Introducing our Team

Meet Our Team

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    Karla Utting

    — Executive Director
    • BA in Environmental Management
    • MA in Business & Environment and
    • PhD in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Leeds in England.

    Karla oversees the development, tadalafil implementation and evaluation of Dream in Green’s environmental education programs for K-12 schools. In August 2015, cialis she spearheaded the creation of the Dream in Green Academy, a platform that forges partnerships with community organizations for the delivery of innovative programs that enhance learning opportunities for K-12 students in South Florida. In 2013, she created a grants programs to support the work of student Green Teams. Karla determines impact by analyzing the kWh, cost and carbon savings achieved and oversees the development of new projects consistent with the organization’s mission.

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    Karla completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Leeds in England. Her PhD allowed her to gain experience in conducting in-depth evaluations of sustainability initiatives from the perspective of local stakeholders. Prior to working at DIG, she managed funds for the completion of specific projects and research studies for prominent organizations. Karla began her career with Dream in Green in 2009 as an Independent Consultant. She became a full-time employee in 2011 and promoted to Director in 2013. She has obtained the Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Certification from the University of Miami, became a LEED Green Associate and is now part of the CLEO Leadership Circle for environmental justice. During her time in South Florida, she has implemented programs that create social and environmental change in the community to address issues relating to sustainability, community development, environmental justice and public health. Email: karla@dreamingreen.org

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    Mabel A. Rodriguez

    — Program & Development Manager
      • Florida International University
      • BA in Sociology + Certificate in Environmental Studies

    Mabel graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and a sub-concentration in environmental science. She has been civically engaged in Miami for the last ten years and has professional experience in program management, environmental and public health education, community outreach and non-profit administration. Overall, she has a strong determination to engage in projects that result in positive behavioral changes, social responsibility and sustainable development. Mabel is grateful to be a part of DIG’s Green Schools Challenge. She hopes to inspire those who she connects with and encourage them to respond to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges with a sensitivity for our natural systems and resources.

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    Alexandra Ender

    — WE-LAB Coordinator
        • University of Miami
        • MA + BA in Marine Conservation

    Alexandra moved to Miami in 2007 from Kansas to attend the University of Miami. There she obtained her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in marine conservation. Prior to joining Dream in Green Alexandra was researching fisheries ecology with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Looking for new challenges outside of scientific research, Alexandra came across the opportunity to join the Dream in Green team. She is excited to be a part of WE-LAB and to spearhead the expansion of the program into Broward County.

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    Sophia D. Salver

    — Special Projects Coordinator
      • BA in Business Administration, University of Florida
      • JD, NSU Shepard Broad Law Center

    Sophia was born and raised in South Florida. She attended the University of Florida where she earned a BA in business administration with minors in natural resources and economics.  She went on to earn her JD from NSU Shepard Broad Law Center.  There she was part of the Environmental and Land Use Clinic and interned for the Environmental Protection Agency.  Prior to joining Dream in Green, Sophia was an associate at the Everglades Law Center.  She now divides her time between practicing law and Dream in Green.  She is happy to be a part of DIG where she can pursue her passion of environmental stewardship throughout South Florida.

Dream in Green Founders

 

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    Nicholas Gunia

    — Past Chair & Co-Founder
        • BA Dartmouth College
        • Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, University of Miami
        • Davis Polk & Wardwell NYC
        • VP & GC of K.G. International

    Nick Gunia, LEED AP, was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Miami. He graduated from Dartmouth College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Nick earned his Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was on the University of Miami Law Review.

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    He began his career at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, where his practice areas included mergers and acquisitions, banking and investment management. In 2003, Nick relocated to Miami to serve as Vice President and General Counsel of K.G. International, Inc., a leading Miami-based marketing and distribution firm. In 2006, Nick launched Alterna Corp., the leading green building products distributor in the Southeast region and thereby fulfilled his long-time goal of combining his passion for environmental sustainability with his career in distribution. Nick is a Past Chairman of the Miami Branch of the South Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which promotes green building practices through educational programming and community outreach. Nick also served on the Board of the Directors for the South Florida Chapter of the USGBC from 2008-2010. Nick is a former member of the Green Commission for the City of Miami and the Sustainability Committee for the City of Miami Beach. He is also a 2005 graduate of the Greater-Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami Program. In 2010, the Miami Herald recognized Nick as one of South Florida’s top “20 Under 40” emerging business leaders.

