We work with clients from various industries and sizes to help them achieve positive returns on their buildings, programs, and human ca pit al investments. Due to our lean core staffing and extensive partner network, ecoPreserve delivers outstanding capabilities customized to meet your needs flexibly and efficiently.
We pride ourselves on the extensive charity and volunteer work we are involved with to move our communities in Florida to the forefront of sustainability. We are also proud to be a woman-owned specialty professional services firm based in Orlando, Florida holding the following certifications:
- DBE – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in Florida
- MWBE – Minority/Women Business Enterprise
- LDB – Local Developing Business
Meet the Team
ALEXA STONE, PRESIDENT, LEED AP OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE, SUSTAINABLE FACILITY PROFESSIONAL™
2009, Alexa founded ecoPreserve LLC and led a team to successful completion of the 1st LEED for Existing Building (EBOM) Certification of a commercial building in metro-Orlando. The building was selected as ‘Project of the Year’ by the US Green Building Council Central Florida.
In 2010, ecoPreserve was selected as the sustainability consultant for Orange County Convention Center and in 2013 achieved the honor of certifying it as the largest convention in the world to achieve LEED EBOM Gold Certification.
During this time, the ecoPreserve Team led strategic sustainability initiatives at Orlando Health, Bright House Networks and the University of Central Florida. In 2013, ecoPreserve became a sustainability consultant for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority working toward the development of The Aviation Authority’s first Sustainability Management Plan, ENERGY STAR and LEED certification.
A native of Oregon, Alexa spent her youth in the Pacific Northwest and is an avid hiker & skier. She received her Bachelors of Science from Old Dominion University. During her senior year she was selected by the National Academy of Sciences for a teaching position in Beijing where she witnessed the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Upon her return, Alexa used her language skills to grow a start-up company importing printed circuit boards from China. In 2001, Alexa began working at Home Depot Supply’s Corporate Headquarters as the Merchant Manager for the electrical division where she led the company to greater focus on energy efficiency. In 2007, Alexa was promoted to the newly created position of Energy Specialist where she completed energy saving upgrades for major commercial and government clients.
In 2008, Alexa earned her accreditation by the US Green Building Council and began teaching classes at the Disney Entrepreneur Center where she found reward when her graduates passed the LEED exam.
Alexa is a former board member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the International Facility Management Association. She is a former chair of the Green Committee for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) where she was honored with the BOMA President’s Awards. She is a founding member of Green Destination Orlando and the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance where she helped develop an award-winning building energy competition.
Alexa was selected by Orlando’s Mayor as a member of the City’s Sustainability Task Force in 2012. She is also a member of Orange County Florida’s Sustainability Team and a judge for Orange County’s Green School Recognition program. She is a LEED Accredited Professional (USGBC) with a specialty in Existing Buildings and a Certified Sustainable Facility Professional (IFMA). Alexa is proud to have been nominated for the Girl Scout’s Women of Distinction award in 2014.
JEFF BENAVIDES, PROGRAM MANAGER, LEED AP OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
Jeff Benavides is a graduate of the University Of Central Florida in Hospitality Management and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Certificate Program. Entering sustainability in 2007, he assisted the Peabody Orlando (a 1200+ room convention resort) achieve the Florida Green Lodging Program Designation.
At the City of Orlando, Jeff helped manage Mayor Buddy Dyer's GreenWorks Program by: establishing energy baselines for all city buildings; developing a Green Business Program; and, assisting the City achieve GOLD Local Government certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition. Returning to hospitality, Jeff has brought the largest timeshare brand, Wyndham Resorts, to the forefront of energy management and waste programs for its 180+ resort portfolio. Jeff is a founding member of Green Destination Orlando as well the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance.
ALBERTO BRIOSO, INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST & ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY SPECIALIST, LEED AP, MSC
With over 19 years in the environmental safety and health profession, Alberto Brioso has gained experience and understanding of the synergy between sustainability and health. He has worked in both the public and private sectors during his career and has extensive experience in safety and health consulting and has performed hundreds of indoor air quality (IEQ) assessments including IEQ commissioning for LEED projects.
Alberto earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Master’s of Science in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Human Engineering. He is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist with extensive experience in workplace hazard and exposure assessments for industries of all types.
ROBERT CARTER, SUSTAINABILITY AND FINANCIAL ANALYST
Robert Carter is a professional data analyst with 5 years of experience specially focused on performance measurement for building sustainability including waste, energy, water and sustainable purchasing.
Robert spent 20 years as the Accounting and Data Processing Manager at Genuine Parts Company and 5 years as Data Analyst and Assistant Systems Logistics Manager at Home Depot Supply and 2 years with SAP as a data analyst.
