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Jennifer Read, Ph.D., Executive Director
Jennifer Read was appointed as the first executive director of GLOS on Aug. 27, 2008. Read holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, where her research interests focused on the scientific and policy aspects of binational water policy in the context of the U.S.- Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Over the last 15 years, she has held increasingly responsible positions in Great Lakes research, policy development and education/ outreach. Prior to her appointment at Michigan Sea Grant in 2001, Dr. Read was a research associate at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor; and a program specialist at the Great Lakes Commission. Read was a Fulbright Doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1998 and has multiple publications to her credit.
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Kelli Paige, Program Coordinator
Kelli Paige, Program Coordinator, is originally from Chicago. There she received her BA in Public Policy from DePaul University and worked as a Watershed Project Coordinator with Friends of the Chicago River. She went on to get her MS in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan and most recently worked with The Nature Conservancy as an outreach coordinator in Toledo, Ohio. With over eight years' experience working on Great Lakes natural resource issues, Kelli coordinates GLOS quality management, observations and data management activities.
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Marvourneen Dolor, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
Marvourneen Dolor, Program Coordinator, graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences. She also holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Maryland. Dr. Dolor has worked as a Researcher at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and as an Environmental Policy Analyst at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, an operating administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Marvourneen has over nine years of environmental science and science communication experience and coordinates GLOS outreach and communications activities.
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William J. Werick, Chair
Werick worked for the Corps of Engineers from 1968 until his retirement in April 2004. During that time he worked on the Great Lakes as a surveyor and dredging specialist, as a planner for the Buffalo district, on special assignments throughout the U.S., and for the last fourteen years, as a senior planner at the Corps' Institute for Water Resources near Washington, D.C.. He has spoken on water resources at Yale, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the University of Washington, the World Bank, United Nations, and the National Academy of Sciences. He provided expert opinion on water management to the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Congressional subcommittee staff interested in water issues, and has been interviewed on a variety of radio talk shows about water issues. Werick is an expert on drought management, one of the principal analysts for the National Drought Policy Commission (1999-2000), and manager of the National Drought Study for the Corps from 1989 to 1993. During that study, he led the development of Shared Vision Planning which he recently applied in two studies by Canada and the U.S. to find better ways to manage Lake Ontario levels and the Upper Great Lakes. Werick demonstrated the shared vision planning approach for the Middle East Peace process negotiations in Washington in September 1993, and was the U.S. representative to a water loss reduction conference held in Netanya, Israel in 1996 as part of the multilateral peace talks. Werick holds a degree in mathematics from Canisius College and acivil engineering degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a registered engineer in New York State, and is a graduate of the Corps Planning Associates program.
Frank L. Kudrna, Jr., Vice Chair
Dr. Kudrna serves as a Principal Water Resources Engineer with URS Corporation. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of Kudrna & Associates, Ltd. from March 1986 to December 2012. He provided diversified civil engineering consulting services to industrial, commercial and institutional clients including municipal, state and federal agencies. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Epstein Civil Engineering, Inc. from July 1982 through March 1986. As Director of the Illinois Division of Water Resources from November 1977 to June 1982, he coordinated the water resource activities of the State of Illinois. He directed a staff of 160 with an annual budget of $19 million and also chaired the Governor's State Water Plan Task Force. He spent nine years with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and during that period directed the Planning and Flood Control staffs. Prior to this he spent five years with the Illinois Division of Highways. Dr. Kudrna is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Illinois, California, Wisconsin, New York, Indiana, Michigan and Florida. Kudrna served as Chairman of the Illinois Delegation of the Great Lakes Commission where he was a Commissioner for 25 years. He served as a U. S. Board Member of the International Joint Commission, Great Lakes Diversions and Consumptive Uses Study Board and the International Great Lakes Levels Advisory Board. Kudrna has also served on the U. S. Department of Commerce, Sea Grant National Advisory Panel, currently serves on NOAA's Science Advisory Board, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Seaway Review Magazine.
Mark J. Burrows, Treasurer
Mr. Burrows is a Physical Scientist at the International Joint Commission (IJC)’s Great Lakes Regional Office in Windsor, Ontario. He has served as IJC's Secretary of the Council of Great Lakes Research Managers (CGLRM) since 2000. The CGLRM advises the IJC on Great Lakes research issues and fosters collaboration and communications among Great Lakes research institutions. He coordinates Council activities focusing on issues related to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, manages the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Research Inventory, and the Great Lakes Association of Science Ships database. Prior to working with the IJC, Mr. Burrows served in the U.S. Coast Guard for over twenty years in a variety of assignments with a focus on commercial vessel safety, environmental protection and spill response. He holds an MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Marine Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy.
G. Tracy Mehan, III, Secretary
G. Tracy Mehan, III, is Principal with The Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. Presently, he serves on the Water Science and Technology Board and the Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act for the National Research Council of the National Academies. Mr. Mehan is an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at George Mason University School of Law. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation, the Environmental Law Institute, and the Board of Directors of the Potomac Conservancy.
