New commissioners appointed

DEARBORN — Mayor John 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 June 30, 2014.

Thornton will be taking the place of Ray Alcodray on the Recreation Commission, and McIlrath-Noland fills David Bierman’s position on the City Beautiful Commission.

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 Co. and the Lear Corp., 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 is owner of Wastenotbiz, LLC, a pollution prevention company.

McIlrath-Noland, who has lived in Dearborn for nearly two decades and is also a mother of two, 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 currently is a member of the Crowley Park Neighborhood Association.