Meet our team
EEF President, Lindsey Kayman is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with a BA in chemistry from Rutgers College and a SM in Environmental Health Sciences from The Harvard School of Public Health. She has over 25 years in the field of environmental and occupational health and safety. Lindsey is currently the Environmental Health and Safety Director at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Chair of the College's Sustainability Council.
Lindsey is also a LEED- Accredited Professional in Existing Building Operation and Maintenance and a trustee of the NJ Environmental Lobby since 2011. She has been on the Planning Committee of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival since 2008. Lindsey saw first hand how environmental films significantly raise awareness on vital issues underreported in the media and how the films inspire and strengthen the commitment of viewers to take action to improve sustainability and environmental practices in their own communities. As President of The Environmental Education Fund she refocused the mission of the EEF on helping other organizations hold environmental film festivals and related events.
Executive Director, Olga Talyn is an expert publicist and marketing pro. She honed her skills under the mentorship of famed NY publicist Matt Rich and his respected firm, Planet PR, working on major accounts such as UNA-USA (handling Angelina Jolie’s Global Humanitarian Awards Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria), noted authors and experts, companies with new consumer products and non profits. She learned about EEF when Chairing Encompass New Opera’s Paradigm Shifts Music & Film Festival, which was created and held in collaboration with EEF. Since then she has increasingly become involved with EEF and became the Executive Director in May 2016.
Prior to her years in national PR, Olga was a respected member of the Broadway community with over 30 years of experience on Broadway, Off- Broadway, Regional Theater, Opera, Film and Television. She has appeared on stage thousand of times and was one of the stars of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for over 11 years.
Program Manager, Kristin Craig is majoring in International Criminal Justice with a minor in Sustainability & Environmental Justice at John Jay College, where she is treasurer of the Environmental Club & a member of the Sustainability Council Education & Outreach committee. Kristin has a sustainability internship - developing peer to peer student training on climate change as well as developing a sustainable nutrition plan for JJC. She has been actively involved with organizations preserving marine life, clean up projects around Brooklyn and is currently creating an educational presentation about recycling, polymer beads, and palm oil. Kristin@EnvironmentalEducationFund.org
Community Outreach Director/Corporate Liaison,
Noemi de la Puente has a BSE in Engineering and Applied Science from CalTech, an MSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, and an MFA from University of Iowa. She has been an influential community environmental activist for several years. Noemi is also an actress and founder of the Dramatic Question Theater, and is the playwright of the award winning musical, Manuel versus the Statute of Liberty.
Urban Outreach, Festival Logistics Manager
Kent Smith was an Air Force Medic and has conducted youth crisis intervention counseling. He has been involved with the NY Environmental Law Project for several years and is interested in the power of film to inspire people to claim and enjoy nature in urban settings and to fight for environmental justice.
Lindsey Kayman, CIH, LEED AP (O+M), President
Anne O. Poole, Treasurer
Eugene Fox, Director of Education
Michael Taylor, Ph.D.
Mark Herzberg , Secretary
James Gleason, Webmaster
The EEF is the 501(c) 3 sister research organization of the New Jersey Environmental Lobby (NJEL), one of the oldest environmental organizations in New Jersey. Much of our research concerns issues being decided by the New Jersey legislature.
EEF research experts have backgrounds in Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Air Pollution and Public Health.
Areas of interest include:
Communicating Environmental Principals
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiatives
Pesticide Use/Organic Gardening
Water Quality and Supply management
Fossil Fuel replacement and Renewable Energy
Sustainable Business Practices/ Global Reporting Initiative
Leadership in Environmental and Environmental Design