Cindy Bambini is the St. Louis Business Development Manager for Brightergy, solar solutions. For over four years, Cindy worked with 3Degrees Group, Inc., the San Francisco-based vendor/partner selected by Ameren to market and manage Ameren’s Voluntary Renewable Energy Program, Pure Power, which officially launched in the Ameren Missouri territory on October 1, 2007. Prior to joining 3Degrees, Cindy was a Product Engineer with Ameren’s Products and Services Group. She coordinated the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Grant program which will ultimately disburse $380,000 to promote the engineering and design of LEED certified buildings in Missouri.
Cindy is a member of the St. Louis Chapter Green Schools Policy Sub-Committee, Secretary of the St. Louis Earth Day Board and Chairman of The Touhill Performing Arts Center Board of Directors. A lifelong St. Louis resident, Cindy is a 1985 Industrial Engineering graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she also earned a Masters of Business Administration in 1989 from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.
Past President, Symposium Planning Committee
David A. Wilson is senior manager, environment and community planning, at East-West Gateway Council of Governments, where he works on sustainable development, environmental quality and healthy communities. David is engaged in watershed planning and co-edited the book At the Confluence, Rivers Floods and Water Quality in the St. Louis Region, (2003). He is also involved in planning for “great streets”- that use green infrastructure to create exciting places. David is currently the Vice president of the State Board of the American Planning Association. He is a past-president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Section of the American Planning Association and has recently completed six years on the Board of Trustees of The College School, including two years as President of the Board.
Traci Lichtenberg graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2004 with a B.S. in Biology. In 2010, she successfully completed her Master’s degree thesis, “Wetland Policies and Water Quality: The Effect of Banking Mitigation on Atrazine Concentrations”, and was awarded a M.S. in Environmental Science from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Since 2004, she has worked in the Water Quality and Environmental Management Department at Missouri American Water. In her current role as Water Quality Specialist she ensures that Missouri American Water systems across the state meet sampling and reporting requirements for both the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act. Traci also leads Missouri American Water in numerous environmental and educational projects through out the year including stream monitoring, trash pick-ups and festivals. As Chairperson for the East Central Section of the Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference, she coordinates training for certified operators in the area.
As Managing Supervisor Energy Efficiency Products and Services for Ameren Missouri, Greg is responsible for development, implementation and promotion of electric and natural gas energy efficiency and demand response programs. These programs are designed to educate and encourage commercial, industrial and residential customers to become more energy efficient. Greg has held numerous engineering positions at Ameren over his 29-year career at the utility.
He participates as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, on the board of directors of the Association of Professionals Energy Consultants, Energy Education Council and St Louis Earth Day. He is also a member of Facility Operators and Service Providers Association, Association of Energy Service Professionals, Association of Energy Engineers and Edison Electric Institute. Greg is a graduate of University of Illinois and holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA through Webster University.
His goal is to continuously be on the leading edge of new technology related to the improvements of the utility grid and customer’s premise and provide a cost effective vehicle for implementation of this strategy and technology.
J. Tracy Boaz, AICP
Board Member, Symposium Committee
J. Tracy Boaz, AICP, is Regional Supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation Private Land Services Division. She and her staff work with private landowners and local governments to sustain healthy forest, fish and wildlife resources and help make nature part of people’s everyday lives. Since joining the Department of Conservation in 1996, her work has focused on open space and other initiatives which protect and restore connections between people and the natural world.
Tracy has been an active member of the American Planning Association (APA) Missouri Chapter for ten years and is currently Vice President. She served on the St. Louis Section board for nine years, having acted as president in 2003-4 and Missouri Section Director, representing the Section on the APA Missouri Chapter board, from 2007 to 2010. Tracy chaired the 2007 APA State Conference Committee, participated in the 2010 Conference Committee and is chairing the 2011 State Conference Committee. She is a Commissioner for the Cathedral Square Special Business District in the City of St. Louis. Tracy earned a B. A. from Stephens College and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
She is a former President of the St. Louis Earth Day Board.
Board Memeber, Symposium Planning Committee
Laura Cohen has served as the Project Manager for the Confluence Greenway at Trailnet, Inc since 1997. She coordinates a collaboration of public and non-profit organizations to plan and implement a 200 sq. mile conservation, heritage and recreation corridor in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Previously, Ms. Cohen served as Special Assistant to the Mayor of the City of St. Louis where her responsibilities included open space projects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College and attended the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1996. Ms. Cohen also serves on the Judicial Commission of the 22nd Circuit, and the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri and Citizens for Home Rule.
Ron Darling recently retired from the City of St. Peters, Missouri. During his 20 year tenure, he managed the city’s environmental programs including solid waste collection, recycling, and health. He has enjoyed serving on several professional boards including the Missouri Waste Control Coalition, Missouri Solid Waste Association of North America, Missouri Recycling Association, and St. Louis Audubon. Currently, he serves as chair of the City of Hazelwood Green Committee. His life has been dedicated to environmental science awareness with a special passion for recycling, water quality, and gardening. He believes serving as a board member of St. Louis Earth Day will channel his environmental energy to assist an organization that has a strong history of regional environmental outreach and innovative programs.
