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MEEA Board of Directors

A Shared Vision for Energy Efficiency

MEEA was formed in 2000 by diverse energy stakeholders including utilities, state and local governments, academic and research institutions, retailers and manufacturers and non-profit organizations. MEEA’s Board of Directors is a group of members elected to represent each membership sector to support MEEA in advancing our mission. These individuals have years of experience and come together to transform markets, make a positive impact economically and environmentally and fully support and promote energy efficiency throughout the Midwest.

With the support of our board, MEEA plays an important role in forging partnerships, promoting new technologies, and curating the evolving conversation around economic sustainability and environmental stewardship. 

FY17 Officers

FY17 Board Members

Board Member Bios

Board Officers

Nicor Gas –Jim Jerozal (Chair)

Jim Jerozal is currently the Managing Director of Energy Efficiency for Nicor Gas and is located at the company’s operational headquarters in Naperville, Illinois. In this position, Jim was responsible for developing the company’s gas energy efficiency program (energySMART, a Nicor Gas Program) that began in 2011. energySMART provides a wide portfolio of offerings that meet the needs of all 2.2 million customers, from home audits and rebates to offerings for small and large businesses, including sophisticated engagements such as Strategic Energy Management and gas and electric CHP assistance. The portfolio also includes an emerging technology element that is quite unique to the industry. In the process of building the program, Jim has collaborated effectively on the policy front with stakeholders, regulators and other utility partners over the years, helping shape a state wide Technical Reference Manual, Policy Manual and Net to Gross methodology.

Prior to this post, Jim served Nicor as General Manager of Environmental Health and Safety and its Regulatory Compliance Manger. Prior to Nicor, Jim was Director of Technical and Business Services at the Laidlaw/Safety-Kleen Technical Business Center, and was an environmental engineer and project manager for ERM-Southeast in Charleston, South Carolina. Jim holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Jim has more than 28 years’experience in the energy and environmental fields.

Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) – Adam Cooper (Vice-Chair)

Adam Cooper manages electric efficiency research projects at IEI, an Institute of the Edison Foundation. His recent work includes developing a compilation of smart meter deployment efforts by investor owned utilities and large public power agencies; tracking electric utility regulatory frameworks on a state-by-state basis; estimating the benefits and costs of smart meters for residential customers; assessing the potential energy savings from building codes and appliance standards; developing strategies for making codes and standards programs part of utility energy efficiency portfolios and identifying the total energy savings from rate-payer funded electric efficiency programs administered by utilities and third-party administrators. Prior to joining IEE, Mr. Cooper was a consultant, developing regional economic analyses in the fields of environmental regulation, tax policy, economic development, transportation, and the automotive industry for the private sector; local, state, and federal U.S. governments and the European Commission. Mr. Cooper received a Masters’ in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from Brandeis University.

AEP Ohio – Jon Williams (Treasurer)

Jon Williams’ responsibilities include the design, development, and implementation of the portfolio of energy efficiency and peak demand reduction programs for all classes of customers in AEP Ohio. AEP Ohio serves 1.5 million customers in Ohio. He is also responsible for portfolio compliance activities, including the evaluation of program results and the filing of portfolio plans and program results. He further serves as the expert witness for AEP Ohio in regulatory proceedings for energy efficiency and peak demand response. Prior to this position, Mr. Williams managed Customer Services operations in Eastern and Western Ohio for AEP Ohio and has worked in similar positions in Virginia and West Virginia. He has over 34 years of experience working with all classes of customers on energy related issues, including energy efficiency, demand response, power quality, construction, rates and contracts. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.

Staples Energy – Nathan Baer (Secretary)

Nathan Baer is currently the managing partner and chief operating officer of Staples Energy. His broad-based experience includes more than 20 years in marketing, advertising, sales and project management across multiple industries including health care, commercial real estate and now energy efficiency. For the past 9 years he has served as a program supervisor for Staples Energy in Wisconsin, Illinois and California. His responsibilities include delivering projects on-time, planning, budgeting, program reporting and overall quality assurance. A lifelong cheesehead, Nathan has volunteered on various MEEA committees and has presented at various industry conferences on effectively delivering energy efficiency to small businesses. He holds a B.A. in Communications from Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Board Members

Alliant Energy – Anne Carter

Anne Carter has more than twenty years of experience in corporate leadership.

