Board of Directors

A 15 member Board of Directors is elected by the members governs the CTGBC. Our Board is comprised of a diverse background that include State of Connecticut officials, private industry executives, leading A&E professionals, and concerned citizens interested in promoting high performance green buildings.

CTGBC Committees:

All committees and contact information is located on our CTGBC Committees page.

The council's current bylaws (Adobe Acrobat format)
The council's strategic plan, June 2017 (Adobe Acrobat format)
Archived Board Meeting Minutes

Chair

Wayne Cobleigh

e-mail: wayne.cobleigh@gza.com

Client relationship development and marketing strategy for $130+M environmental, geotechnical, ecological, construction management and water services firm. Solving problems for energy, infrastructure, real estate, education, healthcare, government and commercial/industrial clients. Interests in collaborating with professional service firms and attorneys on siting, permitting, sustainable building services, flood hazard vulnerability assessment and mitigation, real estate development, brownfield redevelopment, environmental remediation, sustainable design, carbon neutral- and renewable energy projects.

Special interests: financing resiliency and clean energy, resilient building design and brownfield redevelopment projects, building hazards, climate change adaptation, LEED and sustainable development, green buildings, groundwater protection at nuclear power plants, geothermal groundsource heat pump systems, contract negotiation, risk management, community engagement, land development, and flood control/mitigation. High performance team building, partnering, alliances and supply chain management.

MBA in Marketing and Certified Professional Services Marketer certification in 2008. Continuous education through volunteer leadership in trade associations and mentoring.

Vice Chair

Ross G. Spiegel

e-mail: rspiegel@slamcoll.com

Ross Spiegel, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED® AP BD+C, is the Specifications Coordinator with the Connecticut based architectural firm The S/L/A/M Collaborative. Ross is responsible for leading the firm’s specification process including maintaining and improving firm wide specification procedures and resources, scheduling of specifications staff and preparation of architectural specifications for various project types. In addition, Ross serves as a technical resource to the firm and project teams by researching and maintaining an awareness of products, industry standards and technologies.

Ross has been a member of The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) since 2005 and has served on the Board of Directors for the past five years. During that time, he has chaired the Advocacy Committee. This year Ross was elected Secretary for a two-year term.

Ross has also served on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, the LEED Steering Committee, chaired the Council’s Nominating Subcommittee, several other USGBC committees and task teams, and was the founding Chair and member of the Steering Committee for the Council’s Greenbuild International Green Building Conference & Expo for over nine years. In addition, Ross chaired the Green Building Certification Institute’s (GBCI) Credentialing Steering Committee for four years, which is responsible for monitoring, reviewing, and overseeing the development, implementation, and evaluation of existing and future LEED credentialing programs under GBCI.

Treasurer

Deborah Mingrone

Wells Fargo
e-mail: deborah.mingrone@wellsfargo.com

Deborah Mingrone is a Property Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo and has been with the company since 2011. During her more than 20 year career, much of her responsibilities have included helping companies to be more efficient when it comes to property management and energy savings. Deborah's current job focuses on implementing programs that reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the use of renewable energy; ensuring the company is conserving water and other resources, such as paper; and deploying “green” building design into new and existing corporate properties. Her overall team’s efforts have resulted in a 52% reduction in water use since 2012; 36% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2008; a 55% reduction in waste; and a 31% increase in operational energy efficiency since 2012. Deborah is currently a Board Advisor and the Treasurer for CTGBC and also on the Membership and Sponsorship Committee. She has been a Member of the CTGBC since 2011.

Secretary

Caroline DiDomenico

e-mail: caroline.didomenico@eversource.com

Caroline is a Design and Architectural Professional with over 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of Corporate Interiors, Healthcare Facilities, and Retail Store Design. She is a Supervisor in Facilities Management at Eversource Energy, and Previously held a position as a Project Manager within the department. Her focus has been on incorporating Sustainability and Energy Efficient practices into projects, as well as providing LEED review on major construction projects. She has also been a contributor on several interdepartmental teams including: Contributor to Corporate Sustainability Report, LEED Substation Prototype Review and White Paper, Environmental Expo and Earth Day Planning, and Project Manager on the Solar/vegetative roof on the Eversource main campus.

