Archives: Speakers

Chelsea Drenick, SE

Chelsea is a licensed structural engineer in the state of California. She received her BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. Chelsea spent nine years in structural design consulting prior to joining WoodWorks. Her experience is in a variety of sectors including residential, higher education and retrofit…

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Michael J. Heller

Michael Heller is the owner of Heller Pacific Inc., a real estate development company specializing in office, retail and mixed-use development in the Sacramento area. The son of an old-school contractor who loved modern design, he grew up surrounded by architecture and spent his teenage summers working as a construction laborer. Michael received an MBA…

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Noel Johnson

Noel Johnson’s development experience spans 20+ housing, retail and office projects, most of institutional-scale and/or higher complexity. His work, which includes $1B in development activity across mass timber, adaptive reuse, brownfield, and mixed-use projects in both urban and suburban settings provides unique insights on the industry as a whole. Noel holds degrees from Stanford’s Business School,…

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Melissa Kroskey, AIA, SE

As both a licensed Architect and Structural Engineer in the state of California, Melissa has a broad perspective on the industry, as well as technical design expertise from seismic to hurricane regions. Throughout her career, she has designed and engineered a variety of buildings, including civic, educational, luxury residential, military, museums, and transportation facilities. In…

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Billy Grayson - ULI
Billy Grayson

Billy Grayson is Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance at the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization that focuses on land use, real estate and urban development. In this role, he manages a team leading programs on climate risk and resilience, health and wellness, and building energy and…

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Janelle Leafblad, PE

Janelle has been an active building technology consultant since 2002, primarily in the area of wood technology, investigation and design of building envelope components, and construction for both historic and contemporary structures. She earned her BS in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and her MS in Wood Science and Technology from the…

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Ken Pimlott

Former Director of CAL FIRE, Chief Pimlott, began his fire service career in 1984 as a reserve fire fighter. He joined CAL FIRE in 1987 as a seasonal fire fighter, and worked his way through the ranks to Director, a position he held from 2010 until his retirement in 2018. He has a BS in…

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Rich Gordon

Rich Gordon is President and CEO of the California Forestry Association, which represents  the forest resources industry to promote sustainable forestry, renewable wood products, and rural economies. Prior to assuming this role, he served in public office as a member of the California State Assembly (2010 to 2016) and the San Mateo County Board of…

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Paul Hessburg

Paul Hessburg is a Research Landscape Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Professor (Affiliate) at the University of Washington School of Environment and Forest Science and Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry. His research team explores wildfire and climate change effects on forest and nonforest pattern dynamics, wildfire resilience…

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David Hanley

David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Before joining WoodWorks, he held various positions involving the design and analysis of structures, both for an engineering consulting firm and government entities such as cities and the Armed Forces. David’s…

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