Staff and Board of Directors

Executive Director

Charlie Woodruff,

Charlie grew up in the mountains of Colorado and moved to Boise in 2005.  He received a bachelor’s degree in environmental geology from Whitman College. As executive director he enjoys working with chapter members, volunteers and the development community to advance energy efficiency, health, and sustainability in Idaho. He has a broad range of experience working for small companies and nonprofits in online marketing and sales, small business development, community engagement, and finance and fundraising. He has a great love of the outdoors where he spends as much time as possible hiking, biking, boating, skiing and fishing in Idaho’s wild lands.

Program Manager

Kris Wilson,   Kris in front of tree -cropped

Kris graduated summa cum laude from the university of Northern Iowa in May 2000 with a bachelors degree in Biological Resources. After being graduated, Kris worked on climate change research projects with the United States Geological Survey and the US EPA Western Ecology Division. Upon relocating to Boise, his work took a more applied focus as he used his skills in process automation to refine and control industrial and municipal water treatment and recycling systems. Later, Kris took a position at Idaho Council of Governments where he administered grant funded projects including energy efficiency improvements, alternative energy production and economic revitalization for Idaho communities. Also with Idaho Council of Governments, Kris managed the Idaho Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund. Shortly before joining USGBC Idaho, Kris completed a fellowship with Community Rebuilds, an affordable, sustainable housing organization that builds energy efficient straw bale homes for low income families. When not at work, Kris enjoys exploring outdoor Idaho.

2014 Officers of the Board


DougDoug CooperMcKibben & Cooper Architects 

Doug Cooper founded McKibben + Cooper Architects in 1997 with his partner Sherry McKibben, focusing on the allied goals of sustainable building design and sustainable community design. Sherry and Doug met in the Masters program at the Yale University School of Architecture. Doug’s interest in green building and energy conservation began while an undergraduate architecture student.

Doug was the inaugural winner of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s BetterBricks award for architects, and McKibben + Cooper has won many AIA design awards, Idaho Smart Growth awards, and the Idaho and northwest Head Start corporate awards for innovative and sustainable Head Start facilities. Doug has designed many other sustainable and energy-conserving buildings, including several LEED certified buildings.

Doug served as a Boise Planning and Zoning commissioner from 2004-12, and served as the commission’s Design Review committee liaison. He worked with these groups and city council on a new Boise comprehensive plan that includes many energy-conserving and sustainable policies, as well as new design guidelines. Doug was a member of the original board for the USGBC Idaho chapter.

Vice Chair

Emily Baker, Gallatin Public Affairs   EmilyB@gallatinpa.comemily_baker

Emily Baker is a Principal with Gallatin Public Affairs with more than fifteen years of experience in federal and intergovernmental affairs, strategic communications and public policy at the federal and state level.  Previously, Baker was the Administrator of the Northeast and Caribbean Region for the U.S. General Services Administration. Under her leadership GSA Region 2 led the government in energy savings and sustainability efforts, including the purchasing of renewable energy for GSA and other federal agencies and the undertaking of major energy savings projects throughout their portfolio that included 86 government-owned buildings and leased space in 448 commercial buildings. She worked closely with the Office of High Performing Green Buildings to achieve LEED status on all new construction projects including the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York Land Based Ports of Entry Champlain and Massena, and the Federal Courthouse in Buffalo, NY. Baker also served on the President’s Council of the New York Building Congress.

Prior to her service with GSA, Emily served as Deputy Director of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Emily began her professional career in Idaho, working as a policy aide to former Governor Phil Batt.


Tonja Phetmisay, Idaho Power Tonja Phetmisay

Tonja is a Customer Representative in the Idaho Power Customer Relations and Energy Efficiency department. Her career spans 13+ years of utility experience including 6 yrs in customer service, 2 yrs residential energy efficiency education, and 5.5 yrs in the field working with commercial and residential customer promoting energy conservation and efficiency programs. Tonja’s green building specific experience includes the 2012 USGBC national Green Schools Symposium in San Antonio TX and graduating from the Boise Sustainable Building Advisor Program in 2010.Tonja has also served as a Garden City Chamber Board member since 2009 and has acted as the Chamber Board Board President since 2011.


Scott Hopkins, CSHQA Architect LEED AP scott.hopkins@cshqa.comScott Hopkins

Scott was the first Green Schools Advocate for the Idaho Chapter and a founding group member of the Emerging Professionals committee and the Natural Talent design competition. As the Green School Advocate, he organized presentations and manpower under the scope of the Advocacy Committee with a small team of members meeting monthly. Scott also received training at USGBC headquarters regarding public/press interaction. Scott has worked on several sustainable building projects in certification programs such as LEED for Homes, LEED for Commercial Interiors, Green Globes and Energy Star. Scott is a graduate of The University of Idaho and the IURDC with a Master of Architecture degree. His wardrobe boasts an impressive collection of flannel, which is meticulously matched to the aura of his beard.


2015 Board Members at Large

Angela Gilman, County Engineer, Ada County, Boise

Angie is a LEED AP and licensed civil engineer. She has a passion for sustainable site design and recycling.  She’s completed the civil design for a number of LEED projects and has developed and taught a course called LEED for Contractor’s.  She spent 23 years in the consulting world and recently became the county engineer for Ada County where she hopes to continue to champion sustainable development on a regional basis.  She enjoys many of the outdoor adventures that Idaho has to offer – mountain biking, backpacking, snowboarding, and fly fishing to name a few.

Rebecca BundyCity of Ketchum

Rebecca is a Residential designer that has design, construction, and code knowledge and experience with green building and passive solar design, including designing a LEED Gold Home.

Wendy Shrief, Planner, Horrocks Engineers, Nampa

Wendy Shrief is an Urban Planner with 15 years of experience working in sustainability, planning and land development.  She recently returned to Idaho after spending five years in Abu Dhabi where she worked on the LEED accreditation for the Abu Dhabi Financial Center and had a lot of fun living the expat life.  Wendy manages planning for the Boise office of Horrocks Engineers.  She  holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree and a BA in Environmental Studies.


Committee Members

USGBC Build Better Codes Campaign Co-ChairSharon

Sharon Patterson Grant, EcoEdge

Sharon Patterson Grant, LEED AP BD+C and Homes, is the owner of Eco Edge, a managing member of Green Steps and creator of the OM your home™ design philosophy.  Sharon has been providing sustainability and green building consulting and education since 2006.  As a CSBA (Certified Sustainable Building Advisor) and HHS (Healthy Homes Specialist), Sharon works with clients to create healthier, more sustainable homes, buildings and neighborhoods.

Green Schools Committee Chair

Jen Ellis

Jen is a chemical and environmental engineer who worked for HP LaserJet Printing Systems for 19 years.  She has a professional management professional credential from PMI and is a LEED Green Associate.   She is a full time mom and is working on her LEED AP.  An exciting note is that she could combine her enthusiasm for her sons’ school and her interest in green buildings and help The Children’s School get LEED certified.