Energy LEAP Staff
Grant Parkins, Program Director
Grant is the Watershed Education Coordinator for UNC’s Institute for the Environment. In this role, he works with youth, teachers, and watershed professionals to help them better understand water as a resource. He is particularly interested in sustainability and the relationship between water and energy. Prior to joining the Institute for the Environment, Grant spent nearly 10 years as the Manager of School Programs for the North Carolina Botanical Garden, teaching ecology, sustainability, and plant science to K-12 students and teachers. Grant earned a BS in Biology from Bowling Green State University and an MS in Marine Science at NC State University. In his free time, he likes camping, canoeing, and fishing with his wife and two young sons.
Shane is the Teaching Laboratory Manager for UNC’s Department of Physics & Astronomy. As an undergraduate Shane became interested in the science behind renewable energy technology as well as the growing need for science education. With over eight years of experience in the physics education field he has focused on developing programs that increase sustainability awareness and scientific literacy. Shane received a BS in physics from UNC in 2005 and is currently working towards an MS in Applied Science while doing research on developing cheaper and more efficient solar cells. Shane has contributed to the energy-related programming for IE’s student science enrichment programs since 2009.
Dana Brown Haine
Dana graduated from Chapel Hill High School and earned her BS in Biology from Appalachian State University and then her MS in Biology from Wake Forest University. Currently, she is the K-12 Science Education Manager for UNC’s Institute for the Environment and the co-founder of Climate LEAP. Dana creates curricula and delivers learning experiences to grades 6-12 teachers, students and informal educators that are designed to provide access to current scientific information to help others make informed decisions about environmental science topics. Prior to joining the Institute for the Environment, she was a science educator for DESTINY, UNC’s Traveling Science Learning Program, and from 1998-2003 she was a science faculty member at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Dana has two young boys who keep her very busy but in her free time, she practices yoga and enjoys reading.
Victoria Triana is an environmental research assistant with the Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES). Victoria joined the CPES in 2016 as a UNC-Chapel Hill student before graduating and traveling to Brescia, Italy to teach English. Now, she continues her role supporting a variety of environmental health projects, developing outreach activities and materials to engage professional and public audiences, and analyzing data from environmental health trainings.