The following is a list of the WSBC Advisors:
Pamela Barker currently holds the position of Executive Director of Environmental Health and Product Safety and Assistant General Counsel at Appleton Papers Inc., joining the company in February of 2007. Prior to that, she was the Co-chair of the Environmental Energy Practice group at Godfrey & Kahn, a Milwaukee law firm where she practiced for 27 years.
Pam is a frequent lecturer on environmental and sustainability issues that are sponsored by the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin and the National Brownfields Conference sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, Pam is frequently a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.
John Fojut joined Kohl’s Department Stores in 1981. John has held leadership positions in Store Management, Logistics, Transportation, Facilities and Sustainability. Currently, John is responsible for leading corporate sustainability strategy for Kohl’s. In his tenure in sustainability, his achievements include-over 135 activated solar power arrays, over 300 USGBC LEED certified stores and buildings, over 750 ENERGY STAR labeled stores, 100% green power usage goal as well as Kohl’s goal to achieve net zero emissions. Through John’s leadership, Kohl’s has received numerous environmental awards including- ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and EPA Green Power Partner of the Year.
Lisa Geason-Bauer is President of Evolution Marketing, a green marketing, design and environmental communication firm. She has presented talks on: green marketing, environmental communication, grass roots marketing and how to establish accepted “green credentials.” In addition to managing Evolution Marketing, Ms. Geason-Bauer has actively volunteered her time with a variety of community organizations. Ms. Geason-Bauer served as President of Greener Oconomowoc from 2009-2011 and founded the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market. Ms. Geason-Bauer was the PR chair for the Oconomowoc Community Built Playground – Imagination Station Project in 2008 and 2009. In 2012 Ms. Geason-Bauer was appointed the Waukesha – Ozaukee- Washington (WOW) County Workforce Development Board of Directors.
LeeAnn is currently the Real Estate and Planning Director for American Family Insurance. She is responsible for all aspects of real estate, design, construction and moves corporate-wide. Her responsibilities also include development of The American Center office park as well as divisional planning, project management and process improvement. As co-lead of the Workplace Sustainability program she has had the opportunity to advance the concepts and projects related to environmental sustainability since 2008 and partner with others around social and economic sustainability on a national level. LeeAnn has as BS-Chemical Engineering from UW-Madison, Masters of Science from Cardinal Stritch and a Masters Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from Edgewood College. She lives in McFarland with her husband Bob and their three children.
Amanda joined InPro Corporation in 2013 after receiving her Masters in Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development with a certificate in Business, Environment and Social Responsibility from UW-Madison. As InPro’s first Environmental Sustainability Manager her focus has primarily been on corporate sustainability initiatives, employee engagement, sustainability reporting, product transparency documentation, community engagement and supplier sustainability engagement. Amanda is a LEED Green Associate and sits on the Jefferson County Sustainability Task Force, the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and the Health Product Declaration Collaborative’s Manufacturer Advisory Panel. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family kayaking, hiking, skiing, cooking, reading and listening to music.
Kevin Grodzki is President of Mercury Global Sales & Marketing. He has been with Mercury since 2005. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Brunswick’s Life Fitness Division. Kevin spent the first 22 years of his career with E.I. DuPont DeNemours. At DuPont, he held several senior management positions in the company’s chemical, electronics, medical and printing and publishing divisions in 11 different locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. These businesses focused on the development, manufacture, sales and support of high-tech equipment for medical and electronic imaging applications. Kevin earned his BS in accounting from St. Francis University and an MBA from the University of Delaware.
Jeff’s leadership at Madison Gas and Electric Company includes governance and environmental/sustainability management including their ISO 14001 certification and Green Tier agreement. Under Green Tier, Jeff manages the citizen environmental advisory group that provides citizen input to MGE on sustainability and environmental matters. He chairs the Wisconsin Utility Association Environmental Subcommittee, is a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison, and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Jeff serves as a member of the Yahara WINs Strategic Planning Workgroup, WDNR’s Air Management Study Group, and Dane County Clean Air Coalition.
Jeff has a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering, a MS Degree in Environmental Chemistry & Technology, and is a registered professional engineer.
Russ provides the vision and directs the operations of Lakefront Brewery, founded in the Riverwest Neighborhood of Milwaukee in 1987. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a 60 barrel-a-year operation to 33,369 in 2012. After graduating with a Chemistry degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Russ started working as a mechanical engineer with Johnson Controls’ Battery Division. While working at Johnson Controls, Russ and his brother Jim turned a home brewing project into a business. In 1995, Klisch left Johnson Controls to devote his entire efforts to the brewery operations. By 1998, the brewery had outgrown the old bakery building they were in and moved to the current historic building located on Commerce Street on the Milwaukee River. Lakefront is the first organically certified brewery in the United States, brewed the first government approved gluten free beer in the United States, and brewed the first beer (Local Acre) made with malt and hops 100% grown in the State of Wisconsin.
Theresa provides sustainable leadership to employees and clients of Miron Construction. Over her career, Theresa has been a team member on over 75 LEED projects. Theresa has been a member of the US Green Building Council Faculty™ since 2006. and was selected to be on the development team of the original LEED®AP – Existing Buildings exam. She also volunteers as a congressional advocate to represent the construction industry, briefing legislators on the economic benefits of high performing buildings. Most recently, she was selected as the co-chair for USGBC’s 2013 Establish Common Ground Around Green Schools national advocacy campaign. In Wisconsin, Theresa is a member of Wisconsin Green Building Alliance’s (WGBA’s) Green Schools Committee and chairs the WGBA Advocacy Committee. She was appointed to the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB), the advisory board of the Fox Valley Technical College’s (FVTC’s) Construction Management program, the Town of Menasha’s Sustainability Committee, and is an advisor to UW Stout’s Construction Management program. Theresa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Randy is currently the Senior Director of Engineering, Corporate Services and Sustainability at Land’s End Inc. He has been with Land’s End for fifteen years and has lead a group of responsible for corporate wide facilities (planning, design, construction & project management), process/systems engineering, administrative services and enterprise wide sustainability. Randy currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Clean Lakes Alliance and has led Land’s End in their journey to become a Green Master level company for the third straight year. Randy possesses a B.S. from the College of Engineering, Arizona State University, an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Illinois and a professional certification from Georgia Institute of Technology in Supply Chain and Logistics.
Tonya Umbarger is the Program Manager at Didion Milling Inc., overseeing ISO-based management system programs and corporate sustainability initiatives. She works with each facility’s sustainability teams to achieve the U.S. DOE Better Plants Program goal of reducing energy intensity by 25% over 10 years (by 2020). Tonya also led the implementation team to attain the company’s first ISO (Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000) and Green Masters certifications. She recently helped form Didion’s Producer Sustainability Program and led the development of the company’s first Corporate Responsibility Report. Tonya has more than 10 years of experience in program and project management, and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from Edgewood College.
Jessy Servi is Outpost Natural Food’s Sustainability Manager. She is a graduate of the U of MN – Twin Cities with a BS in Interior Design. Following college, she taught English as a Foreign Language in Chile. She brokered this experience into travels through South America and Southeast Asia. In Thailand she was introduced to permaculture, where she learned first-hand about living sustainably. When she returned to the states, she taught at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California before moving to Indiana to open a healing arts center and organic CSA farm, now called Living Roots Ecovillage. She left Indiana to move back to Milwaukee to help with her family’s business (Rawson Contractors, Inc.). She is currently earning her an MBA with an emphasis on sustainable business practices from Alverno College. She is also involved in developing sustainable urban agriculture leaders in Milwaukee.