Meet the Board

 

Chairman

BoardArian 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.

Vice-Chairman

Jacob Augenstein


Jacob Augenstein, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Board Vice Chairman
Slate Architecture. Helena, MT

Jacob Augenstein is a Licensed Architect and a LEED AP in Montana.  He works 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 there is more to be done.  Jacob is honored to be a part of the USGBC Montana Board of Directors.

Secretary

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Gretchen Z. Miller, LEED AP, NCARB, Board Secretary
Visiting Faculty MSU, Bozeman, MT

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.

  

  

Treasurer

 

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Brad Kastelitz, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Board Treasurer
Mechanical Engineer, Morrison-Maierle, Inc., Kalispell, MT 

Brad Kastelitz is a registered Professional Engineer in Montana and brings over ten years of progressive engineering experience.   At Morrison-Maierle, Inc. Brad has worked on various types of buildings and facilities throughout Montana.  He specializes in the energy analysis and design of HVAC, hydronic, and plumbing systems.   He has extensive training in the development of fully integrated three-dimensional building information models and energy analysis modeling software. 

 

 

 

 

Board Members

Christopher-2x2-5Chris 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.
  
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Richard Dykstra, AAIA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Board Member
Architect Intern, Building Performance Simulation Specialist, Conservation Biologist, CTA Architects Engineers, Billings, MT

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.

    

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Jana Felt, LEED AP, Board Member
Technical Writer 

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

Heather Higinbotham, LEED AP, Board Member
Sustainability Programs Manager, 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. 

 

   

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Robert Morton, PE, CGWP, LEED AP, Board Member
Natural Resources Division Manager, Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA), Helena, MT

Robert B. Morton, PE, CGWP, LEED AP is an 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.


 
      
Agnes

Agnes Pohl, Board Member and Emerging Professionals Chair
Bozeman, MT 

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.

    
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Dawn Smith, LEED GA, Board Member
Big Sky, MT 

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:

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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.