The success of ILM’s clients is truly a reflection of our quality staff. Below are our leadership and client relation teams.
The success of ILM’s clients is truly a reflection of our quality staff. Below are our leadership and client relation teams.
Prior to acquiring ILM in 2005, Mr. Gray was the co-founder and Vice President of an environmental testing service. They concentrated on water and industrial wastewater compliance testing and specialized in storm water runoff water quality and volume monitoring. He holds two patents for devices that aid in the monitoring of runoff water. A presenter at the Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council, Keith has shown ILM’s research of alternatives to chemical control of algae and nuisance aquatic plant growth in ponds. Keith has actively coordinated with representatives from restoration companies to develop industry standards to measure and ensure successful restoration efforts. Keith recently earned the distinction of an Educated Business Partner from CAI currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Conserve Lake County.
Sarah joined ILM in 2006 after graduating from Washington & Jefferson College with a degree in Environmental Health and a triple minor in Environmental Studies, Biology, and Philosophy. After working in the field, performing a wide range of ILM’s field functions, she transferred into the Aquatics Department as a Project Manager to start the 2007 pond season. Sarah now oversees all of the Environment Managers and ensures a high level of customer service. Sarah is a past Vice-President and sat on the Board of Directors for Illinois Lakes Management Association (ILMA) and is on the social committee for the Illinois Chapter of CAI. Sarah holds a license as an IL Certified Pesticide Operator.
Gregg joined ILM in 1997 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Field Ecology major, and a Geography minor. After two years of performing ILM’s wide range of field services Gregg moved to a managerial position. Gregg specializes in the training and management of staff. Certifications include Illinois Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator (Aquatic, Right of Way, Turf, Ornamental), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator, S-130 & S-190 Wildland Firefighter Training, OSHA 40 Hour Training, and Trainer for Illinois RiverWatch Program. Professional development includes Nature Conservancy Volunteer Small Mammal Survey Walworth Co. 1997, and Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society Board of Directors.
After graduating from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting Jackie passed the CPA exam, making her a valuable asset to our accounting department. Previously she worked as an auditor manager, but left to raise her three children. In 2006 she reentered the work place, and in the spring of 2009 began working for ILM. She handles ILM’s accounting, HR, and corporate functions.
Lisa has spent much of her career working in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust for eight years. Prior to that, she worked for the Shedd Aquarium and Museum of Science and Industry developing environmental education programs and exhibits. Lisa began her career as a wetland scientist in Florida after receiving her B.S. degree in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology. Her experience with non-profits will allow ILM to advance its involvement in conservation initiatives throughout the region. Lisa is RiverWatch certified and serves on the Prairie State Conservation Coalition Board of Directors. She joined the ILM team in January 2019.
Jack joined ILM in 2018 with a career in Restoration Ecology since 2013. Starting his early career as a field technician and working up to Project Manager and Operations Manager with Semper Fi Land Services Inc; he worked on and managed several habitat enhancement contracts for counties all throughout the Chicagoland region, especially in Cook County Forest Preserves. Accomplishing different types of ecological restoration work and practices to successfully mitigate invasive species and help native species flourish in all sorts of natural areas. Jack continues his career with ILM to help turn overgrown invasive habitats into beautiful native natural areas. He possesses NWCG S130/S190/S290/Is-100b wildfire training, NWCG Burn Manager, ILDOA Applicator pesticide license, Stihl Chain saw safety training, Chainsaw Safety Instructor.
Kelley joined ILM in the summer of 2016. She graduated with a B.S in Environmental Studies: Environmental Restoration and Biodiversity from Northern Illinois University in 2014. Before coming to ILM Kelley worked as an Environmental Restoration Technician. She also holds an IL Herbicide Applicator and Operator license. Kelley has a true passion for animals and the environment. She spent a few weeks over the summer of 2013 in the Chiricahua Mountains in Southern Arizona conducting a variety of animal behavior research studies with field leading scientists. In the beginning of 2016 she spent two months in South Africa conducting endangered species conservation with a volunteer group.
Debbie joined the ILM team in the fall of 2016. She has an extensive background in relationship and project management, with a focus on customer service. Debbie has a passion for the environment that started at a young age when she joined a non-profit organization to help protect the Earth’s natural resources. Several years later, she continues to educate and inspire those around her to minimize waste and take action to preserve our natural environment.
Alissa joined the ILM team in October of 2018. She graduated from Aurora University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology in May of 2018. Prior to joining ILM she spent 6 months restoring and maintaining the natural areas in Chicago with the Student Conservation Association. Before that, her jobs focused on customer service and providing positive experiences for clients. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and being outdoors. She holds an IL Herbicide Operator License and has completed the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training.
