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 Director of Sustainable Practice, 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.
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.
Adam Meier Director for Green, Healthy, and Sustainable Products, HPN
Adam Meier joined the Housing Partnership Network in 2021 as the Director for Green, Healthy, and Sustainable Products. Adam's work in support of HPN’s members resides at the intersection of sustainability, public health, and social and environmental justice.
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.
Sandra Verónica Serna Vice President of Health and Housing, SAHF
Sandra Verónica Serna is the Vice President of Health and Housing at Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), where she supports a national collaborative of 13 mission-driven, nonprofit affordable housing developers in their efforts to advance quality, service-enriched affordable housing, resident agency and voice, and improved health and community outcomes. Prior to joining SAHF, Sandra oversaw projects with an emphasis on the social determinants of health at Louisiana Public Health Institute and United Way Worldwide, providing evaluation services and technical assistance to local leaders committed to making their communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Magdalena Szymanska Manager, Sustainability Program, TNDC
Magda joined the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) in April of 2019 after previous experience with GIS Analysis at Apex and Energy Efficiency at San Francisco Department of the Environment. She currently manages TNDC’s Sustainability efforts to achieve the goals set for energy, water, and carbon reduction, and increase of waste diversion.
Lauren Westmoreland Vice President, Energy and Sustainability, SAHF
Lauren Westmoreland leads SAHF’s environmental initiatives, including the Bringing Sustainability Home (BSH), a cross-cutting energy and health initiative, and efforts to support SAHF members in identifying scalable solutions for a low-carbon future that benefits low-income residents and communities and mitigates the impact of climate change. Prior to joining SAHF, Lauren led the Enterprise Green Communities state and local policy initiative and developed and led the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Built Environment portfolio. Lauren is a Registered Architect in North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University.