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.


2014 Board Members at Large

Mark Fledderjohan,
Mohogany Enterprises

Mark has worked on 12 LEED projects, 11 commercial and 1 residential. He has worked on the Regional Priority Credits for the next version of LEED as part of the LEED Regional Credit Development Team. He has a degree in construction management from Boise State University and spent most of his professional career in the high tech world, specifically in the healthcare industry.



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.


Dustin LilyaDC Engineering

Dustin Lilya is a Senior Mechanical Engineer with DC Engineering.  He specializes in advanced refrigeration systems and helping clients transition to the use of natural refrigerants and other energy saving and renewable design features. Previously Dustin worked on the design and construction of two Float Glass Manufacturing plants, several high tech clean room manufacturing facilities and most recently served as the Manager of Technology Development and R&D for SUPERVALU Inc.   He was responsible for developing and expanding Supervalu’s enrollment in demand response programs at over 550 retail sites and was instrumental in the design and construction of the first all natural refrigeration system in the United States. He has completed nearly 2 MW of rooftop solar, 800 kW of fuel cell installations, and 5 LEED certified grocery stores. Renewable energy is a passion and he continually looks for ways to leverage technologies to aid in his clients’ commitment to become a leader in renewable energy projects. Dustin holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho and is a P.E. and LEED AP.

Alicia Ralston, Ralston Group Properties   Alicia_fb_size

After 14 years on corporate America’s “fast track” (a.k.a. the rat race), Alicia left a growing career in the environmental/construction industry to pursue her passion for real estate. Her goal was to leverage her education in marketing and communications, life/work experience and entrepreneurial aspirations and apply it in a real estate brokerage that clients would trust and appreciate – Ralston Group Properties. Ralston Group Properties recently achieved LEED Certification on its downtown Boise office.

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.

Felice Otero, University Housing, studio portrait *

Rebecca MirskyBoise State Construction Management

Dr. Rebecca Mirsky, Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management at Boise State University, is an environmental engineer with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Her professional interests involve environmental aspects related to the built environment. Chief among those interests are energy-efficient and ‘green’ construction methods and materials, both in commercial/industrial and residential applications. Other specific interests are “clean construction”; reduction and recycling of construction waste; erosion control and stormwater management; dust and noise control; and sustainable land use planning. Dr. Mirsky is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Idaho, a LEED accredited professional, and is certified in the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision™ rating system.

Mariel Platt, City of Hailey

Mariel Plat is currently the Sustainability Coordinator at the City of Hailey. Previously she spent three years as the Planner for the City of Hailey. She lead the Sustainable Building Advisory Committee, which created a green building program at the city and serves on the Wood River Valley’s Regional Energy Task Force and Blaine County Recycling Committee. Mariel has an MPA in Environmental Policy and Administration, a BS in Environmental Science, and is a LEED AP.


Ryan Arnold, Energy Building Simulation Analyst, MSI Engineers, Coeur d’Alene Ryan Arnold

Ryan Arnold is a writer, advocate, and emerging business leader working in the confluence of sustainability, business, and technology. He is currently the Founder/Owner of Sightline Energy, a company specializing in Energy Life-Cycle Costing, Building Energy-Use Modeling, and LEED Certification and Support. In 2010 he received Ecover’s 30 Under 30 National Environmental Award for his work in energy efficiency for low-income families.

In his spare time Ryan helps to develop Coeur D’Alene’s innovation and entrepreneurship network, Innovation Collective, and is involved with local economic organizations such as the Panhandle Area Council, Connect Northwest/Spokane Angel Alliance, Kootenai County Young Professionals, and Startup Spokane Weekend. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor.

Stephen R. Miller, Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law, Boise  millers@uidaho.eduStephen Miller

Stephen R. Miller is associate professor of law at the University of Idaho College of Law. Prof. Miller received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006, he graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where he was senior articles editor of the Constitutional Law Quarterly. Prof. Miller also worked for a land use and environmental law firm in San Francisco, California prior to joining the faculty. His research interests include economic development, sustainable development, land use, environmental law, and local government law.

His academic works have been published by or are forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, Harvard Environmental Law Review, and a number of other law reviews and professional journals. In 2013, he was named Faculty Advisor of the Year by the Idaho Law Review and also received the Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence.

In addition to his academic writings, Prof. Miller also blogs at Land Use Prof Blog, and writes an occasional column for the Idaho Statesman Business Insider.

Prof. Miller also runs the College of Law’s Economic Development Clinic, which maintains the student-written blog In 2013, the Clinic received the Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice from the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association for Area of City Impact Agreements in Idaho.

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

National Chapter Steering Committee and LEED Steering Committee

Bruce Poe, Modus Architecture Collaborative

Bruce has been involved with the USGBC since 2000. He is a founder and Past President of the United States Green Building Council Idaho Chapter and served on the National USGBC Chapter Steering Committee from 2003 to 2005. He is now serving a second CSC term from 2012 to 2014 and is currently serving as the CSC liaison to the national LEED Steering Committee. Bruce continues to serve on the USGBC Western Region Council that is made up of representatives from 8 western states. He has been engaged in numerous USGBC working groups and task force efforts. Bruce’s advocacy for high performance buildings was recognized in October 2005 when he was named the winner in the Architect category for the annual BetterBricks Idaho Sustainable Awards for leadership.

USGBC Western Region RepresentativeSharon

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.

Advocacy and Public Policy Committee Chair

Sharon Fisher, Gem State Community Development 

Sharon Fisher has been principal consultant with Gem State Community Development since 2005. She holds a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on state and local government, as well as graduate certificates in Community and Regional Planning and in Geographical Information Analysis from Boise State and has completed the three-year Community Development Institute course. She also chairs the Kuna Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Ada County Historic Preservation Council and the Western Heritage Historic Byway committee. She is the author of an Arcadia Publishing book on Kuna.


Green Homes Chair

Macy Miller, Johnson Architects pc

A native of the Treasure Valley Macy graduated in 2007 with a Masters Degree in Architecture.  She joined Johnson Architects shortly after and has stayed involved in the local community and sustainability initiatives while always keeping busy with side projects including design competitions for Emerging Professionals, teaching LEED classes and most recently building her own Tiny House from the ground up.


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.

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Remington is a water resource planner with the Idaho Department of Water Resources where he coordinates the state’s Water Supply Bank. He has a master’s degree in community and regional planning from Boise State University and an B.A. in international relations from the University of British Columbia. Remington is also a LEED Green Associate and a co-host of Building A Greener Idaho on Radio Boise. Before relocating to the Gem State, Remington roamed the northwest and called BC, Alberta and Washington home. He and his Idahoan wife Lisa are amateur Boise River floaters, terrible golfers, and love backpacking in the mountains of Idaho. Remington is charged up about helping future green building advocates emerge as professionals through engagement with USGBC Idaho.