The External Advisory Board’s objective is to keep the Erb Institute’s educational programs in the forefront of preparing today’s and tomorrow’s leaders to create a more sustainable future. The EAB advises on curriculum, including content, program structure and delivery. EAB members also support students directly through mentoring and advising, networking, and by providing projects, internships and job opportunities.
Erb External Advisory Board
- Advanced Microgrid Solutions
- Alcoa Inc.
- Banorte Securities International Ltd.
- Barton Consulting Services, LLC
- BP North America
- Business for Social Responsibility
- Clearwater Systems Corporation
- Comerica, Incorporated
- Corporate Citizenship
- Council of Great Lakes Industries
- Dow Chemical Company
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Erb Family Foundation
- Ford Motor Company
- George Washington University
- GM Motors
- Growth Capital Network
- Herman Miller
- Holcim (US) Inc.
- Huron River Ventures
- Keurig Green Mountain
- Bama Athreya
- Scott Beckerman
- Lauren Bigelow
- Kathryn Buckner
- Meghan Chapple
- David Clark
- Megan DeYoung
- Leslie Erb Liedtke
- Jim Frey
- Lee Gorman
- Charles Griffith
- Erika Guerra
- Mayra Hernandez Gonzalez
- Shawn Hunter
- Janelle Kearsley
- Jonathan Koch
- Cynthia Koenig
- Christopher Kolb
- Mark LaCroix
- Carrie Majeske
- Loch McCabe
- Josh Nothwang
- Eric Olson
- Monique Oxender
- Steven Percy
- Jodee Fishman Raines
Senior Specialist, Labor and Employment Rights
Dr. Bama Athreya is a Senior Specialist, Labor and Employment Rights at USAID. She previously served as Deputy and then Executive Director of the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), a labor rights advocacy organization, and has been recognized as a leading voice in the United States on the issues of forced and child labor. In 2009 she was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to a special Consultative Group on Forced and Child Labor. She also developed and led projects on the rights of working women and led advocacy on trade policy and human rights. While at ILRF she also served as one of the founding Board members of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, an entity serving state and city governments in the United States who have adopted legislative or executive commitments to ethical procurement. Dr. Athreya has also served as a Vice President at Fontheim International where she chaired the Trade, Aid and Security Coalition. She has also previously worked for the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center directing a field office in Cambodia, and as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Sustainability
Scott is a Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Sustainability for Comerica, Inc. As Director of Comerica’s sustainability program, Scott leads the bank’s enterprise-wide strategy and commitment to conduct our business and operations in a way that enhances the well-being of people and the communities in which Comerica does business. Scott works with colleagues throughout the bank to develop and execute programs and initiatives that eliminate waste, capture operational efficiencies, improve environmental performance, and demonstrate the value of socially and environmentally responsible behavior. Prior to becoming Sustainability Director, Scott was the manager of Comerica Bank’s Environmental Risk Management Group; responsible for evaluating environmental risk and transactional due diligence for a wide variety of real-estate based financial transactions, with concentrations in industrial properties, petroleum facilities, automotive dealerships, and brownfield redevelopments. Currently, Scott is on the Board of Governors for the Environmental Banker’s Association (EBA), a member of the executive committee of the National Brownfield Association (NBA) – Michigan Chapter, chairs the Environmental Affairs Committee of the Michigan Banker's Association, and participates various regulatory advisory/stakeholder groups for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Prior to joining Comerica, Scott worked as a consulting engineer with experience in the many facets of environmental due diligence, brownfield redevelopment, compliance, and remediation. Scott holds a Masters Degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Scott is also licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
Lauren Bigelow has served as the CEO at the Growth Capital Network (GCN) since 2010. With this platform, Ms. Bigelow and her team manage programs for the innovation and entrepreneurial community including the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and the Midwest Green Technology Entrepreneur Academy. GCN also provides analytical and evaluative services to measure impact for the foundation and non-profit community. From 2008 to 2009, Lauren served as the North American Commercial Director for New Energy Finance before their acquisition by Bloomberg. From early 2004 to 2008, Lauren served as the Managing Director at the Cleantech Group where she oversaw its technology and innovation pipelines. She built 14 of the Cleantech Forums and coordinated the outreach for to incubators, universities, labs, angel organizations and investor groups. She worked closely with the Cleantech North America, EU and China advisory boards to lead the technology opportunities on all three continents. Lauren serves as a Member of the Cleantech Advisory Board at The Frankel Commercialization Fund and the investment committee for Belle Capital. She is on the board of the Energy Innovation Business Council, the New Enterprise Forum and the Advisory Board of the Erb Institute at the Ross School of Business. Lauren earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Anthropology and a Ph.D. both from Northwestern University.
