Illinois Geology Alumni Board

2018 Board
Members present at the April, 2018 board meeting posed on the newly rebuilt north staircase in the Natural History Building.

The Board brings together a group of dedicated alumni whose purpose is to:

  • Foster and maintain the Department’s connections with its alumni network
  • Assist the Department in the identification and solicitation of financial and other resources
  • Provide a vehicle for communication between the Department’s alumni and its faculty and students
  • Report relevant economic and employment trends, and potential student opportunities, in industry, government, and academia
  • Consult and advise the Department on its research and instructional programs
  • Provide a vehicle for Department alumni to interact with each other, for business and social purposes
  • Serve as advocates for the Department, to the university administration



Bruce Johnson (B.S. '79; Board Chair)  Laurel Oak Energy , Houston Texas
Roscoe Jackson (Ph.D. '75)  Jackson Brothers, LLC, Eureka, KS
Stephen Kirby:  (B.S. '67) USGS (Retired), Menlo Park, CA
Robert Lander (Ph.D. '91)  Geocosm, LLC, Durango, CO
Rik Lantz (B.S. '82)  SCST Inc. (Environmental consultants), Chicago, IL
Stephen Laubach (Ph.D. '86)  Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, TX
Patricia Santogrossi (M.S. '77)  Geophysical Insights, Houston Texas
Linda Bonnell (Ph.D. '90)  Geocosm, LLC, Durango, CO
Michael Bourque (M.S. '78)  Shell Oil (retired), Houston, TX
Norbert Cygan (B.S. '54; Ph.D. '62)  Chevron (retired), Denver area, CO
James W. Granath (M.S. '73)  Consulting structural geologist, Denver area, CO
Samantha Rutkowske (B.S. '09, M.S. '11)  Shell Oil, Houston, TX
Thomas Schickel (M.S. '06)  Schickel Resources, Pittsburgh, PA
Lawrence Fieber (B.S. '83)  Burns and McDonnell, Chicago, IL
Michael Sweet (M.S. '83)  Exxon-Mobil, Houston, TX
Suzanne Kay (B.S. '70; M.S, '72)  Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Daniel Blake (B.S. '60)  Professor Emeritus, Illinois Geology