Our volunteer Board of Directors is listed below. We also have a volunteer Land Use Advisory Council.
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.
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.
Lisa Richards, Director of Communications and Stewardship , Crescent Communities
Lisa is the Chair of our Board and leads the corporate Public Relations and Stewardship efforts of Charlotte-based real estate developer, Crescent Communities. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo, Ohio, and holds an MBA and LEED AP. A lifelong advocate of environmentalism, Lisa became involved with Sustain Charlotte in order to marry her passion for promoting sustainability with her marketing and real estate background. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys jogging, yoga, hiking, and traveling.
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
Betty Chafin Rash
Betty Chafin Rash is now retired after a long career in higher education (at Queens College and UNC Charlotte) and in nonprofit management. In addition, she owned a public affairs consulting firm for which she served as principal. She received a BA from Greensboro College and an MPA (Master of Public Administration) from UNC-Chapel Hill. She served three terms on the Charlotte City Council, two of which as Mayor Pro Tem. After she left the City Council Ms. Rash remained active in politics leading campaigns for candidates at the local and state level and organizing bond and issue campaigns in her consulting role. Most recent board memberships include the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Charlotte Ballet, Trees Charlotte and Democracy NC. She is a resident of the historic Fourth Ward where she and her late husband Dennis were instrumental in the revitalization effort and among the first “urban pioneers” to move into the neighborhood.