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Board of Directors

Results of the December 13, 2018 Board Elections

Paul Draus – re-elected
Mike Rudell – elected
Dave Norwood – re-elected
Brandy Siedlaczek – re-elected
Al VanKerckhove – re-elected


Current Officers

Michael G. Darga PE, Giffels Webster Engineers, Inc.

Vice President
Alice Bailey, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

Susan Thompson, Wayne County Department of Environment

Andrew Hoffman, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP

Current Directors

Paul Draus, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Orin G. Gelderloos, University of Michigan
John Kelly, Kelly & Kelly Law
Scot Martin, University Prep Academy
Mike McNulty, ITC
Dave Norwood, City of Dearborn
Betsy Palazzola, City of Detroit Housing & Revitalization Department
Mike Rudell, Carhartt, Inc.
Brandy Siedlaczek, City of Southfield
Al VanKerckhove, DWSD (retired)
Laura Wagner, Ford Motor Company



Executive Committee

Chaired by the President, this committee consists of the Board Officers. They meet as necessary for the review, research, and preparation of complex or sensitive issues to be brought before the board.

Fund Development

Chaired by the Vice-President, this committee investigates and implements fundraising strategies to support the goals of the organization.  This committee oversees fundraising events and takes a takes a leadership role in advancing the organization’s fundraising strategies. This committee meets bi-monthly.

  • Fundraiser(s) Sub-committee
    • This event-specific subcommittee meets periodically and/or in conjunction with fund development meetings to plan and coordinate annual fundraising event(s). This committee meets as needed.

Membership Committee

Chaired by the Secretary, this committee develops programs for attracting new members and maintaining current membership.  This committee meets at least quarterly.

Finance Committee

This committee consists of four persons; the Treasurer as chair, the operations director of FOTR, and two directors (non-officers) to be selected (after a review of skills) by the Treasurer subject to board approval.  The role of the finance committee is primarily to provide financial oversight for the organization. Typical task areas include budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies. This committee meets at least quarterly.

Rouge Education Project (REP) Committee

Chaired by the REP Program Manager, this committee advises REP staff in promoting awareness and stewardship of the Rouge River watershed through school-based water quality monitoring, investigation, and problem-solving.   This committee meets six times a year.

Public Involvement (PI) Advisory Committee

Chaired by PI Program Managers, the committee advises PI staff in promoting restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River ecosystem through education and citizen involvement.  This task force meets monthly.

Board Development Committee

This committee meets periodically and actively engages in board member candidate identification and recruitment efforts.