Kate Ewing is a St. Louis native who grew up in Webster Groves and now lives in Tower Grove Heights. She has worked in marketing for several years, and is currently the Marketing Director for Mosby Building Arts in Kirkwood and an adjunct professor for Webster University’s Graduate School of Communication. She is an active contributor to many area non-profits, including Tenth Life Cat Rescue, StLouisGreen.com and COCA.
When not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and practicing yoga. She walks the walk, incorporating an eco-friendly behaviors into her daily routines. As a new board member, she is looking forward to helping St. Louis Earth Day market our mission and raise more awareness and funding for our programs.
Jane Davis, a Missouri native originally from the Festus area, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After working as a teacher and youth education assistant with the University of Missouri Extension, Jane began her career with the Department of Natural Resources in 1998. She started in the Hazardous Waste Program, and has since worked with the Environmental Services Program and the Solid Waste Management Program, before moving to the Water Protection Program in late 2009. Jane has been fortunate that most of her positions with MDNR have allowed her to work with the public, whether it is with reduce/reuse/recycle and composting/vermicomposting issues, or providing grant management to communities who are seeking funding for watershed projects to improve their water quality.
Jane is also an advanced Master Gardener with the Cole County Master Gardeners, serving on the board for several years, and is a member of the Bittersweet Garden Club in Jefferson City, an American Horticultural Society affiliate. She teaches classes for the Master Gardeners and the public on creating garden art, and is listed on the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau as a certified trainer.
Paul Todd Merrill
Paul leads the design and construction activities at Clayco and plays an active role in Pre-Construction services specializing in the procurement of energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems and controls. He has presented and authored many articles on design build, green building design and construction and leads the company sustainable construction training programs for employees, code officials, subcontractors, the design community and building owners. Paul has been actively involved in the design and construction activities on over 30 LEED certified projects the company has built across the country. Currently, Paul serves as Past Chair of the Missouri Gateway USGBC chapter, is an adjunct professor with Washington University in St. Louis and SIU-Edwardsville and an instructor in Clayco USGBC Education Provider CMP programs. In his off time, Paul enjoys hanging out with his wife and four children ages 15 to 24. He is an avid runner, sailboat racer, guitar hack and loves to start home projects but frets to finish many of them.
Brian Pelletier is owner and chief chocolatier at Kakao Chocolate, maker of all-natural handmade confections in St. Louis. Kakao has been named “Best Chocolate in St. Louis” twice by the Riverfront Times and by the readers of Sauce Magazine, and Pelletier was listed among a handful of “Tastemakers” by Feast Magazine. Prior to Kakao, Brian spent 20 years in business marketing, helping organizations ranging from small businesses to global enterprises communicate with people who are important to them. Brian has a passion for local, sustainable businesses and how they engage with their community to everyone’s benefit. He also serves on the board of directors for the Retail Confectioners International Association, Discovering Options, and St. Louis Slow Food.
Fred A. Ricks Jr.
Harris Dowell Fisher & Harris, L.C.
Lori Strawbridge, CPA
Lori L. Strawbridge, CPA, is in private practice in St. Louis providing accounting and tax services to small businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations. She joined the board of directors of St. Louis Earth Day in 2003 eager to demonstrate her commitment to making a difference in her community.
Lori earned a Masters in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St Louis in 2006. She has been a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor for the past 6 years. Lori also serves on the board of directors for Judevine Center for Autism and previously served as the Vice President of Professional Women’s Alliance and on the Finance Committee at The College School in Webster Groves, MO.
Marcia Whelan is the Marketing and Community Relations Specialist for Whole Foods Market – Town & Country. Marcia has worked with the company since it came to St. Louis in 2001, helping to open the store in Brentwood at that time. Finding a great alignment in her personal life with the core values of Whole Foods Market, Marcia has enjoyed a career of sharing the tenets of healthy eating, green living and community service with the St. Louis community. Prior to her tenure with Whole Foods Market, she graduated from Fontbonne College with a B.A. in Music Business and was a professional musician and instructor and worked in a local retail music store. She’s been an avid organic gardener as well as a conservationist and recycler for most of her life and loves animals, nature and children. Being on the board of St. Louis Earth Day gives her an opportunity to do something to help others and encourage St. Louisians to take action to preserve our precious earth.
Susan Zareh is a sixth grade math teacher at Forsyth School, a private independent school near Forest Park. Her interest in sustainability began when she was a student herself, which is why she believes that teaching students about being good stewards of the Earth and loving our planet is so important. This past school year, Forsyth School began a lease of a 105 solar array system, which Susan integrates into her math curriculum through a graphing project using a website which tracks the energy generated each day by the panels. Susan enjoys camping with her family during the summer months, visiting state and national parks. She is excited to be a part of the St. Louis Earth Day Festival and is looking forward to helping inform other teachers and families about this great event.