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.
Note: FY20 board terms start July 1, 2019
- Chair: Shawn White, Xcel Energy
- Vice Chair: Mary Woolsey Schlaefer, Slipstream
- Treasurer: Jim Jerozal, Nicor Gas
- Secretary: Nathan Baer, Staples Energy
FY20 Board Members
- Gary Enama, AEP Ohio
- Dan York, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy(ACEEE)
- Kristol Simms, Ameren Illinois
- Nick Mark, CenterPoint Energy
- Kristin Munsch, Citizens Utility Board
- Brandon Renaud, City of Columbia Water & Light
- John Boladian, DTE Energy
- Scott Drake, East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC)
- Cliff Haefke, Energy Resources Center at UIC
- Paige Knutsen, Franklin Energy
- Michaela Martin, ICF International
- Brian File, Evergy
- John Nicol, Leidos
- Scott Steiner, Lockheed Martin
- Dr. Brandy Brown, Michigan Agency for Energy
- Jeff Erickson, Navigant
- Sam Mueller, Nexant
- Jolene A. Sheil, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
- E'Lois Thomas, Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics (SEEL)
- Vinoth Kumar Sekar, Willdan
Board Member Bios
Xcel Energy – Shawn White (Chair)
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.
Slipstream – Mary Woolsey Schlaefer (Vice Chair)
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.
Nicor Gas –Jim Jerozal (Treasurer)
Jim Jerozal is currently the 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 Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program that began in 2011. The program 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, Net to Gross methodology and novel Market Transformation state- wide protocol and national MT collaborative.
Prior to this post, Jim served Nicor Gas as General Manager of Environmental Health and Safety and its Regulatory Compliance Manger. Prior to Nicor Gas, 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 32 years’ experience in the energy and environmental fields.
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.
AEP Ohio - Gary Enama
Gary Enama is an Energy Efficiency and Business Services Program Manager for American Electric Power where he has over 20 years of experience at AEP alone. He has worked to perform energy efficiency duties to achieve AEP Ohio’s target goals levels in a safe and sustainable manner as well as managed AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency prescriptive, custom programs, self-direct and energy auditing programs. By working to expand the role of energy efficiency, Gary has developed marketing plans to gain deep customer penetration in various business segments and grow the role of energy efficiency in the industry.
Gary holds a B.A. in Business Management from Kent State University and also has been Certified Demand-Side Management (CDSM) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM).
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.
Ameren Illinois – Kristol Whatly Simms
Kristol Whatly Simms is the Director of Energy Efficiency – Strategy and Innovation at Ameren Illinois where she develops and leads efforts to implement the company's energy efficiency programs. Prior to her current role at Ameren Illinois, Simms was Corporate Counsel at Ameren in Missouri. She also designs and implements the company's new market development approach to serving low and moderate income customers in a meaningful way. Simms holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Lincoln University and a J.D. from University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law. She is licensed in Illinois and Missouri.
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.
Citizens Utility Board - Kristin Munsch
Kristin Munsch is the Deputy Director of the Citizens Utility Board where she has spent the last decade working to expand the education and role of the consumer and stakeholder in the energy sector. She has worked to coordinate development and communication to support CUB’s education, outreach and policy initiatives as well as represent CUB before federal and state regulators on issues regarding energy resources, energy market operations and grid modernization. Prior to becoming the Deputy Director, Kristin served as the Director of Policy and Senior Attorney for CUB where she led the litigation team on federal and state cases concerning utility rates, energy efficiency planning and regulation, and electricity supply procurement and deregulated competition in electricity supply.
Kristin holds her Juris Doctor from the Chicago – Kent College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.
Columbia Water & Light - Brandon Renaud
Brandon Renaud has over 15 years of experience in the residential construction and energy services fields. He is the Home Performance Manager for the City of Columbia Water & Light and oversees a suite of energy efficiency programs. In this role he has developed policy and implemented outreach strategies for targeting households in need of efficiency improvements including: the use of GIS technology to identify high energy usage homes, partnering with state and local organizations for optimum impact, and implementing programming that benefits low/middle income and rental housing. His work reflects his fundamental belief that the built environment should be affordable as well as sustainable. Brandon holds a BS in Construction Management from the University of Central Missouri and a MS in Environmental Management from Webster University.
John is the Director of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Management at DTE Energy. His responsibility includes leading a team of over 50 employees that focus on implementation and portfolio management for Gas and Electric residential and commercial/industrial energy efficiency programs, Evaluation, Measurement & Verification (EM&V), Pilot design and implementation, Education and Awareness as well as Strategy.
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.
Energy Resources Center - Cliff Haefke
Cliff Haefke has over 19 years of experience in the energy industry and currently serves as the Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC), located at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The ERC is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and special projects organization that works to improve energy efficiency and the environment, providing expertise in the areas of energy efficiency, distributed generation, utilities billing management, biofuels/bioenergy, and pollinator habitats. Mr. Haefke joined the ERC in 2000, in 2011 he joined the Center's executive management team, and since 2015 serves as the Center's Director. As Director, Mr. Haefke oversees the Center's business and research efforts and is responsible for the Center's strategic direction. Through the ERC, Mr. Haefke serves as:
- the Director of the U.S. DOE sponsored Midwest and Central CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships, technical outreach programs that promote combined heat and power (CHP), waste heat-to-power, and district energy CHP technologies
- the Assistant Director of the U.S. DOE Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), providing no-cost energy assessments to industrial and wastewater treatment facilities while training student engineers on implementing energy saving/cost reducing assessments
Mr. Haefke holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Haefke is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), an affiliate member of the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO), and serves as President of the Midwest Cogeneration Association (MCA).
