Citizens' Environmental Commission Members
Stephen Honeywell (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.
Julie Jesmer (Vice Chair),
Clare D. Kron, 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.
James Carlin (Ex-Officio Member)
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), 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 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., , 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.
Barb Larson (Council Liaison) Barb Larson serves on the DeKalb City Council as the Second Ward Alderwoman.