Natale Zappia, Ph.D.

Sustainability Program Analyst
Bio will be posted promptly.
Sarah is the Sustainability Program Analyst for the Institute. She works with campus departments to implement sustainability initiatives, programs, and events. Sarah helped develop CSUN's 10-Year Sustainability Plan, which began in 2013 and serves on three working groups tasked with achieving the goals set forth in the plan.
She is also responsible for engaging students, employees, and the community in sustainability education while reducing the university's environmental impact. She oversees student assistants working on research, outreach, gardening, and event planning. She has worked for the Institute since its inception in 2009.

Helen Simonyan, BA
Administrative Support Coordinator
                       Yesenia Mateo
                      Garden Assistant
Helen has been an active part of CSUN since 2016. She came here pursuing higher education and fell in love with CSUN and its community. Helen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership.
Being the support coordinator of Institute for Sustainability, Helen sees her role as supporting the institute in its day to day office procedures and in achieving its vision and goals. In addition to this, being part of the team, her role is to bring her own ideas, skillset, and experiences with the aim to help the institute grow and reach its full potential.
Helen’s research interests are emotional intelligence, mental health, student success, and psychology in general. Additionally, she has a strong interest in youth empowerment, mental health counseling, innovative research, and entrepreneurship.
Yesenia is a sophomore majoring in Public Health and minoring in Sustainability. Yesenia uses she/her/hers pronouns and is excited to begin her journey as one of the student assistants at the Food Garden.
She is eager to learn and teach others how to create a sustainable garden because in the future she wants to make green spaces accessible to low-income communities in inner cities. She loves to thrift, listen to music, and late-night munchies even though it is not good for her.


Elline Deogracias
Research Assistant
                   Karina Jimenez
                   Garden Assistant
Elline is a sophomore double-majoring in Business Law and Business Honors. She is currently a research assistant at the Institute for Sustainability and manages the Institute's social media accounts. Elline loves indoor gardening, exploring new places, and writing. 
Her main interest is in corporate social responsibility and environmental law/policy. She hopes to go to law school after CSUN to study corporate or environmental law, and aims to leverage that experience to enforce corporate social responsibility. 
                 Bio will be posted promptly.