Katie O'Neal, Architect | Senior Associate

Katie is a Registered Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and a graduate of Virginia Tech.  She has served as Sustainability Specialist as well as Project Manager and Project Architect on many of RRMM’s higher education endeavors. Her resume includes award-winning projects for such reputable agencies as The College of William & Mary, Richard Bland College of William & Mary’s award winning Ernst Hall Renovation, Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s New Facilities Management Building, Thomas Nelson Community College, and Tidewater Community College. She also played a key production and sustainable design role on the Virginia Beach / TCC Joint –Use Library, all concept driven, higher education projects with transformative results.

Richard Ritter, Ameresco | Senior Account Executive 

Richard F. Ritter, Virginia Manager/Senior Account Executive.  Mr. Ritter is an experienced technical and financial account executive with over 30 years of experience in the HVAC and energy industries.  Richard has led project teams, from initial project identification through implementation, on numerous performance contracting projects throughout Virginia.  His particular area of expertise is in the development of performance contracts with K-12 school systems, counties, cities, universities, and state agencies. 

Mr. Ritter’s involvement in Performance Contracting dates to 1994, where he successfully negotiated the first such program by a state agency, the Virginia Army National Guard.

His role is to identify customer financial and infrastructure needs and assist in the final negotiations of performance contracts. Mr. Ritter has been responsible for over $175 million of successful energy projects in his 14 years at Ameresco.

Joey Allen,P.E., LEED AP Thompson Consulting Engineers | Vice President

Joey is a Vice President at Thompson Consulting Engineers with 11 years of experience (10 with the firm) in consulting engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Virginia. Recognized as a LEED Green Associate by the U.S. Green Building Council, he understands current green principles and practices. Joey recently attended the Fall 2018
Construction and Professional Services Manual (CPSM) training seminar and is highly familiar with the standards and procedures of the Division of Engineering Buildings (DEB).


Joey serves as Project Manager and Project Mechanical Engineer on select projects and supports the firm’s marketing and business development efforts.


Joey graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers.

Tom Fenn,P.E. Thompson Consulting Engineers | Senior Associate

Tom Fenn is a Senior Associate at Thompson Consulting Engineers with 39 years of experience (7 with the firm) in all aspects of mechanical and plumbing design and construction. After 20 years as a Design Engineer and Engineering Supervisor, he worked as a Project Manager for a large mechanical contractor for 12 years. He has extensive experience with commercial and industrial facilities projects.

 

Tom manages the firm’s Construction Administration and Commissioning department, monitoring workflow and progress on all projects while coordinating with the design staff. His typical projects include complete facilities, retrofits, and equipment replacements for school, commercial, government and industrial clients. He has completed over 100 commissioning and retro-commissioning projects for Thompson Consulting Engineers.

 

Tom is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and a recognized LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. He graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, and from Old Dominion University with a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering.

Keith Webb | Executive Director of Newport News Public Schools Plant Services Department (Retired)

NSPMA School Plant Manager of the Year for 2019 and Board Member of Healthy Green Clean Schools & Colleges.

Roger Rebennack  | Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Control Company

Roger Rebennack is a 35-year industry expert in electronic security and safety systems for buildings and institutions. Roger began his career with Honeywell International Inc. as a sales application engineer specializing in strategic accounts such as universities, K-12 school systems and health systems. Later In his career, he worked at Tridium on the Niagara Solutions team as a specialist assisting in the design and implementation of integrated access control, video, fire and building automation systems on the Niagara framework, a web-based open protocol platform.  As technology evolved and grew into today’s world of active shooter events, Roger has dedicated his career to help educate building owners and security managers on ideas to elevate physical security around threat level management. His most recent integration story is centered around implementation of active shooter detection systems to provide accurate data within seconds to first responders. Roger believes that standardizing on a common platform and interconnecting subsystems can provide a quicker alert to first responders and initiate coded levels of threats with improved accuracy. Roger carries certifications as a CPP (Certified Protection Professional) as well as PSP (Physical Security Professional) and is a member of multiple industry associations. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Control Company, a leading building automation and security distributor.

Jeff Hyder | Moseley Architects

Jeff oversees the operations of Moseley Architects’ Higher Education Sector, which includes allocating resources to meet project schedules and milestones. For over 26 years, he has developed his higher education expertise with Moseley Architects through repeatedly demonstrating his ability to understand each client’s unique campus needs and suggesting appropriate, budget-worthy solutions.

John Nichols | Moseley Architects

John joined Moseley Architects in 2007 and integrates energy efficiency strategies into facility designs. He contributes to the building design throughout each stage of a project, from energy modeling analyses in the earliest phases of design to post-occupancy measurement and verification plans. John’s efforts have contributed to LEED Certifications and Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR ratings for over 140 different projects to date.

