Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Bert Bell
Chair
GHEMM Company
Andre Spinelli
Vice Chair
Spinell Homes, Inc.
Alan Wilson
Secretary
Alaska Renovators
Songzhen Lang
Treasurer
Denali State Bank
Carol Gore
Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Daniel M. White
Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks
David R. Owens
Owens Inspection Services
Dena Strait
Bettisworth North
Joe Beedle
Northrim Bank
Michael Hoffman
Kuskokwim Wilderness Adventures

Ex Officio

Bill Semple
NORDEC Consulting & Design
Mac Sheldon
Sheldon Consulting
Mark LaLiberte
Construction Instruction Inc.
Jack Hébert
CCHRC
Aaron Welterlen
WV Builders, Inc.
Jana George
Interior Regional Housing Authority
Lauri Strauss
Design2Last.com
Mark Romick
Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
Bert Bell
Chair
GHEMM Company

Bert Bell is a lifelong Fairbanksan. He earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska in 1975. He has been with the GHEMM Company, an Interior Alaska general contractor, since 1976. The company is well-known for commercial and industrial contracting throughout the Interior and northern Alaska. Since Bert started with GHEMM, the company has performed over 650 contracts worth more than half a billion dollars. He is currently the president and majority owner of GHEMM Company, and has been a registered Professional Engineer in civil engineering since 1985. He is past president of the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers, Fairbanks branch, as well as past president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska. He has served on numerous advisory boards to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, including the Post-Graduate Engineering and Science Management Program, civil engineering department, the College of Engineering and Mines Board, and is currently on the Chancellor's Advisory Board. Community involvement includes the Rotary Club, the Elks Club, United Way, Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, past youth sport coach and past PTA officer. He currently serves as a trustee for the Alaska Carpenter's Health and Welfare Trust, the Alaska Carpenter's Pension Trust and the AGC Alaska Construction Industry Advancement Fund Trust. As a board member at the research center, he hopes to bring more of CCHRC's research and successes to the world of commercial construction.

Andre Spinelli
Vice Chair
Spinell Homes, Inc.

Andre Spinelli grew up watching his dad build houses, and began working part-time cleaning up construction sites while in high school. He has a hands-on education performing excavation, framing, project management, land development, and design work. Andre is currently Design and Development Manager at Spinell Homes Inc., serves on the Executive Board of the Alaska Home Builders Association and is past president of the Anchorage Home Builders Association. Andre's dedication to energy efficient, sustainable housing has led to his designation as a "Certified Green Builder Professional" from the National Association of Home Builders  and his involvement with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center.

Alan Wilson
Secretary
Alaska Renovators

Alan Wilson worked in the building industry in Northern California before settling in Juneau in 1993. In the years since, besides working as a builder, he has served as the Legislative Affairs Chair and President of the Alaska State Home Building Association (ASHBA) and also as President of the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association. In 2005-2006 he successfully lobbied for the passage of HB 81 before the Alaska Legislature on behalf of ASHBA. He is currently President of Alaska Renovators, a remodeling company, and has been appointed to the Affordable Housing Commission by the Juneau Assembly. Alan is a founding member of CCHRC and was elected to the board of directors in October 2007.

Songzhen Lang
Treasurer
Denali State Bank

Songzhen Lang is currently a senior credit analyst and Assistant Vice President at Denali State Bank.  She performs a wide variety of financial analysis on loan relationships and assists the commercial loan manager in monitoring ongoing financial compliance.  Songzhen’s previous work includes being a financial analyst in a real estate investment advisory company which included analysis on portfolio return and risk management, operating budgets preparation and portfolio performance measurement.  In 2008-2013 Songzhen worked as a supervisor at a local CPA firm where she performed and supervised audits, reviews and compilations for service and nonprofit organizations, completed federal and state single audits.  Songzhen has also researched and prepared corporate, partnership, individual, exempt organization, trust, and estate federal and multi-state tax returns.

Carol Gore
Cook Inlet Housing Authority

As president and chief executive officer of CIHA, Ms. Gore's leadership has mapped a new strategic direction for the Authority to aggressively develop quality affordable housing and affordable housing programs throughout Alaska's Southcentral region.

Before joining Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA), Carol was vice president of income producing real estate for Cook Inlet Region, Inc., where she managed a national and Alaska-based portfolio valued at more than $200 million.

Ms. Gore's leadership style, and not surprisingly CIHA's strategic plan, embody the values of partnering, shared services and leveraging every available affordable-housing dollar to ensure the long-term fiscal health of the organization and continue – for the long-term – to benefit those most in need.

Daniel M. White
Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Daniel M. White, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research, Director INE, joined UAF in 1995 and in 2010 was appointed to Associate Vice Chancellor for Resarch and to head of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. Dr. White is also a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UAF. Dan’s interest and expertise in the traditional field of sanitary engineering led him to conduct research on drinking water protection, development, and treatment. Dr. White pioneered research on how climate change affects drinking water, water resources, and related infrastructure. Dr. White's work has led to a better understanding of water resources for rural communities as well as the potential impacts of climate change on freshwater resources and infrastructure.

