Board of Directors

Adam Doerr, Attorney, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson

Adam is a litigation attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte. He helps companies untangle complex litigation problems, with a special focus on shareholder litigation, class actions, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and other large commercial cases. Adam studied Literature at Pomona College as an undergraduate and earned his law degree from Duke University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. After completing the Arts & Science Council’s Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) program, Adam joined the board of Sustain Charlotte in 2014 to support its mission of making Charlotte more sustainable, especially in the areas of smart growth, green space, and transit.

Brett Tempest, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNC Charlotte

Brett is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNC Charlotte. His research is related to the development and performance evaluation of concrete and masonry construction materials, particularly from the standpoint of sustainability. This includes incorporating natural and recycled materials, improving durability, safety, and understanding the lifecycle of products from cradle to cradle. He teaches courses in concrete materials, reinforced concrete design, sustainable design and green building. Brett and his wife, Tina, enjoy urban homesteading in beautiful West Charlotte. They also operate a hostel for Appalachian Trail hikers in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Candace Taylor Anderson

Elizabeth Ratner, Director, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

Elizabeth Ratner is a registered architect, LEED AP BD+C, and the Director of the Center for Building Performance at Little. Within this role, she creates custom solutions for clients by going beyond anecdotal evidence to numerically validate improvements in a design as it takes shape. Elizabeth uses robust performance simulation and her expertise to optimize environments for occupants and owners by ensuring increased occupant wellbeing, targeting a neutral capital investment, and reducing future operating costs. While her professional role allows her to further sustainability in the built environment throughout the country, she joined the board of Sustain Charlotte in 2015 to also focus her efforts in her local community. Elizabeth holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she was President of the Master of Architecture Student Society, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Gavin Chafin, Senior Technical Recruiter, Allied Technical Resources

Gavin is a business development leader with a passion for the outdoors, ecological and economic sustainability, and environmental advocacy. HisBachelors Degree is in environmental studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, Gavin is working in Talent Acquisition for Allied Technical Resources supporting energy projects in the Southeast. Gavin joined the board for Sustain Charlotte in March of 2013 because he wanted to offer his leadership and business development skills to a non-profit that he fully believes in and wants to help grow. Outside of the office, Gavin enjoys snow skiing, rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, disc golf, and just about anything else that gets him outside for extended periods of time.

Lisa Lenhart, Marketing Director, Crescent Communities

Lisa is the Chair of our Board and leads the marketing efforts of the homebuilding division for Crescent Communities in Charlotte, NC.  She is a graduate of the University of Toledo, Ohio, and holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing.  A  licensed Real Estate Agent, Lisa also holds a North Carolina General Contractors License.  A lifelong advocate of environmentalism, Lisa became involved with Sustain Charlotte in order to marry her passion for promoting sustainability with her sales and marketing background.  Outside of work, Lisa enjoys jogging, yoga, hiking, and traveling.  

Martha Smyre Mustard, Finance Recruiting Consultant, Kelly Finance

Martha Smyre Mustard is Secretary of the Board, and an accomplished Talent Acquisition/Recruiting leader with 10+ years combined experience in Management Consulting, Talent Acquisition and Recruiting, Business Development, Strategy, and Project Management. Martha joined Kelly ODG as a Talent Consultant with GE Capital and is currently the Finance Recruiting Consultant with a focus on direct hire for the Southeast with Kelly Finance. Prior to joining Kelly Finance, Martha was the Managing Partner and co-Owner of Green Sign Consulting, a professional services firm that partnered with businesses to provide project-based consulting services. Career highlights include working with an array of high-profile, fast-paced industries, including Banking and Financial Services, Consumer Goods and Retail, Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Telecommunications.

Matthew Jameson, Accountant, BGW CPA, PLLC

Matthew Jameson is a native of Charlotte. He received his BS degree in psychology from Western Carolina and his MBA in accounting from Winthrop University. He is employed as a staff accountant at BGW CPA, PLLC, a regional accounting firm based in Charlotte. His professional interests are audit and attestation. He is married and has two children.

