Archangel Ancient Tree Archive calls on a team of experts from many disciplines to further our mission.
Frank Ettawageshik lives in Harbor Springs, Michigan, with his wife Rochelle. He has four adult children and five grandchildren. He is a traditional storyteller and potter, believing that native people need to be rooted in their traditions to prepare for the future. He served in tribal elected office for sixteen years, fourteen as the Tribal Chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Harbor Springs. During his tenure as Tribal Chairman, he was instrumental in adopting the Tribal and First Nations Great Lakes Water Accord in 2004.
Now serving as the Executive Director of the United Tribes of Michigan, he is also the United League of Indigenous Nations Governing Board Chairman. Frank’s 40 years of public service have included serving on the Executive Board of the National Congress of American Indians, the Historical Society of Michigan board, the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, the Michigan Indian Education Council, the Michigan Climate Action Council, the Little Traverse Conservancy, the Michigan Travel Commission, the Public Interest Advisory Group for the International Joint Commission’s Upper Great Lakes Study, the Michigan Great Lakes Offshore Wind Council, and the Michigan Ground Water Conservation Advisory Council.
Board Member & Executive Director
Jared Milarch grew up in the green industry, learning traditional growing methods from his father and grandfather. In 1996, Milarch and his father, David, founded the non-profit Champion Tree Project International to preserve, propagate, and plant old-growth forest genetics. Following college, Jared helped collect, propagate and plant Champion trees around the country.
In 2004, Jared decided to continue his family’s growing tradition into the fourth generation. He purchased the family farm and established Milarch Brothers Nursery and Landscaping. In 2008, Jared Milarch co-founded Archangel Ancient Tree Archive. He was formerly the Vice President of Propagation Operations and currently serves as Executive Director and Chairman of the Board.
Kerry Milarch, MA
Chairwoman of the Board
Srilakshmi Pinnamaraju, M.D.
Srilakshmi Pinnamaraju, M.D., resides in Northville, Michigan, with her husband and two children. She received her medical degree at Gandhi Medical College, India, and completed her Pediatric Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, in 2000. For the past 22 years, she has been in private practice, SG Pediatrics, Novi, Michigan, actively teaches residents and medical students, and has undertaken several free, local community clinics.
Dr.Pinnamaraju is CEO of Rx Telecare, a telemedicine platform that serves patients in rural communities in India through various nonprofit organizations and government community clinics. Her Vet Care platform connects poor farmers with veterinarians in India. Her passion is providing free health care to remote communities using technology.
She also served two years as a council member for Parashakthi Temple in Pontiac, Michigan, and arranged several charity fundraisers for the temple. She is also President of the Plant Champion Trees Foundation, established in 2019. She is an avid hiker, meditates, and believes in protecting and preserving nature for future generations.
Joseph M. Sandri is the Founder and CEO of Thought Delivery Systems, Inc. Before that, he helped form New FiberTower in 2014 as an officer and co-president, which was sold to AT&T in 2018. He is a long-time member of several environmental groups and has supported and participated in purchasing and permanently protecting old-growth land. Mr. Sandri has served as an officer at many broadband technology companies. Before that, he was a telecommunications attorney with Keller & Heckman, LLP, representing Fortune 100 oil companies, gas and electric utilities, and telecommunications manufacturers.
Mr. Sandri served as a U.S. Government delegate to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), most recently in U.S. negotiations in Geneva in May 2016. Mr. Sandri is a member of the IEEE and its Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and the United States Supreme Court Bar. He is on the board of and Vice President of the National Spectrum Managers Association (NSMA), past president of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Chesapeake & Potomac Chapter Parents Association (2015-2017), and serves on various boards and start-ups. Before law school, Mr. Sandri was a television sports anchor for CBS affiliate WRBL. He is an avid hiker, bicyclist, and runner.
Donald W. Smith, MD, has maintained a long-time interest in nature conservatory, being a member of Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Indiana Nature Conservatory, the Conservation Resource Alliance of Northern Michigan, and Betsie River Trail and Pathway.
He received his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine and was a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in South Bend, IN, since 1977. He completed his dermatology residency at San Diego Regional Medical Center in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Smith is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, former president of both Indiana Dermatology Society and St. Joseph County Medical Society, and past associate professor of Dermatology at Indiana University School of Medicine. During the past 40 years, he has taught Dermatology to residents and students, volunteered at medical clinics for the underprivileged, and served as a medical missionary in Belize.
He currently resides in South Bend, Indiana, and Thompsonville, Michigan.
Celina (Cindy) Spiegel is a Publisher and Senior Vice President of Spiegel & Grau, which she founded with Julie Grau as an imprint of Random House with the mission of bringing new voices and stories to readers that help shape the way people understand the world. Among the books she has edited and published at Spiegel & Grau are Jim Robbins’ The Man Who Planted Trees (which includes the story of David Milarch and the founding of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive), Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, Steven Rinella’s American Buffalo, and Meat Eater, Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land, and Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge.
She was also a founding editor and co-publisher of Riverhead books, where she edited Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and James McBride’s The Color of Water. Other bestselling authors she has edited include Harold Bloom, Anne Lamott, Chang-rae Lee, Yann Martel, Philipp Meyer, Kathleen Norris, Dan Pink, and Gary Shteyngart. She is also the editor, with Christina Büchmann, of the anthology Out of the Garden: Women Writers on the Bible. She was born and raised among the trees on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where she lives today.