Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

Presenter Information

Stuart Anderson, Director, Transportation Development Division, Iowa DOT

Graduated with a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 1991 and is currently Director of the Transportation Development Division at the Iowa Department of Transportation.  The Division is responsible for multimodal transportation planning, programming, and project development activities.

John Bergerud, Power Plant Manager, ENGIE

John Bergerud has over 20 years of Power Plant experience including operations, project coordination and commissioning, and management.  He is currently a Power Plant Manager for Engie North America who oversees the two power plants and five chilled water plants on the University of Iowa campuses.  He leads a team of 50 who operate and maintain the complex facilities utilizing four different fuel sources and a variety of different boiler, turbine, chiller, and equipment technologies.

Pamela Brookstein, Senior Project Manager, Elevate

Pamela Brookstein leads the market transformation and real estate engagement work for Elevate, a nonprofit dedicated to designing and implementing efficiency programs ensure the benefits of clean energy reach those who need them most. In her role, she works to ensure the value of high-performing homes are visible in real estate transactions. Pamela developed and teaches classes designed specifically for real estate professionals.

Abbie Christophersen, Program Manager, Iowa Energy Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Abbie Christophersen is a program manager with the State of Iowa Energy Office at the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). She joined IEDA in May 2022 and took on the role as Iowa Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator. She manages the statewide coalition with a focus on deployment and adoption of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles while capitalizing on Iowa's resources.

Kathryn Eggers, Manager, Market Solutions and Education, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Kathryn Eggers manages programs that help MEEA advance energy efficiency for sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship in 13 Midwestern states. Current programs include training courses for building operators and real estate professionals and support for K-12 schools considering facility updates. Kathryn holds a Master of Environmental Management, with a concentration in Energy and Environment, from Duke University and a BS from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Peter Evans, Educator, Iowa State University College of Design

Pete Evans AIA IDSA is an architect, industrial designer and educator at Iowa State University College of Design with over 25 years of industry experience. In addition to multiple award-winning projects and grants, he has written for presented at national AIA events including Technology and Practice (TAP), chaired the state AIA professional development work, published numerous articles for Architosh, is the co-jury member for Architosh’s AIA BEST of SHOW awards program traveling regularly to conferences around the world for Architosh as senior associate editor.

Ben Fish, Director of Utility Operations, P3 Liaison at University of Iowa

Ben Fish is the Director of Utility Operations at the University of Iowa.  He has spent the past 18 years with the UI utility department in various roles, but never out of contact with the department’s efforts to power the university with renewable energy.  Ben was part of a University of Iowa team that executed a utility Public-Private-Partnership in 2020, and is now the university liaison for that partnership.  Ben is also a liaison to the UI Presidential Sustainability Charter Committee, a group charged with integrating sustainability with existing campus programs in education, research, operations, and community outreach.

Justin Foss, Strategic Project Manager, Alliant Energy

Justin Foss leads the large-scale solar and storage development for Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company – Interstate Power and Light Company.

Justin has worked for Alliant Energy since 2010 and has a diverse background in communications, stakeholder management and renewable energy development.

In his role as strategic project manager, Justin leads a team that prospects locations for future projects. His team works directly with landowners to acquire land rights through either purchase or lease. The team also works with the transmission operators and overall system operators to assess the economic viability of a project. His team is also responsible for working with local governments to obtain permits for projects.

Justin has been a part of the company’s wind energy development since 2015 and has led the solar and storage development since 2020.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa.

Nick Freund, Baker Group

Spending 7 years with Schneider Electric and touching various parts of the EcoStruxure software suite, I’ve worked with customer’s to solve applications from the facility level down to individual assets and control panels.  My mission is to discuss energy power management systems with end users to increase the quality and reliability of their power systems.  I’m based in St. Louis and excited to speak to the group.

Sly Grimm, Area Sales Manager, Mitsubishi Electric

Sly Grimm – Area Sales Manager with Mitsubishi Electric has been in HVAC distribution and manufacturing for 7 years.  Specializing in heat pump application in residential settings, he has helped multiple contractors and distributors across the Midwest apply inverter technology and help their business grow.  A native of southeast Iowa he currently resides in Des Moines with his girlfriend.  In his free time he enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with those close to him.

