Jonathan Burgess, President & Principal-in-Charge 

Jonathan Burgess is the creative leader of his team of professionals. For more than a decade, he has focused on assisting developers, design professionals and construction teams with creating high-performing, healthy buildings and neighborhoods. In 2017, Jonathan became the youngest person in the world to achieve the prestigious accreditation of LEED Fellow. He is a licensed Landscape Architect and also maintains LEED specialties in Neighborhood Development and Building Design + Construction; is a SITES Accredited Professional (AP); a WELL AP; a FGBC Designated Professional; and a Green Globes Professional. As a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, Jonathan also tours the country educating industry leaders and advocating for the adoption of green building standards. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami’s prestigious School of Architecture. Jonathan has long-believed in giving back to the community, serving in various volunteer leadership capacities with the US Green Building Council, International Living Future Institute, American Institute of Architects, Florida Native Plant Society, and Habitat for Humanity. As a civil servant, Jonathan was the founding Chair of the City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, and has since served on the City of Miami’s Parks Board and City of WPB’s Golf Advisory Board. Jonathan is also co-founder of the Green Veterans group, an organization formed to empower our Nation's heroes to learn about sustainable building and green living while helping ease the hardship of military-to-civilian transition. Originally from coastal Maine, Jonathan and his wife, Lindsay, live in West Palm Beach. Contact Jonathan ...

Rob Hink, Founding Principal 

Rob Hink founded the Spinnaker Group in 2003, leading operations for 15 years before retiring in November 2018. Rob is a LEED Fellow, LEED Faculty, and LEED AP, BD+C/OM/ND.  Upon passing the torch to Jonathan (above), the firm had more than 130 LEED Certified projects under its belt and more than 600 million sf of commissioned building space to its credit. Rob is a Past President of the USGBC South Florida Chapter -- indeed, he was involved with USGBC governance as a volunteer leader for more than 15 years. With more than a decade of full-time green-design and commissioning experience, and more than 30 years of experience in facilities and project management and control systems, Rob has been a catalyst in effecting change in the marketplace for sustainable design, especially in the South Florida region. He has worked with many local governments to mandate or incentivize the use of LEED in both the public and private realm. Rob spent the first eight years of his professional career in the United States Navy nuclear power program, serving in the submarine force and acquiring extensive experience in power generation, mechanical and electrical systems, and leadership expertise. After leaving the Navy, Rob taught HVAC and Electrical Theory at the collegiate level. Originally from Iowa, Rob lives in Weston.  Contact Rob ...

Ernesto Collazo, Vice-President of Commissioning

Ernesto Collazo came to the Spinnaker Group team in 2010.  He has 35 years combined experience as a Mechanical Technician, Installer, Project Manager, HVAC Design Engineer and Commissioning Agent. His professional accreditations include BSME and CxA. This combination of in-the-field experience and engineering-design background enables Ernesto to have a keen sense of knowledge regarding every aspect of project commissioning. Working on various types of projects in his past experience -- including governmental, high-rise office and residential buildings, hotels and hospitals -- has given Ernesto the skill set required for advanced Commissioning projects such as Palm Beach and Brevard School Districts, Torrey Pines Institute of Molecular Studies, College and University Buildings, amongst others. Ernesto has completed full Building Commissioning services for more than 50 LEED certified projects. Ernesto has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jose Antonio Echeverria Higher Polytechnic Institute. He is fluent in English and Spanish.  Originally from Cuba, Ernesto and his wife, Maritza, live in West Palm Beach.  Contact Ernesto ...

