Staff Members

KC Bleile

KC Bleile

Executive Director

As Executive Director, KC oversees the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. She joined Viridiant as its first employee and helped pioneer the Commonwealth’s first state-wide green building program. She is a RESNET certified HERS Rater. KC has a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech. She is also a 2012 graduate of Nonprofit Learning Point’s Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Program.

Sean Shanley

Director of Residential Operations

As Director of Residential Operations, Sean oversees Viridiant’s single family programs including EarthCraft House, provides Technical Advisor oversight and acts as RESNET Quality Assurance Designee. In addition to those responsibilities, Sean will be assisting in piloting new programs within the single family marketplace. Sean has been a certified HERS rater since 2008 and has worked on a range of new construction and renovation projects for single family and multifamily buildings, including ones pursuing Energy Star, EarthCraft, LEED for Homes, WaterSense, and Indoor airPLUS certifications. Sean serves as the primary RESNET and LEED for Homes QAD for Viridiant. He graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Arts in New Media and from VCU with a Master of Environmental Studies.

Bill Riggs

Project Manager

Stacey Smith

Project Manager

Matt Waring

Technical Director

Matt Waring has been working in the construction field for more than a decade. He has experience working as a superintendent on both single family and multifamily construction projects in both Virginia and South Carolina. He has been a Certified Home Energy Rater since 2011 when he initially joined the Viridiant team as Technical Advisor. From there, Matt worked into a Project Management role working with a range of Multifamily Low-Income Housing and Market Rate projects seeking green building certification and consultation. He eventually took over Viridiant’s Multifamily department in 2016. After a brief hiatus, again as a superintendent, Matt rejoined Viridiant as part of the Technical Management team and has been working with Viridiant’s in-house technical advisors and Project Managers as well as a broad array of external clients.

Katy Maher

Project Manager

Stacy Mitchell

Director of Communications & Outreach

As Director of Communications & Outreach, Stacy works to connect the outside world with the work that Viridiant is doing. She manages all of the organization’s events and trainings as well as marketing/communications strategy and implementation.

Andrew Grigsby

Energy Services Director

Andrew leads the Community Energy Services Department to provide energy efficiency and renewable energy services and consulting directly to consumers. Andrew has more than 30 years’ experience as a practitioner, educator, and leader in the clean energy, construction, and community planning industries. Prior to joining Viridiant, Andrew served as Executive Director of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance, the Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance, and the Local Energy Alliance Program; Director of Business Development for commercial solar pioneer Secure Futures; owner/founder of the consulting firm Commonwealth Sustainability Works; Program Manager of the City of Austin Sustainable Communities Initiative; and carpenter, handyman, and furniture-maker in a variety of settings. Andrew earned a master’s degree in community and regional planning from The University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in social theory from Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds the LEED AP (BD+C) and Building Performance Institute Building Analyst professional certifications and is a licensed Residential Building Energy Analyst in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Andrew lives in the Woodland Heights/Swansboro area of Richmond with his wife, Trista, who is the Farm to School Specialist for the Virginia Department of Education. They have two young boys.

Bishan Thapa

Associate Project Manager

Mira Martin

Associate Project Manager

Stephen Dareing

Business Relations Manager

Emily Bookman

Director of Finance & Administration

Technical Advisors

Chris Conway

Technical Advisor

Dan Guinn

Technical Advisor

Jeff Sadler

Technical Advisor

John Semmelhack

Technical Advisor

Leo Watkins

Technical Advisor

Justin Sidebottom

Technical Advisor

Technical Advisors not pictured

  • Morgan Myers

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Bryan Mangas, Capital One

VICE PRESIDENT

Chris Sterling, VA Community Development Corporation

TREASURER

Sarah Jones-Anderson, Greystone Affordable Development

SECRETARY

Joan Kelsch, Arlington County

BOARD MEMBERS

Bettina Bergoo, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Nathan Blinn, Eagle Construction of VA; archi-TEC-tonic
Rodes Boyd, Automated Logic
Paul Ferguson, Arlington Clerk of the Circuit Court
Dona Huang, Richmond City Health District
Jenny Palmer, Four Leaf Advocacy
Kevin Rothermel, VCU Brandcenter
Mark Slack, Kanawha Realty Advisors
Karen Wilds, Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority
James Wiltshire, Bank of America

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