Local Advisory Board

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SumayyaAllenSumayya Allen

A Permaculture Designer and Business Analyst for Sustenance Design, Inc., the Flower and Herb Coordinator at the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, and a writer for Azizah Magazine. Ms. Allen has previously worked as the Educational Gardens Coordinator with Emory University, an accountant for the Truly Living Well Center, and the business manager for Amana Academy Charter School. She has also served as an urban garden educator for the Wylde Center, a farm operations assistant at the Global Growers Network, and a Hydrologic Technician at the U.S. Geological Survey. Ms. Allen serves as an instructor/guide for permaculture, sustainable agriculture, and natural living for SacredService for Human Liberation. She received her A.S. in Agriculture from the Georgia Perimeter College, her B.S. in Environmental Science from Emory University, and  is currently pursuing an M.S. in Agroecology from the University of Florida. See: http://www.sacredserviceonline.com/sumayya-allen/

Jennifer Asman1Jennifer Asman

The Sustainability Program Coordinator at Georgia State University, and a member of numerous committees at the university, local, and regional level, including Georgia State’s Staff Council Sustainability Committee, and the City of Atlanta’s Climate Action Plan Technical Steering Committee. Before coming to GSU, she served as the Program Director of Conservation Voters of South Carolina. Ms. Asman received her B.A. from Furman University, where she was an Andrew W. Mellon sustainability fellow. See: http://sustainability.gsu.edu/meet-the-team/

Bernie BurgerBernie Burgener

The Executive Director of the Greenhouse Accelerator Program with the Green Chamber of the South. Prior to coming to the Green Chamber of the South, Mr. Burgener worked with BioLab Inc. for over 20 years, finally as the VP of International Business Development. Mr. Burgener’s career has spanned three continents, and he now uses the expertise he has developed to help other entrepreneurs succeed in sustainable fields. He received his B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Basel. See: https://greencs.org/green-house-incubator-meet-the-director-bernie-burgener/

Steven CarseSteven Carse

The founder and CEO of Atlanta-based King of Pops. Before starting King of Pops, Mr. Carse worked as a product analyst and manager for AIG Agency Auto, as a sports writer for the Post Register, and did freelance work for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He received his A.B.J. in Journalism from the University of Georgia. See: http://atlanta.kingofpops.net/about/our_story

Howard ConnellHoward Connell

The Managing Director for the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and a Professor at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the Scheller College in 2013, Mr. Connell was the Global Sustainability Leader at Kimberly-Clark Professional, and spent six years with the management consulting firm, A.T. Kearney. Prior to graduate school, he worked in investment management and socially responsible investing. Mr. Connell serves as founding board chair of Atlanta’s new Center for Civic Innovation and also serves on the advisory board of the Lifecycle Building Center. He received his bachelor’s degree from Belmont University and his M.B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley. See: http://scheller.gatech.edu/directory/faculty/connell/index.html

Mike's picture 2012-11-08Mike Daniels

The Chief Operating Officer of Reworx Recycling, which he launched in 2009 to create more jobs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Prior to starting Reworx, Mr. Daniels was the Vice President of Business for Nobis Works, and spent 17 years with SourceAmerica (formerly National Industries for the Severely Handicapped). He received his M.B.A. from Berry College, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. See: http://www.reworxrecycling.org/overview-background

Rev_-Davis-at-Supreme-Court-on-Same-Sex-Marriage-Hearings-v1 (3)Rev. Terry Davis

The called minister at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Sandy Springs, with its active Earth Ministry. Prior to being called by Northwest, Rev. Davis served as the Minister of Pastoral Care for Eliot Chapel in Missouri, and completed a chaplain residency at Emory University Hospital at Midtown. Before entering the ministry, Rev. Davis spent 25 years working in the fields of marketing and communications. Rev. Davis received her B.A. from Oglethorpe University, and her M.Div. from Candler School of Theology. See: http://nwuuc.org/about-us/ministers/

DurleyRev. Gerald Durley

Served as the senior pastor and is currently pastor emeritus of the Providence Missionary Baptist Church for 25 years. Rev. Durley has been inducted into the Civil Rights Hall of Fame for his extensive Civil Rights work, continues to promote interfaith dialogue as a member of the Advisory Board for Interfaith Community Initiatives, and has been active in promoting discussion of climate change and other environmental issues as a member of the Board of Directors of Interfaith Power and Light. Rev Durley received his B.S. from Tennessee State University, his M.S. in Community Mental Health from North Illinois University, his M.Div. from Howard University, and his Doctorate in Urban Education and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. See: http://www.theregenerationproject.org/mfiles/ReligiousLeaders.pdf

