Elizabeth Adler
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alliance Green Growth Team
Elizabeth Adler is an Urban Planning Graduate Student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a background in architecture, design and land use planning.

Bryan Albrecht
President, Gateway Technical College
Alliance Human Capital Team

Dr. Bryan Albrecht serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Technical College.  Gateway is located in Southeast Wisconsin and serves approximately 25,000 annually.  Gateway is known for having strong partnerships with the business community and establishing a culture of innovation.  Under his leadership Gateway has expanded programs and services, built a national industry training network, and enhanced the talent pipeline from high school through post graduate level studies. President Albrecht serves o[1]n Southeast Wisconsin’s local Workforce Board, as well as the National Manufacturing Institutes Advisory Board, the National Occupational Competency Testing Board, the National STEM Academy Advisory Board, and the National Center for Occupational Research and Development Board. His experience has led him to testify before the US Congress on Career and Technical Education issues, as well as being named a Distinguished Educator by the International Technology and Engineering Association. Dr. Albrecht earned his Bachelors, Masters and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Minnesota.

Dean Amhaus
President & CEO, The Water Council
Alliance Green Growth Team

Dean Amhaus has served as the first President & CEO of The Water Council since March 2010.  The Council was formed with the express purpose of growing the Milwaukee region into the world hub for water research, education and economic development.  The only organization of its kind in the United States, the Water Council is successfully coalescing these attributes into a powerful force that is garnering international recognition. Prior to leading the Water Council, Dean served as the President of the Spirit of Milwaukee, which is dedicated to enhancing Milwaukee’s image. Dean has served as the President of Forward Wisconsin, the state’s economic development organization, and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission. For six years, Dean was with the Wisconsin Arts Board; first as Deputy Director and later as Executive Director. During the 1980’s Dean worked in government relations in Washington, D.C.  Schooled in Wisconsin, Dean received his M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his B.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Phillip Arteaga
Student Researcher, Purdue Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Phillip Arteaga is a student researcher at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation at Purdue University Calumet. He is an undergraduate in electrical engineering, President and co-founder of Theta Tau Colony, Engineering Fraternity and has done extensive research on the brain trying to increase its ability to focus using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. He is on the Board of Directors for Supporting Our Service members, a non-profit organization that helps soldiers.

Rita Athas
Senior Advisor on the Board, World Business Chicago
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Rita Athas served as president of World Business Chicago (WBC) from December 2007 through May 2013, and she now serves as a senior advisor on the board of directors. As president, Ms. Athas oversaw day-to-day operations of the organization, and with the input of WBC’s private-sector board, developed its strategic direction. Ms. Athas came to the economic development corporation in 2007 after serving as Mayor Richard M. Daley’s deputy chief of staff for external affairs for 10 years. She has also served as the executive director of the Northwest Municipal Conference. She is a 1988-89 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. Ms. Athas serves as the co-chair of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council and on the board of Metropolis Strategies, CEOs for Cities, and the Metropolitan Planning Council. She is a member of the Economic Club and Executive Club as well as the Chicago Council for Global Affairs. Ms. Athas was awarded an honorary doctorate from Elmhurst College, and she earned a BA degree from Elmhurst and an MPA from Northern Illinois University.

Donald Babcock
Director—Economic Development, NiSource
Alliance Green Growth Team

Donald L. Babcock is the Director of Economic Development at NIPSCO, with over 1.1 million customers the largest energy distribution company in Indiana. Raised in Highland, Indiana and with 35 years of experience in the energy business, Don has held numerous leadership positions at NIPSCO and NiSource (NIPSCO’s parent company). He serves the community on a number of other boards including, the Northwest Indiana Forum Executive Committee, the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission, the Michigan City Economic Development Corp., the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corp., the Gary Economic Development Corp., the Elkhart County Economic Development Corp., and the Society of Innovators.  He is recent Chairman of the NWI Forum, and past Chairman of the Energy Solutions Center in Washington, DC. Don holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue Calumet.

Manoj Babu
Associate Dean of Business, Gateway Technical College
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David Baker
Vice President—External Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology
Alliance Innovation Team
David E. Baker, Vice President for External Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology, Executive Director, University Technology Park at IIT.  Mr. Baker was named Vice President for External Affairs in March 1995.  He is responsible for the University’s governmental relations, technology park development, and trustee relations.  Since 2001 he has worked to create the University Technology Park at IIT of which he serves as Executive Director.  He managed all university strategic plans from 1993 through 2009. He helped to create the Perspectives Charter Schools/IIT Math & Science Academy. Prior to joining the University, Mr. Baker served as President of The Illinois Coalition, whose mission is to strengthen the Illinois economy through science and technology.  From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Baker served as the Executive Vice President of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest business advocacy organization.  Mr. Baker served as the 2012-2013 President of the Association of University Research Parks, and is also on the boards of Perspectives Charter Schools, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center( CEC)(creator of the 1871 Incubator) and Lincoln Park Village. He serves as Chair of the Heidelberg Club International of Chicago. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Mr. Baker holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an A.B. in History with a minor in Economics from Stanford University. He is married, has two children and lives in Chicago.

Rebekah Baum
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alliance Green Growth Team

Rebekah Baum is a graduate student pursuing her Masters degree in Urban Planning from UW-Milwaukee. Rebekah is the current President of the Milwaukee Student Planning Association and has held multiple internships regarding economic development, sustainability and environmental planning.

Gabrielle Biciunas
Long Range Planner, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
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Gabrielle Biciunas is the Long Range Planner at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC).  She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University.  Gabrielle serves as the key staff for the planning and numerous implementation activities and projects of the award winning 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan.  This involves work on many transportation and land use initiatives and projects, economic development, performance-based planning, management of the Pathway to 2040 Implementation Committee, regional corridor planning, and involvement with various stakeholders.  She has also worked on the development of the Livable Centers Initiative in Northwest Indiana and is managing the Creating Livable Communities Grant Program.  Prior to working at NIRPC, Gabrielle worked for the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) in downtown Indianapolis.  She is a member of the American Planning Association and has served on various Committees and Boards including the Town of Beverly Shores Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

Randy Blankenhorn
Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
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Randy Blankenhorn is executive director of CMAP, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Under his leadership, CMAP developed and is now guiding the implementation of GO TO 2040, metropolitan Chicago’s first comprehensive regional plan in more than 100 years. Randy and CMAP staff work closely with seven counties, 284 municipalities, and scores of stakeholder groups to implement the plan’s strategies for aligning public policies and investments. Prior to joining CMAP in 2006, Randy was Bureau Chief of Urban Program Planning for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), coordinating activities of the 14 metropolitan planning organizations across Illinois.

Genny Boesen
Executive Director, South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium
Alliance Green Growth Team

For the past 13 years Genny Boesen has been the Executive Director of the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC). In that capacity she facilitates institutional networking and collaboration focusing on programs that promote regional development, sustainability, college readiness and completion, and identifies economies and efficiencies that result in institutional streamlining and cost savings. Prior to her work in education, Genny planned and managed the implementation of information systems at major medical centers. She started her career in pediatric nursing at the University of Chicago. Genny has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Loyola University-Chicago and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois.

Wesley Brice
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alliance Green Growth Team

Wesley Brice is a graduate student pursuing joint masters degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His area of interest is the interaction between architecture, sustainable design and the urban environment.

Benjamin Brockschmidt
Executive Director—Infrastructure Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Benjamin J. Brockschmidt is the Executive Director of the Infrastructure Council and Director of Federal Affairs for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The Infrastructure Council is a subgroup focused on increasing infrastructure investments in a strategic and thoughtful way to boost the overall business climate in Illinois. The Council keeps a close watch on state and federal policies, advocating against short-sighted regulations that inhibit economic growth and add uncertainty. Benjamin previously worked for a member of Congress with a portfolio that included the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, workforce development, health care and international affairs. Benjamin’s experience provides a strong foundation for working with different interests toward improving the business climate throughout Illinois and makes him a vital partner in Illinois, Washington, DC and throughout the U.S. Benjamin graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in 2006 and earned his MA through the U.S. Naval War College CDE program in 2012.

Martin Brown
GIS Manager, Sanitary District, Gary, Indiana
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Martin J. Brown – GIS Manager, Gary Sanitary District and a graduate student at Purdue University Calumet, Master of Science Degree in Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Program.  Martin was born and raised in Gary, Indiana.  He was educated in Northwest Indiana and Chicago and is a lifelong resident of the Greater Chicagoland region.  He has special interest in graphical presentation of data and GIS applications for 3D modeling as it relates to urban planning, community development, urban forestry, population density trends, transportation and a variety of other known and unknown applications.

Don Brozek
Program Administrator, South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium
Alliance Innovation Team

Don Brozek is the Regional Development Program Administrator for the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to that, Don was the director of the Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Services Center at the IL Small Business Development Center at Governors State University. His previous experience includes 15 years at BMO/Harris Bank in various credit, M&A, and strategy consulting positions, 10 years of small business consulting on finance and strategy issues, and several years in small businesses. He has also taught MBA‐level finance/strategy courses and written two investment books.

Efrain Cano
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alliance Green Growth Team

Efrain Cano is a second year Graduate student in the coordinated architecture and urban planning program, with an interest in biophilic design.

