By Maria Saporta
If you want to know who are part of the up-and-coming environmental leaders in Georgia, the 2015 IGEL class is a good place to look.
IGEL stands for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. The Institute has slected “32 outstanding participants” for its 2015 class, according to IGEL’s leaders, including Susan Richardson, who chairs the nonprofit’s board.
These individuals will join a diverse network of statewide leaders who collaborate to solve Georgia’s environmental challenges. The IGEL experience is a development program that will take the class through multiple sessions throughout the state, actively exposing them to the vast potential and pressing environmental concerns in all regions of Georgia.
The IGEL program emphasizes hands-on learning and opportunities to master new skills through practice. The program is facilitated by the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University.
Bob Rolader with Brent Holdings, LLC, is vice chair of the IGEL board and served as chair of the selection committee.
“The pool of quality candidates was especially impressive,” Rolader said. “It’s always a challenge to determine the right mix across sectors and geography to maximize the experience for the participants.”
Richardson said the class of 2015 includes the first recipient of the Barbara Gallo memorial scholarship. Gallo was an alumna of the IGEL Class of 2007 and chaired the board in 2013.
IGEL is a nonprofit organization facilitating leadership in collaborative problem-solving to preserve and enhance the environment in Georgia.
Here are the members of the IGEL Class of 2015:
Kimberly Ajy, president and owner of R2T, Inc. – Roswell
Shan Arora, policy programs manager of Southface Energy Institute -Atlanta
Erin Black, vice president of sustainability and environmental, health, and safety for Coca-Cola Refreshments – Smyrna
Michael Black, faculty associate and lecturer, Georgia State University – Decatur
Evelyn Bolden Sr., manager, vendor management of Cox Enterprises, Inc., – Atlanta
Dan Carney, environmental program manager of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – Atlanta
Scott Cole, of counsel for Hall Booth Smith and Slover, PC, – Atlanta
Mark Crosswell, managing partnerof CK Advisors – Atlanta
Stephen Ezelle, partner of Gilbert & Ezelle Real Estate Services – Savannah
Stacy Funderburke, assistant regional counsel and real estate associate, The Conservation Fund – Atlanta
Mindy Goldstein, clinical professor and director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic and interim director of the environmental and natural resources lw pogram at Emory Law School – Atlanta
Scott Griffin, forester of Georgia Forestry Commission – Gainesville
Doug Haymans, policy coordinator of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Brunswick
John Haynes, vice president of CBRE, Inc. – Atlanta
Anne Heard, deputy regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Atlanta
Hollister Hill, partner atTroutman Sanders LLC – Atlanta
Sharon Holbrooks, conservation easement specialist at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Winterville
Clay Johnston, owner of Burnt Mountain Builders ~ Designers – Jasper
Anne Kaiser, vice president of Georgia Power Co. – Rome
Pam Lister, executive director of Keep Thomas County Beautiful -Thomasville
Jodi Mansbach, vice president of Jamestown – Atlanta
Dale Mediate, director of sustainability at Flowers Foods, Inc., -Thomasville
Tyronda Minter, director of regional impact at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta – Atlanta
Katherine Moore, program manager at the Georgia Conservancy -Atlanta
Ashby Nix, Satilla Riverkeeper and executive director of Satilla Riverkeeper – Woodbine
Ruthie Norton, senior program manager at the City of Atlanta – Atlanta
Russ Pennington, director of policy and public affairs at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division – Atlanta
Raymond Pittman, principal of Integrated Science & Engineering – Richmond Hill
Gwendolyn Ruff, senior vice president of Columbus Water Works – Columbus
Nathaniel Smith, founder and CEO of the Partnership for Southern Equity – Atlanta
Donald Stack, managing attorney of Stack & Associates, P.C. – Atlanta
Michael Stubbs, principal of Hodges, Harbin, Newberry & Tribble, Inc. -Macon