Justin joined the ILM team in the spring of 2017. He graduated the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and a concentration in Resource Conservation and Restoration Ecology. His interest in conservation started when he was very young by camping and doing conservation projects in the Boy Scout program. After obtaining the rank of Eagle, Justin wished to pursue a career in preserving the environment. In addition to 2 years of experience as a restoration technician, Justin has gained valuable experience from all over the world. From banding waterfowl through a program with the Illinois Natural History Survey, to being on a trail crew in Northern New Mexico for a few weeks in 2012, to even studying African Wildlife Management in Tanzania in the summer of 2014. He possesses his Illinois Pesticide Applicator License and the Chicago Wilderness Midwestern Ecological Prescription Burn training. Outside of work, his interests include plant identification, mushroom hunting, music, art, and learning new things whenever possible.
Mr. Ryan joined ILM in 2000 after graduation from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a B.S. in Zoology with an emphasis placed on Aquatic Biology. A major responsibility for Chris is in managing the service of nearly 200 acres of public water for the Chicago Park District; Christopher also serves as ILM’s fountain and aeration specialist, Fisheries Biologist, Licensed Wildlife Control Specialist, and is a member of our lake mapping team.
Geoff joined ILM in 2007 in an effort to support ILMs’ growing emphasis of restoring and recreating indigenous terrestrial/aquatic plant communities. With nearly 10 years of experience in prairie restoration with Ray Schulenberg and Russel Kirt and improving the woodlands and wetlands at The Morton Arboretum, Geoff has a solid background on the plants and habitats found in the Chicago region. Geoff holds licenses as an IL Certified Pesticide Applicator, S130, S190 Firefighter’s certifications, and has significant MIPN identification background. He has 10+ years of prescribed burn experience
Chris joined ILM in 2015, but has always been involved in the outdoors and nature. As an Eagle Scout he was involved with habitat restoration at an early age, pulling garlic mustard and removing buckthorn in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Little did he know after graduating college, with a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois, that he would find himself in Montana on a trail crew working in the Kootenai National Forest. After returning home to Chicago, using his background in outdoor education and experience in the field, he started working with Friends of the Forest Preserves and The Student Conservation Association. There he lead crews of high school youth through the Cook County Forest Preserves accomplishing different types of ecological restoration work. He then joined on with the Calumet Invasive Species Corps through Friends of the Forest Preserves where he expanded his knowledge in habitat restoration. Moving into the private sector, Chris worked alongside Tallgarss restoration as a subcontractor with Ethos Environmental Stewards. There he gained experience with larger scale projects and machinery. He possesses his Illinois Pesticide Applicator License, the S190/S130 Wildlands Firefighter training, and the Chicago Wilderness Midwestern Ecological Prescription Burn training, and has participated in multiple prescribed burns within Illinois.
Rob joined the team in May 2017 as our Construction Manager. He came to ILM with over 20 years of dredging experience and marine work. Many of Rob’s projects over the years have focused on the Fox River and Chain of Lakes. He enjoys reclamation work and the challenge of operating construction equipment. Rob is an active member of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) and a member of the Illinois Lakes Management Assocation (ILMA).
Dale joined the ILM team in January 2017. He has extensive experience in the repair industry, spanning more than 25 years. Dale is the “behind the scenes” guy who keeps ILM’s equipment properly maintained; from trucks, to hand equipment to the larger amphibious vehicles.
Bev joined ILM in February of 2008. She has been critical in the growth of the company. Her accounting degree from Triton College and her previous employment in the wastewater department of an environmental laboratory provided her with the administrative skills needed to move ILM forward. Currently Bev assists in the management and customer service for ILM’s contracts.
Sandy is a licensed professional Geologist with the State of Illinois. Since starting at ILM in December 1994, Ms. Kubillus has conducted numerous lake studies involving water quality, dredging feasibility, bathymetric surveys, and water budgets. She is a Certified Wetland Specialist and a Wetland Professional (IT) with the Society of Wetland Scientists, a Certified Lake Manager as well as a Certified Professional in Erosion, Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ), and Sediment Control (CPESC). In Illinois Sandy is also a Designated Erosion Control Inspector (DECI). Ms Kubillus performs wetland delineations, erosion control design, water quality testing, permitting and related projects.
Eric was previously employed with ILM from 1999 to 2007, and after a brief hiatus, rejoined our ranks in July 2009. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in 1997 with a B.S. in Geobiology. He is a licensed applicator for terrestrial and aquatic habitats in both Illinois and Wisconsin. He has also completed S130, S190 and I100 burn training. Eric has led numerous aquatic and terrestrial management and restoration projects. Eric has specialized in burn management, native plant identification, and assists on aeration and algae control services. Utilizing almost 11 years of experience, Eric is in charge of the emergency response team. He is also the sole operator of the Truxor DM 5000 amphibious tool carrier.
Megan began working for ILM in August of 2008. She received her Bachelors in Environmental Analysis and Resource Management with a minor in Environmental Studies at Western Michigan University, making her a vital asset to the aquatics department. Over the years Megan has gained field experience in managing aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems from invasive species, algae control, water quality testing, fountain/aeration installation and removal. After maintaining waterways around Lake County she now manages the lagoons and buffer zones of the Chicago Park District. Along with an IL Certified Pesticide Operator license she also holds her S-130/190 Wildland Firefighter Training certification.
