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About Michaels Energy

Why We’re Here

Michaels Energy is a veteran-owned energy consulting firm that exists to help businesses minimize waste and maximize value. Our energy and engineering gurus are obsessed with optimizing buildings and processes to maximize energy savings and profits, minimize utility grid stress and carbon footprints, and keep this big, beautiful planet in tip-top shape.

Our purpose, combined with our core values of proactive and responsive service, intuitive analysis, collaborative partnerships, and fanatical execution, forms the foundation of our culture.

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Energy efficiency, resource preservation, and long-term cost effectiveness are an integral part of everything we do.

Since our Founding in 1984

Michaels Energy has been helping building owners, utilities, consultants and partners save energy and design high performing systems, processes and programs.

Our Primary Service Offerings

include utility program design and implementation, research and evaluation, energy studies, and custom efficiency solutions.

Our Team of Energy Fanatics

includes program managers, marketers and ridiculously qualified engineers in the fields of mechanical, chemical, electrical, architectural, and civil engineering.

Say Hello To Your Team

Get to know the Michaels Energy team – from our passion for all things energy to the name of our favorite pets! You can find us all over the United States – ready to serve our clients throughout the country (and Canada, eh).
Click here to see how we all gel and support each other.

Leadership

Jeffrey Ihnen, P.E.

Chief Executive Officer, Owner

Resource preservation has been in my blood since my days growing up on the farm, where I urged my father to reduce tillage to minimize fuel consumption and preserve topsoil. I landed in engineering and was selected by Michaels to harness that passion as a career.


About Jeff

As the youngest of four kids on a farm, Jeff started working and earning money at a young age. While in college, he worked long weeks in the summer and during winter and spring breaks. Like his current role with Michaels, there were always more things to improve and get done.

Jeff enlisted in the Navy as he finished his senior year at South Dakota State University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer and spent six weeks at officers’ school in Newport, RI. He was a reactor plant fluid systems engineer for most of his stint with the Navy. He spent several weeks at shipyards observing submarines in overhaul, refueling, and under construction.

Jeff started on the ground floor with Michaels in January 1996, doing energy audits and feasibility studies. He worked his way into managing the energy efficiency practices and the entire company for the last five years. Jeff’s current responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer include program, evaluation, proposal, sales strategies, and discovering the next big thing.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University. In the Navy, he earned a Master’s in nuclear engineering (classified). Later, he received a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jeff runs every day, no matter what. He finished twelve marathons, including eight in recent years, and qualified for Boston six times. He enjoys yard work, cutting and splitting firewood, and consuming news and politics, history, economics, marketing, and business management. Entertainment includes driving the beautiful western Wisconsin countryside and writing his blog, the Energy Rant.

Scott Siefkes, P.E., LEED AP

Chief Operating Officer, Owner

I’ve always been driven to get things done efficiently. And I understand that the world we live in is not getting any larger either, as we continue to compete for energy in a growing population. When the opportunity arose to provide energy efficiency solutions for more people than just myself, it was a win-win situation for me.


About Scott
Scott joined Michaels Engineering in 1997 and began his career designing solutions for cleaning up leaking underground storage tanks, assisting industrial facilities with air pollution permitting, storm water pollution prevention and hazardous waste management. Around 2002, Scott began working in Michaels’ energy division, performing energy analyses, energy audits and investment-grade energy studies. As the company grew, Scott managed the Energy Programs Engineering department, which included all work for one of Michaels’ largest (and longest-term) clients. His duties included client/customer liaisons, program design and implementation, energy analysis and report review, project management, recruiting and mentoring. Late in 2012, Scott took a minority stake in the company.

As of the beginning of 2016, Scott moved into the Chief Operating Officer role for Michaels Energy, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as human resources, accounting and information technology.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Beyond work at Michaels, Scott and his wife, Sarah, are busy raising their 4-year old daughter and loving (almost) every moment of it. Scott also enjoys being outdoors, working and playing on recreational land that he owns with family, removing invasive plants, maintaining hiking trails, picking morel mushrooms, hunting and fishing whenever he can. Winter brings one of Scott’s favorite pastimes – snowmobiling. He is part of the local snowmobile club, and is active in fundraising and maintenance of local trails.

Bryce Dvorak, P.E., CEM, LEED AP

VP of Operations, Owner

I enjoy showing customers that being efficient doesn’t have to be difficult; outside of costly capital projects there are often many actions that an organization can take to improve efficiency with an attractive ROI. As the power industry continues to change and become more decentralized, it is even more important that we utilize the resources we have wisely, and energy efficiency is still one of the best tools in our kit.


About Bryce

Bryce started his career with Michaels in 2005 as an energy engineer, performing energy analyses, energy audits and investment-grade energy studies. In 2009, he was promoted into a leadership role managing the Energy Program Engineering department, working very closely with a major client. In 2016, Bryce moved into the role of Managing Director of Program Engineering, overseeing all of Michaels Energy’s efficiency program implementation staff and work. In 2020, Bryce moved into the Director of Operations role where he provided operations oversight and leadership, budget and resource management, product development, and client satisfaction. And in 2023, Bryce was promoted to VP of Operations. Bryce is motivated to build long-term relationships with his employees and clients, and develop new client relationships and future service offerings.

Bryce earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics, from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

Outside of work at Michaels, Bryce enjoys cooking, homebrewing, tinkering with electronics, and exploring the outdoors – camping, canoeing, snowshoeing, and biking.

Elizabeth Haworth, MBA

Director of Sales and Marketing

I never thought that my career would take me into the energy efficiency space, but it was a no-brainer for me once I learned more about Michaels and what they do. In this role, I combine my passion for marketing with making a difference (for people and the planet), and I get to work with some incredible people along the way.


About Liz

Liz started her marketing career at an advertising agency, helping clients develop and run their marketing strategies and initiatives from just about every industry you can think of; finance, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, education, and everything in between. After four years, she took on a new challenge at a credit union to build and grow their marketing department. While there, she also taught marketing courses as an adjunct professor at Viterbo University and ran the credit union’s non-profit foundation as its Executive Director. In her five+ years at the credit union, she fueled growth through marketing campaigns, department management, and successful integrations of five mergers and acquisitions; played an instrumental role in the creation and branding of a new credit and savings program; co-developed and marketed a financial literacy program; hired and coached the foundation’s first employees; and grew the non-profit from a start-up to a million dollar foundation.

Liz joined the Michaels Energy team in 2020. As the Associate Director of Marketing, she was responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s and client’s marketing strategies, strengthening and maintaining Michaels’ brand,  and coaching/leading the marketing team. Now, as the Director of Sales and Marketing, she continues coaching and leading the Sales and Marketing team while helping clients find solutions to problems.

Liz earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Spanish from Viterbo University and a Master of Business Administration from the same university.

Liz loves the outdoors and exploring as much of this big, beautiful world as possible. Her favorite hobbies include traveling, scuba diving, hiking, paddle boarding, camping, fishing, snorkeling, and playing cribbage with a glass of bourbon.

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Jill Hulst, PHR, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources

 I did not seek out a career in energy efficiency. As someone in the HR field, I just wanted to work in a professional and fun environment. I certainly found that at Michaels and it’s a bonus to support energy efficiency and be able to do my part to help the environment.


About Jill
Jill Hulst has 20+ years of human resources experience. Prior to her start at Michaels Energy, Jill worked in Human Resources and Safety in manufacturing facilities. She started at Michaels in 2012 as the Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for all aspects of human resources at Michaels Energy, including recruiting, benefit administration, employee training, wellness and record-keeping. She’s also a member of the leadership team that sets the strategic direction at Michaels.

Jill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources and Management from UW-Platteville.

Outside of work, Jill enjoys reading with her book club and watching TV dramas. As a family, they enjoy playing and watching all kinds of sports, going for walks and have fires in their backyard.

David Jordan, CPA, MPA

Director of Finance

Efficiency = maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort. I may not be an engineer, but I certainly strive towards the goal of efficiency in all that I do.  Numbers excite me, but so does getting things done efficiently and timely. I never imagined finding myself surrounded by mostly engineers, but I have quickly found that I fit in pretty darn well!  I have a great appreciation for crunching numbers, creative solutions, and process improvement and love being around this group who share the same drive!  


About David
David joined the Michaels team in April 2019.  David is responsible for financial reporting, billing, payroll, taxes, and various financial analysis and report creation.  David is also involved with budgeting, project set-up, vendor payment, collections, and anything finance-related.

David earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, as well as a Master of Professional Accountancy from the same University.  Prior to joining Michaels, David spent three years in public accounting working as an Auditor with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. He focused on assurance engagements for Construction, Real Estate, and Manufacturing clients along with Employee Benefit Plan audits. David is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Wisconsin.

Outside of work, David is a huge Bucks, Packers, and Brewers fan (or really any live sporting event). He enjoys hiking with his wife, Heather, golfing, and just about anything outdoors (even yardwork)!

Marketing & Sales

Jessica Wagner, MBA, PCM

Associate Director of Marketing

I didn’t seek out the energy efficiency industry, but it found me. As a self-proclaimed tree hugger, it’s exciting for me to be able to use my marketing skills for a greater purpose – our planet.

About Jessica

Jessica joined Michaels in January 2024. In her role as the Associate Director of Marketing, she oversees all the marketing efforts on behalf of Michaels and its clients. Prior to joining, she spent two years at a non-profit in the energy space leading their program marketing team and before that, six years with Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program leading their marketing efforts.

Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Business Administration. She also earned her MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. To show her commitment to marketing, she earned her Professional Certified Marketer in Marketing Management from the American Marketing Association.

Outside of work, when the weather’s nice, you can typically find her in the garden. She also enjoys reading, making jam, taking her dog for a walk and hanging out with her family.

Carl Samuelson, CEM

Associate Director of Strategy

I feel called to work on energy efficiency, because eliminating waste and changing our behavior serve as the vanguard in restoring balance to our climate. I love when I can help people create a culture of success to achieve better results. Solutions might be “no-brainers” but they still take a lot of brains to implement.


About Carl
Carl Samuelson is grateful that he’s been able to spend his entire career focused on energy issues. Prior to joining Michaels in 2013, he worked on energy via public policy, community organizing, residential energy auditing, and research focused on food service energy efficiency. He’s a graduate of Saint Olaf College, with a degree in Political Science. He also is a Certified Energy Manager.

At Michaels, Carl’s career has evolved as work bridging the technical and the human elements of energy efficiency continue to expand. He helped to develop Michaels’ Strategic Energy Management program, which helps businesses think about energy as a strategic resource.

He’s led research on how electrification can achieve efficiency and carbon reduction for businesses and utilities.  Carl has enrolled dozens of commercial buildings in retro-commissioning study programs. Carl currently manages work for utility clients in Minnesota and Colorado.

Carl is the enthusiastic father of three kids. In the evenings you’ll find him playing catch, reading Where the Wild Things Are, or singing bedtime songs. Carl enjoys cross-country skiing, playing disc golf, traveling, and cooking or eating something new. He’s always happy to get the chance to discuss a good book or a big question over some shared food and drink.

Eric O’Neill, P.E., BEMP, LEED AP

Solutions Manager, Owner

No one drives with a brick on the gas, only using their brake to control their speed because “it’s easier” or “that’s how I’ve always done it”. So why do we see so many buildings operated this way? Finding and fixing these problems requires some detective work and creativity, and that’s what we do best.


About Eric

Eric has been with Michaels since 2008 after he graduated with his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin. Eric has worked in a variety of areas, including energy modeling, retro-commissioning, commissioning, controls specification, energy auditing, LEED facilitation, and program evaluation. Eric is constantly learning new things to try and bring new opportunities forward for Michaels. In 2022, he took on a brand new role as the Research & Technical Content Manager.

In his “free time”, Eric claims to enjoy cross country skiing and mountain biking, but, in reality, primarily serves at the beck and call of his two awesome (but demanding) kids. He’s a huge proponent of biking into work and staying active. He has led the charge to make Michaels a more bike oriented company, and helped put in a workout center in our building. You can find him biking to work even on the coldest Wisconsin mornings, or struggling to lift absurdly light weights over lunch periods.

June Shelp, CF APMP

Senior Proposal Manager

“We can never have enough nature.” Henry David Thoreau

My career has provided me with an opportunity to align my core personal values with the work I do daily, ensuring I leave it better than I found it.


About June

June joined Michaels Energy in 2024 as a Senior Proposal Manager. In her role she collaborates across the organization to develop winning proposals that advance Michaels mission of minimizing waste and maximizing value. Prior to joining Michaels, June was a Proposal Team Lead at TRC, where she led proposal operations and supported the development of large program portfolio and evaluation bids.

June took a non-traditional education path and went to the University of Denver as a full-time working adult where she graduated with a Bachelors in 2015. June has been in the energy efficiency and utility space for over 13 years and has become a proposal subject matter expert during that time, including receiving credentialing from the Association of Proposal Management Professionals.

June has considered herself an environmentalist since her childhood and has a deep love for all things outdoors. When not at work you will find her on her mountain or gravel bike in the Appalachian Mountains or in her backyard organic garden.

Pat Curnow

Senior Business Development Consultant

“A rising tide lifts all boats” This proverbial saying is sometimes attributed to John F. Kennedy. He did indeed use it in a 1963 speech, but it was around prior to that. Most commonly used in reference to economics, I find it fits with energy conservation and the environment as well. We can help raise the tide of energy efficiency so that we all benefit from it. This is why I strive to help clients define and achieve their efficiency goals.


About Pat

Pat joined the Michaels team in May of 2023 after spending almost 15 years working in HVAC and energy efficiency. Most of that time, Pat specialized in guaranteed savings performance contracting models for public sector clients in the MUSH markets.  This experience has allowed him to branch out and bring new projects and financing models to clients in the private sector. His true passion is working with a client that has a desire to reduce their carbon footprint along with a willingness to explore new technologies to do so. He finds this is the most rewarding path to a happier client and a better planet.

At Michaels Energy, Pat will lead the national efforts to establish new client relationships outside of our existing client base.  He has an established background working with clients in Healthcare, Hospitality, Municipalities, and Higher Ed. Along with the technologies that ultimately help achieve a clients stated energy efficiency goals, Pat also works with clients to bring cutting edge financing options to the table.

Pat studied Marketing at Westminster College and Natural Resources Management at Colorado State University.

When not working, Pat spends time with his wife Joly and daughter Veronica. Together they can be found outside enjoying skiing, fly fishing, boating, travel, and golf (this one is for Pat).

Liz Fitzpatrick, E.I.T.

Business Development Consultant

As soon as I could walk, I spent as much time as possible outside learning about and protecting this beautiful world. Back then, I would relocate the little camouflaged frogs in our yard before my parents mowed the lawn. Today, I see the biggest impact I can make being in saving energy through large scale decarbonization. My passion is to collaborate with clients in local communities to create scalable and equitable climate solutions.

About Liz

Liz joined the Michaels team in March 2023 with almost a decade of experience in utility demand-side programs. In her role as the Client Engagement Consultant, she connects Michaels’ brand with decision-makers and influencers in the efficiency and demand response industry to drive revenue growth. Her focus is on developing meaningful relationships that lead to impactful results and enjoying the process along the way.

