The following is a list of the WSBC Advisors:
Pamela Barker held the position of Executive Director of Environmental Health and Product Safety and Assistant General Counsel at Appleton Papers Inc. for eight years, 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.
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.
Chris Drees is Vice President of Global Operations for Mercury Marine. He has worked within various divisions of Mercury marine since 1998 with his previous 7 years as the President of Attwood Corporation. Over the last 6 years he sat on the Board of Directors for the National Marine Manufacturers Association in addition to the Accessories Manufacturers Division Board. Mercury currently operates 9 manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and the world and is committed to developing cleaner running engines in a sustainable way. Chris holds a BBA through the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and an MBA through Marquette University.
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.
Chris is the director of marketing and corporate communications for WECC and has worked in energy efficiency for more than a decade. She’s held energy-related roles in management, operations, and strategic marketing; her multi-discipline perspective has created programs with a strong track record of meeting client’s bottom-line objectives. During her tenure at WECC, Chris oversaw strategic marketing for Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program, and helped drive a 21% increase in program name recognition. She launched a variety of unique sports-team and community-based energy efficiency programs, across the Midwest, that have seen strong adoption. Chris is a frequent presenter at energy efficiency events and has served on a number of marketing and energy-related associations. Chris has a proven 15-year career in management-overseeing small and large teams and fostering professional growth in others through leadership and mentoring. She holds BAs in marketing and psychology.
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.
Rebecca Sherman joined Kohl’s Department Stores in 2008. As Senior Corporate Sustainability Manager for Kohl’s, Rebecca manages the execution of Kohl’s 3 Gold Prototypes in LEED for Retail NC, LEED for Retail CI, and LEED for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance. In addition to volume certification projects, Kohl’s LEED certifies non-retail facilities accounting for over 430 total LEED Certified locations. Beyond LEED, Rebecca serves as a sustainability resource for the company- influencing policy in design, construction and operations of Kohl’s Department Stores and corporate facilities. Prior to Kohl’s, Rebecca practiced as a Registered Landscape Architect and sustainable site design consultant. She became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2002 and worked on numerous LEED and sustainable projects throughout the country. She is a registered Landscape Architect maintaining licenses in WI and IL. Dean’s List graduate of the University of Wisconsin in 2000 with a BS in Landscape Architecture.
Adam is currently a public relations manager at Lands’ End. He also serves on the company’s internal GoGreen Committee, helping lead sustainability projects throughout the organization. He has been with Lands’ End for seven years and has worked on projects including the company’s first published Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) report, creation and launch of the company’s first external sustainability website, and the development of a partnership between Lands’ End and the National Forest Foundation. Adam also sits on the Friends Board of the Clean Lakes Alliance where he is helping the organization raise funds and awareness in order to reduce phosphor in the Yahara Watershed in Madison. Prior to working at Lands’ End, Adam was a TV reporter working at CBS and NBC affiliates in Iowa. Adam holds a B.S. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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.