Structural Pest Control Advisory Council

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Ola Ajayi

Contact Title

Structural Pest Control Program Manager

Contact Phone


The Council advises department on rules for selection and application of restricted pesticides in buildings; offers suggestions for examination for licensure of commercial pest control businesses, regulation of owners or operators of non-commercial pest control locations, and certification of pest control technicians; criteria for issuance of fines.


4 years, maximum of 2 consecutive terms.

Senate Confirmation


Party Affiliation



None specified


None specified


10 members appointed by the Governor - 1 certified technician representing food industry - 1 certified technician representing non-commercial industry other than food industry - 3 certified technicians representing commercial structural pest control industry from various geographic areas of state - 1 local health department representative - 1 college or university representative with expertise in entomology, biology, or chemistry as related to structural pest control - 1 from general public - 1 from Illinois chapter of national environmental, wildlife, or conservation group - 1 from Department of Agriculture


Director, Department of Public Health, or designee, as chairperson


225 ILCS 235/10.1

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Bloomquist, Craig 09/17/2022 09/21/2018 Governor Member, Non-commercial industry rep Menard
Kerzee, Ruth 04/28/2016 08/22/2014 Governor Member, General Public Cook
Owens, Douglas 09/17/2022 09/28/2018 Governor Member, Dept of Ag Rep Sangamon
Byrd, James Richard 04/28/2016 11/06/2015 Governor Member, Local Health Dept Rep
Stricker, Cynthia 04/28/2016 08/22/2014 Governor Member, Food Industry Rep Macon
Beallis, Jeff 09/17/2022 09/21/2018 Governor Member, Commercial Industry Rep Kane
Hughson, Sarah 09/17/2022 10/05/2018 Governor Member, College/ University Rep Champaign
Kath, Joe 09/17/2018 06/14/2013 Governor Member, Environmental, Wildlife, or Conservation Group Rep.
Haggerty, Charles C. 04/28/2016 09/17/2010 Governor Member, Commercial Industry Rep McLean
Ruesken, Eric 04/28/2016 02/20/2013 Governor Member, Commercial Industry Rep Effingham