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  • Chair – George H. Kuper
  • President – Kathryn A. Buckner
  • Interim Treasurer – Linda Hilbert

Board of Directors

Team Members


Board of Directors

Skiles Boyd, Vice President, Environmental Management and Resources, DTE Energy

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Skiles Boyd is Vice President of Environmental Management and Resources at DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Skiles is responsible for managing the company’s environmental issues. In that role, he sets environmental policy, represents the company on environmental issues with the public and in environmental regulatory and legislative development, coordinates environmental studies, and conducts environmental audits. He manages a department of approximately 72 people and has worked in DTE’s environmental department for over 30 years.

Skiles earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental resource management from Pennsylvania State University and a MBA from Wayne State University. Skiles is active on the Research Advisory and Environmental Councils of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Conference Board’s Chief Environmental Health and Safety Officers’ Council (Vice Chair), the Air and Waste Management Association, the Business Environmental Leadership Council of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, the environmental committees of the Edison Electric Institute, and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. In addition to serving on CGLI’s Board of Directors, Skiles serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.


Kathryn A. Buckner, President, Council of Great Lakes Industries


Kathryn Buckner is the President of the Council of Great Lakes Industries. She is an experienced environmental professional with expertise in navigating complex regulatory environments and in helping companies understand and manage environmental risks and opportunities. As the President of the Council of Great Lakes Industries, she is developing strategies for engaging industry in Great Lakes policy and in pursuing regional sustainable development.

Kathryn is a practicing attorney who earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior with highest honors from the University of Illinois College of Business Administration, a law degree cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law; a MBA with highest honors from the Ross School of Business; and a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.


Linda Hilbert, Manager of Environmental Services, Consumers Energy/Interim Treasurer

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Linda Hilbert is Manager of Environmental Services at Consumers Energy where she is responsible for environmental strategy development and compliance.

Linda has over 20 years of experience in the auto and utility industries. She spent 15 years with Ford Motor Company culminating as a Regional Environmental Compliance Manager. Linda joined Consumers Energy in January 2007 as the Environmental Director for New Generation and was responsible for the environmental permitting of the proposed New Clean Coal Plant. She was subsequently appointed Director of Environmental Strategy, retrofitting pollution control equipment on coal plants and then became the Manager of Renewable Energy in November 2009. In 2011, Linda worked on Regulatory Affairs for Consumers and served on the Office of Regulatory Reinvention Advisory Committee for Environmental Rules for Governor Rick Snyder’s administration.

Linda holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Michigan State University.


George H. Kuper, Chair, Council of Great Lakes Industries

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George H. Kuper has been a recognized leader in national and regional efforts to establish productivity growth and sustainable development policy. George served as CGLI’s President from 1994 to 2012, when he was named as Chair of the Board of Directors.

Before joining the CGLI in 1994 as its President and Chief Executive Officer, George Kuper spent 6 years as President and CEO of the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) – a not-for-profit manufacturing research, development, and deployment organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Under George’s leadership ITI became the largest organization of its kind assisting manufacturers in the United States. He has been chairman of the Working Group on Dual Use Technology policy for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a member of the Boards of the Rentrak Corporation and the Arlington Institute; an advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Committee for Economic Development; chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers Committee on Productivity; a founder and vice president of the American Productivity Management Association; and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Council on Trends and Perspectives and the Technology Managerial Program Advisory Committee of the Conference Board.

George holds an undergraduate degree in political science from John Hopkins University and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics (International Law) and Harvard Business School (Business Administration).


Bruce Ramme, PhD., Vice President, Environment, We Energies

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Bruce Ramme is the Vice President – Environmental for We Energies. Dr. Ramme has a BS, MS and PhD in engineering, and an EMBA all from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He leads an environmental department of engineers and scientists with responsibility for all environmental aspects of the electric, gas and steam utility businesses.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin, and has over 35 years of experience as a civil engineer. Dr. Ramme has published numerous technical reports, papers, and a handbook on coal combustion products utilization. He has also obtained 11 U.S. patents and has others pending. He is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Stem Forward (formerly the Engineers and Scientists of Milwaukee), and the National Society of Professional Engineers.


Emilio Tenuta, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab

E. Tenuta HeadshotEmilio Tenuta is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for Ecolab. He is responsible for linking Ecolab’s market strategy with Ecolab’s sustainable solutions delivered through partnerships with more than 1.3 million customers in more than 170 countries.

Tenuta’s 30-year tenure at Ecolab, includes 25 years of technical and marketing management experience in various industries including Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Lodging, Healthcare, Primary Metals and Automotive. In the past five years Tenuta has led Ecolab’s strategic sustainability journey focused on corporate responsibility, internal environmental stewardship and helping customers operate more sustainably.

Tenuta is actively involved in advancing sustainability practices. He sits on the National Restaurant Association CONSERVE Sustainability Advisory Council. He is also an active member of several industry organizations, including Practice Greenhealth, Net Impact and the sustainability work group for the World Travel and Tourism Council. In the last two years, Emilio has forged strong partnerships with a number of NGO’s to support management of water and energy risks in the industrial sector, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), UN CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy and World Economic Forum (WEF).

Tenuta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in Business from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.


Team Members

Dale K. Phenicie, Technical Director

Dale Phenicie has served and represented industrial organizations on environmental matters throughout his working career. He has identified pollutant release sources, been involved in the development of effluent and air emission control systems, overseen control measure implementation, worked on new industrial process designs which reduce or eliminate environmental impacts, and actively monitored the results of these efforts in plant effluents, air emission streams, and the ecosystem.

Dale has been involved in Great Lakes related environmental issues since 1991. He served on a U.S. EPA task force that developed the Great Lakes Initiative amendments to the Clean Water Act, the International Joint Commission’s Virtual Elimination Task Force that developed persistent bioaccumulating toxic policy guidance for the Great Lakes, has organized and chaired several industry-oriented committees and working groups on Great Lakes matters, coordinated industry participation in the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy, and has been a member of the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) Steering Committee since 1994.

Since 1996, Dale has pursued an independent consulting practice primarily focused on Great Lakes issues. His industrial expertise includes pulp and paper making processes, lumber and wood products production, chemical manufacture, hydro-electric and thermal electric generating systems and general manufacturing processes. Dale holds a degree in Industrial Chemistry Technology from Ferris State University and a degree in Paper Technology from Western Michigan University.


Todd Schmidt, Chemical Management Specialist

Mr. Schmidt has over 18 years of experience and progressive responsibility in environmental facility management and consulting. His qualifications include extensive hands-on multi-media facility management and strategic planning, compliance and permitting, cost estimating, and project management. Mr. Schmidt’s background includes a broad range of service to industrial and manufacturing clientele, including pulp and paper, industrial mineral processing, textiles, chemical manufacturing, and other consumer products sectors across multiple states. His industry experience includes overall facility environmental program responsibilities, as well as state and regional legislative advocacy through trade association leadership.