2012–2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brenden McEneaney City of Santa Monica Brenden McEneaney is the Green Building Program Advisor for the City of Santa Monica. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the green building code requirements for new construction in the city. He also oversees and administers the City's incentive programs, including expedited permitting for buildings pursuing LEED certification and grant funding for buildings achieving LEED certification and for innovative technologies that address energy efficiency. Brenden also coordinates education and outreach efforts, both for City staff and for residents, to increase awareness of green building design and construction strategies Brenden has a degree in environmental engineering from Yale University and holds a Master's degree in Industrial Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the USGBC and a Certified Green Building Professional with Build It Green. Before coming to the City of Santa Monica, Brenden managed operations for the largest retailer of green building finish materials in Southern California.
Amelia Doyle Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. Building on experience with the Emerging Green Builders (EGB), a committee of the U.S. Green Building Council focused on the sustainable development and education of students and young professionals, Amelia continues to thrive in this green community. In 2003, at Greenbuild, Amelia was introduce to the EGB and was instantly inspired by the notion of a diverse group of young, energetic, motivated people getting together to pursue projects and competitions that rose awareness and creatively addressed issues of social, environmental and economic sustainability. Amelia was looking for a local EGB group in Los Angeles and upon realizing it did not yet exist she founded the EGB-LA in the beginning of 2004. Once EGB-LA was up and running, as Chairperson Amelia represented the group on the Local Leaders Committee, a nationwide network of leaders representing the ever increasing number of EGB groups in the U.S. Soon after, in 2006, Amelia applied and was elected to hold a position with the National Committee of the Emerging Green Builders and in 2007 Amelia was elected Chairperson of the National Committee. In 2008, with her two year national term coming to an end, she represented the EGB on the Chapter Steering Committee with the National USGBC. Now, after contributing her volunteer energy at the national level for the last three years, Amelia is excited to focus on local initiatives as the Co-Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.
Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic A SustainAble Prodcution, LLC (ASAP) Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic is the President and CEO of A SustainAble Production, LLC. ASAP is a full service Sustainability Consulting Firm providing consulting services in Sustainable Design & Construction and Sustainable Event Planning. Jennifer is a LEED AP BD+C having extensive experience with the USGBC’s multiple LEED rating systems. She was instrumental in securing the world’s first LEED Platinum certification for New Construction for an aviation facility. Jennifer also successfully facilitated the LEED certification on Nevada’s first LEED Gold office retrofit, marking an important milestone for the City and State. She is on the Board of Directors for the USGBC Los Angeles Chapter and is a member of the Chapter’s Green Schools Committee. Jennifer is also on the Board of Directors for the San Fernando Valley Green Team and is the Co-Chair of the Valley Green Building Task Force. Jennifer often speaks at Conferences such as AltBuild 2012, Career days, Schools, Colleges and Educational workshops. Previously, she was the Director of Sustainability at Shangri-La Construction. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and a Masters in Applied Social Sciences from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Marc Costa The Energy Coalition Marc Costa is a project analyst at The Energy Coalition, a 501(c) 3 corporation located in Irvine, CA which generates capital through energy with innovative concepts and partnerships between local governments, utilities, businesses, schools, and other constituencies. Prior to The Energy Coalition, Marc advanced the largest green jobs training program in the nation at Long Beach City College. He is a current USGBC-LA Chapter Board Member and is a founding member of both the USGBC Long Beach branch and USGBC Students of CSULB. He also sits on the USGBC committees of Emerging Professionals, Pacific Regional Committee and is USGBC Students National Chair and a member of USGBC Students National Advisory Working Group. Marc holds a B.S. from UCSD in Management Science and is expecting a fall 2011 B.S in Construction Engineering Management from CSULB.