Council of Great Lakes Industries
MBA/MS Program 2011
Kathryn is the President of the Council of Great Lakes Industries, a tax-exempt business association that promotes sustainability in the Great Lakes region. As President of CGLI, Kathryn is focused on promoting sustainability within the Great Lakes industrial community and engaging the Great Lakes industrial community in sustainability policy. Prior to joining CGLI, Kathryn was a practicing environmental attorney who helped business and municipal clients develop proactive strategies for managing environmental challenges and opportunities. As part of the Erb Institute, Kathryn worked with a team to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan for a Cistercian monastery in Virginia. The plan covered all aspects of sustainability (land use, energy, water, toxics, solid waste, buildings, and economic sustainability) and enhanced Kathryn’s interest in the complex organizational elements of implementing principles of sustainability within business organizations.
Director, Office of Sustainability
George Washington University
MBA/MS Program 2002
Before joining George Washington University, Meghan was Director of Client Services at SustainAbility, a think tank/consultancy group, working to advise on corporate responsibility and sustainable development as it relates to market risks and opportunities. Previously, at the World Resources Institute, she managed the Beyond Grey Pinstripes report as well as other projects within the business education portfolio. She has experience in corporate social responsibility from her work with The Albright Group, Ford Motor Company, and Dow on climate change, human rights, and emerging markets, respectively. She also has expertise in community development and environmental education. While at the University of Michigan, she worked on various start-up projects including a social enterprise for the Crow Indians, a green marketing plan for a Bolivian company that is a WRI New Ventures client, and a greenhouse gas emissions registry. She also conducted a new business opportunity analysis in Brazil and Argentina for Dow Chemical through the William Davidson Institute. Her interest in the social issues of sustainability led to her work on Ford Motor Company's social performance strategy in the summer of 2001. Before enrolling at Michigan, Meghan applied her Environmental Science degree from Northwestern with Public Allies in Chicago to implement economic development programs with low-income communities. She has also worked with the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy as a community outreach coordinator and a writer for public relations and fundraising efforts. In addition, she initiated a teen community environmental program for the Southeast Chicago Development Commission.
Vice President Safety, Environment,and Sustainability
Dave Clark is Vice President Safety, Environment,and Sustainability for Amcor Rigid Plastics. Dave joined Amcor as plant manager of Amcor’s PET recycling plant. He currently leads Amcor’s EnviroAction program to enhance the environmental profile of Amcor’s Rigid Plastics plants and products, combining his hands-on technical skills and project management skills with a interest in finding more sustainable business strategies. He is closely involved with PET recycling and issues related to the collection, processing, and use of recycled containers, as well as integrating sustainable design into Amcor’s product development and innovation processes. Dave is an active member of several organizations including the Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and the Plastic Recycling Corporation of California. Amcor is a $12.6 billion leader in packaging, delivering innovative solutions to customers around the world from over 300 sites with 35,000 employees in 43 countries. Amcor’s commitment to sustainability and responsible packaging guides how the company operates both internally and as a part of our communities and the global environment. Amcor is a member of the Carbon Disclosure Project Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and FTSE4Good. Dave holds a B.S., Physics, from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has made presentations on sustainable packaging and recycling and has been published in several articles about sustainable packaging.
Director, United States
MBA/MS Program 2002
Megan DeYoung manages Corporate Citizenship's US practice. She works with clients across many sectors on creating and implementing corporate responsibility strategies. She has expert knowledge in the pharmaceutical and food and beverage sectors. She has 14 years of corporate responsibility experience with both the private and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining CC, Megan worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers where she assisted clients on sustainability, risk management, and ethics projects. Megan also worked for Population Services International (PSI), focusing on health issues in Africa. Megan has a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan as well as a Bachelor of Art, with High Honors, in Sociology from Emory University.
Leslie is a trustee on the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation Board. Established by Fred and Barbara Erb in 2007, the foundation’s mission is to nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metro Detroit, and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes basin. The foundation is focused on improving water quality, especially in the watersheds impacting metro Detroit and Bayfield, Ontario; promoting environmental health and justice; supporting the arts as a means to strengthen the metropolitan Detroit region; and funding leading Alzheimer’s Research worldwide. Leslie leads the Alzheimer’s Research area of the Foundation, has sat on the finance committee and is part of the Strategic Planning Team. With a life long interest in the environment she looks forward to advancing her parents vision of making the world a better place for future generations. Leslie has also been an accountant for a manufacturers rep, later becoming a rep covering 5 western states but is most proud of her job as a mother raising three wonderful children. Leslie holds a BA from the University of Denver in Psychology and currently resides in Denver.
