This year the Illinois Green Alliance Board Elections Committee is pleased to present eight candidates for consideration for four open board seats. The Board of Directors guides Illinois Green’s strategic vision — to make net zero buildings feasible, affordable, and so commonplace that every building in Illinois by 2050 is net zero.

In 2022, there are six open board seats. Per Illinois Green bylaws, two seats have already been elected directly by a full vote of the 2021 Board of Directors. The four remaining open seats will be elected by the Illinois Green Alliance membership through this ballot.

We are pleased to announce that John Mlade and Royce Cunningham have been selected by the 2021 Board of Directors to fill the two board-elected seats.

If you are an active, individual member of the Illinois Green Alliance, you received an email ballot to cast your vote on November 4. Members have until December 3, 2021 to vote for the 2022 board candidates. If you are a member and did not receive your ballot, email Katie Kaluzny at

The Board Elections Committee would like to thank all of the members who submitted their names for consideration.

Not a current member of Illinois Green Alliance? Join or renew your membership to vote in the board election!

Learn about all of the 2022 candidates below.

Kelly Adighije, CEng Mech, LEED AP BD+C, BCxP, BEAP, GGP

Vice President, Baumann Consulting

After graduating in 2004, with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Sheffield, England, Kelly embarked on a career in the building industry. He spent his formative engineering years at the global consultancy Ove Arup for the first 5 years where he was exposed to cutting edge design including impact assessment on energy use and sustainability. Kelly then pursued his LEED AP credentials in 2009 and over the past 10 years has been focused on having an environmental or sustainability impact on the energy use our designs, operation and life in general have on the environment. Kelly’s goal in his work is ensuring that we are all doing our part to address climate change and to secure the future of generations to come. He feels a position as a member of the Illinois Green Alliance Board is the logical step in this pursuit.

Kelly is seeking reelection to the Illinois Green Alliance Board of Directors for the January 2022 to December 2023 session after serving for the past two years. He is dedicated to the cause and strategic goals of the organization and brings a unique perspective to the role. With his background in Mechanical and Energy Engineering, he has been involved with the USGBC since 2009 (thus coming to 12 years) and wants to continue to volunteer to expand on the national and chapter goals and aspirations.

Learn more about Kelly on his LinkedIn profile.

Lindsay Buckwell, MBA in Sustainability

Program Manager, Evergreen Consulting Group

Lindsay manages various energy efficiency programs across the Midwest and New England, spanning from controlled environmental agriculture, to food service, and small business. 

Prior to joining Evergreen, Lindsay worked as a consultant to McDonald’s Corporation where she managed energy efficiency programs across their 15,000 restaurant U.S. portfolio. In addition, she worked with their sustainability team to draft a water conservation plan for the corporation. She is most proud of working on the first net zero quick service restaurant in the U.S. that McDonald’s opened in Orlando, Florida. Before her work with McDonald’s, Lindsay held various roles in new construction, multifamily retrofit, and single-family income eligible energy efficiency programs.

Lindsay joined Illinois Green immediately upon moving to Chicago and has enjoyed serving on the Auxiliary Board for the past three years, along with having volunteered for the EPIC sustainability challenge and coordinating various events. On the board, Lindsay looks forward to providing a utility focused perspective to implementing the strategic plan and incentivizing net zero initiatives in the Chicagoland area. Bringing efficiency and sustainability to the diverse communities across Chicago is where Lindsay’s passions lie, and she is excited by the idea of executing this passion with the Illinois Green Board.

She looks forward to bringing a unique perspective to conversations and strategy. On the board, she would like to focus on expanding Illinois Green’s presence in a diverse way — both with individuals and corporations. Lindsay believes the success of the current strategic plan will be dependent on the growth of the organization’s reach across the greater Chicago area. As a three year member of the Auxiliary Board, Lindsay looks forward to making the transition to the Board of Directors while still liaising the thoughts and ideas of the two boards with one another. 

Learn more about Lindsay on her LinkedIn profile.

Sandra Dold, AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP, Fitwel Ambassador

Project Manager, von Weise Associates

Sandra is both a Project Lead at von Weise Associates in Chicago and the Principal Architect at Studio Dold LLC. Her current projects include a nearly-zero-carbon residence in Long Grove construction 2021-2022, a country club renovation and expansion in the design phase with a focus on wellness, resilience and renewables, and she is the sustainability manager of a future net zero Chicago private school in design phase.  

