2017 Board of Directors
Clayton & Lambert Manufacturing Company has been continuously operated by the Lambert family for over 125 years, and 6 generations. In June 2015 Chuck retired from Humana, as Vice President of Associate and Business Services. Chuck joined Humana in 1998, and lead the Associate Experience Center (AEC) team that delivers business solutions and guidance across a wide variety of shared service areas including Workplace Solutions, Procurement, Global Mobility, Travel & Meeting Planning, Global Security, Environmental Health and Safety, Payroll & Benefits Operations and Aviation. Chuck earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-engineering Physics from Miami University and an MBA from Harvard University. Chuck also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.
Halida Hatic, Green Convene
Halida Hatic is the Director of Community Relations and Development for the Center for Interfaith Relations (CIR) and the current Board Chair of the Green Convene. Previously, Halida worked at the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center as a Sustainability Coordinator, assisting both public school districts in eastern Kentucky and industrial and manufacturing clients statewide in developing and implementing sustainable energy management programs. Prior to moving to Louisville in 2009, she worked in the Air Programs Branch at the New England Office of the Environmental Protection Agency. In this role, Halida coordinated the regional implementation of EPA’s voluntary programs to reduce emissions from mobile sources. She is a Certified Business Energy Professional and a Certified Consultant of the Barrett Values Centre’s Cultural Transformation Tools. Halida holds a Bachelor of Arts in International and Development Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Tim Darst is the Executive Director of Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light. He gave up his career in accounting and dedicated his life to care for God’s creation. Tim and his wife live in a solar-powered house, grow a lot of their own food and are regular bicycle and bus commuters. Tim was awarded the YMCA SafePlace Joyce Skees Volunteer Award and the 2012 Green Building/Operation Brightside Acorn Award. He is active with Project Warm, the Food Literacy Project, the University of Louisville Sustainable Operations Committee, GRASS, St. William’s Church Environmental Concerns Committee, and the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center.
Brian Zoeller, Frost Brown Todd
Brian is an attorney in the firm’s Regulated Business Practice Group and focuses his practice on development, real estate and transactional matters across various industries. Recently, Brian has been advising clients on development of renewable energy projects. These projects include anaerobic digester facilities, landfill gas to energy projects and solar projects, and his efforts include site identification and acquisition, obtaining zoning approvals, financing, community engagement, incentive procurement, identifying feedstock partners, and negotiating with local utilities. These renewable energy projects are an extension of his work on the development of CNG fueling stations and assisting clients with fleet conversion to CNG.
Mr. Eggers in the Managing Partner of the firm and in his three decades at K. Norman Berry Associates Architects he oversees initiatives related to firm management, client development and strategic growth. Mr. Eggers joined the firm in 1978. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Mr. Eggers was named a partner in 1994. As a project manager and later as partner, he has managed a wide range of projects from offices, renovation/historic projects, education and institutional projects. As one raised in Louisville–Mr. Eggers is fully committed to enhancing both the community and the built environment in Louisville and the region. In addition to serving his community as an architect, he is also deeply involved in civic activities, which include Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows, USGBC Board Member, AIA KY President, AIA CKC President, Brennan House Museum President, Cherokee Triangle Landmarks Committee Chairman and Downtown Louisville Rotary Club. Mr. Eggers received the 2009 and 1999 Distinguished Service Awards and the 2011 C. Julian Oberwarth Award presented by AIA Kentucky for his involvement with his community and dedication and service to his professional organization.
Tawana launched New Age Communications (NAC) in 2006. NAC is a Marketing Support Services firm specializing in Corporate Social Responsibility programs while still offering a full suite of other marketing services. Tawana overseas strategy and operational support for a number of organizations across the U.S. Her support includes engagement strategies, research, call center and back office services, event coordination, and promotional items. Tawana manages day to day operations and business development for the company making her the primary catalyst for NAC’S growth in its core competencies. Tawana’s leadership has earned NAC the Agave Award for Supplier Excellence by the Tri State Minority Supplier Development Council not once, but three times. NAC has also been named Regional Supplier of the Year and National Supplier of the Year in Class I by the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Tawana’s clients include Toyota, WellsFargo, Volkswagen, Humana, Stantec, and numerous others. Tawana is a graduate of Brockport University with a BA in French Communications and minor concentration in Computer Science. Bain attended L’institute De Touraine in Tours France and is proficient in oral and written French Communications.
Jonathan Balas, AIA, LEED-AP, Yum! Brands, Inc.
Jonathan Balas joined Yum! Brands in 2006 and now serves as Sr. Manager, Global Sustainability responsible for the global development of new foundational green buildings for the company including the exploration of energy and water conservation measures in support of Yum’s 40,000 restaurants. He develops sustainable building standards and speaks to global partners on the benefits of sustainable practices as part of the People, Planet, Profits approach to operating a world-leading business. Prior to moving to Louisville, Jonathan was an architect and senior project manager with a Boston architectural and engineering firm where he led a wide range of historic adaptation, preservation, educational and government projects. During the course of his nineteen year career he has also owned and managed an architectural design firm, focused on residential projects, and conducted detailed historic building restoration analysis. Jonathan holds a Master’s of Architecture degree, with Certificate in Historic Preservation, from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and History from the University of Vermont.
