Meet Our Advisory Council

DR. ORAN HESTERMAN

Oran is the President and CEO of the Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit that improves access to healthy, local food. His 2011 book, Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All quickly become a national sensation. Oran lives in Ann Arbor and spends time at his home in Omena.

HOWARD LEARNER

Howard is a leading environmental and energy litigation attorney and policy expert who serves as president and executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center—the Midwest’s leading public interest envi­ronmental law advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Howard is an adjunct professor at University of Michigan Law School, teaching Clean Energy Law and Environmental Constitutionalism. Howard lives in Chicago.

ALISON METIVA

Alison is vice president for strategic engagement and programs at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. She's involved in many community efforts, including the ICAN College and Career Access Network, Central Lake Experience and Opportunities, and the Traverse City Young Professionals.

KATHERINE PALMS

Katherine serves on staff for Young Life, a Christian Youth Ministry in Leelanau County, and is a Yoga instructor at Yoga4 Wellness Center. She is also a Trustee and Secretary for the HP Family Foundation. Katherine is passionate about our Great Lakes, clean energy, sustainable agriculture, plant-based nutrition, and thriving communities. She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and focus in Public Health from Denison University.

LEBEAU POTGIETER

Lebeau is a financial advisor, entrepreneur, small business owner, parent, coach, board member and concerned citizen utilizing his experience and skills to create a better present and future for his family, community and the world. Born in South Africa, raised in England and returning to Michigan following three years in Southern Oregon, he brings a global perspective to solving local issues.

Russell Soyring

RUSSELL SOYRING

During his 30+ years as Traverse City planner, Russ earned respect for helping create one of the most admired small towns in the nation. Russ guided change with a devotion to keeping the city thriving at a human scale, where people chatted on sidewalks, hung out in cafes, and safely rode bikes—creating an irresistible town that drew people out of their homes and into the town environment.