Prior to the pandemic, she was the sustainability lead for the Cannon Design Chicago Studio A, however was furloughed due to lack of work. At Cannon Design, she was the Project Architect on a 200-key hotel/spa near Colorado Springs, the lead designer on the Argonne Lab modernization and sustainability manager/Architect on the CDC competition in the Midwest. She also led a team of women designers and engineers to complete the ASHRAE Net Zero tower competition.

Sandra spent many years in the Middle East working as a senior architect and sustainability specialist at AECOM. In the MENA region, her highlight projects included  Master Planning in the UAE for Masdar and the Doha Convention Center and VVIP center with JAHN. 

Sandra advocates for net zero design principles in every project she touches. She believes this process starts at the very early stages of the design with an integrated design team willing to educate and advocate for the best long term solutions. She aligned with the Illinois Green strategic plan, “To combat climate change in Illinois, it’s time we made net zero buildings feasible, affordable, and so commonplace that every building in Illinois by 2050 is net zero.”

Learn more about Sandra on her LinkedIn profile.

Annalise Dum, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, TRUE Advisor

Senior Sustainability Project Manager, JLL 

Annalise serves as a Senior Sustainability Project Manager at global real estate services firm JLL. She is responsible for directing building certifications and guiding occupier and investor clients in aligning their commercial real estate portfolios with organizational ESG goals through developing and implementing strategic sustainability plans.

To date, Annalise has over 100 projects under her belt and has managed certifications for 15 million+ square feet of space. Thirteen of her projects have received certifications including LEED, WELL Health-Safety Rating, Fitwel, ENERGY STAR, and WELL-pending. Having worn many professional hats in the corporate and nonprofit spheres, including commercial interior designer, facilities manager, and sustainability manager, she is a green building subject matter expert.

Annalise holds a Master’s in Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State University, a Bachelor’s in Interior Design with minors in Spanish and Communications from Purdue University, and a plant-based nutrition certificate from eCornell.

As a sustainability consultant, Annalise educates and persuades on sustainability strategies that successfully result in implementation and revenue. In addition to her big picture perspective and simultaneous attention to detail, it is this effective communication skill that she aims to bring to Illinois Green as a member of the board of directors. Annalise will utilize her diverse background to connect with stakeholders across all markets, industries, and communities to communicate the “why” of membership and of the commitment to net zero to support Illinois Green and ensure the ultimate success of the strategic plan. Annalise’s fresh perspective, dedication, and impact are evident through her involvement as a current Auxiliary Board member, co-creator of Women IN Green for the Indiana chapter, and co-founder of the USGBC Students group at Purdue. She looks forward to pivoting this dedication into a role as a member of the board of directors.

Learn more about Annalise on her LinkedIn profile.

Allen Dusault, MBA, MS, BS

Senior Project Manager, Franklin Energy

Allen Dusault is an accomplished leader in energy efficiency program management including with residential, commercial and industrial, and agricultural sectors. His background includes program startup and management, business development, policy and legislative initiatives as well as energy research. At Franklin he launched the start-up of Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) C&I energy efficiency program; in Toronto, Canada, it was Powerstream’s commercial energy efficiency program.  He currently leads Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas energy efficiency R&D program serving the City of Chicago and northern suburbs, including programs for the Income Eligible sector. He has also managed ComEd energy efficiency research projects, including a weatherization initiative for low income residents. Additionally, he has overseen several DCEO EE programs, including Building Operator Certification (BOC) program, the Illinois Home Performance program (IHP), and Savings through Efficient Products (STEP). Allen has also led environmental programs in New England, California, and Illinois. In California, he was the architect of their baseload renewable energy program and was a key contributor to the development and adoption of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.  He has also been a community organizer working on behalf of social and environmental justice, as well as a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity.

Allen has three goals in running for the Illinois Green Board.  1) Stop and reverse climate change.  It is an existential threat and will define our world for future generations.  2) Help those most vulnerable, including people of color, low income, other disadvantaged groups (immigrants, seniors on fixed incomes, those that are disabled, etc.)  3) Bring innovative solutions to the table, specifically new ideas, technologies, methods, process and programs that will serve to accelerate decarbonization. He believes it is important to include unconventionally innovative ideas and people in Illinois Green forums, educating our communities and ourselves and continually learning.

Learn more about Allen on his LinkedIn profile.

