WMSBF Announces New Board Members

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has added four new members to its Board of Directors: Krista Badiane, Paul Isely, Alice Jasper, Anna Keehn, Lynn Spurr and Lynnette Wolf.

Krista Badiane joined the Aquinas College Sustainable Business Program as an Assistant Professor in 2012. She has developed and taught courses in the areas of sustainable business and environmental studies. 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. 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. She 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.

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 is associate program director for the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jasper 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 to serve as sustainability director for The Gilmore Collection, before moving onto her current role at LEDA.

Anna Keehn is a Civil Engineer for Wightman & Associates, Inc., where she is involved with a variety of projects for both private and municipal clients.  Her areas of focus include transportation and infrastructure including storm sewer systems and management, wastewater treatment and drinking water distribution.  During her time at Western Michigan University, she was the President of the student chapter of Engineers without Borders and helped initiate a trip to El Salvador to install UV water filters the group built and President of the Concrete Canoe team that built and competed in a vessel made from recycled materials. At Wightman, Anna serves on the Green Committee which includes initiatives such as, office community gardens, sustainable building practices at offices, and incorporating green practices within company. She has been a member of the MGSSBF since 2014.

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. 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. Sprr is also a long-time board member of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.

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.

Returning board members beginning new terms include Sarah Chartier, Sustainability Program Manager, Spectrum Health, Doug Tamboer, Sustainability Director, Consumers Energy, and Sara Yob, Associate Professor, Workforce Trainer, Grand Rapids Community College and Lynette Wolf.