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"Ultimately, the future of a natural ecosystem depends not on protection from humans but on its relationship with the people who inhabit it."
-- William Jordan III, Green Burial Council Board Member

Staff and Board

Joe Sehee, Executive Director

Joe Sehee is the founder and acting executive director of the Green Burial Council. He has worked in the green burial field since 2002 and the deathcare industry since 1999. A 2006-07 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow, Joe also consults land trusts, park service agencies, and private landowners who are interested in developing burial grounds as a strategy for protecting natural areas.


Ernest Cook

Ernest Cook is Senior Vice President and Director, National Programs for the Trust for Public Land. Co-author of the forthcoming Conservation Finance Handbook, Cook also serves as President of The Conservation Campaign, a national lobbying and political action organization that serves the land conservation and historic preservation community as an advocate for new government funding for parks and open space protection.

Sharon Hermanson, PhD

Sharon Hermanson is a Senior Policy Advisor in AARP's Public Policy Institute. She conducts and oversees research and develops policy options for the Association and its more than 35 million older members regarding financial services issues. Financial disclosures is a current area of emphasis. Previous to her work as Senior Policy Advisor, Dr. Hermanson was the Legislative Representative for AARP's Pennsylvania state office.

William R. Jordan III, PhD

William Jordan is Director of the New Academy of Nature and Culture, and Co-Editor of Restoration Ecology: A Synthetic Approach to Ecological Research. He is also the founder of the Society for Ecological Restoration, and the journal Ecological Restoration. Widely credited as the person who coined the term restoration ecology, Dr. Jordan is also the author of several books including "The Sunflower Forest."

Rob Rosenheck

Rob Rosenheck is a filmmaker, photographer, and author whose projects have involved him with the Center for Environmental Health, and the Tribal Association for Solid Waste Management Emergency Response. Rosenheck is also a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program.


William "Billy" Campbell, MD is the founder of Ramsey Creek; the first exclusively green cemetery in the United States. Widely regarded as the leading authority on burial and ecological restoration, Campbell is also president of Memorial Ecosystems, Inc., a for-profit firm that develops and operates green burial grounds.

Stephen Christy is principal of Stephen Christy, LLC, specializing in land planning, landscape architecture, and historic landscape restoration. He has been affiliated with the Lake Forest Open Lands Association for two decades, serving much of that time as its Executive Director. A frequent writer, Christy most recently authored "The Forest Preserve District of Cook County: Study and Recommendations."

Michael Fischer is a management consultant and former director of the environment program for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The executive director of the national Sierra Club in the 1980s, Fischer also previously headed up the California Coastal Commission and the California Coastal Conservancy. His recent clients include the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Center for Genetics and Society, and Pacific Environment.

Kim Sorvig is a noted landscape architect, design critic, and environmental author. He has over 28 years of experience creating, teaching, and writing about interpretive and sustainable places. Internationally known for his work as Contributing Editor of Landscape Architecture magazine as co-author of Sustainable Landscape Construction, he is also a former consultant to the Green Building Council.