Board of Directors

Megan Reilly Cayten

Megan Reilly Cayten

Chair

Senior Advisor, Javelin Capital
Megan Reilly Cayten is a social entrepreneur with a focus on designing, financing, implementing and managing low-carbon, high-impact projects and businesses, particularly in emerging markets. Currently she is actively developing projects in the renewable energy and blue carbon sectors. Megan has 20 years of experience developing ($1 billion of assets), financing ($10 billion), implementing and managing ($8 billion) environmentally and socially responsible energy and infrastructure projects on four continents, for companies including AES Corporation, Citibank and Alinda Capital Partners, and Global Water Challenge. Her consulting clients have included institutional investors and project developers in Beijing, Yangon, Mexico City and Kenya. Ms. Reilly Cayten also founded, grew and sold Catrinka Inc., a social enterprise with a focus on women's financial empowerment. Ms. Reilly Cayten holds an MBA from Harvard and a BA from Yale, and speaks fluent Spanish and conversational French and Mandarin Chinese. In addition to her service to NEEF, she is a member of the board of the Environmental Voter Project, Educate 2 Envision, and the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza, and a National Council member of World Wildlife Fund. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and three children.
Kevin Butt

Kevin Butt

Vice Chair

Regional Environmental Director, Toyota Motor North America Inc.
Mr. Butt is the regional environmental director of Toyota’s North American Environmental Sustainability Programs.  He is responsible for the development of environmental sustainability programs and regulatory/legislative development for all of Toyota’s North American operations. Prior to Mr. Butt’s current assignment he was the general manager/chief environmental and safety officer for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing for all of Toyota’s manufacturing operations. Mr. Butt serves on several boards including the National Wildlife Habitat Council, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund National Council, North American Great Plains Advisory Board and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Mr. Butt is a member of the US EPA Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Automobile Sector. He served on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources. He was also given the Toyota Community Star Award for volunteering and giving back to the community in a very high standard. Mr. Butt earned a BS in environmental science from Georgetown College. He has also completed the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14000 environmental management auditor course, and the American National Standards Institute-Registrar Accreditation Board (ANSI-RAB) accredited environmental management systems auditor course.
Meri-Margaret Deoudes

Meri-Margaret Deoudes

Secretary

President and CEO, National Environmental Education Foundation
Meri-Margaret Deoudes joins NEEF as the former president and CEO of EarthShare, a strategic advisor and programmatic partner to the business sector that develops dynamic engagement and philanthropy programs focused on creating tangible sustainability progress. Along with an extensive background in developing holistic corporate alliances, special events and employee engagement programs for prominent health-focused nonprofits including the March of Dimes and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Meri-Margaret has worked in the environmental community to create, market and fund programs that promote the benefits of outdoor activity and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards.A graduate of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Meri-Margaret recently earned her CFRE and served as a Guru Lunch host at Green Biz. She has been a panelist and speaker at the Sustainable Brands Conference, appeared on Lifetime’s morning show, The Balancing Act, and was a “spokesmom” for National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement to connect kids to nature.Meri-Margaret is the proud mother of a 12 year-old boy. She is life-long learner and avid reader known for developing her best ideas during daily outdoor runs. She enjoys cooking and entertaining with friends and spending time with family.
Carlos Alcazar

Carlos Alcazar

Co-Founder, Culture ONE World
Carlos Alcazar works with federal government agencies, non-profits, and corporate brands to create award-winning national marketing and advertising campaigns that reach millennial and multicultural markets. That includes creating compelling communications campaigns for Departments of Justice, Commerce, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, the 2020 Census, as well as NGO’s and corporations like the NBA, Amtrak, LIVESTRONG, AT&T, and the American Heart Association amongst others. He brings a background in education, advertising, and media to focus on public-sector client objectives using creative storytelling and data-driven media. Before founding Culture ONE World, he held leadership positions at Pearson plc and Viacom.
Katharine Emerson

Katharine Emerson

Director of Political Affairs, Bayer
Katharine Emerson is the director of political affairs for Bayer as of December 2019. Prior to joining the team at Bayer she was the director of public policy & political strategy at the National Corn Growers Association of America (NCGA).  Emerson led NCGA’s political strategy development and PAC duties while also heading lobbying efforts on conservation and domestic biotech issues. Emerson also served as director of strategic partnerships at the World Food Program (WFP) USA, where she oversaw WFP USA’s annual fundraising event honoring US leaders who have made a major impact in ending global hunger.  Prior to her service with WFP USA, she served as manager of government affairs for Monsanto Company for nearly eight years, where she also managed the company’s DC-based food and nutrition security partnerships, an issue she also represented on behalf of Monsanto. A passionate advocate to end hunger, Emerson is a board member for the Congressional Hunger Center, where she chairs the development committee. She earned a BA in politics from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
Todd Greenwood