Lee Ann Head, Senior Manager of Emerging Solutions, Franklin Energy

Lee Ann Head, Senior Manager of Emerging Solutions for Franklin Energy, is responsible leading product development and innovation for emerging solutions within the energy service industry to support client needs. She is currently focused on developing electric vehicle and vehicle charging education tools, and managed charging and EV make ready program participation solutions for utilities.

Lee Ann joined Franklin from Entergy, where she served as Energy Efficiency Solutions Manager - responsible for designing and implementing energy efficiency programs, including conducting customer research, financial analysis, vender evaluations and collaborating on regulatory filings.

Lee Ann was, previously, the Vice President of Research and Insights for the Shelton Group, a marketing communications firm based in Knoxville, TN that specializes in energy and environmental issues. Over her 17 years there, she oversaw all of Shelton's custom client and proprietary research and provided strategic product development, messaging and positioning guidance for some of the country’s largest utilities and sustainable, energy, and water-efficient product manufacturers.

Prior to that, she spent eleven years in the banking industry, beginning in customer analytics and product management, and ending as Senior Vice President of Marketing for a regional bank in Knoxville, Tennessee.

A resident of Rome, GA, Lee Ann received a B.A. in Communications from Shorter College and a Master of Mass Communications degree in advertising management from the University of Georgia.

Matt Hein, CFU

After completing has masters 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 an energy consulting engineer working with utilities throughout the Midwest. Matt is now the Energy Services Manager at CFU where he helps customers use energy more effectively. Matt is a registered professional engineer in the state of Iowa.

Dr. Shan Hu, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University

Dr. Shan Hu is the Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. She receives her PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2014. Her research interests include nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, acoustics and vibration, electrochemistry, and their applications in energy storage and energy conversion. She receives the CAREER award from National Science Foundation and the William and Virginia Binger Professorship from ISU.


Eric Kamm, Electrical Planner, Stanley Consultants, Inc.

Eric Kamm, MBA, has been supporting electric utilities with system planning and rate development since 2008. He currently supports clients in developing electric vehicle charging feasibility studies to evaluate locations and infrastructure to best serve electric vehicle owners.  Eric received his bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and master's degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University.

Joel Logan, Program Manager, Willdan

Joel Logan, PE, is a mechanical engineer at Willdan, and is the program manager of the Commercial New Construction program.  He has over fifteen years or experience in high performance building design and operation, along with demand side management program design and implementation. Mr. Logan received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.


Dr. Tom Lograsso, Director, Critical Materials Institute

Dr. Thomas Lograsso is the Director of the Critical Materials Institute.  He has been a member of the Leadership team since the inception of CMI, leading the Developing Substituting Focus area.  He has been a materials scientist at the Ames Laboratory since 1988. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.  Lograsso background is in solidification physics and he has applied his background to the synthesis and design of new novel materials in single crystalline forms. His efforts have made significant contributions to the understanding of the underlying physics and functionalities in a broad range of materials systems including structural intermetallic alloys; quasicrystalline compounds; ferromagnetic shape memory alloys; giant magnetocaloric compounds; rare earth-transition metals intermetallics; topological insulators; and the rare-earth free Fe-X magnetostrictive alloys.

Ryan Lovan, The Energy Group

Mr. Lovan is a BPI certified professional and has served as the face of the Iowa Energy Code Consultant position.   As an aerospace engineering graduate of ISU, Ryan has worked with The Energy Group for several years since his internship where he provided energy efficiency service to The City of Ames while serving in an internship with The Energy Group. Ryan has completed hundreds of energy audits, both res and comm and is proficient at operating diagnostic equipment and devices.

Dr. Cameron MacKenzie, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

Cameron MacKenzie is an assistant professor in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University. His research and teaching focuses on decision and risk analysis. He is a co-Principal Investigator for the Solar and Wind Energy Using Engineering Economics Theory (SWEEET) project funded by the Iowa Energy Center. Other research projects are in homeland security and natural disasters, manufacturing, and supply chain risk.

