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Anthony Coker Representing the Green Chamber of the South, Atlanta Georgia

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Suniva, Inc.
Senior Director, Market & Solutions Development
5765 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30092 USA
Office: +404-477-2741
Mobile: +404-808-0025
acoker@suniva.com

 


With 30 years of experience in high technology products and markets, Anthony Coker has provided engineered solutions to international clients around the globe.  Currently Sr. Director of Market & Solutions Development at solar PV manufacturer Suniva, Anthony is responsible for new product systems, solutions development and emerging markets development.  He serves on the Suniva Intellectual Property Review Board and has also turned his passion for “greentech” into a role as acting Sustainability Director at Suniva.  As a frequent industry speaker and author, Anthony is a thought leader in the Solar PV, CleanTech and Smart Energy industries.  He is a published author in the areas of Levelized Cost of Electricity, Competitive Industry Strategies and Business Process Management.

In 2012 he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Solar Energy Association, serves on the Board as Strategy Chairman with Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Energy Society, and is on the Gwinnett Technical College Sustainable Advisory Board.  In 2011, Anthony was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech and was appointed to the Dept. of Commerce’s District Export Council.  He serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s newly formed Clean Tech Leadership Council where he has served on the initial working groups and as a subject matter expert at the group’s kickoff.  He is a frequent presenter at international Solar industry conferences such as SPI, ASES, WEEC as well as various regional events.

Anthony has executive experience at multi-nationals such as General Electric, Dow Corning/Hemlock Semiconductor, Accenture, ITW-Chemtronics, and Davy Powergas. Previous roles have included VP of Business Solutions, Associate Partner, Director of Product Development, Business Unit Manager, International Sales Director, Product Manager, Sales Engineer, Process Engineer and Construction Planning Engineer. He holds a BChE from Georgia Tech and pursued his executive MBA from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.

Bramblett, Dan - Estes Services and Chairman of the Board, Green Chamber of the South

Dan BramblettDan Bramblett is the Weatherization Department Manager with Estes Services in Atlanta, Georgia.  A 20 year Navy Veteran.  His background and passion for environmental concerns led him to pursue solutions to energy efficiency and conservation through weatherization at Estes Services.

Dan is certified in the following: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, (LEED-AP), Building Performance Institute (BPI), Building Analyst Professional & Envelope Professional.

Dan represents Georgia HVAC contractors on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs state building code committee. He is Vice-Chair of the 2012 International Mechanical Code review committee. He a member of the ACCA 12 QH (Existing Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement) review committee. He is now serving as the Chair for the Green Chamber of the South and is a Board Member on The Green House Committee where he offers mentorship to companies on how to make their business sustainable.

At Estes, Dan works to expand the building performance business and manages the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant Estes was awarded for the weatherization of the “average Joe’s” home.  The ARRA Grant has provided an average 37% energy reduction per home.

Araba O. Dowell, Group Manager of SE Region Communications, General Motors

carAraba Dowell is General Motor's Southeast Region Manager of Communications. In this role, she is responsible for all communications activities covering more than 10 states.

Ms. Dowell has more than 15 years experience in PR/marketing - having served in corporate, nonprofit and agency environments.

Prior to joining GM in 2007, her clients included companies such as Premiere Global Services where she was responsible for managing PR/marketing projects for its data communications unit - this also included assisting the company in its global re-branding efforts.

In 2006, Ms. Dowell served as Managing Account Supervisor for Ketchum Communications. There she managed and implemented PR programs and campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, including: Delta, FedEx, IBM, Nokia and more. In 2003, she served as Director of Marketing/Communications for March of Dimes-GA. She was responsible for all marketing/communications statewide, including: media relations; speech writing; sponsorship management; developing a celebrity management program; providing communications training for staff; and more. In less than a year, she also helped secure more than a million dollars in "in-kind" media sponsorships for two major fund-raising events.