Joe Carley
Associate Director for Economic Development—Office of the Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University
Alliance Innovation Team
Joe Carley is the Associate Director for Economic Development within the Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Engagement. In this role, he is focused on connecting the resources of Indiana University to communities, businesses, and government agencies throughout the state to promote economic development. He has a background in city and regional planning and law and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

David Clark
Principal—Research and Analysis, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Christopher Clott
Dean—College of Business and Health Administration, University of St. Francis
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Dr. Christopher Clott currently is the Dean of the College of Business and Health Administration at the University of St. Francis based in Joliet, IL. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in  Logistics, Global Supply Chain Management,  International Marketing, International Business, and Management. His published research is in the areas of offshore outsourcing, maritime port policy, non-vessel owning common carriers, inland dry ports, freight policy, ocean shipping deregulation and organizational effectiveness. Chris has had administration and faculty roles at the California Maritime Academy, St. Xavier University, the Indian Institute of Management, and Elmhurst College prior to coming to the University of St. Francis.  He is the founder of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at USF. Chris received his BA in Urban Studies from Fordham University, his MBA from St. Xavier University, and his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Maria Coons
Vice President of Workforce and Strategic Alliances, Harper College
Alliance Human Capital Team
Dr. Maria Coons is the Vice President of Workforce and Strategic Alliances at Harper College. In this capacity, Maria leads workforce and economic development initiatives, as well as adult learning strategies. This includes developing and delivering programming with strategic partners in high growth areas, supporting small business development, working with the unemployed, and credentialing adult learners. Maria has successfully procured over $20 million in grants and co-led the successful reaccreditation of the College. During her 27-year tenure at Harper, Maria served as a full-time faculty member and department chair where she taught a full complement of management, marketing and finance courses, developed curricula, and managed adjunct faculty. She also developed and managed the Adult Fast Track program which provides cohort-based learning opportunities for adults. Before pursuing a career in education, Maria was Assistant Vice President of Check Operations at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  She holds a doctorate in Higher Education from National Louis University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Holly Copeland
Acting Deputy Director—Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Technology, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Alliance Innovation Team

Dr. Rena Cotsones
Associate Vice President of Engagement and Innovation Partnerships, Northern Illinois University
Alliance Human Capital Team

Rena Cotsones, Ph.D., is Associate Vice President of Engagement and Innovation Partnerships for Northern Illinois University.  She works with NIU and regional business, community and government leaders to create and implement meaningful initiatives to advance economic development and improve educational attainment in the region. Most recently, Dr. Cotsones convened higher education, economic development and workforce leaders in Rockford, Illinois to create the Rockford Area Aerospace Accelerator Project in support of the region’s aerospace cluster. The project was awarded a federal Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (JIAC) grant to strengthen the community’s engineering workforce pipeline, increase innovation, raise the visibility of the aerospace cluster and encourage entrepreneurship.  This project was one of three cited when NIU won the inaugural Economic Prosperity University “Place” Award from the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities (APLU) in 2013. Dr. Cotsones is a member of the Executive Committee for the Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) of APLU. She is a team leader for the Alliance for Regional Development, a tri-state initiative pursuing collaborative approaches to workforce development, innovation, green growth, and transportation planning for Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. In northern Illinois, Dr. Cotsones is a board member of numerous Chambers, economic development and arts organizations.

Deborah Davidson
Vice President—Workforce & Economic Development Division, Gateway Technical College
Alliance Human Capital Team

Deborah Davidson serves as the Vice President of the Workforce & Economic Development Division at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she oversees five advanced technology centers focused on transportation, information technology, health and emergency response occupations, engineering and manufacturing, and a high school academy.  She is additionally responsible for outreach to business and industry, customized training and business partnerships, along with connecting the community to the resources of the college. She has over twenty years experience in higher education and is a past-president of the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC). She also serves on the Board of the National Coalition of Certification Centers. Her current work includes oversight for Gateway’s Boot Camp training programs for CNC Machine Operators, Welding and Fabrication, Industrial Machine Repair, and Certified Nursing Assistant in addition to two projects with the Universite Mohammed Premier in Oujda Morocco funded through the American Council on Education/Higher Education for Development.

John Davies
Assistant Director—Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and Managing Director—The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College Northwest
Alliance Innovation Team

John Davies is the Assistant Director of the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center at Ivy Tech Community College and Managing Director of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. He is experienced in establishing brands and repositioning regional organizations. A former journalist and accredited Member of the Public Relations Society of America, Davies is a regionalist committed to building regional approaches to solving regional problems who is committed to lifelong learning, lifelong leadership and lifelong innovation for learners of all ages. His career highlights include the re-introduction the South Shore Poster Campaign in 1996 for the Northwest Indiana Forum, launching the Wall of LEGENDS Project in 2003 at the Indiana Welcome Center, and introducing The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana to Ivy Tech Community College Northwest in 2005.

Conrad Deedrick
Student Researcher, Purdue Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Conrad Deedrick is a student researcher at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation at Purdue University Calumet. He is an undergraduate in Civil Engineering and minoring in Mathematics. His focus is on the environmental aspects of civil engineering also transportation engineering.

Jon DeVries
Director—Marshall Bennett School of Real Estate, Roosevelt University
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Jon B. DeVries, CRE, AICP, is the Founding Director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Chicago’s Roosevelt University starting in 2002. Mr. DeVries has over 38 years of experience in real estate and development consulting.  Until recently, Mr. DeVries also worked in the development planning group at URS Corporation. Previously he was a Principal in Arthur Andersen’s Real Estate and Hospitality practice and Senior Vice-President of Goodkin Research. Professional designations include the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and Counselors of Real Estate (CRE).  He has a Master of Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago; a Master from Union Theological, New York, and a B.A. from St. Olaf.  He was a Wilson Fellow at Columbia University and a Rockefeller Fellow at Union. Recently he co-authored Planning Chicago (APA Planners Press, 2013) with D. Bradford Hunt, also from Roosevelt University. He has worked with the City of Chicago on numerous plans including the Central Area Plan (2003) and the Central Area Action Plan (2009); the Boeing HQ and Ford Motor Supplier Park recruitments; and recently chaired the Land Use Taskforce for the Chicago Sustainable Industries (CSI) Initiative. He was Contributing Author for “Just-In-Time Real Estate: How Trends in Logistics Are Driving Industrial Development” (Urban Land Institute, 2004).  He co-authored with Dr. Sofia Dermisi a Regional Warehouse Truck Trip Generation Analysis, Chicago Metro Area, 2008, and Downtown Chicago Office Trends and Operating Costs Analysis, (BOMA/Chicago, 2007).

John Dickert
Mayor, City of Racine, Wisconsin
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

John Dickert was elected Mayor of the City of Racine, Wisconsin in May 2009. Mayor Dickert introduced to the city a 10 year plan–partnering with the community to build Racine into one of the “Best Cities in America” to live in within 10 years. One part of his vision as well as one of his first acts as Mayor was to create a budget with zero percent increases without sacrificing services or jobs. One major asset Mayor Dickert believes Racine has is what he calls “our greatest natural resources and gems”: our lake and our river. Racine is home to the “Best Tasting Water in America” and Racine’s lake and river water are rated as some of the cleanest in the world. Mayor Dickert seeks to make Racine the global leader in fresh water technology. He is the President of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council. He also serves on Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Coastal Management Council which gives funds to communities seeking to implement coastal initiatives. He serves as Vice Chair of the US Conference of Mayors Metro Economies Committee and is the Vice President of the Urban Alliance.

Michael Benami Doyle
Manager of Economic Development Initiatives, Alliance for Regional Development
Staff

Michael Benami Doyle joined the Alliance for Regional Development as Manager of Economic Development Initiatives in January 2014. He is an urban and transportation planning and communications professional with wide-ranging experience in the non-profit and public sectors including serving four years on the central staff of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, two of them as Associate Director. Since 2005, Michael has written an internationally noted blog on life in urban Chicago. In his work and his writing, he is sensitive to issues of faith and interfaith relations. He holds a Master of Urban Planning from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Charles Droege
Partner CPA, Baker Tilly
Alliance Innovation Team

Charles Droege, CPA, Partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, has been with the firm since 1999. He serves as the regional leader of assurance, which includes more than fifty employees and seven partners, and as the firm wide leader of our employee benefit plan audit practice.

Andrew Duren
Executive Vice President—Administrative Services, Moraine Valley Community College
Alliance Innovation Team
Andrew Duren is the Executive Vice President—Administrative Services for Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois. He is responsible for total division operations including Human Resources, Campus Facilities, Construction, Information Technology, Auxiliary Business Book Store, Food Services, Purchasing, and the Police Department. His total division responsibilities include leadership for 150 staff, $20 million in operating expenses, and $5 million in construction and renovation capital.

Aaron Durnbaugh
Director—Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University
Alliance Green Growth Team
Aaron Durnbaugh, M.A, LEED AP, is the Director of Sustainability for Loyola University Chicago.  Working across the curriculum, culture and campuses of Loyola, Mr. Durnbaugh builds innovation and efficiency into the University’s programs and student experience focusing on water protection, climate planning and social justice.  Under his leadership, Loyola has integrated sustainability throughout the institution and was recognized as a Gold rated school through the Sustainability, Tracking and Assessment Rating System.  Previously, he served as the Deputy Commissioner with Chicago Department of Environment.  Most recently, Mr. Durnbaugh oversaw the City of Chicago’s climate adaptation strategy engaging stakeholders in built environment, public health and the natural environment and co-authored the City’s 2009 Urban Forest Agenda and 2011 update to the Nature and Wildlife Plan.

Anne Edmunds
Regional Vice President, Manpower
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Anne Edmunds serves as Regional Vice President, Chicago Metro Region. She leads all aspects of the operation of Manpower’s Commercial Staffing business in the Greater Chicago Region. Her duties include, strategy development and implementation; employee selection, development and retention; sales and service execution; and client satisfaction/ retention. Edmunds is also responsible for the proper alignment and prioritization of the Regions activities to insure the attainment of Manpower’s Vision, goals and objectives. Before this position, Edmunds served as Area Manager for the Wisconsin Region. In this role, she was responsible for the overall operation of 15 offices. These functions included financial planning, reporting and analysis; general accounting; payroll; accounts payable; billing and accounts receivable management; risk management and strategic sourcing. Prior to joining Manpower in 1997, Edmunds served as the Area Manager for Kelly Services in Detroit, Michigan where she spent 14 years.

Jay Edwards
Partner CPA, Bakery Tilly
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Jay Edwards, CPA, is a partner with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, and has been with the firm since 2003. He has more than twelve years of combined prior experience as an audit and business advisory manager with Arthur Andersen and a controller with a middle-market manufacturing company. Jay specializes in serving mid-market businesses predominantly in the manufacturing and distribution industries.

