Amanda Grint, Vice-President
Amanda Grint graduated from University of Nebraska Lincoln in Biological Systems Engineering and has worked for the Natural Resources District as the Water Resources Engineer for over four years focusing mainly on stormwater management. She currently serves on the Omaha Engineers Club Board and has been involved in the GOC PAC committee.
Craig Moody, President
Craig Moody is principal of Verdis Group and has an MBA from the University of South Dakota. He is chair of the Earth Day Omaha Coalition, a member of Environment Omaha’s core committee and natural environment sub-committee and serves on VOICE Omaha’s steering committee. Moody was a member of Omaha’s Downtown Master Plan Advisory Group, served as the 2009 chair of Omaha’s Young Professionals Council and was named to the 2009 list of Ten Outstanding Young Omahans by the Omaha Jaycees, who gave him a distinguished service award.
Dale Gubbels is the CEO of Firstar Fiber, one of the state’s largest recycling companies and the processor of the recyclables collected by the City of Omaha. Prior to the launch of Firstar Fiber in 1998, he was a consultant for almost twenty years, advising state and local governments, packaging manufacturers, businesses and trade groups on how to start or enhance their recycling programs. He is currently also president of the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters and on the board of the Nebraska State Recycling Association. He and his wife Mary live in Papillion. They have three children and a 2 ½ year old grandson, all of whom are reasons for his passion for resource conservation.
Dave Lampe, PE, CFM, LEED AP BD+C, is a senior water resources engineer for Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig at their Omaha office. He has more than 16 years of experience as a civil engineer in the community and has been involved in various land development and restoration projects. His focus is on stream stabilization and restoration, storm sewer design, stormwater BMPs, and sustainability. He
has led the design of several significant stream improvement projects in the Omaha area including Rockbrook Creek, Cole Creek, and most recently Hell Creek. Dave is a member of the Nebraska Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association (NeFSMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) - Flatwater Chapter.
Denise Kuehn, Emeritus
Denise Kuehn is the Manager of Demand Side and Sustainable Management for the Omaha Public Power District and has 20 years of experience in the energy and power market. Denise holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and has EIT professional certification in the State of Nebraska. She has held numerous leadership positions within the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers and is active the International Facilities Management Association, Building Owners and Managers Association, Junior League of Omaha, and the ICAN Defining Women Program.
Don Preister is the cofounder of Joy Creations Greeting Card Co. Inc. who serves on the Bellevue city council. He served for 16 years in the Nebraska legislature, advocating for clean renewable energy, sustainable family farm practices, open accessible government and environmental stewardship. He co chairs the state Wind Working Group, Chairs the South Omaha Environmental Task Force and the Green Bellevue Committee. Don is a Vietnam veteran, former Boys' Clubs of Omaha worker, and Deputy Omaha city clerk, who earned a BS in Education from UNO.
Julie Harris, Treasurer
Julie Harris earned a BS from Kearney State College and an MPA from University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has been with Activate Omaha as Outreach/Safe Routes to School Coordinator for four and a half years, is a member of the City of Omaha Transportation Master Plan Steering Committee, the Mayor's Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and is a League Certified Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists.
Katie Torpy, Emeritus
Katie Torpy is Program Manager for the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, a non-profit organization serving both Omaha and Lincoln. Katie holds a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Environmental Issues from the Colorado College. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree at the University of Nebraska.
Kristi Wamstad-Evans, LEED AP, became the City of Omaha’s first Sustainability Coordinator in September 2009. In this position, Ms. Wamstad-Evans manages a variety of efforts, including coordinating implementation of the City’s comprehensive sustainability vision, called the Environment Element, and overseeing $14 million in grant-funded project work, primarily focusing on energy efficiency and conservation. Ms. Wamstad-Evans draws upon 20 years of experience developing sustainable solutions as an organizer and business leader at the local, national, and international level. Prior to joining the City, she was the National Sustainable Solutions Program Coordinator for HDR, Inc. Ms. Wamstad-Evans holds a Master’s Degree in Planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Mr. Hopp received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and is a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C) and a Green Globes Professional.
He has been working in both the heavy and the building construction market over the past 37 years. Mr. Hopp joined Kiewit Building Group in 1984 and has managed the construction of a wide variety of commercial, medical, hospitality, and specialty related building projects across the U.S.
Larry is a founding member of the connect2engineering coalition, a group dedicated to inspiring engineers in the K-12 environment. Larry also serves as chair of the ISU Industry Advisory Council and is involved as an evaluator for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Design Excellence Program. He also is very active in his church, and serves on several community & service related boards.
Lindsay Neemann is devoted to environmental and socially responsible design. She is active in the Design & Construction Council, and has helped to organize two years of Green Home Tours. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Utah,
where she helped design & build a home of reclaimed and earthen materials for a family on the Navajo Reservation. Currently working for the Campus Planning & Sustainability department at Metropolitan Community College, she is involved in college-wide sustainable efforts in both academics and operations.
Nancy Roberts, Secretary
Nancy Roberts is an Environmental Attorney at McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp, a
corporate law firm in Omaha. She graduated from the University Of Nebraska College Of Law and began a legal career at Union Pacific where she was Environmental Counsel before leaving for private practice in 1996.
While Roberts represents private interests on many environmental matters, her personal interest is environmental conservation, specifically the natural landscape and wildlife habitat.
Roberts has served on the Board of Directors of Fontenelle Nature Association in Omaha for 10 years, with one year as its President and is currently a trustee of The Nature Conservancy of Iowa. She is also a founding member of the Nebraska Land Trust and serves as its general counsel. Roberts also previously served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA Omaha and the Nebraska Trails Counsel.
Roberts lives in Omaha with her husband, Doug Perry, and owns an acreage in the Loess Hills of Iowa where I practice conservation and garden organically.
Nicolette Amundson, Emeritus
Ms. Amundson is an Associate with Bahr Vermeer Haecker Architects and has two decades of experience in the design profession. Nicolette holds a BA in Architectural Sciences from the University of Milwaukee and is a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional. She has helped propel her organization into the sustainable field and has managed the LEED certification submission process for clients. She has been instrumental in the formation of the Flatwater Chapter of the US Green Building Council and the Green Omaha Coalition.
Teresa Gleason is the program manager at Omaha by Design, a civic planning organization dedicated to the development, implementation and monitoring of urban design and environmental public policy in the metro. She holds a B.A. in English and a minor in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University. Gleason previously served as director of communications at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a former southwest Iowa newspaper reporter and editor. She currently serves on the leadership team of Activate Omaha and is a member of the advisory board for the Neighborhood Center.
Thaddaeus Bode, LEED AP+, has worked for the Omaha Public Power District’s Demand Side Management Department for the past two years. At OPPD, Thaddaeus has gained a diverse perspective in both commercial and residential sustainability initiatives and programing. Prior to his time at OPPD, Thaddaeus achieved a degree in Construction Engineering from the University of Nebraska. Thaddaeus also has obtained a great deal of construction based research experience while pursuing an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master’s in Construction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Recently, Thaddaeus has enjoyed designing and planning a school building in South Sudan which takes advantage of passive ventilation and natural daylighting. Thaddaeus and his wife, Akanksha, are newly married and currently enjoy downtown living.