Citizens’ Climate Education’s Governing Board

Chairman: Scott Leckman, M.D.

Governing Board Chairman Scott Leckman Dr. Leckman, a general surgeon in Salt Lake City, is chairman of the board of directors of RESULTS and the RESULTS Educational Fund, which work to create the political will to end the worst aspects of poverty.

In 2001, Dr. Leckman helped initiate the Health Access Project, a program to improve comprehensive health care for low-income individuals in Salt Lake County. More than 600 physicians and all nine hospitals are providing free care to qualified individuals which, since 2002, totals more than $16 million in donated health care.

Treasurer: Marshall Saunders

Founder Marshall Saunders on the steps of the U.S. CapitolBefore founding Citizens’ Climate Education, Marshall Saunders,a successful businessman turned philanthropist, personally facilitated millions of microcredit loans in the developing world as a RESULTS volunteer. He is one of only six recipients of the Grameen Humanitarian Award and has served as chairman of the board of Grameen de la Frontera, a microcredit lender in Sonora, Mexico.

With ever-rising energy production and increased use, Saunders believes citizens must create the political will for a sustainable climate, by empowering themselves to exercise their personal and political power.

Secretary: Mark Tabbert

Governing Board Secretary Mark TabbertMark Tabbert had a 23-year sales-related trading career before starting his own trading and brokerage business. An experienced broker in the small- business world, he serves on the boards of the the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment and the Banning Ranch Conservancy.

Mark Tabbet has been, since 2012, a full time volunteer lobbyist with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and co-founder of the 1st Orange County Chapter. Mark is a 1969 graduate in Political Science from SMU in Texas, served two years in the Army in Special Services, worked three years for Proctor and Gamble, and then sales-related trading work in the steel industry for twenty years. In 1997 he started his own business doing executive search and later worked as a business broker.

In the spring of 2001, Mark completed 15 units of graduate study at the Claremont School of Theology. “The life-changing course I took at Claremont was Earth Ethics, which really enlightened me as to the state of the natural world we live in. Climate Change is but one problem, but the problem with the shortest fuse”.

Board Member: Sandra Kirtland Turner

Sandra KirtlandSandra Kirtland Turner is an assistant professor of paleoclimatology and paleoceanography at University of California, Riverside.

Following postdoctorate work at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the University of Bristol, her research focuses on applying a coupled data-model approach to quantitatively reconstruct carbon cycle and climate processes on a warm Earth, particularly in response to episodes of rapid climate change.

She specializes in the generation of high-resolution geochemical records from deep-sea sediment cores and interprets these records through development and application of Earth system models that can simulate physical and biogeochemical processes in the atmosphere, oceans, and deep-sea sediments over a variety of timescales.

Board Member: Claudine Schneider

Claudine SchneiderFormer Republican Congresswoman Claudine Schneider represented Rhode Island’s 2nd district from 1981-1991. She has served on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, co-founded and served as vice president of Energia Global, and now specializes in ecological economics.

Schneider is a progressive leader in policies related to Climate, Energy, Environment and Ecological Economics, with legislative credentials at the forefront of enlightened policies to drive global environmental responsibility while proactively enhancing U.S. competitiveness.

Board Member: Alex Counts

Alex CountsAlex Counts is the founder of the Grameen Foundation, which grew from a $6,000 seed grant from Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus to become a leading international humanitarian organization with a budget of over $20 million. He is on the board of Grameen-Jameel Microfinance, Ltd, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Center for Financial Inclusion.

A Cornell University graduate, Counts’ commitment to poverty eradication deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he witnessed innovative poverty solutions being developed by Grameen Bank.

Board Member: Zinovia Spezakis, CFA

As Managing Director of Allianz Global Investors, Zinovia Spezakis was responsible for the operations and risk management of $130 billion in assets. After 20 years as an investment management executive with specialties in operations and social media, she moved to the cleantech industry. She is now a director of Ecolectro Inc., a clean tech start-up, and a member of the Cornell University Atkinson’s Center Alumni Advisory Board – Sustainability. She is interested in ways to draw down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

In her spare time, she is an avid gardener and enjoys hiking.