Board Member Profiles

Board Members

  Kyle M. Abney
Vice President
Abney + Abney Green Solutions
Palm City, FL
Board Category: Design & Analysis
Abney + Abney Green Solutions is not your average green building consulting firm.  After more than a decade of hands- on involvement in the field of sustainable design and construction in Florida, the AbneyGreen team has fashioned an enviable track record of successful projects, whether commercial or residential.

The firm's principal, Kyle Abney, is one of the most highly respected "built-environment" experts in the southeast, having been chosen by myriad of owners, developers, architects and contractors to provide guidance in all aspects of the green building process. A long list of satisfied customers and referrals are evidence that the firm delivers peace of mind and reliability. Headquartered  in  the Treasure  Coast,  the  firm  has  completed  award-winning  green  certified  projects throughout Florida.

     
  James E. Barnes
Assistant Village Manager
Village of Wellington
Wellington, FL
Board Category: Governmental
Jim Barnes is Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Wellington, Florida. Barnes joined the Village in 2003 and previously served in several posts including, Director of Operations, Deputy Director of Operations, Parks & Recreation Director, Deputy Director of Environmental & Engineering Services, and Assistant Director of Community Services. Barnes is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners with an advanced specialty certification in Environmental Planning and is a Certified Parks Recreation Professional by the National Recreation & Park Association. Additionally, he is a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association. Barnes leads many of Wellington’s sustainability efforts in its operations and projects having completed and occupied a LEED Gold Municipal Complex and achieving Gold Certified Green Local Government status from the Florida Green Building Coalition.
     
  Mike Bonts
President
Mike Bonts Public Relations (MBPR Group)
Jacksonville, FL
Board Category: Public Advocate
Mike Bonts specializes in public relations, brand development and marketing communications to include media relations, special events and social media. Strategic counsel and planning is offered to companies and individuals to increase visibility, create brand awareness, and add value to their products, services and reputations. He spent over 10 years as communications director for the Northeast Florida Builders Association, seven as PR director for Renaissance Creative, a major real estate brand development firm, and time as a newspaper editor, reporter, publicist and broadcaster. Mike was appointed to the Board in 2016 to fill an open position and is now seeking re-election. For the past few months, he has been instrumental in developing FGBC brand awareness efforts
     
  Peggy Christ
Broker/Owner
Bee Green Realty LLC
Bradenton, FL
Board Category: Real Estate, Finance & Property Services
Peggy is a native of Buffalo, New York and has lived in Bradenton since 1988.   She 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.   She is relentless in her efforts to ensure that green efforts are recognized for their environmental and financial benefits.   Peggy holds a NAR (National Association of Realtors)  Green Certification, Manatee Association of Realtors Treasurer 2014 and Board of Director since 2011,  has been Manatee Association of Realtors Green Chair 2011-2014, Manatee/Sarasota Builders Industry Green Chair, FHA 203k Construction & Rehab Certified,  Shortsale, Foreclosure & REO Certified, the PRIM award from Manatee Association, ReMax Hall of Fame recognition, Five Star Realtor in Sarasota and Board Member of the Old Braden River Historical Society.  She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and Manatee Chamber of Commerce.
     
  Jane Conn
ES Green & Company, LLC
Tallahassee, FL
Board Category: At Large
Jane was raised in Tallahassee, and graduated for University of North Florida in Jacksonville with a BA and M.Ed in education (focus on lower school physical education). She returned to Tallahassee in 1980 and earned her real estate license.  She  joined the Tallahassee Board of Realtors, became a Broker in 1982, and ran her own company, J. Bixler Conn & Associated, Inc, until 2010.  After retiring in 2010, Randy and Jane established ES Green & Company--a full service Green, Energy and Water certification and consulting firm.  They  practice in the Florida panhandle and South Georgia.

Jane a RESNET HERS Rater, a FGBC Certified Green Professional and a FGBC Certifying Agent.  She have been a member of FGBC for 10 years, has served on the FGBC BOD in the past. 

