Executive Director – Bob Chapman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Chapman is a Detroit native and lifelong Michigan resident. Bob’s 35 years of energy-related work include teaching residential energy auditing, designing and overseeing residential and small business energy efficiency programs and starting an energy consulting business that designed and ran energy saving workshops for low-income customers under contracts with Detroit Edison, MichCon and Consumers Energy. For 18 years beginning in 1996, Bob was the executive director of EcoWorks, formerly WARM Training Center, which became one of the leaders in Michigan in promoting sustainable practices for all income groups. Bob’s faith pushes him to work for a better, more just world for his children and grandchildren.
Contractor – Julie Lyons Bricker, email@example.com
Julie Lyons Bricker LEED® AP O+M has been active in Michigan IPL for 10 years. She is currently doing contract work for Michigan IPL for the CLEAResult project. The executive director from 2009 through mid-2014, Julie worked tirelessly to build Michigan IPL’s presence and abilities in Michigan. From offering educational workshops and energy audits, Michigan IPL is now able to participate in pilot studies with utilities, hold annual conferences, and pursue grant deliverables while pushing the envelope of sustainability in faith communities. Julie also acts as a Heartland Regional Rep. and a Faith-based Community liaison for the Detroit Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC-Detroit).
Office Administrator – Lindsey Sharp, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey recently moved to the metro Detroit area after finishing her degree in Sustainability Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She previously worked as a buyer at a specialty food retailer where she developed a company-wide composting program, a Green Purchasing Plan, and a company-wide Green Team! In addition to enjoying the open road on her motorcycle and volunteering with metro-area wildlife conservation programs, Lindsey is currently aiming towards completing a Master’s program in Conservation Biology.
Director of Outreach & Advocacy – Leah Wiste, email@example.com
Leah has worked with Michigan IPL since 2013. She is deeply invested in advocating for the protection of our sacred Earth and all of its awesome creatures, especially animals. Leah enjoys writing and has degrees in Women’s Studies and Cultural Anthropology. When she’s not evangelizing about energy efficiency and fighting climate change, she’s weeding the garden, hanging out with dogs, or working on her house in Northwest Detroit.
Project Manager – Jennifer Young, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer holds a Masters of Science in Resource Policy & Behavior from the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to working with Michigan IPL, Jennifer worked as a Program Manager for the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office where she convened local government leaders in southeast Michigan communities in collaborative renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. In recent years, Jennifer has been actively involved in interfaith initiatives, including the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit and the Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network. In her free time, Jennifer also serves on the Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission and is the secretary for the U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Regional Chapter’s LEED for Neighborhood Development committee. Jennifer’s love of, and reverence for, nature stems from camping trips in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where her Dad took her and her sister during many beloved summers in her childhood.
Conference Planning Intern – Paige Tornow, email@example.com
Paige Tornow is a summer intern at Michigan IPL. She is a rising junior at University of Michigan, studying Environment/Sustainability and Sociocultural Anthropology. At school, she served as the Vice President of Marketing for Student Food Co., an organization that sells fresh produce in academic buildings on campus. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, and will be studying abroad in Nepal in the fall!