Our Team

The Greenleaf team brings a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to our work– we believe this enables us to engage more effectively with our collaborators to integrate disciplines and apply their research towards tangible results. A shared passion for supporting a sustainable, healthy world by addressing environmental causes of preventable human ailments is what brings us together and keeps us moving forward.

Our ability to effectively further our mission comes from the depth and variety of knowledge and expertise brought to programmatic work by our board of directors and service partners. They include leading researchers in the fields of human health, resource management, environmental sciences, economics, and other disciplines. Greenleaf staff provides the operational support and research project management to guide our service partners working together across disciplines to address primary environmental threats to human health. In this way, Greenleaf produces sound scientific recommendations to inform policies and practices.

Staff

john-anderson_bwJohn Andersen, President

jandersen@greenleafadvisors.net John Andersen is President of Greenleaf Communities, a nonprofit research entity that recruits and organizes multi-disciplinary teams of scientists to investigate environmental influences on health and apply that knowledge to improve industrial practices and public policies. John is also the founder and President of Greenleaf Advisors, LLC, where he advises businesses, institutions, and communities on strategies that advance their sustainable development. John’s thirty-three years of experience, serving businesses, capital clients, nonprofits, governments and institutions, demonstrates that it takes effective engagement across these sectors to achieve sustainable growth and solve complex problems.

His current clients include regional and state governmental entities seeking to protect water resources, renewable-energy companies and regional energy collaborations, private-equity investment firms, nonprofits, energy research institutions, and industrial-materials recycling and waste-energy recovery companies. Previously, John was an International and Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he managed the company’s national land business and its strategic expansion into China. He was also the Great Lakes Director of The Nature Conservancy, where he worked across the region’s scientific, business, and government sectors to advance biodiversity conservation. John is a faculty member at DePaul University, where he teaches Sustainable Value Creation in the Kellstadt Business School.  John holds an A.B. in Economics from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Katie DeMuro, Associate

Katie conducts research on client assignments as well as client outreach and communication efforts. She supports the company’s communication and administrative needs. Her research focuses, in part, on the soil and water benefits derived from the use of gypsum as an agricultural amendment. In addition, Katie works with our energy clients, Intelligent Generation and GreenCity Power to assist in their development. Katie has conducted scientific literature reviews for clients, such as GYPSOIL and EPRI. Katie coordinates outreach and organization for the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters symposia series including speaker engagement and sponsorship outreach.

Katie graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and a minor in Business. Katie recently graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with an MS in Environmental Management and Sustainability.

Service Partners

britt-burton-freemanBritt Burton-Freeman, PhD

Britt Burton-Freeman is the Director of Nutrition and Health Promoting Foods platform leader at the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Freeman has been involved in  obesity and metabolic disease research for over 15 years, including basic science and clinical  research in academic, biotechnology and drug development settings. Dr. Freeman’s current research interests are in mitigating [the] disease process through dietary approaches focused on the health promoting properties of whole foods.  Specific disease targets are vascular disease and obesity, including food intake regulation. In her current appointment, she leads a public health initiative  with FDA/CFSAN to develop and provide underpinning science for comprehensive  approaches using innovative processing solutions to support the availability of safe food with health opportunities. Partnering on Remediating Urban Soils for Food Production.

Janet M. Hock, B.D.S., PhD

Janet Hock brings an interesting mix of career experiences and scientific executive expertise to Greenleaf Communities. From 2007-2013, while leading the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health, she created a translational research program investigating environmental risks for cancer, integrating biobanking, genomics and geospatial information sciences. She is currently a Professor at The Polis Center at Indiana University, indianapolis, IN, and at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA. Dr Hock directs multidisciplinary environmental oncology and community-based participatory research programs in Maine. These include BioGeoBank, a cancer tissue repository that uses patient data and geographic information systems to map behavioral and environmental exposures. Prior to MIHGH, Dr. Hock was Vice President Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer for Aastrom Biosciences. She also was a Professor at Indiana University, Indianapolis, in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, and in the Department of Periodontics, School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Hock was program director and founder of the Indiana University Cancer Center Bone Cancers Multidisciplinary Research program. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hock was Director, Skeletal Diseases Research Group, and later Senior Research Advisor for Product Development at Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Hock was Lead Scientist for Forteo, contributing to the successful clinical development of two FDA-approved, important first-in-class drug treatments for osteoporosis, Evista® and Forteo®. Dr. Hock has held faculty positions at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She holds L.D.S. (R.C.S.), B.D.S. (D.D.S. equivalent) and Ph.D. (Faculty of Medicine) degrees from the University of London, U.K., and an M.Sc. and Clinical Certificate (Periodontology) from the University of Iowa. Dr. Hock has served as peer reviewer and consultant to several government agencies, has authored more than 120 publications and is inventor on several patents. Partnering on Eagle Creek Watershed, Indiana research and Remediating Urban Soils for Food Production.

pierre-jacinthePierre Jacinthe, PhD

Pierre-Andre Jacinthe graduated in 1995 from the Ohio State University with a PhD in Agronomy/ Soil Biochemistry. In 2004, he joined the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI where is now an Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry. His research focuses on nutrient cycling, water quality and the exchange of greenhouse gases (GHG) between land surface and the atmosphere. He is leading two complementary research projects in the School Branch watershed in Central Indiana to evaluate the impact of gypsum application to croplands on water quality (Indianapolis Power & Light and Greenleaf Communities), and assess the nutrient trapping efficiency of a multi-flow constructed wetland (Veolia and KBW funding). Dr. Jacinthe has just completed two USDA-funded projects as the principal investigator. The first project dealt with GHG dynamics in Midwest agro-ecosystems under no-till practices, while the second was an effort to model GHG fluxes in riparian zones of the White River watershed on the basis of landscape hydro-geomorphic attributes. Dr. Jacinthe has also worked on incorporating satellite imagery into aspects of his research dealing with regional GHG inventory. Dr. Jacinthe has been very active in the profession (published 40+ peer-reviewed articles, 4 book chapters, and numerous conference presentations), and continues to serve as journal reviewer, panelist for funding agencies, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Environmental Quality. He has just completed a month-long tour of research institutions in China and Vietnam in an effort to expand his research network and promote greater internationalization of the IUPUI campus. Partnering on Eagle Creek Watershed, Indiana research and Remediating Urban Soils for Food Production.

dan-peerless_bwDan Peerless

Dan was formerly the Communications and Development Manager for Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities. He is currently the Manager of Sustainability Communications for Dairy Management, Inc. Much of his work with national environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Nature Conservancy was centered around translating the important scientific and policy information they generated so that it was accessible to wide-ranging audiences.

Brian Richter

Brian Richter has been a global leader in water science and conservation for more than 30 years. He is the president of Sustainable Waters, a global water education organization, where he promotes sustainable water use and management with governments, corporations, universities, and local communities. He previously served as Chief Scientist for the Global Water Program of The Nature Conservancy, an international conservation organization.

sabina-shaikhSabina Shaikh, PhD

Dr. Shaikh’s research focuses on the economics of ecosystem services, including the valuation of benefits and costs related to the environment and the development of market-based mechanisms for environmental and natural resource management. She has developed economic models for natural-resource-based recreation demand, wildlife habitat, forestry and fishery management, urban storm water management, land use and the effects of climate change on agriculture and environment. Dr. Shaikh is a faculty member at the University of Chicago in the Program on Global Environment, where she directs the Environment, Agriculture and Food group. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Shaikh has published in major professional journals and has been a contributor to books on environmental and ecosystem economics.