Andrew V. “Andy” Sorrell, the Chairman of the Resilient Virginia Board of Directors, grew up in the suburbs of Richmond but found his true home in rural Virginia after college. He studied environmental planning and public administration at Virginia Tech and proceeded to work for several rural Virginia local governments as a county planner managing governmental programs and solving problems for the public and local officials. From 2013 until early 2018, Andy managed the Commonwealth’s Office of Farmland Preservation at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he worked with local govern- ments, farmers, and others to preserve and retain active farm land. In April 2018, Andy started serving as the Deputy Director of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission which provides financial incentives to southern and southwest Virginia localities to encourage business attraction and expansion that brings in new jobs and capital to Virginia’s former tobacco-growing region.
Passionate about rural Virginia, Andy has served on the Executive Board of the Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia since 2008 and on the Board of Directors of Resilient Virginia since 2016 and serving as chairman in 2018. Andy lives with his family (wife and two kids) in Palmyra, Fluvanna County, Virginia where they raise chickens, tend a large garden and attend a one-room country church.
Ellen Graap Loth serves as Vice Chair of Resilient Virginia. Ms. Graap Loth is a Senior Project Manager at Cardno, an environmental engineering and consulting firm with headquarters in Brisbane, Australia. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ellen started her career in the environmental industry assisting clients in managing hazardous waste, and has since gained extensive experience providing a wide range of environmental services to commercial, industrial, and government sector clients. In her current role, she manages projects aimed at improving all aspects of environmental management, including regulatory compliance, stewardship, and the analysis and mitigation of environmental impacts.
Ms. Graap Loth is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and she has supported clients in establishing environmental management systems and has trained client staff to perform internal audits. Ellen enjoys traveling and has worked on projects in Belize, Canada, Haiti, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Benin, and most of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. Ellen received a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a sustainability-focused executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech.
Jane Sibley Frantz, AICP, PMP, CFM, a Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Planning Professional, serves as Secretary of Resilient Virginia. Frantz, an Associate Vice President at Dewberry, is a deputy group manager for their Resilience Solutions group and a program manager for Dewberry’s $38 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance Program (HMTAP) contract. With more than 16 years of experience in emergency management, she is an expert in mitigation planning and has led efforts for more than 20 multi-hazard mitigation plans and 15 disaster resistant university plans. She has instructed dozens of workshops on hazard mitigation planning and FEMA’s benefit-cost analysis program that determines the future benefits of a mitigation project compared to its cost estimates.
Frantz earned her Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her bachelor’s degree in public policy from the College of William & Mary. She is a certified floodplain manager, a project management professional, and an American Institute Certified Planner. She is also a member of the US Green Building Council’s RELi Steering Committee.
Vestal Tutterow, PA, CEM, is Treasurer of Resilient Virginia and manager in the High Tech and Industrial Systems Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has an extensive background in energy management and energy efficiency in both the industrial and commercial sectors.
Based in Vienna, VA, Mr. Tutterow currently manages a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program encouraging increased implementation of combined heat and power systems. He has assisted in the development and implementation of a number of DOE programs and initiatives, such as Motor Challenge, Compressed Air Challenge, Better Plants, and Superior Energy Performance. Vestal’s thirty-five years of experience also includes engineering and management positions with an Army research lab, the Defense Logistics Agency, and the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, as well as with energy consulting firms. Areas of expertise include program management, energy analysis, and stakeholder engagement.
Mr. Tutterow has a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University, a master’s in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a sustainability-focused executive master’s in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems, and a Certified International Sustainability Consultant.
Jerry Eastridge, LLA, BPI, is a Board Member of Resilient Virginia and a Principal at GSPH LLC. He is a Licensed Landscape Architect and Certified BPI Building Energy Analyst. A lifelong Virginian, he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech in 1976.