ROBYN DOWSEY, PROJECT MANAGER, LEED AP BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, LEED AP OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
Robyn Dowsey has over a decade of experience in environmental implementation and 18 years of experience in design-build construction. Robyn has successfully provided detailed oversight on over 35 sustainable projects all of which either met or exceeded the sustainable goals targeted. Robyn is a seasoned professional dedicated to client satisfaction, partnerships, and seamless outcomes.
She is well known throughout the state of Florida as a leader in sustainability education, integrated project delivery, low impact building practices and operational policy development.
Robyn is the Chair of the USGBC Regional Council for the State of Florida, a Green Globes Assessor and an active supporter of the Florida educational community. As a pragmatic problem solver and a highly knowledgeable team member Robyn has the ability to inspire and empower others to develop and achieve levels beyond their expectations.
Jennifer Webb, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Jennifer Webb has nearly twenty years of experience as a senior level architect and project manager in educational, healthcare, scientific, and commercial projects with complex programming requirements. She’s been involved in every phase of a project from the planning and design phases through to construction and close-out with superb continuity. Jennifer has managed large and multi-disciplined teams and acted owner’s representative for many large public and private programs. Jennifer’s is a published writer for trade journals, she has developed organization policies and procedures and facility design standards. Jennifer is a registered architect of both Virginia and Florida. She is a LEED AP. Currently, she is working on completing her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.
MITAL HALL, PROJECT MANAGER, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE, MSC, BPI BUILDING ANALYST
Mital has over ten years of experience in project management, focusing on sustainable and community development with universities, state and local governments and communities. Her areas of expertise lay within the areas of sustainability, energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, and natural resource management, project management and business development.
With ecoPreserve, she serves as a Program Manager for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority in LEED Operations and Maintenance and Sustainability Management. Her leadership style begins with a team oriented approach using a solutions-based strategy to management with the exceptional ability to motivate and inspire staff to commit and implements successful and innovative projects with a high level of positive morale.
Mital received a B.A. in World Religions with a Minor in International Studies followed by a Masters in Interdisciplinary Ecology with a focus on International Studies from the University of Florida. She is Building Professional Institute Building Analyst, a LEED Green Associate, and a pending Project Management Professional.
JESSICA WRIGHT, SUSTAINABILITY SPECIALIST, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE, MSC
Jessica Wright is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and holds Masters in Sustainability from the University of Phoenix. Jessica experience in building operations includes management roles with a focus on food services and nutrition management.
Her expertise has been in managing large teams, client management, leadership, and communications. Passionate about sustainability, she has been the catalyst for establishing and leading several successful sustainability initiatives. Jessica is a member of the Florida Healthcare Engineering Association (FHEA) and the U.S. Green Building Council.
Committed to community outreach, she volunteers for Keep Seminole Beautiful and the Seminole County School District as a visiting lecturer teaching sustainability and gardening to students. Jessica also operates a small business, Caring Hands Gardener, that provides organic gardening and landscaping for homes and businesses.
Sarah Hamoui, LEED GA
Sarah has a strong passion for the environment and is currently in the process of attaining a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Her understanding of the environment is applied in her many volunteer experiences at the Orlando Wetlands Park where she assists with water sampling, controlled burns, land surveys, and removal of invasive plant species.
Sarah spends her time outside of school assisting ecoPreserve Building Sustainability with ongoing sustainability projects. Her detailed orientated focus adds value in research and development, the creation of complex spreadsheets, and technical reviews.
After graduation, Sarah’s plansto further her experience in the green building industry. She is currently in the process of achieving USGBC’s LEED Green Associates certificate.
Gary Shlifer MS, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Homes
Gary Shlifer comes to ecoPreserve with more than 20 years experience and an impressive skill-set. Fueled by a passion to help create a more sustainable worldhe is an accomplished expert of the ‘integrative process’ and High-Performance Green Building.
As a creative, systems thinker, solution focused leader Garybelieves that the backbone to creating sustainable, economically viable,performance built environments depends on a commitment to the ‘integrative process’, the ‘triple bottom line’ anda‘holistic’ approach.
In part, it was his first career as a professional underwater cinematographer and director that lead him to become a Performance Green Building Professional bearing witness to widespread decimation of marine ecosystems. “It’s one thing to read about the affects of human activity on the natural world, it’s another thing entirely to see the affects first hand”.
He began his High-Performance Green Building consulting career in the 1990’s as a core member of what was to be Florida’s first sustainable, intentional community. He spent six years working towards creating the quintessential, balanced neighborhood design to foster community, social equity and superlative sustainably. After a period as a sales representative for Florida’s largest sustainable materials and products company he shifted towards Performance Green Building Consulting.
He opened his practice in 2006 with work on the first and the largest LEED for Homes residence in Florida, which achieved LEED for Homes Silver Certification and Florida Green Building Coalition Green Homes Gold Certification. Since then, Gary has worked on a wide range of projects types pursuing LEED and other performance green certifications. His work includes work on Federal, Municipal, K-12, Higher Education, Commercial, Multifamily, Residential, Mixed Use, new and existing building projects among others.
