RCC Staff

musil_lecture3Dr. Robert K. Musil, President and CEO

As the CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, Dr. Musil speaks and organizes nationwide at campuses and civic organizations, is a key advocate on Capitol Hill, and has increased RCC membership, budget, and staff while developing an extensive and growing grassroots and campus network. He has designed and led RCC organizing efforts in North Carolina, spoken and organized in Florida at campus and community events to oppose the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in collaboration with Beyond Nuclear, and is the co-author of Pork and Pollution.

Musil has been a leader, activist, educator, and author in the national environmental, environmental health, peace and social justice movements for over three decades. He is one of the most respected and senior public interest advocates in Washington. He serves as the President of the Scoville Peace Fellowship; Chairman of the Board of the Council for a Livable World (C)(4) and PAC; Chairman of the Board of the Population Connection Action Fund (C)(4) and PAC; a Board member of Beyond Nuclear; and an Advisory Board member of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI). Musil is also an environmental educator who is a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University where he teaches American environmental politics. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut where he is involved in reviewing a new campus master plan and college endowment investments for sustainability and social responsibility. Musil also writes on climate, nuclear and justice issues for the Huffington Post and is the author of three environmental books: Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future (Rutgers, 2009); Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment (Rutgers Press, 2014) and Washington in Spring: A Nature Journal for a Changing Capital (Bartleby Press, 2016).

zoe_ackermanZoë Ackerman, Associate Program Director 

Zoë Ackerman is the co-author and lead researcher of Fowl Matters: Public Health, Environmental Justice, and the Broiler Chicken Industry (RCC, 2017) and Pork and Pollution: An Introduction to Research and Action on Industrial Hog Production (RCC, 2015). Zoë coordinates the Rachel Carson Campus Network and builds partnerships between campuses, advocacy organizations, and impacted communities. She co-designs environmental justice and participatory theater workshops with Elijah Brunson and has spoken and moderated panels in North Carolina, Washington, DC, and at national academic conferences. Zoë is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied English Literature and Creative Writing as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. In her first year, she co-founded Flash! Seminars, a series of 50 sessions on environmental subjects with leading professors and experts. In 2016, Zoë was recently selected for the EPA’s 2016-2018 National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Workgroup. In that capacity, she works with 17 young leaders nationwide on a report about best practices on engaging youth and vulnerable communities on climate justice.

elijah brunson2Elijah Brunson, Environmental Education Associate

Elijah Brunson serves on the Leadership Team of the North Carolina Climate Justice Summit. He holds a BS in Psychology from Duke University where he focused on the impacts of patient-provider communication on the Quality of Life for post-Bone Marrow Transplants. Elijah is a Theater of the Oppressed practitioner and currently works with Zoë to design participatory environmental justice workshops for students and community groups.



rafRoss A. FeldnerPublications and Web Consultant

Ross Feldner is the owner/art director of New Age Graphics, a full-service graphic design firm in Silver Spring, MD. He also serves as a guide at the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge and editor of the Friends of Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge newsletter. Ross also serves as Vice President of the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance which supports Rachel Carson’s historic house in Silver Spring, MD where she wrote Silent Spring.

Wayne Rouse, Financial Officer. Wayne Rouse has been the financial officer of the Rachel Carson Council since 2011. Wayne has been the accountant for a number of non-profits and retired from the Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) in Washington where he held positions in engineering, computers and energy management. He has also served as President, Treasurer, and Manager of the PEPCO Federal Credit Union.

Elena Mannion, Stanback Intern, Summer 2017. Elena is a rising junior at Duke University majoring in Earth and Ocean Sciences with minors in Environmental Science and Policy and in Chemistry. At Duke, she is the founding leader of Illyria, a women’s empowerment group which organizes speakers and focuses on gender equity. Elena is interested in studying the technicalities of climate change and its effects and is excited to join RCC this summer to conduct research and write a report on fracking, environmental justice, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. She will also maintain the RCC’s social media channels.

Emily McAuliffe, Hart Leadership Program Intern, Summer 2017. Emily is a rising senior at Duke University majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Environmental Science and Policy and a certificate in the Study of Ethics. She is interested in the policy side of environmental science and is currently taking a varied course load at Duke and interning year-round with the Rachel Carson Council in order to expand her horizons.

Tyler Wakefield, Stanback Intern, Summer 2017. Tyler is a rising senior at Duke University majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Economics with a certificate in Energy & the Environment. In Fall 2016, Tyler participated in a School for International Training/International Honors Program study abroad program. He studied “Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water and Energy” in San Francisco, Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia. In addition to serving as Co-President of the Duke Energy Club back on campus, he is active in the Duke Climate Coalition and Campus Sustainability Committee. Tyler brings an interest in community-driven solutions for climate and environmental justice.