Six members of the Ecology Center board of directors were re-elected at the organization’s annual meeting last week.
“These candidates have served the Ecology Center with skill and dedication and we’re grateful that they are willing to continue to serve on our board,” according to Michael Garfield, director of the Ecology Center.
Members re-elected to the board are Beverly Ghesquiere, Christine Green, Kathleen Howard, Craig Hupp,Eleanor Marsh and Vijay Sankaran.
Beverly Ghesquiere earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Bryn Mawr and an MBA in accounting and finance from the University of Chicago. She worked in accounting and finance with a Big Eight firm, national companies and a major utility, before returning to Michigan where she served in two leading non-profit organizations. She was first elected to the Ecology Center’s board of directors in 2011, and has served as treasurer for the past two years. She has been elected to a new three-year term.
Christine Green practiced law in Washtenaw County for more than 25 years, specializing in civil rights, employment discrimination, wrongful termination and personal injury. A member of the Scio Township board of trustees since 2008, Green also serves as chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Environmental Council. Green earned her bachelor’s degree and law degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan. She was first elected to the Ecology Center’s board of directors in 2011, and has been elected to a new three-year term.
Kathleen Howard worked for over a decade as director of human resources at Powerlink Facilities Management Services in Detroit, and is widely recognized for her leadership and personal commitment to providing workforce opportunities for women, the disabled, older Americans, minorities, immigrants, and the economically disadvantaged. She has a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development and a master’s degree in organizational management from Spring Arbor University and is now completing a law degree at Wayne State University. Howard was appointed by the board of directors last year to fill a vacant seat through 2016, and her appointment was affirmed by the membership in this month’s election.
Craig Hupp is a member of the Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC, Craig Hupp advises and represents clients in a wide variety of environmental matters. Hupp earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia, a law degree from the Wayne State University Law School, and a degree in dispute resolution from Wayne State. Hupp was appointed to the Ecology Center’s board of directors last year for a term through 2015.
Eleanor Marsh, a long-time leader in environmental and cultural organizations in the Detroit metropolitan area, served as the president and chair of development at Greening of Detroit and as a board member of LocalMotionGreen, a Grosse Pointe-based environmental health organization that merged with the Ecology Center in 2013. She was appointed to the Ecology Center’s board of directors in conjunction with LMG’s merger with the Ecology Center. Her appointment for a term through 2015 and that appointment was affirmed by the membership in this month’s election.
Vijay Sankaran pursued his lifelong environmental passions as director of information technology application development and infrastructure operations manager at Ford Motor Company where he led efforts supporting Ford’s company-wide environmental priorities. He is now managing director for advanced technology and enterprise architecture at TD Ameritrade. Sankaran received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master of business administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. He was first elected to the Ecology Center’s board in 2011, and has been elected to a new three-year term.
EcoLink — May 2014 An online publication of the Ecology Center