General Ronald R. Fogleman, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Chairman, brings worldwide contacts and experienced leadership to Sustainable Arizona™. He has been Chairman and Director of public and private companies. After retirement from the Air Force he continued his public service on the national level as a member of the Defense Policy Board, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Advisory Council, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advisory Board and the Congressional Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization. In his private endeavors General Fogleman is the Chairman of the Board of Orbital ATK, Chairman of the Board of Tactical Air Support, Inc., the Lead Director on the Board of AAR Corp, and serves on the boards of Acorn Growth Company AeroComposites, First National Bank of Durango and Thales-Raytheon Systems. He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign relations, the Air Force Association, the Fort Lewis College Foundation, and has chaired the Falcon Foundation and the Airlift Tanker association. He lectures on leadership, international affairs and military issues and has published numerous articles on air and space operations.
General Fogleman holds a Masters Degree in Military History and Political Science from Duke University. In 2001 he was one of the first two individuals to be named a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air force Academy. A command pilot, rated parachutist and missileer, he has amassed over 8,100 flying hours in fighter, transport, tanker, rotary wing and general aviation aircraft. During the Vietnam War he volunteered for two combat tours and flew 315 combat missions logging 806 hours of combat time in fighter aircraft. His combat decorations include the Silver Star, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 18 Air Medals and a Purple Heart. His peacetime awards include 7 Distinguished Service Medals, 2 Legions of Merit and decorations from 9 foreign governments. Additionally, he has received numerous character and leadership awards from national security organizations for public service.
John Neville, Chairman Emeritus and a founder of Sustainable Arizona™, has been involved creatively in sustainable development and communications for more than 35 years. He has helped multinational companies and a range of organizations with sustainability systems, business communications and management practices, culture and leadership development, and diversity enhancement. He was recognized with the Role Model for Youth Award for his development of the “Earthstar, Your EcoDiscovery” learning series. John is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and has supplied green building services to owners, architects and builders. He has provided sustainable systems, business development and communications consulting to businesses and municipalities and is a frequent guest speaker. He served on the board of the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative of Northern Arizona where he headed the Green Business Network and the Education for Sustainability teams and worked on energy efficiency and renewable energy and sustainable community indicators. In addition, John headed the Value the Verde Initiative which engages businesses in green practices, consulted with the Verde Valley Wine Consortium, and assists with green and charitable efforts in his community. The home he designed in Sedona has received awards for excellence in sustainable building, conservation and low impact living. John and his wife, Jawn McKinley, were recognized by business groups and the City of Sedona for their efforts in fostering sustainability and leading water conservation activities.
Michelle Creveling, Director, is a problem solver, operations strategist, and entrepreneur. She has founded organizations and helped dozens of others to grow and prosper. As a senior level Management Consultant with more than fifteen years’ experience assisting major corporations and privately held businesses facilitate change and design strategies for enhanced profitability, Ms. Creveling has served as lead adviser and participating analyst in a variety of acquisitions, mergers, leveraged buyouts and corporate reorganizations. She has participated in and led turnaround efforts for technology companies, and developed models and strategies for both services and manufacturing firms. As entrepreneurial founder and President of a regional management consulting firm, Ms. Creveling grew the organization from a small investment to recognition three years in a row from Case Western Reserve University as one of the Weatherhead 100 Outstanding Growth Companies, named twice in the top ten. Ms. Creveling holds an MBA, graduating with honors with specializations in E-Business and Human Resources. She holds an A.B. degree in Psychology from Indiana University with a minor in Sociology. She is a Ph.D. doctoral candidate in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with specialties in Leadership and Organizational Change. Ms. Creveling holds an SPHR Life Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).
William Eaton, vice president and a founder of Sustainable Arizona™, has been involved with green initiatives since the 70’s. William designs innovative guitars and stringed instruments and is a founder and Director of Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery. A four time GRAMMY nominee, Eaton records for Canyon Records and tours nationally. He has composed for and performed with the William Eaton Ensemble, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra and Amadeus Trio among others. Along with his wife Christine, William is the co-Director of Old Town Center for the Arts, in Cottonwood, Arizona where he brings top musical entertainment to the Verde Valley. He also contributes his time and talents to nonprofits throughout the state.
Ron Epperson, Executive Director of Sustainable Arizona™, has over 32 years of experience in a variety of economic, business and financial analyses on behalf of clients. He advises clients on the strategic and economic use of IP from creation to protection to value extraction. Ron has deep practical experience in IP transactions, having negotiated and executed more than 50 IP transactions in a wide variety of industries all over the world. Ron also has extensive experience in the detection, investigation and prevention of counterfeiting, piracy and product diversion. Ron has testified at trial in federal and state court, and at the ITC. He has conducted complex damage studies involving lost sales, lost profits, lost royalties, incremental profits, capacity, fixed and variable costs, product line profitability, valuation, diminution in value, reasonable royalty, unjust enrichment and prejudgment interest for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Prior to his consulting career, Ron served as a Licensing Director for a Global Fortune 50 chemicals and energy company, with license negotiations experience in the US, Germany, Spain, UK, Italy, Austria, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and India. He has negotiated over 50 patent and technology licenses across a diverse set of industries. Ron is the Chair of the Licensing Executives Society’s Cleantech Committee, and Co-Chair of its Arizona chapter, and is active professionally and socially serving on various boards and committees, including Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization and Arizona Forward.
Dr. J. Berton Fisher, Head of Technology and Applications, has worked in the area of environmental litigation since 1993, written numerous expert reports, and been qualified as an expert and given testimony before both federal and state courts as well as administrative law forums. He has worked professionally as a research scientist on matters related to the inorganic and organic geochemistry of the Earth for over thirty years. Dr. Fisher has worked on environmental issues arising from the land disposal of wastes from confined animal feeding operations, and has worked on technical environmental matters related to wastes generated by the petroleum and other industries, His experience in technical environmental matters includes site investigations, third-party review of site investigation data, analysis of the chemical and physical characteristics of environmental samples, geochemical mass balance, historic research on petroleum industry practices, including exploration and production operations, transportation, refining and marketing.
Dr. Fisher holds a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Case Western Reserve University (1979), and a M. S. degree in Earth Sciences from Case Western Reserve University (1976). He graduated from Yale University in 1973 with a B.S. degree in Geology and Geophysics. At Yale he won the William R. Belknap prize for undergraduate excellence in geologic studies. He is a Certified Professional Geologist and a Registered Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas.