Staff and Board


HBN STAFF


Gina Ciganik

Gina CiganikChief Executive Officer, is building upon Healthy Building Network’s 15 successful years, and leading the organization into the next chapter. Healthy Building Network is poised to grow and scale its mission impact.

Gina envisions a day when the built environment contributes to the health of all people, especially communities of limited means who have the greatest health disparities and highest chemical exposures. She is nationally recognized for advancing policy initiatives and producing healthy and ultra-high-performance affordable housing. She is an experienced executive and community development leader with a proven track record of providing creative solutions to complex real estate, housing policy, and community health issues. 

Gina was previously Senior Advisor for Housing Innovation, creating and leading HBN's healthy materials expansion into the affordable housing sector with the HomeFree initiative.

Prior to joining HBN, she spent 18 years at a Minneapolis-St Paul area affordable housing development organization as the Vice President of Housing Development. Gina led the development of thousands of affordable housing units, culminating in the construction of The Rose, a 90-unit apartment in downtown Minneapolis that set a new national standard for healthy materials use in affordable housing.

Gina can be reached at gciganik-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Minnesota


Michel Dedeo

Michel Dedeo, Chemist, is responsible for leading the development of the Pharos Project's Chemical and Material Library. Michel received his doctoral degree from UC Berkeley and has worked on material health issues with the Green Science Policy Institute, Perkins+Will, GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals, and the UC Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry.

Michel can be reached at mdedeo-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Oakland, CA


Amy Denardo

Amy Denardo, Senior Product Manager, has 18 years’ experience managing complex enterprise products and projects from planning to completion. Denardo is PMP-certified, adept in Agile, Waterfall, and Six Sigma methodologies, and has been recognized for implementing innovative procedures and tools that drive awareness, strengthen communication, and increase efficiency. Before joining HBN she served as implementation lead at Wells Fargo, Truenorthlogic, and many other organizations. She has degrees in political science from the University of Minnesota-Morris and Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Amy can be reached at adenardo-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Minnesota


Sarah Gilberg

Sarah Gilberg, Developer, has worked with HBN since 2006, beginning as Administrative Assistant and later as Accounting Associate before taking on her current position. She now works with the Chief Information Officer on the Pharos Project, the HBN website, social media and other technology and communications needs for HBN and Pharos. Sarah holds a BA in biology from Carleton College and an MBA from George Washington University.

Sarah can be reached at sgilberg-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Washington, DC


David Kennedy-Logan

David Kennedy-Logan, Chief Communications and Development Officer, is a social-impact and mission-driven communications strategist with over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Prior to HBN, he served as communications officer at the McKnight Foundation, overseeing content, brand, and engagement strategy. Previously, he worked in communications, education, and outreach roles at several Twin Cities nonprofits, including Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association and the Walker Art Center. Kennedy-Logan has a BA in English and media studies from Carleton College.

David can be reached at dkennedylogan-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Minnesota


 
Tom Lent

Tom Lent, Policy Director, has spent over 35 years working on the environmental impact of buildings, materials, and energy in the private sector and with public interest groups.  Tom oversees  Pharos rating criteria and the Chemical and Material Library, and provides support in product category development and product scoring review. He recently headed the HPD Collaborative Pilot Committee that developed the Health Product Declaration Standard. Tom previously helped coordinate development of the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC), the US Green Building Council's LEED for Healthcare and the Sustainable Bioplastic Guidelines. He has provided leadership in development of the Enterprise Green Communty Guidelines, and has co-authored a wide range of studies of the comparative health and environmental impact of floorings, plastics and other building materials and sits on a variety of standards setting committees for indoor air quality and safer materials.

Tom can be reached at tlent-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
California


 
Sarah Pickell

Sarah Pickell, Financial Manager, is responsible for the fiscal management of HBN and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). Sarah came to HBN via The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a group for whom she continues to provide financial services. Having spent the previous 16 years with The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Sarah brings over 20 years of financial and administrative expertise to HBN.

Sarah can be reached at spickell-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Washington, DC

 

Teresa Skaar

Teresa Skaar, CSM, Project Manager, provides support to the development team for the Portico and HomeFree platforms. She serves as liaison between HBN staff and end users, providing customer support, project planning, and sprint and scrum management. She oversees special projects at the direction of the Chief Executive Officer. Teresa joined HBN in 2016 as an Executive Assistant. She brings a diverse background to her position, having spent seven years as an office and marketing manager in the architectural industry, and five years in the affordable housing industry, working in both housing development and property management.

Teresa can be reached at tskaar-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Minnesota


Rebecca Stamm

Rebecca Stamm, Researcherworks with the team at HBN to conduct vital building materials research.  She has a B.S. from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and M.S. from Purdue University where she studied Chemical Engineering with a focus on materials.  Rebecca has worked extensively in materials development and testing, quality control, and certification, including more than three years in the building materials industry.  She is excited to be a part of the HBN team's important work to improve the health and safety of buildings. 
 

