Board of Directors

John Lyons is President of Symbiosis a consultancy that collaborates with individuals, businesses and communities to demonstrate sustainable practices that are replicable, sustainable, reduce energy consumption and utilize renewable energy sources. Symbiosis focuses on the main components of our daily lives; home, work and transportation. Symbiosis champions a collaborative project management approach often leading public/private demonstration projects, working with; private business, governments, non-profit organizations and community groups. Prior to founding Symbiosis, Lyons was President and CEO of MetroPool for 17 years. MetroPool, a founding member of CTSBC, delivered sustainable transportation services to commuters in CT and NY for 38 years. <Read more>


Board Chair

Kevin Porter is Senior Vice President, Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services, where he has spent the last 11 years. Prior to joining UBS, Kevin held a variety of financial positions at Smith Barney and the Mobil Oil Corporation. In addition to his financial acumen, Kevin brings a personal passion for sustainability to his board position. His Connecticut home boasts a 27 PV solar array, a thermal solar water heating system, an EV charging station, and rain barrels for water collection and use in an organic garden.  Kevin is a former member and also past treasurer of the Exchange Club of Easton, CT, a civic organization whose primary mission is the prevention of child abuse and the strengthening of families in Fairfield County. Kevin received his BA in Economics from Fairfield University and his MBA in Finance at the University of Connecticut. <Read more>



Suzanne Huminski is Southern CT State University’s first Sustainability Coordinator. In 2010, she proposed to the university’s administration that she serve in this role for a pilot semester as her Master’s capstone project, and she has been there ever since. Working across almost all sectors of SCSU’s operations, Suzanne helps plan and implement projects in energy and other resource efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, curriculum development, experiential learning, community outreach, land stewardship, and strategic planning. She oversees SCSU’s involvement in the national Climate Leadership Commitment for colleges and universities and created an award-winning interdisciplinary internship program for undergraduate and graduate students with sustainability focused career goals.

Suzanne teaches several courses as an adjunct: Sustainable Innovation, Pollinators as a Case Study in Systems Thinking and Sustainability, and Introduction to Service Learning. She earned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale in 1991, and the aforementioned M.S. from SCSU in Environmental Education. A lifelong sailor and outdoorswoman, she grew up in Guilford and has lived in Madison for 22 years with her husband Tim and their three children.



Ashley was named Corporate Social Responsibility Lead of Cigna enterprise in January 2018. In this role, she is responsible for the development and execution of the formal Corporate Responsibility platform and action plan, enterprise-wide Corporate Responsibility metrics and producing an annual Corporate Responsibility report for internal and external audiences. The strategic plan and reported results are designed to add value for stakeholder groups, enhance business performance and support the long-term interests of Cigna—while helping to create positive impact for the business and society. Metellus is an associate of the Health Service Leadership Program, a 5-7 year graduate rotational program which focuses on building leadership talent through executive coaching, dynamic rotational roles, and personalized development.  <Read more>



Rodrigo Castro is Managing Director at ESG COMPASS, a new software-based evaluation methodology that helps companies to anticipate risks of frauds and improve organizational performance over ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance). Before joining ESG COMPASS he worked at Nielsen and Grupo Security, where he served as HR Director overseeing the ESG Strategy for more than 7 companies. <Read more>



Currently an audit associate with Whittlesey Advising in Hartford, CT, Matthew combines his experience in accounting and not-for-profit management with a passion for sustainability. Graduating from the University of Connecticut MBA program in 2018, he was a founding officer of UConn’s Graduate Net Impact Chapter. As a member of UConn’s Graduate Consulting Club, he led consulting engagements for clients such as Commercial Solar Works, a start-up solar developer based in Hartford. In his second year of the MBA program, he also completed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Prior to starting his MBA, he was executive director of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the state’s premier professional chamber orchestra, and Connecticut Lyric Opera, the state’s largest professional opera company. He also worked as an accountant for the Greater Hartford Arts Council. He has earned a Professional Certificate in Accounting and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Hartford. A classically trained pianist, he enjoys playing the music of Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin.



Donna currently serves as Director, Client Engagement for RSF Social FinanceDonna began her career as a professor of cultural anthropology and taught at Duke and Columbia. When a couple of venture capitalists came calling, she decided to put her analytical mindset and cultural observation skills to a new test and became an international business consultant, first in South Africa and later in the U.S. As Vice President and General Manager at Iconoculture, Inc., a global trend research company where Donna advised Fortune 1000 companies on marketing strategy and branding campaigns. <Read More>



Bio forthcoming.