Board of Directors

Chair

RichardSchuessler-newRichard Schuessler, LEED Green Associate

Richard Schuessler is an Account Executive at HM Risk. 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 nine years, serving on the Advocacy Committee and Green Schools Committee. He chaired the Government Advocacy Subcommittee of the Advocacy Committee and has served as a Green Schools Quest Mentor for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Quests. He brings a non-traditional perspective view in respects to the green building industry to the Chapter’s leadership through his finance and insurance background.

Chair Elect

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 has served as a Green Schools Quest Mentor during the 2017 and 2018 Quests.

Secretary

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

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Steve O’Rourke is a principal with EnerGuidance, a consulting firm dedicated to sustainable energy management. After 25 years consulting in marketing and information technologies, he transitioned into the renewable energy industry. He has since worked with commercial, industrial and nonprofit organizations to better manage their energy use, and offset reduced demand with clean, renewable solar photovoltaic energy.  He currently works as an independent project developer for StraightUp Solar, while providing energy management services to a select group of clients.

Steve is a NABCEP-certified PV Technical Sales professional, and taught about the business case for solar at St. Louis Community College’s Center for Workforce Innovation.  He was elected to the board of the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association (MOSEIA) in 2015, serving as treasurer through 2018. Steve has been a member of the USGBC chapter since 2010, and served the chapter as chair of the marketing committee and mentor for the Green Schools Quest for three years. He was elected to the board in 2015 and served on the finance committee. Steve is also the Director of Energy and Efficiency for Urban EcoBlock, a startup organization committed to redeveloping our urban core to promote social equity and environmental stewardship. In addition, he chaired the Sustainability Committee of the Corporate Council for the Missouri Botanical Garden, and served on the Energy and Environment Committee for the St. Louis Regional Chamber. His blog, IntelEfficient, includes a variety of published articles and other musings on topics related to energy and sustainability.

Past Chair

MA Lazarus-newMary Ann Lazarus, LEED Fellow, 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.

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. Kate’s primary focus is to drive business results through developing and implementing marketing, communications, and business development strategies for the firm. She also directs media relations, branding, advertising, social media, and web development and oversees sponsorships and contributions.

Kate 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.

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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 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. 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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Marco Tipton started his career with Ameren Missouri over 6 years ago working in the Contact Center. There he learned firsthand how to meet the Utility customers need while displaying exceptional customer service. During Marco’s role in the contact center he was on a Continuous Improvement team that help shape how Ameren Missouri does business thru its customer service department. Marco moved from the Contact Center to Program Specialist, where he represented Ameren Missouri’s Energy Efficiency Programs for the past two years at local events, becoming an advocate for sustainability and supporting local energy benchmarking efforts. Marco is now a Community Development Specialist and works with municipalities in St. Louis County.

Marco received a full athletic scholarship to Southeast Missouri State where he obtained a Bachelor degree in Business Administration.

Advisors

TonyCalandroB+WTony Calandro

Tony Calandro is the President of Purposeful Strategies, LLC. He is an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of experience in sustainability and social impact. Tony is a trusted advisor known for providing counsel to C-suite executives across a variety of industry sectors to successfully address their most complex business and societal challenges. He has worked with many brands and organizations, including companies in the transportation; technology; telecommunications; financial services; biotechnology; food and beverage; and, nonprofit sectors. Tony founded Purposeful Strategies as a values-centric consultancy driven by the belief that business can be a force for good; doing good is a business growth driver that can be quantified; and, increasingly consumers want to buy products and services from companies that share their same values.

Tony is a periodic contributor to the Huffington Post, providing commentary on the changing role of business in society. Prior to creating Purposeful Strategies, Tony was a Senior Partner at VOX Global, a subsidiary of Fleishman Hillard International, where he chaired the firm’s sustainability practice group.

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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.

 

Executive Director

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