Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

Presenter Information

Andrew Bennett, Principal, SystemWorks

Andrew graduated from the University of Iowa with his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Energy Systems and the Environment.  Andrew earned his Professional Engineer’s license in 2017, and his Certified Commissioning Professional accreditation shortly after.  Since joining SystemWorks 2013, Andrew has commissioned LEED and non-LEED projects, and has also been involved with retro-commissioning studies and led LEED certification of Existing Buildings.  Andrew’s notable projects include the Indian Creek Nature Center, the first Net Zero Energy Living Building Challenge certified building in Iowa, and Liberty High School, Iowa City School District’s new 264,000 SF high school.


Isaiah Borel, CEM, Energy Advisor, Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative

Isaiah focuses on utilizing AMI data to help the membership save money and energy, demand-side management and implementation, and member rates. Isaiah has a B.A. in Business from University of Northern Iowa. He is recognized as Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and HERS Rater. Isaiah has worked in the energy efficiency industry for 12 years in various roles.

 


Greg Clarahan, President and CEO, LiteZone Glass Inc.

In 1986, Mr. Clarahan co-founded and became the President & CEO of a high-performance insulating glass, window, and curtain wall manufacturing company which he managed for 24 years. Determined to improve window insulating values with a new paradigm for glass unit construction, Mr. Clarahan founded LiteZone Glass Inc. in 2014. His mission was to complete the development of and commercialize LiteZone®, a next generation insulating glass unit that he invented and is now in commercial production.


Joseph Collins, Workforce Education Consultant, Iowa Department of Education

Joe works as an Education Consultant for Sector Partnerships, Career Pathways, and Work-Based Learning for the Iowa Department of Education. In this role, he helps to connect, assist, and empower groups of employers in Iowa to address their skilled workforce, economic, and community development issues through collaborative sector partnerships or "sector boards”. Prior to joining the Department, he worked for Iowa Workforce Development to build and lead workshops throughout the community on topics such as resumes, interviewing, work ethic, and conflict resolution to a wide range of audiences. Before diving head first into the public sector, he also worked in HR, account and project management, and marketing in the private sector. He earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing, Spanish, and International Business from Iowa State University and a Master of Science degree in Adult, Continuing, and Occupational Education from Kansas State University.


Megan Colwell, Human Resource Business Partner, Black Hills Energy

My name is Megan Colwell and I am a Regional-Human Resource Business Partner for Black Hills Energy, supporting Gas Operations in Iowa, Nebraska, and Arkansas. I have 10 years of experience in operations, human resource management, and staffing, with a passion for teams and development and learning new ways of approaching things.

 


Ashley Craft, Program Director, Green Iowa AmeriCorps

Ashley Craft is the Program Director for the University of Northern Iowa’s Green Iowa AmeriCorps program; the largest environmental stewardship AmeriCorps program is the state of Iowa. Ashley has an undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University in Communication and a Master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development along with a Certified Nonprofit Credential. Ashley has served as the Director of Green Iowa AmeriCorps since  2010, was named AmeriCorps National Service/Volunteer Program Manager of the Year in 2015, and works with a variety of nonprofits, cities, schools, and utilities to promote energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, and green job development throughout Iowa.


Corina M. Cross, Business Development Manager, Siemens

Corina Cross is the Building Performance and Sustainability (BPS) Energy Services Business Development Manager in the Midwest Zone. She supports the Siemens Midwest branches in driving the growth of the Energy Services Business.

 

 

 


Nicholas David, Iowa State University

Dr. David earned the degree of B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, and the M.S. and PhD in the same field from Iowa State University. Between degrees, he worked in the wind power industry. In graduate school, he studied power electronic control of wind turbines and developed new techniques for grid integration and ancillary services. He is currently a research and demonstration engineer at the Electric Power Research Center at Iowa State University. He enjoys teaching with a hands-on approach and recently advised a team of ISU students in a DOE Collegiate Wind Competition. His interests are in renewable energy, power generation and storage, electric transportation, and power converter design.


