Meet the team

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

Alexa Stone founded ecoPreserve, LLC in 2009. As the company’s President and through her ongoing community service, she has championed and enabled building efficiency, materials management, human factors, and team engagement.

In ecoPreserve’s first decade, Alexa developed an organization of experienced and credentialed environmental services professionals. That team has consistently brought sustainability and resiliency to client operations and facilities.

Leading regional and national organizations trust ecoPreserve to bring about long-term cultural change through data-driven planning, policy development, and implementation. The company’s client list includes Balfour Beatty, Bright House Networks, the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Board of Directors, AdventHealth, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Hensel Phelps, Highwood Properties, Jacobs Engineering, Orange County (Florida), Orlando Health, PCL Construction, the PGA, Schenkel Schulz Architecture, and the University of Central Florida.

Always looking ahead, Alexa advocates for Smart Cities initiatives locally and globally. She is an internationally-recognized speaker and educator, sharing her knowledge and commitment to energy-efficient construction and human factors engineering at national and international conferences.

Within the dynamic community of Orlando, Alexa participates in varied civic initiatives. She is a founding member of the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance. Among her governance work, she has chaired the Green Committee for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and served on the boards of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).

Today, Alexa serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Green Chamber and judges for the Orange County Public Schools Green Schools Recognition Program. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization she founded, Green Destination.Org, recently expanded its mission to inform, equip, and inspire people worldwide to make their homes, schools, and workplaces green destinations.

Mital Hall, Vice President, PMP, LEED AP O+M

Mital manages all sustainability projects for new and existing buildings. She plans and guides Smart Cities initiatives. Her skillset is the result of more than 15 years of sustainable development experience that includes work with universities, local/state/federal governments, and businesses. Her strategic planning expertise serves the planning, implementation, and operation of building design that is high-efficiency and low-impact. She synthesizes project management disciplines with a commitment to multifaceted, stakeholder-intensive sustainability. This has led to success at some of the largest organizations in Florida, including a current client, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Mital brings cost-effective and sustainable solutions to each project, for every client. She champions continued process improvement, develops sustainability policies, and initiates green team activities and reporting. Among her management responsibilities, she oversees third-party green building certifications, verifies ISO compliance, and administers energy efficiency programs.

The company environment that she has helped create embodies social responsibility through tactical and strategic decisions. Her leadership style pairs solutions-based strategies with team-oriented participation.

Mital received a B.A. in World Religions from Emory University and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida. She is a published author.

Mital’s service activities include Board Member and 2017 Vice President of the USGBC Central Florida Region, leadership committee for the Indian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, where she led the Smart and Sustainable Cities Collaborative of the City of Orlando and India. She also participated in the sponsorship/events committee for the Association of Energy Service Professionals Southeast Chapter. She serves on the Airports Council International – Sustainability Working Group, on the Project Management Institute, and is a judge for the Orange County Public Schools Green School Recognition Program.

Oscar Vargas, Director, LEED Green Associate

Oscar is a business professional with over 10 years of experience in strategic partnerships, marketing campaigns, process optimization and business development. His mission and passion are helping people and nature prosper together.

Prior to ecoPreserve, Oscar contributed to the travel and hospitality segment architecting and leading business transformations and projects across North America for some of the most recognizable brands in the industry. He has extensive experience with B2B partnership development, leadership and coaching, project management, and business analytics.

Oscar holds a Master of Marketing from University of New South Wales in Australia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Rollins College. He is fluent in Spanish and conversationally fluent in Portuguese.

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

With 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.

DuWayne Baird, Project Manager, Construction Documents Technology (CDT), LEED AP BD+C

DuWayne Baird

An accomplished construction and green building professional, DuWayne has performed as Project Administrator and Consultant in close to 50 different LEED certification projects. Those resulted in certification for over 3,300,000 square feet of Retail, Healthcare, K-12 and Higher Education projects.

DuWayne has guided and supported all phases of LEED credit compliance and documentation requirements. His work draws upon thorough understanding of energy efficiency, including the EnergyStar program, 179D Federal Tax Credit Incentives, Utility Energy Efficiency Rebate programs and Green Funding sources.

He led B2B development initiatives at an Ohio electric power company, overseeing creation of the essential documents for engineering review, third-party audits and state regulatory compliance. As one result, customers received $11 million dollars in benefits. During DuWayne’s four years at that utility, 160 million kilowatt hours were saved annually.

Husband and father to four, DuWayne proudly watches his children participate in many sports and activities. His hobbies include home improvement projects, and he enjoys both college and NFL football.

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

Jessica’s management style motivates large-scale project teams with humor, passion, and engagement. She draws upon substantial problem-solving and change management skills in projects, operations, and infrastructure assets. Her tireless hands-on immersion assures success in even the most challenging healthcare, food services, higher education, and local government projects.

