As Managing Partner at 4731 Solutions, Ric Geyer focuses on developing innovative solutions for improving urban landscapes. Ric brings 20 years of experience in innovative neighborhood redevelopment projects in Detroit, as well as a background in strategic planning with public and corporate entities including Deloitte Consulting, Ford Motor Company, and the City of Detroit. Ric has served as the Mayor’s staff advisor, as “Executive on Loan” to the Governor’s office, and as interim chief financial officer for Detroit’s Super Bowl effort. He also served on Detroit’s Economic Development Corporation board, as chair of the board of Preservation Wayne and as chair of Tyree Guyton’s internationally known Heidelberg Arts Project. Ric received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from The University of Akron in 1980 and his Masters in Business Administration (Marketing Strategy and Strategic Planning) from the Wharton School in 1986.
Carey Stanton is Senior Director for Education and Integrated marketing at National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Carey oversees the development of national partnerships, campaigns, media and film projects and is responsible for extensive fundraising to enhance NWF’s mission-driven work. She has 15 years of experience designing and implementing social action and award-winning curricula and training programs for NWF and state agencies.
Carey has been featured and written articles in many local and national publications, including Nature magazine, Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, and National Wildlife magazine. She has appeared on National Public Radio and several video projects for NWF and partners. Carey has held various BOD and advisory positions including President, Michigan Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, Climate Counts and Green Community Schools.
Carey holds an M.S. in Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Michigan State University, and a B.S. in Animal Science and Speech Communications from the University of Tennessee. She lives in Austin, Texas, where her favorite thing to do is spend time with her daughter Caroline – preferably outdoors.
Gary Wozniak has spent his entire adult career in the financial arena. With close to 30 years of hands on consulting, training and leadership experience he has helped hundreds of companies achieve economic success. In addition, Gary has owned several business ventures from restaurants to the health care arena. He has a unique ability to analyze a client’s financial condition and make recommendations regarding strengths/weaknesses, stability and the potential for capacity building.
As the lead author of the RecoveryPark project in Detroit, Gary has brought together a coalition of 125+ government, education, non-profit and for-profit entities to vision a community development and large-scale metropolitan agriculture project. 5 years in the making, RecoveryPark is poised to define what “triple bottom line” urban projects will model themselves after in the coming years. This project offers insight into financially self-sustainable models offering lifestyle options that end population losses in core city neighborhoods while attracting employment opportunities that will eventually fuel further development ideas.
Diane Jones is the Chief Information and Strategic Officer for Detroit Public Schools. In her role she provides executive leadership and vision for the strategic development and management of information, resources and technology to support the achievement of Detroit Public Schools’ strategies, goals and instructional priorities. Ms. Jones is responsible for delivering enterprise applications and services, IT center of excellence and driving IT innovation including the implementation of a first class ERP. She was responsible for the infusion of millions of dollars in technology into DPS’ classrooms with the deployment of more than 4,000 teacher stations and 40,000 netbook computers to students. Her achievements in innovation and education were recognized by the Gartner Group in a white paper as helping to transform the learning environment. (“Road Notes on Supporting Collaborative Education: Starting With Students”)
Ms. Jones is actively engaged in industry and professional organizations, and serves on numerous boards including the Community Telecommunications Network (CTN), the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) and Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ). Ms. Jones has also been recognized by her peers, she received the “Who’s Who in Black Detroit” award in 2007 & 2008; and has been named as one of the 2014 “Women of Excellence” by the Michigan Chronicle.
Keith Laughlin has been president of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) since February 2001. RTC is a national organization with more than 150,000 members and supporters dedicated to transforming unused rail lines into multipurpose trails. In the last 28 years, RTC has worked with communities to create more than 21,000 miles of trail that is used by tens of millions of Americans every year who want safe places to bike and walk. Keith is responsible for overseeing all aspects of RTC’s trail development, policy advocacy and public education work.
Before joining RTC, Keith had more than 20 years of governmental experience in Washington, D.C. He served for eight years in the White House Council on Environmental Quality as Associate Director for Sustainable Development. Before joining the executive branch, Keith was a senior staff person in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years.
Maureen S. Martin serves as Executive Director, Foundation Maureen S. Martin is Executive Director of Foundation Relations and Program Initiatives for the Office of University Development at the University of Michigan. She is responsible for enhancing and facilitating relationships between foundations and the University’s most important programs, research agendas and institutes. She offers counsel and support to faculty and fundraisers across the University in their relationships with professional foundations and smaller, more specialized, or regional foundations. Michigan annually receives $45 to $50 million from professional foundations. Maureen also works closely with leadership in strategic initiatives such as sustainability and education reform, engaging foundation as well as individual donors.
An alum of Michigan twice, Ms. Martin received her B.A. in women’s studies and journalism, and an M.B.A. in corporate strategy and marketing. She has been a professional fundraiser since 1988, including a beginning in theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and then off-Broadway’s Ensemble Studio Theatre; and increasingly responsible roles for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, The Nature Conservancy, and The Henry Ford, prior to joining UM in 2001. Ms. Martin has also volunteered on several nonprofit boards, including environmental, women’s and arts organizations in southeastern Michigan. She and her husband live outside Ann Arbor with a few beautiful old hens and a lot of cats.
Guy O. Williams is President & CEO of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and Principal & Founder of G.O. Williams & Associates, L.L.C., strategic advisors for sustainable community and environmentally related programs. He previously served as Program Manager for Fair Food Foundation and as Senior Director for Community Development and Relations at National Wildlife Federation.
Williams received his BS from Bucknell University and is well known nationally for his work as an advocate for environmental justice and a developer of community programming that values effective collaborations among business, government, and community interests. His success in guiding a program’s strategic development, supporting its funding, and directing its implementation is a hallmark of his accomplishments.
Named 2014 Michigan Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press, Williams is currently Chair of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Board of Directors and Chair Emeritus of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Board of Governors. A Director on the Boards of Eastern Market Corporation (Detroit) and Pesticide Action Network North America, he also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors and the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center.