Kevin DeMaster, Senior Manager Utilities & Electrification, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC

Kevin DeMaster is a Sr. Mgr. Efficiency & Electrification with Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC. Since 2014 his focused attention supports utilities and implementers of energy efficiency, demand response, and beneficial electrification for residential and commercial energy efficiency programs utilizing ductless mini-split and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump technology. Prior to Mitsubishi Electric, Kevin has 15 years efficiency experience ranging from 5 years as a School District Energy Manager saving over $1M in energy costs followed by 10 years designing and implementing many programs for two large Implementers Slipstream and CLEAResult managing over $100M in programs.


Paul Erickson, Energy Solutions Engineer, Central Iowa Power Cooperative

His credentials are noteworthy, with undergraduate degrees in Engineering from Black Hawk College and Iowa State University and an MBA and a Graduate Certificate from Lindenwood University. Paul has worked in the Utility Industry for over 32 years, is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and holds several professional certifications. Paul currently works for Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) as the Manager of Commercial Energy Solutions. He has performed in 7 short electric vehicle videos as CIPCO’s EV Rider. Paul has helped inform, demonstrate and educate those interested in electric vehicles at fairs, STEM, safety and other meetings across Iowa. The car he uses is a 2017 Chevy Bolt.


McCady Findley, Project Lead and Sustainability Manager, Fusebox, LLC

McCady earned a Master’s in Sustainable Solutions degree from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability. During his time at ASU, he worked with clients such as Arizona Public Service (APS) and the Pac-12 Conference. He also earned a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Technology degree from Colorado Mesa University. As a Project Manager and Sustainability Manager at Fusebox, McCady supports clients by forming strategies to reduce their energy usage by monitoring energy data and delivering the highest quality solution to each client’s specific needs.

Prior to working with Fusebox, McCady worked for Arizona Public Service (APS) in the Customer Technology department, where he reviewed residential solar applications for customers who leased or purchased solar and battery storage systems. This position required him to be knowledgeable of APS interconnection requirements, utility bills, and rate plans to effectively communicate with customers.

McCady was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but relocated to Highlands Ranch, Colorado in 2005. After 11 years in Colorado, he moved to Tempe, Arizona to pursue his master’s at Arizona State University. McCady is a former student-athlete, who ran track from middle school through college at Colorado Mesa. He enjoys running, reading, and watching the Denver Broncos.


Oliver Garnett, Managing Consultant, Energy and Environmental Economics, A Willdan Company

Oliver focuses on the challenges and benefits of effectively integrating distributed energy resources into the electricity system. His recent projects include quantifying the grid and ratepayer benefits of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, designing demand response programs, and valuing energy storage assets. Oliver’s other interests lie in wholesale electricity market analysis, and long-term system planning to meet environmental goals. He holds a MSc from University College London.


Jeff Geerts, Special Projects Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Jeff Geerts is founding board member of the Des Moines Heritage Trust and has been a board member since April 2017.

Jeff is also a member of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Energy Team. Jeff curates the Iowa Green Streets Criteria to support development of high-performance IEDA funded housing and community facility projects. Jeff also supports IEDA’s disaster resilience and disaster recovery projects as well as Downtown Assessments with the Iowa Downtown Resource Center. Jeff might be best described as a chief collaboration officer or the person that connects the dots to take projects from vision to reality.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in management science and statistics from St. Ambrose University and master’s degree in public administration from Drake University.


Jay Sandeep Ghodke, Graduate Research Assistant, Iowa State University

Jay Ghodke completed his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and worked in automotive industry as a manufacturing engineer. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Industrial Engineering at Iowa State University, and his interests lie in continuous improvement, operations research and optimization. He is also working as a Process Engineering co-op in Whirlpool Amana. He works under Dr. Jo Min and his ongoing research deals with electrical power transmission expansion under uncertainty. 


Matt Hein, Energy Services Manager, Cedar Falls Utilities

After completing has master’s degree in mechanical engineering at South Dakota State University, Matt taught engineering courses and assisted in directing the South Dakota Wind Application Center. Matt then became a consulting engineer working with utilities throughout the Midwest to perform energy audits, retro-commissioning, energy modeling, and strategic energy management. This lead to his current position. Matt is now the Energy Services Manager at Cedar Falls Utilities where he focuses on helping Cedar Falls residents and businesses use energy more effectively through energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts. Matt is a registered professional engineer in the state of Iowa.


