IFS Board of Trustees
Jack Hedge, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Chair
Jack Hedge is an Architect that has recently retired from his firm DesignGroup, where he was able to live his passion for design and sustainability for 38 years. He served as Design Principal and Chairman of the Board. His projects include secondary and higher education, over 100 libraries, healthcare and corporate offices. Since 1980, he has been a leader in designing sustainable projects. His project, the Energy Institute at Hocking College, was the first higher education LEED Platinum building in the state of Ohio. In 2009, he was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects for advancing the Practice of Architecture in Sustainable Design. Jack also serves on the board of Green Energy Ohio and Franklinton Farms.
Jack's passions have resulted in numerous design award juries around the country. He has spoken at conferences and seminars as an expert on topics including library planning and design, sustainability of the built environment (human-made surroundings) and green architecture. Jack’s library design work has received several awards, including AIA Columbus Honor Awards and Sustainable Design Awards, Urban Design Awards and Interior Design Awards.
Jerrold L. Hutton, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Dr. Jerrold L. Hutton is an expert for clean energy, and he has spent his time serving his community in order to bring clean energy to Ohio. He has gained years of clean energy experience with industry leaders such as Quantum Technologies and Caterpillar. Dr. Hutton has been directly involved in clean transportation projects such as the Pilot/Clean Energy LNG Stations in Ohio and LNG-powered NABI (North American Bus Industries) bus fleet of the Orange County Transportation Authority, along with many more.
Dr. Hutton was the Director of Gaseous Fuels Transportation Partnership at Clean Fuels Ohio from 2011 to 2013 and the retired Dean of the Hocking College’s Energy Institute in Logan, Ohio. Dr. Hutton also serves on the board of The Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition.
From 1990 through 2003, Dr. Hutton worked nationally and internationally for various companies in places such as South America, Mexico, the Pacific Rim, and Europe. His employment history includes companies such as Tren-Fuels, Inc. as Vice President of Engineering and Operations; IMPCO Technologies, Inc. as Marketing/Sales Manager for Quantum Technologies; and Alternative Fuels Technologies, LLC as LNG Operations Manager. He has published articles with distinguished organizations as Society of Automotive Engineers, American Gas Association, Green Energy Ohio and more. In 2011 he was the recipient of an “Honorary for Remarkable Service” in Education and Energy.
Jerrold has combined his experience with industry and education to address not only today’s energy challenges in advanced energy but to study their impact on the global economy.
Bill Somerlot, Secretary
Bill Somerlot is retired from the New Albany Plain Local School District where he taught and led science programs. He served as Alaskan and Marine Biology Field Studies Director and Science Chairperson from 2002-2013 and as Director of the Environmental Science Magnet Program of Central Ohio from 1996-2015. Bill has taught Marine Biology Field Studies, Alaskan Field Studies, Western Field Studies, along with academic ecology, advanced ecology and advanced biology.
Bill founded the New Albany/Eastland Environmental Science Program, a two-year college preparatory program where students receive education in environmental chemistry, environmental science, research methods and Advanced Placement Environmental Science. He also founded and directed the New Albany High School Field Studies Program and co-founded the Ohio Wildlife Research Course. Additionally, Bill has facilitated outdoor curriculums and field study trips to Central and Northern Alaska and the Canadian Rockies National Parks.
Bill has received the Tandy Technology Scholars Award for Classroom Excellence, the Franklin Soil and Conservation Service, Conservation Teacher of the Year award, the National Wildlife Federation and Ohio League of Sportsmen Water Conservationist/Educator of the Year award and is recognized by the Ohio State University of Education.
Bill has assisted federal wildlife biologists in B.L.M. Salem, Oregon District with endangered species resource inventories, enforcement of federal endangered species guideline and writing of environmental impact statements. He received a Master Bird Banding Permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1996.
Indreny Leliawati, Treasurer
Indreny Leliawati serves as treasurer of the IFS board. Originally, from Indonesia, Indreny came to the U.S. to attend Ohio State University. After graduating, Indreny spent almost 10 years working in the non-profit sector and currently serves on the internal audit department for Chase.
