Gerald Checco, retired from City of Cincinnati
Chad Edwards, emersion DESIGN, LLC (Past President)
Andy Holzhauser, President: Andy is a member of the Board of Directors of PACENation and a Partner with Donovan Energy, a clean energy project development firm based in Cincinnati founded in 2016. For the previous 8 years, Andy was the founding CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, a non-profit economic development agency that led the facilitation of over $50M of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. He resides in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood within the City of Cincinnati where he serves as Treasurer of the Board of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation.
Jessica Haag, Treasurer: Jessica works in BKD’s National Higher Education Group and has more than 11 years of experience providing assurance services to colleges, universities, foundations and other not-for- profit organizations. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Jessica graduated from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Board Orientation & Leadership Development program and now presents to the program’s classes on not-for-profit finance and governance.Robert D. Temple, Secretary: Bob is the past President of Green Umbrella. He is a retired manager from the Procter & Gamble Co. He has a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry and is a published author.
Bill Scheyer, Past President: Bill is the former president of Skyward, the engine behind myNKY, a community-driven five-year strategic work plan designed to elevate Northern Kentucky to new heights. Before Skyward, Bill was president of Southbank Partners, Inc. He also previously served as City Administrator for the City of Erlanger. He is a graduate of NKU and an alumnus of both Leadership Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Leadership Forum.
Pamela Brailsford: Pamela is the Senior Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability for Cintas Corporation and a strong advocate for sustainability initiatives to help positively impact the company’s corporate identity. Pamela has a long-standing inclusion strategy to locate new, capable and qualified diverse enterprises through business trade associations and business development organizations. She is a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council.
Gerald Checco: Gerald recently retired from the City of Cincinnati, where he spent most of his career at the Park Board where he was Superintendent. He was known for developing a "Green" policy that made the Park Board the Greenest Park system in Ohio. As Director of the Department of Public Services, he created massive neighborhood cleanups, reorganized waste management and greened the fleet. He finished his service as Director for the Metropolitan Sewer District. Gerald is now on the Board of Directors of the Mill Creek Valley Conservancy District, the Board of Visitors and the Charter Committee.
Chad Edwards: Chad is a past President of Green Umbrella. Chad is a principal of emersion DESIGN LLC, the first architecture and engineering firm in the world with a LEED Platinum office, and is currently assisting 6 clients through their climate reduction plans. Chad, Ohio's LEED-ND Regionalization Chair, has garnered numerous awards for his urban design, architectural, interior design, research and environmental graphic design work. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and is a regular on the national lecture circuit regarding sustainability solutions. Chad has been invited to speak to the US Senate, US House of epresentatives and Ohio Governor's office on key environmental policy matters.
Jeremy Faust: Jeremy is the Assistant Vice President and Environmental Sustainability Leader for Fifth Third Bank, formerly Sustainability Advisor with Viox Services. Jeremy previously worked with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance and the Council of the District of Columbia. In addition to being a member of the Green Umbrella Board of Directors, Jeremy Co-Chairs the Energy Action Team and Action Team Leadership Council. He has a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law.
Chris Flores: Chris is the Founder of Three Corners Capital. The “three corners” represent the firm’s mission of engaging clients in utilizing financial capital to create positive impact on people, planet and profit. The firm’s expertise in social finance has led to client engagements that include business owners, corporate executives, NFL athletes, successful young professionals and charitable organizations including donor advised funds and charitable trusts. Originally from the Chicago area, Chris studied finance at the University of Cincinnati and has since become entrenched in the community.
Scott Hassell: Scott is the past President of Green Umbrella. Scott is Director of Environmental Affairs for Fifth Third Bank and a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council. Scott has served as an analyst for Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the US Department of Energy and as a RAND Corporation consultant for the USEPA.
Jamie Holtzapfel: Jamie is the Principal Consultant for Core, a strategic and workforce consulting group. Prior to joining Core, Jamie spent a decade working with Northern Kentucky’s wastewater and storm water utility, SD1, as Director of Communications. Her experience is in building and managing internal and external communication plans, educational programs, strategic business plans and stakeholder engagement initiatives.
Todd Palmeter: Todd is the Chief Executive Officer for Great Parks of Hamilton County, a role he started in May 2019. Todd began his career with the park district in 2003 and has served as Park Planner II, Facility Management Superintendent, Planning Director and Chief of Planning. He steered the agency's five-year strategic plan from 2011-2016 and has served in the lead role on several key initiatives including its visioning process and most recently the agency's first Comprehensive Master Plan.