Liz has always been mission-driven and truly realized her passion for collaborating locally to make the world more sustainable when she was volunteering at an elephant rescue center in a remote village in Thailand. From there, she began working at a non-profit dedicated to partnering with schools, communities, and businesses to drive sustainability solutions through education. Her role evolved from implementing California Investor-Owned Utility (CA IOU) workforce education and training programs to developing new partnerships to grow and expand the organization’s impact. After the non-profit, Liz worked for a publicly traded energy consulting company and primarily managed CA IOU energy efficiency programs while spearheading the launch of an organization-wide supplier diversity program.

Liz graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. She is a registered Engineer in Training.

Liz loves hiking in mountains and deserts, traveling to natural beaches, camping, backpacking, hot yoga, seeing live music, and relaxing over food and wine with family and friends.

Elisabeth Hamilton

Marketing Coordinator

I have always had a deep appreciation for nature and our beautiful planet. When I learned about Michaels Energy and all that we do here, I was instantly intrigued. A goal I set for myself was to find a career where I could make a positive impact on the world, and I am happy to say I have found that at Michaels Energy. Every day, I get to make a difference for our planet alongside some amazing people. What a dream!


About Elisabeth

Elisabeth joined Michaels in February 2023. As Marketing Coordinator, Elisabeth contributes to company growth by supporting external and internal marketing initiatives. Her responsibilities include digital marketing activities, graphic and creative development, initiatives that build brand awareness and differentiation, meaningful content, and strategic relationships.

Before joining Michaels, Elisabeth developed her marketing skills within the non-profit industry. Elisabeth is excited to expand her knowledge to a new industry and learn more about energy efficiency along the way.

Elisabeth graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management. During her time at the University of Michigan-Flint, Elisabeth participated in a research project with a focus on creating a hybrid wind and solar turbine to provide energy for low-income homes in Flint, MI. This ignited the spark that established Elisabeth’s love for energy efficiency and conservation.

Outside of work, Elisabeth enjoys adventuring with her dog Pluto, spending time with friends and family, fitness classes, reading, and exploring new breweries/restaurants in Raleigh.

Amanda Winters

Program Marketing Manager

“Growing up in South Louisiana, I’ve seen firsthand how climate change affects the natural landscapes around us. Energy efficiency work is a crucial first step to making a positive impact on this planet.”

About Amanda

Amanda joined the Michaels Energy team in July 2023. In her role as Program Marketing Manager, Amanda brings her years of marketing knowledge and experience to assist Michaels’ utility clients with marketing and promotion of their programs to end users. She works with clients and the internal Michaels sales and marketing team to develop strategies and implement tactics to best meet the needs of the program.

Amanda graduated from Louisiana State University in 2015, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in Digital Advertising and minors in Business Administration and Anthropology. Prior to joining Michaels, she served as Marketing Manager for Woodward Design+Build, a New Orleans-based A/E/C firm specializing in integrated design-build. Additionally, Amanda has prior experience working as Project Manager for a small marketing agency.

On the weekends, Amanda lives her life by the classic Cajun motto “laissez les bon temps rouler!” She loves to cook, try new restaurants, play tennis, kayak in the Bogue Falaya river, and spend time with her husband and family.

Catherine Kabus

Graphic Artist

I’m excited to be in the field because traditionally in doing design, my skill set has been served to help boost revenue. On a larger scale, I may have been swayed that a greater impact would be made in a different career, for instance becoming a nurse or doctor. While my skill set may still be serving the same business organizational purpose, the super cool part is the greater impact that my efforts are having on making our planet a better place.

About Catherine

I joined Michaels Energy November 2023 as a Graphic Artist. Prior to this role I served a variety of clients through consulting under my own business. I attended Minnesota State University Mankato as well as Winona State University, where I obtained my Bachelors in Art Education. Shifting gears a bit, I attended Madison Media Institute to obtain my Associates Degree in Digital Art and Design. I’ve spent time in a wide range of industries from mobile and web application to farming, to organic milling, to also serving smaller entrepreneurs under my business Pineapple Creative. I started the business with this name because I fell in love with the slogan ~ Stand Tall ~ Wear a Crown ~ and Always Be Sweet on The Inside. This is truly what I want for any of the companies I serve to feel about their marketing and branding.

I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors, which includes my husband, bonus daughter, and son. I enjoy staying active or taking time to be still in a yoga class, time with friends, and anything involving putting my creative or artistic abilities to the test

Operations

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Christopher Wheatley, C.E.M.

Director of Information Systems

Throughout my career, I have been obsessed with efficiency.  Nothing irks me more than wasted time or energy. I also love working with people.  Fortunately for me, I chose a career as an energy professional where I get to think about efficiency from a technical point of view and utilize both my engineering and communications skills to provide value to our clients.


About Christopher
Christopher joined the Michaels team in February 2021 as a Senior Engineer. In May of 2023, he was promoted to Software Development Manager. In April of 2024, Chris was promoted to Director of Information Systems. He brings his experience and expertise to our operations team, managing our software development and implementation across the organization.

Christopher graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering.  Prior to joining Michaels he served as the Lead System Architect for JouleSmart Solutions in Portland, Oregon, an intelligent building solutions company focused on the Small and Medium-sized Building (SMB) market.  A lifetime ago he received an undergrad degree in Theatre and Film from the University of Kansas.

Outside of work you can typically find him with his wife, Jenna, and daughter, Eva, somewhere out in nature hiking, camping or snowboarding.

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Michael Dohnalik

Senior IT Analyst

I’ve always enjoyed appreciating problems from different perspectives and I see Michael Energy continually do the same.


About Mike
Mike joined Michaels Energy in 1999 as an intern in the IT department. In his current role as the IT Manager, Mike now manages the department. The IT department has grown from a single shared computer on a cart to a completely on-premises infrastructure supporting multiple offices throughout the country. Michael directs our migration to cloud services, coordinating with various service companies to support our increasingly remote workforce.

Michael graduated from Western Technical College in 2001 with two associate degrees. He enjoys volunteering in the community, watching science fiction movies, and having a good debate.

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Alyssa Boardman, SHRM-CP

HR Coordinator

Since I was a young child, I have been enamored with the concept of environmentalism. I feel it is an honor to call the earth “home”, and moreover, I feel it is our responsibility as inhabitants of this planet to care for and nurture the environment around us! Though my career did not initially start in the realm of energy conservation–but rather in the realm of human resources–I feel fortunate to bring forth my passion for people, business efficiency, and the planet into my role as a Project Coordinator with Michaels.

About Alyssa

Alyssa joined the Michaels Energy team in October 2022. Alyssa brings several years of experience working in human resources, specifically working on countless organizational process improvement projects. Aside from her HR project work experience, Alyssa also has several years of project planning and coordination experience within the La Crosse community relating to various cultural, social, and volunteerism efforts.

Alyssa graduated from Western Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. After obtaining her degrees, Alyssa continued to earn her SHRM-CP certification, allowing her to further apply and expand her HR knowledge within her career.

Outside of work, you can generally find Alyssa scouting for new bars/restaurants, traveling anywhere and everywhere, spending time with her friends and family, adventuring with her husband (Alec) and three pups (Audrey, Addie, & Ash), or binging on the newest “streaming” series.

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Jen Corcoran, M.S.

Operations Support Manager

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.’ – Albus Dumbledore. I think this applies to my passion for supporting others and making an impact on our community. Being part of the Michaels team allows me to bring my positive attitude and can-do personality to all projects, co-workers, and clients.


About Jen

Jen joined the Michaels team in May 2021. She has 12 years of experience in the development, administration, and oversight of program operations and services. Jen was promoted to Operations Support Manager in May of 2024. Naturally wired to communicate and connect with others, she continuously provides high-quality service while cultivating collaborative relationships with all stakeholders. Jen supports clients, project managers, and engineers by identifying challenges and working together to find solutions. Jen also leads a team of Project Coordinators focused on responsive and proactive communication across the company.

Jen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Masters in Sports Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Recreation Management. Prior to joining Michaels, she was a Branch Director at the YMCA.

Outside of work, Jen enjoys reading, playing board games, cheering on her Wisconsin sports teams, anything in the sun, and spending time with her family – husband, Brandon, and daughters, Molly and Erica.

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Kelly Kromrey

Project Coordinator

I like things to be as efficient as possible and enjoy helping others.  Keeping our team organized and on track to deliver energy solutions to our clients allows me to do both.  It’s important that I make a positive impact on our planet and that our team has fun doing it. 


About Kelly

Kelly originally joined the Michaels team in 2009.  She has over 20 years of project coordination experience, primarily in engineering.  Kelly has worked with all aspects of Michaels’ energy efficiency offerings, including program technical support, end-user studies, and program evaluation, and has never shied away from learning something new.  Kelly loves the variety of tasks our work provides and getting lost in the details.

Kelly graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.  Before finding her home at Michaels, she developed her affection for engineering at a firm specializing in the design of wastewater treatment plants.

Outside work, you can typically find her spending time with her husband, Matt, and their kids, Mason and Maren, hiking, camping, playing board games, doing puzzles, or a competitive round of mini golf.  She also enjoys golfing and curling up with a good book.

Erica Eimer

Project Coordinator

Erica’s dedication to conservation has been a lifelong pursuit. However, it was during late nights spent awake with her newborn, watching sustainability documentaries, that she truly realized her calling to contribute to decarbonization through the built environment. She is deeply committed to being a part of the climate solution for future generations. “We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn

About Erica

Erica joined the Michaels team as a Project Coordinator in March 2024. With a background in building science and energy management, she is passionate about efficiency, energy conservation, and climate action. Most recently, she served as the Energy Program Assistant at Western Technical College, where she supported the Sustainability Director and managed energy data for the campuses in western Wisconsin.

Erica holds an associate degree in Building Science and Energy Management from Western Technical College. She also graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish.

In her free time, Erica enjoys the company of friends and family, hiking, reading and traveling.

Daniela Alexander

Project Coordinator

My commercial and residential construction background has become more dialed in, and as my career has grown, I’ve realized how much more of an impact I want to make to the world and those around me (no matter how small). Pursuing a career in energy efficiency with a group of great colleagues felt like the natural next challenge to take on.

About Daniela

Daniela joined the Michaels team in April of 2024. Daniela is a seasoned professional with ten years of experience in the construction industry, specifically in project coordination focused on accounting and subcontract administration. Daniela has worked with several commercial general contractors and residential outfits in the Denver area, where she supported various departments, including C-level executives, and managed accounting and administrative support functions.

Daniela is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management with a specialization in project management from Colorado State University Global. Daniela is excited to continue enhancing her skillset through education.

When she isn’t working or studying, Daniela can be found enjoying time with her husband, Andrew, two daughters, Camila and Emmie, and chocolate lab, Cabella.

Jen Cassellius

Accountant

“Leave this world a little better than you found it.” – Robert Baden-Powell.  Ever since our son was born, my husband and I have felt an immense calling to ensure we provide him with the best possible world.  This mindset is what lead me to enthusiastically join the Michaels Energy family.  I know that the work being done every day will create a more robust planet for many generations to come.

About Jen

Jen joined Michaels Energy in July 2023. After graduating from UW-Platteville with a degree in accounting and years of experience as a Financial Analyst, Jen most recently found success as a small business owner. By leaning into her business experience and desire to combine her analytic skills and creativity, she built her wedding photography business, Pink Spruce Photography.

As a Project Coordinator, Jen utilized this unique combination of experiences to support Project Managers as well as the Finance and Accounting team at Michaels. She transferred to an Accounting role in February of 2024.

Outside of work, Jen enjoys spending time with her husband and son. They enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, board games, and (most recently) sailing. They live on a 34-acre farm in Wisconsin growing Midwest hazelnuts. Jen also has a knack for knitting and thrifting and will never turn down a margarita night or a Brewers game with friends.

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Maria (Liz) Balvanera

Associate Software Developer

I have always identified myself as a versatile, multi-disciplinary individual. Throughout the last few years, as I progressed through college, I found myself increasingly disoriented when contemplating my place in the workforce. The options for our future, classically advertised to students, seemed insubstantial and hyper-focused. I strived to work for a place that appreciated diversity and established outside-of the-box challenges. I believe I found it. Michaels does not only allow for integrative development, but it also accepts our common responsibility for an environmentally friendly future. We love that.

About Liz

Liz joined the Michaels team in June 2023, for a Co-Op position through fall of that year. In December 2023, she moved into the Associate Software Developer role. She graduated the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in May of 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics and a minor in History.

Liz has a background in engineering and computer science, as well as a wide physical knowledge ranging from thermodynamics to quantum mechanics. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Optics in the future, to aid in shaping the technology that helps us and the earth every day. She hopes that energy efficiency, decarbonization, and sustainability continue to be key values in the development of her career.

Hobbies that Liz usually partakes in are cooking, indoor cycling, reading, eating ethnic foods, and walking around. She enjoys the outdoors especially during the early fall!

Hunter Spry

Information Technology Technician

The most sustainable energy is the energy you don’t use.

About Hunter

Hunter joined Michaels in February 2024. We use many different computers and software to calculate and save energy for our clients to the absolute best of our abilities. He is an IT Technician that helps configure, troubleshoot, and solve our technological problems/needs. Hunter attended Western Technical College in La Crosse and earned an associate degree in the Computer Support Specialist program. He enjoys hiking, video games, and sports in his free time.

Carlie Huff, PAL

Information Systems Product Manager

“As the saying goes, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions.  The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency and clean energy.”  ~Steven Chu


About Carlie

Carlie joined the Michaels Energy team in July of 2023 as a Project Coordinator and was promoted to the Product Coordinator role in January of 2024. In April of 2024, she was promoted to Information Systems Product Manager. She brings with her over 20 years of Project Management experience in consulting services for Corporate Real Estate. Carlie’s passion for both energy and process efficiencies helps elevate our operations to the next level.

Carlie graduated from Western Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science in CIS Microcomputer Specialist. More recently, she earned her Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL-I) certification, allowing her to further develop and expand her project management expertise using agile methodologies.

Outside of work, Carlie loves spending time with her husband, children, and dogs. Together, they enjoy cooking and baking, cruising the Mississippi River in their boat, hiking, and camping. You can also find Carlie patronizing local live music events, art and craft festivals, and planning her family’s next big adventure.

Energy Programs

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Julie Blackwell

Director of Programs

I really enjoy helping people achieve their goals. Working in energy efficiency provides a great outlet for my passion because I get to provide guidance and connect people with solutions. How could you not love a job where you help people save money and protect the environment?


About Julie

Julie joined the Michaels Energy team in 2014. In her role as Associate Director of Programs, Julie is focused on developing strategic direction, defining solutions  for client needs, designing, developing & launching new programs, providing training and defining marketing strategies for programs..

Julie began her professional career as a recruiter connecting people to jobs. She also worked in marketing, customer administration and new product development, prior to discovering the world of energy efficiency in 2004. She began her energy efficiency career as a utility product manager responsible for managing energy efficiency programs, goals and budgets for about every customer segment imaginable.  In this role she also designed and launched programs, contributed to utility filings, reported to regulators, and defined customer outreach.

Julie always says she is passionate about helping people and businesses be better than they were yesterday.  After nearly 10 years of utility program management, she is excited to work at Michaels where she feels she can do this on a grander scale.