Margaret Fitzsimons, Vice-President of Sustainability

Margaret Fitzsimons is Vice-President of Sustainability at Spinnaker Group. With more than 28 years of diverse experience in high-performance building design, sustainability and wellness, Margaret’s work bridges architecture, urban planning, interiors, sustainable design, education and strategy. Previously a designer and sustainability leader for some of the world’s largest architectural firms, Margaret offers Spinnaker clients sustainable design strategies tied to all areas of the built environment, applying detailed acumen to the LEED and WELL certification of project types ranging from large-scale commercial, multi-family, civic, institutional and collegiate to hospitality and urban environments. Margaret has been a LEED AP since 2003, is also a WELL AP, and was appointed to both the prestigious USGBC and WELL Faculty Programs, collaborating with a global network of qualified instructors and practitioners. Margaret has always given back to her community, and currently serves as the Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Board for the City of Boca Raton, where she has also provided extensive volunteer work in sustainable urban planning and design efforts. She has held leadership roles in multiple design and sustainability organizations, and is currently a member of USGBC Florida, a Climate Reality Leader for The Climate Reality Project, an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects; and an active member of the AIA's Committee On The Environment (COTE). Margaret holds a Masters in Sustainable Architecture from USC, a dual degree in Historic Preservation, and has studied and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Originally from the peach state of Georgia, Margaret lives in Boca Raton.  Contact Margaret ...

Jesse Rittenhouse, Vice-President of Strategy

Jesse Rittenhouse is Vice-President of Strategy at Spinnaker Group, directing Spinnaker Group's strategic business development and marketing programs, emphasizing the company's many strengths. Armed with an extensive background in business development, marketing, and sustainable building consulting, Jesse’s professional accreditations include LEED AP BD+C, FGBC Designated Professional, and LCA Consultant. He joined the Spinnaker team in 2016, and has consulted on dozens of projects of all scopes and sizes, including being the LEED Project Manager on the first LEED Platinum office building in the City of Coral Gables. He was also the Consulting Project Manager on the design and construction of the first fully permitted biodiesel factory in Miami-Dade County. Jesse has long given back to his community as volunteer leader. He was the Vice-Chair of the USGBC Miami Branch and is currently the Co-Facilitator of the Living Future Florida Collaborative, and a member of the USGBC Florida Chapter and the AIA Miami Resilience & Adaptation Committee. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors for Dream In Green, a nonprofit that develops educational programs promoting environmentally sustainable behaviors with a particular emphasis on K-12 students. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jesse currently lives in Miami.  Contact Jesse ...

Edel Travieso, Commissioning Agent 

Edel Travieso does LEED commissioning for Spinnaker Group. He is a Veteran who served six years in the US Air Force. While serving his country, Edel performed many roles including logistics, mobility air freight, traffic management and EMT. He served during Desert storm and Kosovo, supporting the Alabama Air National Guard. As a civilian, Edel has been in management with various companies throughout his 20-year career, including ownership of a roofing and solar company. Edel’s many strengths include innovative planning, project management, business management ... and always thinking outside the box. He holds an MBA and a BS in Alternative and Renewable Energy Management with a minor in teaching, and holds several professional certificates and licenses, including BPI building analyst, HERS rater. Edel is passionate about leading the way forward in sustainability while at the same time helping his fellow Veterans. He served as a PACE manager for Saint Lucie County under the Solar Energy Loan Fund (SELF), and as a Project manager for Venergy Group, a Florida based energy-service company. Amongst his volunteer activities, Edel is an active member of USGBC Florida Chapter, and serves as the Chair for the USGBC's Green Veterans Group. Originally from Cuba, Edel and his wife, Ivette, live in West Palm Beach.  Contact Edel ...

Lee Cooke, Director of Partnerships 

Lee Cooke became Director of Partnerships for Spinnaker Group in 2021, having concluded a stint as the company's Director of Administration that began in 2018.  In the Partnerships role, Lee works with Spinnaker's leadership team to strengthen its marketing and business development programs, creating business opportunities in new markets. Before joining Spinnaker Group, Lee was with the US Green Building Council for 10 years
in various administrative roles, most recently Director of Market
Transformation & Development for USGBC Florida, and with the American Orchid Society as its Executive Director for
21 years.  An extensive background in administration, public relations, marketing, writing and editing, customer service, HR, and business operations have formed the foundation of a 35+ year career overseeing organizations.  Lee has a journalism degree, a business minor, and a public relations certificate from the University of Maryland.  He has been married to his best friend, Debbie (an education and professional development consultant), for 40 years. Originally from Washington, DC. Lee and Debbie split time in Lake Worth, FL, and Zionville, NC, and enjoy the company of three "extreme" Yellow Labrador Retrievers.
  Contact Lee ...

