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 of Pork and Pollution and supervises, researches, and writes for the Rachel Carson Campus Network (RCCN). She co-designs environmental justice and participatory theater workshops with Elijah Brunson and has presented 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. Zoë was recently selected for the EPA’s 2016-2017 National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s Youth Climate Justice Workgroup.

elijah brunson2Elijah Brunson, Environmental Justice Consultant

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.



Christine Marie LacayoSocial Media and Communications Consultant

In addition to consulting for the RCC, Christine Lacayo works at the IUCN Global Gender Office supporting the preparation and research of environmental documents, action plans and policies in Spanish and French. She previously worked at CNN, where she was involved in the Sustainability Task Force encouraging Turner employees to engage in environmental and sustainability efforts. Christine graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in International Affairs and Italian. She has recently completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability through St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France.

 At St. Edward’s, Christine worked as the Sustainability Graduate Assistant developing a broad sustainability presence on campus and was a key RCCN contact. While completing her Master’s degree, Christine carried out an internship with a non-profit organization, Worldrise, educating tourists and local communities on various marine conservation projects in Cinque Terre and Sardinia, Italy. Christine is currently expanding the RCC’s online community through social media, environmental news, and other communication platforms such as writing film reviews on environmental documentaries.

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.