In 2012, Anne accepted the role of Director – Corporate Diversity and Inclusion at Alliant Energy, a Midwest utility with nearly 4000 employees and 1.4 million customers in Iowa and Wisconsin. She led diversity and inclusion strategies, program development and administration. In 2014, she added responsibility for Recruitment, providing directional guidance and support for talent acquisition. In 2016, Anne accepted the role of Director – Energy Efficiency and leads the development and implementation of strategic plans for regulatory compliance and the delivery of energy efficiency, energy conservation and demand response programs at Alliant Energy. Following her graduation from Yale, she joined the former May Department Stores as an Executive Trainee. Her career in retail included positions in merchandising, stores and operations. While Anne was serving as Vice President of Merchandise Information Systems, she conceived, proposed and developed the Vice President Diversity role for May’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Anne’s career path then took her to Huntington Bancshares, a regional bank headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, where she created the position of Senior Vice President Diversity. Anne strongly believes in community service. She is currently a board member for Orchestra Iowa, Waypoint Services, and the United Way of East Central Iowa. She also serves on the Diversity Committee for the Cedar Rapids Community School District and chairs the Madison Region Economic Partnership Leadership and Diversity workgroup in Wisconsin. Anne plays violin and is exceedingly grateful for her three adult children and granddaughter.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) – Dan York

Dan York has more than 25 years of experience in researching, analyzing and implementing energy efficiency policies and programs. He is widely recognized for his work tracking and analyzing trends and emerging issues in utility-sector energy efficiency programs. All his educational and professional experiences have focused on energy efficiency and conservation as the foundations for a sustainable economy. He joined ACEEE in 2001. Prior to joining ACEEE, Dan was a senior project manager at the Energy Center of Wisconsin (now Seventhwave). He has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are both in land resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in energy analysis and policy. An early highlight of his career was a year of energy policy research in Norway as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Oslo's Centre for Development and the Environment.

Argonne National Laboratory – Dr. Ralph T. Muehleisen

Dr. Ralph Muehleisen is the Principal Building Scientist and technical leader of the Building Energy Decision and Technology Research program at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Muehleisen leads a variety of energy efficiency research thrusts at Argonne, including the development of probabilistic building energy modeling, development of automatic energy model calibration methods and development of innovative measurement techniques for building infiltration. Prior to joining Argonne in 2011, Dr. Muehleisen was an Associate Professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Director of the Architectural Engineering program at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

CenterPoint Energy – Nick Mark

Nick Mark is the Manager for Conservation and Renewable Energy Policy at CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota’s largest natural gas utility. He has regulatory responsibility for the company’s Conservation Improvement Program, one of the foremost natural gas energy efficiency programs in the country. His activities include setting strategic and policy priorities for the program, ensuring the program complies with all state requirements and leading the development and submission of program plans and annual status reports. He also represents CenterPoint on policy matters related to conservation and renewable energy in Minnesota. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s from Carleton College.

CLEAResultShaun Dentice

Shaun Dentice is CLEAResult's client portfolio group lead for Illinois, located in the downtown Chicago office. With over 13 years of experience in the integrated demand side management industry, Mr. Dentice has led client relationships, operations and market development in several regions including California, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. In his current role, he oversees three client portfolios and 120 consultants in six offices across IL. Shaun integrates his experience in working with stakeholders and teams to provide strategic solutions to clients. He builds relationships by driving collaboration across his teams focusing on creating an engaged experienced in driving business operations, strategy, and thought leadership in fast paced consulting environment. Mr. Dentice holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Minnesota and is a Masters Candidate in Predictive Analytics at Northwestern University

Commonwealth Edison Company –Michael Brandt

Michael Brandt is the Manager of Energy Efficiency Planning and Measurement at ComEd, Illinois’ largest electric distribution company. Mike’s responsibilities include the development of ComEd’s 3-year Energy Efficiency Plans and annual Illinois Power Agency (IPA) EE Plans. He also has responsibility for the management of the evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) function, EE Reporting function, and R&D for EE. Mike manages all regulatory dockets, serving as the primary witness for all energy efficiency related issues. He has been with ComEd for over 30 years and has served in his current role for 8 years. He holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Quantitative Analysis & Statistics from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative – Scott Drake

Scott is currently the Manager of Corporate Technical Services at East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC). In this position, Scott develops and manages all energy efficiency programs for 16 of the 24 rural customer-owned electric cooperatives in Kentucky. EKPC has developed and continues to build a diverse DSM portfolio without state-mandated energy efficiency requirements. Their incentive programs include weatherization, HVAC equipment and duct sealing, new home construction, residential lighting, commercial and industrial lighting and industrial compressed-air. EKPC has participated in MEEA’s Midwest LUMEN meetings and served as a host in 2013. Prior to this post, Scott served EKPC as manager of its Envision Energy Services, LLC, a for-profit subsidiary specializing in commercial and industrial DSM programs, and as both senior engineer for R&D and transmission planning and transmission line design. Scott is a registered professional engineer in Kentucky and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky at Lexington.

