:: Board Bios


Michael B. Cook is GIC’s Board Chair. He has 41 years of federal service, including 33 years as an executive at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He introduced many innovations into federal programs, including environmental management systems, asset management, security planning, and new technologies. Mr. Cook directed long-term cleanup of hazardous waste sites in EPA's multi-billion dollar Superfund program, and managed EPA’s program for emergency response to oil and hazardous chemical spills. He directed EPA programs to issue permits to control several hundred thousand municipal and industrial wastewater discharges, and administered billions of dollars of financial and technical assistance for municipal sewage treatment plants.

Mr. Cook directed EPA's drinking water program to manage issuance and implementation of numerous regulations to ensure high quality of drinking water for the nation, and represented EPA during Congressional reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act. He directed the writing and implementation of regulations governing transport, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste and represented EPA during reauthorization of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Cook served as a Foreign Service Officer in the counterinsurgency program in Vietnam, and as consul in Northeast Thailand. While on loan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, he helped three cities plan and implement the Model Cities program and he served as President Nixon's representative for long term recovery from Hurricane Camille on the Gulf Coast.

Mr. Cook’s community work includes volunteer efforts to assist the Vietnamese Resettlement Association to provide health and social services to low income minorities with limited English in Northern Virginia. He serves on the Board of three other nonprofit organizations, including the U.S. Water Alliance.  Mr. Cook is married with two sons and four grandchildren and is an Ironman triathlete. He has a Bachelor of Philosophy in politics from Oxford University, and attended Princeton University’s graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Mr. Cook also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Swarthmore College. He is a Rhodes Scholar and received the Distinguished Executive Award presented by President Reagan, and EPA's gold, silver and bronze medals and Distinguished Career Service Award.


Chris French is the Board's Vice Chair. Having worked on stormwater and watershed management issues for nearly two decades, Mr. French brings an extensive background from both the public and private sectors. In addition to his position as the regional regulatory manager for Contech Engineered Solutions, he has previously held positions with government agencies such as the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and non-governmental agencies such as the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, Mr. French served on committees and advisory boards of several national and community-based organizations, including his former position as the government affairs and regulatory committee chair for the Stormwater Equipment and Manufacturer’s Association.


Rick Roth is GIC’s Board Secretary. He is a professor of geospatial science at Radford University. His academic interests include sustainable communities, green infrastructure planning, rivers, and watersheds. He has taken a leadership role with a number of local and regional environmental and conservation organizations, including Friends of the New River, Friends of the Rivers of Virginia, the New River Watershed Roundtable, the New River Valley Environmental Coalition, the Radford University Environmental Center, and the Radford University Green Team. Dr. Roth received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia (1972) and a Master of Planning Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (1989) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech (1993).


Ralph Jones is Treasurer of the GIC’s board and he is the managing director of Cadmus which he co-founded 1983. He is an expert in federal and state drinking water programs and their operations, the functioning of drinking water systems and the administrative challenges systems face, and protecting the public from waterborne contaminants. In recent years he has focused more on asset management and financing options for water and wastewater infrastructure. This change in emphasis led to his increased involvement in water conservation and water reuse, since integrated water management plans may reduce the scope of infrastructure investment.

Before co-founding Cadmus, Dr. Jones worked at Abt Associates Inc., Contract Research Corporation, and Westat. He was an instructor and assistant professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and from 1968 to 1976 was a research associate at the Joint Center for Urban Studies of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Cindi Johnson is the board’s Assistant Treasurer and has had a long history with GIC, having served as its professional accountant for several years on a part-time basis. She also volunteered for the company and has donated funds for the GIC’s healing gardens at the Richmond Veterans hospital. She is a highly skilled accountant with decades of experience, especially in the public sector. Cindi lived in New England for many years and graduated from Bryant College with B.S. in accounting. She enjoys photography and horseback riding and resides on her family farm near Staunton, VA.


Jeff Corbin is the Senior Vice-President for Water Quality Markets and Mitigation at Restoration Systems, LLC. In that role Jeff is responsible for expanding the company’s visibility in water quality markets across a multi-state region. Prior to joining RS, for six years he served two EPA Administrators (Lisa Jackson and Gina McCarthy) as Senior Advisor for the Chesapeake Bay and Anacostia River. In that role, he coordinated all aspects of the agency’s Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts and served as the chief liaison among the Office of the Administrator and numerous federal, state, and local agencies and organizations. While at the EPA, Jeff was an avid and outspoken advocate for the use of market-based conservation approaches.

From 2006-2009, Jeff served Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as his Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources and worked with the Commonwealth’s six natural resource agencies. Jeff’s responsibilities involved many different aspects of protecting and restoring Virginia’s natural resources, including water, air, fisheries, and land issues. Before working for Governor Kaine, Jeff served for nine years as the Virginia Deputy Director and Senior Scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. During that time, he was an outspoken advocate for environmental protection throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. His duties involved various aspects of science, policy, education, legislation, advocacy, and media relations.

Jeff and his wife moved to Richmond, VA, in 1996 and live there today with their two sons. An avid angler, Jeff likes to spend his spare time exploring local rivers.