Speakers

 
 
 

Becky Alexander, LHB
Session: T204 Building Carbon Neutrality in Minnesota + Beyond

Jonathan Arnold, Arnold Development Group
Session: T102 From Vacancy to Resiliency – Sustainability, Reinvestment, and Profitability in Community Development

Jonathan is the founder of Arnold Development Group, a certified Benefit Corporation specializing in sustainable real estate development. He holds a degree in architecture from Cornell University and a masters degree in real estate development from Columbia University. Over the past 15 years, he has successfully helped design and market more than $6 billion in commercial real estate, including more than 40 continuing care retirement communities, 2,500 apartment units, and more than two dozen large scale mixed-use urban infill developments. His firm is currently developing the largest Passive House Certified multifamily project in the United States.

Jean Ascoli, SEDAC
Session: W302 A Commonsense Path for Owners to Save Energy in New and Existing Buildings - Strategies that Work!

Jean Ascoli is a licensed architect and certified energy manager (CEM), currently engaged full time in building energy analysis and auditing of commercial and public buildings with the University of Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC). In her role as SEDAC's Program Director for New Constructor, Jean has consulted with a wide variety of Illinois public sector clients to help them optimize energy efficiency in their new facility designs; reviewed completed construction documents and energy model data for some of the State's highest performing, public sector, new construction projects; and mentored architectural students and recent graduates in high performance building design. Jean has more than twenty-five years of professional experience encompassing all aspects of architecture as well as restoration expertise and fine furniture making.

Michael Behm, Leopardo Companies, Inc.
Session: T301 Construction Field Technology + Tools:  How One Contractor Makes them Work

Mike Behm, AIA, has more than 33 years of architecture and construction experience. As senior vice president at Leopardo Companies, Inc., Mike plays a critical role in business and construction strategy. His impressive resume features a diverse mix of complex construction projects, including work in the municipal, higher education, K-12 education, recreation and federal government sectors. Mike has been published in many professional journals, including Architectural Record, and has also presented at various professional conferences and seminars for AIA, Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), Professional Services Management Journal (PSMJ), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Patrick Boyle, Sloan Valve Company
Session: T302 Greening of Corporate America: How Manufacturers Are Leading the Way in Sustainability

Patrick Boyle is the Director of Corporate Sustainability at Sloan Valve Company. Sloan is the world's leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing systems and has been in operation since 1906. Headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, the company is at the forefront of the green building movement and provides sustainable restroom solutions by manufacturing water-efficient products such as flush valves, electronic faucets, soap dispensing systems, sink systems and vitreous china fixtures for commercial, industrial and institutional markets worldwide. Patrick has 18 years of experience in the environmental health, occupational safety and sustainability field and received his master's degree from The Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology in Environmental Management and Sustainability. Patrick has championed Triple Zero campaigns for zero water wasted, zero waste to landfill, and zero energy growth and has successfully developed and implemented Management Systems based onISO 18001 andISO 14000 standards. Patrickis currently responsible for governance, processes and systems to ensure Sloan is moving its socio-economic systems toward sustainability. His responsibilities including developing the company's corporate responsibility strategy, implementing programs to drive citizenship performance within the company and elevating Sloan Valve Company's profile as a leading corporate citizen. Patrick has developed and implemented Sloan's corporate Green House Gas reduction program and policy,works closely with global manufacturing facilities to identify environmental impact reduction strategies, initiated and managed product life cycle assessment projects, has implemented a landfill diversion program than has currently reduced total waste to landfill by 80%, interfaces with the new product development teams to advocate for clean tech design,implemented green chemical alternatives to replace hazardous materials and implemented strategies to reduce corporate energy and water consumption.

Shawn Buehler, Leopardo Companies, Inc.
Session: T301 Construction Field Technology + Tools:  How One Contractor Makes them Work

Shawn Buehler is a senior project superintendent at Leopardo Companies, Inc. with 26 years in the field and more than 5 million square feet of construction under his belt. His experience includes large, multi-floor and multi-unit corporate offices, as well as residential and mixed-use projects. Shawn's resume includes the 24-story condominium high-rise currently under construction at Elm and State on Chicago's North Side, Radio Flyer's Chicago-based headquarters, as well the Mariano's-anchored Ravenswood Station and The Gateway. His specific expertise ranges from phased construction and building systems upgrades to historic renovation and fast-track scheduling.

Kristine Chalifoux, SEDAC
Session: W302 A Commonsense Path for Owners to Save Energy in New and Existing Buildings - Strategies that Work!

