Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

Presenter Information

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.

 


Chris Burgess, Building Program Director, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Chris is MEEA’s Building Program Director, working with stakeholder groups to improve energy code compliance for new residential and commercial buildings. He is a licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional. For the last 20 years Chris has been in private practice, working on commercial and residential buildings throughout the Great Lakes region, educating his clients about integrating energy efficiency and the principles of sustainable design into their projects.


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, Iowa IRAP Program Manager, 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

 


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 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.

 

 

 


Dr. Nicholas David, Iowa State University

 


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.


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.


Matt Hein, Energy Services Manager, Cedar Falls Utilities

 


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.


Dr. 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.


Diba Malekpour Koupaei, 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.

 


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, 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. 


Sue Pierce, CEO, Fusebox

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.

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

 


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

 


Jonathan Sloan, AIA, Project Manager and Associate Principal, BNIM

Jon Sloan, AIA is a Project Manager and Associate Principal at BNIM in Des Moines. His background includes a broad range of project types, including acting as Project Manager for the Des Moines Heritage Center.


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

 


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

 


Lori Wildman, Training Specialist, Alliant Energy

 


Mike Zorich, 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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