|Rev. John Schleicher – President is a retired 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.|
|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.|
|Cybelle Shattuck is an assistant professor at Western Michigan University, where she teaches in both the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Department of Comparative Religion. Her research focuses on faith-based environmental initiatives. She also serves on the planning committee of Hope for Creation, a grassroots organization that fosters climate action in the Kalamazoo-area faith community. She is a member of the WMU Climate Change Working Group and the Green Sanctuary Committee at the People’s Church of Kalamazoo.|
|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.|
|Rev. Deb Hansen is a chaplain who lives in beautiful northern Michigan. She became involved with energy issues as a concerned citizen when her power cooperative announced plans to build a coal plant near Lake Huron. After learning about Enbridge’s Line 5 at the Straits of Mackinac, Deb created a network called Concerned Citizens of Cheboygan and Emmet County. The network keeps individuals and small groups in rural geographies up to date on energy issues and their impact on communities and the environment. Concerned Citizens is a member of the Oil & Water Don’t Mix campaign. Deb had a career with IBM and worked as a hospital chaplain in Detroit where she continues to be involved with access to water.|
|William Antoun is the outreach director for The Islamic Organization of North America (IONA). He is a third generation Arab American and Muslim Chaplain for IONA. He completed a two year program at The Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit for Muslim chaplains. He had previously held several different careers in manufacturing management and the auto industry before leaving the private sector all together. His focus at IONA is to build interfaith relations through dialogue and education and to assist with the needs of new members to the Islamic faith. He also leads many of the community volunteer efforts with the aim of making the contributions of Muslims in our society more visible and apparent. He lives in St. Clair Shores, where he was raised, with his wife and son.|
|Will Lawrence is a Lansing-area resident, where he grew up going to Edgewood United Church of Christ. While studying at Swarthmore College, he helped initiate and guide the international fossil fuel divestment movement, which has now secured divestment commitments from institutions representing $5 trillion in assets. He has worked with the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, the Momentum social movement training institute, and now with Sunrise, a youth-led movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.|
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