|Arian Bloomfield, Chair, Communications Committee Chair, and West Region Council Representative|
Morrison Maierle, Inc. Kalispell, MT
Arian Bloomfield PE, LEED AP BD+C Graduated from Montana State University, Bozeman with Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He specializes in Electrical design for Industrial, Commercial, and Residential buildings and developments. He provides energy efficient designs through light modeling, design, and controls. Prior to working for Morrison-Maierle Inc. he was a department manager at Home Depot for three years.
In addition of serving on the board he is also serving on the Education, Programs & Events Committee. Arian is excited to join the USGBC Montana Chapter Board of Directors.
Jacob Augenstein, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice Chair
Slate Architecture. Helena, MT
Jacob Augenstein is a Licensed Architect and a LEED AP in Montana. He work for Slate Architecture as a project architect, which focuses in the commercial and residential building industries. While working in Wyoming and Colorado Jacob was a LEED AP on several government projects attempting to achieve LEED Gold certifications. In addition Jacob conducted LEED core and shell commissioning on two military projects which received LEED Gold certifications.
Jacob finds it essential to use sustainable strategies in daily work. He is excited to see changing regulations, but knows that there is more to be done. Jacob is honored in being a part of the USGBC Montana Board of Directors.
Heather Higinbotham, Secretary
Sustainability Programs Manager, LEED AP, Yellowstone Business Partnership, Bozeman, MT
Heather is the Sustainability Programs Manager for the Yellowstone Business Partnership, a tri-state organization working to resolve cross-boundary challenges facing communities in the Yellowstone-Teton region. Heather manages YBP’s UnCommon Sense program, a two-year leadership program in sustainable business operations. She also manages the Greater Yellowstone Framework for Sustainable Development, an ecosystem rating system modeled after LEED but going beyond the built environment to give credits for regionally relevant factors such as biodiversity, land use, cultural and historical values, recreation resources, and community vitality. Heather is a lifelong Montana resident, and graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and minors in Environmental Studies, Wilderness Studies, and German. She spent a semester in California studying solar home design and a semester in Vienna, Austria, studying German. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of Montana in 2003, in Environmental Studies, Alternative Energy and Sustainable Building. Heather is a licensed private pilot and a licensed Real Estate Agent in Montana and Wyoming, practicing conservation real estate. She serves on the board of directors as secretary for the MT Chapter of the USGBC and is on the board of directors for the Beartooth Alliance. Heather is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
Robert Morton, Treasurer
Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA), Helena, MT
Robert B. Morton, PE, CGWP, LEED AP is a MSU, Bozeman, BS (Geology) and MS (Land Rehabilitation) graduate. He has worked in Montana’s building construction industry, oil exploration, and is a past member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.
At Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA), he serves as the Natural Resources Division Manager. In this capacity he is responsible for multi-disciplinary coordination for a wide variety of project types. His work at RPA concentrates on site development, water and wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, and mine reclamation projects. His broad experience also includes site investigations, wetland design, water right procurement, and numerous well drilling projects.
In addition, Robert is a Certified Ground Water Professional (CGWP) with the National Ground Water Association. He also holds operator in training Certification for Water and Wastewater Operators in Montana. Mr. Morton is also RPA’s Corporate Treasurer, ESOP Trustee, and serves as the firm’s Safety Coordinator.
|Mark Jensen, Board Member|
Red Feather Development Group Bozeman, MT
Mark Jensen, Red Feather Development Groups’ Construction Program Director since June 2005, oversees every aspect of the design-build process of constructing straw bale homes for tribal members on their reservations. Mark’s work entails the supervision, training and mentoring of many skilled and unskilled volunteers alongside tribal members through every phase of home construction. Mark has built long lasting relationships with the elected officials and agencies on and off of the Reservations. To this date Mark has managed the completion of fifteen straw bale homes, numerous home renovations, solar, and weatherization initiatives with Red Feather. Mark is part of the Red Feather senior leadership team and assists in the development of strategic goals, and planning their realization.
|Wendy Weaver, Board Member and Green Schools Committee Chair, Advocacy Chair|
Green Stone Consulting, Bozeman, MT
Wendy Weaver, PE, LEED AP, is very excited to serve on the Montana Chapter of USGBC Board of Directors because she feels very strongly about the sustainable movement and how it will develop in Montana. Wendy believes that the Chapter is critical to effect change in our amazing state and believe that by serving on the Board she can become actively involved in this change. Wendy would like to see cities, towns, and counties adopt green building policy into their code and believe that the Montana Chapter can help this develop. Wendy is a civil engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional. She is also a member of the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary and has been working with the Bozeman Sustainability Group to develop a Sustainability Program in the Gallatin Valley.
