New colleagues in bloom this spring at CEE
As the season finally shifts from a long Minnesota winter to what feels like true springtime, we welcome a new cohort of energy efficiency colleagues.
This month we introduce new faces supporting CEE's programs for Minnesota businesses through mechanical engineering and refrigeration expertise, and others who add capacity to our in-house IT support, lending offerings, sound mitigation, program development, communications, and large building benchmarking.
Joshua Baker, Help Desk Technician. Joshua comes to CEE with an extensive IT background, having worked previously for multiple managed services providers for small- to medium-sized businesses. He earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Support from Ridgewater College, and also holds certifications in CompTia A+, Watchguard Firewall Fundementals, 3CX Basic Engineer, and Apple OSX. As a Help Desk Technician, Joshua ensures that all CEE employee technical issues are addressed and resolved in a quick and efficient manner.
Tyson Borom, Refrigeration Consultant. Prior to joining CEE, Tyson spent eight years as a Commercial Sales Manager for Batteries Plus Bulbs across Wisconsin and California, where he specialized in commercial lighting accounts, recycling programs, and customer relations. Tyson also worked as a sales technician on commercial, industrial, and residential HVAC equipment for Nevada Air & Controls based out of Las Vegas. As a member of the CEE's refrigeration consulting team, Tyson evaluates business refrigeration systems, assesses improvement opportunities, and provides recommendations for efficiency upgrades.
Nick Brambilla, Energy Efficiency Project Intern. Before starting his internship at CEE, Nick worked with the State of Minnesota Department of Commerce on the Conservation Improvement Program, a statewide initiative that helps households and businesses use electricity and natural gas more efficiently. Nick graduated from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a Masters in Public Policy. As an energy efficiency project intern, Nick provides assistance and analysis for various research and program development projects.
Brianna Denk, Energy Efficiency Project Intern. Brianna worked for several years as a technical consultant for manufacturing companies before joining CEE. She also served as Science Policy Fellow at Clean Wisconsin where she researched state energy efficiency policy. Currently, Brianna is in her final semester at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs pursuing a M.S Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. As a program development intern, Brianna supports CEE's work on the Statewide Energy Efficiency Potential Study, as well as on new program development projects.
Thomas Howlett, Mechanical Engineer. Prior to joining CEE, Thomas worked at Wold Architects and Engineers, where he partnered with architects and electrical, civil, and structural engineers to design HVAC and plumbing systems for new construction projects and renovations. He has worked on various building types include K-12 schools, office buildings, city halls, and police departments. As part of CEE's Engineering Services team, Thomas works on various commissioning projects, from field monitoring to final recommendations, and also contributes mechanical engineering insights to program development.
Marco F. Landoni, Loan Services Specialist. During nearly 12 years in the mortgage industry, Marco worked for two of the nation's top 20 loan servicing companies, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Ditech Financial. His deep experience includes having worked as a mortgage loan servicer during the housing crash, which taught him valuable lessons that continue to inform his work. CEE hired Marco to expand its lending capacity, by helping to develop and launch a new in-house loan servicing department to respond to current and future needs and opportunities.
Casey MacCallum, Project Coordinator, Construction Coordinator. Prior to CEE, Casey served as a zoning technician for Goodhue County and an urban planner for the City of Dayton. He also worked previously with Applied Energy Innovations and Minnesota Community Solar. At CEE, Casey works directly with participants in the Sound Mitigation Program, which CEE implements for the Metropolitan Airports Commission. As project coordinator, Casey oversees the installation of of sound-dampening materials in the homes of program participants.
Zeph O'Rourke, Energy Counselor. Before he came to the CEE, Zeph assisted adults with disabilities to live independently in their homes. He has an educational background in science and nursing, and he volunteers as a mechanic at a community bike shop in south Minneapolis where he teaches bike maintenance. As an energy counselor, Zeph installs energy saving products and advises homeowners on no cost and low-cost energy efficiency measures to make their homes more comfortable and affordable.
Molly Janis Smith, Energy Efficiency Program and Policy Associate. Prior to CEE, Molly worked more than 10 years in organic food, Fortune 500, and public sector organizations, specializing in environmental inventories, energy, waste, carbon markets, and sustainable packaging. She also managed commercial and residential energy efficiency programs. Molly has an MS in Climate and Energy Sustainability from Antioch University, and a BA in Political Science from Carleton College. At CEE, she supports the City of Saint Paul, in partnership with the City Energy Project, to increase the energy efficiency of large, existing buildings, with a focus on benchmarking.
Cora Trout, Visual Designer. Prior to joining the Marketing and Communications team at CEE, Cora was an assistant graphic designer at Macalester College. She also earned her Bachelor’s Degree in French and Francophone Studies and Classics from Macalester in 2016. As the Visual Designer at CEE, Cora designs and produces projects ranging from brochures to formal reports, infographics, presentations, and visual assets for multi-channel marketing campaigns.
Chris Weegman, Refrigeration Consultant. Previously Chris was a sales consultant for a commercial HVAC/R wholesaler where he sold refrigeration, HVAC equipment, and parts to mechanical contractors, OEM’s, and end users. He has a technical degree in HVAC from Hennepin Technical College along with a basic electricity degree with NEI. As a Refrigeration Consultant, Chris performs commercial refrigeration assessments for small- and medium- sized businesses, from convenience stores to liquor stores, small grocery stores, restaurants, or schools. He also performs HVAC audits and recommends rebate-supported energy savings.