|Rev. John Schleicher – President recently retired as bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has a B.S. with a major in chemistry, an M.Div., and a D.Min degree with a dissertation on the corporate experience of death, dying, and resurrection. John and his wife, Phylis, live in Grand Ledge.|
|Jim Detjen – Vice President is a retired professor of environmental journalism and the founding director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. He has written about environmental and energy issues for more than 40 years for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications. He chairs the environmental task force at Edgewood United Church in East Lansing. He is the founding president of the Society of Environmental Journalists, a team leader for Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program and is a board member of the Michigan Fulbright Association.|
|Lee Schottenfels – Secretary is the Co-President of Temple Kol Ami, a reform Jewish congregation in West Bloomfield, MI. Temple Kol Ami and its members are committed to Tikkun Olam (Healing the World) as an obligation for all. Temple Kol Ami is soon to be the first LEED-certified synagogue in Michigan. Lee is also the co-owner of a small data processing business and the proud father of three children.
|Fr. Jim McDougall – Treasurer has been a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Lansing since 1975. Among other ministries, he has served as pastor of five parishes. Most recently, he served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ann Arbor for 16 years. In August of 2013 he retired from that position.During his time at St. Francis he encouraged and worked for more sustainability within the parish plant and ministries. St. Francis piloted a Sustainability project for IPL which involved not only the parish plant but also education of parishioners to implement sustainability within their homes. This project is based not only on global necessity but the need to understand our call from God to be good stewards of the gifts of our planet and our cosmos.|
|Rev. Dr. Ventra Asana is an ordained Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 4th Episcopal District, where she served at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Detroit. She was ordained as Deacon Clergy in the United Methodist Church, serving various parishes in community outreach and ecology ministry from 2001 to 2012. Dr. Asana taught world religion at Henry Ford Community College from 2006 to 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in film studies from Wayne State University, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and recently received a Doctorate of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in June 2015. Her area of specialty is working with churches to actively engage them in avenues of “divine earth care,” including community gardening, energy conservation, and contemplative practices such as labyrinth meditation.|
|Imam Achmat Salie is head of the the new Islamic Studies Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Salie has extensive experience in Islamic Studies, both in South Africa and the United States, and has created an Islamic Studies program at another university. He is also active in inter-faith efforts in the United States and abroad. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies, has undertaken six years of intensive seminary studies in Islamic Jurisprudence, and holds a Master of Business Administration and a Doctorate in Business Leadership. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Islamic Studies.|
|Anand Gangadharan is President of NOVI Energy, an independent energy consulting and energy project development company he founded in 2002. Mr. Gangadharan has twenty five years of professional experience in management capacities at CMS Energy, Consumers Energy, PacifiCorp and NOVI Energy. He earned both his Bachelors and Master of Science Degrees in Physics from The University of Madras in India and his second Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University. Mr. Gangadharan also serves on the boards of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council and the Sri Venkateswara Temple and Cultural Center in Novi.|
|Max Heirich is a retired University of Michigan professor, research social scientist, organizational innovator-evaluator, social entrepreneur, policy analyst, and an experienced social activist. He served for several years as an invited consultant to effective innovators in businesses, unions, government agencies and commissions, and a variety of social movements. A Quaker, active in the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, Max is also a member of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) policy advisory committee, and is exploring ways that faith communities can join with others who recognize the importance of addressing sustainability issues now, despite Congressional gridlock. He currently is developing simple ways to help persons of faith reduce our own contribution to global warming now and begin to create an infrastructure that will be needed for renewable energy generation.|
|Jane Esper Vogel is a retired Ford manager where she worked with executives here and in Europe to optimize Product Planning and Product Development business processes. Jane is currently focused on deepening the connection between faith and ecology by working with faith communities to consider how we are called to care for God’s creation and its deep distresses. Jane lives in Ann Arbor with her family and is actively engaged at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church where she also served as an Advisor to the Development Office|
|Julie Lyons Bricker LEED® AP O+M has been active in Michigan IPL for 10 years. The Executive Director from 2009 through mid-2014, she worked tirelessly to build Michigan IPL’s presence and abilities in Michigan. Julie currently works as the project manager for Michigan IPL’s energy efficiency pilot grant covering utility regions across the state. She also builds collaborations with local LEED AP professionals and houses of worship interested in attaining the ENERGY STAR for Congregations building designations. Julie holds a LEED AP O+M accreditation, acts as a USGBC Heartland Regional Rep. and a Faith-based Community liaison for the Detroit Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC-Detroit).|
|David Arnosti is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University. His laboratory researches mechanisms of gene expression in eukaryotes with connections to human disease such as cancer and diabetes. A member of Haslett Community Church (United Church of Christ), he has been active in promoting environmental sustainability through his church’s Green Team; a recent project is enabling a community-supported 20kW photovoltaic array at the church.|
Michigan IPL Co-Founders
Rev. Charles Morris has been an ordained Catholic priest since 1983. He has published papers in peer reviewed journals in the fields of environmental justice. His work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning News, the New York Times, the Detroit Free Press, the National Catholic Register and Sierra Magazine. Rev. Morris founded the Michigan affiliate of Interfaith Power & Light in 2002 (the fourth state to join), and was named to the Rolling Stone Honor Roll in 2006. In 2011, he received a Michigan Green Leader award from the Detroit Free Press, and in 2012 was recognized for his leadership by the Green Burial Council, where he is the current Board President. In the fall of 2013, Rev. Morris accepted a full-time faculty position at Madonna University where he teaches courses on sustainability. In addition, Rev. Morris has been active with Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Vision Keepers where he serves as recording secretary. He currently serves Michigan IPL as Board member Ex Officio.
Mark H. Clevey, MPA, a practicing Buddhist, spent over 35 years working in the private and public sectors on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Most recently, Mark served as the Manager, Renewable Energy Programs, Michigan Energy Office, where he commissioned two important guides to spur community/economic reinvention in local communities (Becoming a Solar Ready Community and Community Solar Projects). Mark is also the Co-Author of the Annual Michigan Entrepreneurship Score Card which compares Michigan among all state of a series of entrepreneurial measures. He also serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission. In 2014 Mark joined Madonna University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Sustainable Entrepreneurship.
Danielle Conroyd, Executive Director, River Raisin Institute
David Gard, 5 Lakes Energy
Loch McCabe, Shepherd Advisors
Debra Rowe, Renewable Energy Technologies, Oakland Community College
John Sarver, formerly of Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association
Rabbi Ariana Silverman, Grosse Pointe Jewish Council
Frank Wilhelme, Assistant Dean, UM-Ross School of Business (retired)
Betsy Winkelman, Adat Shalom Synagogue
Frank Wilhelme, Asst. Dean, UM-Ross School of Business (retired)
Bonnie Bona, Clean Energy Coalition