From 1999 to 2001, she served as Senior PR Manager with Abovo Marketing Group, an integrated marketing firm targeting high-tech companies. She helped successfully launch and re-launch more than 10 corporations. Through an aggressive marketing/analyst relations campaign, she helped companies attract millions of dollars from venture capitalists and secured coverage in key analyst reports and media outlets. Before joining Abovo, she was a Corporate Communications Officer and Media Relations Officer for Bank of America from 1994 to 1999. Ms. Dowell's responsibilities included providing strategic PR, community relations and marketing support to the Bank’s Community Development Corporation, Minority Business Development Group and various other departments. She assisted in the marketing launch of several successful bank ventures including the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Transportation Center and more.

Ms. Dowell is a member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA), the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA), the Southeast Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) and the Atlanta Press Club.


Denice Evans, CEO of J’Hue Film Productions

DeniceDenice is an award-winning filmmaker and national keynote speaker.  She is currently producing and directing a short documentary in collaboration with Safe Water Now, a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing clean water through sustainable enterprise and education.   The film project intends to promote awareness and clean water education in Tanzania, Africa.  Safe Water Now develops and trains community leaders who manufacture and distribute water treatment alternatives that are effective and affordable while providing employment to the local project team.

Denice graduated summa cum laude from Emory University with a degree in Creative Writing and Film.  She is the writer/director of an award-winning feature documentary, Spitting Game: The College Hook Up Culture. Denice has been featured on national radio & television and was a recent guest expert on ABC’s investigative news show 20/20 in response to the Steubenville Ohio high school rape case.  In addition, she is a highly requested speaker on college, university, and high school campuses where her films and educational videos are used for violence prevention education, course curriculum, freshman orientations, and comprehensive sexual assault programming.  Her educational videos are on the USAF resource list as a primary prevention tool for training military personnel.

Denice continues to create innovative programs that promote social sustainability. In addition to her film work, she collaborates with Dr. Betty Woodman on the "Bystander Leadership Project." This project addresses sexual assault prevention programming for high school, college & military audiences by integrating documentary film screenings with interactive leadership programming. Topics include social ethics, relationship dynamics, & bystander leadership.

Susanne Fischer-Quinn, Corporate Communications Manager for MAGE SOLAR USA Dublin, Georgia

mageA German native, Susanne joined MAGE SOLAR USA as the German-based company positioned its American headquarters in Dublin, Georgia, in 2010. As MAGE SOLAR continues to expand its global reach within the Americas, Susanne’s position as Corporate Communications Manager Americas is critical in providing information and education in regards to MAGE SOLAR as well as solar energy as such to the public and the media.

With an impressive background in teaching, Susanne has developed an educational outreach program, called “MAGE SOLAR on the Road.” These free public sessions bring solar knowledge into communities all over the state and foster environmental awareness while informing about the tremendous job and economic potential of solar energy. She works closely with MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY, a state-of-the-art teaching facility also located at the Dublin campus, on course offerings and seminars for professionals entering the photovoltaic industry, special interest groups and institutions, schools as well as the general public.

Susanne holds both a summa-cum-laude Bachelor degree from Mercer University and a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia.

Mage Solar

Eriqah Foreman-Williams, National Wildlife Federation, Atlanta, Georgia

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Southeast Campus Field Coordinator
National Wildlife

Federations
Southeast Office
730 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 830
Atlanta, Georgia 30308-1241
williamse@nwf.org