Principal, CEO and Co-Founder
Resource Recycling Systems, Inc.
Mr. Frey's ability to find and implement practical environmental solutions began with his role in growing the award winning Recycle Ann Arbor program from a voluntary organization into a comprehensive non-profit municipal recycling service provider. His founding of Resource Recycling Systems kicked off over two decades of consulting for thousands of municipalities, institutions and corporations successfully addressing complex and difficult implementation challenges. Skilled in strategic planning, economic analysis, program and service design, operations management consulting, system procurement and negotiations, Mr. Frey brings a long track record of success in bringing cost effective and environmentally responsible solutions to RRS clients. Mr. Frey holds an MBA with High Distinction from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Strategic Planning, Business Economics and Public Policy.
Barton Consulting Services, LLC
After a successful career in the auto industry, Ms. Gorman now does extensive consulting work for local non-profits and early-stage companies. She began serving on the EAB four years ago, and worked closely with Erb Institute staff to facilitate the Erb strategic planning and implementation process. She enjoys coaching and mentoring at all levels, has done so for Net Impact and CleanTech Open, and especially enjoys working with Erb Students.
Climate and Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center
Charles Griffith is Director of the Ecology Center's Auto Project. He has worked for almost 15 years in the area of toxic materials management and environmental policy, including the last decade on automotive issues. Mr. Griffith currently helps coordinate a coalition-based advocacy initiative called the Clean Car Campaign, which challenges automakers to produce and consumers to purchase vehicles that meet global best practices for fuel efficiency, emissions and clean production. Mr. Griffith has served as an advisor on a variety of automotive environmental initiatives, such as the US EPA's Common Sense Initiative for the Auto Manufacturing Sector, the President's Council on Sustainable Development Auto Demonstration Project, and the U.S. Auto Pollution Prevention Project. He was also an author on a recent groundbreaking study that documented the hazards from automobile end-of-life processing and developed policy solutions to address it.
Corporate Industrial Ecology
Holcim (US) Inc.
Erika Guerra is the Manager of Government Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility for Holcim (US) Inc, a leading global manufacturer of construction materials. In this role, Ms. Guerra is responsible for leading and coordinating the company’s public policy advocacy efforts at the federal and state level. In addition, she represents Holcim (US) in a variety of trade associations and environmental forums. Ms. Guerra also develops and executes the corporate sustainable development strategy through consultation with key internal and external stakeholders. This includes the facilitation of various programs geared toward employee education and community outreach around Holcim (US) operations. Previously, Ms. Guerra served as the Regional Manager for Alternative Fuels and Raw Materials (AFR) Business Development in North America, where she lead efforts to improve the performance of Holcim (US) and St. Lawrence Cement in Canada. She participated in the successful implementation of an aggressive strategy to substitute more than 20% of fossil fuel consumption with waste-derived fuels for cement production in the region. During this time, she was responsible for ensuring the proper implementation of the company’s global standards related to alternative fuels usage. Concurrently, she held the position of Manager, Sustainability Programs, representing Holcim (US) in a number of sustainability-related organizations, including the US Business Council for Sustainable Development, University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change’s Business and Environmental Leadership Council. Earlier, she served as Senior Consultant for AFR Development in North and South America. Ms. Guerra began her career with Holcim in 1997 as a member of the Ecoltec group at Holcim (Apasco) in Mexico. Prior to joining Holcim, she worked for the Mobile Oil Corporation in the lubricants and fuels divisions. She brings a unique international perspective to her new role, having worked throughout North and South America. Ms. Guerra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, and a Diploma in Business Administration from Universidad de las Americas, Mexico.
Corporate Director-Social Responsibility & Sustainability
Banorte Securities International Ltd.
Mayra is a creative entrepreneur whose 18-year career has focused on the fusion of strategic branding, design and sustainability. She is the Head of Corporate Responsibility of Grupo Financiero Banorte, the third largest financial institution in Mexico. Prior to her current position, her unique vision-driven leadership style helped build long-term partnerships with global clients. Mayra’s belief in the importance of giving back manifests itself in the combination of philanthropy and initiatives to inspire social innovation. Having Banorte as one of her clients, in 2004 she designed Mujer Banorte. This was the first program of its kind in Mexico to financially empower women. She serves on the borad of Synergos, a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce global poverty through “inclusive partnerships”. Mayra was selected as part of the 2012 Class of the First Movers Fellowship Program of the Aspen Institute and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Universidad Iberoamericana.
