Community Green Chairs
Our Community Green Chairs work as integral leaders of the Community Green program with a focus on overseeing the development, implementation, management and growth of green building education and training activity at community colleges regionally.
Contact the Community Green Chair for your region for assistance in bringing LEED and green building educational opportunities to your campus:
Dee Patel, LEED AP
Region 1 (CA, HI, NE, AZ, CO, NV, NM)
Dee Patel was born in Nairobi Kenya, where sustainability is a way of life, to use resources wisely was an obvious thing to do “one had no choice if one is to survive.” As a sustainability educator she looks for innovative ways to enrich and enliven curricula for K- 12 schools, Community Colleges and professional examinations. Currently, Dee is working with the California Community Colleges State Chancellors Office, Foundation for California Community Colleges and Southern California Edison - Developing Energy Efficiency Professionals (DEEP) Program. The DEEP program trains and employs paid student interns to identify, organize & implement on-campus projects that use LEED certified buildings as pedagogical tools to teach energy efficiency, sustainability, with peer-to-peer (P2P) awareness campaigns promoting sustainable lifestyles and developing low carbon campuses.
Dan Smith, Region 2 (WA, ID, UT, AK, OR, MT, WY, ND, SD, MN)
Dan Smith currently serves as an instructor in the Sustainable Building Science Program at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) in Lakewood, Washington. Smith holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from Western Washington University. He has been teaching for the past five years and is currently in tenure track. He serves as a staff member of the CPTC Sustainability Task Force, does weatherization testing and diagnostics for Rebuilding Together South Sound, and has participated in solar installation for the Tacoma Habitat for Humanity. Dan is the director of the Zero Energy House. The CPTC Campus Project website can viewed at www.cptc.edu/zero.
Stephenie Presseller, Region 4 (IL, WI, IA, IN, MI, OH, KY, TN, FL, GA, SC)
Stephenie Presseller is the Sustainability Manager for Moraine Valley Community College located in a suburb of Chicago, Palos Hills, Illinois. This past year, Stephenie coordinates STARS submission for Moraine Valley, which proudly received the Bronze rating. Stephenie manages the college’s Center for Sustainability, a project supported in part by the Illinois Green Economy Network. The Center supports broadly, greening of the campus, community outreach, student, staff and faculty engagement, greening curriculum and greening workforce. She also serves several committees within the Chicago-metro, south suburban community and state-wide including the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium- Sustainability Taskforce; chair of the education committee for the South Suburban Branch and co-chair of the Higher Education subcommittee of the US Green Building Council-Illinois Chapter; Greening Your Curriculum advisor and member of the Illinois Green Economy Network and Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council- Green Universities and Colleges sub-committee; member of the 2012 AASHE Conference Steering Committee; and Citizens Advisory Council member for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).
Patricia Rayburn, LEED AP O+M
Region 3 (TX, KS, LA, OK, AR, MO, MS, AL)
Patricia Rayburn is the Designated Broker and a founding member of Valtera Realty, a full service real estate brokerage and sustainability consulting firm in Austin, Texas. Patricia is responsible for business development, community and industry relations, recruiting, and employee relations. Prior to founding Valtera Realty, Patricia served in various senior management positions with Equity Office Properties in San Francisco, CA, Cushman & Wakefield in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, CA, and CBRE in San Francisco and Austin, Texas. Patricia managed multiple portfolios throughout Florida, Louisiana, and Texas for the RTC (Resolution Trust Corp) as a contractor for Ontra Asset Mgmt. Patricia also served as Comptroller for Bush Real Estate Management (Jeb Bush) in Miami, FL where she was responsible for the financial oversight of all third party fee managed and REO properties representing over 8 million square feet of office and industrial assets.
Robert Johnson, Region 5 (VA, WV, MD, NC, DE, NJ, PA, CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT)
Rob Johnson earned a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University. He was most recently a Department of Defense contractor in the DC area focused on air and missile defense analysis for the U.S. Navy. Prior to that, he served in the Navy for 5 years. Additionally, as a student intern, he assisted George Mason’s Office of Sustainability in completing their first Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Climate Action Plan. He has a breadth of experience in project management, data analysis, modeling and simulation, environmental education, and sustainability initiatives.