Justin Margolies, Senior Product Developer, Slipstream

Justin Margolies is Senior Product Developer at Slipstream with 8 years of experience in the clean energy industry. For the past 5 years, JustinÂ’s research and development work has focused primarily on heat pump technology for space and water heating and beneficial electrification. With a background in econometrics and education, he is driven to bridge the gap between applied research and scaled impact in the clean energy transition.

Jacob Mass, Commercial Fuel Manager, Kum & Go

Jacob Maass, Commercial Fuel Manager at Kum & Go, has lead the EV efforts for the organization for the past 2 year. Kum & Go currently operated 35 locations with direct current fast chargers and will have over 150 thousand EV visitors this year.

Bill McAnally, Bill McAnally Consulting

Bill McAnally has over 50 years in the construction industry. He was a building contractor for over 15 years specializing in new home and light commercial construction. During this time, he focused on energy efficient and healthy building methods.

Bill then became a carpentry instructor for Iowa Central Community College for 17 years and then became the Department Chair of Industrial Technology. During his tenure, Iowa Central’s focus on energy efficient construction led to construction of residence halls, numerous new homes as well as partnering with several area organizations building community projects. Bill was named the top community college instructor in Iowa in 2001 by the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees.

Bill now operates Bill McAnally Consulting. In this capacity, he provides educational training to those in the building trades by presenting at seminars and conferences in the mid-west on various energy efficiency and best practices topics. He consults on various building projects for utilities, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach/COSC. Bill also appears monthly on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk Of Iowa – Home Improvement Day.”

Kellen McSweeney, Program Manager, Slipstream

Kellen is a Program Manager who implements cutting edge utility energy efficiency programs in both the commercial and residential sectors. Kellen works to develop innovative processes and efficiencies that advance the impacts of energy efficiency programs. She is passionate about supporting Slipstream's mission through the programs that she administers.


Dr. K. Jo Min, Associate Professor, Iowa State University

Dr. K. Jo Min is an associate professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. His research areas are economic decisions under uncertainties (risk management, engineering valuation, real options), design of economic systems and policies, and operational and strategic improvement in productivity. He is the Principal Investigator for the Solar and Wind Energy Using Engineering Economics Theory (SWEEET) project funded by the Iowa Energy Center.


Kelly Needles, President & CEO, The Energy Group

Kelly E. Needles - President & CEO of The Energy Group with over 34 years serving Iowans through the promotion of energy efficiency.  .Kelly has worked with many utilities throughout Iowa to develop and administer energy efficiency programs as well as managed million of dollars of efficient construction for Iowa local governments and school districts.


Alan Niles, Regional Sales Engineer, Dunham-Bush Americas

Alan Niles is a mechanical engineer with over 33 years of manufacturing experience in the selection and design of commercial HVAC equipment.  He is an expert concerning commercial geo-exchange systems & design.   

Mr. Niles has served three, two-year terms as a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE speaking on two topics: Net-Energy Water Loops: A Clear Path to Net Zero Energy Buildings; and, The Economics and Design of Commercial Ground Loop Systems.  He is also a published topic expert.

Stacey Paradis, Executive Director, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Stacey Paradis is the Executive Director of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) and is responsible for overseeing the operations of MEEA’s 25 person staff and $6+ million budget. MEEA is a membership-based nonprofit organization advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest for sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship. MEEA is a leader in raising and sustaining the level of energy efficiency in the Midwest by fostering market penetration of existing energy-efficient technologies and promoting new technologies, products and best practices.

Stacey has been with MEEA since 2008, most recently serving as Deputy Director where she was responsible for MEEA’s public policy, membership, government, corporate and foundation fundraising, marketing, organizational events and marketing. She has 20 years’ experience in the government relations, public affairs and non-profit management.

Prior to MEEA, Ms. Paradis was a Government Relations and Policy Consultant for the YMCA of the USA managing the state and local advocacy programs for states in the Midwest and South. Earlier in her career, Ms. Paradis was the Director of Public Affairs for Orbitz LLC leading the issues management team as the organization underwent reviews by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Transportation. She started her career in Chicago working with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce as a Government Relations Manager managing the organization’s work in environment, transportation and economic development.

