Staff Members

Wayne DeFeo

Executive Director

Wayne DeFeo joined USGBC NJ as Executive Director in September of 2018.

He is an environmental veteran with policy and management expertise, both in government and with the private sector.

DeFeo, of Warren Township, Somerset County, NJ, was the county’s first recycling coordinator and later served as Deputy Director of Solid Waste for the New Board of Public Utilities where he provided counsel on solid waste issues and helped develop recycling regulations.

DeFeo later served as New Jersey manager for the then National Solid Waste Management Association (now National Waste & Recycling Association). In 1995, he formed his own consulting company, DeFeo Associates, where has provided expert advice to a long list of counties, municipalities, universities and businesses.

DeFeo is a LEED AP and has been the Project Coordinator on more than seven LEED certified buildings in New Jersey. He has made and continues to make presentations about LEED and its advantages to many organizations.

The New Jersey native has received special recognition from the NJDEP for his contributions to recycling and currently serves as a Faculty Coordinator for Rutgers University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education. He has developed several courses in Recycling with an emphasis on sustainability and has been a course instructor in New Jersey’s Recycling Coordinator Certification Program for many years.

In addition, Wayne is a former member of the board of directors of USGBC NJ.

Mary Ellen Garrigus

Chapter Coordinator

Mary Ellen Garrigus has been with the USGBC NJ as our Chapter Coordinator since July 2011.

As an administrator, she is directly involved with all chapter events, educational workshops, memberships, and sponsorships/partnerships.

With her extensive and varied background and organization skills in problem solving, customer service and support, administration, business management and marketing, Mary Ellen brings a unique skill set to her role at the New Jersey Chapter. Mary Ellen has worked in the nonprofit arena since 1993. Prior to 1993, she worked in the mortgage Industry for 15 years. She was the Assistant Vice President and Broker of Record for the Home Mortgage Network, sister company of Schlott Realtors. She managed 45 Financial Services Representatives in 5 states with sales of over $800 million annually. She was also the Mortgage Broker of record for the state of New Jersey for Quicken Loans on first and second mortgages.

Mary Ellen holds a PHD and is a Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor since 2004. She completed a 7 ½ month program with the Institute of the Psychology of Eating and is an Eating Psychology Coach since 2015.

Mary Ellen enjoys her role at the USGBC NJ. She likes helping people and bringing her organization skills to the Chapter.

Medea Villeré

Membership & Communications Coordinator

Medea Villeré joined USGBC NJ in March of 2012 as Membership and Communications Coordinator.

Medea is skilled in environmental outreach and communication with a focus on Green Building and Sustainable Communities. She earned her degree in Environmental Policy with a concentration in Environmental Communication from Douglass College at Rutgers University.

Ms. Villeré brings her years of environmental non-profit experience to bear at USGBC NJ. Her knowledge of the green building and sustainability field help her engage with everyone from potential Gala award winners to veterans seeking green jobs training. Medea has a long history with USGBC NJ. She has been an active member since 2005, when she became founding editor of the Chapter’s e-newsletter. Medea also served as Communications Committee Chair.

Before joining the staff of USGBC NJ in 2012, Medea was Project Coordinator at Sustainable Jersey. As part of the team that created Sustainable Jersey, Medea provided across-the-board support of the program since its inception. Her most important role with Sustainable Jersey was providing technical support to end users of the program state-wide, and collaborating on program outreach and communication (print, web, email and social media).

Medea is also Co-chair of her town’s Green Team, a volunteer position.