Patty Birkholz

Larry Buzas

Steven H. Dahlquist, Ph.D.
Central Michigan University, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Steve Dahlquist is an Assistant Professor in Central Michigan University’s College of Business Administration, where he teaches courses in Sales Management, Managerial Marketing, and International Marketing. Previous to joining CMU, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in New Product Development, Internet Marketing, Sports Marketing, Quantitative Business Research, and International Business. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, a M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. His research focuses on firm level marketing strategy, and includes interfirm collaboration, governance, and sustainable marketing. His journal publications include the Journal of Marketing and the International Business Review, and he is a Doctoral Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Business Marketing (ISBM) at the Smeal College of Business, Penn State University. Steve also possesses significant industry experience, having been a senior executive and manager in a number of multi-national firms and industries. Prior to his business career, Steve was a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy and served in maritime operations in Pacific Ocean, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf.

Erik Daly
Miller Johnson

Kyle DeBruyn

Kyle is a 2017 graduate of Winthrop University located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He received a bachelor degree in business administration with a concentration in sustainable business and minor in sustainability. Kyle is currently residing in Holland, Michigan looking for a career in sustainability that would involve implementation and management of sustainability policies and projects both domestically and abroad.

Steven Noble
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Steve is the Program Coordinator for the Michigan DEQ’s Electronics Takeback Program.  That program oversees registered electronics recyclers across Michigan and makes sure that consumers and small business have adequate opportunity to properly recycle their unwanted electronics.

He is a graduate of Lake Superior State University and operates a small environmental non-profit in Jackson, Michigan.      

Julie Ringlever
Interphase Interiors

Brian J. Smith
Lean Living LLC

Lean Living LLC provides information systems and zero waste consulting services. Brian specializes in project management, enterprise resource planning, and business process improvement. He also implements zero waste best practice through education, training and hands-on implementation.

Robert Stegmier
Rogue River Watershed Partners

Robert is a long time conservationist and environmentalist, a 57 year member of the Dwight Lydell Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, and a long time member of WMEAC and of various other local similar organizations.

Missy Summers
Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes

Kaylee Swanson
Spectrum Health Foundation

Kristen Trovillion
Grand Rapids Public Schools

Kristen Trovillion is an experienced sustainability professional with a proven track record of grant administration, coalition-building, and stakeholder engagement. As the Sustainability Coordinator for Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kristen manages the district’s operational sustainability, as well as, the adoption of sustainability concepts in the classroom. Through her previous work at the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) and the City of Indianapolis’ Office of Sustainability, Kristen has managed over $100 million in building retrofit, renewable energy, and fleet conversion projects and collaborated in Indianapolis’ first city-wide sustainability assessment.

Kristen holds a BA in Political Science from Alma College and an MPA in Energy Policy from Indiana University – School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

James Tolbert
Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Focused on creating a more rational dialogue on climate change and creating the political will to take action. Currently supporting Citizens’ Climate Lobby as a volunteer. Retired from leading environmental cleanups for corporations; previous projects include dredging PCB impacted sediments from White Lake, characterizing chlorinated dioxins and furans along the Tittabawassee River, and supporting the response for the Line 6B crude oil spill into the Kalamazoo River. Also served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chemistry Council for over 20 years.

Brian Wolters

Recently relocated back to West Michigan from Seattle. MBA graduate in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University in Seattle.

Interests in: Outdoor recreation, Corporate Social Responsibility, work space design, Facilities and Commercial Real Estate and Integrated Workplace Management Solutions.

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