Advisory Council

Advisory Council (*Past Board Presidents)

Pat Baranski, Program Director, IM Green Recycling, Inc. Pat has been involved with USGBC in both Houston and the Piney Woods chapters, Transition Houston, and the Houston Green Chamber. Updated 2015.

Madyson Chavez, research associate at Working Partner LLC. Madyson, a graduate of the United Way of Greater Houston’s prestigious Project Blueprint, has worked as a strategic Planning Advisor helping clients achieve actionable and effective solution driven strategies. Madyson has served as the business development coordinator for the City of Houston’s Policy and Operations program. Her degree from Texas Christian University is in political science, sociology, and health care ethics. Updated 2015.

Nicholas Eusepi, CPA, is an audit associate with Briggs & Veselka Co. P.C. Updated 2016.

Mustafa Fatakdawala is a Global Supply Chain-IT Program Leader at General Electric, where he is involved with Ecomagination, GE’s commitment to build innovative solutions for today’s environmental challenges while driving economic growth. Mustafa is a volunteer Climate Leader with The Climate Reality Project. He has a Bachelor’s Degree-University of Bombay, India. Updated 2016.

Jaime González, Community Education Director for the Katy Prairie Conservancy, is responsible for developing and implementing an annual schedule of activities and outreach programs to augment public access and awareness of the Katy Prairie. Jaime’s work also involves expanding collaborative efforts with other organizations and agencies, including local universities.He earned a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction – Science Education (2007) and a B.S. in Biology (1996) both from the University of Houston-Main Campus. Mr. Gonzalez serves as a member of the Texas Children in Nature Coalition Steering Committee. He has been awarded the Alban-Heiser Award from the Houston Zoo (2011), the Elizabeth Hull Abernathy Award (2011) from the Garden Club of America and the Army & Sarah Emmott Conservation Award (2009) from the CEC for his prairie conservation efforts. Updated 2016.

Mr. John Gonzales is a graphic designer & owner of Rounder Graphics, and member of Transition Houston, Houston Peace and Justice Center, Houston Urban Gardeners (HUG). Updated 2016.

Julie Hendricks, AIA LEED AP * Updated 2016.

Steve Hupp is the Water Quality Director for Bayou Preservation Association.  He advocates for improved water quality in greater Houston area waterways.  Previously he held various positions with the environmental enforcement efforts of Harris County with the agency now known as the Harris County Pollution Control Services Department.  He retired from Harris County in the Fall of 2010 after 30 years of service.  He is a CEC Synergy Award recipient in the government category for 2006.  Mr. Hupp holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Applied Sciences from Stephen F. Austin State University. Updated 2016.

Matthias Jung Joined the board in July 2015 He is a founding member of Houston Access to Sustainability (HAUS), a cooperative living development, and member of numerous environmental groups including Air Alliance Houston &Transition Houston. Updated 2016.

Denae King, Ph.D., is a research associate professor in the Mickey Leland Center for Environment, Justice, and Sustainability, at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Prior to this position, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Health Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and an adjunct Assistant Professor with the Dorothy I. Height, Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. King’s interests include the role of neighborhood effects in the onset of disease in underserved populations and community-based participatory research (CBPR) as it relates to environmental health and cancer. Dr. King received her B.S. degree in chemistry (1992) from Texas Southern University, as well as, a M.S. degree (1996) and Ph.D. degree (2001) in environmental science/toxicology from the University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, School of Public Health. Updated 2016.

Lester O. King, Ph.D., AICP, LEED-GA, is a sustainability planner at the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University where he oversees the development of the Sustainable Development Indicators report. He has served on the boards of the American Planning Association Houston Division, Green Door Houston, and Great Plains Restoration Council, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Marketplace Committee. He has Bachelors in Fine Arts, Masters of City Planning, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, all from Texas Southern University. Updated 2016.

Sarah Mason is a Sr. Environmental Analyst in the Solid Waste Management Department for the City of Houston.  Previously she worked in the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Programming under Mayor Bill White.  Ms. Mason works to expand recycling opportunities in the metro area.  Her major projects include, leading the project team for the design and implementation of the Building Materials Reuse Warehouse; and soliciting and implementing contracted recycling services for all city owned buildings and facilities.  She provides legislative analysis and comment on behalf of the SWD and the City of Houston to the State of Texas.  Ms. Mason serves as a co-chair on the Texas Medical Center Sustainable Practices Advisory Council, secretary of the USGBC Gulf Coast Chapter Recycling Committee, alternate representative to the H-GAC Solid Waste Management Committee and as a liaison to the Downtown Management Recycling Task Force.  In addition to her recycling projects she served on the steering committee for the Texas Tree Print project; and provided statistical analysis of US EPA air toxics data for policy makers.  Outside the office she enjoys learning about the native flora and fauna of southeast Texas, yoga, hiking, reading and spending time with her dog.   Ms. Mason holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Analysis from Rice University, (Houston, TX) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University (Clemson, SC). Updated 2016.