     
  Barry L. Faske
President
Faske Enterprises, Inc.
Hollywood, FL
Barry Faske has played an active role in seeking to create a better environment for future generations here in Florida for many years. He has been an active member of FGBC- (the Florida Green Building Coalition) for 10 years, on the Board of Directors since 2016, elected FGBC President for 2019 and again in 2020, and has been instrumental in revitalizing our FGBC Legislative Committee to work on issues of importance to this organization.

In addition to his work with the FGBC he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Hollywood (FL) Chamber of Commerce, elected to the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, has chaired Leadership Hollywood’s Environmental Day for the past 8 years, and received the 2019 Leadership Hollywood Award for his dedication to the Community.

He was asked to join the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber’s Coastal Coalition and currently is a member of the Greater Ft, Lauderdale Chamber’s Economic Resilience Committee which is focused on involving the business community as we address the issues of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise.

In 2015 Mr. Faske was appointed by the Broward County Commission to it’s Climate Change Task Force where he served until 2019. Barry was one of the 26 members to author the 2015 update to the Broward Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) under Climate Task Force Chair Broward County Mayor Beam Furr, which is still in use today. https://www.broward.org/Climate/Documents/BrowardCAPReport2015.pdf

In 2018 & 2019 Mr. Faske, along with Ralph Locke served as our FGBC Florida Representatives to the Annual Meeting of the Sustainable States Network in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, PA. .The Sustainable States Network is an initiative where 13 Programs from 12 States (representing 54 Million residents) share resources and best practices to collaborate on initiatives and shared Goals to address the issues of Green House Gas emissions, Climate Change, Racial & Social Equity, Health, Affordable Housing, Sustainability and Resilience. In 2019 the FGBC applied for and was awarded a Grant from the Sustainable States Network for Consulting Services to review our current Standards through a Racial and Social Equity Lens. Many of these recommendations will be incorporated into our Green Local Government Standards update for 2020.   

Barry Faske wishes to encourage everyone to be creative, share your ideas, & take action for a better tomorrow.
Remember… Together we can make the biggest difference!

     
  Arturo Griego
G3aec
Miami, FL
Arturo is a licensed architect and general contractor and owner of G3 AEC & itecdesign based in Miami, Fl. As the founding member for the firms, 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. Itecdesign is an architecture and design studio while G3 AEC is 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.
 
     
  Cindy Hall
President
EcoSolutions Marketing, Inc.
Jensen Beach, FL
Board Category: Products
Cindy Hall currently serves as Chair of the FGBC Programs and Promotions Committee and is a Past President and Board Member of FGBC. She is an independent consultant and account manager for small businesses as well as in independent sales representative for several hardscape material manufacturers. Cindy has been involved in green building and the FGBC since 2007. In that same year, she founded and chaired the Treasure Coast Builders Association’s (TCBA) Green Building Council to help educate local builders. She remained the chair for the next 4 years. Cindy has been an active participant in many of the FGBC committees, primarily Programs & Promotions, Green Trends, and Membership. She initiated the FGBC Regional Liaison program and serves as Regional Liaison for the Treasure Coast region.  She currently serves on the executive boards of the TCBA and is a Past 2nd Vice President and current Life Director of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA). In 2010 Cindy received the FHBA “Woman of Distinction” award for her contributions to the industry.
 
     
  Greg Hardwick, P.E., CGB, CGP, LEED AP
Hardwick General Contracting
Maitland, FL
www.hardwickgc.com
Greg Hardwick is president and owner of Hardwick G.C. in Maitland and has over 22 years of experience in the multi-million dollar construction business. He is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) through the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is designated as a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), part of the first Certified Green Professional (CGP) graduating class, and one of the first 10 to achieve the Master CGP. He served as president of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Metro Orlando in 2013 and was instrumental in establishing the local HBA Green Building Committee, serving as the group’s founding Chairman.  He is a National Director for the NAHB and a State Director for the Florida Home Builder Association (FHBA) and serves on the 20 Member National Custom Home Builder’s Council and as Chair of the International Builders Show (IBS) Custom Builder Central subcommittee.  Hardwick also volunteers on the Orange County Board of Construction Codes and Appeals (Past Chair) and recently completed an appointment to the Orange County Sustainability Council for County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
     
