Leadership

Christina Kelcourse
Christina Kelcourse
Executive Director
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Christina W. Kelcourse is a native Floridian with a strong business background. She is an attorney and became a member of the Florida Bar in 2006. She ran her own law firm, in Jacksonville Florida, specializing in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate.

Christina started practicing finance and built her own personal financial planning practice. She learned about sustainable investing and became attracted to business responsibility. She achieved top company awards and prestigious designations of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC). She was asked to join the company leadership team and held titles of Director of Financial Planning and Managing Director, responsible for advanced markets, recruiting and developing a team of financial advisors.

Now, Christina is proud to be working independently, creating and managing “Green” or socially responsible retirement plans for business owners. Value based investing helps business owners make conscious choices focused on investing their company 401k, 403b or other retirement plan, on funds that promote sustainability and the triple bottom line.

During her free time, Christina spends time at the beach or hiking with her three young sons, James, Sawyer and Ziggy. She is happily married to her husband Mike Kelcourse, who owns a local recycling and composting business.

Current Board Members


Mary Tappouni
Mary Tappouni
Chair

Mary Tappouni is the President of Breaking Ground Contracting, where she serves as Senior Estimator, Senior Project Manager and Sustainability Consultant. Over her more than 25 years in the construction industry, she has managed projects ranging from small park projects to multimillion dollar facilities that include medical and professional office buildings, historic preservation, retail, schools, university, health & fitness facilities, recreational, military projects and custom green homes. 

Mary is passionate about sustainability and green building. She was honored to speak at the Greenbuild conference in Chicago in 2010 and serve as a 2013 member of the Northeast Florida Regional Council Sea Level Rise Committee, which produced a Regional Action Plan. She currently serves on the State Board of Directors for the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). Mary actively represents the construction industry, including in her current role as Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Florida Immediate Past Board Chair. She is also past Chair of the Board of the ABC First Coast Chapter and past Chair of its Women’s Council.Mary showcases sustainability at Breaking Ground’s office which houses one of the few successful green roofs in Florida. 

Mary is a two-time recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Best Practice Award for Leadership from Sustainable Florida Collins Center for Public Policy as well as being recognized as the 2009 Small Business Association Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Florida.


Kelly A. Karstaedt
Kelly A. Karstaedt
Secretary

Kelly Karstaedt has been a proponent of animal welfare and the natural world since childhood. Originally a native of rural Western Pennsylvania, she graduated from Gannon University with a degree in Biology focusing on animal behavior. Kelly then moved to Florida to attend Florida Coastal School of Law, from which she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2008.

Kelly is currently the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Justice Association, a plaintiff’s personal injury trial lawyer bar association. In this position, Kelly has been given the amazing opportunity to run a membership non-profit organization and work for and with some of the best trial lawyers in Northeast Florida. Kelly is also the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the statewide Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates. While her duties are similar, these two new positions allow for more opportunities to network throughout the State of Florida and spread the message of sustainability.

Kelly has years of experience handling marketing and development needs for multiple non-profit charities and professional associations. It is that passion for bringing people with similar needs together to create beneficial relationships and her passion for protecting this planet that drove her to become involved with the Green Chamber.

Kelly is an avid reader and book club enthusiast. Her cat Medea and border collie Orion have been a sustaining source of inspiration and motivation to continue her efforts to protect our community and see it thrive.


Jessica Handley
Treasurer

Jessica Handley is a tax manager with BDO USA, a member of BDO International, the world’s fifth largest accounting network. BDO delivers assurance, tax, and financial advisory services to clients throughout the country and around the globe.

Jessica has lived in Jacksonville for 31 years. In 2008, Jessica graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.  In her senior year she started her tax internship at The LBA Group (now BDO USA, LLP) and has been with the same office since December 2007. Her passion for the job comes from the development of the client relationships. Her industry focus has been mainly restaurants, construction & real estate with experience in multi-state tax.

She also has experience with law firms. Jessica is a volunteer mentor with the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center’s Athena International.  She also served for several years as a member of the Associated Builders & Contractors Florida First Coast Chapter Women’s Council Executive Committee.


Tracy Packiam Alloway
Board Member

Craig Barzso
Craig Barzso
Board Member

Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD, is an award-winning psychologist, professor, author, and TEDx speaker. She has published 8 books and over 100 scholarly articles on how working memory is important in various contexts, including decision making, education, and mental health. She has also provided consultancy to the World Bank on reading in developing countries and is a sought-after speaker internationally. Her research has also been featured on BBC, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and Newsweek, and many others.


Craig Barzso brings a diverse background in business, non-profit and government service to the Green Chamber board. As the founder and CEO of LifeWare TEK, Craig spent nearly 25 years leading an extraordinary team in developing Internet-based sales, marketing and supply chain systems for major international brands during the Internet’s infancy. These systems helped bring brands like Time Warner, Campbell’s, RAI Italy, Nabisco, General Mills, Sara Lee, HP and many others to the Internet for the first time. LifeWare’s green credits include assisting HP develop ResourceLink, a logistics system designed to efficiently deliver surplus food products from large food producers to food banks nationwide

After moving on from LifeWare TEK, Craig has participated in a number of local start-ups as principal or investor. He recently launched AltWays LLC as a co-founder with Matthias Herzog, a noted Swiss solar engineer. AltWays’ mission is to promote all things green. AltWays acts as an independent analyst and broker for residential and commercial solar installations and is developing a suite of educational programs and online tools to make it easier for consumers and small businesses to go green.