Todd Greenwood

Chief Development Officer, Purdue Research Foundation's Discovery Park
Todd Greenwood is the chief development officer for the Purdue Research Foundation’s Discovery Park. Located at Purdue University, Discovery Park is 40-acres of open laboratory facilities where transdisciplinary research is focused on the strategic themes of global health, sustainability, food security, and global security.Previously, Greenwood served the director of strategic partner development & industry relations for the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation. The National FFA Organization is a national, intra-curricular youth organization of more than 650,000 student members as part of 8,600 local middle and high school chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.Greenwood received his BS in hospitality and tourism management from Purdue University and serves on Purdue’s College of Consumer and Family Sciences alumni board and Purdue Alumni Association's board of directors.
Jeniffer Harper-Taylor

Jeniffer Harper-Taylor

Head of STEM Education, Siemens Foundation
Ms. Harper-Taylor serves with of the nation’s preeminent non-profit organizations dedicated to STEM education.  During more than a decade of service she has impacted students, teachers and schools on a national scale, introducing tens of thousands of young people to opportunities in STEM. Today she oversees an annual investment of more than $7 million in innovative education programs in STEM that support, recognize and encourage the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. Ms. Harper-Taylor became Siemens Foundation’s program manager in March 2000, subsequently serving as program director and vice president before being named president in March 2010. In 2015, Ms. Harper-Taylor assumed responsibility for STEM Education efforts for the foundation.  Throughout her tenure she has spearheaded partnerships with such education leaders as the College Board and Discovery Education to broaden the reach and impact of the foundation’s programs. Ms. Harper-Taylor is active on a number of fronts to close the minority gap in STEM. She is a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Office for Access and the Advancement of Public Black Universities. Previously, she served as the Diversity Council Chairperson for Siemens Corporation, USA. She is a graduate of Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree.
Katie Hogge

Katie Hogge

Katie Hogge is a passionate writer and content specialist dedicated to curating game-changing messaging around wildlife and environmental conservation. She currently serves as Digital Outreach Manager at Ocean Conservancy, where she helps develop creative digital strategies to grow and cultivate marine conservation initiatives. Growing up on the southeastern coast in Norfolk, Virginia, Hogge received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Christopher Newport University in 2016, where she graduated from the President’s Leadership Program. She went on to work in the outdoor recreation marketing sector before joining the environmental field. In addition to her work at Ocean Conservancy, she is also Deputy Editor at the American Conservation Coalition (ACC) and a digital and editorial consultant for conservation, travel, and outdoor lifestyle brands. Most recently, she was awarded designation under EarthX, The Audubon Society, and ACC’s ‘30 Under 30: The Green Generation’ list, and has spoken about conservation messaging at events such as Global Citizen’s World Oceans Day panel.
Jennifer Love

Jennifer Love

Chief Security Officer, Senior Vice President of Safety, Environment and Health, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
At Royal Caribbean, Ms. Love is responsible for leading their global operations that include multiple land sites, over 60,000 employees, 5 million annual guests, and a fleet of 48 cruise ships. Before joining Royal Caribbean in September 2015, Ms. Love served as senior vice president and chief security officer for Cablevision Systems Corporation where she headed enterprise-wide security programs and processes, and served as its chief liaison to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Ms. Love retired as the assistant director of the FBI Security Division after serving as a senior executive of the Federal Bureau of Investigations for nearly 25 years. At the FBI, she gained broad experience and received numerous honors and awards for her exemplary leadership in both national security and criminal financial law enforcement. Among her honors are the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service in 2010 and the National Association for Advancement of Colored People’s Community Leader Award in 2009. She holds Bachelor of Science in accounting from Jackson State University.
Lori McFarling