Caroline holds credentials as a LEED AP and GPRO: Operations and Maintenance. She was also an Adjunct Instructor in the Interior Design Department at Paier College of Art in Hamden., and has served as a Thesis Rep at Boston Architectural College. As a member of the CTGBC, she is currently Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and in the past she served on the Education Committee. Caroline was nominated to the Energy Committee in her former town of Bolton, after addressing the town on Energy Issues and encouraging them to map out a plan for sustainability and energy efficiency.

Caroline holds an MS in Management with a concentration in Clean Energy and Sustainability from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BFA in Interior Design from Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. On a personal note, she has built an off-grid home in Vermont which is entirely powered by solar.

Executive Director

James Albis

CT Green Building Council
e-mail: james@ctgbc.org

James Albis is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Green Building Council, succeeding long-time CTGBC ED Judy Swann in June 2017. A lifelong Connecticut resident, James is currently serving his fourth term as a State Representative from his hometown of East Haven. James was named chairman of the Speaker’s Task Force on Shoreline Preservation after East Haven was devastated by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Through the work of that Task Force he authored the first law in Connecticut history to define sea level rise, requiring that sea level rise be considered during planning for major public projects and long-term plans of conservation and development. He also wrote the law that created the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), which provides technical and financial assistance to municipalities embarking on adaptation projects.

James received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New York University in 2006, and his Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in 2016. He is a LEED Green Associate and is a published author. His paper “University Sustainability: Assessing College Sustainability Rating Systems” appeared in the 2017 issue of the Journal of Environmental Sustainability.

Board Member

Kristen Coperine

Green Thread Consulting
e-mail: kristen.coperine@gmail.com

Kristen Coperine is sole proprietor of Green Thread Consulting, where she helps small and medium businesses and organizations create and implement sustainability strategies that improve environmental impacts while reducing operating and other costs.  She also partners with other organizations to promote new technologies, products, and services, as well as offering her skills on other specialized projects.  Her background includes property management, commercial real estate, universal waste recycling, and business development.

Kristen has a Bachelor’s in Geography and International Development from the University of Minnesota.  She also has an International MBA from the University of Denver, which included a capstone project consulting on joint venture structures between a European software company and its manufacturing base in China.  Her international education includes coursework in Spain, Ecuador, and China.

Upon joining the CTGBC in 2016, she became the Marketing and Communications Chair, the Awards Co-Chair, and has recently joined the NESSBE Planning Committee.  Kristen is an accredited LEED Green Associate, a Certified Associate in Project Management, a licensed S-CORE Assessor, and a certified instructor for Urban Green.  She is also a Co-Lead for the New England Regional Learning Network, part of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals organization.

Kristen is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and her interests include travel, food, photography, reading, writing, and home projects and renovations.

Board Member

Tanya Cutolo

SLAM Collaborative
e-mail: tcutolo@slamcoll.com

Tanya Cutolo, AIA has over twenty years’ experience working in the design and construction field. Her experience as an architect facilitates critical communication between design and construction that is necessary for successful projects.

She has been a Business Development Director for construction and design build services since 2008. Having worked in the private sector as an architect for over seventeen years and in the construction field for over nine, she brings a creative vision to the field of construction management. Tanya is passionate about sustainable approaches to design and construction of the built environment and looks forward to serving on the CTGBC Board.

Her professional registrations and certifications include, LEED AP, RA NY & CT, AIA & NCARB.

Hobbies include yoga, kayaking, hiking, painting and gardening.