Isaac Elnecave

Certification Specialist, Passive House Institute US

Since 2019, Isaac has worked at PHIUS providing design review and energy modeling services to evaluate project qualifications for PHIUS+ Certification. Isaac works closely with the submitting CPHC to provide feedback on questions pertaining to energy modeling and building plans. He also works as the Policy Specialist promoting building policies aimed at requirements that will result in deep energy efficient buildings. Prior to joining PHIUS, Isaac worked as a policy manager focused on promoting the development, adoption and implementation of the latest building energy codes and appliance efficiency standards. Isaac also worked as a civil engineer in Southern California where he designed seismic retrofits for older buildings susceptible to damage from earthquakes. 

Isaac has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Mechanics from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Isaac enjoys working with Illinois Green Alliance (both as a member of the Programs Committee and as the Policy Specialist at PHIUS) as he believes it is one of the most effective organizations promoting policies and programs aimed at accelerating the construction of net zero carbon buildings. Over the last couple of years, he’s worked productively with staff at Illinois Green on several policy initiatives that will further the mission and goals of the organization. Isaac is anxious to implement the strategic plan, which he sees as clear and ambitious. He is particularly excited about the work to marry the ambitious strategic goals with increasing the participation of a more diverse workforce. Isaac believes that his policy experience will be an asset to the organization, and plans on taking an active role in helping the organization shape energy efficiency policy in both Chicago and statewide. 

Learn more about Isaac.

Elena Savona, LEED AP BD+C, PMP, CEM

Public Sector Programs Director, Elevate

Elena Savona is an expert in energy and sustainability, and is passionate about equitable climate action that brings the benefits of clean energy to all. In her 20 years of experience in the energy and sustainability industry, she has managed projects that range from city energy planning and utility energy efficiency program management to individual energy audits and infrastructure assessments.

Elena is the Director of Public Sector Programs at Elevate, a Chicago-based nonprofit. In her role at Elevate, Elena oversees a team of project and program managers that lead climate planning, energy efficiency, and solar energy programs for disinvested communities, municipalities, and nonprofits to help them save energy and money while investing in their properties. As a member and past chair of Elevate’s Project Management Board, Elena leads continuous improvement initiatives across Elevate. She is a certified Project Management Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and LEED accredited professional.

Elena has been a member of Illinois Green Alliance since 2008. Over the past 13 years, she has collaborated with the organization in different capacities. She has been part of the Standing Programs Committee since 2017 and chair since 2018, working with the committee to develop educational programs in alignment with the Illinois Green Alliance’s mission and strategic direction. As a board member for Illinois Green Alliance, Elena will help the organization shape an equitable path to net zero buildings by supporting the educational efforts needed to achieve this goal, helping remove barriers to adoption, and piloting initiatives that make net zero feasible in historically underinvested communities. 

Learn more about Elena on her LinkedIn profile.

Andy Stein, LEED AP O+M

Owner and Principal Consultant, Stein Sustainability LLC 

Andy Stein has been working in the green building industry for over 12 years.  In 2018, he launched Stein Sustainability LLC, where he built upon his experience to provide clients with energy management services, green building certifications, and sustainability strategic planning. He has also established a strategic partnership with GreenPath Plastics focused on increasing recycled plastic content among manufacturers and diverting over 10 million lbs of plastic waste from landfills annually. His career began in corporate sustainability where he helped LEED EB Certify over 250+ buildings for Kohl’s Department Stores. This was followed by several positions that included sustainability project management, LED commercial sales, and sustainability strategic planning for Northwestern University.  Andy has been an active participant in the USGBC and Illinois Green Alliance including involvement on the Auxiliary Board, Greenbuild Steering Committees, the USGBC National EP Committee, and the Chicago Living Future Collaborative. 

Andy truly believes in the mission of Illinois Green Alliance and has dedicated his career to similar goals. He has a strong desire to advance their 5-year strategic plan and is prepared to cultivate partnerships and engage with the community to elevate its impact. Illinois Green Alliance has provided him with phenomenal opportunities that have been essential to the success of his career and consultancy. His hope is that as part of the Board of Directors he can give back to the community and continue to inspire emerging professionals to help them grow as leaders in the green building industry.

Learn more about Andy on LinkedIn.

Candidates already selected by the 2021 Board of Directors.

Royce Cunningham, LEED AP BD+C

President, ASG

John Mlade, LFA, WELL Faculty, LEED Fellow

Director, Sustainable & Healthy Environments, Wight & Co