Jessica’s expertise in Zero Waste, sustainable purchasing, and waste minimization have earned her the lead of ecoPreserve’s Resource Lifecycle service area. Her specialized material composition evaluations have resulted in increased diversion rates, cost savings, and improved employee engagement. She brings an authentic commitment to corporate responsibility, community education, and human empowerment.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Jessica holds an additional degree in Sustainability from the University of Phoenix and has been awarded LEED Green Associate Designation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). She is a member of Sustainable Florida, Beyond 34, USGBC, Keep Orlando Beautiful, and Central Florida Engineers. Her volunteer activities include work with USGBC CAP, Orange County Schools, Keep Seminole Beautiful, Center for Green Schools, and Sierra Central Florida.

Kevin T. Dupree, CFM, Project Manager – Facilities Maintenance

Kevin has more than 16 years of facilities management experience. He has successfully lead, directed and inspired his direct report to continually strive and meet an elevated level of excellence in facilities management. Throughout his career, Kevin has steadily worked to equip himself in achieving his greatest potential to jump to the next level in anything, he pursued. From, his education pursuits achieving a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology to earning his CFM credentials through IFMA.

As a professional strategic thinker, he easily earns the confidence of senior management. He believes that strategic planning is the life blood of facilities and has the unique skill and decisiveness in developing processes and procedures that improve facilities ensuring that the operation is running at optimal levels in all areas.

Jeff Benavides, QA/QC Manager, LEED AP O+M, GGP

Jeff has managed various certifications including LEED NC, Energy Star, ISO 14001 EMS, APEX/ASTM and most notably LEED Existing Building Certification for the 2nd largest convention center in the world. Since 2007, Jeff has been an internal catalyst to launch award-winning energy, water, and waste projects with Wyndham Resorts (WyndhamGreen) across 212 resorts nationwide, the City of Orlando’s GreenWorks Program. Jeff has also led over 285 residential and commercial renewable energy projects throughout Florida. Jeff serves on the board for the U.S. Green Building Council Central Florida and ASHRAE 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. Jeff is a co-founder of L.E. Rigby Innovations, a strategic partner of ecoPreserve.

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 commercial 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.

Justin Schwartz, Sustainability Specialist, LEED AP O+M, CAPM, AHERA Asbestos Inspector

Justin is an emerging sustainability-focused professional on the ecoPreserve Project Management Team. Driven by creating positive change in the world, he uses his project management and consulting expertise on sustainability-focused projects throughout the Central Florida area. Justin is a certified LEED AP O+M, AHERA Asbestos Inspector, and CAPM. At the University of Central Florida Justin received a BSBA in Integrated Business. This versatile degree gives graduates the soft skills needed to understand businesses at a micro and macro level. Justin’s credentials empower him to develop and implement sustainable strategies.

Justin draws his management experience from grassroots initiatives and service work. He spent many years coordinating a Food Not Bombs kitchen. This all grassroots movement uses second life food waste to create delicious, sustainable, and nutritious meals for low income and homeless individuals. His kitchen contributed to a weekly sharing outside of Orlando City Hall. Justin’s kitchen collectively contributed to approximately 8,000 meals over the course of two years. Justin specializes in coordinating front-line workers, management, and public initiatives to inspire successful sustainable strategy and social change.

In Justin’s time at ecoPreserve, he has worked on project approach development and documentation of several LEED certification projects, including the certification of the South Terminal Complex at Orlando International Airport. He has also supported on waste minimization, recycling, and zero waste projects with healthcare and public university clients.

Justin hopes to continue to drive environmental, social, and economic change through his contributions to the sustainability industry.

Rains Vickery, Sustainability Specialist, LEED AP BD+C

Rains Vickery assists in LEED BD+C and LEED O+M project documentation, development, and submittal. A graduate of the University of Florida (UF), Rains studied Sustainability and the Built Environment. She also attained certification from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector.

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.

In 2017, Rains was elected as Chairperson of the Florida Green Chamber of Commerce with a mission to empower Florida businesses to grow through achievement of the triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social sustainability.

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


Kat Burns, Executive & Financial Coordinator

Kat Burns joined the ecoPreserve team in July 2018 and is already working hard to make us even more optimal in our efficiency. As ecoPreserve’s new Executive Coordinator Kat is playing a key role in two important parts of our company: Business Development and Administration.

Although this is the first active role with a sustainability company Kat has a deep and meaningful background that proves her dedication to making the world a better place. The best example of her philanthropic experience is shown through her past 4 years working in the non-profit sector helping families of children with cancer. In addition to the intrinsic value of her time with non-profits Kat was also in charge of administrative and executive responsibilities that makes her an extremely valuable asset to the ecoPreserve Administrative team.

If you have the pleasure of working with Kat, you will see she has a fun and upbeat personality and is a wonderful example of someone who lives up to our core values.

George Pond, Marketing Consultant

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 at 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.