Board of Directors

Officers

jon jensen

Jon Jensen, Chair

Director of Sustainability, MaGrann

LEED Faculty, LEED AP Homes

At MaGrann Associates, Jon Jensen serves as a technical consultant to developers and builders who want to build truly green homes, guiding them through LEED for Homes, Green Communities, Passive House, the National Green Building Standard, and Energy Star. Jon is thrilled to work with builders of large and small projects to help squeeze the maximum possible green performance out of their budget. Coming from a construction education background, Jon naturally explains building science and construction process concepts that drive the requirements for these programs. He seeks to demystify green building for all of his clients.

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Scott Kelly, Vice-Chair

Principal, Re:Vision Architecture

Beginning his career with historic preservation and adaptive re-use projects, Scott became acutely interested in design and construction methods that cause buildings to endure and be more sustainable. Since founding Re:Vision in 2002, Scott has led its interdisciplinary team in designing for and consulting others on hundreds of innovative Net Zero, LEED, Energy, Living Building Challenge, Passive House, WELL and SITES projects. Check out more at www.ReVisionArch.com. Scott’s engaging and collaborative approach has inspired others to incorporate green thinking into their buildings and lifestyles. Scott was a founder of Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Greater Philadelphia Passive House Association, and Living Building Challenge Philadelphia Collaborative.

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Daeen Salam, Treasurer

General Manager, Building Automation, Tozour Energy Systems

Daeen is the General Manager of Tozour Automation, a division of Tozour Energy Systems. He has over seventeen years of experience in designing high efficiency equipment and control systems for the local construction market and has been involved with numerous LEED projects in the Higher Education, K-12, Healthcare, and office markets throughout his career. Daeen is responsible for the vision and strategy of the building automation and energy services divisions within Tozour. Daeen’s background includes a Chemical Engineering degree and a MBA from Villanova University. He currently resides in Flourtown, PA with his wife and twin boys.

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Matthew Cleary, Secretary

Territory Manager, SageGlass

Matthew Cleary is a Territory Manager for SageGlass/Saint-Gobain, a 20-year veteran of the Greater Philadelphia construction community and an accomplished building technology infrastructure expert. Matt focuses on Dynamic/Electrochromic Glazing for the benefits of human health & wellness and sustainability. His background includes a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He also took time away from his primary career to travel, living in Tokyo, Japan, and teaching business fundamentals and technical English to Japanese engineers and businesspersons.

Directors

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Williams Agate Jr.

Founder and President, NetZero Microgrid Solutions

LEED AP

Prior to forming NetZero Microgrid Solutions, Will served 6.5 years as SVP with PIDC, in charge of the nationally acclaimed Philadelphia Navy Yard. The Philadelphia Navy Yard is a dynamic and modern 1,200-acre urban business campus where Will led the effort to interject a progress energy plan into the overall sustainability effort with creation of the Navy Yard Energy Master Plan. Most recently, Will completed a $33 million program to modernize The Navy Yard’s electric distribution system into one of the country’s largest and diverse microgrid communities with smart technologies enabling various on-site alternative energy and storage DERs and PJM market participation.

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John Brady

Global Tax Account Leader - International Tax Services, EY

John is a cross-functional Sustainability Services leader and Global Tax Account Leader in the EY International Tax Services practice, specializing in managing large global accounts, Sustainability, and operating model effectiveness. John focuses on assisting clients meeting Sustainability stakeholder expectations and regulatory obligations as well as exploring revenue generation and cost reduction opportunities. John is an adjunct law professor teaching Green Tax Planning in the Graduate Tax Program at Villanova Law. John received his B.S. in Accounting from Farleigh Dickinson University, a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School, and an LLM Tax from Villanova Law School and is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania.

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Thomas Brubaker

Senior Marketing Specialist, Exelon Energy

Tom leads energy efficiency promotions for the Commercial & Industrial sectors at PECO. He began at the utility helping to launch PECO Smart Ideas. Additionally Tom develops strategy for natural gas initiatives, manages commercial communications and serves as a Public Information Officer. Prior to PECO, Tom’s marketing and communications work included financial services, both domestically and internationally. He serves on the board of the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT) and volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity. Tom earned a business degree from Eastern University and completed graduate work at Drexel and LaSalle University.

