Prairie Research Institute

Advisory Board

Under state statutes, PRI has the responsibility to provide scientific support to Illinois state and municipal agencies, businesses, and organizations and to enable policymakers and individuals to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation. The PRI Advisory Board supports PRI in understanding and addressing the needs of these constituents.

Susan Martinis, co-chairVice Chancellor for Research and InnovationUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


P. Kay Whitlock, co-chairVice PresidentChristopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.


Colleen CallahanDirectorIllinois Department of Natural Resources


Jerry CostelloDirectorIllinois Department of Agriculture


Dan EichholzExecutive DirectorIllinois Association of Aggregate Producers


Robert FliderDirector, Community and Governmental RelationsUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Donovan GriffithDirector of Government AffairsIllinois Manufacturers’ Association


William GroppDirector, National Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Al GrosbollLegislative Director and Senior Policy AdvocateEnvironmental Law & Policy Center


Richard Guebert, Jr.PresidentIllinois Farm Bureau


Kim KidwellAssociate Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships and InitiativesUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


John KimDirectorIllinois Environmental Protection Agency


Gregory M. MuellerChief Scientist & Negaunee Foundation Vice President of ScienceChicago Botanic Garden


Jason NavotaDirectorChicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning


Omer OsmanActing SecretaryIllinois Department of Transportation


Venetria K. PattonHarry E. Preble Dean, College of Liberal Arts & SciencesUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Brent RobertsDirector, Center for Social and Behavioral ScienceUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Gene Robinson DirectorWoese Institute for Genomic Biology


John RognerAssistant DirectorIllinois Department of Natural Resources


Robert StewartExecutive Vice PresidentIllinois Oil & Gas Association


Deborah StoneDirector and Chief Sustainability OfficerCook County Environmental Control Department


Jennifer WallingExecutive DirectorIllinois Environmental Council


Kelly WarnerDeputy Director of ScienceU.S. Geological Survey, Central Midwest Water Science Center


Nick WilliamsPresidentIllinois Coal Association