Board of Directors and staff

Cindy Bohlen
Board President

Cindy, Chief Mindfulness Officer at Riverwater Partners, leads the firm’s sustainability practice and does primary research for the health care and technology sectors. Cindy has prior research experience at Robert W. Baird and M&I Investment Management. She added a sustainability lens to her investment process while working for another private firm and for a local foundation. Cindy earned a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In addition, she is a CFA® charterholder.

Peg Groth
Board Treasurer


Peg is the President of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother International Finance, Inc.  During her 25+ years of service with the Sisters, she has worked in a number of international finance and social justice issues.  Peg and the Sisters have particular interests in eradicating human trafficking and the production of palm oil at the expense of other environmental factors.

Ann Roberts
Board Secretary

Ann joined Dana Investment Advisors in 2015 as an ESG analyst, having performed ESG research for the company on a project basis since 2005.

Sr. Ruth Battaglia, C.S.A.
Board Member

Sister Ruth Battaglia is a member of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  The sisters, who are committed to promoting justice and building community, serve in a variety of ministries in the United States and Nicaragua. Sister Ruth graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota with a master’s degree in religious education after completing her undergraduate studies at Marian College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. After beginning as a social studies teacher in secondary education, Sister Ruth went on to spend most of her teaching years as a theology instructor in high schools in Kansas, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Following her time in secondary education Sister Ruth served as a pastoral minister in parishes in New Mexico in the Gallup Diocese and in Wisconsin. Sister Ruth served her religious community as a member of its leadership team from 2005 until 2009. Currently Sister Ruth serves the Sisters of St. Agnes as their coordinator for their Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation office.

Caroline Boden
Board Member

Caroline Boden is a director of shareholder advocacy with Mercy Investment Services, covering portfolio issues such as nutrition, the reduction of food and plastic waste, human trafficking, and safer chemical management. Prior to joining Mercy Investment Services in 2016, Caroline was a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Her responsibilities included researching and producing reports and policy memos on the geopolitics of the Arctic, as well as security and defense issues in Northern Europe. Caroline holds a bachelor of arts degree in French and international studies from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master of science in European politics from the University of Glasgow.

Edward Fitzpatrick
Board Member

With The Fitzpatrick Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Edward began his career at the Chicago Board Options Exchange and joined his father as Financial Advisor in 2000. He has written investment articles, including Best Practices for Investment Committees and Hot Topic: International Investing. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a graduate of Villanova University.

Sr. Barbara Jennings, C.S.J.
Board Member

Sr. Barbara joined her community in 1967 after receiving a BA (English). She taught high school in Waco, TX and Kansas City, MO, and religious studies at Avila University and Fontbonne University MBA programs. Barbara has led MCRI since 2007 and is on ICCR’s Food & Water and Human Rights leadership teams. MCRI hosted the ICCR Summer Conference in 2011. Barbara has served on the ICCR Board and currently serves on the Boards of Fontbonne University and Carondelet Community Betterment Federation.

Sr. Carmen Schnyder, C.P.P.S.
Board Member

Sr. Carmen joined her community in 1960 and served in their leadership from 2004-2010. After receiving a BA (History), Masters (Elementary School Leadership), and an MBA, she served as a teacher, principal, and in school administration. Carmen developed the Finance Office for St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Chicago, IL and has been the Treasurer and on the Investment Committee of her community since 2004. She’s also been active in socially responsible investing since 2004.

Dan Tretow
Board Member

Dan has worked with Seventh Generation and its predecessors since the mid 1980s. He served as board president from 2018 to 2020. His longest standing work in CRI involves members’ dialogue with a Wisconsin corporation on human rights, executive pay and supply chain sustainability. He is the Director of Financial Services in the International Office,  School Sisters of St. Francis.

Frank Sherman
Executive Director


After a 35 year career, Frank retired from an executive position with a Global Fortune 500 company to join Seventh Generation Interfaith. He also serves as a board member of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility. Frank gives back to the local community as a certified mentor for SCORE and is on the adjunct faculty of Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, Wisc.).”

Christopher Cox
Associate Director


Before taking on the role of associate director, Chris led the Human Thread Campaign, a program of Seventh Generation Interfaith and Catholic effort to raise awareness, direct action, and build solidarity with garment workers. Previously, he served in multicultural and low income communities in the U.S. and Latin America.

Natalie Wasek
Shareholder Advocacy Manager

Natalie joined SGI in August of 2019 after a year of volunteer service with Franciscan Volunteers: No Risk, No Gain and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia which was framed around ecological and social justice. She found a passion in working towards systemic change and is excited by the opportunity to continue to work and grow in this field.
Natalie graduated magna cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with a B.B.A. in accounting, and minors in international business and theology.