Eric Henderson, Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager, IMEG Corp.

Eric Henderson is a mechanical engineer and project manager at IMEG. He has a developed a strong background of experience in both project management and mechanical systems design, particularly in the healthcare industry, with projects ranging from phased surgical suite renovations to imaging equipment replacements and pharmacy upgrades. Eric’s role allows him to be the primary contact and coordinating the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, technology, and fire protection services IMEG provides.


JP Jones, Professor of Electrical & Renewable Energy Technology, Indian Hills Community College

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.


Craig Just, Associate Professor, University of Iowa

Craig Just has served the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa since 1993. He is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a research engineer at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering. Dr. Just teaches Principles of Environmental Engineering, Water Quality & Flow, and Environmental Biotechnology. He leads the Iowa Wastewater and Waste to Energy Research Program which is a public-private partnership for innovation for the benefit of Iowans.


Anne Kimber, Executive Director at Electric Power Research Center, Iowa State University

As Director of the Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) at Iowa State University I work with ISU power program faculty research teams and industry partners to build collaborations that advance education and research in electric power systems. Together we work to solve the most challenging problems of the electric grid, from development of better tools for customer-side energy efficiency, demand-response and AMI analysis, to projects that include energy storage integration at multiple scales ranging from microgrid development to large scale co-optimized grid expansion planning. EPRC’s industry members jointly select and fund projects of common interest to the group, and also participate in ISU DOE and NSF grants, as well as in grants from non-profits and state agencies. Before joining ISU in 2014, I worked for over 14 years with Iowa municipal electric, gas and water utilities at the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.


W. Boyd Lee, Vice President, Strategic Planning, CKenergy Electric Cooperative

W. Boyd Lee is Vice President, Strategic Planning, CKenergy Electric Cooperative, Binger, OK. In addition to running his own program, Boyd speaks to groups around the U.S. about the cooperative’s successful geothermal loop ownership program. He has pioneered several “outside the box” marketing concepts including over 1340 free geo ground loop installations, multiple demand control programs, EV initiatives and unique rate concepts. He was awarded the VISION Award by the OK Assoc. of Electric Coops.


Joel Logan, PE, Program Manager, Willdan

Joel oversees all facets of utility demand side management program delivery including design, marketing and outreach, technical standards, reporting, and quality control. He also provides consulting services for high performance buildings, assisting design professionals and building owners in selecting optimal energy-saving strategies for their project goals and budgets. He received his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.


Dr. Cameron A. MacKenzie, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

Dr. Cameron MacKenzie is an assistant professor in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University. His research focuses on decision and risk analysis, with three main thrusts: (i) homeland security and emergency management, (ii) engineering design and manufacturing, and (iii) supply chain risk management. Before coming to Iowa State, he was an assistant professor in the Defense Resources Management Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School, and he previously consulted in the areas of defense and homeland security for former Defense Secretary William Cohen.


Diba Malekpour, Graduate Research Assistant, Iowa State University

Diba Malekpour Koupaei is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate research assistant in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. She holds master’s degrees in Civil Engineering (2020) and Sustainable Environments (2018) from Iowa State University and received her bachelor’s degree from Art University of Isfahan in Architectural Engineering (2015). Diba’s research is mainly concerned with building energy performance modeling and energy efficiency in the built environment, specifically residential buildings in the rural and urban landscapes. In addition, she has also worked with smart home energy management systems, where her work involved evaluating users’ perceptions and attitudes towards such devices.


Greg Marsicek, Slipstream

Greg leads field research projects in buildings to test the performance of emerging technologies. His commercial building experience includes field measurement and energy modeling of emerging technologies. In addition to field research, Greg is an experienced energy consultant, assisting building owners, architects and engineers in applying energy conservation measures in commercial buildings. He has a bachelors and masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Samarth Medakkar, Policy Associate, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Samarth is a Policy Associate on MEEA's Policy Team and is responsible for tracking policy developments, engaging with policymakers and state agencies, and producing resources on energy efficiency in Iowa, among other states. Samarth’s areas of focus include energy equity, state energy planning, electrification, and decarbonization. Samarth received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Sustainability from Emory University.

