Kenny is the Director of Risk Management, reporting to the President and Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, for Forrest T. Jones & Company. Currently, he also serves as the financial advisor to the Board of Invest Inc., a Kansas-based, non-profit organization that works with orphans and widows in Africa. He has previously served on numerous non-profit boards as treasurer or financial advisor to the board of directors. Kenny received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Kansas State University and lends his expertise in the areas of accounting processes, risk management and corporate governance as the Treasurer of USGBC Central Plains Chapter.
Wichita State University
Dane Baxa is the Assistant Director for the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Sustainable Communities Initiative and a public affairs associate at the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs, Wichita State University. He provides research, facilitation and coordinates collaborative efforts on regional issues of water quality and supply, transportation, housing, workforce and business development, and natural resources in South Central Kansas. He has also served as a program coordinator for the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and Environment at Kansas State University, a legislative intern for Senator Jerry Moran, and an environmental management intern for the City of Salina, KS. Mr. Baxa has a Master of Science degree in environmental studies from Friends University, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science in biology and philosophy from Kansas Wesleyan University. He currently serves as the Central Plains Chapter Wichita Branch Treasurer.
Director At Large
Bowman Bowman Novick, Inc.
Erin is a Project Architect at Bowman Bowman Novick, Inc. She currently serves as the Chair of the Central Plains Emerging Professionals Committee where she has played a primary role in recruiting more than 20 new members in 2012. During this past year, she has also helped to lead the young professionals team in planning and executing the Walt Disney Laugh-O-Gram Studio Design Competition. Erin is a LEED Accredited professional and graduated from Kansas State University in 2008 with her Masters of Architecture. She is excited about building awareness for sustainability in our region!
Director At Large
Henderson Engineers, Inc.
Ryan has volunteered with the USGBC for a decade as a former member of the Chapter Steering Committee, a former chair of the Emerging Professionals National Committee and a current member of the 2012 Central Plains Chapter board. Ryan served on the leadership team that formed the Central Plains chapter and is a charter member. Furthermore, as a founder of the non-profit Historic Green, he has worked internationally promoting sustainable restoration and recovery in distressed communities. Ryan’s professional experience focuses on high performance buildings with an emphasis on how a building’s mechanical systems interact with the envelope and occupants thereby creating designs that increase energy performance and enhance building durability, occupant comfort and indoor air quality. With a finance background, he also assists clients and communities in the evaluation of capital investment opportunities. Ryan has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business from Kansas State University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Kansas and has lectured internationally on sustainability and green design at multiple conferences, schools and other institutions.