Staff

 

General Office Contact Information:
Email: erbinstitute@umich.edu / Phone: 734.647.9799 / Fax: 734.647.8551

 

Managing Director
Terry Nelidov / 734.647.6607
Terry comes to us with vast international experience and work on both the social and environmental aspects of sustainability. He is a native of Oakland, California and comes to us most recently from Hong Kong.  He has dedicated his more than twenty-year career to promoting sustainability from a variety of perspectives. Most recently, Terry worked with Business for Social Responsibility and its member companies to make the business case for sustainability across Asia, Latin America, and the US. Terry’s sustainability journey began years ago as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. Later he served as Founding Director of INCAE Business School’s Business Leadership for Sustainable Development Network in Latin America, served as a Founding Partner and General Manager for AmeriCasas, a land-development company in El Salvador, and thereafter worked in advocacy and development — particularly around companies, communities, and mining—with Catholic Relief Services in Peru. Terry holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain.  His languages include native English, as well as Spanish, Portuguese and Guarani (Paraguay).
Communications and Brand Manager
H. Dominique Abed / 734.763.8155
Dominique Abed is responsible for assessing major marketing and communications needs, developing appropriate initiatives for print and web based projects and seeing these through to completion. She is a liason with the marketing communications offices at the Ross School of Business, School of Natural Resources and Environment, and University of Michigan. Dominique has more than nine years of advertising and graphic design experience, and completed the Washtenaw Community College Web Technology Certification Program in July 2004. Dominique holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Student Affairs Manager
Emma Wendt / 734.647.9709
Emma supports Erb applicants, students and alumni, focusing on building a strong community and generating thought leadership and real-world impact. Before Erb, Emma served as an Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator at Ann Arbor Spark where she coached dozens of local entrepreneurs on business planning and connecting them with resources. In the Ann Arbor community, Emma is Vice Chair of the Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition. Emma is a 2009 graduate of Stanford University Graduate School of Business (MBA) and the School of Earth Sciences (MS), where she was also co-president of the Environmentally Sustainable Business Club. She also holds an AB in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University. Before moving to Ann Arbor, Emma was a senior analyst in emerging clean technologies with Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco. Between undergrad and graduate school, Emma worked in Washington DC at the International Finance Corporation and as environmental and social footprint officer and at the World Bank as a consultant to the Environmental and Social Sustainability Secretariat.
Student Affairs Coordinator
Colton Babladelis / 734.647.6621 
Colton-Babladelis-webColton is the Student Affairs Coordinator and comes to us as a recent University of Michigan graduate. He is primarily responsible for new student recruiting and supporting new and prospective students. He has B.A.s in environmental studies specializing in sustainable agriculture, anthropology, Spanish, and Modern Greek. He has a passion for food systems and ecology related sustainability.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Jackie Ganfield / 734.763.2706
Jackie-Ganfield-webcropJackie is responsible for coordinating marketing and communications at the Institute. She has experience in event coordination, marketing and communications, and campus relations. Before moving to Ann Arbor, Jackie was the student Director of Sustainability at Regis University. Jackie graduated from Regis University in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Environmental Studies and Marketing. She is particularly interested in the field of environmental sociology and the social and environmental impacts associated with water scarcity and equity. In addition, Jackie is passionate about environmental and social justice, education disparities, and economic inequality.
Administrative Assistant and Events Coordinator
Kara Cristian
Executive-in-Residence
Thomas F. Catania, Jr.
Thomas F. Catania, Jr., former Vice President of Government Relations at Whirlpool Corporation, works to enhance the Institute’s visibility in the business community and among policymakers through written communications and by organizing meetings for executives on corporate strategies on energy and environmental issues. He also works with Erb Institute directors and faculty to create and strengthen the Institute’s ties with corporate executives, donors and industry organizations. Tom, a leader in identifying and implementing solutions to public policy problems, has spent his career operating in the complex intersection of business, government, nongovernmental organizations and public policy. Serving as Whirlpool’s Vice President for Government Relations since 1997, Tom managed the firm’s government relations, which he transformed from a United States-centric, primarily reactive activity into a global public policy one that produced a substantial percentage of Whirlpool’s annual earnings per share for several consecutive years. Before joining Whirlpool, Tom was Special Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Divisions of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office from 1982 to 1986.
Research Management Fellow
Kim Wolske
Kim-Wolske-webcropKim Wolske works with external stakeholders to communicate research on climate change, and other sustainability topics, to non‐academics, including businesses, nonprofit and public organizations, and policy makers. She works to create active collaborations with practitioners in which the development and execution of research projects is carried out as a partnership. Kim completed her PhD in environmental psychology at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. She is particularly interested in investigating the drivers of resource consumption, identifying motivations that may lead people to behave in environmentally friendly ways, and evaluating different behavior change strategies and tools. Kim has served as a consultant to Opower, a firm that use insights from psychology to help utility customers reduce their energy use.