RCC Staff

RCC President and CEO, Robert K. MusilDr. 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, Fowl Matters and Blast Zone.

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).

Associate Program Director Zoe AckermanZoë Ackerman, Associate Program Director 

Zoë directs the Rachel Carson Campus Network and builds partnerships between campuses, advocacy organizations, and impacted communities. She also co-designs environmental justice and participatory theater workshops and has spoken at and moderated panels in North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, DC, and at national academic conferences. She is also the lead researcher and co-author of Fowl Matters: Public Health, Environmental Justice, and the Broiler Chicken Industry (RCC, 2017),  Pork and Pollution: An Introduction to Research and Action on Industrial Hog Production (RCC, 2015) and Blast Zone (RCC, 2017).  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.

Environmental Education Associate, Elijah BrunsonElijah Brunson, Environmental Education Associate

After graduating from Duke University with a BS in Psyschology, Elijah began his career in Theatre of the Oppressed work and Case Management at Thrive Upstate, where he both served the public community at large via healing techniques and supported and empowered individuals with special needs. Since 2014 he has served on the North Carolina Climate Justice Summit Leadership Team, where he builds connections in the environmental and environmental justice fields. At the RCC, he provides theatrical and diplomatic approaches to environmental change and advocacy as a tool for relationship-building between frontline communities, activists, and environmental non-profits. Elijah brings renewed vision, vigor, positivity, and an engaging personality to his work and advocacy.

Eastern Shore Community Organizer, Maggie CummingsMaggie Cummings, Eastern Shore Community Organizer

Maggie received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in GIS from Salisbury University (SU). During her time at SU, she worked with the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Urban Ecosystem Restorations, Baywater Farms, Salisbury Community Gardens, and Real Food Challenge. She participated in numerous projects and internships that focused on areas such as MAEOE Green Center certification, water quality, ecosystem restoration, and sustainable agriculture. She has a strong desire to make environmental issues and studies relevant to all people in her community, especially the next generation. She looks forward to working with the RCC to improve ecological, environmental justice and health outcomes by linking frontline communities on the Eastern Shore with campuses and advocacy spheres.

Publications and Web Consultant, Ross FeldnerRoss 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 volunteers as a guide at the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge and is 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.