Kristine Chalifoux, Registered Architect, LEED AP  Kristine Chalifoux is a licensed architect and Director of Management and Operations for SEDAC. Kristine assists in managing the programs and staff at SEDAC and works with entities across the state to coordinate energy efficiency programs. She also consults with Illinois businesses to help them reduce their energy use and improve their financial bottom line through energy assessments and retro-commissioning. Much of her outreach work includes speaking at a variety of workshops and conferences as well as working directly with building owners. She has spent much of her career working with energy efficiency and sustainable buildings. She holds a BA from Clemson University, a B Arch from University of Arizona, and an MBA from the University of Illinois. She has worked as a Director of the Environmental program at the American Institute of Architects and was a partner in the energy and sustainability consulting firm, ENSAR Group, in Boulder Colorado. Kristine has worked on many projects around the United States including the Greening of the White House during the Clinton Administration and the first straw bale house in Urbana, Illinois.

Joseph Clair, Urban Green Council
Session: W104 Valuing Labor: GPRO Training Program Teams With Trades to Accelerate Building Performance

Joseph is an Assistant Director at Urban Green Council and an advocate for community resiliency. Previously, he served as Director of Campus Energy and Sustainability for the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he managed one of the country's first smart grid projects. Prior to that, Joseph served as Managing Engineer for the Chicago Public Schools, where he decreased energy use in new building designs by 40% and helped CPS to become the largest purchaser of renewable energy in the state. In his 20-plus years of construction experience, Joseph has worked as a contractor, designer, construction manager, commissioning authority, and owner. - See more at: http://urbangreencouncil.org/about-us/staff#sthash.pHbf8W1u.dpuf

Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, Managing Director of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index for global resilience
Session: W100 Unlocking Global Adaptation Solutions

Earlier in her career, Coffee directed Chicago’s Climate Action Plan and managed water and air resources in the city’s Department of Environment. Coffee started her career in Asia with the World Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development’s U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership.

Coffee is a board member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and was a founding board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and a Great Lakes delegate to Brookings International Young Leaders Climate Change Summit. She is a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader and an Aspen Institute Socrates Fellow. She earned a BS in biology, environmental studies, and Asian studies from Tufts University and a Master’s in city planning from MIT. She is the author of the Climate Adaptation Exchange Blog.

Myrna Coronado Brookover, JLL
Session: W202  Advancing Energy Efficiency in Commercial Office Buildings

Dominique Davison, DRAW Architecture + Urban Design
Session: T102 From Vacancy to Resiliency – Sustainability, Reinvestment, and Profitability in Community Development

Dominique Davison founded her practice, DRAW Architecture + Urban Design (formerly Davison), in 2005 with the desire to explore the intersection between research, resourcefulness, and simple, clean forms. Dedicated to issues of social equity, she endeavors to improve people's lives through better design. This commitment to creating more vibrant communities is exemplified by her roles as a founding member of Women in Design, Kansas City, a founder of the Ecological Urbanism Series, and a board member of the Heartland Tree Alliance. Most recently, Dominique's work has included master planning and infill development for the City of Kansas City, Missouri's Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department, and the creation of the Scattered Sites Guidebook for Infill Lot Improvement Strategies. These efforts and the resulting Guidebook is generating national interest from municipalities and industry peers. In December, 2014, she concluded a 16-month appointment on the City's Environmental Management Commission Vacant Lot Task Force, collectively presenting recommendations to City Council.  Dominique has led projects of all scales across the country. She has shared her expertise and skills as a lecturer and studio critic at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Before relocating to Kansas City, Dominique honed her design skills in the offices of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in New Haven, CT after earning her Master of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture. She received a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from UC Berkeley and launched her career working for Daniel Solomon FAIA.

Neil Dose, Leopardo Companies, Inc.
Session: T301 Construction Field Technology + Tools:  How One Contractor Makes them Work

Neil Dose has 15 years of construction experience with specific expertise in mechanical, electrical, plumbing and security systems. As an MEP coordinator with Leopardo Companies, Inc., Neil closely reviews every facet of the architectural and engineering systems and addresses issues of constructability, design, scope of work, structural elements, document translation and more. He has worked on many complex projects like the Aurora Police Headquarters, one of the nation's largest police facilities, as well as the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago, one of the nation's most unique, multi-functional spaces. Neil is a graduate of Illinois State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology and construction management. 

