Mark Ledogar, President
Mark is a founding member of the SGA Board of Directors and currently serves as President. Mark is President of One Smooth Stone, an event and communication agency based in Downers Grove, IL. In this position, Mark leads the company’s strategy, performance, operations and growth while serving as executive producer of a wide range of live events, which includes strategic messaging, creative direction, project management and team leadership for the clients he serves.; Prior to joining One Smooth Stone, Mark was Director of the Convention and Tradeshow Division at SmithBucklin, the world's largest association management firm. Mark is a graduate of Northwestern University and has proudly continued his affiliation with the University through his service as President-Elect of the Northwestern Alumni Association and member of Northwestern's Board of Trustees.
Mark is passionate about promoting the triple bottom line (social, environmental, financial) for organizations and individuals, alike, and recognizes the tangible impact it has on the environment.
Tim Dull, Secretary
Tim is a Principal Environmental Engineer with AECOM specializing in remedial investigation, remedial design, long-term strategic planning for environmentally-impacted property, and wastewater treatment system design and evaluation. Tim has an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Kidz Express, a youth community center in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. He is an avid cyclist and uses his bike to get most places he goes. Tim and his wife, Tara, have three boys and live in Oak Park.
Neal Armstrong, Treasurer
Neal is a Director at BNY Mellon where he heads up the US Real Estate Fund Administration Group and is responsible for overseeing the accounting and financial reporting for a number of funds and separate accounts with real estate investments. He was previously a Director at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management where he headed up Fund Finance for the Americas Alternatives and Real Assets division. Prior to joining Deutsche, he was a senior manager in KPMG LLP's audit practice with a focus on real estate and non-for-profits. Neal is a CPA and received a B.S. in accounting from Valparaiso University. He previously served as treasurer at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest and currently serves on the board of the real estate industry organization, NREIF PREA Reporting Standards. Neal is one of the founders of Oak Park’s Kinslahger Brewing Company. Neal and his wife, Esther, have two children and live in Oak Park.
Sustainability passion......education is half the battle.
Warren and his wife Kate are the founders of WellSpring Management, a company that promotes the stewardship of natural resources; particularly our land and water. Warren's passion for the land is rooted in his northern California upbringing and his work on the farm as a young man. He possesses an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University and is a graduate of UC-Davis with degrees in Economics and International Relations. Warren also services on the boards of Kidz Express and The Food Commons, and is a former chairman of FamilyFarmed. Today his work centers on developing the capacity of regional and urban food systems to deliver products and services that will protect and enhance the health of people and planet.
Sustainability passion... improving the resiliency of our food system and water supplies in the face of climate change
Tracey Anne Nicastro is a partner in the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, where she practices in the Global Finance Group. Her practice focuses on secured lending, structured finance and acquisitions of financial asset portfolios. Tracey joined Sidley's Chicago office in 1996. Prior to joining Sidley, she clerked for Justice Robert C. Buckley of the Illinois Appellate Court. Tracey has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law. Tracey has been a member of the Illini Leadership Council since its formation in 2006 and is currently serving on the Executive Committee as the Development Committee Chair. The Illini Leadership Council is a group of University of Illinois alumni who serve the University to advance its goals by raising visibility and support. Tracey and her husband, Ross Roloff, live in River Forest with their two children.
Nicole E. Wrigley
Nicole is a litigation partner at the law firm Winston & Strawn LLP. She concentrates her practice in complex commercial matters in a variety of industries. Her experience includes representing companies in securities fraud class actions, product liability litigation, defamation and disparagement claims, professional liability, breach of contract disputes, and negligence claims. Chicago Magazine has named her as a "Rising Star" from 2011 through 2013. She also received recognition by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Intercultural Montessori Language School for her pro bono service. She received her B.S. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2002. Nicole and her husband, Anthony Jacobs, live in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago with their pug, Finley.
As a well-known speaker, author and innovator in the retirement plan industry, Matt is the founder of Blue Prairie Group, widely recognized as one of the leading independent, ERISA-focused investment advisory firms in the country. Over the course of his 20+ career, Matt has worked with hundreds of corporate, not-for-profit, and government client's retirement plans throughout the country. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.
Joey Rath is a brand marketer with extensive communications experience in the consumer-goods industry. She is a recent MBA graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. During her graduate studies, she participated in a 2015 exchange program with the Copenhagen Business School where she visited corporations such as Novo Nordisk and Maersk to learn more about Scandinavian strategies and practices on sustainability and corporate social responsibility. She has a BS from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington. She lives in Oak Park with her husband.
Peter Case is a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Pete and his team takes pride in knowing he is helping his clients prepare for a financially stable future. Over the past 12 years Pete has received different company awards and accolades for his work within the industry. For more information about Pete professionally, visit petercase.nm.com.
Pete earned his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington. His adventurous personality has taken him to different parts of the world, including the Soviet Union and Portugal. In addition to travel Pete participates in triathlons and has completed an Iron Man distance race. Pete is thrilled to be a part of the Seven Generations Ahead and is looking forward to helping to continue to promote the SGA vision of building more sustainable communities. Pete currently lives in Oak Park with his wife Allison and their two sons and dog Jenna.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Alan Shannon has worked in the areas of food access, nutrition programs and local food systems for nearly 30 years. He played a leading role in the creation and facilitation of GoodGreens, a network and collaboration of over 900 organizations and individuals primarily from the Midwest who have an interest in building and supporting local food systems. He has written about food, restaurants, sustainability and travel for Chicago Tribune and Sun Times publications, Viva Magazine, AAA Living and many other publications. He serves as Public Affairs Director for USDA's Food & Nutrition Service where he oversees communications and partnerships in six Midwest states for USDA's 15 nutrition assistance program.
Amy Antoniolli is an attorney at the national law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP where she practices in the Environmental Law Group. Amy routinely advises clients on compliance with environmental laws and regulations and represents clients before the Illinois Pollution Control Board. Prior to Schiff in 2007, Amy served as an attorney at the Illinois Pollution Control Board for five years where she advised board members on interpretations of Illinois environmental statutes and regulations, served as a hearing officer in regulatory matters, and wrote legal opinions in enforcement cases, permit appeals, and requests for relief from regulations. Amy has a B.S. in Ecology, Ethology and Evolution from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She volunteered with the Illinois Solar Energy Association from 2013 through 2016. Amy, her husband, and two kids live in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago.
Gary Cuneen, Founding Executive Director
Gary Cuneen is the Founder and Executive Director of Seven Generations Ahead (SGA), a non-profit organization serving the Chicago metro area, Illinois and Midwest since 2001 through its mission to promote ecologically sustainable and healthy communities. During the past 15 years, Gary has designed and managed SGA programs, directed sustainability planning and implementation initiatives, and has catalyzed the creation of statewide and regional networks, including the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition, Illinois Farm to School Network, Fox Valley Sustainability Network. Gary is the co-founder of Green Town: The Future of Community, a conference targeting leaders from the Chicago area and Midwest to learn about leading edge sustainable city initiatives and best practices.
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