• 2022 Conference Dates: Sunday, June 19 - Thursday, June 23

  • 2022 Trade Show Dates: Tuesday, June 21 - Thursday, June 23

  • Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV USA

Meet Our Mentors

Mentors for the LightFair 2021 Pilot Mentorship Program have been handpicked from the IALD, IES and leading lighting design firms. They include experienced practitioners from a wide range of fields. What they have in common is a passion to share their experience and knowledge to support emergent lighting professionals like you.
Lee Brandt, IALD, LC

Principal, HLB Lighting Design

"Mentoring has various forms, but an important aspect is growth. Growth can happen in various forms too and I enjoy the mentor/mentee relationship to learn from each other. Finding out the unique styles, ways to contribute, ways to show value can happen throughout a career. Mentorships help facilitate this learning in both directions."

Lee discovered lighting during her studies at Penn State University and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in architectural engineering there with a specialization in lighting. Lee joined HLB Lighting Design in 2000. She is a practice leader in the design of hospitality projects and works on many other project types including libraries, EMS and fire stations, schools, corporate interior fit-outs, retail, streetscapes and historic renovation projects. Lee leads the Energy Standards/LEED team within HLB's Daylighting & Sustainable Design Studio and serves on the IALD Energy & Sustainability Committee. She has served on the NYC Energy Conservation Code Advisory Committee for the past three code cycles. In her principal duties, she runs the NY office studio and leads the teamwork and talent side firm-wide. Lee is active in recruiting at various universities and lighting programs. She ensures team development and retention through career growth and the right resources to keep the team happy and vibrant while at work.

Fun fact: Lee is "super excited" when she sees famous people and loves the entertainment industry – movies, TV, streaming, reality tv – all of it.

Jessica Krometis, Assoc. IALD, IES

Senior Designer at Hartranft Lighting Design

"Having a mentor is invaluable whether it is to hone in on the most important parts of the conference, navigate the LightFair show floor or understand the inner workings of the industry and the common pitfalls to avoid early on in the profession.”

Jessica Krometis (pronouns: she/her/hers) brings her theatrical sensibilities, honed through a decade in the Chicago theatre scene, to the architectural lighting world. She holds an MFA from Northwestern University with her concentration in Lighting Design for the Stage. 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.

Jessica is a Senior Designer at Hartranft Lighting Design located in Washington, DC. Her recent projects include museums, media studios, themed experiences, office campuses, high-end residential, restaurants, 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 the IES Annual Conference, IALD Leadership Workshop, LEDucation, and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival as well as guest speaking at several college theatre programs. She was the IALD New England Chapter coordinator from 2016-2019 and is currently one of the IALD DC Chapter coordinators. She is currently on the IALD Education Trust Stipend Committee as well as the Content Advisory Committee for LightFair International 2020-2022.

Jessica's hobbies include running, biking, and seeing/making theatre. She also plays roller derby on the DC Rollergirls and previously played for Boston Roller Derby.

Mark Loeffler, IALD, LEED Fellow

Mark Loeffler Design Consulting, LLC

"For me, mentorship is an opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with emerging professionals, providing insights and advice they can use to untangle professional mysteries and navigate a satisfying career path."

Mark Loeffler has practiced lighting and sustainable design for more than 40 years. Originally a theatrical lighting designer in Austin, Mark shifted into architectural lighting, daylighting, and green design while finishing his graduate studies at Parsons School of Design (MFA 1990). His career has included project management and directorial positions for several firms focused on energy and resource efficiency. Advocating for joyful, invigorating, healthful, and sustainable design, Mark has consulted on notable academic, healthcare, research, corporate, institutional, and recreational buildings across the US, predominately in the Northeast. He has taught and lectured widely for universities and professional conferences, mostly regarding lighting environmentalism, ethics, and social responsibility.

