Board Members

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Brad Roos, President

Brad Roos is a Rockford native with Chemistry degrees from the University of Illinois/Champaign-Urbana where he then taught high school. For more than 40 years Brad has been doing neighborhood and community development work with most of his work focused on affordable housing development using sustainable building design. He has also served in leadership and consulting roles in the Rockford area and in Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and Washington State.

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Shelby Best, Vice President

Shelby has been involved in the environmental and sustainability movement for over 10 years. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy and Economics from Imperial College London. Shelby has spent some time living on the east coast and abroad, and is happy to be back and engaged with her hometown community again. When she’s not buying and propagating new plants, you can find her out on one of the many trails in the area.

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Jason Holcomb, Treasurer

Jason has a passion for sustainability rooted in a community health perspective. Having worked many years in the mental health and disability sector, Jason sees health equity as fundamental to the sustainability of a community. Throughout his career, Jason has used innovative approaches to solving social problems. He has been trained in multiple collaborative approaches and brings a collaborative innovation lens to project development and community building.

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Judy Barnard, Secretary

Judy became involved in sustainable practices when her duties as Deputy County Administrator for Winnebago County included planning a Sustainable Communities conference and coordinating the development of a Green Communities Environmental Vision and Balanced Growth Initiatives. She also worked on Winnebago County's 2020 Land Use Plan.

Judy serves as a Commissioner for the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and on the boards of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Natural Land Institute and Soil and Water Conservation District. She owns MarketWorks - a small marketing, event planning and photography business - and in her spare time enjoys photographing natural areas both near and far.

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Rebecca Quirk

Rebecca moved to Rockford in 2010 with her family. Along with her partner, they own a local small business and are active with several groups in the community. In her youth, Rebecca would spend summers exploring the woods in her neighborhood, playing in the creek or climbing trees. Now you can find her exploring the many nature preserves and outdoor spaces in the area with her family. She is interested in exploring and implementing creative choices in the community that support a sustainability mindset.

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Rick Strader

Rick studied geography and urban planning at Antioch College including a year abroad at the University of Leeds, UK and public administration at NIU. He was a long-range Land Use Planner with the Rockford City-County Planning Commission, and later as the Planning and Development Administrator for the City of Loves Park. Prior to retiring in 2007 Rick was the Manager of Planning and Resource Development for the Rockford Park District focusing on grants and fundraising related to acquisition and development of natural areas, parklands, greenways, and pedestrian-bike facilities. Rick brought together state and local agencies, community organizations, and constituency groups in projects to help all people in the community enjoy life in a healthy and sustainable environment.