The MGROW Board of Directors is comprised of not less than five but not more than nine officials. Board members serve a two-year term.
Loretta Crum, President
Duties include conducting board meetings, fund raising, spokesperson, and communications.
Consultant: Writing and print publishing including concept, design, layout, printing, marketing, and distribution; internet publishing including site creation, blogging, e-commerce, search engine optimization (SEO), and social media marketing
Davenport University: Teach college-level writing to students with diverse backgrounds and academic goals.
General practice attorney: Provide legal counsel to individuals and organizations. Practice areas include environmental law, property law, and organizational tax exempt status.
Michigan Office of the Attorney General, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division: Provided counsel on environmental law and policy to state agency clients on a contract basis.
Juris Doctor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Master of Arts in English, Northern Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in English, Northern Michigan University.
Fred E. Cowles, P.E., Vice President
Duties include fund raising, special project management
Owner of Cowles Environmental, a consulting company specializing in regulatory support to protect Michigan’s water environment. Fred has over 10 years of consulting experience utilizing his 30 years of experience with Michigan’s water pollution control agencies. He has intimate knowledge of numerous water programs such as, Combined Sewer Overflows, stormwater pollution preventive measures, municipal separate storm sewer systems, wastewater blending, sanitary sewer overflows, and model ordinance development.
Degrees in engineering (University of Michigan), environmental health (University of Michigan), and public administration (Western Michigan University). He is a registered Professional Engineer.
Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) for over 35 years, having served as president, secretary/treasurer, and chair of numerous committees. He has presented at many MWEA conferences and seminars on topics including Asset Management, Environmental Management Systems, Disinfection, Combined Sewer Overflows, Stormwater Programs, Whole Effluent Toxicity, Total Maximum Daily Loads, and Municipal Planning for Water Quality. He is currently serving on MWEA Government Affairs and Watershed committees, and nationally on the Water Environment Federation Stormwater, Watershed, and Government Affairs committees
Served 3 years as a Planning Commissioner for Delhi Township
Active in the Michigan Geocaching Organization (MiGO).
David Drullinger, Treasurer
Duties include grant and fund raising activities, keeping all financial records
Environmental Quality Analyst, MDEQ/DNRE/DNR. Review proposals for state and federal nonpoint source grants. Assist with development of technical manuals for nonpoint source pollution and storm water runoff controls. Develop measures of success for water quality programs. Administer grants for storm water training seminars and manuals. Coordinate municipal storm water permitting activities statewide. Provide regulatory and technical advice to the Storm Water Program Coordinator, Division management, and staff. Develop administrative rules and written storm water guidance. Assist with statutory revisions. Provide storm water seminars for municipal and industrial permittees. Provide permit compliance assistance by telephone and email. Assist local governments with storm water control issues. Serve as Michigan’s Storm Water Program liaison with U.S. EPA. Represent Michigan at National Storm Water Coordinators’ Meetings. Develop and conduct training for storm water district staff.
Master of Science in fishery science, 1985, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Bachelor of Science in biological science, 1981, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Paige Filice, Secretary
Duties include record keeping and fundraising
Paige Filice is currently a graduate student at Michigan State University in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Paige’s research involves promoting a new State of Michigan education campaign aimed at consumers and retailers in the aquarium and water garden industry. Since 2011, she has been at MSU part-time working as an Outreach Program Assistant. The majority of her work has involved aquatic invasive species education for boaters, anglers, and lake associations as well as the development of two online courses for MSU Extension. She was previously employed by the Clinton Conservation District as a Watershed Technician and worked on a number of projects including stream restoration initiatives, septic and well education, youth outreach, and agricultural field days. She is also a citizen journalist for East Lansing Info, a citizen run local news cooperative. She earned a B.A. degree from Lake Superior State University in Conservation Leadership. When she isn’t at work Paige enjoys kayaking, biking, and playing badminton.
Gloria Miller, Board Member
Duties include fund raising, liaison for associated organizations
Science teacher (retired)
Grand River Expedition 1990, 2000, 2010
Founder of Friends of the Looking Glass River Watershed 1990
County Conservation Board. – Tri County GMB
Co-founder of Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (MidMEAC), Greater Lansing Recyling
Watertown Charter Township trustee (12 years)
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State College/Michigan State University
Doug Carter, Board Member
Retired from both Michigan DNR (1997) and Michigan State University (2008). At MSU, he held joint appointments with Kellogg Biological Station, Plant and Soil Science and Cooperative Extension. As Water Quality Specialist, conducted research and community education on various water quality and quantity issues. Taught environmental protection units of graduate and undergraduate courses in parks and recreation, fisheries and wildlife, forestry and turf grass management. Undergraduate and graduate student advisor.
With DNR: Park Manager/Conservation Officer at various properties; Chief of Rivers, Lakes and Streams Protection; and State Forests Ecosystems Leader. Many of these duties were regulatory in nature, which he approached as educational challenges. Coordination with federal and other state agencies, local government, private landowners, industry, the courts and non-profit organizations.
Between DNR and MSU, self-employed consultant: provided watershed planning and public involvement expertise to the National Park Service, and the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware; and designed and managed Rivers 2000, a yearlong celebration of North America’s rivers and watersheds. This project included a seven-month river event where citizens “Passed the Paddle” from state to state, and to Mexico and Canada.
Served as a medic in the US Coast Guard Reserve, earned a BS in Parks and Recreation from Indiana University, and a Masters in Natural Resources Policy from Michigan State University, specializing in law and economics. Has held numerous leadership positions at the state and national levels, including President of River Management Society. Currently serves on national RMS committees on “Curriculum and Scholarship” and “Public Policy”. Doug has been recognized nationally and statewide for contributions to river and watershed protection. A regular presenter at statewide, regional and national conferences and workshops. And yes, he is well published.
Doug’s been a Grand River Watershed resident for 44 years, and a riparian landowner for 27. With DNR, worked with the original Grand River Watershed Council, and Natural River planning efforts on the Thornapple, Rogue and Flat rivers. He was on the Board for all three Grand River Expeditions: 1990 – Natural Resources Chair, and coordinator of all DNR/DEQ involvement; 2000 – Chair of Recognition Committee; 2010 – Expedition Chair. After GRE 2010, he spearheaded efforts to form both MGROW and the Grand River Watershed Partnership.