Michigan LCV Board of Directors

Governor William Milliken, Honorary Chair

Elizabeth Lykins, President

Elizabeth is an attorney with Welch Law and works exclusively in the area of labor and employment law. Her work includes assisting management with issues related to hiring and firing, wage and hour compliance and negotiations, as well as all aspects of employment law with various government agencies on the local, state and federal levels. She has extensive experience practicing in front of the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the state/federal Departments of Labor. Elizabeth is also a trained mediator.

In 1995, Elizabeth received her law degree from Ohio State University, where she served as a top editor for the Law Journal. She graduated from Penn State University with a history/business degree with honors and magna cum laude in 1992. After law school, she practiced labor and employment law with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, PLLC, a large firm located in Louisville, Kentucky. She then returned home to Grand Rapids, Michigan and joined Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, PLC, where she continued her labor and employment law practice.

Elizabeth is very involved in Grand Rapids' vibrant non-profit community. She is a graduate of the Leadership Grand Rapids program and is the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors for Home Repair Services, an organization dedicated to assisting low income homeowners. She is the past Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Home & Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids, where she served as a Board Member for three years and is a long-time chairperson of the Human Resources Task Force. Elizabeth is a past board member for Camp Henry as well as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Hugh Michael Beahan Foundation (which serves St. Andrew's school students), and Social Venture Philanthropy (a Grand Rapids Community Foundation fundraising group). She is also active at Westminster Presbyterian Church and with the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT) (an organization that engages youth through the arts to keep them in school).

Peter Kotila, Vice President

Born and raised in Detroit, an alumnus of Cass Tech High School and Michigan State University (B.S. 1985), Peter is a true Michigander.

As a member of the Michigan LCV Board since 2010, Peter’s been part of a task force responsible for over hauling the Michigan LCV’s strategic plan and serves on the Marketing and Communications committee. In addition to his Michigan LCV work, Peter has a strong record of involvement and care for Michigan’s natural and cultural resources, both locally and throughout the state.

In 2003, Peter worked on the grassroots level to help pass Ann Arbor Township’s Land Preservation millage that preserves green space by purchasing agricultural development rights. Subsequently serving on the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Board (2004–2008), Peter helped develop and administer the new program, which created a process to preserve and protect farmland and open space in key areas of the township. Peter currently serves as Vice Chair of the Ann Arbor Township Planning Commission (2005-Present) where issues of sustainable development play a key role.

After receiving his master’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Illinois – Chicago in 1990, Peter continued advanced coursework in archaeology at the University of Michigan. As an archaeologist, Peter researched, excavated, and surveyed a number of the State’s historic and prehistoric sites. Investigating the State’s past has taught him to extent to which Michigan’s natural environment can change and the realization that it can be both robust in the face of and at the same time extremely vulnerable to human induced change.

Peter is currently a Senior Business Analyst at Ford Motor Company, where he has worked in a variety of roles, from coding software to driving global sourcing and delivery.

An avid fisherman, recreational hiker, camper, and sailor, Peter has spent his share of time both working in and enjoying Michigan’s outdoors. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, Patty Ireland, and their three sons, with whom he shares his love and knowledge of Michigan’s natural resources so they too can become good stewards capable of conserving this state’s natural beauty.

Bruce Wallace, Treasurer

Bruce is Hooper Hathaway Beuche and Wallace’s senior litigator. Hooper Hathaway’s litigation department, which Bruce has built over the past 30 years, comprises the majority of the firm’s attorneys, each of whom have extensive experience in major litigation throughout the United States. Under Bruce’s leadership, the litigation department emphasizes aggressive strategies to win prompt disposition of difficult disputes and creative use of alternative techniques, including arbitration, mediation and facilitation where appropriate, with the goal of reaching the most economical result by the most expedited available measures. Bruce has obtained successful trial results in lawsuits spanning contract disputes, employment, securities, trade secrets, environmental protection, personal injury, defamation, unfair competition, antitrust, banking, uniform commercial code, class actions, and complex commercial and business tort lawsuits. As prevailing counsel in numerous summary judgment and appellate decisions and as general counsel to a variety of corporate and non-profit clients, Bruce’s roles as litigator and counselor involve many different industries and public and private entities throughout southeastern Michigan and elsewhere. Bruce is the author of numerous articles on various legal topics, as well as books on environmental litigation and discovery practice, and is a frequent lecturer at the University of Michigan, Wayne State and other law schools. Bruce is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Phil Roos, Secretary


Phil is an expert on innovation and branding, a successful entrepreneur, and a consultant to a wide range of for-profit and non-profit organizations. Currently, he is CEO of Rooster Works LLC, an organization focused on promoting environmental sustainability and economic revitalization for Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Formerly, he was the Managing Director of GfK Strategic Innovation, the practice area formed by the acquisition of Arbor Strategy Group (ASG) by GfK Group, a leading global marketing research and consulting firm. Phil founded ASG in 1998, creating a consultancy with recognized expertise in strategic brand innovation and a model for predicting and developing tomorrow’s successful innovation. Prior to ASG, Phil was Chief Marketing Officer for Frank’s Nursery & Crafts (a leading lawn and garden retailer), Senior VP Marketing for Little Caesars Pizza, President of Delicious/Frookie snack company, and Managing Director of Marketing Corporation of America’s consumer industry consulting practice. Phil started his career in brand management with the Quaker Oats Company.