Rebecca can be reached at rstamm-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Indiana


Jon Stavis

Jon Stavis, Technology Manager, has been working with HBN since 2015.  He works closely with the rest of the Development team on architecting, building, and maintaining HBN’s technologies including HomeFree, Data Commons, HPDC Builder, and HBN’s development infrastructure.  In the past, Jon has built enterprise systems and worked with early stage companies in many sectors including finance, angel investing, food, wellness, forensics, certificate authorities, and GIS. 

Jon can be reached at jstavis-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Maine


Biftu Takele

Biftu Takele, Executive Assistant, provides support to HBN’s leadership team and the Board of Directors. Biftu joined the HBN staff in February 2018. Prior to HBN, Biftu worked for two years as Nonprofit Services Assistant at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), where she executed a range of duties including member and audience engagement, recruitment and retention, and database maintenance. She serves on the boards of both the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities and the Friends of Africa Education, and as a member of the MCN’s Inclusion & Equity Committee. She has a BA in International Studies and Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. 

Biftu can be reached at btakele-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Minnesota


Jim Vallette

Jim Vallette, Research Directorworks to understand and explain industry’s impacts on people and the planet. He has tracked materials like toxic waste, illegally-harvested timber and fish, and ozone-depleting chemicals, around the world. His findings have supported major global policy developments like the Basel Convention ban on toxic waste trade and national and international finance bans on overseas fossil fuel extraction. Over the past decade, Jim has helped to develop the Healthy Building Network’s groundbreaking research on how building materials are made, and what the impacts are on building occupants, construction workers, fenceline communities, and the global environment. 

Jim can be reached at jvallette-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Maine

 


Bill Walsh

Bill Walsh, Founder and President of the Board of Directors, has provided the long-term vision for the Healthy Building Network since February 2000. Previously he coordinated the Energy, Forest and Toxic Campaigns of Greenpeace USA and held staff attorney positions with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Institute for Public Representation of Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and LLM in Public Interest Advocacy from Georgetown University.

Bill can be reached at bwalsh-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Vermont

 


Billy Weber

William Weber, Collective Impact Director, oversees the leadership and design of HBN’s communities of practice and educational activities, with a focus on the HomeFree Affordable Housing Initiative. A widely sought and accomplished speaker, technical advisor, and facilitator on innovative projects regionally and nationally, Weber’s work focuses on the integration of sustainability and architecture through applied research, exploring and developing tools to evaluate and compare what are often disparate aesthetic, economic, and environmental goals. Before joining HBN he served in multiple roles over a nearly 20-year stint at the University of Minnesota, including as Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research and Lecturer at the School of Architecture. Weber has both a BA and MA in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

William can be reached at wweber-at-healthybuilding-dot-net.
Minnesota

 

 


HBN BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Brophy Christensen

Brophy Christensen is a partner in O'Melveny's San Francisco office and co-chair of the Capital Markets Practice. Brophy has extensive experience representing issuers, underwriters, and investors in a wide range of public and private equity and debt offerings and exchange offers, including initial public offerings, high-yield debt financings and convertible offerings. These transactions have involved companies in a variety of businesses, including those in financial services and banking, life sciences, REITs, semiconductors, computers, electronics, software, entertainment, and telecommunications. Brophy regularly advises investment banking clients on securities law-related matters and corporate clients on general corporate matters, including corporate governance, securities, and Sarbanes-Oxley matters.

Brophy also represents buyers, sellers and financial advisors in connection with public and private strategic transactions, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs, and recapitalizations.

Brophy serves as treasurer of the HBN Board of Directors.

 


Gina Ciganik

Gina CiganikChief Executive Officer, is building upon Healthy Building Network’s 15 successful years, and leading the organization into the next chapter. Healthy Building Network is poised to grow and scale its mission impact.

Gina envisions a day when the built environment contributes to the health of all people, especially communities of limited means who have the greatest health disparities and highest chemical exposures. She is nationally recognized for advancing policy initiatives and producing healthy and ultra-high-performance affordable housing. She is an experienced executive and community development leader with a proven track record of providing creative solutions to complex real estate, housing policy, and community health issues. 

Gina was previously Senior Advisor for Housing Innovation, creating and leading HBN's healthy materials expansion into the affordable housing sector with the HomeFree initiative.

Prior to joining HBN, she spent 18 years at a Minneapolis-St Paul area affordable housing development organization as the Vice President of Housing Development. Gina led the development of thousands of affordable housing units, culminating in the construction of The Rose, a 90-unit apartment in downtown Minneapolis that set a new national standard for healthy materials use in affordable housing.

Gina is an ex officio member of the board. 


