Our Team

We want to thank our Staff, Volunteers, and Supporters. Without their participation, we couldn’t do what we do.

GreeningDetroit.com is here to serve you, your family, and the community as a whole. With that in mind, we want to know if one of our representatives exceeded your expectations. Please take a moment and Let Us Know.

Cathleen Francois Executive Director and Partner, GreeningDetroit.com
CathleenF Cathleen Francois, also a professional speaker, is the Executive Director of GreeningDetroit.com, is vital in the structure and strategies of flow within GreeningDetroit.com. Her much sought after strategic counseling in business expansion offers a unique edge to our promotional resources. She designs the connections, closings of contracts and synergies between companies and organizations for GreeningDetroit.com, as well as her other partnered companies and newly formed non-profit.

  • Executive Director of the Grass Roots Environmental Action Team Foundation (GREAT Foundation)
  • Operations Officer for Facility Engineering, LLC
  • Founder and President of LifeActionNow, Life Improvement Resources
  • Founding partner, Pipe Problem Solutions
  • Board Member of the Oakland County Workforce and Education Committee
  • Certified Hypnotherapist, active member of Int. Medical, Dental, Hypnotherapy Association, Intl. Association of Counselors and Therapists, and the Michigan Association of Counselors and Hypnotherapists
  • Certified Transformational Life Coach, Life SOULutions
  • Practitioner and Instructor of various natural wellness therapies
  • Minister with the Church of Spiritual Humanism
  • Former veteran and aerobics instructor and personal trainer for the U.S. Navy, NAVFAC Centerville Beach, NAVFAC Argentia, Newfoundland

She can be reached via e-mail at: Cathleen@GreeningDetroit.com


John Carlos Founder and Partner, GreeningDetroit.com
Considered one of the most ‘connected’ individuals in the region, Founder and Partner of GreeningDetroit.com, John Carlos is also Executive Director of Facility Engineering, a firm that brokers relationships between contractors and facilities for ultimate reduction of consumption, sustainability, and renovative maintenance. John is also an active liaison for financial investment opportunities.

Doug Elbinger Media Coordinator Representing GreeningDetroit.com
IMG_0892-1 Douglas Elbinger Managing Partner, Elbinger Media LLC

Senior Energy Systems Analyst, Newman Consulting Group

A native Detroiter, Douglas Elbinger is a business professional with an extensive record of achievement driving sales and profitability through a focus on marketing, public relations, team building, and exceptional customer service.

His media career began as a photo-journalist. While still in high school Doug photographed The Beatles on stage with them during their August 1966 concert in Detroit.  Since then Doug has traveled the world seeking out interesting people, places and ideas. For over forty years Elbingers’ work has appeared in countless books, magazines, newspapers, annual reports, album covers, trade journals, catalogs, and web sites. Artists, politicians, businesspeople, and families everywhere have counted on Doug to “put them in a good light”.

Over the years his business interests have evolved from photography to include graphic design, publishing, video production, marketing, and media relations. “My core capability revolves around creating and executing strategic initiatives on all media platforms for marketing, product development, public policy, and media relations”, explains Doug in a recent interview.

Elbinger is hands on in media production, from press conference management to scripting a infomercial. “In the last several years I have focused my efforts in the renewable energy and energy conservation spaces. I am a co-founder of Greenlancer.com, a cloud based solar design service that is one of the Quicken Loans family of companies, based in Detroit, Michigan. More recently, I have become an advocate for PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing and partnered with Newman Consulting Group LLC, a internationally recognized team of experts in commercial and industrial energy management systems.”

Douglas Elbinger serves on the board of directors of the non-profit organization ‘Grass Roots Environment Action Team’ (GREAT) and is a regular contributor to Environmental Network News (http://www.enn.com), Renewable Energy World (www.renewableenergyworld.com) and Construction Association of Michigan Magazine (www.cam-online.com).  In 2016, Doug was named Director of the Michigan Sustainable Living Summit by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA).

Bob Mattler Senior News Correspondent, representing
Green Agent Man, Associate Broker, Attorney and LEED AP BD+C, Principal at Green Portfolio Solutions

Mr. Mattler speaks and writes about emerging green real estate issues in Michigan and elsewhere.  He is actively involved in the green building and sustainability movement in Michigan, speaking, writing and spreading this message to developers, owners, investors, attorneys, brokers, builders, students and all other interested parties. Building on 28 years as a licensed Michigan attorney and real estate broker, Bob has continued to specialize in green buildings and sustainable practices by becoming a LEED AP, BD&C (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction), certified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). He is also a certified instructor of the GREEN designation through the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Bob is currently on the Board of Directors of the local chapter of the USGBC. He has spoken and written widely on green development, retrofits, sustainability and green building for numerous universities, non-profit organizations, trade, business and industry groups.

He can be reached by e-mail at:  greenps14@gmail.com

Julianna Tschirhart Writer, representing GreeningDetroit.com
Julianna Tschirhart Julianna Tschirhart is a native Metro Detroiter and graduate of the Master of Urban & Regional Planning program at the University of Michigan with a concentration in transportation planning. She currently serves on the board of directors of Transportation Riders United, a nonprofit organization that has advocated for more and better public transit in Greater Detroit since 1998. Julianna is looking forward to the second Automobili-D portion of the NAIAS. She is excited to see innovations in the relationship between transportation and the built environment and how the automotive industry is working toward a more sustainable future.

