Greenleaf Communities Board of Directors

John Andersen, Jr.

Greenleaf Communities

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John Andersen is founder and President of Greenleaf Advisors, LLC, where he advises businesses, institutions, and communities on strategies that advance their sustainable development. John’s thirty-plus 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 governmental entities seeking to protect water resources, renewable-energy companies, 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.

Additionally, John 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 holds an AB in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Warren Dick, PhD

Professor Emeritus
The Ohio State University

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Warren Dick is a Professor Emeritus of soil and environmental science at The Ohio State University. He studied enzymatic and biological nutrient cycling in soil under various management systems. Recent research has focused on microbial ecology and on the use of gypsum for improving soil and water quality. Warren has mentored more than 35 graduate students, 12 undergraduate interns, 8 postdocs and 27 visiting scholars. He has published 31 papers that have been cited more than 100 times. He is active professionally and has served as Editor-in- Chief of both the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. Warren currently serves as Editor of the journal, Agricultural & Environmental Letters. His recent activities have largely focused on establishing an environmental and agricultural university and training center in Ethiopia. Read more about BEAUTC .

Ali Fatemi, PhD

Editor-in-Chief, Global Finance Journal
Emeritus Chairman and Professor of Finance, DePaul University

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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.

John Jimison

Energy Attorney and Consultant

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John W. Jimison is an energy attorney and consultant. He was the Managing Director of the Energy Future Coalition, a broad-based, non-partisan public policy initiative of the UN Foundation. Prior to joining the Energy Future Coalition in 2011, Mr. Jimison served as Senior Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, advising Chairman Henry Waxman and the committee’s other members on a range of legislative issues in energy policy. His responsibilities included energy efficiency, regulatory matters, energy markets, and electric grid modernization.

He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and Georgetown University Law Center, a member of the Washington, D.C., and Virginia Bars, a member of the Energy Bar Association, and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Somalia, East Africa.

Janet Hock, BDS, PhD

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Center for Urban Health

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Janet Hock brings an interesting mix of career experiences and scientific executive expertise to Greenleaf Communities. From 2007-2010, she was Founding Executive Director of the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health (MIHGH), and continues there as Senior Investigator and Professor (adjunct) at the University of Maine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

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Dick Munson

Director, Midwest Clean Energy

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Richard (Dick) Munson is Director of EDF’s Midwest Clean Energy, where he works to advance the use of clean energy in Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. EDF‘s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. He was previously Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs for Recycled Energy Development, a company that captures wasted energy and turns it into clean electricity and heat. Dick was also Executive Director for Northeast-Midwest Institute.

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Darrell Norton, PhD

Purdue University Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Research Soil Scientist

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Dr. Darrell Norton recently 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 a Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Agronomy and Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Darrell consults with Greenleaf Advisors on the GYPSOIL project and other soil matters.

William Obenshain

DePaul University
Chairman of the Advisory Board, The Center for Financial Services

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Bill Obenshain is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Financial Services at DePaul University. The Center for Financial Services is a center of excellence for the Chicago area financial services community that delivers to students and practitioners the academic and extra-curricular programs that fulfill industry talent requirements and address the practical and theoretical interests of industry professionals.

Before joining DePaul, Mr. Obenshain spent 38 years in the financial services industry with Continental Bank and Bank of America. He held positions in Chicago, New York, Brussels and London. He was the founder, in 1995, of Bank of America’s private equity business in Europe.  From 1995 to 2006, he was Managing Partner of BA Capital Partners Europe.

Before joining Continental Bank, Mr. Obenshain served in the U. S. Navy for five years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dartmouth College and an MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

Hugh Reams, Jr.

Shannon Advisors
Senior Advisor

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Hugh Reams is 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.

Brian Richter

The Nature Conservancy
Chief Scientist, Water

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Brian Richter has been a leader in river science and conservation for more than 20 years. He is the Director of Freshwater Strategies for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Program, which promotes sustainable water management with governments, corporations and local communities.

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Alice Schaff

Wilmette District 39 Board of Education
Chairperson of Facilities and Strategy Committees

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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, Ph.D.

University of Chicago
Director, Program on Global Environment
Director, Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group

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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.

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George Stone

Hill & Stone Insurance Agency, Inc
President, Risk Manager/Consultant

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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 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.

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Robert Spoerri

Beneficial Reuse Management

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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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John Wallerius

Jones Lang LaSalle

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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.

Donald Wuebbles, PhD

University of Illinois
Henry E. Preble Endowed Professor

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Donald J. Wuebbles is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois where he has been since 1994. He is also a Presidential Fellow at the University of Illinois, with the aim of helping the university system develop new initiatives in urban sustainability. From 2015 to early 2017, Dr. Wuebbles was Assistant Director with the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the Executive Office of the President in Washington DC. 
Read more about Dr. Wuebbles and his work here