Panelists

Keynote

Tim McDonald

Tim McDonald

PRESIDENT, ONION FLATS

Tim is a leader in making sustainable affordable housing a reality. His award-winning development and design-build firm has created some of the first LEED Gold and Platinum projects in the country and the first certified Passive House, net-zero ready project in Pennsylvania. Tim has led a research project in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to develop a net-zero ready building standard for all affordable housing in the state by 2030. He is actively promoting this initiative with housing finance agencies in 39 other states. To date, 13 states are following the PHFA’s lead.


Panelists

Charlene Andreas

Charlene Andreas

DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, LATIN UNITED COMMUNITY HOUSING

Charlene has over 20 years’ experience as an architect and 8 as a developer. She has a broad base of knowledge in the affordable housing planning and development process, as well as construction, community development, and finance. Most recently, she was responsible for closing on the $17.4 million sustainable and healthy affordable housing development, Tierra Linda Apartments. She’s also completed the rehab of the Borinquen Bella Apartments and two Neighborhood Stabilization Program single family homes. Charlene was the project architect for the first Green Permit affordable housing project, Sankofa House, in Chicago. She is a Green Building Certification Institute Green Associate and certified occupancy specialist.


Catherine Baker

Catherine Baker

PRINCIPAL, LANDON BONE BAKER ARCHITECTS

Catherine is an active member of Chicago’s architectural education and professional communities. With a bachelor’s in architecture and a master’s in social sciences, she understands people and problems, as well as how to make connections and develop programmatic solutions. In her role at Landon Bone Baker Architects, she is working to develop a direct neighborhood outreach program that fosters better-informed communities while simultaneously gathering data that informs design. She has managed various planning projects including federally-funded programs focusing on neighborhood revitalization and is currently designing Tierra Linda Apartments and the Dorchester Artistic Housing Collaborative.


James Lewis

James Lewis

PROJECT MANAGER, HEARTLAND ALLIANCE

A licensed architect and certified Passive House consultant, James joined Heartland Alliance in 2014 with a goal to fully integrate sustainable practices into the design, construction, and management of Heartland properties. Currently, he oversees the design and construction process for all projects. He’s developed a Passive House model for current and future housing projects that has reduced operation costs while enhancing the quality of life of residents. James has received several design competition awards including recognition from Architecture for Humanity and the Urban Land Institute.


Facilitator

Michelle Halle Stern

Michelle Halle Stern

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF CO-CREATOR, THE GREEN FACILITATOR

Michelle partners with organizations to design and facilitate workshops, meetings, and discussions that spark creativity and move groups to inspiring, shared solutions. Prior to launching her own firm, Michelle held sustainability leadership roles in architecture, engineering, and nonprofit organizations where she led visioning and strategy workshops, as well as implementation for dozens of green building certification projects. This work gained her a reputation as an outstanding convener and consensus builder, which she bolstered by becoming a Certified Technology of Participation Facilitator. She now works with a variety of organizations to clarify their strategic visions and put them quickly into practice. As a licensed architect and engineer with a master’s in environmental and occupational health science she is adept at collaborating across disciplines.


Speakers

Jean Ascoli

Jean Ascoli

Senior Energy Efficiency Program Manager, ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program

In her current role, Jean directs the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program new construction offering. Prior to joining ComEd, she developed and implemented a new construction energy efficiency program for public sector projects in Illinois, through her work with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, an implementer for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. She has also worked as an owner’s representative and consultant architect, specializing in high-performance commercial building design. Jean trained as a Passive House consultant and provided architectural design services on the Equinox House; the first net zero home in Urbana, Illinois.


Paul Knight

Paul Knight

PRINCIPAL, DOMUS PLUS

Paul’s dedicated the majority of his 40-year career as a licensed architect to the creation of healthy, sustainable, and energy efficient housing. He frequently provides technical and architectural consulting services to federal, state, and city government agencies working to improve the energy efficiency of affordable housing and other residential development. Prior to founding Domus PLUS, Paul served as a research architect at the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois–Chicago. During his time at the center he provided residential technical assistance and studied energy efficiency policy. Paul holds a master’s in architecture and a bachelor’s in environmental design.


Spencer Skinner

Spencer Skinner

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CLOSING AND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, ILLINOIS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Prior to joining the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Spencer worked as an architect specializing in affordable housing around the Midwest. He’s been involved in several projects earning LEED, Enterprise Green Communities, and National Green Building Standard certifications. In his current role, he is tasked with furthering the authority’s commitment to financing sustainable affordable communities.