Kenneth Ender
President, Harper College
Alliance Human Capital Team

Dr. Kenneth L. Ender became Harper College’s fifth president on July 1, 2009 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumberland County College in Vineland, New Jersey for eleven years. Through partnerships and alliances, Dr. Ender is positioning Harper to become a leading 21st century community college by increasing graduation, transfer and certificate completion rates, aligning Harper’s curriculum with high schools, training students for new economy jobs and implementing new accountability and transparency standards. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Ender has held a variety of positions in higher education, including Vice President for Academic Affairs at Richland Community College, Interim District Dean at Cuyahoga Community College, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services at Cleveland State University, Director of Student Activities at Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of Student Advising at University of Georgia.  He also has teaching experience and has written numerous publications. In addition to his Ph.D. in Urban Services Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Ender holds a Masters in Education from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, also from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Heather Ennis
President & CEO, Northwest Indiana Forum
Alliance Human Capital Team
Heather Ennis is President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum, a privately held nonprofit organization focused on creating economic development opportunities for the seven-county region. With more than 125 members, the Forum works to create a positive business climate promoting investment and quality job creation and retention in harmony with the environment and critical components of a sustainable regional economy. Funded by membership contributions and grants, Forum membership translates into a direct investment in the region’s future. Previously as Executive Director of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, she led an organization committed to improving the quality of life and breadth of economic opportunity within the five lakefront municipalities of Beverly Shores, Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Dune Acres and Porter. In addition, Ennis was the President of the Duneland Economic Development Company; a body invested in strengthening the local business environment through business attraction, retention and expansion. More than just a community leader, she served as a catalytic voice for her constituents on a regional level as a member of the Northwest Indiana Forum Economic Development Committee, the Porter County Economic Development Alliance and the Porter County Jobs Cabinet. Ennis credits her husband and young son as the source of her passion for local community building and regional economic development. After working nationally for several years, she made a firm commitment to raise her family in Northwest Indiana – a region she is doing her part to strengthen for the next generation.

Andrew Falkenburg
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alliance Green Growth Team
Andrew Falkenburg uses his B.S. in architectural engineering and engineering experience from Johnson Controls along with his knowledge gained at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning to advance the City of Milwaukee’s sustainability initiatives through working for the Office of Environmental Sustainability while finishing his Masters of Urban Planning degree.

Jim Ford
Project Executive, Clayco
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Jim Ford is a Project Executive at Clayco. With a history and emphasis in transportation, Jim has led the design, construction, and development of some of the largest freight/intermodal projects over the past century. Having a vast knowledge of the movement of both people and freight has allowed him to bring cost effective solutions to transportation infrastructure projects across the country. His focus since starting with Clayco is to promote our existing experience and capabilities to offer effective solutions to clients both on construction and development projects.

Yonah Freemark
Project Manager, Metropolitan Planning Council
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Yonah Freemark joined Metropolitan Planning Council as an associate in 2013 and became a project manager in 2014. He currently focuses on transit-oriented development and infrastructure investment, and works on goal-driven governance, employer-assisted housing and bus rapid transit. Yonah is a native of North Carolina. He attended Yale University as an undergraduate and then received masters’ degrees in city planning and transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent two years researching community engagement in Paris and authors the national blog, The Transport Politic.

Shelley Fulla
Senior Manager—Public Sector Services, Baker Tilly
Alliance Human Capital Team

Shelley Fulla, senior manager in public sector services, joined Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP in 2011. She has an extensive background in government service, both as a practitioner and as a consultant. She specializes in organizational and efficiency studies (including benchmarking) where she combines her strong administrative and financial background with technology capabilities and innovations for service delivery.

David Gard
Assistant Vice President for Economic Development—Office of the Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University
Alliance Innovation Team

David Gard is Assistant Vice President for Economic Development in the Office of the Vice President for Engagement at Indiana University. He is primarily responsible for implementing IU’s statewide economic development strategy to advance the Innovate Indiana initiative through collaboration across the university’s eight campuses. He created and manages the IU Council for Regional Engagement and Economic Development (CREED) as a means to add value by extending and leveraging the university’s resources and expertise to enhance economic engagement at the regional level. Before joining IU’s Office of Engagement in December 2008, Gard worked with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), the state’s lead agency for job creation, where he was deputy director of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and of Indiana’s 21st Century Research and Technology Fund. He managed the fund’s portfolio, which included more than $75 million invested in 60 Indiana ventures developing and commercializing innovative technologies.

David Garman
Founding Dean—School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alliance Green Growth Team

David Garman is the Founding Dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, the only graduate school dedicated to freshwater research in North America. David’s career has covered the full range of environmental management from water resources and pollution control through to commercialization of new environmental technologies, covering all aspects of measurement, management policy and strategic analysis. His area of R&D focuses on applications of advanced technology to all aspects of environmental management. Dr. Garman has served as both an executive and non-executive director for private and listed companies and experienced in the innovation and commercialization of new technologies. Dr. Garman is a director and immediate past-President of the International Water Association serving two terms from 2006 to September 2010. He is an advisor to a number of research bodies, international prizes and water authorities throughout the world as well as having extensive industry and commercial experience.

Sarah Geinosky
GIS Analyst, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team
Born near Milwaukee, raised in Chicago, and currently living in Northwest Indiana, Sarah Geinosky is inherently interested in supporting the Alliance for Regional Development’s goals. She is a GIS analyst at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. Sarah received a B.A. in Geography and GIS from the University of Chicago. As a GIS Analyst and a cartographer, she tells stories with maps and data. In her free time she enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Ben Gilbertson
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alliance Green Growth Team
Ben Gilbertson is a second-year graduate student at UW-Milwaukee in the Master’s of Urban Planning/Master’s of Public Administration joint program.

Bob Ginsburg
Strategy Consultant
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Bob Ginsburg is currently working as a consultant to the Cook County Clerk and elected officials in Nevada and Wisconsin on management and economic development issues. From 2010 to 2013 he worked on fiscal issues for the President of the Cook County Board and from 2011 to 2013 he was Administrative Director for the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways with broad responsibility for long range planning as well as responsibility for budget, contracts, personnel, planning and strategic reorganization of the Department.  He was responsible for the initial steps to transform the County Highway Department into a modern transportation department and. in particular, initiated the first long-range planning process for the County since its 1940 plan which had laid out the plans for the regions current highway structure.  He also obtained funding and started the contract for the County to develop plans to identify specific and prioritized projects to address freight congestion in the County as a detailed complement to the CREATE plan.

Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan
Business Development & Outreach Manager, Purdue Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team
Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan is the business development and outreach manager for the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana. Doreen has more than 25 years’ experience generating and managing the business development of small business and academic products and research providing growth and opportunities for institution sustainability. She has participated in a large number of funded research projects totaling over $17 Million and collaborated with many experts from academia, national laboratories, and industries in the areas of Economic Development, GIS, Marketing, Simulation, 3D Visualization, and others.

John Greuling
President & CEO, Will County Center for Economic Development
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

John Greuling is President & CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) and Will County Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held for 13 years. Among his priorities are business recruitment and retention/expansion, managing the development of the largest Inland Port in North America and the development of the Illiana Expressway and the South Suburban Airport. He has been an economic development practitioner for 37 years. Previously, he has served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Business & Economic Development for InterMountain/RKH, a corporate affairs firm based in Denver specializing in government relations, strategic communications and business and economic development, Vice President of Economic Development for the Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce in Greensboro, North Carolina, Executive Director for the Southeast Denver/Douglas County Economic Development Council; Director of the Colorado Office of Business Development, and Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development of the Bloomington-Normal Area. A graduate of Illinois State University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in 1974, he received his Master of Science in City and Regional Planning from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1976.

Ryan Guetschow
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alliance Green Growth Team

Ryan Guetschow is a student researcher for the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee planning policy analysis class. He is attending grad school for his joint degree in Architecture and Urban Planning.

Donald Gutkowski
Regional Director, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
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Michael Hammond
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Michael Hammond is an Urban Planning graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee specializing in economic development and transportation.

Bruce Hartman
Visiting Professor—College of Business, University of St. Francis
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Dr. Bruce Hartman is Visiting Professor, College of Business at University of St. Francis. Dr. Hartman studied at Princeton and Penn, earning degrees in mathematics while playing and coaching some football. He owned and operated small businesses, and later was Chief Information Officer for mining and manufacturing firms in Tucson and in Silicon Valley.  He also was Marketing and Engineering Director in computer hardware.  His Ph.D. in Operations Research is from the University of Arizona’s nationally ranked MIS program. Logistics, operations, supply chain management, and mathematical modeling are his favorite courses to teach.  He is Professor of Management and Logistics at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, and its Intermodal Transportation Institute.  Scholarly interests include mathematical and game theory applications to supply chains and economics. He has published extensively on supply chains and inventory, in such journals as Management Science, Naval Research Logistics, and Games and Economic Behavior, and often writes in his Supply Chain Logistics blog.

Andrew Haug
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Andrew Haug is studying for a Masters in Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee, with interests in ecologically sustainable and socially just economic growth and municipal services.  He serves as Secretary for the Milwaukee Student Planning Association, and has interned with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Christopher Hillard
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Christopher Hillard is a Masters in Urban Planning student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus on urban history and design.

David Holt
Vice President—Operations & Business Development, Conexus Indiana
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David W. Holt is vice president of operations and business development for Conexus Indiana.  He drives the logistics agenda and developed, recruited and led the formation of the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council, a forum of prominent logistics executives, throughout the state of Indiana.  Under his guidance and leadership, Holt developed Phase I: A Plan for Indiana’s Logistics Future and Delivering Indiana’s Logistics Future, two strategic plans ensuring that those things necessary for Indiana’s transportation network are in place to enhance the environment for companies to grow their business, create a more attractive business environment to locate in Indiana, and create high paying jobs for Hoosiers.  Holt formerly served as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Vice-President of Health Policy and Federal Relations. His professional career has also included service in Washington DC as Chief of Staff in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education and a Senior Legislative Aide to a U.S. Representative on Capitol Hill.