Sustainability and New Business Development Leader
Dow Chemical Company
Dr. Shawn Hunter is a Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment expert at Dow, seeking to drive transformation in business to help achieve a flourishing society. In his unique role, he works both at the corporate level in Dow’s Sustainability organization, and at the business level as part of the Equipolymers business. In Sustainability, he delivers sustainability research, expertise, and consulting across Dow’s portfolio, and has led a variety of LCA studies for Dow’s businesses. He also leads Dow’s Sustainable Chemistry Index, a key corporate metric for measuring the sustainability performance of Dow’s product sales under Dow’s 2015 Sustainable Chemistry Goal. In Equipolymers, he leads new business development, coordinating the commercialization of differentiated PET resins for new applications. He also leads sustainability strategy for Equipolymers, and analyzes and communicates the sustainability value of the Equipolymers product offering. At Michigan, in addition to serving on the Erb External Advisory Board, Dr. Hunter serves on the Center for Sustainable Systems External Advisory Board, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Senior Director, Stakeholder Engagement
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Janelle Kearsley is Director of Corporate Strategy/Sustainability for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The Strategy/Sustainability team was established in 2005 as part of Wal-Mart's drive to incorporate social and environmental sustainability into its business practices. In her role, Ms. Kearsley is charged with deriving economic value from improved environmental outcomes by: educating associates on how to incorporate sustainability into their businesses; creating tools to enhance network-to-network communications; and communicating the sustainability strategy to internal and external stakeholders.
US Renewables Group
MBA/MS Program 1996
Jonathan is a Managing Director and co-founder of the Firm, and is based in New York. Prior to joining USRG, Mr. Koch was COO for Visible Path, a Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers funded application service provider. He was the founder and CEO of Sundial, a leader in provisioning utility services online. Sundial was acquired by Essential.com, an early entrant into retail power marketing and telecommunications, and later sold to InPhonic (NASDAQ: INPC). Prior to founding Sundial, Mr. Koch was a Business Development Manager at General Electric Power Systems (“GEPS”). Prior to GEPS, Mr. Koch spent more than five years with Booz, Allen & Hamilton consulting on large M&A transactions in the energy and life sciences sectors and advising the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA“) on policy issues in the Superfund, Clean Air and Drinking Water divisions. Mr. Koch holds a joint MBA and MS in Resource Policy from the University of Michigan and a BA from Tufts University.
Founder and CEO
MBA/MS Program 2011
Cynthia is a firm believer in the potential for business to alleviate poverty. Her career has focused on incubating mission-based businesses designed to alleviate poverty in the developing world She has been actively involved in the launch of ventures of all shapes and sizes, ranging from community-run ecotourism businesses in Mexico and Guatemala to a national strategy for sustainable tourism development in Bhutan. She is the founder and CEO of Wello, an award winning social venture that creates disruptive innovations designed to provide better, more reliable access to safe water and introduce opportunities for families to break free from the cycle of poverty. Cynthia earned MBA/MS degrees from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment and a BA in Anthropology from Trinity College. She is an Unreasonable Institute Fellow.
President & CEO
Michigan Environmental Council
An environmental champion in the legislature and a veteran of the environmental management field, Kolb was one of the legislature’s most consistent and vigorous defenders of clean water, clear air and public health during his six years as State Representative from the 53rd District. He was instrumental in important environmental legislation, including joint planning commissions, land bank authorities, lead poisoning prevention for children, regulation of dangerous polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs), establishment of a fund to help clean up leaking underground storage tanks, and numerous land-use initiatives. Kolb graduated from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment.
Executive Vice President, Global Business Development
The CarbonNeutral Company
Mark LaCroix is Executive Vice President of Global Business Development for The CarbonNeutral Company headquartered in New York City and London. As a member of The CarbonNeutral Company senior management team, and a thought leader in the sustainable business movement, he is an outspoken advocate for sustainable business practices. Mark has leveraged his experience to “sell” the business case for this sustainability and provides guidance and direction to all disciplines within companies seeking to integrate sustainability in all its dimensions. At Interface, he was instrumental in the launch and creation of the Terratex brand, the most widely recognized name in increasingly sustainable textile products. Along with this experience, Mark has also developed and provided hundreds of workshops and CEUs covering a broad spectrum of sustainability related topics. Mark is a LEED Accredited Professional and a regular speaker on sustainability related topics. He was co-chair of the Materials workgroup for the BIFMA Sustainability Assessment Standard for Commercial Furnishings, a board member of the Association for Contract Textiles and of the Joint Committee for the ACT Sustainability Assessment Standard for Commercial Furnishings Fabrics. Mark has served as President of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum. He serves on the advisory boards of Aquinas College Sustainable Business Degree program and Very Special Arts – Grand Rapids.
