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.
Creation Care Coordinator – Rev. Dr. Ventra Asana, email@example.com
Ventra 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.