Faculty and Staff

Krista Bailey, Director


Krista’s work with IU South Bend's Center for a Sustainable Future began in 2008 as a graduate student studying sustainable urban food systems. After graduating, she became the Center’s Assistant Director, helping to develop curriculum, teaching classes, facilitating community workshops and events, working with student interns, and coordinating the Center’s online presence. After 2 ½ years, she accepted a position with the City of South Bend as the first Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. In that role, she led community outreach and education initiatives and coordinated the development of sustainability goals and objectives for the Office and for the Green Ribbon Commission. She returned to the Center in 2016 as Director of the Center.

Previous professional experience is in the areas of community development and environmental education, including as Director of the Elkhart EnviroCorps AmeriCorps program in Elkhart, Indiana, which developed and implemented scores of environmental education, restoration, and volunteer projects.

Contact Krista kob@iusb.edu; 574-520-4429

Kathi Piekarski, Administrative Assitant

kathiKathi Piekarski is the administrative secretary for the Sociology and Anthropology Department, the Women’s Studies Program, Wolfson Press and the Center for a Sustainable Future. She received her B.S. in Secondary Education Degree from IU South Bend and has a License Practical Nursing Degree from Ivy Tech. Kathi has been employed at IUSB for the past 16 yrs.

She loves reading, is passionate about animals, and currently volunteers in the community with her certified therapy dog, Paris, a black Standard Poodle. Some of the places they visit include Memorial Hospital, Family Children Center, Juvenile Justice Center, St Mary’s and Inwood Hills Estates. Kathi has also developed the Read to a Canine Friend Program at the St Joseph County Public Library. This is a program where children can spend time reading to Paris and other certified therapy dogs at both the Francis Branch library and the main library in downtown South Bend.