Razan Nejem, Senior LEED Compliance Engineer 

Razan Nejem is an Environmental Engineer working on several LEED projects in the MENAregion. She has been a LEED AP with the building design and construction specialty since 2009, and is currently involved with the Spinnaker Group in the LEED certification process of the new Kuwait International Airport-Terminal 2. Razan has been involved in the establishment of the Jordan Green Building Council, including volunteer service as an elected Board member and also responsible for the organization and delivery of green-building trainings and education-related projects. She was also a member of the Jordan GBC outreach and technical committees. Currently, she is the Vice Chair of the Education Committee with the Kuwait Green Building Council. A graduate of the University of Jordan with a BS in Land, Water & Environment, Razan is a LEED Faculty certified LEED Instructor by the USGBC, and has been offering LEED courses, seminars and lectures for professionals since 2011. She is also USGBC course pro reviewer.Originally from Jordan, Razan and her husband, Raed, live in Kuwait.  Contact Razan ...

This Is Us!  Welcome to Team Spinnaker!

The Spinnaker Group prides itself on bringing the best team to the table -- every time for every project for every client.  Spinnaker Synergy – where the combined effect of our team is greater than the sum of our individual efforts -- is a real thing, and it underscores our commitment to effective teamwork and our pledge to create and demonstrate:

  • Commitment and Trust
  • Keen Listening Skills
  • Transparent Communication
  • Diversity of Capabilities and Skills
  • Adaptability
  • Creative Freedom

And we walk the talk, from driving hybrid vehicles to being a
completely carbon
neutral company. 

At Spinnaker Group, sustainability is not a passing fad.  It is in our
DNA.  It is how we live our lives.  It is who we are.

Natalie Lipsey, Sustainability Intern

Natalie Lipsey accepted an internship position with Spinnaker Group in March 2019. She is on pace to secure her Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Miami in 2021. She is an honor roll student, Foot Fellow Honor Roll Student, and School of Architecture Student Ambassador. In addition to a heavy course load and Spinnaker work, Natalie is an active volunteer in the US Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects, Student Council, Alpha Rho Chi, Woman in Architecture, and the Univen Club (United Venezuelans). Additionally, she is President of the USGBC Students and the AIAS. In 2019, Natalie was the recipient of the prestigious Rising Star Award from the USGBC South Florida Chapter at its annual GalaVerde Awards celebration.  Originally from Weston, Natalie currently lives in Brickell. Contact Natalie ...

Rafael Sánchez, Sustainability Advisor

Rafael Sánchez joined Spinnaker Group in 2019, and currently serves as a Sustainability Advisor. With more than 15 years of experience in residential and retail architecture, he received a Master in Habitat at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, a Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Tecnocampus in Matarò, Spain, and an MBA at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. Rafael believes that sustainability efforts should be part of everyone’s life and, like human habitats, should be transdisciplinary experiences in which everyone is invited to participate. He is a LEED AP BD+C, an FGBC Designated Professional, a Green Globes Professional, and is pursuing a WELL AP accreditation. Rafael is currently part of the Parent Advisory Committee for schools at Dream in Green, an Assistant Director at the Risk Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors for Mercantil Banco Universal, for Mercantil Servicios Financieros, and for Mercantil Servicios Financieros Internacional. Having lived in Germany, Colombia and Spain, Rafael has always believed in giving back to the community as a way of expressing gratitude for receiving him, working with the Research Center for Unprotected Youth and Children in Bogotá and with the Tecnocampus University in Matarò, Spain. He is also a member of the USGBC Florida Market Leadership Advisory Board. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Rafael with his wife Patricia and their kids Alessia and Matteo live in Miami. Contact Rafael ...

