Speakers

David Allen David Allen
Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering

Dr. David Allen is the Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of six books and over 190 papers in areas ranging from coal liquefaction and heavy oil chemistry to the chemistry of urban atmospheres. For the past decade, his work has focused primarily on urban air quality and the development of materials for environmental education. Dr. Allen was a lead investigator for the first and second Texas Air Quality Studies, which involved hundreds of researchers drawn from around the world, and which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies in Texas. He has also developed environmental educational materials for engineering curricula and for the University's core curriculum. The quality of his work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation (through the Presidential Young Investigator Award), the AT&T Foundation (through an Industrial Ecology Fellowship), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (through the Cecil Award for contributions to environmental engineering and through the Research Excellence Award of the Sustainable Engineering Forum), the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (through their Distinguished Lecturer Award), and the State of Texas (through the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award). He has won teaching awards at the University of Texas and UCLA.

Dr. Allen received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University in 1979. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering were awarded by the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1983. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Department of Energy.


Patricia J. Beattie, Ph.D., DABT Patricia J. Beattie, Ph.D., DABT
Arcalis Scientific, LLC
Dr. Beattie is President and Principal Scientist at Arcalis Scientific, providing chemical, toxicology and sustainable product support within the automotive sector. Prior to this, she was the Director, Chemical Risk Management- Environmental Services for General Motors. She has over 25 years of experience providing applied toxicology and risk assessment support on a wide variety of occupational and environmental health issues.

She currently is appointed to the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable, the ANSI/ACS/NSF Greener Products and Processes Standard - Joint Committee and the CDC/ATSDR/NCEH Policies and Practices Work Group of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures.

Dr. Beattie holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arizona, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Michigan. She is board certified by the American Board of Toxicology, a current member of both the National and Michigan Society of Toxicology, and past president of the Michigan Society of Toxicology.


Clinton Boyd, Ph.D. Clinton Boyd, Ph.D.
Clinton S. Boyd, PhD is the Senior Scientist of the Sustainable Research Group, a consulting firm that provides sustainability research, marketing, project design and management services that advance an organization's integration of sustainable development principles into its business model. He has a PhD degree in Biochemistry from Rhodes University, South Africa.

Dr. Boyd has worked in academia as a research biochemist studying the pharmacological and toxicological effects of chemicals and other environmental factors on neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. His research led him to the conclusion that health-based outcomes should form the foundation and be the driver for a sustainable future. Dr. Boyd now applies Design for the Environment, industrial ecology, industrial biotechnology, life cycle analysis, green (sustainable) chemistry, and biochemistry to enhance the design, development and use of chemicals, materials & processes that have reduced impact on human health and ecosystem health.

Dr. Boyd is a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the Chair of the Environmental Health Indicators Work Group of the Greater Grand Rapids Children's Environmental Health Initiative, and sits on the Green Chemistry Roundtable that advises the State of Michigan on its Green Chemistry Support Program. He has also provided critical technical review of (1) the NGO Priority List of Substances of Very High Concern developed by the International Chemical Secretariat for the EU REACH chemicals legislation; and (2) the NSF Protocol P352-Validation and Verification of Eco-Efficiency Analyses. Dr Boyd serves in an advisory capacity for a number of initiatives addressing biobased products, green chemistry and chemicals policy.


John J. Bradburn John J. Bradburn
John is a Staff Environmental Engineer with GM Worldwide Facilities Group (WFG), Global Environmental Programs and has over 30 years experience with GM. He received a Master of Science degree in Hazardous Waste Management, from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University. John also is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).

John's current job responsibilities include implementing environmental process and product technology improvements that reduce environmental impacts and costs. These improvements include working with suppliers, product engineers as well as other manufacturing groups from a Design for the Environment (DfE) perspective to improve by-product management strategies. To date, this work has lead to the elimination of several hundred thousand tons of waste, while converting waste costs to revenue.