2015 HeadshotRukiya S. Eaddy

The current Chief of Staff at MARTA, where she manages the authority’s executive agenda and steers the execution of various initiatives as the principal aide to the CEO. Prior to coming to MARTA, Ms. Eaddy worked as the External Affairs Manager for Atlanta Beltline, Inc., and as a professor of business communication at Clark Atlanta University. Ms. Eaddy is involved with many community organizations, and serves as the Education Chair on the board of the Atlanta Business League and the Vice Chair of the Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections. She is a graduate of LEAD Atlanta, the Georgia Academy of Economic Development, Urban Land Institute Atlanta Center for Leadership, and in Leadership Georgia’s class of 2015. Acknowledgement of her public service range from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Emerging Leader in Public Service received in 2002, to recently being named Atlanta Business Chronicle’s and Urban Land Institute’s Top 40 under 40. Ms. Eaddy received her B.A. from Clark Atlanta University, and her M.A. in Communications from Pennsylvania State. See: http://www.itsmarta.com/uploadedFiles/News_And_Events/Press_Releases/Bio-R-Eaddy-Final-3272013-LVH-edits.pdf

Df 20David Freedman

The principal of the Freedman Engineering Group, where he works in project management, engineering, and green building strategies. Before founding the Freedman Engineering Group, Mr. Freedman spent over 20 years with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He is active in the community, serving as a National Recreation and Park Association Green School Instructor, an Atlanta Branch Sponsor and Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and Chairman of the Marietta Historic Preservation Commission. Mr. Freedman received his B.S. in Civil Engineering, and his Masters of Engineering in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. See: http://freedmanengineering.com/

Leah GarcesLeah Garces

The U.S. Director for Compassion in World Farming and serves on the Board of Directors of Global Animal Partnership. She is an author and activist, and launched the movement Georgians for Pastured Poultry as part of CIWF’s U.S. focus. Previously, Ms. Garces worked with the World Society for the Protection of Animals. She received her Master’s degree in Environment and Development from King’s College London, University of London, and her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Florida. See: http://www.globalanimalpartnership.org/about-us/who-we-are/leah-garces/

Mindy GoldsteinMindy Goldstein

A Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, and Interim Director of the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program at Emory University School of Law. Her work focuses on matters related to sustainable energy and climate change, land use and conservation, sustainable agriculture and urban farming, protection of water resources, and access to information. Prior to coming to Emory, Ms. Goldstein practiced law with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. She received a B.S. in biology from the University of North Carolina, graduating with honors, and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland, graduating magna cum laude with a concentration in environmental law. See: http://law.emory.edu/faculty-and-scholarship/faculty-profiles/goldstein-profile.html

Garry HarrisGarry Harris

The founder and president of Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG), which includes HTS Enterprise Energy Solutions, Center for Sustainable Communities, Emerald Horizons Workforce Development, Horizon Industrial and Environmental Engineering Services, and Horizon Clean Energy Solutions. His corporate energy professional experience spans various senior positions at the Westinghouse Electric Nuclear Service Division, the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Mr. Harris currently serves on several boards including Boys and Girls Club Metro Atlanta, Tuskegee University, South Carolina State University, and Morehouse College. Mr. Harris’ local service has included work with Atlanta Beltline project, the Green Tech/Clean Tech Redevelopment Project for Fulton County, and the ECO-District Redevelopment Project. He is a member of the Board of the Directors of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, and is the Creation Care Ministry Leader: Environmental at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Mr. Harris holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia, a MS in Technology Management and a MS in Quality Engineering and is seeking a PHD in Energy and Environmental Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

JEH Copenhagen CloseupJim Hartzfeld

Serves as a sustainability advisor and consultant in many arenas, including his own firm, Hartzfeld Sustainability Advisory Services, as a Special Advisor to the UN Global Compact, as a Senior Fellow of the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech, and as an Executive in Residence at Homrich Partners. Previously, Mr. Hartzfeld spent nearly 20 years with Interface, working on the integration of sustainable business practices and corporate competitiveness. Prior to that, he worked with Conoco Oil Company and DuPont. Mr. Hartzfeld was a 2-term Chairman of the US Green Building Council, and is on the Board of Advisors for Greenspaces, a Special Economic Zone near New Delhi, India. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri, and his M.B.A. from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. See: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimhartzfeld

Doug HookerDoug Hooker

Served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission since 2011. Prior to coming to ARC, Mr. Hooker worked with Atkins Engineering (formerly PBS&J), the State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA), the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works, Georgia Power, and Bio-Lab, Inc. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, the Regional Leadership Institute, and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. Doug has been involved in the community in many capacities, including: the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, the Ivan Allen College Advisory Board, the Council for Quality Growth, and now the Atlanta Symphony Board. In the past he has served on the boards of CHRIS Kids, the Emory Board of Visitors, and others. He is the recipient of several honors and awards including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ivan Allen College, 100 Most Influential Georgians, 100 Most Influential Atlantans, and several more. Doug received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Technology and Science Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. See: http://www.atlantaregional.com/about-us/overview/agency-structure/arc-director-bio

