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 long-time coaching associate. The Mitchiners have been residents of the Prairie Crossing conservation community since 1996 and members of Conserve Lake County since its inception.
A resident of Grayslake, Paul Karl has an extensive background in finance, public accounting, internal audit, and strategic planning. He has found special satisfaction in working for and with nonprofits and is currently CFO for Casa Central. He is also EVP and CFO of Earth Paint Collection Systems, a Grayslake company that reduces waste by recycling latex paint.
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 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 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.
Fabrice has over 20 years of international law, contracting and management experience including Director of the Mortgage Banking and Major Transactions Department at the Law Firm of Cheuvrux and Associates in Paris, France. He received his PhD in Law from Sorbonne University. He speaks French (native tongue), English, German and Italian. He currently resides in Mettawa, IL.