Julie Fischer, INCE, LEED AP BD+C Sr. Consultant | Sextant Group

Julie Fischer has worked in the technology side of building design for over 15 years, with a primary focus on acoustical design for building spaces. As a Senior Project Consultant for Sextant Group / NV5 Engineering & Technology, a nationwide building technology consulting firm, she is privileged to work with clients such as architects and owners towards sophisticated acoustical design implementations. Julie’s expertise ranges from architectural modeling and vibrational analysis, to project management and client expansion. With well over 100 projects encompassing higher education Active Learning Classrooms, state-of-the-art cancer centers, Smithsonian museums, iconic government facilities and corporate headquarters, her wide range of experience leads to a deep understanding of most acoustical issues related to building design. Julie holds degrees in Physics and Architectural Acoustics and is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. She also holds a certification in LEED Building Design and Construction.

Richard Derbyshire, Principal Consultant | Sextant Group

Richard Derbyshire has been active in the audiovisual industry for more than forty years. In his career, he has worked as an end client, a system integrator, a design consultant and as a manufacturer representative. He recently rejoined the design community as a Principal; consultant with the Sextant Group / NV5 Engineering & Technology. This new role offers new opportunities to participate in design projects for technology solutions suitable for higher education, museum, corporate and government clients. Richard has earned his broad range of project experience through participation as the team leader for designers, subject matter experts and associates in many large scale design and construction efforts for clients such as the US Department of State, other federal agencies, the  Smithsonian Institution, numerous colleges and universities as well as corporate clients through the US.  He is also active in the standards program under the auspices of the audiovisual industry association AVIXA.

Heidi Wilcox | Owner & Founder Wilcox EVS

Heidi has collaborated with IEHA, ISSA and Healthy Schools Campaign and the National School Plant Managers Association and many more organizations and companies as a speaker, expert resource, trainer and scientific connection for years.  She worked at the TURI lab and as the MA and NE technical advisor on green cleaning, infection control and implementing green cleaning and infection mitigation systems working with end users and manufactures as well as state agencies for over 15 years.  She earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Microbiology from UMass Amherst and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies and Atmospheric Studies from UMass Lowell. Currently, she is wrapping up her doctoral work in in the Department of Public Health in Cleaner/ Sustainable Production & Process, Toxics Use Reduction and Policy.

Jesse Warren | PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, O+M Sustainability Program Manager for Buildings & Operations

Jesse is responsible for the University’s electric demand response and sustainable building programs. He leads a team of energy engineers who identify and implement energy efficiency and Delta Force retro-commissioning projects across Grounds. Previously, Jesse worked as a consultant doing energy conservation, HVAC design, energy modeling, and LEED project coordination. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and is a licensed mechanical engineer in the state of Virginia.

Nathaniel Grier | PE, ENV, SP,National Practice Leader – Campus Mobility Planning

Nathaniel Grier, PE, ENV SP is VHB’s National Practice Leader for Campus Mobility Planning. He works with institutions of all sizes to improve mobility to and within campus and to plan for short and long-term changes in mobility. His work has taken him to campuses across the country advising on all aspects of multimodal transportation, from planning and policy to design to operations and finance. He has worked on a range of sustainability and resilience efforts including a number of climate action plans. In addition to institutional clients, Nat supports a range of local government and transit agency clients on travel analysis, planning, and forecasting. He has degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is based in Washington, DC.

Debra Dowden-Crockett | Director of Business Development, Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc.

With a degree in Philosophy from Baylor University, Debra often challenges traditional approaches and solutions in seeking better ways to serve and get results for clients.  Debra has more than 25 years of experience working in business development, proposal development, marketing, and contract analysis for Centennial Contractors, a company specializing in job order contracts.  She has been at the forefront in assisting agencies with understanding how to use job order contracting to best meet their facilities challenges.  This experience has given her unique insight into how these contracts work for different market segments and how agencies can structure and manage these contracts to maximize the benefits.

Mike Minnix | Business Development Manager for The Gordian Group

Mike serves as Business Development Manager for The Gordian Group, a company specializing in assisting municipalities, colleges, universities, and school systems in setting up job order contracts and providing labor analysis to produce customized unit price books.  Mike has worked in the Mid-Atlantic area in the job order contracting (JOC) field for more than four years.  He has worked with more than 20 state, local and higher education procurement groups to implement JOC solutions across institutions of all sizes. Mike is currently assisting the Commonwealth of Virginia in its efforts to implement a statewide job order contract.  Mike is a graduate of Radford University and resides in Loudoun County. 