Lori McFarling

President, Corporate Partnerships, Discovery Education
A highly respected industry leader with more than 20 years of media, marketing, and business development expertise, Lori McFarling serves as Discovery Education’s lead in the company’s global branding and public-private social impact partnerships. McFarling drives the development of Discovery Education’s strategic marketing initiatives that support educators in transitioning classrooms to digital learning environments, optimizing the power of media and technology to enhance instruction. With a diverse array of partnerships across the public-private sector—consumer brands, non-profit and advocacy organizations, sports leagues, and academia—McFarling guides the company’s work across diverse industries, disciplines, and subject areas that support youth achievement. McFarling is a sought-after thought leader and speaker on issues related to the intersection of social impact and brand activation. She has been a featured speaker at the Milken Institute’s Future of Health Summit, STEMConnector’s Global STEM Talent Summit, the Incite Marketing Forum, Landmark Media’s Tech Summit, and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Conference. McFarling is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and was named to the Most Powerful Women in Cable roster in 2017, 2015, and 2014. McFarling was also named to the “Wonder Women” class of television executives and has been recognized with notable awards, including the Vanguard Award for Marketing, the industry’s highest honor for marketing excellence, and the WICT Liberty Award, acknowledging her “demonstrated excellence in the areas of leadership, innovation, excellence, risk-taking, teamwork, and dedication to the cable and telecommunications industry.” McFarling earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and resides with her husband and three children in Bethesda, Maryland.
Steve Sikra

Stephen Sikra

Vice President and Chief of Staff, Alliance to End Plastic Waste
After a 28-year career with Procter & Gamble (P&G), Stephen Sikra was named the vice president and chief of staff of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste in January 2020.  He has extensive experience working in process development, product supply, package development, and materials development. Stephen established P&G’s global plastic sustainability strategy and is a champion for plastic recycling.  He led P&G’s global Material Science and Technology program for package material innovation in support of all P&G business units. He has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Post-Consumer Plastic Recyclers (APR). He is a founding member of the APR Rigid Committee and is the current chairperson. He also holds leadership positions with the Recycling Partnership and is on the Advisory Panel of the $100 million Closed Loop Fund with Walmart. He holds degrees in materials science & engineering and business.

Ex-Officio Board Members

Dr. Tinelle Bustam

Dr. Tinelle Bustam

Acting Director, Conservation Education, USDA Forest Service
Tinelle Bustam is the National Director of Conservation Education for the USDA Forest Service. She has served various capacities in the Forest Service including National Assistant Director of Recreation at the Washington DC office, District Ranger on the Colville (WA) and Los Padres (CA) National Forests, Public Services Staff Officer at El Yunque National Forest (PR), as well as duty stations on the Six Rivers and Lassen National Forests (CA). Tinelle holds a PhD in natural resource recreation (University of FL), MS in outdoor education (State University of NY), and BS in wildlife biology (University of MT). Tinelle is published in peer-reviewed journals and most recently for the United Nations Development Programme. Currently adjunct faculty at Frostburg State University, Tinelle teaches a graduate course and was named the 2017 FSU Wellner Scholar for her contributions to the field of recreation and student education.
Kenneth Harding

Kenneth W. Harding

Regional Director of the Central Region, National Weather Service
Kenneth W. Harding is the Regional Director of the Central Region in Kansas City, MO. The Central Region consists of 45 NWS offices with nearly 1000 employees spread across 14 states of the north-central U.S. Mr. Harding started his career as a weather officer in the Air Force and had tours of duty at McChord Air Force Base in Washington and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. Most of his military career was spent supporting the air defense mission of NORAD. He also led the Department of Defense NEXRAD deployment and training effort in Alaska and was deployed to Korea and Guam. Mr. Harding came to NWS as a general forecaster in the Air Route Traffic Control Center/ Center Weather Service Unit in Anchorage, AK, in 1995. He was selected as the Science and Operations Officer at Weather Forecast Office (WFO) Aberdeen, SD in August of 1996 where he led the spin-up of the new WFO. He was selected as Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC) at WFO Topeka, KS in June of 2006 where he was instrumental in the introduction of new tornado warning text to convey impacts expected. Mr. Harding served as the MIC of WFO Des Moines, IA beginning in June 2014. He then moved to Central Region HQ as Chief Program Officer in June 2016 and became Central Region Deputy Director in May 2017. Mr. Harding received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Iowa State University in May 1986 and his Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in August of 1991. Mr. Harding is a native of Rembrandt, Iowa, and has one adult daughter.
Louisa Koch

