Champions

Advisory Group

The HomeFree Champions – A Community of Practice are an advisory board for HomeFree a national initiative of the Healthy Building Network (HBN) supporting affordable housing leaders who are improving human health by using less toxic building materials. A dynamic group of national and regional experts, the members will provide insight and support related to strategies for refining, scaling and promoting the work of HomeFree and its partners. As a community of practice, members will engage in the co-creation of solutions for our common goals, contributing and sharing their knowledge and experience to form shared complementary cross-sector goals and activities leading to the accelerated adoption of healthier building materials in affordable housing. 

Lance Collins Director, Partner Energy

Mr. Collins is Director at Partner Energy with experience in whole building analysis/benchmarking, energy conservation measures, resource consumption reduction strategies, LEED Certification administration, building commissioning, renewable energy project development, and project/construction management. He has over 15 years of professional experience in the fields of sustainable design, architecture, and urban design, and has provided design and consulting solutions for many different building types including institutional, office, mixed-use, retail, schools, and residential.

Mr. Collins also is an adjunct professor at Long Beach City College, an education provider for the USGBC, and has guest lectured at a number of other schools, teaching green building principles and sustainable design strategies to young students as well as industry professionals. Lance holds his B.Arch from Cornell University, his M.Arch II in Urban Design from UCLA, and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA).

Krista Egger Senior Director of National Initiatives, Enterprise

Krista Egger is vice president of national initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners. With more than 15 years of experience leading energy efficiency and healthy housing initiatives with affordable housing stakeholders, Krista manages Enterprise’s national sustainability efforts. She leverages Enterprise’s Green Communities platform, climate disaster response work, and cultural resilience programming to deploy equitable climate resilience solutions across the country.

Prior to Enterprise, Krista directed Advanced Energy’s Affordable Housing business unit, which provides programmatic and building science expertise. She led the award-winning guaranteed-performance SystemVision program and consulting services with Habitat for Humanity International, NeighborWorks, and utility clients.

Simona Fischer Architect and Associate, MSR Design

Simona is a registered architect, sustainable design professional, and associate with MSR Design. She leads the implementation of MSR’s Material Library Entry Criteria and develops tools and processes to integrate sustainable design into the natural workflow of architectural practice. Simona received a Master of Science in Sustainable Design in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. She will co-chair AIA Minnesota’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) in 2021-22.

David Johnson Principal, SERA Architects

David is a leader in integrated design with three decades of global experience. David leads the Bay Area office of SERA Architects. Prior to SERA, David was a partner and managing director at William McDonough + Partners. He contributes to manuals, books and conferences and was a sustainable design studio instructor at Stanford and A Planning Commissioner in Marin, California. David is active with AIA, ULI and SPUR, where he is a member of the Bay Area Regional Water and Policy Board. He presents frequently on the application of value-based restorative design principles in the built environment.

Julie Klump Vice President for Design and Building Performance, POAH

Julie is responsible for design and energy efficiency for development projects and the owned portfolio. She assists POAH in the acquisition process with building investigation, energy budgeting, scope development and cost estimates. She works with POAH’s Development Project Managers and Asset Managers to engage the project team (architect, engineer, clerk, etc.) for rehabilitation of new acquisitions and/or POAH owned properties (including the implementation of energy efficiency programs). For new construction, she oversees design development and construction, integrating green and sustainable design. Julie authors POAH’s product and performance specification used by development and maintenance staff when selecting building materials and components. Additionally, she manages the data collection and analysis that define the efficiency efforts and serves as a subject matter expert for all aspects of building performance.

Nea Maloo Lecturer, Howard University

Nea Maloo is an educator currently teaching Design Studio, Structures, Environmental Systems, and Professional Practice classes at Howard University. Her research focuses on the intersection of nature and healthy buildings including Biophilia and Biomimicry.
She is the Founder and Principal Architect of Showcase Architects an award-winning practice focused on environmental architecture, community planning, and urban design. The firm’s design philosophy explores modern architecture through a spatial, material, and contextual approach combining contemporary techniques with sustainable systems.

Katelin Morgan Associate, Design and Building Performance, POAH

Katelin is part of POAH’s Design and Building Performance team, where she maintains the Basis of Design (BOD), POAH’s in-house design standards, for both the owned and emerging portfolio. As part of overseeing the BOD, she manages, distributes, and enforces the use of this standard, while researching and rolling out new BOD materials. She assists residential site staff, answering questions on building products, systems, and materials, along with hosting trainings for maintenance staff. Additionally, she works with development project managers to review capital needs, distributing and reviewing the BOD with architects, engineers, and consultants during a project’s design and construction phases. Katelin holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Miami University.

Ben Rabe Director, Built Environment, Fresh-Energy

Ben Rabe joined Fresh Energy in June 2016 as a senior policy associate on the energy performance team and now serves as our Director of Built Environment. Ben leads the research and advocacy of policies that improve energy efficiency related to buildings and the built environment. He develops positions and strategies on policy matters, assists with Fresh Energy’s legislative priorities, and develops documents to communicate policy and scientific information to policymakers and the public. Ben holds a MA in International Energy Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in International Studies, Political Science, and Anthropology from Macalester College. He is also a Certified Energy Manager with the Twin Cities Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Rebecca Schaaf Senior Vice President, Energy, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

Becky leads two initiatives at SAHF – the Big Reach, SAHF’s goal with its members to reduce portfolio-wide energy and water use by 20% by 2020, and Bringing Sustainability Home, an energy and health initiative that aims to ensure low-income residents and communities have equal access to critical environmental and health benefits. Prior to joining SAHF, Becky worked as a Program Officer for CHF International and served in the Peace Corps in Ghana, where she taught mathematics. She holds a B.A. in Economics from New College of Florida and a Master's degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland.

Lynn Spivey President, NAACP New York City Housing Authority

Lynn Spivey is the 16th president of the National Advancement for Colored Peoples (NAACP) New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) branch. Under Spivey’s leadership, the branch has expanded its reach and impact. Membership has more than tripled, a program offering paralegal courses and civil rights training for community members was created.

A strong advocate for community service and civic engagement, she is a longstanding member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and serves as chairperson of the African American International Chamber of Commerce. She is also a chaplain for the New York State Chaplain Task Force, as well as an active board member with various citywide, statewide, and national organizations. Lynn received her B.S. in business management from SUNY Old Westbury and an MPA in operational management and human resources from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She can be heard on her weekly radio show “The Brand, The Boss, The Business” focused on addressing solutions to challenges faced by African American communities.