Kelli Paige, Executive Director
Kelli Paige, Executive Director

Kelli Paige was appointed as the Executive Director of GLOS on Jan 1, 2015. Kelli has held ever increasing responsibilities with GLOS, joining the staff in 2009 as an Outreach Specialist and being promoted to Program Coordinator then Program Manager in recognition of her growing responsibilities and leadership. In particular, she has been responsible for two key areas of GLOS work: data management and observations. Kelli came to GLOS from The Nature Conservancy where she served as a Program Outreach Coordinator with the Ohio Chapter. She has also worked with the Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner and the Friends of the Chicago River. Kelli holds a BA in Public Policy from DePaul University and a MS in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. 

Kelli can be contacted at or 734-332-6101

Kristin Schrader, Communications Manager
Kristin Schrader

Kristin Schrader joined the Great Lakes Observing System in March of 2015. Kristin comes with more than 20 years of marketing and communications experience, from agency to her most recent position at Ducks Unlimited where she worked on natural resource issues including clean water protections, the farm bill and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Kristin specializes in outcome-based communications, strategically and economically deployed. A life-long Michigander, she holds a BS in Cultural Anthropology from Eastern Michigan University. 

Kristin can be contacted at or 734-332-6113


Dr. Jennifer Boehme

Dr. Boehme joined the International Joint Commission (IJC)’s Great Lakes Regional Office in Windsor, Ontario as an Environmental Scientist in 2012 and assists the IJC in advising governments of the United States and Canada on water quality issues affecting the Great Lakes. She serves as Secretariat to IJC’s Health Professionals Advisory Board, which provides guidance to the IJC on current and emergent clinical and public health  issues in the area of Canada-US transboundary environmental  health. Jennifer spent 10 years as a research scientist for the University of Maine and the Smithsonian Institution and, before joining the IJC, delved into science policy and communication at the National Science Foundation via a fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She holds A Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida and a B.S. in Chemistry from Emory University.


Randolph C. Helland

Randy Helland is the founder of R C Helland Consulting LLC, a consulting company providing maritime safety expertise and environmental planning and exercise services to the U.S. Government, the maritime industry and academia. Previous to his work in the private sector, he held senior executive positions over a 32 year U.S. Coast Guard career at the national, regional and local levels in the areas of marine/port safety, security, environmental protection and waterways management. Positions included Co-Chair, Regional Response Team for Region V (Great Lakes), Co-Chair of the U.S./Canadian Joint Response Team responsible for U.S. and Canadian oil/hazardous chemical spill response for the Great Lakes area, Co-chair of the U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada Security Working Group, and Captain of the Port Detroit, MI.  He formed the first bi-national Great Lakes Regional Waterways Management Forum comprised of 26 U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, environmental groups and the maritime industry.

Prior to forming R C Helland Consulting in 2011, he was Director of Maritime Services for Layered Security Solutions, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was responsible for business development and program management for all maritime initiatives.  He was the program manager for a $1.2 million project that crafted a Port Vulnerability Assessment and Trade Resumption/Business Continuity plan for the Sabine-Neches, Texas area including the ports of Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange; the 4th largest port by volume in the U.S.  He was also program manager for the Port Vulnerability Assessment and Trade Resumption/Business Continuity plans for Miami Florida, Buffalo New York, Erie Pennsylvania, and Cleveland Ohio. 

Mr. Helland graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a BA in Criminal Justice.  He also earned a MS in Environmental Management from the University of Michigan in 1987.

Dr. John H. Carey, Chair
John H. Carey, Chair

Dr. Carey began his career in environmental science as a researcher, and retired in July 2010 as the Special Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment Canada’s Science and Technology Branch. Previously he had served as the Director General of the department’s Water Science and Technology Directorate (WSTD), the largest freshwater science group in Canada.  The Directorate conducted aquatic research and monitoring, providing scientific knowledge that supports the development of government policies and programs and public decisions concerning freshwater ecosystems.  Carey also served for 15 months as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Science and Technology for Environment Canada. During that assignment, he was responsible for Environment Canada’s 1500-person science program encompassing water, wildlife, weather prediction, climate and toxicology of environmental contaminants. Dr. Carey is well-known for his studies of the environmental impacts of pulp mill effluent, in which he led a multidisciplinary team involving industry, academic and government scientists in support of the development of new federal regulations for that sector.  His research, leadership and advice were influential in the Canadian government’s assessment of the environmental impacts of pulp mill effluents that led to the policy decision by the federal government. In 1998, in recognition of his leadership on the issue, John was awarded the Public Service of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award (the highest award in the Canadian Public Service, also known as the Prime Minister’s Award).

Dr. Nancy Frank, Vice Chair - Relations
GLOS Dr. Nancy Frank, Vice Chair

Dr. Frank is Associate Professor and past-Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.   Her research interests involve land use policies that preserve open space and reduce the development impacts on the environment, as well as local, regional and state policies regarding water quality, water quantity and aquatic ecosystems.  She has substantial policy experience in relation to both water and brownfield cleanup, and redevelopment. Dr. Frank participates in a wide network of organizations related to her research interests, including the Wisconsin Brownfields Study Group (appointed), the Center for Resilient Cities, the Energy Center of Wisconsin, and also serves as editor of WAPA News, the newsletter of the Wisconsin Chapter of the APA. Through work funded by the Brico Fund, she facilitated a series of meetings that led to the creation of the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water).  She now serves as Chair of Sweet Water.

