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Meet the Team: Meet the Team

Meet The Board

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Board Position Opening!

Apply here by February 20, 2023.

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Alec Ochs

Member at Large

Alec grew up on the southern shores of Lake Erie in a small town called Port Clinton, Ohio. He still lives here today and spends most of his summers on or as close to the water as possible. He is currently a City Planner for the City of Sandusky, a small city on Lake Erie. As a natural wanderlust, he spends much of his time adventuring outside and traveling.
Alec has always had a deep appreciation for nature and environmental protection. As a kid, he found himself picking up litter on the local beaches for fun. In the summer of 2021, his passion turned into fromStreamtoBay—an apparel business with an environmental mission. For every item purchased, they pick up litter from streams and coasts. 


Ashley Repke

Member at Large

Ashley is a northeast Michigan native whose love for our Great Lakes and the surrounding area began at a young age. Her parents and grandparents taught her how to be a steward of the land and water through hunting, fishing, camping and boating. Ashley studied civil and environmental engineering, with a minor in wetland management, at Michigan Tech University. She currently works for RS Scott & Associates in Alpena, MI as a civil designer and has designed many waterfront parks for local government agencies. Ashley also holds a certificate in Geographic Information Systems and hopes to use that background to impact the way information is shared about our waterways. Ashley and her husband live on Long Lake and have three small children at home. 

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James Mott

James Mott is a Great Lakes native, having lived his whole life in Michigan. Raised in Metro-Detroit, childhood summers in Gladwin, family motel in Barton City, a cabin in Paradise, James has felt at home all over this great state. As a diving educator, James has traveled, dived, and enjoyed the waters of all five of the Great Lakes.

For three decades, James has guided others to see and experience these waters and has hosted beach, shore and underwater clean-ups around Michigan’s in-land and Great Lakes. He is a diving educator, a recurrent public speaker at Shipwreck Festivals, and volunteers his teaching for High School Outdoor Education.

Member at Large

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Amy Sturz

Amy calls Duluth, Minnesota her home and is in love with the shores of Lake Superior. She has earned an undergraduate degree in Field Biology from UW-River Falls, a master's degree in Environmental Science & Policy from UW-Green Bay, and a master's degree in Environmental Education from UW-Steven's Point. She currently works as the social media and marketing coordinator for the Great Lakes Aquarium. She is an avid rock hound, nature lover, and bird wrangler. 

Vice President


Cheryl Mack


Bio coming soon!

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Shanna Johnson


Shanna Johnson is a Certified Public Accountant in Alpena, Michigan.  She has a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Western Michigan University. She owns her own CPA practice where she serves numerous business and individual clients with tax preparation and other accounting services. She was born a Navy brat and as a child was always stationed with her family in areas surrounded by water. Her father retired from the Navy in 1978 at which time the family moved to Hillman, Michigan. Even at a young age, she had a passion against trash and would always carry a bag with her to pick up trash along walks with her family. As a girl scout, she began a recycling program on the Naval base where her father was stationed in Maryland. As an adult, the passion against trash has not diminished. She takes a fishing net with her to pick up litter off the bottom of the lake where her paddle boat is located.

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Meag Schwartz


Meag founded Great Lakes Great Responsibility in 2020 to empower others to take action on behalf of our most precious resource: the freshwater of the Great Lakes. Meag's background is in Biology (BS, Alma College) and Environmental Science (MS, Indiana University). She serves in her professional role as Network Coordinator with the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, a network of educators and community partners that foster place-based stewardship education to protect the Great Lakes and natural resources. 

Meag enjoys exploring the Great Lakes through snorkeling, paddle boarding or just walking the shoreline.  

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