Tim Duggan, Make it Right
Session: T102 From Vacancy to Resiliency – Sustainability, Reinvestment, and Profitability in Community Development

Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President, AIA Chicago
Session: T202 Partnerships that Produce Winners: Chicago's  Design Excellence Awards

Jon Evans, Sustainable Engineering Group LLC
Session: W102 How to Create a LEED v4 Beta Learning Environment: The Story of Lake Mills (Wis.) Elementary School

Claudia Fischmann, dbHMS
Session: W203 LEED Certification Tricks of the Trade

Claudia is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED accredited professional who provides sustainability consulting and project management at dbHMS. As a LEED accredited professional, Claudia assists project teams in developing strategies for LEED certification both for MEP-related credits and more general consulting. She has overseen projects ranging from core and shell developments to large-scale, multi-family housing. Claudia brings a broad knowledge base to implementing green techniques and strategies. In her spare time, Claudia volunteers with the USGBC Illinois Chapter's Emerging Professionals group, Rebuilding Together Chicago, and Designs for Dignity. She loves to bring her sustainability knowledge home and is often found working on projects like retrofitting her toilet or installing low flow fixtures.

Beth Giltner, Rand Construction
Session: T203  Building Performance: Connecting the Dots from Design to Occupancy in LEED Buildings

Beth Giltner, LEED AP ID+C, BD+C, is the Sustainability Coordinator at rand* construction corporation, a national commercial contractor that specializes in tenant interiors, building renovations, and sustainable, ground-up, restaurant and retail construction. Her background in sustainable commercial interior design was instrumental in Beth's segue into the management of environmentally responsible, high-performance commercial construction projects. Since joining rand*, Beth has worked on over 3 million square feet of LEED certified projects. Beth manages the LEED certification process for renovation and construction projects nationwide. During the submittal process, Beth ensures that the procurement process is in compliance with specifications and LEED objectives set forth by the project team. During the build-out, she checks the site for compliance with indoor air quality and waste management requirements, collects and tracks material documentation, and processes data for LEED submission at the project conclusion.  Beth directs rand*'s Corporate Sustainability Program and collaborates with industry partners to streamline processes, educate the community, and advocate for environmentally responsible design and construction. She facilitates the rand* LEED education program, which provides free training to become LEED accredited professionals. Under her leadership, rand* has become one of the industry's premier general contractors practicing sustainable building and a paradigm for responsible, profitable, and sustainable business. Beth's associations with the USGBC, ASID, DCBIA, and other industry organizations enrich her knowledge and expand her reach into the community, enabling her to further progress the mission of responsible, sustainable design and construction.

Amanda Goetsch, Inpro Corporation
Session: T104 Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Employees as Green as the Building

Amanda’s professional and academic experiences include conservation biology, environmental science, sustainable economic development, sustainable business development, triple bottom line dynamics, environmental justice, renewable energy and community well-being. She approaches opportunities systematically and from a holistic perspective with a healthy balance of pragmatism and enthusiasm. With a passion for blending strategically smart business practices with the tools needed for a more sustainable future, Amanda continues to develop a robust sustainability program at Inpro.

Jan Goldsmith, SVP, Zeller Realty Group
Session: T100  BOMA Owners’ Keynote Panel

Richard Graves, University of Minnesota
Session: T204 Building Carbon Neutrality in Minnesota + Beyond

Richard Graves, Director  Richard is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research and an associate professor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. From 2012 to 2014, he was the Executive Director of the International Living Future Institute, leading the operations and strategic efforts around all of the Institute's signature program. Before joining the Institute, he was the Senior Vice President for Community and Education with the U.S. Green Building Council from 2010 to 2012 and served on the National Board from 2006 to 2010. His research focuses on design for regenerative and resilient development

Timothy Gray, Ball State University
Session: W103 Building Between the Seams: Insurgent Architecture in Support of Urban Agriculture

Timothy Gray is an architect, educator and environmental advocate with extensive expertise in sustainable design. After completing his Master of Architecture as a Branner Fellow at UC Berkeley, Tim established his own practice and completed, among other projects, the Fruitvale Housing complex in Oakland, California, a demonstration project for sustainable design in low income housing. The project was honored with a national "Phoenix Award" by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003. In addition, Tim is currently is working on the Katz Residence, currently under construction in Ft. Wayne Indiana, which is hoping to become the first home in the area to achieve LEED Platinum rating.  Tim has taught extensively at both UC Berkeley and the California College of the Arts, and is now an Associate Professor of Architecture at Ball Sate University, Tim led a group of students in the design and construction of a Straw-Bale Environmental Center, a facility that will be used to demonstrate sustainable technologies and provide educational outreach to a variety of user groups including both University and grade school students. The project, which was recognized with a State AIA award for Design Excellence as well as national awards from the Green Building Initiative and the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NCARB Prize 2009), represents the first load bearing straw bale building in Central Indiana and the first off the grid facility on the Ball State Campus, powered by a combination of wind and solar renewable energy systems. Tim has also worked with groups of Ball State Architecture students on the design and construction of facilities for three separate urban farming sites in Indianapolis, two of which have been recognized with Merit Awards for Design Excellence form the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; urbaRn 2012, GRIDfarm, with Lucas Brown, 2015. Timothy Gray has both lectured and published extensively on the subject of sustainable design and education.An active advocate for environmental awareness and education in the Indianapolis Community, Gray has twice served on the organizing committee for the annual "Indiana Building Green"; symposium. Tim currently serves on the Executive Council of the USGBC (US Green Building Council) State Board of Directors.