Julie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa.

Outside of work, Julie loves her family time with her husband and her two children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, vacations,, going for walks, working on home projects and relaxing with friends.

Stan Nabozny

Director of Thermal Energy Consulting

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Robert Swan wrote that quote and it speaks to me. We all have a responsibility to lead decarbonization and the energy transition. This is not something we can leave for our grandchildren to do, it is something we must do for them. I view my job as an opportunity to create breakthroughs, thinking outside the box, providing solutions to large scale energy problems.

About Stan

Stan joined Michaels Energy in February of 2023. He brings a decade of experience in energy efficiency and the implementation of Phase Change Materials for Utility Load Shedding Programs.  He is a patent holder for Thermal Energy Storage using Phase Change Material. His experience is broad in this field in that he has set up sourcing and production in multiple countries, developed proprietary algorithms to meet the ongoing demand of IoT for continuous commissioning, and he is now developing comprehensive utility load shifting programs for aggregating islanded loads for peak demand load shifting. His hands-on approach includes facility assessments targeting specific thermal waste, harnessing thermal mass, developing passive cooling strategies, and logistics coordination to maximize heat load reduction.

Over the past few months, Stan has been consulting with utilities, tax accountants, architects, and engineers on how to maximize tax credits from the new Inflation Reduction Act. Most recently, Stan has developed a retro commissioning program management tool that enables facility managers to track baseline utility consumption against optimization efforts. He has established scope of work for R-TES, and has written commissioning guidelines for installers, distributors, and resellers. Scopes of work included developing baseline energy consumption data, energy models and carbon footprint reduction strategies.

Outside of work, Stan loves the outdoors and is an avid fisherman. He has been recognized for his various accomplishments in salt water fly fishing by the IGFA where he has broken over 160 world records and counting.

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Bob Ornstein

Associate Director of Product Management

Equity moves at the speed of trust.

About Bob

Bob joined Michaels in November 2022 and is responsible for supervising Michaels’ Product Managers and managing new product launches.

Prior to Michaels, Bob prioritized, designed, and managed new programmatic areas for Seattle City Light, including components of its equity-based transportation electrification portfolio. Before that, Bob held a variety of program management and sales support roles with energy efficiency program consultancies that engaged utilities across the country. Beyond his career with electric utilities, Bob previously worked alongside entrepreneurs growing their businesses and was a VISTA volunteer. Bob earned his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College.

Bob loves tennis and hopes to have a winning record over the 4,000+ matches he’s played. Bob and his wife have two daughters that they cart around to various kid activities.

 

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Kenny Porter

Manager of Account Management

Working in energy efficiency, I feel like I’m doing my part to pay the rent for living on this planet and leaving things better than I found them. Sharing that passion with others brings me immense joy!  

About Kenny

Kenny joined the Michaels team in 2022. In his role as Manager of Account Management, he provides leadership to the Account Management team in addition to bringing experience and expertise to the Programs group focusing on the outreach and delivery to multiple clients across Colorado.

Kenny has spent most of his career in Energy Efficiency. Before joining the Michaels team, Kenny started out his EE career at CLEAResult as a direct install coordinator in Tulsa, OK. He then received a promotion to lead the direct install program in Denver. Kenny then moved into an outreach role that required him to wear lots of hats from launching pilot programs to implementing retail lighting programs and commercial and residential audits. After 7 years, Kenny joined Resource Innovations as an Outreach Service Provider supporting large municipal customers for ComEd.

Outside of work, Kenny enjoys spending time with his family, visiting National Parks, camping, gardening, and making quality pizza.

Andrew Wiegand, P.E., LEED AP

Programs Engineering Lead

I find energy efficiency like a great puzzle to figure out. Find out what is wasteful and then find a solution that fits the customer. There are so many new technologies to figure out, or revamps on older technologies. I’m always seeing unique solutions to problems. The vast variety of technologies we deal with makes a consistent and fun learning experience since we are constantly reviewing new technologies.


About Andrew

After six years in the US Navy Nuclear Program, Andrew went to college and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Southern Illinois-Carbondale. From there he joined Michaels Energy in 2008, where he works on feasibility studies, retro-commissioning studies, ASHRAE level two studies, measurement and verification, and custom rebate calculations. He has worked with customers large and small, and projects simple to complex.

Outside of work Andrew likes playing piano, kayaking, cross country skiing, hockey, and mountain biking. He enjoys traveling to new places, meeting interesting people, and how different cultures have adapted to the same problems. Also he loves to watch any big sporting event around (regardless of the sport or culture).

Bob Ford

Programs Engineering Lead

When I look at problems, I like to find solutions where all stakeholders maximize their benefit. This means that energy efficiency measures must have a payback and be done in a way to optimize system reliability and useability.  There are a lot of things that can be done but the things that capitalize on everyone’s benefit are what we should be focused on.


About Bob

Bob joined Michaels in 2021after working in the Facilities and Energy management industry for 13 years. Bob has an Associate Degree in Construction Supervision from Dunwoody Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Bob has worked in various positions that allowed him to develop project management skills, work on energy-efficient projects, and support all aspects of a building lifecycle.

At Michaels Energy, Bob focuses on the most important and longest part of the building lifecycle process as he continues to use every resource available to reduce operating costs while increasing system reliability. He supports the Minneapolis/Saint Paul market and the state of Iowa by processing standard and custom rebates, performing facility audits and recommissioning studies, and assisting customers.

When not at work he is looking into the future by volunteering as a Scoutmaster for a local boy’s troop. In the remaining free time, you will find him fixing, building, or organizing anything from a bicycle to large industrial equipment.

Crystal R. Warner

Manager of Product Management

I’ve always been passionate about nature. Working in the energy industry – specifically energy efficiency – allows me to do something beneficial for our environment while tapping into my own obsession with efficiency, reducing waste, and continuous improvement.

About Crystal

Prior to joining Michaels Energy in 2024, Crystal worked in the energy industry for over a decade, with over half of her experience for public utilities.

She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Environmental Science in 2014. An avid learner, she has read many books, completed online courses, dabbled with grad school, and most recently completed a Micro-Certification in Strategic Product Management.

On the weekends, you can find Crystal curled up with a good book snuggling her fur children in front of a fire or listening to live music with her husband at a local brewery.

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Sharie Greif, MBA

Senior Product Manager

My passion for energy efficiency lies in creating more comfortable environments for people to live and work in. 

About Sharie

Sharie joined Michaels Energy in 2022. In April of 2024, Sharie was promoted to Senior Product Manager. In her role as Senior Product Manager, she provides program support to utilities in Iowa and Illinois. Sharie likes to say that she started her career selling air (radio advertising). While in radio, Sharie volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters which lead to a full-time role in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and marketing with the organization.  In 2007, Sharie joined a gas and electric utility as a Product Manager for demand response and commercial/industrial energy efficiency programs.  Sharie spent 12 years at the utility in energy efficiency, account management and renewables before moving on to a solar installation company as a Project Manager.  One thing Sharie has carried from industry to industry is her enthusiasm for identifying opportunities for process improvement.

Sharie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Development from Upper Iowa University.

Outside of work, Sharie spends a lot of time reading and enjoys photography. She has one child and a large extended family and loves to travel.

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Olivia Youngblood

Product Manager

I was raised in the marshlands of Florida and fell in love with the diverse ecosystem. From the coastal beaches to navigating the inner coastal in a kayak and cooling off in summers in one of many natural springs to choose from in the state. That love for the land and water resonates in my passion for wanting to preserve that beauty that started my love for energy efficiency and sustainability.

About Olivia

Olivia joined the Michaels team in August 2022. In her role as Product Manager, she brings experience and expertise to the implementation group and focuses on energy efficiency programs in Illinois.

Olivia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Shortly after graduating, she attended Nova Southeastern University and received her Master of Business Administration. Olivia started her sustainability journey as an Account Manager in the waste industry with a focus on the medical sector in San Antonio, Texas. She then had the opportunity to transition to energy efficiency and accepted a position for CLEAResult. She worked as a Project Manager for 3 years with a focus on commercial, school, and military projects before accepting a Program Coordinator position in the residential sector for ICF Consulting in Detroit, Michigan.

In her free time, Olivia enjoys life and experiences by traveling, kayaking, biking, climbing, camping, and attending live concerts. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her two cats.

Stephen Bonney, P.E.

Senior Product Manager

Inefficiency bothers me. When something doesn’t work right or as efficiently as it should, I want to find out why and I want to fix it. It’s going to bug me until I figure it out. For that reason, it’s great to have an opportunity to help customers find and implement solutions to the problems that they are having and help them save money and energy at the same time.


About Stephen
Stephen first interned for Michaels in the summer of 2009. He must have made a good impression, as after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the spring of 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, he was hired on full time. In April of 2024, Stephen was promoted to Senior Product Manager. Stephen works in the Program Engineering Department performing analysis on efficiency projects and managing the day-to-day operation of various efficiency programs.

This work includes monitoring and tracking progress on energy efficiency programs, overseeing program workloads and processes, launching and developing programs, assisting with evaluation and program compliance activities, making recommendations for continuous program improvement, monitoring adherence to program rules and guidelines,  answering technical questions for customers and clients, evaluating technologies or projects for energy saving potential, calculating possible customer incentives, researching and keeping up-to-date on ever-changing energy codes, reporting savings on a per-project level or on a program-wide level, and making sure Michaels Energy continues to deliver top-notch work to our clients. Since 2015, Stephen has been providing energy efficiency program management support for multiple clients in various states around the country.

Outside of work, Stephen is an avid sports fan and attends as many Packers, Badgers, and Brewers games as possible throughout the year. He also enjoys playing sports and being outdoors, particularly for cycling and running. When it’s not warm enough for all the usual outdoor activities, Stephen will still try to keep running (albeit with more layers) but is just as content to hunker down with a good book or movie.

Buetonian (Tony) McCoy

Product Manager

I began this path in energy efficiency without realizing the overall reward I would feel in creating a space for clients and customers we encounter. Creating and executing energy efficiency solutions is the most fulfilling journey I have been on.  


About Tony

Tony joined the Michaels team in June 2023. He has worked in implementation and operations of lighting, HVAC and water measures for over twenty years. Over the duration of his career, he has worked in many functions such as service technician, energy auditor, proposal generator, new program launch coordinator and director of operations.

Tony attended NC A&T State University where he majored in Economics. Prior to joining Michaels, Tony served as Regional AVP at Lime Energy before moving into a similar role with Willdan Energy.

Outside of work you can usually catch him relaxing with his family, wife Datiana, son Jordan, son Franco and daughter Taylor or watching basketball.

Eliza Grady, LEED GA

Product Manager

I chose to work in the energy efficiency field because it contributes to a healthier future for people and the planet. On a local level, I believe installing energy efficiency measures improves the day-to-day quality of life of the community members who inhabit and the buildings themselves. It is through this improvement that we ensure an environmentally healthier future is possible and that all communities have access to it.  


About Eliza

Eliza joined the Michaels team in August 2023. She brings her experience in community organizing, energy efficiency consulting with k-12 schools, public sector participants and federal grant management to programs in Chicago, Illinois. This entails managing client relations and providing a seamless experience of energy efficiency and decarbonization consulting for k-12 customers.

Eliza graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Prior to joining Michaels, Eliza managed a lead in water mitigation program at Elevate Energy in partnership with the City of Chicago and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. When Eliza lived in San Antonio, Texas she managed the k-12 and public sector energy efficiency rebate program with CLEAResult.

Outside of work, Eliza stays true to her liberal art roots and enjoys writing, sewing, attending live music and art gallery shows. She and her cat Bonnet live in Humboldt Park, Chicago.

Rob O’Connell

Product Manager

Efficiency is the idea that you can do more with less effort, less waste. What’s not to like about that? Energy Efficiency goes even further and can include benefits such as saving money, conserving fuel and emissions, more reliable equipment, better indoor air quality, and comfort. It is incredibly rewarding to be working in this sector of the energy industry, where I get to connect people with the knowledge and resources they need to improve their energy efficiency.

About Rob

Rob joined the Michaels Energy team in November 2023 as a Product Manager. He is providing energy efficiency program delivery and support for utility clients and customers in Colorado.

Before his time at Michaels, Rob was a Team Lead and Product Manager at Xcel Energy, where he managed energy efficiency programs for residential and commercial & industrial utility customers across several states. Prior to his career in the energy industry, Rob was a supervisor at Vail Resorts where he focused on leading teams and delivering amazing customer service. Rob earned master’s degrees in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado at Denver and in Marketing & Management from the University of Virginia, and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia.

Outside of work, Rob is an avid skier and loves reading, learning, and spending time outdoors. He loves sharing these pursuits with his wife and three children.

Meghan White, MPA

Product Manager

Going on a hike or a walk with me means being bombarded with random facts about the organisms around us, learning how to identify different kinds of plants and trees, and stopping to listen to bird calls frequently. If it’s fungi season, you can forget about a timely summit, as I will need to stop and check every downed log for some of my favorite slime molds. I have had a deep appreciation for the environment and all that it supports since I was a child and found a love for government work along the way. I am lucky to have found a career where I get to make a difference for people and the environment.

About Meghan

Meghan joined the Michaels team in January 2024. Her background in program, project, and product management across all levels of government makes her an integral part of the Product Team. Her efforts are focused on administering the Electrify Denver program with the Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency team with the City and County of Denver. This entails establishing and managing relationships with internal and external partners, managing program budget, and working with our incredible engineers to help electrify commercial and multifamily buildings in the City and County of Denver.

Meghan got her Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Sciences from SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry with a focus in Environmental Law and Policy. She then earned her Master of Public Administration and graduate certificate in Environmental Law, Policy, and Management from CU Denver. Prior to joining the Michaels Energy team, she’s led programmatic and legislative efforts across the State of Colorado focusing in transportation, housing, homelessness, energy, the environment, and smart cities technologies.

Outside of work you can usually (try) to find Meghan out in the woods, on the slopes, or reading a good book.

Justin Deckert

Justin Deckert, PMP

Account Manager

As the demand for energy continues to grow, so will our need for energy efficiency. Being a part of an industry that creates a meaningful impact on our world has given me tremendous perspective and gratification. I am passionate about finding solutions for everyone so that we all can invest in a more sustainable way of life.

About Justin

Justin is a certified Project Management Professional who joined the Michaels team in 2021. He brings his experience and expertise to the Programs group and is focused on the delivery and outreach of Dominion’s Energy Efficiency Programs in Virginia.

Justin received his Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Frederick Community College before transferring to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to receive his Bachelor Degree of Environmental Science. Upon graduating, Justin worked at ICF for 4 years, helping implement the EmPower MD programs. He began as a Project Coordinator before transitioning over as the Account Executive for PEPCO’s Energy Efficiency Programs.

In his free time, Justin enjoys traveling and staying active through a variety of activities including snowboarding, hiking, canoeing, camping, and golf. When he is not busy, he spends most of his time hanging out with his girlfriend, Allision, and Australian Shepherd, Bodie.

 

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Adam Koch

Account Manager, CLEP

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another.” – Albert Einstein

Energy efficiency is imperative to the future of humankind. I love finding solutions to complex problems and working with people smarter than me; both are achieved in the energy efficiency field.