Amith Banduvula, Energy Analyst 

Amith Banduvula joined the Spinnaker Group team in Spring 2019.  He is an architect with an engineering background and a passion for sustainable design.  He received his Master of Science in Architectural Science from Arizona State University in 2018, and earned his LEED AP BD+C accreditation in 2020.  Moving from one area to another in the construction industry and wearing many hats has helped Amith develop a unique perspective in design. Amith came to Spinnaker Group from Phoenix, where he worked in as a designer.  Most of his studio projects in graduate school were focused on climate-responsive architecture, and he worked as a Design Performance Analyst intern with a Seattle-based architecture firm.  Amith is an active member of several professional groups, including IBPSA, ASHRAE and AIA. Contact Amith ...

Juliette Desfeux, Sustainability Advisor

Juliette Desfeux is a Sustainability Advisor for Spinnaker Group. Juliette has earned three LEED Accredited Professional credentials (BD+C, ID+C and ND), is also an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional, and has a Master's degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the "Politecnico di Torino" in Italy. Until the end of 2019, she worked as a sustainable consultant in Tahiti, French Polynesia, helping the government and local architects promote and develop green construction in a remote-island context. Juliette has lived in several European countries while studying and working as an urban planner. In 2014, she moved to Lima, Peru, honing her skills as a LEED consultant while working on LEED certification from corporate to education building projects. She can communicate fluently in four languages -- her native French and Spanish, Italian, and English. She has been volunteering with several organizations in France, Peru and Tahiti, as she is passionate about coral reef protection and concerns about sea-level rise. Juliette believes that sustainable practices are keys in construction and planning because buildings and infrastructures "are marks that we cannot erase so easily, which is why it is our duty to think about sustainable strategies that, if done right, will bring huge advantages to our lives and health." Originally from Brittany, France, she lives with her husband in Coral Springs, FL, along with their loyal four-legged companion, Malibu.  Contact Juliette ...

Marta Valens, Business Administrator 

Marta Valens joined the Spinnaker Group family in August 2020, as Business Administrator. A highly organized office administrator with more than 30 years of experience, Marta’s well-rounded career experience represents strong analytical, communication and collaboration skills; staff and office management; event coordination, and informational counseling. She is exceptionally skilled at team and project management -- paying attention to the smallest of details and overall execution is a major plus to the Spinnaker team and our clients. Cuban-born, Marta is fluent in Spanish. This resourceful administrator is passionate about volunteering and community advocacy. Marta, her husband Umberto and their dog Buddy (a Coton de Tulear breed) reside in Pompano Beach, Florida. Young adult children are Phillip who resides in Fort Lauderdale, and Micaella who resides in New York.  Contact Marta ...

Sourya Dutta, Commissioning Agent

Sourya Dutta works as a Commissioning Agent with Spinnaker Group. Sourya received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with minor in Energy Management, from the University of Florida in December 2018. After graduation, he interned at Wood Group, Florida, as an Energy Engineer. He has more than five years on-site and off-site O&M experience in the Energy Sector and Power Plant industry, and is passionate about energy efficiency
and energy conservation. Owing to his passion, Sourya has worked in the Industrial Assessment Center at UF and carried out energy audits in process industries as per DOE guidelines.  He is also impassioned about renewable energy, and worked with solar parabolic collectors at the UF Solar Energy Park.  He is an Engineer-in-Training and a LEED Green Associate.  Sourya is
a member of ASHRAE, as well.  In his spare time, he loves playing cricket. Originally from Kolkata, India, he and his wife live in Lauderhill. 
Contact Sourya ...