Franklin Energy – Paul Schueller

Paul Schueller is the founder of Franklin Energy, a consulting firm specializing in the implementation of energy efficiency programs for utility and state administrative clients. He has also designed demand-side management and market transformation programs for utility and government agency clients in the commercial, industrial, residential and low-income sectors. Prior to starting Franklin Energy, Paul was responsible for the start-up of a successful energy services company.

ICF – Michaela Martin, PE

Michaela Martin is a Vice President within ICF’s Commercial Energy business. In this role she is the Executive-in-Charge of ICF’s energy efficiency business in the heart of the U.S., responsible for programs and projects for ICF’s commercial energy clients. Ms. Martin has over 20 years of experience in government, residential, commercial and industrial sector program design, implementation and evaluation, including technology R&D and deployment. Her portfolio of project experience includes energy analytics and software tool development, energy assessments, technical training, technology road mapping and demonstration, low-income weatherization, energy savings performance contracting and voluntary agreements. Ms. Martin also has extensive experience in energy program performance metrics and evaluation. As a Program Manager, Ms. Martin has managed large, multi-million dollar projects for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), deploying top U.S. energy experts from the private sector, universities and DOE national laboratories in technical assistance and technology deployment activities throughout the US and internationally. Ms. Martin holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity – Marion Lunn

Marion "Molly" Lunn is Deputy Director for Energy & Recycling at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. In this capacity, she manages a variety of statewide programs and planning efforts that save energy, generate clean and reliable electricity and promote sustainable transportation – all while supporting economic development and job creation. Before joining the State, Molly was with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where she played many roles, including managing technical assistance for state and local governments. Molly has also had previous experience at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and was a Presidential Management Fellow. She received an M.P.A. in environmental science and policy from Columbia University, and a B.A. in international studies and Spanish from Emory University.

Leidos – John Nicol

John Nicol is an Energy Program Director with Leidos, formerly SAIC Engineering, with more than 32 years of experience in energy efficiency related fields. During this time, John has served as Energy Research Engineer at the Oak Ridge National Lab; Technical Manager for Wisconsin Electric’s Smart Money program; consultant for energy efficiency projects in Romania, Latvia and Belorussia with a special focus on industrial and commercial district heating networks; industrial energy efficiency consultant to staff offices at the United States House of Representatives; Program Director for Ameren Illinois Act-On-Energy; Program Adviser for the Hawaii Energy program; Program Director for ComEd’s Smart Ideas Process Efficiency program and Program Director for Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy Industrial and Large Energy User programs. Nationally, he has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, and Consortium for Energy Efficiency, in addition to many electric and natural gas utilities. John is a registered professional mechanical engineer in the State of Wisconsin and holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Michigan Agency for Energy – Valerie J.M. Brader

Valerie Brader is the Executive Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. Her service with the administration began in 2011, and prior to this role she served as Deputy Legal Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Rick Snyder, including work on the City of Detroit bankruptcy case. Before her service in state government, she was a member (partner) at Bodman PLC, practicing primarily environmental and corporate law, with a specialization in assisting new or expanding businesses, from incorporation to securing permits and tax credits. A Rhodes Scholar and published author in both the legal and scientific presses, Brader previously worked as the career law clerk for the Honorable John Feikens of the Eastern District of Michigan, as an environmental consultant to the EPA and Department of Defense and for Governor Phil Batt (R-Idaho) on environmental and natural resource issues. Brader, who was the youngest person in the country to be selected to assist a federal court under the "Special Master" rule, was selected by Crain's Detroit Business as one of the "40 under 40" in Metro Detroit, by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly as a "rising star" and by the Joyce Ivy Foundation as its Leader of the Year. Brader received her A.B. magna cum laude in government from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, has two masters degrees from the University of Oxford (an M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management and an M.St. in Historical Studies) and a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center. Brader was the past winner of the Harvard College Women's Leadership Award and was first-runner up in the Pacific Legal Foundation's national writing competition. Brader served as an officer of the Women's Caring Program, Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Michigan Electric Cooperative Association – Art Thayer

Art Thayer is the Director of Energy Efficiency Programs for the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA). His responsibilities include managing the design, implementation and third-party evaluation of all EE programs and involvement in the legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to the Energy Optimization Programs in Michigan under Public Act 295 of 2008. He has an extensive background and experience in the energy industry, ranging from cost and scheduling for construction of a nuclear power plant in Michigan to managing sales and technical support for a leading manufacturer of geothermal HVAC equipment. He has also managed energy efficiency and evaluation programs for Consumers Energy and most recently for eight cooperatives and four municipal utilities in the State of Michigan. Art is also currently the President of the Michigan Geothermal Energy Association and past Director of the Home Builders Association of Michigan. Prior to his work at the Association, Art served as the Michigan Territory Manager for Waterfurnace International, as the residential marketing programs manager and engineering research analyst for Consumers Energy and as a lead cost engineer for Bechtel Power Corporation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Art holds a B.A. in the Social Sciences from Spring Arbor College in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Missouri Department of Economic Development - Brenda Wilbers

