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Steve Sunderman
Steve Sunderman, Chair, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors

Steve Sunderman, RA, LEED AP BD+C, BPI, is President of Terrazia, PC. and Co-Chair of the Resilient Virginia Board of Directors. Mr. Sunderman is 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.

Ellen Graap Loth
Ellen Graap Loth, Vice Chair, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors

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.

Jennie DeVeaux
Jennie DeVeaux, Secretary, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors

Jennie DeVeaux, PMP, a disaster management and resilience professional, serves as the Secretary of Resilient Virginia. Ms. DeVeaux brings 35 years of experience spanning emergency management and national resilience programs at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as within the private sector. In leadership roles, she’s supported development, analysis, and implementation of federal and state homeland security and environmental programs. Ms. DeVeaux is currently a Senior Executive Consultant for Resilience at Witt O’Brien’s. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at ICF, where she led the firm’s portfolio of emergency management and national resilience preparedness, response, and recovery programs. Ms. DeVeaux earned her Master of Science degree in Technology and Human Affairs from the Washington University in St. Louis and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Duke University. She is a certified Project Management Professional and member of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association.

Vestal Tutterow
Vestal Tutterow, Treasurer, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors

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.


Bill BohnBill Bohn, a Board Member of Resilient Virginia, is the Chief Operating Officer for Sobis, Inc. a small business headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia. For the last 18 years, he has supported communities and projects around the world with hazard and climate change risk assessments, including over thirty hazard mitigation plans in the U.S. conducting risk assessments for natural hazards and identifying potential mitigation actions. He has supported the USAID, World Bank, IFC, and IDB conducting climate change risk assessments and adaptation plans in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Middle East, North America, and South America.

He supported the development of the Community Resilience Course for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Course for NOAA’s Coastal Services Center, and was an author of the World Bank’s Community Reconstruction Handbook. He also helped develop and facilitate a one-day Flood Resilience Workshop for EPA’s Smart Growth Program. He currently supports FEMA headquarters with testing, developing training materials and technical manuals, and teaching their risk assessment software, Hazus. Mr. Bohn has an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering and graduate degree in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences. He lives with his wife and three kids (and two goats and ten chickens) on an urban farm in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Danielle DeHartDanielle DeHart has lived in the Roanoke Valley all her life. She has been lucky enough, not only by finding a career locally, but in her academic field. Her background in education is a Bachelor of the Arts in Environmental Studies from Hollins University, a liberal arts school. Danielle’s current job is as an Environmental Specialist with the City of Roanoke Stormwater Utility. She coordinates the Community Rating System, a voluntary program under FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, with other city departments and manages the program in the context of optimizing water quality and overall watershed health through the city’s watershed master plan integration.

She has attend classes on Diversity and Inclusion, Sustaining Cultural Change by Dale Carnegie, and Cortex Leadership. She serves on the committees for the Upper Roanoke River Roundtable, a local environmental advocacy nonprofit, the Western Virginia Floodplain Network, an organization for individuals to network with other members and to increase knowledge about the field of Floodplain Management and related disciplines, and the City of Roanoke Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. Danielle works for a cause and values the people in an organization. Being a local to the Roanoke Valley has given her firsthand experience on how citizens work, live, play and learn in the area and hopes to encourage public participation in improving its community.

Anthony FlaccaventoAnthony Flaccavento is an economic development consultant and organic farmer from Abingdon, in the heart of Appalachia, and is the author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change (University Press of Kentucky, 2016).  His consulting business, SCALE, Inc, works with communities around the world to help build more locally-rooted, sustainable economies and healthier food systems.  Anthony was the founder of Appalachian Sustainable Development and a number of other ‘social enterprises’ in affordable housing, food and farming and forestry and wood products. He is also the author of “Healthy Food Systems: A Toolkit for Building Value Chains.”

Anthony writes and speaks regularly about the economy, sustainability, rural development, culture and politics.  Whether as a conference keynote speaker, a seminar leader or a presenter to civic, community and political gatherings, he has built a reputation as an outstanding speaker who brings complex subjects to life with real world experience and straightforward discussion. His YouTube channel, “Take Five with Tony,” covers similar ground in down-to-earth, five minute segments.

Anthony was the Democratic candidate for US Congress in Virginia’s 9th District in 2018, holding over 100 Town Hall meetings and engaging thousands of people from across the political spectrum. He continues to work on more progressive political and economic strategies for Appalachia and across the nation, including the release of a Rural Progressive Platform in June of 2017, and subsequent work, writing and speaking focused on overcoming the “rural-urban divide.”

Anthony has a BS degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science and a Master’s degree in Economics and Rural Development.   He is married to Laurel Flaccavento, a retired public school teacher, and has three terrific grown kids.

Lisa Jeffrey, P.E.Lisa Jeffrey, P.E., is a Senior Associate at Hazen and a Resilient Virginia Board Member. She provides in-depth understanding of local issues, stakeholders, and municipal planning related to stormwater systems and water resources. She has a 34-year career concentration in stormwater, watershed and floodplain management focused on the planning, design and implementation of stormwater system improvements, green infrastructure and BMPs. Ms. Jeffrey is experienced in long-range water supply planning, master planning, climate change, and regulatory policy updates. Lisa has an MSCE in Water Resources from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS, in Biology and Geology from Colgate University.

Angela Orebaugh, Ph.D.Angela Orebaugh, Ph.D., is a Board Member of Resilient Virginia. She was born and raised in Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Computer Science from James Madison University. After many years living and working in Northern Virginia, she completed her Ph.D. at George Mason University’s School of Engineering, and settled in Charlottesville where she is the CEO of TomorrowToday, a women-owned consulting company that blends expertise in cyber, data, and sustainability with a passion to create a safer, smarter, resilient world. Dr. Orebaugh is also faculty at the University of Virginia where she teaches cybersecurity, smart cities, and sustainability and is a member of the President’s Committee on Sustainability.

Dr. Orebaugh’s passion for the environment led her to complete a Master of Liberal Arts in Sustainability at Harvard University, a certificate in Green Building and Community Sustainability at Harvard University, and a certificate in Sustainable Business at UVA’s McIntire School of Business. She is a certified WELL AP and designed and general contracted a sustainable, low environmental impact home in Charlottesville in 2015 that was featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Charlottesville Home Magazine.

Dr. Orebaugh is an internationally recognized author of several bestselling technology books, author of numerous published articles, and co-author of seven National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publications. She was also the Green Tech column author for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Sustainability eNews from 2012–2015, writing 48 articles on green technology.

Annette Osso, LEED APAnnette 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.

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