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.

Delta is committed to full integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into all internal processes and structures for our board and staff, and external processes and structures for engaging with our partners, communities, stakeholders, and supporters. Learn more about our DEI commitment, DEI committee’s executive summary, and more by visiting the link below.

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 and Communications

Katherine Schultz

Lead, Finance and Operations

Delta Institute’s governing Board of Directors provides oversight and management of Delta Institute. Board Directors serve up to two terms of three years each (for six years total) and participate in at least one of our three standing Committees: Development; 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

Jon Cheffings

EVP, Strategy, SCC&M

Tammi Davis

Board Secretary
Director of Compliance & Policy Engagement,
Gary Sanitary District

Paul A. DeCotis

Senior Director, West Monroe Partners

David Freed

Director of Advanced Analytics, Automation and Sustainability at MSI Express, Inc. & Executive Partner, HCI Equity Partners

Niharika Hanglem

Program Director, Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at Illinois Institute of Technology

Allison Hannon Holly, MBA

Board Treasurer; Finance Committee Chair
Portfolio Manager, Product Strategy, Americas, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy

Kevin Kalus

Market Executive – Illinois Middle Market, JPMorgan Chase

Ann McCabe

Development Committee Chair
US Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

Julie Rizzo

Founder and CEO, Recycled Granite

Vanessa Roanhorse

CEO, Roanhorse Consulting LLC

Sam Schiller

Board Chair
Founder & CEO, Carbon Yield

Sanjiv Sinha, PE, PHD

Board Vice Chair; Governance and Nominating Committee Chair
Senior Vice President, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

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.
LIZ ALEXANDER

Experienced Consultant – Energy and Utilities, West Monroe Partners

KELLY AVES

DELs Secretary
Research Assistant, EPIC – University of Chicago

ASHLEY BAKELMUN

Associate, RW Ventures, LLC

DEREK BARTHEL

Data Sourcing Lead & Employee Engagement Manager, HERE Technologies

TAYLOR BRADSHAW

Senior Environmental Program Associate, Tradewater, LLC

MADELINE DEMO

EHS Consultant, BBJ Group & IH Trainee, UIC SPH

MAYA DUTTA

Sustainability Coordinator, City of Waukegan

ERIN FRY

DELs Co-Chair
Data Engineer, SPINS

SUE ANN GAN

Senior Consultant, EY

TRAVIS HAWKS

Sustainability Specialist, Advocate Aurora Health, Inc.

CLAIRE HOWARD

Assistant Engineer, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group

ADRIANA KEMPER

DELs Communications Committee Co-Chair
Manager- Strategic Projects & Analysis, United Airlines

ETHAN LEIGNER

Senior Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Kaufman Hall

KIRSTEN MELLING

DELs Co-Chair
Senior Consultant, Burro Hapold

CHRISTOPHER NEWMAN, PHD

Data Scientist / Database Developer

KYLE PREUSS

DELs Communications Committee Co-Chair and DELs Liaison to the Development Committee
Senior Account Manager, Amadeus

JOAN SMEDINGHOFF

Digital Communications Senior, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

NATALIE SPETTER

DELs Outreach Committee Chair and DELs Liaison to the Governance and Nomination Committee
Project Manager

ANNA WITHERS

DELs Programming Committee Chair and DELs Liaison to the Development Committee
Donor Relations Manager, Sarah’s Circle

MARGOT ZUCKERMAN

DELs Treasurer and DELs Liaison to the Finance Committee
Senior Buyer – Ingredients Procurement, Kraft Heinz

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