Board of Directors
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Sara Alvarado was raised in Madison in a family of real estate experts and social activists and now runs her own real estate company, Alvarado Real Estate Group with her husband, Carlos. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Spanish and Business, and numerous adventurous travels, Sara met Carlos in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and settled there for 3 years. In 2002 Sara and Carlos moved back to Madison with their first son, Alex. Their other son, Leo, was born in 2004.
With a passion for educating and inspiring the community on the importance of sustainable living, Sara is incredibly engaged in numerous organizations. Sara currently serves on the Realtors Association Green Committee (Founder) and has served as Chair of the Dane Buy local Membership Committee and as a member of GreenBuilt Home Program. Along the lines of sustainability, Sara is passionate about education and more specifically public education and innovative learning. After working with Nuestro Mundo Community School (named founder) to become one of Madison’s first charter schools and only dual immersion Spanish school she now serves on the board for Badger Rock Middle School. Badger Rock is a small diverse multiage school that will place a strong emphasis on community, family, culture and the environment. At the center of the Badger Rock Middle School program is an ACTIVE, hands-on learning environment where students learn by working on real-life projects that are both challenging and fun.
Jim Bradley is a life-long resident of Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Bradley received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin where he studied real estate and finance. Upon graduation, Jim joined Home Savings Bank and was named president in 1985. Home Savings Bank is a $140 million community bank serving Dane County Wisconsin.
Home Savings Bank has long-term commitment to being a positive influence in the community it serves. In 1977 the bank opened the first active solar bank office in Wisconsin. Located in Stoughton, Wisconsin , the building's solar system is still in operation.
In May 2006 the bank opened its Green Built Branch, the first LEED Silver bank office in Wisconsin. The 5,000 square foot building is located at 3762 East Washington Avenue, Madison. Building qualities include daylighting, recycled materials, low VOC finishes, and a rain garden.
In his community activities, Mr. Bradley has primarily been involved in the areas of housing, strengthening downtown Madison , and environmental sustainability. He currently serves on the boards of the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, Madison Community Foundation, Sustain Dane and the Center for Resilient Cities.
Jordan Hemaidan leads the Energy and Sustainability Group for Michael Best & Friederich, LLP, and is a partner practicing in the areas of energy, regulatory law, construction and telecommunications. Jordan’s work on renewable energy projects includes negotiation of complex property leases, and agreements for power purchase, turbine supply and construction agreements. In the area of public utilities practice, Mr. Hemaidan has provided representation in siting, certification, construction, ratemaking and transactional issues for large power generation facilities, electric transmission lines and a range of renewable energy projects, including wind, solar and landfill to gas projects. He also has significant experience in regulatory litigation and transactional matters involving complex telecommunications, energy and water issues. In addition, Mr. Hemaidan has provided representation on policy and regulatory matters relating to electric and telecommunications industry restructuring.
Jordan also has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating construction contracts for both owners and contractors for large institutional, utility and commercial projects, and administering such contracts throughout the life of the project. In particular Mr. Hemaidan has developed significant experience providing counsel on the construction aspects of renewable energy projects. Mr. Hemaidan also has experience in construction claim assessment, settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration and litigation.
Joann Kelley is Director of Residential and Community Services at Madison Gas and Electric Company where her team provides expertise, education and consultation to help residential and multifamily customers control their energy use and reduce their environmental. She instituted approaches that engage with customers and community organizations to effectively deliver culturally and linguistically competent information and services. The Residential and Community Services team works with over 200 community organizations each year to reach customers from diverse backgrounds. In addition, they provide energy efficiency advice through e-newsletters, social media, neighborhood and niche media as well as offer online resources and calculators to determine carbon footprints, estimate energy savings and payback period for energy improvements, and to make an array of energy information accessible.
Ms. Kelley holds a Master of Science in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and is certified as a Solar Site Assessor and as a Consultant in Permaculture Design. As an urban ecologist she developed a set of standards for residential and commercial real estate developments to reduce their environmental impacts and to preserve/restore ecosystems. Ms. Kelley is a licensed real estate broker and through her firm, Eco-Realty, she brings environmental and energy expertise to her clients and the real estate market.
Seeing community involvement and social justice as essential tenets of sustainability she has served on a variety of board of directors and committees in our community, including Urban League of Greater Madison, Communities United, Madison Study Circles on Race, and LGBT OutReach. Currently she serves on the board of directors for Common Wealth Development, Sustain Dane, Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, Madison Area Community Land Trust, and Dane County Development Group.
