Resilience Fellows Projects

Bringing together the university and community for transformative research

Each year a cohort of passionate individuals from the university and community come together to develop knowledge to strengthen community resilience. Fellows focus on four main resilience themes (FUSE) and collaborate closely with community stakeholders. 

Explore the unique projects of 30+ KER fellows and learn about heat-resilience strategies beyond handing out water; explore the potential for more natural play spaces; discover how data visualization improves mobile food pantry outreach; find resources to grow your own food - and many more! 

Krickette Wetherington, Valley of the Sun United Way

  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment

Joseph Rossell, City of Phoenix

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities
  • E : Economic Security and Work

Bradley Adame, ASU Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities
  • E : Economic Security and Work

Stephanie Lechuga-Peña, ASU School of Social Work

  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities

Steve Torres, Valley of the Sun United Way

  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities
  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment
  • E : Economic Security and Work

Tina Skjerping Drews, Salt River Project

Lauren Withycombe Keeler, ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities
  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment
  • E : Economic Security and Work

Rachel Smetana, City of Scottsdale, Office of the Mayor

  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities

Kenan Song, ASU School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy; The Polytechnic School

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities
  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment

Augie Gastelum, RAIL CDC

Rafael Martínez Orozco, Southwest Borderlands, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment
  • E : Economic Security and Work

Felicia Mitchell, ASU School of Social Work

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities

Brian Winsor, Paideia Academies, Inc.

  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities

Ian Dowdy, Center for the Future of Arizona

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities
  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment
  • E : Economic Security and Work

Doran Dalton, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment
  • E : Economic Security and Work

Diana Bowman, ASU Center for Smart Cities and Regions

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities
  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment
  • E : Economic Security and Work

Thaddeus Gassie, Crisis Response Network 

A data-driven and inclusive plan to addressing homelessness 
  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment

Kristina Lopez, ASU School of Social Work 

Exploring the gaps in care for Latinx and minority children diagnosed with autism. 

  • E : Economic Security and Work

Molly Benton, Maricopa County Department of Health

  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities

Erica Hodges, ASU & St. Vincent de Paul Program Manager

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment

Jennifer Vanos, ASU School of Sustainability 

  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities

Andres Baeza-Castro, ASU Global Drylands Center

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions

Hyunsung Oh, ASU School of Social Work

Oh models the impact of community norms on individual illness management

  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities

Julia Matthies, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment

Adonias Arevalo, Valley of the Sun United Way

Arevalo draws from personal narratives to address the overlap between incarceration and homelessness
  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment

Joshua Loughman, ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions

Nathan Smith, Phoenix Rescue Mission

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions

Naketa Ross, ResilientMe

  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment

Janis Norton, Urban Farm LLC

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions

Melanie Gall, Center for Emergency Management Homeland Security (CEMHS)

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • U : Urban Heat and Healthy Communities

Natalia Ronceria Ceballos, Valley of the Sun United Way

  • E : Economic Security and Work

Edmund Williams, Lehr Innovations, LLC

Williams tests the productivity of ecologically-inspired LEHR Gardens

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions

Kathleen Pine, ASU College of Health Solutions

  • E : Economic Security and Work

Daoqin Tong, ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • E : Economic Security and Work

Jayson Matthews, Valley of the Sun United Way

Matthews leads workshops to forge a path to more participatory data collection

  • F : Food, Energy and Water Transitions
  • S : Shelter and the Built Environment