John has been recognized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Environmental Excellence in Transportation group, with four Environmental Excellence in Transportation awards for material development and usage as well as reuse and recycling projects. John has also received numerous GM internal environmental recognitions and is the global team leader for Design for the Environment (DfE) and GMs landfill free initiative.


Karen Edlin
Karen Edlin is an environmental specialist with over fifteen years of experience in federal and state environmental quality programs, with the past 10 years spent coordinating and assisting with voluntary pollution prevention programs. Most recently Karen has been active in the Michigan Green Chemistry Program, staffing the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable.


Carol J. Henry Ph.D., D.A.B.T. Carol J. Henry Ph.D., D.A.B.T.
Carol J. Henry is an advisor and consultant to public and private organizations, focusing on issues in toxicology and risk assessment, public and environmental health, and domestic and international science and public policy. She has lectured on uncertainty in risk assessment, biomonitoring, public engagement on scientific issues, innovation and entrepreneurship in the chemical industry, and standards and practices for health and environmental research.

She was recently appointed Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University School of Public Health. She is a member of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Selection Committee for 2009. As President of the Chemical Society of Washington of the American Chemical Society, she has organized a Science Café on Green Chemistry in January 2009 at the University of Maryland, Department of Chemistry, with over 70 attendees. She was the Moderator for The Social Pillar of Sustainable Water: Health Research Gaps; Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health, Science, Research, and Medicine, Global Environmental Health: Research Gaps and Barriers for Providing Sustainable Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Service, Washington, DC, in October 2007, and an Invited Participant to Designing Safer Chemicals Summit, Yale University, New Haven, CT, December 2007.

She retired as Vice President, Industry Performance Programs at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in November 2007. Previously, Dr. Henry held executive leadership positions at the American Petroleum Institute, the US Department of Energy, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and the International Life Sciences Institute's Risk Science Institute. She is a member of the Montgomery Country Maryland Water Quality Advisory Group, the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Children's Study; the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Research Council; the Environmental Health Perspectives Editorial Board; the American College of Toxicology, of which she has been president; the Society of Toxicology; and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is co-chair of the Cyprus International Institute for Public Health and Environment in Association with the Harvard School of Public Health, and chair of the North American Research on Tropospheric Ozone (NARSTO) Review Panel. Dr. Henry received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and doctorate in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, certified in general toxicology.


William Hill William Hill
Mr. Hill is an Engineering Specialist with extensive experience in automotive Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning [HVAC]. He worked for a number of divisions of General Motors from 1968 to 2009, finishing as a Technical Fellow in the HVAC area. He also worked for a Zexel Corporation [a Japanese HVAC component manufacturer] for five years during this time. He is now retired, but continues to be active is SAE committees. He has chaired five major SAE Cooperative Research Programs over the last 9 years. He chaired the SAE Thermal Committee from 2003-2005 and the SAE Vehicle Thermal Management Symposium during this time. He has been a session chair for the Climate Control Sessions at SAE Congress for the last 10 years. He is currently a Co-Chair of SAE Interior Climate Control Standards Committee and has helped to organize the SAE Alternative Refrigerant System Symposium for the last five years. He has sponsored numerous standards and written nine SAE papers over the years. He received the Forest R. McFarland Award in 2007. He was an SAE Industrial Lecturer in 1997-98. He received the EPA Climate Protection award in 2005 and again in 2008. He was a Runner-up for SAE Environmental Excellence in Transportation award and received the GM Research Most Valuable Colleague Award in 2008 as well. He has been a judge at Future Truck and Future Car events sponsored by the US Department of Energy as part of the PNGV program.


Andrew S. Hobbs
Andrew S. Hobbs is the Director, Environmental Quality Office. The office has a global responsibility for all Ford facilities with satellite offices in Australia, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The prime responsibilities of the office are regulatory interpretation, compliance, and environmental management.

Mr. Hobbs began his career with Ford in September 1985. He held a number of manufacturing positions in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe before becoming the Manager of the Environmental Quality Office in Europe in 1996.

