ABO is led by a core team of leaders whose vision and passion help guide our organization forward by bringing our mission to life. If you are looking to connect with our ABO team, please visit our contact page.
Jon E. Kallen, M.S., J.D.
Interim Executive Director
As Interim Executive Director Jon is responsible for coordinating directly with ABO members to advance the organization’s goals for the algae and seaweed industry.
Jon is an attorney and engineer with over 15 years of experience working for large, diversified energy companies, engineering consulting firms, and early-stage private equity renewable energy/infrastructure project developers. He has extensive experience in the agricultural technology, biotechnology, renewable energy, regulated energy, water/wastewater infrastructure, sustainable manufacturing, and environmental services sectors.
Jon is currently the Managing Partner of Jennings Kallen Advisors, LLC, a specialized strategic advisory practice that provides turnkey legal, business strategy, business formation, business development, business capitalization and project development services to multiple early stage and established clients.
Jon possesses degrees in engineering and law, is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, and is a member of the Business Record’s 40 under 40 Emerging Business Leaders of Central Iowa. Jon was appointed in 2020 to serve as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Iowa State University Business Accelerator.
Barb Scheevel is the Administrative Coordinator for the Algae Biomass Organization. With over twenty years of office management experience, her responsibilities are to assist with the various managerial and administrative tasks associated with ABO including maintaining financial, organizational and membership records and event management.
Nancy Byrne is the Office Assistant for the Algae Biomass Organization. A retired educator, Nancy assists with various office tasks as well as providing assistance with event staffing.