Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference

  for breweries, allied industry and water policy makers


  April 19-20, 2016 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  The Pilot House at Discovery World, Lake Michigan




Speakers' bios are listed alphabetically, by surname, with thanks for their volunteer contributions in support of the Great Lakes and water conservation. Speakers and their topics are subject to change.

April 19-20, 2016,

Thank you to participating breweries: Alt Brew, Madison, WI; Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI; Brenner Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI; Central Waters Brewing Co., Amherst, WI; Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL; Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, CA; Lake Charlevoix Brewing Co., Charlevoix, MI; Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI; MillerCoors Pilot Brewery, WI; Milwaukee Brewing Co., WI; New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, MI; New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, WI;  Short’s Brewing Co., Elk Rapids, MI; Sprecher Brewery, Glendale, WI.


Dr. Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Administrator for the FracTracker Alliance; Cleveland State University, adjunct faculty in Environmental Sciences
Ted is a scientist with a passionate interest in environmental justice, ecosystem services and watershed resilience.  Ted's work at FracTracker focuses on the Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) nexus as it relates to hydraulic fracturing and related oil & gas activities/infrastructure with a focus on waste, watershed resilience and freshwater demand, and land-use change. Ted worked as a graduate research fellow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden quantifying the Great Lakes Basin’s (GLB) vacant lot portfolio, and working with institutions, urban planners, and community groups to understand the cost and benefits associated with vacant land repurposing (VLR) from economic, social continuity, and environmental perspectives. Goals of the research included creating jobs, capturing and storing storm water, and decreasing urban heat island effects. This research lead to a Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) grant aimed at installing and quantifying the patterns, processes, and properties of VLR in Gary, Buffalo, and Cleveland.

Rich Bergmann, Lake Charlevoix Brewing Co. and Round Lake Group, LLC

Rich Bergmann is managing partner of Round Lake Group LLC, which owns and operates the Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company. Lake Charlevoix Brewing Co. employs more than 65 people in the brewery and taproom. Before brewing, Bergmann worked in business and operations management and consulting, as a managing director of Accenture and CEO of two technology companies.  He appreciates the beauty of the Great Lakes, and also understands impacts of oil spills, having lived in Southern California and near the Gulf of Mexico.

Gregg Breese, Breese Associates
Gregg Breese managed the Green Tier program as a Business Sector Specialist with the WI-DNR and is now an independent consultant. Gregg is a 1997 graduate of UW-Whitewater earning his bachelor’s degree in education and geography.  He began his career as a Water Management Specialist with the DNR in 1997 and worked as a business sector specialist until March 2016.  He specialized in working with breweries and beverage businesses and has written several administrative codes helping to protect and enhance the public trust doctrine in addition to having managed several different natural resource programs.

Kyle Cherek, host of Wisconsin Foodie and host, Chef Talk
Kyle Cherek is host of the Emmy-nominated television show Wisconsin Foodie, beginning its seventh season on PBS and broadcast primetime to over 8.2 million households. As host of Wisconsin Foodie, Kyle profiles Wisconsin's food treasures and chronicles the story of food, through regional chefs, farmers, and artisans. Kyle has made regular appearances on The Travel Channel and Food Network, and is a frequent media contributor to Public Radio, NPR, CBS and NBC. His widely-acclaimed video web series, Chef Talk with Kyle Cherek, features candid, forthright and often amusing conversations with some of America’s most engaging chefs. In an effort to raise the people’s consciousness about food and sustainability, he regularly hosts forums, cooking demonstrations, and culinary events.

Tim Cigelske, Beer Runner, DRAFT Magazine and Director, Social Media, Marquette University
Tim Cigelske is a writer for DRAFT and for the last eight years has authored the blog The Beer Runner. His craft beer and travel-related articles have covered the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. In addition to his beer writing, he is a communication instructor and the director of social media at Marquette University, and has written the book “Analytics to Action” on social media strategy. Tim is the former operator of a sustainability-focused website, which sold used t-shirts and donated profits to revitalize Milwaukee rivers. His favorite post-run beer is an IPA.

Dr. Timothy Davis, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Davis has spent the last 10 years studying the ecology of harmful algal blooms (HABs).  Dr. Davis completed his Bachelor's of Science at Southampton College of Long Island University in 2004.  He then moved to Stony Brook University where he conducted his dissertation research focusing on understanding the environmental drivers of HABs in the several lakes throughout the northeast USA including Lake Erie and Lake Champlain.  After he completed his dissertation in 2009, Dr. Davis moved to Brisbane, Australia to continue his work at the Australian Rivers Institute, studying the ecology of the toxic HABs that occur in drinking water reservoirs that serve Brisbane.  In 2012, Dr. Davis moved to the Canadian Center for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario.  For the next year he investigated the water quality and harmful algal bloom issues in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and Lake Winnipeg.   Dr. Davis leads GLERL's HAB monitoring and research program which supports critical NOAA HAB forecasting products and is also an adjunct research scientist at the University of Michigan.

