Green Life Guides' CEO, Kate L. Harrison, has a JD in Environmental Law and a Master's from Yale in Environmental Policy. She planned her own green wedding in 2007 and wrote the best selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget (Sourcebooks, 2008). In 2009, she founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change and support the local green economy. She plans to launch GreenMomGuide.com in 2013, under the parent company Green Life Guides, LLC.
Samantha Grasso is pursuing her M.S. in Environmental Policy at The New School in New York City, and is the Operations Director for Green Life Guides. She began at the company as a writing intern, and fell in love with the idea of using business as a way to spread awareness about how products and practices can help keep people and the planet healthy. Before coming to the GLG, Samantha worked with E/Magazine, facilitated aquatic restoration projects for the Westchester County Department of Environmental Planning in New York, and taught trail building and conservation ethics to student groups with the Student Conservation Association. Green Life Guides has been the perfect place to combine her background in conservation with her interests in writing and environmental education. The change that people can generate when they believe wholly in what they are doing continues to amaze her every day.
Amanda Harkness Amanda pursued an M.S. in Publishing at Pace University in Manhattan, where she was involved in marketing and sub rights internships at Springer Publishing Company and Columbia University Press. After a publicity internship at One Potata Productions, Amanda returned to Connecticut and worked part time as a Sales Assistant in Academic Publishing at Taylor and Francis. She also interned part time at Yale University Press in the Acquisitions Editorial Department. Her brief time at Yale Press rekindled her passion for editorial. Amanda has published her poetry in the Albion Review and contributes articles on DIY tips and tricks to Moxy Magazine and freelance pieces to She's Self Employed. She also makes handforged metal jewelry and sells on her website, ScorpioStones. Most of the tools and supplies she uses are bought locally and much of her materials are vintage, reused, or repurposed from old jewelry. Amanda thoroughly enjoys incorporating her love of writing about DIY projects and current handmade trends at the Green Life Guides while keeping the focus on environmentally friendly practices.
After graduating high school and becoming a proud Eagle Scout in 2007, Kevin attended Middlesex Community College in Connecticut. His strong interest in computers led him to take an extra computer class as an elective for fun. Later, he helped his professor start a computer club and went on to become the club's Vice President. Kevin graduated from Middlesex in 2010 with an Associates Degree in General Studies. He currently works for the Green Life Guides as a Junior Web Developer.
Max Boehlke graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BA in German and Linguistics. He grew up in California, but has lived in New England for 7 years. He is an avid music lover and enjoys playing the piano, writing songs, going to concerts and discovering new bands. Max honed his customer service skills by working in and managing restaurants for several years both in California and Boston. Max can outrun a cheetah, but only if being chased by a bear. He can also outrun a bear. Max loves working for a company that makes a difference and really enjoys helping people find eco-friendly ways to have the wedding of their dreams. In fact, he officiated in his best friend's real green wedding, Old Friends, New Traditions.
Stephen Grant graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Interpersonal & Relational Communication. In 2010 he started a college radio show called "Radio Stevie: Mood Stabilizer" for Southern's on-air broadcast WSIN. With his heart set on becoming a radio & TV personality, Stephen quickly learned that he enjoyed the advertising and marketing side much more. As a local radio show host Stevie used his self-taught marketing skills to create two successful blogs and a monthly coffee shop social called Create.Share.Unite. This monthly social event was a platform for local artists and musicians to share arts and ideas. In addition, Stephen served as a promotional director for Balanced Yoga, planned local events, contributed to the New Haven literary magazine, Here Digest, and provided music playlists for yoga classes and events. During his final year at Southern, Stephen took an internship with The Gathering of the Vibes as an office/marketing assistant. In his spare time Stephen enjoys hiking with friends, going to concerts and writing. As a lover of nature, Stephen finds that working for the Green Life Guides has helped him to live a greener lifestyle.