Phil currently serves on a variety of boards, including the Michigan Environmental Council, Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, and CTI Industries (a publicly-traded company) – as well as in advisory capacities for a variety of other organizations.

Phil earned a BBA from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Harvard. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Hassan F. Abdallah

Hassan serves as the Lead Compliance Specialist at Community Choice Credit Union in Farmington Hills, MI. In this role, he is responsible for providing both frontline and senior level guidance on both federal and state Credit Union regulations that pertain to all company procedures. A core of his occupation includes overseeing all compliance operations, vendor management, third-party contractual dealings, compliance training, internal auditing, and partnering with the Credit Union's legal department to ensure regulatory compliance in advertising, marketing promotions, lending operations and member services.

In 2012, Hassan received his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University, where he majored in Economics and minored in Psychology. Currently, Hassan is pursuing his Juris Doctor degree at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He plans on pursuing a career in Regulatory & Finance Law after completing his degree. In his time at Wayne State University, Hassan was a huge part of reinstating the Arab Student Union, which he served as both the President and Vice President. He was also elected to the WSU Student Government for two terms, where he served on the Executive Board and as the Chairman of the Academic Outreach Committee.

Hassan has extensive volunteer experience in the Metro-Detroit community. He is a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistant) at ACCESS in which he assists low-income families and individuals understand, file and prepare tax returns every year. Hassan also sits on the H.Y.P.E. (Helping Youth Progress & Exceed) Youth Advisory Board, which focuses on various volunteer initiatives and community service opportunities to increase youth activity in the community. He is consistently involved in a range of community political events and campaigns in which he strives to increase voter registration, involvement and education to help increase the understanding of the importance of being involved in the democratic process.

Hassan was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. He is one of eleven children to two Lebanese immigrant parents. An avid sports fan, Hassan spends a large amount of his time participating in recreational sport leagues, golfing and volunteering/coaching in many of his niece’s and nephew’s youth sports teams. He currently still resides in the beautiful Metro-Detroit city of Dearborn with his family.

Sarah Anthony

Sarah is an Ingham County Commission for District 3 on Lansing's Southside. Currently, she serves as the Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, a member of the Human Services Committee and the Chair of the Ingham County Commission Democratic Caucus. To date, Sarah is the youngest African American female county commissioner in the United States.

Sarah was born and raised on Lansing’s Southside and graduated from Everett High School, Central and Western Michigan Universities. In 2007, she accepted a position in the Michigan Legislature for State Rep. Joan Bauer’s office. There, she served as a community relations aide. There, she helped thousands of Lansing residents with solving problems and cutting through red tape.

Currently, Sarah works for the Michigan College Access Network, where she serves as the Director of Finance & Strategic Partnerships. There, she works to expand postsecondary educational opportunities for students across Michigan, particularly low-income and underrepresented students.

Sarah is proud to be from Ingham county and believes it is important to serve the community. That’s why, she’s been active in a number of groups, including: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Tau Omega Chapter, Capital Area United Way, Junior League of Lansing, Lansing Church of God in Christ, Ingham County Democratic Party, and the NAACP Lansing Branch.

Mark Bernstein

Mark is currently the President and Managing Partner of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, PLLC, a leading plaintiff’s trial firm based in Michigan. He serves on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice. He was elected by both defense and plaintiff attorneys to serve on the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section Council where he co-edited the Negligence Section newsletter. Mark was recently honored as a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. He lectures at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Michigan College of Literature Science and the Arts on tort and civil rights law.

Mark received a B.A. (’93) from the University of Michigan and graduated from the J.D/MBA joint-degree program (’96) between the Law School and School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan.

Mark was appointed by Governor Granholm to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, as Chairperson of the Commission, and is currently the longest serving member of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. He also served in the White House during the Clinton Administration as the Director of Press Pool Operations, and worked as an associate in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group with Citigroup Global Markets in New York City.

Mark is very active in the community having served on the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor (Board of Directors), the Isaiah Fund (Trustee), the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County (Chairperson of the Community Relations Committee), the Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County (Advisory Board), and the University of Michigan Hillel (Governing Board and Board of Trustees). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Funds for Justice.

Mark lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family.

