Green Umbrella's Board of Trustees
Andy Holzhauser, President: Andy is a member of the Board of Directors of PACENation and a Partner with Donovan Energy, a clean energy project development firm based in Cincinnati founded in 2016. For the previous 8 years, Andy was the founding CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, a non-profit economic development agency that led the facilitation of over $50M of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. He resides in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood within the City of Cincinnati where he serves as Treasurer of the Board of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation.
Byron Stallworth, Vice President: Byron Stallworth is CEO of Inclusion Building Solutions- A inclusive supply chain consulting firm, supporting Minority, Women and Veteran owned business secure regional / enterprise-wide contracts in the private and public sector. The firm focuses on building envelope services such as roofing, HVAC and waterproofing. He serves as Vice-Chair of the City of Cincinnati Planning Commission. Byron is an alumni of the University of Cincinnati and graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Executive Management Program 2011-2013. He is also a retired Veteran from the US Army Reserves where he served as a medic and Non-Commissioned Officer 20+ years.
Jessica Haag, Treasurer: Jessica works in BKD’s National Higher Education Group and has more than 11 years of experience providing assurance services to colleges, universities, foundations and other not-for- profit organizations. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Jessica graduated from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Board Orientation & Leadership Development program and now presents to the program’s classes on not-for-profit finance and governance.
Bill Scheyer, Past President: Bill is the former president of Skyward, the engine behind myNKY, a community-driven five-year strategic work plan designed to elevate Northern Kentucky to new heights. Before Skyward, Bill was president of Southbank Partners, Inc. He also previously served as City Administrator for the City of Erlanger. He is a graduate of NKU and an alumnus of both Leadership Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Leadership Forum.
Rob Bilott: Rob is a partner in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offices of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he has practiced in the Environmental and Litigation Practice Groups for over 30 years. In 2017, Rob received the Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for his decades of work on behalf of those injured by PFAS chemical contamination. Rob is the author of the book, “Exposure,” and his story is the inspiration for the motion picture, “Dark Waters,” starring Mark Ruffalo as Rob. His story is also featured in the documentary, “The Devil We Know.” Rob is a graduate of New College in Sarasota, Florida where he serves on the Alumni Board, and has a Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Rob also serves on the Board of Less Cancer and is a frequent speaker on environmental issues at colleges, universities, law schools, and community groups locally, nationally, and internationally. Rob resides in Crescent Springs, Kentucky with his wife and three sons.
Gerald Checco: Gerald recently retired from the City of Cincinnati, where he spent most of his career at the Park Board where he was Superintendent. He was known for developing a "Green" policy that made the Park Board the Greenest Park system in Ohio. As Director of the Department of Public Services, he created massive neighborhood cleanups, reorganized waste management and greened the fleet. He finished his service as Director for the Metropolitan Sewer District. Gerald is now on the Board of Directors of the Mill Creek Valley Conservancy District, the Board of Visitors and the Charter Committee.
Jeremy Faust: Jeremy is Fifth Third Bank’s Environmental Sustainability Leader and co-chair of Fifth Third’s Sustainable Finance and Climate Strategy Council. He leads Fifth Third’s efforts to implement a series of environmental sustainability goals and supports the development of the Bank’s climate strategy. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Jeremy worked with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance and as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Council of the District of Columbia. Jeremy currently serves as Chair of the Green Business Council of Greater Cincinnati and is Chair of the City of Cincinnati Energy Special Improvement District (PACE District). He helped lead the creation of Solarize Cincinnati, Energize Kentucky, and the Cincinnati 2030 District. Jeremy holds a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law.
Chris Flores: Chris is the Founder of Three Corners Capital. The “three corners” represent the firm’s mission of engaging clients in utilizing financial capital to create positive impact on people, planet and profit. The firm’s expertise in social finance has led to client engagements that include business owners, corporate executives, NFL athletes, successful young professionals and charitable organizations including donor advised funds and charitable trusts. Originally from the Chicago area, Chris studied finance at the University of Cincinnati and has since become entrenched in the community.
J.R. Foster: J.R. started his commercial real estate career with Jones Lange LaSalle over a decade ago. With a long term goal of forming a full service commercial real estate brokerage, capital and facilities maintenance firm, he spent the better part of his career gaining industry experience at JLL, Lehman Brothers, and JP Morgan. He quickly became a trusted real estate advisor to public and private entities across the country in all aspects of their real estate needs from finance to brokerage. In 2013, he co-founded Robert Louis Group, one of the first minority-certified full-service commercial real estate brokerage, facilities and capital markets firms in the country; which today he serves as the CEO. In addition to being the CEO of Robert Louis Companies, J.R. is actively involved in the betterment and development of Cincinnati. He strives to make Cincinnati a better place to live, visit and attract new talent and families.
David Kirk: David is a licensed architect in five states with over 30 years of diverse architectural experience on public and commercial projects. Since 1986 he has been President/CEO of DNK (DNK Architects, Inc.). Through David's leadership as Principal-in-Charge, his firm has completed a portfolio of projects that are diverse in both size and scope. He has extensive experience working with various private companies and government agencies. His work has helped develop a number of projects that support economic development and entrepreneurship. David has worked with the National Organization of Minority Architects (past Mid-West VP) to develop programs to introduce the profession of architecture to African American youth around the country.
