Our Board’s composition today is a strong, balanced blend of skills and experience, which come together to make a Board that is able to offer informed guidance in core areas important to the present and future growth of the Green Project.
Board Members of The Green Project 2012-2013
Daniel Weiner, President - As a LEED certified Architect, Dan feels that the Green Project’s mission aligns perfectly with his passions: the environment and architecture. Dan also plays bass guitar in the band Coot.
Jonathan Wallick, Vice President - General contractor and redeveloper of distressed real estate. He says “Our architectural heritage and irreplaceable old materials should not be wasted and end up in the landfill. The Green Project allows me to pass on these materials, rather than storing them, without guilt.” He tries to save everything for reuse or recycling.
David Kurtz, Treasurer - Shareholder with the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz. The Green Project’s mission is exciting to him because it simultaneously helps to protect the environment while also preserving unique pieces of New Orleans’ architectural heritage.
Ben Haney – Manager, Environmental, Health & Safety Consulting URS Corporation. Ben knows reclaiming material will improve the quality of life in New Orleans and minimize our impact on other areas in the region.
Jennifer Ponce – Owner, Palo Nola LLC. Jennifer renovates historical houses in New Orleans with an emphasis on reuse of materials. She has been recognized by the Historic District Landmarks Commission for her work.
Michael Sabitini - An environmental engineer, Michael went through the Junior
League’s Get On Board Program which trains people how to work effectively
as board members.
Karen Babin - Self described recycling fiend, Karen has business experience and a long
active involvement with the Rotary Club.
Yerga Baraki - A long time and regular customer at the Green Project, Yerga is
rebuilding her home on the West Bank.
Kristen Shorp – An attorney, Kristen has been active with organizational and fundraising
activities with the Pro Bono organization.
Julianne Ruocco – A Certified Public Accountant with a degree in Finance. She is experienced in
performing audits and in evaluating effectiveness of companies’ internal financial controls. She is a
member of Young Leadership Council and enjoys running, history, and Italian cooking.
Karen Dunn – An experienced marketing professional serving clients such as the Louis Armstrong
Airport, the United Negro College Fund, PlayNola, the New Orleans Book Festival, and the Robert Wood
Foundation Cover the Uninsured Initiative. She has served on the board of Kingsley House, and has
been a site director for Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR).
Nomita Gupta – Has a Masters in Urban Planning and Preservation and a Bachelors degree in
Architecture. She is the owner of Spruce, an eco-conscious design studio and retail store in New Orleans.
Prior to Spruce she worked as a planner and architect for several firms and for Tulane University.
Jennifer Young – Marketing Manager for Zatarain’s. She is on
the sustainability committee of Zatarain’s, which implements improvements to make the Gretna facility more
environmentally friendly. She serves as the leader of marketing for the Junior League of New Orleans
and is hoping for a place to recycle glass in New Orleans.