Daniele Aquino Horton Thomas Properties Group, Inc. Daniele Horton has over 15 years of industry experience. She is the Sustainability Manager for Thomas Properties Group, where she administers the sustainability performance of the real estate portfolio nationwide spanning entitlement, design, construction and operations. She runs the LEED EB O&M Certification program for the firm’s nationwide portfolio of 33 office buildings and has managed the LEED Certification of more than 12 Million sf to date in house. The company has been recognized by several institutions for their leadership in sustainability including the NAREIT Leader in the Light Gold Award, Energy Star Leader Award and has most recently been ranked as the highest environmental performer among public funds in North America by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark. A LEED AP since 2003, with a Professional Certification in Construction Management and a California Real Estate License, she sits on the California Sustainability Alliance Green Buildings Committee, the BOMA LA Sustainability Committee, the USGBC-LA Board of Directors and founded and Chairs the first Existing Buildings Committee in the country. Previously, Ms. Aquino worked as an architect and planner in Brazil and the US. She earned her Master's in Sustainable Development from Harvard University and her Bachelor's in Architecture & Urban Planning from Catholic University of Goias in Brazil.
Edward Belden Scale Green Edward has a passion for bringing nature into the built environment. He has been involved with USGBC-LA since 2007 previously serving as co-chair of Emerging Green Builders and now as an elected board member serving on various committees. He has managed watershed-monitoring programs and green infrastructure projects for the Council for Watershed Health and past environmental consulting worked has ranged from evaluating the environmental impacts of dust control measures in Owens Lake to a trails manual for the County of Los Angeles. He has worked as a restoration intern for the Land Trust of Santa Barbara County, consulted with the United Nations Environment Program in Geneva, and was a biologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Edward earned his Master of Environmental Science and Management with an emphasis in conservation planning from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and his BS in Biology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.
Randy Britt Parsons Randy has been creating and directing sustainability initiatives programs over the last 32 years. Randy recently served as the Director of Sustainability for LAUSD, serving 14,000 buildings, 700,000 students and 70,000 faculty and staff. He implemented programs on energy efficiency, water conservation; indoor air quality, sustainable development, and renewable energy projects. Randy was VP Engineering and Energy Management with the May Company 1980 to 2006. Randy helped establish the California Independent System Operator and was a founding member of their governing board. Randy serves as an advisor to the California Department of Education, and the USGBC Center for Green Schools. He was recently named as a juror for the Los Angeles Business Council’s Architectural Awards, and is currently on the Board of the USGBC LA Chapter.
Russell Fortmeyer ARUP Russell Fortmeyer is a design journalist, electrical engineer, and sustainability consultant with the Los Angeles office of the global engineering firm, Arup, which he first joined in 1999. In this capacity, he is involved in master planning, building projects and advanced digital modeling analysis, sustainability framework development, and built environment research. He is a contributing editor for GreenSource magazine, a technology columnist for Architectural Review Asia Pacific, and frequent contributor to Architectural Record. Russell serves on the boards of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and the LA chapter of the US Green Building Council. He is a member of the applied studies faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and has lectured at numerous architecture schools, including the University of Southern California, University of Sydney, and the University of New South Wales. His key projects have included the LEED Silver-rated Seattle Public Library, LEED Platinum-rated TreePeople Center for Community Forestry in Los Angeles, Kinghorn Cancer Center in Sydney, Australia, and Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, among many others. He holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University and MA in Architecture from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Dimitris Klapsis STUDIO dnk Dimitris’ eighteen year plus project experience includes a diverse set of architectural solutions, from the Del Mar Station, a Congress for the New Urbanism award-winning mixed-use transit development, to the new Metrolink commuter station in Santa Clarita, California, to the $750 million Arrowhead Medical Center in San Bernardino County, and to the new City of Glendale Police Facility. His dedication to sustainable design solutions has been vital to such projects as the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council, LEED Platinum-rated, and the Taylor Yard Parcel “C” Master Plan, a 24-acre mixed use LEED for Neighborhood Development project in Los Angeles, California. A vocal advocate for green strategies in the urban context, Klapsis was involved in publishing the Los Angeles edition of Green Map, an interactive planner that highlights the city’s natural and sustainable locales and transit options for the everyday consumer (www.greenmap.org). His presentations on sustainability include the Congress for New Urbanism X, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, the Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo, the United States Green Building Council Annual Members Summit, and the Natural Resources Defense Council Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
Ted Senet Gibbs, Giden, Lorcher, Turner & Senet LLP Theodore L. Senet, LEED AP is a named partner in the law firm Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner & Senet LLP. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1973 and his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1978. He currently represents corporate owners, developers, public entities, commercial general contractors, design professionals and residential builders in complex construction litigation, class action litigation, environmental claims, insurance claims and major tort litigation. He has been involved in development, construction, risk management and dispute resolution on numerous major projects, including high rise buildings, hospitals, schools, airports, power, manufacturing and processing plants, and large residential developments. He has written numerous articles on green building, construction, insurance and real property law. He has been a principal speaker at MCLE-approved seminars and has served on many panel programs.