Director, Global Sustainability Integration
Ford Motor Company
Carrie Majeske is Director of Global Sustainability Integration at Ford Motor Company, effective September 2013. In this role Carrie is responsible for identifying emerging trends in Sustainability, translating them to company-specific objectives and strategies, and working with functional organizations to drive them into the global operations. Prior to this appointment Carrie was responsible for establishing product plans and strategies for Sustainable Materials, Product CO2 and Life Cycle Assessment. She held a range of planning, engineering, and program management positions within Ford during her 29 year tenure with the Company. Carrie earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She and her husband Karl are raising their daughter and two sons, now in college and high school.
Loch McCabe founded Shepherd Advisors in 2000 with the belief that the key to a truly sustainable future is to grow businesses which enhance our wealth and environment at the same time. Mr. McCabe has been involved in the formation of the Clean Tech sector from “day one.” In the late ‘80s he helped design and raise money for commercial and municipal recycling programs. In the ‘90s, he built the Environmental Capital Network, which facilitated over $50 million in early-stage investments to Clean Tech companies nationwide. He has a knack for recognizing opportunities, developing stories, and working with others to secure needed resources. He backs up his instincts and enthusiasm with analysis and due diligence that fosters clearer thinking and action. At Shepherd, Mr. McCabe focuses on strategy, market development, and financing.
Practice Leader, Sustainability and Energy
MBA/MS Program 2008
Josh is a Practice Leader on WSP's sustainability and energy team and leads the company's sustainability strategy offering in the US, helping clients achieve success across their sustainability agenda. Prior to WSP, he managed sustainability and supply chain engagements as a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting and was a Research Analyst at Industrial Economics, focusing on economic and environmental policy analysis. While at Michigan, he interned at Deloitte and Ford, supported Waste Management during MAP, and completed an independent study with the World Resources Institute. In addition to his MBA/MS, Josh has a BA in environmental studies from Middlebury College. He currently lives in Boulder, CO with his wife Lori, daughter Lila, and dog Lincoln.
Senior Vice President
Business for Social Responsibility
Eric leads BSR's growing Advisory Services practice of delivering consultation on successful corporate social responsibility strategies and integrating them into the core businesses of BSR’s member companies. He joined BSR in 2005 with 15 years of work in the consulting field, including significant experience both in supply chain management and issues related to sustainable development. Most recently, Eric led The Natural Step in San Francisco to deliver advice and counsel to a broad range of companies on sustainability matters. He has also served as Vice President at the Boston Consulting Group and was a Partner and Founding Member of the Mitchell Madison Group, a global consultancy focused on strategic sourcing and supply chain management. Eric's primary expertise is in CSR and sustainability strategy development and integration, strategic sourcing and supply chain management, climate change strategies and program development. He has a Master’s degree in philosophy in Russian and East European studies from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in chemistry and Russian from Macalester College.
Senior Director, Sustainability
Keurig Green Mountain
MBA/MS Program 2004
Monique Oxender leads Keurig Green Mountain efforts related to sustainability engagement. Within the company, this includes metrics management, systems integration and accountability for the enterprise and across business units. Monique also facilitates meaningful engagement with partners and stakeholders external to the company via formal reporting and active dialogue. She joined GMCR in April of 2012 after 8 years with Ford Motor Company where she designed and developed a leading supply chain sustainability program spanning the company’s $65B buy from 60 countries. Issues under her responsibility included human rights, indirect carbon and water footprints, and raw material transparency. In addition, she served as Chair of multiple industry workgroups for the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and represented Ford on United Nations Global Compact, US State Department, Department of Labor and OECD advisory groups. With a background in secondary education and sustainability, Monique has an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan.
