USGBC South Florida Chapter
Board of Directors and Advisory Council
Board of Directors
The following individuals have been recognized by our Board of Directors for their special contributions of time, talent, expertise and sponsorship tied to our Chapter. As members of the Chapter Advisory Council, their wealth of knowledge and experience have set them apart as distinctive contributors to the Chapter, and they are tapped by the current Board for special assignments and counsel. Chapter Advisory Council membership is an honorary appointment and a non-voting position in relation to the Board of Directors. We honor and thank the following Chapter ambassadors for their ongoing contributions to the Chapter.
Sandra Lee, President
Executive Committee / President
Anthony Alfonso, Vice-President
Executive Committee / Vice-President
Gary Pirtle, Secretary
Executive Committee / Secretary
Neyda Otero, Treasurer
Executive Committee / Treasurer
Paul Carty, Immediate-Past President
Executive Committee / Immediate Past President
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 Dalton, Treasure Coast Branch Chair
Tammy Dalton is a Florida Registered Interior Designer with 22 years experience in the design and construction industry in southeast Florida. She also holds a LEED AP credential in Building Design and Construction and provides LEED consulting services to commercial projects pursuing certification.
After many years of completing luxury residential projects for numerous clients throughout the southeast Florida region as a Senior Designer for some of the region’s best known design firms, Tammy launched her namesake firm, Tamara Dalton Design Studios, in 2007. She has been active with the USGBC South Florida Chapter since 2010, first as part of the Communications committee for the Palm Beach Branch, and subsequently as the Communications Chair and then Programs Chair for the Treasure Coast branch.
Tammy elevates the practice of design by bringing things down to earth. She focuses on the people that inhabit built spaces, designs sustainably, and considers the environmental impact of our choices, and as a LEED Consultant, guides project owners and design and construction teams to green building certification. Whether in her role as Interior Designer or as LEED Consultant, Tammy’s leadership and attention to detail keeps clients happy, project teams collaborating and on track, and everyone smiling at the results.
Tammy resides in Stuart with her husband, two daughters, and the cutest Shih Tzu in town. In addition to her role as a member of the Chapter's Board of Directors, Tammy serves as the Branch Chair of the Treasure Coast Branch of the Chapter, and is part of the Interior Design Advisory Board for Indian River State College. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design from Florida State University.
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 taken 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.