Peggy Hosea
Special Projects Coordinator, Purdue Center for Regional Development
Facilitator
Peggy Hosea is the marketing and special projects coordinator for the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD), joining the staff in 2007. Peggy works with regions in Indiana and across the U.S. that look to PCRD to ignite action around their economic development strategies. Skilled in the link and leverage approach known as Strategic Doing, she acts as the hub for a team of practitioners that work to guide innovations in loosely joined, open networks. PCRD is the designated University Center for the State of Indiana by the Department of Commerce EDA (Economic Development Administration). Peggy assists in the management of that program and other EDA related activities. In 2007, she helped lead a $15M three-year regional economic and workforce development grant from the Department of Labor. Prior to her work at Purdue, Peggy was a manager and trainer with Qwest Communications headquartered in Denver, CO, managing multiple projects requiring team development, innovative ideas and detailed implementation.

Erik Hromadka
CEO, Global Water Technologies
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Erik Hromadka is CEO of Global Water Technologies (OTC: GWTR) in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been an advocate for smart water technologies that include sensors and software for reducing loss in drinking water distribution systems and providing better customer education and service through meaningful usage data. Believing that a collaborative approach is needed to drive innovation in the water sector, he has been promoting a “People + Pipes + Policy” framework that connects customers, infrastructure and regulation. That approach is being utilized in partnership with Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to create a “living laboratory” that demonstrates how new water technologies can be tested and refined in a real-world setting, but at a smaller affordable scale. Hromadka is a graduate of Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, where his work was recognized with a 2014 Alumni Achievement Award.

Gregory Hummel
Partner, Bryan Cave
Illinois Operational Chair, Alliance for Regional Development
Gregory Hummel is the Illinois Operational Chair for the Alliance for Regional Development. He is a senior partner at the national and international law firm Bryan Cave LLP. He is based in Chicago where he leads the firm’s public private partnership practice. His work involves real estate development and finance, as well as, public and project finance. His forty year career unfolded first as counsel to leading national developers, architect/engineers, construction companies, and commercial and investment banks. Today, his practice focuses on the economic development and job creation activities of cities, states and other units of government both in the United States and abroad. He has advised public and private clients on public finance and economic development strategies all over the world including the governments of New Zealand and its capital city Wellington, New South Wales, Australia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. cities of Chicago, Raleigh, and Hartford. Another facet of his practice is incentives where he has obtained financial benefits for private sector clients in the form of grants, tax credits and/or tax exempt debt in over twenty U.S. states. These incentives often make the difference between projects being feasible or not. Mr. Hummel also serves as legal counsel to some of the nation’s largest banks, construction companies and real estate developers, for whom he handles all facets of acquisition, zoning, construction, financing, leasing, management and disposition of office, retail, industrial and residential projects.

Joe Iacobucci
Director of Transit, Sam Schwartz Engineering

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Joe Iacobucci is the Director of Transit for SSE’s Midwestern offices. Mr. Iacobucci is responsible for managing transit and transportation projects, providing unique and innovative approaches for different regions across the country. He has over 10 years of transit planning experience, including several years leading long-range initiatives as the Manager of Strategic Planning at the Chicago Transit Authority where he oversaw Project Development of over 40 miles of rail and bus rapid transit projects. Mr. Iacobucci also has several years of experience on general transportation projects and has successfully managed several high profile projects in coordination with elected officials and community organizations. Currently, Mr. Iacobucci is leading several high-profile transit planning projects, including the transit analysis for North Lakeshore Drive Phase I Design and Museum Campus Transportation Study in Chicago, IL, El Monte Bus Terminal/Santa Anita Bus Tunnel Study in Los Angeles County. He is also playing a key role representing SSE in two BRT projects, including the Chicago BRT Network Plan and River North/Streeterville BRT Plan. In addition to transit projects, Mr. Iacobucci represents SSE in transportation planning for large comprehensive plans, including the Grand Rapids Downtown Master Plan and the Macon Urban Core Plan. Finally, Mr. Iacobucci recently assisted the villages of Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park in completing a TIGER IV application for the Harlem Avenue Multimodal Bridge Project. Mr. Iacobucci has a B.A. in Communications from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Michael Jasso
Director, Department of Planning and Development, Cook County, Illinois
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Michael is the Director of the Department of Planning and Development for Cook County, IL having taken on this role in August, 2013. Michael manages a staff of approximately 30 for the County department responsible for the use of federal entitlement grants such as CDBG, HOME, NSP, etc. for the 2nd most populous county in the United States with a population of 5.4 million spread over 134 municipalities.  The department also leads the County’s initiative to create and implement its strategic economic development growth plan and coordinates with other County departments and agencies.  Additionally, the Department administers the various tax incentives related to the promotion of economic development and investment. Prior to joining Cook County, Michael served as the Managing Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Housing and Economic Development (DHED, now DPD) for the City of Chicago.  Michael returned to City government in August of 2008 to head up development for the central district of the City before taking on the role of Managing Deputy Commissioner at the start of 2009.  In his capacity as Managing Deputy Commissioner, Michael oversaw the Bureau of Economic Development with various areas of responsibility within the department focused on job creation and fostering city-wide revitalization, including the use of the City’s $1 billion plus Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Program.

Bret Johnson
Associate Director, Northwestern University Transportation Center
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Bret Johnson is the Associate Director of the Northwestern University Transportation Center, and also the Director of the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology at Northwestern. Bret leads the development of industry partnerships and strategic research collaborations with industry and public sector partners.  In this role, he also helps nurture, grow, and develop programming for the Transportation Center’s Business Advisory Council, a prestigious group of more than 60 industry executives representing all modes of transportation, shipper and logistics businesses, financial organizations, consulting firms, and trade associations. Prior to joining Northwestern, Bret held senior engineering and project management positions at 3COM, Grayhill, Northrop-Grumman, and GE Astrospace.  He received an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from The George Washington University, an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

David Johnson
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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David Johnson is a Masters of Urban Planning Student at UW-Milwaukee where he is specializing in the design of urban food systems.  He is very involved in the urban agriculture movement in Milwaukee and launched his own farm enterprise, Cream City Farms, this past growing season.

Kevin Jones
Vice President—Programs, Manufacturing Renaissance
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Kevin Jones is Vice President of Manufacturing Renaissance, joining the staff in January 2013. In this role Kevin is responsible for all Innovation programs and projects globally for MR. Also; he is currently serving as Program Director for the “Austin Manufacturing Innovation District” a project that is bringing “High Tech” Manufacturing companies to the West Side of Chicago. Kevin’s experience in Robotics, automation, and systems integration expands over 20 years in the Automotive and Aerospace industries. Prior to Joining Manufacturing Renaissance Kevin served as President and General Manager of Coma Pico’s Service Division and Manager of Aerospace Programs for Comau Aerospace Division for Fiat, Spa. In this role he was responsible for managing new “High Technology” business units and programs in NAFTA, Great Britain, China and the Philippines.  Kevin also served as Vice President and Program Executive of SDE MRO Express, a third party organization that managed $600 Million for Chrysler’s indirect spend purchasing group. Kevin Graduated from Northwood University with a B.A. in Business Management where he is currently inducted into the Northwood Hall of Fame.

Jacob Jordan
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Jacob G Jordan is currently a Joint Architectural and Urban Planning student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  He completed his Bachelors degree in Architectural Design at UW-Milwaukee in May 2012 as well as his Associate Degree from MATC-Madison in May 2008.  His studies focus on architectural design, historic preservation, and urban design. He currently works at a residential architecture firm in Mequon, WI.

Gordy Kacala
Business Development Specialist, Gateway Technical College
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Gordy Kacala serves as the Business Development Specialist at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He is the College’s liaison with: the Milwaukee 7, a regional economic development organization; the Milwaukee 7 Next Generation Manufacturing Council; FaB Wisconsin, the regional food and beverage industry cluster; the Water Council, the Wisconsin-based water industry cluster; as well as local Southeast Wisconsin economic and workforce development organizations. Previously, he served for 24 years as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin based Racine County Economic Development Corporation, as well as ten years as the Chief Economic Development Planner for the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

Bo Kemp
Senior Advisor, Office of the Mayor, Gary, Indiana
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Bo Kemp serves as the Senior Advisor to Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana. In this role, Mr. Kemp has been responsible for helping to oversee the Gary Sanitary District, negotiating the city’s new residential waste collection contract, implementing the Mayor’s waste to energy strategy and helping to guide and negotiate the recent $100 million public private partnership with the Gary Chicago International Airport. He is the former Business Administrator for the City of Newark, New Jersey under the Cory A. Booker Administration.  As the Business Administrator, Mr. Kemp reported directly to the Mayor and was responsible for overseeing all operations of the city including public safety (police and fire), economic development, child & family well-being, public works and administrative services. He was also responsible for all state and federal lobbying efforts, union negotiations and emergency management/homeland security preparedness. Mr. Kemp earned an economics degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jeanne Kitchens
Associate Director, Center for Workforce Development
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David Kubik
Special Projects Staffer, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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Indraneel Kumar
Regional Planner: GIS & Spatial Analyst, Purdue Center for Regional Development
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Indraneel Kumar is the Regional planner: GIS and spatial analyst for the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD), joining the staff in 2005. He focuses on regional economic analysis and development of spatial decision support systems using a variety of quantitative and GIS-based methods. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in urban and regional planning from India. Indraneel earned a second master’s degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2014, he earned a PhD in civil engineering with a major in transportation and infrastructure Systems and a dissertation on renewable energy from Purdue University. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. His 15 years of work experience includes comprehensive planning for large metropolitan areas, regions and counties in India and U.S.A. His research interest includes nexus of land use-energy-transportation, and economic development.

