Service Partners

Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD

Illinois Institute of Technology
Institute for Food Safety and Health
Director, Center for Nutrition Research


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Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman is the Director at the Center for Nutrition Research at the Institute for Food Safety and Health, Illinois Institute of Technology. She helps work and inform Greenleaf Advisors on human health issues.

Dr. Freeman’s current research interests are in mitigating [the] disease process through dietary approaches focused on the health promoting properties of whole foods.

Read more about the Institute for Food Safety and Health at IIT.

Ron Chamberlain

Chief Agronomist
Director of Gypsum Programs
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Ron Chamberlain is Chief Agronomist for GYPSOIL and Director of Gypsum Programs for GYPSOIL’s parent company, Beneficial Reuse Management. Ron is a leader in the application of gypsum as a soil amendment and is advancing sustainable agricultural land management practices across the country to improve soil health for enhance crop productivity as well as area water quality. He informs utilities, farmers, and community leaders on the use of gypsum.

Greenleaf Advisors works with Ron and GYPSOIL to protect and advance the beneficial reuse of coal combustion by-products. Ron has seen the benefit gypsum addition brings to his client’s farms through the improvement of soil structure, improved drainage and improved soil biology.

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Janet Hock, PhD

Indiana University, Professor
Tufts University, Professor
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Janet Hock brings an interesting mix of career experiences and scientific executive expertise to Greenleaf Communities. From 2007-2013, while leading the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health, she created a translational research program investigating environmental risks for cancer, integrating biobanking, genomics and geospatial information sciences. She is currently a Professor at The Polis Center at Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, and at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA.

Pierre Jacinthe, Ph.D.

IUPUI, Department of Earth Sciences
Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry
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Dr. Pierre-Andre Jacinthe is an Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI. Dr. Jacinthe works with Greenleaf Communities on our IPL project.

His research focuses on nutrient cycling, water quality and the exchange of greenhouse gases (GHG) between land surface and the atmosphere.

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Todd Main

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Todd Main has advised business, non-profits, governments, and foundations as well as candidates for public office including extended assignments in Washington DC, the Great Lakes region and the Southwestern US.

Previously, Todd was chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with primary responsibility for agency operations. He also served as the policy lead on Great Lakes issues where he secured National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approval to establish a federally funded coastal management program in Illinois; led state efforts to clean up legacy pollution problems at Waukegan Harbor area of concern (AOC); developed sustainable solutions to the invasion of Asian Carp and other aquatic invasive species into the Great Lakes; and led a legislative study committee to evaluate offshore wind energy in Lake Michigan.

Jay Marhoefer

Intelligent Generation
CEO & Founder
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Jay Marhoefer is the inventor of Intelligent GenerationTM and has 30 years of relevant business experience as an electric utility consultant, practice leader, software developer, IT executive, mathematician and attorney.  Jay has served as the CEO of IG since co-founding the company in 2009. Jay was valedictorian of his law school, practiced intellectual property litigation and corporate law at Latham & Watkins, and authored Re-energizing America. He has led the implementation of major systems at large utilities like Baltimore Gas & Electric and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Pete Mulvaney

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Pete continues to work in partnership with Greenleaf on intelligent infrastructure projects. While at Greenleaf, he contributed to Greenleaf’s projects ranging from sustainable water resource solutions (including the Chicago Area Waterways System Project) to wind and solar energy.

As a consulting engineer, Pete led multidisciplinary teams to gather and analyze data. As a utility manager, he led strategic planning and innovation. As a management and urban design consultant, he led smart cities initiatives and developed resilience and climate changes plans for municipalities and private corporations. In each role, success was predicated on understanding and improving the current practice, executed with workshops, clear communications, analysis, and collaboration.

Pete initiated the global water initiative within SOM, the Climate Action Plan for the City of Chicago, and the Water Risk strategies at West Monroe Partners.

Darrell Norton, PhD

USDA-ARS National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory
Research Soil Scientist, Retired
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Dr. Darrell Norton recently retired as a Research Soil Scientist for the USDA-ARS National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory (NSERL) located on the campus of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana where he also is a Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Agronomy and Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Darrell consults with Greenleaf Advisors on the GYPSOIL project and other soil matters.

Tom O'Brien

GreenCity Power
Managing Partner
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Tom O’Brien is Managing Partner at GreenCity Power. Tom was President of Integrated Process Solutions (IPS) for 18 years. IPS is a global consulting business specializing in both supply & demand-side energy optimization for industrials.

Tom was Co-Founder and Sr. Vice President (SVP) of Business Development at Recycled Energy Development (RED).

Tom has his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Dan Peerless

Dairy Management, Inc.
Manager of Sustainability Communications
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Dan was formerly the Communications and Development Manager for Greenleaf Advisors and Greenleaf Communities.

Much of his work with national environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Nature Conservancy was centered around translating the important scientific and policy information they generated so that it was accessible to wide-ranging audiences.

Brian Richter

Sustainable Waters
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Brian Richter has been a global leader in water science and conservation for more than 30 years. He is the president of Sustainable Waters, a global water education organization, where he promotes sustainable water use and management with governments, corporations, universities, and local communities. He previously served as Chief Scientist for the Global Water Program of The Nature Conservancy, an international conservation organization.

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Read Brian’s blog.

Sabina Shaikh, PhD

University of Chicago, Faculty
Director, Program on Global Environment
Director, Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group
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Dr. Sabina Shaikh is a part of the faculty at the University of Chicago in the Program on Global Environment, where she directs the Environment, Agriculture and Food group. She was previously a Senior Consultant at CardnoENTRIX focusing on the economic valuation and development of mechanisms for the provision of ecosystem services in both the private and public sectors.

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Paul Smolevitz

TM Capital Corp
Managing Director/Founding Principal
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Paul Smolevitz is a Managing Director and founding principal of TM Capital Corp., an independent investment banking firm based in New York, Boston, and Atlanta.

He has led TM Capital’s execution of many complex transactions, including strategic acquisitions, exclusive sales and divestitures, financings, restructurings and fairness opinions in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution and service businesses.

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Marc Thrum

Intelligent Generation Vice President Marketing & Business Development
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At Intelligent Generation, Marc is in charge of international partnerships, business development and distribution opportunities, links the product to its markets and prepares the brand for market expansion. After a ten year career in industrial sales and business development in the middle-east and south-east Asia, Marc spent the next ten with Whirlpool Corp. in North America and Europe. There he held various roles of brand, product and marketing management, and later director of corporate strategy and global customer quality.

Marc is an Electrical and Mechanical engineer from ESTP in Paris and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Aaron Walters

GreenCity Power, Managing Partner
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Aaron Walters is the managing partner of GreenCity Power (GCP), a clean energy company focused on building, owning, operating and investing their own capital for cogeneration & thermal efficiency projects at customer sites in hospitals, office buildings and hotels.

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