In June, 1999, Mr. Hobbs became the Worldwide Environmental Support Manager and relocated to the United States. He subsequently became Director, Environmental Quality Office, in December, 1999.

Mr. Hobbs earned a bachelor's degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the Liverpool University in the United Kingdom.


Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D, P.E. Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D, P.E.
Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D, P.E. is an Associate Professor in the Industrial & Manufacturing Department at Kettering University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan with industrial experience at Ford and General Motors. She leads a multi-disciplinary group of faculty called the Kettering Industrial Ecology Team (KIET) who were awarded the TRW/CETL Educational Scholar Award for their team-taught course IME540 Environmentally Conscious Design & Manufacturing funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE #0511322).

Dr. Lynch has many conference and journal publications. Her areas of interest in teaching and research include ergonomics & human modeling, statistics, work design & lean principles, and industrial ecology. She serves as faculty advisor to the student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Alpha Pi Mu IE Honor Society. She is an officer in the Industrial Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Dr. Lynch has received the Charles L. Tutt, Jr., Innovative Teaching Award (2009) and Outstanding Teaching Award (2006) from The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kettering University. She has been an invited speaker to many organizations and serves as a professional reviewer for multiple professional journals.


Thomas (Tom) Murray Thomas (Tom) Murray
Tom Murray is a senior scientist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and is currently chief of the Prevention Analysis Branch in the Agency's Pollution Prevention Division. Tom has over 39 years in government service. Tom and his staff are the architects of several environmental partnership programs including the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment program, the Green Suppliers Network and the new E3 program, a cross-agency collaboration with industry focused on manufacturing growth, energy efficiency and environmental performance. Tom holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Mount Saint Mary's University and a Masters Degree in Biology from the American University, Washington, D.C.


David E. O'Ryan David E. O'Ryan
David E. O'Ryan has been the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Advance Technology & Marketing Group (ATMG) since 1996. He is responsible for global strategy and technology development, as well as the implementation and marketing of all ATMG projects and programs.

O'Ryan has spent the majority of his career in technology and process development programs within the textile, chemical, automotive, glass and paint finishing industries. He has considerable expertise in air and liquid filtration, metal processing, the application and recovery of coatings, pigments, and paints, and automation. O'Ryan has been involved in a number of successful transactions involving licensing, joint venture and strategic alliances, from small and middle market companies to multinational Fortune 100 companies.

Mr. O'Ryan has or is currently serving on a number of private and public companies advisory boards. He frequently gives presentations and continuing education seminars on a variety of processes and technology development programs. ATMG regularly performs research and implementation with corporations looking to facilitate new or innovative technology launches in areas that impact process and environmental solutions. An author of over 30 articles, inventor with 19 patents and investor in several small niche market technologies O'Ryan guides and directs ATMG, known for very discreet benchmarking and evaluation programs with select clients.

Prior to founding ATMG David O'Ryan held a number of senior level planning, technology and global product line responsibilities at ABB, Morton International, and Nordson Corporation. He earned an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College and a bachelor of science in Business Education from Bowling Green State University where he currently serves on the Business Administration Board of Advocates. With Oakland University, Mr. O'Ryan serves as an "Entrepreneur in Residence" mentoring Oakland and Macomb County Incubators groups working with startup companies or corporations with new product launch projects.


Gary Pollak Gary Pollak
Program Manager
SAE Cooperative Research Program
Gary Pollak has been employed on the staff of SAE International at their World Headquarters for nearly 25 years holding various staff positions in Ground Vehicle Technical Standards, Aerospace Technical Standards, Technology Coordination, Motorsports and his current position as Program Manager of the SAE Cooperative Research Program . Gary holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania.