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    Carlos Canino

    — Board of Director Member & Co-Founder
        • West Point Graduate > Rank of Captain
        • Law Degree Florida State University
        • BoD Legal Services of Greater Miami

    Carlos is a graduate of West Point. A former Army Captain, he led soldiers in the United States and the Republic of Korea over a seven-year military career and piloted the UH-60 Black Hawk, OH-58 scout, and UH-1 Huey helicopters.  He went on to earn a law degree from the Florida State University College of Law and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He currently practices as a litigation partner with the law firm of Stearns Weaver Miller in Miami, Florida.  In addition to devoting his time to Dream in Green, he is the President of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, an organization dedicated to providing free civil legal services to Miami-Dade County’s low income citizens.

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    Amy Rosenberg

    — Co-Founder
        • B.A. University of Pensylvania
        • J.D. University of Miami School of Law

    Amy Rosenberg is an attorney and arts & environmental advocate who founded the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts young patrons group. Amy is a member of Art Basel’s Junior Host Committee and sits on the boards of LegalArt, the Funding Arts Network, New World Symphony’s executive committee and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Amy is a Leadership Miami alum and was a Fellow in the prestigious Miami Fellows Initiative.

Meet Dream in Green’s Board of Directors

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    Allie Miles

    — Chair
        • BS Biochemistry, University of California, Davis
        • MS Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
        • Professional Engineer (PE), Environmental Engineering

    Allie Miles, PE, manages the Miami-branch of Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a global leader in sustainability consulting.  Allie spent six years piloted ERM’s first regional grassroots sustainability programs, spanning six states and winning the participation of hundreds of volunteers. In that capacity, Allie has coordinated funding and volunteer involvement for projects ranging from student-lead riparian habitat restoration in Oregon to sending truck-loads of science textbooks to school children in remote villages in Africa. She became the youngest member to sit on the first the ERM Foundation North America committee and subsequently the Global Committee as well.

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    The ERM Foundation which funds projects that align with one or more of the following areas: conservation and biodiversity,  low carbon and climate change,  clean water and sanitation, and environmental education. Allie has also provided resources to support ERM’s Low Carbon Enterprise fund, which provides commercial acumen and micro-financing to environmentally sustainable businesses in impoverished communities in Guatemala and Ethiopia.

    Passionate about tackling environmental issues, Allie earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of California, Davis and her Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She was awarded her Professional Engineering License in Environmental Engineering in 2010.  She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, watching sports with friends, and devouring books.

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    Jesse Rittenhouse,

    — Vice-Chair
        • B.B.A. International Management in Latin America
        • LEED Green Associate
        • CEO & Co-Founder of Recycling Energy Forum

    Jesse is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Dream in Green. He is an ecopreneur that brings together sustainable businesses, nonprofits, and governmental organizations to share in solutions to help our environment and communities. Jesse co-founded the Recycling Energy Forum as an annual conference and full-service marketing agency to make purposeful connections for sustainable businesses.

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    He is also part of the leadership committee for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Miami Branch and the Ambassador to South Florida Universities on behalf of Net Impact. In addition, he helped build the first permitted biodiesel production facility in Miami-Dade County and was the lead recycling professional for a national recycle and solid waste hauler. His long-standing passion for sustainability, environmental education, and corporate social responsibility, is evident in his career paths and developed from his start as a young boy scout, later as a summer camp counselor teaching about nature, and in his university studies as the president of his Net Impact chapter at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. Jesse brings this passion and ecopreneur business insight to Dream In Green’s Board to help us achieve our mission and support our cause.

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    Vanessa Ramirez

    — Secretary
        • BS Electrical and Computer Engineer, University of Mendoza, Argentina
        • CEM
        • MS Electrical Engineering in Power Systems, UTA, Texas
        • Co-Founder Resilient Grids, LLC

    Vanessa Ramirez is an electrical engineer consultant. Originally from Argentina, she has been in the US  for fifteen years, and moved to Miami in 2004. She has been involved in the energy sector for over twelve years with experience spanning from energy transmission, energy market analysis, and smart grid implementation in distribution systems at major US utilities. She was a Manager for The Structure Group for 8 years with smart grid assignments in the distribution automation and IT DMS areas.

