2020 Board

Epsilon Eta’s Board is elected each November and serves for one calendar year.

Star Beltman


Star is a fourth year pursuing a double major in Society & Environment and Conservation & Resource Studies. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado and enjoys hiking, looking for newts, and daydreaming about taking down Big Oil.

Sofia Sotomayor


Sofia Sotomayor is a senior double-majoring in Sustainable Environmental Design and Conservation and Resource Studies. On campus, she volunteers at the Student Food Collective and is a writer on the Leaflet. In her free time, she enjoys painting, ceramics, cooking, hiking, exploring the outdoors, and is a huge animal lover! 

Holden Payne

VP of Service

Holden is a 4th year studying Environmental Science and Forestry. He is extremely passionate about science and political literacy and brings that passion into the events he organizes for Ep Eta. When not working on service Holden spends much of his free time sailing, exercising or attempting to identify trees.

Chris Harrod

VP of Professional Development

Chris is a senior majoring in Molecular and Environmental Biology with a minor in Public Policy. He is currently an undergraduate research assistant for Hayes Lab in the department of Integrative Biology where he studies endocrine disruption in the African Clawed Frog. Outside of Epsilon Eta, Chris has played the Trombone for the Cal Band for the last 3 years where he also serves as the Public Relations Director. This semester, he will be a study director in a lab to investigate the estrogen sensitivity and resistance in various populations of frogs. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in Biotechnology, clinical research, or Environmental consulting. 

Valerie Hammer

VP of Social Relations

Valerie is a third year studying Global Environmental Politics and French. She’s interested in Political Ecology and gets fired up about kicking moneyed interests out of American politics. She has passed her days in quarantine by learning how to sew, reading Elena Ferrante, and finding bodies of water to swim in.

Marley Pirochta

VP of Internal Affairs

Marley is a 4th year Conservation and Resource Studies major with a concentration in Sustainable Food Enterprises. She enjoys cooking, excessively tweeting, and wearing flip flops in all seasons.

Nonnie Coelho

VP of Finance

Nonnie is a Geology major interested in interdisciplinary studies bringing in chem and bio. When she’s not looking at, mapping, or climbing rocks, she loves to cook, or find short-term projects to procrastinate on. Being an original member of Ep Eta, she has seen the group evolve and is excited about where it’s going!

Laura McFarland

VP of Outreach

Laura is a senior double majoring in Society and Environment and Global Studies, with concentrations in food systems and peace & conflict studies. Currently, she is very excited to be working on a research project analyzing climate adaptation on small family farms in Northern California and hopes to use this knowledge to someday take down industrialized agriculture. She has been in Epsilon Eta since her freshman year and has loved every person and opportunity this organization has brought her!  

General Members

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