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Title: Top Talent Joins Alliance Board for Great Lakes

Alliance for the Great Lakes

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008                            
Contact:  Jack Bails (517) 484-4954
Cameron Davis (312) 939-0838 x222

Top Talent Joins Alliance Board for Great Lakes

LANSING, Mich. – The oldest citizens’ Great Lakes organization in North America has expanded the reach and expertise of its Board of Directors, strengthening the organization’s dedication to restoring the Great Lakes.

The board unanimously elected Jack Bails, the returning board vice chairman and a former deputy director for Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, to serve a two-year term as chairman. Former Ohio governor Bob Taft is one of four newcomers elected to the board.

“Jack Bail’s name is synonymous with environmental restoration in Michigan,” said Cameron Davis, president and CEO of the Alliance. “He brings more than 40 years of experience to the organization and the unyielding confidence of decision makers across the region.”

Recently retired as a vice president with Public Sector Consultants, Inc. and manager of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust in Lansing, Bails is expected to expand the Alliance’s effectiveness.

In accepting the chairmanship, Bails said, “The Alliance has established itself as the leading regional public advocacy organization for protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. I look forward to working with the Alliance staff and other board members to advocate for public policies that reflect the importance of a healthy Great Lakes to the present and future quality of life and economic well-being of our region.” 

The four new board members, who will provide overall policy direction for the Alliance’s 20 professional staff in Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Grand Haven, Mich., are:

•       Bob Taft – Distinguished Research Associate with the University of Dayton. He was responsible, while serving as Ohio governor and as chairman of the Council of Great Lakes Governors, for launching the Great Lakes Compact -- recently signed into law by all eight Great Lakes states and at the White House.

•       Jonathan Cooper – of Cleveland, an attorney with the law firm of Tucker Ellis & West.

•       Deborah Loeser – of Northfield, Minn., works for the Midwest-based Small Newspaper Group and is a life-long conservationist. Recently she helped launch a green magazine, Radish, and newspaper column, “GreenSpace.”

•       John Landreth – of Park Ridge, Ill., is a CPA and an internal audit and corporate compliance professional who has extensive not-for-profit experience. He has worked for Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and one of the Hyatt companies. Landreth will serve on the Board’s Financial Management Committee.

In addition to Bails, others selected to the board’s Executive Committee were:

•       Matthew Brett – a real estate attorney with the Chicago law firm, Schiff Hardin, as vice chair for policy.

•       Buzz Patterson – of Donahue/Patterson, an executive search firm, re-elected as treasurer.

•       Lisa Yee-Litzenberg – with the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment, selected by the chair as ex officio member of the Executive Committee.

•       Jim Ridgway – Vice President of Environmental Consulting & Technology in Detroit, selected by the chair as ex officio member of the Executive Committee.

In announcing board elections, the Alliance also announced key staff changes:

•       Ed Glatfelter -- A 30-year veteran of municipal water and land use planning, will serve as director of the Alliance’s Water Conservation Program. Glatfelter most recently helped develop the recently-passed Great Lakes Compact, headed a municipal water agency, and worked for the Illinois Water Survey.

•       Sharon Cook -- Formerly Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s intergovernmental relations director, she helped pass the Great Lakes Compact as a member of the Alliance’s staff. Cook will shift to a new role at the Alliance as director of the Partnership Development Program.

•       Jamie Cross, of the Alliance’s Michigan office, will serve as Acting Adopt-a-Beach™ manager and as outreach coordinator for Michigan.

“These Alliance staff members are at the top of their game for restoring the region’s waters,” said Davis. “Under Jack’s leadership, we’ll continue to be ‘the go-to place’ for people to work, volunteer and chip in to save the Great Lakes.”


Formed in 1970, the Alliance for the Great Lakes (formerly the Lake Michigan Federation) is the oldest organization of independent citizens in North America. Our mission is to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. More about the Alliance for the Great Lakes is available online at www.greatlakes.org.

Susan Campbell
Communications Manager
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Visit http://www.greatlakes.org