2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Brandon Kaysen
An educator and green building professional, Brandon Kaysen manages the K-12 and public environmental education program for the City of Ventura. Brandon is also a lecturer at UC Santa Barbara where he leads a group of students in certifying a building on campus through the LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance (EBO&M) Reference Guide. With over 7 years of combined green building, resource management, and environmental education experience, Mr. Kaysen seeks to collaborate with key players to enhance and encourage the eco-literacy of our building managers, government officials, and community members. Brandon has spent 6 years studying at UCSB, receiving his BA in Economics and Environmental studies and a Master’s Degree in Corporate Environmental Management and Energy & Climate from the Bren School.
Past-President : Candice Wong
Candice is a nationally recognized leader in the public architecture sector, working with municipalities and agencies throughout California on sustainable civic, public safety and institutional projects. She is a LEED accredited professional and works with her clients to create programmatically successful, operationally efficient, and resource conserving buildings that improve the communities in which they are built. Together with her husband, she is raising two thoughtful and curiosity filled girls, nurturing a semi historic home, and looks for almost any excuse to do her own construction.
VP of Finance: Charles Dellinger
Charles Dellinger is a proponent for developing a durable built environment that efficiently uses resources and is sensitive to its surroundings. His role as a Project Manager at PG&E provides an opportunity to support this and PG&E’s commitment to protecting the environment. In addition, to his work at PG&E he is a Lecturer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; on the Building Team for Habitat for Humanity San Luis Obispo; and active member of the AIA. His prior experience includes being an architect on various public school and civic project and consulting on a 300 unit low income redevelopment project. His formal education includes a BArch and MBA from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. You can find him on the weekends hiking, biking, running or playing soccer or anything else active with his two energetic boys and lovely wife.
VP Advocacy : Paul Poirier AIA, LEED AP, PRC, CSC
Paul Poirier is the principal architect in the Santa Barbara based firm Paul Poirier+ Associates Architects designing award winning commercial and residential projects with emphasis on “green” innovation and design excellence. He is the past President of the USGBC California Central Coast Chapter, served as vice chair of the Pacific Regional Committee, and represents the Pacific Region on the USGBC Chapter Steering Committee. He is also on the USGBC Education Steering Committee, working to make educational programs relevant and successful at the local level. Paul is a founding board member of both The Sustainability Project and The Green Building Alliance, two active Santa Barbara based environmental organizations. In addition, he has served as president of the AIA Santa Barbara Chapter, and as chair of the AIA California Council Committee on the Environment. Paul is committed to maintaining the architectural beauty of the central coast of California, while protecting the environmental quality and sustainability of our community for future generations.
Michelle has worked almost a decade as a consultant in Middle East affairs for a variety of international media and non-governmental organizations. After completing a major green remodel of her home, she decided to turn in her traveling shoes and apply her consulting - and newfound construction - skills here on the Central Coast. As a LEED Project Manager with In Balance Green Consulting and a certified BPI Building Analyst, she gets to share her passion for sustainable building with a wide variety of residential and commercial clients. Ms. Zimney has a B.A. from Stanford University , an M.A. from UC Santa Barbara, and is a graduate of the UCSB Extension Certificate Program in Green Building and Sustainable Design. She is a past President of the Board for USGBC-C4 and chapter representative to USGBC California. Incidentally, she's also fluent in Arabic, so contact her if you'd like to chat!
Paul Rose has been partner, employee, subcontractor with Semmes and Company Builders since 1982, he has worked both professionally and socially to develop Sustainable Building methods and designs in SLO County since 1974. Paul was a student of both Ken Haggard and Poly Cooper at Cal Poly, and has been active in numerous outreach groups such as Life on Planet Earth, Sierra Club, The Oak Tree Alliance, SLO Green Build and others within SLO County including San Luis Solar and Eco SLO in the early 80's. He is an avid outdoorsman, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and gardening. He believes in: “Consensus building as a primary means of decision making. Finding the simplest way to accomplish a task with the best results is my main goal in my endeavors, also making sure that good understanding, and community relationships are built into them. Sustainability, and resource conservation have become a necessity at this point and we have gone beyond the time when it is just a nice addition to a project--- It is mandatory”.
Todd Hansen is an experienced architect, credentials including LEED AP BD+C, CSI, CDI, who delivers optimal solutions to project challenges. He oversees the production of technical specifications or RRM’s offices and specializes in technical document production and quality assurance. Todd has 20 years of experience working with DSA on projects from 300 to 300,000 sf, ranging from complex, multi-story new projects to ADA and seismic upgrades where facilities must remain open during construction. Education runs in Todd’s family, which includes four generations of K-12 teachers and administrators, including his wife who is an elementary school principal with credentials in special education.
Steve has been designing, building and selling construction projects for over 25 years. During that time, he has excelled as a multitalented building consultant with a unique perspective. Starting his career in Palm Springs gave Steve an opportunity to work with many pioneering architects, designers and builders who were pushing the limits of sustainability in an extremely challenging environment. At a time when building green was new, Steve was exposed to many of the passive and active design strategies that are used today and have been proven successful even under the harsh conditions of the California desert.
