Board of Directors

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. His Bachelors 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.

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.

Jennifer Fairchild, Regional Energy Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
Jennifer is Chair of the Sustain Charlotte Board of Directors and an engineer with experience in implementing energy and sustainability management programs for clients throughout the country. Her work has included structuring financing for renewable and efficiency projects such as Power Purchase Agreements, performance contracts, portfolio building automation strategies, and utility commodity purchases. She has evaluated, designed, and commissioned several solar systems, as well as various lighting, plumbing, HVAC, and other energy and water efficient technologies. Her current work includes managing and supporting energy, water, and waste management programs for large corporate clients with facilities located across the globe. Jennifer has her Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jennifer is a licensed engineer, LEED AP, and Certified Energy Manager. In her free time she enjoys running, yoga, playing tennis, and the great outdoors.

Matthew Favreau, Associate Vice President - Investments, The Granzow Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Matthew serves as the Fundraising Chair for Sustain Charlotte and is a Financial Consultant with The Granzow Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Matthew provides investment consulting services to institutional clients, including corporate retirement plans, foundations and endowments. He also serves high net worth families and individuals with comprehensive investment planning. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a concentration in finance from North Carolina State University. He received his MBA from Queens University of Charlotte, where he was a McColl Senior Fellow. He has previously served on the boards for Loaves & Fishes and the McColl School Alumni Association. 

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.

Kara Judd, Advisory Director, KPMG, LLP
Kara is an established Director with KPMG’s Advisory practice and has proven herself in client service, leadership, communications, mentoring and developing professionals. She is currently leading the Enabling Technologies program to build Innovation capabilities focused on development and execution of a social collaboration/crowd-sourcing and ideation strategy across the firm. Kara has also led one of the largest IT engagements in the Southeast for over 5 years, which was a top 5 bank and a premier account for KPMG. She has experience in managing multi-million dollar budgets and teams of more than 15 executives. Kara served as a past co-leader of KPMG’s Network of Women (KNOW) for over 6 years, where she was instrumental in creating a venue for women to network and mentor, as well as share career experiences through a variety of programs and events. Kara graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.S. in Accounting and is a CPA.

Lisa Lenhart, Marketing Director, Crescent Communities
Lisa 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.  She is actively involved with the Charlotte Chapter of the American Marketing Association.

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).

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 catalogue on its art collection.

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 within 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.

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.

Martha Smyre Mustard, Finance Recruiting Consultant, Kelly Finance
Martha Smyre Mustard is 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.

Candace Taylor Anderson, Director of Sustainability, Belk, Inc.
Belk is a privately held department store company with nearly 300 stores across 16 states in the Southeast of the United States. Candace was previously a management consultant focused on environmental sustainability, retail sales and corporate social responsibility; clients included Barclays Capital in London and The Sustainability Consortium. In 2011, she combined her professional travel schedule with an extended family trip, traveling to 26 countries in 11 months. From 2006 to 2011, she lived in Bentonville, Ark., and served as Director of Strategy and Sustainability with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Candace is a proud alumnus of Howard University. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her family. The last “cool” trip they took was to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in July 2014.

Norman Kendall Spencer III, Director of Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing at the Logan Community Music School
Norman Kendall Spencer III is currently the Director of Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing at the Logan Community Music School. As such, he is responsible for daily departmental administration, research, development and execution of institutional sustainability initiatives and guiding the institution’s health and medicine programmes. He has trained both in the United Kingdom and in the United States and holds undergraduate and professional degrees in cell biology/physiology, mental health and Spanish literature and culture. During his professional career, he has lectured in a wide range of areas such as the natural sciences, biostatistics, politics and government, and Spanish language. He has also supplemented his career by conducting 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 spent over ten years involved in various sustainability initiatives such as developing effective work-time sustainability policies, sustainable energy usage and fostering a workplace culture of environmental stewardship both in Greater Charlotte and internationally. 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 sustainable scientists and engineers in this field establish themselves, exchange ideas and work together to improve and expand the field of sustainable science in order to achieve a more sustainable world through science.

Will Teichman, Director of Sustainability, 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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