J.B. McCleney, CPA, is a senior audit associate with Briggs & Veselka Co. P.C. His knowledge of finance and GAAP accounting methods and the audit process will inform his service as CEC’s treasurer. He received his B.B.A. in Accounting & Finance from the University of Houston (main campus). Updated 2016.

Ms. Shawn McFarland, AIA LEED AP, is a long time Texan, a green architect and teacher and practitioner of Permaculture Design. As a native Houstonian and environmental activist, she works in many areas of the environmental community in addition to sustaining an active architectural practice. She sits on the boards of Urban Harvest (advisory), Houston Peace and Justice Center and Transition Houston (Spokes Council). She is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, Rice Design Alliance, Sierra Club, Environment Texas and other organizations working to better our city and planet. She has been a teacher of Permaculture Design for over 15 years. * Updated 2016.

Emily Merrell joined the board in 2010 and served two terms as board secretary. A native Houstonian, Emily comes from a background in environmental advocacy, policy and education. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University and Bachelors degrees in Environmental Science and Political Science from the University of St. Thomas. Currently Emily is an administrator at the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling at the University of Houston. Updated 2016.

Helen O’Connor has a broad-based background in International Oil and Gas technology and services. Among the diversity of positions she has held, she served as Director, Sustainability and Health, Safety and Environment with a large multi-national organization, giving her an opportunity to positively influence corporate culture by strengthening its commitment to long-term environmental and social responsibility, aligned with overall business goals. This opened opportunities to work closely with educational institutions and non-profit organizations on specific projects.  As a mother of two small children she feels a strong sense of urgency around the need for global environmental stewardship, and her involvement with the CEC has given Helen an opportunity to give back to her community in a meaningful way. * Updated 2016.

Hayley Pallister is a native of southeast England. She immigrated to Houston in 1994 and soon developed an administrative position for a local land- scape architecture firm into a passionate career marketing within the building industry. Hayley joined Asakura Robinson Company in 2005 after previously working with Keiji Asakura at SLA Studio Land. Her time is divided between office management, in-house marketing and business development. She works closely with Principals, Keiji Asakura and Margaret Robinson, to develop and nurture business relationships within the industry, pursue project opportunities for the firm, identify educational and professional development opportunities for staff and coordinate community-based volunteer projects. In 2007 Hayley became involved with the AIA COTE Gulf Coast Green Symposium, her volunteer position graduated from conference volunteer to Publicity Co-Chair in 2008, and to Speaker Chair from 2009 to 2011. A previous industry-related board position includes two years as Treasurer for the Society of Marketing Professional Services, Houston Chapter. Her involvement in coordinating the much publicized 611 Walker Container Garden project contributed to her receipt of an Honorable Mention, Mayor’s Proud Partner Award in 2010. A personal interest in organic gardening and urban agriculture led Hayley to receive her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2008 and she is an active participant of several annual volunteer events including Trash Bash and Marsh Madness. Updated 2016.

Lisa Robertson is currently the Executive Director of External Relations for UH Engineering.  A major focus of her work involves the design and development of campus-wide programs to advance women faculty in the STEM fields, and bringing together stakeholders to work on meeting global challenges. Before moving to Houston in 2010 Lisa served as Chief of Staff to the A&M Provost.  Prior to working at A&M she served as Director of Corporate Relations and Special Assistant to the Dean at Purdue’s College of Science.  Lisa now lives in the Montrose area.  She is an active volunteer at the HSPCA and is a new volunteer at the Houston Arboretum. Updated 2015.

Ross Tomlin is an MBA student at the University of Houston. His background includes energy efficiency policy, outreach, media relations, web and graphic design, and volunteer work for several Houston non-profit groups. He earned his MPAff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2009 and did his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Updated 2015.

Aaron James Tuley, AICP, is Managing Partner of Meta-Pattern, LLC: Planning for Sustainability, an environmental planning consultancy with offices in Houston.  He has 20 years experience in landscape architecture, urban and regional design and planning, specializing in sustainable development, natural, cultural and scenic resource management. He is routinely involved in all phases of conservation and development design and planning, from project inception, site selection and planning, through contract negotiation, administration, and management of construction operations. Tuley is an advocate and practitioner of sustainability and is routinely engaged to review and evaluate how projects have embraced sustainable development principles and best practices. Aaron Tuley serves as District Manager for The Climate Project / Alliance for Climate Protection and administers the work of approximately 90 TCP presenters in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. Tuley is routinely invited to make presentations on climate change, sustainability / sustainable development, green building and cultural landscape interpretation. Updated 2015.