Molly Meyer is the CEO & Founder of Omni Ecosystems™. Molly leads Omni's strategy and business development and oversees Omni's product innovation and field operations. She founded Omni with the mission to democratize access to natural spaces, and to create an organization that continuously engages in bold endeavors that elevate the triple bottom line: ecological, financial, and social.
Molly's background couples her academic training at Stanford University in systems problem-solving and biogeochemical research with field experience in construction means and methods, gained working as a carpenter and green roofs installer as a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany. Her unique and rich experience in Germany was foundational in redefining the American green roof industry with Omni's groundbreaking comprehensive green roof system. Molly is adept at developing and actualizing creative solutions to needs across the field; her inventions include Omni’s patented living wall panel and patent-pending green roof drainage system. Molly is also the Co-Founder & Co-Manager of The Roof Crop, LLC.
Molly earned her Master of Science in Earth Systems from Stanford University and her Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems with Honors in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy from Stanford University. She is a Board Member at Openlands, a President's Council Member at the Museum of Science and Industry, a Certified Green Roof Professional, a LEED Green Associate, and a Member of Urban Land Institute. Molly won the 2014 ULI Chicago Vision Award, Young Visionary; 2014 National Curbed Young Gun Winner; and 2014 ENR Midwest Top 20 Under 40.
Michael Repkin invented Omni Ecosystems’ ultra-lightweight growing media and its food production system. He is Director of Research & Development at Omni Ecosystems™, with a focus on biological resource recovery and sustainable food production. He led young students in projects that focus on human life support systems and technologies for five years in Chicago through the non-profit Urban Habitat Chicago, which he co-founded. While serving in the Army, his assignments included laboratory positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. If Mike is not on a roof, he can be found working in his outdoor laboratory discovering new ways to provide human life support utilizing biological processes and methods that are compatible with living systems.
Michael Skowlund is a Professional Landscape Architect and Director of Omni Ecosystem’s landscape architecture studio, Omni Workshop™. Leading on projects of all scales across the country and abroad, Michael is adept at finding solutions to complicated building and site challenges. Devoted to collaboration between clients and multidisciplinary design teams, Michael enjoys crafting resilient landscapes that maximize functional and aesthetic potential. Michael earned his BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has lived on the east and west coasts prior to returning to his Midwestern roots. Active in the growth of landscape architecture discourse in Chicago, Michael regularly serves as a design critic and teaches a theory course in design detailing at the Illinois Institute of Technology School of architecture. When out of the office, Michael loves exploring the great outdoors with his wife and three children.
Michael is CLARB certified and licensed in the following states:
GA, IL, OH, VA, WI.
Debbie Bonnem is the Controller for Omni Ecosystems™. As a registered Certified Public Accountant with more than 15 years of construction industry experience, Debbie provides accounting leadership, develops financial controls and optimizes Omni's policies and procedures. Before joining the Omni team, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.S. in Accounting and worked as a senior-level accountant for several Chicagoland companies. Her excellent organizational, analytical and communication skills eliminate inefficiencies and keep the Omni team on target. Outside the office, you'll find Debbie running along the lakefront or enjoying a walk with her dog, Cafe.
Shelley Brosnan is a Project Superintendent at Omni Ecosystems. Most days, she can be found leading our crews on job sites throughout the city. Shelley came to Omni with a background in organic farming and is instrumental in transforming rooftop ideas to reality. Shelley graduated with honors from the University of Montana with a degree in Environmental Studies. She combines her education and growing experience with her natural leadership skills to help Omni’s diverse team complete projects. When she is not problem solving out in the field, Shelley can be found tending to her home garden, playing hockey or Gaelic football, and planning her next trip to the mountains.
Alex Burns is a Project Superintendent and Irrigation Manager for Omni Ecosystems™. You can find Alex in the field leading Omni’s Construction crews and ensuring irrigation plans are executed with precision. When not in the field, he can be found in the office providing support to the operations team, working to optimize Omni’s irrigation systems, or with a camera in hand documenting Omni’s work. Alex graduated from DePaul University with a major in Environmental Studies concentrating in Sustainability. He brings a wide variety of past experiences and interests into his work. When not involved in a living infrastructure project, Alex can be found biking the city streets, camping, and shopping local record stores.
Cathy Chung is a Senior Project Manager for Omni Ecosystems™. She brings expertise in building design and construction with her background as an architect. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and worked at various architecture firms afterwards. Her participation in Solar Decathlon 2007 as a student and subsequent professional projects led her interest in sustainable building technologies, urban development, information network, as well as the concept of design/build. In her free time, she likes to sprout seeds, gawk at historical buildings, and try to recreate authentic dishes from her home country, Taiwan.