Eriqah is the Southeast Campus Field Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation where she works to strengthen local and regional networks of campuses committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by organizing networking opportunities and educational events. A proud native of Newark, NJ, Eriqah is a 2010 departmental honors graduate of Spelman College with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Women’s Studies. While in school, it was her introduction to Students Endeavoring for Enlightened Environmental Decisions (SEeED), a Morehouse College chartered organization that helped her discover her passion for environmental sustainability and environmental justice. She went on to serve as Internal Director of that organization in her senior year and helped organize two of the largest African American student delegations to PowerShift, once in 2009 and again in 2011. Outside of school, Eriqah has worked extensively with the Let’s Retrofit A Million Project (formerly Let’s Raise A Million), was the Georgia Coal Diversity Organizer intern for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), and is currently an Advisory Board Ambassador for Outdoor Nation. She takes pride in her position at NWF and hopes, among her other duties, to provide resources to bring HBCUs, like her beloved Spelman, into this emerging “green” movement. When she does find free time, Eriqah enjoys bonfires with friends, watching movies, mentoring high school students, singing, dancing, and traveling. Her favorite quote is, “I found God in myself and I loved Her fiercely” by Ntozake Shange because we can all find the greatness in ourselves, embrace it and therefore go out and do great things.

Georgia Association of Water Professionals (Panelist Pending: Pamela Burnett, Deputy Director or Jack Dozier, Executive Director)

Bios and Pics pending


Robert E. Green, CEO


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Jay Hakes, Director of Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum


Hakes

Jay Hakes has a long history working on energy issues, including assistant to Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus during the Carter administration, Director of the Governor's Energy Office for Florida Governor (later U. S. Senator) Bob Graham, Administrator of the highly regarded, nonpartisan Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy during the Clinton administration, and Director for Research and Policy for President's Obama's BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission.  He speaks widely on contemporary energy issues and the modern presidency, combining both interests in his book, A Declaration of Energy Independence(John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008).  Hakes began his career teaching political science at the University of New Orleans and holds a Ph.D. from Duke University.  Since 2000, he has served as Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum  in Atlanta.   

Scott Hendricks, Georgia Power, A Southern Company

Bio Pending

Lesley Hettinger, East Coast Communications, General Motors

Lesley HettingerAtlanta, Georgia
Bio Pending





 




Art Howard, Heart of Georgia Energy Coalition, Warner Robins, Georgia


Art Howard

Dr. Howard is currently working in a large industrial organization with responsibilities for energy culture and behavior change programs.  Sustaining improvements in energy efficiency are problematic without supporting changes in management practices and operating procedures.  He is working to build on existing organization norms, policy and financial incentives, and espoused values to reinforce changes in behavior.  He has his Ph.D. in Government from Claremont Graduate University with an emphasis on organization development.  He has worked previously in process improvement programs with a major aerospace corporation, and led a major change initiative in a national organization with over 60,000 employees.

JaLynn Hudnall, Heart of Georgia Energy Coalition, Warner Robins, Georgia

Jalynn

Mrs. Hudnall is a Consultant and Owner of Ravenwood Forest Consulting in Warner Robins, Georgia. Mrs. Hudnall is an accomplished professional writer, with a specialty in marketing and business plans, grant writing, and very complex technical environmental documents like hazardous waste management plans, accident prevention plans, etc. In fact, she was nominated for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism.

Mrs. Hudnall provides technical assistance as a contracts coordinator for projects that require the review of documents; evaluation of ongoing action plans; develop briefing materials; ongoing status reports; preparing cost estimates; and the preparation of technical memorandums. She is an award winning marketing and business professional with experience creating and implementing consistently successful, innovative marketing strategies designed to achieve established goals while maximizing overall marketing efforts and resources.

Mrs. Hudnall has held various positions in her 17-year career, but has always worked in marketing and public relations. She quoted her father as saying, “My father told me growing up, there are two kinds of people, ‘people’ people and ‘thing’ people,” she stated “I have always been a people person.”

Mrs. Hudnall is especially experienced in soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, and awarding contracts with other commercial organizations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and State and local governments, which makes her an exceptional resource for the Shades of Green Board.

 


Wilson Mallard, Green Energy, Georgia Power

Bio and picture pending.

