Green Burial Council

Board/officers

 

Green Burial Council Certification


Brian Flowers, Director (President), is the Cemeterian and Green Burial Coordinator for Greenacres Memorial Park and Moles Family Funeral Homes and Crematory in Washington State.  Brian developed and oversees operations for the first Natural Burial Ground in an existing traditional cemetery to be certified by the Green Burial Council.

Adam McLane, Director, is the Director of Operations for The Nature Conservancy's Indiana Chapter.  Adam worked in the for-profit business world for 10 years before transitioning to the non-profit conservation sector.  His enthusiasm for the protection of wildlife and wild places stems from a lifelong love of the outdoors and the recreation and enjoyment it has provided him and his family.

Katey Bean, Director, is a landscape architect in Washington state whose practice includes ecological restoration.  Her thesis on green cemeteries earned an award from the Washington chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecs in 2006. Katey is interested in how green cemeteries can connect people in meaningful ways to their local environment.

John Eric Rolfstad, Director, is the Executive Director for the PEOPLE'S MEMORIAL Association (PMA) in Washington state; the oldest and largest nonprofit memorial society. In addition, he is Executive Director of the PEOPLE'S MEMORIAL Funeral Cooperative which is a member owned funeral home in Seattle, WA.  Involved in social change for over 30 years, John Eric has also served on the national boards of Lutherans Concerned and Lutheran Gay and Lesbian Ministries.

Shari Wolf, Director (Treasurer), is the former Director of Operations and Finance for the Green Burial Council Certification and Green Burial Council International. A licensed funeral director, she is the founder of Natural Grace Funerals Inc, a funeral home offering exclusively environmentally friendly funeral, burial and cremation services in Southern California.

 

Green Burial Council International


Rev. Charles Morris, Director (President), has been an ordained Catholic priest since 1983 and is currently on the faculty at Madonna University in Detroit where he teaches courses on sustainability. Rev. Morris has published papers in peer review journals in the fields of environmental justice. His work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning News, the New York Times, the Detroit Free Press, the National Catholic Register and Sierra Magazine.  Rolling Stone Magazine named Fr. Morris to it's Honor Roll in 2006. He  currently contributes to the Eco-Catholic blog for the online version of the National Catholic Reporter. In 2011 he received a Michigan Green Leader award from the Detroit Free Press.

John Eric Rolfstad, Director (Vice President), is the Executive Director for the PEOPLE'S MEMORIAL Association (PMA) in Washington state; the oldest and largest nonprofit memorial society. In addition, he is Executive Director of the PEOPLE'S MEMORIAL Funeral Cooperative which is a member owned funeral home in Seattle, WA.  Involved in social change for over 30 years, John Eric has also served on the national boards of Lutherans Concerned and Lutheran Gay and Lesbian Ministries.

Ed Bixby, Director (Secretary), is the owner and operator of Steelmantown Green BUrial Preserve in New Jersey. Bixby has led presentations on green burial for numerour organizations and had provided educational training for both funeral directors and cemeterians.

Shari Wolf, Director (Treasurer), is the former Director of Operations and Finance for the Green Burial Council Certification and Green Burial Council International. A licensed funeral director, she is the founder of Natural Grace Funerals Inc, a funeral home offering exclusively environmentally friendly funeral, burial and cremation services in Southern California.