Joann lives with her life partner of over 30 years, Sunshine Jones, in the Allied-Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood.
Michael serves as the Chief Engineer and Director for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. He has dedicated his 25-year career to working on sustainability issues in local government.
“Building public trust through sustainability” best describes what motivates Michael to get up and go to work every day. He believes that the issues of our time are too complex to tackle alone. Moreover, the key to public trust is discovering reasons to work together to make a difference.
Michael is a registered professional engineer in three states. He currently serves as Vice Chair for American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Sustainability. He is also Past Chair for the American Public Works Associations Center for Sustainability, where he was a founding member.
Prior to joining MMSD, Michael served as Director of Public Works for the City of Olympia, the Capital of Washington for eleven years. During his tenure, he worked with others to achieve significant reductions in overall community water consumption, developed actions to adapt Olympia to sea level rise and advanced a bold vision of being a waste free community.
Michael teaches sustainable leadership and decision making as adjunct faculty at Evergreen State College-Olympia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also serves on the Community Board for the Clean Lakes Alliance. Michael has his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington-Seattle, and completed Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.
For fun, Michael is learning to play violin and putters around the basement fixing up old Schwinn bicycles. He lives on the East side of Madison.
Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is a Professor & Director of Global Environmental Health at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He Co-chaired the health expert panel of the US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a Convening Lead Author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For the past 15 years, Dr. Patz has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) – the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
He is President of the International Association for Ecology and Health and co-editor of the association’s journal EcoHealth. He has written over 90 peer-reviewed papers and a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change. He has been invited to brief both houses of Congress, served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and currently serves on science advisory boards for both CDC and EPA. In addition to his sharing in the 2007 Nobel Prize, Dr. Patz received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award in 2005, shared the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2006, and earned the distinction of becoming a UW-Madison Romnes Faculty Fellow in 2009.
He has earned medical board certification in both Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University (1987) and his Master of Public Health degree (1992) from Johns Hopkins University.
Lisa Peyton-Caire is the co-founder and president of K.L. Caire Companies, a Maryland-based corporation committed to empowering children and adults to lead healthy and productive lives. K.L. Caire’s holdings include K.L. Caire Consulting, and Black Beauty Ventures which offers beauty, wellness & lifestyle products for women and girls. Most notable among Black Beauty’s projects is the SisterSpeak Online Magazine, an online publication for women of color whose readership spans the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Ms. Peyton-Caire began her career as a counselor, working extensively with children and families with a particular passion for helping women, girls, and underserved youth of all backgrounds unleash their hidden potential. She is the co-founder and former director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s highly successful Information Technology Academy (ITA), a pre-college technology training & college access program for first generation college students; and most recently served as Assistant Head of School of the 800+ student Hyde Leadership Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., a K-12 college preparatory school.
A tireless advocate for educational quality and opportunity, Lisa continues to consult in the field of education and is a founding member alongside her husband, Kaleem, of the Next Generation Education Foundation, a Maryland-based non-profit dedicated to the academic and social development of young men. The couple was recently honored with a Forward Under Forty Award by the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association for their contributions and achievements in education.
Dr. Cate Ranheim, MD, Hospitalist with Meriter Medical Group, is the passion, energy, and drive behind the Helping Educate and Link the Homeless (HEALTH) outreach program. While working at Meriter Hospital, Dr. Ranheim observed many patients who were homeless or in transitional housing, repeatedly coming to the Emergency Room seeking medical care for untreated illnesses that became acute due to delayed treatment. Dr. Ranheim began to investigate what prohibited these patients from maintaining their health and determined eight barriers to good health: medical illiteracy, limited transportation, lack of insurance or income, inability to afford medications, substance abuse, mental health issues, unstable housing, and failure to access primary care. With this information, she developed the HEALTH program.
Through HEALTH, patients have access to free care, including basic health screening, disease and medication education, prescription updates, basic health supplies, help with disability, Medicare/Medicaid and housing applications, health counseling, assistance linking to local resources and coordination with local primary care providers to establish a medical home. Dr. Ranheim recruited volunteer physicians, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, dentists, administrative staff, and many others to bring health care to people at accessible sites.
