Our staff

Staff

Todd Houstein

Executive Officer

Todd is a humanitarian engineer turned sustainable community development leader. He's passionate about helping people to live happy, healthy and sustainable lives.

After working as a lightning protection engineer for Tassie business Novaris Pty Ltd, Todd did three years postgraduate engineering research into renewable energy systems with UTAS in Hobart and the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway.

Todd also founded the Tasmanian Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and was president of it for 2 years before moving to Melbourne to take on a paid staff role in their national office. He became fascinated by the intersection between appropriate technology and participatory, strengths-based community development.

In 2010, Todd moved back to his beloved homeland to work towards creating happy, healthy and sustainable Tasmanian communities.

 

Lissa Villeneuve

Festival Director

LissaLissa has worked in the community and education sectors for more than 15 years. Her roles have varied from teaching environmental education in Bulgaria and organisational development in Uganda to coordinating a Tasmania-wide local food advocacy and skill building campaign. The common thread is a passion for working with the community to develop positive solutions, which improve quality of life and contribute to a more sustainable society.

As Events Manager with Sustainable Living Tasmania she has organised regional, state and national events. Under her direction, the Sustainable Living Festival has grown in reach and scope, with attendance doubling to nearly 10,000 and the festival program expanding exponentially.

Lissa has served on the board of Source Community Wholefoods Cooperative for 7 years and is Convenor of the South Hobart Sustainable Community Group. Born in Detroit, Michigan in the United States, Lissa lived and travelled in Eastern Europe and Asia before coming to Austalia to do her Masters Degree in 2002. A love of the bush and Tasmania's natural beauty brought her to Hobart 10 years ago, where she lives with her son, on an urban block with a thriving veggie patch, orchard and chooks.

 

Anton Vikstrom

Energy Program Manager

AntonAnton is a sustainability expert (and a self-confessed renaissance man) with over 15 years’ experience in urban agriculture, renewable energy, international development, energy efficiency and sustainability. Anton completed his Environmental Science degree at the ANU in Canberra and GDip at the University of Sydney. His areas of study included Human Ecology, Geography and Agro-ecology. His research Thesis was on understanding energy flows through urban agricultural systems.

Since then he has worked with nationally recognised not-for-profit organisations such as The Alternative Technology Association, Cultivating Community and Tasmania’s very own Sustainable Living Tasmania. In addition to his deep professional experience he has a wealth of knowledge of practical sustainability, from off-grid solar power, carpentry, and landscaping to brewing, fermenting, kite making and sewing.

 

Janine Cooke

Finance & Administration Officer

JanineJanine is Sustainable Living Tasmania’s Finance and Administration Officer. Janine has a range of administrative experience and has worked in a variety of organisations in Tassie, South Australia and London. Janine started working one day a week with SLT in 2007. For a change of pace, Janine also works 2 days a week as a Teacher Assistant at a local school, and in her spare time enjoys reading and bushwalking.

 

Michele Mathews

Partnerships Manager

MicheleMichele is a passionate advocate for the environment and is inspired by the natural world. She manages partnerships for Ecohomeguide and sponsorship and exhibitors for the Sustainable Living Festival. Her strong belief is that we can all make a difference. Michele has helped build community capacity through the delivery of sustainability leadership programs.  She has worked for businesses delivering sustainability workshops and environment advocates for over 20 years. She has worked on marketing and campaigns such as the Australian Conservation Foundation Greenhome train the trainer program. She specialises in event, project and relationship management, business management and campaign planning.

 

Energy Assessors

Alister Mackinnon, Andrew Watson, Ian Turnbull, Julie Hargreaves, Lori Puster, Mike Wilson, Rebecca Boyle, Shayn Harkness.