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Bill Bohn, Acting Chair, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors
Bill Bohn,
Acting Chair, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors

Bill Bohn is Acting Chair of Resilient Virginia and the Chief Executive Officer for Community Resilience Consulting, LLC a small business headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia. For the last 20 years, he has supported communities and projects around the world with hazard and climate change risk assessments, including hazard mitigation and climate adaptation plans in the U.S. He has supported 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 several chickens) in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Jennie DeVeaux, Vice-Chair and Secretary, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors
Jennie DeVeaux, Vice-Chair and 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, Treasurer, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors
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.

BOARD MEMBERS

William Abrahamson
William Abrahamson, Resilient Virginia Board Member
William Abrahamson is a Senior Associate at Grimm+Parker Architects in Charlottesville where he focuses on the development of multifamily products and market expansion in Central Virginia. As an architect, he has worked on mixed use, multi-family, higher education, residential, and commercial projects; designed and managed masterplanning and landscape architecture projects specializing in rural land conservation, Low Impact Design (LID) strategies, and land management consultation; and innovated prefabricated building delivery dedicated to sustainable design, affordable quality, and cutting edge construction technology. William earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art from St. Olaf College and a Masters of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Curtis Brown,
Resilient Virginia Board Member

Curtis Brown is co-founder of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the field of emergency management and promoting the application of equitable practices to improve disaster outcomes for vulnerable communities. Brown serves as the first African American to become State Coordinator of Emergency Management for the Virginia Division of Emergency Management (VDEM). Prior to his roles as State Coordinator and Chief Deputy at VDEM, Brown served as Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security in Governor McAuliffe’s administration, Regional Emergency Management Administrator for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.

Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Radford University, a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Emergency Management Executive Academy and the Executive Leaders Program through the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Bob Burkholder, Resilient Virginia Board Member
Bob Burkholder,
Resilient Virginia Board Member

Bob Burkholder has served private and public clients as a managing principal, project manager, and civil engineer for almost three decades. He understands clear communication is a key component in managing successful projects and excels at communicating and collaborating with clients and team members. As the leader of Clark Nexsen’s Infrastructure practice, his diverse portfolio includes managing and designing projects spanning urban redevelopment, utility and storm water master plans, land use studies, GIS, and wireless communications.

Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University. He is a member of the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center School Planning Council, ODU Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council, the President-Elect for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Virginia, and is a Director on the Board for the Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia.

Bella Purdy, Resilient Virginia Board Member
Bella Purdy,
Resilient Virginia Board Member

Bella Purdy is a senior climate resilience planner and project manager at Weston & Sampson, located in Richmond. She has a master’s in city planning and is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Bella is known for her ability to effectively manage complex projects, her clear communication, and sensitivity to the unique needs of the communities with whom she works. Bella regularly works with municipalities, agencies, and organizations to develop climate adapted designs, land use regulations and design guidelines, and resilience and climate action plans. She is also dedicated to developing equitable engagement processes that get to the heart of residents’ concerns about climate change. She was a technical expert for the City of Cambridge’s Cool Factor Zoning Ordinance — one of the nation’s first regulations focused on reduction of urban heat island through performance-based zoning standards. Her work on resilient regulations was recently featured in the American Planning Associations Planning Magazine.

Bella is currently managing several resilience plans and projects through the VA Community Flood Preparedness Program and North Carolina Resilient Coastal Communities Program. Bella is from the Shenandoah Valley and attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate degree.

David Robertson
David Robertson,
Resilient Virginia Board Member

David Robertson serves as the Founding Director of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate degree program in Leadership for Sustainability and as Associate Director at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech, where he has worked since 1997. David has nearly three decades of experience as a professional educator and sustainability leader focusing on systems change for sustainable development, environmental justice, and climate resilience. He has served as a skill-based volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations, including as an active member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP).

David received an undergraduate degree in Art & Architecture from Montana State University prior to completing a Master of Landscape Architecture and Ph.D. from the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. His research and engagement work appears in the popular, academic, and professional press, including journals such as Environmental Science & Policy, Environmental Management, Conservation Biology, and Society & Natural Resources. His international experience includes leading service learning projects and integrated research, education, and engagement programs in numerous countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Steve Sunderman, Resilient Virginia Board Member
Steve Sunderman, Resilient Virginia Board Member

Steve Sunderman, RA, LEED AP BD+C, BPI, is President of Terrazia, PC. member 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,
Past Chair, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors

Ellen Graap Loth is Past Chair of the Resilient Virginia Board of Directors and the Federal Services Market Leader for ECT, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. 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.

Annette Osso, Resilient Virginia Managing Director
Annette Osso,
Resilient Virginia Managing Director

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.