Prior to founding LifeWare TEK, Craig began his early career in the non-profit world, founding a large community performing arts center in Seattle, Washington. Based on this success he was recruited by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, to serve as a policy analyst advising the presidentially-appointed National Council On the Arts. This experience gives Craig valuable insights into the grant making process.

A long-time resident and devotee of St. Augustine, Craig has served as past president of the Arc of the St. Johns, was a former advisor to the national chapter of Feeding America and is currently a Trustee for the University of Florida’s Whitney Marine Laboratory in Marineland, Florida.


Paul Sifton
Paul Sifton
Board Member

Paul Sifton was born and educated in Ontario, Canada where he grew up in the land development industry. In 1978, he moved to Palm Beach, Florida, to pursue housing development. Ten years later, he had the fortunate opportunity to move to Jacksonville to open a record retention business where he developed software and techniques that are still used in the field today.

He owned and operated a Harley Davidson aftermarket shop, while racing his bikes in multiple locations around the country. Currently, he is involved in the oil and gas industry in offshore Louisiana; in addition to owning an apiary, retail honey outlet called, Bee Friends Farm, with over 400 active hives.

Owns 927 Events and catering. Located at 927 West Forsyth st. Is working to take the old Lee and Cates building at 905 West Forsyth to bring life back to this 100+ as a local grocery.


Our STT individuals are top tier leaders, innovators, elected officials, educators, non-profits, and CEO’s. They give their time and influence to support the Green Chamber initiatives, and keep the Green Chamber focused on its mission. Participation is by invitation only.

  • Aaron Gottlieb, Founder/CEO, Native Sun Market 
  • Anna Brosche C.P.A., Shareholder, Former City Council President, City of Jacksonville
  • Carolina Ceron M.D., Owner and Physician, Progressive Pediatrics 
  • Charlie Latham, Mayor City of Jacksonville Beach 
  • David Dunkley, Director, Planning and Environmental, Jacksonville Aviation Authority 
  • David Strickland, Supporter 
  • Elaine Brown, Mayor City of Neptune Beach 
  • Ellen Glasser, Atlantic Beach Mayor 
  • Ellen Leroy-Reed, Executive Director, Friends of the GTM Reserve 
  • James Richardson, Administrator, Environmental Protection Board, City of Jacksonville 
  • Jim Baliey, Supporter  
  • Jim McCarthy, President, North Florida Land Trust 
  • John Delaney, Shareholder, Rogers Towers Attorneys at Law  
  • Kay Ehas, CEO Groundwork Jacksonville, Inc.  
  • Lake Ray, Executive Director, First Coast Manufacturers Association 
  • Maria Hane, President, M.O.S.H.
  • Mark Middlebrook, Executive Director, Timucuan Parks Foundation 
  • Nancy Shaver, Mayor City of Saint Augustine 
  • Peggy Bryan, Supporter 
  • Quint White, Executive Director, Marine Science Research Institute, Jacksonville University 
  • Rhodes Robinson, CEO, Environmental Services, Inc. 
  • Sam Inman, Community 1st Credit Union 
  • Sarah Boren, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Sel Buyuksarac, Founder/Chief of Public Affairs & Government Relations, River City Science Academy
  • Sherry Magill, Retired President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund 
  • Tracye Polson Ph.D, L.C.S.W, Owner, Psychotherapy for Adults & Couples 

Our Committee Chairs are the movers-and-shakers of North Florida. They are the innovative minds that bring the Green Chambers mission alive. These committees are for Green Chamber members only.  Please select a committee to join and attend our regularly scheduled meetings.  Check our calendar for the most current information.

Policy Committee
Mary Tappouni President, Breaking Ground Contracting

Communication Committee
Mike Bonts, Mike Bonts Public Relations

Event Committee
Tara Dodson, MBA Director, Saint Augustine Sustainability Programs & Owner of Full Circle Resource Management, LLC & Eddie Whistler Director, M.O.S.H. Bryan-Gooding Planetarium

Membership Committee
Marie Spottswood Home Care Consultant for H2O & Nathan Ballentine, Man-in-Overalls Itinerant Urban Farmer, Entrepreneur, Educator, Com. Organizer

Sustainability Committee

Fundraising Committee

The NFGCC Ambassadors are a prestigious group, who assure the membership is receiving the benefits available to them.  Participation is by invitation only.

  • Perpetua Grant C.F.P. Financial Advisor, Prudential Financial 
  • Tony Pooley Senior Project Manager, Sustainability and Resiliency Development, Environmental Services, Inc., A Terracon Company
  • Noah DeDeo, Chair 
  • Rory Hampson, Vice-chair

The mission of the Student Advisory Council is to include ALL students in North Florida, to advocate for a cleaner and greener community on campus. We hope to be a model for others of social and environmental justice. Our goal is to engage students and faculty on campus across North Florida, by planning and implementing sustainable projects; and to network with the NFGCC professional members.

We have implemented events reducing plastic waste, gardening tips for dorms, beach clean-ups and hosted panel discussions with professional and professors. We also participate in the NFGCC Mentor-Mentee program.

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