Fred Blanck

Fred Blanck is a business professional and entrepreneur based in Southeast Michigan. For the past 13 years, Fred has been an executive officer at Wallside Windows, a leading manufacturer and installer of replacement windows for the residential and commercial markets. Fred recently stepped down from his day‑to‑day duties at Wallside to pursue other interests, but continues to work with the company on strategic planning. Prior to his role at Wallside, Fred founded, led and subsequently sold Lexicom Publishing Group, a custom publishing business. Before Lexicom, Fred spent nearly a decade as a journalist for select publications and businesses. He studied history as an undergraduate at The University of Michigan and earned his master’s degree in journalism from U-M. A lifelong resident of Michigan, Fred is interested in efforts to transform and grow Michigan’s economy, and serves on the advisory board of the Michigan Economic Center.


Janis Bobrin
 
Janis recently stepped down after nearly 24 years as the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner. She was re-elected to the position five times and has been applauded for introducing sustainable storm water practices and increasing public education efforts around water stewardship in the County. Before becoming the Water Resources Commissioner, Janis worked as an Environmental Planner and Manager of Water Quality Programs for SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments).
 
Janis is currently serving as one of Ann Arbor's representatives to the Huron River Watershed Council Board and Executive Committee. She is also a citizen member of Washtenaw County Parks Commission, and serves on other non-environmental nonprofit Boards. 
 
Previously, Janis served on several Boards of Directors including: the Huron River Watershed Council, Alliance of Rogue Communities, Washtenaw County Board of Public Works, Washtenaw County’s Parks Commission and Planning Advisory Board, and A2C3: Ann Arbor’s Campus Community Coalition. She has also represented Washtenaw County on SEMCOG’s Environmental Policy Advisory Council and was a member of the Michigan Environmental and Economic Roundtable
 

Irene McDonnell Cahill

Irene is a forester for the City of Lansing and an active labor and environmental organizer. Irene joined the Michigan LCV Board in 2000, serving as the board president from 2003-2004. Irene is an active member of numerous other organizations across the state, such as the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Committee, the Michigan Forestry and Park Association, the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association Legislative Committee, and the Michigan State University Stakeholders Committee. Whether at home in Howell or at work in Lansing, Irene is constantly advocating and organizing for a healthier and more accessible Michigan environment.
 
The many honors Irene has received over the years include the Environmental Quality Award from the United States EPA in 1991 and the Horticulture Woman of the Year in 1989 from the National Association of Women in Horticulture.
 
George Davis III
 
George is a Manager for Public Affairs and Public Safety at the Detroit Salt Company. In this role, he provides senior level strategic planning and analysis for business intelligence, develops security plans under Homeland Security guidelines, manages governmental relations, including federal, state, and local governments; facilitates community outreach; sustainable development initiatives, and coordinates media relations.
George has been an Executive Assistant to Mayor Dennis Archer, where he spearheaded initiatives for Illegal Dumping and Hazardous Material spills for the City of Detroit, and a Public Policy Analyst for the Detroit City Council where he provided analysis on environmental initiatives, including brownfields and other efforts of the Department of Environmental Affairs.
He currently serves as the Board President of the Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Chair of the Detroit Climate Action Committee Business and Industry Work Group, a founding member of the Detroit 2030 Coalition, a member of the Energy and Environment Committee of the Detroit Regional Chamber, Director of the Michigan Mining Association, a member of the Oakwood Heights Business Association, and the Detroit Local Emergency Planning Committee.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, accredited as a Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) through FEMA and the Michigan State Police, a graduate of Leadership Detroit; founder of a policy think tank, Safe and Secure Detroit, Inc., and volunteers as a Search and Rescue professional.
 
Bob Eleveld
 
Bob is an attorney with McGarry Blair in Grand Rapids, and  specializes in litigating patent and commercial disputes.  He has over 35 years of experience in state and federal courts.
 
Bob holds court admissions with the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and all Michigan courts.  He also holds memberships with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, Michigan Association for Justice, International Association of Defense Counsel and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association.
 
He received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and his law degree from the University of Michigan.
 
When he’s not practicing law or involved in politics, Bob can be seen cheering on his alma mater’s football and basketball teams and attending games at his local high school.  His passion for excellence doesn’t stop with sports, politics and law. For many years, Bob has been deeply committed to St. Johns Home, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of troubled kids.
 
William Farr


Bill retired from Farr Oosterhouse & Krissoff in 2009, but still maintains a small, private practice in Grand Rapids. He is a former President of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation, a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, and a Master of the American Inns of Court. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past several years, and received the Michael S. Barnes Award in 2007 for Pro Bono Service. In 2010, Bill received the Donald Worsfold award from the Grand Rapids Bar Association for service to the community and the profession.


