Erb External Advisory Board

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.

Bama Athreya

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.

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Scott Beckerman

Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Sustainability
Comerica, Incorporated

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).

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Lauren Bigelow

Growth Capital Network

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.

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Kathryn Buckner

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.

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Meghan Chapple

Director, Office of Sustainability
George Washington University
MBA/MS Program 2002

Meghan Chapple is Director of the Office of Sustainability, Senior Advisor on University Sustainability Initiatives, and Co-Chair of the Innovation Task Force at The George Washington University (GW). She has expertise on business strategy, innovation, organizational change, and social sustainability. Ms. Chapple launched the Office and GW has integrated sustainability into operational and academic activities. With partners, she has facilitated the acceleration of GW’s sustainability practices, including the Capital Partners Solar Project (52 MW). She has formed fruitful partnerships across the public and private sectors, and designed and taught an MBA course Strategies for Sustainable Enterprise.

Prior to GW, Ms. Chapple was Director of Client Services at SustainAbility where she advised F100 corporate clients from around the world on sustainability solutions. She has managed projects for the business education network at World Resources Institute (WRI), including the global business school ranking Beyond Grey Pinstripes. Ms. Chapple served in Americorps with Public Allies on the south side of Chicago to build local green businesses and economic capacity. She has an MBA in Corporate Strategy and a Masters of Science in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Environmental Science from Northwestern University.

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David Clark

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.

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Megan DeYoung

Director, United States
Corporate Citizenship
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.

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Leslie Erb Liedtke

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.

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Jim Frey

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.

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Lee Gorman

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.

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Charles Griffith

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.

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Shawn Hunter

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.

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Jonathan Koch

Managing Director/Partner
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, 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.

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Cynthia Koenig

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.

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Christopher Kolb

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.

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Mark LaCroix

Executive Vice President, Americas
Natural Capital Partners

Mark LaCroix is Executive Vice President, Americas with Natural Capital Partners (formerly The CarbonNeutral Company), a world-leading provider of market-based environmental solutions. Mark leads the company’s work with clients in the Americas to help them manage their environmental and carbon impacts to drive positive business results. Prior to joining The CarbonNeutral Company in 2008, Mark held the position of Vice President, Global Sustainability with the fabrics division of Interface, a leading manufacturer of commercial interior fabrics. Mark is a graduate of Davenport University, past president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and is a long time board member of Artists Creating Together.

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Carrie Majeske

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.

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Loch McCabe

Sheperd Advisors

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.

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Josh Nothwang

Practice Leader, Sustainability and Energy
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
MBA/MS Program 2008

Josh is a Practice Leader on WSP | Parson Brinckerhoff'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 | Parsons Brinckerhoff, 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.

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Eric Olson

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.

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Monique Oxender

Chief Sustainability Officer
Keurig Green Mountain
MBA/MS Program 2004

Monique Oxender leads Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. efforts to Brew a Better World. Monique joined Keurig Green Mountain in 2012 and has navigated a path for integrated sustainability management during the recent period of growth and change. Her journey, which is informed by a multitude of internal and external stakeholders, brings her to the intersection of sustainability and business, the place where she sees the most potential to deliver societal benefit and create business value. Prior to joining Keurig Green Mountain, she spent eight 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.

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Steven Percy

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

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Jodee Fishman Raines

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.

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Emily Reyna

Director of Diversity
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.

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Haig Sakoian

Health & EHS Systems Director
Alcoa Inc.

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.

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Mark Tholke

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.

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Robert Tierney

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.

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David Tulauskas

Director of Sustainability
GM Motors

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.

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Melissa Vernon

Career Consultant
University of Michigan Ross School of Business
MBA/MS Program 2001

Global business leader with over 15 years of experience leading sustainability initiatives across all levels of organizations, from senior executives through sales staff and external stakeholders. Skilled researcher, connector, and project manager with deep expertise in corporate sustainability. Passion for learning, mentoring, and developing talent in others. Following a 12 year career working on sustainability at Interface, she is now conducting career coaching for UM students and others interested in pursuing a career in sustainability. Melissa is a 2001 graduate of the Erb Institute and has a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Duke University.

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Ryan Waddington

Huron River Ventures and Arsenal Venture Partners
MBA/MS Program 1999

Ryan Waddington joined Arsenal Venture Partners as a Partner in 2014 and heads their Michigan office. In 2010, he co-founded Huron River Ventures, a leading early-stage venture firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that invests primarily in enterprise and consumer software companies serving the energy, transportation and agriculture sectors. Ryan has over 18 years of experience in investing, operating and consulting roles in energy, environmental and other sectors, and has led over $100 million worth of investments in more than 25 technology companies at seed, venture and growth equity stages, while at HRV, Ziff Brothers Investments, NextEnergy and DTE Energy. Ryan holds engineering degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin, and earned an MBA with Distinction from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan, where participated in the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Ryan lives in Dexter, Michigan with his wife, four children and yellow lab, Brady, and is passionate about fly fishing, hockey and University of Michigan football. Current and former Director/Observer roles: Varsity News Network, PeachWorks, Sidecar, Ambiq Micro, Root3 Technologies, Covaron Advanced Materials and Advent Solar (acquired by Applied Materials NASDAQ: AMAT).

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Gabe Wing

Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Herman Miller

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

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