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

Board members returning in 2018 on unexpired terms include: Steve Ramus, Sara Meyer, Krista Badiane, Sarah Chartier, Paul Isely, Alice Jasper, Lynn Spurr, Doug Tamboer and Wendy Ogilvie.

The 2018  Board President is Steve Ramus, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Perrigo.  Sara Meyer, Project Manager for ERM will assume the role of Immediate Past President. Other officers will be elected at the June 2018 board meeting on June 18.

The following are the nominees for the 2018-2020 West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Board of Directors.  Please vote here for the nominees by June 13.

Hector Angus, Commercial Buyer, Beacon Recycling (1st Term)

Hector has been working for the last 4 years in the recycling industry, specifically with construction, demolition, manufacturing, and other regional recycling companies throughout Florida and Michigan, with some international experience in the Caribbean. Hector holds a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Engineering at University of South Florida with a minor in Business. Hector intends to help fundraising programs and coordinate initiatives in the West Michigan recycling industry, and hopes to learn the challenges facing companies in West Michigan and help find or develop solutions for them.

Jeffrey Byrd,  Educational Training Specialist,  Grand Rapids Community College (1st Term)

Jeffrey Byrd has been working to improve the lives of local students and job seekers for the past 12 years, most recently as Educational Training Specialist for Grand Rapids Community College, where he promotes the value of a career-oriented education and develops customized adult learning plans that connect underemployed citizens to opportunity.  He has previously served as a Re-entry Case Manager for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health and continues to perform outreach to incarcerated citizens through this current role. Prior to his work in career development, he held various management roles at local manufacturers, including General Motors and Siemens. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Ferris State University and an MBA from Davenport University.

Erik Daly,  Attorney, Miller Johnson (1st Term)

Erik Daly is a practicing member of the law firm Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids. Erik is a member of the NYU Club of Michigan, the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Western Michigan, the WMSBF, the Sierra Club, the East Grand Rapids Library Commission, the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library and the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council and Development Committee for Special Olympics Michigan. While an undergraduate at NYU, he studied finance, economics and mathematics, worked in the library, served as a resident assistant and tutored elementary students through the South Bronx Educational Foundation. During law school, he was recognized by the Louisiana State Bar Association for providing pro bono legal services to displaced New Orleans residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Anna Horner,  Civil Engineer,  Wightman & Associates (2nd Term)

Anna is a designer and project manager in WAI’s Allegan office where she is involved with a variety of projects for both private and municipal clients. She 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.

Bill Morgan, President, Morgan & Morgan CPAs (3rd 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.

Bill joined the WMSBF Board of Directors in 2016, is currently serving as the WMSBF Board of Directors Treasurer.

Wendy Ogilvie,  Director of Environmental Programs,  Grand Valley Metro Council (4th Term)

Wendy Ogilvie joined GVMC in 2013 as the Director of Environmental Programs. Current initiatives include facilitating NPDES Municipal Stormwater Permits in Kent and Ottawa County communities: implementing the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) strategic plan, and assisting the project team in restoring the rapids to the Grand River. She joined the WMSBF board in 2013 while at Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., where she focused on water resource management projects. Wendy was interested in large scale sustainability issues, which led her to pursue and achieve a LEED for Neighborhood Development accreditation, and through that work became involved in the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum. Originally from Maryland, she came to Michigan to pursue a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Michigan and later earned a M.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University.

Erik Petrovskis,  Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability,  Meijer (1st Term)

Erik Petrovskis is Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability at Meijer. Erik has 20 years of experience as an environmental consultant. At Meijer, Erik is responsible for due diligence, remediation, compliance, and environmental sustainability, with particular focus on stormwater and food waste management. He holds a PhD in environmental engineering from The University of Michigan and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Maureen Stroud, North America Sustainability Sr. Manager, Whirlpool Corporation (1st Term)

Maureen Stroud is currently the Sustainability Sr. Manager for Whirlpool and would like to become more involved in the leadership of the SMSBF as a member of the board. She would like to continue to grow the membership and is excited to give back to the sustainability community of Southwest Michigan.

Katie Venechuk , Recycling and Waste Minimization Specialist, State of Michigan, Department of Environmental Quality (1st Term)

Katie Venechuk is a recycling and waste minimization specialist with the State of Michigan, Department of Environmental Quality. Katie supports the development and growth of recycling and waste minimization programs across 17-counties of west Michigan. Her work includes partnerships with a vast network of contacts across the region, with a priority of assisting and catalyzing the development and growth of recycling and waste minimization programs in west Michigan. Katie is actively involved in legislative/policy development and changes as Michigan continues to move toward increased materials management and diversion. Katie has a BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.