About Adam

Adam joined the Michaels Energy team in 2022. Prior to Michaels, he had worked within the ComEd program as a Facility Assessment team member and conducted client outreach. Adam has implemented 14 different incentive programs across the country for an international natural gas and electricity retailer. He has also worked as a Product Engineer, an Applications Engineer, and (fun fact) a toy designer!

Adam graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and has taken coursework towards a Master’s degree at UIC and Loyola University. Adam became a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional in 2018 through the AEE Seattle Chapter.

Outside of work, Adam enjoys playing pool, skateboarding, biking, snowboarding, surfing, and writing reviews for obscure products online.

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Kathryn Winkelman

Account Manager

As an avid recycler, I believe that every little bit helps the environment. Wanting to conserve the planet has led me to the energy efficiency field to help the environment and encourage others to be more energy efficient.  

 

About Kathryn

Kathryn joined the Michaels team in 2022 as an Account Manager for Outreach. Prior to Michaels, she worked for contractors and as an Energy Advisor for small businesses and commercial and industrial (C&I) facilities. She has been in the energy efficiency field since 2014.

Kathryn graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Project Management.

Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her dog, Boba Fett, maintaining her betta fish tank, and taking her Firebird Formula out on nice days. She is also a huge Star Wars nerd.

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Aaron Byrns

Account Manager

Efficiency is doing better than what is already being done. The energy efficiency industry has given me a platform from which to educate and coach being a better steward of the earth.

About Aaron

Aaron began his career with Michaels Energy in 2022. With 14 years of industry experience, Aaron is an invaluable asset to our outreach team. Whether it’s interfacing with utility customers or the contractors who service the Energy Efficiency programs, Aaron provides insights into the EE culture and benefits that bring value to everyone involved.

Aaron graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Engineering. His past experiences with EMS and industrial systems as the Lead Field Engineer with Profile Systems and past dealings with Energy Efficiency programs have provided him the tools to succeed in his role.

When not engaged in business activities, Aaron enjoys his time off with his children on vacation or a random road trip.

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Michael Gunter

Account Manager

“If someday they say to me that in my work, I have contributed something to the welfare and happiness of my fellow man, I shall be satisfied.” — George Westinghouse

It gives me great joy to work in a field that allows me to not only help owners/operators save money and increase productivity, but also make a positive impact on the planet.

About Michael

Michael joined the Michaels team in 2022. Prior to joining us, he supported the ComEd Standard/Custom Program as a member of the outreach team.

Michael has been in the energy efficiency field since 2012, holding various positions such as Project Manager, Inside Sales, and Purchasing Director. Michael’s experience in various roles gives him the ability to understand and remove potential roadblocks preventing customers from implementing Energy Efficiency measures while considering their operational needs.

When Michael is not working, you can find him enjoying the outdoors fishing, camping, hiking, and taking advantage of the beautiful North Carolina weather.

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Danny Walker

Account Manager

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration…” – Nikola Tesla

I chose to work in a field that allows me to not only aid businesses in becoming more sustainable/efficient but also increase longevity for the planet we call our home.

About Danny

Danny joined the Michaels team in 2022. Prior to joining us, he worked as an Account Executive for Xerox providing tailored technology solutions to improve the workflows of businesses to increase their overall efficiency.

Danny graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a certification in professional selling. During his time at Northern Illinois University, he also played on the football team for two years.

Outside of work, Danny is a thrill seeker who enjoys skydiving as much as he can in the warmer months of the year. He also enjoys being active and exploring new places in downtown Chicago.

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Natosha Anderson

Account Manager

I didn’t choose energy efficiency; it kind of fell in my lap. Now that I have been in this career, I enjoy showing my customers how to become more energy efficient with the knowledge that I give them. I find it rewarding to help them on their energy efficiency journey.

About Natosha

Natosha joined the Michaels team in 2022.  She brings her experience and expertise to the implementation group and is focused on the Standard Program in Chicago. Before joining Michaels, she was a Senior Outreach Consultant for CLEAResult for almost 5 years.  She played a major role in bringing in assessments and projects, building new relationships, and delivering assessments once they were completed. In her last year with CLEAResult, she ushered in 100+ projects for the Business Optimization Program; a first-year program that was very important to her client.

Natosha graduated from Benedictine University in Lisle with her Bachelor’s in Business Management and graduated Cum Lade.

Natosha and her family like to travel together. On Christmas, they like to wear matching pajamas.

David Martin

Account Manager

“The greenest energy is the energy we don’t use.”

The headline of an article written by Martin Rossen, in which Rossen emphasizes the importance of energy efficiency solutions as we seek net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

About David

David joined the Michaels team in July of 2023. In his role as Account Manager for a Retro-commissioning program, he is responsible for conducting outreach in the state of Indiana.  He brings 4 years of experience promoting residential, multi-family, and small business energy efficiency programs.

Previously, David worked as a Manufacturer’s Representative, gaining over 20 years of sales, customer service, and marketing experience.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in Environmental Science.  His certifications include Building Analyst Professional (BPI) and Apprentice Lighting Technician (NALMCO).

Outside of work, David enjoys hiking & biking along the Ohio River, listening to 90’s alternative/grunge music, eating out at independent restaurants (with a good IPA on tap!), cheering on his Boilermakers, and visiting his brother in Hawaii!

Paityn Wedder

Account Manager

I have had an unwavering passion for sustainability and conservation since I was a child that gets stronger every day. Energy efficiency is especially intriguing to me; finding solutions that lead to decarbonization is both necessary and exciting. I am thrilled to work for a company that allows my work to be impactful and make a positive change for both people and the environment. The time to act is now!

About Paityn

Paityn joined Michaels Energy in August of 2023. As an Account Manager in Chicago, she interacts with K-12 school administration and decision-makers for energy efficiency programs. She serves as the main point of contact for the schools and trade allies and converts leads to energy efficiency projects that result in energy savings.

Paityn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Geology from the University of Michigan. Afterwards, she earned her Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Northeastern University. During her time at Northeastern, she also developed online energy courses and instructed thousands of global learners as an Online Education Program Assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Paityn enjoys traveling to learn about the world from a hands-on perspective and interact with others with worldviews differing from her own. She has stepped foot on all seven continents and is always excited for her next adventure! When she is at home, she enjoys getting outside and spending time with her friends and family.

Tyler Kashdan

Account Manager

It truly almost always makes sense to invest in energy efficiency. As a sales professional, there is nothing that I would rather promote.

About Tyler

Tyler joined the Michael’s team in November of 2023 as a member of the account management team. He will be working on engaging with customers to demonstrate the benefits of the Xcel MN demand response programs, and helping those customers enroll in the programs.

Tyler got a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and then a graduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has worked in and around energy efficiency and demand response programs for most of his career, always working in customer or client-facing roles.

Outside of work, Tyler spends most of his free time playing golf, practicing to be a better golfer, thinking about playing golf, and, towards the end of winter, recklessly spending money on golf equipment. Tyler Lives in Saint Paul MN with his wonderful wife Lindsay and their dog Fifty Cent.

Dave Reader, M.E.d.

Account Manager

The hum of an empty room with a fan running, glowing lights with no one present, a draft through a door frame, and a window not properly insulated. Not a passion but more of an obsession to conserve energy and improve our environment has driven my personal mission since college. I started an organization as a student called Save the Manatees, a leader for a nine-state region as the go green point for a Fortune 100 company, and an owner and partner in a renewable wave energy company with a lifetime commitment to our planet and our pocketbooks. Save Smart – So Simple.

About Dave

Dave spent the first 15 years of his career working with pharmaceutical, medical device, and equipment companies. He started Waves 2 Energy with two partners converting the most efficient source of renewable energy, ocean waves into the next stage evolution of clean energy. Most recently, Dave has joined Michaels Energy as an Account Manager. He has partnered with DOE, NREL, and EPA, and is a speaker at national symposiums.

Dave earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida in American Studies, and a master’s degree from Colorado State University in Adult Education and Training M.Ed. He has been a trainer since 2008, and volunteers at Association of Talent Development (ATD) annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

Dave’s wife and three college-age children have lived in Colorado starting in 2000 and enjoys an outdoor playground like no other. Dave shares that he loves to walk his dog to the backdrop of snowcapped mountains year-round. He spends his free time watching sporting events and time with his family.

Patti Olenick

Account Manager

I have a lifelong career in the environmental arena mostly with a focus on waste reduction, recycling and composting. Then Sustainability started to become a thing and encompassed many additional aspects of managing environmental and social impacts within our lives. This is where I was introduced to energy efficiency, and it was a lightbulb moment! I knew I wanted to focus on energy and community impact. This has led me to Michaels Energy where I can utilize my skills to further our goals and create positive change.

About Patti

Patti joined the Michaels team in November 2023 as an Account Manager with a focus on commercial and industrial accounts. In this role, she will work with customers to provide energy savings programs such as Strategic Energy Management, Energy Audits, Recommissioning, Compressed air studies and assistance with rebates.

For the past five years, she managed all aspects of the DSM program for Black Hills Energy in Southern Colorado. The DSM portfolio has over 20 programs encompasses residential, commercial and industrial and Income qualified programs She has energy efficiency plan experience including plan design, program development, budget and goal management, EM&V, marketing programs and community outreach

Patti graduated from Delaware Valley University with a Bachelor of Science in Soil and Environmental Science and attended Bard Graduate School of Environmental Studies. She is an associate member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and a lifetime member of the Pa Association of Sustainable Agriculture.

Patti is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Colorado in search of the Pueblo Chile. Her family has a hot sauce company, PexPeppers, and moved west to capture the best tasting chiles! Most of her free time is tasting new recipes, managing the tasting room and shop, and meeting people for sourcing local ingredients. She also has 3 grandsons that love to go on adventures with Gram.

Adam Valmoro

Project Developer – Thermal Energy Consulting

A wise refrigeration engineer once told me, “There is nothing more efficient than off.” While true, this may not be practical at times. So, finding those alternative solutions is a worthy pursuit.

About Adam

Adam joined Michaels Energy in March of 2024, focused on developing thermal energy storage C&I projects within the cold chain industry. This incorporates business development activity and educating the market on the benefits of thermal energy storage, as well as coordinating commercial activity leading to project implementation and technology adoption.

Adam graduated from the University of Rhode Island and has worked in several commercial roles with start-up and early growth companies commercializing and bringing new technology to the cold chain logistics and temperature management industries. This included developing and managing several utility demonstration projects and assisting clients in participating in state GHG reduction incentive programs.

Outside of work, when not working on their home renovation project, you can typically find him with his wife Leah and Goldendoodle Otto somewhere along the coast and beaches of Northern California.

Miguel Gutierrez

Product Coordinator

Embracing energy efficiency is not just a professional choice for me; it’s a commitment to a sustainable future. As I navigate the intricate landscape of energy conservation, I am driven by the belief that optimizing our energy usage is not only economically prudent but also a moral responsibility. In choosing this profession, I found a way to utilize my skills here at Michaels Energy to add value to the company and advocate for change to create a more sustainable world 

About Miguel

Miguel joined Michaels Energy in January 2024 after graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management. He started his time as a project coordinator assigned to the Chicago team where he supported project managers and engineers. In April of 2024, Miguel was promoted to the Product Coordinator role where he continues to provide program support for our programs in Illinois.

Prior to joining Michaels Energy, Miguel was a consulting analyst intern for Accenture where he supported the Project Management team to transform their client’s supply chain management and supplier recruitment process.  

Outside of work Miguel enjoys spending his free time traveling and trying new foods. He also enjoys listening to music and attending concerts & music festivals. This year alone he was able to see over a dozen artists live like Zedd, John Summit, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce, just to name a few. 

Research and Evaluation

Jake Millette

Associate Director of Research & Evaluation

As a kid, I loved the book 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth because it showed how small changes can accumulate to create major impacts. So, in retrospect, it is not surprising that I found a calling in energy efficiency. Beyond helping others save energy, what I love most about my role as a consultant is helping clients answer questions and solve problems. Very often, the answer is right there and is relatively simple – it only takes an outside perspective to bring it to light and to identify the steps needed to create major changes.


About Jake

Jake joined the Michaels Energy team in 2020. Throughout his career, Jake has utilized research methodologies to meet clients’ strategic needs. Since 2007, Jake has evaluated and conducted research for a wide variety of energy efficiency programs in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. His experience evaluating utility, state, and national portfolios has provided him with a comprehensive understanding of how energy efficiency and renewable energy programs are implemented and what is needed for successful evaluations of their impacts and processes, for quantifying their benefits and costs, and for estimating their potential. Jake has extensive experience conducting market actor and customer research to better understand customer decision making, barriers, and attribution and how these impact program performance and the uptake of energy efficiency.

Jake earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Politics from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) and a graduate certificate in the Foundations of Business from UMass Lowell.

Outside of work, Jake likes to go on adventures with his wife and three kids. As they grow older, Jake is excited to incorporate his kids into his hobbies of running, playing music, ultimate Frisbee, making bread, and exploring New England on foot, bike, ski, and kayak.

Joel Pertzsch, P.E.

R&E Engineering Lead

My obsession with energy efficiency and energy conservation started in college, and it has only become stronger over time. My job has not only allowed me to help customers optimize their energy use to save costs and reduce their environmental impact, but it has helped me gain perspective about how all the little things we do impact the natural world around us. As an avid outdoorsman, anything that I can do to help people be more stewardly of our natural resources and preserve them for generations to come is always worth the effort.


About Joel

Joel joined the Michaels team in 2011 as part of the Research & Evaluation group. He has extensive experience with utility program evaluation, energy monitoring and data logging, building energy models, and utility market studies. Joel also helps the Michaels team with energy audits and custom rebate analyses and manages the company’s inventory of data loggers and other field equipment.

Joel graduated from Dordt University in 2011 with bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Physics. He is a licensed P.E. in the state of Wisconsin.

Outside of work you can often find him building something in the workshop, exploring state & national parks, fishing, or in the garage restoring old cars.

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Jeffrey Pritchard

Product Manager

I’ve reinvented my career to focus on energy systems and protecting the natural environment. At Michaels, I’m fortunate to work with the people and technologies at the vanguard of energy efficiency and help move the needle towards a sustainable future.


About Jeff

Jeff joined the Michaels team in August 2022. He brings his professional experience and academic tenacity to the Research and Evaluation group. His experience working in local government and surveying energy professionals across the country has exposed him to various energy efficiency programs. Jeff has designed and performed residential energy efficiency audits and loves spending time with people to educate them on energy efficiency resources and technologies.

Jeff recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. His focus areas included utility-scale renewable energy systems modeling, incorporating artificial intelligence into natural disaster recovery and preparedness, and non-motorized transportation infrastructure. Before grad school, Jeff served as a Project Manager, mitigating waste and recovering fuels from industrial hazardous materials. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Michigan State University and an Executive Project Management certificate from Loyola University Chicago.

Outside of work, Jeff spends time with his wife, Amanda, and daughter, Lyla. Jeff likes to golf, ride his bicycle, read books, and relax at the lake. However, Jeff’s favorite activity is cooking delicious meals for friends and family.