Steve Ranzini Steve Ranzini
President of University Bank of Ann Arbor, Michigan
He is also Chairman and President of two public-private partnership economic development organizations in the state of Michigan, the Michigan Business Development Company and its non-profit affiliate, Northern Michigan Foundation, which have collectively brought $275 million of investment into non-bankable Michigan based businesses. He also serves as President of the Ann Arbor Economic Development Corporation and as Vice Chairman of the Washtenaw County Economic Development Corporation.

Mr. Ranzini played the leading role in the acquisition of the Bank in 1988 when he became the nation's youngest bank holding company President at age 23, and since then has been President and CEO of the Bank's holding company, University Bancorp. Stephen is responsible for overall management of the bank and formulating and enacting the strategic plan and annual budget. University Bank was selected as the "Community Bankers of the Year" in 2006 by U.S. Banker magazine and as the "Community Bankers of the Year" in 2009 by the American Bankers Association. He is a registered investment advisor, managing the bank's and clients' funds and also holds two important internet security patents and is actively involved at a senior level in financial services industry standards development organizations at both the national and international level including serving as U.S. representative to ISO and United Nations standards setting groups. Stephen has successfully established numerous branch locations and broadened the company's product range to include insurance, mortgage banking, mortgage subservicing, merchant banking, Islamic banking and foreign exchange. The Bank currently manages over $8 billion in mortgage assets and through its mortgage subsidiary, Midwest Loan Services, serves as a business process outsourcer for over 2.7% of all of the credit unions in the United States.

A magna cum laude graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, at Exeter, Stephen was the first ever Exeter student to be a Westinghouse (Intel) Science Talent Search Semi-Finalist. Stephen graduated from Yale on scholarship and earned a double major in East Asian Studies (Japan) and History and has served as both the President of the Yale Alumni Association of Michigan and as a Delegate to the Yale Assembly.


Rui Resendes Rui Resendes
Executive Director
Green Centre Canada
Dr. Rui Resendes is an inventor, a scientist and a practiced industry leader. His educational and professional background adds up to a rare combination of expertise, one that has equipped him with the ability to bridge the two distinctive worlds of science and business for a singular cause: innovation.

Dr. Resendes graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in chemistry and a specialization in advanced materials. Since then, he has filled numerous leadership roles in research and business development with Bayer MaterialScience and LANXESS. During this time, he has contributed to several patent families and has numerous technical and commercial publications and presentations to his credit.

In 2007, Dr. Resendes assumed the role of Director of Commercial Development, Chemistry and Materials, at Queen's University's PARTEQ Innovations, one of Canada's foremost technology transfer offices. Shortly after joining PARTEQ, Dr. Resendes led the creation of GreenCentre Canada, an exciting new commercialization model that is the first of its kind in North America.

In 2009, he was appointed the Centre's Executive Director. With more than $20 million in federal and provincial government support, GreenCentre has been named by the Canadian government as a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research. The Centre works in collaboration with universities and industry to transform Green Chemistry discoveries into green products and industrial processes that can clean the environment and protect our natural resources.


David Rinard David Rinard
Director, Global Environmental Performance
Steelcase Inc.
David A. Rinard is director of Global Environmental Performance for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.

Dave, promoted to his current position in November 1994, leads the department that is responsible for overseeing the company's environmental initiatives and performance and implementing our corporate environmental strategy, including regulatory compliance, sustainability, environmental outreach and responsible conduct programs.

Prior to his current position, Dave served as manager, Corporate Environmental Quality, from 1992 to 1994. He began his career with Steelcase in 1979 as an assistant environmental engineer. In 1981, he was promoted to environmental engineer and then to senior environmental engineer in 1986, where he had responsibility for ground water programs, superfund activities and in-house consulting on compliance programs.

Dave joined Steelcase after two years with Plastic Plate, Inc., where he was a chemist.

Dave is on the board of directors for the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum. He is a member of the external advisory board of the University of Michigan's Center for Sustainable Systems, the external advisory board of the Aquinas College sustainable business program, and the Kettering University Environmental Advisory Board. He is also a member representative for the U.S. Green Building Council, a participant in the BIFMA (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association) Government Affairs Committee, a member of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Environmental Advisory Council.

