The composition of the FRWC Board of Directors reflects the collaborative nature of the organization. Founded in 1997, the FRWC is an alliance between educational institutions, local government, local business, environmental groups, and concerned citizens who feel strongly that the Flint River and its tributaries are a vital resource we all need to protect from pollution. The Board meets the third Friday of every month, with the exception of July and December. Board meetings are open to members of the FRWC. To attend an upcoming meeting, contact Edie Westhoff.
Rebecca Fedewa, Executive Director. Rebecca became the Executive Director in January, 2008. With extensive non-profit experience in organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving freshwater ecosystems and watersheds, Rebecca brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the FRWC. Rebecca is committed to growing the organization by empowering citizens to act as the voice of the Flint River in their own communities. email@example.com
Doug Schultz, Board Chair, Rowe Professional Services Company. Doug is the Director of Landscape Architecture at ROWE Professional Services Company, helping clients and communities plan and design quality of life improvements. He is a lifelong sailor and lives in the Lapeer area. Doug enjoys the camaraderie within the FRWC and the opportunities that it has to impact our surroundings. DSchultz@rowepsc.com
Beth Manning, Board Vice Chair, Board Member. Beth is the Director of Human Resources at UM-Flint. In her role, Beth oversees overall direction for the department, consultation, policy administration and compliance. Provides supervision and planning of the HR Office, campus communications for HR, professional development, merit program, grievances, SPG and contract interpretation. bmanning
Derek Bradshaw, Board Treasurer, Board Member. Derek is the Director–Coordinator, Genesee County Metropolitan Planning and is committed to strengthening and forging new partnerships to change our future in Genesee County and the Region. Derek is an avid paddler and sailor and enjoys the spending time outdoors with his family and friends. He is inspired to work alongside so many dedicated individuals who are committed to achieving positive change in our watershed. firstname.lastname@example.org
Darren Bagley, Secretary, Genesee County 4H. Darren has been a driving force behind the FRWC since 1999. Formally the Natural Resources Extension Agent for MSU, Darren is now serving as the Extension Educator for the 4H program. Darren’s environmental expertise is put to great use as the FRWC’s Education Committee Chair, where he helps direct the implementation of our Genesee GREEN program. Darren’s board service, however, extends into virtually every aspect of the organization, serving on multiple committees and staffing many events for the organization. Bagleyda@msu.edu
Linda Berker, Board Member. Attorney. Linda is a founding member of the FRWC and currently heads up the organization’s policy committee. Linda owns her own law firm in Davison, where she specializes in Environmental and Real Property law. Linda also serves on the board of the Sierra Club Nepessing group, and has been a dedicated environmentalist her whole life.Lindaberker@yahoo.com
Bette Hendricks, Board Member. Among a storied career in and around Flint, Bettye runs a weekly radio program on WFLT 1470 called African American Inspirations. True to its name, Bettye’s show is a celebration of all the great things happening in our community. We are thrilled to have her energy and focus on our board!
Steve Hester, Board Member, Citizen Representative | email@example.com “Enjoy the river, appreciate the river, go to the river and make it yours.” Steve lived in the deserts of California for seven years, an experience that fundamentally changed his prospective of living in Michigan. The wealth of water we have around us is epic. After buying a canoe and finding a partner, they paddled the creeks surrounding their neighborhood in Burton, Michigan. The bridges cross over these forgotten waterways, but they found an fascinating world living there: beaver, mink, and all sorts of other wildlife.
“I thought, ‘this needs to be taken care of and shared. Then I paddled from Flint to Lake Huron. What an eye opener!’”
Steve knew how our watershed fit into the big picture on a map, but to paddle the whole thing…That changed his prospective. Public access to enjoy our river, streams and lakes of our watershed is important to Steve, and is why he became a member of the Flint River Watershed Board of Directors. A kayaking experience on our Flint River will enhance your perspective of our community and your appreciation for the beauty and resilience of nature…and it is just amazingly fun.
Steve is 53 years old, lives with his longtime partner Shelli McCormick and owns three cats and one very energetic springer spaniel. He is a grandfather of one and the father of two sons. He is also a videographer —35 years running — and has filmed everything from the great outdoors to punk bands in the basement of the Capitol Theatre. “I love my job!” He also loves to paddle his blue canoe and has also floated down rivers in an inflatable suit…just for fun.
DeAndra McCain, Board Member. DeAndra serves as the Director of the Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. DeAndra first came to the FRWC as a participant in a paddle we hosted for the Flint Young Professionals. With a long time love of the outdoors and rivers, DeAndra was a natural fit to work with the FRWC. Her expertise and connection to the tourism industry complements our efforts to obtain National Water Trail designation for the Flint River. And above all, her enthusiasm for the work is certainly contagious.
Jack Minore, Past Board Chair, Board Member, Steering Committee for the Friends of the Flint River Trail Chapter. Jack has been involved in the FRWC since 2001, with his recent tenure as Board Chair beginning in 2008, ending in 2011. Jack also has served as Interim Executive Director of the FRWC in 2005 and 2006 and was one of the founders of the Friends of the Flint River Trail Chapter. A cyclist, Jack also serves on the board of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. Jack brings a wealth of expertise to the FRWC, having served for six years in the Michigan House and 15 years as a Flint City Councilperson. An educator at heart, Jack taught school for over 30 years, most of it in the Flint School system. He also served for five years as the Executive Director of the Genesee County Bar Association, and has served on a number of local and state-side boards and commissions. Jacksonmin@aol.com
Terry Reechko, Board Member, Citizen Representative
Jack Stock, Board Member, Kettering University. Jack joined Kettering University in September, 2000. He is head of external relations and responsible for development of non-alumni related groups and individuals, keeping Kettering at the forefront in supporting greater Flint, Genesee County and the state. Jack has a B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint. He has more than 20 years experience in fund development including former acting vice president of University Advancement at Kettering, executive director with Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan, community relations at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, marketing with the Flint Institute of Music, and executive director of Kids In New Directions (KIND). He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jack is involved in community activities including Rotary International, Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Priority Children, the Atwood Stadium Authority, the Carolyn Mawby Chorale, and St. John’s Catholic church in Davison. He is married to Nancy and has three children, Mallory, Leah and Philip. firstname.lastname@example.org
Olof Karlstrom, Board Member Emeritus. Attorney (retired). Olof joined the Board in 2000, and served as board chair of the organization from 2006 through 2007. Olof’s tenure ushered in a new era for the FRWC, including overseeing a tripling of the organization’s staff and budget, and the development of a new strategic plan. Olof has lived and worked in the Flint area for forty years, and has been a dedicated advocate for the area’s citizens and natural resources. Initially a Vice President of Mott Community College, Olof has practice law for the past 25 years, focusing on labor, municipal, zoning and environmental law. heronaoks@centurytel
Brad Hill, Board Member. Brad is an environmental scientist educated and experienced in water quality monitoring, environmental regulation, water and wastewater treatment and watershed management, who has devoted his career to protecting the Flint River. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for the Saginaw Bay Watershed and the Genesee Conservation District. email@example.com