  Deirdre Irwin
St. Johns River Water Management District
Palatka, FL
Deirdre Irwin has served as the Florida Water Star Program Coordinator since 2007. During her tenure FWS program has seen significant increase in builder participation and expanded from one to three residential certification tiers. Additionally, the FWS Commercial and Community programs have undergone development during this time to reach initial piloting phases.

Deirdre 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. Her work as the Florida Water StarSM Coordinator involves creating the framework upon which this important water conservation program is based.
Her areas of focus include:

  • Reaching out to builders to become involved in the program
  • Developing appropriate training for Florida Water StarSM certifiers
  • Networking with utilities, planning staff and other water management districts to develop working  partnerships
  • Exploring possible areas of expansion for the program and  coordinating the partnership with South West Florida Water Management District and South Florida Water Management District
  • Coordinating the revision of the residential criteria and the development of commercial criteria
     
  William E. Kachman
Retired Major, US Army
DeLand, FL
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.
     
  Lara Kulsehova
City of Tallahassee
Tallahassee, FL
Lara works as an Energy Conservation Specialist with the city of Tallahassee Underground Utilities in the Gas Department. She is an Energy Engineer, graduating with honors from State University in Magnitogorsk, Russia. She is a HERS Rater and Green Building agent. Lara serves on the Tallahassee Builders Association Board of Directors and is a member of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors. Lara is proud that the City of Tallahassee Gas Utility has been recognized by America Public Gas Association as a leader in customer growth for last five years and was awarded the APGA Soar award for excellence in operation.
     
 

Richard C. Lightner III
Key West, FL
Richard C. Lightner III is an ARCSA AP Florida and Southeast Regional Representative, a US Green Building Council LEED BD+C and Florida Green Building Coalition Consulting Certifying Agent for Bronze through Platinum Homes and designer and builder of Rainwater Harvesting Systems. He is a Florida Licensed Builder and R. E. Broker. He has restored dozens of homes, guesthouses and cisterns in the 4,500 home Historic Preservation District of Key West. The first had 6,000 gallons beneath his 1886 Duval Street Conch House in 1978.


As an FGBC Certifying Agent, he has FGBC Certified a total of (53) Platinum residential projects to date. He is a sitting Member of the City of the Key West Sustainability Advisory Board advising the Mayor and Key West City Commission. And he is a member of the Key West Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED AP BD+C.

     
  Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director
Volusia County
DeLand, FL
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.
 
     
  Ralph Locke, GBC, DD, LEED AP
 President
EC&CI
Deland, FL
Ralph Locke is president of Environmental Construction and Consulting Inc. He is a Florida Native and Military Combat Veteran. Ralph has over 30+ years of experience as a building professional and is one of the early pioneers in the green building field. Ralph has been a member of FGBC since 2003, Vice President in 2013, He is an FGBC Certifying Agent working with multiple Florida Builders & Developers and a Regional Liaison for FGBC. He also is the chair of the education committee and actively participates on many of the other FGBC committees. In his everyday interactions, Ralph encourages change to sustainable building practices through verbal & hands on education. He works with many organizations, including home building associations, contractors, developers, local governments, homeowners, and even high school students to promote green building practices. Ralph also volunteers as a subject matter expert for state contractor testing. Ralph holds The following licences,State Certified building, Certified roofing, Certified solar contractor, and Certified Home inspector licenses and is a Florida Water Star Commercial and Residential certifier. Ralph is an active leader and facilitator in the green building field and continues to further encourage sustainable building and to represent these interests for the FGBC.
 