Chairman & CEO (retired)
BP North America
Steve Percy is the former Chairman and CEO of BP America, Inc., BP’s U.S. subsidiary prior to its merger with Amoco Corporation, and served in that capacity from 1996 until 1999. Prior to assuming those duties, he was President of BP Oil in the U.S. from 1992 to 1996. Mr. Percy returned to BP America in 1992 from London, England where he served as Group Treasurer of The British Petroleum Company p.l.c. and Chief Executive of BP Finance International. Since retiring from BP he has served as the head of Phillips Petroleum’s Refining, Marketing and Transportation Company, visited as a Professor of Corporate Strategy and International Business at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, lectured at Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and conducted workshops on corporate governance for the AHC Group, a strategic consultant in the areas of environment, energy, and materials. Most recently, he has served as Interim Dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. Mr. Percy has contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as Coordinating Lead Author with respect to its Conceptual Framework and its Responses working group as well as leading the writing of its synthesis report for business and industry. Mr. Percy is a member of the Board of Directors of both Omnova Solutions Inc. and Mascoma Corporation and is Chair of each company’s Audit Committee. Mr. Percy is also Non-executive Chairman of Wavefront Technology Solutions Inc., a Canadian company that has developed and commercialized innovative technologies for fluid flow and process monitoring in the environmental and energy sectors. Born in 1946, Mr. Percy is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Michigan and graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar. Mr. Percy joined The Standard Oil Company (predecessor of BP America) in 1976 following service in the U.S. Army and several years with Babcock & Wilcox as a Senior Planning Analyst. His posts with Standard Oil included Manager of American Flagged Marine Transportation, Manager of the Eastern Crude Oil Division, Director of Operations Analysis, Director of Downstream Strategic Planning and Development, and Director of the Executive Office. In 1987, following the merger of BP and Standard Oil, Mr. Percy moved to London to become Manager, Oil Planning and Control in BP Oil International. Past corporate board memberships include GenCorp, Inc., the Tranzonic Companies, KeyBank National Association, Transtar International and Losonoco LTD. Mr. Percy currently serves as the Chairman of the Chautauqua Foundation, the Development arm of the Chautauqua Institution. Mr. Percy is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprize, is a member of both the Cleveland State University Foundation Board and National Advisory Council of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Previously, he has served as a member of President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development in the role of Co-Chair of its Climate Change Task Force. He also served as Vice Chair of the board of Resources for the Future, an environmental and econcomic research organization. He has Chaired Cleveland State University’s Foundation as well as the National Advisory Council of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, held the position of Vice Chairman of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and Chair of its Finance Committee and Chairman of Neighborhood Progress, Inc. He has also served as a member of the boards of University Hospitals of Cleveland, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, Junior Achievement International, the British American Chamber of Commerce and the Council on Econo
Vice President of Programs
Erb Family Foundation
Jodee has been the vice president of programs at the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation since its creation in 2008. The foundation’s mission is “to nurture environmentally health and culturally vibrant communities in metropolitan Detroit and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes basin.” Prior to Erb, Jodee served as executive director of The Jewish Fund and as a program officer at The Skillman Foundation, both in the Detroit area. A graduate of the Wayne State University Law School, she has also practiced nonprofit and corporate law in Detroit. Jodee was recognized in 2007 by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of metro Detroit’s Most Influential Women. She is a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXV and currently serves on the boards of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Wayne State Alumni Association and Palmer Woods Association.
Project Manager, EDF Climate Corps Program
Environmental Defense Fund
MBA/MS Program 2009
Emily is the Senior Manager of Partnerships and Alliances for Environmental Defense Fund's California Climate & Air team in San Francisco. In this role, she is responsible for engaging and forging common ground with businesses and other key stakeholders to further EDF’s work on implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Emily previously worked in EDF’s Corporate Partnership’s Program on EDF Climate Corps, an innovative program that places specially-trained MBA and MPA students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency. Emily helped grow Climate Corps from 7 fellows in 2008 to approximately 100 in 2012. Emily was responsible for managing company relationships, leading fellow training and determining program metrics. She was a fellow at Cisco Systems in the inaugural Climate Corps class in 2008 where she identified the potential for significant energy and cost savings in Cisco’s data labs.
