|Arian Bloomfield PE, LEED AP BD+C, Board Chairman, Communications Committee Chair, and West Region Council Representative|
Morrison Maierle, Inc. Missoula, 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.
Gretchen Z. Miller, LEED AP, NCARB, Board Secretary
Gretchen Z Miller, registered architect in Florida, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1993 and a terminal Master of Fine Arts degree from the Florida State University in 1996, and a Master of Architecture degree from University of Florida in 2003. She worked professionally for five years in Central Florida before teaching, where she specialized in sustainability for commercial and institutional projects.
Gretchen has been active in local USGBC chapters since 2006 when she became a LEED AP. In 2012 she served as a board member for the Florida Capital Region chapter in Tallahassee, Florida. Gretchen’s recent research includes a sustainability case study report completed for URS/ NASA in 2012. The study identified and investigated four high tech LEED certified buildings in central Florida to provide information for NASA’s future facility expansion in Cocoa Beach. She is currently visiting faculty at Montana State University where she teaches Design Studio, Environmental Control Systems and Construction Documents.
|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.
Richard Dykstra, AAIA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Board Member
After devoting a decade of scientific research and field work to the protection of threatened, endangered, and sensitive species as a biological science professional, Richard joined CTA in 2012. He has since been involved in many CTA projects encompassing a diverse spectrum of building sectors and project types. Richard's design philosophy is rooted in a vision of architecture as an instrument of change that can inspire real solutions to deep ecological problems. For architecture to be truly integrated with ecology, Richard believes a building should not only be beautiful, but also promote the health and well-being of its occupants, while simultaneously establishing connections to the local ecosystems.
Jana Felt, LEED AP, Board Member
Jana became a LEED AP in 2008 while working with Kath Williams on the Saddlehorn Development on Flathead Lake. Since then, Jana has worked as a Technical Writer on a variety of LEED projects throughout the state with Kath Williams + Associates. Jana's education (at University of Montana) and professional background have focused on Marketing and Strategic Planning for small businesses in Montana, Australia, and Maui. Writing of all kinds has always been her greatest passion, after her love of being a mom to two delightful daughters. Jana's latest project is a fiction novel about a professional female assassin working for the government, who lives in a small town in Montana.
Jana is honored and excited to be a member of the MT Chapter of the USGBC and hopes to help increase awareness of the organization, and the value to its members through social media.
Heather Higinbotham, LEED AP, Board Member
Robert Morton, PE, CGWP, LEED AP, Board Member
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.
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.
Dawn Smith, LEED GA, Board Member
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 Members:
Anya Fiechtl, Past Chairperson, Board Advisor
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.