The Team

This important initiative will be led by the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan Development Committee comprised of university and health system students, faculty, staff and team members. Let’s meet the team.

Please note that this list is subject to change.

Executive Sponsors

The Executive Sponsors consist of VCU and VCU Health System leaders who will provide input during the development process to include establishing high-level priorities in alignment with VCU and VCUHS strategic plans and missions and help render decisions, as needed. Once the plan has been developed, they will provide leadership to implement the plan and advocate for the goals set in the plan. 

Team members:

  • Sheryl Garland, chief of health impact, VCUHS
  • Karol Gray, senior vice president and chief financial officer, VCU
  • Srirama Rao, vice president for research and innovation, VCU
  • Ralph Rios, vice president for support services, VCU Medical Center
  • Michael Roussos, president of VCU Medical Center
  • Fotis Sotiropoulos, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, VCU
  • Meredith Weiss, vice president for administration, VCU, co-chair

Development Committee

The committee is primarily responsible for the development of the plan and will include student, staff, faculty and team member representation from across the university and health system. 

The committee will help explore topics that need detailed study, receive suggestions from the Advisory Committee, seek to balance the many competing needs and limited resources of VCU and VCUHS, and make sound recommendations to the Executive Sponsors. Through their professional roles, the committee members will also lead the implementation of the final plan.

Team members:

  • Zhelia Arif, Medical Students for a Sustainable Future, VCU School of Medicine student
  • Andrew Barnes, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU School of Medicine Health Behavior and Policy, Faculty Senate representative
  • L. Harold Barnwell, Ph.D., assistant professor, assistant director of doctoral education, VCU College of Health Professions, Faculty Senate representative
  • Stephen Barr, director of campus services, VCU Business Services
  • David Berdish, executive-in-residence, supply chain management and analytics, VCU School of Business, advisory co-chair
  • Jay Bonfili, senior associate vice president for health sciences for finance and administration, VCU
  • Tom Briggs, assistant vice president, VCU Safety and Risk Management
  • Carlos Brown, senior director of support services and planning, VCUHS
  • Nathan Cunningham, MPH, director of patient experience, VCUHS
  • Jeff Eastman, university planner, VCU Planning and Design
  • Mark Emery, sustainability, HazMat & waste program director, Safety Department, VCUHS, co-chair
  • Jesse Goldstein, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty Senate representative
  • Taylor Greene, director, safety and security, VCUHS 
  • Ann Kildahl, director of sustainability, VCU Sustainability, co-chair
  • Denise Laussade, university treasurer, VCU Treasury Services
  • Marlon Levy, MD, professor, David M. Hume endowed chair, Division of Transplant Surgery and vice chair, Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery
  • Jorge Mayen Herrera, Neo Environmental Organization, VCU student
  • John McHugh, director of procurement services, VCU Procurement
  • Michael McNeely, vice president of finance, VCUHS
  • William Nelson, executive director, academic finance and administration, VCU Office of the Provost
  • Brett Neville, associate vice president, nursing administration, VCUHS
  • Josh Plauny, senior director, supply chain, VCUHS
  • Robert (Bobby) Scott, Medical Students for a Sustainable Future, VCU School of Medicine student
  • Larry Shirts, director, support services, plant operations & maintenance, VCUHS
  • Amanda Simmons, Staff Senate appointee, VCU Student Affairs
  • Rich Sliwoski, associate vice president, VCU Facilities Management 
  • Josh Stone, director, VCU Parking and Transportation
  • Rob Tombes, vice provost for life sciences and research, VCU
  • Meredith Weiss, vice president for administration, VCU Administration
  • TBD, chairs of working groups

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee will consist of sustainability advocates from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, including faculty, staff and students. 

The committee will support the working groups and provide critical operational and academic feedback to the Development Committee. The committee members will provide advice that is consistent with the strategic plans and missions of both VCU and VCUHS and viewed as balanced, objective, fair, practical and in the best interests of the entire campus community.

Team members:

  • Daniel Albrecht-Mallinger, assistant professor, VCU Center for Environmental Studies
  • Tina Anderson, lab safety & education coordinator, VCUHS
  • Lauren Bailey, project manager, VCU Planning and Design
  • Sarah Barber, project manager, VCU Planning and Design
  • Sara Barton, senior manager of sustainability programs and policy, VCU Sustainability
  • David Berdish, executive-in-residence, supply chain management and analytics, VCU School of Business
  • Andria Davis, director, supply chain operations, VCUHS
  • Michael S. Donnenberg, senior associate dean for research and research training, VCU School of Medicine
  • Corin Hewitt, associate professor, Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, VCU School of the Arts
  • Jonathan Jones, assistant professor, VCU Center for Environmental Studies
  • Kevin Last, program manager capital programs, VCUHS
  • Parker Long, manager of sustainability administration and operations, VCU Sustainability 
  • William R. Muth, emeritus professor, VCU School of Education
  • William Neston, manager, food and nutrition services, VCUHS
  • Hank Papiernik, operating room, VCUHS
  • Adam Silvis, senior director of food & nutrition, VCUHS
  • Jim Welsh, director for environmental services, VCUHS
  • Mark D. Wood, associate professor, VCU School of World Studies
  • Wilhelm Zuelzer, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, VCUHS

Working Groups

The Working Groups will provide critical subject matter expertise and insights needed by the Development Committee throughout the planning process. The focus of the working groups, and their membership, will be determined in the early phases of the development process and assigned by the Sustainability Plan Development Committee.

Partners

Throughout the development process, the Sustainability Plan committees will engage with a variety of groups from across the university and health system as well as representatives from local, state and federal government organizations that specialize in sustainability or regulatory issues, such as, but not limited to, those listed below. 

Project Team

The project team will oversee the development of the plan and keep the various stakeholders informed of progress.

Team members:

  • Sara Barton, senior manager of sustainability programs and policy, VCU Sustainability
  • David Berdish, executive-in-residence, supply chain management and analytics, VCU School of Business
  • Jessica Bryant, senior director, strategic initiatives, VCU Administration
  • Molly Case, communications manager, VCU Administration
  • Jeff Eastman, university planner, VCU Planning and Design
  • Mark Emery, sustainability, HazMat and waste program director, VCUHS Safety Department
  • Jane Hagen, sustainability data coordinator, VCU Sustainability
  • Ann Kildahl, director of sustainability, VCU Sustainability 
  • Parker Long, manager of sustainability administration and operations, VCU Sustainability
  • Lisa Morris, project coordinator, VCUHS Enterprise Portfolio Management Office
  • Megan Wood, project manager, VCU Administration