Paige Markegard, MBA

Product Manager

Insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In my role, I get to support our company as well as our customers in helping them reach their efficiency goals. My success is measured by their success. Each day brings a new opportunity to explore new and innovative ideas, which is quite the opposite of insanity.


About Paige

Paige started her career at Michaels as an Engineering Support Specialist in 2013 before moving into the Senior Project Coordinator position. Today, Paige is a Product Manager for the Research & Evaluation team.

Paige’s focus is working efficiently and effectively for her colleagues and clients by listening to their individual needs and concerns. From the time a project begins to its completion, she uses best practices and processes to ensure that Michaels is delivering an exceptional product. More recently, Paige has taken on the role as deputy project manager for select projects. In this role, Paige gets to showcase her skills and dive deeper into the world of energy efficiency.

Paige earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management as well as a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

Paige and her husband Adam live in a house built in 1913, so house projects take up most of their free time. On the rare occasion that there isn’t some kind of house project to tackle, Paige enjoys spending time with friends and family and exploring the coulee region during each of its beautiful seasons (likely stopping at a brewery or winery along the way).

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Jennifer Holmes, M.S.

R&E Managing Consultant

“Perhaps the biggest influence that led me to where I am today was an environmental economics course.  On the first day of class the professor proclaimed that the course was not about how to save the planet or to promote environmental conservation. Rather, the focus was on the allocation of scarce resources, market intervention strategies, and learning the tools to estimate costs and benefits of market interventions and regulations, and data needs to inform policy decisions.  About a third of the class did not return after that first day, but I definitely stayed!”


About Jennifer

Jennifer joined Michaels Energy with over 25 years of experience in the energy efficiency industry. Jennifer began her career as an evaluator of the energy and demand impacts of utility-administered energy efficiency programs, primarily in California.  As policy and regulatory objectives shifted, her experience broadened to include market baseline and market effects studies, pilot program design and evaluation, and process evaluations and workflow analysis. Jennifer later served as the Evaluation Director and then the Business Development Director for a small energy industry consulting firm. Most recently Jennifer has served as staff for the California Technical Forum (Cal TF) through which she led cross-functional teams to advance processes and standards for deemed energy efficiency measure development and documentation, and regulatory review workflow.

Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Mineral Economics (Energy and Environment track) and her Bachelor of Science of Economics from Penn State University. Much of her graduate research involved contingent valuation studies to estimate non-market impacts and risk perceptions related to coal mining, transportation, and coal-fired generation.

When she is not working, you can find Jennifer in Santa Cruz, California walking the beach, at local restaurants, and enjoying live music with her partner Marc, friends, and her cherished dog “Rudy”.  She has two daughters who are currently attending college (but not quite out of the nest yet).

Jessie Welton

R&E Analyst

Michaels Energy allows me to combine my interests in both sustainability and evaluation. I’m grateful to work for an organization where I can use my skills to help our partners in the energy industry.


About Jessie

Jessie joined Michaels Energy as a Research & Evaluation Analyst in September 2023.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and a master’s in Public Policy from the University of St. Thomas.

Prior to Michaels, Jessie worked as an Evaluation Specialist with Minneapolis Public Schools where she led evaluations to support district leaders in making data-driven decisions. She has experience in the entire evaluation lifecycle including the design, planning, data collection, analysis, and reporting processes.

Outside of Michaels, Jessie enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, volunteering, and staying active outdoors through running, hiking, and cross-country skiing.

Andrea Salazar, M.S., E.I.T.

Product Manager

I always knew I wanted to make a positive impact on the world, but didn’t always know how exactly how I’d do that. I realized I could use my engineering degree to help mitigate climate change (duh) after teaching in Mexico, some soul searching, and a little documentary called An Inconvenient Truth. Working in energy efficiency allows me to continuously learn, feel that I am a part of something larger than myself, and know that I am doing all I can to make the world my little ones will inherit a livable one. Energy efficiency isn’t just my job, it’s my passion.


About Andrea

Andrea joined the Michaels Energy team in 2019. As Research and Evaluation Consultant, Andrea’s role was to help utilities and other entities working in energy efficiency understand whether their programs are working, and where improvements can be made to ensure energy savings are maximized. As Product Manager, she helps with research projects aimed at better understanding customers, market conditions, and barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency. Andrea has also supported the Sales & Marketing team as a Proposal Coordinator, assisting with proposals and other various projects.

Andrea began her career designing (and sometimes even installing – despite her fear of heights) solar PV systems. She performed feasibility studies, participated in design charrettes, and prepared design documents for permitting and interconnection.

It was at this job that Andrea noticed a disconnect between utility programs and the needs of customers and contractors. Paperwork could be onerous and rebates took too long to process. This disconnect was a problem, and Andrea’s next move was to try to help solve it.

In 2010 Andrea began her work in demand-side management programs. She researched best practices in program design, tracked and presented on new technologies for utilities to consider incorporating into their portfolios, and published reports on changes in the industry. She also evaluated utility programs, performed research to inform baselines, hours-of-use, and other technical parameters, and conducted interviews with market actors to discover non-technical, human-based factors that created barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency.

Andrea earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics and Master of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Outside of work, Andrea cherishes family time with her husband and two boys. Her newest interest is in mindfulness, meditation, and the mind-body connection. She loves reading, cooking, exercising (especially in the beautiful Colorado outdoors) and taking time to connect with family and friends.

Engineering

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Robert Parker, P.E.

Associate Director of Engineering

Whether it is material scrap on a production line, confusing processes, or inefficient energy use, I’ve always been on a mission to reduce waste in whatever I do. I want to optimize everything and make full use of the available resources. If one combines those ingredients with a love for thermodynamics and solving “energy puzzles”, it becomes clear why I am at Michaels. I believe that every user of energy deserves to get the most out of what they are paying for and I am fortunate to be able to quantify that and impact energy use in dozens of buildings.


About Rob

After discovering that manufacturing engineering wasn’t the right fit, Rob went back to school and his number one priority became finding a job in energy efficiency. He wanted to conserve resources, both environmentally and financially, and this job allows him to do both. In his time at Michaels, Rob has been able to work on a variety of projects – research projects, impact evaluation studies, technical reference manual review and development, custom rebate analyses, retro-commissioning studies, industrial new construction projects, industrial refrigeration analyses, and more recently, strategic energy management and energy information systems. The potpourri of work always keeps things exciting. He’s excited to now lead our engineering group, maintain Michaels’ excellent technical proficiency and customer service, and help our engineering staff grow professionally.

Rob received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University, specializing in manufacturing engineering, before briefly working in the semiconductor industry. After deciding that wasn’t the right environment for him, he completed his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M, focusing this time on energy and HVAC systems, and was lucky enough to find Michaels after graduation.

When not working, Rob loves spending time with his wife and daughter, watching baseball (go Red Sox!), playing with his dog Angus, volunteering with Iowa FIRST LEGO League, spending time up north on the lake, or playing a musical instrument: bass guitar is his primary one, but he dabbles in mandolin, guitar, harmonica, piano, and others.

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Andrew Huck

Engineering Manager

This career was a natural progression for me. I have always had a passion for reducing my own carbon footprint, and in turn, wanted to pursue a career that would enable me to help others do this as well.


About Andrew

Andrew joined the Michaels Energy team in March of 2020. In his current role as an Assistant Engineering Manager, Andrew manages and coaches our Colorado engineering team while also focusing on the implementation of our SEM program. He balances his time between the technical engineering aspect of energy savings calculations and providing recommendations and interaction with customers.

Prior to Michaels, Andrew spent 6 years working as a Project Engineer, providing energy-efficiency consulting to utilities and energy enterprises. He received a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, where he also competed as a Division 1 Varsity Cross Country Ski Racer.

Andrew and his wife own and operate their own professional mountain bike team, where they travel around the world competing in professional events across several cycling disciplines. Aside from cycling, his passions include coffee, his dog Callie, traveling, XC Skiing, running, and music.

Joe Cornillaud, P.E., LEED AP

Engineering Manager

We see such a variety of systems in this business.  But no matter the facility, there is always a way to optimize or gain efficiency somewhere or somehow. I enjoy the challenge of determining the best solution for all parties involved.


About Joe

Joe came to Michaels in 2012 after working in the efficiency industry in San Diego, CA, for seven years.  Since that time, he has performed energy analyses for custom rebates, energy audits, and investment-grade studies.  These efforts involve performing detailed data analysis, field investigations, and data logging. Joe earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and is a licensed professional engineer in California and Minnesota.

Outside of work, Joe is usually chasing his kids around the house or tinkering the yard.  When the weather turns cold, he can often be found playing drop-in hockey somewhere.

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Patrick Brown, P.E., C.E.M

Engineering Manager

I love logic puzzles, and in a way, energy efficiency at any building is just one giant logic puzzle. Audits consist of identifying the pieces of the puzzle and how they currently fit together and then identifying new ways to fit the pieces together or remove them entirely. Some methods will be common, but sometimes some very dedicated thought, effort, and imagination are required to find a truly ideal solution to a unique situation. The challenges offered along with knowing I am making a positive impact on the world by saving energy are big reasons why I work in this field.


About Patrick

Patrick started his engineering career doing level two and three ASHRAE energy assessments for the State of Illinois on commercial and public sector buildings. During this time he learned all the ins and outs of an energy assessment, how to maintain good client relationships, and how to manage multiple projects at once. This allowed him to eventually jump to a role in Chicago where he managed several programs over the years, primarily focusing on leading the Industrial Assessment Center. Patrick joined Michaels Energy in the fall of 2022.

Patrick received his Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering with a minor in Physics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. One of his passions has always been weather and climate change, and a few years later Patrick enrolled and completed a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Patrick sincerely believes that energy efficiency and climate change are linked closely together and looks to continue to expand his knowledge in both fields.

Patrick loves to travel with his family and explore the world in his free time. When at home he enjoys reading books, playing board games, playing ultimate frisbee, and enjoying long walks in the city and nature.

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Nathan Bohne, C.E.M.

Engineering Manager

Growing up, I spent much of my time outdoors. Running, camping, biking and snowboarding ingrained in me an appreciation for the natural world. A brief study in environmental sciences led to a full-time pursuit in the built world of energy efficiency, where I felt I could make a more substantial impact.

About Nate

Nate joined the Michaels team in December 2022. As a part of the engineering team, he implements custom projects in the commercial sector for the northern region of Illinois.

Before Michaels, Nate spent 5 years as the technical lead for an energy efficiency program serving public housing and low-income customers. Early in his career, he served as the lead engineer in an Illinois-sponsored program providing energy savings products and technical guidance. To optimally address gaps in the state’s energy efficiency potential, Nate conducted audits in the excess of 1800 public sector facilities.  He has authored numerous ASHRAE level 2 reports and has extensive experience in building energy analysis and assessments.

A native of Chicago, Nate graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. He earned a Master of Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Nate continues to spend as much time enjoying the outdoors and being active as he can. He loves to bike, camp, golf, and snowboard and enjoys walks with his wife and their pups.

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Nick Young, P.E.

Engineering Manager

Learning the best energy-efficient design practices and sustainable strategies have been a passion of mine since early in my career. Understanding the reasons why the status quo exists is the only way to carve a better path forward.


About Nick

Nick joined Michaels in 2022 after working as a Building Mechanical Design Consultant in the construction industry for twelve years. He specializes in building mechanical assessments, new work and renovation design, and building automation controls.

Nick graduated from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a degree in mechanical engineering. From there, he stayed in the Northeast Ohio building construction industry for several years before transitioning into the high-performance building market of Portland, Oregon for a few years. Now his home is in Richmond, Virginia and he’s loving it.

Outside of work you can typically find him with his fiancée, Cheyenne, and her son, Silas, playing in local parks, running outdoors, at the local gym, or on their next hiking adventure.

Zack Thompson, E.I.T., P.E.

Engineering Manager

To me, energy efficiency is a microcosm of engineering. Engineering simply means identifying a problem and finding its solution, i.e. problem-solving! Every day is different, every day offers new problems, and every problem needs a new solution. That’s what makes this job so fun, and that’s why efficiency is a fun challenge!


About Zack
Zack joined the Michaels team in the Fall of 2018 and was promoted to Engineering Manager in 2024. He is primarily an engineer for the Research and Evaluation team, but he plays the role of a traveling Swiss Army Knife for the company. Zack spends as much time in the field as he can (when allowed and not in a pandemic). A lot of his projects at Michaels are study-based and require a lot of hours in the field. So far, he has worked in Wisconsin, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. And the list will continue to grow!

Before joining Michaels, Zack attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering and minors in Business Management and International Engineering. He worked from high school through college and beyond in three different ice rinks in Colorado, perfecting the art of ice-making on a Zamboni. Zack and his brother Alex helped run events for CU-Boulder athletics while they were attending school. From football and basketball to club hockey and lacrosse, no sport was untouched by the Thompson-Twins. Zack also spent a summer interning with the European Commission, based in Paris, France, studying efficient refrigeration technologies.

Zack loves to travel both for work and pleasure. He is most happy when exploring somewhere new and enjoys it even more in the company of his friends and family, or at least his twin brother Alex. His favorite hobbies include skiing, hunting, hiking, and watching the Packers. He keeps track of places he’s traveled for fun, for work, and to ski!

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Colin Brennan, E.I.T.

Engineering Manager

I’m happy to say that I work in an industry where there are always problems to fix. If there weren’t challenges, what would I do all day? The limitless opportunities of critical thinking and the immediate gratification of problem solving have allowed me to enjoy the work I do in an industry I love – saving energy!


About Colin Brennan

Colin joined the Michaels team in the Fall of 2019. He started on the Research and Evaluation team where he was involved in two studies in Michigan and California. Shortly after returning home from California, Colin took on a new role for the Programs team as the lead engineer for the Xcel Energy Information Systems (EIS) Program in Minnesota. In this program, Colin works directly with customers over a three-year period to implement energy-saving measures while also helping them build an energy team and tools to track and improve their energy usage. He is also involved in various recommissioning studies and product development for upcoming energy-saving equipment and controls. Colin was promoted to Engineering Manager in January of 2024.

After finding interests in chemistry during his freshman year of college, Colin pursued a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University. During his time at Iowa State, Colin was heavily involved in Engineers for a Sustainable World where he served as the chapter president for three semesters. His main career interest was environmental or green engineering. At the career fair his freshman year, Colin discovered Michaels Energy and received an internship the following summer. He enjoyed it so much, he wanted to come back!

In his spare time, Colin enjoys playing his many instruments or traveling to new places and breweries. Every fall, you can find him down in Ames at Iowa State football games and the tailgating lots with his friends and family.

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Chris Pinkowski, P.E., BEMP, LEED AP

Senior Engineer

I have long been fascinated with solar energy as a way to heat & power buildings with little purchased energy. Once so abundant, coal and gas are becoming costly to extract and burn cleanly. I’m convinced that well-known efficiency approaches and technologies will continue to be an important way to drive down the energy impact of our homes and workplaces.


About Chris

Chris joined the Michaels team in January 2007. He is an experienced engineer who manages the Industrial New Construction program within the Implementation Group. Those efforts include performing design assistance and energy simulations for commercial buildings and investment grade analysis of industrial process equipment opportunities for new industrial facilities. Specific tools used include automated DOE-2 simulations, Equest, OpenStudio, and numerous spreadsheet calculations. Chris has been certified by ASHRAE as a BEMP (Building Energy Modeling Professional) and is also a certified LEED professional that has served as energy modeler or facilitator for over a dozen LEED projects.

