Andrea Pinabell has served as the President of Southface since January 2017. Prior to joining Southface, she served as the Vice President of Sustainability, Global Citizenship, at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. where she led the strategy, operations and integration for Starwood’s global sustainability programs and its related philanthropic efforts. Prior to that, she served as the Director of the Sustainable Cities Institute & Program Manager of Sustainable Community Development with The Home Depot Foundation.
Andrea earned BS in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and brings over 25 years of wide-ranging sustainable business and operations expertise. She serves on the boards of 2030 Districts, Institute for GA Environmental Leadership and Center for Responsible Travel. She has also been honored with multiple awards, including being among Georgia Trend magazine’s 2020 Notable Georgians, Atlanta Magazine’s Atlanta 500, a 2018 Energy Leader 75 and Smart CEO Magazine’s 2015 Award honoring visionary leadership in the commercial real estate industry. An Iowa native, she is a proud mother to Anthony and dog mother to Cooper. Connect with her: LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/andreapinabell and on Twitter @DrePinabell
LEED AP BD+C, LEED FELLOW
As Program Director of Technical Services, Laura provides leadership and technical expertise for the programs she manages, including organizational sustainability planning; commercial, residential and community building consulting; and building certification programs including LEED and EarthCraft Light Commercial. Her experience prior to Southface includes commercial construction project management, campus planning and developing design standards for clients including the State of Georgia and Emory University. Over the past ten years, Laura has focused on Sustainability Consulting for retail, commercial and government buildings, volume retail and school campuses.
As the Chief Executive, Finance + Operations, Barry helps coordinate campus and project operations, as well as oversees the accounting and finance functions for Southface.
As the Director of Finance + Operations, Beth provides guidance on program financials and strategy, with a focus on operational efficiencies. She oversees human resources, enterprise applications, accounting and office operations. When she’s not at Southface, Beth enjoys spending time with her family and practicing yoga.
As a Principal Consultant, Jeff is providing strategic resource efficiency and sustainability support to several of the brands housed within the Global Ventures Division of The Coca-Cola Company. Responsibilities include: providing energy, water, recycling and sustainable agriculture guidance to the Costa Coffee brand.
As Senior Manager of Communications & Outreach, Emily leads the team’s efforts to inform and engage members, donors, clients and the community on Southface’s digital platforms, as well as overseeing production of collateral for the organization and its many programs and services. She loves traveling, Audible, horror movies and Mexican food.
Shane stewards the education, workforce development and research efforts of Southface and its program areas.
Jacob Geerlings, a database admin at Southface since 2016, loves working with new teams and learning their processes. He primarily does implementations, training, data cleanup and reporting. When not at work, he trains his child about mass transit by singing “Wheels on the Bus.”
As Office Manager, Ingrid organizes and streamlines administrative processes for Southface. Located at the front desk, Ingrid also manages the reception activity. When not at Southface, Ingrid enjoys quality time with her family.
Stu is responsible for all things Information Technology related—networking, servers and security, oh my! He helps on other projects as well, whether doing blower door testing or building green infrastructure and getting to drive the Bobcat. He’s happy to help on any project. At the end of the day, he knows that Han shot first.
As a Project Manager on the Finance + Operations team, Rachel assists with the staffing plan and other human resources-related projects for the organization. She is also the liaison to the Board of Directors and co-manages the Dennis Creech Emerging Leaders Program. When she’s not at Southface, Rachel enjoys spending time with her precious pup Gingerbread and two cats, Darby and Auri.
Gaea handles all things related to accounting for Southface. She takes care of closing the books, cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. While not at the office, Gaea co-leads her daughter’s girl scout troop, runs her kids to their various extracurricular activities and helps her husband with his basketball organization, atlantanets.com.
Dennis is the half of Southface’s Enterprise Applications division that is responsible for integrating cloud resources and keeping them light and fluffy. When he isn’t pointing and clicking and coding, he may whiz by you on bike, or you may see him at the dog park playing catch with his two hounds Vladimir and Elvis.
Stephen is responsible for developing and implementing environmentally sustainable operations and maintenance practices for the Southface building and its surrounding campus. His duties include maintaining the Southface demonstration facility, equipment, green infrastructure, landscape and gardens. As the resident beekeeper, his most favorite and loyal staff members are the Southface bees!