Ramesh Gulatee, Skypan
Session: T201 DRONES:  How Design, Engineering + Construction Firms - and Their Clients - Can Benefit From Their Use

Saranya Gunasingh, Seventhwave
Session: T303 Buildings of the Future and Climate Resilience Strategies

Michelle Halle Stern, The Green Facilitator
Session: W204 Tackling Climate Change Through Systems Thinking

Michelle Halle Stern has been considered a green building expert since the late 90s, when she launched one of the country's first green architecture programs, and founded the US Green Building Council Illinois Chapter. Michelle has her own sustainability consulting firm, The Green Facilitator, and is also a partner in the professional development firm, Prairie Lab, and adjunct faculty at Northwestern University. Prior positions include Director of Sustainability at OWP/P and HDR, and Sustainability Strategist at Perkins+Will. She just completed her term as Chair of USGBC's Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, and was a member of USGBC Faculty™ for eleven years. In 2011 Ms. Halle Stern was named to the inaugural class of LEED Fellows, reflecting her longstanding contributions to green design.

Susan Helmer, ComEd
Session: W202 Advancing Energy Efficiency in Commercial Office Buildings

Tyler Henderson, Growing Places Indy
Session: W103 Building Between the Seams: Insurgent Architecture in Support of Urban Agriculture

Tony Holub, Farr Associates
Session: T103 Energy Efficiency and the Future of Affordable Housing

Tony Holub is a Senior Architect with Farr Associates in Chicago. His work has focused extensively on sustainble design and LEED certification initiatives. He is formerly the chair of AIA Iowa's Committee On the Environment (iCOTE) and is an involved member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Tony recently became a Certified Passive House Consultant and now serves on the Board of the Passive House Alliance Chicago Chapter. He is currently working on redevelopment of the historic Lawson House YMCA in downtown Chicago which will include affordable housing for 400 residents, and will set the new standard for high-performance design in this market.

Ann P. Kalayil, PhD, Regional Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration's Great Lakes Region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin)
Session: M300 ANN KALAYIL GSA GREAT LAKES KEYNOTE

Helen Kessler, HJKessler Associates
Session: W204 Tackling Climate Change Through Systems Thinking

Myung Kim, Cannon Design
Session: W301 Commercial Lighting: The Latest Design Trends, Products, and Systems

Paul Knight, Domus PLUS
Session: T103 Energy Efficiency and the Future of Affordable Housing

Ari Kobb, Siemens
Session: T302 Greening of Corporate America: How Manufacturers Are Leading the Way in Sustainability

Ari Kobb leads the Energy and Sustainability consulting practice within the Siemens Building Technologies Division. He is responsible for the portfolio of energy and sustainability offerings, and manages a team of consultants focused on helping customers improve their performance in the areas of energy and sustainability strategy, energy conservations greenhouse gas reductions and green building certification. As founder and chair of the Siemens Internal Sustainability Committee, Ari continues lead the Division’s own transition towards broader sustainability both corporately and throughout the field organization. Ari joined Siemens in 2005 as Senior Marketing Manager for the Building Technologies U.S. Energy and Environmental Solutions business segment. Prior to joining Siemens, he held senior marketing positions with R.R. Donnelley and United Parcel Service. Ari earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Dickinson College and a Master's of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Ari is a LEED Accredited Professional and was elected to the Board of Directors of the United States Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter in 2012, serving as Board Chair in 2014.

R. Ted Krasnesky, Pepper Construction Company
Session: W203 LEED Certification Tricks of the Trade

Ted is a graduate of the Architectural Engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He has been working in the construction industry for over 30 years. His projects include College Libraries, Hospitals, Manufacturing Facilities, Commercial Office Buildings and Corporate Headquarters. He became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2003, was the Chairman of the US Green Building Council Chicago Chapter North Northwest Branch 2008-2009, Chairman of the Pepper Construction Green Building Committee and was the Project Executive for the LEED Platinum Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center. He has served as LEED Project Administrator or assisted in the LEED certification of over 50 projects, most of them Platinum and Gold. He regularly makes presentations on sustainable construction to students and professional groups including the USGBC Greenbuild Conference, USGBC Illinois Chapter, Society for Marketing Professionals and Greening the Heartland. He helped develop the "Going Green? Do You Know Your ROI?" presentation which highlights the value of sustainable construction investments. (For additional references Google: Ted Krasnesky Sustainability)

