Pamela Brookstein is a Project Manager with Elevate Energy. In this role, she works to ensure the value of high performance and solar homes are visible in real estate transactions. She manages the Value for High Performance initiative and has expertise in engaging various sectors of the real estate community on issues such as energy efficiency and solar. A particularly favorite part of her work is teaching solar and energy efficiency classes to Realtors.
Natalia Gardocki is a Program Associate with MEEA, working on residential energy efficiency programs. In this role, she helps manage programs in Missouri and Illinois, leads an initiative focused on educating Illinois real estate professionals on energy efficiency, and provides support in the implementation of various other residential programs. Before joining MEEA, Natalia earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Communications from Loyola University.
Steve Guyer is the Energy and Climate Policy Specialist at the Iowa Environmental Council, bringing years of experience and leadership in the energy field. Since 2008, Steve has owned and led GWA International, a solar company that designs and installs solar systems. Prior to 2008, Steve held several key environmental positions with Iowa utilities. Steve holds a JD from the University of Iowa, a BA in Physics from the University of Northern Iowa, and an AA in Electronics Engineering from Hawkeye Institute of Technology in Waterloo.
Joe Hjeda is a home performance and electrification nerd which has led him to his current role at CIPCO as their Manager of Smart Electrification.
His favorite part of his job is helping educate his members and encouraging solutions that improve lives beyond savings.
Joe graduated from West Point with an economics degree and from Iowa’s Tippie MBA program with a finance focus.
Steven Koep is the founder of the Beneficial Electrification League (BEL) and an independent Beneficial Electrification Ambassador. With specific expertise and experience in the evolving Electric Water Heating, Demand Response, Renewable Storage and Beneficial Electrification (BE) markets, Steve has over 25 years of experience working with the electric utility industry to develop new opportunities for leading-edge electrification, energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.
Steve Letendre, PhD is a Principal Associate with Synapse Energy Economics and lead the Iowa Energy Storage Study. Dr. Letendre has over 25 years of experience as an energy economist and policy analyst focusing on the electric power sector. He is a member of the Synapse wholesale markets team and provides economic and policy analysis on a range of electric sector issues. He is an expert in utility economic analysis and has authored dozens of reports and articles in leading energy publications.
Andrea Marr, PE, serves as a Director at Willdan Energy Solutions. She manages development of smart cities and distributed energy for commercial, industrial and municipal clients. Andrea has served as a project manager for Regatta Solutions, a microgrid project developer. She is a graduate of the US Naval Academy serving with the USS Princeton as a gunnery officer and USS Nimitz as a nuclear engineering officer. She holds a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
Jim Sayers, BE Ambassador, New Ground Iowa
Jason Steinbock, PE, BEMP, LEED® AP BD+C, a Director of Business Development at Willdan, has over 20 years of experience providing design, development, and comparative energy analysis for demand side management commercial new construction programs. Jason’s speaking engagements include presentations to AIA, AESP, ACEEE, ECEEE and ASHRAE audiences. A professional engineer, he is also an ASHRAE Certified Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) and a LEED Accredited Professional.