Board of Directors

Chair

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.

Chair Elect

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Steve O’Rourke

Steve 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.

Secretary

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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.

Treasurer

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Marco 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.

Past Chair

Angela Moore, LEED AP O+M, TRUE Advisor

Angela is a native of St. Louis and works for the Missouri Historical Society 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 recently celebrated the LEED Gold certification of Soldiers’ Memorial Military Museum, which is operated by the Missouri Historical Society.

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.

At Large Members

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Mary Ann Lazarus, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C

Mary Ann 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, as a Green Schools Quest Mentor for the 2014 and 2015 Quests, and most recently as board chair in 2018.

James Roseberry, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT

James received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University in 1995. After spending seven years in the industry, James joined Trivers in 2001 as an Architectural Designer.  He became a licensed architect in 2004, a LEED Accredited Professional in 2007 and a Project Manager in 2012. In 2016, he was promoted to an Associate of the firm. A founding member of the Trivers Green Team, James manages the firm’s 2030 Commitment response, is lead author of the firm’s Sustainable Action Plan, and is involved in many of the firm’s LEED projects, including the first LEEDv4 renovation at Washington University.  James is a charter member of the BuildingGreen Small Firm Sustainable Design Leaders Peer Network and participated in the inaugural Peer Network Summit parallel to the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture.

James has served on the St. Louis Chapter AIA Board of Directors and previously served as the Missouri Gateway Chapter USGBC Program Committee Chair.

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Chris Ruth, BCxP, GPRO: O&M

As a Building Automation Professional, Chris’s goal is to help building managers and owners save energy and money by giving them the knowledge and tools to manage their building’s environmental systems efficiently, while still maintaining optimum comfort for the building’s occupants. Chris is skilled in sales, estimating, engineering, project management, design, installation, programming, and support of innovative microprocessor-based networkable systems for the control and monitoring of building environments. He has over 10 years of experience with small and large group facilitation, networking, volunteer training and engagement, strategic planning, and fundraising.

Chris is a member of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Higher Education-Emerging Professional Committee and has served as a Green Schools Quest mentor. He is also a member of ASHRAE, BOMA, and FOSPA.

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Abigail Sirevaag, LEED AP ID+C

Abigail is a Project Coordinator at Edward Jones. Her career so far has provided opportunities for the advancement of sustainability in the areas of interior design and corporate social responsibility. During her tenure in Facilities at Edward Jones, she has had the opportunity to drive environmental sustainability strategy and change. Abigail has a master’s degree in Sustainability from St. Louis University and is an adjunct instructor at Maryville University, teaching an Issues in Sustainable Design Course that will review general green building design concepts, the LEED rating system, the WELL Building Standard, and serve as high-level preparation for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Abigail has been a member of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Education Committee since 2015. She co-chaired the committee in 2017, chaired the committee in 2018 and remains an active member.

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Annie Smith, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C

Annie is a Mechanical Engineer at Ross & Baruzzini. In her role there as Director of Energy Services, she has experience focusing on strategy and business-oriented decisions to maintain client relationships and develop projects related to energy savings for clients.

Annie is currently the ASHRAE Technical Committee 7.6 Building Energy Performance Secretary and Committee Voting Member. She was previously the ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter Historian. Annie has served on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Advocacy Committee and is the designated Green Champion for Ross & Baruzzini’s Chapter sponsorship.

Advisors

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Joe Abernathy

Joe is currently the Vice-President of Facilities Planning for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is responsible for the project management of capital improvement projects at Busch Stadium, which have totaled over $50 million since it opened in 2006. Joe has been a leading promoter of sustainability in the St. Louis area for over 10 years. He was one of the founders of the St. Louis Cardinals “4 A Greener Game” sustainability program in 2008. The Cardinals have been active participants in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge since its inception.

Joe has been a featured speaker on sustainability for the Green Business Challenge, Resource Recycling National Conference and the Missouri Recycling Association. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Stadium Managers Association and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Sports Alliance. Previously, as a member of the Stadium Operations Advisory Committee for Major League Baseball and Co-Chairman of the Sustainable Operations Sub-committee, Joe spearheaded the benchmarking of sustainable operations metrics for all MLB facilities and created the MLB Green Glove Award, which honors teams with the best recycling program.

Brian H. Hurd

Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Brian H. Hurd is a leader at the center of building youth-centered, equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities by aligning planning, investment, and partnerships to meet today’s challenges. He is Technical Assistance Program Manager at Rise Community Development in St. Louis, Missouri. Brian brings together non-profits, philanthropists, banks and financial institutions, and government to make successful neighborhood revitalization possible in the Greater St. Louis area. With the development of more than 5,500 homes and over 100,000 square feet of commercial space totaling nearly $800 million in total development cost, that includes a mix of new construction and historic rehab, Brian and Rise have helped 42 communities across the St. Louis region.

Brian is also a field instructor and adjunct professor at Washington University. He teaches a class titled, “Planning Sustainable and Racially Equitable Urban Communities.” As a teacher, mentor, coach, and role model, he is training and developing a new generation of transformational, dynamic leaders who are more culturally competent and better equipped to engage and work effectively in diverse and challenging neighborhoods and communities.

Reverend Rodrick Burton

Rodrick Burton has led the New Northside Baptist Church to be a regional leader in Environmental Justice and Sustainability issues in partnership with Green the Church, the Sierra Club of Eastern Missouri and The Nature’s Conservancy. New Northside was the first African American congregation in St. Louis. to install solar panels on their Church and Community Center.

Reverend Burton advocated, along with the environmental community for St. Louis to pass Resolution 124 and was appointed to the City’s Clean Energy Advisory Board. Burton’s advocacy resulted in the EPA 2019 Publication, Supporting Healthy Houses of Worship, as well as the 2020’s webinar series: Interagency Interfaith Collaboration for Vulnerable Communities. These free Webinars were part of an education thrust to provide better access to EPA Efficiency programs and training for churches.

Burton earned a Master’s in Educational Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He is currently a Visiting Instructor in Practical Theology at Covenant.

Executive Director

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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.