Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

Board Member Profiles

Board Members

 

 

Chair

Emily Rice is the Business Development Manager for The Energy Group (TEG); an independently-owned consulting firm in Des Moines, IA. Emily has an affinity for reducing environmental impacts in businesses, communities, and homes via cost-effective strategies.  Since joining TEG in 2009 Emily has served as project manager, administering a state-wide energy efficiency program to the public sector, and as an energy analyst, delivering technical solutions through a variety of programs. In her current role she now provides support to each division of TEG in areas of growth, sales, and marketing. She supports IAEE through committee involvement; particularly helping shape the IAEE Energy Summit each year.

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Vice-Chair

Dr. Kent Boyum, PhD, MBA has been interested in environmental issues associated with energy production and transport for over thirty years.  Kent previously worked for two utility companies in the Minneapolis area performing energy audits and recommending energy efficiency improvements in many homes in the Minneapolis area.  For the past fifteen years he has served as the Director of Economic Development and the Director of the Rebuild America- a US DOE funded program for Maharishi Vedic City.

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Secretary/Treasurer

Bonnie Donnolly joined Alliant Energy in 2000 and currently serves as Manager of Energy Efficiency Programs in Iowa. Alliant Energy is an energy-services provider serving approximately 1 million electric and over 400,000 natural gas customers in Iowa and Wisconsin. Bonnie directs an eight-member team that develops and delivers energy efficiency programs for Residential, Business, Commercial, Industrial and Agriculture customers.

Prior to Alliant Energy, Bonnie worked in healthcare administration and philanthropy, community development and college recruitment. Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa.

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Leslie Berckes works at Trees Forever, a non-profit that is highly active in starting, implementing, and sustaining community projects. In her role at Trees Forever, Leslie serves as Program Development and Innovation Director helping the organization to innovate and evolve new and existing programs. Leslie also serves as a program manager for the central Iowa region working with volunteers and organizations on projects such as tree plantings (especially for energy efficiency!), tree care education, native prairie plantings, and more. Leslie enjoys sharing information on the programs that Trees Forever offers and helping Iowa towns take advantage of these programs to make their communities vibrant places to live.

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Eric Biederman is the Energy and Sustainability Manager with Casey's General Stores. Prior to his current position, Mr. Biederman was an Energy Analyst/Manager for The Energy Group. At The Energy Group, he conducted energy audits ranging from small commercial businesses to large industrial facilities where he was exposed to multiple technologies and identified energy savings opportunities.

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Ethan Hohenadel is a Regulatory Specialist for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC).  Since 2008, he has assisted members in assessing and reporting their energy efficiency plans and results.  He has been involved in many collaborative meetings regarding energy efficiency programs and has been involved with many groups focused on various aspects of energy efficiency including, but not limited to, the Farm Energy Working Group, PIE2, and the OCA Collaborative.

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JP Jones is the Professor of Electrical & Renewable Energy Technology at Indian Hills Community College. Jp Jones is an electrical engineering technologist (who happens to also be a licensed master electrician).

Professor Jones specializes in energy efficiency through the automation of existing residential, commercial, industrial and municipal energy systems.  He has over 30 years of experience in his area of expertise. Which he shares on a daily basis with the students at IHCC, but also throughout the state of Iowa volunteering and educating the general public at every chance he can get.

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Joel Logan is a Commercial New Construction Program Manager with The Weidt Group.  Joel works with Iowa utilities and their customers to facilitate the design and construction of new commercial buildings that are significantly more efficient than Energy Code requirements.

Prior to working at The Weidt Group, Joel was Director of Energy Services at the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, where he worked on energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, transmission, and generation projects.  Joel was also research assistant at the Iowa Energy Center’s Energy Resource Station, and an Iowa Department of Natural Resources Pollution Prevention Intern. Joel holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.

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Don Otto is a homebuilder specializing in energy efficiency, and owns DPO Construction, L.C. in Iowa City, where he designed and built his own home in 1978. Following building science and using materials that produce the best performance, he works to achieve the greatest energy efficiency that fits the client’s budget.

Don uses an academic approach to both educate the client and to evaluate the suitability of the materials and equipment to deliver the desired performance of his homes.

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Frank Pagano is the VP of new business development for Energy Masters Commercial.  For the past five years, Frank has been responsible for promoting Energy Masters Commercial's turnkey weatherization program to utility companies across the country.  During this time, Energy Masters has air sealed and insulated over 25 million square feet of multifamily property resulting in millions of therm and kilowatt hour savings.

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Scott Siefkes, P.E., LEED® AP, is Chief Operating Officer for Michaels Energy. He has 21 years of engineering experience in the environmental and energy efficiency industry. Scott is a registered civil and environmental engineer in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, primarily providing technical and administrative support for residential, small business, commercial and industrial utility demand side management programs over his career.

