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Current Board Members
Chairman Katie Papadimitriu (R - Wheaton)
Chairman Katie Papadimitriu (R - Wheaton)

Chairman Papadimitriu was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner in January 2017. She brings government and private sector experience in highly regulated industries to the Board, focusing on state and federal regulatory policies with an emphasis on deregulated energy markets and the convergence of energy and the environment. Her wide-ranging private sector experience includes: providing strategic guidance and execution to data analytics firms in the clean energy sector; developing corporate regulatory and legislative strategies; and leading business development and corporate strategy.

She also has held positions with the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Illinois Pollution Control Board, and other Illinois state agencies.

Katie has an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, where she graduated with honors, and an M.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Gerald M. Keenan (I – Glencoe)
Board Member Gerald M. Keenan (I – Glencoe)

Board Member Keenan was appointed to the Board by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2015. He has many years of experience as a regulator, entrepreneur, consultant and financier in the electric, natural gas, and telecommunications industries. His wide ranging energy industry experience includes: service as General Manager of the Illinois Commerce Commission; extensive experience in strategic and corporate planning, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring; board level advisor to Fortune 500 energy companies; active participation in Federal and state efforts to develop market based solutions to environmental issues, including development of SO2, NOX and VOC trading markets; and development and implementation of competitive market frameworks for natural gas and electricity in the US and other countries.

Mr. Keenan was a partner in PriceWaterHouseCoopers LLP, where he led the Energy Strategy Consulting practice for North America, and in Coopers & Lybrand LLP.

He has extensive international experience, including significant work in China, Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, England, Scotland and Germany. He has worked in Haiti since 2001 and serves as a director of three not for profit organizations that operate educational, medical and economic development programs in Haiti.

Carrie Zalewski, Esq. (D – Riverside)
Board Member Carrie Zalewski, Esq. (D – Riverside)

Board Member Zalewski was appointed to the Board by Governor Pat Quinn in 2009. Ms. Zalewski is a licensed attorney in Illinois. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Zalewski served as Assistant Chief Counsel at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) where she was the lead environmental compliance attorney. While at IDOT, Ms. Zalewski dealt with various environmental issues involving NPDES permits, leaking underground storage tanks, reviewing NEPA documents for IDOT projects and other air, land and water issues faced by IDOT. Ms. Zalewski has also worked for the State Appellate Defender’s Office and in private practice. She has a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana. While at the University of Illinois, she studied abroad in Durban, South Africa. Ms. Zalewski was selected as a member of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership in 2008.

Cynthia Santos (D- Chicago)
Board Member Cynthia Santos (D- Chicago)

Board Member Santos was appointed to the Board by Governor Bruce Rauner in December 2016. Before joining the Board, Ms. Santos served 20 years as an elected Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation of Greater Chicago. During her tenure, she was instrumental in the development of District’s Stormwater Management Program. She also served as the District’s representative on the City of Chicago’s Public Building Commission where she was involved in the construction of numerous schools, libraries, and police and fire stations.

Ms. Santos earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, as well as a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy from Northeastern Illinois University. Ms. Santos resides in Chicago.

Brenda Carter (R - Sherman)
Board Member Brenda Carter (R - Sherman)

Board Member Carter was appointed to the Board by Governor Bruce Rauner in May 2017. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of environmental law and policy. Before joining the Board, Brenda was the Deputy Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group (IERG). As Deputy Executive Director, she was actively involved in regulatory and legislative processes, strategic planning, and policy analysis for IERG and its member companies. Prior to becoming IERG’s Deputy Executive Director, she served as IERG’s Project Manager for 12 years. In that capacity, Brenda represented the interests of IERG’s members before the Illinois EPA and other State and Federal agencies to develop environmentally-sound laws and policies, particularly in the areas of water quality standards and permitting, greenhouse gases, and environmental justice. Brenda has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Former Board Members
Jerome D. O’Leary (R – Moline)
November 15, 2012 - December 2, 2016
Member O'Leary was appointed to the Board in 2012 by Governor Pat Quinn. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. O’Leary was the Director of Energy for the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters (2006-2011), and an International Representative for the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters (1992-2006). He was also Business Manager of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 25. Over the years, Mr. O’Leary was employed by various contractors performing the installation of piping systems on power plants, refineries, boilers, food production plants, chemical plants, manufacturing plants, and water and waste plants. Additionally, Mr. O’Leary has been involved in reviewing many draft air and water permits for proposed facilities which include gas and coal fired power plants, ethanol and petroleum refineries, and coal to synthetic gas plants. Mr. O’Leary is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Dr. Deanna Glosser (R – Riverton)
October 25, 2011 - July 31, 2016
Chairman September 13, 2013 – September 4, 2015
Served as Board member for 4 years and Chairman 2 years

