Sustainable Connections has added two new members to its board of directors: Neil McCarthy, a project architect at RMC Architects and Amy McIlvaine, a certified financial planner.
“We are proud to welcome these two new board members,” Derek Long, the organization’s executive director, said in a May 16 press release. “With their background, expertise and passions, they will make a great asset to the organization.”
McIlvaine has been a financial planner in Bellingham for the past five years and specializes in sustainable and responsible investing.
After developing a personal passion for community investing, she recently left the financial planning world to concentrate on facilitating the flow of community capital to local organizations.
Amy said she has always admired Sustainable Connections for the numerous successful programs it has implemented in Whatcom County, and she is honored to serve as a strategic partner on the board.
McCarthy has been a licensed architect in Bellingham since 1992.
His interest in sustainable design dates back to Huxley classes he took at Western Washington University prior to entering the architecture program at Dalhousie University.
Now a LEED-accredited professional, McCarthy’s career path led him to the east coast of Canada and to Vancouver, British Columbia, prior to returning to the Whatcom County area.
After attending the BALLE conference in Bellingham last year, McCarthy developed an interest in sustainable economics, which has now led to a board position with Sustainable Connections.