Agnes Pohl, Board Member and Emerging Professionals Chair
Agnes is an architecture student at Montana State University, currently pursuing a MARCH degree. She holds a B.A. in architecture from the University of Minnesota. She is very interested in sustainable design, and has done research in energy efficient building typologies. Prior to going back to school Agnes worked for four years at H2A Architects in Coeur d’Alene, ID.
In addition to serving on the board she also chairs the Emerging Professionals Committee, and serves nationally as the Emerging Professionals Regional Recruitment chair for the west-north region. Agnes is excited to serve on the board and help recruit the next generation of leaders.
|Chris Anderson, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Board Member and events Chair|
DJ&A, P.C. (Missoula, MT)
Chris Anderson, PE, LEED AP is a Professional Engineer and LEED AP in Montana. He is an active leader in the
engineering industry for sustainable design and assisted in the creation and implementation of the current sustainable rating system (PrismTM) for the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).
As a project manager at DJ&A he works on a variety of different projects, ranging from water/sewer design and site planning to major transportation projects and local bike/ped trail. He most recently worked on the Barrett Hospital and Healthcare facility which achieved a Silver Certification.
Chris is very creative in his approach to sustainability and focuses on the core function of designing better systems to better our environment. While designing a parking lot in Yellowstone National Park that was adjacent to a fish bearing stream, he specified a permeable asphalt pavement that would allow runoff from the surface of the parking area to infiltrate through the permeable surface into native soil thus eliminating the delivery of storm runoff to the adjacent stream.
Dawn Smith, LEED GA
Dawn is currently working in the area of residential and commercial construction design review. Over the past 20 years Dawn has served on various local government boards in the area of planning and design. Most recently Dawn served on the Bozeman Climate Task Force where she represented the Montana Chapter USGBC Green Schools Committee. Dawn began her work in planning and design in Breckenridge Colorado, working on many policy issues including joint-master planning, transfer of development rights and down-zoning. After relocating to Bozeman she chaired the Bozeman Design Review Board and then served on the Bozeman Planning Board. In these roles she worked on growth policy updates, rezoning, planned unit development review.
Dawn’s interests are in advocacy for sustainable policy and green schools. She hopes to further educate those within the planning, design and construction community on the long-term benefits of sustainable building. It is her hope that one day the word sustainable is no longer part of our vocabulary, rather it is a way of life.
Ex-Officio Board Member, founder:
Whitney Schwab, Past Chairperson
North Slope Sustainable Wood & Clawson Windows, Missoula, MT
Whitney Schwab LEED AP, BD & C comes from a background of program development, management and advocacy. She works in marketing and sales for regional window manufacturer Clawson Windows and North Slope Sustainable Wood, a company that utilizes small diameter trees harvested from forest restoration sites in western Montana to create unique, beautiful, high-value wood products for buildings. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Whitney advocates for regionally-sensitive sustainable design to help serve the triple-bottom line here in Montana—economics, environment and social equity. Her interest is in connecting folks to a more local, healthy and harmonious community at home and at large. In addition to serving as the Chapter Vice Chair and USGBC West Region Council Representative, she serves as on the Board of Directors of Youth Homes, a non-profit agency in western Montana that helps kids in need.
Brian Solan, Past Chairperson, Board Member
Ameresco, Helena, MT
Brian Solan PE, LEED AP is a registered Professional Engineer in Montana and a LEED Accredited Professional. He specializes in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design of HVAC systems, LEED Certification Consultation, Energy Modeling and Construction Management. His experience with Sustainable Design and LEED Certification comes from both a designer and owner’s perspective with the Morrison Maierle Bozeman office building (LEED Certified Gold). Brian serves as on the Board of the Montana Chapter of the USGBC, sits on the West Regional Council of the USGBC and heads up the Advocacy Sub-Committee for the Montana Chapter. Additionally, Brian brings a practical approach to systems, facilities and sustainable building practices.
Anya Fiechtl, Past Chairperson, Board Advisor
CTA, Inc. Billings, MT
Anya Fiechtl, AIT, LEED AP BD+C, has been a major driving force for the USGBC Montana Chapter since the core group formed in 2006. She chaired the board and represented the Chapter at the West Region Council for three years before stepping back in 2009 to make room for others to share chapter leadership opportunities. As an honorary (non-voting) board member, Anya continues to contribute to the strategic direction of the chapter, while volunteering her time in support of committee activities at various levels.
In Billings, Anya works at CTA as an architect in training and LEED AP. She has led six LEED projects to certification (including the LEED Platinum MET Transfer Center in Billings and the LEED Gold First Interstate Bank and Business Center in Missoula) with significant contributions to over a dozen other LEED projects. Anya has also worked closely with CTA leadership to inform sustainabillity initiatives such as integrated design, energy performance targets, and professional development. For fun, Anya takes her vacation to the Hopi and Northern Cheyenne Reservations to build straw bale homes with Red Feather Development Group.