Maureen Easton, Alt Brew, Madison, WI and Foley & Lardner, LLP
Maureen Easton and her husband Trevor founded Alt Brew in 2013.  Alt Brew is hand-crafted, one barrel at a time, in a nanobrewery in Madison, WI. Made entirely of gluten-free ingredients on equipment dedicated to gluten-free production, Alt Brew is bringing beer quality and variety back to the GF diet. Maureen is a senior counsel and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She concentrates her practice on transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, securities law compliance, finance, and private equity and venture capital transactions, as well as a member of the Food & Beverage Industry Team.

Tyler Glaze, Director of Quality and Sustainability, Short’s Brewery, Elk Rapids, MI
Tyler Glaze started his career at Short’s Brewing in 2011 as an intern in the Quality Department shortly after he earned his Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Since then, Tyler has taken on many more roles at Short’s and now is the Director of Quality, Maintenance, and Sustainability. Over the past 1.5 years, he has built and is now operating an aerobic MBR treatment system with capacity of treating 34,000 gallons of waste water every day, to exceptional quality. 

Baji Gobburi, Vice President, Cambrian Innovations, San Francisco, CA
Baji Gobburi is an industrial water executive with a technical background and extensive experience in the field. Drawing on his two decades of leadership roles in the water and clean energy industries, Baji is a great global resource for ideas and solutions to address water and wastewater challenges. Before working with Cambrian Innovation, Baji directed business and product development at Energy Recovery Inc. (ERI) and held various global management positions at General Electric (GE) Water & Process Technologies. Baji earned his MBA from Chicago’s Booth School of Business, an M.S. in Hazardous Waste Management from Wayne State University, and his civil engineering degree from Osmania University in India.

Amy Heart, Senior Manager Public Policy, Sunrun Inc.
Amy Heart is the first dedicated, Midwest-based policy hire for the national rooftop solar company, Sunrun. Heart joined Sunrun in 2015, after working with the City of Milwaukee where she served as Sustainability and Solar Program Manager. In that role, she developed and led the City's solar program, Milwaukee Shines. Previously, Heart worked with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, and she was also an elected Common Council member in Stevens Point, Wis. Prior to her roles in policy and local government, Heart worked as a broadcast journalist. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Ian Hughes, Assistant Brewery Manager and Sustainability Geek at Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago
Ian’s passion for brewing began during his 6 years of studying Environmental Science in college. After being hired as an Environmental Consultant at a firm in Cleveland, he quickly made friends at Great Lakes Brewing Company and landed an after hours cellar job scrubbing tanks and dumping yeast.  The brewing bug bit him hard and a move to Chicago introduced him to Goose Island Beer Company where he started part-time as a Brand Ambassador in 2010.  A year later, he was hired full time as the Environmental and Safety Manager to focus on regulatory compliance, and in 2015, became the Assistant Brewery Manager.  His advocacy work on sustainability has taken him to SWSX and this spring, to Washington, DC with the Alliance for the Great Lakes. 

Mike Kallenberger, Tropos Brand Consulting, Hartland, WI
Mike Kallenberger founded Tropos Brand Consulting in 2010 after three decades at Miller Brewing Company. At Tropos, Mike develops brand and communication strategies for clients including Sierra Nevada, Baltimore’s Heavy Seas, Toronto’s Amsterdam Brewing, Pabst, and the World of Beer chain of craft taverns. A member of the Brewers Association as well as the Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and California state guilds, Mike will be speaking at the Craft Brewers Conference for the sixth time this May. He’s also published twelve articles in New Brewer, the Brewers Association membership magazine. Mike has an MA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and he periodically teaches Consumer Behavior at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Brook Lenker, Executive Director, The FracTracker Alliance
Brook Lenker is the Executive Director of the FracTracker Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that studies, maps, and communicates the risks of oil and gas development to support the renewable energy transformation.  He leads a team of eight staff in research and advocacy work on critical energy and climate issues. Brook served as the Manager of Education and Outreach for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and as the Director of Watershed Stewardship for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. He holds MA and BS degrees in geography and environmental planning from Towson University. He is a founder and president of the Susquehanna River Water Trail and president of his local watershed association.

Jim McCabe, founder, Milwaukee Brewing Co.
MKE Brewing Co. founder Jim McCabe took his love for home brewing and his engineering background to design a functional and robust 15 bbl brewpub, the Milwaukee Ale House, in October 1997 in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. In November 2007, MKE Brewing Co kegged off their first brew at their 2nd St. Brewery in the Walkers Point neighborhood.  The 50 bbl brewing and packaging facility allowed MKE Brewing Co to expand and pursue energy saving efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.  With initiatives such as the 28 solar hot water panels on the roof, a bio-diesel boiler fueled by fryer oil from local restaurants, clean wastewater conservation, donating spent grain to local urban farm Growing Power and as the first micro-cannery in Wisconsin, MKE Brewing Co is at the forefront of Green Tier conservation efforts.
McCabe along with principal partner Jim Hughes have experienced tremendous growth over the last few years, constantly expanding the brewing capacity of their 15,000 square foot facility.   

