Board of Directors

Megan Reilly Cayten

Megan Reilly Cayten


Principal, Solas Global
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


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 10 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.
George Basile

George Basile, PhD

Professor - School of Sustainability, Senior Sustainability Scientist - Global Institute of Sustainability, Affiliate Professor - School of Public Affairs, Honors Faculty - Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University
Dr. Basile is currently a professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU), a senior sustainability scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and affiliate professor in the School of Public Affairs. He is also the Swedish Knowledge Foundation’s Distinguished International Guest Professor of Sustainability-Driven Innovation. Dr. Basile’s work has reframed sustainability as a “decision space” and focuses on how to plan, lead, and act strategically for emerging sustainability opportunities and challenges. Dr. Basile has been the executive director of the ASU Decision Theater, a unique systems exploration and application center. He has also served as a faculty affiliate and advisor to the Sustainability Consortium, a group of over 80 global businesses, universities and NGOs developing science-based standards for sustainable products. At ASU, Dr. Basile’s activities include developing novel insights, strategic methods and tools that create solutions for sustainability including novel educational programs in sustainability and leadership in both the United States and the European Union and at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Basile holds a BS in physics from University of California, Irvine and a PhD in biophysics from University of California, Berkeley. His publications include a three‐volume edited set The Business of Sustainability (Praeger Press, 2011).
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.
Wonya Lucas

Wonya Lucas

President and CEO, Public Broadcasting Atlanta
Ms. Lucas was named president and CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta in April of 2015. Previously, Lucas was President and CEO for TV One, where she was responsible for the strategic vision, brand strategy and operations. Lucas held several positions at Discovery Communications including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Discovery Channel and Science Channel and Global Chief Marketing Officer, where she led brand strategy, marketing operations and coordination across Discovery’s global businesses. Prior to her work with Discovery Communications, Lucas held executive-level posts at The Weather Channel networks and at Turner Broadcasting where she was responsible for corporate strategy and development, strategic marketing, operations and programming. Lucas currently serves on several boards including the National Environmental Education Foundation, Girl Scouts USA, and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. Lucas is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in industrial and systems engineering and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in finance and marketing. Ms. Lucas has two daughters, Alexis and Sydney.
Shannon Schuyler

Shannon Schuyler

Principal - Chief Purpose Officer, Corporate Responsibility Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC US)
President, PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation
Shannon Schuyler is a principal with PwC US, and serves as the firm's Chief Purpose Officer and Corporate Responsibility (CR) Leader. She is a member of PwC’s Global CR Board and the President of the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.  In her role as Chief Purpose Officer, Ms. Schuyler is working to infuse Purpose into PwC’s core business strategy by elevating the global conversation on building trust, collaboration and acting with intention and meaning in every practice, service offering and engagement. She serves as a managing editor for Huffington Post's What's Working initiative and is helping to redefine the role of Purpose as a critical avenue for achieving business growth. As the firm’s CR Leader, she designs and implements programs that are scalable and aligned with PwC’s Purpose and strategic business priorities—helping to activate employee engagement, drive operational efficiencies, elevate stakeholder engagement and connectivity, and differentiate PwC’s brand in the marketplace. She has a deep understanding of social innovation, supply chain and pro bono programs, sustainability, youth education, financial literacy, employee engagement and effective cross-sector collaborations. She also spends a portion of her time with PwC’s Sustainable Business Solutions practice, working with clients on their approach to internal sustainability. Ms. Schuyler is a board member of numerous charitable organizations including the National Environmental Education Foundation and Leadership Greater Chicago.
Carlos Alcazar

Carlos Alcazar

Managing Partner, Culture ONE World
Carlos Alcazar is the managing partner of Culture ONE World, a cross cultural creative agency focused on the burgeoning urban, millennial, and multicultural markets. He also serves as a managing director of The Tombras Group, a full service advertising agency. His focus on content and digital platforms includes award-winning work with leading social media influencers and platforms.Prior to Culture ONE World, Mr. Alcazar was president and chief creative officer of Hispanic Communications Network. There he focused on building and managing a social and cause communications media company targeting underserved communities in the United States, leading and driving a socially responsible business venture. Previously, Mr. Alcazar launched communications companies in worldwide markets, having resided in and managed business in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States for Viacom and Pearson plc. His board and advisory commitments include the Boy Scouts of America, the U.S. Vote Foundation, and serving as a trustee of Maryland’s public honors college St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego and completed executive education programs on corporate governance from the Harvard Business School.

Ex-Officio Board Members

Elizabeth "Tate" Bennett

Associate Administrator, Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education, US Environmental Protection Agency
Elizabeth “Tate” Bennett is the associate administrator for the Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education.  Mrs. Bennett has extensive legislative experience having worked in both the US House and Senate for various Members of Congress, including most recently for Majority leader Mitch McConnell where she served as senior legislative assistant for energy and environment issues. While working for Leader McConnell, she negotiated research provisions on his behalf in the 2014 Farm Bill. Prior to working at EPA, Mrs. Bennett worked as the senior principal of legislative affairs at the National Rural Electric Cooperatives. Tate holds a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Centre College. Tate grew up on a full-time horse farm in Shelbyville, KY. She is a third generation horsewoman and holds 20 world, national and international titles in the American Saddlebred horse industry.
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.
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.
Chris Strager

Christopher S. Strager

Director, National Weather Service Central Region
Mr. Strager is the director of the National Weather Service (NWS) Central Region in Kansas City, Missouri. The Central Region contains 45 NWS offices with nearly 1,000 employees spread across 14 states. Mr. Strager started his meteorological career as an enlisted weather observer with the Air Force in 1978. He left Air Force active duty in May 1992 to begin his career with the NWS.  Mr. Strager held a variety of posts at the NWS in Maine, Ohio, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Alaska. In February 2010, Mr. Strager became the director for NWS Eastern Region.  In March 2011 Mr. Strager came to NWS Headquarters as the NWS advisor for science and service integration. His tasks were to develop the "NWS Roadmap" and to lead the agency’s Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) initiative. This document and the WRN initiative will shape and guide NWS operations through the year 2020 and beyond. In March 2013 he was asked to concurrently lead the Office of Climate, Water and Weather as the acting director.  Mr. Strager started his current position as the central region director in October 2014. Mr. Strager received his bachelor of science degree in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in May 1983 and his master’s degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University in August 1989.


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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