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 at Urbana-Champaign

J. Will Baker
Customer Experience, Regulated Energy Projects
Google Hardware

Vann Bush
Managing Director, Energy Supply and Conversion
Gas Technology Institute

Stephen K. Davis
Senior Principal Environmental Specialist
Knight Engineers & Architects

Angela Foster-Rice
Business Advisor
Climate Futures

Annette Fulgenzi
Program Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Environmental Assistance Program

Donovan Griffith
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

Edward F. Kriz
Manager, Strategic Energy Management
Nicor Gas

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

Kim Leftwich
Coles-Moultrie electric Cooperative

Joey Mak
Vice President, Programs
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Edith Makra
Director of Environmental Initiatives
Metropolitan Mayor's Caucus

Rick Manner
Executive Director
Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District

Shawn Nichols
Director, Business Development
Liberty Utilities

Peter Nassos
Senior Vice President of Marketing (retired)
Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company

Heather Nifong
Associate Director
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Eileen Openbrier
Director, Environmental Compliance & Sustainability
Lake County Operations

Eve Pytel
Programs Director
Delta Institute

Helen Schuster
Business Development
Carus Corporation

David L. Thomas
Founding Director (retired)
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Phil Van Ness
Webber & Thies, P.C.

Scott Wilkin
Associate Director
National Center for Supercomputing Applications

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

Kevin Yepsen
Community State Bank

Carrie Zalewski
Illinois Pollution Control Board