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Board of Directors

Susan Heilig

Susan Heilig is the founder of Solid Earth Communities, LLC., a not-for-profit organization that focuses on quality low cost housing. She has been working to promote Compressed Earth technology for energy efficient comfortable homes since 2011. She and her team have many years of experience building quality homes out of earth. She has worked in diverse communities building homes and other structures with patented machinery and experienced crews throughout the U.S. Susan’s aligns herself and her team with the best in the business. Susan teaches soil composition which is the one of the most important aspects of earth building.


Susan has launched several highly successful small businesses, She has been an ad agency creative director and communications professional and has experience in graphic design, branding, messaging, marketing, web development and communications strategy.

Aubrey Williams

Aubrey Williams earned an M.Phil. from Yale University in Political Science and International Development.  He is a retired World Bank economist and consultant in international development.  He built his pioneering career at the Bank playing a key role in helping move the institution in new directions.  He was part of  a team that led the Bank’s entry into analysis and lending in support of health services’ development. From 1987-95, he directed a World Bank unit that opened the Bank’s deeper collaboration with nonprofits and NGOs in many areas of development, including health and environment programs.  Mr. Williams also led a team tasked to design the Bank’s approach to more participatory development worldwide.  He helped pioneer the Bank work into a new area by serving as senior staff member in the Department of Social Development with responsibility for developing its Knowledge Management program.

Michaelene Mercer

Michaeline A. Mercer has had a wide-ranging career—in corporate banking, as a flight attendant and as the wife and “first lady” of Air Force Major General Roosevelt Mercer, Jr.  Serving in this role at eight installations he commanded, she focused on caring for military spouses and families and soon was recognized as their champion.  Learning that many junior enlisted service members’ incomes were so low they had to rely on food stamps, she intervened, establishing the first official “food pantry” for these service members’ families.  She procured the necessary approvals, identified sufficient space and recruited continuing donations of food.  Her leadership was recognized by the Air Force and such pantries now exist on many UAir Force installations.


Ms. Mercer holds a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of National Defense University’s CAPSTONE spouses program and of the Air Force’s Senior Leader Orientation Program for Spouses.

Rosemary Reed

Rosemary Reed is owner & President of Double R Productions (Double R). Founded in 1987 and successfully operating in Washington, DC for more than 30 years, the communications, video  and television production company has served clients as varied as major national newspapers, Fortune 500 companies, the US government, associations, corporations, local arts organizations and many nonprofits. Double R is currently handling digital content and distribution consulting for countless clients.


Reed has served on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC, winning a local Emmy for her writing/producing on a broadcast special for the AFL-CIO.


Rosemary is  transforming our family farm into an energy-efficient, innovative hemp farm, where we are processing for fiber and plastic. Plastic made from hemp is totally biodegradable being a solution to the pollution ruining our environment.


Dr. Luis Nieves, PSY.D., ABPP, has been a Clinical Psychologist for over forty years in New Jersey, where his successful, private practice has been located. Dr. Nieves received his Doctorate degree at Rutgers University and his MBA was from New York University as a NIMH Fellow.


In addition to his own private practice, Dr. Nieves acted as the Executive Director for an award winning, major Substance Abuse Treatment Center for sixteen years, with over 1000 patients and 90 mental health professionals in New Jersey. During his free time, Dr. Nieves loves visiting his Florida vacation home and enjoys boating and family time.




Andrea Sims

Andrea Sims is the founder of Lion’s Share Communications, Inc., a Global Event and Public Relations firm that she founded in 1989. Sims was named by Forbes magazine in 2006 and 2013, as one of the “World’s Hottest Event Planners.”  Sims has more than 30 years of diverse experience and a very successful career track record for managing high-profile events, including A-list celebrity galas, awards shows, Hollywood-style Public Relations, Digital Media campaigns and in producing television and film projects.  Sims brings unmatched expertise to all facets of successful event execution, public relations, sponsoring fundraising and media coverage and Social Media success. In fact, she is dubbed the “Queen of PR” throughout Hollywood! She has a proven ability to attract local, regional, national, and international media coverage for her clients – both small and large nonprofits, for- profit companies and individual clients. Sims clients have included over 50 celebrities and major corporations to include:  Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck Sharon Stone, Harpo Productions, Paramount Pictures and Sony Records, Susan G. Komen, Mercy Ships and the United Way.

Shelley McKittrick

Shelley McKittrick has spent most of her life advocating and fighting for social, racial, and economic justice. From anti-apartheid activism to treatment education and advocacy in the HIV/AIDS community -- fighting for treatment access and equity for all people living with HIV -- to working to prevent and end homelessness in the communities with which she works. For the past decade, Shelley has been focused on homelessness, housing stability, and racial equity in our nation’s work to end homelessness. Most recently, Shelley served as the first Homelessness Program Director at the City of Aurora, Colorado.


Shelley holds master’s degrees in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Virginia and Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Shelley has served on several local and national boards of directors and advisory committees, including: AIDS, Medicine and Miracles, Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Community Advisory Board, Women Alive Coalition, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative and Access Housing. She has worked in leadership roles at Project Angel Heart, The Mayors HIV Planning Council, the People with AIDS Coalition Colorado, Gilead Sciences, Homeless Services Center and the City of Aurora.



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