Over the past 20 years, Mehan has held numerous offices and appointments in public service. In 2006, he served as an independent expert judge for the Municipal Water Conservation Achievement Award Program sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and its Urban Water Council. He served as Environmental Stewardship Counselor to the 2004 G-8 Summit Planning Organization (2004). From 2001-2003, he served as Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to that, Mr. Mehan served as director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes and member of then Governor John Engler’s Cabinet (1993-2001). He was also Michigan’s representative on the Great Lakes Commission and the Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada. In addition, he chaired the Michigan Mercury Pollution Prevention Task Force. Mr. Mehan briefly served as Associate Deputy Administrator of EPA in 1992. Prior to that, he served as director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and member of the Cabinet of then Governor John Ashcroft from 1989 to 1992.
Mehan is a graduate of Saint Louis University and its School of Law. He is the recipient of the 2004 Environment Award from the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) and the 2003 Elizabeth Jester Fellows Environmental Partnership Award from the Association of State & Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASWIPCA).
Dr. Nancy Frank
Nancy Frank is Associate Professor and past-Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests involve land use policies that preserve open space and reduce the development impacts on the environment, as well as local, regional and state policies regarding water quality, water quantity and aquatic ecosystems. She has substantial policy experience in relation to both water and brownfield cleanup, and redevelopment. Dr. Frank participates in a wide network of organizations related to her research interests, including the Wisconsin Brownfields Study Group (appointed), the Center for Resilient Cities, the Energy Center of Wisconsin, and also serves as editor of WAPA News, the newsletter of the Wisconsin Chapter of the APA. Through work funded by the Brico Fund, she facilitated a series of meetings that led to the creation of the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water). She now serves as Chair of Sweet Water.
Dale K. Phenicie
Mr. Phenicie has worked with industrial organizations on environmental matters during his entire working career. He has identified pollutant release sources, been involved in the development of effluent and air emission control systems, overseen control measure implementation, worked on new industrial process designs which reduce or eliminate environmental impacts, and actively monitored the results of these efforts in plant effluents, air emission streams and the ecosystem. He has been involved in Great Lakes related environmental issues since 1991. He served on a U.S. EPA task force regarding the Great Lakes Initiative (GLLI), the IJC Virtual Elimination Task Force, has organized and chaired several industry oriented committees and working groups on Great Lakes matters, coordinated industry activity in the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy, and has been a member of the SOLEC Steering Committee since 1994. Since 1996, Phenicie has pursued an independent consulting practice primarily focused on Great Lakes issues. A primary client has been the Council of Great Lakes Industries. His industrial expertise includes pulp and paper making processes, lumber and wood products production, chemical manufacture, and hydroelectric and thermal electric generating systems. He holds degrees in Industrial Chemistry Technology and Paper Technology from Ferris State University and Western Michigan University respectively.
Dr. Scavia is a professor at the University of Michigan (UM), Director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, and Special Counsel for Sustainability to the UM President. At UM he also serves on the Executive Committee for the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, the Center for Advancing Research Solutions for Society, and the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute. He was the director of Michigan Sea Grant from 2004-2009, SNRE Associate Dean for Research from 2004-2006, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research from 2004-2007, served on the Boards of Directors for the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and the Science Committee of NSF’s Collaborative Large-scale Engineering Network for Environmental Research program. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, as Chief Scientist of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Scavia was responsible for the quality, integrity, and responsiveness of NOS’s science programs, and for ensuring that NOS’s operations and resource management were based on solid science and technology. Before becoming the NOS Chief Scientist, he was Director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Director of NOAA’s Coastal Ocean Program, where he managed coastal and Great Lakes research programs in NOS laboratories, monitoring and assessment offices, and extramural research.
David A. Ullrich
David Ullrich is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. He works with U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to advance the protection and restoration of the resource. Prior to assuming his current position, Ullrich served for thirty years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes regional office in Chicago, working on environmental issues in the six states of the upper Midwest. He worked in many capacities over the years, including Acting Regional Administrator, Deputy Regional Administrator, Waste Management Division Director, Deputy Regional Counsel, Air Enforcement Chief, and Water Enforcement Attorney. For six years, he was the U.S. Chair of the Water Quality Board for the International Joint Commission, and was a founding member and chair of the Midwest Natural Resources Group. He continues to serve on the Water Quality Board, and in 2006 was appointed by the President to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission where he serves as U.S. Section Chair. In 1986, he completed a six month executive exchange assignment with the German Interior Ministry. U.S. EPA has recognized Ullrich for a number of his accomplishments during his public service career.
John H. Carey
Dr. John Carey began his career in environmental science as a researcher, and retired in July 2010 as the Special Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment Canada’s Science and Technology Branch. Previously he had served as the Director General of the department’s Water Science and Technology Directorate (WSTD), the largest freshwater science group in Canada. The Directorate conducted aquatic research and monitoring, providing scientific knowledge that supports the development of government policies and programs and public decisions concerning freshwater ecosystems. Carey also served for 15 months as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Science and Technology for Environment Canada. During that assignment, he was responsible for Environment Canada’s 1500-person science program encompassing water, wildlife, weather prediction, climate and toxicology of environmental contaminants. Dr. Carey is well-known for his studies of the environmental impacts of pulp mill effluent, in which he led a multidisciplinary team involving industry, academic and government scientists in support of the development of new federal regulations for that sector. His research, leadership and advice were influential in the Canadian government’s assessment of the environmental impacts of pulp mill effluents that led to the policy decision by the federal government. In 1998, in recognition of his leadership on the issue, John was awarded the Public Service of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award (the highest award in the Canadian Public Service, also known as the Prime Minister’s Award).