Chris graduated in 1985 from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. From there, he served as an engineer in the navy for five years, worked a couple years as a project engineer for a Pacific Valves, a couple more as technical support staff for WI Demand-Side Demonstrations, and then taught high school math and physics for ten years before coming to Michaels.

Chris has two children Samuel and Jane (and two cats Pebble and Petra). Some of Chris’s favorite activities are watching movies, playing cards, enjoying the outdoors, or gardening.

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Vaughn Engler

Senior Engineer

Ever since I can remember I have felt a sense of connection to our natural world. Energy efficiency and sustainability are critical components to maintaining the beauty and habitability of our planet and I feel truly lucky to be a part of this industry.


About Vaughn
Vaughn grew up in California with two younger brothers and two science-nerd parents. His parents would routinely drag the family out into the woods to go backpacking, skiing, bike riding, and camping. This upbringing set him up for a lifetime of hugging trees.At the age of 17, Vaughn moved to Colorado to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upon graduating, he took a job in Denver working for an engineering consulting firm.There he gained exposure to many facets of the energy efficiency and sustainability world including energy modeling, commissioning, retro-commissioning, LEED consulting, and energy auditing.After 14 years in the industry, Vaughn accepted a position with Michaels in 2021 to focus his work within the existing building sector. Vaughn’s current role includes working with utility programs providing retro-commissioning and energy auditing services. Vaughn lives in Boulder, CO where he is an avid outdoors man. He spends most of his free time outside rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, or skiing. When he is not outdoors you can find him reading a science fiction novel or building model airplanes.

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Chuck Hanson, P.E., LEED AP

Senior Engineer

I remember the energy crises from a long time ago-back in the 1970’s. Although we didn’t run out of coal, oil, or natural gas as predicted, it inspired an interest in more sensibly using the energy we do use. Burning fuels comes with its own set of environmental problems, so it just makes sense to me that we use less. Working as an engineer to promote energy efficiency fulfills that desire to contribute in a meaningful way toward enhancing sustainability of energy use


About Chuck
Chuck joined Michaels Energy in 2008 and is currently a Senior Engineer in the Research and Evaluation Department. This work includes assessing the effectiveness of completed industrial, commercial, and institutional efficiency projects. The results are used to evaluate utility energy efficiency programs. When Chuck is not busy working on project evaluations, he conducts energy audits in commercial and industrial facilities to help owners discover affordable ways to save energy and money. He also performs engineering calculations used to determine incentives to be paid for implementing energy efficiency measures.

Chuck graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the same university. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Chuck and his wife spend much of their spring and summer hours doing wildlife rehabilitation, taking in orphaned and injured wild mammals (e.g., raccoons, squirrels, etc.), taking care of them until they can be released back into the wild. He also does regular group workouts at a local fitness center and enjoys cycling. When he is not taking care of wildlife, he spends much of his time taking care of their garden and domestic animals.

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Miles Hayes

Senior Engineer

About Miles

Miles joined the Michaels Energy team in 2022 with the goal of taking the skills, lessons, and his growing passion for creating positive change in the battle to improve the climate through engineering and local transformation. At Michaels, Miles is the lead engineer for the City of Denver’s Multi-family and Commercial Electrification Program – a $43 million initiative to transform the way energy is used and distributed throughout the city.

Miles earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. He started his career in the energy industry nearly a decade ago, helping to lift utility DSM programs off the ground in the Midwest. With dreams of playing a part in the energy transformation that was sure to come, Miles worked remotely from his small net-zero farm in Decorah, IA. During this time, he also helped to organize a small non-profit organization that soon helped to transform the energy future of his community. Miles then moved to Golden, CO to become a Research Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). At NREL, Miles led the Space Conditioning Technical Research Team and delivered millions of kWh savings through the Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign. Miles then transitioned back to the private sector as a Technical Research Analyst with E Source. Miles later led the City of Golden in its Path to Net Zero Buildings initiative.

While the environment and helping to create a more sustainable future are the center focus in Miles’ life, his wife, Kayla, and two children, Paxton and Summer, are likely the reason this passion only continues to grow. Both Miles and his wife work in roles that involve energy and sustainability, so these are daily topics around his dinner table. Miles enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, and really anything outdoors with his family and friends.

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Mark Gerrish, MSME, CEM

Senior Engineer

Working in industrial energy efficiency makes me feel like I am doing something worthwhile. I get to do my fair share for the environment while also helping keep manufacturing jobs in the US. Providing assistance in reducing energy use and costs helps make our customers more competitive.


About Mark

Mark joined the Micheals Energy team in 2022 as the Technical Lead for the Industrial SEM program. He brings many years of experience in industrial consulting and energy efficiency. He spent the last 9 years of his career as a Reviewing Engineer for Eversource Energy of Massachusetts. He earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering (Thermo/Fluids concentration) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst through the Industrial Assessment Center. He is a DOE Qualified Specialist in steam, compressed air, pumping, and process heating systems.

In his spare time, Mark likes to read, fish, work out, and play golf.

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Aaron Conger, P.E.

Senior Engineer

Working in energy efficiency is all about eliminating waste, and communicating the results of those efforts to your customers. And I get really excited about both.


About Aaron

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2011 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Aaron started as a product development engineer with Modine Manufacturing Company. His role included product design and testing for large vehicular heat exchangers. In 2014, Aaron moved to Minneapolis and began his career at Michaels. He specializes in retro-commissioning, energy audits, custom technical analyses, and dabbles in program evaluation. Aaron has also been a part of several CARD-funded research studies with the state of Minnesota.

When he’s not in the field scouring for energy savings, you can find Aaron at home attempting full puff pastry with his wife, arguing balls and strikes at a Twins game, or looking foolish during the sound round at pub trivia.

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Josh Buchsbaum, C.E.M.

Senior Engineer

Energy conservation is arguably the single greatest and cleanest energy resource we have. The choice to focus on this field is an easy one for me. It allows me to utilize a technical skillset to benefit society in a positive, non-controversial way. I’m passionate about serving our clients and customers to enable them with the ability and knowledge to work towards an efficient future.


About Josh

Josh joined the Michaels team in August 2022. His primary focus is to serve SEM, energy audit, and retro-commissioning customers in Colorado. This includes data collection, performing energy analysis, conducting energy audits and retro-commissioning studies of commercial and industrial buildings, assisting customers with implementation issues and rebate applications, holding recurring check-in meetings, and conducting customer presentations.

Josh graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He first worked as a Project Engineer in the HVAC industry. He then underwent a 3-year round-the-world solo bicycle tour over 5 continents. Upon return to the US, Josh decided to pivot his experience with engineering and HVAC towards building energy efficiency in order to continue his love of engineering while having a positive impact on energy usage and the environment.

Outside of work, you will often find him riding a bike (albeit shorter distances) around Colorado. You may also find him hiking, camping, snowboarding, or partaking in many of the other outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.

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Emmanuel Eluobaju

Senior Engineer

Since taking a deeper look at alternative energies and how the climate is impacted by our current energy use, I’ve been hooked on being part of the solution to this world’s energy challenge. In college, I committed to using my technical skills and talents to collaborate with like-minded thinkers and present solutions to today’s energy challenges.

About Emmanuel

Emmanuel joined the Michaels team in October 2022.  He brings his experience and expertise to the Implementation group in the Chicago area.  His current work includes performing facility audits and providing recommendations for energy savings to all public schools in the ComEd territory.

Emmanuel graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Before joining Michaels, he served as an Energy Engineer supporting ComEd and other utility programs in the Chicagoland area.

Outside of work, you can typically find him somewhere out in nature, hiking, working out, or playing basketball.

Jonny Kendrick

Senior Engineer

I grew up around artists and have always liked to fine-tune things: whether it’s a guitar, an engine motor, or a pump controller. From an early age, I wanted to understand the world and how we interact with it. I’m also an avid kayak angler, climber, and gardener. It’s not surprising that I ended up as a mechanical engineer and now work in energy efficiency, helping clients fine tune their energy usage and conserve our planet’s valuable resources.

About Jonny

Jonny joined the Michaels team in January 2023 after working on large commercial buildings as a controls engineer for the past 8 years. Jonny brings extensive field experience to his role as a Senior Engineer in the Richmond, Virginia office.

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Jonny has a B.S. in mechanical engineering with a minor in physics. He is a machinist by trade, and has worked in automotive product design. At Michaels, Jonny works on the Dominion Energy rebate program, conducting energy audits, modeling building designs and helping clients find innovative ways to save energy.

When he’s not working, Jonny is playing with his young sons Avery and Arthur, planning the next house renovation project with his wife, Bekah, and spending as much time as possible outdoors.

Rajan C. Thomas MSME, P.E.

Senior Engineer

I chose Energy Efficiency as my profession nearly four decades ago. One of the challenges in making energy efficiency improvements is that it can be difficult to analyze, measure & track energy & cost savings to justify complicated energy efficiency projects. I have been a part of an Energy Efficiency team helping customers analyze, implement, measure & verify energy & cost savings since the beginning of my career.

About Rajan

Rajan graduated from the University of Calicut, India in 1979 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Though Rajan completed training in Marine Engineering immediately after graduation, he accepted a job with Indian Airlines in the maintenance department as an Aircraft Technician. Rajan migrated to the United States in 1981 after marriage and joined the University of Minnesota for MS in Mechanical Engineering. Rajan graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1983 with MS Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics minor.  Rajan did various non-engineering jobs before joining State of Minnesota’s Energy Conservation department in 1985 as Graduate Engineer 2. State of Minnesota promoted Rajan to Senior Engineer after passing Minnesota Professional Engineering exam and later to Principal Engineer. Rajan accepted the Technical Consultant job with Xcel Energy in 2007, later promoted as Senior Engineer and retired from Xcel on April 4, 2023. Rajan joined Michaels Energy on June 26, 2023, currently works on custom electric and natural gas projects.

Rajan enjoys spending time with wife, children & grandchildren.

Ashley Stahly

Senior Engineer

When I enrolled at Purdue University, I initially declared an “undecided” major, which came with a class that explored various curriculum and career paths. This is where I found Environmental Engineering. Working to reduce our environmental impact has always resonated with me, starting in high school with badgering my family and those around me to recycle. After leaving college, I envisioned myself in a role where I could evaluate buildings and collaborate with clients to enhance their energy efficiency. I’m excited to now be doing just that with Michaels!

About Ashley

Ashley joined the Michaels team in July 2023. She is joining the engineering group to support the programs in Indiana. This includes data collection, energy analyses, energy audits, and retro-commissioning studies. Ashley graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Prior to Michaels she worked as a Controls Engineer and Project Manager bringing her skills and expertise from the controls and construction industry.

Outside of work, Ashley enjoys exploring new countries with her friends, kayaking on the river, and attending or playing concerts with her French horn.

Kevin Cross, PE, C.E.M., LEED AP

Senior Engineer

I have been concerned about the impact our consumption of fossil fuels has on the environment since I was in elementary school. As an energy engineer, I find ways to reduce fossil fuel use one facility at a time. I believe that making energy efficiency improvements ultimately helps facilitate society’s transition from fossil fuels to non-carbon energy resources.

About Kevin

Kevin joined Michaels Energy in October 2023. Based in Colorado, he supports energy efficiency and electrification programs nationwide by auditing facilities and providing energy efficiency recommendations. Kevin has over a quarter of a century of experience in the energy services sector, both in developing and implementing retrofit projects.

Kevin graduated from the University of California – Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado. Kevin has also taught courses in mathematics, physics, and energy resources at the high school and college levels.

In his free time, Kevin enjoys gardening, riding his bicycle, traveling, dancing Tango and spending time on the Poudre River.

Eric Nelson, PE, CEM

Senior Engineer

My early exposure to natures’ beauty has given me a deep, life-long appreciation for it. This influenced me heavily when picking an engineering career path. I believe energy conservation holds a crucial weight on our path to a sustainable future. The people and work this industry offers fills me with purpose and hope. 


About Eric

Eric started with Michaels in October of 2023 as a Senior Engineer. In this role, he will support programs in Denver, Colorado and surrounding areas. He comes from a background working in Chicago C&I Energy Efficiency programs with a focus on industrial systems.

Eric graduated from Boise State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in applied mathematics. He is registered as a professional engineer in Illinois.

When Eric is not working you might find him outside biking, hiking, playing soccer or on a run. If not outside, he might be reading, listening to music or playing board games.

Cody Williams, P.E.

Senior Engineer

“There’s never a dull moment in energy efficiency” – Phil Dunlay

About Cody

Cody joined Michaels Energy in October of 2023 as a Senior Energy Efficiency Engineer. Prior to joining, he worked at Xcel Energy for 6 years in the DSM engineering group. He spent time in the residential and business teams specializing in lighting, cooling, building automation and demand response.

Cody attended Colorado School of Mines from 2013-2017 and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He received his professional engineering license in 2022.

Outside of work, Cody enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.

Ayush Gupta

Senior Engineer

For as long as I can remember, I have given my time, energy, and money towards creating a more sustainable, conscious, and a just world around me. Fortunately, my career in the energy industry and my decisions in personal life have allowed me to be a part of the solution we all need. This vision allows me to maximize value for our clients through a deeper understanding of efficiently utilizing resources, empowering people, and achieving economic goals.

About Ayush

Ayush joined the Michaels team in November 2023. He brings his experience and expertise to the engineering group at Michaels’s Chicago office and is focused on programs. Prior to joining Michaels, Ayush worked for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in their Energy Management Services group where he led several building energy projects for the university’s aggressive sustainability and energy efficiency goals.

Ayush graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Master’s in Energy Systems and from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (IIT Bombay) with a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering.

Owing to his vision of serving others, he is actively involved with several causes ranging from soil sustainability, human wellbeing, creative potential development, and diversity-inclusion-equity to name a few. Outside of work you can find him and his wife somewhere out in nature or road-tripping through the country.

Abbey Schmidt, E.I.T

Engineer

I knew that I wanted to pursue a career that had a positive impact on the world. Michaels Energy provided the perfect opportunity to use my technical background towards creating a more sustainable future.


About Abbey

Abbey joined the Michaels Energy team as an Energy Efficiency Engineer in 2018 after graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering from UW-Madison. Abbey is a member of our engineering team and focuses on delivering high impact energy efficiency programs for our clients.

She has worked on a variety of custom rebate analyses from both the implementation and evaluation side. She also has experience conducting research, collecting metered data, and working on studies.

When Abbeys not at work, she enjoys traveling, camping, and playing board games with friends and family.

Michael Dutczak, E.I.T.

Engineer

Throughout my life, I have focused on achieving and maintaining efficiency. From calculating the MPG of the GMC Safari I drove in high school, to manually adjusting the dampers to only cool the areas that were necessary for my Tucson apartment. I am incredibly fortunate to work in a field where I can leverage my technical aptitude and interpersonal skills to recognize and deliver efficiency gains for our clients.

