Alec Davis – Executive Director

Alec Davis is the Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group, for whom Alec had previously served as General Counsel from 2008 to 2014. Through his work at IERG, Alec has been a consistent advocate on behalf of Illinois’ business community in support of economically reasonable environmental regulations with sound scientific and legal bases. Before returning to IERG as Executive Director, Alec was an attorney with the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Office of the General Counsel. In that capacity, Alec represented the interests of the Farm Bureau’s members on a wide-array of subjects, including environmental laws and regulations, property rights, natural resources and energy issues, emerging technologies such as “big data” and use of drones, as well as other issues that had the potential to impact farmers throughout the State of Illinois. Before embarking on his legal career, Alec worked for the Illinois State Geological Survey in Champaign. Alec’s work with the ISGS focused on three-dimensional geological modeling and groundwater. Alec has a Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Sciences in Geology, both from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

 Kelly Thompson – Project Manager

Kelly Thompson is the Project Manager at the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group. Prior to joining IERG, she served as Executive Director at the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts from 2012 to 2017. Prior to that she worked as a GIS Analyst with Tetra Tech, an engineering consulting firm. Kelly also interned at IEPA – Bureau of Water during Graduate school. Kelly earned a Bachelor’s in Geography from Eastern Illinois University and received a Master’s in Environmental Studies from University of Illinois – Springfield. Kelly has experience in environmental policy, research and data collection, fundraising, event planning, and public relations.

 Amelia Gooding Cheek – Regulatory Analyst

Amelia Gooding Cheek is a Regulatory Analyst at the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group. Prior to joining IERG, she served as an Environmental Program Manager for United Airlines specializing in air issues.  She also has experience in the public sector as prior to that she was Project Manager for the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  Ms. Cheek earned a Bachelor’s in Environmental Management from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and completed classwork for her Master’s in Environmental Studies from University of Illinois – Springfield. Amelia has experience in a variety of air issues, environmental compliance, environmental policy, research and data collection, regulatory review, training and communications.

 Angie White – Administrative Associate

Angie has been with the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group since April 1996. As Administrate Associate, she performs a large range of functions including administrative support functions for IERG Staff and its Members, as well as organizes and schedules IERG conferences and events. Before coming to IERG, Angie worked for a private law firm, Leahy Law Offices, as a legal secretary.

Toby Frevert – P.E., Consultant

Mr. Frevert has provided environmental consulting services to the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group and its members since January 2008. His professional experience encompasses  over 45 years of environmental work in various programmatic areas including both air and water media. Prior to his work with IERG, Mr. Frevert was employed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in various capacities, ultimately serving as Manager of the Division of Water Pollution Control. In this capacity, he was responsible for planning, monitoring, permitting, and other regulatory aspects of the Illinois’ statewide water quality programs mandated pursuant to State and Federal laws. His responsibilities included direction and oversight of staff performing functions encompassing development and support of water quality standards and source control regulations, permitting and compliance oversight of regulated entities, monitoring and assessment of water quality conditions of Illinois’ streams, lakes and rivers. Mr. Frevert has participated in numerous State, interstate, and Federal initiatives providing expertise on policy, strategy, and technical aspects of water and air quality initiatives. Subsequent to his tenure at IEPA, Mr. Frevert has been providing environmental consulting services to business and local government entities on a variety of environmental issues. He also serves as a Commissioner of the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission, an interstate water quality Agency established through State and Federal legislation in 1948 to coordinate water quality protection for the Ohio River.   He was appointed as an Illinois Commissioner in December 2009, served as Commission Chairman in 2013-14, and continues to serve and currently serves on numerous Commission committees and initiatives.

Don Sutton – P.E., Consultant

Mr. Sutton’s career spans over 43 years addressing complex environmental issues.  His career is highlighted with experience in the public sector retiring after 29 years of experience with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency as well as environmental consulting.  As a consultant, Don manages complex air pollution control/management projects for several national and international manufacturers.  His expertise includes permitting, compliance assurance review, program development, BACT review, PSD review, MACT compliance, system evaluation, negotiation and interaction with USEPA and state regulatory agencies.  Mr. Sutton has provided comprehensive air quality services for numerous sectors including but not limited to heavy equipment manufacturing, pipelines, oil and gas exploration, surface coating operations, grain industry, ethanol plants, steel mills, and the asphalt industry.  Don is a licensed professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Thermal and Environmental Engineering and a Master of Science Environmental Engineering.