These days Mark describes himself as “venture catalyst”. Since leaving his corporate automotive career in 2008 he has pursued an encore career in the entrepreneurial arena. Initially he was an early team member of a transportation systems start-up now known as Sidecar. His current focus is on helping entrepreneurs succeed. As a member of the Investment Committee of the Michigan Angel Fund he evaluates early stage companies for funding. He’s also involved in a wide range of entrepreneurial support activities including consultant, coach and business plan judge often working closely with Ann Arbor Spark. He began his corporate career developing plans to commercialize new products, ultimately evolving into creating new businesses through corporate transactions. After starting his career at Ford Motor Company in product development and product planning, Mark transitioned to the automotive supply base. He served as Director of Product Planning for Bendix Electronics. Upon that business’s acquisition by Siemens Mark assumed responsibility for strategic planning for the global automotive business. He then became Director of Sales and Marketing Planning for the automotive electronics division of United Technologies Automotive. After UTA was acquired by Lear Corporation, he became Vice President, Marketing and Business Development for the electrical/electronics division. His responsibilities included implementing technical partnerships with outside companies for joint product development. This work led him into Lear’s mergers and acquisitions group as Vice President, Business Development where he executed over two dozen acquisition, divestiture and joint venture transactions. He was also responsible for corporate oversight of more than 30 international joint ventures. He sat on the board of directors of seven joint ventures, of which four were start-ups. He also served on the board of a high tech start-up through its sale for $89 million. Mark has a passion for renewable energy. His home is powered by a 5kW photovoltaic array. He is on the board of the non-profit Clean Energy Coalition. Mark’s education includes a bachelor degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University, a Master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Health & EHS Systems Director
Haig joined Alcoa as an industrial hygienist in Pittsburgh in 1978. He then began a series of EHS management positions in Tennessee and Pennsylvania, before being named environmental manager in 1994 for Alcoa’s Rigid Packaging business, based in Tennessee. In 1997, Haig returned to Pittsburgh as manager, EHS Audit. In 2005 his accountability was expanded to include Operations Audit, responsible for global assessment of the Alcoa Business System. A Pittsburgh native, Haig received a bachelor's of science in biochemistry in 1975 and master's degree in industrial hygiene in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2004, Haig received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, where he received the honor of class valedictorian. He and his wife, Theo, have five children.
Director of Powertrain and Electrification Strategy and Planning
Kristin Schondorf is Director of Powertrain and Electrification Strategy and Planning for Chrysler. She is responsible for developing Chrysler’s long range propulsion strategy, the powertrain application plans, component strategies, alternative propulsion analysis and powertrain competitive information. Prior to Chrysler, Kristin spent over 20 years at Ford Motor Company. The majority of her career was in Powertrain and the last 8 years were spent in various roles in Planning and Strategy. She spent 2.5 yrs on an international assignment in Cologne, Germany where she learned German. She was the dedicated global lead to define Ford's overall vision on the future of mobility: determining how to address key macro societal and environmental issues such as 'global gridlock' and outlining the fundamental near/mid and long-term technologies required to deliver the plan. Kristin holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in French from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been the recruiting lead at MIT for the past 20 years and has chaired the Ford/MIT Advisory Board since 2002. She served as the SE Michigan MIT Alumni Club President for 2 yrs, was a member of the Board and also conducts incoming student interviews. The Midwest district elected her to serve on MIT's National Selection Committee from 2007-2010, which elects the officers for the Alumni Board of Directors and 3 to the MIT Corporation. She served on her class reunion committee and gives regular guest lectures at MIT. She is on University of Michigan’s SMART (Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation) and is passionate about developing and guiding students.
State Director, Michigan Chapter
The Nature Conservancy
Helen Taylor is the State Director of The Nature Conservancy's Michigan Chapter. She joined the Chapter in 1999 to lead their efforts to protect the natural heritage of Michigan, a beautiful and ecologically significant state on a regional and global scale. She came to Michigan after directing the Conservancy's Great Lakes Program for three years. While there, she led the program's work with Conservancy state programs, public agencies, private institutions, government, industry, and environmental organizations to develop and implement a concerted science- based strategic approach for protecting the biodiversity of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Prior to joining the Conservancy in 1996, Helen spent nine years working in the environmental policy field with a concentration in Great Lakes issues, pollution prevention, waste, and public involvement. Her project work focused on designing, facilitating, and mediating environmental initiatives, partnerships, and decision-making processes involving multiple stakeholders. Prior to entering the environmental field, Helen spent several years in the field of social services working with youth; the arts; as well as teaching overseas. She holds a degree in philosophy from Northwestern University.
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
MBA/MS Program 2003
Mark Tholke is VP, Development for Advanced MicroGrid Solutions. In this role, Mark is responsible and accountable for all project development and implementation, including siting, permitting, interconnection, design engineering and negotiations for battery module and balance of system. AMS is a start-up working to install battery storage systems and energy mngt software in commercial and industrial buildings. The company’s Hybrid-Electric Building project will aggregate individual buildings into a fleet that can shift load to support a clean, efficient grid. Prior to joining AMS, Mark served as Vice President for EDF Renewable Energy's West Region, where he led the company's efforts to identify, evaluate and develop renewable energy projects. Under his leadership, EDF RE developed and built 380 megawatts (MW) wind and 144 MW solar, with another 102 MW under construction, all from greenfield. Prior to joining EDF RE (formerly enXco), Mark held roles with Eurus, GE Wind Energy, Green Mountain Energy and a research affiliate of the Heinz Foundation. Mark holds a joint MBA/MS in Environmental Science from University of Michigan and Bachelor Degrees in Environmental Science & Economics from UC Santa Cruz.
