GreenLane’s 2017 Board of Directors:
Robin Forster, Board Co-Chair
Robin Forster is owner and CEO of the FeelSoAlive Team, who have partnered with a leader in the green movement for over 50 years, the Shaklee Corporation.
Robin’s past work included her passion of working with troubled youth for over 20 years. She was fortunate enough to work in different arenas, including juvenile corrections as a trainer, as a teacher and as a counselor. Robin Forster is an entrepreneur who loves helping others to live a healthier life, a softer-on-the-planet lifestyle, to raise healthy babies and provide financial support for herself and the non-profits she cares about. Robin took the Lane County Master Recycling course in the spring of 2012, after joining GreenLane Sustainable Business Network. She earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management. She has two grown children and has been married to Rick Albin for over 18 years.
Kate Parker, Board Co-Chair
Effective Communication Consultants
Kate has an extensive background in workforce and training. Her work fosters positive personal and organizational growth. She offers customized workshops on topics such as pubic speaking, emotional intelligence, diversity, customer service and all manner of communication related topics. She also provides individualized coaching on these topics, as well as career and employment guidance. She values her participation with Green Lane as a way to support values that she shares.
John Gustafson, Treasurer
Craig Runyon, Events Committee Co-Chair
Craig handles marketing and business development for PIVOT Architecture in Eugene, with previous careers in journalism and graphic design leading him to his current profession. His first foray into sustainability was as a teenager establishing a recycling program in his house before curbside pickup was available. He is always seeking to find ways to improve sustainability efforts both personally and professionally. Craig was instrumental in getting PIVOT’S office BRING RE:Think certified and implementing Love Food Not Waste’s composting program.
Mikayle Stole, Events Committee Co-Chair
GloryBee, SeenEugene and Mikayle.com
Mikayle is a part-time graphic designer for GloryBee and a freelance graphic designer and photographer. GloryBee is a local family owned natural ingredients supplier. At GloryBee Mikayle finds ways to educate staff on reducing resource consumption and environmental awareness. Mikayle has held jobs in the marketing and design realm at local companies such as NextStep Recycling, Lane County Waste Management, The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Green Solutions Printing and Popp!e Design.
As a Certified Lane County Master Recycler, Mikayle stays up-to-date on recycling capabilities in the area and is involved in the Repair2ReUse Café. She aided the process of getting Green Solutions Printing Re:Think Certified through BRING. You can often find her photographing at events for many non-profits. Mikayle serves on the board in honor of Daniel Swantek.
Susan Quash-Mah, Board Member
Tamarack Aquatic Center
Susan Quash-Mah, Ph.D., has been the Non-Profit Manager at Tamarack Aquatic Center since 2011. She has owns The Polished Word, LLC, since 1992 and consults with non-profits, businesses, and child welfare in the areas of collaboration, change, cultural intelligence, and systems development, as well as doing academic editing. She is an avid recycler who was raised by a father who practiced organic farming in the 1950s. A native Oregonian, Susan has lived in the Eugene/Springfield area since 1972 and is committed to responsible citizenship through grassroots action.
Angie Marzano, Board Member
Jeannine Parisi, Board Member
Eugene Water and Electric Board
Jeannine is the Local Government and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), Eugene’s public utility. In this role, she is responsible for intergovernmental relations as well as public involvement strategies involving high profile projects. Jeannine has over fifteen years of community engagement experience, working on local public safety issues and in the past eight years, various exciting water and energy projects. She is a UO grad, loves outdoor adventures, and making soup.
Jeannie Sterry, Board Member
Bank of the Cascades
Jeannie Sterry is a Professional Banking Officer with Bank of the Cascades in Eugene. She works with companies and organizations to manage liquidity and mitigate operational and financial risk. She has been in banking for 25 years and dreamed of being in banking since she was a little girl.
Jeannie grew up in an environment that didn’t allow an opportunity for or focus on recycling and sustainability, and learned more about this upon meeting her husband. Now Jeannie is an avid recycler and searches for way to create more sustainability every day in business and in her personal life.
Jeannie grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and came to the Northwest in 1989. She has since started a family and enjoys being outdoors with her husband and son as much as possible.
Paul Schwartzberg, Board Member Alternate, Events Committee Chair
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Paul is a product of the Twin Cities’ punk scene of the early ’80s. Paul has been a long time broadcast professional, including eight years as the owner/operator of KNND in Cottage Grove. He has also managed a deli, worked in the industrial noise control industry and was the Membership Director for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce prior to taking his current position as Development Director at public radio station KRVM.
Andrew Core, Board Member Alternate
Farmers Insurance and Financial Services
Andrew Core Insurance Agency
Andy Core is the owner of Andrew Core Insurance Agency and is an Insurance and Financial Solutions Registered Rep with Farmers Insurance Group. His interest in business sustainability stems from his passion for environmental stewardship and his understanding of the business benefits that come from sustainable practices. Prior to running an insurance and financial solutions business, Andy worked as a biological researcher focusing on conservation and insect ecology. His most recent work centered around honey bee conservation and sustainability of ecological systems. Andy hopes to expand Greenlane’s network of local business members while working on the Membership Committee.