Theresa Lehman, Miron Construction
Sessions: T104 Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Employees as Green as the BuildingW102 How to Create a LEED v4 Beta Learning Environment: The Story of Lake Mills (Wis.) Elementary School

Theresa Lehman, LEED Fellow, LEED AP-BD+C, ID+C, Provisional WELL AP, is the Director of Sustainable Services at Miron Construction. Named as one of ENR magazine's top 20 under 40, she has dedicated her entire career to sustainably and practically transforming the built environment. She has worked on over 75 projects seeking LEED certification utilizing numerous LEED green building rating systems and has successfully certified projects in many market segments that have been awarded Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Many projects she has led are highly regarded and recognized throughout the industry including the renovation and expansion of the Lake Mills Middle School, the first public K-12 school to earn LEED Platinum, and the Lake Mils Elementary School, a 2015 Green School Ribbon recipient and the only K-12 school to pilot the LEED v4 Beta program. She is an active volunteer of USGBC. She has served on several LEED exam writing panels, is a former Curriculum Committee member, has served as the advocacy co-chair of USGBC's Common Ground Around Green Schools national campaign and frequently volunteering with USGBC's Advocacy team and The Center for Green Schools at USGBC. Theresa has been a USGBC Faculty™ member since 2006 and has educated people around the world on LEED. As the Director of Sustainable Services for Miron Construction Co., Inc., Theresa's role is to inspire sustainability throughout Miron's culture, integrate "green" into their business practices and construction operations, lead their sustainable education program, and serve as the LEED Project Administrator for projects seeking LEED certification. Under her leadership, Miron's LEED project portfolio includes nearly 60 LEED projects valued at $735 million. Notable sustainable accomplishments include the Gold LEED certification of their corporate office, recognition as a top scoring Green Master company among Wisconsin businesses and named Corporate Report magazine's 2011 Corporate Environmental Citizen of the Year. Theresa is currently working with Miron's Corporate Wellness director to engage and educate employees on enhancing their health and well-being within the built environment as well as thru their personal choices and behaviors.

Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
Session: W303 Enhancing Indoor Air Quality: How Ventilated Facades Can Improve IAQ and Occupant Health

Luke Leung is the Director of the Sustainability Engineering Studio for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP at Chicago. His work include Burj Khalifa, the world's current tallest man-made structure, over 40 LEED buildings in different stages of the process, multiple awards winner including eight times recipient of the "Excellence in Engineering" award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Selected projects also include Rural Bank Headquarters, General Motors Global Headquarters, Roche Diagnostics, 324 M Greentown Qingdao Tower, 450 M Greenland Zifeng Tower, 450 Kunming Tower, Beijing Finance Street, Embassy of Ottawa, a LEED Platinum building with the first large scale horizontal wind turbine in the city of Chicago etc.   Luke is a LEED Fellow; He is also a Centennial Fellow from The Pennsylvania State University Architectural Engineering Department; ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer; Chairman of the ASHRAE Committee on "Tall Buildings" Chairman of the Building Pressure Committee, Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings; member of AIA Large Firm Roundtable Sustainable Committee; a Part Time Professor at IIT; and a member of the Chicago Sister Cities Program with China.

Patricia Lloyd, Leopardo Construction
Session: W104 Valuing Labor: GPRO Training Program Teams With Trades to Accelerate Building Performance

Kimberly Lombardozzi, CBC Flooring
Session: T304 What’s in This Stuff? Ingredient Disclosure and the Commercial Marketplace

Kimberly Lombardozzi is the President of KAL Sustainability Marketing. Previously she was Sustainability Manager for CBC Flooring where she led development of Health Product Declarations (HPD's) for their resilient products. She was responsible for leading all aspects of CBC Flooring's sustainable enterprises and strategy, including implementing sustainable sales initiatives supporting CBC Flooring's sales growth, product development and brand awareness. She was also Sustainability Manager for The Mohawk Group. Lombardozzi is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council; Illinois Chapter and has held significant leadership positions within the Chapter and the Greenbuild Illinois Chapter Host Committee. She is a LEED Accredited Professional with the Interior Design and Construction specialty.

