Speakers Bureau

“Intro to LEED”. “Green Schools”. “Making the Business Case for Sustainable Design and Construction”. “Legal Issues in Green Building”. If you need a presentation, a panelist or a moderator – we know green and can supply your company or organization with a wide array of talented speakers.

Since launching the Speakers Bureau in August 2008, the Missouri Gateway Chapter has reached over 2,000 individuals from all different backgrounds at over 50 events to date.

Our Speakers

Architects, builders, energy specialists and attorneys…our list of experienced speakers keeps growing!

Barbara E. Anderson-Kerlin, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP BD + C
Senior Associate, Project Manager, HOK

Specialties:
Green Building 101, LEED Basics, LEEDv4
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Speaking Experience:

  • Introduction to LEED Credentials, National Association of Women in Construction, March 4, 2015
  • Association of Energy Engineers
  • Piasa Palisades Sierra Club
  • 2nd Annual Clean and Green Sustainability Conference & Expo presented by ASP Enterprises

Barbara is a licensed architect with over 25 years of experience. In addition to USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s Speakers Bureau, she has served as the Chairman of the Advocacy Committee, on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors, and was responsible for organizing the Chapter’s first Greenbuilding 101. She is also a member of Edwardsville’s Cool Cities Committee and the Madison County Sustainability Technical Committee.

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Ralph C. Bicknese, AIA, LEED® AP BD + C
Principal and Co-Founder, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects

Specialties:
Green Schools, Optimizing Energy Savings and Indoor Environmental Quality, Daylighting, Deep Green: The Living Building Challenge, Designing with Nature, Green Campus Planning, Green Community Planning, LEED Systems
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Speaking Experience:

  • Higher Education & Sustainability, Just Earth, SLU Chartered Student Organization, March 23
  • Energy Audits, Solar Power, and Cool Roofs, a 7 part speaking series in partnership with Sustainable Tower Grove, July 2013-September 2013
  • “Green Building 101”, Lewis and Clark Community College, Edwardsville, IL
  • “Green Building in St. Louis”, The Necessary Revolution Conference, St. Louis University
  • “Green Schools”, Mehlville School District, St. Louis Co., MO

Ralph is a nationally-recognized proponent and practitioner of sustainable design and the Green Schools Advocate for USGBC-Missouri Gateway. His firm, Hellmuth + Bicknese, provides architectural, planning and consulting services nationwide centered on green building solutions to enhance and enrich life. A registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, he served five years on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter. In addition, he served on the Greenbuild 2008 and 2007 Session Selection Committees and the Greenbuild 2005 Program Committee.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Ralph initiated and helped to facilitate charrettes resulting in The New Orleans Principles. In 2008 and 2009 he participated in USGBC’s Government Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where he met with federal legislators to advocate for green building legislation. Currently, he also serves as a member of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s Home Building and Residential Energy Efficiency Panel.

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Jeff Bogard, LEED® Green Associate
President, R.E.A. Homes, LLC

Specialties:
Green Construction of Single Family Residences
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Jeff Bogard

Jeff Bogard is a second generation St. Louis home builder with over twenty two years of hands-on experience. As president of R.E.A. Homes, Jeff has focused on high performance luxury homes- homes with an intense focus on energy efficiency and indoor air quality. R.E.A. Homes have built multiple homes with ENERGY STAR, NAHB Green and/or LEED certification in the St. Louis Region.

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Nick Bristow, LEED® AP BD + C
Senior Project Engineer, Clayco; Certified Building Commissioning Professional

Specialties:
Any topic related to LEED Rating Systems
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Nick Bristow

Speaking Experience:

  • LEED version 4, Jacobs Engineering Group, March 19, 2014
  • LEED AP BD+C Prep Course for the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter
  • LEED Green Associate Prep Course for the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter
  • “Water Efficiency”, Plumbers Union
  • “Green Construction/Design”, Washington University Career Camp for graduating seniors

From concept to certification and everything in between, Nick is often referred to as the ‘LEED guy’ at Clayco since 2008. He regularly delivers presentations on the LEED rating system for clients, colleagues, schools and trade organizations. In addition, he has participated in two subject-matter groups formed for GBCI test development. To date, his experience covers more than 20 LEED registered and 35 LEED certified commercial projects, including one Platinum project. Nick volunteers for the LEED Development Committee of St. Louis Chapter of Habitat for Humanity – home to 27 new LEED Platinum homes and counting.  Nick also volunteers for the Missouri Gateway Chapter’s LEED EBOM ad hoc committee for certification of the CBEC building that houses the chapter offices.