Jonathan Noren | Senior Software Engineer, RoviSys

Jonathan Noren is a Senior Software Engineer at RoviSys, a company that approaches cyber security from an operations perspective to offer complete IT and OT solutions. Noren provides his expertise as a project manager, network design lead and a Global IT/OT consultant to address industrial security. Noren has a Master of Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering also from BYU.

William Hernandez, Strategic Markets – Major Account Manager - Education, Cintas

Strategically focused on the Education Segment, working exclusively with Colleges, Universities, and K-12 School Districts, Bill supports the state of Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware, Central and Southern New Jersey.  An advocate for facilities professionals, he is passionate about identifying best practices to maintain and drive improved safety, efficiency, cleanliness, and facility image, so organizations can focus on their students’ success. 

 

Bill has been partnering with customers on their facility needs during his tenure with Cintas over the past 15 years, helping organizations streamline their vendor needs. Bill is an active member of VAPPA, SRAPPA, MD/DC APPA, ERAPPA, APPA, CHSHEMA, NACUFS, MD/DC ASBO and NACAS.  He has a B.A. degree from Sacred Heart University. 

Bob Morman | Director of Building Services, William & Mary 

Bob leads a comprehensive service operation of two hundred staff and professional employees for William & Mary.  Building Services operations support 5M GSF of building space primarily thru large scale custodial operations (academic, research, auxiliary, athletic and residential space), moving and storage operations, and special event support. Bob’s team also operates the campus post office, administers campus waste and recycling programs, and is deeply embedded in the university's ongoing sustainability efforts

 

Bob’s career spans fourteen years as a defense contractor, twenty-five years in environmental services, and forty in customer service. A native Virginian, he has lived, worked and traveled aboard for much of his career- auditing, leading, and developing award-winning organizations. William & Mary is currently the only university in the country to have received Cleaning Industry Management Standards (CIMS) – Green Building with Honors certification for its entire custodial operation- academic, residential, athletic and auxiliary facilities.  

Keith Gurley | VP Corporate Development, Daycon Products Company, Inc.  

Keith Gurley is the Vice President of Corporate Development and Training, at Daycon Products Company, Inc. a manufacturer and distributor of janitorial and maintenance supplies in the Washington metropolitan area. Keith is a key partner in the evolution of the Vendor Managed Inventory program at the University of Maryland-College Park, John Hopkins, and most recently at William & Mary.

 

Keith received a BS in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island/Roger Williams University and has attained numerous certifications in leadership from the Center for Creative Leadership. He is the lead trainer for Daycon’s Training Institute, which offers seminars in Resilient Floor Care, Carpet Care, Restroom Cleaning, Wood Floor Care, Safety in the Field, Supervisory Excellence and Communication, Conflict Resolution and Motivation, and Team and Green cleaning.

Andrew Gilstrap | William & Mary

Andrew began his career managing a California based disaster restoration and hazardous materials abatement company. He has over 15 years in operations and support services with several years managing facilities operations in a higher education setting in Arizona. He served as the Associate Director of Building Services for William and Mary where in 2017 he helped to achieve CIMS-Green Building certification with Honors for the University. He is currently the Director Building Operations for the Mason School of Business at William and Mary. Andrew holds BA in Business Management and Leadership and an MBA. Andrew moved to Virginia from Arizona three years ago with his wife and 4 children, they discovered they love the fall season. 

Steven Piguet | Director, Special Programs, Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC

Steven Piguet has over 35 years experience in the planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities.  As a founding board member of the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a member of the LEED Steering Committee (2001-202), a leader of the USGBC Board Governance Committee, and a current board member of the USGBC New York Chapter, he has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the integration of sustainable design principles in the building industry.  He has worked as a design and construction management consultant and has broad corporate experience as a Director of Facilities for a Fortune 500 interior products manufacturing company.  Steven holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia, a Masters of Architecture from Virginia Tech and an executive MBA from the Darden School of Graduate Business, University of Virginia.

 

Prior to joining Sustainable Design Consulting, Steven served as Director of Sustainability for Tishman Speyer, Inc., Principal of Steven Piguet, AIA, and Director of Facilities for Armstrong World Industries, Inc.  Each of these roles has served as a vehicle for the application of sustainable principles to buildings and business processes.  Steven has long been a champion of a built environment that is efficient, has less impact on the environment and provides a safe and healthy place for people to live and work.

 

Steven co-authored the U. S. Department of State sponsored Green Guidelines for Embassies and Consulates, and has had an ongoing role in managing the process of continual refreshment of the USGBC Bylaws.  He has been a presenter at the USGBC greenbuild conference, has participated in many speaking engagements, and has given numerous seminars on green buildings and climate change.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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