Board of Directors
2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nick 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.
Mary 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 currently leads a consultancy focused on accelerating shifts in design of the built environment to sustainable and resilient outcomes. 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 Commitee 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.
James Dice, CEM, BEAP, CMVP
James is an Engineer for Sitton Energy Solutions, which provides energy consulting, energy savings & energy management services to help manage energy efficiency projects more effectively. He has extensive experience addressing energy efficiency in a wide variety of existing buildings, including healthcare, K-12, higher education, municipal, and commercial office. James’ passion and expertise within existing buildings include: commissioning, data analytics, deep energy retrofits, and energy modeling.
As a member of USGBC-Missouri Gateway since 2010, James is the co-chair Emerging Professionals task force. He has also served on the Growing Green Awards committee, as a Green Schools Quest mentor and a LEED Community Project volunteer, and presented an in-depth seminar on Building Energy Data Analytics. James brings a perspective of emerging and young professionals as well as the insight of professionals working to green our existing buildings.
Jen Kissinger, LEED AP BD+C
Jen is a Project Director at Navigate Building Solutions, which she helped launch in 2016. She holds a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas. Jen has participated in a range of markets during the course of her career, including historic renovation, municipal, commercial, educational, retail, healthcare, and correctional. Recently, in her role as Project Manager with PARIC, she completed the construction of an $80 million student housing complex for Washington University that has been awarded LEED Platinum certification.
Jen sincerely enjoys volunteering and USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s mission is close to her heart, allowing her to combine career and hobbies. Jen has served on the Growing Green Awards planning committee for several years, including two years as co-chair. Jen is also a Lector at St. Joseph Neier Parish in Union, MO, a current member and past officer of the Daughters of Isabella Union Circle, and a little league soccer coach for five – six year old girls. She has served as a commissioner for Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission, has volunteered for Junior Achievement and Franklin County Habitat for Humanity. Jen was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2015 and to ENR Midwest’s 20 Under 40 in 2016.
George Fujii, LEED AP
George is Senior Project Manager at KAI-Design Build. George is a licensed architect and practiced for a decade prior to getting involved with construction. This background allows him to understand the design and construction aspects of the industry, which helps with the collaborative process that is important to LEED projects.
George has been involved with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for several years, serving on the Education Task Force and the Technical Committee. He has also been a member of the Association of General Contractors of St. Louis’ Sustainability Committee. George also serves on the Board of Trustees at The Wilson School, and is a member of their Buildings & Grounds Committee, which oversaw the reconstruction of the school after a recent fire.
At Large Members
Gwenn 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.
Admo Ogun, LEED Green Associate
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).
Steve O’Rourke, NABCEP PVTS
Steve O’Rourke is Vice President of Operational Efficiency for Microgrid Energy, with consulting expertise in a variety of areas of sustainability. Steve shares his passion for renewable energy and energy efficiency through consultation with businesses and non-profit organizations, and by speaking in a variety of forums, including government, academic, and consumer groups. Steve is one of first three people in Missouri to hold the Solar Technical Sales Certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and has been regular guest instructor at St. Louis Community College to prepare others for solar certifications by teaching about the business case for solar. As Microgrid’s Green Team Leader, he advocates for sustainability within the company, and shares his knowledge with other participants of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge.
Steve is a strong advocate for sustainability, particularly in green building, and can contribute his knowledge and passion to further the organization’s goals. He has been actively involved in the USGBC since 2010 and a member of the Marketing committee since 2012 and chair of the Marketing Committee in 2014 & 2015. Steve has served on several boards, including founding board member of the Missouri Energy Efficiency Business Association and as treasurer and vice president on his church’s Core Council. Steve also served as the treasurer and president of the board of the Robinwood West Community Improvement District, a community of 478 homes in West St. Louis County.
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.
Thomas Taylor, LEED AP BD+C
Thomas Taylor is the principal and founder of Vertegy, LLC. Thomas is the fourth generation of his family involved in the construction industry and he grew up visiting job sites at a young age. Vertegy was formed as an outgrowth of his passion for sustainable design and construction as part of the process of completing the Alberici Headquarters. After the completion of the Alberici building, Vertegy was invited to participate on several design teams for their expertise and knowledge of sustainability and LEED certification, leading to the certification of 50 LEED projects.
Thomas is a noted expert on sustainability and green building. He authored the Guide to LEED 2009: Estimating and Preconstruction Strategies. He led Vertegy to become a USGBC Education Provider, developing and delivering LEED and sustainable design and construction courses. He also led Vertegy in achieving USGBC Proven Provider status, a credential held by less than 30 firms throughout the world. Thomas is involved with the local and national Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), having served on and chaired multiple committees and delivered educational sessions. He is an active member of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and served on the Outreach Committee in the organization’s formative years. He is currently a member of the Speakers Bureau and served as a 2014-2015 Green Schools Quest Mentor.
As a Partner in Thompson Coburn, LLP’s Corporate and Securities Practice Area, Kim has spent fifteen years providing corporate legal advice to public and private companies and boards of directors. Her practice involves counseling clients in 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 2012, Kim was selected as an Up & Coming attorney by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. She also serves on the Development Board at Epworth Children & Family Services.
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.
Erik Lueders, LEED AP O+M
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.
Emily 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.