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Aman Desouza

Director, Risk Management (GRC) Strategy

Aman leads the commercialization efforts for Oracle’s Risk Management Cloud suite of products. Prior to joining Oracle, Aman served as Director of Innovation & Product Sustainability for CertainTeed Corporation, a North American subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading manufacturer of construction materials. He has held a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles, both in the US & in Europe. Aman has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in International Finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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Laura Emanuel

Director of Public Relations, Brownstein Group

Laura is Director of Public Relations at Brownstein Group, the longest-running independent marketing communications agency in Philadelphia. In her nearly 10 years at Brownstein Group, Laura has developed a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the architecture, design, real estate, and construction industries. She works with global and regional brands including Saint-Gobain North America, SageGlass, Campus Apartments, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, and Cecil Baker + Partners and more. She helped establish the agency’s AEC practice group, which supports brand communication efforts for a variety of building industry clients through brand awareness and lead generation campaigns, thought leadership programming, media relations, trade show support and collateral development.

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Stephen Finkelman

Director, Engineering Services, Kitchen & Associates

Certified Energy Manager, LEED AP

Stephen earned a BSME degree from Temple University and a Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova University. He is a Professional Engineer in 21 States, a member of various professional societies, a founder of the Greater Philadelphia Passive House Association, and board member and secretary of the Northeast Chapter of the Building Commissioning Association. He serves on the American Arbitration Association's "Construction Arbitration Panel" and the "Mechanical Industrial Advisory Committee" at the College of Engineering at Temple University, and is an Adjunct Professor at Philadelphia University College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

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Bill Fisher

Senior Project Manager - National Development, Liberty Property Trust

AIA, LEED AP

Bill has thirty-five years of development, design, construction, and project experience. He has created fifteen million square feet of buildings in the United States and overseas. During his 15 years at Liberty Property Trust, he has managed the development of offices, medical facilities, industrial, and recreational facilities. He is currently working on the new Camden Waterfront project. Prior to joining Liberty, Mr. Fisher was Vice President of Real Estate for the University City Science Center, and managed projects for Lehrer McGovern Bovis in Washington, DC and London, England.

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Fern Gookin, Immediate Past Chair

Director of Sustainability, Revolution Recovery

LEED AP

Fern is the Director of Sustainability for Revolution Recovery, a company that provides a complete range of recycling services for the construction, manufacturing, commercial and residential markets throughout the Delaware Valley. She is a graduate of Philadelphia University’s Masters of Science in Sustainable Design program, where her thesis project resulted in the formation of RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency), a non-profit with a mission to create awareness about sustainability issues through art and design.

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Donald S. Haas

General Manager, Brandywine Realty Trust

Don is the General Manager for One, Two & Three Logan Square and has been the instrumental with the management of Three Logan Square, a 1.2 million square foot office building in center city Philadelphia, since its inception in 1990. With over 30 years in the property management field, Don possesses extensive building operational background as well as tenant fit out construction. Don earned his BS in Business Management from Rutgers University. He is a graduate from Ryder Technical Institute and holds a Class A Engineer’s License in Philadelphia and a Black Seal in New Jersey. Industry specific designations include PA Real Estate License, RPA, FMA, SMA, and LEED Green Associate.

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Phil Hinerman

Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP

LEED AP

Phil is a founding director of Green Building United (formerly Delaware Valley Green Building Council) and a LEED AP. He is the former chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Environmental and Energy Section and received that Section’s award for lifetime achievement. He practices environmental and construction law at the law firm of Fox Rothschild, LLP in its center city office.

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Michael Jouaneh

Manager - Sustainability and Energy Standards, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Certified Energy Manager, Green Globes Professional, LEED AP

Michael is the manager of sustainability and energy standards for Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. He is a frequent presenter at industry events such as Lightfair International, and is active in the development of the top energy and green building codes/standards for the United States. Michael is active with many organizations, including the Lighting Controls Association, ASHRAE, the California Energy Commission, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and the USGBC. He is a Certified Energy Manager, Green Globes Professional, and LEED AP, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.

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Christa Kraftician

Director, Spillman Farmer Architects

AIA, LEED AP

Christa is a Principal with Spillman Farmer Architects, a nationally recognized architectural firm based in Bethlehem, PA. She has designed a wide variety of architectural projects for universities, hospitals and healthcare providers, and corporations throughout the region, She serves as the chair of the Lehigh Valley Committee of Green Building United, is a member of the Bethlehem City Climate Action Group, ULI, CREW LV, and the chair of the March of Dimes Real Estate Awards event. She has direct experience in green and sustainable design, including the LEED Gold certified projects Plaza at PPL Center, LVIP Office Building, and Spillman Farmer Architects office fit out, as well as the Ben Franklin Technology Partners new TechVentures2 Building.

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Charles Loomis

Vice President, Charles Loomis Chariss McAfee Architects

LEED AP, Certified Passive House Designer and Tradesperson

Charles is a partner at Charles Loomis Chariss McAfee, Architects. Established in 1989 the firm is known for innovative and environmentally sensitive design, a focused attention to detail, and a willingness to allow many voices to enter the design process. His concern for the environment has led to the development of pilot projects addressing urban agriculture, resource recovery, zero waste, and energy efficiency. Charles is the Property Committee Chair and Vestry member of Christ Church Philadelphia, is the Co-chair of the Center City Residents Association Zoning Committee, and was a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia Passive House Association.