Florence Parker: Florence is the Public Involvement Specialist at OKI Regional Council of Governments. Prior to her affiliation with OKI, Ms. Parker's work experience included a 15-year stint in the field of commercial broadcasting and 16 years in community revitalization. Her responsibilities at OKI not only include identifying the impact of OKI's transportation planning activities on its minority, low income, disabled, elderly and zero-car households but ensuring the inclusion and participation of these five population groups in OKI's various transportation activities. Ms. Parker also serves as support staff to OKI's Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and, as DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Liaison Officer; oversees the implementation of OKI's DBE Program to encourage participation in contracting opportunities from firms owned and controlled by minorities, women and other socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
Derek Peebles: Derek is a leader in the field of community economic development with extensive success moving organizations forward by building on cross-cultural and cross-sector collaboration. He started his career in community banking and for over 10 years has been organizing local business communities, residents and institutions to leverage both social and private capital for sustainable development. Most recently, Derek founded Neighborhood Grow (an Economics of Compassion initiative).
Darrin M. Redus Sr.: Darrin is a national thought leader and practitioner in inclusion-based entrepreneurship and economic development, is Vice President of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and Executive Director of its nationally recognized Minority Business Accelerator. Prior to joining the Cincinnati Chamber, Darrin served as founder, President & CEO of MainStreet Inclusion Advisors, LLC. (MSIA) - a national advisory and entrepreneurial development organization specializing in connecting and preparing underserved populations for high growth entrepreneurship and the emerging innovation economy. Preceding MSIA, Darrin served as Chief Economic Inclusion Officer for JumpStart Inc., a nationally recognized non-profit entrepreneurial development organization assisting high growth start-up companies with technical assistance and equity capital, while informing similar organizations and strategies in regions across the country.
Jody Robinson: Jody is the Assistant City Administrator for Bellevue, KY. A former park ranger with the New York State Parks and longtime environmental and community activist, she started the Bellevue Farmers Market and Chairs the Northern Kentucky City and County Management Association. She has been a leader in the Green Umbrella Local Food Action Team since its inception.
Len Sauers: Len is currently an independent consultant in the areas of sustainability, product safety and technical external relations. He retired from Procter & Gamble in 2016 where he was Vice President of Global Sustainability and Global Product Stewardship. He has a PhD in Toxicology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. Len is on the Adjunct Faculty of Xavier University where he teaches sustainability to senior undergraduate and graduate students.
Byron Stallworth: Byron Stallworth is CEO of Inclusion Building Solutions- A inclusive supply chain consulting firm, supporting Minority, Women and Veteran owned business secure regional / enterprise-wide contracts in the private and public sector. The firm focuses on building envelope services such as roofing, HVAC and waterproofing. He serves as Vice-Chair of the City of Cincinnati Planning Commission. Byron is an alumni of the University of Cincinnati and graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Executive Management Program 2011-2013. He is also a retired Veteran from the US Army Reserves where he served as a medic and Non-Commissioned Officer 20+ years.
Doug Studer: At BluEarth, Doug finds answers for business and design challenges through the practice of biomimicry, looking to nature as inspiration, mentor, and classroom. Combining that passion with 40 years of experience, many as Deskey’s CEO and President, he hopes to make a positive impact on the environmental conditions of the world through both his work and his life.
Jack Sutton: Jack recently retired as Landscape Architect and Executive Director of Great Parks of Hamilton County. Since joining the Park District in 1989, he has served as Park Planner, Planning Director and Deputy Director. He currently serves as Chairman of the Hamilton County Natural Resource Assistance Council and is a member of the Leadership Cincinnati Alumni Association.
Fia Turczynewycz: Fia is the Sustainable Communities Advocate at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Fia believes in making positive connections with everyone she meets, creating strong relationships, serving others daily, and really immersing herself in the Avondale community where she lives and works. Working for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the "Greenest Zoo in America", has allowed her to use natural resource conservation to connect deeply with the community - building relationships while implementing change that impacts and encourages environmental stewardship and conservation action.
Julie Zimmerman: Julie works with the consulting firm Management Partners to help local governments operate with greater efficiency and effectiveness. A former journalist, she has served as a member of The Cincinnati Enquirer's editorial board and as a contributing editor at Cincinnati Magazine.