The CEC Team
The not-for-profit Community Environmental Center, Inc. is one of the most diverse companies of its size in New York City. Our employees hail not only from the United States but also from the Caribbean Islands, France, Ireland, Greece, Georgia, Belarus, the Philippines, India, China, Oman, Israel, Colombia, Ecuador, and Uganda.
Richard M. Cherry, President and CEO
Richard M. Cherry founded Community Environmental Center in 1994 and is President and Chief Executive Officer.
A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served on the Law Review, Mr. Cherry initially pursued a legal career in New York City. In 1970, however, he left private practice to work at the New York Urban Coalition, which had been formed to spur labor, business and government to work together to lessen poverty and racial conflict. He became executive vice president in charge of housing and community development, and president of the Urban Coalition Housing Group, responsible for the rehabilitation and repair of low-income residential buildings.
By establishing CEC, Mr. Cherry brought New York City its first not-for-profit organization to make environmental issues a central concern of housing and community development. Today CEC is a leader in the energy efficiency field: CEC is the largest supplier of weatherization services under New York State’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), an approved provider of the energy efficiency programs of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’ (NYSERDA) and a pioneer in the use of cellulose insulation and Solar Hot Water (SHW) systems in New York City buildings. CEC has two affiliates: Solar One (located in Manhattan), which educates young people about the environment and organizes green jobs training; and Build It Green!NYC (located in both Queens and Brooklyn), which deconstructs interiors, and salvages and re-uses construction materials and furnishings, to keep them out of landfill.
In recognition of Mr. Cherry’s leadership of CEC, and his dedication to improving the environment and the quality of life of New York’s citizens, Civic Ventures in 2007 awarded him the prestigious Purpose Prize for leadership in social innovation. Mr. Cherry is a member of the Advisory Board of NYSERDA’s Emerging Technology and Accelerated Commercialization (ETAC).
Leroy Anthony, Director of Construction Services
Leroy Anthony has been the Manager of Community Environmental Center’s Construction Services since the organization was founded in 1994, overseeing energy audits, energy retrofits, weatherization, cellulose insulation, and solar-thermal installation to small homes and commercial buildings. Mr. Anthony’s BPI-certified teams include weatherization technicians; energy auditors; blower-door specialists; cellulose-insulation technicians; air-sealers; and Solar Hot Water (SHW) system installers. Mr. Anthony and his managers have created a track record of excellent quality, safety and accountability, as evidenced by CEC’s numerous awards for safety and performance. Mr. Anthony has BPI certification in shell, heating and building.
Thelma Arceo, Director of Technical Services
Thelma Arceo administrates energy-efficiency measures for 5+unit residential and commercial buildings, providing auditing, assessment, diagnostic, and construction oversight under the DHCR-funded Weatherization Assistance Program and the NYSERDA-funded Multifamily Performance Program. She holds a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering and she is a Ph.D. candidate in Energy Management and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Katherine R. Careddu, Director of Corporate Development
Kathy Careddu manages the staff that handles all of CEC’s public relations and market research as well as responses to RFQs and RFPs, preparation of advocacy papers, government contract administration, and the tracking of new developments in financing and efficiency technology for homes and buildings. She also manages an outside team of consultants who provide LEED certification services. She holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and offers thirty years of experience working with engineers, architects, government departments, and small business. Ms. Careddu is a LEED AP and AEE Business Energy Professional.
Chris Collins, Executive Director of Solar One
A graduate of Holy Cross College and Albany Law School, Chris worked for twenty years as a litigator in both New York and California. He specialized in complex commercial litigation, environmental litigation, civil rights, securities, elder abuse, and many other areas of the law. After leaving the law in 1999, Mr. Collins worked as a Director at Oracle Corp. and as a Director of Risk Management at Sapient. Born and raised in the New York City area, he moved to San Francisco in 1988 and returned to New York in 2004 to take the position of Executive Director at Solar One. He has had a long history of working with not-for-profit organizations, notably as a founder of New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Services Center, where he was Co-Chair between 1985 and 1989. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force between 1991 and 1996 and served as Board Co-Chair between 1994 and 1996.
Ken Daniels, Director of Finance
Ken Daniels manages the fiscal operations and supporting staff for Community Environmental Center; he is responsible for financial reporting and controls, budgeting and audit-oversight. Mr. Daniels also advises management on the financial impact of business opportunities, and on general business planning and oversight. He holds a B.S. from West Virginia University, an M.B.A. in Accounting from Adelphi University and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Olga Lucia Souto, Director of Low-Income Program Services
Olga Souto manages day-to-day program operations and supporting staff, and ensures program requirements are implemented in accordance with HCR and NYSERDA regulations. She coordinates CEC’s in-house contractor team, while overseeing all phases of administrative and on-site work implementation, including audit review, work order preparation, client/contractor coordination, and delivery of work-site materials.