As a controller, Magdalena is responsible for the directing and monitoring of accounting functions at CEE. She works with staff, program managers, clients, and customers to facilitate accurate and timely financial reporting.
Prior to working at CEE, Magdalena spent the last 18 years at Volunteers of America National Services where she managed the accounting department as assistant controller. She has a BA in business and administration from Complutense University of Madrid.
Phil Anderson works with builders to construct very efficient new housing, while performing ENERGY STAR and Home Energy Rating System ratings. He also inspects home performance work on existing homes. Phil enjoys working with contractors and homeowners and appreciates the challenge of making homes more healthy, efficient, and comfortable.
Phil began working for the Neighborhood Energy Connection in 2014, prior to the organization’s merger with CEE is 2017. Previously, he worked as an energy specialist in the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program for over nine years.
As the sales support specialist, Brian works with vendors, customers, and One-Stop staff to calculate rebates and process invoices.
Prior to CEE, Brian worked at Merrill Corporation in their department, DataSite, supporting project managers with merger and acquisition deals for customers.
As help desk supervisor, Bren oversees, assists, and enhances CEE's helpdesk system and end user operations.
Prior to CEE, Bren worked as an IT Help Desk Manager for a local IT Managed Service Provider. He has 9 years experience working in the IT world. His passion to work in service and support began through his previous career as a paramedic.
Bren is CompTIA A+ certified and ITIL trained
As a field supervisor, Cheryl works directly with homeowners to help them understand how their home uses energy by identifying and installing low- and no-cost opportunities and measures to save both energy and money.
Cheryl became interested in the environmental impact of energy use and improvements during college. She joined CEE to help teach others small ways to make a big difference.
As an energy counselor, John works directly with homeowners to help them understand how their home uses energy by identifying and installing low- and no-cost opportunities and measures to save both energy and money.
As the Commercial Programs Manager, Andy manages the One Stop Efficiency Shop Commercial HVAC and Refrigeration programs, as well as assisting with the One Stop Commercial Lighting program.
Prior to his current position, Andy worked as the Field Operations Manager for the Home Energy Squad, as well as with the Airport Noise Mitigation Program that CEE administers for the Metropolitan Airport Commission. Before CEE, Andy worked in a variety of roles in the construction field — from carpentry to estimating and drafting — along with managing a multi-state team in telecom construction.
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As a sales support specialist for the One-Stop Efficiency Shop lighting program, Greg is in charge of contractor and vendor training, including creating how-to instructional videos on filling out audit sheets.
He has been with CEE since 2013 and has a BA in theater and drama from Indiana University.
As a research engineer, Grant conducts research on emerging technologies in residential and commercial HVAC systems, with a focus on identifying technologies with the greatest potential for reducing the energy intensity of the built environment.
Prior to joining CEE, Grant worked for six years in commercial HVAC and transport refrigeration product development. Grant conducted thermal systems analysis, built machine learning models, defined product application requirements, designed control algorithms, and developed rapid control prototyping techniques.
Grant has a BS in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.
As the senior manager of community planning, Marisa directs CEE's community planning and program implementation work, maintaining long-term strategic vision for our programs to ensure they align with CEE's mission and priorities.
Understanding local processes and equitable engagement, Marisa facilitates processes to create customized, actionable plans and policies to increase energy efficiency, support renewable energy, and electrify buildings and transportation.
Marisa has been with CEE since 2018. Prior to CEE, Marisa worked as the community development coordinator for the City of Eden Prairie and as a program manager for the National Community Stabilization Trust.
Marisa holds a BA in geography and urban studies from the University of Minnesota.
As the commercial marketing account manager, Laura focuses on developing and implementing marketing plans to promote CEE’s commercial offerings. Laura also works on supporting program and business development efforts, maintaining brand consistency, and building brand awareness.
Prior to joining the CEE team in 2019, Laura worked in marketing and communications in the industrial electrical and biotech industries. She earned a BS in public relations with a minor in marketing from St. Cloud State University
Ryan works at CEE as Energy Counselor. He has spent the last several years becoming a tree inspector and arborist. He spent time doing planting and tree work with several companies including Tree Trust. He studied Geography at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. In his spare time he likes to do handy work on family homes.
As a One-Stop Efficiency Shop lighting consultant, Tony assists small to midsize business customers with efficient lighting purchase decisions, and educates customers, contractors, and distributors on the benefits of energy efficient lighting and the opportunities available through One-Stop and other utility rebate programs.
Before CEE, Tony was the regional manager for a LED lighting distributor focused on the retrofit market, and prior to that was at Xcel Energy as the team leader of the Business Solutions Center department focused on educating customers and contractors about the available rebate programs and energy efficiency opportunities at their facilities.
As an inspector/rater, Tony helps advise new home builders and residential contractors in energy efficient design and home performance applications.
Tony joined the Neighborhood Energy Connection in 2010 before the organization’s 2017 merger with CEE. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in American history.
As a senior building science trainer with the work force development team Sage teaches building science principles and work readiness skills. She manages and supports interns as they explore positions in the energy conservation field. She also designs new curricumlum to expand the workforce development classes.
Prior to this role, Sage worked as a senior energy auditor with the Home Energy Squad. She earned Building Analyst, Energy Auditor, and Quality Control Inspector certifications from the Building Performance Institute.
Sage holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Shonda is CEE's director of program and business development. She leads CEE's ideation process to vet and develop commercial and industrial programs and serves as the primary contact for new business development with utility clients. Shonda also guides CEE's participation in proposal and interview processes for possible new programs.
Shonda is an experienced program manager with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry. Skilled in strategic program development, management, and training, she has co-created and run programs for energy utilities throughout northern Illinois, including ComEd, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, and Nicor Gas.
Throughout her career, Shonda has held program and outreach positions at Walker-Miller Energy Services, Franklin Energy Services, CLEAResult, and DNV GL. She holds a BS in organizational leadership from Carroll University.
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Kaia Bierman is CEE's office and administrative specialist. She has completed two service terms with the Conservation Corps in direct resource management and another service term in an individual placement with the MN DNR conducting outreach and public education alongside the State Parks and Trails Division. Kaia studied environmental policy at Luther College and minored in psychology.
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Curtis Bird works at CEE as an Energy Counselor. Before joining CEE and the Home Energy Squad, Curtis was a research assistant for the City of Oberlin, Ohio, helping plan for the adoption of electric vehicles. Curtis holds a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in urban sustainability from Oberlin College.
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