History

The Kalamazoo River Community Recreational Foundation was established in 2013 by Enbridge to ensure a series of sites are maintained for public access to the Kalamazoo River while fostering an appreciation of the river and its surroundings.

The foundation oversees an endowment established to provide for the long-term maintenance of these sites, which will serve residents and visitors to the area for years to come. By enhancing public access to the river, we believe people will gain an appreciation for the delicate balance that exists in the river environment.

The initial capitalization of the endowment was $2.5 million, with the understanding that the endowment exists in perpetuity. The foundation administration is handled by a third party, Public Sector Consultants, and is overseen by a board of seven directors consisting of Enbridge personnel and other individuals who have been closely involved with site development.

Detailed site use and management guides have been developed for each site to assist with site maintenance and long-term care. The guides provide basic information about each site’s development; identify key site components and products; and, most importantly, establish expectations for the care of the sites.

Board of Directors

Brad Shamla, Chair

Vice President, U.S. Operations, Enbridge

Vice President, U.S. Operations, Enbridge
Brad’s connection with Marshall began with serving as a lead on the Incident Command team during the Enbridge Line 6B response. Brad led operations and environmental response teams and served as a key member of management regarding the immediate and long-term activities. Brad is currently responsible for Enbridge’s U.S. Gas Transmission and Midstream operations. As Chairman of the KRCRF Board, Brad provides strategic direction regarding the Foundation’s goals and initiatives.

Michael Schroeder, President

Assistant Superintendent for Planning, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Assistant Superintendent for Planning, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Michael was engaged in 2011 to design the river access sites and has served on the Board of Directors since the Foundation was established. He oversaw the construction of the improvements and participated in numerous discussions with local officials and communities related to the sites. Michael’s key insights regarding user engagement, landscape architecture and physical park improvements, capitalization and long-term planning have been instrumental in the Foundation’s success.

Lisa Wilson, Secretary

Director, U.S. Law, Enbridge

Director, U.S. Law, Enbridge
Lisa serves as the primary in-house legal counsel for Enbridge’s operations in the region. As Secretary of the Foundation, she provides legal support to the Board including counsel on contracts and land agreements. Lisa oversaw the legal activities related to the Enbridge Donation Fund program, which concluded in 2019 and was administered by the KRCRF. Through the program, the KRCRF provided 37 grants totaling over $3.5M to local organizations throughout the Kalamazoo watershed.

Michael Moeller, Director

Director, Great Lakes Region, Enbridge

Director, Great Lakes Region, Enbridge
Mike oversees Enbridge’s Great Lakes Region and has been with the company in a variety of roles. Mike is currently responsible for the Enbridge team that manages safety, operations, maintenance, financials, and measurement. He provides leadership of the Region, including the Calhoun County area. Mike recently joined the Board and has provided strategic insights regarding stakeholder engagement and long-term planning.

Meredith Powell, Director

President, Powell Communications, LLC

President, Powell Communications, LLC
Meredith was engaged in 2010 to assist with community relations during the immediate and ongoing Enbridge Line 6B response. She initiated the concept of creating river access sites for the long-term benefit of the public. She also led the development of the Foundation and has served on the Board since the outset. Meredith continues to have a strong connection with the community and participates in ongoing discussions with residents and municipalities regarding activities at the sites.

Bryan Stiemsma, Director

Environment Manager, Line 6B, Enbridge

Environment Manager, Line 6B, Enbridge
A Battle Creek native and currently based in Marshall, MI, Bryan is the Environment Manager for Enbridge’s Line 6B. Bryan initially was involved as an Environmental consultant to help with Enbridge’s Line 6B response efforts and was hired by the company to oversee the long-term environmental activities along the Kalamazoo River. Bryan’s local presence in Calhoun County and long-term history in the region have been essential in maintaining connections with local stakeholders.

Robert Yaremko, Treasurer

Director of Accounting Liquids Pipelines, Enbridge

Director of Accounting Liquids Pipelines, Enbridge
Robert was asked to join the KRCRF Board due to his expertise in finance with Enbridge’s pipeline division and his ability to effectively collaborate across multiple functions. His expertise in accounting, planning and forecasting, and financial reporting and analysis, has been valuable to the Board and the Finance Committee. As Treasurer, Robert serves as the lead for the Foundation’s Finance Committee. He is a key liaison with the Foundation’s financial advisor which oversees the long-term endowment.

Committees

Finance

Standing Committee

  • Meredith Powell
  • Michael Schroeder
  • Lisa Wilson
  • Robert Yaremko

Director Recruitment

Ad Hoc Committee

  • Vacant
  • Meredith Powell
  • Bryan Stiemsma

New Initiatives

Charged by the Board, Ad Hoc Committee

  • Michael Moeller
  • Meredith Powell
  • Michael Schroeder
  • Bryan Stiemsma