• Conference: May 21-23, 2023

  • Trade Show: May 23-25, 2023

  • The Javits Center
    New York, NY USA

  • 2023 Conference Dates:
    May 21-23, 2023

  • 2023 Trade Show Dates:
    May 23-25, 2023

Conference Advisory Commitee

Conference Advisory Commitee

Meet the team that was instrumental in designing this year's conference program, selecting courses and speakers to help you advance professionally and exceed your career goals.
Craig Bernecker, Ph.D., FIESNA, LC

CAC Facilitator

Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., is currently Professor of Lighting Design and Director of the MFA Lighting Design in the School of Constructed Environments at Program at Parsons School of Design, part of the New School in New York. He is also founder of the Lighting Education Institute, an entity focused on professional education for the lighting industry. He previously directed the lighting program in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University over a period of 20 years.

He is a Fellow Emeritus of the IES, past Vice-President of Technical Activities, past Vice President of Educational Activities, and President of the society from 2004-2005. He has also worked with the IES to deliver the online LC Review course for several years. He also serves as Educational Facilitator for LightFair, annually leading the development of the conference program and institute.

David Cyr, IALD

Lilker Lighting Group

"Learning and community are the foundations of our success – continuing education and engaging with our peers at Lightfair 2022 is a perfect way to promote professional growth and active involvement"

David Cyr is a lighting designer based in New York, New York. A northeast native, he studied architecture, building science, and lighting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Cyr has nearly 20 years’ experience as a professional lighting designer, having gotten his start at George Sexton Associates in Washington, DC, and joining Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers in 2014 to found Lilker Lighting Group, where his team specializes in lighting design for corporate interior, luxury residential, and historic renovation projects.

Jessica Krometis, IALD

Hartranft Lighting Design

"I am thrilled for the seminars and sessions this year. You can expect a fresh variety of courses. By limiting the course slots, we were able to curate a collection of innovative presentations that will surprise and delight.”

Jessica Krometis (pronouns: she/her/hers) brings her theatrical sensibilities, honed through a decade in the Chicago theatre scene, to the architectural lighting world. Before designing light for architecture and exhibits, she designed countless productions in the Chicago area and New York City for theatre, dance, special events, and museum exhibits. She holds an MFA from Northwestern University with her concentration in Lighting Design for the Stage.

Jessica is a Senior Designer at Hartranft Lighting Design located in Washington, DC. Her recent projects include museums, themed experiences, media studios, office campuses, and hospitality. She has designed and programmed colorful, dynamic building facades and full environmental spaces. Awards include an IES Award of Merit for The International Spy Museum (Architecture), IES Section Awards for Witte Museum, Back Bay Beats, and District Burlington as well as an AAM Special Achievement Award for Visual Engagement for National Museum of Natural History, Deep Time.

Jessica has spoken at conferences including LEDucation, IES Annual Conference, and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. She was the IALD New England Chapter coordinator from 2016-2019 and is currently on the IALD Education Trust Stipend Committee.

Ira Rothman, IES

APEX Lighting

Ira Rothman has been part of the Lighting Industry since the late 1980’s, first as an Electrical Engineer, then as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a Lighting Manufacture; for the last 21 years his focus has been as a Lighting Manufacturer’s Representative. Currently, as Director of Specification Sales with Apex Lighting Solutions, he promotes over 100 Lighting and Lighting Controls companies to the greater Boston design community offering technical support and design assistance, as well as training and sales management for the Apex Lighting Solutions Specification Sales team. Ira is currently an At-Large Director for the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and past President of the IES Boston & Rhode Island Sections. Ira lives with his wife, Michelle, in Boston and enjoys keeping informed of their six adult children’s activities and careers while fitting in some sailing, skiing from time to time.

Javid Butler, IES


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Teresa Jackson, IES

Phoenix Lighting

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Tonya Moake Neely, IES

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Thomas Kowalczuk, IALD

Wynn Design & Development

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