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

Board Members Returning in 2017 on Unexpired Terms Include: Sara Meyer, Steve Ramus, David Rinard, Bill Morgan, Alison Sutter, Darwin Baas, Sharon Darby and Wendy Ogilvie.

As a result of the merger with Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum this year, two MGSSBF board members will also return to the WMSBF board, one of which is on the current ballot, Lynette Wolf.  Anna Keehn will return in 2017 on an unexpired term.

The 2017 Board President is Sara Meyer, Project Scientist, ERM.  Alison Sutter, Manager, Corporate Responsibility for SpartanNash will assume the role of Immediate Past President.  Other officers will be elected at the June 2017 board meeting on June 19.

The following are the nominees for the 2017-2019 West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Board of Directors.  Please vote by June 1.

Krista Badiane, Assistant Professor, Aquinas College (1st Term)

Krista Badiane, Ph.D. joined the Sustainable Business Program as an Assistant Professor in 2012. She has developed and taught courses in the areas of sustainable business and environmental studies. Dr. Badiane came to Aquinas with over 10 years of experience working with the business and non-profit communities on sustainability strategy and reporting as a sustainability reporting manager for Ford Motor Company and consultant for BuzzWord. Dr. Badiane received a B.A. and B.S. in Anthropology and Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan. She completed her Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University and graduated with highest honors. Dr. Badiane finished her Ph.D. in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan where she was a Graham Fellow and affiliate of the Erb Institute of Global Sustainable Enterprise.

Sarah Chartier, Sustainability Program Manager, Spectrum Health (2nd Term)

As the Sustainability Program Manager, Sarah has worked within Spectrum Health’s Sustainability Office for over six years to identify environmental and financial opportunities, reduce waste and mitigate Spectrum Health’s environmental footprint. Sarah measures and manages performance based on the triple bottom line, including organizational readiness, operational performance, waste management, greening the operating room, environmental procurement and sustainable foods. On a daily basis, she works to align sustainability with organizational priorities, such as Process Improvement, Safety and Expense Reduction. Sarah is a board member of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, sits on the Environmental Advisory Council of Vizient, on the District Leadership Council for the Grand Rapids 2030 District, LEED GA and a born and raised Yooper!

Paul Isely, Associate Dean – Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University (1st Term)

Dr. Paul Isely is the associate dean of the Seidman College of Business. He joined the GVSU faculty in 1995, after earning his Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University. Dr. Isely has taught many different courses at GVSU including Environmental Economics which looks at sustainable and efficient resource usage. He is published in areas of sustainability including recycling, energy use, and environmental cleanup.  He is currently vice chair of the Utility Consumer Participation Board, a governor appointed board dealing with residential utility rates.

Alice Jasper, Director of Sustainability, The Gilmore Collection (1st Term)

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Alice moved to Michigan to complete her Bachelor’s degree in English at Northern Michigan University. Following graduation she pursued a passion for sustainable agriculture and food access by interning on an organic farm, before moving to Grand Rapids in 2012, where she held the Agriculture Program Specialist position for the YMCA. In 2014, she then moved to Macon, GA where she continued her work in food systems and managed a community supported agriculture program and organic farm, while completing graduate coursework through SUNY Empire State College in community advocacy and nonprofit management. In the winter of 2015, she returned to Grand Rapids, where her current role is to create and execute the position of sustainability director for The Gilmore Collection.

Lynn Spurr, Sr. Environmental Specialist, FTCH (1st Term)

Lynn Spurr, Sr. Environmental Specialist with FTCH, has been an active member of the WMSBF for a number of years. She has participated on various committees and programs; most recently, the Waste Characterization and Valuation Project and the Waste Task Force. The Zero Waste Initiative is a key interest. Ms. Spurr is committed to work towards increasing the depth and reach of this program throughout the region and state. She will also provide her time and energy to increase membership and sponsorship, and identify grant opportunities to fund the forum’s programs and initiatives.

Doug Tamboer, Sustainability Director, Consumers Energy (3rd Term)

Doug is responsible for developing and updating the framework for a Corporate Sustainability Program, assuring that the business units have adequate awareness, tools and plans for implementing sustainability practices within their areas. He is the corporate lead and primary support for key projects to deliver achievement of the company’s Sustainability Breakthrough Goals. This includes understanding best practices and implementing them throughout the organization, assuring effective sustainability communications for our stakeholders, and representing the company on local, regional and national committees and professional organizations.  He has a bachelor’s degree in forest management from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University in environmental management.  He is currently co-chair of the EPRI Energy Sustainability Interest Group, a national organization that assists electric and gas utilities in the management and improvement of their sustainability efforts.

Sara Yob, Associate Professor, Workforce Trainer, Grand Rapids Community College (2nd Term)

Sara’s role at Grand Rapids Community College is teaching in non-credit training, primarily onsite in manufacturing facilities, on content ranging from basic manufacturing readiness content, like print reading and problem solving  to automotive quality tools and techniques.  She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MA in Environmental Education. Sara is also a Certified Quality Engineer and MSUE Master Gardener. GRCC has been a WMSBF member for many years. Sara believes our work environment may be our greatest learning opportunity as adults. As an educator, she thinks example and education at work is a powerful force to change the world.

Lynette Wolf, TAACCCT Project Manager, Lake Michigan College (4th Term)

Lynette Wolf joined the Board for Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum in 2010 and had served as Secretary of the Board since 2011. Lynette has taught a Sustainable Business course for Community Ed. at Lake Michigan College and has over seven years experience working with local businesses on sustainable strategies. She holds a Master of Management Degree from Aquinas College with a focus in Sustainable Business and a B.A. from Purdue University in Communications/Management.