Board of Directors
Will Heegaard sees every disaster as an opportunity to build back greener. A registered paramedic, Will responded with International Medical Corps to Typhoon Haiyan, then deployed solar refrigeration in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. Domestically, Will’s been on the ground with Team Rubicon after disasters in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico. Fascinated by the connection between public health, environmental science and humanitarian crisis, he leads projects that sit at the nexus of emergency response and sustainable development. He currently serves on the Board of the Minnesota Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (MNVOAD), and as a Minnesota State Leader for Team Rubicon. Will received his B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of California Berkeley. When he’s not on an ambulance or in the field, he likes to cook, write, travel and tinker on his off-grid tiny house.
Lynn Marie Thomas
Lynn Marie Thomas has served on numerous humanitarian disaster response teams for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Her deployments include the 2003 Iraq DART, to the 2006 Darfur DART, 2013 Syria DART, 2015 West Africa Ebola DART, and she recently served as USAID liaison to the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in Riyadh. Lynn Marie received the U.S. Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence for her work developing and executing strategic plans to support USG programs for legal system reform in Bosnia within the Balkan's Task Force of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. In the private sector with SAIC, Cohen and Woods International, and the Strategy Group, Ms. Thomas designed and implemented crisis simulations on disaster preparedness, mitigation, and assistance. Lynn Marie has trained particpants from USAID, the Departments of State and Defense, the UN, academia, and NGOs. Through a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship she earned an M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and holds a B.A. from Simpson College in Iowa.
James (Jim) Ladner has practiced law and served on various boards in his career, spanning the energy policy, human rights, and medical technologies sectors. He served as the Founding Board Chair of Fresh Energy, whose mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies. As an Attorney, Jim spent over twenty years at St. Jude Medical handling legal matters in a wide variety of areas, and was named attorney of the year by the Minnesota Lawyer publication in 2006. He has been a frequent speaker and panelist at continuing legal education conferences, and has served on the Boards of the Cedar Cultural Center and the Advocates for Human Rights. Jim and his family are proud to have installed the first “SmartFlower” solar device in Minnesota at their home. Jim earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota, and obtained a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Tom is a seasoned construction professional with over 20 years of commercial construction project management experience, both domestically and abroad. Tom has served in senior level disaster response and reconstruction roles in Haiti and the Philippines, with the American Refugee Committee and World Vision. Prior to joining Footprint, Tom wrapped up his first stint in the renewable energy sector, overseeing the completion of 7MW of community solar garden projects in the Twin Cities area.
John has acted as a "grant mercenary" for a number of nonprofits throughout Minnesota. John's passion for communicating convoluted concepts has given him the opportunity to work on projects ranging from environmental protection, to recidivism, to STEM focused educational programming.
THE FOOTPRINT PROJECT STARTED AT A HACKATHON...
Four strangers came together to tackle environmental degradation in humanitarian interventions. Leveraging our combined experience in disaster first response, data science, and UX/UI, we turned out to make a pretty good team. Because thirty-six hours (and almost as many coffees) later, we pitched our idea, and won.
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