Scott’s experience includes energy audits, investment-grade feasibility and retrocommissioning studies, new construction design assistance, custom efficiency technical analysis, residential load control programs, and measurement and verification of programs. Scott has also provided utility demand side management program design and implementation. Scott holds a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Amy Stevens, has more than 20 years of experience in customer service, client relationships, process improvement, strategic planning and communications. As a Senior Program Manager, she supports CLEAResult’s Iowa programs. Her expertise in Six Sigma principles ensures the programs she manages for CLEAResult are operated at maximum efficiency levels. Prior to working for CLEAResult, Amy worked for General Electric and Alliant Energy. She has chaired or co-chaired may non-profit and community events. She enjoys working with IAEE and it’s members through webinars and educational opportunities.

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Wendell Strong is a 3 decade veteran of the Commercial Lighting Industry and serves as the GENISYS PoE Lighting Manager for Innovative Lighting, an Iowa based LED fixture manufacturer of 25 years.

He has served as President and Executive Board member of the National Association of Independent Lighting Distributors and helped create Lighting Specialist training programs used by both Manufacturers and Distributors alike.

Wendell has been recognized as an expert witness in lighting by the Arizona Superior Court and is a former Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional and Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

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Nicholas Wood serves as the Executive Director of ANURA Energy.  His responsibilities include overseeing the operations and outreach for the organization.  He works on a daily basis with utility energy efficiency staff, program administrators, and planners to design, implement, and evaluate DSM programs. Much of the work is accomplished by developing empirical data, connecting with decision makers, and seeking out and linking quality trade allies with customer projects that result in measurable benefits for under-served market segments.

With more than 16 years of professional experience from the architecture and energy efficiency industries, Nicholas has supported the implementation of DSM programs with 18 utilities across seven states.  During that time, responsibilities have included business development, administering prescriptive rebate and energy assessment programs, load control, new home construction, and managing custom incentive and trade ally partner network programs.

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Ex-Officio Board Members

Jeff Beneke serves as the Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Manager, spearheading the work across Northeast Iowa to ensure the Governor's STEM Advisory Council's mission and programs are implemented to their broadest audience. Jeff is responsible for scale-up application recruitment, festival events, and collaboration with organizations across the region to promote, inspire, and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics activities and to introduce children and parents to careers in STEM.

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Stacy Christoffersen has worked for MidAmerican Energy Company since 2013 and is an Energy Efficiency Product Manager, primarily focused on the education program and with trade ally outreach. Her skills center around advertising and marketing and enjoys bringing these skills to utilities and promoting energy efficiency to all customers. Prior to joining MidAmerican Energy, she worked with a hospitality and restaurant company, an information systems company and was the promotion director for a group of Quad City radio stations. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marquette University.

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Curt Klaassen owns Energy Systems Engineering.  With over 25 years of building energy system design experience, Curtis has been responsible for the energy analysis and design of high performance buildings, geothermal heat pump systems, ice storage systems, heat recovery, large scale VAV systems, daylighting systems, advanced controls systems and other energy efficient technologies for all types of commercial, institutional and industrial facilities.  This extensive experience is regularly engaged during Energy Resource Station activities with researchers, building owners and operators, architects, engineers, equipment suppliers, contractors, students, and instructors.

This work has resulted in numerous presentations and technical papers on energy topics such as high performance buildings, geothermal heat pump systems, daylighting and building energy management and control systems.

Mr. Klaassen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a professional engineer licensed in Iowa.  He has been active in the Iowa Association of Energy Efficiency (IAEE), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Iowa Heat Pump Association (IHPA), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

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Bill Von der Linde is a Program Manager at A-TEC Energy, managing the implementation of the Residential New Construction, Home Performance with Energy Star and SAVE quality installation programs for certain investor-owned utilities. Bill came to A-TEC Energy in February of 2011.

Prior to Joining A-TEC Energy, Bill worked for Central Iowa Mechanical for 12 years serving in sales and as the Residential Department Manager.  Bill’s focus at Central Iowa Mechanical was always to customize the most efficient system that met the customer’s budget. This focus on efficiency made it a natural progression when he joined A-TEC energy.

Bill graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Psychology. He is a certified HERS rater, BPI and SAVE certified.

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Casey Woodside serves as a Customer Solutions Representative for Black Hills Energy focusing on commercial and residential accounts in central Iowa. He is responsible for working with project leads to provide solutions on how to best utilize safe and reliable natural gas and expanding infrastructure. Another primary focus is being an advocate of BHE’s portfolio of energy efficiency programs. He assists project leads and trade ally partners to ensure energy efficiency practices are being implemented throughout. Casey graduated from Bethany Lutheran College with a degree in Business Administration.

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