 

Katy Olmsted, Artist/Art Exhibition Coordinator Assistant, Macon Georgia

Saints KatyKaty currently lives in Macon, Georgia. She received her BFA degree in Sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has shown her work throughout the United States in Florida, Georgia, and Colorado as well as abroad in Belfast, Ireland.  One of her artworks was recently shown in a group show, "When Elephants Weep" at F.L.A Gallery in Gainesville, Florida.  Her work has also been published in several print and web publications.

Katy considers herself a conceptual artist who creates works dealing with social, political, and personal dualities. Entropy plays an important role in her sculptures and installations, which are made from materials that change over time. She enjoys using non-traditional art materials and considers herself to be a "kitchen artist", using available materials from the home and from nature. The Fluxus and Feminist Art movements as well as the work of Kiki Smith, Eva Hess, Jeanne Quinn, The Brothers Quay, Tim Hawkinson, Phil Solomon, and Garrison Roots influence Katy Olmsted’s art.

For the last 8 years, Katy has also been working as a decorative artist doing everything from gilding to faux-finishes, to murals, to mosaics, to sculptural restoration. She has worked on both private and public historical restoration projects in the Middle Georgia Area, with examples of her art to include St. Joseph's Church in Macon and The Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, Georgia.

In her free time, Katy serves as a board member for Hayiya Dance Theatre and as an advisor to the College Hill Corridor Public Art Committee.  She also spends her free time remodeling her home that she shares with her partner. In addition, she has over 300 hours Yoga teacher training and has taught adult Yoga at two studios and children's Yoga during a summer camp.

For more information, please visit: http://olmstedke.wix.com/katyolmsted

Jeniffer Sams, SOG Art Exhibit Coordinator, Milledgeville, Georgia

Art Education / ArJeniffer Samst
Historian/Photographer, Environmental Activist, Animal Activist, Masters from the University of Florida in Art Education, a Graduate of East Tennessee State University Art History/Education.

Jeniffer is a graduate of the University of Florida (UF) Masters program in Art Education with focuses on Eco-art education and Museum education, an undergraduate from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in art history and education, Jeniffer Sams is also an Eco-Activist and Photographer. Artistically, Jeniffer’s photography style has followed her internal ethical direction in her passion as an environmental activist.  She utilizes her photography to create a visual language about both the artistic beauty and the tragedy of our environmental issues.  Her “Legacy We Leave” series states: "As time passes and the remnants of our lives begin to pile up the Legacy of a disposable mentality has broken through the white picket fences and neat brick walls to reveal that we as a society are swimming both literally and figuratively in our own “trash”. The pursuit of accumulating more belongings, the newest edition, faster technology and the quest for convenience appears to be some of the reasons we throw out perfectly good ‘belongings’ and buy more and more ‘things’. We are leaving a legacy that hides the trash and problems associated with a disposable lifestyle. We throw items in trash cans and dumpsters and they magically disappear until there is no more room for all that trash to be hidden. Our “trash” is now encroaching on the human environment and the animal habitats forcing us to face the mounting “Legacy We Leave.”  Jeniffer’s “Legacy We Leave” series is a photographic documentation of the realities behind the façade of the “white picket fence”. Jeniffer utilizes her experiences in eco-art education, art history, and community service to expand opportunities within our community for artists’ visual expressions of their passions and create broader environmental awareness within the community. Please spend some time visiting Jeniffer’s Eco-Art Website at URL: http://greenarted.weebly.com/jeniffer-sams-art-edmuseum-ed.html.

Emily Scarboro, GC Alumni, Coordinator of Student Volunteers & Video Coordinator, Milledgeville, Georiga

 

Emily ScarboroEmily is a recent graduate of Georgia College & State University with a BBA in marketing. She has been working with Dr. Sams over the past five years to grow the awareness of Shades of Green and other sustainability initiatives on and off campus.  She has competed at Athgo International in Washington DC placing third out of 12 teams from around the world in developing a sustainable product. Emily has published and presented at academic conferences on sustainability and in academic journals. It is her passion to learn and teach others on how we can be more sustainable in our day-to -day activities.