Mike Barcik is a Technical Principal at Southface and has been with the organization since 1995. With B.S and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, Mike is the author of numerous technical resources and has developed and led thousands of trainings for RESNET, BPI, LEED, DOE, EPA and other programs. He’s active in energy code development and often leads workshops on the latest code changes. Since 1999, Mike has trained over 1,500 individuals in RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program, and in 2010 he helped create the Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier program to certify over a thousand individuals for blower door and duct leakage testing, as required by the 2009 and later energy codes. Mike served as LEED Faculty for BD+C, EB O&M and Homes, as well as helped develop and teach the EarthCraft family of sustainable programs.
Mike co-authored Decatur Georgia’s High Performance Building Ordinance which requires third-party certification for new and substantially renovated single-family, multi-family and commercial projects. During the second week of January, he loves leading MLK Volunteers to weatherize homes for low-income seniors. Mike lives with his much-smarter architect wife and two daughters in a 1920 Craftsmen bungalow that they are lovingly restoring and making more efficient. Thanks to efficiency improvements and a 4kW photovoltaic array, they’ve offset 95% of their electricity consumption and use only a third of the gas originally consumed.
As Curriculum Developer, Mike works with subject matter experts and partner organizations to develop curriculum materials for a wide range of trainings. He also manages the editorial and production process for Southface technical publications and other resources. Mike has the world’s largest collection of Devil’s Dice, aka limonite.
As the Education Program Coordinator, Ali handles all administrative tasks and logistical needs for internal and external trainings. Ali also manages all training equipment, including rentals, calibrations and internal project support. Ali has great appreciation for street art and studies graffiti styles in his spare time.
As a Technical Project Manager on the Education team, Joseph facilitates many course offerings. He acts as a technical lead for project diagnostic testing, including whole building infiltration and HVAC duct leakage testing. He also supports various programs at Southface with design and implementation.
As Communications Program Coordinator, Shelby assists with marketing, design and social media strategy. She is a social media maven and manages all of Southface’s social channels by creating engaging strategic content such as gifs, graphics and animations. When not at work, you can find Shelby marching in a band at local Atlanta parades!
As Communications Project Manager, Sarah coordinates the content of Southface’s outward-facing written media presence, from blog posts to press releases to email campaigns and more. She also coordinates the speakers for Southface’s monthly Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable. If you see Sarah hiking, on the soccer field, with a guitar in hand or chatting with friends and family, you know she’s in her happy place.
As the Communications Program Coordinator, Samantha helps with marketing, communications and event projects. Samantha is responsible for creating the look and layout of the Southface website so it’s easy to navigate and use. Samantha also co-manages the Dennis Creech Emerging Leaders Program.
As the Nonprofit Solutions program assistant, Haven assists with managing Southface’s two resource-efficiency grant programs, GoodUse and the Nonprofit Energy and Water Efficiency Initiative. Haven manages several aspects of these programs including application management and assistance, partner coordination and program expansion. When not at work, Haven enjoys baking bread and/or cooking while talking to her dog, Margot.
Jennifer works on outreach initiatives as a joint liaison for the EarthCraft and Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH) programs. She earned her degree in Environmental Sciences and International Studies from Emory University.
Gretchen Gigley serves as Program Manager for Nonprofit Solutions, where she leads the expansion of Southface’s successful resource-efficiency grant programs, GoodUse and the Nonprofit Energy and Water Efficiency initative (NEWE). This expansion includes developing regional and national portfolio partnerships, fundraising and implementing strategic marketing strategies. To date, the Nonprofit Solutions programs have positively impacted over 250 nonprofits around the nation, minimizing their environmental impact, increasing water- and energy-efficiency in their facilities, and ultimately saving these organizations mission-critical dollars. In her spare time, Gretchen loves to bake, sing and explore the world with her 7-year old son, husband and hound dog!
Chris manages quality assurance for Southface’s network of home energy and green building professionals. He also supports the BIT Building program with technical content and project reviews. If you were to see Chris in public, you would most likely see him biking around Midtown Atlanta.
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As a Technical Project Manager on the Research team, Rawad splits his time between data analysis on indoor air quality for the Building America project and doing energy-efficiency assessments for the GoodUse and NEWE programs.
Bryant Hains is a Senior Technical Project Manager at Southface Institute. He received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. He is currently the Principal Investigator for two Building America projects, investigating new technology in HVAC performance, ventilation and indoor air quality. He also performs both residential and commercial resource-efficiency audits as part of the GoodUse and NEWE programs at Southface.
As the Research Technical Principal at Southface, Hugh provides vital leadership and technical direction to various programs within the organization. His specific responsibilities focus mainly on collaborating with senior leadership to define and implement research priorities. Hugh is fervent about living, regenerative and adaptive building design methods.