Louisa Koch

Director of Education, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Ms. Koch has served as NOAA’s director of education from October 2005 to the present.  NOAA’s education programs are developing the next generation of professionals educated in the NOAA sciences and educating the public about the role of the ocean, coast and atmosphere in the global environment.  Ms. Koch served as NOAA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research from 1998 through 2005.  Before joining NOAA, Ms. Koch served at the Office of Management and Budget as the Commerce Branch Chief.  She was a Presidential Management Intern at the Department of Defense and an economist at the Joint Economic Committee, US Congress.  Ms. Koch earned a master’s in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987), and a bachelor’s in physics from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont (1982).  She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband Robert and two daughters.
Matthew Lyttle

Matthew Lyttle

Acting Deputy Director, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA - Department of Homeland Security
In this role at FEMA, Matthew Lyttle works to engage local stakeholders, regional agencies, and national partners in various preparedness initiatives. He acts as the lead implementor of FEMA’s Strategic Plan objective to Help People Prepare for Disasters. Programs under his purview include the National CERT Program, Youth Preparedness, and You Are the Help Until Help Arrives. Mr. Lyttle specializes in bringing non-traditional emergency management partners into community resilience and preparedness efforts. Matt’s current projects include researching preparedness in America, encouraging financial preparedness among the American public, and teaching people lifesaving skills. In 2017, Mr. Lyttle served as an intergovernmental affairs manager in Puerto Rico, coordinating the Federal Government’s communication with 78 jurisdictions during the response and recovery from Hurricane Maria. He was elected president of the Northern Virginia Regional VOAD from 2010 until 2013, and has filled various positions on the board of his local Citizen Corps Council. Mr. Lyttle is a returned peace corps volunteer, having served from 2008 to 2010 in the northern mountains of Nicaragua. His interest in community development and disaster resiliency began while working with rural villages that had yet to recover from Hurricane Mitch a decade earlier. Mr. Lyttle lives in Alexandria, VA with his family, where he is active in the local CERT program, as well as local planning and zoning initiatives.
Sara B. Newman, DrPH, MCP

Capt. Sara B. Newman, DrPH, MCP

Captain, United States Public Health Service
Director, Office of Public Health, National Park Service
Sara B. Newman DrPH, MCP, is a Captain in the United States Public Health Service and has dedicated more than 25 years to working in public health positions both with the public and private sectors.  Since March 2015, Dr. Newman has served as the Director of the Office of Public Health (OPH) with the National Park Service (NPS) where she is principal advisor to the NPS Director and executive leadership for public health decisions affecting 300 million visitors in 413 parks nationwide.As OPH Director, Dr. Newman is the NPS lead public health policy and management expert providing technical expertise to the NPS on food safety, drinking water safety, waste water and communicable diseases, infectious disease surveillance, outbreak response, and health promotion.  More recently, Dr. Newman was selected by the NPS Director to serve as the Science Integrity Officer for the NPS, handling all scientific integrity issues and allegations assigned to the NPS by the Department of the Interior.Dr.  Newman earned her doctoral degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) focusing on epidemiology and social and behavioral sciences.  She earned her Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ericka Reid

Ericka L. Reid, PhD

Director, Office of Science Education & Diversity, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health
Dr. Reid directs the Office of Science Education & Diversity (OSED) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). As the educational and career exploration/preparation outreach arm of the institute, OSED coordinates national, regional, state-wide, and local outreach efforts designed to raise the awareness of students, teachers, parents, scientists and the general public regarding the mission, research, and goals of NIEHS. Prior to coming to NIEHS, Dr. Reid worked with a Science & Technology Center funded by the National Science Foundation, where she served as the deputy director of education for the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN), a consortium of eight local colleges and universities and based at Emory University. Additionally, she completed a science and technology policy fellowship at the National Academies in Washington DC. She assisted the Committee on Engineering Education in the National Academy of Engineering with reports on the Engineer of 2020 and Educational Technology. Dr. Reid was born and raised in High Point, NC where she established an early desire and determination to make great strides in education, both for herself and for those around her. She attained an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master's degree in education (counseling and development) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also has a doctorate in educational psychology from Georgia State University.
Nora Savage