Tony Rojas

 

Tony Rojas, Executive Director
Macon Water Authority
790 Second Street
Macon, GA 31201

 

Steve Williams,  Macon Water Authority

WilliamsSteve Williams started studying efficient building practices, after a career change, through the USGBC LEED program and became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2006. He drifted into water issues during the Georgia drought and became fascinated with rainwater harvesting and stormwater management. In 2008 Mr. Williams was a part of the first class east of the Mississippi to become American Rainwater Catchment Systems (ARCSA) Accredited Professional. His research in rainwater harvesting lead him into studying water usage and efficiency. He zealously attended meetings on state and municipal water management, seminars, regional and national conferences for several years learning about green infrastructure, the natural water cycle and water efficiency. Steve is a member of the Chattahoochee and currently Ocmulgee Basin Advisory Committee of the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District since 2007. In 2008 he started a rainwater harvesting business primarily working on the residential and small business sector. He has also give presentations on rainwater harvesting, stormwater management and water efficiency at local regional and national conferences. In 2011 he was hired by Water Management Inc. to help open the market in Georgia and the Southeast promoting their water efficiency programs in multi-family, industrial and institutional sectors. Recent Presentations (2012/2013): Stormcon 2013 - A DECENTRALIZED WATER SYSTEM: Complimenting the Centralized System with Rain Harvesting 8/22/13; Georgia Water Resource Conference 2013 - A DECENTRALIZED WATER SYSTEM: Complimenting the Centralized System with Rain Harvesting 4/16/13; IFMA Lunch Presentation - How Facility Managers Deal with Water Matters and Water Management 2012; TUFF Educational Facilities Best Practices Summit 2012 - How Water Efficiency = Money; Atlanta Better Business Challenge / USGBC-GA Lunch and Learn, Rainwater Harvesting; Condensation and Stormwater Management 2012; Georgia Association of Water Professionals Stormwater Conference, Rainwater Harvesting; Stormwater Solution 2012; BOMA-Atlanta GREEN Real Estate Summit - Water Efficiency = Money 2012

 

Joey Witcher, Sinclair Water Authority

W.Mr. Witcher has been involved in the water industry for over twenty years. He is currently employed as plant manager by the Sinclair Water Authority.

Sinclair Water Authority
126 cay Drive SE
Milledgeville, GA 31061
706.485.8993




Dominic Weatherill, Georgia Power Co.

Georgia PowerDominic is an Environmental Analyst with the Georgia Power Company. In this role he oversees the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater and industrial storm water programs.  Prior to joining Georgia Power, Dominic worked for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, where he managed the Georgia NPDES industrial permitting, compliance and pretreatment programs.  Dominic read Environmental Science at the Roehampton Institute of Science in London, completing his dissertation on the impacts of arable farming on benthic macro-invertebrate communities. Dominic performed internships in the UK with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the National Rivers Authority (now Environment Agency).

Dominic lives in Marietta with his wife and two sons.  He enjoys tennis, running and trying to coach little league baseball.

Betty Woodman, Ph.D., Think It Real Institute, Atlanta, Georgia

Emory picDr. Betty J. Woodman is Principal of the Think It Real Institute.  Betty received her doctorate from the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University, concentrating in sustainability ethics, leadership, and education; previous degrees include philosophy and engineering. She approaches sustainability as an ethical question, considering the influence of power relations on decision-making and sustainability outcomes.  Her interests further include human development and systems dimensions of sustainability studies; she particularly focuses on creativity within interdependent systems and bullying mindset in all its forms, ranging from school bullying, dating violence, and toxic workplaces to exploitation and the domination of nature.


Betty’s professional experiences include college teaching, executive management, and engineering, as well as community engagement with domestic violence, foster care, and homelessness agencies. Betty develops innovative, high energy educational programs for college and high school students, offers philosophical coaching, and speaks on topics ranging from bullying, dating violence, and healthy relationships to ethics and sustainable leadership development. 

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