Citizens' Environmental Commission Members

Clare D. Kron (Chair), M.S. (Northern Illinois University-DeKalb). Clare Kron is a biology instructor at NIU, teaching Fundamentals of Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology, and she is also a Faculty Fellow for the Honors Program. She is active in addressing hunger issues and solid waste reduction and recycling in the city and county. She has also co-chaired the annual local National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive for many years and she promotes sustainable organic gardening for nutritional benefits and climate stability.

Stephen Honeywell (Vice Chair), M.A. (Northern Illinois University-DeKalb). Steve is an Assistant Professor at Rasmussen University, attached to the Wausau, Wisconsin campus. His environmental interests include sustainable agriculture, energy conservation and food insecurity. 

Mat Emken (Ex-Officio Member), B.S. (Western Illinois University-Macomb). Mat is the Superintendent of Parks and Development for the DeKalb Park District. He has worked in the field of parks and recreation since 1995.

Sarah Fox (Ex-Officio Member), B.A. (University of Oklahoma), J.D. (Georgetown University Law Center), L.L.M. (Georgetown University Law Center). Sarah Fox joined the NIU Law faculty in 2017. Her primary research and teaching interests are at the intersections of environmental law, property and land use. Before coming to NIU, she worked as a clinical teaching fellow in the environmental law clinic at Georgetown University Law Center, where she represented numerous non-profit organizational clients and supervised student work on cases addressing environmental issues in state and federal court. She was also a litigation associate in the New York offices of Jones Day and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, and clerked for the Honorable Claire V. Eagan of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Professor Fox is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, from which she was also awarded an L.L.M. in Advocacy, with honors. She holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma in International and Area Studies. 

Mike Holland (Ex-Officio Member), B.S. (University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign), M.S. (Northern Illinois University-DeKalb). Mike Holland holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.  He worked for 9 years as an engineering consultant with Trotter and Associates, Inc. before coming to work for the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District in 2013 as the District Engineer / Asst. District Manager.  Mike is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and Wisconsin and a Class 1 Wastewater Operator. 

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Adrian Lopez
 (Kishwaukee College). Adrian Lopez is a Kishwaukee College graduate and currently in the field of manufacturing. Adrian works as a quality engineer in the Northern Illinois area. He is a lifelong citizen of DeKalb county. He was raised in the campus area and has a very personal interest in seeing the community develop in a positive and environmentally friendly way. Adrian's environmental interests are food insecurity and energy conservation.

Kyle Moore, B.S. (Northeastern Illinois University). Kyle graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Linguistics. His studies focused mostly on poverty and discrepancies in social stratification. He’s interested in community growth through having and maintaining a more clean environment.

Nick Newman, B.S. (Northern Illinois University-DeKalb). Nick Newman is the Management/Environmental Analyst at the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District. He oversees the District’s native pollinator habitats, helps to coordinate intergovernmental partnerships, and is responsible for maintaining the District’s GIS system. Nick graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Studies and Nonprofit Management and has particular interests in reintroducing native habitats, self-sustaining food systems, and environmental civic engagement. 

Sharon Y. Skala, M.A., M.S. (Northern Illinois University-DeKalb). Sharon is the former Undergraduate Advisor and Internship Coordinator for the Public Health Program, School of Nursing and Health Studies, at Northern Illinois University. She has expertise and interests in cultural ecology, native gardens, iatrogenic diseases, and culture and subsistence. She was elected into Sigma Xi in 1974. Sharon has been a member of the Citizen Environmental Commission since 1999.

Clare D. Kron, M.S. (Northern Illinois University-DeKalb). Clare is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Kishwaukee College. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in biology at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb where in addition she serves as a teaching assistant. Her environmental interest is in waste management. Clare has been a member of the Citizen Environmental Commission since 2015.