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James Dice
Engineer, Sitton Energy Solutions

Specialties:
Energy efficiency, water efficiency, retro-commissioning, continuous or monitoring-based commissioning, performance contracting, data analytics, benchmarking, HVAC design, green IT
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Speaking Experience:

  • Green Building 101, Maryville Strategies in Sustainability Course, April 6, 2015
  • Building Energy Data Analytics (USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter In-depth Seminar)
In addition to his project experience, Tony has helped bring sustainability to the forefront at S.M. Wilson. He has taught three classes to help fellow employees earn their LEED professional accreditation. He also sits on the Sustainability Committee of the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis, where he helps shape AGC policy toward sustainable legislation and defines the role of the contractor in green building. In December 2009, he was named chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee of USGBC-St. Louis Regional Chapter. In May 2011, he expects to earn a masters degree in Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

James is a Professional Engineer specializing in energy efficiency and system performance in the built environment. As a member of the USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter, James helped launch the Emerging Professionals group and was recently elected to the Chapter’s Board of Directors.

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Dan Hellmuth, AIA, LEED® AP
Principal and Co-founder, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects, LLC

Specialties:
LEED Certification Process, LEED for Campus, Sustainable Campus Master Planning, Sustainable Site and Building Design, LEED EB-OM, Sustainable Community Redevelopment and Planning
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Speaking Experience:

  • Keynote at Grainger’s April 2009 Sustainability Conference & Tradeshow
  • Course in Sustainable Design at the Washington University School of Architecture
  • “Greening Head Start Child Care Centers” at National Head Start Conference in Albuquerque, NM

With over 20 years experience in sustainable design, K-12 and higher education, housing, historic preservation, and transit and transportation planning, Dan has served as Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Landmarks Association. He has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University and a Masters of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Tulane, he spent a Junior Year Abroad at Sheffield University; through Georgia Tech, he took part in a one-year exchange at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Jaime Kelley, MS, LEED® AP BD+C
Independent Consultant

Specialties:
LEED Rating System Basics, Greening Restaurants, Greening Your Day, Greening Your Office, Greening Schools
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Speaking Experience:

  • Green Schools and Green Living, Cardinal Ritter Foster Grandparents, September 12, 2014
  • Green Restaurants – Ask Blue, Blue Skies Recycling Event
  • Greening Your Office/Greening Your Day
  • LEED Green Associate Courses, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Jaime E. Kelley is an Environmental Engineer, Urban Planner, and Project Manager who has been working closely with environmental issues since 1997. She has been actively working to green the built environment in the St. Louis region since 2001, and has been recognized by the USGBC as a LEED Accredited Professional since 2004. Jaime holds a BA in English from Boston College and a MS in Environmental Engineering and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

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Marc Lopata, PE, LEED® AP
President, Azimuth Energy

Specialties:
Financial Business Case for Green Building and Renewable Energy, Energy-Efficient Data Centers, LEED EB-OM
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Speaking Experience:

  • Growing Green: Green Building & Sites, the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, March 15, 2013
  • Washington University Business School–April 2012
  • Association of Green Contractors–March 2012
  • Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum–October 2011
  • St. Louis RCGA–multiple times
  • Energy Matters Seminar Series: Energy Efficiency and Incentive Programs, St. Louis University
  • “Green Facility Operations & Management”, Institute for Supply Management
  • “The Business Case for Green Building”, USGBC-Missouri Gateway/ RCGA High Performance Building Series

Marc has held senior management positions with Fortune 500 companies, ENR-100 consultants, and internationally-recognized nonprofits – in fields ranging from telecommunications to oceanographic research. Since 1994, he has provided energy, Energy Star, and LEED services to over a dozen LEED projects as large as 9,000,000 sf as well as Energy Star projects as large as 3,200,000 sf.  He also serves as the Energy Manager for Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

His affiliations include USGBC, ASHRAE, the American Solar Energy Society, and Marine Applied Research and Exploration. Currently, Marc is on the Clayton Planning and Zoning Commission, the Green-e Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, and the Board of the Academy of Science in St. Louis.

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Erik Lueders, LEED® AP O+M
Director of Sustainability and Purchasing, Parkway School District

Specialties:
Green Schools, Sustainable Purchasing
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Speaking Experience:

  • Growing Green: Green Building & Sites, the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, March 15, 2013

Erik Lueders currently serves on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Board of Directors, and has been an active participant of the Chapter’s Green Schools Committee for the past 4 years. Over the last 2.5 years, he has served as the committee chair. During this time the committee has 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.

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Marjorie L. Melton, PE, LEED® AP
President, M3 Engineering Group, PC

Specialties:
LEED for New Construction, LEED for Neighborhood Development, Rain Gardens, Low Impact Development, Stream Restoration
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Speaking Experience:

  • “Sustainable Strategies” (LEED for Neighborhood Development)
  • “Green Building & Business Opportunities”, City of St. Louis Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program

Marjorie’s civil and environmental engineering firm, M3 Engineering Group, offers engineering planning, design and construction services to the water, wastewater and civil/environmental sectors of the engineering industry as well as support for sustainability and climate protection initiatives.