G. Tracy Mehan, III, Vice Chair - Development
G. Tracy Mehan, III, Secretary

Mr. Mehan is Principal with The Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. Presently, he is the Executive Director of Government Affairs for he American Water Works Association, and serves on the Water Science and Technology Board and the Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act for the National Research Council of the National Academies. Mr. Mehan is an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at George Mason University School of Law. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation, the Environmental Law Institute, and the Board of Directors of the Potomac Conservancy.
Over the past 20 years, Mehan has held numerous offices and appointments in public service. In 2006, he served as an independent expert judge for the Municipal Water Conservation Achievement Award Program sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and its Urban Water Council. He served as Environmental Stewardship Counselor to the 2004 G-8 Summit Planning Organization (2004). From 2001-2003, he served as Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to that, Mr. Mehan served as director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes and member of then Governor John Engler’s Cabinet (1993-2001). He was also Michigan’s representative on the Great Lakes Commission and the Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada. In addition, he chaired the Michigan Mercury Pollution Prevention Task Force. Mr. Mehan briefly served as Associate Deputy Administrator of EPA in 1992. Prior to that, he served as director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and member of the Cabinet of then Governor John Ashcroft from 1989 to 1992.
Mehan is a graduate of Saint Louis University and its School of Law. He is the recipient of the 2004 Environment Award from the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) and the 2003 Elizabeth Jester Fellows Environmental Partnership Award from the Association of State & Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASWIPCA).

David A. Ullrich
GLOS David A. Ullrich

Mr. Ullrich is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.  He works with U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to advance the protection and restoration of the resource. Prior to assuming his current position, Ullrich served for thirty years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes regional office in Chicago, working on environmental issues in the six states of the upper Midwest. He worked in many capacities over the years, including Acting Regional Administrator, Deputy Regional Administrator, Waste Management Division Director, Deputy Regional Counsel, Air Enforcement Chief, and Water Enforcement Attorney. For six years, he was the U.S. Chair of the Water Quality Board for the International Joint Commission, and was a founding member and chair of the Midwest Natural Resources Group. He continues to serve on the Water Quality Board, and in 2006 was appointed by the President to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission where he serves as U.S. Section Chair. In 1986, he completed a six month executive exchange assignment with the German Interior Ministry. U.S. EPA has recognized Ullrich for a number of his accomplishments during his public service career.

Kathryn A. Buckner
Kathryn Buckner

Ms. Buckner is the President of the Council of Great Lakes Industries. She is an experienced environmental professional with expertise in navigating complex regulatory environments and in helping companies understand and manage environmental risks and opportunities. As the President of the Council of Great Lakes Industries, she is developing strategies for engaging industry in Great Lakes policy and in pursuing regional sustainable development. Ms. Buckner previously served as Special Advisor to the Great Lakes Observing System. She helped the organization develop a detailed strategy for engaging private sector entities in collaborative programs and projects designed to enhance the observations and monitoring systems in the Great Lakes region. She is a practicing attorney who earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior with highest honors from the University of Illinois College of Business Administration, a law degree cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law, an MBA with highest honors from the Ross School of Business, and a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Dr. Ronald C. Baird
Dr. Ron Baird

Dr. Baird is Adjunct Professor and member of the graduate faculty at the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography. He also serves as a Trustee of the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA. From 2008-2013, Dr. Baird was a member of the Regional Research Team at the University of Hawaii that prepared the recent assessment of ocean research priorities for the U.S. Western Pacific Region for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Baird previously served as Research Professor of Marine Science at UNC Wilmington. During his tenure, he was a member of the Executive Planning Committee of the Governor’s South Atlantic Ocean Alliance, which addressed integrated coastal resources, management and research issues. He chaired a UNC system-wide task group to study creating an integrated monitoring system for the state’s coastal waters. He was also a Trustee of UNC’s Coastal Studies Institute and member of several university advisory boards. In his decade of service at NOAA (1996-2006) Dr. Baird served as Director of the National Sea Grant College Program and Associate Director for Ocean Research in the agency’s principal line office for research. These programs involve a national network of institutions and programs that engage in scientific research, education and outreach activities in coastal and Great Lakes states. He introduced formalized regional approaches in Sea Grant and developed strong ties with NASULGC, Ocean Leadership, National Fisheries Institute, Great Lakes Commission, other NOAA elements, federal agencies and NGOs. During his NOAA tenure, Dr. Baird served as the U. S. Marine Resources Co-Chair for the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Program in Natural Resources and initiated the international Sea Grant network.
Dr. Baird holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.A. from the University of Texas, and a B.S. from Yale University. He is a lifetime member of Sigma Xi and a fellow of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists. In 2000, he received the Presidential Rank Award from President Clinton for helping position the U.S. as a world leader in marine research and the sustainable development of coastal resources. In 2006 he received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award from President Bush for his management innovations in the National Sea Grant College Program.