Bethany Bezak – PE, LEED AP
Bethany Bezak is the Green Infrastructure Manager for DC Water in Washington, DC, where her primary role is to manage DC Water’s Green Infrastructure implementation as part of the DC Clean Rivers Project. The DC Clean Rivers Project is a $2.6 Billion consent decree program to reduce Combined Sewer Overflows to the District’s water bodies: the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and Rock Creek. In her role, she is responsible for the planning and siting, engineering design, and construction oversight of Green Infrastructure projects and manages contract schedules and budgets.
Ms. Bezak has experience in the design and construction of Green Infrastructure and stream restoration projects and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling. In addition, she is well-versed in sustainable site design, LEED certification, and green building practices.
Before joining DC Water, Ms. Bezak worked at Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. in Gainesville, Virginia as an Associate Engineer focusing on the planning, design, and construction of Green Infrastructure, stormwater management, and stream restoration.
She has presented at local and national conferences on topics including: rainwater harvesting, Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development, LEED and sustainable construction practices, and stream restoration.
Ms. Bezak has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, MI) and Master of Science in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA). She is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and the District of Columbia and a LEED AP.
Maribeth DeLorenzo, Ph.D., AICP, LEED-AP
Maribeth serves as a Housing Development Advisor at the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development, having joined the agency in July 2007. Based in the Office of the Director, she is responsible for the agency’s implementation of The Green Building Act of 2006, which mandated green building for publicly–owned and –financed buildings in Washington, DC. She is also responsible for a HUD Community Challenge Planning Grant focused on enhancing livability principles in communities east of the Anacostia River. Additionally, Maribeth works on a variety of special projects for the agency.
Maribeth is LEED Accredited Professional. She is also a Certified Public Manager, with a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma, credentials earned through George Washington University. Maribeth holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare, with a graduate certificate in Urban Studies, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Before joining the District of Columbia Government, Maribeth worked for the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) as the Director of Research and Advocacy. She has also developed affordable housing locally, working for both Manna, Inc. and Mi Casa, Inc.
Maribeth is a past board member of Volunteers of America- Chesapeake, of The Washington Area Community Investment Fund, where she also served as the loan committee chair, and of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development.
Peter C. Doo is founder and partner of Doo Consulting, LLC. He is a recognized leader in the sustainability industry with
extensive experience assisting assisting companies, municipalities, and project teams meet their sustainability goals. Peter is commissioner on the Baltimore City Sustainability Commission. As 2009 recipient of Maryland Daily Record’s “Innovator of the Year” award, Peter is credited with the founding the Maryland chapter of the USGBC, and served as its first president. He is a past president of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the College of Fellow of the national organization.
Peter is a Living Building Challenge Ambassador and has
been involved in multiple LBC projects including the Gaddy
House located in Clarksville, MD, the Gibian House located
in Broadkill Beack, DE, and the Lemur Conservatory
Foundation, located in Myakka City, FL. As an architect, Peter has designed LEED certified and net zero energy projects. He brings this experience to assist design teams in developing creative, project specific and appropriate strategies for energy and water efficiency and to provide healthy environments in which to live, work and play. Peter speaks regularly to schools, businesses and associations on issues of green buildings and sustainable development. He likes to garden and golf – sometimes simultaneously.
Roger Frechette III – PE, LEEP AP
As Managing Principal and Senior Mechanical Engineer at Interface Engineering, Mr. Frechette has more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of sustainable engineering and building design. His international and domestic work encompasses sustainable master planning and building systems designs for some of the world’s largest and most iconic structures. His portfolio includes high performance buildings, ranging from high-rise office towers, to government facilities and museums, to laboratories, airports, hospitals, sporting venues and academic buildings.
Recent international projects include the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), which opened in 2010 as the world’s tallest building, The “Dancing Dragons” Towers in Seoul. Korea, the Pearl River Tower, a high-performance, super-tall office building in Guangzhou, China and Greenland Tower in Wuhan, China, soon to be amongst the tallest buildings in the world. Mr. Frechette was the lead engineer for the Tianjin Eco-City in Tianjin China as well as the De-carbonization Plan for the city of Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Locally, Mr. Frechette has lead the engineering for many significant projects, such as the Department of Transportation Headquarters interiors, the Mary Switzer Building “LEED Gold” modernization, the C4ISR “Center of Excellence” Electronics Research Laboratory, FBI Biometrics Technology Center, Clarksburg, WV, the renovation of RFK Stadium, the National Museum of American History Renovation and the Sir Christopher Wren Building preservation in Williamsburg, VA.