As a teen, Mark intended to become a famous novelist. However, at the age of 18, he got pulled into lighting by a friend who needed help hanging lights for a local ballet company in Austin by promising he’d introduce Mark to ballerinas. Mark ended up as their resident designer (and busy local theatrical lighting designer) for 12 years before “converting” to architectural lighting by enrolling at Parsons in 1987. His friend became a prominent law professor, but Mark converted that opportunity into a very fun and satisfying lighting design career. When not working, Mark enjoys traveling and birding.

Caitlin Mulligan-Ankony, LC

Director of Business Development & Key Accounts, SCI Lighting Solutions

"I really value mentorship within the lighting industry. When I joined this community I was welcomed, mentored, and have found a successful and fulfilling career within this niche industry. There is so much opportunity within the lighting industry for both personal and professional growth. I always look forward to being able to mentor emerging professionals as they begin their careers."

Caitlin Mulligan-Ankony has been in the lighting industry for nine years, locating to Southern California from Michigan eight years ago. She was born and raised in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, graduating with a B.S. in Architecture. Currently, she work as a Specification Sales representative in Southern California.

When she is not working Caitlin spends time with her 6-month old or gets out to hike. She is the oldest of five girls—her youngest sisters are 13-year-old twins.

Peter Y. Ngai, FIES, PE, LC

Lighting Consultant

"Mentorship is twice blessed. It blesses her/him that gives and her/him that takes. It helps me to recognize my own strength and blind spots, and hence make me a better person. It offered my mentee a chance to be motivated, encouraged and cultivated in a safe environment without fear. I have been mentoring for a good part of my career formally and informally. In fact, I participated in the IES mentorship program some time ago when Kevin Flynn was in charge."

Peter is widely recognized as a pioneer in lighting research, technology and luminaire design. His work in lighting covers many areas including Visual Performance; Photometry; Computer Rendering for Lighting Design; Brightness Perception; Glare; Indirect and Direct/Indirect Lighting; Lens and Reflector Optics; LED and OLED technology.

He holds 125 patents in optics, luminaire design and lighting design and has written over forty technical publications in lighting technology, applications and luminaire design. His luminaire designs have won many prestigious awards including 4 Most Innovative Product of the Year and Several Edison Report Top Ten Product Design Awards at LightFair International.

Peter was instrumental in mainstreaming Indirect and Direct/Indirect Lighting for interior spaces such as offices, classrooms and libraries. He championed OLED Technology into the Lighting Industry and launched OLED Lighting Business for Acuity Brands.

Peter is an IES Fellow and he was a recipient of IES Medal Award, the highest honorary award of the Illuminating Engineering Society. Most recently, Peter received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Edison Report.

"True love for lighting is a 24/7 passion. It has to come from your heart. It taxes your passion as well as your intellect."

I practice Tai Chi every day. Good at Ping Pong. I am a history buff. Love art and design. Enjoy science and Technology.

Sean M. O’Connor IALD, MIES

Principal, Sean O’Connor Lighting

Sean O’Connor recognized the power of light and shadow as a student of architecture. Since establishing his firm, Sean O’Connor Lighting, twenty years ago, Mr. O’Connor has developed an award-winning body of work; defining spaces, their character, identity and beauty through the use of light.

Mr. O’Connor works in close collaboration with architects, interior designers and owners to implement integrated lighting systems that strengthen a project’s vision.

Unique within the lighting design community, Mr. O’Connor is an avid collector of 20th century and contemporary art, furniture and decorative arts. He is an active member of the art and design communities, having served on committees at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also contributed to the curation and design of the “ICONS” exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. These passions and experiences inform every project, creating a like-minded vision and common vocabulary amongst design teams.

He has spoken widely on the topic of lighting design to students and design professionals. He has been a featured speaker at Neocon, Lightfair International, Designers Lighting Forum, Illumination Engineering Society, General Electric Nela Park, and the Philips Retail Lighting Leadership Forum.