She is the Chair Elect of the board of the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter. She also serves on the Chapter’s Advocacy Committee and participates in the Social Justice and Scholarship task forces.

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Paul Todd Merrill, PE, LEED® AP BD + C
Director of Sustainable Construction, Clayco

Specialties:
Planning, design, construction and implementation of LEED Green Building Rating Systems – including mechanical, telecommunications, electrical, plumbing systems design and construction approaches
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Speaking Experience:

  • Growing Green: Green Building & Sites, the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, March 15, 2013
  • “LEED Project Experiences”, US Postal Service Industry Advisory Council Meeting (Washington, DC)
  • 2012 Greening the Heartland Co-Presenter “Purse Strings, Planning and Performance of Successful LEED Certification”

Paul is a Registered Professional Engineer in 6 states and responsible for planning, design and construction of Clayco’s sustainable efforts. In addition, he directs the sustainable design and construction education and training efforts within the organization and has been involved in over 30 LEED certified projects. Clayco is a USGBC Education Provider.

Paul served as USGBC-Missouri Gateway Vice-Chair in 2007-2008 as well as 2011 and takes an active role in the development of green business opportunities in the disadvantaged business community. He served on St. Louis’ LEED v3 Regional Credit Task Force and is the Missouri representative to the LEED for Neighborhood Development Regional Credit Task Force.  Paul is currently the Past-Chair Board position.

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Kim Petzing
Sustainability Coordinator, Madison County Government

Specialties:
Green Schools
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Speaking Experience:

  • Over 20 years of experience as an environmental educator, presenting to a variety of groups ranging from preschool-adult

Kim has over 20 years of experience in sustainability and environmental education working at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center, University of Illinois, and multiple private nature centers. As the current Green Schools Coordinator for Madison County, Kim works with all private, public, and parochial schools within the County to incorporate sustainable practices both into the curriculum and on school grounds. Kim currently serves on Green Schools Committee of the  U.S. Green Building Council- Missouri Gateway Chapter and previously served on the Environmental Education Association of Illinois’ Board of Directors.

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Jean Ponzi
Green Resources Manager, Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center

Specialties:
Green Building 101: Focus on Green Homes, Sustainable Practice for Business Environments, Indoor Air and Environmental Quality, Recycling and Solid Waste Reduction
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Speaking Experience:

  • “Green 101”, Wells Fargo Advisors Green Fair
  • “Greening Your New Home” class at Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center
  • Key concepts of Business Sustainability at RCGA Green Business Challenge Kick-Off

On behalf of the EarthWays Center, Jean responds to public inquiries with resources, referrals and information on sustainable practices, products and services. She also serves as Residential Green Building Advocate for USGBC-Missouri Gateway and in concert with the Homebuilders Association of St. Louis promotes green building to area homeowners and businesses. Her expertise includes recycling and waste reduction, air quality, native plant landscaping, energy efficiency – and the ecological and economic connections between these practices.

Jean has written for Home Energy, Grist and Missouri Resources magazines and many local publications, and she regularly represents EarthWays Center in print and electronic media coverage. She has also produced and hosted a weekly environmental radio talk show, “Earthworms,” on FM-88 KDHX for over 20 years. In addition, Jean represents the City of St. Louis on the executive board of the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and has served on the board of the Missouri Recycling Association.

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Daniel Raftery, LEED® AP BD+C
Real Estate Construction Manager, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Specialties:
High Performance Building Construction, Renewable Energy, ENERGY STAR, LEED Exam Preparation
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Speaking Experience:

  • Associate Professor in Construction Management Technology Program, Southwestern Illinois College
  • Airports Going Green
  • Ranken Technical College

As the Construction Manager of Corporate Real Estate, Daniel is leading efforts to better understand and address the impact of the company’s built environment on the communities where Enterprise does business and on the world as a whole. Specifically, his role is to lead corporate construction projects and to assist the operating groups with sustainable local, regional, and international construction projects.

Daniel joined Enterprise after 20 years of construction management experience with leading contracting firms working on numerous high-profile projects.   Daniel lectures at Washington University, School of Architecture, and is an Adjunct Professor for Green Building courses at Southwestern Illinois College.  Daniel also serves on the USGBC Higher Education subcommittee. He received his Bachelor degree from Missouri State University, and later achieved a postgraduate degree in management.

Daniel, his wife Kelley and their three sons, live in Godfrey, IL, near the headquarters city of Enterprise.