 


K. Jo Min, Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Iowa State University

Dr. K. Jo Min is an associate professor in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and the John B. Slater Fellow in Sustainable Design & Manufacturing at Iowa State University. His research areas are economic decisions under uncertainties (risk management, engineering valuation, real options), design of economic systems and policies, operational and strategic improvement in productivity. Application areas are in energy, materials, environmental, production, education, and government systems. Examples are: the planning of transmission networks under uncertainty, the renewable power generation expansion, the management of closed-loop supply chains with remanufacturing, the environmental stewardship on emission control and product reuse, and educational, industrial, and governmental outcomes assessment and continuous improvement.


Dan Nickey, Associate Director, Iowa Waste Reduction Center

Dan is the Associate Director at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) located at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.  Mr. Nickey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Wesley College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University.  He is also a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional. 

As the Associate Director one of his primary responsibilities is assisting with the management of the IWRC to fulfill its mission of providing environmental technical assistance to Iowa small businesses Dan also serves as the IWRCs liaison with regulatory agencies as well as state and national associations.


Kevin Nordmeyer, AIA, LEED AP, BNIM

Kevin Nordmeyer, AIA, LEED AP is an architect and a Principal at BNIM Architects in Des Moines. He has served as a pioneer in sustainable design in Iowa, leading the creation of Iowa’s first model sustainable buildings in the 1990’s and the first LEED Platinum collegiate facilities In Iowa in the late 2000’s.  Prior to joining BNIM in 2011, Kevin served as Director of the Iowa Energy Center at Iowa State University (ISU) and over the years has served on several environmental and energy boards and commissions in Iowa.  He has also served as a lecturer periodically between 2003 - 2012 in the Department of Architecture at ISU’s College of Design.  Kevin has received the ISU College of Design’s Design Achievement Award and the AIA Iowa Medal of Honor for accomplishments in design, education and service. 


Gazi Nazia Nur, Graduate Research Assistant, Iowa State University

Gazi Nazia Nur is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at Iowa State University. She earned her B.Sc. degree in Industrial and Production Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Her research interests include operations research and data analytics with application in supply chain management, logistics and electrical transmission networks.

 


Sue Pierce, CEO, Fusebox, LLC

In 2015, Ms. Pierce along with her son, Scott Pierce, launched a proprietary utility management software called, Fusebox which allows utility data to be automated and both billing and real-time data to be available to guide clients’ conservation efforts. Each client is supported by a team of utility experts and engineers to guide their efforts to save. In 2020, the Iowa Energy Office funded a data visibility project with Fusebox and through this effort, seven K-12 districts and private colleges are actively working to lower energy costs.


Andy Pohren, QstN

Andy Pohren has a passion for energy efficiency. His main focus has been to spread the message of energy efficiency through the trades. For five years, he promoted utility efficiency programs to the trades as a Trade Ally Ambassador. He has even owned his own Plumbing, Heating & Cooling company where he continued to push the message of energy efficiency. In his current position at QstN he continues to advocate for energy efficiency when working with his customers and contractor partners.

Andy has been a member of IAEE since 2014, taking an active role in planning the Iowa Energy Summit each year. He has also been involved with the emerging professionals program, helping to cultivate interest and passion in the industry among younger professionals.


Ryan Sawyer, Vice President, Human Resources, MidAmerican Energy Company

Ryan Sawyer is the vice president of human resources for MidAmerican Energy. In this capacity, he oversees the talent recruitment, development and engagement of MidAmerican’s employees.  The human resources department also handles labor and employee relations, compliance, employee benefits, payroll, human resource information systems, and employee learning functions.  Prior to joining MidAmerican in 2016, Sawyer was responsible for labor and employee relations and human resources functions for a global manufacturing company and worked as an attorney in private practice. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College and a juris doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. 