Mr. O’Connor is a Professional Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), a Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), the Institute of Classical Architecture (ICA) as well as a Member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Decorative Arts and Design Council.

EDUCATION: Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc); California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC)

AFFILIATIONS: IALD, International Association of Lighting Designers Professional Member; IESNA, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Member; AIA, American Institute of Architects Affiliate Member

Giulio Pedota, IALD, LC, LEED AP

Partner, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners / Lighting Designers

"As a lecturer at Illinois Tech (formerly called IIT – Illinois Institute of Technology) for many years, where I lecture on lighting design to graduate and undergraduate students for the Architectural and Electrical Engineering schools, I have come to understand the importance of interacting, preparing, and guiding the new generation of students. They represent our future and must be well served. "

Giulio Pedota began his career as a lighting designer at the national theatre of Caracas, Venezuela. This experience led him to the architectural scene, where he worked in the electrical engineering field on commercial and institutional projects. At Schuler Shook, he applies his theatrical and engineering experience to a wide variety of projects. He is committed to a collaborative, creative, and intuitive design approach that integrates aesthetics, sustainable strategies, and modern technologies.

Giulio has served as President of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America - Chicago Section and as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has addressed professional organizations such as the Chicago chapter of the AIA and the IES National Conference and guest lectured at Columbia College and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Significant projects include The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati, OH), UI LABS (Chicago, IL), Chicago Riverwalk, Navy Pier Flyover – Lakefront Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge (Chicago, IL), New York Mercantile Exchange Office (New York, NY), Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic), Bank of America Global Tower Auditorium (Charlotte, NC) among others.

Giulio enjoys life to the fullest...food, long conversations over red wine, music, movies, art, traveling. His favorite place is the beach. He never gets bored, loves many different things and typically finds he runs out of time.

Kathy Pryzgoda

Principal Designer, Light Studio LA, Inc.

"I’ve been a lighting designer going on 40 years and as I look back, my career has been propelled by my professional relationships. My first mentor was my high school drama teacher, Burt Dikelsky. Then came my college mentor, Karen Packer. Then came the first Lighting Designer I assisted, Liz Stillwell…. to name a few. Back in the 80s there was no “straight path” to becoming a lighting designer and without mentors I don’t believe I would ever have gotten where I am today. I believe that mentorship is essential, especially in our industry! "

Kathy Pryzgoda has been designing lighting for the past 40 years. Her diverse background includes lighting design for Theatre, Television, and Architecture.

Ms. Pryzgoda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the UCLA and became a Theatrical Lighting Designer. Theatrical highlights include The Magic Theatre (San Francisco), Long Beach Opera, and Los Angeles Classical Ballet. Kathy toured internationally for the Jazz Tap Ensemble and locally as a Lighting director (JK Design Group) 2001- 2017 for the Hollywood Bowl’s world music series.

In 1992, Kathy Pryzgoda expanded her skills by designing for Television. She became lighting Designer/Director for Channel One News and received three Broadcast Design International Gold Awards for her work there. In 2000, Kathy created the lighting design for Peter Jennings with World News Tonight on ABC and worked at CNN in New York.

In 2007, Ms. Pryzgoda established Light Studio LA, a multi-faceted architectural lighting design firm. Her work includes residential and commercial architecture. Kathy was “on the road” lighting stores (2010- 2019) for Design Within Reach, a national retailer. In 2014, Kathy received an Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society for the Design Within Reach.

In addition to her design work, Kathy Pryzgoda teaches locally and lectures nationally. Kathy is Senior lecturer at UCLA extension (Architecture and Interior Design Program) and at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Kathy is on the advisory board of Light Show West and has presented at LightFair, Light Show West, Designer Lighting Forum (DFA), and most recently at HTSA (Home Technology Specialist of America).

