People

People

It takes a lot of dedicated people to make all of the programs at The Conservation Foundation work. We have several full-time and part-time staff members working with a host of community leaders and conservation partners through our Board of Trustees, Advisory Councils, and Leadership Board, along with volunteers from throughout the communities we serve.  

Our Staff
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Brook McDonald
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Abby Beck
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Dan Lobbes
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Gindi Orloff
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Alison Paul
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Amanda Caloras
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Russell Cerocke
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Nancy Cinatl
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Deanna Doohaluk
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Sheryl Fasone
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Renae Frigo
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Agustin Gonzalez
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Jennifer Hammer
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Alex Handel
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Stefanie Harrison
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Eric Izzo
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Jill Johnson
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Catherine Kien
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Jim Kleinwachter
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Connie Kollmeyer
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Stephen McCracken
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Alli McIlvain
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Hanna Miller
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Jessica Mino
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Kyla Muhammad
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Maura Neuffer
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Lisa O’Brien
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Beth Peluse
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Amy Phillips
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Lea Rodbarry
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Carrie Thompson
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Rocio Velis De Arevalo
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Carolyn Wagner
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Jordan Wilson
Board Of Trustees
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Dr. Christopher Burke
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Dave Hulseberg
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Thomas Schneider
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Carole Koch
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Tom Bennington
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John Binneboese
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Pete Connolly
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Dr. Mimi Cowan
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Dr. Jane Davis
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Alvin Gates
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Dave Gorman
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John Gormley
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Erik Gullickson
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Robert Hutchinson
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Patty King
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Julie Long
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Tony Martinez
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Joe Mikan
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Curt Pascoe
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Jeanette Press
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Ellen Von Ohlen
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Daniel Wagner
Inclusion Council

Created in July 2021 to provide guidance and advice to the CEO on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion matters, and to help align actions with intentions consistent with The Conservation Foundation’s mission.

Dr. Lulu Blacksmith, Elburn
Alvin Gates, Lisle
Beth Gunzel, Lombard
Lulú Hertenstein, Wheaton
Diana Mondragon, Aurora

Kyla Muhammad, Bolingbrook
Tara Neff, Joliet
Marisa Pfautz, Batavia
Leilah Seigel, Wheaton
Shefali Trivedi, Schaumburg

Next Generation Advisory Council

Isaiah Bedrossian
Madeline Burnside, Woodridge
Kelsey Galante, Lisle
Frankie Garcia, Elgin
Leigha Green, Naperville
Stefanie Harrison, Naperville

Rachel Hitzemann, Wheaton
Scott Kauffman, Yorkville
Thomas Konopka, Naperville
Peter Lazar, Downers Grove
Suzy Lyttle, Mokena
Josh Nelson, St. Charles

Maddie Olivieri, Lisle
Beth Peluse, Lombard
Anna Sanders Lee, Aurora
Alison Sherwood, Naperville
Jackie Sienko, Lisle
Ryan Solomon, Geneva

Advisory Council
DuPage County

Ken Bartels, Elmhurst
Lisa Beckwith, Wheaton
Bill Bedrossian, Wheaton
Mike Benard, Wheaton
Andi Cooper, Lombard
Bill Dawe, Naperville
Scott Day, Naperville
Renae Frigo, Glen Ellyn
Alvin Gates, Lisle
Jay Gilbert, Glen Ellyn
Lulú Hertenstein, Aurora
Joy Hinz, Wheaton
Matt LaFond, Wheaton
Beth Marchetti, Oak Brook
Curt Pascoe, Wheaton
Carl Peterson, Wheaton
Rich Reichert, Elmhurst
Steve Stawarz, Oak Brook
Shefali Trivedi, Wheaton
Rosemary Macko Wisnosky, Naperville

Kane County

Mavis Bates, Aurora
Lulu Blacksmith, Elburn
James Breen, St. Charles
Pete Connolly, Wayne
Nancy Cox, St. Charles
Jane Davis, Aurora
Pat Golden, Dundee
Erik Gullickson, Crystal Lake/Dundee
Kim Haag, Elburn
Ben Haberthur, Big Rock
Sue Harney, Sleepy Hollow
Janice Hill, Aurora
Jerry Johnson, LaFox
June Keibler, Dundee
Lucas King, Blackberry Township
Gloria Klimek, St. Charles
Rob Linke, Campton Hills
Julie Long, St. Charles
Karen Miller, Geneva
Alex Minnella, Aurora
Mary Ochsenschlager, Sugar Grove
Pam Otto, St. Charles
Jeff Palmquist, Geneva
Marisa Pfautz, Batavia
Dewey Pierotti, Aurora
Jack Pizzo, Leland
Jack Shouba, Aurora
Maggie Soliz, Batavia
Jan Sorensen, Sycamore
Gary Swick, Elgin
Dave Waden, Elgin
Bill Wiet, Aurora
Barb Wojnicki, Campton Township
Jay Womack, Geneva

Kendall County

Deanna Bazan, Yorkville
Gretta Bieber, Newark
Grant Castleton, Oswego
Nathan Ewing, Yorkville
Sarah Fellerer, Yorkville
Tracey Fischer, Yorkville
Jim Friedrich, Newark
Kay Hatcher, Montgomery
Steven & Kathryn Graves, Millington
Dave Guritz, Yorkville
Amy Hamilton, Plano
Scott Johnson, Oswego
Tim Kellogg, Yorkville
Jackie Kowalski, Millbrook
Jennine Kristianson, Millbrook
Kyle Lambert, Montgomery
Joan McEachern, Yorkville
Pam Parr, Oswego
Joan Soltwisch, Minooka
Dr. Craig Stevenson, Plano
Wally Werderich, Yorkville
Dick Whitfield, Newark

Will County

Eric Anderson, Aurora
Gideon Blustein
Mary Carrington, Crete
Karen D’Arcy, New Lenox
Marcy DeMauro, Joliet
Robin Ellis
Marc Gorsch, Joliet
Marta Keane, Plano
Jay Kelly
Terry Kestel, New Lenox
Joe Mikan, Orland Park
Dan Peloquin
Doug Pryor, Morris
Ralph Schultz, Joliet
Mike Schwartz
Kelsay Shaw, Monee
Owen Wavrinek, Aurora

Leadership Board

James Bramsen, President/CEO 
Spraying Systems Company

Anthony A. Casaccio, President
Inland Real Estate Development Corp.

Jack E. Mensching, Past President
Itasca Bank & Trust Company

Robert J. Schillerstrom, Past Chair
Illinois Tollway Authority;
Past Board Chair of The Conservation Foundation;
Former DuPage County Chair

Christine Sobek, Ed.D., President
Waubonsee Community College;
Former Trustee of The Conservation Foundation

Stephen C. Van Arsdell, Retired Chairman/CEO
Deloitte & Touche;
Past Board Chair of The Conservation Foundation

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