Barry Barker has been Executive Director of the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) since 1994. His team-based approach to management and a customer-focused approach to service have resulted in increased ridership and service innovations that have received national recognition. As a veteran with over 30 years of public transit experience, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Easter Seals, and the NAACP have honored Barry for his work to ensure diversity in the workplace and accessible transportation. TARC received the 2004 Labor Management award, 2004 Kentuckiana Works Education-Friendly Employer of the Year award and the Kentucky Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in 2002 and 2003. Barry has served on the Metro United Way Board since 1995, currently serves as Board president of the Americana Community Center and the Center for Non-Profit Excellence, and previously Chair of Kentuckians for Better Transportation. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Transportation Research Board and Chair’s the Transit Research Analysis Committee (TRAC) and the National Transit Institute Board. Barry served as an at-large Delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. The American Public Transportation Association named Barry Outstanding Public Transportation Manager in 2007. Barry is the immediate past Vice Chair of Governmental Affairs for APTA and past Chair of the 2010 Metro United Way Campaign. Barry currently serves as Chair of the Metro United Way Board of Directors and Transit Research Analysis Committee (TRAC). Barry holds a BS in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MPA from Cleveland State University.
Russ Barnett, Partnership for a Green City
Marie Burnett graduated with a BS in Environmental Science from Eastern Kentucky University. Marie has been working in her field for 20 years, starting her career out of college at the Health Department’s Environmental Health and Protection Cabinet. From an Environmental Health Specialist to an Environmental Supervisor at the Jefferson County Waste Management District. Marie was employed by Louisville Jefferson County for 13 years until she left in 2008 to assume the role of Landfill District Manager Waste Management of Kentucky. Marie is a long standing member on the Jefferson County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, she has been involved in Merger 2.0 for Mayor Fischer, is a Board Member of the Louisville Sustainability Council, is a member of the Board of Directors for Saratoga Woods as well as the Vice President of Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition. Marie is also a certified Kentucky Solid Waste Landfill Manager Marie was born and raised in Louisville KY and is very active in her community which includes Operation Brightside, Floyds Fork Creek Sweep, Ohio River Sweep, St Edward Parish just to name a few.
Andy Tefertiller joined UPS in 1987 and currently serves as the Region Environmental Coordinator for UPS Airlines. He also assists in sustainability and energy reduction efforts for the Louisville UPS facilities. Andy earned his Bachelors of Science in Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston. Prior to Louisville Andy worked for UPS in positions of increasing responsibility in Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Oklahoma. He has been instrumental in UPS’s energy reduction efforts in Louisville and has been actively engaged in implementing multiple energy reduction strategies for UPS.
Laura Veldman attended the first Louisville Sustainability Summit in 2014, and became a member of the original Community Engagement Action Team. Over the following two years Laura was a committed LSC volunteer, co-founding Green Drinks Louisville and assisting the event committee to plan the 2015 and 2016 Sustainability Summits. She is passionate about environmental stewardship and empowering community members to individually and collectively support environmental initiatives and development. Laura is employed by QRS Recycling as a Sustainability Manager and Procurement Representative, working closely with clients to maximize the recovery of recyclable materials. She is highly involved in the innovative Wet-Dry Recycling program in downtown Louisville and helped expand the service for Special Events in Louisville. Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Western Kentucky University.
Bill has worked at Humana since 2007. He is currently the Vice President, Strategy & Execution, for the Retail business segment. His background includes treasury, corporate finance, intrepreneurial business development, venture capital investing, due diligence, negotiation and valuation experience related to strategic partnering and M&A activities. Prior to Humana, he held positions as the Vice President, Finance, Global Production and Supply Chain Management, at Brown-Forman Corporation. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He has published essays on finance, accounting and strategy in Business: The Ultimate Resource, (Bloomsbury 2002) and Qfinance: The Ultimate Resource (Bloomsbury 2009). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Ex-Officio Board Member
Maria Koetter, CHMM, LEED AP BD+C / Director of Sustainability, Louisville Metro Government
Maria Koetter is the Director of Sustainability for Louisville Metro and is responsible for city-wide strategic sustainability planning, policy development and implementation of new programs and initiatives. Ms. Koetter wrote Louisville’s first sustainability plan “Sustain Louisville” which was released in March 2013. Ms. Koetter has extensive experience with corporate social responsibility programs and organizational sustainability planning. Ms. Koetter formerly founded Bgreen2 LLC, which provided corporate sustainability consulting services. Koetter was formerly employed at the top 10 national environmental and engineering consulting firm Tetra Tech Inc. as a senior project manager. In this capacity, Ms. Koetter managed and supported numerous multi-project portfolios for both government and Fortune 500 private sector clients and worked within a wide array of federal EPA programs. Ms. Koetter was a member of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2010 and Green Convene Chair in 2010 and 2011. Koetter received her B.S. in Biology from Western Kentucky University. She is a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.