Board & Staff
Shelley [at] CouncilForResponsibleSport [dot] org
Shelley brings to the Council a host of experiences in creative collaboration with diverse stakeholders and five years of project coordination with the University of Oregon’s Office of Sustainability, Athletics Department and the City of Eugene. She earned both her BA in Journalism and Communications and graduate certificate in Leadership in Sustainability at the University of Oregon. She is a former member of the top 20-ranked Oregon Ducks softball team and now enjoys practicing and instructing yoga, hiking, and hitting the slopes of the Cascades.
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Board Chair Ethan Nelson is the Intergovernmental Relations Manager at the City of Eugene. In his previous role, Waste Prevention and Green Building Manager for the City of Eugene, Ethan led the development and implementation of several successful community sustainability programs. He served on the Oregon Global Warming Commission’s Subcommittee on Materials Management, is a University of Oregon adjunct instructor for Sustainable Urban Development, and was the Sustainability Chair for the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials–an event that earned Gold level certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. Prior to working with the City of Eugene, Ethan was program director at Northwest Youth Corps. A swimmer at heart, Ethan loves to spend time in the water, taking part in open water swims in Hawaii, Mexico, and the US–including a 6 mile swim in Oregon’s Crater Lake!
Kevin Phelan (secretary) is President of Agon Partners, a strategic advisory practice that works with organizations at senior levels to develop and implement business strategy and innovation. He focuses on supporting business growth in a sustainable context.
Kevin has over 25 years of Executive leadership roles across multiple sectors including Energy, Sustainability, Retail, Consumer & Industrial Products, Renewables and Marketing. He has previously held roles as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for BP North America, Senior Vice President of Low Carbon Sustainability and Head of Olympic Mobility.
Kevin has worked with many major sporting events and teams including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, US Olympic Committee and Team USA for Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and London 2012, the British Olympic Association, the Warrior Games, the Chicago Cubs, White Sox and Bears, New York Giants. He has also advised the US Olympic Committee, US Sailing, USA Track and Field as well as multiple events through the Council for Responsible Sport.
Kevin is a Board Advisor to multiple Companies and Private Equity Practices. He is a member of the Kellogg Innovation Network and advisor to the University of Wisconsin Discovery Center, and University of Michigan. He speaks regularly on Sport, Sustainability, Energy and Marketing issues. Kevin lives with his family in Chicago.
Keith Peters enjoyed a long career with Nike that included assignments as Director of Running Sports Marketing, Director of Public Relations, European Director of Communications, Director of Communications for Corporate Responsibility and Content Development Director of Nike.com. After leaving Nike, he worked with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, helping them develop effective marketing communications and fundraising strategies. Prior to joining the Council as Executive Director from 2011-2016, he managed Eco-Logistics, and consulted with some of the oldest and largest road races in America, helping them recognize and fulfill their eco-responsibilities. Now retired, Keith continues to write the Going Green column for Road Race Management, and occasionally speaks at conferences that explore the potential of making a positive contribution to a healthier planet through sport.
Lorna Lathram is a philanthropic consultant with experience in both the Private and Nonprofit sectors. She was the founding President of the Omidyar Foundation, where she was responsible for developing organizational strategy and funding protocols, building grantee relationships and the overall management of this young, private foundation. She also served as Director of Philanthropic Services for the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, leading the Philanthropic Services team responsible for developing, delivering, and expanding products and services in the Philanthropic Sector. Most recently, her responsibilities have included managing the continued development, implementation, training, and support for MAKING THE CASE, a proprietary social change evaluation methodology created by the Women’s Funding Network.
Tyler James brings more than 18 years of experience as a proven dynamic producer with expertise in conceiving and implementing inventive strategies and visual solutions that build brand visibility, convey high-impact messaging and create positive market presence. Currently the creative director at AHM Brands in Eugene, Oregon, Tyler remains acutely tuned to key business drivers, market signals, consumer buying trends, media perception and public opinion and has enjoyed noted success in building brand identities of nationally recognized sports organizations. He acted as lead creative force behind all public-facing materials for the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials, the 2014 World Junior Championships, five consecutive NCAA Track and Field Championships and has extensive experience working with NCAA and professional sports organizations ranging from the University of Oregon to Texas Christian University to the U.S. Tennis Association. From initial concept to strategy to completion, Tyler is an accomplished leader and collaborator who elicits the best from fellow creatives and project partners.
After running the Houston-Tenneco Marathon each year from 1986-1992, he joined on as a volunteer assistant to the Course Director, and was asked to join the race committee Board of Directors in ’95. He served first as course director and then eventually race director and president of the board—volunteer positions he’s held for fourteen years now.
In the years under Brant’s leadership, the Houston Marathon has gone from two to eleven full-time staff, the budget has increased from one million to over five million dollars annually, and the race weekend has seen the addition of 20,000 more runners.
