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Emeritus National Advisory Board Members

We thank our dedicated members for their commitment to the U-M Depression Center over the years.

Lynda Carter
Singer and Mental Health Advocate

Best known for her role as Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter is an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews before sell-out crowds around the world. In addition to her long acting career, Ms. Carter has the distinction of producing and starring in five highly rated network television specials, several of which were Emmy-nominated. She has appeared onstage with many of the world's most popular singers, including Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Bob Hope, George Benson, and Ben Vereen.

Ms. Carter made her professional singing debut at 14 in Tempe, Arizona, and has studied classical dance and piano. In 1973, she won the Miss World-U.S.A. title and shortly thereafter outdistanced hundreds of other actresses for the part of "Wonder Woman," a character she infused with such depth and humor that it has become one of the most indelible characters in TV history. Her fame led to her becoming the “face” of Maybelline Cosmetics, and she remained Maybelline’s top model for over a decade.

Though Ms. Carter continued to act in films and television, she left the road when she had children to raise her young family. She returned to live performing in 2006, appearing on the London stage with an acclaimed star turn in Chicago. In 2007, Ms. Carter started touring again in venues across the country with her band of Nashville all stars. Her first CD, At Last, was released in June of 2009 and dropped at #6 on the Billboard charts. Her second CD, Crazy Little Things, was released in 2011.

Ms. Carter continues to tour with her band and plays top venues across the country from Las Vegas to Catalina Jazz Club in LA, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC.


James Johnson Duderstadt, Ph.D.
President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan

Dr. Duderstadt received a B.Eng. in electrical engineering with highest honors from Yale University in 1964 and a M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering science and physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1967.  After a year as an Atomic Energy Commission Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech, he joined the faculty of U-M in 1968 in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, rising through the ranks to full professor in 1975.  Dr. Duderstadt became Dean of the College of Engineering in 1981 and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1986.  He was elected President of U-M in 1988 and served in this role until 1996.  He currently holds a university-wide faculty appointment as University Professor of Science and Engineering, co-chairing the University’s program in Science, Technology, and Public Policy, and directing the Millennium Project, a research center exploring the impact of over-the-horizon technologies on society.

Dr. Duderstadt's teaching and research interests have spanned a wide range of subjects in science, mathematics, and engineering, including nuclear fission reactors, thermonuclear fusion, high-powered lasers, computer simulation, information technology, and policy development in areas such as energy, education, and science. He has published extensively in these areas, including over 30 books and 200 technical publications.

During his career, Dr. Duderstadt has received numerous awards and honorary degrees for his research, teaching, and service activities, including the E. O. Lawrence Award for excellence in nuclear research, the Arthur Holly Compton Prize for outstanding teaching, the Reginald Wilson Award for national leadership in achieving diversity, and the National Medal of Technology for exemplary service to the nation.  He has been elected to numerous honorific societies including the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Science, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi.

Dr. Duderstadt has served on or chaired numerous public and private boards, including the National Science Board; numerous committees of the National Academies, including the executive council of the National Academy of Engineering and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; the National Commission on the Future of Higher Education; the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee of the Department of Energy; and business organizations such as the Big Ten Athletic Conference, the University of Michigan Hospitals, Unisys, and CMS Energy.

Dr. Duderstadt currently serves as chair of the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Research Council, co-director of the Glion Colloquium (Switzerland), nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and director of the Unisys Corporation. He also serves on several major national boards and study commissions in areas such as federal science policy, higher education, information technology, energy sciences, and national security as well as a member of the advisory boards of several colleges and universities.


Jay H. Gardner Jay H. Gardner
Director, Real Estate
Ford Land, Ford Motor Company

Jay Gardner is Director, Real Estate Ford Land, Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. Mr. Gardner is responsible for real estate acquisitions, leases and dispositions worldwide to support Ford's global product development and manufacturing strategy. Ford's real estate portfolio is about 250 million square feet of owned and leased facilities. Ford is acquiring real estate, entering joint ventures, and constructing research facilities/plants in China, Thailand, Eastern Europe, and India to support Ford vehicle development and growth. Ford also is in the process of closing, performing environmental cleanup, and disposing of former plant sites in North America while working closely with the respective state and local governments to plan future uses of the real estate consistent with community visions.


Phil Jenkins Phil Jenkins
CEO, Sweepster Inc.

Phil Jenkins is a lifelong resident of Michigan and the founder and CEO of Sweepster, Inc. Mr. Jenkins was a young engineer working for Caterpillar Tractor when he got a call from his mother in 1949 asking him to return home to take over the family farm equipment business in Dexter, then called Jenkins Equipment Company. Sweepster Inc. manufactures attachment, walk-behind, self-propelled, and airport runway sweepers for all types of equipment used in airports, municipalities, agriculture, and construction around the globe. Annual sales total about $50 million, with aviation products generating about 25 percent of the gross revenue. Sweepster Inc. is an Earth Share of Michigan company supporting environmentally responsible workplaces. Mr. Jenkins is also a board member of Equipment Manufacturers Institute (EMI) in Chicago, Illinois, as well as an active community member helping to establish the Generations Together Center in Dexter an inter-generational daycare center that provides day care for both the very old and the very young together. In 1999, Mr. Jenkins lost his wife of 47 years, who had suffered from depression.


Congressman Joseph K. Knollenberg Joseph K. Knollenberg
Former U.S. Congressman, Michigan

Former Congressman Knollenberg began his sixth term in Congress in 2003, when he was sworn in to represent the people of Michigan’s Ninth Congressional District. First elected to Congress in 1992, Mr. Knollenberg spent his first 10 years in office representing Michigan’s 11th District, which stretched from western Wayne County to southwest Oakland County. Following the 2000 Census, Michigan’s congressional districts were redrawn and Knollenberg’s home fell in the new Ninth District, which consists of 22 cities and townships entirely in Oakland County.

In his years in Congress, Mr. Knollenberg earned a reputation for his hard work and his commonsense approach that produced results for his constituents and the entire state of Michigan. As Former Vice President Dick Cheney noted in 2002, “Both Republicans and Democrats respect his diligence, his viability, his good judgment.”

Mr. Knollenberg is best known at home for his strong record of constituent service and focus on improving the quality of life in Southeast Michigan. He is particularly proud of the dedication his staff demonstrated toward helping constituents navigate the federal bureaucracy, as well as his efforts to secure federal funds to help clean up the Rouge River, to redirect federal resources to improve the security and efficiency of Detroit-area border crossings with Canada, and his promotion of free trade agreements to bring more high-paying jobs to Michigan.

Prior to running for Congress, Mr. Knollenberg ran a small business in Troy, MI, and was extensively involved in local and civic affairs. His sons, Marty and Steve, now run the family business. Mr. Knollenberg and his wife Sandie have lived in Oakland County for the past 35 years.  


Current National Advisory Board Members