Mr. Frechette is a Senior Fellow with the Design Futures Council, a global network of design community professionals, and a frequent lecturer and author on high-performance design and green engineering. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Society for American Military Engineers, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and numerous other professional organizations. Mr. Frechette is a licensed engineer in 28 individual states. In 2004, he was recognized by the United States Congress for his work in sustainability.
William Jelen, AIA
William Jelen AIA is both a licensed architect practitioner and a member of the faculty at The Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning. His primary teaching and research focus is Practice Management, Comprehensive Design Teaching, and Pro-Bono practice through the implementation of design build projects. His most important responsibility at CUA is the Directorship of CUAdc, the in-house pro bono design collaborative.
The Catholic University Design Collaborative or CUAdc is an organization for student engagement in the local community through design and design build projects. For the past nine years, William Jelen has led students on many award winning projects for non-profits in Washington DC. In 2012 he completed the construction of a 400sf Hermitage on the Franciscan Monastery grounds in Brookland, which won the 2010 DC AIA Un-built Award. He has also led teams of students and volunteers who were engaged to work with community groups like Metro Teen Aids, The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, the World Bank Community Foundation as well as several DC public and charter schools.
His most recent academic collaborative experience was the leadership of Team Capitol DC in the design and construction of their 2013 Solar Decathlon entry Harvest Home, which won the AIADC’s Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design. As project coordinator and Principal investigator for the Department of Energy’s $100,000 grant, William led a team of 10 faculty and almost 100 students to compete in Irvine , California. The Harvest Home was designed to be net zero energy, modular, and sustainable. It was donated to a homeless veterans housing provider in San Diego County after the competition.
William Jelen’s design practice: William Jelen Architect Inc. expands on his academic interest in economically feasible and environmentally sustainable design as a way of broadening architecture’s impact on society. William Jelen Architect Inc. is a multi-disciplinary, innovative design shop producing dynamic and sustainable projects that serve both clients and community.
The firm was founded in 2010 and provides thoughtful Architecture, Planning and Interior design services for residential, multi-family, and commercial ventures. Over half of his firms work is in affordable, sustainable housing.
Currently he is working on several single family residential projects, two cooperative housing projects in DC and has just completed a stunning new Visitor’s Center for the Franciscan Monastery.
William attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has lived and practiced in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington DC for firms both large and small. Projects of note include contributions to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia PA, George Mason University Wellness Center in Fairfax, VA and Caymanas Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
Kamina Newsome is a Business Development Specialist at Greenscape Environmental Services, an energy efficiency company headquartered in the District of Columbia, where her primary role is to build partnerships in the community.
Greenscape helps clients combat the rising cost of energy by identifying energy conservation opportunities and implementing practical energy efficiency measures.
In her role, Kamina is responsible for delivering high quality general contracting and sustainable energy efficiency solutions for commercial, residential, government, and utility partners in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Before joining Greenscape, Kamina worked for the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) as the Program Manager for Commercial & Institutional customers where she was responsible for planning, developing, and implementing prescriptive rebate and market transformation programs for the District of Columbia. Her experience includes identifying market trends and overcoming barriers to energy efficiency through “green” job-creation and economic development in low-income communities.
Kamina has lived in the Deanwood community for the past 15 years. As an active representative of the community, Kamina has is committed to incorporating sustainability in this neighborhood and around the region.
Jay Wilson joined the DC Department of the Environment (DDOE), Urban Sustainability Administration with over 10 years of experience in architecture and design, focusing on sustainable and community-driven development projects. At DDOE, Jay manages the Green Light Grant Program, provides input on sustainable building strategies for large development projects, and helps guide green building policy. Jay currently serves as Vice Chair of the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter Board of Directors and Education Committee Liaison. His project experience demonstrates his expertise in green multifamily design including the renovation of Wheeler Terrace Apartments, one of the City’s first LEED Gold affordable housing communities, and Bass Circle Apartments, which achieved Green Communities Certification and has 100% of stormwater infiltrated on-site. For his numerous efforts and accomplishments, Jay was recognized as the AIA|DC Emerging Architect of the Year in 2009.