SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Elizabeth Seigenthaler Courtney
Treasurer – Nashville, TN
Mrs. Courtney is Chairman and CEO of Seigenthaler Public Relations. Mrs. Courtney has more than 20 years of experience in public relations and is recognized as an expert in strategic communications. Mrs. Courtney has worked for Hill, Holiday, Conners and Cosmopolous Advertising and Public Relations in Boston and Projection Public Relations in London. She joined Seigenthaler Public Relations in 1987. An internationally recognized entrepreneur, Mrs. Courtney was selected as a Leadership Foundation Fellow by the International Women’s Forum. Mrs. Courtney is a former Nashville Chamber of Commerce board member, a member of the Society of International Business Fellows and a member of the Public Relations Society of America. She holds a degree in English and Communications from Boston College in Massachusetts.
Gary A. Davis
Hot Springs, NC
Gary A. Davis is an environmental attorney and consultant with 30 years of experience in environmental law, policy, and technology. He currently manages a public interest environmental law firm representing environmental organizations, community groups, and citizens throughout the Southeast in litigation involving environmental permits, violations of environmental regulations, environmental contamination, environmental impact statements, coal-fired power plant certificates of need, and land use. Previously, he was the Director of Environmental Policy for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, a 40-year old regionalenvironmental organization based in Naples, Florida, where he directed the Conservancy’s advocacy efforts focused on estuaries and coastal watersheds protection, land use policy, wildlife habitat conservation,and Everglades restoration. His legal experience in the Southeast hasspanned 25 years, beginning with his founding of an office of the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation in Tennessee in 1983. His academicexperience includes founding and directing an environmental research center at the University of Tennessee, called the Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies, which he directed until 2002. He has also taught environmental law as an adjunct professor in the UT College of Law and taught environmental policy as a visiting professor in the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University in Sweden. Mr. Davis was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tennessee Environmental Council, a statewide coalition, in 1991. Mr. Davis also has government experience and worked as anenvironmental policy analyst in the California Governor’s Office of Appropriate Technology in the early 1980s. Prior to attending law school, he worked as an environmental engineer with an environmental consulting firm that focused on pollution prevention in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. He has been widely published and speaks nationally and internationally on environmental topics. Davis earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
E. Leon Jacobs, Jr., is co-owner of Williams & Jacobs, Attorneys at Law, LLC. Mr. Jacobs is an experienced consultant and attorney in Tallahassee, Florida, who brings more than 20 years of legal experience, and more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Mr. Jacobs has been deeply involved in the formation of public policy for most of his career, with a particular focus on the issues now driving the remarkable economic and social transformations under way in the global, information-based economy. Mr. Jacobs presently serves as a member of the Florida Elections Commission, and is a recent past Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of the Florida Public Service Commission (“FPSC”), having served a four-year appointed term that ended in 2002. During his tenure with the FPSC, Mr. Jacobs also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), as well as Chair of NARUC’s Consumer Affairs Committee and as Chair of NARUC’s Y2K Ad-Hoc Task Force. Mr. Jacobs additionally served as President of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (an alliance of thirteen state regulatory agencies), and as Chair of the Energy Market Access Partnership Board (an alliance between NARUC and the U.S. Department of Energy fostering diversity in energy markets). Mr. Jacobs was appointed to serve on an advisory panel to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Water Systems Implementation Working Group (under the National Drinking Water Advisory Council), and was appointed to serve on a public/private effort under the Consumer’s Energy Council of America to develop public policy on Distributed Generation technologies. Mr. Jacobs also testified before the U.S. Congress. Mr. Jacobs received a degree from Florida A&M University and a law degree from Florida State University College of Law.
John Noel, President
Mr. Noel is a businessman, preservationist, and CEO of John Noel Investment Real Estate Co. Currently, he is President of the SACE Board of Directors. Noel is an active advocate for the protection of Tennessee’s treasured places, and he has been at the forefront of several precedence-setting issues involving water quality and land conservation. His efforts have been featured in National Geographic Magazine. He serves on numerous boards including The Climate Institute in Washington, D.C., Tennessee conservation Voters and Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. The National Society of DAR honored Mr. Noel with the 2007 National Conservationist Award, and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen presented him with the 2008 Governor’s Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award, Tennessee’s highest environmental accolade. Governor Bredesen also appointed Noel to the Tennessee Energy Policy Task Force to help set energy policy for the state of Tennessee. A known speaker on the topic of global warming, Noel champions energy conservation and renewable energy sources.
Z. Cartter Patten
Z. Cartter Patten, III is a founder, Principal, Chairman, and a Portfolio Manager of the firm Patten and Patten, Inc. Prior to the founding of Patten and Patten in 1976, he worked six years in the treasury department at Volunteer State Life Insurance Co. and six years as a self-employed investment adviser. Mr. Patten has long been active in the community serving on a number of corporate and civic boards. Currently, Mr. Patten is a member of Board of Directors Long Automotive Group and the Advisory Board of Brentwood Capital Advisers (Nashville). He is a Director of American Rivers (Washington, DC) and a member of the National Advisory Council of the Hermitage (Nashville, TN). Additionally, he serves on the Trust for Public Land Chattanooga Leadership Council and is a member and former officer for the Friends of Walker Pond (Brooksville, ME). Mr. Patten has served on the Board of Directors AmSouth Bancorporation (NYSE listed); Chubb Life America; as well as the Advisory Board for the McGill School for the Environment and American Rivers. Mr. Patten is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B., History, 1962) and the Baylor School.
Ed Passerini, PhD
Vice President – Merrit Island, FL
Dr. Ed Passerini is Professor Emeritus of Humanities and the Environment at University of Alabama’s New College. He is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors. Dr. Passserini is a widely published in the fields of literature and environmental advocacy. He is also proficient in the development and application of solar technology. In 1989, Dr. Passerini won the American Tour de Sol, afour-day race for solar powered cars. Dr. Passerini is the former Director of the Alabama Environmental Council. He earned a BA from Harvard University; MA in Literature and History from Northeastern University; and a PhD in Literature and Art from University of Virginia.
Enid Sisskin, PhD
Secretary – Gulf Breeze, FL
Dr. Sisskin is an Adjunct Professor at the University of West Florida, teaching Environmental Health and Environmental Toxicology. She also works at the local public radio and community TV station producing an environmentally themed TV show and radio spots. Dr. Sisskin worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. She has conducted research at Everglades National Park’s South Florida Research Center and also worked in the park’s Resource Management division. For more than 15 years, Dr. Sisskin has been an outspoken advocate against offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and she has been interviewed and published widely on the environmental risks associated with offshore drilling, testifying before congress on the issue in 2006. Dr. Sisskin also serves on the board of Gulf Coast Environmental Defense and the Florida Conservation Alliance, as well as on various state and local committees concerning a variety of environmental issues. She received a BA from Queens College of the City University of New York, an MS from Southern Illinois University, and a PhD in Pathobiology from Columbia University.