Troy is a Veteran of the United States Navy, where he worked on the heating, cooling, and pressurization of F-14 aircraft. Later he attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he earned a diploma in Water treatment. He was employed with the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District as a plant operator for two years.
Troy came to Western Illinois University in 1996. He has worked in many different departments of Facilities Management over the years and is now the Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management. While at WIU, Troy has an Associate degree in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration from Illinois Central College in East Peoria and a Bachelorette degree from Western Illinois University.
Troy has a passion for service and is driven to improve the facilities at WIU making them more energy efficient and sustainable.
Craig is responsible for planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, repair, capital renewal, and demolition of campus facilities and infrastructure. Duties include campus and facility planning; capital project program management; architect-engineer consultation and contracting; design and oversight of construction contracts; custodial services; grounds maintenance; operation, maintenance, repair, renewal and demolition of buildings, roads, walks, utilities and other infrastructure; and University transportation.
Prior to becoming the Director of FM at SIUE, Craig served as the Construction and Facility Management Officer (CFMO) for the Illinois Army National Guard at 50 locations with over 4,000,000 square feet under roof and over 5,000 acres spread across the state of Illinois. In total, he has served over 36 years in the United States Military (Active, Reserve and National Guard) in various positions of great responsibility including Company, Battalion and Brigade commands, CFMO, and Deputy Commander of the 766th Explosive Hazards Coordination Cell in Afghanistan. Prior to that, he was an A/E consultant for over 20 years in transportation and federal services.
Tracey has been involved in Facilities Management for more than 11 years, and her role at The Morton Arboretum entails her overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Building Mechanics, Carpenters, Painters, and the Construction Crew. With more than 300,000 square feet of buildings, 1700 acres of land, every day is different. I manage, design, develop and ensure the integrity of the data processes, staff procedures and the technology we use to maintain the Arboretum.
Prior to this new position, Tracey spent 7 years at the College of Lake County working as the Facilities Business Analyst and Events/Facilities Coordinator. With more than 25 years in graphic design, management, computer programming, the printing and publishing industry, as well as marketing, trade shows & promotions allows her to bring expertise, creativity and innovative thinking to her role. This variety provides a diversified skill set that can be leveraged throughout the many components of her job at The Morton Arboretum.
Tom Viel is the Director of Physical Plant at Northern Illinois University. In this role Tom is responsible for utilities procurement and reporting, building maintenance & repairs, small project implementation, as well as heating and chilled water plants. Tom has previously held administrative positions at Beloit College, Village of Lake in the Hills, Rock Valley College, UW-Milwaukee, SIU-Edwardsville and The Habitat Company.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, an MPH from Benedictine University and an MBA from UW-Milwaukee.
Matt Pefley is a Senior Regional Manager with Spirotherm, Inc., the world leader in air and dirt elimination technologies for residential, commercial and Industrial hydronic systems. He has been employed with them since 2012. Matt has more than 20 years of industry experience in air elimination, dirt separation, piping, sheetmetal, design and other HVAC systems. Prior to his current role, he was a Project Manager and Estimator with a mechanical contractor.
Early in his career, he was an HVAC Journeyman in the United States Air Force providing building maintenance and steam plant operation. He holds a BS in Management from Northern Illinois University. Matt earned his Professional Energy Manager certification in 2022.