2014 Board of Directors
Hoefer Wysocki Architects
Harriet is a Project Architect with Hoefer Wysocki Architects. She graduated with a BA in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and an MArch from Parsons School of Design. Harriet has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2006 working on various educational, commercial and retail projects throughout the country. Ms. Grindel began her work with USGBC Central Plains volunteering on the Communications Committee, and served as Committee Chair in 2011. From 2009-2012, Harriet represented USGBC Central Plains Chapter to the region as one of two Representatives on the Heartland Regional Committee, and in 2012 was selected by the HRC to represent the region to the national Chapter Steering Committee. Harriet is excited to continue to represent the Chapter as chair in 2013 and continue to identify opportunities within our community to expand our outreach.
Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation
Dave is currently the Facilities Design Manager at Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated. He graduated from Kansas State University with an Architecture degree in 1976, and has worked for Crown Center and Hallmark since graduation. Dave is a licensed architect working on a variety of projects during his career, including offices for Hallmark, Card Shops, international projects, manufacturing facilities, hotel renovations, retail projects and office buildings. He manages a group of project managers who execute projects for Hallmark and its subsidiaries. Dave has been involved with the USGBC Central Plains chapter since its inception. He has previously served as co-chair of the local organizing committee of Greening the Heartland 2006, Board Chair in 2006 & 2007, and has served on the Development Committee.
Internal Operations Director
The Greenwood Consulting Group, LLC
Sara is a sustainability consultant with over 12 years of experience. Her expertise and insight into emerging green building practices and technologies provide a unique perspective for clients pursuing green building certification or business initiatives. Currently, Sara is consulting on projects that are pursuing varying rating systems, ranging in building type such as multifamily residential, commercial offices, retail, higher education facilities and government buildings. She has also been one of a few LEED project reviewers for the Green Building Certification Institute and has worked to inform improvements to the LEED rating system as a participant of USGBC Steering Committee. Sara has provided climate consulting services to clients in the corporate, higher educational institutions, and municipal sectors by engaging in a comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory to develop a roadmap toward emissions reductions. Her experience developing climate action plans, energy efficiency, and conservation strategies has put her at the forefront of achieving carbon emissions targets.
Henderson Engineers, Inc.
Jared is a Mechanical Engineer at Henderson Engineers, Inc. He has been a LEED accredited professional since 2009 and obtained the BD+C specialty in 2010. He specializes in energy modeling and sustainable consulting, and has been involved with dozens of LEED projects, ranging from Certified to Platinum. Jared graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2008 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. This is Jared's first year of involvement with USGBC Central Plains Chapter and is currently serving as Treasurer of the chapter.
Wichita Branch Representative
Chris is currently an architect at LawKingdon Architecture in Wichita and has been involved with the USGBC Central Plains Wichita committee since early 2009. Chris received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bethel College in 1997 and finished his master’s degree in architecture at the University of Kansas in 2000. As a licensed architect, Chris became a LEED accredited professional in 2007, and through his role as president of the American Institute of Architects Wichita Chapter, became heavily involved with the sustainable rebuilding effort in Greensburg, Kansas, after the town was destroyed by an EF-5 tornado. Both his personal and professional interests in sustainability have made the realization of the Central Plains Chapter Wichita Branch very satisfying, as he has enjoyed leading the group and looks forward to seeing it into its next phase of growth.
Young Professionals & Student Director
Joshua graduated from Iowa State University and has been with BNIM for 6 years. He has been involved with projects seeking many levels of sustainability in Kansas City and throughout the country. Many of these projects with goals beyond LEED and defining what a post carbon economy should be at both the building and community scales. Joshua has been involved with the emerging professionals for the past two years and is currently serving as chair. As a board member, Joshua hopes to elevate the USGBC Central Plains as leader shaping a sustainable future for our region.
Service & Partnership Director
Chris is an architect and project leader with a focus on a range of project and event types, from sports facilities and mixed use projects to the greening of triathlons. As a volunteer in his community, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Metroplitan Energy Center, the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Sustainability Committee and the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Business advisory panel for the Kansas City Region. Chris has been recognized for work in the sustainable design and sports facility design fields, including published work in The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, Redux, Natural Home, Greenability, Stadia. Believing green sport is not just the ‘bricks and mortar’, He has provided leadership in the field of sustainable sport to a diversity of clients and consultants, most recently leading the Council for Responsible Sport green certification of the WinforKC Triathlon in Kansas City for the second year.
Co-Director of Development
JE Dunn Construction
Jenny is currently the Manager of Sustainable Construction at JE Dunn. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2000 with a degree in Interior Design, and worked in the Design Industry for 5 years before moving to the Construction Industry in 2005. Jenny works with project teams to develop strategies for implementing sustainable construction and operations practices. She also participates with the design team at all stages of development, collaborating to ensure that the full range of sustainable issues have been addressed. Jenny has been involved with the USGBC Central Plains chapter for four years. She has served on the Membership and Outreach and Advocacy committees, while volunteering as both Gala Committee Chair and Programs Committee Co-Chair. Jenny was the Board Secretary in 2010 and Board Chair in 2012.
Co-Director of Development
Community Capital Fund
Christine Kahm is responsible for the management of the KCMO CDE's community and economic development programs, including the Facade Improvement Loan Program and Microloan Program. She also assists with the coordination and administration of the KCMO CDE's New Markets Tax Credit Program. A licensed architect in Missouri, she has previously worked on both coasts designing affordable housing, green buildings, and multifamily residential dwellings.
Christine has also been leading the KCMO CDE’s new community development initiative, the Community Capital Fund. This separate nonprofit supports and promotes community development in Kansas City’s historically underinvested and under resourced communities through innovative grant programs and a capacity building community development workshop each January. Since Summer 2012, it has facilitated over $127,000 in investment in local communities by leveraging strong partnerships and maximizing the use of crowdfunding. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, California, as well as Master and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.