David R. Owens
Owens Inspection Services

David Owens has been an Alaskan Resident for 50 years. He has 40-years of experience in the Alaska Construction industry and currently works as the Senior Inspector/ Managing Partner for Owens Inspection Services. The company works throughout all areas of the State of Alaska performing Inspection, Quality Assurance and Energy Evaluations. David is a Licensed General Contractor with a Residential Endorsement and has built many projects in Alaska over the years. In addition he is a Commercial and Residential ICC Certified Building Inspector and Plans Examiner. He currently holds 14 ICC Certifications, is a Certified Green Professional with NAHB and is an approved Professional Energy Rater with AHFC. David has been active in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), he is currently a National and State director. David was President of the Mat-Su Homebuilders in 2005, and was president of the Alaska State Home Building Association in 2011. Mr. Owens served one year on the CCHRC board as an Ex Officio member in 2011.

Dena Strait
Bettisworth North

Dena Strait is a registered architect at Bettisworth North Architects in Anchorage. Dena coordinates between design teams, clients, utility companies and others to establish energy efficiency goals for both renovation and new construction projects. Dena works along side of an in-house team to track energy use rate of past Bettisworth projects. Dena was previously employed at AHFC as an energy specialist and understands the importance of reducing energy consumption and its considerations at project inception in commercial facilities. Dena also provided technical assistance to roughly 75 entities with formal energy related needs and has advised on commercial codes for AHFC’s Building Energy Efficiency Standard or BEES. Dena has led teams as a project manager, administrator, and energy specialist. Dena worked with Cascadia Green Building Council, a member of the US Green Building Council or USGBC, to develop Commercial Education modules aimed toward owners, managers and designers of commercial buildings.

Joe Beedle
Northrim Bank

Joe Beedle joined the bank in 2006 as Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer. Joe was promoted to President in 2009, President & Chief Executive Officer in 2011, and to his current title of Chairman in 2016. He has over 30 years banking experience, including 15 years in an executive lending role, having served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Key Bank of Alaska from 1985 to 1993. Joe was the University of Alaska’s Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2006 and he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Goldbelt, Inc., in Juneau for six years prior to taking the university position. Joe currently serves on the board of the Pacific Coast Graduate School of Banking at UW, is immediate past-president of the Alaska Bankers Association and is on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor’s Advisory Board. He serves on the board of the Small Business Development Center, UA ISER Advisory Board, the Commissioner of Commerce Economic Development Council, Cold Climate Housing Research Board and the JA Business Hall of Fame Laureate Selection Committee.

Michael Hoffman
Kuskokwim Wilderness Adventures

Mike Hoffman retired as the interim President for Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) and now enjoys his full time employment with Kuskokwim Wilderness Adventures which provides services to fly-fishermen and rafters in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.  During his employment with AVCP, Mike was responsible for the overall operations of AVCP and his primary mission was to ensure that the voice of the AVCP region was heard on social services, public safety and arctic policy initiatives.  Mike also served as school board director for the Yuut Yaqungviat flight school and was a member of the Yukon Inuit Moose Management Working Group, the Alaska Airlines Advisory Board and the Denali Transportation Advisory Committee.

Ex Officio

Bill Semple
NORDEC Consulting & Design

Bill retired as Senior Researcher with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), where he worked on promoting the development of innovative building technologies, green building practices, and sustainable development with a focus on projects in the Canadian far north. Bill’s training is in architecture, construction, and planning, and has worked in the building industry for more than 25 years. Throughout his career, Bill has been a strong promoter of environmental and cultural sustainability, bringing these values to his work in design, construction, building science, and environmental planning projects. As a builder and consultant, Bill operated a business specializing in timber frame construction, passive solar and energy efficient buildings, and building research. As an architect, in addition to his work in Canada he has worked extensively on international development projects in Tibet, China, India, and Thailand. Bill has a bachelor degree in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo, a masters degree in Architecture from the University of Calgary, and is a licensed carpenter. Bill is a research associate with the Arctic Institute of North America, and is a past member of the board of directors of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the LEED for Homes Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Mac Sheldon
Sheldon Consulting

Mac Sheldon is the owner of Sheldon Consulting.  Mac was employed at Demilec for over eleven years and his many positions with them included Director of Training and Industry Communications, its Northwest US Territory Manager, Asia-Pacific International Business Manager and Western Region Manager.  Mac also serves on the Board of Directors of the Spray Polyurethane Alliance (SPFA), the Technical Oversight Committee for SPFA, the Leadership Committee of the Center for Polyurethane Industries (CPI) Spray Foam Coalition (SFC). Mac has an engineering background and has certifications in WUFI, WUFI 2-D, WUFI-Plus, BPI and HERS (RESNET). Mac led the industry in developing the current fire testing protocols for SPF that are installed in attics, crawlspaces and remains active in ICC building code development.

