Thomas works at CrowdFund Connect as the director of compliance services and head of business development. In addition to his work at CFC he also advises start ups in the Midwest. He speaks around the Midwest on crowdfunding, mobile payments, and the issues around payments. In addition, Thomas has provided assistance with crowdfunding bills in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics; he earned his law degree at Michigan State University. Thomas splits his time between Michigan and Chicago. Recently, he was appointed to a Michigan commission to assist nonprofits as well as low income and under served businesses with crowdfunding. This effort is supported by a grant from the State Bar of Michigan.
Tyson was recently a guest on the Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss the nuclear power plant moratorium in Wisconsin. Under a new proposal, Wisconsin’s 32-year-old moratorium on new nuclear power plants would be lifted. Supporters say nuclear power is cleaner and that new plants would create jobs, while opponents say it distracts from renewable energy efforts and that there’s no long-term solution to storing nuclear waste. Cardin’s guests discussed whether Wisconsin should end its moratorium on new nuclear power plants.
Tyson manages the science department of Clean Wisconsin. In this role he serves as the scientific and technical lead for analysis of environmental issues and policies, in order to inform advocacy and action advancing Clean Wisconsin’s environmental priorities. He also works to build the research base of Clean Wisconsin, expand the use of science in environmental decision-making throughout the state, and maintain Clean Wisconsin’s position as an expert resource for environmental science.
Prior to joining Clean Wisconsin, Tyson was an energy efficiency and renewable energy consultant. His work included first-in-the-nation field testing of emerging energy efficient technologies like LED lighting, and project management on the California Solar Initiative and CaliforniaSolarStatistics.org. He also served as a resident engineer for Engineers without Borders in Tanzania, and was a founding member of the Stanford Solar and Wind Energy Project. He holds a Master of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Atmosphere/ Energy group at Stanford University. He has also studied environmental health science at the University of Michigan. At K he majored in physics and studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary. He has conducted research in fields including climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy and public health.
Rick received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the St. Joseph (Mich.) Public Schools Foundation, which honors St. Joseph High School alumni who have excelled in their professions and/or made significant contributions to their community. In high school Rick was captain of the football, wrestling and baseball teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree from K in economics and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned a M.B.A. from Grand Valley State University. Rick has been involved in the banking industry his entire professional career and serves as the President/CEO of Edgewater Bank in St. Joseph. Rick also serves in leadership positions of the Michigan Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council, Krasl Center for the Arts, Lakeland Health Foundation and St. Joseph Today. He and his wife Pam live in St. Joseph and have two grown sons.
Bob was feted at the 32nd annual STAR Awards (Sharing Time and Resources) celebration in Kalamazoo this past spring. He received the Irving S. Gilmore Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob served the city of Kalamazoo as City Attorney for many years. After he retired he served as a city commissioner. At K Bob majored in political science and studied abroad in Mexico. He earned his law degree at Cornell University.
Megan received the 2014 Henry D. Messer Youth Activist Award for her work in Michigan’s LGBT equality movement. The award is one of the annual Catalyst Awards from Equality Michigan. As Community Engagement Coordinator of the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center since late 2012, Megan has had an impact not only in the Kalamazoo area, but across Michigan. During her K days, she worked with Habitat for Humanity as an AmeriCorps volunteer and with Queers for Economic Justice in New York. Megan will received her award at Equality Michigan’s annual dinner in February.
Richard was a co-recipient of the 2014 Pro Bono Recognition Award from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was honored for volunteer service representing a plaintiff assigned by the court in a complex disability case featuring elements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Though elements of the case are still pending, Richard helped successfully argue that a wheelchair-bound muscular sclerosis patient is entitled to lifetime disability benefits. Richard is a partner and senior litigator in the Detroit office of the law firm Plunkett Cooney. He earned his bachelor’s degree at K in political science, and he received his law degree at Boston College.
Jeff was named the 2015 Credit Union Community Volunteer of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union Foundation (MCUF). The award recognizes a credit union employee or member who has a history of exemplary volunteer service outside of the credit union system. Jeff has volunteered with numerous southwest Michigan nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years. Currently, he is the board president of both the Lake Michigan College Foundation and the Fun Financial Literacy Institute. He is the current treasurer and past president of the Niles Community School District Board of Education. Jeff serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation’s Buchanan Area Fund, and is a committee chairman for Michigan’s Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council and the Kinexus Bridge Academy. He is a former board member and campaign chair for United Way of Southwest Michigan, and past president of the Niles-Buchanan YMCA and the Buchanan Lions Club. Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He is vice president of operations at United Federal Credit Union (St. Joseph, Mich.) He and his wife Diane live in Niles, Michigan.
Amy was selected as a 2015-2016 Executive Fellow. The Executive Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) and the Office of the Governor to provide an experiential learning opportunity in California state government. Executive Fellows function as full-time professional staff in executive offices at various levels of California’s executive branch, which includes the office of the governor, constitutional offices, cabinet secretaries, commissions and departments. The 10-month program integrates work experience with academic and professional development. Prior to taking this position Amy was teaching in Madrid, Spain, as a Fulbright Fellow.
Nathan is the senior legislative manager for Access Now, a New York City-headquartered advocacy organization that defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. A former communications director in the U.S. Congress, Nathan has shaped political and social issue campaigns across the United States and the Internet. He earned his bachelor’s degree from K in political science, and he studied abroad in Hong Kong. He earned a master’s degree in global marketing, communications and advertising from Emerson College in Boston.
Meredith has been named a New Leaders Council—Detroit 2016 Fellow. NLC-D is an entrepreneurial leadership program for progressive young professionals, with a mission to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive leaders. Meredith is the director of development and strategic initiatives for Michigan United, a statewide organization fighting for racial, economic and gender justice in Michigan through grassroots organizing. Michigan United’s primary areas of work are fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, ending mass incarceration, promoting equitable development and fighting for an economy that works for all of us. Meredith has organized on campaigns to fight violence against women, increase affordable housing, clean up toxic waste in her local neighborhood, raise Michigan’s minimum wage and increase access to affordable, quality child care and long-term care. She lives in Detroit and loves building campaigns to advance gender equity and women’s rights. At K she earned her degree in human development and social relations and studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal. Her study abroad Intercultural Research Project was a program on HIV-prevention among at-risk Senegalese communities. Her Senior Individualized Project was a documentary on HIV-prevention in Detroit.