Tom Holbrook (D – Belleville)
October 23, 2011 - June 30, 2013
Chairman October 23, 2011 – June 30, 2013
Served as Board member for 1 year, 8 months and Chairman for the same period

Jennifer Burke, Esq. (D – Chicago)
August 4, 2011 - June 30, 2017
Member Burke was appointed to the Board by Governor Pat Quinn in 2011. Ms. Burke is a licensed attorney in Illinois since 1995. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Burke served as Senior Counsel to the City of Chicago in the Department of Law. While at the City of Chicago, Ms. Burke focused on environmental matters including Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ( RCRA) litigation, brownfield redevelopment, and compliance with air, waste, asbestos, and lead regulations. Ms. Burke previously was a partner in the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago representing clients in various environmental matters including environmental enforcement, toxic tort litigation, insurance coverage litigation, cost recovery litigation, and environmental due diligence in corporate transactions. Her law degree is from Chicago-Kent College of Law and her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Burke lives in Chicago.

Shundar Lin (R – Peoria)
November 3, 2008 - November 4, 2009
Served as Board member for 1 year

Gary Blankenship (D – Joliet)
October 31, 2008 - August 4, 2011
Served as Board member for 2 years, 9 months

John Philip Novak (D – Bradley)
December 1, 2003 - November 30, 2005
Chairman December 1, 2003 – November 30, 2005
Served as Board member for 2 years

Andrea S. Moore (R – Libertyville)
December 1, 2003 - October 22, 2011
Served as Board member for 7 years 10 months

Doris C. Karpiel (R – Carol Stream)
January 10, 2003 - November 30, 2003
Served as Board member for 10 months

Lynne P. Padovan (R – Charleston)
January 10, 2003 - November 30, 2003
Served as Board member for 10 months

William A. Marovitz (D – Chicago)
July 1, 2002 - November 30, 2003
Served as Board member for 1 year, 4 months

Michael E. Tristano (R – Glen View)
December 1, 2001 - November 30, 2003
Served as Board member for 2 years

Thomas E. Johnson, Esq. (R – Urbana)
July 1, 2001 - August 30, 2012 and October 1, 2016 - January 19, 2017
was appointed to the Board by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2016. Before this appointment, Mr. Johnson served as the Board’s Executive Director, beginning in 2013. From 2001 to 2012, he was a Board Member, serving as the Board’s Chairman in 2003. As a Board Member, Mr. Johnson has authored Board decisions running the gamut of environmental issues.

Mr. Johnson is an Illinois-licensed attorney. Before joining the Board, he served the public in many capacities, including Champaign County Board Member, Special Assistant Attorney General, and Special Prosecutor for the Secretary of State. Mr. Johnson spent more than a decade in private legal practice after receiving his law degree in 1989 from Northern Illinois University School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Johnson is a lifelong resident of Champaign County and lives in Urbana.

Samuel T. Lawton, Jr., Esq. (D – Lake Forest)
April 24, 2000 - June 30, 2002
Served as Board member for 2 years, 2 months

Elena Z. Kezelis, Esq. (R – Springfield)
January 10, 1999 - December 1, 2001
Served as Board member for 1 year, 11 months

Nicholas J. Melas (D – Chicago)
July 1, 1998 - November 3, 2008
Served as Board member for 10 years, 4 months

Kathleen M. Hennessey, Esq. (D – Chicago)
October 16, 1996 - August 1, 1999
Served as Board member for 2 years 10 months

Joseph C. Yi, P.E. (I – Park Ridge)
September 12, 1994 - January 9, 1999
Served as Board member for 4 years, 4 months

Marili McFawn, Esq. (R –Palatine, Inverness)
November 12, 1993 - June 30, 2001
Served as Board member for 8 years, 7 months

Claire A. Manning, Esq. (R – Springfield)
May 1, 1993 - December 31, 2002
Chairman May 1, 1993 – December 31, 2002
Served as Board member for 9 years, 7 months and Chairman same period

Dr. Tanner Girard (D – Grafton)
February 4, 1992 - October 22, 2011
Acting Chairman December 1, 2005 to October 22, 2011
Executive Director October 23, 2011 to May 2012
Served as Board member for 19 ˝ years and Acting Chairman 5 years, 10 months

Emmett E. Dunham II, Esq., P.E. (D – Elmhurst)
November 12, 1991 - October 1, 1996
Served as Board member for 3 years

Michael Nardulli (D – Chicago)
October 1, 1987 - February 1, 1994
Served as Board member for 6 years, 4 months

Edward Nedza (D – Chicago)
March 9, 1987 - March 16, 1987
Served as Board member for 7 days