Jim Sayers, New Ground Iowa

For over 34 years, Jim Sayers worked for Corn Belt Power Cooperative, G&T, doing public relations, marketing, and energy efficiency programs. He became an advocate for member-owned cooperatives and the co-op difference. As past president of IAEE, he learned the value of groups working together to promote the EE message. After retirement from Corn Belt Power, he became a “Beneficial Electrification” ambassador—sharing stories and experiences about the advantages of living better electrically!


Mike Schaefer, Senior Manager, Performance Construction,  Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC

Mike has been in the HVAC Industry since 2005 where he has worked on all levels including contracting, distribution and manufacturing.  Mike joined Mitsubishi Electric in 2014 and has held multiple roles including Commercial Area Manager, Residential Area Manager and Regional Sales Manager for the Chicago Market.  He currently holds the position of Senior Manager, Performance Construction which is focused on providing healthy, efficient and reliable mechanical solutions to the Single Family, Multi-Family & High Performance building market.


Memorea Schraeder, Vice President of Human Resources, Central Iowa Power Cooperative

Memorea Schrader has an extensive background in Human Resources in a variety of industries and is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Central Iowa Power Cooperative. In this role, she leads a team responsible for the strategic direction, management, and development of the organization’s human capital. Memorea also works as an Executive Coach with Sarah Noll-Wilson, Inc where she helps create courageous space for transformation through one-on-one coaching relationships. Memorea earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Northern Iowa and Master of Science in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance from Drake University. She is a Certified Co-Active Coach and a graduate of Leadership Iowa.


Vinoth Sekar, Project Manager, Willdan

Vinoth Sekar, PMP, C.E.M., WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager at Willdan, manages the implementation and day-today program operations for various utility incentive programs. Mr. Sekar received his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University in Tamil Nadu, India and Master of Science in Energy Systems from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He currently serves as a Board Member for the Mid-West Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).


Kurt Sempf, Energy Efficiency Strategy Manager, Alliant Energy

Kurt Sempf is the Portfolio Manager for Home and Low Income products at Alliant Energy which include the energy efficiency programs, rate options, the Second Nature green pricing program, and outreach activities.  His main goal is to help customers understand the products and programs available to them so they can save energy and money. Prior to joining Alliant Energy in 2016, Kurt was the Director of Creative Services at a Cedar Rapids television station where he helped produce Alliant Energy’s PowerHouse – a television show that airs in five different markets in Iowa and Wisconsin to promote energy efficiency and home comfort. Kurt graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Northwest Missouri State University and also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dubuque.

Lee Shaver, Energy Engineer, Slipstream

Lee has over 10 years’ experience working in energy metering, energy analysis, and microgrids. At Slipstream, Lee consults with building owners, architects, and engineers to apply energy conservation measures in commercial and multi-family buildings. His energy analysis and engineering skills bring value to the decision-making process for high performance building design teams. Lee also participates in research projects focusing on strategies for and the potential of grid-interactive efficient buildings to achieve electrification and decarbonization goals. He has a bachelors in electrical engineering from LeTourneau University, and a masters in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Justin Sheeder, GKAT Reclamation

Justin graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems in 2003. He started SCG, LLC, a construction company in Redfield, IA with his family in 2013. They specialize in natural gas pipeline infrastructure.

Justin was introduced to GKAT and their proprietary technology in late 2019. He joined GKAT as an investor and board member in January 2020, but stepped into the role of CEO starting in April of 2021. GKAT’s currently finalizing their proprietary technology that extracts lead from old tube tv’s (Cathode Ray Tubes). This technology will provide the recycling industry with a much needed outlet for properly recycling a hazardous product with little other environmentally friendly options.

Justin’s focus is on how to most efficiently remove lead from the CRT glass as well as looking ahead to adapting their technology for use in recycling other items such as solar panels, LED’s and other green technologies in need of an end of life recycling solution.