Nora Savage, PhD

Nano Program Director; Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems; Engineering Directorate; National Science Foundation
Dr. Savage has worked for the U.S. federal government for almost twenty years. In this capacity she has served the environmental nanotechnology research community through her contributions to strategic research direction. Dr. Savage served as a Team Lead for nanotechnology within the Office of Research and Development within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She currently serves as Program Director for the National Science Foundation.  Dr. Savage has authored and co-authored numerous articles on nanotechnology and emerging technologies in leading journals, including the Journal of Nanoparticle Research and Toxicological Sciences.  She served as lead editor for the books “Emerging Technologies: Socio-Behavioral Life Cycle Approaches” and for “Nanotechnology for Water Applications”) now in its second edition) and has contributed chapters to several other books, including the Oxford Handbook of Nanoscience and Technology, vol. III.  Dr. Savage obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1992 from Prairie View A&M University located in Prairie View, Texas.  She received two Masters Degrees (in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, located in Madison, Wisconsin in1995, and a doctoral degree in Environmental Science from the same institution in 2000.
Shannon Steinbauer

Shannon Steinbauer

Special Assistant to the Director, OLHCHH, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Shannon Steinbauer, RN BSN MPH- is the special assistant to the director for the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has been with OLHCHH for 8 years. Shannon previously led local and state efforts for Lead and Healthy Homes activities in the State of Kansas. She has a dedication to public service and shares personal experience in educating and assisting communities meet goals and connecting them to resources for housing and health improvement priorities.  Shannon’s expertise originates from assisting lead poisoned children and their families in their homes to State and Federal policy making.

Liaisons

Sharunda D. Buchanan

Sharunda D. Buchanan, M.S., Ph.D.

Director, Office of Priority Projects and Innovation, Office of the Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Dr. Sharunda Buchanan currently serves as Director of NCEH/ATSDR’s Office of Priority Projects and Innovation (OPPI) where she provides leadership, management, and coordination of large-scale, priority environmental health initiatives and promotes innovation and “big idea” projects and prototypes.  After receiving a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in chemistry, toxicology, and biochemistry, respectively, Dr. Buchanan joined the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) as an Environmental Health Scientist in the Division of Toxicology in 1990; she later joined CDC as as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer assigned to the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects (DEHHE).  During her six-year tenure with DEHHE, Dr. Buchanan greatly contributed to the expansion of the National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes programmatic and research agendas.  In 2001, Dr. Buchanan became Chief of the Environmental Health Services Branch, and served in this capacity until becoming Director of NCEH’s Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services (DEEHS).  As DEEHS director for a little over a decade (2007-2017), Dr. Buchanan provided leadership, direction and guidance to a multi-disciplinary team overseeing national and international programs related to lead poisoning prevention, food and drinking water outbreak investigations; chemical demilitarization of warfare agents; cruise ship inspections; community design, and overall performance improvement of core and emergency environmental public health services.  Dr. Buchanan is committed to advancing health equity, attaining environmental justice, and improving environmental public health across the country.
Dr. Bill Cibulas

William Cibulas Jr., PhD, MS

Senior Advisor for Public Health, Acting Associate Director for Science, CDC National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Dr. Cibulas serves as National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (NCEH/ATSDR) senior advisor for public health and acting associate director for science. For six months during 2013, Dr. Cibulas was temporarily assigned to US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (DHHS/OASH) where he 1) provided expert advice on environmental issues related to chemicals in the environment, public health, and environmental justice, and 2) promoted and advanced the agency’s strategic priorities with other federal agencies and non-government partners located in Washington, DC. Since his return to Atlanta, Dr. Cibulas has provided senior technical support to the NCEH/ATSDR Office of the Director through his appointment as deputy director within the Office of Science, and participation on various high-level interagency committees. Previously CDC/ATSDR positions held by Dr. Cibulas include branch chief in the former Division of Toxicology and director, Division of Health Assessment and Consultation. Dr. Cibulas received a BS in pre-medicine from the Pennsylvania State University, a MS in pharmacology and toxicology from Duquesne University, and a PhD in environmental health/occupational toxicology from the University of Cincinnati.
Maureen Sullivan

Maureen Sullivan

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment, Safety, & Occupational Health), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Energy, Installations, and Environment, US Department of Defense
Ms. Sullivan is responsible for DoD’s policies and programs related to compliance with environmental laws; management of natural and cultural resources; cleanup of contaminated sites; safety & occupational health; fire and emergency services; green/sustainable buildings; installation emergency management; international environmental compliance and cleanup efforts; climate change adaptation planning; strategic sustainability planning; planning to address emerging contaminants; and international defense environmental cooperation. Additionally, Ms. Sullivan is responsible for the DoD Native American program, oversees the Armed Forces Pest Management Board, the DoD Explosives Safety Board, and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program/ Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. Ms. Sullivan holds a bachelor of science degree in natural resource economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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