The Alliance is governed by an independent board of directors. Board members provide critical strategic guidance to the organization and represent a wide range of interests and expertise from around the Great Lakes region.

New board members are nominated every year. Directors are limited to two consecutive terms, but can serve again after a lapse of at least one year.

Executive Committee

Sue Conatser, Chair
Motorola Solutions (retired)

Kathryn Bryk Friedman, Vice Chair – Policy
University at Buffalo

Stephen Brewster, Vice Chair – Development
GCM Grosvenor

Frank Washelesky, Treasurer
Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams Ltd.

David Schmahl, Secretary

Adrienne Dziak, Chair Nominations
The Nature Conservancy (retired)

Joel Brammeier, President & CEO
Alliance for the Great Lakes


Lauren Bigelow
Growth Capital Network

Claire Castleman

Aaron Fershee

Quentin James
The Collective PAC

Kimberly Hill Knott
Future Insight Consulting, LLC

Thomas Langmyer
Great Lakes Media Corp

Candace Jeffers LaRochelle
University Hospital Rehabilitation Hospital/University Hospital Avon Rehabilitation Hospital

Susan McDermott

Jo-Elle Mogerman
Saint Louis Zoo

Buzz Patterson
Keene Advisory Group LLC

Jeff Pearsall
RMB Capital Management

Laura Rubin
Great Lakes Healing Our Waters Coalition

Vanessa Tey Iosue
Burges & Burges Strategists



James Griffith