Evergy- Brian File
Brian is a Senior Manager of Products and Services at Evergy. He is a firm believer in the Company’s higher purpose “to improve the lives in the communities we serve” as the leader of the group bringing a portfolio of demand side programs to all customers. He was a key driver in the expansion of Evergy’s DSM programs in Missouri in 2014 and then again 2016 and 2019. His journey at Evergy has always been around interacting with customers in roles such as product management, key account consulting and economic development project work. Brian previously worked in the petrochemical industry for Chevron Phillips Chemical Co in marketing and technical sales. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Univ of Kansas and in 2019 an MBA from Univ of Missouri-Kansas City and has attained Certified Energy Manager accreditation.
Franklin Energy - Paige Knutsen
Paige Knutsen is the Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Franklin Energy. She is an energy efficiency leader who oversees Franklin Energy’s performance on behalf of investor-owned, municipal, and cooperative electric and natural gas utility clients in the central United States. Paige leads a highly skilled team who provide technical support to residential, commercial and industrial customers. She has had years of experience in the energy sector including time within MEEA and has worked extensively to develop, implement and manage innovative solutions in energy efficiency.
Paige holds a M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University and a B.B.A. and B.A. in Economics and Environmental Management from the University of Iowa – Iowa City.
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.
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.
Lockheed Martin - Scott Steiner
Scott is the General Manager of Lockheed Martin’s Energy Services group for the central region. LM Energy assists clients throughout the Midwest and South on implementation of demand and supply side projects and programs. Scott has 25 years of technical and managerial experience across a number of industries, the last 10 years in the energy sector. His work with federal, utility, and commercial customers has provided him a broad perspective on energy management within residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.
Michigan Agency for Energy - Dr. Brandy Brown
Brandy Brown, Ph.D., is the climate and energy adviser for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. Dr. Brown coordinates the state’s response to climate change across departments and agencies where she makes recommendations on taking steps to limit climate change and deal with the effects of global warming that are already happening. Brown previously worked for CLEAResult in East Lansing, where she formulated strategic objectives for electrification products such as electric vehicles, photovoltaic systems, battery storage and other emerging technologies. She holds a Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Program Evaluation from Western Michigan University, an MPA and a BA in Communications, Law, Economic and Government both from American University.
Minnesota Department of Commerce - Anthony Fryer
Anthony is the DER Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) Coordinator. He provides oversight and regulation of over 180 natural gas and electric utility demand-side management programs to ensure achievement of Minnesota's 1.5% energy efficiency resource standard. In support of utility energy efficiency efforts, his work also includes management of the Department’s Conservation and Applied Research Development (CARD) grant program, the Minnesota Technical Reference Manual, and the Energy Savings Platform.
Navigant - Jeff Erickson
Jeff Erickson is the Director with Navigant Consulting. Mr. Erickson has over 20 years of experience managing large scale energy efficiency and demand response evaluation efforts and market studies in the business and residential sectors. His areas of expertise include free ridership measurement and analysis techniques, market assessment, program impact data analysis, data analysis, survey and sample design, process analysis, load control, and performance measurement.
Nexant – Sam Mueller
Sam Mueller is a Senior 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.
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin - Jolene A. Sheil
Jolene A. Sheil is the Portfolio Manager for the national award-winning Focus on Energy Program at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. She has been the portfolio manager since October of 2004 and oversaw the transition of the Focus program from the Department of Administration to the Public Service Commission in 2007. Prior to her current position, she managed the Focus on Energy Business programs from 2001-2004 and the Focus on Energy pilot in the Wisconsin Public Service territory from 1999-2001. Prior to Focus on Energy, she worked on acid deposition, ozone and climate change issues with state and federal agencies.
Jolene has a B.A. degree in Public and Environmental Administration and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and Master’s degrees in Political Science with an emphasis on energy and environmental policy, from the University of California- Riverside and the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics (SEEL) - E'Lois Thomas
E’Lois Thomas, Ph.D. is the Chief Administrative Officer for SEEL, LLC. She is a prolific leader of SEEL’s administrative functions including governance, compliance and all technical aspects of the organization – finance, purchasing and information technology. Thomas is responsible for providing executive-level administrative oversight on all of SEEL’s utility programs including but not limited to managing organizational growth and risk through the adoption of thorough, efficient operational procedures including status reporting, staff meetings, operations reviews and dashboards and key performance indicators. In this role, Thomas utilizes over 25 years of experience in sustainability and development of organizational growth for SEEL.
Willdan Energy Solutions - Vinoth Kumar Sekar
Vinoth Sekar is a Project Manager for Willdan where he provides Energy Design Assistance for commercial new construction projects by working with building owners and design teams to evaluate and recommend energy efficiency strategies. In his role at Willdan, Sekar manages over 200 new construction projects of various building types from the design phase until measurement and verification enrolled under incentive programs offered by different utilities in the Mid-west and the Carolinas. Sekar holds a B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University and an M.S. in Energy Systems from Northeastern University.