Executive Team

 

 


LISA WOZNIAK

Lisa is the Executive Director of Michigan LCV Education Fund. Her career spans over two decades of environmental and conservation advocacy in the political arena. She is a nationally- recognized expert in non-profit growth and management and a leader in Great Lakes protections. Lisa is a three-time graduate from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelors Degree and two ensuing Masters Degrees in Social Work and Education. Before becoming Executive Director in 2006, Lisa was a member of the Michigan LCV Board and today serves on the boards of the Friends of Rutherford Pool, the Huron River Watershed Council, and the National League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.  You can reach Lisa at [email protected]

 

Bob Allison

Bob is the Deputy Director for Michigan LCV Education Fund, overseeing its communications, lobbying, member engagement, and coalition building. He has a deep background in electoral politics, government affairs, community organizing, and strategic messaging. Bob brings over 20 years of experience in running field campaigns, working on public policy, and building collaboration amongst donors and funders. His extensive work experience includes: Press Secretary for former U.S. Rep. David Bonior in both his congressional office and as a candidate for Governor; Executive Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Michigan; and investigative reporter for Gannett and Booth newspapers. Bob graduated from Michigan State University with Bachelor’s degree in both journalism and political science. He lives in Berkley, Michigan with his wife and two daughters, and his family owns property in Boon (outside Cadillac) that borders the majestic Manistee National Forest.

You can reach Bob at [email protected]

 

Alexandra Borngesser

Alexandra serves as the Operations Director at Michigan League of Conservation Voters. She has extensive experience in operational excellence, transforming organizations to better accomplish their missions and improve efficiencies. Alexandra joined our team after leading the Democratic Attorney General’s campaign to victory in 2018 and prior to that she worked in Human Resources and Operations at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. With a legal and political background and a Political Science degree from Wayne State University, Alexandra sees the bigger picture with an ambitious, passionate lens

Alexandra lives in Madison Heights, Michigan with her son and dog and spends her spare time baking and oil painting.

You can reach Alexandra at [email protected]

LAUREN MALLAS

Lauren is the Development Director based in Michigan LCV Education Fund’s Grand Rapids office. Lauren brings a wide range of career experience to Michigan LCV Education Fund from political campaign work to professional and corporate writing to restaurant management and sales. She has a steadfast belief that whom we elect matters and a desire to protect and preserve our great state. Lauren lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and their dog, Ella. She graduated from Grand Valley State with a degree in Political Science. Lauren loves the creativity, vibrancy and natural beauty of Grand Rapids and Michigan. 

You can reach Lauren at [email protected]

Vicki Speer

Vicki grew up in Michigan enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer.  From fishing, swimming and sledding to camping and touring all the historical landmarks, parks and vineyards.  She is now able to fufill her second career passion – fighting for the environment.

Vicki comes to us with 25+ years of experience in operations, finance, and executive support, primarily in the health care sector.  Working at the Family Medical Center of Michigan, a community health center, for 15 years, assisting those patients that were low income or without affordable healthcare was her first passion.  It is here that she grew in her fight to help those in need.

Most recently she worked at SEIU, for 8 years, where she met our friends Bob and Mero.  Here she served as the Executive Assistant to the President, worked with the Board of Directors, finance and operations.  Here she fought for the rights of healthcare workers and their right to have a reasonable living wage.

At Michigan LCV, Vicki supports Lisa, the Board of Directors and manages our offices, organizational and finance administration and supports this entire team.

Vicki is married to Brian, has a son, Nicholas, a daughter, Rebecca, son in law, Ben and two wonderful grandchildren, Leo and Louie.  During the summer months you can find her up north with her family and friends enjoying their cottage.

You can reach Vicki at [email protected].

Communications

Nick Dodge

Nick is the Communications Director for Michigan League of Conservation Voters. He crafts and guides messaging for the organization and oversees all internal and external communications as well as the League’s social media. 

Nick has a strong background in advocacy communications, earned media and policy. He previously worked at East Lansing-based Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications where he focused on issues ranging from the environment, energy, education, labor and more. He is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University and holds degrees in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and Social Relations & Policy. 

In his spare time, Nick enjoys snow skiing, hiking, swimming in Lake Michigan and playing the guitar. He currently resides in Grand Rapids. 

Nick’s Favorite Place In Michigan: Sleeping Bear Dunes

You can reach Nick at [email protected].

 

 

Civic Engagement

Clare allenson

Clare is the Civic Engagement Director for Michigan League of Conservation Voters. She leads the voting rights and democracy agenda, voter registration efforts, and coordinates work with partner organizations.

Clare has a strong background in project management and community organizing. She previously served as the Constituency Organizer and Regional Field Director for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, building coalitions among critical campaign support groups including organized labor, environmental organizations, Human Rights Campaign, religious and affinity groups. Prior to her campaign work, Clare ran the political risk advisory firm, Eurasia Group’s sub-Saharan Africa team where she led research strategy and client engagement. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University and a master’s degree in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

In her spare time, Clare enjoys hiking, yoga and cooking for her friends and family. She lives in Detroit.

You can reach Clare at [email protected]

 

 

Development

BENTLEY JOHNSON

As the Partnerships Manager, Bentley focuses on strengthening relationships with community and business leaders in order to build a strong bench of conservation champions that are ready to act to protect Michigan’s land, air, and water. Before joining the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Bentley served on the legislative staff for U.S. Senator Gary Peters, specializing in issues related to energy, agriculture, transportation, and the environment. Prior to his time in the Senate, Bentley worked in Washington, D.C. for the National Wildlife Federation in a number of different roles related to policy and advocacy.

Bentley graduated from the University of Michigan, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Program in the Environment. He and his wife love raising their son in their original hometown of Ann Arbor, with parents nearby. 