The impact of Dr. Ranheim's efforts is significant. Through the program's design, a trust is being established with the homeless population and they are more proactively addressing their health care needs. Preliminary data indicated that use of emergency services and inpatient care at Meriter has decreased among HEALTH program patients. In 2011, Dr Ranheim expects to serve 1,000 patients through this care coordination model.
Dr. Erik Ranheim grew up in Minneapolis, MN. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he played college hockey. He completed his M.D. and Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Minnesota and University of California, San Diego. As a graduate student, he studied how different receptors on the surface of normal and cancerous white blood cells interact during immune responses, and how these pathways might be used to generate immune responses against malignant cells.
Dr. Ranheim did his clinical training in hematopathology (pathology of the blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes) at Stanford University and was a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Irving Weissman where he studied B cell development, stem cell biology, and anti-tumor immunity. He joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2003. Currently, Erik is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UW.
Along with his wife, Dr. Cate Ranheim, Erik founded the HEALTH (Helping Educate and Link the Homeless) Program in Madison in 2009, which has seen well over 800 patients who lack the resources or skills to get adequate health care in traditional settings. He has an interest in international health as well, having traveled to Cuba and Belize to help bring laboratory testing and pathology services to resource-poor systems. Most recently, Erik and Cate have embarked on a major prairie restoration project in the town of Vermont.
Rebecca Ryan is a "human spark plug." She's a former professional basketball player, an Entrepreneur of the Year, and leads the team that Richard Florida calls, "One of the most reliable sources for leaders who want to attract and retain the next generation of creative workers." Corporate and community leaders rely on Rebecca and her team to understand "kids these days."
Ryan's firm, Next Generation Consulting, helps clients design strategies to retain their young, future leaders; they have helped some of America's best workplaces achieve rankings in the Fortune 100 Best Places to Work, and helped cities including Nashville, Milwaukee, and Columbus, OH design award-winning workforce strategies. Since 1998, they have conducted interviews, focus groups, and surveys with over 40,000 young professionals. With this wealth of insight, Rebecca wrote Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation.
Rebecca was raised in West Bend, Wisconsin, by members of the "greatest generation." She returned to Wisconsin after living, working, and playing professional basketball in Iowa, Minneapolis, Germany, and Hungary, respectively. Rebecca serves as a Trustee of Alverno College and is on the Board of the Greater Madison (WI) Chamber of Commerce. She lives with her partner and three labrador retrievers in Madison.
Willa Schlecht is a 3rd generation Madisonian, she received her BBA and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon graduation Willa worked for SVA, a public accounting firm, in the Tax Department. During a 10-year hiatus from the professional world as a stay-at-home mother, Willa volunteered in a number of venues. She served 6 years on the board of her son's parent teacher group, Co-Founder of her local library's Friends group and also earned a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the UW. Willa worked part-time as a medical librarian for MetaStar, a healthcare quality improvement organization.
Willa is an alum of LGM (Leadership Greater Madison) 12, a leadership program designed to educate and encourage stewards in our community. The project for her team was titled, "A Greener Bottom Line" and brought eco-minded business leaders together for a panel presentation and discussion of green business practices and decisions. Her special interest in sustainability relates to communities and how they develop our sense of place.
Ms. Schlecht is currently employed as controller for Agrace HospiceCare, Inc. She recently served as controller for Meriter Health Services, and on the boards of the Center for Nursing Excellence and Madison Environmental Resourcing, Inc., a collaborative for shared service among the city's 3 hospitals for handling medical waste.
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Grant Abert, Sustain Dane Co-Founder
Grant Abert directs the Kailo Fund, a Wisconsin-based investment and philanthropic fund working to address social issues and opportunities through investments, philanthropy and entrepreneurial engagement. An active philanthropist for 30 years, he cofounded the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Community Fund, and served as President of the Threshold Foundation. He is a cofounder and board member of Sustain Dane, which educates businesses, governments, schools and citizens in practical steps toward community sustainability. He was a naval officer, IT professional and food entrepreneur. His present focus, as cofounder of Slow Money Wisconsin, is on growing the financial infrastructure for a resilient regional food system.
Josh Arnold, 2007
Dave Boyer, President 2010-2011
Dave Boyer is the CEO and co-owner of MCD, Inc., located in Madison , Wisconsin. MCD provides creative graphic arts products and print finishing services to various markets using processes that include die cutting, foil stamping, embossing, laminating, and folding and gluing. The company was originally founded in 1974 and is now one of the largest print finishing companies in the Midwest . Dave purchased the company with his business partner in 1998.
