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Northern Gulf Coast Region Board of Directors


NATASHA REYNOLDS

CHAIR

Natasha Reynolds, LEED AP BD+C, is the Chair/President of the Northern Gulf Coast Region of the USGBC Florida Chapter. She has been a member of the local USGBC Region since 2008. Natasha is a program manager for GULF POWERS Innovation and Sales Support Team. Her primary focuses include building analysis and energy simulation for commercial and industrial applications. She is an industrial engineer with diverse experience in the industrial air pollution control, natural gas, energy management and electric utility industries. Show more...

Throughout her extensive career, she has provided effective leadership for various organizations and developed many successful energy and sustainability educational and outreach programs including Escambia County's Green Building Ambassador Sustainability Program. She has often been recognized for her above-and-beyond contributions, including as recipient of the prestigious Home Builders Association of West Florida's Associate of the Year in 2012.

Originally from Panama, Natasha currently lives in Pensacola, where she enjoys foremost amongst everything else spending time with her husband and three girls. One of their most frequented spots is the Fort Pickens Area of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. In her spare time, Natasha likes to work on musical projects, sing, play guitar and exercise.



ALESSA BASTRON

PROGRAMS CHAIR / REGION REP TO USGBC-FL BOARD

Alessa Bastron is a Sales Engineer for Siemens Industry in the Pensacola branch office. She has been with Siemens for six years, working with Siemens Energy Division for one and Siemens Industry for the last five.

Alessa currently works in Siemens' Building Technologies Division developing Building Automation / Energy Management Solutions for a diverse group of customers including federal, DoD, healthcare, higher education, K-12 and commercial. Show more...

She has worked on a variety of projects ranging from high-performing new construction buildings to existing building renovations and retrofits. She works closely with consulting engineers and building owners to make buildings comfortable, reliable, safe, secure and energy efficient. 

Alessa grew up in the Florida Keys and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business Administration. She holds a LEED Green Associate accreditation. She is the elected rep for the Northern Gulf Coast Region to the USGBC Florida Board of Directors. Locally, she is also the programs Chair for the NGC Region. Alessa also serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Florida Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).



DAVID BUTLER

ADVOCACY CO-CHAIR

David Lars Butler, LEED AP BD+C, is the founder of Loxley Hawk, Inc.,, an environmental construction and consulting firm specializing in the design and construction of high-performing, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly homes and businesses. As a registered contractor in the State of Florida since 1994, David and his firm have underscored his commitment to building energy-efficient homes and buildings, which includes the use of renewable energy using both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal. He joined the USGBC Northern Gulf Coast in 2009, and the following year he was, and remains, a member of the Region's Board of Directors, serving as Board Chair in 2013. Show more ...

David has maintained insight into environmental and energy efficiencies that go into the process of constructing energy-efficient structures. He has also been involved locally and throughout the USA in the engineering, procurement and construction of renewable-energy projects, with more than 18 mega-watts of solar installed since 2012.

David is married and has wonderful children. In his spare time, he likes to sail, play golf and watch his Auburn Tigers play football.



LUANN HECHT

FINANCE CHAIR

Luann Hecht Hennessy, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, is an Associate/Senior Interior Designer with Bullock Tice Associates, a leading architectural firm in Pensacola with projects throughout the country. She has contributed to the certification of a variety of project types receiving LEED Silver and LEED Gold Certification, including the recently completed Pensacola State College South Santa Rosa Center Phase I / Gulf Breeze, FL, one of 17 LEED Certified projects completed by Bullock Tice. Show more ...

In addition to her involvement with the USGBC North Florida Region as a Board member, Luann has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2000 and is a member of LeaP, Leadership Pensacola. A graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Interior Design from the School of Architecture, Luann is a longtime Florida resident who lives in Pensacola with her husband Jack. They love to travel and spend time at the beautiful beaches in our area.