Samantha Longshore, Transwestern Sustainability Services
Session: T203  Building Performance: Connecting the Dots from Design to Occupancy in LEED Buildings

Samantha serves as a sustainability advisor, specializing in leading property management teams through the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance certification process. She provides guidance on a variety of sustainable initiatives and works to promote tenant engagement in the process. Samantha is responsible for enabling owners and staff to sustain positive change in their buildings. Samantha began her career with Transwestern Sustainability Services in 2011. As a project site leader, her experience extends both locally and internationally. Samantha serves as the prototype administrator for the LEED Version 4 Operations and Maintenance: Existing Buildings Volume program and has recently certified the first projects under Transwestern's LEED Version 2009 Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Volume Program. Samantha provides LEED educational courses to clients, holds designation as a LEEDUser Expert, and is a contributing author for World Green, an online sustainability forum through the Leonardo Academy. Samantha earned her Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. Prior to joining Transwestern, she worked for Madison Environmental Group, a consulting firm in Madison, Wisconsin. Samantha is a LEED AP O+M, LEED AP BD+C, and a provisional WELL AP for the WELL Building Standard, a new protocol that focuses on human wellness within the building environment.

Peter Marchese, Microdesk
Session: T201 DRONES:  How Design, Engineering + Construction Firms - and Their Clients - Can Benefit From Their Use

Peter is a Senior Consultant at Microdesk, specializing in assisting organizations with implementing Building Information Modeling processes. This includes providing on-site assistance, custom content, training and creating goals and roadmaps to integrate technology and workflows into their long term plans. Peter has also assisted companies with understanding and applying new and upcoming technologies with the goal differentiating their skills from competitors by enhancing coordination and visibility with tools such as cloud based services and the use of UAVs. Prior to joining Microdesk, Peter worked at design firms working on residential, institutional, liturgical and commercial projects. He has managed projects throughout all phases, performed field surveys, code and product research, worked on specifications, and presented to approval boards. Finished projects include several laboratory/research buildings, residences, libraries, movie theaters, and a new processing and distribution center for the US Postal Service. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

Sharon Mathes
Session: T103 Energy Efficiency and the Future of Affordable Housing

Matthew McGrane, Farr Associates
Session: T103 Energy Efficiency and the Future of Affordable Housing

Matthew McGrane is a Senior Associate with Farr Associates. As an architect, he has designed and successfully implemented highly-sustainable projects at multiple scales including master planning, build-to-suit architecture, and interiors. As a sustainability consultant, he has worked as a certified reviewer for the USGBC and has coordinated numerous LEED project certification pursuits. Passionate about socially-equitable design, Matthew is interested in the confluence of performance and affordability.

Gautami Palanki, US Green Building Council
Session: T203 Building Performance: Connecting the Dots from Design to Occupancy in LEED Buildings

Gautami Palanki is a Senior Consultant- Building Performance at the U.S. Green Building Council. She manages product development and global implementation of the LEED Dynamic Plaque. Prior to USGBC, Gautami was a sustainability consultant and managed the design and implementation of data driven energy, water, and resource efficiency initiatives. She has previous experience as an architectural designer, with a focus on international commercial and hospitality projects. Ms. Palanki received her B.Arch from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India and M.S. in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a LEED accredited professional and has completed training for Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and GRESB.

Bob Quast, BOMA/Chicago’s Vice President and Vice President with Lincoln Property
Session: T100 BOMA Owners’ Keynote Panel

Stephen Ray, SOM & North Park University
Session: W303 Enhancing Indoor Air Quality: How Ventilated Facades Can Improve IAQ and Occupant Health

Stephen Ray is a team-building engineer and educator working towards improving the environment and STEM education. He was recently tapped to lead the growing engineering program at Chicago's North Park University, where he will serve as Campus Sustainability Coordinator and as Assistant Professor of Physics and Engineering, helping to focus campus sustainability efforts and strengthen the university's new engineering program. Ray also serves as a Technical Advisor in the Chicago office of architecture and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. At SOM, he has worked as a project engineer on a cutting-edge, 450 meter supertall tower in China and has continued to expand and apply his expertise in sustainable design to projects of varying size. He has also continued to pursue a wide range of research projects at scales big and small - Ray is currently examining how microscopic particles in the air can be reduced, as well as how city-wide carbon emissions impact life expectancy.

Jeff Rehm, W.W. Grainger
Session: T302 Greening of Corporate America: How Manufacturers Are Leading the Way in Sustainability

Cory Roberts, Boeing
Session; W202 Advancing Energy Efficiency in Commercial Office Buildings

Colin Rohlfing, HOK Inc.
Session: T304 What’s in This Stuff? Ingredient Disclosure and the Commercial Marketplace

Colin is a Sustainable Leader and Director of sustainable consulting and operations for HDR Inc. He facilitates sustainable design and consulting integration for various projects throughout the firm. Colin is a member of the USGBC Illinois Chapter, Co-Facilitator of the Chicago Biomimicry Group, member of the AIA national Health and Sustainability Advisory Board and is a frequent speaker at various sustainable events throughout the world. He has presented at over 60 events both nationally and internationally. In 2010, He was awarded the Midwest Construction's Top 20 under 40 honor and received an American Institute of Architect's Presidents citation for his work on the 2030 Challenge in Chicago. In 2012 he was awarded the Building Design and Construction Top 40 under 40 award and the Design Futures Council Top 40 under 40 award. In 2015, Colin received the Natural Leader award from the USGBC Illinois.