He is a former chair of the board of the West Michigan Air & Waste Management Association, past president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and former board member of the IDCE.

In addition, Dave currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Aquinas College Sustainable Business program.

A 1977 graduate of Michigan State University, Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and public health. He earned a master's degree in management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids in 1988. Dave was born Aug. 25, 1955, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He now resides in Caledonia, Mich., with his wife, Patricia, and their two children.


Don R. Schomer Don R. Schomer
Mr. Schomer formally a Market Development Manager for Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Chairman of the Council of Polyurethane Industries Polyurethane Recycle and Recovery Counsel (PURRC), and past Chair of the American Chemistry Council's Automotive Group. Don now represents Bayer at various industry associations as an outside contractor. Through a series of acquisitions he moved to Bayer from Lyondell Chemical Company, ARCO Chemical Company and Union Carbide Corporation. During this period he held management positions in Global Marketing, Market Development and Sales.

Early in his career, Schomer worked for Chrysler Corporation as a test and development engineer in the company's former world headquarters in Highland Park, Michigan.

He holds a bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Detroit.


Neil Sheridan Neil Sheridan
Neil Sheridan is the director of Kettering University's TechWorks, its advanced technology business accelerator program. Neil has 20 years of experience working in technology-based innovation and consulting. He serves as a bio-energy and green technology SBIR/STTR innovation grants reviewer for a major federal agency. Neil advises and coaches start-up and growth companies on developing their businesses. He has lived and worked in New York, Chicago and Detroit as well as on expatriate assignments in Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and China. He is an American - Irish dual citizen and is fluent in German.

Neil's industry experience includes technology ventures, automotive, banking, healthcare / life sciences, government, universities, and non-profit leadership. His assignments have included senior management, business/product launch, international collaboration, vendor management, and business development assignments. Neil has also served as an interim manager, keynote speaker, meeting facilitator, and trainer.

Neil Sheridan is an Adjunct Professor of Management at Kettering University. He holds an MBA from New York University in Finance with additional studies in international business and relations. His undergraduate and graduate work at Drew University focused on international affairs with studies at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and also at the Royal Commonwealth Society in London.


Bill Stough Bill Stough
CEO of Sustainable Research Group (SRG)
SRG provides sustainability research, project design, marketing and management services that advance an organization's integration of sustainable development principles into its business model. SRG helps its customers reduce their ecological footprint and increase their value proposition to stakeholders through a unique perspective based on the principles of sustainability. Bill has over 25 years experience in environmentally sustainable business initiatives, industrial ecology, pollution prevention and ISO 14001 environmental management systems. He is the founder/organizer of several regional sustainable business networks, including the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, and is the project manager for the development of the BIFMA e3 Sustainable Product Standard. Bill has completed 40 plus Green Supplier Network Lean and Clean Assessments that resulted in over $20 million dollars of savings identified.


John J. Viera John J. Viera
John Viera was appointed director, Sustainable Business Strategies for Ford Motor Company in January, 2007. Mr. Viera is responsible for developing global sustainable business plans, reporting externally on the company's environmental and social performance, and leading the company's engagement and partnerships with non-government organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders. In January 2009, Mr. Viera assumed the responsibilities of the company's environmental policies as well.

Viera has held several positions within Ford Motor Company during his 25 year tenure before being named to his current position. For the first seven years of his career, he worked in the company's Heavy Truck Division. In 1992, Viera was responsible for the Truck Product Planning organization that led Company efforts in the development of natural gas-fueled pickup trucks. In 1994, Viera led the efforts of the Truck Computer Aided Design organization.