Dana Sorensen, AIA, Project Architect and Associate, BNIM

Dana Sorensen, AIA is a Project Architect and Associate at BNIM in Des Moines. Dana works as a co-leader of the sustainability action plan committee within BNIM. He has worked in the profession for 10 years on sustainable design projects around the country at multiple scales. His background includes a broad range of project types, including innovative projects in higher education, developer driven projects, religious facilities, historic renovation, and adaptive reuse.


Jeff Springer, Certified Energy Manager, Dairyland Power Cooperative

Jeff Springer is a Certified Energy Manager with over 32 years of experience in the commercial and industrial energy sector.  His responsibilities include power quality, energy auditing, and recent work on Dairyland’s transportation electrification efforts.

 

 

 


Ryan Tweeten, Energy Manager, Resource Innovations

Ryan Tweeten is an Energy Manager at Resource Innovations. For the past six years, Ryan has been promoting utility energy efficiency program participation with nonresidential customers through outreach, energy assessments, and project management. Ryan has been working with existing and new construction industrial and commercial facilities to identify energy efficiency opportunities and leverage utility incentives to drive implementation. As a steward of the environment, Ryan takes pride in developing meaningful relationships and assisting customers to meet their corporate energy efficiency and sustainability goals. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.


Nicole Westfall, Building Policy Manager, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Nicole Westfall is the Building Policy Manager at MEEA. In this role, Nicole tracks building policy developments and provides technical support to states and localities on efficient building policies and the energy code adoption process. She also manages two energy code support programs in the region. Previously, she worked as the Manager of the Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Lab at Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven.

 


Stephanie Wiese, Assistant Manager, Western Iowa Power Cooperative

Stephanie Wiese is the Assistant Manager at Western Iowa Power Cooperative (WIPCO). Stephanie is a valued resource when it comes to renewable energy, emerging energy technologies, economic development, and member education. Stephanie and her team have led Western Iowa with solar installations for homes, farms, and Rural Electric Cooperatives along with implementation of a very successful Cooperative Solar Program. 

WIPCO purchased a Tesla Model 3 in 2020 to provide real life answers and data when it comes to owning an electric vehicle in rural Iowa. We have been busy showcasing the Tesla and answering questions at county fairs, car shows, in parades and at cooperative events. 


Lori Wildman, Training Specialist, Alliant Energy

Lori Wildman joined Alliant Energy in 2013 as the Training Specialist for Iowa. In this role, she is responsible for apprenticeship training, journeyman training, safety training and all required technical training for Iowa Operations employees. She has a background in developing workforce training and programs and works closely with the Department of Labor. She is a graduate of both Iowa State University and Buena Vista University.

She was formerly the Iowa Valley Community College District (Iowa Valley Continuing Education) Utility Technician Coordinator and Workforce Development Director, where she helped develop the Utility Technician (Powerline Technician/Natural Gas Technician) program at Marshalltown Community College. She also has written and secured grants for  Alliant Iowa Operations for apprentice training and new programs.

Wildman enjoys working with middle/high school students, schools, parents and outside groups to help them understand the role/benefits of apprenticeships and energy careers. She recently developed the online high school program “introduction to Energy Basics” that led summer high school paid internships. She also developed joint curriculum with Iowa Valley Continuing Education for Alliant’s new position of Pre-Apprentice Laborer (PAL). Wildman enjoys developing projects that help identify early talent for Alliant and add talented people to the Alliant pipeline.


Ryan Young, Project Manager, Iowa Energy Office

Ryan Young is a project manager with the State of Iowa Energy Office at the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). He joined IEDA in November 2016 and is responsible for Iowa Energy Plan implementation. He manages a federal energy grant program that has funds available for innovative and transformative energy projects that compliment the Iowa Energy Plan. His work has also focused on energy storage, hydrogen and a wide variety of other energy projects.


Mike Zorich, PE, LEED AP, Principal/Director of Healthcare, IMEG Corp.

Mike Zorich is a Principal and the Director of Healthcare for IMEG. He is responsible for the firm’s strategic healthcare planning and performance. He is a seasoned project executive and licensed mechanical engineer. His vast healthcare experience includes the design and construction for academic medical centers, cancer centers, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, and emergency departments. Mike is a frequent presenter and author on changes and trends in healthcare design.

 

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