KIM ALBRIGHT is the Director of International Development at Smith College. She lives in New York and summers on the shores of Crystal Lake in Frankfort. During Kim’s years on the institute Board of Directors, she helped develop our Benzie County program.
GARY APPEL, an innovative administrator, science educator, and author, was a founding Institute board member. Interested in the social justice aspect of MLUI’s work, he rejoined the board in 2007. He believes that poor planning and unbridled growth often hurt most those who have the least. Gary lives in Traverse City with his wife, Mimi, and their two sons.
KATE BASSETT edits Harbor Light, a popular, weekly paper published in Harbor Springs that often reprints our work, a connection that’s grown since her tenure began. Kate promotes community by making sure the paper connects people to a sense of place and to each other.
DIANE BUTLER is manager of community health at Munson Medical Center. She is very involved in community health initiatives, including the 11-county Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative, which supports hospitals in purchasing 20 percent locally grown food by 2020. She also leads a new initiative to reduce obesity and its impacts on our community, economy, schools and health.
EDMUND FROST is an accomplished environmental attorney, with extensive experience in antitrust, environmental, and venture capital transactions. He practiced law for many years in Washington, D.C., and now lives in Texas, where he is a partner in a natural gas development company. He and his wife Molly also are part-time residents of Benzie County.
Dr. ORAN HESTERMAN is President and CEO of Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit that works to improve access to healthy, local food. His 2011 book, "Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All," has quickly become a national sensation. Oran lives in Ann Arbor and spends time at his home in Omena, in Leelanau County.
HOWARD LEARNER is an experienced environmental and energy attorney who serves as the president and executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, in Chicago-the Midwest's leading public interest, environmental law, advocacy, and economic innovation organization. ELPC develops and promotes advocates new sustainable directions for environmental policy issues.
CHRIS MACINNES is Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa’s Chief Operating Officer and President of Crystal Properties. Chris and husband Jim transformed the local, family-owned resort into a “green,” premier four- season destination. Chris was the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.
JIM MACINNES, co-owner and CEO of Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, has an extensive background in renewable energy. He organized the 2008 and 2009 Conference on Michigan’s Future: Energy, Economy and Environment, and is the recipient of the institute’s 2011 Milliken Distinguished Leadership award.
DEB McKEON is senior vice president for membership services at the Council of Michigan Foundations in Grand Haven. Before joining CMF in 2012, Deb was executive director of the Northsky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City where she was active in numerous community initiatives, including the Grand Vision regional planning initiative.
DOUGLAS ORR recently moved to Traverse City from Seattle where he was the site director at Google. A veteran of the technology industry, he started his career at Ann Arbor-based Arbor Networks after graduating from University of Michigan and then worked for various tech companies on the west coast before joining Google.
DENIS PIERCE heads Pierce & Associates, P.C., a Chicago real-estate law firm, and the Pierce Family Foundation, which turns his “give back” philosophy into funding many good causes in Chicago and northwest Michigan. He summers on Glen Lake.
STANLEY 'SKIP' PRUSS founded 5 Lakes Energy LLC, a clean energy technology consultancy, after directing former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth. Skip works to enable and accelerate Michigan’s clean energy economy.
JON SEBALY is a senior partner in the law firm Sebally Shillito + Dyer in Dayton, Ohio. He and his wife Diana are longtime supporters of MLUI and have an abiding interest in education and the environment. They spend as much time as they can at their second home in Leland.
LISA TAYLOR is the founder of Wellness Professionals, which promotes fitness through events like the Farmland 5K. The December running event encourages year-round fitness activities—and is a fundraiser for MLUI's Taste the Local Difference program. Lisa was previously the race director for the National Cherry Festival and the North American Vasa Ski races.