Politically, he has served as Chair of the Kent County Republican Party and the 3rd District Republican Party, as a delegate to a Republican National Convention, at which he was one of two persons from Michigan who served on the Platform Committee, and he was the Republican candidate for Attorney General of Michigan in 1970.


He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Pere Marquette Watershed Council, and has been a member of the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Council. Also, he has served on several church, community, and business boards over the years, and continues to do so today.
 
Doug Glancy

Doug has more than a decade of experience working on sustainability, climate, and energy issues on Capitol HIll, in the academic sphere, and in the private sector including companies such as Swiss RE and Pratt and Whitney. After working as a Senate staffer for Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) in Washington DC from 2000 - 2004, Doug returned to Michigan to complete his graduate studies. In 2007, Doug was one of the contributing authors on a report for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change entiled "Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change." That same year, he received his masters from the Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources & Environment as part of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. He is currently a senior consultant at The Carbon Trust.
 
George Heartwell

Now serving in his second term, George Heartwell became the mayor of Grand Rapids on January 1, 2004.  During his tenure, City government has “gone green”, implementing a variety of environmental measures including purchase of renewable resource energy, use of alternative fuels in city vehicles, continued attention to water quality in the Grand River, and widespread implementation of energy conservation measures.  In January of 2007 the United Nations recognized Grand Rapids as a “Center of Expertise” in sustainability.  In May of 2010 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Grand Rapids with the Sieman’s award for Most Sustainable American Mid-sized City.

Mayor Heartwell has overseen a period of rapid economic development in Grand Rapids, even during an extended downturn in the Michigan economy. 

He also serves as President and CEO of Pilgrim Manor Retirement Community. 

Mayor Heartwell is married to Susan Heartwell who is the Executive Director of the Student Advancement Foundation.  The Heartwells have three children and six grandchildren.

Jerry Jung

Jerry is currently Chairman and founder of Oak Adaptive, Inc. which provides software tailored to Caterpillar dealers. Most recently, he was CEO of Michigan CAT from 1988 to 2011.  He graduated from Tulane University in 1975, 1st in class, summa cum laude with honors in economics, and attended Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1976.

Over the years, Jerry has been affiliated with Warren Equipment Company, St. Mary Hospital, the Nature Conservancy (Michigan), and the Michigan Construction Equipment Dealers Association. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Michigan State Transportation Commission.

He is an active supporter of environmental and educational associations including Scenic Michigan, The Nature Conservancy, Michigan Environmental Council, Detroit Public Television, Detroit Science Center, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Jerry also founded in conjunction with the Michigan Colleges Foundation a program that introduces inner city high school students to environmental issues as well as to private college professors, students and campuses.

Jerry is the father of three and currently resides in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife Eve. He enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, hunting, fishing, golfing, sailing and skiing.

Chris Kolb

Chris Kolb assumed the presidency of the Michigan Environmental Council in 2009. An environmental champion in the legislature and a veteran of the environmental management field, Kolb was one of the legislature’s most consistent and vigorous defenders of clean water, clean air and public health during his six years as State Representative from the 53rd District. He was instrumental in important environmental legislation, including joint planning commissions, land bank authorities, lead poisoning prevention for children, regulation of dangerous polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs), establishment of a fund to help clean up leaking underground storage tanks, and numerous land use initiatives.

Dr. John “Joe” Schwarz


A longtime resident of Battle Creek, Joe is a dedicated physician and public servant. With a medical degree from Wayne State University, Joe has practiced otolaryngological medicine (ear, nose, and throat) in his home town since 1974. Elected to the State Senate in 1987, Joe served in the Michigan Legislature until 2002. In 2004, Schwarz was elected to represent the seventh district of Michigan in the U.S. Congress. Schwarz is a member of The Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans for Choice and Republicans for Environmental Protection. In January 2007, Schwarz was appointed to Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s Emergency Financial Advisory Panel.
 
Joe currently sees patients at the Family Health Center in Battle Creek and teaches at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. In 2008, Joe led the successful passage of Proposal 2, which allowed state funding for embryonic stem cell research.
 
Mark Stranahan
Mark is an architect and urban planner with degrees from the University of Michigan. He has worked advocating sustainable design and green development with several organizations, and with Chinese development issues, design for the elderly, business planning and finance, and development economics.
 
Denise Thal
 
Thal  manages and directs all business and venue operations, overseeing Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre as well as the institution’s business units that include food services, visitor services and retail sales. Thal also oversaw program development, design, and construction of the Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. Additionally, she has served on master planning teams for both Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Prior to joining The Henry Ford, Thal served as the Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis for University Microfilms, currently referred to as ProQuest.
 
Director Emeritus:
Michael D. Moore
Lana Pollack
Mark Richardson
Joan Wolfe
 
Advisory Board:
John Austin
John Carver
Hon. Vern Ehlers
Marcia Gershenson
Tom Porter
Bill Roberts