Mark LaLiberte
Construction Instruction Inc.

Mark LaLiberte is a trainer, author and consultant who has devoted over two decades to educating the homebuilding industry about the benefits of constructing durable, energy efficient, healthier, more environmentally sustainable homes. He reaches more than 8,000 builders nationwide annually. Mark has been featured at leading industry events such as the National Association of Homebuilders International Builders Show, West Coast Green, Sunbelt Builders Show, Energy Star Summit, GreenBuild and JLCLive conferences. His customers include architects, builders, product manufacturers, utilities, government agencies, HBA’s and Trade Associations.  Mark has served in an advisory capacity on the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Program. In 2002 he was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award for his longstanding commitment to helping the home construction industry embrace building science.

Jack Hébert
CCHRC

Jack Hébert is the Chief Executive Officer; and Founder of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC). Jack spent his early years in Alaska wintering 60 miles from an Inupiat community in the mountains of the Northwest Arctic and summers in the “old” Denali Park. His mentors and teachers were the people that thrived in these environments, the First Alaskans that lived a traditional life and the next Alaskans, homesteaders and pioneers that brought change to a timeless land. His relationship and commitment to Alaska were born from these deep roots in the “Country.” For the past 36 years, Jack has been designing and building homes as a licensed general contractor in Interior Alaska through his companies Taiga Woodcraft and Hébert Homes LLC. His homes and planned communities have created many high-quality, well-designed, environmentally appropriate, and energy-efficient buildings over a long career.

Jack is a graduate of the University of Washington, a Certified Green Professional, and is trained in LEED standards. He has received numerous honors, including the U.S. Green Building Council Cascadia Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to sustainable building, design and science; the first State of Alaska Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficient Design; and the Energy Rated Homes of Alaska President’s Award. He has twice been honored as the Alaska State Homebuilder of the Year.

As an active member of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Jack has held many leadership roles on local, state, and national levels including the NAHB Executive Board, National Vice Chair for the 5 Northwest States, President of the Alaska State Home Building Association and State Representative for Alaska. He addressed the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Energy on “Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment” and served as host and moderator of the Circumpolar Forum at the Sustainable Northern Shelter 2007. Jack has been an invited speaker at many conferences in North America and most recently in Scandinavia and Greenland. He helped raise five of Alaska’s next generation and look forward to watching their children’s children embrace a healthy, vital and sustainable future for the Circumpolar North.

Aaron Welterlen
WV Builders, Inc.

Aaron Welterlen is the current President of the Alaska State Home Builders Association and has been the past president of Interior Alaska Builders Association. Aaron is the owner W. V. Builders, LLC which is a residential construction company committed to designing and building affordable and highly energy efficient homes with outstanding quality and workmanship.  He focuses on new technology and green building.  W.V. Builders utilizes the latest methods in green building technology.

Jana George
Interior Regional Housing Authority

Jana George, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Interior Regional Housing Authorities. Jana lives in Fairbanks with her family and joined IRHA in 2009 as the Planning Specialist. Jana earned her spot as the C.E.O in April of 2014. Jana serves 30 communities throughout the Interior and is responsible for administering the Indian Housing Block Grant funds (IHBG) on behalf of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She is responsible for developing & implementing internal housing policies & programs related to HUD.

Prior to joining IRHA Jana worked at Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) assisting the homeless population with housing and resources. Jana also has a wealth of knowledge related to the welfare assistance field & human services. She has over ten years of management experience working with diverse populations all over Alaska including remote areas.

Lauri Strauss
Design2Last.com

A licensed architect, Lauri has been in Alaska for six years, working for kpb architects in downtown Anchorage. She has been an associate of the firm for four of those six years, managing a wide range of project types form small remodels, to new schools, to large government projects. Lauri has long been an advocate for sustainable design and often educates clients, consultants and contractors on the fundamentals and benefits of green building. Along with her current service on the Cascadia Region Green Building Council Board of Directors, she has been active in Alaska on several sustainable building committees. She served on the Sustainable Building Initiative Task Force Steering Committee, which proposed the Municipality of Anchorage LEED Ordinance. She is also managing, for the second consecutive year, the sub-committee setting up the green building track for the annual Alaska Forum on the Environment conference in February of 2010. Lauri is active in the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects and serves as the Chair for the AIA Alaska Committee on the Environment (COTE).

Mark Romick
Alaska Housing Finance Corp.

Mark Romick is the Acting Deputy Executive Director of Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC). Mark has worked for AHFC, since the merger with the Alaska State Housing Authority in 1992. Mark held several positions within in the planning and program development department, including the directorship beginning 2006.

Mark has 28 years of experience in the housing industry including housing market research, housing policy and program development, financial analysis of rental housing and the use of state and federal housing programs for affordable and special needs housing development.