Cathy is a registered Architect in the State of Illinois and a LEED BD+C accredited professional.
Jacob Horn is the Maintenance Manager with Omni Ecosystems™. Jacob provides specialized care for Omni's vegetated roofs and living walls throughout the country. He recently graduated from DePaul University with an MA in Sustainable Urban Development with a focus on brownfield redevelopment and public access to green spaces. Jacob has been farming in the city of Chicago since 2012 and helped run the student farm at Lawrence University. When he’s not taking care of the plants on Omni’s roofs, he’s most likely taking care of his plants at home.
Samuel Irwin is the Sales Manager & Estimator for Omni Ecosystems™. Sam cultivates and maintains client relationships, using his creative edge and communication expertise to connect people with their ideal Omni system. He has ample experience in construction supply gained through years of representing plumbing, timber and recruitment companies in New Zealand. Before becoming Sales Manager, Sam worked in the field, installing and maintaining some of Omni's most expansive systems, making him an expert in the Omni process. If he's not busy finding new opportunities, you can find Sam sailing Lake Michigan, playing golf or watching sports at one of Chicago's many watering holes.
Nate Moser is a Project Superintendent & Warehouse Manager for Omni Ecosystems™. A natural leader with a relentless work ethic, Nate ensures all warehouse and job site processes operate efficiently and safely. Nate’s interpersonal skills shine on job sites, where he instructs Omni’s Union partners on proper green roof installation. Before joining the team, Nate served seven years in the U.S. Navy as a combat medic and seven years working as a private security contractor for the US Government. Nate provided executive protection to high-profile clients throughout the world. In his downtime, Nate is likely researching environmental topics, taking his dog Nadun on adventures, and is an active participant with the Veterans Administration Programs
Chris Murphy is a Project Superintendent for Omni Ecosystems™. You can find Chris in the field leading Omni's construction crews and keeping projects running smoothly. With a knack for logistical problems, Chris is one of Omni's creative engines. When not on a jobsite, he is often in the office communicating with clients and acting as support to the project managers. Chris graduated with honors from DePaul University with a degree in Operations Management and brings experience working in the logistics, finance and sustainability sectors. Outside of Omni, you can find Chris starting campfires from flint and steel, hiking state parks or hammocking by Lake Michigan.
Nick Petty is a Landscape Architect and Project Manager for Omni Ecosystems™. With a background rooted in the fine arts and natural sciences, he provides extensive horticultural knowledge and design expertise. Nick graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a primary focus on 19th and 20th century aesthetic theory before completing his Masters of Landscape Architecture degree at University of Georgia College of Environment and Design in 2008. When he is not laboring over design documents or planning for a job site, you can find him tending to his garden and two children, Virginia and August, who have thoroughly tamed him since their arrival on Spaceship Earth.
Nick is a registered Landscape Architect in the state of Illinois.
Will Prescott is a landscape designer with Omni Ecosystems' landscape architecture studio, Omni Workshop. Will earned his BSAS in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and spent a year studying at the prestigious l’Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture in Versailles, France. Will has several years of experience as an architectural designer, having worked on multi-family affordable housing and historic renovation projects throughout Illinois and Indiana. His interest in how the built environment subconsciously affects inhabitants led him to focus on design strategies that harmoniously merge natural landscapes with urban environments. When he takes a break from the design world, Will can be found volunteering at urban farms, café-hopping alongside a dusty old book, or delving into the history of Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods.
Jesse Rosenbluth is the East Coast Regional Sales Manager for Omni Ecosystems™. Together with the entire Omni team, Jesse is dedicated to delivering the perfect Omni system to the customer. His previous work installing Omni systems and managing vendor and subcontractor relationships prepared him to assist clients in every stage of the process, from concept to completion. Jesse's work in the field of applied ecology began in the laboratories of Kenyon College where he researched wetland remediation. It continued in Southwest Michigan where he worked as an AmeriCorps member with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to start an organic vegetable farm. When not spreading Omni systems throughout the country, you can find him unsuccessfully trying to cajole his dog Griffin into a canoe in the wilderness of New England.
Will Sauceda the Research and Development Manager for Omni Ecosystems™. Working closely with Michael Repkin, he oversees in-house research projects with the goal of refining Omni Ecosystems' products and processes. You may catch him between the lab and the warehouse testing new products or in the field providing technical support for Omni’s operations team. Will has been working in urban agriculture since 2011 and helped launch The Roof Crop, Omni’s rooftop farm partner, as their first Farm Manager. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a BA in Environmental Studies with a focus on planning and management. Combined with a background in plant biology and laboratory experience, Will’s skill set makes him perfect for Omni’s R&D team. When Will is not in the lab, he can be found with his nose buried in a comic book, working in his home garden, or camping out under the stars.