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 in order to be prepared 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 the adoption of 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 Chairman of the United League of Indigenous Nations Governing Board. Frank’s 40 years of public service have included serving on the Executive Board of 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.
Executive Director & Chairman of the Board
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, with the mission of preserving, propagating and planting 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.
Joseph M. Sandri is Founder and CEO of Thought Delivery Systems, Inc. Prior to that, he helped form New FiberTower in 2014, as an officer and co-president, which was sold to AT&T on February 8, 2018. He is a long-time member of a number of environmental groups and has supported and participated in the purchase and permanent protection of old-growth land. Mr. Sandri has served as an officer at a number of broadband technology companies. Prior to that, he was a telecommunications attorney with Keller & Heckman, LLP, where he represented Fortune 100 oil companies, along with 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. Prior to 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 and Indiana Nature Conservatory, and member of conservation resource alliance of Northern Michigan and Betsy River Trail and Pathway.
He received his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine, and 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 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 been teaching Dermatology to residents and students, and volunteered at medical clinics for the underprivileged, and served as a medial missionary in Belize.
He currently resides in South Bend, Indiana, and Thompsonville, Michigan.
Celina (Cindy) Spiegel, is 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 to readers new voices and stories that help shape the way people understand the world. Among the books she has edited and published at Spiegel & Grau are Jim Robbins’s 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 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.