David Rinard, CHAIR
Director of Global Environment Programs, Steelcase
An accomplished speaker on sustainability, operations environmental performance, and environmental strategies David educates and inspires community, customers, and business influencers through numerous board and community activities, national conferences, and educational events. David has a Bachelor’s in Microbiology and Public Health from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Management from Aquinas College. David participated as a member of the foundation committee that formed the West Michigan Chapter.
Debra Sypien, LEED AP BC+C, VICE CHAIR
Sustainable Facility Coordinator, The Christman Company
Debra brings over 20 years of diverse experience to her current role as Sustainable Facilities Coordinator, where she provides assistance to The Christman Company’s project planning group to ensure that projects pursuing LEED status achieve the desired level of certification. For the last ten years, Debra has concentrated exclusively on sustainability, playing a part in over 45 LEED projects, including many notable firsts. Debra has a long history of working with the West Michigan Chapter of the USGBC. She began by coordinating the LEED User Group (LUG Nuts) in 2006, then moved on to chair the chapter’s educational program, where she worked to achieve the chapter’s Program Provider credentials. Debra has also served as a program reviewer for presentations for the USGBC and the GBCI credential maintenance program.
Mark Zoeteman, PE, CEM, HBDP, LEED AP O+M, TREASURER
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Mark has over 27 years of mechanical HVAC design and energy analysis experience on retail, commercial, industrial and institutional projects. He has performed energy modeling and life cycle cost analyses to evaluate high performance building system options for new and existing buildings. He has completed energy audits at over 250 buildings and performed EPA ENERGY STAR verifications. He has been involved in many LEED projects as HVAC engineer, building energy analyst and LEED Administrator. He is also a past technical submittal reviewer for USGBC’s LEED for Commercial Interiors program. He is a professional engineer registered in 10 states, certified energy manager, ASHRAE high performance building design professional and LEED AP with Operations + Maintenance specialty.
Jessica Villarreal, SECRETARY
Environmental Services- Sustainability, Consumers Energy
Jessica graduated from Aquinas College with a B.S. in Sustainable Business. Based out of Jackson, Michigan, Jessica is the environmental lead for Consumers Energy’s corporate sustainability program. For the last couple years she has helped coordinate Consumers Energy’s sustainability disclosures, strategy, and internal programs advancing the Company’s sustainability performance to the 1st quartile when compared to its peers.
Profession: Director of Sustainability, Aquinas College
Jessica Eimer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Aquinas College in December 2005 with a B.S. in Sustainable Business, Environmental Studies and Geography. Jessica has been working in the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College for 8 years. She is active in the college’s campus sustainability initiative by playing a lead role in organizing and managing student involvement, overseeing the college’s sustainability metrics and committees, and supporting the “internal redesign for sustainability” process.
Jessica also organizes conferences and special events on campus, continues to promote the sustainable business program and the Center for Sustainability in the community, and supervises student involvement in the Center. Finally, she represents the Center for Sustainability in various community initiatives, such as Local First and the Community Sustainability Partnership.
Steve Hassevoort, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, InForm Architecture, PLC
Steve has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He has over 25 years of experience in the architectural profession, and in 2009 established InForm Architecture, a collaborative architectural practice providing professional design services to community and faith-based organizations with a focus on sustainable design, historic preservation, adaptive re-use and contextual design. Steve is a founding member of the Southwest Michigan Branch of the West Michigan Chapter of the USGBC and sits on its Steering Committee.
Brett Little, LEED APH, GreenStar Professional & LFA
Executive Director, GreenHome Institute
A Graduate of the Aquinas College Sustainable Business Bachelors Program, Brett has been working with AES for 5 years now helping homeowners, builders, architects and developers find more sustainable ways in their processes and verify it through 3rd party over-site through programs like the LEED for Homes rating system. Brett is the Secretary of the Passive House Alliance and a Living Building Ambassador. Living in Grand Rapids and newly married he has invested in a 1920’s home in the City and put it through a “Green Moderate Retrofit” which reduced energy use by 50% and improved the health of the home. Brett loves supporting the local economy, kayaking, microbreweries, public transportation, board games and living the Grand Rapids Dream.
Attorney, The Business Law Group
Andrew earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Michigan State University and a law degree from Cooley Law School. Andrew is an attorney with an extensive background in civil litigation, business matters, franchise law, sports and entertainment law and landlord-tenant matters. He has helped dozens of businesses and individuals with variety of issues from starting up a new business venture to collecting debts to contract drafting and negotiations to general counsel to drafting and reviewing franchise agreements to evictions.
DeVon C. Miller, LEED AP, CPMP
Building Commissioning Administrator, Western Michigan University
DeVon Miller is the Building Commissioning Administrator at Western Michigan University. DeVon is new to Facilities Management but has over 15 years of experience in project management including energy conservation, building automation systems, building commissioning and is a Commissioning Process Management Professional and LEED Accredited Professional with ASHRAE and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) respectively. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Renae Hesselink, LEED AP BD+C
Vice President Sustainability, Nichols
Renae is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan chapter, and past Chair of the Board of Directors and currently the Chapter’s Green School Advocacy Committee Chair. She has been with Nichols (a distributor of custodial and packaging supplies) for 21 years in various positions and seven years ago moved into to a new role within the company as Vice President of Sustainability. In 2010 Nichols achieved LEED-EB O & M (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance) and was recognized as a 2011 Michigan Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press. Renae has been involved in the successful implementation of more than forty Green Cleaning programs that have lead to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) either for new construction or existing building credits for building projects around the state of Michigan. Other roles include: Goodwill of West Michigan Board of Directors, Board member on the Employer’s Association of West Michigan, leadership team of the Muskegon Sustainability Coalition; leadership team for the Grand Rapids Community Sustainable Partnership, Kent County Lodging Association Green Team and Chair of TEDxMuskegon.
Cheri Holman, LEED AP
Cheri is a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive experience and a genuine passion for energy & water conservation. Other areas of interest include indoor environmental quality, clean/renewable energy, access to healthy food and all things related to educating and promoting a healthy built environment.
Prior to her work in non-profit Cheri spent most of her career consulting & partnering with private sector corporations to reduce resource consumption within their facilities through the implementation of energy conservation technologies and improved operational practices. Mrs. Holman is Past Chair of USGBC West Michigan Board of Directors after serving as Treasurer for 2 years. In early 2008 Cheri founded the LEED for Existing Building Advocacy Group. She served as a subject matter expert for the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) LEED for EB Operations and Maintenance test development in 2008 and the Commercial Reviewer exam test development in 2009. In 2010 & 2011 Cheri served as a Greenbuild conference session reviewer.
Mrs. Holman is a partner in Holman Heating & Cooling, a residential HVAC company based in Greenville, MI
Director of Communications & Marketing
Rebecca is a graduate from Grand Valley State University, holding a bachelors degree in Health Communications. Her passions include healthcare, indoor air quality and sustainability. She has been with the West MI Chapter since May of 2015. Rebecca helps with chapter committees such as Green Schools, the Grand Rapids 2030 District and LEED Spotlight. She is currently pursuing her LEED Green Associates accreditation to help further her knowledge of the green building industry.
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