In the four decades since, he has practiced as a Licensed Landscape Architect, Land Planner and Civil Engineering Designer. Prior to founding GSPH LLC, his roles have included Senior Project Manager, Planning Director, Director of Land Development Engineering; and subsequently Office Director of the DC Metro Regional Office for The RBA Group, Inc. (a multidisciplinary architecture/engineering firm).
Mr. Eastridge has practiced extensively in urban and rural land planning, landscape architecture, civil design and energy management services. He has provided resiliency strategies for land development with emphasis on urban civil systems including multi-modal transportation, utilities, and stormwater management systems. Past clientele include federal civil and military, state and local government and private entities such as real estate investment-driven commercial and residential development companies.
Rebecca Joyce, a Board Member for Resilient Virginia, has worked in the human services field for 35 years. For the past 21 years, she has worked at the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission as a disaster mitigation program administrator, disaster preparedness educator, and emergency management/community planner. She has coordinated the regional disaster preparedness and mitigation education program Shenandoah Valley Project Impact for the last 18 years and the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Community Emergency Response Team program since 2003. Ms. Joyce is on the Board for the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association (NHMA) and a community representative for the National Hazard Mitigation Program’s Resilient Neighbors Network.
Steve Sunderman, RA, LEED AP BD+C, BPI, is President of Terrazia, PC. and a Resilient Virginia Board Member. Mr Sunderman a licensed architect, LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design + Construction Specialty (LEED AP/BD+C), Building Performance Institute (BPI) Analyst and is a certified pervious concrete technician. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design degrees. His many years of diversified architectural experience include extensive design, project management, energy conservation and environmental education for a wide variety of stakeholders & building types throughout the United States and the Middle East.
He has promoted alternative energy, environmental conservation and equitable facilities design since the early 1970’s, including educational seminars on sustainability & stormwater management. He is known for creating affordable high-performance facilities that achieve his clients’ financial goals and minimize risk without compromising their community and environmental responsibilities.
Erin Sutton, MS, CEM, PMP, a Resilient Virginia Board Member, is Director of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Virginia Beach. She has over 15 years of experience in emergency planning and preparedness with Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, Virginia Beach Department of Public Health and the City of Virginia Beach.
Ms. Sutton has developed leadership, organization, coalition building and communication skills while teaching and training over the last twelve years. She has over 8 years of experience in planning, designing and managing Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercises; most recently the City of Virginia Beach Active Shooter Full Scale Exercise March 2013. She has significant experience in data management and statistical analysis and received the Governor’s Award for Workplace Safety and Health in May 2008.
Nell Boyle, LEED AP, is the Past Chair of Resilient Virginia. As the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Roanoke, Nell Boyle is responsible for the energy performance data collection and analysis for all the city’s facilities, as well community outreach regarding sustainability and green practices. Ms. Boyle began her career in green building and sustainability 10 year ago as the Executive Director of the green building non-profit C2C Home. After the completion of the C2C Home project she was hired by Breakell Inc., a local contractor, as the Director of Sustainable Practices which included corporate sustainability and she managed all LEED documentation and training. Nell has served on numerous non-profits boards and committees, particularly the U.S Green Building Council.
Annette Osso, LEED AP, is a resiliency and sustainability professional with an extensive background in working across multiple sectors to effect change. She currently serves as the Managing Director of Resilient Virginia, which has the mission of of accelerating resiliency planning in Virginia communities through education and technical assistance. Resilient Virginia is an evolution of Virginia Sustainable Building Network (VSBN). As President of VSBN for 18 years, Annette Osso built an effective program to educate professionals, citizens, and communities about green building and sustainability throughout Virginia. She also worked with public and private partners to organize the Virginia Sustainable Future Conference series, bring the EarthCraft Virginia program into the state, and marshall the adoption of commercial building sustainability guidelines. Before VSBN, Annette Osso spearheaded seminal Green Building efforts, including the development of a joint US DOE, US EPA, and USGBC publication, the Sustainable Building Technical Manual, and the adoption of environmental, energy, and sustainability programs at the federal, state and local levels.