Stephen Bell is the Executive Director of the Illinois Green Economy Network and has worked with IGEN for five years, previously serving as Director of College Partnerships. Stephen is a creative and skilled professional with a deep commitment and passion for education and environmental sustainability. He has over 25 years of experience in public and not-for-profit institutions in various leadership roles, covering a broad scope of responsibilities. His most recent past employment includes Director of Adult and Community Education Programs at The Field Museum, Director of Operations at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Executive Director at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, and Director of Sustainable Operations at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Stephen has a B.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in Art Education, with a focus on the integration of art, science, and education, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Robert Hilgenbrink retired as the CFO at Southwestern Illinois College after 10 years and has been in the role of Vice President for business or administrative services at three other Illinois community colleges for a combined total of 33 years. He was active and held leadership positions in the Central Association of College and University Business Officers (CACUBO) and the Illinois Community College Chief Financial Officers (ICCCFO). Mr. Hilgenbrink was named International Outstanding Chief Business Officer in 2008 by the Community College Business Officers. He currently serves on the Sustainability Advisory Panel at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). Mr. Hilgenbrink has a B.A. degree in History from Quincy College and an M.A. degree in Economics from Western Illinois University.
Jamie Wheeler is employed as Grant Accountant & Coordinator for the Illinois Green Economy Network and is housed at Southwestern Illinois College. Jamie holds a M.S. in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Katie has been a member of the administrative team for four years and develops, manages, and evaluates a wide range of initiatives, programs, and events. Katie’s main focus is on energy efficiency and smart grid education. Katie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Jennifer Martin is a Senior Program Coordinator for the Illinois Green Economy Network, working to develop, manage, and evaluate programs around building sciences, conservation, and energy. Previously, Jennifer developed a wide range of solar initiatives throughout the Midwest as the project coordinator for Kankakee Community College’s National Science Foundation C4 grant, and also taught renewable energy. In addition to her solar market development, Jennifer currently serves on the board of directors for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Jennifer is working towards a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management, and has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and an Associate’s degree in Sustainable Energy Technology.
Tim Gibson is the Director of Buildings and Grounds for John A. Logan College (JALC). He is a former building contractor and former full-time faculty member in the JALC Construction Management Program, Department of Applied Technology. Tim is Chairman of the JALC Green Committee, a member of the college’s Environmental and Business Services committee, and is the College’s representative to IGEN. Tim is also a founding partner of BuildRIGHT Illinois, Inc., a not for profit energy efficiency education and training organization. He is the statewide facilitator of IGEN’s Illinois Home Performance Equipment Loan Program and is a program manager for IGEN’s Aggregation for Exterior Lighting, and Baseline and Enhanced Building Energy Dashboards Programs.
Quenton has a long history of working with technology and science, which includes implementing database systems and websites for state entities. Quenton earned an MS in Hydrogeology at Illinois State University and a BS in Geology at Northern Illinois University.