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.
Gavin Chafin, Talent Acquisition, Salas O'Brien
Gavin is a business development leader with a passion for the outdoors, ecological and economic sustainability, and environmental advocacy. His Bachelor's Degree is in environmental studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Gavin runs the Talent Acquisition Department for Salas O'Brien, a national Architecture and Engineering design firm. 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.
Norman Kendall Spencer III, Volunteer Coordinator, Sexual Trauma Resource Center at Safe Alliance
Norman Kendall Spencer III began his interdisciplinary career in academia, having taught in biostatistics, American government, and Spanish language. Whilst his mainline career is in forensic medicine and victim services, his sustainability career has been spent in executive administration and sustainability planning, previously serving as the first Director of Membership Activities for the Network of Early-career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers (Nesse), an American and British-based international non-profit organization. During his education, he worked as a local intern for the Mother Nature Network in their former Local Reports program, publishing over two dozen articles in sustainable living, corporate sustainability, and present-day issues. Now, he is presently the Volunteer Coordinator for the Sexual Trauma Resource Center at Safe Alliance and has expanded his career in sustainability and marketing consultation.
Richard Cuebas, Managing Principal, Integra Architecture PLLC
Richard Cuebas, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is Managing Principal of Integra Architecture PLLC, of Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been involved in the design and construction businesses in Puerto Rico since 1997 and North Carolina since 2015. As a sustainable designer, Richard --a LEED Accredited Professional and member of the US Green Building Council-- collaborated in 2010 as a coach for the Puerto Rico Green Jobs Program, a government effort to train employees in sustainability practices. Richard Cuebas is past-president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Puerto Rico Chapter. He also served on the Board of Directors of ACE Mentors in Puerto Rico. Richard obtained a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico and a Masters degree in Architecture from Arizona State University. He is a licensed architect in Puerto Rico, Florida, and the Carolinas.
Will Pellisero, City of Charlotte's Internal Audit Office
Will Pellisero is a Charlotte native and works in the City of Charlotte's Internal Audit Office. Will enjoys analyzing data and assisting members of management in evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of City operations. Will holds BSBA and MS degrees in Accounting from Appalachian State University (go Mountaineers!) and is an NC-licensed CPA. Will became involved with Sustain Charlotte to spread his passion for sustainability.
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
Ronald J. Tober, Senior Advisor, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Jenny Vallimont, Principal, Gökotta, LLC
Jenny oversaw Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Crescent Communities. Included in her responsibilities were sustainable design and development approaches, green certifications, innovative practices and products, partnerships, corporate philanthropy, employee volunteerism and community integration. She created the company's Stewardship Platform and Philanthropic Framework. Her work is demonstrated through the creation of both the 1st and 2nd sustainability reports (Statement of Stewardship) for the organization. She began her career in LA as a General Contractor. After moving to Charlotte she did real estate development for Crosland and then sustainability for Bank of America. She once even interned for Walt Disney Imagineering. Learn about Jenny's career and vision in her own words - the first featured guest on the STEMinism Podcast.
Jenny received both her bachelor and master's of Architectural Engineering from Penn State University in 2003. In addition to being both a LEED AP BD+C and Homes, she has her Six Sigma Greenbelt and is a GRI Certified Sustainability Reporter. She lives to travel the world and is known as a vocal advocate of transracial adoption, a wannabe bourbon connoisseur and making kickass family holiday cards.