Gary is skilled speaking professional leading lectures, seminars and workshops on a wide breath of subjects related to sustainability. He has conducted LEED Green Associate and Building Design and Construction Accreditation specialty training workshops.
Among Gary’s unique skills is the ability to guide projects through achieving an Innovation in Design Credit for Green Building Education through the production of engaging video programs and web based presentations. Detail oriented, Gary helps to provides individual attention to project teams that ensure goals for sustainability are implemented and a successful, streamlined certification is achieved.
CHANEL JELOVCHAN, SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT INTERN, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE
Chanel Jelovchan is a LEED Green Associate and a senior at Rollins College studying Environmental Studies and Sustainable Urbanism. She is an active member in the community, volunteering in lake clean ups and community events in the spirit of environmental awareness.
Chanel has proven to be an invaluable member of the environmental community with Green Destination Orlando (GDO) a registered 503© non-profit. Her participation is synonymous with her unbridled optimism and goal-oriented approach to her work.
Chanel is a committed member of Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s Green Team and assists in planning their popular, earth friendly events with the goal of educating and entertaining the community inexciting ways to become a responsible stewards of the environment. Her expertise has been in team building, client management, communications, marketing, large-scale logistics coordination, financial management, grassroots organizing and youth outreach initiatives.
Rains Vickery is a senior at University of Florida and studies Sustainability and the Built Environment. In her experience with UF, she has had the opportunity to conduct measurements and verifications necessary for the attainment of a LEED v4 EBOM certification of the UF Lacrosse building. Rains joined the ecoPreserve family as a Sustainability Specialist and assists in documentation, development, and submittal for LEED BD+C and LEED O+M projects. She is currently in the process of preparing for the LEED Green Associates exam.
Larry Clark, CEA, LEED AP O+M, Building Systems & Energy Consultant
Larry Clark is an electrical engineer (B.S.E.E.), LEED AP and Certified Commercial Energy Auditor. He previously served as Director of Corporate Business Development at Hill York, President at MEPCO (formerly Dunham-Bush); and regional manager at Vapor Power division of Westinghouse Air Brake. He has had more than a dozen HVAC and energy related articles published and is a frequent presenter and lecturer on metering/submetering and advanced ventilation strategies. He is a member of ASHRAE, IEEE and USGBC South FL (2011-2012 chair of Broward Green Schools Committee), and serves on the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Education Review Team, BOMA FL Energy Committee and the City of Pompano Beach Recycling & Solid Waste Committee. Larry is principal of Sustainable Performance Solutions LLC.
David L. Dunn, CFM, Facility Operations & Strategic Program Advisor
With a long history of facilities management including work at United Technologies and the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. After joining the City of Orlando, Dave developed strategy for the Mayor’s “Green Works Orlando” program and was the project leader for LEED certification of 6 new construction city fire stations. Additionally, he manages energy efficiency programs in 61 City buildings and coordinates EECBG grant funding. David is a U.S. Navy & Air Force Veteran, he holds a Associate of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s of Art of Divinity. He is Chapter President of the International Facilities Managers Association (IFMA) of Central Florida and actively involved in U.S. Green Building Council and the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance. David speaks nationally on behalf of IFMA on building sustainability topics including LEED, net-zero, vegetated roof, rainwater harvesting systems, hybrids and gray water reuse. He presently serves as Fleet & Facilities Manager for the City of Orlando.
Todd Langner, Branding & Development Advisor
Todd is a lighting efficiency pioneer with extensive experience in the industry including executive roles at: Troy Lighting (President & Chief Operation Officer), Kichler Lighting (Executive VP of Marketing and Product Development) and Hunter Lighting (President). Todd's passions include marketing, branding, product development, strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions and mentoring. Todd is a graduate of University of Florida with a major in Public Relations. On a personal note, Todd is described as "driven" and "goal-oriented" but he says there is one principle which must override all other in order to insure business and personal success: HUMOR. "Without humor the work product won't be as good and the journey will be miserable." Todd Langner is the Senior VP for Business Development for SESCO Lighting.
Mark Thomason, Technology Advisor
Mark Thomason is former Director of Business Development for Palmer-Electric, a 60 year old full service electrical contractor in Central Florida. Mark, who is a green technology geek, is heading up Palmer Electric's new initiatives, such as Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment, Energy Management and Solar. Mark's entire career has centered around technology. He has repaired Sonar Systems for the US Navy, worked as Product Manager for a very large software company, started his own software company and is now helping Orlando get ready for Electric Vehicles by installing EV Charging Equipment and running a popular blog at www.PluginRecharge.com. Mark is an active member in " Get Ready Central Florida"
Professional Affiliations :
ecoPreserve is proud to announce attainment of the following minority business certifications:
- Disadvantages Business Enterprise – DBE Certified
- Minority Women’s Business Enterprise - WMBE Certified
- Local Developing Business – LDB Certified