Jaime Love: As Director of Programs for Climate Innovation, Jaime provides leadership, strategy and support to Climate Innovation programs that advance approaches to community-driven planning and movement building, while centering racial equity and whole-systems solutions. Jaime has over 20 years of experience in a variety of spaces including public health, philanthropy, and climate resilience, with a deep focus on racial justice and health equity. Her work in the public health sector cultivated opportunities for direct community organizing and advocacy work in communities with disproportionate health impacts and enhanced her leadership in philanthropy and the nonprofit sectors around racial equity and climate justice. Her expertise ranges from program development and leadership, equity, policy advocacy, to communications and outreach. Jaime is a 2016 PLACES Fellow (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity, and Smart Growth), and has participated in multiple leadership programs including Rockwood Leadership Institute and Interaction Institute for Social Change.
Maeve Mason: As Environmental Policy and Affairs Director at Duke Energy, Maeve is responsible for building and maintaining positive working relationships with senior leaders in Ohio and Kentucky environmental and regulatory agencies, rulemaking boards and commissions and key external advocacy agencies. In addition, Maeve is responsible for supporting the development of environmental and energy strategy in the Duke Energy Ohio-Kentucky service territory and commenting on state regulatory plans and compliance options. Maeve has experience and demonstrated history in working with government and industry. She is skilled in report writing, strategic planning, research, regulatory submissions and stakeholder engagement. Her previous roles include Senior Energy Specialist in the SC Office of Regulatory Staff - Energy Office, co-coordinator for the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition and Manager of Regulation and State Implementation Development at South Carolina Department of Heath and Environmental Control. Maeve graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Political Science from Central Michigan University in 2002 and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Ohio University in 2005. Maeve is a certified Public Manager and is married with two daughters.
Todd Palmeter: Todd is the Chief Executive Officer for Great Parks of Hamilton County, a role he started in May 2019. Todd began his career with the park district in 2003 and has served as Park Planner II, Facility Management Superintendent, Planning Director and Chief of Planning. He steered the agency's five-year strategic plan from 2011-2016 and has served in the lead role on several key initiatives including its visioning process and most recently the agency's first Comprehensive Master Plan.
Florence Parker: Florence is the Public Involvement Specialist at OKI Regional Council of Governments. Prior to her affiliation with OKI, Ms. Parker's work experience included a 15-year stint in the field of commercial broadcasting and 16 years in community revitalization. Her responsibilities at OKI not only include identifying the impact of OKI's transportation planning activities on its minority, low income, disabled, elderly and zero-car households but ensuring the inclusion and participation of these five population groups in OKI's various transportation activities. Ms. Parker also serves as support staff to OKI's Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and, as DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Liaison Officer; oversees the implementation of OKI's DBE Program to encourage participation in contracting opportunities from firms owned and controlled by minorities, women and other socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
Derek Peebles: Derek is a leader in the field of community economic development with extensive success moving organizations forward by building on cross-cultural and cross-sector collaboration. He started his career in community banking and for over 10 years has been organizing local business communities, residents and institutions to leverage both social and private capital for sustainable development. Most recently, Derek founded Neighborhood Grow (an Economics of Compassion initiative).
Len Sauers: Len is currently an independent consultant in the areas of sustainability, product safety and technical external relations. He retired from Procter & Gamble in 2016 where he was Vice President of Global Sustainability and Global Product Stewardship. He has a PhD in Toxicology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. Len is on the Adjunct Faculty of Xavier University where he teaches sustainability to senior undergraduate and graduate students.
Doug Studer: At Deskey BluEarth, Doug finds answers for business and design challenges through the practice of biomimicry, looking to nature as inspiration, mentor, and classroom. Combining that passion with 40 years of experience, many as Deskey’s CEO and President, he hopes to make a positive impact on the environmental conditions of the world through both his work and his life.
Fia Turczynewycz: Fia is one of the founders of Guide Us Green, an online website dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable and healthy communities. Fia believes in making positive connections with everyone she meets, creating strong relationships and serving others daily. She immerses herself in the great outdoors as often as she can, connecting to natural spaces and places that continue to fuel her fire for conservation action and environmental stewardship.
Carla Walker: Carla has spearheaded large-scale civic engagement and public service initiatives at the local, state, national, and international levels for the last two decades. Having worked with three Cincinnati Mayors, her fingerprints are on many of the major projects that define the city’s renaissance from the Banks and riverfront development to neighborhood revitalization and Cincinnati’s notable environmental and climate change initiatives. A veteran political strategist, she has held posts including the Finance Director for Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus, leadership positions in three U.S. Presidential campaigns and leading or advising more than 100 different advocacy or candidate campaigns. She is the architect of the national field and volunteer division for ONE.ORG created by international artist Bono of U2. In 2010, she launched think BIG strategies, a strategic communications and planning consultancy to support and drive game-changing initiatives. Her project portfolio focus is on the environmental initiatives including leading equity and inclusion for a 150-member coalition of water advocates across the Great Lakes, launching the Climate Justice Committee of the Cincinnati NAACP, working with the North Central Region Water Network to explore the connection between equity and green infrastructure, and serving as the Climate Advisor for the City of Cincinnati through the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge.
Julie Zimmerman: Julie works with the consulting firm Management Partners to help local governments operate with greater efficiency and effectiveness. A former journalist, she has served as a member of The Cincinnati Enquirer's editorial board and as a contributing editor at Cincinnati Magazine.