Ensure your voice is heard as we develop new programs and benefits. Fresh eyes and new ideas are a must!

Consider how serving on an IGIA committee could fit into your professional development plan.

  • The committees have been empowered to move forward in support of the association, and are looking for new members with fresh ideas and enthusiasm.
  • The committees are a great networking opportunity and training ground for future leaders of the association and the industry.
  • Please complete our committee application and tell us what committees you are interested in joining and we will connect you with the proper Committee Chair or Board Liaison.
Committee Application

IGIA Committees

Growers Committee

Chair - Mike Krueger, Midwest Groundcovers, LLC
Board Liaison - Jamie Thomas, Spring Grove Nursery

Laurie Damgaard, Kaneville Tree Farms, Inc.
Keith Dintelmann, Home Nursery
Allyson Hoffmeyer, Hoffie Nursery, Inc.
Dennis Rohr, Hindsale Nurseries
Joe Smolecki, Hoffie Nursery, Inc.
Jonathan Stickels, Mariani Plants
Danny Strohl, Platt Hill Nursery
John Terhesh, Goodmark Nurseries
Becky Thomas, Spring Grove Nursery
Andy Ward, Doty Nurseries
Roger Purcell, Roger Purcell Hort Sales

InVigorateU Committee

Chair - Pete Worth, Kankakee Nursery Co
Board Liaison - Nikki Melin, Midwest Groundcovers

Kevin Collins, Chalet
Kim Hartmann, Rosborough Partners
Abby Jacobs, Home Nursery Inc
Devon Kane, SiteOne Landscape Supply
Cathy Schroeder, Mariani Plants
Meagan Provencher, Wasco Nursery & Garden Center

The committee is seeking new members.  Expertise is specifically needed from the garden center segment and we're in need of representation from Central and Southern Illinois.  Volunteers meet by phone or Zoom a few times a year and help in-person at InVigorateU in Bloomington-Normal. 

Committee Structure

Committees are an extension of the board of directors. The Committee structure is established by Board Authority. Each committee has a chairperson, selected by the committee members and a board member assigned to the committee by the president.  These committees have established their own criteria of length of service including chairperson terms, size and composition of the committee. A volunteer must be a member or employed by a member firm to serve on a Committee. Experience and knowledge in the subject matter area help determine the filling of a committee member.

Committee Meetings

The IGIA is a statewide association with professionals covering a large geographical area in the state of Illinois. Regular in-person meetings are not practical in today’s busy environment.  Generally, each committee will have a minimum of four (4) meetings per year by zoom. Each Chairperson is responsible for scheduling meetings.  Committee members are expected to attend the events for which their committee is responsible for hosting.

The Chairperson

The Chairperson is responsible for:

  • Scheduling committee meetings and establishing agendas
  • Facilitate the meeting in an orderly fashion 
  • The chair must cooperate with the committee and remains objective and impartial to settle differences of opinion expressed
  • Selection and recruitment of committee members
  • Delegates responsibilities to other committee members; encouraging their full participation
  • Sends a summary of each committee call for record-keeping purposes, and so that the Board of Directors can be informed of committee activity

The Committee Volunteer

Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Attend all committee meetings
  • Come prepared to discuss committee business
  • Take part in all the discussions
  • Cooperate with other committee members to make meetings work
  • Provide expertise and guidance in specialized areas in the green industry
  • Complete assignments and projects as assigned by the chairperson
  • Volunteers are asked to be creative and innovative when assisting on the development of programs and services.


The IGIA does not compensate volunteers for their time or expenses incurred while serving on committees.