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.
Cassie joined the ILM team in January 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Cornell University. She has worked on a number of terrestrial and aquatic environmental research projects and has a passion for ecological restoration. Most recently, Cassie performed restoration work for the Audubon Society in collaboration with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. She has an IL State Herbicide Applicator and Operator License and has her S130/190 Wildland Firefighter Certification. She has worked on many prescribed burns in Cook County. She is an active volunteer with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and Literacy DuPage.
April Nielsen joined the ILM team in January 2015. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Biology degree, with an emphasis on ecology focusing on Herpetology and Entomology. While living in Michigan she worked at the DNR Fisheries. She currently holds a Prescribed Burn license and Herbicide Operator license.
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.
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.
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.
Chris joined ILM in 2005. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in Ecology. His main area of focus is in the aquatic plant management field, with experience in small ponds and larger bodies of water. Chris also has experience in terrestrial restoration including prescribed burns and tree removal, expansive stream survey projects, and is a member of our lake mapping team. He is a licensed herbicide applicator for terrestrial and aquatic habitats and has completed S130, S190 and I100 burn training
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
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.
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.
Mitchell joined ILM in 2013 with previous experience in lake and pond management and aeration. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where phycology and ecology were among the studies which earned him a degree in biology. Mitchell has years of field and laboratory experience including raptor capture and data collection as well as Portage County, WI lake algae population analyses. He also spends some of his free time as a canine behavioral consultant and trainer. Mitchell has served the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs as an aquatics specialist and is frequently part of sediment removal projects, prescribed burns, and aeration services. He is also an operator of the Truxor DM 5000, Marsh Master, and Piranha mini-dredge.
Sean joined ILM in the summer of 2015 after graduating from Carthage College in May. He received a BA in environmental science with a concentration in conservation and ecology. Sean’s thesis evaulated the species richness and diversity of macrophytes in five different lakes through out Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sean is also an applicator of aquatic and terrestrial systems in both Illinois and Wisconsin.
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.
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.
Dave joined ILM in 2015 as a restoration technician and studied horticulture at the College of Dupage. Having worked at a nursery for a few years before he had gotten to know some native plants and the increasing demand for them. From that sparked the interest to learn more about natives, their importance and the conservation of them. He has a horticulture certificate, Illinois Department of Agriculture pesticides operator license and S130/S190.
Mike joined the ILM team as an Environment Technician in the spring of 2015. After receiving his Bachelors degree in Geography with an emphasis in Environmental Sciences from the University of Iowa he took part in a volunteering program abroad. He traveled to South America to work on self-sustaining farms and to promote restoration and land management in Argentina and Chile. With a strong enthusiasm for natural areas and outdoor activities he enjoys his role managing the lagoons and buffer zones in the Chicago Park District. He also is a certified pesticide applicator.
Kyle joined ILM as an environmental technician in spring 2016. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2015 with a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and a concentration in conservation and restoration ecology. Prior to graduation Kyle enjoyed working as a seasonal summer restoration technician. Kyle also worked as an undergraduate research assistant in an aquatic ecology lab, researching competition between native blue gill and invasive asian carp. He is also an Illinois certified pesticide applicator.”
Joe, formerly known as “Jose Koby,” began his career in ecological restoration in 2014. Joe joined ILM in 2016 and brought with him the work-ethic of a relentless rabid hyena. He earned his degree in Art History from DePaul University and is a highly accomplished self-taught artist. Through a series of unusual career advances, he eventually navigated his way to the field of ecological restoration. Here he found a deep appreciation for the great Illinois prairie and the unique habitats of the Calumet Region.
Molly Regan joined ILM in May of 2016 as a Field Technician. Prior to joining ILM, Molly attended Illinois State University where she majored in Recreation Administration and graduated in May of 2014. During her last semester at ISU, Molly completed an internship with the Department of Natural Resources where she shadowed Volo Bog’s Site Naturalist and Moraine Hills’ Site Superintendent. Immediately after graduating from ISU, Molly went to work for Barrington Park District where she worked as a Parks Laborer. In February of 2015, Molly took on a new position with Lake County Forest Preserves where she directed their summer youth work program, Youth Conservation Corps. When the summer came to an end, Molly found herself seeking out Native Restoration jobs and joined a new Restoration company called Bluestem Ecological Services where she worked as a Restoration Technician and received her S-190/ S-130 Wildland Firefighter certifications. Molly has also obtained an Illinois Pesticide Operator license.
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.
Jane Haller joined ILM in 2016. She is a gardener passionate about fostering and protecting native species and learning more about plant-insect-bird-animal interactions. She is a recent returnee from the St. Louis area where she volunteered with the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Master Gardening program, installed and maintained her own dry creek bed native ecosystem, and experimented in her friends’ yards. Jane loves working in Lake County lakes and soil. She has an IL State Herbicide Operator License.
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.
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!
Cassie recently left the ILM team, and we are all very saddened by her departure. She was a great presence in our office, and will be deeply missed.