Evan Meffert, Global Services Manager, Bell’s Brewery Inc. Kalamazoo, MI 
Evan began his brewing career at Bell’s in 2008 with a genuine curiosity in what it takes to grow a  business at the rate Bell’s has since its founding in 1985. Since then, he has had the opportunity to play key roles in major capital expansion projects to support this growth, including the installation of a 200-bbl brewhouse in 2012, the design and construction of a stateof the art wastewater treatment facility in 2014, and the most recent 210,000 square foot packaging and warehouse expansion. Presently, he is responsible for brewery maintenance, utilities, facilities and sustainability.

Anello Mollica, founder, Central Waters Brewing Co., Amherst, WI
Anello is one of the owners at Central Waters, having been in an ownership role for the last 10 years. Prior to that, Anello was a brewer for Central Waters, as well as a few other Wisconsin breweries. Currently, he oversees sales and distribution, and many other roles revolving around the brewery operations. A graduate of UW Stevens Point, his passion for sustainability was born through his love of the outdoors, and the environment in Central Wisconsin has fostered that. During his tenure at Central Waters, the brewery has grown from 750 barrels per year to an estimated 17,000 in 2016, with numerous awards and accolades, as well as one of the country’s largest barrel aging programs. With more than 1,000-square feet of solar collectors (24 panels), radiant floor heating and a tap room built from recycled materials, the brewery has made a commitment to renewable energy.

Chris Ranson, Tours & Environment Director, Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
Chris Ranson brings her background in teaching to tourism and sustainability in brewing. She is currently the Environmental Programs Director and Tourism Liaison for Lakefront. Chris was privileged to host EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at Lakefront in support of the Clean Water Act. She works with Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Travel Green, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and other local partners to promote sustainability practices in the workplace. She also brewed “The Chris,” a vanilla maple doppelbock, the 5th in the My Turn Series.

Eppa Rixey, Strategic Planning Manager, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, CA
Eppa began his career in management consulting working for Bain and Company after studying Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. After years of homebrewing and obsessing over craft beer, he was able to merge his personal and professional interests by landing his dream job as Strategic Planning Manager for Lagunitas Brewing Company. At Lagunitas, Eppa works on a variety of projects related to operations, sustainability, and corporate strategy.

Sarah Schenck, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
Sarah R. Schenck is an attorney in Reinhart's Real Estate Practice and Craft Brewery, Distillery and Winery Law group, where she assists clients with licensing, environmental, and land conservation matters. In spring 2014, Sarah launched Reinhart's "Hopping on the Brewery Bandwagon" E-Alert series, which features informative articles related to the various challenges businesses and entrepreneurs face in the craft brewery market. Sarah also obtained her Master's in Public Health in environmental health from the University of Minnesota.

Mike Shriberg, Great Lakes Regional Center Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation
Mike Shriberg, Ph.D., is the Regional Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center. Before joining NWF, he served as Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute and as a Lecturer in the Program in the Environment and Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. Mike was the Policy Director at the Ecology Center and the Director of Environment Michigan.  He was one of the original Steering Committee members of the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes coalition, a primary advocate for the Michigan’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Shriberg received his Ph.D. and M.S. in resource policy and behavior from the University of Michigan and his bachelors of science from Cornell University.

David Strifling, Professor and Director, Water Law and Policy Initiative, Marquette University
David Strifling is the Director of Marquette Law School's Water Law and Policy Initiative.  Using an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, the Initiative seeks to assess the legal and regulatory aspects of water policy, to pursue opportunities for information exchange and collaboration, and to provide the means for interested persons to become better informed on legal and policy aspects of critical water issues at the local, national, and global levels. Before entering the practice of law, Strifling had five years of experience as a practicing civil and environmental engineer, with an emphasis in water supply management and wastewater conveyance and treatment.  He remains a licensed Wisconsin Professional Engineer.

Carolyn Sullivan, Reinhart Boener Van Deuren s.c.
Carolyn A. Sullivan's Environmental and OSHA practice includes compliance, enforcement defense, litigation, permitting, and due diligence. She works with and appears before state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. As a knowledgeable and experienced attorney, Carolyn annually updates the "Environmental Considerations" chapter in the State Bar of Wisconsin's Real Estate Transactions System, which addresses the impact of environmental laws on real estate ansactions.

Lucy Saunders, organizer, conserve-greatlakes.comLucy writes cookbooks about beer and food, and conducts beer pairings and classes for groups and hospitality programs. As a volunteer, she has organized this conference since 2009, with the help of more than 200 volunteers, sponsors and speakers who have donated their time, travel and expertise. Thank you!

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