2017 Board

Maureen S. Martin, Board Chair

Maureen S. Martin serves as 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. Martin 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. A professional fundraiser since 1988, beginning in theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and off-Broadway’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, she moved on to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, The Nature Conservancy, and The Henry Ford, prior to joining UM in 2001. Martin has also volunteered on several nonprofit boards, including environmental, women’s and arts organizations in southeastern Michigan.

Carey Stanton, Vice Chair

Carey Stanton is Senior Director for Education and Integrated Marketing at National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Stanton 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.

Stanton has been featured in, and written articles for, many local and national publications, including Nature magazine, Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle and National Wildlife magazine, and has appeared on National Public Radio and several video projects for NWF and partners. She has held various BOD and advisory positions including President, Michigan Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, Climate Counts and Green Community Schools. She has 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.

Gary Wozniak, Board Secretary

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, Wozniak has owned several business ventures from restaurants to the healthcare 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, Wozniak has brought together a coalition of 125+ government, education, nonprofit and for-profit entities to vision a community-development and large-scale metropolitan agriculture project. Five 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.

 

Keith Laughlin

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.

Guy O. Williams

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.

The recipient of Bucknell University’s 2016 Alumni Association Award for Service to Humanity, Williams was also named 2014 Michigan Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press. He is known locally and 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.

He is Chair Emeritus of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Board of Governors. A Director on the Boards of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Chair 2013–2016) and Pesticide Action Network North America, Williams also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors and the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center.