A cornucopia of new staff at CEE

Nov 1, 2022
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As Minnesota preserves and pickles in preparation for winter, we want to showcase some new staff who've joined our team in the past few months! With their support, our programs, policy goals, and research will continue to help Minnesota homes and buildings stay warm.

Sage Berglund

Sage Berglund, Building Science Trainer

Sage joins the workforce development team with experience as a housing rehab specialist and certifications in Building Analyst, Energy Auditor, and Quality Control Inspector from the Building Performance Institute.

Laura Miller

Laura Miller, Senior Accountant

The accounting department welcomes Laura who has a finance background in a variety of industries, from construction to nonprofit healthcare, and a BA in accounting and an associate degree in computer information systems from Western Governors University.

Finneas Copeland

Finneas Copeland, Energy Counselor

As an energy counselor, Finneas brings strong customer service skills from his background in food service and retail and technical knowledge from previous coursework in wiring, energy efficiency, and building science.

Paolo Speirn

Paolo Speirn, Community Energy Planner

Paolo is joining the Partners in Energy team with community planning experience as the lead of a farmers’ market organization and a consciousness research assistant. He received a BA in U.S. history and environmental studies from Wesleyan University.

Dan Wildenhaus

Dan Wildenhaus, Senior Technical Manager

Dan joins CEE with 27 years’ experience performing energy audits and ratings, weatherization and HVAC repairs, consultations, and analysis, as well as delivering trainings and presentations for clients in both new construction and the existing buildings market.

Jaea Vang

Jaea Vang, HR Manager

The human resources team welcomes Jaea with over eight years’ HR experience spanning the K-12 education, transportation, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors. Jaea holds a BA in communication studies and an MA in public and nonprofit administration.

Sahra Mohamed

Sahra Mohamed, Workforce Program Coordinator

Prior to joining CEE, Sahra worked at the Department of Human Services as an Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) provider. She has also served on many community initiatives and student groups and has experience coordinating and facilitating large scale projects in the metro area.
Magdalena Alonso Lobato

Magdalena Alonso Lobato, Controller

The accounting department welcomes Magdalena as the new controller, a position she will excel at given her previous 18 years’ experience managing the accounting department as assistant controller at Volunteers of America National Services.
Grant Baumgardner

Grant Baumgardner PE, Research Engineer

As a new research engineer at CEE, Grant will be applying his six years’ experience in commercial HVAC and transport refrigeration product development and his BS in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.

Julia Wells

Julia Wells, Program Coordinator

CEE is very pleased to welcome back Julia, a former energy counselor, who will be returning to the organization as a program coordinator. She also served as a Minnesota GreenCorps member with the City of Minnetonka, where she worked on a variety of energy-related initiatives.
Gabrielle Rinck

Gabrielle Rinck, Energy Advisor

Gabrielle supports the Program Development team as an energy advisor based in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to joining CEE in 2022, she gained twelve years of experience in the energy efficiency consulting and utility industries in positions at CLEAResult, Consumers Energy, and Black Hills Energy.

Interested in joining our staff? Check out our employment page to learn about job openings and our many new benefits.