Board Candidates

Board Candidates

FGBC Board of Directors Candidate Nominations 2015
(In alphabetical order)

James E. Barnes
Director of Operations
Village of Wellington
Wellington, FL
Board Category: Governmental
Jim Barnes is Director of Operations for the Village of Wellington. In that capacity, he oversees the Public Works, Utilities, Engineering, Planning, Zoning & Building , Community Services, and Parks & Recreation Departments.  As Director of Operations, he is responsible for the Village sustainability strategy and initiatives and served as the owner's representative on the LEED Gold Certified Wellington Village Hall (50,000 SF). He is a certified planner with and advanced specialty certification in environmental planning by the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional by the National Recreation & Parks Association and a credentialed manager by the International City/County Management Association. In his work with operational departments like public works and utilities, he has led conservation efforts related to water use and reclamation, energy consumption, and waste reduction and recycling. Barnes also works with the development community through planning, zoning, and building as well as engineering implementing sustainable practices in land development, preserving, protecting and restoring natural areas, and promoting codes and regulations that encourage and require energy efficient land use patterns.  Barnes has over 25 years of experience in the private and public sector. He is seeking a second term on the FGBC Board of Directors.

Barry L. Faske
Faske Enterprises, Inc.
Hollywood, FL 33021
Board Category: Products
Barry is a true native Floridian with roots dating back over 100 years to Miami and South Florida. He has been a business owner for over 15 years, and is an FGBC Certifying Agent. He is active on many FGBC committees, including Education, Programs & Promotions, Homes, and Local Government. Within his community, Barr is Chair of the city of Hollywood’s Green Team Advisory Committee to the City Commission and is a member of the Broward County Climate Change Task Force. He is also Chair of the Leadership Hollywood Environmental Day – a 40 year old program of the Hollywood Chamber with over 1000 graduates, including many elected or appointed officials serving at the local, state, and national levels. Barry’s educational background includes studies in environment, social, technology, building, and electronic systems. “I am seeking opportunities to positively influence the well-being of current and future residents and visitors coming to the State of Florida,” says Barry. “As FGBC members, we can find ways to accommodate and encourage growth in the State of Florida, while still maintaining our unique natural assets. I look forward to serving in this capacity if chosen for this position,” he adds.

Arturo Greigo
Miami, FL
Board Category: Construction & Development
Arturo is a licensed architect and general contractor and owner of itecdesign based in Miami, Fl. As founding member for the 16-year old architecture and design firm itecdesign, Arturo has been involved in all aspects of the design and construction process for many project types in locations throughout the USA, China, South America, and the Caribbean. In addition, Arturo is the founding member of G3designbuild, a consulting firm dedicated to green building technology. Arturo has recruited several high-rise projects for certification by FGBC and he is active on the FGBC High-Rise Committee.

William E. Kachman
Retired Major, US Army
DeLand, FL
Board Category: Public Advocate
Bill Kachman is a retired Army Major of Field Artillery. He worked for 12 years in the education field as a teacher, served as a registered lobbyist for Correctional Education, and as a distance education developer for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In 2004 he joined Environmental Construction & Consulting in Deland and got involved with green building. For the next nine years he helped manage the construction and consulting side of the company, working with builders, local governments and communities to further green building practices in Volusia and Lake counties. Bill says that in his retirement years, he is working to help FGBC grow in Florida and become the preeminent green organization in Florida.

Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director
Volusia County
DeLand, FL
Board Category: Governmental
Katrina Locke is the Sustainability and Natural Resources Director in Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division. She manages Green Volusia, the county’s sustainability program, which includes the county’s Sustainability Action Plan, and also oversees the Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC), Sea Turtle Habitat Conservation, Manatee Protection Plan, and outdoor education programs. Katrina is actively involved in FGBC’s Education and Green Local Government committees. She is also a member of the Florida Sustainability Network and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network. Previously, she managed the LEC from conceptual stages to operation. She worked on the green certified facility and interactive display designs, which include displays that illustrate green building practices. Katrina has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science (honors) degree in Marine Biology from the University of Wales, Bangor.

Lisa M. Pearcy
Director of Energy & Sustainability
All Elements Mechanical
Orlando, FL
Board Category: Design & Analysis
Lisa Pearcy provides consulting and certification assistance to builders, developers, subcontractors, and Realtors. Her passion and knowledge of green building concepts make her an ideal candidate for the FGBC Board. As Director of Energy & Sustainability for All Elements Mechanical, she educates and promotes the key components of building green, sustainable structures that utilize current, innovative design strategies. In just the past year, All Elements has registered for FGBC certification four high-rise projects and hundreds of multi-family units, proving her commitment to FGBC. With her unique background in building sciences, there is no one more qualified to enhance the FGBC agenda.

Debbie A. Smith
Two Trails, Inc.
Sarasota, FL
Board Category: Design & Analysis
Debbie is the CEO of Two Trails, Inc., a green consulting firm in Sarasota. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Debbie has helped shape Two Trails into a company that has become a leader for sustainable services. She has been involved with FGBC since its inception. In her own words: “I recognized the importance for sustainable education within the building industry. I believe that the key to changing an accepted practice is through education. Achieving an FGBC certification on a project is the stepping stone; understanding the reason for obtaining a FGBC certification is the Rosetta stone. The sustainable building process does not stop upon achieving a certification; it must be maintained appropriately throughout its life-cycle.” Debbie’s professional accomplishments include: FGBC Certifying Agent (since 2007); NAHB Verifier; NAHB Certified Green Professional (since 2008); Board Member Lay Seat for Manatee County Construction Trades Board (4 years); Past Chairman for Home Builders Association Manatee/Sarasota Green Council (7 years); Heavily involved in urban planning worldwide (9 years)

Stephanie D. Thomas-Rees
Architect/Environmental Consultant
New South Access & Environmental Solution
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Board Category: Products
Stephanie currently serves as the Regional Sales Representative for New South Access & Environmental Solution, responsible for new business development and environmental compliance for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Her experience as construction manager, architect, environmental consultant, and director of sustainability during her twenty year career has proven to be instrumental in educating customers and encouraging decisions that optimize projects’ budgets without compromising human health and safety or environmental stewardship. Stephanie received her Masters Degree in Architecture / Energy Efficient Design from Oxford Brooks University in the UK. Before joining New South, Stephanie worked for Florida Solar Energy Center as Research Architect for 12 years providing technical support and building science for the home building industry through the DOE's Building America Program.