LOUISVILLE ENERGY ALLIANCE Board of Directors 2017-2018
Kurt Barrett Chairman
Passionate about creating Sustainable Energy Environments, Kurt is the Harshaw Trane Intelligent Services Program Leader. A Boilermaker, he is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering, a Certified Energy Manager and a LEED Accredited Professional. Kurt is a member of Leadership Louisville and a graduate of the Ignite Louisville program which afforded him the opportunity to learn about and become involved with multiple not-for-profit entities. Engagement in Harshaw Trane’s energy services initiatives has provided Kurt the opportunity to partner with building owners to help them optimize and report energy usage, develop sustainable facility plans, reduce total operational spend and, in many cases, achieve ENERGY STAR certification.
Jennifer Cave Board Member
Jennifer Cave is a member of the Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Service Group at Stites & Harbison PLLC. Jennifer works closely with businesses to ensure compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulations. In addition to assisting clients with environmental permitting issues, she also regularly defends clients in administrative and civil enforcement actions and citizen suit litigation. Jennifer has extensive experience counseling clients with respect to the redevelopment of Brownfield properties. Jennifer is a member of the Washington State, Kentucky, and Louisville Bar Associations and serves on the Board of Directors for the KMAC Museum. She also co-founded Women Environmental Leaders of Louisville (WELL), a group of over 100 women working in the environmental industry in Louisville.
Chris Cieminski Board Member
Chris is one of the founding members of the Louisville Energy Alliance, a past Chair, as well as the President of BOMA Kentucky. Chris has served on several boards including Louisville’s Downtown Management District. Chris has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate management and leasing working for Hines and LaSalle Partners. Currently, Chris serves as the General Manager for Hines in Louisville and manages 400 West Market. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and an MBA from Vanderbilt.
Lee Colten Board Member
Lee Colten has a master’s degree in biology; he started his career in environmental education in 1984; since that time he has worked in education, the consulting business doing community development projects, and then with state government since 1988. With the state he has worked as an aquatic biologist, toxicologist, and watershed manager, moving on to his present role as Assistant Director for the Division of Efficiency and Conservation since 2007.
Kim Martinez Treasurer
Kim Martinez is the Sustainability/Procurement Manager at QRS Recycling and joined the LEA Board of Directors in 2015.
Michael Crimmins Board Member
Michael Crimmins is the Assistant Property Manager at Hines, and a former U.S. Army Engineer officer stationed at Fort Knox. During his time there, Michael was able to observe the numerous improvements the post made to their energy conversation efforts (now regarded as the gold standard in the U.S. military), and understands the impact such programs can have both on the environment and a company's bottom line. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a BS in Civil Engineering, and is currently pursuing his Master's in Civil Engineering with a focus on Construction Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Colleen Crum Board Member
As a local connector advancing sustainable change in Louisville, Colleen Crum comes to the LEA board uniquely positioned to promote energy efficiency with commercial building owners and managers. Working in the built environment as a commercial interior designer in the Louisville area her entire career, currently with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Colleen works to promote a better understanding of the impact energy has on our lives and economy. Colleen has recently volunteered as a Co-Chair of the Green Economy Action Team and a Planning Member of the Louisville Sustainability Council's Solar Over Louisville campaign. Through this foundational work, she has become one of the many individuals who understand that reducing Louisville's energy consumption will require individual account owners to formally add their efforts to Louisville Metro's citywide sustainability goals.
Dana Yurkanin Board Member
New the LEA Board this year, Dana is a Manager, Office Services for Papa John’s International. In this role, Dana reports up through Facilities and Development and manages all contracts related to Office Services/Facilities and furniture needs of the Corporate campus. As the current Secretary for the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) Louisville Star Chapter, she has the distinct pleasure of working with both Professional Facilities Managers and those who provide services to them. Dana earned her Facility Management Professional accreditation in December 2016 and hopes to receive her Sustainability accreditation this year. She is also on the Friends of the Louisville Zoo Board where she works on the Logistic committee. It is her goal to bring additional information back to the Facilities Managers here in Louisville so they are more aware of the offerings of LEA and therefore reduce the ecological footprint here in the Metro.
Angela Futter Vice Chair
Angela joined the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability in 2016, bringing with her over 15 years of experience working in the environmental sector at the state, university, city and non-for profit. Her background has been mostly in water and waste, serving as a Project Coordinator with the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, Basin Coordinator with the Kentucky Division of Water, and Education Coordinator with Louisville Metro Public Works. As a Sustainability Project Manager, Angela is passionate and enthusiastic about influencing behavior change that will embed sustainability throughout Louisville. She holds a BS from Indiana University in Biology and Environmental Science.
Maria Koetter Board Member
Maria Koetter is Louisville’s first Director of Sustainability and is responsible for city-wide strategic sustainability planning, policy development and implementation of new programs and initiatives. Maria developed Louisville’s first comprehensive sustainability plan “Sustain Louisville”, which was released in 2013. Key programs are underway that focus on energy conservation, green infrastructure, and urban heat island mitigation. Maria has experience in the environmental and sustainability consulting industry and with corporate social responsibility and organizational sustainability planning. Maria was recognized for Leadership and Vision in Sustainability by Arctic Action and recently received the Public Servant Leadership Award from the US Energy Association.
Maren Lane Board Member
Maren is a Landscape Architect with Hyphae Design Laboratory. Her experience includes the design of several significant open spaces, including urban parks and playgrounds, institutional and educational facilities, greenways, and transportation related site planning projects. She is passionate about working with professionals and stakeholders from all types of backgrounds towards a more sustainable built environment. Maren is the main contact for the LEA's Sustaining Partner program.
Lissa McCracken Board Member
Lissa joined KPPC in 1998 and serves as the Executive Director. She has over 28 years of professional experience in the environmental field and was previously employed with the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. She is a Certified Green Manufacturing Specialist and Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor. She serves as an appointed member of the University of Louisville Sustainability Council and as a Board Member of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR). In September 2017, Lissa was recognized nationally as NPPR’s Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Volunteer. She is the Administrator of the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center, a part of the USEPA Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange Network.
David Underwood Board Member
David is a mechanical engineer for Luckett & Farley. As a Louisville native, David enjoys his work on local public service projects, in which he can use his skills to better the community. Additionally, David works on industrial projects, HVAC design and the occasional renewable energy project. David previously worked extensively in the renewable energy industry. After work he spends time with his wife and son as well as serves as the Treasurer for his neighborhood council, and is a former President of the Louisville Chapter of ASHRAE. David holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville.
Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA) is a 501(c)3 organization that
promotes energy efficiency and conservation through the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR programs and
certifications. LEA’s vision is to reduce greenhouse gas emission
through energy efficiency and conservation efforts.
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