Our Team
Delta Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1998 that envisions a region in which all communities and landscapes thrive through an integrated approach to environmental, economic, and social challenges. Working with our partners, we identify opportunities for environmental solutions and design, test, and share solutions that yield social, environmental, and economic benefits for communities.

Megan (Walton) Conway

Senior Associate, Programs

Claire Costelloe

Assistant, Programs

Kevin Dick, LEED AP O+M

Director of Programs

Jack Eskin, AICP

Senior Specialist, Programs

Sidney (Sid) Freitag-Fey, CFRE

Director of Development and Communications

Helen M. Hardy

Director of Finance and Operations

Olga Lyandres, PhD

Senior Specialist, Programs

Mackenzie Manley

Associate, Finance and Operations

Reilly Manz

Associate, Programs

Patrick T. Murphy

Senior Specialist, Development

Katherine Schultz

Lead, Finance and Operations
Our governing Board of Directors provides oversight and management of Delta Institute. Board Directors serve up to two terms of three years each and participate in at least one of our four Committees: Development; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Finance; and Governance and Nominating. Our Board adheres to best practices in nonprofit governance and signs an annual participation agreement outlining their roles and responsibilities to Delta Institute, as well as identifying any conflicts of interest that may impact their service.
Andrew Burroughs

VP of Customer Engagement, Healthy Minds Innovations

Monica Chadha

Founder, Civic Projects

Jon Cheffings

EVP, Strategy, SCC&M

Tammi Davis

Director of Compliance & Policy Engagement,
Gary Sanitary District

Paul A. DeCotis

Senior Director, West Monroe Partners

Tregg Duerson, MBA

Chief Operating Officer, Rebuild Foundation

Mark Eidelman, MBA

Board Chair
Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase

Jeffrey Fort, JD

Lumin Committee Chair
Partner, Dentons US LLP

Allison Hannon Holly, MBA

Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Senior Sales Manager, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy

Kevin Kalus

Market Executive – Illinois Middle Market, JPMorgan Chase

Ann McCabe

US Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

Josina Morita

Secretary
Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Henrietta “Hank” Saunders, CFA

Development Committee Chair
Chair, Natural Resources Commission, Village of Glenview IL

Sam Schiller

Vice Chair; Governance and Nominating Committee Chair
Founder & CEO, Carbon Yield

Sabina Shaikh, PHD

Director of the Program on Global Environment, University of Chicago

Sanjiv Sinha, PE, PHD

Senior Vice President, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

David Ullrich, JD

Advisor, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

The Delta Emerging Leaders (DELs) serve as the official associate board of Delta Institute and advance Delta’s mission by expanding its network of supporters, donors, and partners through events and initiatives that engage new and diverse audiences. Every year, the DELs host a live, crowd-funding pitch competition called BOOST for sustainable start-up businesses that help make Chicago a thriving, environmentally conscientious city to live and work in.
BRYAN BIELLO

Director of Events and Outreach, Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce

SAVITHA CHELLADURAI, MBA

Sustainability Program Manager, Navy Pier, Inc.

SYDNEY FITCH

Energy Efficiency Analyst, Verde Energy Efficiency Experts

NATALIA GARDOCKI

Program Associate, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

ELLEN GOTTSCHLING

Communications Chair
Community Partnerships Manager, Midwest at Spin – Electric Scooter Sharing

EMILY LANZILLOTTA, MBA

Treasury Analyst, ArcelorMittal

ALEX MCGHEE

Midwest Client Coordinator, Schneider Electric

CHRISTOPHER NEWMAN, PHD

Research Scientist, Cabot Microelectronics

NATALIE SPETTER

Program Coordinator, Kinship Foundation

SARAH BURY, JD

Attorney

TIM CYCYOTA

Programming Chair
Program Specialist, CLEAResult

ERIN FRY

Treasurer; Finance Committee Liaison
Analytics Engineer, Tradewater

TAYLOR GENDEL

Co-Chair
Masters Candidate, UIC Urban Planning & Policy

TODD KOENIG

Outreach Chair
Logistics Coordinator, Vosges Haut Chocolat

KIRSTEN MELLING

Co-Chair; Governance and Nominating Committee Liaison
Senior Consultant, West Monroe Partners.

CARLY NORRIS

ORISE Research Fellow, Great Lakes National Program Office U.S. EPA

NICOLE ROJAS

Development Committee Liaison
Consultant, Boston Consulting Group

MARGOT ZUCKERMAN

Ingredients Buyer, Kraft Heinz

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Delta’s Board, the Delta Emerging Leaders, and staff recognize that representation from the communities and populations who are impacted by, or host, our programs is essential.

In 2019 we launched deliberate diversification efforts on our board and associate board recruitment to reflect these needs. We have since expanded representation, with the understanding that much more work needs to be done through deliberate and intentional outreach and true inclusion. We have completed a baseline demographic assessment and our DEI Committee has identified recruitment efforts to guide our work in 2020 and beyond. All processes and recommendations are reviewed and monitored by our governing Board of Directors.

There is always opportunity for growth and intentional, respectful inclusion, and we look forward to staying on this journey for as long as Delta Institute exists.

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