Dennis Thurman Transwestern Dennis Thurman has over 30 years experience in all aspects of commercial real estate and is responsible for the operations and engineering in Transwestern's West Region Commercial Services' portfolio. Thurman is a LEED Accredited Professional, CPE, Steam Engineer, RPA, FMA & holds a Trade Degree in Technical Engineering. Thurman is responsible for TW's Energy Star Program of which they have been nationally recognized the last 8 years by the EPA for Sustained Excellence. He also Chairs many Committees and is in charge of TW's LEED EB program in the West.
Ying Wang Okapi Ying Wang has been a Board Director for USGBC Los Angeles Chapter since 2009. She has much devotion and passion for the Green School Committee, Pacific Regional Council and Branch Formation. Ying is a registered architect and has been practicing architecture for nearly 30 years. She is avid about the implementation of various sustainability programs for a diverse field of educational facilities ranging from K-12 to college/university campuses. As a leader in architectural sustainability, Ying established Okapi Architecture Inc. in 2010. Her practices not only emphasize on integrating sustainable designs, but also developing a program for management She has created the largest energy efficient school program for Los Angeles City Unified School District. She also serves as a consultant for San Bernardino City School District. Ying carries an extensive background in architectural practice and is familiar with a diverse amount of different building structures. Most projects consist of large, complex structures coupled with multiple clients. This has allowed her to gain valuable experience in understanding program complexity, forming consensus, and comprehending new, progressive forms of technology. In addition to the USGBC, she is also active in both the California High Performance Schools (CHPS) technical board and in the California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH). Ying frequently provides many presentations and workshops related to architectural sustainability. Ying is a LEED accredited professional and a registered architect in the states of California and Illinois. She has received a master degree in architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, and a bachelor degree in Horticulture from the National Taiwan University in Taipei.
Dr. Jorge Partida is a clinical and research psychologist who has worked as an independent consultant providing strategic planning, program design, evaluation and development support to national and international NGOs, government, academic and religious organizations. He has worked developing social and housing solutions for boy soldiers in Liberia, worked to provide fair housing for orphans in Chad as well as for homeless families in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala and throughout the United States. Working with governments, private and corporate funding entities, Dr. Partida has provided social, education and housing solutions to marginalized communities displaced by war, poverty and unregulated corporate growth.
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Dr. Partida immigrated to Chicago at the age of nine. He graduated from Loyola University and moved to California to direct the Doctorate program in Clinical and Cultural psychology at John F. Kennedy University and later served as Deputy Director of Behavioral Health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Dr. Partida has worked extensively with immigrant communities through Migrant Education and the Health Initiative of the Americas, through UC-Berkeley. He has provided program design and implementation services to address issues of health, sustainability, education and just housing.
For more than fifteen years, Dr. Partida has been a producer and presenter on television and radio, working with Univision, Telemundo, NBC, CBS, PBS and other networks. He has provided mental health advise and support to youth and parents. He has written two books, “The Promise of the Fifth Sun”, and “A Week of Awakening”. His writing weaves together diverse worldviews to heal and transform human relationships in order to create integrated, thriving, sustainable communities.
Dominique Smith Dominique is a Southern California Native and currently resides in Culver City. She began working with the USGBC-LA in 2008 on the Events Committee planning tours of LEED Certified Buildings. In the years to follow her involvement with the Chapter grew as she held the positions of Events Chair, Education Programming Consultant, and now Program Manager. She is responsible for the planning and execution of education, training, networking and special events for the USGBC in Los Angeles. She is an alumna of Loyola Marymount University and has a background in real estate development. She has a special interest in sustainable landscaping and cooking.