illi Board of Directors
Scott Williams, Executive Director
Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma
Dipl. Ing. Arch., ASLA, LEED AP, AOLP CLVLT #1388, AOLP COLD #1523
Associate Professor Scott Williams has taught at the University of Oklahoma since 2003. His research and teaching interests are in lighting design, beginning design theory, design history, and historic preservation. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's of Architecture from the Technical University of Munich in Munich, Germany. Scott is a registered architect with the Architektenkammer Nordrhein-Westfalen and studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie In Düsseldorf, Germany under Sir James Stirling and Daniel Liebeskind. He has been Project Architect with several German architecture firms, including the project Der Neue Zollhof with Frank Gehry. He is a member of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) and its Certified Outdoor Lighting Designer (COLD) Committee; the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD); the Illuminating Engineering Society on the Oklahoma City Section's Board of Managers; and the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Jesse Loucks, Board Chair
Founder/Owner, JL Lighting Design, LLC
As a licensed electrical contractor since 2001, Jesse tells how he was occasionally asked to install "landscape lighting." However it wasn't until he attended a workshop at Cooper Lighting in 2007, which was instructed by Jan Moyer, that he says he began to understand how to properly design and install landscape lighting. Inspired by his experience at Cooper, Jesse enrolled in the Landscape Lighting Institute (now the illi Intensive Course) in 2008 and formed JL Lighting Design, LLC in 2009. JL Lighting Design not only complements Jesse's contracting business, but it also advises landscape architects/designers and other electrical contractors on the intricacies of landscape illumination.
Belinda Biscoe, PhD
Interim Vice President for University Outreach, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Biscoe's areas of expertise include: research and evaluation, higher education administration, nonprofit administration, public school administration, school reform, early literacy, public school issues, substance abuse prevention, mental health, resilience, homelessness, workforce development, juvenile justice, lifespan developmental psychology (with an emphasis on early childhood and adolescence), substance abuse treatment, client management, women and family issues, poly-drug abusers, co-occurring disorders, and self-help organizations. Dr. Biscoe is also a co-founder of the Eagle Ridge Institute, a nonprofit substance abuse organization in Oklahoma City. Also within University Outreach, she serves as director of E-TEAM - Educational Training, Evaluation, Assessment and Measurement.
During the course of her career, she has written and received funding for more than 47 major grants, resulting in the application of millions of dollars to support initiatives for common education, non-profit organizations, and higher education. She is an accomplished public speaker, having presented papers at national, state, and localconferences.
CLD, LC, FIALD, WELL AP
Dawn is a Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) by the Certified Lighting Design Commission, a Certified Lighting Professional by the National council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) and a WELL Accredited Professional by the International WELL Building Institute. Dawn is also a Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). She has over 35 years experience with diversified expertise in theatrical and architectural lighting design and control systems, marketing, business management, product management and development, manufacturing, scenic design and event production.
Owner Operator, Avant Garden Designs, LLC
Betsy turned her passion for gardening into a career after receiving a Design Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden, completing the Cornell Master Gardener program and NOFA certification. Upon completing several large scale projects, she realized the need for professional landscape lighting design and attended the Landscape Lighting Institute (now the illi Intensive Course) in 2011, where she is currently a Mentor. Betsy's design expertise, passion for the environment, and commitment to clients insures her exceptional results on all levels. Betsy lives in Westchester County with her husband and two sons. She is a graduate of the University of Florida.
illi Board of Directors - Emeritus Members
John Tremaine, Emeritus Member
CEO and Founder, Q-Tran
John Tremaine, one of the heirs of Emily Hall Tremaine, carries her vision forward in support of illi, seeing the organization bringing forth a new art form that is innovative and also provides the quiet space for contemplation. In 1993, John Tremaine founded Q-Tran, Inc. An accomplished lighting designer who was born into a family of lighting entrepreneurs and innovators, he began his career with The Miller Company, a firm acquired in the 1930's by his grandfather, who founded the National Electric Lamp Association. NELA served as General Electric's lamp division and was transformed into a prestigious research institute that is still thriving today. Operating with the mantra "EnlightenedThinking ©", Q-Tran was established to fulfill a need in the lighting industry for flexible remote transformers that eliminate noise and heat while enhancing the quality of light output. John's creative foundation, entrepreneurial vision and extensive knowledge of the lighting industry has guided illi in its growth and burgeoning success.
Lance Bennett, Emeritus Member
Vice President, Specification Sales, Cooper Lighting
Lance works as Vice-President of specification sales at Cooper Lighting, a provider of innovative, high quality lighting fixtures and related products to worldwide commercial, industrial, residential and utility markets. Lance also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Education Trust. He has been involved with the American Institute of Architects and the IALD in preparing and delivering educational and continuing educational materials and courses. His company has been a significant sponsor of illi for many years and has spawned many new landscape lighting designers.
Mary Cutler, Emeritus Member
Founder/Principal, Gardens by Day and Night
Mary's dedication to her field is evidenced by her commitment to continually learning and practicing the profession. After earning a BS degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she developed her passion for gardening and became a Master Gardener of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and then earned a Certificate of Landscape Design from the Landscape Institute of Harvard University. Mary then combined that love with her love of lighting and became a Mentor for illi and now specializes in both landscape lighting and landscape design. She is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and a member of illi. She lives on the shores of Dover, MA.
Allison K. Schieffelin, Emeritus Member
Chair and CEO, The Lighting Quotient