Category: Foundation News

September 22, 2022September 22, 2022
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Melissa Damaschke Wins Environmental Achievement Award from Alma Mater

Melissa Damaschke, vice president of programs, was presented the Environmental Achievement Award in September 2022 from her alma mater, Northland College. Melissa graduated from Northland College in 2003 with a degree in Environmental Studies. She was a member of the Environmental Council and served as a senator, trustee, and president of the Northland College Student...

Dianne Warren Joins Erb Family Foundation as Grants Manager and Office Manager
July 13, 2022July 13, 2022
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Dianne Warren Joins Erb Family Foundation as Grants Manager and Office Manager

Dianne Warren recently joined the Erb Family Foundation team as the Grants Manager and Office Manager. She brings over 20 years of experience in database management and office administration. Dianne will assist grantees with the grant application process, manage the office, and provide administrative support to Foundation staff. She reports to Neil Hawkins, president of...

May 16, 2022May 17, 2022
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A Transformational Decision

The EFF Board of Trustees recently determined that it is in the best interest of the Foundation, its stakeholders, partners, and the community for our organization to transition from an ongoing, perpetual foundation to one that has a planned, spend-down approach over the next 12+ years. This transformational decision follows a detailed analysis and assessment...

Nat Lichten Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes
April 29, 2022April 29, 2022
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Nat Lichten Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation welcomes Nat Lichten to its team. Nat was named associate program officer for Great Lakes and Environment. He brings seven years of experience in watershed management, green infrastructure, and water and environmental research. Nat will work with current grantees, future applicants, and partners to help the...

Mary Lyons-Richards Named Director of Foundation Administration
January 4, 2022January 4, 2022
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Mary Lyons-Richards Named Director of Foundation Administration

We are thrilled to announce that Mary Lyons-Richards, current operations and grants manager, has been named director of foundation administration. In this new and expanded leadership role, Mary will be accountable for overall Foundation operations and administration including human resources programs, information technology, information management, and grants management and administration. She will work with Neil...

Dr. Amanda Herzog Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes and Environment
November 1, 2021December 21, 2021
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Dr. Amanda Herzog Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes and Environment

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation welcomes Dr. Amanda Herzog to its team. Dr. Amanda Herzog was named associate program officer for Great Lakes and Environment. She brings over 10 years of experience in environmental engineering research with a background in agricultural and environmental sustainability. She will collaborate closely with our Great Lakes...

May 14, 2021December 21, 2021
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Grants and Operations Manager Receives Professional Certificate in Sustainable Business Practices

Mary Lyons-Richards, the Foundation’s grants and operations manager, recently received a professional certificate in sustainable business practice after completing the “Leading the Sustainability Transformation” program through GreenBiz. This 10-week simulation-based program had participants from around the world. There were three components: introducing core sustainability concepts through self-paced modules; a team simulation transforming a conventional business...

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