There are seven candidates for seven open seats.  A write-in option is available on the ballot as well.

Board Members Returning in 2016 on Unexpired Terms Include: Phillip Greene, Sarah Chartier, Jason Kehr, Wendy Ogilvie, Doug Tamboer, Kim Walton and Sara Yob.

The 2016 Board President is Alison Sutter, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for SpartanNash.  Steve Teitsma, Civil Engineer, Progressive AE, will assume the role of Immediate Past President.  Other officers will be elected at the June 2016 board meeting on June 20.

The following are the nominees for the 2016-2018 West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Board of Directors.  Please vote by June 19.

Vote here.

Dar Baas, Director of Kent County Department of Public Works (1st term)

Dar’s focus is the emerging circular economy – providing leadership and visioning to deliver waste diversion, energy recovery, and sustainable materials management strategies through an integrated solid waste management system for business and residents. Through collaboration and innovation, he is challenging the West Michigan community to think broadly about how waste can become a resource rather than a burden.

Darwin (Dar) brings 25 years of environmental management experience in the public and private sector with experience in emergency response, hazardous waste transportation, environmental contracting, industrial cleaning, landfill, transfer station, material recovery and waste-to-energy operations. His work is centered in West Michigan but he is involved in energy and waste policy at a state and national level.

Sharon Darby, Sr. Mgr. – Environmental, Safety & Sustainability, Cascade Engineering (1st term)

Sharon Darby is the Sr. Manager of Environmental, Safety and Sustainability at Cascade Engineering. She has been with the organization for fifteen years. Sharon plays an integral part of the organization’s Triple Bottom Line culture leading Safety and Environmental, Zero Waste Team, Anti-Racism Credentialing, Diversity Coordinating Council, Charitable Contributions, Bicycle Friendly Business, LEED Certification and Sustainability Forum.

Outside of Cascade Engineering, Sharon is the Village President (Mayor) of Saranac, an Adjunct Professor at Davenport University and is a founding board member of The Saranac Promise. She has an MBA in Strategic Management and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Davenport University. Other accomplishments include International Society of Sustainability Professionals Certification, Distinguished Toastmaster, Certified Manager, Senior Professional Human Resources Certification, SHRM Senior Certified Professional and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Operations & Maintenance Certification.

Chad Gunnoe, Professor of History/Special Assistant to the President, Aquinas College (2nd term)

History Professor, Ph.D. University of Virginia, BA College of William and Mary, DAAD Fellow University of Heidelberg, outside fields in Economics, Sociology, & Theology.  Active in all aspects of the college’s sustainability work including substantial engagement with the Wege Foundation, AASHE, and the ACUPCC. Planned or facilitated college sustainability summit, Economicology workshop, launching faculty sustainability fellows, and the development and accreditation of the Masters in Sustainable Business. Business experience in food marketing and distribution.

Sara Meyer, Project Scientist, Environmental Resources Management (2nd term)

Sara Meyer is an environmental consultant with Environmental Resources Management, where she specializes in assisting companies to achieve and maintain compliance with environmental regulations, including Storm Water, Wastewater, and Air regulations. She regularly conducts site audits and works closely with her clients to help their companies have the smallest possible environmental footprint. Ms. Meyer has a Chemistry degree from Grand Valley State University, and two major publications relating to the PCB research she conducted while attending GVSU and working at Annis Water Resources Institute. Ms. Meyer enjoys sharing her work experience with students at City High/Middle School via Junior Achievement, and is also a member of WM-AWMA. Sara’s work with WMSBF includes chairing the Tools & Resources Committee, which conducted a 2-year MDEQ grant for Sustainability Assessment tracking improvement among members and recently brought to completion work on Climate Resiliency, a very important topic for our region; this project included working with a number of area organizations outside of WMSBF. Sara became a Board Member in December 2013.

Bill Morgan, President of Morgan & Morgan CPAs (1st term)

Bill Morgan has performed audits and created tax strategies for dozens of profit and non-profit organizations, plus hundreds of individuals and families. He is a veteran of non-profit audit compliance with a keen understanding of non-profit governance and the public and private funding sources on whose behalf the vast majority of his firm’s non-profit client audits are performed.  He founded the firm’s specialty audit practice for mortgage companies and employee benefits plans. Before becoming a public accountant, he launched and ran a successful mortgage company.

Steve Ramus, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Perrigo (2nd term)

Steve oversees a variety of CSR programs, including but not limited to:  Social and Ethical Compliance in the Supply Chain, tracking and reducing of Energy, Water and Waste in Perrigo Operations, the annual publication of Perrigo’s CSR report and compliance with the many retailer CSR requirements.  Steve started Perrigo in HR, leveraging his education and background in organizational development and applied human behavior. He has since taken roles of increasing responsibilities in HR, Operations and most recently Sales, where he was introduced to, and advocated for, customer sustainability programs.  Steve has a bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University, and resides in Grandville with his wife Marcy and his son Fischer.

David Rinard, Director of Global Environmental Performance, Steelcase Inc. (6th term) 

Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.  Rinard leads the department that is responsible for overseeing the company’s environmental initiatives and performance and implementing corporate environmental strategy, including regulatory compliance, sustainability, environmental outreach and responsible conduct programs.