About Michael

Michael joined Michaels Energy in February of 2023. He brings experience with Retro-Commissioning and BAS controls installation. This includes conducting facility surveys, customer relations, recommending improvements, and implementing energy savings measures. With the effort of not only saving energy but decreasing maintenance and increasing reliability and stability for the customer.

Michael graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Before joining Michaels Energy, he worked as an RCx analyst and Assistant Project Manager at Bernhard.

An avid adventurist, Michael spends much of his time outside of work with his wife, Sarah, and their two dogs camping, running, riding bikes, or skiing.

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Jesse Trujillo, E.I.T.

Engineer

Being energy efficient provides benefits to all those involved. During my time in the automotive industry, decreasing energy consumption was viewed as a cost-saving by the company and a benefit to the utility. At Michaels Energy, I can provide the same services to a wider range of applications.


About Jesse

Jesse joined the Michaels Energy team in August 2022. He serves as an Engineer serving custom rebate customers in the Chicago area. This includes data collection, energy analysis, on-site metering, and utility rebate applications.

Jesse graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, including a minor in Physics and an E.I.T. certification. Prior to joining Michaels Energy, he worked as a manufacturing engineer, energy efficiency program engineer, and manufacturing engineering supervisor for a camshaft manufacturer for automotive companies. His work as an energy efficiency program engineer included both energy management and industrial energy efficiency.

In his free time, Jesse enjoys Olympic weightlifting, running, golfing, and traveling with his fiancé, Tillie. He has played the piano since a young age and is a collector of quality bourbons. He recently moved to Chicago from Champaign, Illinois, and is looking forward to all the great food the city has to offer.

Cassandra Wright

Engineer

My undergraduate degree is in Mechanical Engineering, which offers a wide array of career opportunities. When I was trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life, the concept of renewable energy always took the spotlight and seemed so exciting. I thought that was the field where I could make the most positive impact on the environment. Once I learned more about the energy efficiency industry though, I realized that this is where I can have the most impact. The first step to making the world more sustainable is using less energy.

About Cassandra

Cassandra joined the Michaels team in June 2023. Cassandra works on a variety of programs in the Implementation group. These programs require energy audits and custom desk reviews. Cassandra graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Physics. Upon graduation, she went directly into a graduate program at UW Madison where she received her Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Her thesis explored fin designs for a 3D-printed dry-cooled heat exchanger.

Cassandra previously worked for Guidehouse on the Evaluation side of Energy Efficiency programs, mostly for Illinois utilities. In the year before joining Michaels Energy, Cassandra worked as a high school physics teacher in West Chicago, IL.

Outside of work, Cassandra spends most of her time with her husband, Austin, and her daughter, Elliott. One of her favorite activities is to go on family runs together.

Kevin Zickert, C.E.M.

Engineer

I started my career in energy efficiency with a passion to educate and influence decision making to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. I’m fortunate to be working with stakeholders daily, with the opportunity to assemble innovative approaches to optimize high performance solutions for the next generation of the built environment.

About Kevin

Kevin joined Michaels Energy June 2023. He will be completing recommissioning studies and providing ongoing project implementation assistance for our utility clients in Minnesota.

Kevin graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Studies – On Wisconsin! Prior to joining Michaels, Kevin was providing energy efficiency consulting to the small commercial sector while at Energy Smart in St. Paul, MN. Kevin proudly retains the credential of Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.) from the Association of Energy Engineers.

Outside of work, Kevin enjoys spending time with his partner, Rebecca and their pup, Murphy. Kevin enjoys cooking by fire via pizza oven and smoker. You can otherwise find Kevin spending time camping, canoeing, and fishing along the way!

Silas Taylor

Engineer

I have always had a passion for building and creating new constructions, from Lego fortresses as a kid, to K’nex trebuchets during a competition for a Physics class in college. At the core of this, is my desire to understand the mechanisms by which systems function. In my professional career, I am determined to leverage this desire to reduce our society’s effect on the environment and to create better standards within our community.

About Silas

Silas joined the Michaels team in July 2023. He leverages his experience in building energy modeling to support evaluation studies and research efforts for a variety of new construction programs in Minnesota and Virginia, and will be joining the Engineering team in Minneapolis, MN to perform energy audits and retro-commissioning studies throughout Iowa and Minnesota.

Silas graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics. He moved to California where he spent most of his time supporting energy codes and standards development research. Prior to joining Michaels, Silas was an energy specialist for Willdan, supporting the program development and energy modeling for a utility funded energy design assistance program called CEDA.

Outside of work you can typically find him with his wife Jesse, cooking pizzas on their porch, hiking, traveling, or playing board games at a brewery!

Lucas Crim

Engineer

From college to the U.S. Navy to Michaels Energy, my passions have remained the same: working towards a sustainable future and helping others. Energy efficiency is all-encompassing and requires enduring relationships with clients and stakeholders. I’m grateful to spend each day bringing my experiences and skillsets to my role at Michaels Energy.

About Lucas

Lucas joined Michaels Energy in October 2023. He is an Engineer assigned to the Chicago team, supporting various Demand Response programs and Retro-commissioning projects.

Lucas graduated from Duke University with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy in 2016. Prior to joining the Michaels team, he served as a nuclear-trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy based out of Pearl Harbor, HI. Following his initial nuclear training and time at sea, Lucas worked at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL, providing support in the training and indoctrination of all enlisted Sailors joining the Navy.

When not at work or underwater, Lucas can be found with his partner, Lexi, and his dog, Avocado. He enjoys working out, hiking (preferably in Hawai’i), watching sports, and binge reading any book written by Malcolm Gladwell.

Cody Meschke, P.E.

Engineer

Since college, I had an enthusiasm for learning about energy. Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics those classes excited me! It drove me to pursue a career in energy and in particular helping others improve the efficiency of how they use their energy. I love to grow relationships with people and as an energy engineer, I’m blessed with the opportunity to do just that, while providing them insight on their energy efficiency.

About Cody

Cody joined the Michaels team in July 2023. He joins the Engineering team in Minneapolis, Minnesota to perform recommissioning studies and ASHRAE level 2 energy audits. Prior to Michaels Energy, Cody designed HVAC and plumbing systems for commercial and industrial buildings and performed commissioning on both new and existing buildings.

Cody graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business Administration. Cody has his Professional Engineer license for the state of Minnesota.

When Cody isn’t exploring mechanical rooms, you can find him indoor rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors, biking around Minneapolis, learning new grooves on the drums, and making cocktails for friends.

Rasel Uddin, Ph.D.

Engineer

Fueling my passion for energy efficiency, I find joy in converting numbers into narratives, embracing sustainability through the art of calculating energy savings—a journey where each digit illuminates the path toward a greener, more efficient future.

About Rasel

Rasel joined Michaels Energy in December 2023 as an Engineer based in Charlotte, NC, where he embarks on a dynamic role conducting retro-commissioning studies and energy audits for customers.

After completing his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering in Bangladesh, he gained experience working for a power generation and distribution organization. Subsequently, he graduated with his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research is focused on fault detection and diagnosis of rooftop units.

Rasel loves to spend time with his family—wife, Firoza, and their two vibrant boys, Arham and Irham. They take pleasure in gardening a variety of leafy plants during the summertime.

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Allyson Wolf

Engineer

As a kid, I always enjoyed figuring out how things work, so when I had the opportunity to work in the vast field of energy efficiency, I knew that I would have the privilege of having a career solving real problems that would make a positive impact in our world. 


About Allyson
Allyson joined Michaels as an Associate Engineer in 2021 after earning her degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. She was promoted to Engineer in April of 2024. As part of the engineering team, she has worked on research and evaluation projects in the Pacific Northwest, the commercial Strategic Energy Management program in Colorado, as well as energy audits and RCx studies throughout Colorado and the Midwest.

When Allyson is not working, she enjoys hiking, listening to music, going for walks, and watching movies. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Anvesh Masa

Engineer

Being efficient becomes second nature when you grow up in an environment with limited resources. Once you become aware of all the resources for human needs are limited, you want to do anything in your reach to fight that. One of the greatest threats to life today is the byproducts of energy production, and energy efficiency is the effective way to mitigate those adverse effects. Hence, I worked to get into the energy efficiency industry.


About Anvesh
Anvesh joined Michaels in July 2021 as an Associate Engineer. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in India. He then went on to pursue a Master’s in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Anvesh was promoted to Engineer in April of 2024.

Anvesh’s hobbies vary from time to time with no rhyme or reason. At this time, they include reading books that aren’t super long and have a happy ending, playing tennis when it’s not too hot out, and thinking of ways to annoy his mom.

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Samantha Meyer

Engineer

My experience with the Engineers Without Borders Club at UW-Madison taught me many things. Above all, it taught me that when people work together, hugely important impacts can be made. While working on a potable water distribution project in Zapote, Guatemala, I gained even greater respect and understanding of the value of our world’s resources. That experience fueled my passion for all things surrounding resource management and energy efficiency, and ultimately lead me to pursue a career at Michaels Energy.


About Sam
Sam joined the Michaels Energy Team in 2021 as an Associate Energy Engineer, primarily supporting the Research and Evaluation Department in baseline studies and impact evaluations. Sam has worked on a commercial Strategic Energy Management Program in Colorado since 2022 and was promoted to Engineer in April of 2024.

Sam graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2019 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Before joining the Michaels team in 2021, Sam worked in commercial real estate as a Due Diligence Analyst.

In her free time, you can find Sam playing cards with her family, spending the weekend on the Mississippi, going on an evening hike, or having a long talk over a hot beverage with a friend.

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Aman Ungarov

Associate Engineer

I have always advocated for climate action. Improving energy efficiency and preventing pollution is one of the most challenging and important obstacles to overcome. Working for Michaels Energy gives me an opportunity to use my skills and knowledge toward preserving natural resources for future generations!


About Aman

Aman joined Michaels in March 2022 as an Associate Engineer. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In this role, Aman will primarily work on research and evaluation projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Growing up in Kazakhstan, Aman has witnessed the slow but steady destruction of the Aral Sea, which was caused by water overuse.  One of the largest lakes on the planet has slowly become a salty desert, and this sparked Aman’s passion for preserving the planet’s natural resources. He truly discovered his passion for energy efficiency during his Pollution Prevention internship with the Iowa DNR.

During his free time, Aman likes to stay active and artistic. His hobbies include bouldering, snowboarding, painting, and exploring the outdoors.

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Jerald Lim

Associate Engineer

My goal has always been to live all aspects of my life according to my values, and that includes the work that I do. As someone who values sustainability, I am constantly mindful of my environmental footprint and how I can do better to be a steward of this Earth. Working in energy efficiency combines those values with my engineering background to create positive and lasting impacts in reducing our world’s energy use.


About Jerald
Jerald joined the Michaels Energy team in July 2021 after graduating from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He is an Energy Efficiency Engineer working primarily on research projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Having moved to the US from Malaysia in 2017, Jerald quickly found that his passions lie in sustainability and working with people. He is interested in bringing practical and reliable engineering solutions to the world’s environmental issues. Working at Michaels allows him to not only fight the world’s growing energy demands but also collaborate alongside coworkers and clients alike to improve energy efficiency and lower energy consumption.

In Jerald’s free time, you can find him tasting new food, brewing tea gong fu style, or being outdoors.

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Olajumobi (Jumobi) Akeeb

Associate Engineer

While I was pursuing my undergraduate degree, I found my passion for sustainability and efficiency. Nothing excites me more than figuring out how to do things as efficiently as possible, no matter how small. I knew that a career in energy efficiency will allow me to combine my passion with my engineering background to solve real issues that make an impact in sustaining our environment.


About Jumobi

Jumobi joined the Michaels Energy team in September 2022. She is a member of our engineering team and focuses on a custom rebate program in Chicago. This entails data collection, performing energy analysis and metering, writing technical reports, and assisting customers with implementation issues and utility rebate applications.

Jumobi graduated with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth, after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in the same field. Prior to joining Michaels, she worked on energy efficiency and water conservation projects at an industrial and commercial facility.

Outside of work, Jumobi spends time with her loved ones traveling and trying out different cuisines. She also enjoys crocheting gifts for friends and family.

Katie Huber

Associate Engineer

I’ve always envisioned having a life that contributes to the betterment of everyone, so I find working in the energy efficiency and conservation field to be very fulfillingFurthermore, my role at Michaels allows my natural skillset and training to be realized to the same endI’m truly proud to be working in an industry that is part of a solution to one of the biggest challenges of our generation. 


About Katie

Katie joined Michaels as an Associate Engineer in May 2023 after earning her degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. In this role, she will primarily be focusing on the Public Schools Carbon Free Assessment program and custom rebate projects in the Chicago area.  

Before Michaels, Katie had an internship at the University of Michigan where she researched the growth of polymer nanofibers using chemical vapor deposition.  

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, golf, tennis, and trying out new coffee shops. Katie also loves to spend time with friends and family.  

Nacarri Murphy

Associate Engineer

I see the greatest lesson of life being to be the change you want to see in the world. Once I found science, environmental and energy efficiency opportunities seemed the most essential and rewarding. Now, my passion is using my skills in problem solving and critical thinking to deliver solutions to the decarbonization changes the world needs to see.


About Nacarri

Nacarri joined the Michaels team in April 2023 with 7+ years of engineering experience and is focused on delivering decarbonization plans to all public schools in the ComEd Territory in Chicago. This entails performing facility audits and providing recommendations for energy savings measures. Nacarri graduated from the Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Spelman College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. In Nacarri’s free time, you can find her behind a camera, on an airplane to the next city or country on her list, or being outdoors with family and friends.

Adler Palos, E.I.T.

Associate Engineer

Throughout my project teams in school, I always found myself gravitating towards the energy aspect. By my senior year of college, I had really built a liking to performing all types of energy analyses and trying to squeeze every bit of performance out of our design. After stumbling across energy engineering and eventually Michaels, I knew it’d be a perfect fit.

About Adler

Adler joined Michaels Energy in June 2023 after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering. While in Boulder, he also earned minors in Business and Biomedical Engineering.

As an Associate Engineer in the Chicago office, Adler is focused on serving the standard and custom rebate teams, along with the ComEd Schools Carbon-Free Assessment Program. This involves data collection, performing energy analyses, on-site metering, conducting decarbonization audits, writing technical reports, and assisting customers with implementation issues and rebate applications.

Outside of work, Adler loves everything about sports. Although he’s no longer skiing the Rockies, Adler enjoys playing soccer, running, and lifting weights. He’s always got some kind of sporting event on at his house whether its soccer, basketball, or formula 1 racing. Lastly, Adler can’t live without music. He plays guitar and just recently started learning piano.

Jared Casey

Associate Engineer

“The scientist does not aim at an immediate result… our work is like that of the planter – for the future. Our duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come and point the way.” –Nikola Tesla

This quote from Tesla rings invariably true—especially in the energy industry. The climate crisis that I and Michaels Energy battle is the single greatest challenge faced by humankind. Accordingly, this is not a problem to be solved overnight, and most certainly not by a single individual. Working toward a more sustainable society is an iterative process involving the best and brightest for decades to come. We work toward this goal knowing that we may never fully enjoy the fruit of our labor, but we continue forward knowing that we are producing a brighter future for us all.