LesserRabbi Josh Lesser

Currently leads Congregation Bet Haverim, and also serves as the rabbinic editor of Torah Queeries, A Weekly Torah Commentary. Active in the community, Rabbi Lesser was one of the founders and a former president of the Faith Alliance of Metro Alliance, co-chair of Georgians Against Discrimination, and co-founded Camp Big Heart. Additionally, he has served on the boards of Georgia Equality, the Tikkun Olam Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Rabbi Lesser worked as a special educator in New Orleans. See: https://congregationbethaverim.org/content/rabbi-joshua-lesser

CharlesMarshall headshotRev. Charles F. Marshall III

The Senior Aviation Planner for Asset Management with the Asset Management and Sustainability Division of the Planning and Development Bureau of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Senior Pastor of Fountain of Hope Christian Church, Atlanta.  Rev. Marshall has worked with the Department of Defense as a Resource Efficiency Manager and with the energy management team of the Atlanta Housing Authority.  He has long served in the field of energy management as a panelist, conference speaker, former college instructor, trustee of the Christian College of Georgia,  charter member of the Energy Manager Society, and chair of the ATL EcoDistrict (the world’s first airport ecodistrict) Utilities Sub-Committee. Rev. Marshall continues to serve as an energy advocate by publishing articles in energy management, as a panelist for the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program, and as an industry subject matter expert. Rev. Marshall received his B.S. from Auburn University, his M.B.A. from Troy State University, and his M.Div. from the Interdenominational Theological Center of Atlanta. See: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/charles-marshall-cem-cea-clep-cbcp-pmp/6/b81/a41

MeezanErin Meezan

The Vice President of Sustainability at Interface, Inc., where her team focuses on sustainability issues. Ms. Meezen frequently speaks on sustainable business practices to senior management teams, universities, and those in the green consumer sector. Prior to joining Interface, Ms. Meezen was the Energy and Environment Program Manager at the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority. She graduated magna cum laude from the Vermont Law School, with both a J.D. and Masters in Environmental Law. See: http://www.interfaceglobal.com/Company/Speakers-Bureau/Speakers/Erin-Meezan.aspx

TylerMowryTyler Mowry

A ThM student at Candler School of Theology and an elder at Berea Mennonite Church.  He became interested in farming through study of the Hebrew Bible and fell in love with it as soon as he got his hands dirty as an intern at an organic farm in Eastern Ohio.  In August, Tyler and his new family will become full time residents at Oakleaf Mennonite Farm, participating in the restorative mission of the church through agriculture.

MooreKatherine Moore

The Sustainable Growth Program Director for the Georgia Conservancy, and an Emory Continuing Education Instructor. Prior to joining the Georgia Conservancy, Ms. Moore spent 12 years as a project manager and planner in sustainability, community development, water resources, and environmental fields, working with Gresham, Smith, and Partners, EDT, and USI. She received her B.S. in Environmental Planning and Design from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. See: http://ece.emory.edu/sustainability/Instructos/Katherine%20Moore.html

MosleyRev. Kate McGregor Mosley

The Executive Director of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. Previously, Rev. Mosley served as the Executive Director of Earth Covenant Ministry, a Presbyterian environmental organization, until it merged with GIPL in 2012, at which time she came to GIPL as the Director of Congregational Support. Rev. Mosley is an ordained Presbyterian minister. She received her M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, and her B.A. from Eckerd College (FL). See: http://www.gipl.org/Content/Staff.asp

NuriK. Rashid Nuri

The founder, President, and C.E.O. of the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. Prior to founding Truly Living Well, Mr. Nuri spent many years working in management for Cargill, and also served as the Deputy Administrator of the Farm Service Agency and Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He received his A.B. in Government from Harvard University, and his M.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. See: http://trulylivingwell.com/our-leadership/

Willson Overend Biography June 2015Willson Overend

Group Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Sustainability at The Coca-Cola Company, where she focuses on strategic business planning, internal and external stakeholder communications, and leadership of priority projects. Ms. Overend has also served as the Strategy and Communications Director in the Office of the Chief Technical and Innovation Officer at Coca-Cola. Prior to coming to The Coca Cola Company, she worked with Turner Broadcasting, SunTrust Bank, Accenture, and Sparks Grove/North Highland Consulting. Ms. Overend received her Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, and her M.B.A. from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt.


