Tom Baker is not a scientist or a policy-maker. He is a sales guru with a passion for conservation, preservation and clean energy. He advocates outreach, inclusion, and networking to build Omaha’s green community and find common ground. As President of Lighthouse 5, he helps companies sharpen their sales and marketing efforts, which is a nice addition to the GOC board. An Omaha native with a long stint in Seattle, Tom has a long-held reverence for our National Parks and green space in any form. He’ll be happy to talk with you about your interest in the GOC, just don’t ask him any scientific questions.
Rieko Ikeda-Hayes earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Dana College and her master’s degree in computer information systems from the Bellevue University. She has been with Omaha Public Power District for 17 years, the last 10 years as a project manager. Her engagement in projects reflects her interest and passion for reducing carbon footprints by offering electronic form/channel to the utility customers. In her personal life, she takes an initiative to make smart purchasing choices of appliances and home improvements to reduce energy consumption.
Liz Davis is a Nebraska native with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in non-profit management from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Her passion for sustainability runs deep, and her capstone project was on how to successfully implement recycling programs in smaller communities. Her motto has always been to “Save The World” and non-profit work has given her the opportunity to live that motto with 10 plus years in the industry. She’s currently the Stewardship and Events Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and serves as Board President of Earth Day Omaha. In her free time Liz loves to be outside running and cycling, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
Andy Szatko is a graduate of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in community and regional planning, with a specialization in Water Resource Planning and Management. Andy has 15 years in the landscaping industry as a landscape designer, installer, owner and manager. He currently works for the City of Omaha’s Stormwater Program. He is passionate about understanding, implementing, and educating the public about managing stormwater with the natural landscape, known as green infrastructure.
Sarah Murray is the Coordinator of Sustainable Practices at Metropolitan Community College. She has a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in sustainability and development from Southern Methodist University. Her experience includes the implementation of sustainability initiatives, development of national and international master plans, participating in Environmental Assessments and Impact Statements, sustainability infrastructure assessments, and economic development projects.
Ned Bagniewski is a Professional Engineer and Envision® Sustainability Professional for HDR specializing in transportation infrastructure design. He also serves as HDR’s Freight Rail Sustainability Liaison. In this role, he leads clients and co-workers in implementing sustainability into the planning and design of freight rail infrastructure. Ned graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and is enrolled to begin an online graduate program in the summer of 2017 through Virginia Tech to obtain his Master of Natural Resources. In March of 2017 Ned was trained as a Climate Reality Leader through the Climate Reality Project. He is a native of Wisconsin, but has lived in Omaha for the last eight years. Ned is passionate about the environment and can’t wait for his kids to become old enough to begin camping and enjoying the outdoors with him.
Elisa DiCarlo is a Realtor and Green advocate. She has earned NAR’s Green Designation for sustainable real estate, building, and resources. Elisa is a graduate of Creighton University with a BSBA in International Business and Marketing. Her previous career was working with organic and non-gmo agriculture. Elisa is very active in the urban community and is working to help Omaha develop even more vibrancy. In 2016 she completed the Citizens’ Academy for Omaha’s Future.
Sally Hopley is an Illinois native who has lived in Omaha for a combined total of eight years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from UNO and a master’s degree in natural resources from Virginia Tech. She joined the sustainability consultancy Verdis Group in 2013, where she became a master of data analysis, strategic planning, and engagement programs. Her career is driven by a passion to find efficient, productive sustainability solutions that work for companies, the environment, and the bottom line. In 2014, Sally also completed the inaugural Citizen’s Academy for Omaha’s Future classes. Sally is an avid pedestrian and prefers walking as her favorite mode of transportation.
Jay Weingarten is an architect and sustainability advocate at RDG Planning & Design, where his focus is on strategic planning and design for the Senior Living and Public Safety markets. He is passionate about wellness and the impact of the built environment on our health and wellbeing. His educational experience includes a master’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in business administration. An Omaha native, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters as well as a large extended family.
Katherine Osterman earned a Bachelor’s of Science in mathematics and applied physical analysis from Creighton University and she is currently pursuing an executive master’s degree in natural resources from Virginia Tech. For the past two years, she worked at Kiewit as an engineer in a variety of roles including Sustainability, Commissioning, and then MEP. Currently, she works at Forte Building Science, a division of M.E. GROUP, as a project manager and LEED/sustainability consultant. Katherine is also involved with the USGBC NE Flatwater Advisory Board and she enjoys swing dancing in her free time.
Sarah Campbell earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University. She is the Utilization Engineer at Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.) in the Marketing division. She assists large volume utility customers with assessing their gas and water consumption, and coordinates the District’s internal sustainability efforts. Sarah also enjoys educating the public about water and energy efficiency as a member of the employee speakers bureau at M.U.D. Sarah loves spending time outdoors and prefers to walk or bike whenever possible.
Lisa DiMeo earned her bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from Purdue University with a focus on food production. Lisa is currently an Associate Engineer at Conagra Brands in the Sustainable Development group. She works to reduce waste, water, and greenhouse gas emissions while encouraging employees to consider the environmental impacts of their everyday actions. Although Lisa has spent her entire life in the Midwest she is relatively new to Nebraska. She loves taking advantage of the variety of outdoor events in the Omaha area and riding her bike in her free time.
Jerry McNerney is a Nebraska native and earned his bachelor’s degree in sustainability management at Bellevue University. Jerry is a Commissioning Agent at Morrissey Engineering where his passion is delivering well performing buildings and projects. Jerry has an active role in the sustainability field as a member of the LEED Flatwater Chapter, ASHRAE and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Jerry brings this passion home as this year he plans to make his green home Net-Zero.
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