List of Officers


Membership is comprised of architects, engineers, interior designers, construction professionals, real estate professionals, building owners / operators, developers, built environment suppliers, municipalities, students pursuing related degrees, real estate / construction attorneys and sustainable advocates.

Lisa Pim Peterson, LEED AP, CPSM | Secretary - NE Ohio Region

Weber Murphy Fox Architects, Business Development Manager

Lisa is an experienced business development and marketing communications professional with over 15 years in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry. As Business Development Manager at Weber Murphy Fox she collaborates with architects, land planners, and construction managers focusing on projects in higher education, commercial interiors, and healthcare to name a few market areas. Lisa’s interest in the built environment and sustainability led to her joining the Board of Directors for the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the US Green Building Council, where she currently serves as Board Secretary. Lisa believes that giving back to the community and the environment is a vital part of her personal and professional development. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

James (Jim) Dixon JD | Vice Chairperson - Northeast Ohio Chapter

Brouse McDowell, LPA, Partner

Jim is a partner at Brouse McDowell, LPA. Jim helps businesses and individuals anticipate and manage risk and resolve disputes on construction projects. He drafts and negotiates construction contracts, provides risk management and conflict resolution counseling before and during the course of construction, and mediates, arbitrates and litigates disputes. He has tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts, arbitrated fast-track and large complex construction disputes and mediated disputes of all sizes. Jim earned a B.A. in English from Denison University and a J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Jim particularly enjoys representing clients in the construction industry that are developing sustainable products, methods and practices. In his personal life, he demonstrates his commitment to sustainability by serving on the NEOGBC Board as well as the Board of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. He also commutes by bicycle, harvests rainwater, raises hens, and, when he has to drive, does so in an old station wagon he has converted to burn biodiesel.

Thomas West | President NE Region

Cushman Wakefield/CRESCO, Senior Vice President

Industry Experience Tom joined CRESCO Real Estate in 2004, has been in the real estate industry for over twenty-six (28) years including eighteen (18) years with another national real estate firm. Outstanding pursuit of solutions to client problems, a willingness to work tirelessly for clients, academic achievements, vast technical and business experience as well as strong analytical skills are evidenced in Tom’s accomplishments. Professional Accomplishments Tom holds several US patents and is named on more than a dozen research reports. He served six (6) years on the Board of the Ohio Ballet as a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Marketing Committee. He is an avid competitive sailor and enjoys construction projects around his home. He currently on Board of Directors of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the US Green Building Coalition and a frequent speaker on sustainable building construction and economics. In 1995, Tom was elected President of the Northern Ohio Chapter of NAIOP and served in 1996 as Chair of the Commercial Council at CABOR. In 1997 and 1998, he was elected President of GCREO, the board charged with coordinating the activities of Cleveland’s real estate societies and boards. He was a member of CABOR’s Grievance Committee and served on the prestigious Society of Industrial Realtors (SIOR) Grievance and Professional Standards Committee in 1998 through 2003, and chaired of the Professional Standards Committee in 1998. From 2003 through 2009 Tom was an active advisor to the Professional Standards Committee. In 1997 and 1998, he contributed significantly to the drafting and adoption of a new and more stringent code of ethics for the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. During his tenure in the real estate industry, Tom has been presented many awards including: “Office Broker of the Year” (1992 & 2004) by NAIOP and SIOR, NAIOP “Member of the Year, NAIOP “Lifetime Achievement” Award and the prestigious NAIOP/SIOR “Office Transaction of the Year” in both 2007 and 2010. Affiliations and Community Involvement Northeast Ohio Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) National Association of Realtors (NAR) National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) The Nature Conservancy Ohio Association of Realtors (OAR) US Sailing

Cynthia (Cindy) Cicigoi | USGBC Ohio Chapter Board Member

Cleveland 2030 District - Executive Director

Cynthia Cicigoi began her career at The Euclid Chemical Company, a division of RPM International. She held a number of positions there including Vice President of Administration. She moved to work with the RPM Building Solutions Group where she headed their Customer Relationship Management program before setting the direction for the group’s global sustainability initiative. As Vice President of Global Sustainable Initiatives she was the chairperson of their Sustainability Leadership Council which was responsible for developing and executing on annual targets and 10 year, long term goals. She was also responsible for the management of the facilities at their global headquarters which was retrofitted to LEED Gold standards during her tenure. Just a few of the renovation highlights included solar and wind technologies as well as a vegetated roof. Cindy earned her BA at Bowling Green State University. She lives in Mentor, Ohio with her husband Gene.