Amy McReynolds joined Integrated Lakes Management in the fall of 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Native Illinois plants have always been her focus, even while working in the landscaping business. She soon realized that restoration work was her true calling and quickly switched industries, working in the field for a year before finding ILM. Amy is a licensed Illinois Herbicide Applicator, has her Burn Crew Certificate from the Chicago Wilderness Midwestern Ecological Prescription Burn program, and has been trained extensively in invasive species control. Amy prides herself on her plant identification skills, her love of lifelong learning, and her enthusiasm for improving the quality of ecosystems big and small in Northern Illinois.
Alex Jones joined the ILM team as a Field Technician in the Fall of 2016. Alex’s previous work experience includes Team Leader of the Aquatics Department of the Chicago Botanic Garden and Field Technician for the Lake County Health Department’s Lakes Management Unit. He attended Ball State University and studied Environmental Management. He enjoys working on his family farm where he has gained experience with the Conservation Reserve Program. Alex holds an Illinois Pesticide Operators License.
Eric joined the ILM team in February of 2017. He received his B.S. from The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, where he majored in Natural Resources Environmental Science, with a concentration in Human Dimensions. He worked with the Urbana Park District and Illinois Natural History Survey during school, and as an environmental scientist in northern Illinois following the completion of his degree. Eric has extensive experience managing natural areas and has performed wetland delineations, erosion control inspections, and monitoring reports, among other environmental consulting services.
Monica joined the ILM team in February 2017. She graduated from the Ohio State University in May 2016 with a B.S. in Environment and Natural Resources. She has worked at a variety of environmental restoration companies which allowed her to gain experience with forest, wetland, and prairie ecosystems. In her free time she enjoys hiking and taking pictures of the cool things she sees.
John joined ILM in April 2017. He graduated from Augustana College in May 2014 with a B.A. in Biology. Before joining ILM John worked in an environmental testing lab which focused mainly on drinking and wastewater testing. John’s passion for the environment led him to find work as an Environmental Technician helping build and restore prairie, wetland, and woodland areas. He also holds an IL herbicide applicator license and has completed the I-100, S-130, and S-190 burn training courses.
Christine Hess joined the ILM team in March 2017. She was a student at Moraine Park Technical College in Wisconsin, obtaining her Associate’s degree in Applied Science of Water. Her interest in water conservation and water purification was sparked while hiking in California. During that time, she also examined some desalinization technologies and studied the demand for portable water on the coast of California. Christine currently holds a license as an Illinois Aquatic Pesticide Applicator. She has had a passion for the outdoors since she was little and enjoys camping, fishing, and boating.
Dakota joined the ILM team as an Environmental Technician in the Spring of 2018. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus on Global Change & Landscape Dynamics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dakota earned a Congressional Medal of Service after serving with AmeriCorps’ NCCC program out of Denver, CO where he worked on multiple environmental restoration initiatives throughout the southwest region. He also has experience in disaster relief after serving on the East Coast following Hurricane Sandy, as well as with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Closer to home, Dakota has a passion for Lake County conservation and has worked with Liberty Prairie Conservancy and Lake Forest Open Lands. He resides in Grayslake with his Blue Weimaraner, Arrow.
Emily received her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University in 2012 and her M.S. in 2017 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researching the ecology of Lake Michigan. She has worked on a variety of collaborative environmental research projects in locations including wetlands in northern Wisconsin, Nevada rangeland, and longleaf pine savannas in South Carolina. She holds an Illinois pesticide operator license. In her free time, Emily enjoys tending her vegetable garden, foraging for wild edible plants, and playing with her pet rabbits.
Tim joined the ILM team in the summer of 2018. He graduated from Benedictine University in May 2018 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. During his undergrad, he performed field research with Blanding’s turtles in northeastern IL and published his corresponding manuscript in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. He holds an Illinois Pesticide Applicator license and has completed the Chicago Wilderness Midwestern Ecological Prescription Burn training. In his free time, he enjoys keeping and breeding various freshwater tropical fish, as well as collecting various mineral and fossil specimens.
Whitney started her career in aquatics in 2007 working with Clarke Environmental as a seasonal worker. It was that year she discovered a passion for working outdoors, especially in aquatic ecology. She has now been in this line of work for 10+ years, and has held her Aquatic Applicator license in WI, IL, IN, and MI, and recently acquired the Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn certificate.
Aiko, the bulldog, has been apart of the ILM team since 2009. She manages warehouse security, and ensures all visitors are appropriately greeted and welcomed. If you are at ILM and hear loud snoring you are likely to catch Aiko in a nap!
Scarlet is our newest K9 companion. While she is a high potential employee she is still learning the ropes. Her eager to please customer service sometimes makes her a little over excited when someone comes in the door. Please encourage her to sit if you meet her!