In 1997, Viera was appointed manager, Plant Engineering Vehicle Team, Explorer and Mountaineer programs. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Viera was responsible for all on-site engineering personnel for Explorer plants in Louisville, St. Louis, Missouri, and Valencia, Venezuela. He returned to Michigan in 1999 to become the chief engineer for the Ranger Compact Pickup and Electric Ranger, including current and future model programs. In 2002, Viera took on the company's mid-term cost reduction initiative, building a team which delivered $1.2 billion of savings in eighteen months, beating his assigned target by over a year. In 2003, Viera became chief engineer for the Expedition and Navigator Full Size SUVs, with full responsibility for current and future model programs.

Viera is an active member of the Product Development arm of the Ford African Ancestry Network (FAAN), with a focus on mentoring and counseling, and speaking at workshops. Mr. Viera currently serves on the advisory board at Georgia Tech University. On the personal front, Viera is an active member of the St. Andrew's Church Men's Club, focusing on fund raising activities for Youth Clubs and Senior Homes in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. A native of Chicago, Viera attended the University of Michigan, receiving his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1984 as well as a Masters in Business Administration in 1992. He resides near Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife of 20 years, Karen, and their three children, JJ (18), Allison (16) and Kenny (13).


William G. Wagner William G. Wagner
Bill Wagner is the Vice President and General Manager of the Performance Review Institute (PRI). PRI was created by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in 1990 as the compliance arm of SAE's internationally recognized standards development activities.

Bill began his career in 1971 as a practicing Civil Engineer until he joined the SAE staff in 1981. He has served in various positions within SAE including seven years as Manager of the Technical Standards Division and three years as Manager of Engineering Meetings. He has been the Vice President and General Manager of PRI since 1995.

Bill is a graduate of Geneva College with a BS in Engineering. He is a registered engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.


John C. Warner John C. Warner
President and Chief Technology Officer
Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
President
The Beyond Benign Foundation
John Warner received his BS (1984) in Chemistry from UMASS Boston and his MS (1986) and PhD (1988) in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University. He worked at the Polaroid Corporation from 1988 - 1997 in exploratory research and media research. In 1997 he accepted a position at the University of Massachusetts (Chemistry, Boston Campus, 1997-2004 and Plastics Engineering, Lowell Campus, 2004-2007). John is now President and Chief Technology Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry and the Beyond Benign Foundation. He has published nearly 150 patents, papers and books and is co-author of Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. His recent patents in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. Warner is editor of Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews and associate editor of the journal Organic Preparations and Procedures International. Warner serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington DC. He received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring from President Bush, the American Institute of Chemistry's Northeast Division's Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002 and the Council of Science Society President's 2008 Leadership award. Warner was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries in 2008.


Guy Williams Guy Williams
Guy Williams is Principal and Founder of G.O. Williams & Associates, L.L.C., a community and program development consulting practice. He is formerly of the Fair Food Foundation, where he served as a Program Manger and the National Wildlife Federation where he served as the Senior Director for Community Development and Relations. Williams received his B.S. from Bucknell University and is well known nationally for his work as a developer of community programming and advocate for environmental justice. Guy has twenty years of experience in creating effective collaborations among business, government, and community interests, as well as non-profit program creation and direction. Guy's success at guiding a program's strategic development, supporting its funding, and directing its implementation are hallmarks of his accomplishments.

Guy has a broad background in working at the community level in positions of leadership. For example, he has served as Chair of the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and on the board of the S.E. Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and as Secretary of the national board of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Was formerly a member of U.S. EPA's Common Sense Initiative, a federal advisory committee on pollution prevention, the Facility Reporting Project of CERES, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Advisory Committee and a Trustee of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust; he remains a member of the External Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan's Center for Sustainable Systems, Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable and is the recent past President of the Legacy Land Conservancy.

In his role with G.O. Williams and Associates, he has as clients Michigan State University, The Kresge Foundation, Public Sector Consultants, some Fortune 100 businesses and a broad collection of non-profit organizations. Guy is also the former President of the Ecology Center. Guy, an Aspen Scholar, is the author of Mercury Pollution Prevention in Healthcare: A Prescription for Success and Mercury Pollution Prevention for City Wastewater Plants: A Guide for Great Lakes Communities.