Dr. Ronald C. Flemal (R – DeKalb)
May 16, 1985 - September 30, 2002
Served as Board member for 16 years, 4 months

Bill S. Forcade, Esq. (D – Chicago)
November 4, 1983 - April 30, 1993
Served as Board member for 9 ˝ years

Dr. John Marlin (R – Urbana)
November 4, 1983 - April 30, 1993
Chairman November 1988 – April 30, 1993
Served as Board member for 9 ˝ years and Chairman for 2 years, 5 months

J. Theodore Meyer, Esq. (R – Chicago)
June 13, 1983 - June 30, 1998
Served as Board member for 15 years

Walter J. Nega (D – Chicago)
February 24, 1983 - December 1, 1986
Served as Board member for 3 years, 9 months

Donald B. Anderson (R – Peru)
July 1, 1981 - March 12, 1984
Served as Board member for 2 years, 8 months

Joan G. Anderson (R – Western Springs)
March 1, 1980 - November 15, 1993
Served as Board member for 13 ˝ years

Nels Werner, P.E. (D – Chicago)
July 2, 1977 - February 23, 1983
Served as Board member for 5 years, 7 months

Dr. Donald P. Satchell (R – Carbondale)
December 17, 1975 - June 30, 1981
Served as Board member for 5 ˝ years

James L. Young, Esq. (R – Springfield)
October 14, 1975 - October 1, 1979
Served as Board member for 4 years

Irvin G. Goodman, Esq. (R – Medinah, Oak Brook)
April 8, 1975 - April 13, 1983
Served as Board member for 8 years

Philip Zeitland, R.A. (D – Chicago)
November 21, 1974 - July 1, 1977
Served as Board member for 2 years, 8 months

Sidney M. Marder, P.E. (D – Peru)
September 17, 1973 - January 15, 1975
Served as Board member for 2 years, 4 months

Dr. Russell T. Odell (R – Champaign)
September 4, 1973 - September 1, 1975
Served as Board member for 2 years

Roger G. Seaman, Esq. (R – Joliet)
March 1, 1973 - November 1, 1974
Served as Board member for 1 year, 8 months

John L. Parker, Esq. (R – Joliet)
August 1, 1972 - December 15, 1972
Served as Board member for 4 ˝ months

Donald A. Henss, Esq. (R – Moline)
July 15, 1972 - December 15, 1972 and January 11, 1973 - October 15, 1975
Served as Board member for 3 years, 4 months total

Samuel T. Lawton, Jr., Esq. (D – Highland Park)
August 1, 1970 - July 31, 1972
Acting Chairman December 1, 1972 – July 31, 1973
Served as Board member for 2 years and Acting Chairman for 8 months

Dr. Samuel R. Aldrich (R – Urbana)
August 1, 1970 - July 30, 1972
Served as Board member for 2 years

Jacob D. Dumelle, P.E. (D – Oak Park)
August 1, 1970 - December 31, 1991
Chairman August 1, 1973 – November 1988
Served as Board member for 20 ˝ years and Chairman for 15 years, 4 months

Richard J. Kissel, Esq. (R – Lake Forest)
July 23, 1970 - June 30, 1972
Served as Board member for 2 years

David P. Currie, Esq. (I – Chicago)
July 1, 1970 - December 1, 1972
Chairman July 1, 1970 – December 1, 1972
Served as Board member and Chairman for 2 ˝ years

Chairmen or Acting Chairmen
David P. Currie, Esq. (I – Chicago) July 1, 1970 - November 30, 1972
Samuel T. Lawton, Jr., Esq. (D – Highland Park) December 1, 1972 - July 31, 1973
Jacob D. Dumelle, P.E. (D – Oak Park) August 1, 1973 - October 31, 1988
Dr. John Marlin (R – Urbana) November 1, 1988 - April 30, 1993
Claire A. Manning, Esq. (R – Springfield) May 1, 1993 - December 31, 2002
Thomas E. Johnson, Esq. (R – Urbana) January 1, 2003 - November 30, 2003
John Philip Novak (D – Bradley) December 1, 2003 - November 30, 2005
Dr. Tanner Girard (D – Grafton) December 1, 2005 - October 22, 2011
Tom Holbrook (D – Belleville) October 23, 2011 - June 30, 2013
Dr. Deanna Glosser (R – Riverton) September 13, 2013 - September 4, 2015
Gerald M. Keenan (I – Glencoe) September 7, 2015 - May 27, 2017
Executive Directors
Dr. Tanner Girard (D – Grafton) October 23, 2011 - May 1, 2012
Thomas E. Johnson, Esq. (R – Urbana) June 3, 2013 - Present

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