The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Office for Sustainability Division of Finance and Administration

Staff

Sustainability Staff

Marianella Q. Franklin

Marianella Q. Franklin
Chief Sustainability Officer

Franklin joined UTRGV’s legacy institution (UTPA) in 2003 to manage projects for Facilities, Planning, and Construction.  In 2009, she has founded the Office for Sustainability and now is the UTRGV Chief Sustainability Officer.  Under her leadership, UTRGV (and its legacy institution, UTPA) has forged forward in creating a sustainable development platform for the University and the region it serves, influencing partnerships nationally and globally.  In 2014, the University received its first annual Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA designation, and has continued to so every year since.  UTRGV received its Silver STAR from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in 2015.  In the next year, UTRGV received its first Sierra Club Cool Schools ranking and its first rating from The Princeton Review’s Green Schools.  Furthermore that year, AASHE highlighted the University in its 2016 Sustainable Campus Index in the area of academics.  UTRGV is engaging and uniting every corner of the university to create an environment in which all members of the campus community are generating knowledge, acquiring skills, developing values, and initiating sustainable practices in their personal and professional lives.  By embedding sustainability in its strategic plan, UTRGV shows its commitment to the future.  Franklin has a Bachelor in Architecture from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico.

Phone:
(956) 665-7301
(956) 665-3030

Deborah Fitzwater-Dewey

Deborah Fitzwater-Dewey
Grant & Proposal Writer

Ms. Fitzwater-Dewey began working with UTRGV and the Office of Sustainability in September of 2015.  She earned her Bachelor in Geography from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  She has her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN.  Ms. Fitzwater-Dewey brings over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and grants.  She also has had a lifelong interest in sustainability and the environment and has been recycling for over 26 years.

Phone:
(956)-665-2488
(956) 665-3030

Naomi Keith

Naomi Keith
Administrative Assistant I

Ms. Keith has been with the UTRGV Office for Sustainability since 2011. She comes to UTRGV from the City of McAllen Recycling Center where she spent four years developing a passion for sustainability. With further background in purchasing and office management, she brings many assets to our team.

Phone:
(956) 665-3030

Devon Hernandez

Devon Hernandez
Program Coordinator

Ms. Hernandez began working with UTRGV 2016.  She graduated from Sam Houston State University with as a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Mass Communication and Political Science.  Ms. Hernandez has worked with a variety of non-profits including the Holocaust Museum of Houston and the Outdoor Education Center in Huntsville Texas. Ms. Hernandez is bilingual in both English and Spanish.

Phone:
(956) 882-7349
(956) 665-3030

Stars Assessment Team

Paul Renaud

Paul Renaud
PT Coordinator, AASHE STARS Assessment

Phone:
(956) 665-3732
(956) 665-3030

Student Interns