You can reach Bentley at [email protected].

Reese Shasteen

Reese is the Development Coordinator for Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Originally from Florida, she moved to Ann Arbor for graduate school in 2017 and fell in love with this beautiful state she now calls home.

Reese’s prior experience includes working in development at a nonprofit health center in Detroit, directing fundraising canvassing campaigns for multiple national nonprofit organizations, and managing a vegan cafe in South Florida. She is also currently a member of two young professional boards in Washtenaw County. Reese holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Social Work with a focus in management from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

In her free time, Reese loves practicing yoga, reading, spending time with her miniature dachshund, and being outside and active as much as possible.

You can reach Reese at [email protected] 

Government Affairs

NICHOLAS OCCHIPINTI

Nicholas Occhipinti brings to our team years of experience in policy, politics, and direct service. Before spending the 2015-2017 school year in Spain learning Spanish and teaching, he served for six years as the Policy and Community Activism Director for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). Nick has a broad range of environmental policy experience having worked as a staffer for the Chair of Hawaii’s State Senate Energy and Environment Committee, in Lansing for the Granholm administration, and at the Rocky Mountain Institute — an energy think and do tank. He has also worked directly in communities as a field organizer for the Obama campaign in 2008 and as a Corps Member for AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Policy. In addition to big ideas, Nicholas loves craft beer, wine, sports, and the outdoors. As an avid kiteboarder, mountainbiker, and hiking enthusiast, he finds beauty, peace, and connection in nature. 

You can reach Nick at [email protected].

Alia Phillips

Alia serves as Michigan LCV’s Government Affairs Manager and is based out of our Ann Arbor and Lansing offices. She received her Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal before joining Bernie Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign in Iowa. Since then, Alia served as Political Director for Abdul El-Sayed’s gubernatorial campaign and then as Deputy Campaign Manager for Dana Nessel, Michigan’s current Attorney General. Alia has a passion for progressive politics, Michigan’s natural resources and protecting the environment that we all share, but also enjoys baking, reading and cuddling with her cat Frank. 

You can reach Alia at [email protected].

Outreach

BALDOMERO GONZALEZ

Baldomero is the Outreach Director for Michigan LCV Education Fund, where he leads the electoral, voter participation and regional outreach programs to deliver electoral wins and build political power for Michigan’s land, air and water. Prior to joining the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Baldomero served as the Deputy Director for Michigan Voice, the statewide c(3) network, where he developed and aligned civic engagement programs, for over 20 different partner organizations, to engage and mobilize underrepresented voters. Baldomero attended Wayne State University where he competed on the policy debate team for 4 years. 

You can reach Baldomero at [email protected].

ANNE MARIE HERTL

Anne Marie began working with Michigan LCV Education Fund during the spring of 2017 as the West Michigan Regional Coordinator bringing her leadership and passion to engagement and organizing efforts in the West Michigan region.

Prior to joining the Michigan LCV Ed Fund, AnneMarie served as the Community Activism Manager at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council where she led diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and community activism programs.  Due to her leadership there, Anne Marie was the recipient of the George Heartwell Community Engagement Award at Michigan LCV’s 2016 Grand Rapids Breakfast of Conservation Champions.

She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Community Leadership from Aquinas College. Anne Marie grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and Lake Erie where she developed her passion to protect the Great Lakes. 

You can reach Anne Marie at [email protected]

EMily Magner

Emily is originally from Traverse City, and she attended Northwestern Michigan College and Ferris State University at the University Center in TC. Later, she went attended University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and focused on community organizing and social systems.

As a political social worker, she has worked primarily in the fields of environmental justice and reproductive justice. Previously, she worked for Planned Parenthood in Maine, focused on building state and federal advocacy programs with the aims of persuading Susan Collins to save the ACA and PP.  

She has also worked on the ground breaking social science research project Bridging the Gap: Abortion to scientifically prove that long form, values-based, non-judgemental conversations with voters change hearts and minds on divisive subjects.

You can reach Emily at [email protected]

Diana FARAJ

Diana Faraj began working with Michigan LCV during the summer of 2018 as an Organizer in Southeast Michigan. Soon after she became the Voting Rights Coordinator expanding her community outreach efforts and passion for civic engagement.

Prior to joining the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Diana worked on voting rights ballot initiative and was an outspoken advocate against voter suppression.  

She attended Wayne State University where she studied creative writing, Middle Eastern studies, and political science. Diana is a Chicago native who grew up near lake shore drive and developed her love for water on Lake Michigan.  

You can reach Diana at [email protected]

Shannon Abbott

Shannon works as the West Michigan Field Organizer and is based in the Grand Rapids office. She went to school for residential architecture, interior design, and manufacturing, which landed her work specializing in kitchen and bath design and project management. Before joining Michigan LCV, she was an active volunteer in environmental justice, and continues those efforts today as a board member of Grand Rapids Water Protectors, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, and the Water is Life Alliance. Her work at Michigan LCV focuses on connecting with and activating community members. In her free time, you can find her volunteering, honing her vegan cooking and baking skills, and relaxing with her furbabies.

You can reach Shannon at: [email protected]

Grover Easterling III

Grover Easterling III is our new Field Organizer in southeast Michigan. Dedicated to combating oppression of all kinds, he has spent equal amounts of time working in politics and organizing at the grassroots level. He organized and led many direct actions with a group of organizations known as the Coalition for Black Struggle. Before receiving his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Wayne State University, he served as field director for a Michigan State Representative campaign as well as legislative assistant to Detroit City Council.

In his spare time, Grover both teaches and performs poetry. He is the spokesperson for Young Curators Art Club, hosting art events on Detroit’s east side once a month.

You can reach Grover at: [email protected]