Brenda Wilbers is a Program Director with the Missouri Division of Energy with more than 25 years of experience in energy and environmental policy. During this time, Brenda has been involved in policy analysis and development; legislative issues; strategic planning; and development, management and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. While at the Department of Natural Resources prior to the division’s transfer to the Department of Economic Development in 2013, Brenda led an initiative that began in 2003 to bring together environmental and energy regulators and energy officials to share information and identify opportunities for integrating efforts; this initiative continues today.  As manager of the Energy Policy and Resources Program, Brenda initiated the division’s interventions in regulatory proceedings that have resulting in substantially increased energy efficiency investments since 1999. Before joining the Division of Energy in 1992, Brenda worked for the Missouri Legislature. Brenda holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Lincoln University and an MPA from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating – Kevin DeMaster

Kevin DeMaster consults with utilities and implementers on utility program design utilizing extremely energy efficient Mitsubishi Electric ductless heat pumps with inverter driven variable speed refrigerant flow technologies. These products revolutionize residential and commercial heating and cooling energy efficiency programs and drive market transformation. Kevin has 25 years of business operations experience with 10+ years focused on designing and implementing innovative gas and electric DSM residential and commercial programs throughout the Midwest with both WECC and CLEAResult.

Morgan Marketing Partners – Rick Morgan

Rick Morgan has 40 years of management, planning, program design, implementation, and marketing experience in the energy field. As president of Morgan Marketing Partners, established in 1995, he helps utilities and energy organizations throughout the U.S. with their marketing and program design challenges. Services provided include program design, cost effectiveness modeling (using DSMore), strategic marketing consulting, reengineering and redesign of existing programs, expert testimony, implementation/operations assistance, new product and service development and development of energy efficiency plans to increase and improve program results. His clients vary from some of the largest electric and/or gas utilities and energy companies/organizations in the country to some small municipal utilities. Prior to opening his firm, Rick also worked for other consulting firms, an investor owned gas and electric utility and a state energy office.

Nexant – Sam Mueller

Sam Mueller is a Vice President in the Energy Efficiency Delivery practice area in Nexant’s Utility Services business unit. Sam is located in the Madison, WI office, and has over 14 years of engineering and management experience with a focus on all facets of demand side management (DSM) program planning and implementation. He currently oversees teams working in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S. He provides key leadership, mentoring, and advisory to project teams working on DSM program delivery. Sam excels in delivering valued strategic planning and direction, leading teams to work in open and collaborative environments, and using communication and problem-solving skills to facilitate true partnership between Nexant’s delivery teams and clients. Sam holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas – Pat Michalkiewicz

Patrick Michalkiewicz is responsible for the development, management and implementation of the energy efficiency programs for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas (IL). Patrick has more than 29 years of natural gas and electric utility experience, and is a member of the Chicago Region Initiative for Better Buildings, the Chicago Retrofit Steering Committee and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) – Mary Woolsey Schlaefer

Mary Woolsey Schlaefer has extensive leadership experience in both energy efficiency program design and implementation and energy policy. Mary is CEO of WECC, a non-profit that administers and implements energy efficiency, renewable energy and related financing programs in 18 states throughout the United States. She has successfully led development of new financing models that cost-effectively drive deeper energy savings, as well as new approaches to reach underserved end-use customers. Prior to joining WECC in 2008, Mary served as Deputy Secretary and Executive Assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. There she was senior advisor to the Governor on energy regulatory issues and clean energy economic development strategies. She was also the lead liaison to all Wisconsin utilities and the EPA on energy-related environmental regulatory matters. Mary holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Xcel Energy – Shawn White

Shawn White is the Manager of DSM Strategy and Financial Operations for Xcel Energy. He is tasked with ensuring the long-term viability of Xcel Energy's nationally recognized DSM portfolio and the regulatory compact it operates in. In this role Shawn has testified before various commissions on the value of DSM and the expected changes this industry will need to address. He has been with Xcel Energy for 15 years and has been responsible for the implementation of energy efficiency programs, managing the Energy Efficiency implementation team for Xcel Energy's Colorado territory before taking on his current role. Shawn graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing in 1998 and from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business with a Master’s degree in Strategic Management in 2004. He is also a graduate of the United States Navy’s Nuclear Power Program.