A press release from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County:
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County has accomplished a main strategic goal by promoting Cynthia Kanner to Executive Director.
“Cynthia is a natural fit for our organization,” President, Nancy Schietzelt says.
“Her commitment to a healthy environment and her welcoming personality are just two key assets that will help The Environmental Defenders continue to carry out our mission.”
Cynthia is moving up to Executive Director after serving as Outreach Coordinator for the past two years.
During that time Cynthia has helped to grow and retain family and individual memberships and started a young professional program.
She has also increased the business memberships by one-third and has initiated an active group that meets to share ideas and business practices that encourage environmental sustainability and financial success.
She has been instrumental in securing grants and representing the values of the organization at public and governmental forums.
As an active member since 2001, Cynthia has led canoe trips on the Fox River and planned cleanup events, such as “It’s Our River Day” in Algonquin, where she lives with her husband and two teenage sons.
She voluntarily started and chairs our BYOBag (Bring Your Own Bag) Committee, which has led to more awareness of the negative impacts of single-use plastic.
Cynthia was editor of The Environmental Defenders’ newsletter, EarthConnect, for ten years.
Cynthia comes to us with past Executive Director experience from serving in that capacity from 1995–1998 at the World Affairs Council of Washington, D. C. and as the Associate Director from 1987–1995.
She received her BA in Comparative International Studies from Duke University in 1987 and gained valuable experience while serving as the Director of Communications at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona from 1999–2000.
The Environmental Defenders is fortunate to have such a talented individual representing the organization.
It is an exciting threshold The Environmental Defenders has crossed, and the Board is very enthusiastic about what can be accomplished with Cynthia as our Executive Director.