For his Delicate Balance project, Cleo created a system that allows students to pre-pay for a meal and fill a reusable container and eat outside of the dining hall. “It’s a great opportunity for students to not miss meals because of academic or athletic obligations.”
A native of Harare, Zimbabwe, Cleo’s journey to Green Mountain College was a family affair.
“I was born and raised Methodist,” he said, “and my aunt recommended GMC. She is a pastor in Maine in a Methodist church, and two of my cousins came to GMC.”
Working in business has always interested Cleo. “I took a class with Jason Schmitt (professor of communications) and it really interested me,” he said, “so I declared the communications major as well.” He ended up double-majoring in sustainable business and communication studies.
As a student ambassador for admissions, Cleo was often the first person prospective students met when they came to campus and he served as director of recruiting and hiring for student ambassadors. He also worked as a development assistant in the office of Development & Alumni Relations. Somehow, Cleo found the time to play on the men’s varsity soccer team for four years and serve as the Student Senate director of fundraising.
One of his legacy accomplishments at GMC is his Delicate Balance project related to food waste on campus. Cleo worked closely with food-service directors Dave and Cindy Ondria to implement the system that allows students to pre-pay for a meal and fill a reusable container and eat outside of the dining hall. “It’s a great opportunity for students to not miss meals because of academic or athletic obligations,” he said. After graduation in 2014, Cleo began work as an accounting and reporting specialist at the Bank of New York Mellon in Boston.