Based in Houston, Texas, he is a practicing attorney at Crain, Caton & James in the areas of representation of real estate, banking and financial services, energy and business formation. Brant earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. in law at the University of Houston School of Law in 1981.
Michele Grossman (treasurer) is a Managing Principal with Waste Management’s Sustainability Services consulting team. She is currently involved in zero waste strategies, corporate sustainability reporting, and sometimes she gets to do waste audits in National Parks! Michele is Sustainability Lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the first zero waste event of its size in the world and one that earned Gold level certification from the Council for Responsible Sport in 2013 and Evergreen in 2015. She works with sports teams and venues to identify where they want to go on their sustainability journey and how to get there.
A LEED A.P. with a B.A. in Communications, a B.S. in Environmental Science, and a Climate Reality Project Leader, Michele was awarded the 2013 Rosie Award recognizing influential women in the recycling, waste and sustainability industry. When she’s not studying the archeology of garbage, Michele loves to hike, bike watch roller derby and skate around her home in San Francisco.
Dian Vaughn brings almost a decade of environmental responsibility industry experience to the Council for Responsible Sport board. She is the founder and force behind GreenEvents, which has been providing solutions for sports and festival planners since 2008. GreenEvents was founded as Dian merged her passions surrounding environmental causes with her knowledge of business operations and inclination to work closely with others to foster investment in the shared goal of serving our environment. She has worked internationally to help event planners seek Council for Responsible Sport Certification and offset the environmental impact of their pursuits. She has worked with events of all sizes, ranging from small local half-marathons such as the Shelby Farms Park Greenline Half Marathon in Memphis to the esteemed Mexico City International Marathon in Mexico. Her expertise ranges the full event process, given her experience in working with the Austin Marathon Expo, as well as the Music City BBQ Championships & Festival in Nashville.
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Marisa McGilliard, former Executive Director and Board Chair of the Council for Responsible Sport, has spent the last 16 years committed to the sports for social change movement, starting as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan and culminating in work with the Council for Responsible Sport, Mercy Corps, Nike Foundation, and Mountain2Mountain. She has contributed to WEND magazine’s Greenery Section, The Washington Post, Greenopolis, YouthNoise, NIRSA and The International Platform on Sport and Development. Outside Marisa’s work with the Council, she is Legal Counsel for Twitter, Inc., consultant to Designs for a Sustainable World Collective, and on the Board of Mountain2Mountain. During her time off, Marisa is an avid traveler and runner, having recently backpacked through Ecuador, Peru and Thailand.
Leslie Carlson is a founder and principal at Brink Communications. Prior to establishing Brink, Leslie worked as an advisor to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, as a member of the communications staff at PacifiCorp and as the Oregon Press Secretary on a presidential campaign. Carlson’s experience includes working with the City of Portland’s effort to end homelessness, creating visibility for two “green” Hilton hotels and writing the State of Oregon’s first communications strategy around the reduction of greenhouse gases from land use and transportation. She is currently working with the City of Portland and the City of Eugene to help develop communications strategies to encourage thoughtful consumption of products as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Jonathan Eng is a graduate of Boston College with a degree in International Economic Development. A marathoner and ironman triathlete for 10 years, he has competed in and produced sport events around the world and worked to produce the first 5k running race in Beijing, China. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pacific University, after co-founding the Council, and resides in Portland, Oregon, where is a practicing clinical at P.A.C.E Physical Therapy in North Portland.
Julia Plowman is a collaborative big thinker and systempreneur. She believes in the power of cross-sector connections to invent and implement system-changing solutions. Her work breaks down traditional boundaries, engages seemingly unlikely partners and develops new business models for impact. Currently she is the brand innovation advisor at Mercy Corps carving out a breakthrough positioning to inspire engagement. Prior to consulting with Mercy Corps, she was the Chief Operating Officer at World Pulse where she transformed the fledgling start-up into an action media network powered by women from 190 countries. Julia also worked at the Nike Foundation, where she led the strategic and creative development of The Girl Effect driving systemic change and generating resources for adolescent girls. Earlier in her career, she worked at Wieden + Kennedy for 11 years in the Portland, Tokyo and Amsterdam offices leading global initiatives on some of the biggest, most-challenging brands in the world — Nike, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Audi and EA.
Catherine Humblet, our former managing director, came to the Council from NIKE’s Sustainable Business & Innovation department where she created and led the sustainable performance management team. Catherine is now the Director of Operations at Zulily.com. She is the founder of Tern Consulting LLC, a strategic consulting practice with expertise working with Boards and management teams on strategy and turn-around management. Clients include the Boston Youth Sports Initiative and the Boston University Center Institute for Athletic Coach Education. Catherine has her MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA in econometrics from Brown University. She is a former member of the US National Rowing team and medalist at the World Cup and World Championships.
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