Ms. Paradis has a Masters’ degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in political science from Loyola University Chicago. She is the President of the Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund and received the 2017 Damen Award from Loyola University Chicago for the Institute for Environmental Sustainability. She lives in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood with her husband, Brock, and two sons, Maxwell and Emmit.

Gary Patricio, ENGIE Director of Energy Delivery

As head of utility operations, Garry is responsible for achieving the partnership sustainability goal of transitioning the campus power plant from burning coal to biomass fuel pellets. Prior to ENGIE, Garry led construction, commissioning, and commercial operations of natural gas-fired, solid-fuel, and solar photovoltaic power plants.  Garry holds a Master of Engineering degree and is alumni of the Advanced Management Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Jim Sayers, Ambassador, Beneficial Electrification League

Jim Sayers worked for Corn Belt Power Cooperative, Iowa G&T, leading public relations, marketing, information services, and energy efficiency. He is an advocate for — and believer in — member-owned cooperatives, co-op connections, and the cooperative difference. After retiring from Corn Belt Power, he proudly became a “Beneficial Electrification” ambassador — sharing stories and experiences about the advantages of living better electrically!

Vinoth Sekar, Project Manager, Willdan

Vinoth Sekar, Project Manager at Willdan, manages the implementation and day-today program operations for various utility incentive programs. He has provided consulting services for high performance buildings while assisting utilities, design professionals, and building owners in meeting their energy efficiency goals. He 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.

Kurt Sempf, Energy Efficiency Manager, Alliant Energy

Kurt Sempf is the Energy Efficiency Strategy Manager at Alliant Energy.  Kurt joined Alliant Energy in 2016 to manage the residential portfolio of energy efficiency programs. Kurt leads the development and implementation of strategy for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response programs in Iowa and Wisconsin. Kurt is focused on the customer experience and understanding how customers engage with energy efficiency and demand response programs.

Jacob Serfling, Co-Director, Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition

Jacob Serfling is the Co-Director (Building Policy and Technology) of the Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition (MWBDC) and is based in Des Moines, IA.  Prior to joining MWBDC, Jacob worked for over a decade in commercial building HVAC and energy efficiency.  He still maintains a Professional Engineer's license with the State of Iowa.  Jacob also serves as the Vice-Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council's Iowa Market Leadership Advisory Board.

Charles Stainer, Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Iowa

Charles Stanier is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.nce He is the Principal Investigator of an internal multidisciplinary grant at the University of Iowa: “Decarb 2040 – Positioning Iowa as an energy exporter in the coming era of deep decarbonization.”


Brandon Umscheid, Project Manager - Team Leader, Baker Group

With over a decade of design and project management experience in industry, Brandon brings extensive knowledge of infrastructure and reliable system design to solve customers’ energy problems. Brandon also has experience as a Maintenance Manager and a focus on energy utilization and equipment reliability.

Krista Wenzel, Chief Financial Officer for the University of Iowa Energy Collaborative, LLC (UIEC)

Krista oversees the daily financial operation of the public/private partnership with the University. Prior to joining UIEC, Krista was the CEO of KDW Advisors, LLC, providing financial, regulatory, and managerial consulting services to municipal utilities throughout the Midwest region.  Krista previously served on the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities’ board of directors and American Public Power Association’s Legislative and Regulatory Committee.  She is currently serving an appointment on the Iowa Consumer Advocate Advisory Panel and the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission.  Krista holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, a Master’s in business administration, and holds an active CPA license in the state of Iowa.

Ryan Young, Project Manager, State of Iowa Energy Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority

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.

Zhuoyi Zhao, Graduate Research Assistang, Iowa State University

Ms. Zhuoyi Zhao is a Ph.D. candidate in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. Her research focused on real options-based models and analyses for economic transitions toward sustainability.

Xiaohui Zhou, Director of Research & Innovation, Slipstream

Dr. Xiaohui "Joe” Zhou, Dir. Research & Innovation. 25+ years of experience in commercial building EE with focuses on building controls, smart buildings, grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEB), as an engineer, researcher, and project/program/facility manager.

Dr. Zhou holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (ISU.) Working experiences include application engineer at Johnson Controls and EE program manager at Iowa Energy Center.

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