KEVIN SPELLMAN

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Kevin Spellman, LEED BD+C, was one of the founding members of the Northern Gulf Coast Region of the USGBC in 2007, and has been a member of the Board since 2012 in the roles as Membership Co-Chair and then Membership Chair since 2014. His employer, Greenhut Construction Company, has been involved is several LEED projects in the Pensacola area, and an individual from the company has held a Board position since the inception of the Region. Show more...

Kevin has been a project manager for more than 25 years, specializing in healthcare construction, military work and all types of commercial construction. Greenhut Construction Company has been in business for more than 69 years, and is a third-generation family-owned business. Kevin was promoted to Vice President more than 15 years ago. Greenhut is a community leader specializing in construction management.

As a Senior Project Manager, Kevin enjoys mentoring younger construction managers by sharing his expertise in construction management and teaching the benefits of hard work and dedication for sustainable construction.

Kevin enjoys automobile restoration, working out, and spending time with his first grandson and family. Kevin was raised in Pensacola, and is a former student of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction.



CHRISTIAN WAGLEY

ADVOCACY CHAIR

Christian Wagley is principal of Sustainable Town Concepts, a consulting firm working under the premise that the most environmentally-beneficial thing we can do is to build healthy places for people. He works with builders, architects, developers and communities to create homes, buildings and landscapes that use less energy and water, and are beautiful and durable. Show more...

Christian is a strong advocate for restoring Pensacola's urban core and making the City more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, and was a member of the Mayor's Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee. He is the writer and host of EarthAction, a five-part environmental series that debuted on WSRE Public Television in 2013.

Christian holds a master's degree in biology/coastal zone studies from the University of West Florida.



THOMAS LEE GOODSON

BOARD MEMBER

Thomas Lee Goodson is an Architect / Director of Business Development for the Coastal Division of Bullock Tice Associates (BTA), a full-service Architecture and Interiors firm serving the southeastern US from Pensacola. BTA is a regional leader in environmentally sensitive design and one of the founding firms for the legacy USGBC Northern Gulf Coast Chapter, with 10 LEED accredited professionals on staff. Show more...

Lee holds a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Architecture and a Certificate in Energy Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a graduate research assistant for the Georgia Tech School of Architecture and School of Mechanical Engineering, he was an early pioneer in the application of environmentally sensitive concepts to architectural design solutions. Lee served on the design teams for SERI -- the original Solar Energy Research Institute, on the Tennessee Valley Authority Headquarters -- on the systems for the earth-sheltered Shenandoah Community Center in Newnan, Georgia, and earned one of the first Passive Solar Design Competition Awards issued by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

In addition to his current role as Board member of the USGBC Northern Gulf Coast Region, Lee is actively involved with related institutions including Gulf Coast Energy Networks "Power Up", Construction Specification Institute's (CSI) Jubilee, and the Building Officials Associations (BOAF) info-luncheons. He is also a past President of the Northwest Florida Chapter of AIA.

Lee's focus for the Region is to build stronger relationships with affiliates and members so as to enhance learning opportunities for the greater Pensacola area.



CHRISTOPHER KARIHER

BOARD MEMBER

Christopher Kariher, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP+, is a Project Architect at STOA Architects, a firm with a proven track record of adapting the unique and beautiful characteristics of local cultures with state-of-the-art architecture, planning, engineering and interior design. Chris has long had as a singular professional focus increasing the quality of life by developing a sense of community through higher standards of the designed environment. Show more ...

Originally from Greensboro, NC, Chris received his Bachelor of Architecture from Florida Atlantic University. Amongst his efforts to give back to his community and profession is his volunteer service as a member of the Board of Directors of the USGBC Northern Gulf Coast Region, where he has served since 2009. In his spare time, Chris enjoys sailing with his family.



TONY GRAHAME

BOARD MEMBER

Unknowingly, Tony Grahame started his construction career at the age of 12, when he built his first tree-house in a banyan tree in Melbourne Beach, FL. At 16, he took his first paying construction job helping to frame houses.