Frank Saldano, Related Midwest
Session: W203 LEED Certification Tricks of the Trade

Dean Sanders, Lake Mills Area School District
Session: W102 How to Create a LEED v4 Beta Learning Environment: The Story of Lake Mills (Wis.) Elementary School

Matthew Schoell-Schafer, studioINSITE
Session: T102 From Vacancy to Resiliency – Sustainability, Reinvestment, and Profitability in Community Development

Matt Schoell-Schafer is a landscape architect and studio manager for studioINSITE's Omaha, Nebraska office. Over the past 10 years, his focus has been on the creation of environmentally and culturally sustainable sites, with the idea that creating healthy human environments is integral to the creation of healthy ecological systems. Recently, his work has focused on creating methodologies that blend ecological design with public health research to positively influence the health outcomes within our communities. He is excited about the potential of exploring community health as a way to create beautiful and sustainable communities that are compassionate for all those who live in and experience them.

Sara Schonour, Cannon Design
Session: W301 Commercial Lighting: The Latest Design Trends, Products, and Systems

Scott Schuetter, Seventhwave
Session: T303 Buildings of the Future and Climate Resilience Strategies

Scott spearheads Seventhwave's advanced tool development to increase our project cost-effectiveness for utility clients. His commercial building analysis experience encompasses advanced daylighting and controls; field analysis of as-built performance versus code to inform code policy and utility code program strategies; and energy analysis and planning for multi-building-scale efficiency approaches. Scott is skilled in energy analysis for a wide range of commercial building types, applied as technical support for utility new construction programs as well as consulting for private design clients. He specializes in modeling of campuses, communities and regions through large scale batch energy modeling. In addition, Scott studies climate change impacts on building energy consumption and demand. Scott spearheads Seventhwave's advanced tool development to increase our project cost-effectiveness for utility clients. His commercial building analysis experience encompasses advanced daylighting and controls; field analysis of as-built performance versus code to inform code policy and utility code program strategies; and energy analysis and planning for multi-building-scale efficiency approaches. Scott is skilled in energy analysis for a wide range of commercial building types, applied as technical support for utility new construction programs as well as consulting for private design clients. He specializes in modeling of campuses, communities and regions through large scale batch energy modeling. In addition, Scott studies climate change impacts on building energy consumption and demand.

Mark Segal
Session: T201 DRONES:  How Design, Engineering + Construction Firms - and Their Clients - Can Benefit From Their Use

Mark Segal started SkyPan International in 1987 with the primary focus on aerial view studies  over future highrise and midrise projects using manned helicopters. Since the mid 90's he's  concentrated on building technologies which add value to every project, utilizing robotic platforms, custom camera mounts and sophisticated software applications. His team has devised systems to produce high resolution imagery from sunrise through dusk, all using 360 seamless interactive links used by architects, developers, contractors, interior designers, brokers, 3D/animation studios, financial institutions  and sales/marketing consultants. Mark Segal Photography, an advertising photography studio, has produced 360 degree photography for hotel,  travel, corporate & industrial clients in 40 countries including international coverage for Samsung, Hilton Hotels,  SouthAfricanAirways, McDonalds, United, Verifone and Sage Software.  Panoramic Images, a photo library co-owned by Mark Segal, contains the largest collection of panoramic photography  which is licensed worldwide.

 

Raj Shukla, Cool Choices
Session: T104 Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Employees as Green as the Building

Raj Shukla has applied program design, development and management expertise in a variety of collaborative and creative venues spanning everything from public policy to the world of professional sports. As Director of Programs, he leads Cool Choices engagement and energy efficiency programs in businesses, schools and public agencies.

