Board of Directors


MA Lazarus-newMary Ann Lazarus, LEED AP BD+C

Mary Ann Lazarus is a founder of the sustainable design initiative at HOK, a global design firm whose leadership helped propel sustainability from fringe activity to mainstream. She recently served as the Resident Fellow for AIA National on Sustainability and Design for Health. Mary Ann is an architect and consultant at Cameron MacAllister Group, where she works with design firms to integrate greater sustainability and resiliency outcomes throughout their practice. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis and serves on the Advisory Board of the Resilient Design Institute. Mary Ann’s devotion to sustainability has extended outside her professional work through her role as an author, lecturer, community advocate and volunteer at the local and national level.

Mary Ann served as Program Committee Chair for Greenbuild, the USGBC International annual conference for 5 years. During that time, she also helped lead the USGBC response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that resulted in the publication of The New Orleans Principles. Locally, Mary Ann served on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter board from 2004 – 2006, as Program Committee Chair, and most recently as a Green Schools Quest Mentor for the 2014 and 2015 quests.

Chair Elect

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Richard Schuessler is an Account Executive at Huntleigh McGehee. Richard is a life-long St. Louis resident and Truman State University finance graduate. He started with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company/Allianz out of college. With Fireman’s Fund being the first insurance company to provide specific insurance coverage and discounts for green buildings, Richard quickly became involved with green insurance and the local USGBC Chapter. He has focused his volunteer efforts on government advocacy at the State and Federal level. Along with other Chapter members, Richard helped start the Missouri Green Schools Caucus (House) in 2009. The focus of the Caucus has been to educate State officials on sustainability and promoting green building legislation. Richard has also worked with USGBC nationally on legislative efforts.

Richard has been an active member of USGBC-Missouri Gateway for eight years, serving on the Advocacy Committee and Green Schools Committee. He chaired the Government Advocacy Subcommittee of the Advocacy Committee and served as a 2014-2015 Green Schools Quest Mentor. He hopes to continue to bring a non-traditional perspective view in respects to the green building industry to the Chapter’s leadership through his finance and insurance background.


GwennIvester_WebGwenn Ivester, LEED AP O+M

Gwenn Ivester is the Project Manager for Edward Jones Home Office campuses in St. Louis, MO, Tempe, AZ, and Canada on key projects and critical operations. She also serves as the Business Continuity Planning Coordinator for Property Management team and as a liaison to other divisions. She previously was the 24×7 Operations manager of a tier 3 data center with 36,000 sq. ft. of raised data floor, an electrical distribution system capable of delivering almost 4 MW of power, a 1,000 ton capacity primary/secondary variable speed chilled water system, and a staff of 6 technicians. Her other responsibilities included project management of capital investments related to improvements, repair, and maintenance and in conjunction with IS for cabling and power infrastructure changes in both the US and Canada.

Gwenn served a co-chair of the Education Committee in 2015 & 2016 after serving on the committee for several years. Gwenn also participated in LEED Community Project for the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education LEED EB O+M certification. She also serves on the ASHRAE St. Louis board.

Treasurer and Past Chair

Nick BristowNick Bristow, LEED AP BD+C, CBCP

Nick Bristow is an Associate, Sustainability Manager at Clayco/Forum Studio, one of the largest commercial green design builders in the country. As a Professional Engineer, a LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Certified Building Commissioning Professional, and a Green Globes Professional, Nick Bristow has in depth green building expertise. His primary responsibilities are certification of green buildings and commissioning services. Nick has personally been involved with over 60 LEED certified buildings at all levels with Clayco and Forum Studio, and in addition provides independent green building consulting services for other builders and architects.

Nick has been involved with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for the last 7 years and has served in various committees. He currently serves on the Finance Committee, the Operations Working Group, and the Program Committee. He is also a member of the volunteer Speakers Bureau and served as a volunteer for the LEED Community Pilot project, assisting with the LEED EB: O&M certification of the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education. Nick has also volunteered for the LEED committee of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis and has contributed to two item writing workshops and two cut score studies for the GBCI, maker of the LEED AP and Green Associate exams.

At Large Members

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Kate Ewing

Kate joined Mueller Prost in 2016 as the Director of Marketing and Practice Growth and brought with her over 15 years of marketing experience in a variety of different industries.  Ewing’s primary focus is to drive business results through developing and implementing marketing, communications, and business development strategies for the firm.  Kate also directs media relations, branding, advertising, social media, and web development and oversees sponsorships and contributions.
Ewing is an adjunct marketing professor for Lindenwood University and Webster University.  In addition, she is very active in community and professional organizations, serving on several boards and acting as a mentor to other professionals.  Researching current marketing trends and challenges is a priority for Kate, allowing her to provide the firm with intelligence and perspective that is key to sustaining our growth and branding.


Angela Moore, LEED Green Associate

Angela Moore is a native of St. Louis and works for the Missouri History Museum as the Facilities and Sustainability Coordinator.  After completing her graduate degree in Public Policy Administration, Angela continues to have a keen interest in policies and their relationship to those within the community.  She always strives to improve the quality of life for those within the community and is driven to work towards more sustainable practices within cultural institutions and schools.  Angela is currently a committee member of the Advocacy Committee of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and is looking forward to serving as a Green Schools Quest Mentor during the 2017/2018 school year.