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    Previously she had worked at Navigant consulting as a Senior Consultant.  She has also worked at PB Power as an Engineer Consultant performing studies on grid congestion/pricing, congestion management, ancillary service functions, and reactive power assessment of deregulated markets performed through modeling of the system using different power tool applications.  She is the co-author of several white papers, holds two US patents, and has authored several articles on energy and sustainability. She has served at the board of directors at the AEE’ Council of Women in Energy and Engineering Leadership (CWEEL) group, a globally recognized organization; and is now excited to serve Dream in Green, a local-organization in Miami that shares her values and motivation for environmental sustainability.

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    Matthew Flax, LEED AP

    — Treasurer
        • CGC in State of Florida
        • MBA
        • CPA Candidate

    Matthew Flax is a Director for J.S. Held based in their South Florida office.  Matthew is a seasoned construction professional with over 10 years experience in estimating, construction claims, project management, and scheduling.  Prior to joining J.S. Held in 2015, Matt was employed by CBRE and was responsible for leading the Project Management division in the Miami market. While at CBRE, Matt was a Senior Project Manager responsible for large interior build-out projects in the office, retail, industrial, and multifamily sectors for both tenants and landlords. Prior to CBRE, Matt was a Director at FTI Consulting in their Construction Solutions Group and was responsible for advising clients on large construction disputes throughout the United States and Caribbean.  While at FTI, Matt also performed project controls/oversight services on numerous large complex projects.

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    Matt’s experience in the construction industry has involved commercial projects ranging in value from $50,000 to over $3 billion and includes some notable assignments such as the Fontainebleau Hotel, Baha Mar, Regalia, and Overtown Transit Village Phase II.

    Matt is a LEED AP, Certified General Contractor in the State of Florida, and is a CPA.   Matthew is passionate about sustainable construction and enjoys spending time with his wife Samantha and their twins Olivia and Henry.

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    Pablo Gonzalez

    — Board of Director Member
        • University of Florida – BS Economics
        • Director of Sustainability at OHL-Arellano
        • Boards Habitat for Humanity + Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

    Pablo Gonzalez, Director of Sustainability at OHL-Arellano Construction, is a construction professional who has dedicated his career to green building. He was born in Venezuela, grew up in Miami, and graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Economics. He moved to southern California where he became the Orange County division manager for Masco Contractor Services (MCS), managing a $12-15M/year branch with over 100 employees.

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    Having been trained in building science by MCS, Pablo’s passion for green construction led him to become a California Build It Green Green Building Professional, a Building Performance Institute Building Analyst, a member of the California Building Performance Contractors Association, and a LEED AP. In 2008 he decided to move back to Miami to found Building Conscience, a green building consulting firm. He is now the director of sustainability at OHL-Arellano, a leading construction manager in South Florida that specializes in building healthcare projects, K-12 schools, university buildings, and large commercial projects. He lives in Wynwood with his wife (an architect) and two dogs; loves to surf and play beach volleyball; and is very active in the Miami community, also serving on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.

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    Gabriel Coelho

    — Board of Director member

    Gabriel Z. Coelho focuses his legal practice on a range of litigation defense matters from initial defense through appellate issues. His aviation work has included the representation of an international air carrier in litigation involving a mass disaster, an aircraft manufacturer in a wrongful death claim, and an aircraft parts manufacturer in a negligence/wrongful death matter. Gabriel has defended various commercial entities in both state and federal courts and has travelled to South America in connection with complex transnational litigation.

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    In his construction practice, Gabriel represents companies varying in size from small contractors and design firms to ENR Top 50 firms in mediations, litigations and arbitrations. Claims range from six figures up to $3 million or more. His experience includes projects in every sector of the construction industry, from heavy civil to industrial to utilities of all kinds as well as residential, commercial, health care and educational facilities.

    Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Gabriel interned in Rio de Janeiro for a Brazilian law firm. Of Brazilian descent, he is fluent in Portuguese and familiar with the Brazilian culture and legal system.

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    Eric Wenke

    — Board of Director Member
        • BoA Biological Basis of Behavior UPenn
        • Co-founded Civicom Inc.
        • AVP, Co Development @ Baptist Health South Florida

    Eric Wenke was born in Queens, NY and has lived in several cities before settling in Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in the Biological Basis of Behavior with a Concentration in the Physiology of Neural Systems. After graduating, Eric began his career at the New England Consulting Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm where he worked with C-Level Executives at Fortune 500 clients on acquisitions and new business development.

