Advisory Board

Lyne Hethrington
Environmental Scientist

Ms. Hethrington has been a practicing and respected Environmental Scientist with a career spanning almost 30 years. Her broad-based experience includes governmental agency and private industry environmental management; investigation and remediation of contaminated properties; environmental media sampling and analysis.  Over the past decade, Hethrington has expanded her knowledge of human health risk assessment and environmental exposure.  As a result, she is in constant demand to lecture and teach on the topic of environmental exposure. Physicians across the country also request her expertise on extremely difficult cases related to the environmentally toxic patient.  Her background, knowledge and experience provide a unique approach within the field of healthcare to facilitate an understanding of today’s toxic environment and its direct relationship to illness.

Robert Quinn

Dr. Quinn has been a practicing Pharmacist for 30 years with extensive experience in the hospital setting where he worked directly with physicians regarding patient diagnosis and treatment.  He specializes in the development and preparation of unique, patient-specific oral and intravenous therapies. Dr. Quinn is one of the few board-certified anti-aging and regenerative medicine pharmacists in the country, specializing in treatment modalities for the environmentally toxic patient.  He has been a featured speaker with the American Naturopathic Medical Association on pharmaceutical compounding, and currently conducts Intravenous Therapy seminars for physicians learning about environmental detoxification.

Wayne Pendrey
Energy Consultant

With an ongoing passion for making green technologies accessible and affordable for the mass market, Mr. Pendrey brings 33 years of experience in the construction industry to the pH Living Team. This includes experience in the government, private, commercial, and residential sectors. Upon joining the SBCA in 1995, Pendrey started becoming aware of green building and later joined the Ventura County Contractors Association (VCCA). He now serves on the Board of Directors for the VCCA. In 2003, Pendrey founded the Green Building Committee and is active as its Director.

Pendrey is also a member of the Ventura County Green Building Council (chapter for the USGBC-C4) where he serves on the Strategic Partners Committee. With vast expertise in current and emerging forms of renewable energy, Pendrey began consulting for solar in 2007, specializing in affordable housing projects, including the $62 million WAV project in Ventura. In that same year, he began presenting Passive House design and Energy Efficiency First as the most cost effective approach to green building and sizing solar.

In addition, Pendrey is a trainer for the California Building Performance Contractors Association. He currently also consults on Net Energy Building, Building Performance, and Passive Design for integrated solutions that are economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable.

Tracy Houston
Menlo Lab

Permaculture and Organic Farming

Co-founder of Menlo Lab, has been working with leaders from business, government, education, and non-profits for over 20 years in generating systemic change that ensures socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable approaches to business and product innovations, learning, and urban renewal. Her work with cross-sector leaders has led to creation of replicable models for “sustainable communities”, integrating the ‘hard structures’ and technologies that allow us to live in harmony with nature, along with the ‘soft structures’ that allow us to live in harmony as communities. Through Menlo, Tracy has co-created cross-sector networks in Los Angeles that are developing a whole “eco-system” of green technologies, building and community design, learning approaches and hands-on job training, along with the economic and governance systems needed to serve both people and planet. Tracy has coached executives in the development of strategy and organization change initiatives at over 20 global corporations. She has worked with social services agencies in reforming their leadership, systems, and programs in ways that foster self-reliance among the clients they serve. And, she has worked with leaders, educators, and youth in generating systemic changes to education systems that not only improve academic performance but also address the holistic conditions needed to strengthen families and communities. Tracy is the author of the book, Inside-Out: Stories and methods for Generating the Futures We Want (Society for Organizational Learning, 2007), and of numerous articles on the subject of cross-sector and whole system change. She has been invited as speaker at numerous systems thinking and organizational learning conferences.

Dave Flanigan
Menlo Lab

Co-founder of Menlo Lab, brings 33 years of global business experience in the automotive and financial service sectors. As President of Ford Credit International, he led 9,500 employees and developed highly profitable financial services businesses in 38 countries with assets in excess of $35 billion and profit of $500 million.  Dave has extensive background in strategic planning; product planning, acquisitions, mergers and divestitures; managing transnational joint ventures and integrations; and establishing start-up operations. After retiring from Ford in 2002, Dave now brings his unique blend of strategic thinking, leadership coaching and business acumen to business, non-profit, community and institutional leaders.  As co-founder of Menlo Lab, he helps lead whole-system, multi-stakeholder transformation initiatives aimed at creating economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable communities where residents can realize their fullest potential and highest aspirations for who they are and what they do.

Dave has an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a trustee for the Society of Organizational Learning and member of the MIT Presencing Institute.

Chris Velasco
President and Executive Director, PLACE

Chris Velasco is President and Executive Director of PLACE® (Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment), a nonpro?t organization working in the United States and the United Kingdom. PLACE builds sustainable communities that promote the arts, environmentalism and social justice. Through a community-driven, ethically-focused process, PLACE develops new and experimental models for urban neighborhoods that demonstrate radical innovation in environmental design, live/work development for artists and creative businesses, affordable workforce housing, and supportive housing for the most economically distressed. Our vision is to change the way communities are made.

PLACE is hired by cities, municipal entities, and other large institutions to create green communities for the public good. We strive to make each PLACE project re?ect the highest community ideals, creating beautiful and inspiring places, lifting people out of poverty, empowering community participation, and providing equal opportunity, all while generating economic return, renewable energy and green-collar jobs.

Chris has been actively engaged in the arts and the creation of leading-edge communities for twenty years. He has worked in over two hundred cities, and been a leader in the creation of over $500 million of new facilities.

An innovator in the area of housing cooperatives, Chris worked to develop some of the nation’s early leasehold housing cooperatives for artists. His projects have won numerous awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Institute of Architects and more.

Chris is a frequent keynote speaker in the areas of sustainable communities, the arts, live/work communities, ethical development, community and economic revitalization and the environment and was a 2009 Fellow to Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation.

William G. Kracht, D.O., F.A.A.F.P.

Dr. Kracht is a board-certified family physician with postgraduate training in Environmental and Integrative medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and the American Academy for the Advancement in Medicine.

Dr. Kracht was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America at age 15. He obtained a B.S. in Pre-Medicine with High Distinction and Honors in Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his Doctor of Osteopathy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his family practice residency at Eglin Air Force Base. He subsequently served four years as an active duty family physician in the United States Air Force that included an assignment to Incirlik, Turkey to participate in the post Gulf War mission Provide Comfort.

Dr. Kracht is affiliated with following hospitals: Grandview Hospital in Sellersville, Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, and Quakertown St. Luke’s Hospital in Quakertown. He serves as a community preceptor for the family medicine residents at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was past chairman of the Family Medicine Department at Grandview Hospital.

He is the current Practice Manager at Woodlands Healing Research Center located in Quakertown, PA. Woodlands is an integrative family medicine office that incorporates the tenets of environmental medicine in its comprehensive patient centered care.

Stephen Knee

Stephen represented corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and other business entities in all forms of business matters for over 40 years.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he teaches a course in transactional law. As a member of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association and its Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, he co-chairs its Task Force on Acquisitions of Public Companies.

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