Board of Directors

Board of Directors

At the heart of our mission to save Michigan water.

MCWC has no staff. Instead, each of our board members volunteers their time and talents. They represent a wide range of expertise based upon individual experience and education. Between 10 and 15 members are nominated and approved by board vote. Our Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. You can contact the board through
Our Board Members...
Peggy Case, President

Peggy Case comes from a long history of environmental and social justice activism. She has been a community organizer, editor, writer and teacher for many years, beginning in college at Michigan State where she received her bachelors in Humanities and did graduate work in history and English. She has a Masters from Oakland University in Education and taught third and fourth grades in Pontiac for 20 years. She also has an Associates degree from Oakland Community College as a Medical Lab Technician and worked in a microbiology lab before teaching. She has been a life-long gardener, and a grower of food, pollinator forage and trees, now residing on a homestead in northern Michigan. She is a beekeeper and works to develop a small carbon-footprint lifestyle using permaculture principles and organic practices. She is a singer with the Gaia Women of the Great Lakes Basin, an experienced canoeist, amateur naturalist, bird watcher, and camper. She currently works as a full-time volunteer to leave a better world for her two sons and two grandchildren. Her passion to protect water has always been a priority.


Jeff Ostahowski, Vice President

Jeff worked in government and for General Motors. He is an avid fisherman now living in Big Rapids, Michigan. Jeff became involved in MCWC because of an Injection Well near his mother in Barryton. He has fought this issue and many more, most recently as what he calls "the second stool".

Chris Swier, Treasurer

Chris has been involved in MCWC since its dawning. With his family, he currently lives and works an organic farm with community suppported agriculture (CSA) to the east of Barryton. Chris just joined the executive committee as Treasurer.

Karen Turnbull, Secretary

Karen is retired speech therapist and retired professor from Central Michigan University. Her membership in MCWC is because she cares tremendously about the water in Michigan. She has a little cottage that sits on the east side of Beaver Island, facing Enbridge Line 5. Karen worries about disconnects in water policy: issues like Michigan Potash Company trashing Muskegon wetlands for an uncertain profit. So she’s gone from being a teacher to a water warrior.

John McLane

John is a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, living in the Big Rapids Township of Michigan. He is a "retired-but-still-working-at-it" surveyor. He worked in the oil and gas fields most of his life. He is a wealth of technical expertise in the oil and gas business. His education is by way of US Army Artillery Survey School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1966. Some years later he gained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Highway Design, Land Surveying. John joined up with MCWC because of his concern and love for the environment. He took part in Ferris State's first "Earth Day" event in 1970. It was the first time he was ever exposed to the word "hydrocarbon". Many journalists have interviewed John and found he has much to offer.

Wendy Nystrom

Wendy is an award winning children’s author, wife and a mother of three wonderful children. She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Life has found her in Minnesota, Texas, Idaho, Colorado, West Virginia, and Iceland. She currently resides in Michigan (USA). Through her working career, Wendy has held various public/customer service positions. At Texas State she earned a bachelors in Geography concentrating on Urban Planning. She joined MCWC after attending an information meeting about toxic waste injection wells. She wants clean water for future generations.

Diane Weckerle

Diane is a nurse in Detroit where she sees firsthand the health effects of polluted water and water poverty. She is a dynamic part of the People's Water Board and the U.S. Ecology Coalition. Her activism focusses on issues surrounding U.S. Ecology and the Detroit community.

Shannon Abbott

Newest and youngest on our board, Shannon is passionate and devotes a lot of time to water advocacy. She's active in Grand Rapids water issues and Shut Down Line 5. She volunteered with Standing Rock and Flint. Shannon founded the Grand Rapids Water Protectors and is a vivacious, people-loving leader!

Pam Gilbert

Pam received degrees (Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Arts) in elementary education.  Following her retirement as an educator, she completed a 4-year naturopathy program focusing on alternative medicine.  She is engaged in the improvement of her surrounding community.  Pam is anelected (trustee) of Fork Township.  While on the township board, she made it her goal of informing the community of the presence and hazards of waste injection wells in Fork Township.  Other community activities past and present, include: member of the Mecosta County Solid Waste Planning Board, founding member of the Chippewa Hills Orchestral Society and longtime member of New Hope United Methodist Church.  In her free time, Pam maintains her organic/biodynamic farm and is beginning to implement permaculture on her land.  On the MCWC Board, Pam is engaged in bringing awareness to the community on water issues including toxicity from brine injection wells and the use of that very same brine on our county roads, over-exploitation of businesses pumping water for excessive profit, and maintaining water purity through sustainable farming practices.

Glenna Maneke

Glenna knows the damage caused by Nestle because some of her family members were affected. In her spare time, she likes to garden, quilt, and bake.

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