In a building career that has spanned 45+ years, Tony has built and/or helped to build hundreds of houses, bridges, apartments, condos, high-rise buildings, schools, churches, and many other structures throughout Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Arizona and Canada. 
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Tony is certified by the Energy and Environmental Building Association as a Master Builder. He has built houses that have received numerous national energy, IAQ, and green building certifications including Energy Star, Environments For Living, USDOE/Building America Builder’s Challenge-Net Zero Energy, USGBC/LEED for Homes-Platinum, NAHB-Green Model Home, American Lung Association-Health House and EPA-Indoor Air Quality Plus.

Tony taught construction technology in high school for three years; Construction Management, Carpentry, and Green Building Technology in technical schools for three years; and for 14 years he was the director for and a professor of Residential Building Technology at Yavapai College in Prescott Arizona. Between 2004-2010, his RBT program was awarded six Gold National Association of Home Builder’s Energy Value Housing Awards for Green Building and Energy Efficiency in both the custom and affordable house categories-moderate climate. The YC RBT program also received the 2008 USGBC Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Award for Community Colleges. In January 2010, his RBT program won not only another Gold NAHB EVHA award for Affordable Housing, but also the ‘People’s Choice Award’, and the ‘Builder of the Year Award’. No schools had ever won these awards before; they had always gone to high performance volume or custom builders.

Currently teaching Carpentry and Residential Building Technology at Pensacola State College, Tony has an insatiable desire to teach, learn and build. He constantly tells his students “never stop learning”, “always prepare yourself for opportunity”, and “what about the concept of making money and doing the right thing”. To stay current, he is constantly researching and reading, and attends select building conferences, workshops, seminars and expositions to stay current with cutting-edge building technologies.

Originally from Stratford, Ontario, Canada, Tony and his wife and four children live in the Santa Rosa Beach / Freeport area. He earned an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Brevard Community College, Melbourne, FL; a BA in English from Florida State University; and a Master’s in Education/Technological Studies from the University of Georgia. He and his wife enjoy teaching, traveling, camping, hiking, biking, outdoor adventure, national and state parks, botanical gardens, cool buildings/structures, water, beaches, music, healthy food and good drink, family and friends -- and living life!



BOBBY MARCUS

BOARD MEMBER

Bobby Marcus is the Branch Manager for Siemens Building Technologies in Pensacola. He has been with Siemens for 30 years, beginning in Atlanta where he spent 10 years prior to moving to Pensacola.

Bobby is a Registered Mechanical Engineer in Florida. He received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Alabama. Show more...

He holds a LEED Green Associate certification and serves as a Board Member for the Northern Gulf Coast Region of the USGBC Florida Chapter. In addition, he is active with the Northwest Florida Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).



KELLY WIECZOREK

BOARD MEMBER 

Kelly Wieczorek, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is the Director of Sustainable Design at Bay Design Associates Architects in Pensacola. She brings with her 10 years of experience as an Architect and Interior Designer, specializing in green-building practices. Kelly has exemplified leadership not only in her firm but throughout the local community. Her project experience includes k-12 schools, higher education facilities, commercial and retail buildings, and community/recreational projects, including several LEED Certified buildings. Show less...

Kelly was one of the founding Board Members for the Northern Gulf Coast Chapter, and has previously served as the Chapter's Chair, and as a Regional Representative on the USGBC Florida Caribbean Regional Council. She also serves on the AIA Florida Board of Directors as the State Director for the Northwest Florida Chapter; the Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees; the City of Pensacola Complete Streets Committee; and volunteers for several local organizations.

Kelly holds a Bachelors of Design in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Florida. She has a strong commitment to community design and the built environment, and enjoys helping Northwest Florida become a more sustainable place to live, work and play.

Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, including husband Daniel and new addition Elliott, visiting friends and relatives in her hometown of Detroit, MI, and cheering for the Florida Gators.

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