Program in Sustainability and the Built Environment

UF Green Building Learning Collaborative Board Members

Kristy M. Walson, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, Chair
Associate/Sustainability Consultant
TLC Engineering for Architecture

Kristen M. Walson, PE, LEED AP is a mechanical engineer by trade who focuses on sustainable design as a Sustainability Consultant at TLC Engineering for Architecture.  Kristy provides green building consulting, LEED Administration, and energy modeling on numerous projects.  In addition to her project duties at TLC, she has served as the Director of Education for the Central Florida Chapter of the USGBC, as well as Chapter Secretary.  A graduate of Virginia Tech and the University of Michigan, Kristy has extensive experience in Visual DOE, Equest, and IES VE-Pro energy modeling software and uses these tools to accurately model the life cycle costs of building systems and energy use.

Steve Moore, Vice Chair
Account Executive
Siemens Industry, Inc.

Mr. Moore has been with Siemens for the past 27 years.  He has an associate’s degree New England Institute in HVAC and a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Marketing. He is currently an Account Executive for Siemens Industry, Inc and specialize in Building Automation, Security and Fire Alarm, Energy Services and Performance Contracting.

Christopher Olden, CSI, CDT, Secretary
Architectural Account Executive
The Sherwin-Williams Company

Mr. Olden’s career has centered around the architectural coatings industry for the since 1989.  As a long-term employee of the Sherwin Williams-Company, Mr. Olden has worked as a Store Manager, Professional Coatings sales representative, Architectural Account Executive in the Florida Area, National Sales Manager of KST Industrial Roof Coatings and currently as an Architectural Account Executive for the Florida Area.
Mr. Olden holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida.
He is a Past President of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Charlotte Chapter.

Robert Utsey, Past Chair
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Coastal Construction of Central Florida

Robert Utsey is Senior Vice President for Coastal Construction, based in Orlando, Florida, responsible for business development and strategic planning for the Central Florida market. …. read more


Jeffrey Conley, Founder
SEQUIL Systems Inc.

Jef is the founder of SEQUIL Systems Inc., a sustainability, resilience and wellness consultancy for the built environment.  Jef manages the business aspects and growth path of the firm, while providing principal-level management on projects.  As Managing Principal, Jef guides each Studio inside SEQUIL Systems to inspire and lead project teams towards exceptional outcomes.  As a Certified Commissioning Professional, he is the senior commissioning authority for building systems from design through construction, testing and occupancy.  Prior to starting SEQUIL Systems in 2002, Jef was a design engineer for large consulting firms in New York City, with project experience world-wide.  Jef holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Michael Hess, PE, LEED Fellow | Vice President, Smart & Sustainable Buildings
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company

Mike Hess, LEED AP BD&C, LEED Fellow, PE, is a licensed mechanical engineer and a Vice President with Panasonic, leading their Smart & Sustainable Buildings team. Mike has personally worked on more than 100 LEED Certified projects and has achieved the prestigious appointment of LEED Fellow.

Mike has expertise in sustainability and LEED consulting, energy modeling, commissioning, water re-use and renewable energy systems, and has also developed city codes and incentives and corporate standards for several organizations associated with going green. Read more….

Paul Shahriari
CEO / Founder

Paul Shahriari is an authority on green building and the application of technology in the real estate, design, engineering and construction industries. He has been a consultant on sustainability since 2000, and has founded three sustainability-focused technology companies:….. Read more…



Randall C. Dragon, LEED AP BD+C
Partner, The Dragon Group

A rising star in the green building movement, Mr. Dragon is Vice President & Sustainability Director for Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project and Development Services group in Atlanta, GA.  He has over fifteen years of experience managing a diverse portfolio of projects including office, mixed-use, high rise residential, multifamily, aviation and higher education.  ….. read more


Marc Craddock, CEM, LEED Green Assoc.
Building Technologies Division
Siemens Industry, Inc.

Marc leads the Higher Education Team for Siemens Industry’s Building Performance & Sustainability Business Line in the Southeast. Marc’s primary focus is developing energy and sustainability solutions within the Higher Education vertical market. He works with a team of business development, engineering, project management, and performance assurance professionals to deliver efficiency and sustainability projects to Colleges and Universities.

Marc is a 1991 graduate with honors of Flagler College and currently sits on their Alumni Board of Directors. He has held the designation of Certified Energy Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers since 2004 and is a LEED Green Associate through the U.S Green Building Council.

Lauren Wallace, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
Director of Certifications and Consulting
Epsten Group, Inc.

Lauren Wallace is a Principal and the Director of Certifications and Consulting at Epsten Group where she trains and manages a large group of leaders in sustainability, consulting on thousands of inspiring projects in over 50 different countries. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as two Certificates in City & Regional Planning and Marketing. Ms. Wallace is the founding Facilitator for the Atlanta Living Building Challenge Collaborative, a LEED Project Reviewer, and a WELL Accredited Professional. With a background in Architecture, Ms. Wallace has been an active member of the sustainable design community for more than ten years. Ms. Wallace was recently appointed as a USGBC Faculty member for her experience with the WELL and LEED rating systems. She speaks regularly to large audiences with varying backgrounds about implementing change in the building industry, focusing on technical information and application.

