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 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-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.
Todd Main has advised business, non-profits, governments, and foundations as well as candidates for public office including extended assignments in Washington DC, the Great Lakes region and the Southwestern US.
Previously, Todd was chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with primary responsibility for agency operations. He also served as the policy lead on Great Lakes issues where he secured National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approval to establish a federally funded coastal management program in Illinois; led state efforts to clean up legacy pollution problems at Waukegan Harbor area of concern (AOC); developed sustainable solutions to the invasion of Asian Carp and other aquatic invasive species into the Great Lakes; and led a legislative study committee to evaluate offshore wind energy in Lake Michigan. Todd has advised top executives on strategic communications including the Governor of Illinois, other cabinet members, and federal agency officials. As state lead to the Council of Great Lakes Governors, he worked to create the first regional mutual aid agreement on aquatic invasive species and established a great lakes maritime task force to spur infrastructure reinvestment; he also served on the Great Lakes Commission, and on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 2 implementation committee.
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 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.
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.