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Board of Directors:

Susan (Sue) Thering, Ph.D. Executive Director
Sue founded Design Coalition Institute in 2011 to continue the technical assistance partnerships she developed when she was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sue has 20+ years experience, spanning professional, academic, small business, and nonprofit settings. She holds professional degrees in architecture and landscape architecture, focused on safe, healthy, accessible, energy-efficient housing and communities, and a PH.D. in Environmental Studies, focused on political science and public administration. Sue has devoted most of her career to working with communities that rarely have access to professional services. Sue is a mother and a grandmother, and an author of both academic articles and natural science-based fantasy fiction.


Patrick Miles, President
President of a consulting business that provides business systems analysis services. Prior to that, Patrick worked for several years as the Business Manager for a non-profit in Madison, Wisconsin, PICADA (Prevention & Intervention Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse). "This is where I learned about grassroots efforts, to listen compassionately, and to relentlessly advocate for the rights of others. It is here, that I learned to do more with less and the true impact of allocating limited but necessary resources."

Patrick has served on the Dane County Board of Supervisors since 2006. In addition to being one of the founding members of Design Coalition Institute, Patrick serves as Treasurer of the Madison-Obihiro (Japan) Sister City Board.

Betty Chewning

Betty Chewning, Ph.D., Vice President
Betty Chewning,PhD, is the Apple Professor in the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. Her research and teaching address health decision making and her service has focused on environmental issues. She has served on two Academy of Science Institute of Medicine Committees and on several federal research study section review panels.

Betty recently completed ten years as a Madison Parks Commissioner. She currently serves on the Madison Community Action Coalition New Community Garden Fund Committee. She is a founding member of the Friends of Starkweather Creek and SASY Neighborhood Association. For ten years she has chaired the Madison Solstice Celebration Committee, planning winter and summer solstice celebrations. She also plays flute in the Irish band Onadare.


Pam Porter

Pam Porter, Treasurer
Pam has more than 25 years of expertise in agriculture, climate and natural resource program development. She is currently Research Program Manager for the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). As Founder and President of P Squared Group, Pam consults on national, regional, and state environmental initiatives.

Pam formerly served as Senior Manager for: Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Libby Burmaster. She served as Executive Director for Clean Wisconsin, an environmental non-profit organization, and as Product Development Manager for Agrecol Corporation, a start-up agriculture technology company. Pam is an avid dog-lover, cyclist, swimmer and outdoor enthusiast.

Board of Advisors:
Joe Bresette Joseph Bresette
Joe is a member of the Red Cliff Chippewa Tribe in northern Wisconsin.  He has resided in Arizona for past few years, but maintains close contact with Wisconsin people.

Twice employed as Executive Director of the Red Cliff Housing Authority, Joe was involved with a variety of development efforts which included tax credit financing, HUD programming, USDA participation, and assistance from the Home Loan Bank system.

Joe has worked with tribal governments and tribal organizations for over 25 years. He provides knowledge and experience in the special challenges faced in Tribal housing and economic development.

Michael Michael Thornton, Ph.D.
Michael is interested in questions of how and why people cross boundaries, particularly racial and cultural. He is  particularly invested in understanding when that happens between groups of color. Michael’s education includes what his father called "the education of the streets" or the streets of hard knocks. His schooling, prior to college, was in Connecticut, Kansas, Okinawa, Maryland, Panama, Texas, and New Jersey. Michael has a B.S. from Michigan State University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology/Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan.

Shelly Shelly Tucciarelli
Ms. Tucciarelli has been with the Illinois Housing Authority for 20 years. She has worked in the Asset Management department, and managed the Tax Credit program.  She is currently working on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the Building Blocks Program.  Shelly is a Certified Property Manager thru the Institute of Real Estate Management.  Shelly graduated in August, 2010 from DePaul University with her MBA in Real Estate Finance and Investment.