DEARBORN, Mich. – Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. appointed two new members to the Recreation and City Beautiful commissions in February.
Helena Thornton was appointed to the Recreation Commission, and Maureen McIlrath-Noland was appointed to the City Beautiful Commission. Both terms will end in on June 30, 2014.
Thornton, a long-term Dearborn resident and mother of two, holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and has worked as an engineer for various companies, including the Ford Motor Company and the Lear Corporation, over the last 20 years.
She is certified in Energy and Environmental Management through Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, and has served on a numerous committees, ranging from the Dearborn Public Schools PTSA to Inforum, a professional women’s alliance.
She is dedicated to sustainability and owns a pollution prevention company, Wastenotbiz, LLC.
Thornton will be taking the place of Ray Alcodray on the Recreation Commission.
McIlrath-Noland, who has been living in Dearborn for nearly two decades, a mother of two, and is the CEO-Founder of The Going Green Foundation, an “earth friendly non-profit dedicated to building a sustainable future”.
She directed the Crowley Park Sustainable Farm Project and is currently a member of the Crowley Park Neighborhood Association.
McIlrath-Noland fills David Bierman’s position on the City Beautiful Commission.