Alexa Stone, LEED AP, SFP
ecoPreserve – Building Sustainability

Alexa Stone has worked in sustainability since 2001, beginning at Home Depot Supply’s Corporate Headquarters. By 2008, Alexa earned LEED Professional Accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2010, she completed Orlando’s first LEED EBOM certified commercial building which was selected as the LEED Building of the Year. Alexa has served on the U.S. Green Building Council board and formerly chaired the Green Committee for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). She is a founding member of Green Destination Orlando and the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Alexa launched ecoPreserve to advocate and lead progress in sustainability. Over the past 7 years, ecoPreserve has grown to more than 14 professionals, providing services to the Orange County Convention Center, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Orlando Health, Florida Hospital, the PGA and leading companies across Central Florida.

Robert G. Chronic, PE, CCP, LEED AP
Training Specialist
Eaton Corporation

Robert Chronic is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Commissioning Provider (CCP) specializing in high-performance mechanical systems and building commissioning. He is currently working as a Training Specialist with Eaton Corporation focusing on building systems, project management, and safety protocols. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Florida, and is a LEED® Accredited Professional. Mr. Chronic has 18 years of experience in the energy-efficient design and construction for all types of HVAC systems. Mr. Chronic has worked on 16 LEED® buildings as either the design engineer, the commissioning authority, or the owner representative. In his present role, Mr. Chronic is developing training curriculum in order to develop Eaton’s next generation of engineers and project managers.

Ryan Speaks, MBA, CEM
Sr. Large Account Executive
Duke Energy Florida

Ryan Speaks is a Sr. Account Executive for Duke Energy, based in Lake Mary, Florida, responsible for account management of a $120M+ portfolio of large commercial, industrial and governmental customers including the University of Florida, Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health and Sea World. Ryan has been with Duke Energy for over 12 years after beginning his career in the telecommunications industry at AT&T. Ryan is a Florida native, Leadership Seminole alumni, a Certified Energy Management Professional and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Central Florida.
Ryan and his wife Angeline reside in Lake Mary, Florida with their Havanese Ella and their Labrador Retriever Nicki.

Laird Veatch
Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs
University Athletic Association (UAA)

Mr. Laird joined UAA in July 2017. He is responsible for  Administrative oversight of Capital Improvement Projects, Operations, Facilities, Maintenance, Strength & Conditioning, Concessions, Video Services and Sport Administration for Football.
He is  Kansas State University alumni.


Erin (Joseph) McAlear, LEED® AP BD+C
Project Manager
Skanska USA Building Inc.

Erin has been an integral part of the success for Skanska in Central Florida for more than 13 years. As a project manager, Erin is the day-to-day point of contact during project construction for our clients, as well as providing technical and managerial leadership and coordination for our subcontractor resources. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida and has held the LEED AP accreditation for over 10 years. Her engineering studies coupled with her interest and passion for sustainable building have made her an incredible resource and leader on some of Skanska’s most complex projects including The Reliable Plaza for OUC in downtown Orlando, The Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, and BRIDG – a 40,000 SF cleanroom laboratory and manufacturing facility in Kissimmee, Florida. Erin has also been a leader is jump-starting the Skanska Women’s Network in Florida to help promote a gender-inclusive culture within Skanska and our partners.

Timothy A. Wagoner, AIA
Project Director
The Lunz Group

Tim Wagoner is an alumnus of the University of Florida with degrees in both Fine Arts and Architecture.  Tim brings over 20 years of experience with the Architectural profession and is passionate about working with clients in a highly interactive design process to develop unique and effective design solutions for projects of all scales and complexities. Tim believes that sustainability is integral to the building design process and is evidenced by his experience designing Higher Educational Projects on over 25 campuses across Florida all of which include sustainability as a fundamental element.  Tim has experience designing projects under many nationally recognized green building standards including USGBC and GBI, his design solutions seek to embrace the spirt of the national standard and supplement these by applying sustainable design strategies that are impactful to the experiential qualities of the built environment.

Sanjyot Bhusari, PE, CEM, LEED AP
Project Manager/ Intelligent Building Practice Leader
Affiliated Engineering, Inc.

Mr. Bhusari leads AEI’s National Intelligent Building Practice. He has over 17 years’ experience in intelligent building design, energy management, system integration, and commissioning. Sanjyot works directly with facility operations staff to implement enterprise strategies that increase operational and energy efficiencies and improve occupant experience.  This hands-on facility management experience coupled with systems experience allows Sanjyot to provide strategic facility management advice. Read more…


Scott E Robinson, PE, LEED AP
Managing Director, Principal
Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

Scott Robinson is a Principal with the MEP consulting firm Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI). He is a Florida native, originally from Tallahassee and has been involved in the design of institutional facilities for over 30 years. He has an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Florida and currently manages the 45-person design practice for the AEI Gainesville office. Read more…..

Nathan Butler, FAIA

Mr. Butler is the Office Director for HKS Architects, Inc. in Orlando, Florida. A past president of AIA Florida and AIA Orlando, Nathan has led initiatives to position the AIA for long-term growth through leadership development, community awareness, and mentorship.  He currently serves on both the AIA National and AIA Florida Strategic Councils.  With a focus on building partnerships to address community issues, Nathan has served on the boards of numerous professional and community based organizations.

Matt Williams, Director
Office of Sustainability
University of Florida

Matthew I. Williams is the Director of UF’s Office of Sustainability and Energy Integration. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, and has been a certified Energy Auditor. Prior to joining the office at UF, Matt worked in campus sustainability for seven years as Auburn University’s (Alabama) first full time sustainability coordinator. Read more…..