Neyda Otero, Treasurer
Executive Committee / Treasurer
Paul Carty, Immediate-Past President
Executive Committee / Immediate Past President
Kyle Abney, Treasure Coast Branch Chair
Kyle Abney is a LEED AP, a state-licensed general contractor, and Vice President of Abney + Abney Green Solutions (AbneyGreen). AbneyGreen is turn-key sustainable development consulting firm with experience on all types and sizes of green building projects. He has overseen projects that utilize the USGBC's LEED for New Construction, Existing Buildings, Commercial Interiors, Neighborhood Development and Homes rating systems; the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Florida Green Home, Florida Green Residential Hi-Rise, Florida Green Commercial and Florida Green Local Government standards; as well as the National Green Home Standard for all types of residential projects. Kyle has first-hand experience in the various green certification options for both commercial and residential projects throughout Florida.
Kyle is a 1999 graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Architectural Design. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Building Construction from UF with a concentration in Sustainable Construction in 2001. Kyle has the premier distinction of being the first person in the USA to receive a formal construction degree in green building.
While at the University of Florida, he was the founding President of the nation’s first Student Chapter of the USGBC. He has since served as a founding Board member and officer of the USGBC Central Florida Chapter; founding member the USGBC Florida/Caribbean Regional Council; founding Chair of the Treasure Coast & Palm Beach Branch of the USGBC South Florida Chapter; and a former board member of the Florida Green Building Council (FGBC). He is also a former President of the USGBC South Florida Chapter, and is back for another term on the nonprofit organization's Board of Directors. Kyle is also member of the Chapter’s prestigious Advisory Council, Chair of the Chapter’s Treasure Coast Branch, and President of the Solar & Energy Loan Fund (SELF).
Kyle is a fifth-generation Floridian from Okeechobee. He currently lives in Palm City with his wife and business partner Harmony and their toddler son Parker.
Robin Blakeman, Palm Beach Branch Chair
Alejandro Branger is the Sustainable Design Leader for Perkins+Will Miami and a member of the Sustainable Design Initiative within the firm. He received a Master’s degree from the Architectural Association in London, UK, for the Energy and Environment Studies Program.
Alejandro has more than 18 years of national and international architectural experience in a wide range of project types, including educational, healthcare, science and technology, civic, residential and commercial buildings. Utilizing the integrated design process in every project for P+W's Miami office, he has helped to consistently deliver thoughtful, innovative and sustainable design solutions. His professional character and collaborative nature has led productive relationships on projects such as the L’Oreal Research and Innovation Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Science Classroom Complex and Stempel College of Public Health at Florida International University; and the Clinical Translational Research Building at the University of Florida.
Alejandro managed the LEED certification process for the Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paul in Colombia, which is the first LEED Certified hospital in South America. He is currently focused on leading a task group within the firm on the conceptual design and energy analysis of the projects as a whole. Alejandro teaches Environmental Systems at Florida International University and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Miami on the topic of sustainability in Miami.
As the sustainable design strategist and LEED specialist for the Miami office, his involvement in every project the office develops is key in ensuring that each meets firm-wide standards as he advocates for the use of healthier building materials and transparency in the building industry.
Alejandro, who is originally from Venezuela, has been living in Miami since 2002. He is an avid runner and you might find him on the golf course or sailing with his two children in his free time.
Tammy Cook-Weedon, Broward Branch Chair
Tammy Cook-Weedon, RLA, LEED AP BD+C, ASLA, has 27 years of professional experience and leads the Calvin Giordano & Associates' (CGA) Landscape Architecture & Environmental Services Department. CGA is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm in operation since 1938 providing services to the public and the private sector throughout SE Florida. Tammy works out of the firm's Ft. Lauderdale office, coordinating the municipal services support, landscape inspections, site-plan review and code enforcement. She also provides leadership with the land-development efforts on site due diligence, site planning, site analysis, master planning, Landscape Urbanism, creative design development and park planning. Tammy manages a team of creative professionals that includes three LEED APs within the department.
Prior to joining CGA in 1997, Tammy spent seven years as President of Landscape Planning Associates, a woman-owned minority firm in Coral Gables, Florida. During this time frame, she was the landscape architect for the Charles Deering Estate, the largest historic site in Dade County, and the Redland Fruit and Spice Park Master Plan in Homestead. She came to South Florida in 1987 to join Sasaki and Associates, where she worked on many high-profile projects throughout the region such as the Orlando Arena and the Disney Contemporary Resort.
Tammy holds a Bachelor's of Science in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. She has been an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects since 1987, and has served on the Florida Executive Committee several times in the last two decades. She has been committed to the environment and sustainability issues her entire life. In addition to her role on the USGBC South Florida Chapter's Board of Directors, Tammy is also the Chair of the Chapter's Broward Branch.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, Stan Weedon, in their rural home in Okeechobee where they take great pleasure in the wildlife, gardening and their yellow lab, Goose. Originally from Plano, Texas, Tammy is a proud mother of three grown children -- daughter Katy, living in Waxahachie, Texas with three grandchildren, and Kagan, Kaylee and Cade. Her middle daughter, Krystal, lives in Dallas, Texas and is a speech therapist. Her son Brandon is at the FSU Film School in West Palm Beach studying Digital Design and Animation in his Junior year.
Jesse Miller, LEED AP BD+C, is a Project Manager and Shareholder at Miller Construction Company. Miller Construction Company is a design-build and general construction firm in operation since 1973 with an extensive portfolio in hospitality, commercial, office, healthcare, multi-family residential, light industrial, educational, and retail construction. Jesse has been a teammate at Miller Construction Company since 2005, and has contributed to many high-profile construction projects in the South Florida area such as the Omni Center in Miami, the Local 10 WPLG Broadcast Studio in Hallandale Beach, and Nova Southeastern University’s LEED Silver Certified Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research in Hollywood, which received a GalaVerde Award for Most Outstanding LEED NC Education Project in 2013.
Jesse is a lifelong resident of Broward County. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in 2003. He has served on the Governing Council of the Broward Branch since 2009, and has recently taking the helm as Chair of the Branch. In addition to his dedication to furthering the practice of sustainable construction through contributions to the USGBC, he is also a supporter of Rebuilding Together Broward and the United Way.
In his spare time, Jesse enjoys fishing, golf and many of the countless other year-round outdoor activities that South Florida has to offer. Jesse was recently married to his wife, Brittany. They have a Treeing Walker Coonhound named Roxy, and live in Pompano Beach.