The Team

The RORG team is comprised of University of Illinois Extension staff within the College of ACES. The multidisciplinary team works on a range of water quality projects like the RORG renovation.

Eliana Brown

RORG Director/Project Principal Investigator

Water Quality Specialist
brown12@illinois.edu

A Water Quality Specialist with IISG and Illinois Extension ANR, Eliana Brown’s areas of expertise include green infrastructure and stormwater and wastewater programs. She leads Extension’s role facilitating the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and is a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) instructor at Parkland College. Her education includes a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She began her University of Illinois career working for Facilities & Services Environmental Compliance as the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) coordinator co-founding events such as Boneyard Creek Community Day. Prior to that, she was an Illinois EPA Field Inspection Engineer. Her accreditations include LEED AP, NGICP, CPESC (2014), and certified Master Gardener. She sits on several committees, such as the university’s Land and Water SWATeam and is the Champaign County Conservation and Design Foundation Board Vice-President for Communications.

Kate Gardiner

RORG Communications Manager

Visiting Extension Outreach Associate
kgardin2@illinois.edu

As a Visiting Extension Outreach Associate, Kate shares project updates and green infrastructure ideas via RORG’s social media outlets. She assists in the implementation of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy as well. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability in 2016 from the University of Illinois and sits on Illinois Extension’s Energy & Environmental Stewardship team.

Layne Knoche

RORG Landscape Designer

Visiting Extension Outreach Associate
lknoch2@illinois.edu

Layne Knoche has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. In landscape design, he is most interested in conservation, preservation, and restoration of large and small-scale environmental systems and the integration of social, aesthetic, and educational aspects in those natural and built environments. Layne is also a certified Master Gardener.

Tony Heath

RORG Project Engineer

Academic Hourly
acheath3@illinois.edu

A Professional Engineer and a recent graduate of the Masters of Urban Planning program at University of Illinois, Tony specializes in green infrastructure planning and design. In addition to the Red Oak Rain garden, Tony has been involved with both private and public green infrastructure projects across the Midwest and Southeast since 2013.

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