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
Mark Stempler, Palm Beach Branch Chair
Mark Stempler is an attorney in West Palm Beach with the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Construction Law and is accredited as a LEED Green Associate by the USGBC.
Mark represents clients in all aspects of the construction industry, including owners, developers, contractors, design professionals, and sureties, from contracting through litigation, with a focus on the green building sector. He also practices in the government procurement sector, and primarily represents private companies doing business with government agencies during the contract bidding, negotiation and protest phases. He has authored or co-authored numerous green building and government procurement-related publications, and is a frequent lecturer on bid protests. He is also the creator of The Green Building Law Blog.
In addition to his roles as a member of the USGBC South Florida Chapter's Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and Chair of the Palm Beach Branch, Mark also serves on the City of West Palm Beach’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Mark graduated from Florida International University College of Law (cum laude), and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. In his spare time, he has recently completed several marathons and triathlons.
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.
Erin Deady, P.A., specializes in sustainability, climate, environmental, land use, and water law, as well as in securing grants. Her clients include local governments, Special Districts, private sector, agricultural and Tribal entities specializing in development and regulatory issues, Gulf of Mexico and Everglades Restoration, water resources, code development, and all types of land-use issues, as well as Federal and state litigation on energy, water resources management and environmental regulatory matters.
Erin L. Deady, P.A., is a full-service legal and consulting firm. In addition to being a licensed attorney in Florida, Erin is also a certified land planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a LEED AP. She previously served as Environmental Counsel to Audubon of Florida, and has worked for the Village of Wellington, the Broward County Department of Planning and Environmental Protection, and the South Florida Water Management District.
Erin earned her JD from Nova Southeastern University; her Master of Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University (where she was also an Environmental Growth Management Fellow); and her BA in Marine Science Affairs from the University of Miami. A new member of the USGBC Board of Directors, Erin has always passionately given back to her community and the professional associations in which she has been involved, serving on numerous Boards and committees, including the Everglades Coalition, water Districts, and various environmental academies and agencies.
Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Erin currently splits her time between Key Largo and Lantana. In her limited free time, she enjoys distance cycling, fishing, diving, skiing and hanging out in the Florida Keys.
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.
John Nix is a 34-year veteran in the energy-management field. He is currently employed as a Senior Energy Engineer at Florida Power and Light Company. John is a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.) and also holds certifications in Energy Procurement (CEP), Sustainable Building Design, and Demand Side Management. Sustainability, conservation, and efficient management of energy are where his core interests and expertise lie. Since 1981, John has been very active within the building energy management industry while specializing in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), including professional presentations on a variety of technical topics within the field. He has conducted numerous commercial building energy audits as well as HVAC equipment application reviews.
A three-term President of the Miami Chapter of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air–Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), John currently chairs several ASHRAE society committees. He has also served as an Advisory Board member for engineering departments in three major universities -- University of Florida, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and Florida International University. In addition, John recently completed his services as a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee.
John received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in engineering from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. He is a native of Gainesville, Florida, and operates a natural beef sustainable farm in nearby Rochelle, Florida, a town founded by his ancestors. John enjoys hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and spending time with his family. Happily married to Angelita for more than 35 years, John is also the proud father of three wonderful daughters -- Ronnica, Mikaela and Rochelle.
Chi Chi Truong, Miami-Dade Branch Branch Chair
Chi Chi Truong, EI, LEED Green Associate, is a project engineer for Harris Engineering. A Miami transplant, Chi Chi is heavily involved with community grassroots efforts focused on urban growth, entrepreneurship, youth leadership development, arts and culture, human rights, and sustainability. Chi Chi serves as the Miami-Dade Branch Chair, the Chapter's Emerging Professionals Chair, USGBC's National Chair for the USGBC Students Program, and, of course, as a member of the Chapter's Board of Directors.
Originally from Louisville, KY, Chi Chi graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. During his academic career, he co-created an annual student conference with Habitat for Humanity International that united technical university project teams around the country to share best practices and collaborate on national and global efforts including disaster-resilient housing and sustainable building practices. In 2008, he represented Purdue to the United Nation’s World Urban Forum in Nanjing, China.
Chi Chi is known for his passion and energy, as well as for coalition building and civic engagement. In 2013, he and the USGBC Emerging Professionals partnered with AIA Miami’s Young Architect Forum on the submission of a winning concept to the Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge. Their project – Miami in Action – activated an existing public park with a public space festival that offered attendees innovative ideas and activities with a focus on revitalizing the downtown corridor.
Chi Chi’s professional career includes being a district manager for a general contracting company, and serving as an associate director for an environmental nonprofit. On weekends, Chi Chi can be found traveling with his friends or enjoying some of the many amenities Miami has to offer.