Peter Linden
Dean—Career and Technical Education, Joliet Junior College
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Dr. Peter Linden is Dean of Career and Technical Education at Joliet Junior College after serving as Associate Dean at McHenry County College. Previously, he was at Chicago State University where he started as a full-time instructor of Hospitality Management in the College of Business. He then joined the College of Education as Program Coordinator of Business Education, earned promotion to Associate Professor and served as Department Chair of Technology & Education (Business Education; Industrial Technology; Technology Education; Family & Consumer Science) remaining an active member of several University committees and continuing work with the Board of Governors Program. Peter is also an accomplished industry professional. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he served as a manager for Far West Services in Denver, Colorado, worked in the flight kitchens at American Airlines in Dallas and United Airlines in Chicago. While at United Airlines, he also was a member of the management team responsible for launching employee dining operations at the corporation’s two newly built passenger terminals at O’Hare International Airport, participated in menu development projects and conducted system-wide quality assurance audits.

Carl Lisek
Executive Director, South Shore Clean Cities
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Carl Lisek is the Vice President and co-owner of Legacy Environmental Services, Inc. and has served as Executive Director of South Shore Clean Cities since 2005. Under Lisek’s leadership, South Shore Clean Cities has become the “go to” resource in Northern Indiana for cleaner fuels, vehicles and energy-saving transportation technologies that reduce pollution, increase American energy security and strengthen Indiana’s economy.  In 2012 South Shore Clean Cities was recognized as having the biggest increase in petroleum reduction by the U.S. Department of Energy and one of the most vibrant Clean Cities Coalitions in the United States.  He is Board Trustee of Transportation Energy Partners, a national non-profit that serves as an umbrella organization for many of the nation’s 80+ Clean Cities coalitions and educates policy makers and others on transportation energy issues.

Lorrie Lisek
Executive Director, Wisconsin Clean Cities
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Lorrie Lisek is the President and co-owner of Legacy Environmental Services, Inc., an environmental consulting firm specializing in quality of life and management of environmental, energy, transportation and construction projects and programs. Lorrie was co-director for South Shore Clean Cities of Northern Indiana from 2005-2011. Her dedication to the Clean Cities’ mission now extends north to Wisconsin where she has served as Executive Director of Wisconsin Clean Cities since March 2011. Lorrie works on federal, state and local grant projects. She is instrumental in securing funding for and implementing alternative fuel/vehicle projects. In April 2013 Wisconsin Clean Cities joined the ranks of an elite group of Seven SmartWay Affiliates honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2013 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award for activities in support of their shared goals to reduce truck emissions and improve freight efficiency.

William Lowe
Chancellor, Indiana University Northwest
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William J. Lowe became Chancellor and Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest in July 2010. Prior to coming to Northwest Indiana, Dr. Lowe was Provost and Professor of History at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minn., where he also served as Interim President during the 2007-2008 academic year. He holds the degrees of B.A. in History from Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Modern History from Trinity College, Dublin. Dr. Lowe’s research and writing are in the field of modern Irish history and he was a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Lowe’s active leadership and commitment to the IU Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana region have contributed to significant campus milestones, including an all-time enrollment high of nearly 6,400 students experienced during the fall 2013 semester, the campus’s sixth consecutive year of increased enrollment. Dr. Lowe has also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at The College of Saint Rose, Albany, N.Y.; Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Detroit; and Dean of Graduate Studies at Chicago State University. His career includes administrative appointments at State University of New York at Cortland and Lake Erie College, Ohio.

Peggy Luce
Workforce Employer Engagement Consultant
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Peggy Luce is a consultant in workforce employer engagement, and was formerly Vice President and Director of Education and Workforce Development for Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. She was responsible for developing and implementing programs and services providing value to Chamber member businesses, with special focus on education, workforce and workplace initiatives. She served as the staff facilitator for the Chamber’s Education Leadership Committee, Workforce Excellence Committee, and Workplace Well-Being Committee. During her 30+ years at the Chamber, she assisted member activity during workforce extremes from recessionary unemployment to serious talent shortages. She was the grant administrator for the 2008 launch of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, 2007 recommendations for Illinois’ manufacturing image campaign, and various Eliminate the Digital Divide and Digital Skills Initiatives. Previous employment included private and public positions at Anilam Electronics as Midwest Region Sales & Service Coordinator, City of Kansas City, Kansas as Director Manpower Planning & Coordination, Michigan Department of Social Services as Administrative & Research Analyst, Hope College as Adjunct Professor of Social Research Methods & Analysis, and Michigan State University Center for Urban Survey Research and University of Massachusetts as Research Assistant. Peggy is a certified association executive (CAE) with an M.A. from Michigan State University and B.A. and Phi Beta Kappa from University of Massachusetts.

Eric Lynde
Principal Transportation Planner/Engineer, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
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Hani Mahmassani
Director, Northwestern University Transportation Center
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Don Manning
President, South Suburban College
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On July 1, 2012, Don Manning became the President of SSC after 22 years of service at the college.  President Manning has previously served the college in the roles of Director of Physical Plant and Vice President of Administration. President Manning earned his B.A. from University of Illinois–Chicago, and holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Governors State University.  As the President of SSC, Don’s mission is “to ensure that SSC is accessible to all of the residents within College District 510, Indiana, and the south Chicago region who are seeking higher education to improve their lives.”

Joshua McClusky
Special Assistant to the Director of Planning and Programming, Illinois Department of Transportation
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Joshua McClusky is Special Assistant to the Illinois Deputy Secretary of Transportation. He has worked for IDOT since May of 2011, as the Special Assistant to the Director of Planning and Programming. His work has included research and analysis of IDOT policy, statewide transportation needs, and project manager for IDOT’s Multi-Year Plan outreach efforts. Joshua also served as Metropolitan Planning Manager for the Rockford and Dekalb Metropolitan Planning Agencies and with the Office of Governor Pat Quinn on the Broadband Deployment Task Force. Joshua spent most of 2013 as chief architect of the IDOT’s rebuilding and reimagining of its statewide community outreach team and communications strategist for the Deputy Secretary of Transportation.  He is currently serving as lead project design and management for a new human capital collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Bachelors and M.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois specializing in Political Communication and Quantitative Methodology.

Scott Miller
Founder/Industrial Engineer, The Innovation Machine
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As founder of The Innovation Machine, Scott’s objective is to conceptualize, architect, develop, teach and implement the world’s most efficient product development systems resulting in more innovation, higher productivity & consumer demand, and prosperity for all.  After obtaining a Penn State Industrial Engineering degree and military service as a Naval Officer, his entire career has been in manufacturing. As the founder of a golf clubhead manufacturing facility and Industrial Engineering firm, he has had both hands-on manufacturing experience and the responsibility for business competitiveness. He has attended hundreds of manufacturing trade shows and seminars and taken over 1000 hours of advanced manufacturing technology courses. His passion lies in helping people use innovation to drive prosperity.

Robyn Minton
Vice President—Workforce Initiatives, Center of Workforce Innovations
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Ms. Minton has over 25 years of not-for-profit experience including expertise at the local state, and national levels. She is responsible for the integration, alignment, and innovation of the WorkOne centers as the One Stop operator in Northwest Indiana. Before moving to the Midwest, Robyn was the Program Director at the Nashville YWCA where she managed day-to-day operations of the state’s largest domestic violence services program, including program development and expansion, personnel management, capacity building, community awareness, grants management, volunteer management and quality improvement initiatives. She oversaw this $1.7 million program with proven success and is proud in recognizing that programs initiated under her direction are still in existence and continue to grow and evolve. Robyn’s skills lie in working in change management, program development, human capital management and monitoring and oversight. She has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BA in Sociology.

Julee Mitchell
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Julee Mitchell is a Master of Urban Planning student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Currently, she interns for Wisconsin Clean Cities.  Her passions include the environment, travel/geography, and equity planning.

Hannah Mog
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Hannah Mog is a graduate student of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has an undergraduate in Sociology from UWM, and has participated as a community fellow in the Sustainability Leadership certificate program at Edgewood College in Madison, WI.

John Moreland
Senior Research Scientist, Purdue Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation
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John Moreland is Senior Research Scientist for the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, located at Purdue University Calumet. His research focuses on the integration of 3D visualization and computer simulation, and the application of emerging technologies to improve education and training. He has 43 technical publications and has participated in a large number of funded research projects in the areas of 3D visualization, virtual reality, augmented reality, GIS, education, and applying technology to solve real world problems. He received his MS in Technology and BS in Computer Graphics Technology from Purdue University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Technology focusing on the educational benefits of mixed reality and related technologies.

Brian Morgan
Partner CPA, Baker Tilly
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Brian Morgan, CPA, Tax Partner and Regional Tax Leader for the Chicago tax services group at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, joined the firm in 2007. He has more than 20 years of experience leading and providing tax and business advisory services to closely held companies. Brian has significant business advisory experience in areas such as manufacturing and distribution, food and beverage, technology and software, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring transactions, fund tax accounting and reporting, and overall business expansion. Brian is a member of the Mergers & Acquisition Practice, providing tax due diligence and transactional structuring services to both financial and strategic buyers. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, he was a director at an international public accounting firm.

Alex Morganroth
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Alex Morganroth is a graduate student in the Master of Urban Planning program at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He currently works for Mead & Hunt, a planning/engineering consulting firm.

Ed Morrison
Regional Economic Development Advisor, Purdue Center for Regional Development
Facilitator
Ed Morrison is a member of the staff of the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University. He develops and applies new agile strategy models to accelerate collaboration in complex environments. For over twenty years, he has been conducting strategy projects with economic developers in the U.S. His work won the first Arthur D. Little Award for excellence in economic development. Ed is the architect of the strategic economic development plan for Oklahoma City, and he served as consultant to the Chamber from 1994 to 2002. Prior to starting his economic development work, Ed worked as a corporate strategy consultant for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Volvo, and General Electric. Ed started his professional career in Washington, D.C., where he served on Capitol Hill. He holds a BA degree cum laude with honors from Yale University and MBA and JD degrees from the University of Virginia.