Lakshmi Davar serves is a staff attorney at one of the top hospital systems in the country. She served as Deputy Finance Director at the Ohio Democratic Party during the 2006 governor's race, and worked at the Ohio Treasurer's office and the Ohio Department of Commerce. Lakshmi received her J.D. from Capital University Law School and a bachelor degree in political science from Ohio State University.
Joyce Foster shares her marketing and communications experience with IFS, bringing several years’ experience in managing campaigns, communications and marketing initiatives within corporate and non-profit environments. Joyce received a master of arts in communications from New York Institute of Technology and a bachelor of arts in communications from Franklin University.
Dr. Jeff Fowler
Jeffrey Fowler, MD, is a professor of Gynecologic Oncology at The James Cancer Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is a member of a large group of physicians, scientists and nurses who provide state of the art surgical and medical care for women diagnosed with cancer of the reproductive organs. Their group is also a leader in clinical trials, research, and advanced resident and fellowship training in the field of gynecologic oncology. Dr. Fowler has extensive expertise in the latest surgical techniques including radical pelvic surgery, pelvic reconstruction and minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Fowler is the Medical Director of the Robotic Surgery Program and has taught these techniques to other surgeons locally, nationally and internationally. He has recently completed a term as president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and has served on the Board of Governors for the American College of Surgeons and on the Division of Gynecologic Oncology for the American board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Fowler was introduced to Andros Island after his oldest daughter participated in the marine science program through IFS while she was in high school. Since then he has made over 20 trips to Andros to pursue his passion of Bonefishing. During these visits, he has gained a great appreciation for the people of Andros Island and for the unique marine ecosystem.
Jamie Musacchio shares her human resource expertise with IFS. Jamie is highly experienced in international, multi-state and corporate human resource management. She received a BSBA in human resource management from Ohio State University and attended Indiana University pursing MBA studies. Jamie serves as director of human resources at Syneos Health.
Robert Singletary has been on the IFS Board since 2009 and has served two terms as Board Treasurer and one term as Board Secretary. Robert joined the Board due to his love of the Andros Bahamas people and the IFS mission and because his daughter Jenny worked as a field intern. Robert, his wife Sharon, and sons Ben and Andy have made many trips to Forfar and love IFS. Robert is a CPA who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill (Mathematical Sciences/Statistics) and has worked in public accounting and non-profit accounting in both Ohio and North Carolina. His hobbies include traveling, biking and kayaking. Robert is also a sports enthusiast, and he worked as a sports writer for the Raleigh, NC News and Observer for 24 years before moving to Ohio.
Charlie Winslow consults early stage companies in matters of strategy and capital formation. He also advises mature companies and their owners on matters of business strategy and finance including Pension Risk Transfer, Qualified, and Non-Qualified retirement plans.
Charlie is from Upper Arlington, via Logan, Ohio and New York City. He has been blessed with a delightful wife and daughter Sophia who he hopes to introduce to IFS when she grows into a teenager.
Charlie’s focus in Not for Profit work is Education and encouraging and developing inner city schools and students. He is President of the Dartmouth Club of Central Ohio, and formed the executive committee of the All-Ivy collaboration. He also serves the Bowen House, a historic home committed to promoting the visual, musical, and literary arts in Logan, Ohio.
Degee Wilhelm is a Columbus-based business and event consultant, attorney and entrepreneur. She provides her professional insight to help IFS navigate Bahama business relations. Throughout her career, she has focused on politics, the law, travel and logistics. In 2010, she helped coordinate and facilitate an international conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has observed elections in Georgia (former Soviet; 2013 and 2017) Bosnia & Herzegovina (2014), Ukraine (2015), and Russia (2016) with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Degee earned a B.B.A from Baylor University in 1988 and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2002. There, she served as President of the Moot Court Honor Society, earned CALI awards in Legislative Advocacy and Trial Advocacy and received a certificate in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.