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New staffers McGlashen, Reynolds choose MEC as the place to take a stand

Andrew McGlashen wants to make sure Michigan’s trout streams are cold and clear when he retires to Northern Michigan decades from now. Tina Reynolds wants to use her legal and policy skills to make Michigan a healthier, safer place for children. 

Both joined the Michigan Environmental Council staff this spring because they believed MEC was the place they could best accomplish those goals. 

McGlashen, 28, is MEC’s new development associate charged with helping raise funds to enhance MEC’s mission. 

Reynolds, 38, is the new health policy director charged with working with coalition partners to protect the health of Michiganders through strong public policies.

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Reynolds has extensive experience in the law and state public policy development. She holds a law degree from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. 

She has worked as a law clerk, as an environmental policy analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives, as a legislative assistant for the 53rd House District (Ann Arbor) and most recently as legal counsel for the 18th State Senate District (Washtenaw County). She also interned with MEC member group the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor during the winter of 1997. 

Working closely with MEC’s policy experts during her time at the legislature, Reynolds came to appreciate the organization’s consistent, thoughtful approach to making positive change through public policy. 

“The people at MEC were intelligent and committed and I wanted to be a part of the team,” said Reynolds. “When the opportunity to work specifically on health care issues came up, it seemed a perfect fit. Protecting people, especially vulnerable children, from exposure to dangerous toxics, and improving health outcomes is important and rewarding work.” 

Reynolds grew up in Keego Harbor, MI. She lives in East Lansing with her husband Walt and their three children, Logan, 11; Paige, 9; and Gywn, 7. She is a devoted soccer mom (all three kids), and they have a dog named Sonic! She enjoys healthy activities, including running, yoga and fitness classes and is active in her kids’ school and church. 

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McGlashen graduated in 2009 from Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism after majoring in English as an undergrad at MSU. While in journalism school he interned with the Michigan Nature Association, an MEC member group, and with two news websites—Environmental Health News and the Daily Climate

He also held an internship with the university-run Capital News Service, where his reporting on factory farming, water legislation, toxic hotspots and conservation issues for papers throughout the state introduced him to MEC’s work. 

After journalism school, McGlashen worked part-time as a news writer for MSU’s Environmental Science and Policy Program and as a grant writer for the Knight Center, but says he didn’t think he could move forward in his career in Michigan and considered moving out-of-state. 

But he abandoned that idea while hiking on the Manistee River Trail last September, when he and his friends stopped for lunch on a bluff overlooking a bend in the river. 

“There were tree-covered hills as far as you could see,” he said. “The river was really broad and powerful, and we could see salmon or steelhead swimming up it to spawn. It was just amazing, and it really hit me then how much I love this state and how important it is to me.” 

Now that McGlashen has found a job where he can fight for the future of his home state, he says there’s no way he’s leaving. 

“I have to make sure Michigan always has places like that,” he said. 

McGlashen lives in East Lansing with his wife, Katy, who teaches middle school Spanish in nearby Williamston.
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