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    Representative clients included Sprint, Heinz, Nabisco, Acxiom, AC Nielsen, Tickets.com and Sprague Energy. After consulting, Eric next co-founded a profitable Internet Telephony start-up, Civicom, Inc., where he served for several years as Chief Operating Officer and currently sits on the Board of Directors. From 2004 to 2008, Eric lead Strategic Planning and Business Development practice for Telefonica North America, supporting and managing several Telefonica SA operations in the region with a focus on developing and bringing to market innovative communications solutions. Eric is currently AVP, Corporate Development at Baptist Health South Florida. Outside of work, Eric is an avid fan of life on the beach, reading, fitness/nutrition, music/entertainment and pop culture.

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    Meital Stavinsky

    — Board of Director Member
        • LL.M. TAU
        • U.S. Green Building Council LEED AP Certified
        • Israeli Business Consultant
        • Attorney @ Greenberg Traurig

    Meital’s practice focuses on government relations. She primarily advises Cleantech companies in the areas of renewable energy, alternative fuel transportation and infrastructure, energy efficiency, water and waste treatment, green materials and green buildings

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    Meital has worked on U.S. congressional and federal legislative matters as well as with various federal agencies such as the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture. As the coordinator of the Corporate and Securities Israeli practice development and initiatives from a business perspective, Meital assists Israeli companies seeking to enter the U.S. market and expand their operations in the States. There has been proven success as these Israeli companies have been matched with strategic partners, potential joint ventures and other business-to-business connections. Meital often serves as a speaker at conferences and seminars in the United States and Israel on Cleantech and Israel related matters.

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    Jenny Arias May

    — Board of Director member
        • BSc Biology /m Chemistry FIU
        • FDEP Air Division
        • Serves on several Boards

    Jenny May was raised in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Miami, Florida in 1990. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree, in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry, from Florida International University. After graduating, Jenny began her career with LAW Engineering and later moved to Tallahassee, Florida where she worked for the Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Air Division. There she conducted compliance and enforcement inspections for Title V and Non-Title V stationary sources, inspected renovations and demolition projects complying with the National Emissions Standards for Asbestos, and Open Burning complaints.

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    She later was transferred to the Ombudsman’s Office, where she provided educational assistance and training outreach to small businesses regarding compliance with the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and assisted with the development of rules and guidance. She later moved back to Miami, where she worked for Miami-Dade County Environmental Resources Management (DERM) and managed various activities and projects of the Urban CO2 Reduction Program. This included calculating greenhouse gas analysis for Miami-Dade County, transportation and energy related issues. After DERM she coordinated the “Everglades Restoration Initiative” for Montgomery Watson and later became the Coordinator of the Biscayne Bay Partnership Initiative (BBPI) for the Biscayne Bay Foundation and the FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems. The BBPI was a year long scoping process designed to produce a report of recommendations to the Florida Legislature in 2001. She is a dedicated environmentalist who serves on several boards which promote sustainability awareness and regulations with the intention of fighting global warming even if it means planting and hugging a few trees on the way to the office or her passion for mentoring women towards leadership roles in the society as a Board of Directors member for the Girl Scouts of Tropical South Florida. Her continued dedication to her civic duties and volunteering to her causes has made noticeable distinction within the community. She has made stride in the Political world by mingling with US Senator’s, US Congressman’s and future President’s with planned fundraisers in her home. Ms. May is also a top producing real estate “Green” agent. Her experience combined with her electric personality has given Jenny access to some of the wealthiest, most influential and sometimes famous residents of South Florida. She enjoys spending quality time with her son Reilly in the City of Coral Gables. She is a dedicated homeowner and landlord with several properties in Coral Gables and the State of Maine.

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    Karina Hilton Spiegel

    — Board of Director Member
        • BBA Economics UM
        • Assistant VP Credit Analyst
        • Duke Graduate

    Karina is the Sustainability Programs Manager at Carnival Corporation. Karina is a recent joint degree graduate from Duke University, with an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business and a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment. Her areas of study included Environmental Economics & Policy and Energy & Environment. Her Master’s Project (A Protocol for Co-Digestion Systems as a Source of Carbon Offsets for the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative) focused on assisting Duke University and a local swine farmer to develop carbon offset from methane capture.

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    While at Duke, Karina interned at a variety of organizations including an environmental consulting company and a sustainability certification & education non-profit. Prior to returning to school, she worked in banking as an assistant vice president credit analyst for corporate and commercial real estate transactions. Karina graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Miami. Karina enjoys yoga and is a member of a team in the American Poolplayers Association. Karina is married to an English Professor and is a devoted mother to her son.