Riyaz Kanji, President
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.
Jennifer Queen, Vice President
Jennifer Queen 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.
Craig Hupp, Treasurer
Craig Hupp is a retired environmental attorney, who had advised clients on compliance with environmental law as a member of the Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC, and represented them in a wide variety of environmental matters. He served as a mediator in environmental disputes, in an advisory role to the State of Michigan’s Climate Action Council, as a member of the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, and in a number of other public roles. He has served on the Ecology Center’s Board of Directors for two full terms, and as Treasurer for the past year.
Joyce Stein, Secretary
Ms. Stein earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1975) from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She practiced as a neonatal intensive care nurse for over 35 years. Currently, Joyce works as a Nurse Consultant for the Michigan Collaborative Quality Improvement Initiative of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Nurses Association, the Southeastern Michigan Association of Neonatal Nurses and The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Since 2009, she has worked alongside the Ecology Center on campaigns to protect children and pregnant women from exposure to toxic chemicals, dirty air, and to stop climate change.
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.
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.
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.
Frank Parkinson is a real estate attorney in private practice, who has previously worked as an entrepreneur, developer, green builder, real estate broker, and LEED-credentialed professional in Illinois and Michigan. He was one of the earliest volunteers trained in climate communications by The Climate Reality Project, an international nonprofit organization founded by Al Gore, and dedicated to raising awareness about the climate crisis. Frank served as the President of the Ecology Center Board of Directors from 2015-18.
Doug Selby is a building science expert and Co-Founder of Meadowlark Design+Build. Doug graduated from MSU’s Chemistry program in 1992 and worked as a pharmaceutical chemist and then a cancer researcher before leaving the laboratory to become a builder. Passionate about carbon-positive and data-driven construction, Doug is an innovator in the building industry. Today Doug spearheads Meadowlark’s emphasis on healthy and sustainable construction while working on his startup company, Volta Homes, producing zero energy panelized and modular housing.
Ms. Gross is retired after a career as a software project manager, and is currently active as both a volunteer and on the board of ECCSCM, an environmental group that encourages the protection of water quality in streams and lakes. She has also represented Pittsfield Township on the Huron River Watershed Council. She currently serves on the board of the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop, which provides emergency social service aid to local agencies, and promotes the reuse of household goods.
Carlene Colvin-Garcia is a community environmental activist and clean energy advocate. With her entrepreneurial approach to environmental stewardship, Carlene co-founded a clean transportation company whose innovative biodiesel purification equipment was featured in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. A University of Michigan alumni, Carlene is deeply involved in the community, having championed campaigns for the implementation of electric school buses in Ann Arbor Public Schools, and coordinated the installation of the school district’s first solar array. She has served as the chair for the Ann Arbor PTO Council, and, as a member of the Environment & Sustainability Advisory Committee, she helped create the school district’s sustainability goals. Currently, as the Vice-Chair of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission, she is helping the city actualize its carbon neutrality goal by creating local legislation to encourage the adoption of electric transportation.
Jackie Victor is the owner and co-founder of Avalon International Breads. Opened in Detroit’s Cass Corridor in 1997, Avalon International Breads has since expanded statewide while maintaining its roots in the community. Jackie, who began her career as a grassroots organizer, incorporated the spirit of the local food movement into Avalon’s business model, which is founded on the triple bottom line of Earth, community, and employees. A thought leader among small business owners, Jackie’s recent New York Times column on the federal Payroll Protection Program was circulated widely, and she’s a prominent voice in community affairs. Currently, Jackie serves on the advisory board of the Detroit Food Academy, a non-profit that works to inspire young Detroiters through culinary arts and food entrepreneurship.
Melissa Garcia has over 13 years of experience working in Southwest Detroit’s nonprofit sector. She currently serves as the Director of Clinic Programs for CHASS Center, located in southwest Detroit, where she has specialized in public health program development, policy design and implementation, electronic medical records process implementation, breastfeeding interventions and Community Health Worker project management. Prior to her role as Director of Clinical Programs, she has lead in positions directing programs through the following agencies: Detroit Cristo Rey High School and the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program. She is a graduate of the Ecology Center’s Health Leaders Fellowship program.