Key Staff

Emma A. Kowalenko

Strategic Planner, Lean 6 Sigma Certified, Coach, Mentor, Creativity and Relationship Builder, Change Management Consultant

Ms. Kowalenko founded Kowalenko Consulting Group, Inc. (KCG) in 1988. She manages the execution of consulting services that include environmental planning, change management, program and professional development, and online education for public, private, and nonprofit sector clients. Connecting Veterans to education and professional advancement is a priority.

Ms. Kowalenko holds a Master’s Degree in History and has more than 35 years of professional experience.Currently, Ms. Kowalenko produces, implements, and facilitates online education for Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering – Online Master of Science for Executive Management in Design and Construction – MS EMDC. This ongoing program was launched in January of 2016.

Fluent in six languages she designs courses focused on managing change in changing times and cross-cultural competency skills. Her methods aim to bridge private, public, and nonprofit sectors, as well as small and large business cultures in the U.S. and overseas.

She guides organizations to put into practice effective communication flow and relationship building by incorporating collaboration and innovation into day to day operations. With the goals of maximizing human capital and meeting customers’ needs she shares 360º strategies. These emphasize knowledge gained from metrics and observation to improve processes, institute efficiency, and value diversity.


Anthony J. Bilotti

Anthony J. Bilotti, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Director, Environmental and Transportation Services

Anthony Bilotti is a career environmental professional who has advised industry and government agencies at all levels. His skills and experience include: planning and implementing of environmental impact and health assessment initiatives; conducting scientific research; developing university-based education and training curricula and mentoring young professionals; managing environmental studies of federally-funded, mass transit improvements in the Midwest; assessing and mitigating environmental risks in commercial and industrial redevelopment; directing retrospective and prospective environmental studies and investigations for major public  works and infrastructure projects, including brownfields;  collaborating with governmental agencies to develop and maintain emergency plans and  response actions;  serving as appointed drainage district Commissioner in funding and implementing riverbank stabilization, channel restoration, and wetland mitigation projects. In these capacities, he has directed teams of engineers, geologists, urban planners, public health scientists, industrial hygienists, information systems analysts and technicians in the process of assessing the risks and benefits of planning and redevelopment initiatives.

He holds the Ph.D. in Public Health Policy and Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bilotti is an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering. He was Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, and served as a Co-Director of UIC’s Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Program.

Prior to joining KCG in 1993, Dr. Bilotti held several positions in UIC’s Midwest Training Center for Environmental and Industrial Health from 1985 to 1993. He was also Senior Planner with a nationally-recognized engineering/architectural firm, managing the conduct of environmental assessments associated with major infrastructure projects.

Throughout his 37-year career, he has built and nurtured working relationships with municipal, county, and state officials and agency staff, non-profit organizations and professional societies. He serves on the Plan and Zoning Commission for the City of Highwood; a Trustee of the South Lake Mosquito Abatement District. In past years, he was a Commissioner of the East Skokie Drainage District of Lake County; Plan and Zoning Commissioner, and Environmental Commissioner for the City of Highland Park. He is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) – Lake Michigan and Chicago Posts.


Carolyn Cullen

Carolyn Cullen

Environmental Planner, GIS and Information Systems Manager

Carolyn Cullen holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Computer Science and an M.A. degree in Geography & Environmental Studies. During more than 20 years with KCG, Ms. Cullen has served in key roles in transportation and environmental projects. She leads the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) practice at KCG. Her responsibilities include GIS database development and customization to transportation, ecological, environmental planning. She manages information management related to environmental assessment, impact, transportation feasibility, socio-economic, and ecological studies. Ms. Cullen brings her valuable technical writing and information technology skills to every task. In addition she has conducted railroad noise measurement and modeling. Her information project development background includes the full spectrum of software development, from conception and specification writing through design, implementation, testing and documentation.


Thomas Brecheisen, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Environmental Engineer

In his professional career of twenty-two years, Mr. Brecheisen has advised government and private sector clients in the assessment, remedial design and oversight of numerous commercial, industrial, and public sector redevelopment projects. He is Senior Environmental Engineer for KCG.

Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Redevelopment of Brownfields,
University of Illinois at Chicago.
M.S. Civil Engineering, 2008, University of Illinois at Chicago, Valedictorian.

B.S. Environmental Engineering, 1994, Michigan Technological University, Summa cum Laude.

Current Professional Affiliations/Memberships:
Illinois Society of Professional Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers

Licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and Michigan, # 062.055672


2012 – Present              Kowalenko Consulting Group, Inc. – Environmental Site Assessments pursuant to ASTM E-1527-13 and ASTM E-1903, including: Site Remediation Program CSIs, FSIs, ROR/RAPs, and NFR Letter procurement; UST Removal, LUST Reporting, Reimbursement and NFR Letter procurement; Remediation design & construction oversight for Brownfield redevelopment projects; Feasibility Studies and Illinois EPA Compliance Reporting; Fate and transport modeling / TACO risk assessments pursuant to 35 IAC 742.

2012 – Present             Brecheisen Engineering, Inc, Chicago, Illinois –  Phase I Environmental Site Assessments pursuant to ASTM E-1527-13. Phase II Environmental Site Assessments pursuant to ASTM E-1903. Site Remediation Program, LUST Reporting, Reimbursement and NFR Letter procurement.

Joe Hmieleski


Joseph I. Hmieleski, PWS, CFM

Principal Wetland Specialist

Joseph Hmieleski holds an M.S. degree in Wetland Ecology (Biology) and B.S. in Zoology. He is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) and Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) with over 20 years of consulting, regulatory and research experience in stormwater management and wetland projects including management, regulatory permitting, delineation, and compensatory mitigation in six states throughout the Midwest, mid-Atlantic, and Southeast. Clients have included the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and People’s Gas. He has been responsible for shoreline restoration projects using native plants to stabilize and protect stream and lake shoreline. Mr. Hmieleski volunteers as a Co-Steward of the Sunset Woods Park, a park within the Park District of Highland Park, Illinois and is past Chairman of the Highland Park Environmental Commission. He volunteers as a native plant rescuer within Highland Park.