Industry Advisory Board

The Industry Advisory Board is a valuable resource for the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University. This board provides program development insights and unique industry perspectives. Board members serve as ambassadors externally for the sustainable brewing program and create alliances between the program and business.  Many advisory board members provide valuable internship experiences for students.
The board is divided to represent four major industry categories to ensure that the program has the benefit of the perspectives of a broad range of roles in the industry.
  • Medium and large scale breweries

    Evan Garrett, Blackrocks Brewery 
    Mike Babb, Industry Expert
    Aaron Ross, KVCC Brewing
    Dan King, Alumni Representative and Kalsec
    Dave Sippel, Bells Brewery, Inc.
    Brad Bishop, Latitude 42 Brewing Company
    Bryan Bastow, Virtue Cider and Goose Island
    Casey Butler, Tapistry Brewing
    Max Trierweiler, Mitten Brewing Company and Michigan Brewers Guild
    Dan Rogers, Griffin Claw Brewing
    Emily Lechowiscz, Alumni Representative and Saugatuck Brewing Company
    Jared Vosler, Founders Brewing
    Jason Salas, New Holland Brewing
    John Mallet, MBAA and Bells Brewery
    Mike Christensen, Final Gravity
    Scott Vant Hul, Alumni Representative, Perrin Brewing Company and CanArchy
    Trevor Klimek, One Well Brewing
    Tyler Glaze, Short's Brewing Company

  • Brewpubs

    John Liberty, West Michigan Beer Tours
    Brian Lindberg, KVCC Brewing
    Ellie Maddelein, Five Shores Brewing
    Kim Collins, Guardian Brewiing Company
    Christian Cook, Silver Harbor Brewing 

  • Distributors, retail and suppliers
    Greg VanOverloop, SpartanNash Beer Category Manager (Michigan/Ohio)
    Jason Howard, IHS Distributing
    Jim Flora, Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
    Jake Kirkendall, Kalsec
    Taylor Darling, KVCC Brewing
    Kati Spayde, Sicilianos
    Marcel Zondag, WMU Haworth College of Business
    James Flora, Beer Exchange
    Chris Vogel, Great Lakes Hops
    Jeff Malkiewicz, Great Lakes Malting Co
    Jeff Steinman, Alpha Wolf Diversified Services
    Ryan Hamilton, Michigan Barley Association and MSU Hops & Barley Extension
  • Sustainability, legal and professional

    Chris Gartman, Miller Canfield
    Emily Bennett, Fermenta
    Kris Spaulding, Brewery Vivant
    Scott Graham, Michigan Brewers Guild
    Steve Bertman, WMU Environment and Sustainability
    Walker Modic, Brewers Association and Bells Brewery, Inc.
    Jennelle Jagmin, Michigan Craft Beverage Council