Frank Soldano, Related Midwest
Session: W203 LEED Certification Tricks of the Trade

FRANK SOLDANO Vice President; Design & Construction   Frank Soldano is Vice President of Design and Construction and serves in both construction and architectural project management roles on a variety of adaptive re-use, historic preservation and new construction projects. Since joining Related Midwest 23 years ago, Frank has been involved in the development of three LEED certified buildings in Chicago including 340 on the Park , Chicago's first LEED Silver certified residential high-rise building, 500 North Lake Shore Drive which received LEED gold certification in2014, and OneEleven (111 West Wacker) which received LEED gold certification earlier this year. Frank received a B.S. in Architectural Studies in 1986 and a Master of Architecture and M.B.A. degrees in 1991 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a licensed architect and has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2008.  
ABOUT RELATED MIDWEST  Related Midwest, the Chicago office of Related Companies, is the pre-eminent developer of luxury condominium and rental homes, master-planned, mixed-use, and affordable housing. Recognized for innovation and market-defining developments for more than 25 years, Related Midwest has reshaped luxury living in Chicago through a deep-rooted history of excellence. We are a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with expertise in every aspect of development including acquisitions, management, finance, architecture and design, construction, sales and leasing, and brokerage services. Given our size and scope, we have both the technical background and financial strength to execute a project of virtually any size or complexity. We are committed to continue to break new ground and reshape the industry. Over the past few years, we have developed and brought to market more than $2 billion in luxury residential, mixed-use and affordable developments. Many of these projects were the largest and most complex executed in the market. The goal of Related Midwest is to be nothing short of best-in-class in every facet of our business. Whether we’re pursuing luxury residential development, residential sales or leasing, mixed-use development, hotel development, retail development, affordable housing, property management or finance, we look for value-added opportunities in markets with high barriers to entry. Once these are identified, we execute each development with a commitment to excellence that is unmatched in the industry.

Janet Streff, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Session: T204 Building Carbon Neutrality in Minnesota + Beyond

Janet manages the State Energy Office, located in the Minnesota Department of Commerce. In this capacity she directs professional staff with responsibilities for the state's utility conservation program, other state incentive and rebate programs as well as multiple programs funded through the US Department of Energy. She has been involved with the state's B3 Program (Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond) from its inception, including the integration of the SB 2030 standard.  Janet is currently Chair of the National Association of State Building Officials. She's previously served as Chair of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Chair of the State Energy Advisory Board, and co-chair of the Existing Commercial Buildings Work Group within the State Energy Efficiency Action Network.  Prior to joining the State Energy Office, Janet managed commercial construction. She holds a B.A. from the University of North Dakota and an M.A. (Public Administration) from Hamline University. 

Ryan Tinus, Tishman Speyer
Session: W202 Advancing Energy Efficiency in Commercial Office Buildings

Ryan oversees a broad range of sustainable initiatives in commercial real estate in his role as Sustainability Manager with Tishman Speyer. Ryan focuses on creating value by reducing operating expenses and increasing operational efficiencies. He has overseen energy efficiency projects resulting in nearly 15M kWh annual reduction of electrical consumption in class A office buildings in downtown Chicago, and has implemented demand response protocols across the region. He also manages the LEED and Energy Star ecolabling activities throughout Tishman Speyer's US portfolio. Ryan is the chair of the BOMA Chicago Energy and Sustainability Committee and holds degrees in chemical engineering and economics from The Ohio State University as well as an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Betsy Traczek, Principal, The John Buck Company
Session: T100  BOMA Owners’ Keynote Panel

Bill Vail, Senior Director, Asset Services at CBRE
Session: T100  BOMA Owners’ Keynote Panel

Teresa Wadzinski, Eppstein Uhen Architects
Session: W102 How to Create a LEED v4 Beta Learning Environment: The Story of Lake Mills (Wis.) Elementary School

Specializing in K-12 education, Teresa has worked with over 20 public and private school districts throughout Wisconsin. Her passion is designing education spaces that ensure all types of learners and educators are able to reach their full potential.  As a Project Manager at Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), Teresa's role on projects is to bring the right people to the table and to ensure the design team, the client and construction manager are all working towards creative, sustainable and cost-effective solutions for school districts. Teresa plays an integral role in educating clients on how to integrate 21st Century learning environments into new and existing facilities to improve student-learning outcomes.

Nora Wang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Session: T303 Buildings of the Future and Climate Resilience Strategies

Dr. Wang specializes in building energy efficiency, sustainability, daylighting, and human behavior. She has over ten years of research experience in building energy efficiency and sustainability. She received her doctorate degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since joining PNNL in 2010, Dr. Wang has led a variety of building research projects, such as building energy asset rating, Buildings of the Future vision development, energy data analysis for benchmarking and disclosure, building performance evaluation, and daylighting design.  Beginning her career in architecture, Dr. Wang participated in a dozen large-scale international projects and won several design competitions. Dr. Wang was the chief architect and lead of the Illinois team for the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition. She was a Building Energy Analyst at the Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance, and also a visiting lecturer, teaching design studio in the School of Architecture, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.