Mary Davidge

Mary Davidge is the Director of Google's Real Estate & Workplace Services. Mary Davidge and her team are responsible for helping to define the design vision for Google's campus-scale real estate projects. Her team works with Google's senior business leaders as well as design & engineering partners to translate this design strategy into innovative work environments that align with Google's culture and help employees perform at their best every day.

Mary was recognized as a Living Building Challenge Hero in 2012, and also named a LEED Fellow in 2014. Additionally, Mary is a founding member of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative Board and serves on the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Certification Standards Board. 


Bradford C Grant

Bradford C. Grant is a Professor of Architecture in the Department of Architecture of the College of Engineering and Architecture at Howard University, Washington DC. He has been in leadership roles at Hampton and Howard Universities as Chairperson, Director, Associate Dean and Interim Dean. As a registered architect and a distinguished educator he has extensive experience in community design, universal design, contemplative practices in design education and social and cultural factors in architecture. His community design work, research on the role of African American architects and his teachings on “Drawing as Meditation” has earned him the Universal Design Education Award, the Virginia Downtown Development Association Award, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Education Honor Award, the AIA Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement, Racial Awareness Program Award (RAP) and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society’s Contemplative Practice fellowship.

Grant is past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the national organization representing Schools of Architecture, a former board member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and a member of the Fetzer Institute’s Advisory Council on the Design Professions. He was past chair of the Humanities Council of Washington DC (Humanities DC) and the current board president of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, the national organization working for cultural and institutional transformation of higher education and society through contemplative education. He has also been a member of the African Diaspora Technical Expert Committee, of the African Union, a member of the organizing committee of the “Paul R. Williams Project” and was a W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellows for leadership development.

Grant has engaged in research, teaching and practice of physical accessibility and Universal Design, Sketching/Drawing as contemplative practices and pedagogy, cultural and social factors in urban design and diversity and equity in design education. He has taught in diverse and interdisciplinary settings including Ethnic Studies, Art, Engineering and Architecture Departments and has collaborated with other institutions including Tuskegee University, University of Buffalo, Morgan State University, University of the District of Columbia, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Grant’s seminal work and writings around “Accommodation, Resistance and Appropriation in African American Building” (Sites of Memory, Edited by Craig Barton, Princeton Press, 2000) along with his continuing articles and reports in the International Review of African and African American Arts and other publications has helped make visible works by designers “of color” and shaped the discourse of architectural cultural and social critique. The online “Directory of African American Architects” ( http://www.blackarch.uc.edu/ ) co-founded and co-directed by Grant is the first modern comprehensive survey, analysis and report on the numbers and role of the African American Architect.

Grant completed his graduate degree (Master of Architecture) at the University of California Berkeley and the undergraduate first professional degree (Bachelor of Architecture) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


Robin Guenther

Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader, is a Principal at the architecture firm, Perkins+Will, and a Senior Advisor at Health Care Without Harm.  Robin’s innovative healthcare projects have been published nationally and internationally. Healthcare Design magazine named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare” in 2010.  In 2012, Fast Company included her as one of the “100 most creative people in business.” She led the Mazzetti-Perkins+Will team, one of two winning entrants in the Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital Big Idea Competition. Robin is increasingly at the intersection of health care architecture and sustainable policy and participates in a wide range of advocacy initiatives while continuing to practice. She co-coordinated the Green Guide for Health Care, served on LEED for Healthcare committee, and is releasing the second edition of “Sustainable Healthcare Architecture,” with Gail Vittori in May 2013. In 2005, she received the Center for Health Design’s Changemaker Award for her leadership and innovation in the design of healing environments. 


Yianice Hernandez

Yianice Hernandez is the Director of Capital Planning for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) where she oversees the prioritization of investments of federal, state and city capital resources and strategically allocates funds to preserve NYCHA’s housing stock to provide safe, clean, connected homes for residents. She leads the development and implementation of the Authority's Five-Year multi-billion dollar Capital Plan.

Previously, she served as Director of Healthy Living by Design at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she worked to advance citywide initiatives that leveraged the role of the built environment in promoting healthy behaviors and reducing the burden of chronic disease in New York City. She managed the delivery of technical assistance, funding and trainings, along with the publication of information resources that support the implementation of healthy community design strategies.

As Director of Enterprise Green Communities, Yianice directed the execution of strategic programmatic priorities that advanced green affordable housing. Yianice also lead Enterprise's comprehensive research and evaluation efforts with a targeted focus on health outcomes to demonstrate the positive benefits of green building practices as well as the impact of resident engagement on driving deeper resource conservation.

Prior to her time at Enterprise, she was a member of the construction project management team of Common Ground Community, one of the largest nonprofit supportive housing development organizations in New York City.

Yianice has a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Pace University and a master's degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame.