     
 

Jeannette Moore
Real Estate Broker
Green Florida Properties
St. Augustine, FL 
A licensed Real Estate Broker since 2000 and originally licensed as a Sales Associate in 1985 while working as a Financial Planner Stockbroker at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Jeannette is the Broker/Owner of Green Florida Properties in St. Augustine, FL.  Her company name, along with her tagline “opening doors to healthy homes” reflects her commitment to educating consumers about energy-efficiency and sustainability in relation to their homes.

Jeannette has held the National Association of Realtors’  (NAR) GREEN Designation since 2008 and is also a certified Eco Broker (since 2008). In 2011 she spearheaded the “greening” of the St Augustine and St Johns County BOR’s MLS system followed by the greening of the Flagler County BOR’s MLS in 2012.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Florida Green Building Coalition Board  (FGBC) in the Real Estate and Property Management division as she has for the past 9 1/2 years. Jeannette also serves on the UF IFAS FFL (Florida-Friendly Landscaping) Advisory Board and has been a featured speaker at their annual workshops since 2012.

After earning her NAR GREEN designation, Jeannette became one of a handful of Florida instructors for the GREEN designation course for Realtors through NAR and FR (Florida Realtors). Jeannette’s latest efforts are directed towards educating Sellers, Realtors, Builders, Lenders and Appraisers as to the importance of using the MLS green data fields so customers will receive the true value for their high performance upgrades. She will be holding her newly created workshop, “Selling Green Homes for More Green $$$” in 2020 throughout Florida.

  Lisa Pearcy
Director of Energy & Sustainability
All Elements Mechanical
Orlando, FL
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.
     
  Mike Rogers
Principle
Southern Advocacy Group
Mike has focused his efforts on advocating for affordable housing and energy conservation and efficiency issues. Since 2011, he has served on the Board of Housing Finance Authority of Leon County and has been its chair the past three years. Mike served on the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) Board of directors from 2010 to 2016 and as chair of the FGBC Affordable Housing Committee for several years. He was instrumental in introducing the FGBC Green Building Certification Standards to Tallahassee and established the first development (Southern Oaks) in Leon County that requires all homes be built to the FGBC Green Home Standard. He has over 15 years of experience in real estate investment and development. He is actively involved in sustainability efforts for the community and served on the Leon County Climate Action Summit Leadership Team.
     
  Mary  Tappouni
President
Breaking Ground Contracting
Jacksonville, FL
Mary Tappouni is the President of Breaking Ground Contracting, where she serves as Senior Estimator,   Project Manager and Sustainability Consultant.  Over her 25 years in the construction industry, she has managed projects ranging from small park projects to multimillion-dollar facilities that include medical and professional office buildings, historic preservation, retail, schools, university, health & fitness facilities, recreational, military projects and custom green homes.     

Mary is passionate about sustainability and green building.  She was honored to speak at the Greenbuild conference in Chicago in 2010.  She served on the National Green Building Committee for Associated  Builders and Contractors and is the past Sustainability Committee Co-chair for ULI North Florida.  She actively represents the construction industry, including in her current role as Associated Builders and  Contractors (ABC) of Florida Board Chair. She has also served as past Chair of the Board of her local   ABC Chapter and past Chair of its Women’s Council.

     
  Kristin Triolo
RE/MAX Platinum Realty
Sarasota, FL
Kristin Triolo is a Broker Associate with RE/MAX Platinum Realty, a full-service real estate brokerage with offices serving the Florida Gulf Coast. She specializes in residential green properties, vacant land, and investment real estate. Kristin is a National Association of Realtors Certified Green Realtor (2010) and a contributing member of the Realtor Association of Sarasota & Manatee (RASM) Green Committee. She is past chair of the Sarasota Association of Realtors Green Realtor Alliance Committee (GRAS). In 2017 she was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Green Building Coalition and selected to serve as Vice Chair of the Professional Development Committee for RASM. In addition, she will oversee the RASM Green Committee and its Leadership Academy. She has held leadership roles in Florida Realtors, the Realtor Association of Sarasota & Manatee, the Women's Council of Realtors, and the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) organization.