Amy Ford, Junior Sustainability Advisor

Amy Ford joined Spinnaker Group in January 2021, stepping into the role of Junior Sustainability Advisor. Amy holds several accreditations including LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Assoc. AIA, and Sustainable Business Associate. She is passionate about the environment and sustainable development, earning degrees in Environmental Studies: Value, Planning, Policy, and Architecture. Until the end of 2019, Amy worked as a Sustainability Program Manager in Orlando, Florida, working on a variety of undertakings, including sustainability initiatives, benchmarking, and green-building projects. She has always believed in giving back to her communityactively volunteering with the Orlando Green Building Council and the nonprofit IDEAS For Us (an environmental solutions incubator advancing sustainability through local action projects). She also served as a volunteer Board member of the Sustainability Advisory Board for the City of Palm Bay, where she was influential in developing a Sustainability Action Plan for the city. Amy believes the relationship people have with their environment has a profound impact on our world, and that it is up to us individually and collectively to ensure our future and the quality of life for forthcoming generations. She is committed to advancing the United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals addressing complex environmental problems through a multidisciplinary approach. Originally from New Jersey, Amy currently lives in Melbourne, Florida. Contact Amy ...

Steve Samenski, Director of Building Performance

After first joining Spinnaker Group in 2007, Steve Samenski has recently returned as the company's Director of Building Performance. With over 30 years of experience in facility design, construction, analysis, and maintenance, Steve focuses continually on identifying and meeting the needs of building owners. In his capacity as commissioning engineer, Steve has shepherded nearly one billion square feet of interior space from drawing board to opening day, successfully completing projects in the healthcare, hospitality, commercial, government, educational and multi-family residential sectors. Steve is a registered PE in the state of Florida and also holds LEED AP BD+C and CxA certifications. In addition to LEED, he is fully versed in FGBC and IgCC construction regimes. As Director of Building Performance, Steve is working
to apply the rigor and efficiency of the green building world to the existing building sector, encompassing services such as retro-commissioning, energy auditing, monitoring-based commissioning, and benchmarking. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Steve has weathered more than 20 Florida hurricane seasons. He lives in Fort Lauderdale with his husband and two very badly behaved dogs.
  Contact Steve ...

Jared Jacobs, Development Intern

Jared Jacobs joined Spinnaker Group in January 2021, working within the firm's Strategy area. Formally trained in media production with PBS, Jared has maintained a colorful career at the intersections of production and environmental stewardship. He brings with him a perspective ranging from experience working with international conservation groups we all recognize and the tribes whose settlements predate the modern built environment, to the massive floating commercial cities off our coast and the Grammy-winning artists whose videos flood our screens. Beyond the technical training of production and media, Jared
is trained in the topics he is most passionate about -- he is an Accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, an associate with Eco-Districts, and an ADA Coordinator with a focus on transit. Jared will continue to focus his lens on the reciprocal balance within the systems we call home, this space where Spinnaker Group is a catalyst. Jared, who is a LEED Green Associate, currently lives in a high-density area with a walk score of 95.
 Contact Jared ...

Charity Pena, Senior LEED Compliance Engineer 

Charity Pena joined the Spinnaker Group family in August 2021 as Senior LEED Compliance Engineer. She is currently coordinating the project team’s compliance with the LEED requirements of the new Kuwait International Airport Terminal 2 project. Charity is an Architect who has shifted her passion to the sustainable development industry as her life's work as a response to the impending and insidious climate change debacle facing the world. She has been responsible of numerous LEED projects -- her architectural and design skills, as well as her innate ability to work with stakeholders and mentoring staff under her supervision, played a major role in successfully certifying more than 55 new buildings for clients during her tenure in the UAE. She is a LEED AP Legacy since 2008 and a BD+C since 2009, as well as a version 4 BD+C since 2016. She is a registered and licensed Architect from her home country. Additionally, Charity is a Estidama PQP (Pearl Qualified Professional) for Villas (PVRS), Buildings (PBRS) and Community (PCRS) -- a Green Building Rating System by Abu Dhabi UAE’s Urban Planning Council. She has also successfully certified many Estidama projects. She is currently pursuing GSAS – CGP (Global Sustainability Assessment System - Certified Green Professional), a performance-based system in the MENA region. In her spare time, she enjoys singing with her bandmates. Charity is originally from the Philippines but has been based in the Middle East since 2007. Contact Charity ...