Prior to purchasing MCD, Dave was the President and CEO of Placon Corporation. Placon designs, develops, and manufactures plastic packaging and packaging systems and is considered a leader in product design and creative packaging solutions. Prior to joining Placon, Dave was employed by ITW in Chicago , where he held positions in product design (receiving 4 patents for his work), in sales and marketing, and in manufacturing management. His education background includes a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Northwestern University.
Dave currently serves on the Board of Johnson Bank in Madison, is a Board member of the Meriter Hospital, a member of the Sustainable Design and Energy Commission for the City of Madison, a Board Member of Sustain Dane, and a Board Member of the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations.
Jonathan Foley, 2004
Jon Foley is Professor of Environmental Studies and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Director of the UW Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). SAGE uses state-of-the-art computer models and satellite measurements to analyze and seek to understand changes in land use, ecosystems, climate and freshwater resources across local, regional and global scales. He has received many honors and awards, and is committed to applying locally what he is learning from his global research.
Jac Garner, President 2012-2013
Jac Garner is the President and CEO of Webcrafters and has been with the Madison-based firm since 1986, serving in various management capacities in human resources, sales and marketing, and manufacturing. Prior to joining Webcrafters, Mr. Garner worked in many areas of human resources in the medical industry, as well as at the University of Wisconsin. Jac has a degree in finance and economics from the University of Iowa, and a Master's Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin. In addition, Jac is a member of many boards, including Book Manufacturer’s Institute, the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, Madison Community Foundation, Sustain Dane, U.S. Bank, and previously Meriter Hospital and Health Services, and Printing Industries of Wisconsin. He has worked in various capacities on the board and campaign committees for the United Way of Dane County. Mr. Garner is a member of the In Business Magazine Executive Hall of Fame and the Book Manufacturer’s Institute Case-In Club. Jac and his wife Edye live in Madison and they have a college-age daughter and a son and daughter-in-law.
Brian Joiner, Sustain Dane Co-Founder
Dr. Brian Joiner has since 1997 been a full-time community volunteer working toward helping to create a just and sustainable society. He is co-founder and President of Sustain Dane, and formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Shorewood Hills, and chair on its Traffic and Storm Water committees.
Prior to his early retirement Brian was Chairman and co-owner of Joiner Associates, a nationally recognized management consulting firm. Prior to Joiner Associates, Brian was a UW professor. He is author of Fourth Generation Management: The New Business Consciousness (McGraw Hill) and coauthor with Peter Scholtes of The Team Handbook, published by Joiner Associates and one of the best selling business books of all time, having now sold over one-and-a-half million copies.
He was one of the original nine judges of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and, thirty years ago, was one of the originators of the Minitab statistical software system which is still in widespread use by corporations today.
Wendy Kuo has been working in online media for eleven years. As Senior Account Manager at Shoutlet, a social media company, Wendy works with the larger clients to develop strategies and increase effectiveness in their social media plans using the platform. Shoutlet provides a centralized online platform that helps companies manage and monetize their social media communication. It includes social network management like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, Social CRM to monitor fans and uncover influencers, create custom promotions, social apps and Facebook tabs easily, and analytics to gauge your social success - all in one easy-to-use interface. The platform gives brands and agencies the tools to create, manage, and measure their entire social media communications. Companies using Shoutlet's platform are able to better design and implement highly targeted campaigns and ultimately improve the business impact of their social media communications. Prior to her work with Shoutlet, Wendy was an Account Director at Microsoft Advertising – Atlas Advertiser, as well as holding various positions at FCBi and iVillage.
Niki McGlathery, 1998-2004
Sonya Newenhouse, 2004-2009
Jen Voichick, 2004
With 15 years of carpentry experience, Jen had a dream of doing something other than landfilling the excess building materials that she saw being hauled away daily. She put together a business plan for a non-profit salvage/surplus building materials store and submitted it to Habitat for Humanity. Habitat was pleased to make it their 50th such "ReStore" nationwide. Jen’s "dream" now has a dedicated staff, over 100 active volunteers, and, since it opened in 2001, has saved over 1500 tons from the landfill and raised enough money to build eight Habitat homes.