Senior Officers
 
 Rob Vieira, President
As Building Research Division Director, Mr. Vieira manages a staff of 40 individuals at UCF’s Florida Solar Energy Center. He’s led projects involving field evaluation, state energy policy planning, and simulation analysis.

In addition, he has presented over 50 workshops and seminars on sustainable development and energy-efficient construction. Rob has written papers for diverse audiences, e.g., Transportation Quarterly, Florida Planning, ASHRAE Transactions, and authored one book, Energy-Efficient Florida Home Building.

He also served as chair for the organizing committee of the 501C3 Florida Green Building Coalition, served on the FGBC board of directors and many committees. Rob was instrumental in creating the original versions of the green development and local government standards, the first measures of their kind. He was a key contributor to FGBC’s first home standard and USGBC’s LEED NC 1.0.

Rob Vieira has a B.A. in Physics, an M.S. in Applied Solar Energy and an MBA.

 
 
 Deirdre Irwin, Vice President

Deirdre Irwin has served as the Florida Water Star Program Coordinator since 2007 and has been instrumental in the program’s expansion into the commercial and institutional sectors. She received a Diploma in Environmental Management from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland before coming to work for the St. Johns River Water Management District in 1989. She has experience with the District’s surface water regulatory programs, water resource education programs, and certification program development and implementation. Deirdre has been a subject matter expert for the development of the EPA WaterSense home certification criteria and she serves on the technical advisory committee for the UF IFAS Putnam St Johns Horticultural Program. She currently serves on the Florida Green Building Coalition Board of Directors.

 
 
 Regina Booker, Treasurer

Regina Booker is the Chief Operating Officer at the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA).  As the COO, Mrs. Booker is responsible for the management and oversight of the agency’s 1600 units of affordable and federally-assisted housing, as well as agency programs to promote resident self-sufficiency and employment. She previously served as Director of Resident Services and Programs, Section 3 Coordinator, and Director of Housing Management.  Prior to joining the PCHA, Mrs. Booker was employed in both the public and private sector where she held positions with a myriad of responsibilities from compliance and contract management to economic development and human resources management.  Mrs. Booker earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management from National-Louis University and received the Public Housing Manager certification from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and the Certified Manager of Housing designation from the National Center for Housing Management.  She also serves as the current Secretary of the South County Community Council of the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board.

 
 
 Peggy Christ, Secretary

Peggy is the Broker/Owner of Bee Green Realty LLC and has enjoyed over 30 years experience in Real Estate development, with seven years in commercial (Multi Family) in Houston, Texas. She is passionate about empowering Realtors/brokers/builders, and pretty much everyone she comes in contact with, to make green choices to improve our homes and help our environment. Peggy holds a NAR (National Association of Realtors) Green Certification, is FHA 203k Construction & Rehab Certified, and Shortsale, Foreclosure & REO certified. She serves as the Manatee Association of Realtors 2014 Treasurer, has been a Board of Director since 2011, the Manatee Association of Realtors Green Chair from 2011-2014, and the Manatee/Sarasota Builders Industry Association Green Chair. She received the PRIM award from Manatee Association, ReMax Hall of Fame recognition, and Five Star Realtor in Sarasota distinction. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and Manatee Chamber of Commerce and serves as a Board member of the Old Braden River Historical Society. Peggy is seeking re-election for her second term on the FGBC Board.