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Board Elections Notice & Candidates 2024–2026

Electronic votes must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2023.

Posted November 10, 2023

Register in advance for the December Board Meeting/Board Elections.



SUMMARY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the election of the board of directors of the Members of the Friends of the Rouge will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday, December 13, 5 – 6:30 p.m. This meeting of the members will be held for the purpose of considering and electing member representatives to the Friends of the Rouge’s board of directors. Nominee(s) elected will begin their new terms of office on January 1, 2024 for a three-year term.

How to Vote – Election Details

Each member household is entitled to two votes either electronically or by mail-in ballot before the meeting. If you have questions about this process, please contact FOTR’s Board Director, Mike McNulty at mmcnulty@therouge.org.

Electronic votes must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2023.


2024–2026 Friends of the Rouge Board Election Nominees

Mike McNulty

Mike graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a BS in Environmental Science in 2000. While there, his senior research project was studying the relationship between groundwater and surface water quality in the Rouge River Watershed. Following graduation, he worked for Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. for several years assisting on and managing a variety of community and watershed-based water quality projects. He then moved to Marine Pollution Control where he worked as a project manager for four years, handling the day-to-day environmental affairs of a local electric utility client. For the past 12 years, he has held the position of Manager of Environmental for ITC Holdings Corp, located in Novi, Michigan. ITC is an electric transmission utility that operates the high-voltage transmission infrastructure in Michigan and other Midwest states. Mike manages the daily environmental compliance of the company, including compliance obligations with respect to waste, air, and water quality regulations. He also heads up the company’s Green Team which leads efforts related to environmental stewardship within the company’s facilities and in the communities in which ITC serves. Mike has been involved with the Friends of the Rouge for most of his adult life and has served on the Board of Directors for nine years.

Carol Snodgrass

Carol lives in Farmington Hills with her husband and their 2 dogs. 

Carol loves the Out of Doors! Her family has always camped and fished and enjoyed SE Michigan and what it has to offer.

Carol’s Bachelor of Science Degree is from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources in Wildlife Management, Class of 1975. Unfortunately, there was a recession that year and few places were hiring someone with her degree. Carol hoped, by working for the State of Michigan Dept of Social Services, she could switch to the DNR when jobs opened up. Instead, her life took a different path to a Masters of Profession Accountancy from Walsh College Class of 1987. Carol sat for the CPA Exam in 1988 and passed the 4 parts on the first try!

Carol found her career niche by starting a small Non-Profit and For-Profit accounting business in 1990, contracting with local Detroit non-profits and for-profit organizations performing accounting duties, and preparing tax returns. Carol’s clients are the BEST: grassroots folks passionate about the Detroit area with limited resources and big hearts! 

Carol has volunteered with the FOTR, listening for frogs & toads and planting trees this spring.

Carol would love to combine her education, work experience, and personal interests by volunteering for the FOTR!

Jeremiah Steen

Jeremiah is the Environmental Leadership Program’s Program Manager and the National Audubon Society’s Development Associate, Institutional Giving working out of Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, Jeremiah is the Director of the Steen Foundation, which has the goal of positively impacting the socialization of youth, promoting strong inquisitive thinking, and allowing teens to advance their view of community through a creative perspective. Also, he serves on the Board of Directors for TrashMob.eco and EEqual.

Myra M. Tetteh

Myra is a native Detroiter. Dr. Tetteh is an alumna of the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Sociology, a Master of Public Policy, and a Doctor of Philosophy in public health from the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education.

Dr. Tetteh’s dissertation is entitled, Urban Park Redevelopment: Neighborhood Benefits and Leisure-Time Physical Activity. Her research focuses on how park renovation impacts urban adults reaching recommended physical activity targets and the impact on blight, violence, and property values.

Dr. Tetteh served as a board member for the non-profit organization 5 Helping Our People Excel, Inc., which provides educational, behavioral health, and juvenile justice community service to underprivileged Metro-Detroit residents. Recently, she concluded her two-year commitment to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks) as the Health and Wellness Representative. Formerly, Dr. Tetteh worked for the University of Michigan as a Project Coordinator for the Community Outreach and Education Core for the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) and the Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities (CIAHD). 

Dr. Tetteh is an active member of her church, Detroit Church, and in her free time, she enjoys bicycling and watching considerable amounts of Star Trek! Dr. Tetteh is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, and serves as the Co-Chair for the Transportation & Mobility Committee for the Detroit Green Trask Force.

Sue Thompson

Sue is a long-time FOTR volunteer and member. She serves on several FOTR committees, including Advocacy, Fund Development, Membership, and the Restoration/Monitoring PI Committee. A Bug Hunt Team Leader, she is often in waders with a net, searching for benthic macroinvertebrates in the Rouge River and its tributaries. She also is a long-time Frog and Toad Surveyor, and Rouge Rescue participant.

A 30-year employee of Wayne County Department of Public Services Environmental Services Division, Sue is dedicated to protecting and restoring water resources. She coordinates and performs a wide variety of water quality monitoring projects in the Rouge River watershed and throughout Wayne County. A few examples of projects include: conducting a bug hunt program that involves over 400 student volunteers; physical and chemical water quality monitoring, and illicit discharge detection and elimination (IDEP). She is a presenter in the nationally-recognized IDEP training program she helped develop that trains investigators on methods used to detect and eliminate illicit discharges. During her free time, she enjoys being outdoors hiking, skiing, biking, and when indoors, volunteers at Detroit’s historic Redford Theatre.