Mission Statement

As a dedicated group of volunteers, the Environmental Commissioners consider the diverse issues facing our planet, country, and village in order to protect and improve today’s environment for the future. These efforts include educating Glen Ellyn’s government, residents, and business on environmental issues and opportunities. The commission encourages conservation practices through hands-on activities within the community, and adopting new tools and services. The Commission also reviews Village ordinances and contracts where they have an environmental impact, in order to suggest areas of improvement.

Commission Members

Renae Frigo (Park District Liaison)
Renae, her husband and two children moved to Glen Ellyn in 2007. She serves as the liaison between the Commission and the Glen Ellyn Park District where she works as a naturalist and manages the natural areas. Her degrees are in biology, environmental science, and education. She has worked in the environmental field for over 20 years, teaches classes at the Morton Arboretum, and volunteers for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and PADS.

Adrianne Gregory
Adrianne’s career has focused on the Chicago design and architecture scene with marketing positions at two global architecture firms. She has held positions as Assistant Professor of Art & Design at Northern Illinois University and Lecturer at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design. An avid rehab hobbyist, she and her husband have renovated twelve single and multi-unit residences in Chicago and Glen Ellyn over the years. She is very active in local environmental issues and has served on the Village of Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission for five years. She is an Advisory Board Member for the newly-created Glen Ellyn Fund.
Adam Kreuzer (Chairman)
Adam has lived in Glen Ellyn since 1988. He graduated from Michigan State University and The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. For 20 years, Adam has been a partner at Esp Kreuzer Cores, LLP with offices in Wheaton, Chicago, and Oswego. He has been a member of the Environmental Commission for many years and is proud to be its current chairman. More than practicing law, Adam enjoys helping to preserve and improve Glen Ellyn’s environment. He thanks all the wonderful people that do what they can to make a difference.
Mike Malone
Mike has lived in Glen Ellyn since 1987.  He recently retired as the Vice President for University Advancement at Northern Illinois University. He was also the President/CEO of the NIU Foundation. During his tenure at NIU, Mike held senior leadership positions in marketing, public relations, alumni relations, and fundraising.
David Meehan
David Meehan and his family moved to Glen Ellyn in 2009.  David graduated from Indiana University in 1994 with a degree in journalism.  He received a JD from DePaul University College of Law in 1997.  David is a practicing Illinois attorney, with a primary focus on litigation and a deep interest in environmental/conservation issues. When he’s not at Ackerman watching his kids play sports, David loves guitars, motorcycles, hiking, and planning adventures in our National Parks. 
Jennifer Umlauf
Jennifer moved to Glen Ellyn in 2010 with her husband and two daughters.  She has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and over 20 years of experience in landscape design/build work. In addition to serving on the Environmental Commission, she enjoys volunteer opportunities with local schools, newcomers club, girl scouts, her church and the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

John Zelasco
John has been a Glen Ellyn resident with his wife Mary and two daughters since 1998. He’s been a member of the Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission since 2013 and supports the Recycling Committee. Currently, John is employed by a General contractor in the Chicago land area as a Safety Director and Senior Superintendent. He has close to 40 years of Building experience in Commercial, Industrial, Transportation and Food processing. A carpenter by trade, John has a degree in Construction Management. He has continued his education in the EHS field at NIU, and is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He is also a certified Inspector in Erosion and Sediment Control, and volunteers as a water tester for the Sierra Club River Prairie Group.

Brooke Ryan
Brooke Ryan and her family moved to Glen Ellyn over 7 years ago. Brooke holds a degree in Landscape Architecture and a diploma of Horticulture. She has spent 20 years working as a Landscape Architect and Environmental Specialist on large public infrastructure projects in collaboration with local organizations such Illinois Tollway and the Morton Arboretum.
Ed Crawford
After living in the Western suburbs for 40 years, Ed and his wife Shirley chose to build their retirement home in Glen Ellyn based in large part on the beauty of the Village…particularly the large Oak trees.  Ed grew up working on farms and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in government.  He obtained his MBA at Pittsburg State University (KS) which included a dissertation on disposables in food service.  Recently retired, he spent his career managing food service programs for schools, colleges, stadiums and corporations across the US.  Increasingly, environmental concerns have become a primary criteria for the success of any dining program and he has worked to build innovative environmental programs as part of the overall campus services (e.g., recycling, composting, gardens, local purchasing, waste reduction, etc.).  In retirement, he and his wife are focusing on many landscaping and remodeling projects and are active in continuing education at the Morton Arboretum. 
Jeff Abeln
Jeff graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and lived in various north-side neighborhoods until moving to Glen Ellyn in 2012 with his wife Lisa, their daughter, and two sons. For 21 years, Jeff has worked in the energy industry helping commercial, industrial, and public-sector clients control their natural gas and electricity supply costs, and to find solutions for their energy efficiency, solar power, and renewable resource needs. In addition to serving on the Environmental Commission, he annually raises funds for JDRF to assist in the search for a cure to type 1 diabetes and volunteers a day of labor at Habitat for Humanity to move forward the task of building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.
Peter Blatchford Student Commissioner
Peter is currently a junior at Glenbard West High School and has lived in Glen Ellyn for his entire life.  At GBW, he plays volleyball and is a member of the Eco Club and Newspaper Club; one of his favorite classes has been Enivornmental Science.  In his free time, Peter enjoys hiking, skiing and playing volleyball with friends.
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