Paul project manages green building certifications, such as EarthCraft, and provides technical assistance to builders and developers looking to implement sustainable construction techniques. Paul loves all things woodworking and is an avid remodeler of his family home.
As a Senior Project Manager on the Technical Services team, Nathan provides leadership and technical assistance to multifamily residential projects. The projects include market rate, affordable housing, new construction and renovations that are pursuing green building certifications and rebate programs, such as EarthCraft Multifamily, NGBS Green, LEED for Homes, Georgia Power Rebate Programs and Energy Star Statement of Energy Design.
Stephen specializes in commercial building sustainability. His primary role is to consult on LEED and EarthCraft Light Commercial projects. When he isn’t geeking out on sustainability, he is planning his next international trip—23 countries and counting!
As a project manager on the Technical Services team, Elizabeth encourages progress through research and educational professional partnerships that underscore the link between energy-efficient housing and resident health in low-income communities. She also assists with thoughtful planning solutions to balance the benefits of natural and built environments. Elizabeth loves macaroni and cheese, gardening and her cat Pickles!
Kelsey is a project manager for the development team at Southface. Kelsey spends her days fundraising, coordinating logistics for Southface’s events, renting out the facility and consulting on zero-waste initiatives.
As Senior Project Manager for Policy, Catherine works on a variety of projects related to green building, affordable housing, climate and energy policies. Catherine comes to Southface with a Masters in City and Regional Planning and a background in politics and real estate consulting.
As Policy Program Coordinator, Bailey tracks regulatory and legislative issues at the local, state and regional levels and helps coordinate organizational advocacy efforts internally and with key external partners. Additionally, Bailey leads Southface’s Solar for Georgia Communities Initiative, promoting distributed generation solar for low- to moderate-income communities through affordable housing, nonprofits, municipalities and houses of worship, and she manages GeorgiaEnergyData.org.
As a Program Coordinator on the Policy team, Kevin supports projects at the intersection of energy, water and equity. Kevin is responsible for projects that advance resource efficiency, clean energy and climate resilience for all. Projects include Atlanta CREW, the TransFormation Alliance, Energy Efficiency for All Georgia, and Department of Energy LIFT Solar.
As a Senior Project Manager, Alex provides leadership for community engagement and partnerships, research, and advocacy on equitable development, energy equity, green affordable housing and climate resilience. Alex’s projects include Atlanta CREW, Energy Efficiency for All Georgia and State Lead, and acting as Climate Champion for the TransFormation Alliance and SPARCC Atlanta. Alex is a native Atlantan and loves spending time with his family and friends, exploring the city on his bike and walking his dog, Mia.
As a Senior Technical Project Manager, David provides management, quality assurance, program strategy and custom software solutions for Southface Energy Rated Homes—a residential energy efficiency modeling program—and EarthCraft Communities—a smart-growth certification program. Additionally, he delivers community planning and engagement services for the Planning and Sustainable Communities team, advocates for high-quality, energy-efficient affordable housing in Georgia, and builds geospatial visualizations and tools for Southface. Outside of work, he is searching for the best way to escape Metro-Atlanta by foot or bike.
As Project Manager on the Sustainability Services team, Austin helps communities stay livable while reducing their impact on the natural environment. Austin leads the Green Infrastructure and Resilience Institute (GIRI) which addresses stormwater, education and economic issues impacting communities. She also supports projects focusing on sustainable land planning and community engagement.
Gwen is a Program Coordinator for Sustainability Services. Gwen works on the American Climate Change Challenge help desk and assists commercial building owners with the City of Atlanta Commercial Buildings Energy & Water Efficiency Ordinance by providing compliance information in reference to benchmarking and audits. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, travel abroad and volunteer.
As a Senior Project Manager for Sustainability Services, Joe works with local governments to plan and implement sustainability-driven policies through his expertise in policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, technical assistance and project management. Joe also serves as the State Co-Coordinator for Clean Cities – Georgia, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy working to deploy cleaner alternative-fueled vehicles and infrastructure.
As a Policy Advisor, Kevin promotes energy and water efficiency and renewable energy in state regulatory proceedings, utility operations and local government policy.
Stephanie coordinates Southface’s municipal, organizational and corporate sustainability efforts to leverage existing and new Southface programs while providing sustainability strategy, consulting and project management services. Stephanie is also the Program Coordinator for Clean Cities-Georgia, the Department of Energy-funded program that works with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, community leaders and other stakeholders to save energy and promote the use of domestic fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in transportation.