David Stead, President

Mr. Stead is principal and vice president of Resource Recycling Systems, a nationally recognized environmental consulting and engineering firm that works on projects to build a sustainable and waste-free future. He has consulted with communities and businesses across the United States.

Christine Green, Vice President

Ms. Green has practiced law in Washtenaw County for more than 25 years, specializing in civil rights, employment discrimination, wrongful termination and personal injury. Green also has served Scio Township in a number of roles since her election to the township board of trustees in 2008.

Beverly Ghesquiere, Treasurer

Ms. Ghesquiere is recently retired from an accounting career with large firms and small nonprofit organizations, most recently at Dawn Farm, which provides drug and alcohol treatment for both residential and outpatient clients in the Ann Arbor area. Ghesquiere earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA in accounting and finance from the University of Chicago.

Riyaz Kanji, Secretary

Mr. Kanji is a partner in Kanji & Katzen, PLLC, a law firm with offices in Seattle and Ann Arbor that represents Indian nations and tribes across the country on a wide variety of issues including sovereignty and governance, treaty fishing and hunting rights, Indian gaming, and environmental protection.

Michael Garfield, Director

Mr. Garfield has served as Director of the Ecology Center since 1993. He has led advocacy campaigns that successfully raised over $200 million in public funds for land preservation, recycling, and public transit. He has testified before federal and state legislative committees, participated in various stakeholder committees, and served on public advisory boards.

Stuart Batterman

Dr. Batterman is a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and professor of water resources and environmental engineering in the U-M College of Engineering. Among numerous other projects, Batterman was the principal investigator on "The Detroit Asthma Morbidity, Air Quality and Traffic" study.

Al Beeton

Before his retirement from his academic career, Beeton was chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory from 1996 to 2002. He began researching the Great Lakes in 1955, and earned a Ph.D. in limnology and aquatic zoology from the University of Michigan.

Jennifer Cornell

Ms. Cornell is a public relations consultant who has handled media relations and marketing communications for ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, HealthMedia, University of Michigan, Hallmark, Ann Arbor SPARK, the Michigan Venture Capital Association, and the Ann Arbor Hands‐On Museum. She has served on the boards of the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan, St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, and Michigan Innovators.

Kathleen Howard

Ms. Howard 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. After years of working in human resources, she is completing a law degree at Wayne State University.

Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones is a founding partner and current President of the Detroit Training Center a vocational education center located in the city of Detroit. Marcus earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Georgia, and a dual master's degrees in urban planning and environmental policy from the University of Michigan.

Craig Hupp

Mr. Hupp advises clients on compliance with environmental law as a member of the Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC and represents them in a wide variety of environmental matters. He has served as a mediator in environmental disputes and served in an advisory role to the Governor’s Climate Action Council.

Margaret Kephart

Margaret Kephart CRPC©, is Senior Vice President & Portfolio Manager at Retirement Income Solutions (RIS), a locally-owned investment advisory firm in Ann Arbor. Prior to joining RIS in 2012, Ms. Kephart was a leading member of the TIAA-CREF Michigan team for over 20 years. She serves on the Advisory Board of the U of M Center for the Education of Women ( CEW), and is a former chair of the Arbor Hospice of Ann Arbor annual fundraiser.

Frank Parkinson

Mr. Parkinson is an attorney with DeLoof, Hopper, Dever & Wright in Ann Arbor. He has worked as an entrepreneur, real estate developer, green builder, real estate broker, and LEED-credentialed professional in Illinois and Michigan. He has spent the past four years actively involved with The Climate Project, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about climate change. Frank served as the president of the Ecology Center Board of Directors for three years.

Doug Selby

Doug Selby is a building science expert and CEO of Meadowlark Design+Build, a nationally known green design/build construction company. A graduate of Michigan State University’s Chemistry Department, Doug worked as a pharmaceutical chemist and cancer researcher before leaving the laboratory to become a builder, eventually co-founding Meadowlark in 2004. Today the company employs 51 people - architects, designers, craftsmen, carpenters and support staff. Focusing on better building practices and cutting-edge technology, Meadowlark strives for the apex of sustainability - buildings that make more energy than they use, return water cleaner than it came to the building, and have a positive environmental impact on the surrounding land and community. 

Rashida Tlaib

Ms. Tlaib represented southwest Detroit and downriver in the Michigan legislature for six years.  She became the first Muslim-American woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature, and the second Muslim woman in history to be elected to any state legislature in America. After attending Detroit public schools, Ms. Tlaib earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Wayne State University and a law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School.