Megan Olds is the President and Principal of Parallel Solutions LLC, a Traverse City-based consulting firm that supports public, private, and non-profit sector clients by providing strategic and business planning, partnership facilitation, project management, fundraising, and communication services. Her professional background and passions include community and economic development, land and water conservation, food and farming, and access to nature.
Co-Founder of SEEDS and Board Vice President, Pete is Senior Engineer and Bioregional Team Lead at Biohabitats, a multi-discipline water resource design and planning firm that works with our clients throughout the world to regenerate ecological processes, economical resiliency and cultural vibrancy. His work uses appropriate living water infrastructure to integrate wastewater treatment, stormwater management, rain harvesting, environmental remediation, and watershed restoration into our communities. His specialty is keeping a holistic perspective when understanding and tackling water-related questions. He is a licensed professional engineer in eleven states and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also a Michigan-certifed Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (#5341). He received a BS in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont. Much of Pete's current work integrates water strategies to balance the water/energy/food/ecology nexus. His other interests include biomimicry, natural building, and his two daughters. Keep up with Pete's happenings at http://petemunoz.com/speaking
John is the SEEDS Board Secretary. Since 2002, John has worked at The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). Currently he serves as their Deputy Director. CEE, a nonprofit public benefits corporation, develops initiatives to promote the manufacture and purchase of energy-efficient products and services for its North American members (who invest nearly $9 billion annually to promote energy efficiency). He has Masters degrees in Environmental Management and Public Policy from Duke University, and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College. In his free time, John gets outside as much as possible to bike, run, and ski with his wife and two sons.
Mike, Board Treasurer, is the President of Choice Property Resources, a business-to-business professional services firm in the multifamily industry. Before becoming President in 2013, Mike oversaw the contract management department for seven years and spent five years in account management. Mike is a member of the Traverse City Economic Club, Bay Pointe Community Church and a nonprofit board supporting youth rugby. Previously he served five years on the board of directors for Traverse City Light & Power, including two years as chairman. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Miami (OH) University. Originally from Ohio with stops in four other states, he now lives in Traverse City with his wife and three children. Mike enjoys cycling, triathlons, rugby and spending time with his family.
Ed Bailey is currently the Technical Division Director at Northwestern Michigan College, with academic responsibility for the institution’s Construction Technology, Engineering Technology, Automotive and Welding programs. He has been actively involved in the community in the area of energy, construction, and education.
Michele Howard is a Research and Government Documents Librarian at Northwestern Michigan College. She has a Masters degree in Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. She as served in leadership positions on school, church and community event boards. Michele enjoys almost every outdoor activity during every season and loves spending time with her family.
Kate Redman is a Community Enterprise Attorney at Olson, Bzdok & Howard, P.C, a public interest law firm based in Traverse City. She specializes in non-profit, small business, land use, and municipal law. She is involved with efforts to promote and grow local investment, investment crowd-funding, and social and community enterprise in Northern Michigan.
In addition to the many partners we work with, we have a special relationship with the two organizations listed below. Because of the great affinity of vision, the peninsular proximity, and our general fondness for working with one another, our boards have ratified sisterhood with: