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-Nelidov2Terry 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
 
Student and Alumni Affairs Manager
This position is currently open. Please apply here by July 5th. 
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., Executive in Residence at the Erb Institute is the retired Vice President of Government Relations at Whirlpool Corporation, and he 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. He currently serves on the Analysis Technical Review Panel for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and is a Member of the External Advisory Board of a Wayne State University project on Real-Time Energy Impact Monitors for Residential, Industrial and Policy Use at Wayne State University. 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. Before joining Whirlpool, Tom was Special Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Divisions of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
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.