Many of the region’s foremost past and present sustainable business leaders have served as presidents of the board of directors of West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.


Carol Parsaca

Carol Parsaca Carol Parsaca serves as the Assisted Living Sustainability Coordinator at Pilgrim Manor. Pilgrim Manor is a sustainable, faith-based community for older adults. It provides healthcare services and support to older adults (rehab, long-term care, assisted living). Through Carol’s work at Pilgrim Manor, she has developed a working Green Team. This team is responsible…

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Jennifer Wammack

Jennifer Wammack Jennifer’s role at IDa Design includes product design, design research and strategy, marketing, and sustainable practices. She brings a unique perspective to product design that is heavy on the user’s experience. She authors the firm’s quarterly trend report, Inspiration & IDa’s. Jennifer also enjoys her involvement in the community including guest lecturer on…

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Gabe Wing

Gabe Wing Gabe Wing is responsible for managing Herman Miller’s sustainability efforts, which include product design, environmental footprint reduction and safety.  Mr. Wing has played an important role in developing Herman Miller’s environmental policies since he joined the company in 2001.  Among his contributions is the integration of sustainable design principles into the company’s innovation…

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Eric Van Dellen

Eric Van Dellen Eric Van Dellen is responsible for managing global sustainability programs at Amway including metrics, energy, and water conservation. In addition, he supports real estate transactions and tax incentives, and global insurance coverage for the corporation.   Prior to that position, he managed Environment, Health & Product Safety, with responsibilities for environmental and occupational health…

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Gayle DeBruyn

Gayle DeBruyn Gayle DeBruyn, IIDA, LEED-AP, is an Assistant Professor and Chief Sustainability Officer for Kendall College of Art and Design.  She is Chair of the Collaborative Design and Furniture/Design Studies Programs. She is past president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, serves on the board of the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability and is…

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Marylu Dykstra

Marylu Dykstra Marylu Dykstra is a Principal with Sirius Resources LLC. She has over twenty years experience in strategic planning, marketing, product development, training design, facilitation, and information organization. Prior to forming Sirius Resources LLC in 1999, Marylu spent 12 plus years in research, marketing, product marketing, and training with Steelcase Inc. Marylu is currently on the…

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Mark LaCroix

Mark LaCroix Mark LaCroix is Executive Vice President of Business Development with The CarbonNeutral Company, a world-leading provider of emissions management solutions.  He is a LEED Accredited Professional, and  is a highly regarded sustainability professional. He has worked extensively with standards and certifications and currently serves on the joint committee for the BIFMA e3 Sustainability…

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Tom Newhouse

Thomas Newhouse

Thomas Newhouse Thomas Newhouse has been a dedicated environmentalist since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1972. In 1978 he designed and personally built his own passive solar, earth sheltered, low energy consumption residence and design studio, that won a national design award from the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development and Environmental…

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David Rinard

David Rinard David A. Rinard is director of Global Environmental Performance for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. 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. Dave, promoted to his current…

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Susan Paauwe

Susan Paauwe Susan Paauwe is senior consultant with Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Prior to joining ERM, Susan was Safety and Environmental Management Systems Specialist with NTH Consultants, Ltd. Susan is a graduate of Hope College. She currently services on the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Board of Directors.

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Tom Fehsenfeld

Tom Fehsenfeld In 1989, Tom Fehsenfeld became President of Crystal Flash, a company that was founded by his grandfather in 1930. Tom’s roots and knowledge of the industry have played an integral role in helping to establish Crystal Flash Energy as a leader in renewable and recycled fuels for home heat, industrial, farm, commercial, and…

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Paul Murray

Paul Murray At Shaw Industries, Mr. Murray is responsible for sustainability and product stewardship. He joined Shaw, one of the largest flooring manufacturers in the world producing carpet and other floor coverings for the home and office, in February 2011 after more than 22 years at Herman Miller. At Herman Miller, a recognized early corporate leader in sustainability…

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Bill Stough

Bill Stough Bill Stough is the Chief Executive Office of the Sustainable Research Group, a consultancy that provides environmentally sustainable solutions to business, governmental, and institutional clients. He has over 28 years of experience in sustainable business initiatives, industrial ecology, pollution prevention, and ISO 14001 environmental management systems. Mr. Stough was the founder and past…

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Kelley Losey

Kelley Losey Kelley Losey is Senior Manager of Sustainability and Director of Quest Sustainable Solutions at Cascade Engineering, a multi-business manufacturer and marketer supporting multiple brands in the automotive, truck, solid waste/recycling, furniture, and renewable energy industries. Quest Sustainable Solutions is one of Cascade’s newest business units, offering training and consulting initiatives that draw on…

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