Amanda Kaminsky

Amanda Kaminsky is the Founder of Building Product Ecosytems. Previously the Sustainable Construction Manager for The Durst Organization in New York City, Amanda collaborated with Construction Management, Contractors, Manufacturers, and Design Consultants to optimize materials and systems design, procurement, and handling in construction and ongoing operations. She focused on 1.5 million square feet of new residential and mixed-use development in Manhattan, alongside The Durst Organization's existing 12 million square feet.

Amanda has been involved in New York City development since 2000 when she began work with Studio Petrarca on four new townhouses with geothermal heating and cooling on Reade Street in Lower Manhattan. She then collaborated on the schematic design of The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park with Architects CookFox before being hired directly by The Durst Organization in 2004 as Sustainable Construction Manager for the office building's core and shell, theatre, and office interior. Onsite, she integrated 200 Contractors into strict sustainability practices and worked closely with them and their supply chains to realize ambitious building procurement and performance goals. Amanda continues to work with various project teams to manage sustainable procurement. She has a B.A. in Architecture from UVA, and is Vice Chair of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative Board, which oversees the HPD open standard format for reporting transparent building product content and associated health data.

Amanda serves as former vice chair of HBN's Board of Directors. 

 


David Rapaport

David Rapaport has been a sustainability thought leader for more than 30 years spanning the business, non-profit and government sectors. He is Vice President of Earth and Community Care for Aveda, where he works across the business to help drive the pioneering prestige beauty company’s mission to care for the world and strive for environmental leadership and responsibility. Before coming to Minnesota to join Aveda in April 2013, he served the Governor of Vermont overseeing recovery from Tropical Storm Irene, the largest disaster to hit the state in almost a century. Dave has previously held several leadership positions with green household care products pioneer, Seventh Generation, and his experience also includes business and project development in the renewable energy industry. Before joining the business world, Dave spent two decades in the public policy arena in roles such as Executive Director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and various senior staff positions with the environmental organization, Greenpeace, including directing their national work on toxic chemicals and pollution prevention. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon and has worked as a consultant to UNICEF and other international agencies on issues related to sustainable development, waste management, sanitation and marine pollution. 

Dave serves as secretary of HBN's Board of Directors.

 


George Salah

George Salah has since 2013 been the Chairman & CEO of Apparent, Inc., a technology energy company, providing products and services to maximize the performance of renewable energy assets and the creation of the smart grid. Previously George had served as the Director of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google Inc. responsible for real estate and facilities worldwide. Joining the company in 1999, he and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin created the company's famous culture as their employee base grew from 35 to over 50,000, from a small 4,000 square foot office in Palo Alto to 20 million square feet of office space in 125 cities in 55 countries. Prior to Google, Salah was an Executive of Oracle's Real Estate group and has 32 years of corporate real estate and construction management experience. He has demonstrated expertise in managing the hyper growth of large-scale organizations. Throughout his career, Salah has been focused on energy efficient design and developing spaces optimized to support the health and well-being of people and the environment. Salah also served on the Board of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).

He serves as chair of HBN's Board of Directors 


Linda Sorrento

Linda Sorrento, FASID, IIDA, LEED Fellow. Linda leads the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) as its Executive Director. The NAED provides the leadership for multidiscipline expertise and research on issues such as climate change, resource depletion, and energy security.

Linda is a consultant to the General Services Administration creating web tools to empower government or private sector users to identify cost-effective green building and procurement strategies for improved environmental performance. In addition, she’s on the development team for Sphere E, a web-tool that uses product LCAs as the basis for measuring, verifying, and reporting the environmental impacts of products.

Linda was the Senior Director of Education for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). While there, she initiated strategic relationships with leading industry organizations to advance the Council’s mission of market transformation through high-quality green education. Linda’s projects have included the development of the REGREEN® residential remodeling guidelines in partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the green jobs initiative. Linda joined the USGBC in 2004 as the Director of LEED for Commercial Interiors. In this role, she led the development and market implementation of the LEED for Commercial rating system that focuses on high performance green tenant spaces.

Prior to joining USGBC, Linda practiced as a corporate interior designer for 29 years. During that time, Linda was an assistant professor at George Washington University and Northern Virginia Community College where she focused on human behavior and environmental design.

Linda serves on the boards of Marymount University and Northern Virginia Community College and is a past member of the ASID National Board of Directors. She has received a number of honors including fellowship in ASID. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in interior design from Marymount University.


Bill Walsh
Bill Walsh, Founder and President of the Board of Directors, has provided the long-term vision for the Healthy Building Network since February 2000. Previously he held leadership positions with Greenpeace USA and staff attorney positions with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Institute for Public Representation of Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and LLM in Public Interest Advocacy from Georgetown University. In 2012, Bill shared the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Advocacy with HBN Policy Director, Tom Lent.

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