Board of Directors
With over 35 years of business leadership and 24 years of executive coaching experience, Gary helps individuals and teams increase and sustain high levels of trust and collaboration that directly correlate to higher level of business performance. Gary is currently partners in The Growth Leaders LLC with Bruce Sherman, his longtime coaching associate. The Mitchiners have been residents of the Prairie Crossing conservation community since 1996 and members of Conserve Lake County since its inception.
Jeff Sundberg, PhD, Secretary
Jeff is the James S. Kemper Foundation Professor of Liberal Arts and Business at Lake Forest College. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He just completed a term as chair of the Economics and Business Department and is a previous chair of the college’s Environmental Studies Program. He has led field trips for college students to destinations including Baraboo and Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin and the Platte River in Nebraska. His recent research examines tax incentives for the donation of conservation easements, voter support for referenda to prevent land development, and private incentives to provide public goods by voluntarily supporting land trust efforts. He is a former president of Conserve Lake County.
Geoff Deigan, Co-Chair & Treasurer
Mr. Deigan serves as President and CEO of WRD Environmental. Well-versed in sustainable development, he plays a leadership and intermediary role on interdisciplinary design and development teams helping clients realize their vision. Understanding that progress toward lasting ecological impact begins with children; Geoff also serves as Executive Director of the environmental focused Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake, where he is advancing the public school’s mission of Creating Natural Leaders - believing that children are our best hope to improve the world. Geoff is co-founder and Chairman for the Institute for Integrated Environmental Education (2I2E) a nonprofit organization that provides development for groups who want to integrate environmental education into their communities. He also serves on the Waukegan Public Library Foundation Board. He has spoken at numerous national conferences on sustainable land use, green infrastructure, and land health issues and has been an advocate and resident of Lake County since 1999.
Territory Manager at Rocco Fiore & Sons, Inc., Brian is an accomplished landscape management professional with over twenty years of experience training and leading high performing teams.
Lawrence W. Falbe
Larry is a partner with the national law firm of Quarles and Brady LLP, where he focuses his practice on environmental transactional support, compliance and litigation matters. Larry counsels clients in evaluating the environmental risk of transactions, remediation issues, endangered species protection and wetland preservation issues. While in law school he completed internships with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Division and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5. Larry also serves as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where he currently teaches Environmental Considerations in Commercial and Real Estate Transactions. He currently serves on the Lake County Regional Planning Commission, as a trustee with the Village of Mettawa, and on the board of the Mettawa Open Lands Association.
For the past 18 years, Sheila has been honing her association management skills with a variety of non-profit organizations, including Director of Operations and Development. As Chair of the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE) Sustainability Committee she established best practices in green event planning as well as a Green Team. She moved to Lake County nine years ago and her delight and appreciation for our shared landscape grows more with each passing season.
Bob Stanley, MD
Bob recently retired from a busy Internal Medicine practice, where he served as lead physician. He is Vice President of the Hybernia Association Board in Highland Park, where he also organizes volunteer restoration workdays and nature walks. He is also an orchid monitor with the Fish and Wildlife Service’s program to track and restore the Eastern Prairie White-Fringed Orchid.
Dan is an experienced real estate professional with a broad range of expertise who has been a top performer for Century 21 Kreuser & Seiler in Libertyville since 1997. Dan also served as the executive director of MainStreet Libertyville from 1992 and 1997 during which time retail vacancies were eliminated, 22 buildings restored, and 45 new businesses attracted to the downtown district. In recognition of his service to the community through economic development and historic preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded him the Great American Main Street Award in 1997. A resident of Libertyville, Dan has an MBA in Finance and a B.S. in Finance, both from DePaul University. He enjoys hiking and biking the natural areas of the county.
Dr. Jenny Wojcik
Dr. Jenny Wojcik has been superintendent of Rondout School District #72 in Lake County, Illinois since 2005. Her efforts in the area of eco-literacy resulted in Rondout becoming the first school in Lake County certified through the Conservation@Home program. Dr. Wojcik received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in the area of Curriculum Studies with an additional concentration in Public Policy Analysis/Research and Evaluation. Dr. Wojcik has taught extensively at the University level and is deeply committed to service to the larger community with significant time devoted to a variety of organizations. A native Chicagoan, she has called Highland Park and Lake County home for the past 20 years.