board of directors

Scott Boylston | President

Scott found his way to Savannah from New York City while running an environmentally-friendly surfwear company with the woman who’s now his wife. Scott is co-author and Program Coordinator for the Masters in Design for Sustainability at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and professor in Design for Sustainability. He’s the author of 3 books, and has published over a dozen short stories in acclaimed literary journals. Scott is the founder of SCAD’s Design Ethos conference and ‘DO-ference,’ an interactive workshop-based conference that brings together international design practitioners with community leaders in order to address pressing social and economic concerns within the local community. Scott spent a decade as an Art Director for a package design company in New York City, working with clients including Estée Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Opium, and Calvin Klien. He speaks internationally on design and sustainability, and holds a masters from Pratt Institute. Scott has served on the board of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, and is a past member of the State Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council of Georgia, and the Savannah Branch of USGBC-GA. Scott presently serves on the Chatham Environmental Forum, and the steering committee for Healthy Savannah. email Scott

Keith Howington | Vice President

Keith has been both Project Manager and Designer for a variety of residential and commercial projects, large and small scale. Through daily practice with a local architecture firm, he is continually educating himself in sustainable design practices and chooses to incorporate these practices in his projects. Keith has degrees in both Historic Preservation and Architecture, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also a member of many regional organizations that promote sustainability such as USGBC, GA Conservancy, National and Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and others. Keith has been noted for a local interior restoration in Old House Interiors magazine and has won several design awards through the Historic Savannah Foundation,  and a Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation award. Keith has served on several boards in the past that help to promote community well- being and also currently sits on Savannah’s Historic District Board of Review.

Sara Jo Johnson | Secretary

Sara possesses a degree in Journalism and Master degrees in Graphic Design and Design Strategy (with a sustainability focus). As an adult, she’s dwelled in San Francisco, Chicago and Savannah. Professionally, she has worked as a grantwriter/graphic designer, web designer, design strategy consultant and design management professor. She believes that there is a waste-is-food riddle to be discovered in everything. For sanity/pleasure, she obsesses on food (not ‘food’) and its endless systems (cooking, sourcing, growing…), marvels at her family, putters around her garden, reads and shares (reads), and tries to learn as much as possible.

Ken Sirlin | Treasurer

Ken has had an interesting and nomadic life. After graduating from the Wharton School of Finance of The University of Pennsylvania in 1964, he went to work as a CPA in Cleveland, Ohio. After getting an MBA in 1968, he moved, with his wife Jacqueline, to Madrid, Spain (where daughter Rachel was born in 1971); then to Barcelona in 1973 (where son Eric was born in 1974) and next to Brussels, Belgium in 1977. In 1979, he and the family returned to North America with stays in Muncie, Indiana, San Francisco, California and Toronto, Canada. In 1984, they all returned to Brussels and in 1999, after working for Levi Strauss & Co. for 19 years, Ken retired and he and Jacqueline moved to Savannah where he has served on several non-profit Boards. His interests include music, reading, art, film, fashion, tennis and bullfighting. He has some proficiency in Spanish and French.

Roger Bowman |

Roger Bowman is the Corporate Sustainability Manager for Gulfstream. In this role, Roger is leading company-wide efforts to develop a sustainability program anchored in the Gulfstream Vision and Values. He is advancing programs to reduce environmental impact and footprint, improve energy efficiency, and set standards that lead to more efficient facilities, products and services. He comes to Savannah from Gulfstream’s Long Beach (California) facility where he was the Environmental Manager. While there, he played a key role in achieving several high-profile environmental permits. He started the recycling program in Long Beach, and began the first “zero discharge to landfill” program in Gulfstream, also for the Long Beach facility. Prior to Gulfstream, he worked at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, Ca.  Roger is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Mark Fitzpatrick |

Mark is the Preservation Director with J.T. Turner Construction Co., Inc., and Chair of the USGBC Savannah branch Leadership Group. He’s is the inaugural winner of the Craftsmanship Award from the Historic Savannah Foundation, and as a LEED Accredited Professional, has worked on nationally recognized projects such as the Hamilton Turner Inn, Owens Thomas House Museum, and The Anson and Lazarus-Mohr House which was featured on This Old House.

Paula S. Fogarty |

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College and art history M.A. graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Paula S. Fogarty’s professional career has focused on upper-level management in marketing, design, finance, and operations.  As President of Kindel Furniture Company, Paula innovated product lines through competitive analysis and understanding of the marketplace; consolidated and streamlined operations for greater profitability. As owner of her own marketing and strategic consulting firm, Paula Scott Unlimited, Paula and her team assisted both established brands and start-ups in creating consistent communications across all channels, including their internal cultures. Currently a freelance writer, Paula blog for Metropolis Magazine follows her book research on the role of women in the American furniture industry. She also writes for Chair Culture, Connect Savannah, and other publications. Paula has served on several boards of directors and as Board Chair of the Irish Georgian Society, The Center for Environmental Study, and The David Wolcott Kendall Memorial Foundation. Paula is a current board member of the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library. She lives in Savannah with her Jack Russell Terrier, Charles.

Stephen Hartley |

Stephen Hartley leads the Historic Preservation and Restoration program at Savannah Technical College. He earned his B.A. in History from Coastal Carolina and his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has participated in the restoration of more than thirty historic sites, winning awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation for his work. Steve has taught at SCAD and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Three years ago, he began Preservation Week at Savannah Technical College and in 2011, he launched the Visiting Artisan Series, bringing world-class craftsmen to campus. He is internationally recognized for his work in the field and has served as a peer reviewer for the Association for Preservation Technology. His professional affiliations include:
—National Trust for Historic Preservation, International Council for Monuments and Sites, Association for Preservation Technology, Preservation Trades Network, Timber Framer’s Guild of North America, Artist Blacksmith Association of North America

Dave Miller |

David Miller is the corporate vice president for Business Development, Marketing and Sales (www.comp-u-floor.com), and the Vice President of the Government Systems Division for AYA Associates, Inc. (www.ayaassociates.com). Mr. Miller earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education with concentration in Physics, Math and Computer Science, and a Master of Science in Education with concentraton is Business Administration from Wright State University and is a strong believer in continuing education.

Having an education and engineering background and 40 years of experience, Mr. Miller has had a career of continued successes through innovation, leadership, team building and management. As a customer from a fortune 100 company has recently recalled, Dave demonstrated considerable managerial talent. For the past 8 years Dave has been helping the US Small Business Administration and several small businesses either directly or volunteering as an associate/advisor to help achieve their vision. Mr. Miller is a champion for the SBA’s Ombussman Office for Fairness in Federal Regulations and participates in an advisiory position to several Small Businesses Board of Directors.