses the emotional hook of music and cultural capital of musicians to build support for America's public lands. Betsy and musician co-founder Harrison Goodale (UConn '12) produce award winning music videos in partnership with the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Forest Service. They also run a podcast, Songscapes, which explores Grammy award-winning artists' relationship to music and nature. It's hosted by Charles Coplin, former executive producer of the Super Bowl Halftime Show. While building Sustain, Betsy worked in NYC as an assistant to Simon Roosevelt, great-great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt. In the Roosevelt tradition, she assisted him with numerous advocacy projects for America's public lands - working with US Senators, non-profit CEOs, and top philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Betsy got her B.S. in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2010 and an M.Phil in Environment, Society and Development from University of Cambridge in the UK in 2011.
Email betsy.mortensen@uconn.edu
Phone (860)-486-5446