PerryRabbi Elana Perry

Currently serves as a Rabbi at Temple Sinai, where she has been for the past 8 years. In addition to her pulpit, pastoral and educational responsibilities, Rabbi Perry is passionate about social justice work both within the Temple Sinai community and beyond. Outside Temple Sinai, Rabbi Perry has served as the president of the Greater Atlanta Reform Clergy Association, on the founding board of MACoM – Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah, on the advisory board for the Marcus Jewish Community Center, and has been involved with the nation-wide Rabbis Organizing Rabbis efforts within the Reform Movement. Prior to coming to Temple Sinai, Rabbi Perry served as a chaplain at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, and as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Perry received her B.A. from Duke University, and then attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. See: http://www.templesinaiatlanta.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=181#EPerryRabbi

starrRabbi Adam Starr

Currently serves as the Rabbi and spiritual leader of Young Israel of Toco Hills, an Orthodox synagogue that recently completed building of the first Orthodox green shul in the world. Rabbi Starr also serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, is the President of the Atlanta Rabbinical Organization, and serves on the Southeast Regional Beth Din for Conversion. Prior to coming to YITH, Rabbi Starr served as the Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. He received his B.A. from Yeshiva College, and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbinical Seminary at Yeshiva University. See: http://www.yith.org/rabbi-adam-starr.html

SwancyCharlotte Swancy

Works with her husband and his family on Riverview Farms, a second generation family farm started in the 1970’s. Ms. Swancy and her husband started transforming the farm to organic in 2000. Ms. Swancy now works with vegetable and meat CSAs, local restaurants, and farmer’s markets, managing orders and deliveries for the farm. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia. See: http://grassfedcow.com/who-we-are/

Photo - Cherlyn TribbleRev. Cherlyn Tribble

An environmental consultant with AIG, and serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia Interfaith Power and Light and on the Purdue University Environmental and Ecological Engineering Advisory Council. She has served as a pastor in the A.M.E. Zion Church, and has a long career as an environmental engineer with companies such as Cummins Engine Company, Johnson & Johnson, and Nicor Gas. Rev. Tribble received her B.S. in environmental engineering from Purdue University, her MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, her M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is currently a D.Min. student at Columbia Theological Seminary. See: http://www.gipl.org/Content/Board_of_Directors.asp

cqvConnie Veates

The Co-Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Trees Atlanta, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting green space areas, conserving existing trees, and replacing trees lost to development. Prior to coming to work at Trees Atlanta, Ms. Veates spent thirty years as an executive at BellSouth, and later AT&T, while serving in different volunteer capacities with Trees Atlanta. She received her M.B.A. from Georgia State University. See: http://treesatlanta.tumblr.com/post/6691476592/meet-connie-veates-trees-atlanta-interim

WheelerRev. Shayne Wheeler

currently serves as the pastor of All Souls Fellowship Church, which is involved in in the local community through such programs as Beloved Atlanta, Global Growers Network, and South Atlanta Marketplace. Rev. Wheeler is also the author of The Briarpatch Gospel. He attended Western Kentucky University, and received his M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1997. See: http://www.allsoulsfellowship.org/About-Us/Staff

WiseLisa Wise

The Executive Director of the Initiative for Affordable Housing, where she has implemented the employment program re:loom which provides jobs and job skills to women who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless while recycling used clothing and other textiles. For her work with re:loom, Ms. Wise was the winner of the Fall 2013 Leg Up award, which recognizes women entrepreneurs and their businesses. See: http://styleblueprint.com/atlanta/everyday/lisa-wise-faces-atlanta/

WisemanMichelle Wiseman

A Procurement Representative with Pratt Industries Atlanta, with a primary focus on recycling and sustainability. Ms. Wiseman previously worked for SP Recycling, and was in professional sales and national account management for over 20 years with fortune 500 companies including Xerox, Boise Cascade, and Grainger Industrial Supply. She actively supports several Atlanta waste reduction initiatives.  Ms. Wiseman is the current President of the Georgia Recycling Coalition and serves on the steering committee for Atlanta Recycles.  She is on the board for Keep DeKalb Beautiful and is on the advisory board for the new CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Material) in Atlanta.

YoungGareth John Young

An author, radio show host, and speaker on topics of authenticity, curiosity, and intimacy in business, and more broadly about interfaith, and social justice. His passion is challenging preconceptions and helping people transform and grow into authenticity, happiness, purpose and sense of fulfillment without sacrificing worldly and career success. A one-time Zen priest, Gareth is engaged with many interfaith and social justice organizations including the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, the Atlantic Institute, and Second Helpings. He is also a successful businessman. See: http://garethjyoung.com/about-gareth/

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