Alexa Stone founded ecoPreserve, LLC in 2009. As the company’s President and through her ongoing community service, she has championed and enabled building wellness and operational efficiency. She leads the facility asset optimization through sustainable design, condition assessments, and building portfolio management.
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 City of Dallas, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Hensel Phelps, Highwood Properties, Jacobs Engineering, Jacksonville Transit Authority, Orange County (Florida), Orlando Health, PCL Construction, the PGA, Schenkel Schulz Architecture, and the University of Central Florida.
Always looking ahead, Alexa advocates for community health and wellness, along with Smart Cities initiatives locally and globally. On advisory boards and in community organizations, she shares her knowledge and commitment to energy-efficient construction and human factors engineering.
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 Boards of Directors for the Association of Energy Engineers and the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning. She judges for the Orange County Public Schools Green Schools Recognition Program.
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, Executive Director, LEED Green Associate
With over 12 years of experience in strategic partnerships and business development, Oscar serves as Executive Director of ecoPreserve where he oversees the different functions that sustain and shape the strategic development of the firm. He is also a leader of ecoPreserve’s Waste Management Consulting services, guiding large organizations to rethink, reduce, and re-purpose their waste as a valuable resource.
Oscar holds a Master of Marketing from University of New South Wales in Australia, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Rollins College, and a Sustainable Business Strategy certificate from Harvard Business School Online.
Jessica brings more than 19 years of project management expertise to support organizations in their efforts to build and maintain green buildings, limit infectious disease risks and to optimize the energy efficiency and the use of materials in buildings. Her inclusive and positive leadership skills bring success to even the largest and most complex healthcare, airport, higher education, and local government projects.
Measured results have proven Jessica’s authentic commitment to corporate responsibility, community education, and human empowerment. She and her teams have collaborated to achieve 20-point pandemic readiness and control in large public venues, as well as commercial buildings. She serves as a sustainability consultant and LEED Administrator for public sector entities.
In collaboration with many ecoPreserve clients, Jessica has seen many organizations increase their diversion rates and decrease costs while improving employee engagement. The Zero Waste initiatives she has championed have increased sustainable purchasing along with asset reuse and repurposing. Also, these initiatives have boosted further development of local markets for waste materials.
A University of Central Florida graduate, Jessica holds an additional degree in Sustainability from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of Sustainable Florida, Beyond 34, USGBC, Keep Orlando Beautiful, Central Florida Engineers, and the Solid Waste Association of North America. She has been recognized by US Green Building Council as a 2020 Woman to Watch and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Sustainability Ambassador of the Year. Her volunteer activities have included initiatives at the USGBC, Orange County Schools, Keep Seminole Beautiful, Center for Green Schools, and the Sierra Club of Central Florida.
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.
Bill joins ecoPreserve, bringing significant expertise in construction industry project development. He is a state-certified solar contractor. His current project assignment supports a major green building certification at Orlando International Airport.
An MBA graduate of the University of Florida, Bill is now working toward a second master’s degree. This degree will be in sustainability, from Harvard Extension School.
DuWayne Baird, Project Manager, Construction Documents Technology (CDT), LEED AP BD+C
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.
Rebecca Coalson, Project Manager, LEED AP O+M
Rebecca brings a strong energy management and sustainability focus to her ecoPreserve work. Her earlier green building certification experience included almost 4 years of LEED, FGBC, and NGBS certification in consultation with architects, engineers, owners, and contractors. Other projects involved building commissioning and conducting ASHRAE Level 1 and 2 Energy Audits.
Rebecca earned her degree in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on Energy Systems, from the University of Central Florida (UCF). There, her passion for renewable energy led her to participate in a UCF project, deploying the first floating solar array in Florida. Continuing her education, Rebecca has earned an LEED Accredited Professional accreditation in Existing Building Operations & Maintenance. Currently, she is proceeding along the path to becoming a licensed Professional Engineer. She looks forward to continued involvement in the sustainable community through participation in USGBC and ASHRAE.
An internationally recognized sustainability consultant, Susann has participated in commissioning, auditing, energy modeling, and green building certification totaling millions of square feet (sf). One award-winning 1.7M sf building contained offices, two hotels, and retail space. Projects have included airports, universities, a museum, a steel mill, and numerous other properties in the U.S. and Switzerland.
Susann holds an advanced degree in Real Estate, Infrastructure and Construction Management, as well as an undergraduate degree in Architecture. She has taught Sustainability at college level and participated as a board member of a non-profit dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint and resource use, the Cleveland 2030 District.
Justin Schwartz, Associate Project Manager, LEED AP O+M, CAPM, AHERA Asbestos Inspector
Justin is an emerging professional on the ecoPreserve Project Management Team. Driven to create 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 — a grassroots movement that uses second life food waste to create delicious meals for low income and homeless individuals. Justin’s kitchen contributed approximately 8,000 meals over 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.
Isaac Emery, Ph.D., Senior Scientist
Dr. Emery has over 10 years of experience leading greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and life cycle assessment (LCA) projects in the transportation, manufacturing, and land-use sectors. He has assisted Argonne National Laboratory staff with the development of the GREET model for GHG emissions from transportation. His LCA project partners include Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Center for Biological Diversity, and faculty at four major research universities. Dr. Emery communicates the results of his work with a wide range of audiences. He has received praise for presentations to both technical and general audiences and is in training to become one of the first En-ROADS Climate Workshop Ambassadors.
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.
Morgan McDonald, Sustainability Specialist, LEED Green Associate
Morgan joined ecoPreserve in 2019 as a lead recycling monitor, supporting an Orange County project to optimize recycling in the community. She currently assists the county in setting greenhouse gas baselines for municipal and community-wide sustainability objectives.
Morgan graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her local internships have included Fleet Farming and a research assistant assignment at the UCF Citizen Science Geographic Information System (GIS) group.
Morgan’s research melds GIS and sociology as she applies GIS technologies when teaching about and promoting sustainable environmental practices in the community.
Neha Walani, MPA, Sustainability Specialist
Neha has eight years of experience in climate action, solid waste management, solar energy, sustainable agriculture, green construction, and biodiversity conservation. She has worked with leading environmental research and advocacy organizations in India and the United States, such as Greenpeace International. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. She recently finished the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellowship, where she helped the City of Orlando build their greenhouse gas inventory and climate adaptation plan.
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.
Gabriella Siegfried, Sustainability Coordinator
Gabriella brings a passion for sustainability and administrative assistant experience to ecoPreserve. Her current work supports research being done at ecoPreserve.
Pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the American University (AU), Gabriela is studying International Management. She also is doing research work at AU centers for environmental policy and presidential and congressional studies. She relishes the fact that her academic and professional positions both support the climate justice movement. All of that research aligns with her career interest in furthering sustainability and resiliency.
Mary Jo (MJ) Anderson, Client Coordinator
An advocate for building health and wellness, Mary Jo consults with management and facility stakeholders about strategies for infectious disease control. Based on the needs expressed by those leaders, Mary Jo answers questions and shares strategies for air quality optimization and surface disinfection. She researches the ever-changing best practices of emergency preparedness training, PPE, and safe chemical application. She holds a certificate in COVID-19 Contact Tracing from Johns Hopkins University.
Mary Jo brings ecoPreserve more than five years of experience as a Security Analyst. While at Lockheed-Martin, she verified project security and safety compliance and trained staff analysts.
George Pond, Marketing Manager
With over 20 years of experience in technical writing and internet development, George provides social media and website content for ecoPreserve. In 17 years at Walt Disney World Co., he wrote program documentation and planned data architecture for enterprise-scale applications. As a 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.