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Brian Nolan

Brian J. Nolan concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, banking and commercial finance, corporate transactions and business law. He represents a wide array of business and individual clients, with an emphasis on real estate and commercial and industrial lending transactions and workouts, negotiation and drafting of various contracts and business agreements, and all aspects of real estate development, including the negotiation of property acquisitions, leasing (for both landlords and tenants) and the utilization of tax credits and other incentive programs for development and financing. Brian joined Carmody MacDonald P.C. in 2005 after serving as a judicial law clerk for the late Honorable Lawrence G. Crahan of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.


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Admo Ogun is the founder and managing partner of Atelier3 Design (A3D), an emerging design firm focusing on architecture, master planning, and sustainable design with emphasis on healthcare, educational, mixed use and urban design interventions. Admo is a design leader focused on sustainable design and believes every design task is a problem that requires an intelligent solution.  His leadership and problem-solving abilities have been instrumental in the transformation of many projects.

Admo served as the Advocacy Committee Chair from 2014-2016 after serving on the committee. He participated in the LEED Community Project for the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education LEED EB O+M certification. Admo also serves on the board of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Organization Of Minority Architects (NOMA).

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Hannah Rae Roth

As an active member of the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the USGBC’s Education Committee, Hannah has created several programs on building materials, 1) an in-depth session for practicing architects, designers and manufacturers discussing actual criteria used in material selections for building projects, 2) a full-day USGBC Continuing Education Program on Building Materials and how LEED v4 will evaluate them.  In April 2016, she helped organize a lunch program for CSI, AIA and USGBC members on Water. Following on the successful reception of this program, she led the planning committee for a full-day Continuing Education Program on Water held in October, 2017. The program discussed Water as a national security issue, with a focus on the Mississippi River Basin.

Hannah has been a Lecturer for the past 9 years in both the architecture and the environmental studies programs at Washington University in St. Louis, with a deep focus on building materials and the investigation of their environmental impact. From 2010-2012, she participated in a research grant from the Brookings Institution/Washington University Academic Venture Fund, studying Materials Sustainability Standards (MSS). As a member of the interdisciplinary research team composed of faculty and students from the Sam Fox School of Design and the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis she investigated MSS and the eco-labels that are used to certify compliance with them. MSS govern the environmentally sustainable aspects of building materials and the criteria by which sustainability is being measured. As a former Vice President of Marketing for a national construction company, Hannah actively worked on construction management teams for several decades. She has in-depth knowledge of the design process, decision making process, contracting and construction processes for large complex buildings such as hospitals and digital fabrication facilities.


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Kim is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at FleishmanHillard. Previously, as a Partner in Thompson Coburn, LLP’s Corporate and Securities Practice Area and in prior positions, Kim spent eighteen years providing corporate legal advice to public and private companies and boards of directors. Her work involves a broad range of corporate transactions. Through this experience, Kim has gained an understanding of the duties and decision making processes for boards of both non-profit and for-profit companies.

Kim has a strong interest in sustainability. She was a founding board member of Heartland Renewable Energy Society and assisted USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter obtain its 501(c)(3) status. Kim has provided volunteer legal services to the Chapter for many years. In 2015, Kim was named a Client Service All-Start by BTI Consulting. In 2012, Kim was selected as an Up & Coming attorney by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Steve Lawler

Steve Lawler is a priest, professor and psychologist serving as Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Ferguson, Missouri and co-founder of The Vine, a community collaboration hub. He is Founding Direct of the Walker Leadership Institute at Eden Seminary. He was formerly coordinator of the Business and Sustainability programs of University College at Washington University in St Louis. He has served as Managing Director of Opinions Incorporated, a global opinion research organization; Chief Evangelists for Expert Eyes N.V., a Belgian based venture firm and Chief Possibilities Officer for XPLANE, a global design consultancy. Current and past clients include The Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, The Peninsula Hotels, KDHX Community Media, the Redemptorists of the Denver Province , the Center for Contemporary Arts and Liguori Publications.


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Erik has been an active participant of the Chapter’s Green Schools Committee, serving as chair for 2 and half years. During that time the committee organized 3 annual Green School Events, presented to several schools including two annual school board conferences, partnered with a local school district to transform their courtyard using Missouri native plants, and worked to promote green schools legislation in the state of Missouri.

As the Sustainability & Purchasing Manager for the Parkway School District, one of Erik’s primary duties is to identify how to integrate concepts of LEED into the district’s operations. This includes implementing award winning recycling programs, pursuing energy efficiency measures, initiating the largest collective solar photovoltaic project in Missouri, and acquiring funding for these projects. Erik received a Bachelors of Science in Forestry from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University.

Executive Director

Emily-2_2.jpgEmily Andrews, LEED AP O+M

Emily joined the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter as its first full-time staff person in January 2006 and has grown the organization to three full time staff and many active volunteers. Previously, she managed the St. Louis Community Air Project for the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO), an EPA-funded project to promote healthier air quality in the community. She has worked for non-profits her entire career, including a community gardening organization in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

Emily has a Bachelor’s in Anthropology with a concentration in Latin American Studies from Grinnell College in Iowa. She currently serves on the Forest Park Advisory Board and the City of St. Louis’ Clean Energy Development Board.