She can be reached via e-mail at: Julianna@GreeningDetroit.com

Birgit Keil Assisting in Education and Curriculum, representing
Political “Green” CartoonistNational prize winning cartoonist and illustrator Birgit Keil brings whimsy to books, cartoons, animation, and ads. Animals, vegetable and minerals, you name it. Her work includes numerous honors and awards, bestselling products, pro-bono projects and most of all – passion.Keil’s “Just Bea” cartoon brings greening and cause mindedness to the forefront in a light and whimsical way. Making people see that the small things they do really do make a difference. Her work includes General Motors, Pure Michigan, Michigan, Humane Society, Green Living Science, World Clothes Line, Helpers Unite, Happy Trails Michigan, Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor – and of course GreeningDetroit.com.See what Bea and gang are up to at JustBeaCartoon.com and be sure to “like” and help support the Facebook page, too! Facebook/Just Bea Cartoon Her background as a VP/Associate Creative Director on the National Chevy Events and Promotions round out her portfolio and helps to bring many projects to life.You can check out her work at BirgitKeil.com

Maryann P. Foster Structural Coordinator, representing

Maryann P. Foster Maryann is an Investment Advisor Representative associated with Michigan Financial Companies, a financial services firm specializing in estate planning strategies, wealth accumulation, business planning and executive benefits for both publicly and privately-held companies.She can be reached at (248) 425-3641 or via e-mail at: Mpfoster@jhnetwork.com

Dan Stickradt Journalist, representing GreeningDetroit.com
Daniel Stickradt
Dan Stickradt is a 23-year veteran multi-media journalist / editor / copy editor who has served in the Detroit area and Michigan media circles since early 1993. A life-long resident of Metro Detroit, he has served in a multitude of media outlets, including the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers (15 years), www.northoaklandsports.com (six years), Rochester Clarion (four years), Detroit News, Mid-State Sports, High School Sports Scene Magazine, The Real Deal Magazine, State Champs Network, AOL-Patch Media, and MiPrepZone, among others. He is active on multiple social media platforms and also has marketing and sales experience. He is founder of the Stickradt Media Group (public relations) / www.northoaklandsports.com and an avid sports fan. A graduate of Rochester High School and Oakland University, he is also currently a licensed agent with Farm Bureau Insurance-Michigan.
He can be reached via e-mail at: Dan@GreeningDetroit.com


Paul Vachon Reporter/Automotive, Historian, representing GreeningDetroit.com
Paul Vachon is a Detroit based freelance writer with interests in Automotive, Green Living, Business, Education and Local History. His books Forgotten Detroit, South Oakland County and Legendary Locals of Detroit (coming May, 2013) share a bevy of fascinating, little known stories of our region’s past.You can follow him on Twitter: @paulrvachon.Paul can be reached at (248) 425-3641 or via e-mail at: PaulV@GreeningDetroit.com

Jim Klein Professional Photographer, representing GreeningDetroit.com
Mr. Klein’s unending passion for photography began early, with frequent viewing of his family’s photos and hearing the memorable stories they recalled for his family. Currently, Jim photographs for GreeningDetroit.com sponsored events and his church’s events, as well as being a corporate, portrait, product, and wedding photographer throughout metro Detroit.Jim has over 25 years’ experience in architectural, documentary, event, fine art, photojournalism, street, and teaching photography. With a MFA in photography from UM, Jim received a state of Michigan Creative Artist Grant and a state of Michigan Art Project Grant for a visual study of southwest Detroit, and has been involved in several other community art photography projects. His images have been in numerous exhibitions throughout the metropolitan area, most recently at the Grosse Pointe Art Center and the Detroit Artist Market. He has over 15 years experience teaching photography at UM and Oakland Community College. Jim successfully transitioned from film to digital photography over ten years ago, becoming an expert in Photoshop and other photographic software. He held leadership positions as president of Michigan Friends of Photography (three years) and head of the Midwest Society for Photographic Educators (four years). He also assisted Detroit’s architectural photographer, Glen Moon, for over ten years. Jim is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).Most recently, Jim enjoys photographing the people he meets and the events he attends, capturing the moments with quality photographs of lasting artistic and personal value.Some of his photos can be seen on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GreeningDetroit#!/GreeningDetroit/photos_stream and he can be reached via e-mail at: Jim@GreeningDetroit.com or by phone at (313) 737-5481

Andrew Walsh
GD Andrew Walsh Andrew Walsh is finalizing his graduate degree in marketing at Walsh College.  His responsibilities include social media platforms for the various companies represented by GreeningDetroit.com and works on various aspects of the data research, social media and internal website development. He is the chief sports ranter for GreeningDetroit.com.
He can be reached via e-mail at: Andrew@GreeningDetroit.com

Cecelia Wells Professional Photographer and Writer, representing GreeningDetroit.com
Cecelia Wells Cee Cee is a freelance photographer with In The Moment Film and Photography, Inc, and a Corporate Photographer for GreenDetroit.com. Her aspirations are to explore; With creativity and passion for photojournalism. Experience with event photography, but not limited to a full-scale photography capacity. Above all, She employs a spirit of exceptional focus, integrity, honesty and vision.She can be contacted via Email at: Cece@GreeningDetroit.com

Chris Lester (Cheech) Computer Scientist, representing GreeningDetroit.com
Señor Ninguno Mr. Lester is proficient in many programing languages including HTML, CSS, C#, .NET, Java, JSP, PHP, XML, ETC, and is in the process of mastering WordPress.Furthermore, he has experience in Graphic Design, Video Compiling, Wireless Communications, Hardware Equipment and essential Software Engineering Skills and possesses a Certification in Computer Information Systems.He likes long walks on the beach and gazing at the moon…Contact Information: Cheech@GreeningDetroit.com