Greenleaf Communities Board of Directors
John A. Andersen, Jr.
Cradle to Cradle
Certification and IT Manager
As Certification and IT Manager for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Ben develops and manages the core systems necessary to deliver Cradle to Cradle Certified™, the most comprehensive certification system and innovation framework for verifying design of products made of safe materials that can be perpetually cycled. The certification program is currently used by hundreds of companies around the world to demonstrate design of products for the circular economy.
Ben is currently pursuing an MSc in Product Design and Development Management at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute, and holds a B.S. in Community and International Development, with a Minor in Applied Design.
Warren Dick, PhD
The Ohio State University
Ali Fatemi, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, Global Finance Journal
Emeritus Chairman and Professor of Finance
Dr. Ali Fatemi is Editor-in-Chief for Global Finance Journal and is the Emeritus Chairman and Professor of the Finance Department at DePaul University, Driehaus College of Business. Dr. Fatemi taught sustainable value creation and is a leader in DePaul’s advancement of sustainability. His research deals with issues related to socially responsible investing, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, dividend policy and corporate governance.
Janet Hock, BDS, PhD
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Center for Urban Health Investigator
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (Retired)
Energy Attorney and Consultant
Writer on Energy and Agricultural Innovation
Richard (Dick) Munson is the author of Tesla: Inventor of the Modern and he is writing a book on food and farm innovators. He has been a senior director, focused on advancing clean energy in the Midwest, at the Environmental Defense Fund. He was senior vice president for Recycled Energy Development, a company that captured wasted energy and turned it into clean electricity and heat. Dick also served as executive director of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, which focused on brownfields redevelopment, Great Lakes water quality, and pollution prevention.
Darrell Norton, PhD
Dr. Darrell Norton retired as a Research Soil Scientist and Director for the USDA-ARS National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory (NSERL) located on the campus of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana where he also is an Adjunct Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He started with NSERL in 1982 conducting research on various aspects of soil erosion related to physio-chemical and biogeochemical interactions between soil and rainwater.
He led research in the NSERL to evaluate various industrial byproduct materials for use in controlling erosion and managing water in agricultural production systems. Much of his research has focused on relatively clean high Ca and S containing materials from air purification systems from coal-fired power plants. Dr. Norton and co-authors including many of his PhD students have published more than 270 articles and technical reports and has been widely invited to present results of his research at scientific congresses all over the world. He holds a BSc. ’75 and MSc. ’76 from Purdue University and a PhD ’81 from The Ohio State University.
Darrell consults with Greenleaf Advisors on the GYPSOIL project and other soil matters.
Chairman of the Advisory Board
The Center for Financial Services
Hugh Reams was a Senior Advisor at Shannon Advisors, which raises institutional capital from pension funds, endowments, foundations and high net worth family offices for buyout and venture capital funds. Prior to Shannon, Hugh was a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ), Credit Suisse, and LaSalle Investment Management. Raising more than $12 billion from institutional investors for buyout and venture capital clients including cleantech funds.
Hugh graduated with an economics degree from Denison University and an M.B.A. from Indiana University
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.
Read more about Sustainable Waters.
Read Brian’s blog.
Wilmette Dist. 39 Board of Education
Chairperson of Facilities and Strategy Committees
Alice has served on the Wilmette District 39 Board of Education since 2011 and is currently the chairperson of the facilities and strategy committees. She served as President of the Board from 2015 to 2017. Prior to serving on the Board of Education, she served nine years on the District 39 Educational Foundation, which she led as chairperson in addition to assuming fundraising and event leadership roles.
Alice has also held leadership positions with many other non-profit organizations including the New Trier School Board Caucus, The Volunteer Center, Michigan Shores Club, The Nature Conservancy, The American Cancer Society and Family Matters.
In her professional life, Alice worked in brand management and finance. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University. Alice and her husband, Peter, live in Wilmette and have four children.
Sabina Shaikh, PhD
University of Chicago, Faculty
Director, Program on Global Environment, Environmental & Urban Studies
Dr. Sabina Shaikh is a part of the faculty at the University of Chicago in the Program on Global Environment, where she directs the Environment, Agriculture and Food group. She was previously a Senior Consultant at CardnoENTRIX focusing on the economic valuation and development of mechanisms for the provision of ecosystem services in both the private and public sectors.
Read more about the Environment, Agriculture and Food group.
Beneficial Reuse Management
Robert (Bob) Spoerri is President of Beneficial Reuse Management (BRM), a firm that creates partnerships between industrial companies that generate materials suitable for beneficial reuse. Land owners and others use these materials in projects and products. BRM is the parent company of GYPSOIL, a byproduct gypsum supplier. Prior to BRM, Bob was President of Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Hill & Stone Insurance Agency, Inc
President, Risk Manager/Consultant
George S. Stone has developed Hill & Stone, a 100-plus year old family-owned business, into one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the Midwest. Several thousand clients benefit from Hill & Stone’s unyielding commitment to meeting their personal and corporate insurance needs. George brings valuable insight into sales, marketing, and client service to assist Greenleaf Advisors in serving its clients and growing its business. George also owns and manages a family tree farm business, Swimming Bear Corporation, which has been committed to Silvaculture since 1923. George brings valuable insight into sales, marketing, and client service to assist Greenleaf Communities in serving its clients and growing its business.
Read more about George and Hill & Stone.
Jones Lang LaSalle
Since retiring from Jones Lang LaSalle in 2006, John Wallerius has been retained by JLL as a consultant to manage high-impact projects related to enhancing the firm’s competitive advantage or retaining high-value clients. Prior to retiring, John was Managing Director at JLL responsible for the firm’s national accounts and $500 million in revenue. In addition to his consulting practice, John is active on corporate boards, The Shedd Aquarium and several NFPs.
Don Wuebbles, PhD
University of Illinois
Harry E. Preble Endowed Professor