Staff Bios

College Green Magazine is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio University as well as a few local contributors. While most members are journalism students, we strive to recruit from a variety of majors and backgrounds. If you would like to get involved in any way, please feel free to contact members of the Executive Board.

_KMH5260Cassie Kelly, Editor-In-Chief

Cassie is quite the busy bee. She is a junior in the E.W. Scripps school of Journalism and has plans to get the environmental studies certificate, before she graduates. She is the Vice President of the Society of Professional Journalists, works two jobs on campus and is a full time student. Cassie recently found out that she has an intolerance to soy which greatly limits her ability to eat out and buy processed foods. Luckily for her, she loves to cook. In fact, she has created a food blog where she posts all of her soy-free recipes for others in her situation. On rare occasions when she finds time for herself, she loves to attend concerts, go for long runs in the woods, and shamelessly binge watch Netflix. Her future aspirations include an internship with Discovery News or a publication whose focus is in science journalism, traveling the world (check Ireland off the list), and having a pet Romanian sheep dog.(



1374377_542857475809256_1173876729_nOlivia MiltnerManaging Editor

Olivia is from Columbus, Ohio, and is in her second year at Ohio University. She is majoring in journalism and global studies, with plans on completing the environmental studies certificate. Olivia loves exploring the connections between environmental, social and economic issues in society, and her dream job is to one day work for National Geographic, traveling the world while reporting on social and environmental topics. Olivia is a member of React to Film and the Comparative Religion Club, as well as a writer for The New Political and the communications senator for OU’s Undergraduate Student Senate. One day, Olivia hopes to change the world. (




photoTaylor Stano, Social Media Editor

Taylor loves to be actively involved on campus and outside of class. She is majoring in Journalism and is seeking a social media certificate. She’s secretary for the Society of Professional Journalists and is the treasurer and goalkeeper for OU’s womens’ club soccer team. Taylor also writes for Thread Magazine. When she has free time, Taylor loves to watch New Girl re-runs, play with puppies, dance like no one is watching, and receive cooking lessons from her roommate. Taylor aspires to travel the world, enjoy spectacular food, own a lake house, and impact the world.(





Alexandria Polanosky, Multimedia EditorAlexandria

Alexandria is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a photojournalism major at Ohio University. She is also pursuing an environmental studies certificate as a result of her newfound passion for environmentalism and sustainability. She loves to immerse herself in local Athens culture as well as other organizations on campus. Alexandria is currently an intern for the College of Arts and Sciences communication department and is involved with Project C: Clicking Creates Change. She is planning on traveling the world beginning with studying in South Africa spring semester. (




IMG_4157Janice Brewer, staff writer

Janice Brewer is a transfer student from Dayton, Ohio and a sweet potato addict. She is creating her own Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Sustainable Food Systems with a Nutrition Minor, a Business Administration Minor, and an Environmental Studies Certificate. Janice wears so many hats in the community by working for Shagbark Seed and Mill, working at the Campus Involvement Center, volunteering with Community Food Initiatives, organizing and empowering Food Matters Club (as VP), and writing blogs for the Global Justice Academy. In her rare free time she picks berries at Vest Berries in Stewart, Ohio. To say that Janice is passionate about her studies would be an understatement. She plans to attend graduate school studying food systems and hopes to change the world through food.





Nicaylen Rayasa, staff writer

Nicaylen is a senior from Mentor, Ohio, studying Meteorology and Environmental Studies. He enjoys music, cooking Indian food, and hanging around the ocean. Through his early age of observing and attempting to chase thunderstorms, he has gained an obsession with weather. Traveling has always been a major part of his life; having lived in China and India and climbing all sorts of exotic mountains across the world. His life goal is to become a climate scientist and study all there is to know about climate change.






Kelly Fisher, staff writer

Kelly is a junior who cannot believe she is already more than halfway done with her time in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Aside from College Green, she spends her time writing for OU’s College of Health Sciences and Professions and working on the Young African Leaders Initiative through the Institute for International Journalism. She’s fascinated by health and medical news and has spent the majority of the past few months studying computer assisted reporting (creating spreadsheets, wrestling data out of the hands of government officials… all that fun nerd stuff). When not being important, her true loves are her turtles, coffee, Nutella and quirky standup comedians. Kelly plans to venture to Nashville and kidnap a real, live country man after graduation.




Mathew Rob285391_3367557565221_946407609_nerts, Local Contributor

If he’s not lost in a good book or a good vegetarian meal, then Mat enjoys writing to save the Earth. Mat graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. of Journalism and an environmental studies certificate in May 2013. He currently serves as a member of Americorps and is on the environment and sustainability commission for Athens, OH. He hopes to one day live beyond the walls of the modern city, to dwell in a community where the paradigm of sustainability is in full strut. He’s highly addicted to pierogies, chips and salsa, plants and herbs. One day you will see him riding his bike through Athens; be sure to wave! And one day Mat hopes to change the world.




301365_3864399215157_1649337033_nGracie Umana, Local Contributor

Gracie was the College Green Mag Multimedia Editor for the 2013-2014 school year. She now serves as an Ohio Stream Restore Corps member with Rural Action’s Environmental Education program. Gracie loves warm puppies and great local food. She spends her days in Trimble, OH, planning lesson plans and documenting the Environmental Ed. program. Gracie is inspired by student activism and bright landscapes. She has been a vegetarian for nearly two years and daydreams about cooking. In her spare time she enjoys binge eating chips and salsa, exploring the outdoors, and marching in huge environmental demonstrations!




IMG_4211Bernhard DebatinFaculty Advisor

Originally from Germany, Bernhard Debatin has been teaching at Ohio University since 2000. He loves local history and exploring the area, knowing many (but not all) dirt roads and hiking trails in Athens County by now. He enjoys canoeing on the area’s lakes and rivers in his lightweight Kevlar canoe that appears to be bigger on the inside than on the outside. He is particularly fond of the Raccoon Creek and he is an active member of the Raccoon Creek Water Trail Association. His longstanding interest in environmental issues led him to develop an environmental and science journalism course, incorporating field trips throughout the region to show students the effects of coal mining and other resource extraction on water quality and the environment. (