There are two primary volunteer-led committees to advance Illinois Green Alliance’s educational outreach and member engagement work. Additionally, the Emerging Professionals Committee coordinates networking and education events for emerging professionals.

The Programs Committee is responsible for monthly educational programs on the latest trends in sustainable design and technology. Selected through an application-only process, the members represent a unique mix of industries and bring a broad range of experience and subject matter to the program planning process.

2017/2018 Programs Committee Members:

Clare Ardizzone, UIC

Angel Diaz, Dominion Lighting

Thomas Dietz, Rugo|Raff Architects

Dan Docel, BuildingIQ Inc.

Kathryn Eggers, Goby (Co-Chair)

Kelly Moynihan, Farr Associates

Susan Pearson, Merritt Connect, Inc.

Mihir Parikh, APTIM

Stephenie Presseller, Moraine Valley Community College

Jamie Redmond, Redmond Construction Corp

Elena Savona, Elevate Energy (Co-Chair)

Josh Schubert, Goby

Daniel Starr, BOS

Alina Tompert, Farr Associates

Sarah Wood, RATIO Architects


The Community Engagement Committee is responsible for networking opportunities and community engagement programs which allow Illinois Green Alliance members the chance to impact more neighborhoods with their sustainability know-how.

2017 Standing Community Engagement Committee Members:

Lawrence Alport, Innovative Associates LLC

Ashwini Arun, WSP

Mari Bishop, CLEAResult

Kate Bukowski, Shaw Contract Group

Lee Canel, Hennebry Canel Appraisal

Andrea Cohen, DePaul University

Julia De Rosi, U.S. General Services Administration

Demetri Dongas, Dietitians at Home

Damon Henrikson, Accurate Perforating

Connor Jansen, Seventhwave

Kate Lengacher, UrbanWorks Ltd

Patricia Lloyd, Leopardo Companies (Board Liaison) 

Sue Olson, Keleen Leathers, Inc

Bianca Richier, DIRTT

Aryn Shaw, Teknion

Mallori Stone, Jell Creative, Inc

Kristin Taghon, Kristin Taghon Interior Designs, LLC

Ben Talbot, DLR Group

Kubrat Vrachanski, NIU LEED


The Emerging Professionals Committee is responsible for coordinating education, networking, and volunteer opportunities to engage emerging professionals in green building and sustainability industries.

2017 Emerging Professional Committee Members:

Natalie Hicks, Wright Heerema Architects (Co-Chair)

Megan McKitterick, TeaSquares

Priyam Parikh, CLEAResult

Joe Popely, Northwestern

Andy Stein, Northwestern

Lauren Tavel, CBRE (Co-Chair)

Steph Townsend, AECOM

Taylor White, 360 Energy Group

Ari Widen, Alpine Home Air Products


Interested in serving on the Standing Programs Committee?
Click here to learn more about qualifications and the application process.

  • Required Qualifications:  Applicants must be current Illinois Green Alliance members and have significant sustainable design and construction experience. Preference will be given to those who have substantial contacts in the industry. Successful applicants will be offered a year-long position with a renewable term. Committee members are listed on the Illinois Green Alliance website and eligible for our annual volunteer awards.
  • How to Apply:  Please submit this application form and upload your resume and cover letter stating your interest in serving on the committee. If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call Katie Kaluzny at: 312-245-8300 x203.
  • Applications are currently closed. Applications will open again in April 2018.

(*) Members of the Programs Committee work with the staff to determine event topics and speakers that support our mission and initiatives assist with event logistics and participate in monthly coordinate calls and in-person meetings. Committee members will collaborate throughout the year, but each member is responsible for leading the development of at least one program in the calendar year. The time commitment will be greatest in a month when you are planning or facilitating a specific event. We estimate the overall time commitment to be approximately two to five hours per month. Illinois Green Alliance staff will provide administrative support.


Interested in serving on the Community Engagement Committee?
More information coming soon!



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