Norman Kendall Spencer III, Director of Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing at the Logan Community Music School

Norman Kendall Spencer III is the Director of Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing at the Logan Community Music School, where he administers both the sustainability and instructional health programs. Outside of his direct sustainability work, he is currently the Volunteer Coordinator for the Sexual Trauma Resource Center at Safe Alliance, a victim services agency serving over 12,000 survivors of sexual trauma and domestic violence annually throughout Mecklenburg County. He has been trained in both the United Kingdom and in the United States in cell physiology, mental health and Spanish literature. During the earlier part of his professional career, he has lectured in a plethora of disciplines including, but not limited to scientific literacy, biostatistics, American politics and government, and Spanish language. He was previously doing research in bioinorganic chemistry under the auspices of Daniel Rabinovich at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Aside from his medical and scientific expertise, Norman has been involved in various sustainability initiatives such as developing effective work-time sustainability policies, sustainable energy usage and fostering a workplace culture of environmental stewardship for over a decade. He previously served as a local correspondent for the Mother Nature Network, an online environmental news agency headquartered in Atlanta. Norman also serves as the first Director of Membership Activities for the Network of Early-career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers, an international organization dedicated to aiding early-career sustainable scientists become established, exchange ideas and work together to achieve sustainable living through science.

Susan Oast Tompkins, Writer - Photographer

Susan grew up in Norfolk, Virginia with a love of water. She has served on the Mecklenburg Storm Water Advisory Commission, the Charlotte Public Arts Commission, and the Charlotte Tree Advisory Board. Susan was appointed to the North Carolina Legislative Climate Change Commission where the science of climate change was presented by state and national professionals in the fields of agriculture, atmospheric science, oceanography, biology, and energy. She is interested in the fine arts and their enduring effect on how we view life. Susan is a contractor at the Foundation For The Carolinas and is producing a catalog of its art collection.

Sushil Nepal, Principal Planner, Town of Huntersville

A Native of Kathmandu, Nepal, Sushil Nepal is a Principal Planner with the Town of Huntersville, where he is responsible for preparing and managing strategic transportation & land use plans for the town. He has been with the town for over a year. Prior to joining the town, Nepal worked as a Project Manager for Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) where he designed and oversaw a 3-year regional planning initiative called “CONNECT Our Future” for the Greater Charlotte Region. Nepal previously served as lead Planner and Facilitator with the City of Cedar Rapids (Iowa) during the Iowa flood and recovery, a historic flood that hit the area in 2008, resulting in untold damage and costing the state billions of dollars. Nepal holds Master degree(s) in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and in Environmental Management from Pokhara University (Kathmandu, Nepal). He is a Certified Planner through American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and active member of American Planning Association (APA) and Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Wil Russell, Project Manager, Rodgers Builders

Wil Russell is a project manager for the Charlotte-based construction firm Rodgers. Wil holds a Bachelors of Science in Building Construction from Auburn University and has gained experience in the commercial, healthcare, cultural and educational sectors of the construction industry while at Rodgers. He has become one of the company’s experts in LEED including completing multiple LEED Silver projects and sustainable construction projects in the Charlotte area. Wil has a passion for planning and development, transportation and how it affects his community. Wil’s passion and construction experience have led him to work on various city initiatives involving Affordable and Mixed-Income Housing, the Lynx Blue Line Extension, The University City Area Plan, and the Immigration Integration Task Force. Wil joined the Sustain Charlotte Board in order to promote responsible and sustainable development in Charlotte.

Will Teichman, Senior Director of Strategic Operations, Kimco Realty Corporation

Will Teichman is the Vice Chair of the Board and a management professional focused on the intersection of business and society. In his current role, he leads the development, implementation and communication of sustainability programs for the nation’s largest owner of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Previously, Will has held a variety of positions in the retail and management consulting industries, developing sustainability strategies for large organizations. He was a founding member of the sustainability consultancy Clear Carbon, Inc., and was previously employed by Target Corporation. Will holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and a BA in Economics and Politics with a certificate in Environmental Studies from Washington and Lee University. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance where he serves in an advisory capacity on several sustainability working groups.

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