Board Member

Sheri Dieso, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, GGP

Bryant Dieso LLC
e-mail: sheridieso@yahoo.com

Board Member

Emily Gordon

e-mail: emily.gordon426@gmail.com

As Program Manager of the Stamford 2030 District, Emily focuses on advancing the District’s capacity to achieve nationally adopted resource conservation goals and improving the resiliency of Stamford’s downtown built environment. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the North American 2030 Districts Network. Before taking on the Program Manager role in 2017, Emily developed energy and water baselines for dozens of building types and analyzed over 10 million square feet of building data to assess the District’s progress toward nationally adopted energy and water reduction goals. Emily’s experience spans both building-level sustainability, as a LEED AP ND and WELL AP, and community-level sustainability planning. She has in-depth experience with sustainability metrics and has worked on both new and existing community-level rating systems, including STAR Communities and Connecticut’s new Sustainable CT program. Emily holds a Master’s in Community Planning and Development from the Muskie School of Public Service and a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut. She is currently a Stamford resident, and a member of numerous civic and industry organizations including Stamford’s Environmental Protection Board and the American Planning Association.

Board Member

Nicholas Jones

Eversource Energy
e-mail: jonesn3712@gmail.com

Nick Jones serves as the Residential New Construction – Energy Efficiency Program Lead for Eversource Energy. Nick has spent his career working with builders, developers, design teams, efficiency programs, industry associations, and state and federal organizations to advance high performance building practices and technologies. In 2016, Nick served as a presenter for the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and published a white paper entitled Zero Energy Homes: Available and Scalable. Nick has also served multiple years as a judge for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Housing Innovation Awards. Nick holds credentials as a Certified Energy Manager, as well as a LEED – Green Associate. He is a member of the Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC), and serves as co-chair of the CTGBC’s Emerging Professional’s subcommittee. He holds degrees from Eastern Connecticut State University in Sustainable Energy Studies, and is currently pursuing a degree in Global Sustainability from Central Connecticut State University.

Board Member

Paul Keyes

The Greenfootprint
e-mail: gfppaul@gmail.com

As the owner of The GreenfootPrint, LLC Mr. Keyes helps clients understand and develop strategies for successful implementation of sustainable, energy, renewables, water and waste solutions. He was the founder and owner of Victory Energy Solutions, a successful energy efficiency and sustainable firm providing services in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. In this capacity he provided technical assistance to improve the energy efficiency and performance of homes and business.

Mr. Keyes has created highly effective marketing and business development strategies for business in a variety of industries. During his tenure at Victory Energy Solutions he was instrumental in the training and development of staff in highly technical and professional skills. His extensive technical field knowledge of building codes, building envelope and HVAC systems.

During his career he has played a key role in many successful state-wide energy and sustainable programs and initiatives. Mr Keyes was instrumental in bringing the Clean Energy Communities Program to the Town of Bloomfield that won a $10,000 grant from Energize CT. He was also credited for bringing energy benchmarking to the affordable housing market through Connecticut Housing Finance Investment Authority to help its owners understand and reduce their energy usage. He was also a founding member of the Home Performance Alliance of CT (HPACT).

Paul has held many green certifications including BPI Multi-Family, Healthy Homes, 30 Hr. OSHA, and has been a Department of Energy Century Award recipient.

Mr Keyes holds a Bachelor of Science from Albertus Magnus College in Business Management.

Board Member

Melissa Kops

Pirie Associates Achitects
e-mail: design.officinalis@gmail.com

After earning her Masters in Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, Melissa worked on historic reuse and rehabilitation projects in Rhode Island and earned her certificate in Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College. She worked at Centerbrook Architects for over 8 years, where she led many sustainable projects, including a project pursuing the Living Building Challenge for the South Kent School, and a co-housing community planned for Bethany. She joined Pirie Associates in June of 2016, and has been working on projects for the Yale Law School, a micro-brewery in Colorado, and most recently on a paid competition for the Land Art Generator Initiative in Willimantic.

In addition to being on the board of the CTGBC she is also the co-facilitator of the CT Living Building Challenge Collaborative. She has published two articles, “Designing Buildings that Work like Flowers,” in the Hartford Courant, and "The Architecture and Planning of Urban Space are Undergoing a Design Revolution" in the New England Real Estate Journal. As a Living Building Challenge (LBC) Ambassador, she is a frequent presenter and advocate for pursuing rigorous sustainable design principals. With a special interest in how the built environment supports human health and wellbeing, she organized the inaugural NESSBE conference, hosted by CTGBC and Yale, with the theme, "Health of Place" which took place April 2017.

