Board of Directors

Becca Smith, Deputy General Counsel, Sunrun Inc. 

Becca Smith is the Deputy General Counsel at Sunrun Inc., the nation's largest residential solar and storage company, where she focuses her legal work on renewable energy and disruptive products. She graduated from the University of Florida (B.S., M.A., and J.D.) and remains very active with her alumni association. She moved to South Charlotte nearly three years ago by way of Washington, D.C., and loves spending time on the tennis court, cheering for her two children on the soccer field, or enjoying the outdoors with her family at Anne Springs Close Greenway. Becca is excited to use her background to support Charlotte's sustainable and equitable growth.

Betsy Chew Bodien, Associate General Counsel, Bank of America

Betsy Bodien joined Bank of America in 2005. She provides enterprise-wide legal advice and subject matter expertise on U.S. bank regulatory matters. Betsy graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law Betsy is actively involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and helps coordinate Bank of America’s participation with the Annual Light the Night Walk. She is a past Board Member of the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council and continues to volunteer with the Scholarship Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte – Class XXIV. Betsy moved to Charlotte in 2000 and now enjoys cycling and running Charlotte’s greenways with her husband and son. She is committed to working towards a sustainable Charlotte for all of its residents.

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.

James Cass, Corporate Lawyer, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson

James Cass is a corporate lawyer at Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, where he primarily represents financial institutions and companies in a wide variety of financing and capitalization transactions.  He was born and raised in Connecticut, later graduating from the University of Connecticut in 2006 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009 with his J.D. James has been excited to witness the development and growth of Charlotte since moving here in 2009 and is dedicated to ensuring that it continues in a sustainable and people-focused way.

Joel Olsen, CEO, O2 Group Ventures

Olee Joel Olsen is the CEO of O2 Group Ventures as well as the founder of O2 emc and O2 energies, which are headquartered in Cornelius, North Carolina. O2 Group Ventures is the holding company for subsidiaries that design, develop, procure, and operate clean energy installations across the Southeast. Its subsidiaries have raised more than $400 million in project financing since 2009. As a native Charlottean that is fluent in Norwegian and Japanese, Joel brings both a local and international perspective to the organizations he serves. In addition to his service on the Sustain Charlotte Board, Joel has served on the executive committee of the North Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance, the Z. Smith Reynolds Community Leadership Council, the US Norway Fulbright Foundation, and as a board member of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. Joel is a recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal Energy Leadership Award, and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association Business Innovation Award.

Joni Adams, Vice President Program Manager, Bank of America

Joni joined Bank of America in 2009. Currently, she is a Program Manager in Global Risk where she supports program strategy and implementation in risk management. In addition to her role, she’s a career development mentor and serves on the Global Risk Management Employee Engagement, Development and Inclusion Council. Joni was raised in Augusta Georgia and earned a BA in Political Science from Hampton University 2003. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running and kickboxing.

Keith Alyea, COO of Commodities, Sales, and Trading, Wells Fargo 

Keith Alyea moved to Charlotte 14 years ago after spending childhood, college, and early professional years in the New York and Philadelphia areas. A graduate of Drexel University, Keith worked in electric power at Accenture before becoming a partner at Market Reform, a small consulting firm that provides services related to energy markets. Market Reform’s clients include companies located in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and Charlotte. More recently, Keith became COO of Commodities, Sales, and Trading at Wells Fargo. Keith is an active member of the Charlotte community, having been a sponsoring member of the Charlotte Farewell To Summer committee for six years, which hosts an annual event to raise funds for regional LGBT organizations. He also has served as co-chair for corporate sponsors for the Human Rights Campaign Charlotte Gala Dinner, a fundraiser for LGBT rights advocacy. Keith was also a participant in Charlotte’s Dancing with the Stars for the Charlotte Pink House in 2017, helping raise funds to provided services for women battling breast cancer.

Philip Otienoburu, Director of Food Systems Finance, Self-Help Credit Union & Ventures Fund

Philip Otienoburu is Director of Food Systems Finance at Self-Help Credit Union & Ventures Fund. Prior to joining the organization, he was tenured Associate Professor of Biology and Sustainability at Johnson C. Smith University and Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainability. His current work involves developing a strategy for financing sustainable and equitable food systems through investments in low-income communities. Philip enjoys traveling with his family, playing soccer, and cycling when he is not attending class at Kenan-Flagler business school.   

Rachelle Latimer, President & CEO, Elite 360 Transportation and President & Chief Diversity Officer, TRS&I Group

Rachelle Latimer serves as President & CEO of Elite 360 Transportation, Inc. (Elite 360) as well as President & Chief Diversity Officer for TRS&I Group, Inc. Ms. Latimer has over 24 years of professional experience in the area of diversity & inclusion, civil rights, and project management. She has an extensive professional network and is committed to further developing the Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprise (M/W/SBE) Community.

Ray Addison, VP and CMO, Go-Station

Ray is currently focused on business development and startups in technology, e-mobility, and sustainability. He is the VP and CMO for Go-Station - an electric vehicle charging company. Go-Station is deploying electric vehicle charging solutions across the united states for public use and for companies that are making the transition to electrification. In his role, he oversees, sales, marketing, site selection and negotiations, software development, and customer experience design. Ray also serves on the Digital Marketing Advisory Council for George Washington University. He is also a member of Leadership Charlotte, a 10-month program for emerging and existing leaders in Charlotte, NC.

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 in 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 the former 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 master's 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.

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  • Maitri Meyer
    commented 2017-10-24 09:51:16 -0400
    What an impressive Board! I hope to meet every one of you at some point.