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Susan Lowry

Vice President, Marketing Director, Philadelphia and Great Lakes Markets, Jones Lang LaSalle

LEED AP

Susan is Vice President, Marketing Director for JLL in the Philadelphia & Great Lakes Markets. With nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate industry focusing on marketing, communications, research, and economic development, Susan excels at understanding clients’ needs and developing results-driven strategic and creative solutions. In her role, Susan leads all marketing and communication strategies in the areas of digital, social media, public relations, events, sponsorships, advertising, campaign management, strategic partnerships and budget. She coordinates integrated solutions that translate business strategies into revenue-enhancing programs and initiatives. Susan is a Leadership Philadelphia Alumni, a 2017 recipient of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award.

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Joseph Parisi

Sustainability Programs Manager, TD Bank

LEED AP, Certified Energy Manager

Joe is the Sustainability Programs Manager with TD Bank. He serves as subject matter expert on sustainable design in the bank's US and Canadian real estate portfolio. Joe works on a number of programs including energy, water and waste efficiency, renewable energy procurement, EV charging, green leasing, WELL and wellness initiatives. Joe has over ten years of experience in project and program management in the design and construction industry. Joe is a LEED AP, WELL AP and a Certified Energy Manager. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and an MS in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University.

michael pavelsky

Michael Pavelsky, Development Committee Chair

Senior Associate/Sustainability Director, The Sheward Partnership

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Michael is Senior Associate and Sustainability Director at The Sheward Partnership, LLC, an architecture, planning, and sustainability consulting firm based in Philadelphia. Michael is responsible for directing all sustainable design and LEED efforts within the firm having managed nearly 600 LEED projects throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad. Michael is a Registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional with over fifteen years of progressive architectural experience. He currently provides leadership to the Chapter’s Development Committee and serves on the Governance Committee in addition to his role on the Board. Michael earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree, with honors, minoring in Historic Preservation from Philadelphia University.

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Alesa Rubendall

Principal, Design Moxie Architecture + Planning, LLC

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

As an architect and planner with a sustainable design focus, Alesa keenly pairs her design abilities, collaborative nature, and strategist mindset to create highly impactful design solutions that focus on the intersection and synergies between strategic planning, design excellence, and sustainability. She possesses extensive expertise in various project types including educational, civic, corporate, residential, and sustainable design and planning. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Green Building United and AIA Philadelphia, Co-Chairs the AIA Philadelphia Women in Architecture Committee, and recently founded Philadelphia Architects Teach Innovation, Networking + Agency (PATINA), a mentorship program for female, high school students that aspire to become designers.

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Yogesh Saoji

Senior Associate/Urban Designer, WRT

AIA, AICP, PP, LEED AP BD+C

An architect, planner and urban designer, Yogesh is a Senior Associate at WRT in Philadelphia. He draws on more than two decades of experience working on government, cultural, education, transportation, and large scale mixed-use redevelopment projects involving collaborations across multiple disciplines and cultures. He is recognized for his leadership in delivering projects built on design excellence, community engagement, placemaking and sustainability. Yogesh has instructed at University of Pennsylvania and University of Cincinnati. He is a ULI member and a LEED AP BD+C. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Philadelphia 2030 District initiative.

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E. Mitchell Swann

Principal, MDC Systems, Inc.

PE, LEED AP, C. Eng.

Mitchell has over 30 years of domestic and international consulting and problem solving experience in the areas of risk management, project management, design, and forensic construction claims analysis. His career has included the analysis and design of complex systems across a wide range of industries and buildings types with a special focus on high-tech and critical facilities. He is a frequent speaker on project execution, risk management, and sustainability topics and is 10+ year member of ASHRAE’s Distinguished Lecturer program. He is active on several technical committees and a contributing author to the ASHRAE Green Guide for Sustainable Buildings.

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Bahareh van Boekhold

Project Manager, New Ecology, Inc.

LEED AP

Bahareh is a green building specialist with New Ecology, Inc., working to improve the performance and resilience of Delaware’s multifamily building sector. She is a trained architect with a proven record of leadership in green building and sustainability. Prior to joining New Ecology, Bahareh was a Principal Planner with the Delaware Division of Energy and Climate and was instrumental in the statewide adoption of new building energy codes. She designed and deployed the first sustainable communities grant program and led the state’s initiatives to advance high performance buildings, climate mitigation, and climate adaptation. She lives with her husband and their two children in Newark, Delaware.

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