Stephen Morrissette
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of St. Francis
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Dr. Stephen G. Morrissette is an Associate Professor of Business at the University of St. Francis where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship, strategy, and finance. Dr. Morrissette also teaches Mergers & Acquisitions for the Booth School at the University of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurial Finance from The Union Institute & University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. His research thrusts include how start-up businesses attract capital from “angel investors.”  He completed an extensive study of the angel investors that was published in the Journal of Private Equity.  He also works with local entrepreneurs to design capital funding plans for their new businesses.  He is active in the Polsky Entrepreneurship program at the University of Chicago and is a judge in the New Venture Challenge. He is the faculty sponsor for the newly created business incubator at the University of St. Francis.

Eric Neagu
Senior Project Manager, Weaver Boos Consultants
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Eric Neagu is a Senior Project Manager at Weaver Boos Consultants. Mr. Neagu’s work focuses on the integration of water resources, transportation, public facilities, community development, economic development, and environmental planning.  Mr. Neagu has a particular interest in strategies that explore alternatives and challenges to traditional land uses and design approaches. Mr. Neagu serves on the Grand Calumet Area of Concern Committee, the Alliance for Regional Development Green Growth Team, the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision and Sustainability Teams, the board of the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation. He is a past board member of Save the Dunes and the Center for Rural Outreach and Public Services. Mr. Neagu is a member of Lambda Alpha International land economics honor society, the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Sustainable Indiana Honor Roll for his organization of the Calumet Outdoors Series and the Calumet Botanist Series. He holds a degree in civil and environmental engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree from The University of Chicago. In addition to being a licensed professional engineer he is a LEED AP.

Kay Nelson
Environmental Affairs Director, Northwest Indiana Forum
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Kay L. Nelson is Director of Environmental Affairs at the Northwest Indiana Forum, a non-profit regional economic development organization. Ms. Nelson’s role with the Northwest Indiana Forum is diverse.  She is an active participant during the new and/or expanding business process, works on environmental issues affecting existing members, and provides a forum whereby regional position papers are developed.  In this process, Ms. Nelson represents the business community in discussions with environmental and community stakeholders to develop understanding and often consensus on important issues.  The successful passage of Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 45, Adoption of the Great Lakes Compact, as signed by Governor Mitch Daniels on February 20, 2008 reflects this unique collaboration Ms. Nelson works to affect. In recognition of her Great Lakes Compact work, Ms. Nelson was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Mitch Daniels. She is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Agriculture in Natural Resources and Environmental Science.

Reggie Newson
Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
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Reggie Newson is Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. As Secretary, he leads the state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin’s workforce. He served as Deputy Secretary from August 2011 until Governor Scott Walker appointed him Secretary on October 24, 2011. Sec. Newson Newson directs the state workforce agency that has an annual budget of over $450 million, over 1,600 employees and six divisions: Employment and Training, Administrative Services, Equal Rights, Unemployment Insurance, Worker’s Compensation and Vocational Rehabilitation. Located within the Office of the Secretary are the chief legal counsel, communications staff, and the new Office of Skills Development. He has an MBA with an emphasis in corporate communications from Concordia University Wisconsin, an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as certificates in project management, management and Six Sigma from the UW-Milwaukee. He also has an associate’s degree in commercial real estate (ACRE) from Marquette University and a certified Six Sigma black belt. He is an alumnus of Future Milwaukee and former member of the Milwaukee Forum.

Gary Norgren
Division Manager of Raw Materials, ArcelorMittal
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Gary Norgren is the division manager of raw materials at ArcelorMittal USA. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating raw materials between procurement, logistics and operations. Norgren also oversees the Steelworker for the Future ® program, designed to build a pipeline of qualified employees with state-of-the-art technical capability, knowledge and skills. In addition, Norgren manages a team responsible for implementing bargaining unit training activities that align with the company and United Steelworkers’ basic labor agreement. Norgren has more than 27 years of experience in the steel industry. In 1986, he joined what is today the ArcelorMittal Group and has since held various positions of increasing leadership. Prior to becoming division manager of raw materials, he was the general manager of operations at ArcelorMittal Riverdale. In 2002, as division manager of operations at Riverdale, he managed the restart of operations in just 10 weeks time after the plant had been idled for one year. Norgren holds a bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. and a master’s of business administration in finance and operations management from the University of Chicago.

Karin Norington-Reaves
CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
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Karin M. Norington-Reaves serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership “The Partnership”, appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.  Karin oversaw the creation and launch of The Partnership, a non-profit agency, in July 2012 and is currently working to reform and revitalize the public workforce system in the greater Chicagoland area. Previously, she served as the Director of Cook County Works, the federally-funded workforce development agency for south and west suburban Cook County, Deputy Director of the Office of Urban Assistance for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), where she created and oversaw programs and implemented policies to address economic issues facing urban populations statewide, and Chief of Staff for the City of Chicago’s 20th Ward, where she assisted in developing policy, creating and implementing innovative programs and facilitating the quality-of-life planning process for the Washington Park community as part of the New Communities Program of the Local Initiative Support Corporation. Ms. Norington-Reaves received her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas, and her undergraduate degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Kelly O’Brien
President & CEO, Alliance for Regional Development
Staff

Kelly O’Brien is the President and CEO of the Alliance for Regional Development.  As one of the founding member of the Alliance, Kelly is responsible for convening leaders from government, academia and the private sector to identify collaborative initiatives that move the region forward in strategic focus areas outlined by the OECD in its Territorial Review of the Tri-State Chicago Metropolitan Area. Previously, Kelly served at the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) as Director of Public Affairs and as the liaison for the Secretary to the nation’s premier leaders of business, government and academia regarding American competitiveness. Prior to joining the President’s team, Kelly was an Associate at a New York investment banking firm.  After completing law school, she was engaged as the Director of the Government Policy and Practice Group of a large Midwestern law firm. Kelly received a degree in Political Communications from The George Washington University and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is a former elected official in Illinois, serving as Alderman of the 4th Ward of Palos Hills and received 2012 the International St Vincent de Paul Vincentian Charism Award for public service.

Jesse Patchak
Economic Development Chief, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
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Ray Prendergast
Dean—College to Careers, Richard J. Daley College
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Ray Prendergast is Dean of College To Careers in Advanced Manufacturing at Richard J. Daley College, where he directs the Manufacturing Technology program. Under his leadership the program has grown rapidly, adding new students and new employer partners every semester, and has also achieved accreditation from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills. Dean Prendergast is currently working on the addition of an AAS degree and Advanced Certificate in Process Technology at Daley, which will serve the Energy, Chemical, Pharmaceuticals, and Food industries. A former machinist, Prendergast holds certifications from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, the American Society for Quality, and the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council. Ray has a Bachelor’s from Yale in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and earned his MBA “with distinction” from North Park University in May 2013.

Brian Rademacher
Planning Specialist, Illinois Department of Transportation
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Cate Rahmlow
Sector Manager—Business & Industry Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corportation
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Cate Rahmlow is the Wisconsin Industry Sector Development Manager for Water Technology, Food & Beverage, and Forest Products at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC.)  Her responsibilities include industry engagement to create or advance strategies helping Wisconsin companies compete more successfully in the global marketplace.  Through Cate’s work, WEDC and The Water Council have been nationally recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for their leadership in Public Private Partnership (P3) and Technology-Led Economic Development.  Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Creighton University a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis.)

Tom Rave
Consultant, Aerotropolis Milwaukee
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Tom Rave is a consultant with Aerotropolis Milwaukee, formerly having been the executive director of the aerotropolis effort with The Gateway To Milwaukee.   Prior to joining Aerotropolis Milwaukee, Tom had a 38-year career in Milwaukee with three banking companies: First Wisconsin/Firstar (now U.S.) Banks, Norwest/Wells Fargo Banks, and Tri City National Bank.  Most of his roles were in and around commercial banking, including senior management.

Kayla Reithmeyer
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Kayla Reithmeyer is a second year graduate student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, studying Urban Planning and Transportation Engineering. Besides school Kayla enjoys horseback riding, traveling abroad and reading.

John Robinson
Chairman, Blue Tech Alliance
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John Robinson founded Cornerstone China Advisors in 2009 to advise water and wastewater industry executives on China strategy. As the firm’s principal consultant, John is generally regarded as one of the leading global authorities on the water business in China, a distinction that is reconfirmed every year at WEFTEC, where John has delivered a China-focused keynote every year since 2011. This year at WEFTEC, John chaired a new program designed to connect Chinese investment firms with North American water technology companies seeking financial capital.  As headlines suggest, China’s water challenges are enormous, and the government investment is equally as big, creating commercial opportunities which Cornerstone’s clients are able to capture.    A sister company of Cornerstone is the Blue Tech Alliance, which is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization established to connect members to water-related business and investment opportunities around the world.  John is the Chairman of the Blue Tech Alliance. Mr. Robinson is also publisher or several Chinese-language magazines, including Mandarin Environment, which offers Chinese investors access to North American clean-technology industry. 

Paul Roebber
Professor—School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Jay Rowell
Director, Illinois Department of Economic Security
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Jay Rowell is Director of the Illinois Department of Economic Security (IDES). Since his appointment by the Governor in June of 2011, he has been actively engaged in state and national workforce system reform policy and legislation. As Director of IDES, he has focused on the twin goals of enhancing the integrity of the unemployment insurance program and turning IDES into Illinois’ Employment Office. He was instrumental in re-envisioning the IDES job fairs into hiring events. Potential employers now post their openings in IllinoisJobLink.com and IDES employees match the skill sets required in those jobs against the 500,000 resumes in the IDES database. IDES sends those resumes to the employers and schedules interviews at the hiring event. IDES has helped thousands get jobs through this model and has submitted this process to the White House as a national best practice.

