BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lance Kirk, LGA – Chairman

Lance KirkLance Kirk is a third generation native Nevadan and resident of Las Vegas since 1990. He has a passion for sustainable and environmental design, believing that holistic systems thinking is key to sustaining the built environment and the earth’s resources.

His desire to increase knowledge and bring awareness of sustainable design to the profession of architecture and the desert southwest region spurred him to found the AIA Las Vegas Chapter of the Committee on the Environment in 2001. Through this organization, he secured funding that brought both the Ten Shades of Green Exhibit and the Sustaining Nevada Lecture Series to Las Vegas. Furthermore, Lance was co-founder of the U.S. Green Building Council – Nevada Chapter and served as the founding President.

Currently, his focus is in developing affordable, community-based, sustainable projects which focus on net zero energy, water and carbon in Southern Nevada.

Kathy Lauckner, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Kathleen Lauckner moved to the desert from the beautiful coastal region of southern New Jersey and quickly adapted to its contrasting ecosystem. She is retired from UNLV following a 31- year career in Environmental Risk Assessment and Abatement education. During her tenure, she earned her Master’s Degree, in Adult Education (1991) and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership-Workforce Education, (2012); building on her life-long education and work in Environmental Science. Kathy’s research projects focus on topics relating to neighborhood reconstruction and rehabilitation which culminate in the rebuilding of healthy homes and strives to eliminate the hazards of community toxins that homeowners may unknowingly be exposed to.

Currently, she volunteers as a C3 board member for NCL and as a consultant to D.C. advocacy groups still waging battles to combat Lead Poisoning. Dr. Lauckner serves as an adjunct Professor at Nevada State College teaching Environmental Law, and also to UNLV, teaching Introduction to Public Health. As an Emerita member of UNLV she hopes to continue to serve the University on the Women’s Counsel, striving for equality for all women on campus.

Kathy’s inter-related community initiatives intertwine her interest of education, environment and research and affords her the opportunity to bring her sense of ‘community’ to the Nevada Conservation League. As a C3 board member she wishes to work in the realm of outreach and construct an educational forum that will infuse the need for conservation of our western energy resources and open lands into our legislation, education and community consciousness. To her, this is a natural extension of the community rehabilitation program that is her passion.

 

Martin Melendrez

Martin is the managing partner of Hawkins Melendrez, P.C., moved to the Las Vegas area in 1990, and graduated in the Charter Class (2001) of UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law.  Mr. Melendrez is licensed to practice before all Nevada state and federal courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Melendrez was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 2001, and is well respected by his legal peers and has a valuable understanding of Southern Nevada’s political landscape. Mr. Melendrez was awarded the distinction of being named to Nevada Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite.”

Mr. Melendrez has aggressively pursued client rights in Section 1983 civil rights violations, commercial disputes, complex construction issues, Nevada tax commission and negligence cases.  Mr. Melendrez is engaged in community projects, pro bono service, hiking with is German Wired Hair Pointer, Solo and is an avid cyclist.

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