Belyna Bentlage

With a background in rigorous social science training, Belyna (she/her) seeks to understand and analyze the social physics of an organization and its capacity for change. Belyna’s areas of expertise include research, facilitation, workshop design, project management, and organization of complex systems and data.

Belyna’s recent work includes conducting climate vulnerability assessments for municipal climate action plans, developing and implementing sustainable design guidelines, managing AASHE STARS reporting processes, and guiding multiple strategic planning efforts with clients.

Before joining Verdis, Belyna served as Creighton University’s inaugural full-time sustainability coordinator. As a former research associate and outreach coordinator at Purdue University, Belyna has learned to thrive when facilitating meaningful engagement throughout the entirety of a project to ensure successful and satisfying outcomes. Belyna holds an M.S. in Natural Resources Social Science from Purdue University and two B.A.s from Loyola University Chicago in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. She also earned a certificate in Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI) from Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Belyna enjoys building relationships, cultivating understanding through dialogue, and facilitating pathways for more resilient people, communities, and organizations. Belyna’s Gallup Strengths are Learner, Intellection, Input, Empathy, and Connectedness.

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