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Richard Reilly, LEED® AP
Energy Programs Manager, Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center

Specialties:
General LEED Introduction, LEED for Homes, Residential Energy Efficiency Issues
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Speaking Experience:

  • Habitat for Humanity-St. Louis Training through Forest Park Community College Continuing Education Program
  • “Green Homes” at annual Green Homes Festival, presented by EarthWays Center & Missouri Coalition for the Environment
  • Missouri Housing Development Commission Conference

Richard is a veteran of the St. Louis construction industry since 1980. A certified Building Operator and Habitat LEED consultant, he is a member of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Speaker’s Bureau, the Focus St. Louis Sustainability Task Force, the Governor’s Economic Development Conference, the RCGA St. Louis Climate Prosperity Project and, most recently, Governor Nixon’s Homebuilding and Residential Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel. In addition, Richard was a finalist for St. Louis Business Journal’s “Heroes of the Planet” Awards and a winner of USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s “Growing Green” Award.

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Nancy Rodney, AIA, LEED® AP BD + C
Project Manager, Rosemann & Associates, PC

Specialties:
Green Building 101, Green Building for Senior Living, Green Building for Multifamily Housing
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Speaking Experience:

  • LEED, Sustainability, and St. Louis, International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education, July 27th, 2013
  • “Green Building 101”: 2009 Gators Go Green Young Learner’s Conference, Green Pines Elementary, Rockwood School District
  • “Universal Design for the Senior Market”: Universal Design Summit III, Creating Livable Communities Conference, the Starkloff Disability Institute and the RL Mace Universal Design Institute
  • “Green Building and Business Opportunities”: City of St Louis Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Office

Nancy’s extensive architectural experience has provided a firm foundation to support her passion for senior living work. She is an expert in residential and long-term care for seniors, and her interest spans any project type where seniors interact with their built environment. She has participated in a number of sustainable projects for multi-family and senior clients. According to Nancy: “Building sustainably is a natural for congregate projects for the elderly, where they have lived their lives saving, recycling and making do. To continue this attitude as part of group living makes perfect sense to most seniors and senior living developers are looking to sustainable design to give them an edge.”

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Brad Roell
Owner, Blue Brick Renovation & Construction, LLC

Specialties:
Sustainable Residential Construction, LEED for Homes
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Speaking Experience:

  • Creve Coeur Climate Action Task Force

Brad is founder and co-owner of Blue Brick Renovation + Construction – a residential home building and renovation firm that specializes in sustainable building methods.  Brad has played a role in the construction & renovation of multiple LEED for Homes projects in the St. Louis area.  In addition to USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s Speaker’s Bureau, Brad is also a member of the Advocacy Committee.

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Lois Sechrist, LEED® AP ID + C
Environmental Sustainability Analyst, Ascension Health

Specialties:
Sustainability 101, Commercial Interiors and Green Schools, Healthcare
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Speaking Experience:

  • Sustainability 101 for the St. Louis Science Center Green Team
  • Sustainability 101 for St. Louis Area Cultural Institutions’ Facility Managers

Lois served as project manager for two LEED certified projects while with Christner Inc. Her background in design, furnishings, construction administration and real estate evaluation gives her a broad view of sustainable practices and resources. Recently, she has expanded her practice to encompass all areas of sustainability in order to educate and assist clients with creating a better built environment, becoming more energy efficient, and saving money in the operation of their facilities. Lois serves on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Green Schools Committee.

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Thomas Taylor, LEED® AP BD+C
Principle, Vertegy Consultants

Specialties:
The LEED Process- Design through Documentation, Green Building Cost Estimating and Project Planning, and Intro to Sustainable Construction.
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Speaking Experience:

  • “Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Sustainability,” Master Speaker, USGBC’s Greenbuild 2005
  • Challenges in Sustainable Design and Construction,” The United States Conference of Mayors, 2nd National Summit on Energy and Environment, October 2006
  • “Building a LEED K-12 School,” Environmental Design + Construction’s Virtual Green Expo, August 201
  • “Sustainability and the Engineering Professional,” Engineering Practice and Professional Values Course, Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Thomas is a fourth generation, 30 year veteran of the construction industry and a noted expert on sustainability. A longtime advocate for green building, he brings experience and passion to the leadership of Vertegy, which he launched in February 2005 following the success of the LEED Platinum Alberici Corporate Headquarters project, for which Thomas represented both owner and design/build construction manager.

Thomas holds a B.S. in Business Management from Southern Illinois University with a minor in Construction Management. His experience led him to author the book, Guide to LEED 2009: Estimating and Preconstruction Strategies, which provides systematic guidance for contractors, estimators, and design professionals through the LEED 2009 for New Construction process.

Thomas has directed the development of numerous construction and LEED-based educational programs and serves as a faculty member for the Associated General Contractors of America. He led Vertegy to become a USGBC Education Provider, creating a course catalog for the education of LEED professionals and practitioners that covers a wide range of design-, construction- and LEED-related topics. Over the years, Thomas has served on and chaired various committees on both the local St. Louis and National Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

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