Dustin Lane is a Certified Energy Analyst and leads the energy department at BMA Mechanical+. BMA is an experienced design firm committed to develop, support, and shape the built environment with innovative, resilient, and sustainable solutions that put energy conservancy right up front with indoor environmental quality and functionality. In his central roll, Dustin focuses on bridging the gap between disciplines and providing effective consulting to reduce building heating and cooling loads while increasing comfort and energy savings. He was introduced to building sciences at an early age and gained expertise through his upbringing as a third generation Sprayed Polyurethane Foam (SPF) contractor. Working in the family business of 40+ years he learned the values of air sealing and envelope performance control strategies first-hand from pioneers in the field of advanced building materials. His primary focus with the company was on the early application of cool roofing systems to combat the heat island effect experienced throughout California’s metropolitan areas. In addition to high performance roofing and envelope knowledge, Dustin provided countless installations of ccSPF as insulation for commercial, residential and cold storage applications. He is also experienced with Photovoltaics, and spent several years sizing systems and providing schematic design layouts. In his personal life, he is most interested in spending time with his family and enjoying all the “ing’s” that the central coast has to offer: surfing, golfing, fishing, mountain biking, camping etc.
Amanda has a vision to heal the planet through sustainable building practices and personal connections. Known for being a jack-of-all-trades and a multi-faceted, out of the box thinker; Amanda has come from a humble background and at one-point homelessness. To pursue her desire for knowledge and to seek answers to the harder questions in life, she has earned multiple degrees and extensive experience as a Nurse, Executive Medical Coordinator, Teacher, Marketing Coordinator, Solar Consultant, Solar Designer and Construction Project Manager; Amanda plans to run multiple social businesses and bridge gaps in society to create a whole healthy community. She began the growth of her green construction company during her second year of pre-med studies when she decided she wanted to open a wellness center that treated individuals as a whole and not just a symptom, this clinic would be a social business model and as such would treat everyone, regardless of insurance or income. She later felt the need to not only give back to her community and the planet but to run outreaches in other countries. After getting into the solar field on a whim and then building contracting with solar, she realized if she wanted to see her dreams to fruition she had to “be” her goals on every level. Her cornerstone company was designed so she could cut out the middle man and take control of her vision with full understanding, enabling her to manage any project, anywhere, efficiently whilst being a light to those around her. Being a social entrepreneur Amanda serves a triple bottom line (People, Planet, Profit), with plans to work closely with the community and several non-profits to ensure that she is not just a helper of our neighbors but a Catalyst for Change. Seeking out collaborative projects with other local business in an effort to aid in stimulating the economy right here at home and with extensive knowledge in many different building materials from standard to recycled/green materials, multiple renewable energy options, and eco-friendly agricultural design for optimal sustainability.
Mark has served his community for over 30 years through a broad diversity of skills and applicable knowledge. He is a general contractor and business owner with a heart for youth and for individuals with socio-economic disadvantages. Volunteering his time to multiple councils in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and outreach events that target issues in the community that build measurable solutions with innovative efficiency. His background consists of Law enforcement, the education system, military, large scale agriculture, construction and business management. Mark is currently a partner in a rare, cutting edge social enterprise that offers all green building and renewable options while harnessing social responsibility. Most importantly he strives to be a leader and teacher in building standards and is always looking for ways to improve the quality of life through sustainability. He looks forward to serving and teaching the community the benefits and ease of building green!
Santa Barbara : Perrin Pellegrin
As Managing Partner of the Innovative Workshop Consulting. LLC, Perrin is fully engaged with each project, assisting clients from planning and design through project completion. Perrin develops tools, systems, and strategies for projects in order to accomplish measurable results. Her clients consist of higher education, public utilities, municipalities, corporations, and non-profit organizations. Perrin has successfully managed projects that have come in on time and within budget. Her project experience includes sustainable strategic plans and climate action plans for two major universities, gold and platinum LEED certifications for municipalities and operational policies development and benchmarking of building performance for a public utility. Over her eight years tenure as the Campus Sustainability Manager for the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ms. Pellegrin has worked with project managers, building committees, and design teams to ensure that the USGBC’s LEED guidelines were met in all new campus construction projects. She championed the first LEED-EB certification in the University of California system and piloted the LEED Portfolio Program on campus.
Brianna RulandIf Brianna didn't choose the path of architecture, she would have either become a hairdresser or a neuroscientist, but figured that with a degree in architecture she could explore all of the above realms and more. Turns out, this is true. She is a Cal Poly SLO Architecture Graduate from the class of 2015 as well as an accredited LEED GA. She has a passion for keeping up to date and spreading the news about the new sustainable achievements, policy change, and technology that are ever-evolving within the building industry and how people can become educated and involved to participate fully in the green building movement. She believes wholeheartedly that lasting change happens from the bottom up, one individual and small group at a time, until it grows into substantial policy. Being the catalyst for this change, utilizing the CCGBC as a vehicle, in full support of the CCGBC mission and vision, is what she strives do as our communications coordinator.
Kori Nielsen is an Environmental Management and Protection graduate, with a focus and background in sustainability from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is an accredited LEED GA and is passionate about green buildings and helping businesses and schools operate as sustainably as possible. Her passion for sustainability sparked when she attended a consortium for sustainability study abroad program at EARTH University in Costa Rica where she learned about EARTH University’s unique approach to education, investigated and analyzed community issues, and assessed the social and environmental impact of our actions as individuals and companies. Since then, she has worked with and attended sustainability conferences at Santa Barbara City College, Cal Poly and UCSB, and has done analytical reporting for Santa Barbara City College using AASHE STARS. She is now happy to also be interning under The Community Environmental Council for the Green Business Program where she provides resources and assistance to businesses wanting to be green. Through her involvement with different institutions, organizations, professionals, and kids, she has learned that effective communication is the basis for change. She is excited to share news and updates about the green building industry and to reach out to organizations that have a similar mindset as USGBC-CCGBC.