I have always wanted to be a member of—and a leader in—this fight for a better tomorrow. When thinking of what I wanted from a career, I had to look no further than the energy industry to utilize my technical prowess, interpersonal skills, and imaginative thinking to their fullest extent. The job satisfaction that comes with this position is unrivaled, so to do it at a wonderful company like Michaels was an absolute no-brainer!

About Jared

Jared graduated from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in May of 2023. While at UNH, he made lifelong friends with whom he helped to form the UNH Energy Club (UNHEC) which seeks to connect students to the energy industry. He looks forward to bringing his passion for unity and progress to Michaels and his clients!

Jared joined Michaels in June of 2023 as an Associate Engineer with the Research and Evaluation team. He has earned the informal title of “Road Warrior,” visiting Commercial and Industrial (C&I) facilities coast-to-coast as needed for projects. As his first full-time career out of college, Jared is incredibly excited to begin his professional life at Michaels.

When out-of-office, you can find Jared exploring his new home state of Maryland with his partner Katie, visiting his family in Boston, traveling to new places, trying out new recipes, working out, gaming, or modifying his Dodge Dart.

Sylas Rehbein

Associate Engineer

Everything can be made more efficient: a building, a specific system, people’s habits, etc. Everything has its own unique differences though, too: a different purpose, location, structure. There’s no silver bullet for making the most energy efficient buildings. Having the chance to learn and use each tool, each step in creating the best outcome for a diverse community of clients and customers excites me to be part of this industry.

About Sylas

Sylas joined the Michaels team in July 2023. His primary focus is to support the retro-commissioning clients in the Carolinas. This includes data collection, energy analysis, energy audits, and retro-commissioning studies of commercial and industrial buildings in the area.

Sylas grew up in Viroqua, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout. After graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2019, he worked for Daikin Applied Americas as a development engineer to redesign their commercial rooftop units to be more efficient and eco-friendlier. In 2022, Sylas spent a quick year in grad school at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Outside of work, Sylas is searching for the perfect cast while fishing, mainly for musky or trout. He also enjoys kayaking, camping, hiking, and cooking with his partner Jordan.

Nitish Dupargude

Associate Engineer

I have always been inspired by role models and I believe more in inspiration than motivation. I always wanted to work in the field of energy efficiency, and I was looking for a platform where I could utilize my knowledge and passion for sustainability. The moment I read about Michaels, I knew I would be a great fit. As Ironman once said in one of his comics “It’s not about what you do, it’s about how you do it.” I believe the work Michaels is doing is inspirational.

About Nitish

Nitish joined Michaels in August 2023. He is working in Chicago and his role is primarily focused on energy efficiency programs. Nitish earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in India and then he worked as a Service Engineer in a heat pump manufacturing company. He gained a good initial experience and he always wanted to learn more. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Western Michigan University and while doing that he also worked as a teacher at the university to teach Math and Science (especially chemistry and Physics) to middle and high school students.

Nitish likes to watch science-fiction movies and anime in his free time. He also loves an occasional hiking, motorbike riding. He loves to talk about Christopher Nolan’s movies, Marvel, cricket and tennis.

Claire Isenhart, B.S., M.S.. E.I.T.

Associate Engineer

As I was training to be an engineer, I knew I wanted to pursue a career reducing drivers of climate change. Optimizing energy usage is one major avenue to achieve net-zero carbon conditions. Additionally, this pathway allows for collaboration between engineers and clients to achieve their ideal results of reduced environmental impact.

About Claire

Claire became an associate engineer for Michaels Energy in September 2023. Her role includes assisting with Electrification Feasibility Report (EFRs) reviews to determine if gas systems could be electrified and achieve cost parity. She supports the team with recording new requirements for the program as well as coordinating with contractors to assist with the transition to electrified systems.

Claire graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with her B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) in 2022 in Mechanical Engineering and then received her M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering the following year. Her thesis was based within the field of microfluidics in thermal management systems. Claire spent much of her time at university advocating/volunteering for STEM education in underserved communities. She is passionate about global equity which she has studied through her research in desertification and infrastructure advancements in the global south.

After work, Claire spends time with her family and boyfriend on hikes, watching some good movies as well as reading for her book club.

Brendan Arce

Associate Engineer

I have a great appreciation for the natural world, aspiring to find innovative solutions for our current and ever-growing energy demands to achieve a more environmentally sustainable way of life!

About Brendan

Brendan joined the Michaels team in October of 2023. He is on the Chicago team and is focused on providing field support and building energy analysis for the team’s clients. This includes gathering building information through visual inspection, customer communication, and measuring & data logging.

Brendan graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Before Michaels, Brendan participated in multiple internships and organizations during his time at UIUC. This included being the Mechanical and Plumbing Team lead for the Illinois Solar Decathlon Design Team as well as the Photovoltaic and Electrical Team lead for the Build Team. In addition, Brendan was an SEM Program Intern and SEM Data Intern at CLEAResult.

During his free time, Brendan likes to spend his time with family and friends. He finds a lot of joy in being around nature, whether it’s taking a walk, driving around, or riding a bike. He also likes to take care of his fish tanks and the various plants he has (Including a pineapple he planted from the grocery store).

Logan Wentworth

Associate Engineer

I have always had a passion for learning about how systems work and how they can be optimized. This has led me to a career in energy efficiency where I get the opportunity to engage with customers and utilize both my engineering and communication skills to find the best solutions for all parties involved.

About Logan

Logan joined the Michaels team in November 2023. He is an engineer assigned to the Minneapolis team, supporting various custom efficiency and demand response programs.

Logan graduated from The University of Minnesota- Duluth with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, Logan worked at Otter Tail Power Company for two years, where he worked primarily with the commercial/industrial efficiency and custom efficiency programs. In this role, he gained valuable experience and knowledge about the electric utility sector.

Outside of work, Logan loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, camping, and snowboarding.

Wesam Sharroufna

Associate Engineer

Energy has always been an interest of mine because it makes everything function. Without energy, we are not able to move. I chose a career in the energy efficiency field to learn how to make the most out of energy and help people use it efficiently.

About Wesam

Wesam joined the Michaels team in January 2024 as an Associate Engineer. He works mostly on energy audits and custom rebates, although he might be involved in other projects. He is very passionate about energy efficiency and has made it his mission to help others be more energy efficient.

In 2023, Wesam graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before Joining the Michaels team, he was a Mechanical Engineering Intern at NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, where he gained experience working in a highly regulated field.

When he is not at work, Wesam enjoys watching and playing sports, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Evan Henry

Associate Engineer

During my time in college, I became passionate about energy, where it comes from, how the technology has advanced, and how we use it. I wanted to pursue a career in the energy field with a focus on energy sustainability to make a positive impact on the world. I’m grateful to have found Michaels which I believe is a perfect fit.

About Evan

Evan joined Michaels Energy in January 2024 to primarily work on the Demand Response program in Minnesota. He recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Additionally, while at Madison, Evan earned a certificate in Engineering in Energy Sustainability. Evan completed a co-op and internship in research and design with Pyran before graduation, a company focused on making important chemicals from renewable sources instead of oil.

While Evan wasn’t doing classwork, he joined numerous club and intramural sports, including track, racquetball, volleyball, teqball, basketball, and innertube water polo. He was an original member of the new founded disc golf club which qualified and traveled to the Colligate Disc Golf National Championship in North Carolina in 2023.

Evan spends most of his free time trying to be outdoors in nature, whether it’s running, hiking, or the disc golf course. When he can’t be outside, he enjoys reading, cooking, and thinking about disc golf.

Cecilia (Ceci) Shaer, M.S.

Associate Engineer

I don’t think I chose a profession in energy efficiency, but rather I discovered it’s something I am passionate about. My passion to work in this field stems from a desire to protect and preserve wilderness and wildlife habitats. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to and volunteer in beautiful and important landscapes, and it fulfills me to help protect those places in any way I can.

About Ceci

Ceci graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Environmental Studies in May 2021. She went on to earn an M.S. in Earth & Environmental Engineering, focusing on renewable energy, from Columbia University in May 2023.

Ceci joined the Michaels team as an Associate Engineer in March 2024. In this role, she is involved in building optimization, customer engagement, and retro commissioning programs in the Southeast (VA, NC, & SC). Before Michaels, Ceci completed an internship in offshore wind in NYC and worked as an Environmental Engineer in Philadelphia. Most recently, she spent 3 months volunteering with a conservation corps based in southern Utah.

Ceci loves to ski, cycle, hike, and workout. She also takes any opportunity to travel, and enjoys discovering the local art, cuisine, and culture of the places she visits.

Customer Support Center

Jason Krueger

Manager of the Customer Support Center

I love the position I’m in now because I get to reward utility customers for making great energy efficiency decisions while also learning about ways I can improve my home and better educate my friends and family on the latest energy efficient ideas and products that come onto the market.


About Jason

I stumbled into the world of energy efficiency while working for a large utility company in 2010. They needed somebody from the department that I was working in to take a temporary assignment in the rebate processing and energy efficiency programs department. What started as temporary quickly became the next 10 years of my life. It was in 2013 that I continued the same journey; only for Michaels Energy. Jason started his time here at Michaels as Rebate Processing Manager and has since been promoted to Manager of the Customer Support Center.

My team assists utility customers with any questions they may have regarding available rebates and programs that they may be eligible for. We provide this service via amazing customer service on the phone and via email. Prior to working in energy efficiency I spent most of my life in a call center supervising teams that took calls for everything from motorcycle parts to flowers and candy.

I have a teenage daughter who graduates in a few months and a teenage son that will be starting high school next year. I’ve been married for what will be nine years this coming October. We currently  have three dogs, a cat and a gecko that we’re all entertained by. I love watching football and boxing. Fantasy Football consumes me during the NFL season. Travelling to Arizona is probably my favorite thing to do– I absolutely love it down there. Hiking in the mountains, never cold, always dusty and I have some really great friends that live there.  Go Hawkeyes! Go 49ers!

Carrie Robb

Customer Support Representative Lead

My grandfather always said, “If you are going to do something, do it well.”  He had the hardest work ethic I ever saw and after spending many summers with him growing up, some of it rubbed off.  To me, efficiency is the same, it’s a constant search for how to be better, how to do things better, and to leave things better than you found them.  It’s satisfying to be able to help others improve things and do just that.


About Carrie
Carrie has more than a decade of customer service experience and joined Michaels Energy in 2014. Her responsibilities include assisting energy efficiency program customers in our call center, as well as processing and filing claims. Carrie is our go-to for creating and maintaining the Rebate Processing Center documentation and SOPs. Her skills have been utilized on programs for Evergreen Economics, Consumers Energy, and others.

Carrie graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She holds Microsoft certifications in Excel, Outlook, and Word.

Outside of work, Carrie can usually be found cooking for her husband and friends or trying to keep up with their rescue Border Collie mix. She also enjoys reading a good book or gaming.

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Dawn Van Thournout

Customer Support Representative

We need to conserve energy to preserve a future for our children.


About Dawn
Dawn joined Michaels Energy in 2013 as a Rebate Processor for the Alliant Energy program. This entails processing incoming rebates on eligible items installed, and answering incoming phone calls on the rebate programs offered at Michaels.

Before joining Michaels Energy, Dawn worked as a Customer Service Representative for Alliant Energy for 5 years.

Outside of work, Dawn loves spending time with her husband, Josh, daughters MacKenzie and Izabelle, her three grandchildren Alexis, Cayden, and Kayleigh, and two Boxer puppies Iris Violet and Ivy Rose. Dawn and Josh love playing a Belgium sport called Rolle Bolle and traveling to different countries.

Kelly Jennings

Customer Support Representative

I have always had this idea that I could save the world. I learned fast that this was not possible alone, but I’ve learned that there are many things I can do to help. Being more energy efficient and wasting less is very important to me and my family; working at Michael’s and helping our customers save energy and money is so rewarding for me.


About Kelly

Kelly joined Michael’s Energy in 2017 as a Customer Service Representative. She started as a temp with duties including rebate processing and taking incoming calls from customers with questions about claims and rebates. With the desire to come on full time and continue working in energy efficiency, she joined the Michaels team full time in 2021.

When she’s not at work, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family. She has four children and they love to spend time outdoors. Camping, fishing, and visiting water and amusement parks are just a few of their favorite things to do. She has a dog named Nino and two cats, Sassy and King.

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Valerie Ann Duball

Customer Support Representative

I believe in always providing a positive attitude and using my skills to effectively fill passion for excellence.


About Valerie
Valerie joined Michael’s Energy in 2014 as a Customer Service Representative. Her main responsibilities include gathering and organizing Alliant Energy rebate claim requests, managing processing of requests, and assisting customers with rebate questions and payments. She also provides technical and program support to help our team when needed.

Valerie calls herself a home body now that she has two dogs, two cats, and a roommate in her basement. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, gardening, kayaking, and taking motorcycle rides. She also enjoys watching wrestling and football.

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Michele Miell

Senior Customer Support Representative

Energy efficiency was initially just a job when I startedAs time went on, I became more educated on the subject and evolved alongside the industry; personally experiencing the many benefits energy efficiency provides.


About Michele
Michele joined the Michaels Energy team in 2013. It was at this time that Michaels took over the Energy Efficiency Rebate Program for Alliant Energy, where Michele was working as a Customer Service Representative.

In her current role, Michele processes rebates, assists customers with rebate questions and concerns, and helps out with the appliance recycling program. She has experience working with a variety of energy management projects, from new home construction, commercial and residential lighting, geothermal, and commercial insultation. Michele is also a go-to for new hire training.

Outside of work, Michele is all about sports! Whether she’s attending sporting events for her nieces and nephews or watching the Hawkeyes and Cowboys on TV, she is always surrounded by sports action.

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Melanie Ortiz Lozada

Customer Support Representative

I’m dedicated to energy efficiency because I want to leave behind a better place for my child and their children to live and thrive. Reducing my carbon footprint, teaching my child to be environmentally responsible, and helping others to do the same is very important to me.

About Melanie

Melanie started working for Michael’s Energy in 2022 as a Customer Support Representative. In this role, Melanie uses some of her top strengths every day: empathy, patience, and discipline.

Melanie is a talented bilingual professional (Spanish and English) who was raised in Puerto Rico until the age of 18. After moving to North Dakota, she discovered her love for helping people. For the next 7+ years, she took on various customer service roles to use her talents and passion.

After graduating high school, Melanie put her college education on hold to pursue opportunities in the United States. As a driven and motivated individual, she knows that she will continue her educational dreams in the near future.

Melanie’s biggest hobby is doing educational and fun activities with her young daughter.

Our Home

A strong corporate commitment to environmental responsibility is very important to us at Michaels Energy. That commitment was at the forefront of our process to convert the second floor of a 100-year-old department store into the current home of Michaels Energy. As a result, our office achieved Gold certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) rating system.

Downtown Location

with access to public transportation

Bicycle Storage

and a shower/changing room

Views to the Outdoors

for more than 95% of the occupants

Nearly a 50% Reduction

in potable water use

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Optimized HVAC

including day and night lighting

Reuse of Office Furniture

reducing excess landfill waste

Green Cleaning Policy

natural non-toxic ingredients

Composting and Recycling

nearly all post-consumer office waste