Board Member

Leon Levine

Ecothink Group
e-mail: leon@ecothinkgroup.com

Board Member

Ilona Prosol

BVH Integrated Services
e-mail: ilonap@bvhis.com

Ilona Prosol, an Associate Principal, serves as a team leader and as a Project Manager at BVH Integrated Services. With 26 years of experience at BVH, her portfolio includes higher education buildings, museums, hospitality projects, schools, courthouses. Focusing on sustainability, recent notable projects include UCONN’s Laurel Hall, the first LEED Gold certified project on campus and Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker in Hartford, Connecticut’s first LEED Platinum certified public school. Ilona holds LEED AP BD+C certification and Professional Engineering licenses in the States of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Board Member

Lynn Stoddard

e-mail: stoddardl@easternct.edu

Lynn is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. Since 2001, the Institute has worked statewide to inform public policy and apply practical solutions for energy efficiency, sustainability and resilience to state agencies, municipalities, colleges, universities, K-12 schools and others. Currently, under Lynn’s leadership, the Institute is spearheading development of Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program that provides a roadmap and resources to help communities become more efficient, healthy, economically vibrant, resilient, collaborative, and livable.  Municipal leaders and residents from across the state, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and people from key agencies, non-profits and businesses all partnered to help create this exciting statewide initiative, which officially launched on November 28, 2017.

Lynn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Political Science from Bucknell University and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.  She serves on the Governor’s Council on Climate Change and is an inaugural fellow in the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program.  Lynn has over twenty years of experience in developing public policy and managing a broad range of energy and environmental programs. She worked in the following programs at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: climate change and energy, recycling and solid waste planning, pollution prevention, and coastal area management.

In addition, Lynn co-owns The Adventure Park at Storrs, an aerial forest park consisting of challenge courses and zip lines.  The Adventure Park is sustainably designed and built and provides a fun and healthy connection to forests and nature.

Board Member

Katie Roden Symonds

id3A
e-mail: ksymonds@id3architecture.com

Sought after at Centerbrook for her knowledge of sustainable design strategies, Katie was elevated to Associate Principal in 2014. She was designated a LEED Accredited Professional in 2003 and is pursuing her Fellowship with the USGBC. 

Currently one of three leaders of Centerbrook’s Sustainability Steering Committee, Katie is leading the development of sustainability standards to meet the firm’s commitment to the 2030 Challenge. In addition to serving as a senior team member and LEED Administrator on a science center slated for LEED Silver Certification, Katie has worked on dozens of LEED Certified projects, including one Platinum and two Gold. Her active interest in promoting sustainable, environmentally conscious design began in 2001 as a group leader of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott’s in-house sustainability practice group.

Katie spent five years as a LEED consultant at EYP, and a project director for the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) Green Building Studies. She provided energy analysis of existing and new structures and sustainable design guidance to clients including facilitating LEED charrettes and writing specifications.

Katie has presented six times nationally on evidence-based design, including twice at the AIA National Conference.  Coauthor of the initial U.S. Department of State LEED Green Building Guidelines, she serves as an ADVANCE Ambassador for the U.S. Green Building Council, and has was a juror for the Environmental Design Research Association’s 2016 Great Places Awards.

Board Member

Adam Yarnell

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
e-mail: ayarnell@swinter.com

Adam Yarnell is a sustainability consultant with Steven Winter Associates who specializes in LEED design and administration for commercial construction. Adam is also an ILFI Ambassador and a Steering Committee member with the Living Building Challenge Connecticut Collaborative who has a passion for regenerative design. Previously, Adam worked in sustainable tourism certification, and, from 2013-2016, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, where he created a recycling program and trained teachers, but, mostly, drank too much coffee. Adam would spend all his time outdoors if possible, and, in his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing, and, apparently, suffering in the cold.