Carmel Ruffolo
Director for Corporate Engagement and Regional Development, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Wisconsin Operational Chair, Alliance for Regional Development

Dr. Carmel Ruffolo, is the Director for Corporate Engagement and Regional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Currently, Dr. Ruffolo is also the Director of the Wisconsin Center for Commercialization Resources (WCCR), a joint collaboration with Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside and UW-Whitewater that is supported by the Economic Development Administration. She is actively involved in tri-state initiatives in WI, IL and IN, focusing on manufacturing and workforce development and was integrally engaged with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Tri-State Territorial Review and served as a Wisconsin delegate to the OECD. She now serves as the Wisconsin Chair of the Operational Committee for the Alliance for Regional Development. Dr. Ruffolo has collaborated with Purdue University in applying Strategic Doing in a number of regional initiatives. As a leader in education, Dr. Ruffolo is a member of The Manufacturing Institute’s Education Council, a national organization that assists in developing strategies to expand and enhance our manufacturing workforce. Dr. Ruffolo has served on committees for education, health, water and transportation. She works closely with regional companies, universities and other organizations such as The Water Council and the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium. She is a member of the board of directors for BizStarts Milwaukee, the Educational Association of University Centers and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Ruffolo received a Ph.D and B. Sci. (Honors) from Monash University, Australia, and a B. A from Carthage College, Wisconsin.

Stephen Schlickman
Executive Director, UIC Urban Transportation Center
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Stephen Schlickman has over 35 years of transportation experience beginning as a bus driver in 1975 to becoming the Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Authority in 2005, a post he left October 1, 2010 to join UIC’s Urban Transportation Center as its Executive Director.  There he manages an over $2 million transportation research program.  In his various positions Steve has been involved in all major surface transportation initiatives in Illinois and on the federal level since 1980 and participated in obtaining billions of dollars of funding for Illinois and the Chicago region.  Steve was directly involved in the funding and reform of the Northeastern Illinois Regional Transportation Authority in 1983 and 2007/08.  While at the Chicago Transit Authority in the 1980s, Steve led national efforts related to funding for transit modernization and expansion and, in the early 1990s, managed a major transit rail project for downtown Chicago.  Steve is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the Chicago area Active Transportation Alliance, and the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group, and is a leader in the American Public Transportation Association’s Legislative Committee.

Patti Schnoor
Technology, Performance, and Reporting Interim Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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Brian Schupper
Director of Policy, The Greater Milwaukee Committee
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Brian Schupper is the Director of Policy at the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), where he leads regional efforts focused on economic development, effective government, transportation and external partnerships, while supporting additional GMC endeavors such as education and healthcare. Since its inception in 2013, Scale Up Milwaukee has been a primary focus of attention. As the project manager, Schupper has been leading Southeast Wisconsin’s approach to fostering its entrepreneurial ecosystem in his work with public, private, academic and non-profit representatives. Before coming to Milwaukee in 2009, Schupper spent a dozen years as a fundraiser – most recently as the Director of Development for the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington DC office. Prior to that he spent two years as a paralegal, but wisely decided not to pursue a legal career despite developing a healthy respect for the profession. Originally from New York, he attended Johns Hopkins University, where he received a B.A. in History, and University of Maryland – Baltimore County, where he received an M.A. in Policy Sciences.

Adele Simmons
President, Global Philanthropy Partnership
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Adele Simmons is President of Global Philanthropy Partnership, a non-profit set up to support her civic work, including global philanthropy and sustainability. She co-chaired Mayor Daley’s task force to develop a Climate Action Plan for the City of Chicago, and is a member of Chicago’s Green Ribbon Committee, working on the implementation of Mayor Emanuel’s Sustainable Chicago 2015 Plan.  She works with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a network of sustainability directors from 124 cities in the US and Canada. Mrs. Simmons served as Vice Chair and Senior Executive of the Chicago based regional planning group, Chicago Metropolis 2020, from 1999-2014. From 1989-1999, Mrs. Simmons served as President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is a co-founder of Global Chicago, and she served as co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs studies group that produced The Global Edge: An Agenda for Chicago’s Future. Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, Mrs. Simmons was President of Hampshire College, an innovative liberal arts college focusing on interdisciplinary learning, in Amherst, Massachusetts, and served as a senior officer and member of the faculty of Princeton University and Tufts University.

Peter Skosey
Executive Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Commission
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Peter joined MPC as urban development director in 1996. For the past 18 years, he has played a lead role in expanding MPC’s capacity to produce quality research, develop sound policies, and advocate for sensible development in Chicagoland. He was promoted to Vice President of External Relations in 1999, Vice President in 2009, and Executive Vice President in 2013. He has led several major policy initiatives, including the 1999 rewrite of the Illinois Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Act, massive overhaul of Chicago’s zoning ordinance in 2004, and passage of Illinois’ Public Private Partnerships for Transportation Act in 2011. He is actively working to bring Bus Rapid Transit to Chicago’s west side. Peter staffed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Transportation and Infrastructure Transition Committee and currently co–chairs the Mayors Pedestrian Advisory Committee. In 2013, he chaired  the Midway Advisory Panel overseeing the proposed long-term lease of Midway Airport. He is a member of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Transportation Committee and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Allumni Association Advocacy Committee.

Christine Smith
Principal, Baker Tilly
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Christine Smith, Principal leading State and Local Government Consulting Services, has been with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP since 1998. She specializes in creating innovative solutions for public sector clients including municipalities, counties, schools, housing authorities, utilities, and state agencies. Christine serves as a valued advisor to state and local government clients with extensive experience managing strategic planning, resource optimization, organizational and operational analysis, economic development, budget reduction, and human resource management initiatives.

Jordan Snow
Research Transportation Planner, UIC Urban Transportation Center
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Jordan D. Snow is currently a Research Transportation Planner/Analyst at the Urban Transportation Center (UTC) in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jordan’s research includes federal, state, and local transportation policy as well as transportation project funding and finance. To this end, Jordan has participated in sponsored research that includes a study of commuter rail service improvement in Northwest Indiana, a feasibility study for high-speed rail in Illinois, intergovernmental and private developer cooperation when using value capture to fund transit as well as other UTC research activities concerning transportation policy, funding and finance.

Joe Stefanich
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Joe Stefanich is a graduate student pursuing a joint Master’s of Architecture and Master’s of Urban Planning degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, while working as a research assistant focused on the study of bicycle and pedestrian safety in planning.

Bill Stephan
Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University
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Bill Stephan serves as Indiana University’s Vice President for Engagement, responsible for coordinating and connecting the university’s vast intellectual and creative resources with strategic opportunities that foster Indiana’s economic growth and enhance the quality of life for all Hoosiers. An Indiana native, Stephan is an attorney by profession. He served for six years as chief magistrate at the Marion Superior Court Juvenile Division, before joining the administration of former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, where he helped direct social and workforce development policy and later became chief of staff and special counsel to the mayor. Stephan also served as President and CEO of the Indianapolis Private Industry Council, the state’s largest local workforce development organization. In 2000, he joined Indiana University as Assistant Vice President for Economic Development and was subsequently appointed Vice President for University Relations and Corporate Partnerships, where he helped craft the university’s strategic plan for economic development. Stephan currently oversees all of the university’s functions linked to economic development, technology commercialization, and marketing. Stephan holds a B.S. in economics from Arizona State University and a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis.

George Stone
Co-chair—District Sustainability Committee, Milwaukee Area Technical College
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Steve Strains
Deputy Director, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
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Steve Strains is the Deputy Director/Director of Planning at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) in Portage, Indiana. NIRPC is a Council of Governments and the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization responsible for region-wide environmental, economic development and transportation planning for the Lake, LaPorte, Porter county region. He has been with NIRPC since 1973.

Tim Syth
Executive Director, BucketWorks
Alliance Innovation Team

Tim Syth is the Executive Director of Bucketworks, a collaborative workplace that focuses on the fostering project economy and professional development. Tim is also the facilitator of the BuildHealth, a preventive health innovation effort, and MKEd, an educational professional development effort. Prior to Tim joining the Bucketworks effort, he lived and worked as a photographer in Berlin, Germany, while completing his Master’s degree in the the field of Critical Media Theory. A balanced approach of life/work practice is key to the maintenance of his sanity.

Anne Szkatulski
Senior Policy Advisor, Illinois Department of Employment Security
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Anne Szkatulski currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor at the Illinois Department of Economic Security (IDES). She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of public sector projects, having spent her career working in public policy, legislative affairs, and government relations at the State level. Prior to joining IDES, Anne served as Deputy Legislative Director to the Illinois Attorney General, where she established and carried out multi-faceted legislative agendas on behalf of the State’s highest legal officer. She previously served as Assistant Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, where she advised on legislation pending before the General Assembly and was responsible for managing negotiation, drafting, and passage of large-scale legislative initiatives. She holds a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.A. in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University.

David Terrell
Director of Economic Development Policy, Ball State University
Indiana Operational Chair, Alliance for Regional Development
David Terrell is the Indiana Operational Chair of the Alliance for Regional Development. He is the Director of Economic Development Policy at Ball State University. He consults with state and local government regarding comprehensive strategies and policy development for state and local economic and community development.  As part of his duties Mr. Terrell is the Chair of the State Policy Initiative for the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), a multi-institution consortium with global reach, broadly regarded as one of the world’s more influential public policy research institutions. RUPRI’s mission is to provide independent, nonpartisan analysis, and to facilitate public dialogue regarding the impacts of public policy on rural people and places Mr. Terrell previously served as Senior Advisor to Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, where he developed policies and budgets for the Lt. Governor’s state agencies.  He also developed strategies for interagency and intergovernmental collaborations for economic development initiatives from the Lt. Governor’s Office. Mr. Terrell also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and as the Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Under Mr. Terrell’s leadership, OCRA gained national recognition for state-level economic community development policy.

Kate Tomford
Chief Sustainability Policy Advisor—Illinois Energy & Recycling Office, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
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Kate Tomford serves as Chief Sustainability Policy Advisor for the Illinois Energy & Recycling Office at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  She develops and administers policies and programs in energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation, and green technology, and represents the State of Illinois and DCEO on numerous boards and councils.  Since the fall of 2011, she has served as the state’s Electric Vehicle Coordinator and chair of the Illinois Electric Vehicle Advisory Council.  Prior to joining DCEO, Kate worked on energy and environmental policy in Governor Pat Quinn’s Office, former Lt. Governor Pat Quinn’s Office, and the Mayor’s Office at the City of Chicago.  Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in earth and planetary sciences from Harvard University and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from the University of Chicago.

