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Erb Institute alumni work all over the world and in every sector of society and maintain strong links to the Erb Institute, supporting our work by making donations, sponsoring research, collaborating on new projects, or by serving on the Institute’s External Advisory Board.

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Cherie Lynn McDermott

MBA/MS Program 1996

Cherie has spent the last five years working with non-profits on their financial management and fundraising. She has served on two Boards of Directors. Cherie formerly worked for Energy Innovation Group, LLC (EIG), which pairs new and innovative technologies with rebates and creative financing to maximize energy savings opportunities. EIC guides cities, associations, management companies and building owners in developing and executing innovative energy saving programs. Previously, Cherie founded and was the President of cravingHome. cravingHome was an internet-based retail export company catering to private American and English-speaking citizens living abroad. It specialized in non-perishable foods and health and beauty care items.

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David Gard

Energy Program Director
Michigan Environmental Council
MBA/MS Program 2001

David directs the Michigan Environmental Council’s energy program. He advocates in multiple policy arenas for cleaner, more efficient energy systems, focusing on both stationary and mobile sources. One objective is to highlight the burdens associated with fossil fuel dependence: human illness, damage to natural systems, lost economic opportunity, and geopolitical instability. While completing the MBA/MS Program, David earned a Manufacturing Concentration through the Tauber Manufacturing Institute. As a Research Associate with the Center for Sustainable Systems, he wrote a Master's Thesis that was later published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. David holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. Upon graduation, he served with the U.S. Navy on a ship based in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Shelly Foston Rudner

Meridian Institute
MBA/MS Program 2005

Shelly is interested in working with companies to identify and take advantage of opportunities to increase the sustainability of their business practices. This summer Shelly worked with Environmental Defense to update the organization's strategy for forming alliances with players in the global pulp and paper industry. This research formed the basis for her Master's Project. Prior to Michigan, Shelly spent several years in alliance management and negotiation consulting at Vantage Partners in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was instrumental in developing and implementing the firm's core negotiation and relationship management methodologies, tools, and implementation vehicles. Shelly's experience also includes facilitating public involvement at Superfund sites for a public affairs consulting firm in Washington, DC. Shelly graduated from Yale University in 1995 with a B.A. in Political Science and Studies in the Environment.

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