CEE springs forward with a bouquet of new hires
CEE is excited to recognize a group of recently hired employees who will help us pursue our mission to promote energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment. Our staff is made up of passionate, curious individuals eager to explore solutions to tough problems — they are why we are so good at what we do!
Introducing our newest colleagues:
Eric Larsen, Energy Counselor. Eric comes to CEE with a background in residential construction and remodeling, where he became interested in the world of energy efficiency and realized its importance in a world of ever-limited resources. Before that, he helped run an urban farming business.
Chris Petroskas, Quality Assurance Inspector. Before CEE, Chris worked at Sustainable Resources Center for over 20 years as a residential energy specialist where he completed energy audits and inspections for the low-income weatherization program.
Bryn Shank, Energy Counselor. Before coming to CEE, Bryn worked for three years in the landscape industry and at the Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar stand at the Minnesota State Fair. He also won a sustainable youth leadership award from the City of Saint Paul for his work to install four hydration stations at Central High School to decrease single-use plastic water bottle waste.
Don Williams, Quality Assurance Inspector. Don has been performing energy and diagnostic testing in new and existing homes for 12 years. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Residential Building Science and Technology and is a certified BPI Building Analyst.
Stephanie Shimota, Energy Counselor. Stephanie Shimota worked previously as a multifamily outreach intern with Eureka Recycling and for the Macalester College Dewitt Wallace library. Stephanie is a 2017 graduate of Macalester, where she studied geography, community and global health, Russian, and environmental studies.
Rita Chuk-Petroskas, Scheduling Assistant. Before coming to CEE Rita worked for over fifteen years in design, creating prints and artwork for apparel, including working as an Information Specialist at the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Rita graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Clothing Design and studied further in Graphic Design.
Carl-Lars Engen, Energy Counselor. Carl-Lars began his environmental career helping build sustainability related programming at Beloit College and later served as a member of Minnesota GreenCorps.
Murphy Sinsky, Energy Counselor. Murphy’s education in Environmental Studies at the University of St. Thomas and previous experience in environmental education have guided him to a career in energy efficiency.
Julie Drennen, Client Relations Manager. Prior to joining CEE, Julie worked on conservation advocacy and outreach for Conservation Minnesota, focusing on community engagement and policy advocacy in the East Metro. Julie has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota Morris.
Mike Holsinger, Energy Counselor. Previously an advertising and marketing communications professional, Mike’s relocation from North Carolina gave him a great opportunity to focus on work he finds much more rewarding. Mike is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, having earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing.
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