Kristian Vaughn
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Kristian Vaughn is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee studying urban planning and geographic information systems.  His interests include inner city economic development and environmental design research.

 

Dan Waldrop
Business Manager, IBEW Local 697
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Dan Waldrop is the Business Manager and Financial Secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Merrillville, Indiana. He currently serves on the State of Indiana Career Council, Employment Growth Taskforce and the City of Hobart Plan Commission, and is the Licensing Board & Chairman of BZA. He attended Earlham College and Purdue University. He has been a Journeyman Electrician for 30 years and a labor leader for 18 years.

MacKenzie Walters
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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MacKenzie Walters is a student in UW-Milwaukee’s coordinated Master of Urban Planning/Master of Public Administration program. He hopes to someday work in the realm of international development, but enthusiastically dabbles in other areas of planning and administration.

Ty Warner
Executive Director, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
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Ty Warner, AICP serves as the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s fourth Executive Director. He was formerly Planning Director for Will County, Illinois, and served as a Principal Planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and Director of Planning for the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission. He has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He temporarily left the Chicago region in 2010 to establish the Flint Hills Regional Council in the Manhattan, Kansas area as inaugural Executive Director for first regional council to be formed in over 20 years. Ty has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Wheaton College and a Masters of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and serves on the Executive Directors Council of the National Association of Regional Councils.

Scott Weber
Transportation Planner/Analyst, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team
Scott Weber, Transportation Planner/Analyst at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), oversees the travel network modeling, air quality planning, congestion management, and intelligent transportation systems functions at NIRPC and participates on the Transportation and Logistics Working Group in the Alliance for Regional Development.  Some projects at NIRPC Scott has been instrumental in championing include an air quality conformity analysis for the proposed Illiana Expressway, a Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems Architecture update for Northwest Indiana, and a roadway Functional Classification review.  Scott completed the Leadership Northwest Indiana program in June 2014 through the South Shore Leadership Center.  Scott has been at NIRPC since September 2013, after receiving his Master’s in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College in 2011.

David Wellman
Communications Manager, Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

David Wellman is communications manager for the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. A 20 –year business-to-business media veteran, Wellman was previously with Diversified Marketing Strategies (Crown Point) where he served for three years as senior writer for Building Indiana magazine. Prior to that, he held various positions ranging from assistant editor to editor-in-chief for a diverse collection of b2b publications, including Frozen Food Age, Supermarket Business and Food & Beverage Marketing. His work has also appeared in publications such as Ad Age, Convenience Store News, Tobacco Outlet Business and the Times of Northwest Indiana.

Sammis White
Interim Dean and Director of Workforce Development—School of Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alliance Innovation Team

Dr. Sammis B. White is Interim Dean of the School of Continuing Education, Director of the Center for Workforce Development, and a longtime Professor of Urban Planning, all at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He has written over 160 articles and reports and co-authored or co-edited six books. More than half of these publications deal with economic development or entrepreneurship. White co-founded and for ten years co-edited the leading economic development journal, Economic Development Quarterly.  White has been a central actor in the building of the water technology cluster in southeast Wisconsin and has assisted the development of two other industrial clusters in Wisconsin.  Dr. White is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania.

Kermit Wies
Deputy Executive Director—Research and Analysis, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
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Kermit Wies is with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) where he serves as Deputy Executive Director for Research and Analysis. Kermit has over 29 years’ experience in urban systems modeling and planning. Over the past several years, Kermit has been overseeing CMAP’s development and implementation of new modeling and forecasting techniques including highway pricing, transit modernization and agent-based economic applications for freight. Kermit has overall responsibility for CMAP’s regional information, modeling and forecasting work program in support of implementing Chicago’s GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan.

Terri Winfree, Ph.D.
President, Prairie State College
Alliance Human Capital Team

Dr. Terri Winfree is President of Prairie State College (PSC) located in Chicago Heights, IL, located about 25 miles south of Chicago.  PSC serves more than 12,000 students annually in credit and non-credit programs. As a community college in Illinois, the college provides the training and education to meet the needs of district companies and residents. Prior to Dr. Winfree being named president in 2013, her career at PSC  had been focused on building relationships with the business community and ensuring the college offers the types of training and resources needed to improve the workforce in the area. Her previous positions at the college include serving as Vice President of Community and Economic Development, Dean, Continuing Professional Education, Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Education, and Manager of the Matteson Area Center.  Dr. Winfree has served in leadership positions with numerous organizations including the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators, the Illinois Council of Continuing Education and Training, The Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, The Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau. In addition, she has served as a member of The Chicago Southland Economic Development Committee and the Will County Center for Economic Development.

Robert Wolcott
Founder & Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network
Alliance Innovation Team
Robert Wolcott is Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a member of the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  He teaches corporate innovation and entrepreneurship for Kellogg in Evanston, Miami and Hong Kong (with HKUST), and is formerly a visiting professor at the Keio Business School (Japan).  Wolcott won Teacher of the Year from Kellogg’s EMBA program in 2013.  He has served on the advisory boards of Nordic Innovation for the Nordic Council, Oslo, Norway; the Kraft Foods Global Technology Council (GTC); and GE’s Innovation Accelerator. In 2003, Wolcott founded the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN), a network of senior executives dedicated to driving sustainable innovation.  The KIN’s annual summit, KIN Global, takes place in late spring and includes leaders from around the world from business, government, academia, non-profits and the arts who collaborate around issues of significance for their organizations and for humanity.  Wolcott also co-founded Clareo, a strategy consultancy specializing in new business creation and growth. Wolcott received a BA, European and Chinese History; and an MS and Ph.D., Industrial Engineering & Management Science, Northwestern University.

Linda Woloshansky
President & CEO, The Center of Workforce Innovations
Alliance Human Capital Team

Linda Woloshansky is the President/CEO of the Center of Workforce Innovations, Inc. (CWI).  CWI creates a dynamic climate for business through workforce solutions while supporting the work of the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board’s WorkOne offices. The Center also administers 12 adult education programs and the READY NWI Initiative. Mrs. Woloshansky has founded and been the President and CEO of three organizations and has an extensive background in workforce development.  She has administered a DOL/DOE national School to Work program in Northwest Indiana and was a national School to Work consultant.  Linda also administered a successful Lilly Endowment and continues to serve on many of the most vital boards in the region. Linda has testified in front of Congress on workforce issues, received a Sagamore of the Wabash award, is a member of the Society of Innovators, was inducted into the TIMES Media Business and Industry Hall of Fame, and received a NIPSCO Luminary Award. Mrs. Woloshansky has a Bachelors degree from Indiana University and credits toward her Masters from Indiana, Purdue, and Valparaiso Universities.  She is a certified DeBono Six Hats Trainer, certified as a master consultant from Ball State University, and received a certificate from Harvard University in negotiations.

Scott Yauck
President & CEO, Cobalt Partners LLC
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Scott Yauck is President and CEO of Cobalt Partners, LLC, a Milwaukee-based real estate development firm.  Mr. Yauck has experience in all areas of real estate transactions, including development, construction, acquisitions and divestitures, brownfield development, tax incremental and municipal bond financing, and conventional financing. Mr. Yauck earned a JD magna cum laude from Marquette University Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Marquette Law Review, and an undergraduate degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from Marquette University’s College of Engineering. Mr. Yauck previously practiced as a real estate and business attorney at Quarles & Brady, the second largest Wisconsin-based law firm and one of the top 70 firms nationally.   Prior to his practice of law, Mr. Yauck was a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where he worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies. Before forming Cobalt Partners, Mr. Yauck acquired an industrial manufacturing company out of receivership and, over five years, successfully grew the business – both organically and through acquisitions – from $2 million in annual revenue and 19 employees to over $35 million in revenue and 300 employees prior to its sale to a strategic buyer in 2004.

Kenneth Yunker
Executive Director, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
Alliance Transportation & Logistics Team

Kenneth R. Yunker is Executive Director of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.  He has over 30 years of experience in regional planning, and in the planning and engineering of highway, public transit, and airport facilities.  Mr. Yunker holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from Marquette University, and has completed further graduate level course work at Northwestern University.  He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Marquette University.

Richie Zakrewski
Student Researcher, Purdue Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation
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Richie Zakrzewski is a student researcher at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation at Purdue University Calumet. He is an undergraduate in Civil Engineering and has already obtained his minor in Mathematics. His focus is on environmental and transportation civil engineering.

Chenn Zhou
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, Director—Purdue Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University Calumet
Alliance Innovation Team
Dr. Chenn Zhou is the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, Director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University Calumet, and Professor by Courtesy at Purdue West Lafayette. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Zhou has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), multiphase reacting flows, combustion, and air pollution control and is a pioneer in the integration of computer simulation and virtual reality visualization. She has conducted a large number of funded research projects totaling over $17 and collaborated with many experts from academia, national laboratories, and industries. Dr. Zhou has published more than 250 technical papers, five copyrighted CFD codes, and two patents. She has received numerous awards, including R&D 100 Award in 2004, the AISI Medal Award in 2005, and the AIST J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecture Award in 2010. She  has  served  as  chair  of the  Fire  and  Combustion Committee in the Heat Transfer Division of ASME and  organized a number of international technical conferences and sessions as well as president of Chinese  in America Thermal Engineering Association. She has also been a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow in the Innovators Society of Northwest Indiana, multiple-recipient of Best Paper Award from AIST, Best Poster Award from International Thermoelectric Society, and is a multiple-time recipient of the Chanute prize for team innovation.

Lu Zhu
Student Researcher, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Alliance Green Growth Team
Lu Zhu is pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. An American Style planner from China!

 

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