Joseph Paterniti | USGBC Ohio Chapter Board Member

Key Bank, Vice President & Entrerprise Manager Key4Green

<p>Joe Paterniti joined KeyBank in May of 2011 and currently serves as commercial lender. He works with a team that helps businesses achieve their goals through traditional lending strategies as well as focusing on green and sustainability lending. This is the process of optimizing your facilities equipment and building infrastructure to reduce energy consumption allowing an organization to realize real cash savings that can then be reallocated towards achieving their business goals. The success of Joe's green sustainability lending activities in Ohio has provided modeling that is used nationally by KeyBank in its Green Lending strategy as he continues to support other lenders across the banks footprint. Prior to joining KeyBank Joe worked at US Bank and as an owner/operator of several companies in the financial service and business strategy industries. Joe, a native Ohioan, is the active Board Member of the Ohio Chapter of the US Green Building Council.</p>

Paul Etzler | Treasurer - Northeast Ohio Chapter

Skoda Minotti, Principal, CPA, CGMA, GACP

Paul has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for 20 years, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) for 2 years. He has been certified in sustainable building practices through the Green Advantage program as a Certified Practitioner (GACP). As a CPA, Paul specializes in business advisory, compliance and economic development/tax structuring opportunities to the real estate and construction industries. Paul’s concentrations as a CPA and consultant include due diligence related to new property acquisitions and developments, as well as divestures; extensive consultation with HUD/FHA and not-for-profit clients; and MOU, LOI and P&S agreement review, lease negotiations, and forecasting, budgeting and projections for real estate ventures. Paul became a principal and minority owner in Deconstruction Management on January 1, 2013. His concentrations with the Company include financial forecasting of deconstruction opportunities, and educating contractors, architects and community officials on deconstruction. Paul is a regular blog contributor to Properties Magazine and Crain’s Cleveland Business, and often presents on economic development opportunities in tax, grant and loan arenas. Paul currently serves as Treasurer/Secretary to the Building Owners’ and Managers’ Association (BOMA) Akron chapter; on the Associates Council of BOMA Greater Cleveland; on the Board of Governors of BOMA Ohio; on the Board and Membership Committee of the Northeast Ohio United States Green Building Council (NEO USGBC); and on the Board of The ReUse People of America – Ohio (TRP). He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Paul earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio).

Craig Miller, CPA, CGFM | Board Member - Sponsorships

Duffy & Duffy Cost Segregation Services, President

Craig S. Miller, Duffy+Duffy Cost Segregation Services, Westlake, Ohio. Craig is a CPA and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Craig received a BBA and an MBA in Finance from Cleveland State University. He is an Adjunct Faculty Instructor of Accounting at Cleveland State and Lorain County Community College. He is a former Tax Commissioner Agent for the State of Ohio. Mr. Miller is a member of the OSCPA, AICPA, IMA, AGA, and he serves on the State Board of NAIOP in Ohio, and the Board of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the United States Green Building Council. Craig and his wife Cindy have 4 children.

Michael Wallenstein | Director NE Region - Emerging Professionals

Neptune Plumbing

Stephanie Corbett | Vice President NE Ohio Region

Case Western Reserve University, Sustainability Director

Deborah Dixon | Board Member - Green Schools

AirForce One

Debra currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Air Force One, a firm specializing in commercial and industrial HVAC and control systems to optimize performance of their client’s mission critical assets. Debra guides her clients through options to increase their building’s energy efficiency by way of building maintenance, design/build projects, building automation, control systems and energy efficient retrofits. In addition to a working knowledge of HVAC and control systems, she brings 20 plus years of sales, management and consultancy experience to the AFO team including extensive expertise in procurement and management of supply side energy for commercial clients.

Nicole Stika | Vice President, Energy Services


Nicole Stika is the Vice President of Energy Services for the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and leads the chamber’s member energy portfolio including its electric and natural gas procurement for Ohio businesses. She oversees the development and implementation of the energy efficiency, demand side management, and sustainability programs on behalf of member companies and their employees. Under her leadership, the program has rapidly grown into a robust program that now provides comprehensive, consultative energy efficiency education and support services to businesses of all sizes. The program and its services have grown to include energy assessments, utility bill analysis, energy efficiency retrofits, demand side management and demand response. She is driving energy efficiency policies and legislation throughout the State of Ohio. She serves on the Advisory Council for Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE). She speaks nationally and internationally on sustainable economic development strategy and building successful businesses, organizations and communities. Nicole earned her LEED Green Associate in 2013. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration specializing in economic development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dayton.


Wednesday 7/12/2017

The Cleveland Museum of Art rarely opens their doors for a behind the scene look at what it takes to operate a world class art museum. Come learn about how they manage the property and the great efficiency projects CMA has accomplished recently. We will follow the tour with a networking happy hour on museum grounds. Wade Oval Wednesday begins at 6 PM on the oval with a free concert/food trucks.

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Thursday 7/20/2017

Interested in learning about vegetated roofs? Come learn about the benefits of rooftop gardens and what it takes to create one! Registration link to follow Continuing Education Credits available for: USGBC, AEE, ASHRAE, BOMA, CES, pending for AIA Fee: $10 for members of Building Education Series presenting organizations, $15 for non members

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