Vice President Sales
Clearwater Systems Corporation
Bob Tierney Bob has been with Clearwater Systems Corp. since April 2012. He is responsible for global sales of Dolphin WaterCare, a non-chemical water treatment system for cooling towers. Bob manages all aspects of sales, including strategy development and leadership for the direct and indirect sales teams. Prior to coming to Clearwater, Bob was employed at United Technologies Corp. in various management positions. His latest role was General Manager of fuel cell sales for California. In this capacity, Bob sold alternative energy systems for buildings to Fortune 500 customers. Bob earned his B.S. Environmental Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, M.B.A from Florida Atlantic University, and Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is a registered professional engineer and a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional.
Director of Sustainability
David J. Tulauskas is the Director of Sustainability at GM. In that role, he leads efforts to further integrate sustainability into GM’s business through activities such as the establishment of a “Sustainability Council” and sustainability reporting. Mr. Tulauskas joined GM in 1991 as an engineer on the Environmental Activities Staff in Detroit, MI. Over his 20-year career, he spent over 10 years being based in Asia and has worked in a wide range of functions from manufacturing to product development to government relations. Tulauskas has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, a master of science degree in civil/environmental engineering from Wayne State University and an International Executive MBA from Rutgers State University. He participated in the Keystone Leadership Forum in 1999. He and his wife are blessed with three children.
Director of Sustainable Strategy
MBA/MS Program 2002
Melissa is the Director of Sustainable Strategy for Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet, which has promised to eliminate its negative impact on the environment by 2020. Melissa has 14+ years of experience leading sustainability initiatives across all levels of organizations, from senior executives through sales staff and external stakeholders. She works closely with technical, marketing, and sales to develop the company’s image, messaging and presence. Currently focusing on social innovation and driving business advantage through positive social change. Passion for learning, mentoring, and developing talent in others. Skilled researcher, connector, and project manager with deep expertise in corporate sustainability. Connects external opportunities, adding value and learning, to create stronger culture within organization. Melissa is a 2001 graduate of the Erb Institute and has a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Duke University. Previously worked in environmental education with AmeriCorps as part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the John G Shedd Aquarium.
Huron River Ventures
MBA/MS Program 1999
Ryan is currently Principal at Huron River Ventures, a Michigan-focused investment fund that specializes in early stage ventures in alternative energy and other advanced technology sectors. Ryan was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Huron River Ventures. He brings over 13 years of professional experience in investing, operating and consulting roles in the alternative energy and environmental sectors, and is widely recognized as an experienced alternative energy technology investment professional. Ryan was previously a Director at ZBI Ventures, the private equity arm of Ziff Brothers Investments, LLC (ZBI). ZBI is a multi-billion dollar private investment firm that manages the assets of the Ziff family, formerly of Ziff-Davis publishing. ZBI Ventures invests in energy assets and technology companies with a primary focus on unconventional oil and gas, biofuels, solar and other carbon-favored energy sources. Before joining ZBI, Ryan was Director of Venture Services for NextEnergy, a non-profit corporation founded to advance the alternative energy technology industry in the State of Michigan. There he developed and managed Michigan\'s only business accelerator program and seed fund focused exclusively on alternative and clean energy technologies . Prior to joining NextEnergy, Ryan spent over six years at DTE Energy Company (NYSE: DTE) where he identified, evaluated and managed clean energy technology investments in DTE Energy\'s $100 million corporate venture capital fund (DTE Energy Ventures), as well as managed several advanced energy technology demonstration projects. Ryan has also worked as an environmental engineer, and co-founded a start-up company, GetOutdoors.com. Ryan earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He also earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he participated in the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Ryan currently serves on the External Advisory Board for the Erb Institute, and has lectured and taught courses on energy, energy technology and venture capital at the University of Michigan. After nearly four years living and working in New York, Ryan returned to Michigan in 2010 with his wife, four children and dog Brady. They live in Dexter, Michigan.
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Gabe Wing provides the technical leadership for the Design for the Environment (DfE) team. Since joining Herman Miller in 2001, Gabe has created an environmental materials database that allows Herman Miller’s engineers to specify the most eco-effective materials for the new products. A significant portion of his work involves working closely with key industrial partners to optimize current materials and to also identify new, sustainable solutions. In addition, he has led the training sessions that educate designers and engineers on the principles of sustainable product design. Gabe received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science from Michigan State University in the same discipline. “My primary role is to help make the world a little bit safer by selecting the best possible materials,” says Gabe. He loves a good pickup basketball game, and enjoys running and biking with his wife and young children