David Rankin leads the staff team that designs the Fund’s initiatives, develops and reviews project proposals, and manages the Fund’s portfolio of supported projects. David has also held senior positions with The Nature Conservancy, US EPA, and state environmental protection agencies. He has negotiated international conservation agreements, designed new conservation programs, and drafted environmental laws and regulations.
Denice Shaw serves as the Federal EPA’s lead for the use of competitions and challenges to provide innovative solutions for environmental protection. The scope of her work includes the recently launched Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge. Prior to this, Denice focused on environmental measurement, monitoring, and enabling technologies for communities.
Kelli Paige manages the operations, finances, and development of GLOS , one of 11 Regional Associations of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) working to enhance the ability to collect, deliver, and use ocean and Great Lakes information. Kelli came to GLOS from The Nature Conservancy where she served as a Program Outreach Coordinator with the Ohio Chapter.
Jeff Reutter served as the director of Ohio Sea Grant and OSU Stone Lab for 27 years and the director of the Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium for 23 years. He currently acts as Special Advisor to the Ohio Sea Grant office, and continues to participate on regional, national and international advisory groups concerned with protecting Lake Erie.
Manisha Ajgaonkar is a network and IoT expert with Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities division. She is currently engaging with new and innovative water quality detection technologies as she leads the expansion of Cisco’s portfolio of Smart Cities solutions into the water space.
Steve Cole leads the Great Lakes Commission’s information management and delivery services. This includes the Great Lakes Blue Accounting initiative, a basin-wide information strategy that builds upon and complements the extensive data collection programs in place across the Great Lakes. Prior to joining GLC, Steve enjoyed a series of executive positions in the private sector creating and managing information services and technology businesses.
Stuart Hamilton works to provide the information technology services required by to promote the City of Sandusky as a leading Great Lakes community. Stuart’s forward-thinking office played a key role in the planning and implementation of the technological infrastructure for the Internet of H2O pilot series.
Tom Johengen has been a Research Scientist with CIGLR at the University of Michigan since 1991 and served as its Director from 2000 – 2004. He also acts as the Chief Scientist for Alliance of Coastal Technologies, a national consortium of academic institutions promoting observing technology. He has recently served on several advisory boards and panels including the International Association for Great Lakes Research Board, the Great Lakes Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel, and the State of Michigan’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Council.