While she has spent her life designing lighting, Kathy has secretly been a “closet” artist! She loves oil painting but never felt “good enough” to really dig in. 2020 gave her a chance to explore. She now paints on a regular basis. Nature is her artistic inspiration, hence she loves hiking and exploring! She walked the Camino De Santiago Pilgrimage in Spain in 2015 (500 miles in 33 days) and when she returned, she and her partner Byron built a retreat in Joshua Tree, CA. Today she splits her time between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree.

Lisa J. Reed

Founding Principal, Envision Lighting Design

Lisa J. Reed, Principal and Founder at Envision Lighting Design, is an award-winning lighting designer with 27 years of experience in energy management, electrical engineering, education, lighting sales, and lighting design. This multi-disciplinary background makes her an adept communication-bridge on project teams. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and a licensed engineer in the State of Kansas. She is also a Professional Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), a Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (MIES), and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She is an active member of her local IES Section, several IES Committees, and the US Green Building Council - MO Gateway Chapter. As a thought leader in the lighting industry, she regularly speaks to local and international audiences. She founded Ladies of Lighting in St. Louis, helped expand WILD (Women in Lighting + Design) across the USA, and is a passionate advocate for diversity in lighting. She received the 2014 IES Presidential Award for her work with Emerging Professionals. In 2020, she was named by St. Louis Construction News and Review (CNR) as one of the top 20 women in construction in St. Louis.

Daniel G. Salinas, LC, IES

President, Salinas Lighting Consult, Lighting Systems Designer

Daniel Salinas has been in the electrical industry since 1978, beginning as a residential lighting consultant with Belco Electric Supply, quickly progressing to showroom manager and eventually to commercial lighting designer. In 1987 he joined Nelson Electric as Senior Designer/Project Manager for lighting and lighting control systems where he worked until 2015. His expertise is in design and project management for both commercial and residential projects. He has received two IESNA IIDA International Awards of Merit for his work on special project applications. In 2015 Dan left Nelson Electric to found Salinas Lighting Consult.

Dan is committed to the lighting and electrical industry in the volunteer and leadership arena where he has served on numerous committees and leadership positions with the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) including the Board of Directors, serving as IES President for 2013-2014. After leaving the IES Board in 2015 he continued to serve as a member of IES committees. In addition, he served on committees with the NCQLP and NALCTP. He is currently involved with the California Energy Alliance and is a voting member of the ASHRAE SSPC100 Existing Buildings Committee. He has guest lectured on lighting, lighting controls and sustainable design for university programs, industry conferences and events, for utility events and the Illuminating Engineering Society both locally and nationally.

Dan and his wife Melonie live in Snohomish, Washington and are involved in volunteer work for their church.

Chrysanthi Stockwell LC, IALD, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate Lighting Designer and Engineering Market Leader, HGA

"To me, mentorship means access to a non-biased sounding board that can offer perspective. Mentoring comes in all types of directions and can be established throughout your whole career. You will always be surprised by whose experiences you can learn from. The mentors throughout my professional career have been strong advocates and trusted confidants. This program is so important to the lighting industry because it cultivates our culture moving forward and opens new lines of communication across various career paths. "

Chrysanthi brings together the creative and technical aspects of architectural lighting at HGA in Minneapolis. Her concepts enhance and reinforce the architectural form while nurturing the needs of the entire design team, making certain quality and experience is at the forefront of decision making. Chrysanthi contributes to interdisciplinary marketing efforts as well as the strategic planning for HGA Engineering with her role as the Engineering Market Leader for the Public|Corporate sector.

Chrysanthi was named 40 under 40 in Lighting Design – International Class of 2018 by Lighting Magazine. She is an active member of Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), serving on the Emerging Professional Workshop Committee, holding several positions on the Minneapolis/St. Paul IES Section board including President in 2012/2013. She holds a master's degree in architectural engineering from the University of Nebraska.

Chrysanthi enjoys traveling (hopefully soon!) and spending time with her husband and two young daughters. Fun fact: Upon graduation from her Master’s degree, she traveled a circle around the globe with her dad. They visited 7 countries in 12 days.

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