Meet the team

Alexa Stone, President, LEED AP O+M, Sustainable Facility Professional™, ENV SP

Alexa Stone has worked in sustainability since 2001, beginning at Home Depot Supply’s Corporate Headquarters. There, as Energy Specialist, she championed energy efficiency and led the company to complete cost-saving upgrades for major commercial and government clients.

By 2008, Alexa earned LEED Professional Accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Soon she was teaching LEED AP prep classes. In 2010, she completed Orlando’s first LEED EBOM certified commercial building which was selected as the LEED Building of the Year.

Alexa has served on the U.S. Green Building Council board and formerly chaired the Green Committee for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). She is a founding member of Green Destination Orlando and the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance.

In 2009, civic and company leaders nationwide had just begun to envision opportunities in energy efficiency, reuse, recycling, and environmentally-sound business practices. Alexa launched ecoPreserve then to advocate and lead progress in sustainability. Over the past 7 years, ecoPreserve has grown to more than 14 professionals, providing services to the Orange County Convention Center, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Orlando Health, Florida Hospital, the PGA and leading companies across Central Florida.

Mital Hall, Program Manager, PMP, MSC, LEED AP O+M

mital_hall_newMital Hall has over 10 years of experience in project management in sustainable community development, including universities and state and local governments. Her expertise lies in energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy, natural resource management, project management, and business development.

At ecoPreserve, Mital serves as a Program Manager for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority in LEED Operations and Maintenance and Sustainability Management. Her leadership style is distinguished by a team-oriented approach that uses a solutions-based strategy to solve problems, paired with a high level of positive morale.

Mital received a B.A. in World Religions from Emory University and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida. She has earned LEED AP Operations + Maintenance (LEED AP O+M) credentials and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Jeff Benavides, Program Manager, LEED AP O+M, GGP

image020Jeff is a proven energy and sustainability professional with project management and strategic consulting experience in over 25 unique corporations, organizations and task forces. Entering sustainability in 2007, Jeff has been an internal catalyst to launch award winning and industry leading programs with Wyndham Worldwide (WyndhamGreen) across 215 locations nationwide, the City of Orlando’s Program (GreenWorks) and the non-profit community organization Solar & Energy Loan Fund (SELF). As a management consultant with ecoPreserve Building Sustainability, Jeff manages various green building certification projects and organization wide programs including achieving LEED Existing Building Certification for the 2nd largest convention center in the world. Jeff has helped launch statewide sustainability efforts as co-founder of Green Destination Orlando, co-Founder of the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance and board member of the U.S. Green Building Council Central Florida. He is a published sustainability author/columnist and a graduate of University of Central Florida and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Certificate Program.

Alberto Brioso, Project Manager, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, LEED AP, MSC

alberto briosoWith over 19 years in the environmental safety and health profession, Alberto Brioso bears a deep understanding of the synergy between sustainability and health. He has worked in both the public and private sectors during his career and has extensive experience in safety and health consulting. Alberto has also performed hundreds of indoor air quality (IEQ) assessments including IEQ commissioning for LEED projects.

Alberto earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Master’s of Science in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Human Engineering at University of Central Florida(university). He is a Licensed Mold Inspector with the State of Florida and a Certified Industrial Hygienist with broad experience in workplace hazard and exposure assessments for industries of all types.

Gary Shlifer, Project Manager, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, HOMES

Gary_Shlifer_newGary Shlifer comes to ecoPreserve with more than 20 years of experience in sustainability efforts and is an accomplished expert in High-Performance Green Building.

In part, it was his first career as an underwater cinematographer and director that led him to become a Performance Green Building Professional, having borne witness to widespread decimation of marine ecosystems. He began his consulting career in the 1990’s as a core member of Florida’s first sustainable intentional community and then as a sales representative for Florida’s largest sustainable materials and products company.

Gary opened his own practice in 2006 and began work on the first LEED for Homes residence in Florida, which achieved LEED for Homes Silver Certification and Florida Green Building Coalition Green Homes Gold Certification. Since then, Gary has worked on a wide range of projects pursuing LEED and other performance green certifications. His portfolio includes work on federal, municipal, K-12, higher education, commercial, multifamily, residential, mixed yse, new and existing building projects.

Jennifer Webb, Project Manager, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Jennifer_Webb_newJennifer Webb has nearly 20 years of experience as a senior level architect and as a project manager for educational, healthcare, scientific, and commercial projects with complex programming requirements. Her experience reaches through every project phase including the planning and design, construction, and close-out. Jennifer has managed large and multi-disciplined teams and acted as an owner’s representative for many large public and private programs. Jennifer is a published writer for trade journals and has developed organization policies and procedures and facility design standards. She is a registered architect in both of the states of Virginia and Florida and is also a LEED AP. Currently, she is working on completing her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

Jessica Wright, Project Manager, LEED Green Associate, Florida Water AP

jessicaJessica Wright is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. She also holds a degree in Sustainability from the University of Phoenix. Jessica’s experience in building operations is focused in management roles that specialize in food services and nutrition management.

