ISTC Advisory Board

ISTC’s Advisory Board is composed of select representatives of business, industry, government, non-profit agencies, and academia who assist the Center in reviewing its activities and goals for maximum benefit to the people of Illinois. Through their contacts, expertise, and dedication to sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship, they are invaluable to the work of ISTC.


Imad L. Al-Qadi
Bliss Professor of Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

J. Will Baker
Customer Success Manager, Energy Partnerships
Google Nest

Annette Fulgenzi
Manager, Illinois First Stop Business Information
Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Donovan Griffith
Director of Government Affairs
Illinois Manufacturers' Association

Joy Hinz
Environmental Specialist
DuPage County

Franklin H. Holcomb
Associate Director
Center for the Advancement of Sustainability Innovations (CASI)
Engineer Research and Development Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

James Jennings
Materials Management and Compliance Section Manager
Illinois EPA

Alla Jezmir
Board Director and Advisor to CEO & Commercial Team
Fusion Fuel

Edward F. Kriz
Manager, Strategic Energy Management
Nicor Gas

Chad Kruse
Director of Public Engagement

Warren Lavey
Adjunct Professor, SESE
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Edith Makra
Director of Environmental Initiatives
Metropolitan Mayor's Caucus

Rick Manner
Executive Director
Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District

Gary D. Miller
Retired, Associate Executive Director
Prairie Research Institute

Peter Nassos
Retired, Senior Vice President of Marketing
Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company

Shawn Nichols
Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Planning
Central States Water Resources Group

Heather Nifong
Associate Director
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Jonathan Pike
Senior Director, Development
Earthrise Energy

Michael Rutkowski
SVP, Research & Technology Development
Gas Technology Institute

David L. Thomas
Retired, Founding Director
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Phil Van Ness
Webber & Thies, P.C.

Scott Wilkin
Executive Consultant
Tech Economy Partners

Kimberly Worthington
Deputy Commissioner
Bureau of Environmental, Health & Safety Management
City of Chicago, Dept. of Fleet & Facility Management