Dr. Lee Ball Jr.
Director of Sustainability
East Residence Hall (Bottom Floor)

Lee F. Ball Jr. has a doctorate in Sustainability Education, a master's degree in Environmental Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science. He has spent the past fourteen years teaching sustainability-related content in Appalachian State University's Department of Sustainable Technologies and the Built Environment. Lee's primary research is focused on sustainability literacy, the valuation of green building, biophilic/ecophilic design, and change agency related to community engagement. Lee is a founding member of Appalachian State University's Sustainability Council and is the current chair of its Assessment and Data sub-committee. Lee is also a founding member of Appalachian State University's Living Green residential learning community and he developed its linked first-year seminar course, Contemporary Green Living. In addition, Lee serves as president of the Elkland Art Center, a local non-profit community-based experiential art and sustainability education organization that specializes in large scale community parades, puppetry, video documentaries, and community development. His other interests include art, birding, stone masonry, gardening, music, running, and spending time with his family. 

Ged Moody
Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Sustainability
904 West King St., Boone, NC 28607

In the specially created role as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Sustainability, Ged will serve at the chancellor's pleasure to advance Appalachian's many strategic sustainability opportunities as outlined in the university's new strategic plan, The Appalachian Experience: Envisioning a Just and Sustainable Future. He will also pursue his own entrepreneurial endeavors from his sustainability and energy-related service firm in Boone. He continues as director of the annual Appalachian Energy Summit.

Chancellor Kenneth Peacock established the Office of Sustainability in 2009 and Ged served as director through May 2015. During his tenure he reconfigured the university's Sustainability Council by developing its co-chair and sub-committee structures. Under his leadership the university consistently earned accolades in sustainability, garnering national top-ten status from the Sierra Club magazine and in the industry-standard AASHE STARS ranking system. Ged is recognized nationally for "institutionalizing" sustainability and, at Appalachian, for elevating sustainability as a key component of the university's brand and strategic direction.

Ged earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina where he studied Economics and Computer Science. Following that, he studied Management at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). While at UAH, he worked for the Johnson Research Center, where his research aided NASA engineers applying Artificial Intelligence techniques to the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2008, he completed a Masters of Industrial Arts degree from Appalachian State University concentrating on Appropriate Technology. While at Appalachian, his research and teaching interests included: renewable energy, energy policy, corporate social responsibility, and entrepreneurship.

Upon graduation from Appalachian, Ged served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Appalachian's Walker College of Business. In this role, he focused on teaching his own version of Green Entrepreneurship and worked with Appalachian's Center for Entrepreneurship to build momentum for the Green Economy in the High-Country of North Carolina.

Ged is a frequent public speaker and a supporter of many community and non-profit groups. 

Karen Trefz
Office Manager
East Residence Hall (Bottom Floor)

Karen joined the team in April 2014, with a passion for sustainable living. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Human Resources at Bowling Green State University in 1992. Immediately after college, she was a claims representative for Nationwide Insurance. The last 14 years were dedicated to caring for her children and working part time in a law firm. Now, she loves her new role as "den mother" in the Office of Sustainability. If you have a question, feel free to contact Karen. She will be happy to assist you. 


Jim Dees
Data and Assessment Specialist
East Residence Hall (Bottom Floor)

Jim serves the office as a specialist focusing on sustainability data, Appalachian's involvement with the ACUPCC Climate Action Planning process and the university's Renewable Energy resource responsibilities to the State of North Carolina.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Frostburg State University. He comes to us from Guilford College, where he built and managed their Sustainability Program. Jim brings with him a wealth of experience in the field of sustainability ranging from climate action planning to sustainable urban agriculture. Jim's a natural enthusiasm to educate, along with his intentionally simplistic approach to sustainability, are two strengths that he adds to the team. Oh yeah, and if you have a few minutes, ask him about his kids!

Leila Jackson
Communications Specialist
East Residence Hall (Bottom Floor)

Leila joined the office in fall of 2015 after several years of owning her own photography, graphic design and communications company. Prior to that she held positions as a graphic artist, multimedia designer, and media relations director in collegiate athletics.

She has a communications degree with a minor in graphic arts, and a Master’s degree in graphic arts, both from Appalachian. 

Jennifer Maxwell
University Sustainability Program Specialist
East Residence Hall (Bottom Floor)

Jen has been with Appalachian State University since November 2006 and joined the Office of Sustainability in November 2011. Prior to joining the office she served in Physical Plant Administration as the Resource Conservation Manager.

Her role as Sustainability Program Specialist is to integrate sustainability into the campus community through the creation of new programs and management of existing campus sustainability efforts. Jen also works to direct the campus zero waste commitment. She serves as a campus resource and develops working relationships that enhance collaboration. In addition, she serves as a founding member of the Appalachian State University Sustainability Council and is an active member of the Purchasing and Waste and Housing and Dining subcommittees. Jen is also a founding member of ASU's Living Green Residential Learning Community.

She studied and received her BS in Appropriate Technology from Appalachian in 2001, and spent four years as the Recycling and Outreach Coordinator at UNC Chapel Hill before returning to Boone. Jen is currently pursuing a MA in Higher Education with a concentration in Community College and University Leadership. Jen's family includes her husband, Eric, one son, Tyler, and two daughters, Tilli and Scarlet. Together they enjoy music, the great outdoors, and family time!