At ecoPreserve, Jessica’s expertise lies in managing large teams, client management, leadership, and communications. Jessica is a member of the Florida Healthcare Engineering Association (FHEA) and the U.S. Green Building Council. Jessica is committed to community outreach and volunteers with Keep Seminole Beautiful and the Seminole County School District as a visiting lecturer teaching students about sustainability and gardening. Jessica also operates a small business, Caring Hands Gardener, that provides organic gardening and landscaping to homes and businesses.

Michael Kuk, Commissioning and Energy Management Services Provider, LEED AP-BD&C, CxA, CPMP, OPMP, BEAP

Michael Kuk brings his clients 25 years’ experience providing building system optimization services. He has commissioned over 100 new and existing buildings, performing energy efficiency studies on hundreds more. His more than 90 LEED projects have ranged from Certified to Platinum. Beyond commissioning, he provides cost-reducing energy management services that include auditing, rate analysis, Energy Star® Benchmarking, and specialized HVAC analysis.

After graduating from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (BS MET), Michael provided energy optimization services to commerical and industrial services for Exelon Corporation, then led Commissioning and Energy Efficiency teams as Technical Director at a Chicago based energy services consulting firm. He also taught a Building Operator Certification (BOC) program that provided energy management, conservation, and building optimization skills to building facility managers and engineers.

Sarah Hamoui, Sustainability Specialist, LEED Green Associate, ENV SP

Sarah Hamoui has a strong passion for the environment and is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. She exercises her dedication to the environment by volunteering at Tosohatchee WMA where she assists with land surveys and the removal of invasive species. After graduation, Sarah plans to pursue a career of field work in the green building industry.

Starting out as an intern at ecoPreserve, Sarah assisted with research and development, complex spreadsheets, and technical reviews. She has received the LEED Green Associate and ENV SP credentials. Sarah focuses on indoor air quality improvements, (IEQ), and works alongside project managers in assisting GOAA’s achievement of LEED certification. Her meticulous attention to detail and sophisticated sense of humor are evident in every project she works on.

Kathy Jax, Sustainability Specialist, LEED AP ID+C

Kathy Jax joins the ecoPreserve team with 15 years of commercial real estate development and management experience. The sustainable practices she championed as owner’s representative have yielded significant operational improvements.

The LEED AP accreditation that Kathy earned includes a specialty in Interior Design and Construction. She has also completed State of Florida Building Contractor training and exams.

Kathy’s commitment to environmental stewardship inspires her work as an artist, specializing in repurposing vintage, construction, and household waste materials as planters for succulent plants inside the built environment.

Rains Vickery, Sustainability Specialist, LEED AP BD+C

Rains_SmallRains Vickery assists in LEED BD+C and LEED O+M project documentation, development, and submittal. She is a graduate of the University of Florida (UF), where she studied Sustainability and the Built Environment.

Beginning her sustainability practices at UF, Rains conducted the measurements and verification necessary for attaining a LEED v4 EBOM certification of the UF Lacrosse Building. Now on the ecoPreserve team, she works alongside seasoned professionals who describe her as a fast learner in the ways she has adapted to the demands of the sustainability industry.

Looking ahead, Rains plans continued dedication to the built environment as she seeks a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development.

Robert Carter, Accounting Manager

robert carterRobert Carter is a professional data analyst with 5 years of experience specially focused on performance measurement for building sustainability, including waste, energy, water and sustainable purchasing.

Robert spent 20 years as the Accounting and Data Processing Manager at Genuine Parts Company, 5 years as a Data Analyst and Assistant Systems Logistics Manager at Home Depot Supply, and 2 years with SAP as a data analyst.

George Pond, MA, Ed., Marketing Manager

George Pond

George Pond brings over 20 years experience in technical writing, internet development, and social media marketing to ecoPreserve. In 17 years at Walt Disney World Co., he wrote program documentation and provided data architecture services. Also, as Business Solutions Analyst at Magic Kingdom Park, George initiated technology projects for over 300 managers and executives. He led FoxPro programming classes and taught Traditions I for Disney University.

An experienced training developer, George wrote training programs for the U.S. Army, Computer Sciences Corporation, Sandy Corporation, and Fortune 500 clients nationwide. He is the author of A Job-Seeker’s Handbook for Social Media and the online course which accompanies it.