Alumna Annoesjka Steinman has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. The commission works with the Department of Natural Resources finding ways to conserve, manage and utilize the state’s natural resources. Steinman will service a four-year term ending in 2015.
Steinman has been serving as the executive director of the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids since 2009. In 2008, she earned a master's degree from Grand Valley in natural resources management with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystems.
Blandford Nature Center has served as a natural educational learning environment since 1949. Steinman said her position allows her to ‘dabble’ in a plethora of environmental and educational issues, such as stream erosion and land management issues. She also oversees the center’s small farm and 143-acres, which thousands of kids annually use as a classroom.
"It's critical for us to connect kids to the outdoors in order to increase their curiosity and love of the natural world, to teach them at a young age the importance of protecting the environment that sustains them through food, shelter, and quality of life, and to help fight childhood obesity through outdoor activity," said Steinman.
Steinman's husband is Al Steinman, director of Grand Valley's Annis Water Resources Institute.